Monthly Archives: July 2013
Raise your hand if you like Monday!
Hmm. Didn’t think so.
I’m trying to determine if the complete waste of a weekend makes this Monday better or worse. On the one hand, since this weekend wasn’t particularly good, Monday isn’t horrible by comparison. On the other, not having the buffer of feeling good and productive on the weekend might just result in the very intense need for a weekend by the time this Friday evening rolls around. Plus, I’ll be busy pretty much all of Saturday.
It started with Friday, when my social time heavily featured me in a state of being too tired out from the week to want to really do anything. Then my Five Things Friday writing post for the week was put off until Saturday morning. Then it was put off until Saturday evening, and that continued until it just didn’t happen at all. I have already built in the “rule” that I do not have to do it every single week, but that was my aim, and I had such a good idea for this past Friday that I was a bit disappointed in myself. Maybe I’ll work on my Five Things Friday throughout the week this time, and it will be easily finished at the end of the week.
Following the same theme, the Youtube video I was going to make didn’t happen either. Too tired. Too uninspired by the logistical aspects of filming videos. I know–I should actually stop watching youtube videos at all. I won’t compare myself to other vloggers and I won’t feel embarrassed about my inability to film anything that looks even the slightest bit like I care (not because I don’t care, but because I have a serious lack of equipment).
This week, of course, is not shaping up to be a great one, but not so bad, I guess. I’m just about done with the second manuscript I need to get in by Wednesday, so I’m not really worried about it, and other than that I just have to get down to business on the other tasks and get done as much as I can this week. I won’t feel pressure to finish anything until NEXT week. Which, again, will suck, but… ugh. Around and around we go.
Hey, here’s another super disappointing thing: I got a new comment on a post, and it turned out to be spammy, spammy spam. Ever seen Drawn Together, the episode about Ling-ling being disappointed by things, and how he would kind of wilt? It was like that, except that I didn’t secrete any hallucinogenic substances (that I know of).
Last thursday I made a delicious pizza, and then failed to blog about it. I have a few pictures and it’s on my to-blog list. But, right now it’s just one more thing I did not manage to do this weekend.
Aside from a few, very unusual people, everyone has times like this. No matter how much you would like to be productive and active and checking things off an imaginary (or a real) to-do list, sometimes you just have days when you don’t really get anything done. It could be nothing more than a bout of laziness. You have the right to be lazy sometimes, particularly if you’re generally responsible. But maybe your brain is trying to say, “Hey, I need a break. Just watch movies and read a bit and you know, maybe get out of bed and move around once in a while, but otherwise leave me alone.”
Oh, also, home goods stores don’t seem to sell disposable cups for parties and such. WHAT? What is wrong with you people, not selling party goods! And they only had crappy ones at CVS. So I’m still on the hunt for cups.
I went out during a break in the (awesome) rain with the intent of getting a cup of coffee.
I am currently drink an Orange Spice Iced Coffee, of the dreaded Starbucks variety. It’s certainly the most interesting coffee that I’ve had in a long time.
It’s not quite to my taste, that is, as something I would order again. It’s an interesting flavor experiment, but I prefer regular coffee or tea. It might be a good beverage, I can’t really tell.
I definitely wouldn’t call it good coffee though. But I generally only think Starbucks coffee is good if I buy the beans and brew it at home. So that could just be me.
I could probably write in detail about why Starbucks’ coffee is not actually good, why they’re inferior to the single-cup pour over places that charge like $3 for just a regular cup of coffee (as opposed to $1.95+tax for a grande). When I go to a local, independent cafe, I do in fact think the coffee tastes better.
But, you know what? I’m not a coffee expert. If you like Starbucks coffee, that doesn’t mean your palate’s just not as sophisticated as mine. (It might, but I don’t take it that way.) I just know what I like. And I still buy Starbucks coffee, if not as often as I did before. I’ve mentioned in at least one previous post how I feel about this leviathan chain. I don’t love them, for sure. But I don’t hate them either. As far as “evil” corporations go, I don’t think they’re that close to the top of the list. And they have done wonders for making coffee convenient, even if you have to spend more to get the REALLY good stuff.
