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I did it!  I posted all the days!  I win the internet!
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Spent the day with a bunch of my friends.  We ate a lot of delicious feed and set the world to rights.   There is a possibility I drank a bit.
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Thanks to all y'all who've commented and posted your own NaBloPoMos and regular old LJ entries.  It's been fun.  See you back here same time next year :D
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Didn't get half of what I wanted to accomplish done today. Barely got any of it started.  Apathy is a cruel mistress.
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Someone asked if I will do the annual Holiday Fic of the Day over at Haven.  Um...I suppose.  Yes?  No?  Bueller?
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Do you send Christmas/winter holiday of some sort cards? I love THESE, THESE, and THESE, but the notion of ordering them, writing on them, putting them in envelopes and then, ugh, mailing them?  Ugh. I don't even have the vaguest idea how much a stamp costs anymore.
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THESE is a very strange word.  Say it to yourself a few times.  Go on.  You'll see what I mean soon enough.
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I made these (there it is again!) last year:

They were insanely delicious.  I think I will make them again.
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And how was your Saturday?
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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OMG! Today was so DULL! SO DULL! DULL DULL DULL!
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Let's see: what have I missed?

What is the most controversial thing you've ever written on your blog?

I think it was suggesting Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush was not the best song ever.

What compelled you to write it?

They played it on BBC4 and it became obvious that, yeah, it wasn't.

So, is my 'blog' controversial? Not so much. (I really have no desire to be controversial.)

Is it even a blog? Not so much.
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I'm going to make some of these (to give as stocking stuffers) tomorrow:


Because, why not?
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I'm also going to make these:


They are the "must-have" ingredient of the moment, and they don't sound as un-delicious as horseradish vodka.
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So the new Star Wars trailer. How do we feel about this?

  I understand I am supposed to be giddy, and yet...hmmm.  Not so giddy.

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Happy Thanksgiving, the Americans!  Hope you've all had a good day.
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Chocolate Swiss Meringues, as discussed in yesterday's post?  Delicious. And gone.
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What could possibly go wrong???

A frozen woolly mammoth found with a pool of liquid blood last year in Siberia has undergone the animal version of an autopsy, revealing new information and providing blood and tissue samples that may be used to clone the extinct ancient mammal.
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I'm sleepy. See you all tomorrow.  Don't shop too hard.
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I made Chocolate Swiss Meringues today.  (Not to be confused with Swiss chocolate meringues, which are something else altogether.  Probably) I found the recipe in a copy of Family Circle from 1987 (and I don't see it on-line anywhere - are there really things that are not on-line?  How is that even a thing?)  I'd never made Swiss meringue before and thought, what the hell, you only live once - you should have SOME sugar burns to show for it.

I have four egg yolks I have to figure out some use for.  My life is so glamourous!
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This facing page ad for Kmart in said 1987 magazine made it immediately clear that we are ALL GETTING OLD.



Again, you're welcome.
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Alfonso Ribiero won Dancing with the Stars. I have never seen this show, but even I know the guy is a professional dancer.  How does that even work?
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I am not a huge Joni Mitchell fan.  I think she's written a lot of very good songs, but her voice gives me the heebie-jeebies (full disclosure - my voice would no doubt give her - and just about any one - the heebie-jeebies).  That said, I had to love this:

Joni Mitchell Thinks Taylor Swift Has "High Cheekbones" and Not Much Else to Offer as an Actress

Ouch. Something to be said for just not giving a shit.  Go Joni!
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Hubby's home.  Must go feed him meringues.
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One month.
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Today's topic:

You are given unlimited funds and a fabulous team of programmers and told to create your own social networking platform. Tell us all about your ideal, fictional social media site.

Well, okay.  Mostly I don't get social media.  I mean, does a newsgroup from ye olde dayes count?  Or bulletin boards?  Or what?  Is LJ social media?  I like to adopt technology only after 98% of users have abandoned it, if possible, but as far as I can tell, most social media sites are all about mining your data and selling it on to the highest, lowest - hell, any - bidder.  Facebook was kinda fun until it was full of rightwing lunatics (so, for a couple of weeks). Instagram is great if you need to see a picture of someone's waffles and you need to see it now. Beyond that?  Shrug.  Anti-social media is it for me, I guess.
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I went to the Wal-mart today.  I got there before the store opened (because of - reasons.)  It was cold and rainy and so I sat in my car, listening to the radio and watching people line up, in the rain and cold, to get into the Wal-mart.  Why?  It's a Tuesday at the Wal-mart.

Humans.  Go fig.
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Hartswood, explain yourselves. Now.

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This arrived today.  I want to make all the cookies.  All if them!

The problem with that is that I will then want to eat all the cookies.

Stupid cookies.
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Made enough virttual snowflakes?  How about decorating a virtual tree?
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I was at the thrift store, and there was a typewriter. It was smallish, portable, and orange and cream, so probably from the early to mid seventies, possibly earlier.  It was also Russian.  Well, okay, it was made in Yugoslavia (remember Yugoslavia? Second only to Czechoslovakia in the "Coolly named place that isn't there anymore" contest) but the script was Cyrillic.  It looked like this:


I wanted it.  I wanted it with the fiery passion of 12, perhaps 13, burning suns.  But there was no price tag.  So I took it to the cash.

