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Inspired by @solena. I had to do etsy instead last time but I actually bought things that aren't ebooks!
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    Tokyo Girl MP3s - Perfume
    Yes I'm that weird person who pays for digital music. I don't like streaming or CDs.
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    A second SD card for my camera
    Using this one purely for product / review photos. The packaging was indeed 1000% frustration free πŸ‘
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    Replacement cutting mat
    My old one was cut right through from so much use and I have a tutorial to design.
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I rent a flat in a typical Scottish tenement that was built in 1905. (Yes I forgot to publish this last year and maybe it's 112 now but that's not as cool - blame the update that made it hard to find my drafts)
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    I know this because the date is carved into the building!
    This is from Google before I lived there in case you're trying to guess my flat from what's in the windows.
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    THE GOOD
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    It has cool old features
    Like these Art Deco tiles in the stairwell
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I bought a steamer recently to make it easier for me to eat more vegetables and I'm liking it a lot. What else should I try?
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    Green beans
    Much nicer than the frozen ones I occasionally throw in soup.
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    Tenderstem broccoli
    Already a favourite but even easier to cook.
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    Brussels sprouts
    Got these on a whim at the weekend and they were perfect.
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Since I was digging in my Flickr archives. I mostly took photos for my website but it was also a great way to get a better view since I'm short! All taken with my Dutch grandfather's manual Yashica camera.
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    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    Good pals who let me join in their escapades and take photos from behind the stage. This was shortly before they trashed everything because an amp wasn't working.
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    OXES
    Crazy Baltimore metal band with wireless guitars.
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    Stephen Malkmus / Pavement
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Sorry @andersun, your similar request did not have such an amazing title.
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    (Fair warning: this is not going to be as exciting as you might be hoping)
    (But I had a lot of fun looking up old photos on Flickr so thank you for letting me reminisce)
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    One Christmas I went to work at the Royal Mail sorting office in Glasgow to help out with all the extra mail. There were two of us assigned to London and the other was a guy called Declan. We spent a lot of time pretending to look busy so someone wouldn't give us a horrible task to do.
    We worked 2pm - 10pm with two 20 minute breaks for 14 days straight. It was exhausting.
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    One day while mindlessly throwing your fragile parcels into sacks, Declan mentioned he had a record deal and was looking for a keyboard player to join the live band who would just play his songs.
    And I said I could play the piano and was looking to be in a band where I wouldn't be expected to write any songs or "jam"
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Sorry for changing it @veshecco but I don't really pay attention to lyrics and couldn't tell you what any of my favourite songs are about. I'm such a romantic that I got iTunes to pick these via a smart playlist ordered by play count πŸ’”
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    Write About Love - Belle and Sebastian
    The one with a pre-fame Carey Mulligan. I used to share a flat with two well known members of the infamous B&S email group so I'll always have a soft spot for them.
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    Give Me Your Love - Florrie
    I don't know anything about Florrie except that she's produced by Xenomania who deserve knighthoods for services to British pop music.
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    My Love Is Better - Annie
    Norwegian electropop genius
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Inspired by everyone - @andersun's was the first one I read.
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine S4
    Christmas episode which was pretty terrible (especially in February) but I still laughed a lot. I hear it's DOUG JUDY next week πŸ‘
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    The Great Pottery Throw Down
    Bake Off might have been killed off but we still have the ceramics version. Already amazing - the male judge is so emotionally invested that he cries every week and a Vietnamese cage fighter made a clock inspired by Howl's Moving Castle.
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    Further Back in Time for Dinner
    Social history show where a (delightfully normal, intelligent and drama-free) family find out what it's like to live through the decades 1 year per day. They're doing 1900-1950 this series and the addition of a housemaid has made it even more interesting.
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I needed rice and then if you have to pay the courier charge you may as well make it worth while.
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    Big bag of rice
    From Akita prefecture. I've never been there - I chose pretty randomly.
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    Fresh karepan!
    I did not know you could get karepan in the mail. It's curry inside deep fried bread. I had this one for lunch and it wasn't as good as the ones I ate in Japan last year so I will have to keep looking (or go back to Japan soon)
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    Chocolate shokopan
    Giant soft bread swirled with chocolate
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Sorry for not listing much! If in doubt, post cute pictures.
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    A bunch of sticker sheets
    I LOVE THEM
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    These printable Onigiri notelets
    I designed them for my surprise boxes last year and now it's a PDF for everyone πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
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    Sunae is a Japanese art form which is basically painting with sand! The most famous sunae artist is Naoshi who makes amazing pieces like this:
    You can watch her in action here: https://vimeo.com/11764498
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    She also sells kits and a friend gave me this one to try
    It's one of the easiest designs so great for a beginner.
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    Here's what's inside
    Cute instruction sheet, sticky sunae paper, bags of coloured sand, toothpick and ribbon.
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