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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Bacon, Sausage, Egg (Toast Optional)

*beep be-be-beep. beep be-be-beep*
Text: gonna b late i will make ma own tea

Oh hi, love.  You're early.  Dad has left some sausages out for you.  Do you want some of this bacon?
Ok then.  Use the grill to start cooking everything.
You have to turn it on you know?
That knob at the side.
Turn it towards you.
And now the other one.
It might be easier if you put the sausages where the ridges are and the bacon on the flat bit.
Use a fork then.
Don't wander off.  I'm not keeping an eye on it.  Do you want the bread leaving out?
Yes, you can make eggs on that grill.
Well, I'll help you then.
Get the butter and the eggs.  Oh and get a plate too, you know, then you're not arsing around in a minute.
A spatula.
A flat metal scoop thing.
In the big drawer... yes, that's it.
Turn your sausages and bacon or they'll burn.
Make a space and put a bit of butter on there.
No, not that much.  You're not baking a cake!
Now, crack the egg against the side of the grill and carefully br... Oh!
Well, if you open the shell from that height it's bound to splatter all over the place.
No, the dog isn't having that one.
It's egg shell.  Why did you think it was going to be hard to open?
Yes, it was always going to fall out at that speed.  It's called 'gravity'.
Get stuffed!  I'm not going to finish it off for you!  Get the spatula and flip it over.
Slide it under it.
See, it's not difficult, is it?
Check your sausages and bacon again.
Everything done now?
Well you should have thought about toast earlier.
Don't forget to clean the grill.

Reader notes: He is 17 and has never learnt to cook properly would rather walk to the chippy than actually cook for himself.  We left him a freezer full of ready-meals and a jar of money when we went to Benidorm without him last summer.