lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
For pasta, when tomato sauce isn't to be found, or you're just bored of it, and you need something quick and tasty, from ingredients usually on hand. 1 tbsp butter, salt, plus ground black pepper and a little lemon juice.

Salt, lemon and pepper are all things I'm definitely likely to have in the kitchen, pretty much always. I usually have a bag of pasta lying around, and some butter. Good for Saturdays like today, because I don't have to decide in advance what to cook. And I can make as much as suits, based on my appetite at the time.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I got back home from Jerusalem much later than I had planned because my parents had a cool houseguest. Consequently the morning was a lost cause but I dedicated much of the afternoon to sweeping and mopping the whole apartment. This is my least favorite house chore, both because it always leaves me tired, sweaty and gross-feeling, and because the apartment gets really nasty if I don't do it often enough. But I'm starting my first week at the new job with a clean floor and fresh linen, which seems auspicious.

Of course as a consequence of not waking up at my own place, and then later the mad rush of neatening and cleaning, I forgot to each a sensibly timed lunch. Now I'm going through a whole progress of figuring out what I can eat and where it can be acquired. I really wish I'd had the good sense to get more supplies for winter-style cooking. Not that I'd break open a bag of red lentils or pearl barley right now. But sooner or later I need to adjust to having foodable foods at home, and for the winter that's really the best stuff.

I wanted to do writing today but probably I will only do TV: How to Get Away with Murder, Haven, and probably/maybe The Flash.

"Viral syndrome"

Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:47
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Apparently that's what they call it when you're sick with some shit you can't do anything about except "fluids and rest". Ugh. I don't even want to go to a doctor because it's not of any use, except I probably have to because of sick leave. Bluh. I've only just gone to a doctor to pick up prescriptions on Tuesday. And I told myself, maybe I should ask her about the fatigue and the backache and all. But then I didn't.

Yesterday I had to go in because of some things that needed doing that no one else can do. Figures the only time I have actual work to do is when I can hardly get myself out of bed in the morning. I slept most of yesterday afternoon and slept until after ten this morning. I let my alarm go, because I thought I might wake up feeling better and go in, which would be simpler all in all. But instead I felt like crap? So I slept another four hours and then took a long hot shower.

And, uh, did a laundry or two and cleaned the kitchen counter. And now I'm cooking lunch/supper because I have food in the house that I'd meant to cook days if not weeks ago, but I've been awful instead. Even though I know having cooked food in the house makes my quality of life immeasurably higher. I even dropped in some fresh mushrooms, before they get limp like the carrots I had planned to cook with on, oh, Friday?

There was some other thing that I wanted to write before I went to check on my dinnerlunchmeal. Whatever. If it's important, it'll come to me later.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
This is an hour on which to wake up from a nap? And be suddenly hungry? My brain. *shakes head*

I have spent so much time in Jerusalem in the past month, I haven't quite gotten used to the local rhythm of action. In particular the weekend rhythms, which of course are a massive indicator of neighborhood culture in Israel. Friday afternoon cafe loitering and the like.

My mind buzzes with so many thoughts I don't share. I really ought to do more proper blogging.

And eat. I should eat.

Relief

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 17:38
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Apartment business I just about over and done with. At the end of the day, everything that needed to get done was done, with much help from certain quarters (and significantly less from others). I have a few loose ends to wrap, but I feel I can take a much deserved break into more low-key shore activity.

Which means now is as good a time as any to establish a good grocery shopping routine, and corresponding menu. Maybe I'll get myself on a decent meal schedule, finally.