"How much is this?" I asked.  "There's no price tag."

The raven-haired girl with the pierced ears, nose, brow, cheek and bloank expression flipped it over and under and around and around.  "There's no price tag," she informed me.

'Yes, I know.  Can you find out what the price is?"

"We can't sell it if it doesn't have a sticker."

"Yes, I know.  Can you get someone to put a sticker on it?"

"No, sorry, we can't do that."

"Okay fine, call the manager, maybe she can tell us what the price is."

The manager was called.  "It doesn't have a price tag," she explained.

"Yes, I see that," I said.  "Can you tell me what the price would be if it had a price tag?"

"No, sorry, I can't.  This will have to go back into inventory.  Sorry!"

So, I don't have the Cyrillic typewriter, and I'm never shoping there again. Dammit.

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Today's topic is:

What's your favorite headline/blog post title you've ever written? What was the hardest post to title?

Well, this is a dumb topic.

I suppose it's 221XF. It was kinda clever.  A bit. Sorta. Okay, I had to call it something.
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There is probably a spell checker on LJ somewhere, but I can't find it.  If one of you would be so kind...
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The weather was insane today:  16C  and windy as hell.  I fear finding dislodged shingles in the backyard come morning. Tomorrow is supposed to be miserable and colder.  Yay.
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The futiliity of existence is really starting to get to me.
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It's a month until Christmas.  Whooppee!
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Tired of doing really useful things?  Make an electronic snowflake instead!
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It was warm and foggy today. 12C! Crazy weather.
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Did nothing exciting today. Nothing.
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Do you like chocolate?  This recipe  might suit:


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Everyone wants gift cards for Christmas.  BORING! Any ideas on how to unbore it?
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I ended up getting home much later than expected, so this is going to be brief.

Exactly this brief, in fact.

See you later today.
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So there I was, driving along, minding my own business, listening to the radio (hmmm...how can I describe 'radio' to you young people?  TV without pictures?  Ipod without making anyone at Apple rich?  Hmmm...that is a puzzler)  when I hear A Christmas Song!!!!  And not a great one either.  Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea, (No, I won't link, cuz it's just not very good) which contains such deathless lyrics as:

And it's been so long
But I will be there
I sing this song
To pass the time away
Driving in my car
Driving home for Christmas


I mean, come on!  If you are going to jump the season, radio programming gurus, do it with something passable!
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Today's topic:

What is the one appliance you can't live without?

I like to think I could live without most modern conveniences, that, come the zombie apoclypse, I'd be one of the bad-asses with a poor attidue and a blow torch.  But let's be honest: I'd be New! Improved! Conveniently Packaged, ZombiChow!

If we do not conisder the computer, (or the internet, for which it stands) or telephones as appliances, then I'd have to say....

The electric rice cooker.

HEAR ME OUT! Some meals call for rice.  And for no reason I can fully comprehend, any attempt I have made to cook rice in a pot on the stove has been abysmal.  The microwave method is okay, but for the 12.95+tax I spent 12 years ago, I can have perfectly cooked rice every single time.

So that's it. The electric rice cooker.

Unless we are including the modern washing machine.  Because that wins, and will always win. Forever. (If you don't believe me, watch THIS.  It's eye-opening.)

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Dictionary.com chose exposure as its word of the year.  Seriously?  It's like they weren't even trying.
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Watched the first two new episodes of Ripper Street.  It's one of those shows - when it's good, it's great.  When it's bad, it is really really really profoundly bad.  So far for this season, so good.  (And Louise Brealey is in it!)
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Need something for a fancy holiday function?



You're welcome.
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Hubby's coming home tomorrow.  I loaded the dishwasher all higglety-pigglety again, probably for the last time in a long while.  My main question is how did I manage to make so many dishes dirty in just a few days?  Mysteries abound.
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Buffalo has many awesome parks. buildings, and cultural venues.  They also have alllllllllllllllllllllll the snow. I do not evny them this one bit.
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And people think Canadians are dull:

Toronto streetcar sex involved 3 people, police say

The Ford Effect, I say.
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I haven't watched a full episode of Saturday Night Live, in, oh, 15 years?  But for this I might, even if it's only to see how many times Martin Freeman swears during the live broadcast.  (Also, who is Charli XCX??)
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The Duchess of Alba died.  Just because you CAN have plastic surgery doesn't mean your SHOULD have plastic surgery.
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Today's topic:

Do you have a book in you?

If you took all the fic I've written and stuck it between covers, I think there's enough there to constitute a book, so yes.  Another book? Something original?  Not yet. Or bloody likely.

Fact or fiction?

Fiction.  If I had to write a factual book (or do I mean non-fiction?  Hmm...) it would probably be of the "101 Things to do with Googly Eyes, Silly String, and a Pound of Soft Cheese" or "How to Attract Wild Animals to Your Yard (and Then Have Them Move Into You Attic, Causing Thousands of Dollars of Damage in the Process.)"

