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Bumblebees! (That was a lie.)

I have lots of delicious recipes to show you in coming days. Really, I do. Would you like a light and fluffy dessert? I’ve got your back. A meaty main? Certainly! Another magical nut butter? Why, of course.

I’m not talking about those delights today, though.

You see, I’m at a terrifying crossroads in my life and I honestly have no idea what to do. As you might guess, it’s related to my recent metaphorical story, but I think it might be a few days yet before I’m able to tell you everything.

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The brother and I, about to get into fisticuffs over who is the better table tennis player. (A hint: it’s me.)

I can tell you these few facts, though (and show you random unrelated photos while I’m at it):

1. Tonight, on the phone with my BFF (talking about said crossroads), I shrieked because I saw a huntsman on the window right next to me.

However, it wasn’t a huntsman. It was the window lock. The window lock that has been in the exact same position on the exact same window for the exact same entire 10 months I’ve lived in this house.

Sexy Salad Dressing

I shall never again put non-sexy salad dressing on my lettuce.

2. Yesterday, I was looking for a bathroom in a new building. I followed the signs and, first, saw a door that read “Gents”. Then came a door that read “Cleaner”. After that, the door appeared with the word “Ladies” on it.

I thought: “How lovely, the cleaner gets his/her own bathroom!”

It was about four hours later that something in my brain clicked, and I realised that the “Cleaner” sign would have been for the cleaner’s closet, where all the brooms and disinfectants are stored. It wasn’t a special cleaner bathroom.

(Ooh, now I wish it really had been a cleaner bathroom, where “cleaner” means a place you don’t have to be scared of touching the door handle!)

Ah well.

Raspberry Whip

Best morning tea snack ever.

3. It’s my gospel concert on Saturday! We have rehearsals on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and today I rushed to the shops to get my costume sorted. First, I had to get my new black pants taken up because I don’t have Miranda Kerr’s legs. Second, I had to buy double-sided “fashion tape” because my new black top likes to turn me into a tramp by showing the world my bra when I’m not paying attention. Who knew gospel could be so expensive?

This is not the Tramp Top. This is the Frilly Top.

4. I think I have to go call my mum now. Crossroads beckon.

66 comments | Leave your own

  1. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

    Hannah, oh Hannah! You are really adorable. Your cleaner story cracked me up. That aside, crossroads are daunting. I am going through yet another crossroad in life too, and I know it can be stressful. It’s certainly great that we have friends and family to fall back on. I’m sure you’d emerge stronger:)

    Ooohh..good luck and have fun for your concert. Sing your heart out!!

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    It’s my favorite kind of post on your blog. One with a pic of your brother.

    Double-sided fashion tape is a life necessity. Especially if you happen to actually have breasts larger than a 12-year-old boy’s.

  3. whisperinggums

    As the famous Dr Seuss said:
    Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
    How much can you lose? How much can you win?
    And IF you go in, should you turn left or right …
    or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
    Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
    Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
    for a mind-maker-upper to make up her mind.

    In other words, have a good think, and then choose one … if it doesn’t work out, there’ll always be another crossroads to meet. Life is full of them.

  4. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    Do it!

  5. Helen (grabyourfork)

    lol I’m constantly scaring myself late at night seeing bugs which are actually mundane objects.

    ps. Say hi to your Mum for me 🙂

  6. Rach

    Aww, that is such a cute shot of you and your brother.

    And your story about the “huntsmen” outside the window cracked me up ’cause I do stuff like that all the time! Haha!

  7. Tash

    Huntsmen are nasty, whether they turn out to be a window lock or not! I just wish that the one I found last night in my laundry room was a window lock. Or anything other than an actual huntsman but unfortunately, no 🙁
    Cue: Shut laundry room door, pray that somehow it senses my fear, decides to be kind and quietly extracts itself from the building.

  8. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    Lies! I was hoping for a bumblebee post! (not really). You are too cute, I love the skirt you’re wearing with the non-tramp top. 🙂

    And I would like some pink fluff, please. Mail me some, kay?

  9. Margaret

    You will be ok Hannah. You are a talented writer and have an incredible imagination. You will find a way to put those talents to great use.
    Thank you for the cute photos. I’m looking forward to the meaty recipe!