So thanks, Starbucks…
I get paid once a month, at the end/beginning of the month, depending on how you look at it. So I always have plenty of money in my account at the very end of a month and through the first week or two, and it looks great during that time! I can do things! The sky (read: stores and restaurants?) is the limit!
But I know it’s not going to last
Rent check comes out. Transfer to savings account (which is usually transferred back to checking so I can pay my bills) comes out. Tax payment comes out. Credit card and loan payments happen. And throughout all of this, food and other essentials (and, ok, often quite a few non-essentials) are purchased.
This is how incomes and living work. We all know this.
But, because I only get paid once a month, I suffer from end-of-month brokeness.
It gets down to only $100-200 in my account. Granted, that’s more than some people have. But, considering that I have no savings, it’s not enough to deal with any emergency expenses. So those, naturally, would have to go on my credit card. On which I already carry a balance right now.
And then I have to buy my train pass on the 1st of the month. Depending on timing, that might have to go on the credit card.
And I’m having a little party the first weekend in August. It won’t be that many people, but it still requires extra money for the food and drinks I plan to provide.
I desperately hope there isn’t a paycheck delay this month. (So far so good, but it’s not certain…)
I have one or two posts I intended to put up but I’m not going to do that right now.
I realize I haven’t been blogging much lately. Work is busy, and outside of work one can only sort of have both free time and a social life. One cannot have both. As I’ve been trying to get certain things done in my free time, I haven’t really thought much about blogging. I also have not been doing anything that exciting with food, plus I am not fond of the practice of going to get my phone so I can take crappy pictures while I’m cooking. It’s just… no. Not really. In addition, I don’t like taking pictures of my food while I’m eating out. It’s not that I think doing so just automatically makes you something of a hipster/douche (which… it only sort of does, and only if you post all the pictures on instagram), it’s more that when I go to eat food I think more about EATING the food. So how likely is it that I’m going to pause to take a picture before starting to stuff my face? (A: Not freaking likely.)
I have been making an effort to continue my Monday Madness posts here and the new weekly feature, Five Things Friday, on my writing blog. I think that’s been going pretty well. However, I still have not found time to sit down and write, for several reasons, and I have also been dying in the heat this week. I am so glad it’s about to cool off a bit, because otherwise I might have to give up on clothes entirely. Since I don’t work at home, that could have caused problems.
I have a Love with Food unboxing up on youtube and I’m soon going to make another video about how I’m planning to use the channel as a tool related to my writing. Not sure how well that one’s going to go yet, but if you’re curious, check my channel in a few days to find that one. Since that video will be centered on writing, I will probably post a link to it in a Between Worlds post, so you can also check there. (Links to the blog and my youtube channel are both in the sidebar, just scroll down a little, you’ll find it!)
So, I’m sorry if you’ve been waiting for more food posts, I’ve just been having a lot AND nothing going on at the same time, which has made for a huge lag in posting. I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to pick up with this again over the next few months. I am going to be making something hopefully very yummy in the next few weeks, and maybe I will get a chance to get some good pictures of it. Just stick around and you won’t regret it! (At least, I don’t think you will. But I’m not psychic.)
It’s that time again. That Monday time. And it’s MADNESS.
I’m going to be totally honest. I had some idea yesterday about what I might post, and I was going to write it while I drank my coffee at 7 in the morning. Then I laid back down after showering and didn’t get up again until 8. I didn’t have time to make coffee or turn on my computer at all. And I have no idea what I was going to say.
Sometimes things don’t go as expected or hoped. Rather often, in fact. It might be smarter, therefore, to stop having expectations or hopes at all. But that’s a lot harder than it seems like it would be. I guess the best thing to do is to not let disappointment get to you too much. It is essentially inevitable to avoid disappointment completely. It’s perfectly reasonable to just get as much as you can out of the situation and then move on.
Does that make sense to anyone, or am I just trying too hard to be logical–and failing?
Life is madness.
I didn’t even get a chance to post this in the morning. That is how madness it is.
If you read my writing blog, then you probably have some idea how I feel about the 4th of July. Maybe if I went off and had a barbeque and got to watch fireworks without thousands of people pushing in from all sides, I might enjoy it more. However, I didn’t get to do that. Mostly, it was crowded and stressful. As a day off from work it didn’t help me much. I had to work all weekend to get to the point I was aiming for this week. I REALLY don’t want to fall behind my goals at work right now. Catching up is way too difficult.
