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2007 July 11 » Philoxenos

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11th July 2007

Ask away

Have a pressing question that you’ve just been dying to ask me? Then ask! I’ll answer it. Please remember, this is a family-friendly blog :) But be prepared because I might just ask you a question too!

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11th July 2007

Electric Kettles

One of the random things that I’ve been thinking about in regards to our move is electric kettles. Here in New Zealand every home has an electric kettle. Used to boil water for the millions of cups of tea/coffee that are drunk every day. Someone comes over for a visit: Do you want a hot drink? and the kettle gets flicked on. It just sits on the countertop, often next to the toaster. And they’re cheap - you can get a cheap one for less than $15. One day I’ll have to tell you about the beautiful kettle I bought for the whopping price of $99. In my defense it’s the best kettle we ever owned. We bought it over four years ago and we just sold it at the garage sale. But I digress.

In America, electric kettles are not as common. Relatively uncommon, actually. And I can’t figure out why!! They’re brilliant! You need some warm water for making bread, just flick on the kettle for 20 seconds and you’ve got warm water. Need to sterilise a baby’s pacifier, boil some water and pour it over and you’re done. An electric kettle is so fast and it automatically shuts off when the water is boiled.

So. I’ve been looking at Amazon for an electric kettle because we’ve decided that’s even more important than buying a toaster. My husband is a coffee drinker but he doesn’t mind instant as long as we buy a good instant (I buy Robert Harris instant, which runs $7 for a jar, compared to $3 for a jar of the cheap stuff. And the cheaps stuff is GROSS.) And we figure we can toast bread in the oven if we really want it. I found one that I like and it looks like this: (I’m trying to put in a picture for the first time. We’ll see if it works.)electric-kettle.jpg

There must be a way to do word wrap, but I’ll have to figure that out another time.

From experience, I like this kettle because the cord isn’t actually attached to the kettle itself. So you can take the kettle off the base and set it on the table, like a pitcher. I’ve added it to my Amazon wishlist.

More stimulating information here at Philoxenos. I aim to please. And you are all welcome to come over for good instant coffee any day :)

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11th July 2007

Waiting by the phone

Handsome has gone out to run errands and I have been instructed to receive good phone calls while he’s away.

We are waiting for:

1) The American consulate to ring to say that my security clearance has come through (a small unexpected hiccup)

2) A call from our church to say that a fax has come through from PNG with Handsome’s police report

3) A follow-up call from a church that rang Handsome over the weekend about a possible job

If you are not one of these people and you choose to ring us, please be prepared to hear the disappointment in our voices when we realise it’s just you :)

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