That’s How We Roll…

If you got home after a long day at work and were told that it’s Sushi for dinner, I believe most of the general population would be pretty pleased… What is it about raw fish, cold sticky rice soaked in vinegar and dried seaweed sheets that we love? I have no idea, but this is a bandwagon that I am most definitely on!

The Mother and The Sister blessed me with a voucher for four people to learn to make sushi. Score since I really love sushi, bigger score, it’s on The List.

This time it was The Teacher, The Occupational Therapist, The Graphic Designer and The Journalist/Script Writer/Producer/Social Media Junkie/A Whole Lot Else who joined forces in the quest to become Sushi Ninjas…

Designer Girl and I listened to the advice of the person running the lesson and brought our own knives… It did feel weird and illegal walking around with a massive, sharp knife in my bag…

We arrived for our lesson in good time and did what any self-respecting girls would do, took photos of ourselves. I must admit though that it was mildly awkward setting the self-timer on my camera and all smiling at it for ten seconds before it finally took our picture. Awkward, but that didn’t stop us from doing it again, and again…


We were invited to join the sushi chef in his kitchen and watch and listen as each step of the process was explained and illustrated. The young chef made it look incredibly easy as he flipped, spread, filled, rolled and cut the sushi. We were shown how to create our own California Rolls, Maki, Fashion Sandwiches and (my favourite) Salmon Roses…

After that we were ushered back to our spots at the sushi counter and supplied all that we would need. Come on, how hard could it possibly be?

I knew I wasn’t off to a great start when I started on the bamboo mat instead of on the board… Oh dear! Come on, Sarah, focus here… I set to work with the sushi rice, squishing it onto the seaweed sheet… At this point, let me just say that sushi rice is much like glitter… You know how you can’t get glitter off your hands? Yip, the rice was the same and then I remembered that I hadn’t wet my hands… Fixing that problem I went back to my rice squishing and did a fairly decent job of it. A shake of sesame seeds, some avo and salmon slices later my California rolls started to take shape. A bit of shaping using the bamboo mat and things were looking good. I then had to cut them, not so easy, but I managed.

Next we were given rice and a thin slice of salmon to make the super easy salmon roses… My salmon didn’t really play along… A squirt of mayo and a touch of caviar later, it had more or less fallen apart… Super easy? Pffft!

So it may not have looked exactly like the sushi chef’s masterpiece but boy did it taste good! We enjoyed munching on self-made sushi and chatting away as girls do…

Sushi making? Check!


This is how it all begins…

So, I finally caved. For about two months my sister has pleaded with me to start a 30 by 30 project. No small undertaking as the 1st anniversary of my 29th birthday is about 7 months away. She has stubbornly ignored my numerous refusals… That’s why she’s a great Occupational Therapist.

Side note: For those who are wondering what a 30 by 30 project is, it is a list of 30 things you like to do, see, experience or achieve by your 30th birthday.

I have dreaded turning thirty for a long time now. I had just started making my peace with it when a “Friends” marathon of all ten seasons started in my house… Watching Joey at each of his friend’s 30th birthday parties crying, “Why God? Why do you hate us?” did set me back a little.

The one where they turn 30

30. Three Oh. The Big Three Oh. Thirty. A year over twenty nine. Ten years from forty. So as I tried to make it sound less “thirty-ish” in my head, I begrudgingly agreed to the idea as I figure no one apart from her and my mom would even want to read about it. As she flat out ignored my, “No Naomi. I don’t have time,” and waved off my “No Naomi, I can’t afford that,” She started a list…

“Number one… Bungee jumping!” This, just a couple days after a tourist took a dive into the croc infested waters of the Zambezi.




“Ok, ok… I know! Go on… wait for it… a blind date!” She finishes proudly.

“Heck no.”

“C’mon. We’ll set you up.”

“No. No. No. No. No.” I repeat myself until she scratches it off her list.


Finally we (she called on my sister in law and mother for advice) sifted through the proposed and Googled ideas… Some were tossed out as too traumatic (a trip to a bird park… don’t judge me), too expensive (a trip overseas) or too ridiculous (set up an online dating profile and actually go on a date – online dating is not an option once you’ve taught grade 8 life orientation about online predators).

They unfortunately hogged the list allowing me very little say as to how I will be bidding my twenties adieu. My one truly non-negotiable was that starting a blog be on the List… Nothing makes me feel better than a to do list that already has things crossed out. Obviously since I’m putting up the list I did exercise editing rights before I posted it.

I work reasonably well under pressure (in other words I leave things till the last minute) so I do foresee most of these happening just before September 21st 2012, but who knows, maybe I’ll surprise even myself.

Without any further waffling I give you “The List” and invite you to follow my journey to “The Big Three Oh.” As they say on Cool Runnings… “Peace be da journey.”


  1. Start a blog… CHECK! In case you are confused, you’re reading it…
  2. Ride on a bus, train and a taxi. I argued for this to be three separate entries, to no avail.
  3. Go to a concert
  4. Get a tattoo… A real one…
  5. Pop popcorn on the stove without a lid on the pot… Always wanted to do this!
  6. Watch a movie trilogy in one sitting
  7. Milk a cow… even as I type this I’m thinking of how I am so not farm girl material
  8. Write a message, put it in a bottle and toss it out to sea
  9. Have a photo that I’ve taken professionally framed
  10. Get my legs waxed for the first time
  11. Walk up Lion’s Head
  12. Wear a dress to work
  13. Cook a three course Jamie Oliver meal
  14. Road Trip
  15. Go coffee free for 30 days
  16. Memorise a poem
  17. Make Sushi
  18. Spend an entire day in my PJ’s
  19. Take 10 photos that I love
  20. Watch an entire season of any series in one day
  21. Host a dinner party
  22. Send someone a handwritten letter
  23. Go fishing
  24. Donate Blood (haven’t been able to donate for a while for health reasons)
  25. Go Camping
  26. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together as a family on the same day
  27. Successfully make an origami something
  28. Do at least one DIY project
  29. Volunteer somewhere for one hour
  30. Watch the sunrise with friends

So there you have it! My 30 before 30… If you feel like joining me in any of these endeavours, let me know… The more the merrier, or so they say.

Let the countdown begin!