It’s been very hot lately. Now, I know that there are plenty of areas of the world where it has been in the hundreds, even up to 130 or so, and we’ve only had a high of 95 or so in Boston. ONLY 95, GUYS!!! It’s too much for me. Especially because it’s always so humid. It always feels at least 5 degrees hotter than it is, if not more, and even if you never go outside, and don’t really do anything that active for most of the day, you feel kind of clammy all day long. I’ve been trying to continuously drink water to avoid dehydration, and I think I’m doing well, but I still have a headache right now.
Between frequently staying somewhat late at work, ridiculous heat, attempting to organize the unfortunate piles of stuff in my room, trying without much luck to have a social life, and trying to sort out various other things, I’ve gotten to a point where I feel almost like I don’t have time to breathe. This is, of course, metaphorical, as breathing is an automated process that happens without effort as you’re doing other things. I know, it’s amazing. But what I mean is time to relax, recharge… reduce, reuse, recycle. You know. All those things they tell you to do that begin with “re.”
Damn. I need a massage.
I don’t know how well the word “Media” really fits in as part of the title, but it was so alliterative! …on to the food.
I like sometimes to mix flavors in ways that are a little unconventional, and that other people might not think to do. Who says every part of your meal has to match? It’s just like wearing two different socks or wearing stripes and polka dots together–you can do it if you want to!
The other night I threw together some green and red peppers chopped up with summer squash, tossed in olive oil and herbs, and roasted it all for a while. Then I sprinkled it liberally with some Italian blend shredded cheese and it went back in the oven until that got nice and melty.
I was going to make quinoa to go with it, but then I changed my mind and made some tandoori-ginger jasmine rice instead.
If the pictures seem a little fuzzy, I think it’s because the hot food steamed up my phone’s camera lens.
I always really like making tandoori rice because it comes out such a nice coral orange color. I tend to throw in some butter and then probably about a tablespoon of tandoori seasoning. Maybe a bit less. My tandoori seasoning came from T.J. Maxx. You could look for it there or at other stores that have interesting alternative unusual food items. I don’t know how easy it is to find, but my container of it is definitely large enough to last me for a long, long time. I’ve already had it for about two years…
As for the veggies, I just chopped them, sort of roughly, and mixed them all together. The seasonings were very nice. If I remember correctly, I used oregano, rosemary, thyme, and black pepper. Yes, I put pepper on my peppers. It did make them a little spicy, but I like that. Omit the pepper if you don’t like spice.
According to the internet, you’re supposed to roast vegetables at a very high temperature. Next time I think I’ll keep it to 450, because some of the peppers started to look a little bit over-browned before the squash really browned much at all. Luckily, nothing really burned. It was a very nice roast-y flavor.
I still have leftover rice, a week later, so I decided to do something with it today.
That right there is a kale salad with tandoori rice, cajun-sauteed chicken, and a small amount of dried cranberries. It was, in fact, the last of the cranberries, so I’m going to have to buy more.
Do those flavors “go” together? I don’t know. probably not. But they taste good together. So I do it.
I hope you’ve been inspired to combine some foods or flavors you would not have thought to mix before! Food is meant to be enjoyed. Just do whatever you want with it.
Weekends are the eternal paradox. Or rather, the two-day paradox. They are an eternal two-day paradox.
Because it can be very difficult to get chores or errands or goals done during the week if you have a full time job (or are a full time student).
So you think, I will have so much time on the weekend.
But what happens when you really need a day to do absolutely nothing? To just lay around and browse the internet or read books or watch videos all day, and only eat food that takes very little time to prepare? Well. There’s nothing wrong with having those days sometimes.
But what if you also had plans during the weekend that leave only one day for the getting stuff done AND the relaxing and lying around? What do you do? I guess it depends on how important the chores etc. are. So you might have one of those weekends with sadly little time to relax and do nothing.
In conclusion, do not let your bedroom get that messy. Cleaning it turns into a week-long project and you know you’ll only have a few hours to work on it.