Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Food & Life

Am still waiting for my travel refund cheque. They tell me it is "in the mail"... I'm doing my best not to think of it. On the other hand, the roof over charge payment came back so that's great.

I'm anxious to get the travel cheque because I managed to have spent it all and some (knowing it was coming) in Turkey buying a tiny silk on silk carpet (2 ft x 2 ft) and a sheet of original Arabic writing (blessing from the Koran). I'll see if I can get some good pictures of them and post them up. I've paid for them already but it would be nice to replenish my dream account.

The appointment has been confirmed also for the purchase of my rims. As it is a private sale, I will be paying in cash. Total price $2150. D has made an appointment for me to get them on my car in Nov. He has also confirmed with the plumbers to close our cottage as well. Nice to have things falling into place.

The big news is my food allergy test results are back and they are even less pretty than D's. I too am reactive to dairy and eggs as well as peanuts, almonds, pineapple, kidney beans and clams. Like D, I have no symptoms when I eat those foods but my body is fighting them on the inside.

Considering my favourite dish in Italy is "Spaghetti alle vongole veraci" (spaghetti and clams) and I just ate some in Taormina as well as pineapple daily and eggs at breakfast...I'm not a milk drinker or cereal eater but will take cream in coffee/tea and eat it in the form of whipped cream and such in desserts.

And the kicker is we are leaving for France soon and it is the land of dairy! D has already decided he doesn't care and will eat anything he wants as he figured if he never got tested, he would have gone his whole life not knowing.

I'm still in aftershock but right now I think I'm going to try and work around it. Breakfast will be the most difficult because I love my croissants and pain au chocolat...


  1. Being the kind of guy who really doesn't care what my car looks like as long as it runs, I'm wondering what your rim purchase is for. Is it purely aesthetic, or is there some functional benefit?

  2. @ The Executioner;

    I chuckled at the thought of me buying rims and tires just to pimp my ride! They will be my winter tires and rims.

    After not having a separate set of rims for my last car, I spent a small fortune over 13 yrs paying for tires to be taken on and off twice each season. Plus it wasn't good for the tires.

    Without boring you, having tire pressure monitors (increase cost -- my last car didn't use this technology) is important to me because that will mean no error/warning message on my dash all winter.

    The crazy part is how much original (not blinged out) rims cost. The tires I'm getting (Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow) come to $1888 new (including install and balancing).

    I'm getting a one season old set. Add to it 2008 OEM rims ($4000 new), all for $2150 is a relative "steal" (over $1000 cheaper than D's best price for no name aftermarket rims without pressure sensors and same tires).

    Considering the number of kms I put on each winter, the tires should last me many seasons.