Salvage

Sunday, 23 February 2014 08:43
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Feel: RAEG)
Today is shaping up to be a day I'm going to need to salvage. So, some salvage techniques:

Take a long walk while the weather is still pleasantly summery (ish, it's supposed to be a high of 18 today). Do grocery shopping and get a treat. Cook something easy and tempting that I haven't made in a while, like peanut butter rice. Draw OCs. Write random porn. Play a particularly brutal round of LLTQ. Ogle pictures of cute bis on OKC. Call a friend and try to arrange meeting for coffee tonight. Put on pink nail polish (on my gnawed fingernails). Look up skydiving websites. Skim my logic textbook. Watch a TED video or a iTunes university video. Play some music that I haven't listened to in a long while and just sit and listen to it without doing anything else. Make hot cocoa with lots of milk.

Miscellania

Saturday, 16 November 2013 18:12
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
I wrote a tiny bit just now, only to try to get myself feeling back on track. This week I was preoccupied with the open university, and family business, and baking bread. And getting sucked into a game update for hours on end. I did do well with the programming work, and it was satisfying.

What I really want is to fuse the fanfic mentality with the original fic mentality somehow, until they form a big oozing ball of creativity.
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Science: Genetics)
Ingredients

1/2 cup diced onion
1 tbsp crushed garlic
(both frozen)
1 tbsp canola oil

2 small potatoes
a fistful green string beans
2 tbsp pearl barley
2 cups boiling water

2/3 tsp dried powdered parsley
2/3 tsp dried powdered dill
salt & pepper to taste

Directions

* Fry onion & garlic in oil on low-medium flame until onion is clear
* Add boiling water
* Increase flame to high and add potatoes, beans and barley
* Decrease flame to low and add seasoning
* Cover and cook until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork and barley doesn't crunch when bitten

* Subject to additions and alterations as I improve the recipe.

Cold

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 19:09
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Health: Sleep)
Today I seemed to have some sort of minor cold, or perhaps an early allergy attack. I was wiped out, so I cut myself a little more slack than usual and didn't even try to write. I think I might have had a bit of a fever.

I did get a call from a recruiter who might have a job offer for me.

Now I'm trying to figure out whether I should make myself a sandwich as a light supper or opt for something more substantial. If I'm ambitious I could make some brown rice.

Happenings

Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:33
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Yesterday was the big shared birthday party. It was a dinner party for about twelve, and we ended up making enough food for about twenty, I think. All in all, though, things went very smoothly. Both the food and the company were lovely and I am so glad I did this. Although there were lots of fandom people there, it was light on the fandom talk most of the time. Which makes a nice change of pace, I think.

I slept over at my sister's and spent Saturday morning with her. We don't often spend quality time alone together and we were both of pretty good spirits so it was very nice. I left her one of the mini-watermelons I bought that we never opened, and I figure I'll bring the second one to my parents. My mom eats a lot of fruit, and my fridge is already pretty full.

On the one hand, it's Saturday and I have every excuse to spend the whole day on Tumblr or playing video games. On the other hand, it would be nice if I could motivate myself to write some original fiction. I'm completely rusty, especially since I'm trying to write in Hebrew which AHAHAHAHAHA. And trying to write Hebrew language fantasy which HAHAHAHA-no. Maybe I'm kidding myself, but now is the time to do all the things I said I would do etc. etc.

As long as I keep a clear head and reasonable expectations about it.

Home Brunch Plan

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:05
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
1 small-medium potato, cubed small
1 small red-orange sweet pepper, cut into short strips
1 egg

Fry in olive oil on a hot flame, stirring constantly. Start with the potato, add in the pepper. When the potato cubes start to soften (poke with fork) make a hollow in the vegetable pile to scramble the egg in. Top with salt to taste.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
Today I will be good and sort through all the crap that's been lying around on every table in my house (and some chairs), finding a proper place for each item in my new cabinets.

Today I will be good and catalog all the important letters, papers and bills that I have yet to handle, placing them on my desk to be taken care of first thing Sunday morning.

Today I will be good and review and list in an orderly fashion any of my school-related activities that need to be completed in the next two weeks of semester break, assuring that they will all be done in a timely manner.

Today I will be good and cook myself a wholesome meal using fresh ingredients.