  10. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    Sending you lots of ‘clarity’ vibes as you stand it this cross road my dear 🙂

    and ps – what is with the freaky-long pants these days!!!

  11. Fiona

    Ooh yo look all grown up in workwear 🙂

  12. Simply Life

    have a great time at the concert!

  13. Jonathon Clarke

    Good luck with the whole ‘crossroads’ thing. Whichever the path, whatever the outcome, it will be wonderful and successful, because that is just who you are. ps. Miranda Schmiranda ~ you have gorgeous legs. That is all. 🙂

  14. Agnes

    One day you’ll look back and wonder what all the fuss was about – I promise. You will be okay 🙂 And I’m always here for support or to calm you down when you mistakenly think you’ve seen a huntsman.

  15. Lauren

    With regard to your mochi post: We recently hosted a Japanese Embassy party, and the freezer was full of mochi. But we forgot it was there. UNTIL A FEW DAYS AGO. And then every 15 minutes or so, one of the interns would sneak down, the freezer door would open, there would be a crinkling of plastic wrap, and then they’d return with a guilty look on their face. Repeat x 20. (It was the ice cream kind, my favorite.)

    I look forward to your Big Reveal! In the mean time, I love random fact posts. Maybe more, since I never cook and recipes just make me feel intimidated. 😉

  16. Jess

    I misread the brand name on those salad dressing bottles as “THIS SHIT”.

    Women sure do love salad!

  17. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I always see ‘people’ out the window that turn out to be something harmless 🙂

  18. Vaala ◪

    I feel woefully cheated. How could you do that? I saw the word bumblebees and, well, I was so excited I could hardly contain myself…and then you let me down. It is just too sad for me to cope with.

    But that salad dressing might make up for it.


  19. Anna Johnston

    Your teasing us Hannah…. you know we’re all sitting on the edge of our seats wondering ‘what is she up to’…, but no….. you just keep on a teasin’ us.
    Whatever it is., you know you have my support, that goes without saying 🙂

  20. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    haha well you know sexy salad dressing just has to taste better right? I know sex sells but seriously that is funny! And that’s kind of selling it to men. Most of the men that I know don’t eat much salad so perhaps a half naked man on the bottle would do for the female vote?

  21. chanel11

    I have also thought I have seen a spider just to turn my head and see the curtain dangly thing – and I have done this many times, that curtain puller-upper just keeps on getting me!

  22. theresa

    At least you didn’t think the sign indicated that the middle door opened to a bathroom which was cleaner than the other two. That would have been disappointing when you opened the door.

  23. Johanna GGG

    I laughed about the cleaner toilet. Good luck with the gospel concert. I think I have said to you before that I once heard that we stress about large decisions but small decisions actually have huge bearing on the direction of our life. And the title of the post made me think of a kids book that I loved when I was at a crossroad a few years ago – dougal the garbage dump bear by matt dray – it cheered me up no end!

  24. Camille

    You know I’m dying of curiosity to find out what you’re up to. I’m sorry if it’s been at all traumatic, as crossroads can be. I hope everything works out soon, and you can enlighten us!

    p.s. Love the frilly top.

  25. Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels)

    I might argue that we only need loos labeled “Gents” and “Cleaner” – I think we’d all know which to use.

  26. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I’m totally dying from excitement now – because of your crossroads story *and* the recipes to come! I hope you don’t suffer right now, but “terrifying” doesn’t sound overly pleasing to me! 😯

    Regarding the window lock: I think we live in an enchanted world (although many people prefer to pretend it was totally rational), so there’s no reason why window locks couldn’t turn into huntsmen. At least under certain (light and mental) conditions. Totally normal. I’ve had blankets that where drapes in a certain way turning into skulls in the evening, and ghost eyes flashing up at the wall above my bed. As I said, totally normal. 🙂

  27. Ashley @ the fit academic

    haha, love it – “that’s not the tramp top, that’s the ruffly top” – made me laugh. love your sense of humor/personality!

  28. Erica

    hahhaa that salad dressing is hilarious. Oh marketers and the crazy things they do to products

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  30. Emma (ecoprincess)

    I remember many a terrifying experience involving Huntsman spiders when I was in Australia. I have them to thank for my now beyond-crazy fear of spiders! You totally made me laugh with your “a hint: it’s me”! 😀