An introduction: BEDN #2

Ah. It would appear that I didn’t read the instructions properly. Day #1 of Blog Every Day In November was supposed to be an introduction, and Day #2’s prompt is ‘something you made’

Ah, well. Something I made could well be yesterday’s roasted pumpkin seeds, which neatly leaves today as an introduction.

Hi. I’m Dave. This is me. I look better in black & white I think, though I generally have a bit more colour about me in rea life. I’m also not really that stern, but my default expression does sometimes come across as slightly cross. I’m not, honestly. This is my happy face:

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As my bio page says, I’m a blogger. Well, yes. I’ve had this blog for a few years now, but before that I lived on Livejournal where I racked up something in excess of ten thousand posts. Yes, that’s a lot. It’s a pretty scary number, but it was spread over ten years. I wrote a post about that called life online.

I’d probably describe my blogging style as ‘scattergun’ – I’ll talk about pretty much whatever pops into my head at the time. Some people say you should find your niche and own it, but my niche seems to involve all kinds of random stuff, from why Leeds has great maps and pretty cups of coffee, to musings on Bond films and pencils.

Seriously, if I followed my stats, I’d post about nothing but Bond films and pencils. It’d get boring *really* quickly.

I like taking photos of stuff. I’m a writer, mainly noodling around with short stories (two of which have been published, one in a very swish glossy coffee-table magazine). I’ve ‘won’ NaNoWriMo once, but am still suffering from the after-effects.

I like cyclist, I juggle and am a general all-round geek. Married, father of two. I also like shiny gadgets, funky websites, and good coffee, but have recently started up a tea-related blog, LetterTwenty with Liz from Margot and Barbara. She’s also doing #BEDN, you should go see what she’s up to.

I set up this blog to talk about any and all of the above. You can also find me on twitter and, to be fair, most other places around the internet.

Or you can email me. I like emails.

Pumpkins

This is the first of my Blog Every Day in November posts

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Day  1: Pumpkins!
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Ah, Halloween. Apart from being NaNoWriMo Eve (see previous post), it’s also that time of year where the kids get to carve up a pumpkin.

As you can see, we had fun with ours. Scooping out the gooey mess from inside wasn’t pleasant, but it suddenly struck me that there were an awful lot of pumpkin seeds in there…

I dug out as many as I could (or as many as I could be bothered to), washed them off, patted them dry, applied a little olive oil, some salt and whacked them in the oven for 20 minutes.

Yum. Hot, crunchy, salty pumpkin seeds. Better than halloween chocolate!