Today I will be good and continue working on one or more of the several writing projects in progress that I already have, with a special emphasis on projects that I have started posting but have not yet finished writing.

...

Today I will lounge in sweatpants and play videogames, and consider that an awesome accomplishment compared to lounging in pajamas and listlessly paging through Tumblr.
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
If the question is, "Can you freeze a ripe mango, then defrost it a week or so later and eta it to your delight?" then the answer must surely be, "Yes, but only with a spoon, for it will have turned to gooey sweet mush."

Driving

Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:32
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
I forgot to mention about the driving lesson I had on Tuesday. I haven't been driving for years and I thought I forgot everything, but it went relatively okay. Alone on the road I would have been a menace, taking a couple of lessons was a good plan.

Lately I haven't been blogging because of gross feelings soup, but I think it's getting better and after I'm done cooking for the holiday I'll write a bunch about my feelings. I think by then I'll have a better perspective on the matter.

So... drop biscuits, I guess.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
So I hear some Hunger Games fans have gone all Blaise Zabini on the fandom's ass after watching the film.

How fucking depressing.

Anyway I totally want to watch the movie because it sounds fluffy and fun. I do have that damn neuro lab tomorrow, though, so I don't know if I'll have the energy to go out on Thursday night. Bluh. Tomorrow will be bad, I have ten straight hours of class with only one free period. Also I cooked food for the whole week but it's already almost run out, I have to do some cooking tonight or something. Which means I have to stop for groceries on the way back from the library.

And I will apparently need to buy the Cognitive Neuroscience book, because checking it out from the library every time I need it simply won't work.
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
After neglecting it for weeks due to being sick/tired, my apartment is finally clean. What I did discover yesterday morning was a meal moth infestation in one of my kitchen cupboards. Throwing out anything that might have been infected was depressing. Now the cupboard is clean and empty and all the food is stored someplace safe. I did go grocery shopping, not so much to replace all the rice and such, since I can get that from my parents, but for fresh fruit and medical supplies.

I cough very little now and I have an appointment for a lung capacity test of some sort. However autumn is still the peak of the allergy season, even if the weather is summery. Accordingly I needed more tissues, but opted to drop the OTC nasal spray in favor of saline, which is supposed to be better. Certainly I'm doing better now than I did Saturday night, which is when I stopped taking the nasal drops. The package does say they're a short-term solution and I'd been using them way too long.

Yesterday I wrote a bit. Later today I plan on taking a walk, or maybe just going up the street to the park to sit and read. Not parking myself in front of the computer all day, at any rate.

Last night I spotted a spider under my desk, which made me nervous although I reassured myself that it's harmless and won't offend unless offended. It's gone now, but they're nocturnal so it might be back later tonight.

Overall I think things are looking up on most fronts.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
So September was opened with a very long flight and closed with a quite severe asthma outbreak. In fact I would say the asthma situation defined this month more than Dragon*Con did, although I may feel differently, looking back, once I've gotten some beta agonists and such in my system. Health-wise I am doing quite poorly and I have only one month before classes start to get it fixed. Sunday morning I have to open the week by being assertive with several doctors to the point that, yes, this is an emergency. It is actually impossible for me to sleep more than 4-5 hours in a row, I get tired from standing for too long, and I am using quantities of salbutamol that are starting to make me nervous.

The new year, on the other hand, started very pleasantly indeed. On Wednesday I summoned the strength to make Challah from scratch out of the recipe book my brother bought me for my birthday. The recipe made three large challahs. They were delicious and comforting, and disappeared at a speed I hadn't counted on.

In book news, I finished Robin Hobb's Dragon Haven the first week I was sick, after tearing through it pretty ravenously. I found it much better than Dragon Keeper in just about every way, although I still have a number of philosophical disagreements to raise. The dragons themselves are very vexatious, but this book stresses more than the previous one that they also differ in temperament and values. This makes the dragon-keeper relationships pretty fascinating to follow. The greatest achievement of this book is that it made me look forward to the rest of the series, which the first installment certainly didn't. Now I'm reading Lev Grossman's The Magicians, having set aside Perdido Street Station indefinitely on grounds that it's too interesting for my flagging energies.

