Friday, February 21, 2014

It's Hidden

Janine's Confessions of A Mommyaholic


After skipping for two weeks in a row (sorry Janine!!), I'm back for Finish The Sentence Friday. Yes, my time off work is almost over, Wednesday is my first day back, and I have taken advantage of the time. Daytime naps are glorious!!

This week's prompt for the link-up:

One of my hidden talents is...

... still a hidden talent, that's the nature of "hidden talents" (philosophical answer brought to you by the hubby)

The conversation:
Me: Can you name one of my hidden talents? I need to write about it and don't know what to write.
Hubby: Well, I need to think about that..
Me: Can you tell me in about 10 minutes???
Hubby: If it's a hidden talent, I wouldn't know, because it's a hidden talent, that's somehow the nature of those things.
Me:  *kiss*

Some formerly hidden talents:

- cooking and baking. This surprised many people who knew me as notoriously bad in the kitchen. Well, as long as I could avoid work by letting my mom cook and bake for me, I didn't really have to try. But since I've been married, I have found that cooking and baking is not only necessary but also fun!
- amateur crafting. I'll never be etsy-perfect, but I can knit a very nice scarf or purse, make give-aways for Lily's birthday, and thread a wodden bead necklace that I get compliments for from Lily  :-)
- things I'm not allowed to say..
- preparing a really good cup of tea. No, it's not just pouring hot water over a tea bag, for a really good cup of tea, a lot of variables have to be taken into consideration.
- being a pain in the rear for people who are not good business partners. And believe me, I can be SO annoying!

Thank you for this challenge, Ladies! Have a great weekend, everyone!

12 comments:

  1. Haha love what your husband said. :)

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    1. That's so him!! Hope you have a great weekend, Jen!!

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  2. I would love to know how to make a proper cup of tea. The mother of one of my best friends from high school was British and she always said that there was a way to make it right. I don't remember if she ever told me and if she did, I forgot! Don't suppose you'd want to share that info?

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    1. Well, first of all, it depends on what kind of tea you make. Fruit and Herbal teas are more forgiving than the holy trinity of teas (black, gree, and white). Black tea must always be brewed boiling, green tea at about 75°C (always after having boiled first) and white at about 80°C. Always use cold, fresh water, that's so important. I always cringe when people fill the kettle with hot tap water to get it to boil faster. Use more robust teas (like Assam) if you like to drink it with milk (add milk first, then the tea). Oh, and the Turkish tea culture is great, too. They brew a tea concentrate in he top part of the tea pot and have hot water in the lower, larger compartment. It took my friend and me until the last day of our trip, when we were served the tea that we know that you're supposed to mix it. I bet the mostly Turkish people in our hotel had a blast watching us drink the concentrate as is :-)

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  3. Stephanie, I so could have heard my husband answer me the way yours did if I asked. Probably why I don't try to ask him to finish these sentences for me, because he would come up with some funny, but sarcastic remark, which would totally make me smile, but still not help me to come up with a post! Thanks for linking and glad to see you back this week. Have a wonderful start to your weekend now!! :)

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    1. Sorry for missing out the last two weeks, life happened.. Well, hubby's answer actually helped me writing the post. I drew totally blank on that one. Thank you so much for hosting, Janine!

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  4. I can totally imagine my husband being as helpful as yours. :-) He does have a point, though. Hmmm. I really like your hidden talents. Especially intrigued by the tea one! I love tea but, ahem ahem, I just pour hot water over a tea bag...

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    1. Hubby was totally helpful in that one, Katia! Generally, pouring hot water (as long as it's boiling) over a tea bag. Especially for herbal or fruit tea, this is very important to ensure that it's safe to consume. I love tea, as for the longest time I did not drink coffee. My mother in law has this awesome concoction called sun tea. It's basically "brewing" black (or green / white / rooibos) tea in cold water and setting it out in the sun for 2 to 3 hours. Add ice cubes and maybe a few slices of lemon. That was probably the best tea I've ever had! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  5. HA to the "things I cannot say" one! That's awesome! Oh and I didn't even bother asking my husband as I knew he'd come up with nothing other than something about my bottom or similarly not a talent.

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    1. I actually love the answer he came up with, Kristi! Unfortunately, not many of my talents are "hidden" any more at that time, since I'm notorious for (over-) sharing. Except the things I'm not allowed to say, hubby and I have a firm agreement on that one :-) Have a great weekend, Kristi!

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  6. You are correct - good tea is not as simple as pouring water over a bag. Yay for proper tea making! And oh, isn't the result the best? It makes such a difference.
    My Hub would have answered that question in precisely the same manner.
    I was also a secret cook for years! I love when my family come to our place and are stunned at the food - "we always thought you were bad at this" they say. Nope. Just kept it under my hat until I wanted people to know. I'm no fool - kept me from having to bring stuff to family gatherings all through college and grad school. ;)

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    1. Exactly!! It's always better no-one knows about kitchen skills :-) I have to admit that I had never any interest in cooking or baking until I was married and lived in the States, when my mom wasn't there to do it for me any more :-) Have a great weekend, Lisa!

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