Holidays and Writing

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:29
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
For Shavuot it is a (relatively recent) tradition to eat lots of dairy products. I like this, because I love eating dairy and cooking with it, I do a lot better with it than with meat, and so sometimes I volunteer myself for holiday meal duties. Last night I made spaghetti in pesto sauce, a filo pie with cheese and onion, and fresh rolls with yeast. The pie recipe I improvised after not finding anything that was quite what I was looking for, and it came out great. The rolls were a pain because yeast has to rise overnight, and it was my first time baking with it. In the end they came out pretty good, though. Sadly, the pesto was under-spiced and thus too mild. Too bad, it smelled really great.

In other news, my [community profile] junetide story has gotten completely out of hand. And I absolutely have to finish it this week as soon as possible, because I have two exams coming up for which the volume of material is absurd. The idea I came up with, it sounded like something I was up to. Only when I actually sat down to write, the story wouldn't go where I told it to. Man, the editing on this will be awful.

ETA: What the everloving fuck. My computer has sprouted the strangest bug. A whole bunch of programs just, like, swapped icons with each other. I could not figure out why there was a Sims icon on my taskbar, since I never pinned it there. I unpinned it, and it turns out that icon was leaving to Firefox, of all things. Adobe Reader has the MS Paint icon, MS Paint has something that looks like OpenOffice, what the fuck.
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
Why are the internets collapsing? LJ is down so I can't access [livejournal.com profile] captchalogue or [livejournal.com profile] homestuck1000, and Twitter is now down too. I'm almost afraid to check Facebook.

In school news, my group (actually a pair) managed to get a grip on our experimental psychology assignments, which were proving to be an enormous pain in the general rear vicinity.

In writing news, [community profile] junetide! So many delicious prompts. Mine were pretty cracky and I suspect someone who knows me moderately well could guess them easily. But, that's not the point of the challenge, and then again neither is hiding my identity? I guess? Anyway, it will all be super cool and there are some really creative people on board. Plus I've already encountered about five things I forgot/had no idea I might want to request. Like this.

In food news, I want to make a post about ptitim because I just made some. They came out not like my mother's and I'm not sure how I feel about that. Also they are a weird Israeli thing.

Anyway, I need like a mini-program, an HTML page or something, that can take a list of names and compute all possible pairings out of them. That way I can turn my desire to write every Homestuck femmeslash pairing from a cracktastic dream into potential reality. Except this fandom has the only femmeslash pairing ever that I might not be able to bring myself to write. Dammit LJ, grar rar, I need my anonymous prompt memes!
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Basic: Science)
Today is the first day of class for the second semester! You can tell, because I have no classes today. Or tomorrow. Briefly there was concern that I might have a lab from 2 to 7, but a timely SMS from the student office assuaged that worry.

Which is not to say that I have nothing to do. I have to: 1. Go to the bank and redeem my army trust money before it vanishes into the ether. 2. Find a lab coat that fits even if I wear a fleece over my tee shirt. 3. Get fitted for a bra like a fucking grownup. 4. Get a blood test, under fast. 5. Get a lung function test. 6. I know I forgot something and it's making me mad.

I got my [community profile] purimgifts assignment! I also got my Purim hair dye.

I made pancakes and they didn't burn at all, thanks to the good folks of [community profile] boilingwater.

Genetics shenanigans have not yet been completely resolved. I managed to sign up for the class (and cancel advanced biochem) but I still don't know if I'll have the place I need in the lab. Lab is mandatory. Almost all the classes I plan on taking next year require this course. Hopefully, this totally rational argument will sway someone who can do something about it.

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