Publishers, feel free to contact me.
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These would make my annual Gingerbread Kryceks all the more awesome:
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So much snow.  Not Buffalo level snow, but still, so much snow.
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Chris Hemsworth is apparently the sexiest man alive. Discuss. (or, you no, don't).

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Today's question:

<i>Are you the funny one in most groups? What kinds of things do you find funniest?</i>

Modesty aside, yup.  I am.  What kind of things do I find funniest?  Um, funny things. Which is to say, not fart jokes.
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This is the other reason I dumped facebook.


If I wanted to see you naked, I'd ask.  No reall, I would.
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You have to live someplace.
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My baby turned 23 today.  This might explain the existential crisis.
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It's so cold.  So so so so so so so cold. And I expect it will get colder.

So, naturally, I went swimming.

Hmmm....
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Yahoo's algorithm thinks I need to know that Demi Lovato is in love.

Dear Yahoo's algorithm:

I don't even know who Demi Lovato is.
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Dear (Other) Fandom:

Enough already. Really. Just stop.
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I'm gonna go eat cookies, load the dishwasher according to no set plan, and angst.

Catch you tomorrow.
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It snowed and snowed and snowed.  There is snow.

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I think this breakfast would definitely make me smile:



Especially since someone else would have to cook it for me.
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Xmas Pro Tip: Decorate your tree with things you've already got hanging around the house:


What could go wrong?

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Apparently the hottest new live-forever health trend is BONE BROTH
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Or, as we used to call it, soup.
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A billion dollars is a lot of money.  18 billion is even more. I have no idea what's either fair or equitable in this case, but it's clear that billionaires have the first-worldest of problems.

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Todays topic does not appeal, so I am skipping it.
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And how was your day?
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It's snowed all day.  It hasn't really accumulated, but it's only a matter of time.
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The last of the leftover Halloween candy disappeared in a blaze of glory this morning.  Well, more like a blaze of my husband eating the last mini-Snickers.  16 days.  Not bad, I guess.
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I skipped one of the topics last week (well, accidnetally skipped) so I'll use that one now.

If you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?

It would be worrying about my kids.  And not for any stupid 'Je Souhaite be careful what you wish for' sort of way, like because I never had kids or I've lost my memory and can't remember to be worried or there's no worse for things to get so why worry.  No, I'd like to not worry because there is nothing to worry about - everyone is happy and healthy and wise and ever more shall be so.  Which might make them intolerable company, but that's a small price to pay.
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My husband is leaving for a week in the morning.  While I will miss him and hope that he has a safe tirp, I will also spend the week loading  the dishwasher ANY DAMNED WAY I WANT TO!
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Today, I had three butter tarts.



Yes I did.  I regret NOTHING!

(If you are one of those freaks who doesn't like raisins, all I can do is feel sorry for you.)
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I am listening to BBC.  They are playing Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. Jesus. It's as bad now as it was then.

Discuss.
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Hockey in Las Vegas?  Come on!  I have sat quietly through Columbus Freakin' Ohio and Bloody Nashville, but Las Friggin' Vegas!?!?!  COME ON!
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We had Persian food for dinner.  It was of the kebabs, rice and salad variety and looked like this:


It was very tasty.  Also, I did not have to cook, which improves any meal.
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Went to buy apples.  Ran into a guy from my writing class who worked there.  He gave us a 50% discount. SCORE!
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I hardly ever remember my dreams, but I remember the one I had last night. My house caught fire. It started in the attic.  Soon the house was completely engulfed.  The firefighters seemed mostly indifferent.  When the fire was all put out, they discovered the attic was full of smoldering cigarette butts that squirrels had stored there. The firefighters told me it was my own fault, that I shouldn't keep squirrels as pets, especially in the attic.

Yeah. That.
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'Tis the season!


First Festive Special of the year done and dusted!  Bring on the holidays!

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Remember the Paris 8 sqm apartment from the other day?  I think this place might be hard to live in too, but for very different reasons.

house_of_colours<---------------Click it!

How about you?  The sort of place you'd enjoy living in, or not?

(It has its charms.  The setting seems lovely.  And I do like the repainted stove. Beyond that?  Um...  )

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My husband and I trade magazines with his parents. My MIL sent me the March 2014 issue of Food Network Magazine, which contains, among other things, this recipe:

Bacon Shortcakes with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream


I don't think they're joking...

Your kinda thing?  I still haven't decided.  But the idea of peanut butter whipped cream is not without its appeal.

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Today's topic:

Do you enjoy growing old or do you fight against it?

Allow me to take a third position.  I don't enjoy it at all, but so far it beats the alternative. But fighting it is pointless. And it's a battle you cannot win. Humans are built to last about 35 years - everything after that is gravy.  Treat it as such.
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Woo hoo! The weekend!  Bet there'll be yard work!

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Ugh.  I am getting sick.  :(
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Today's suggested topic:

What is the one skill you see in other bloggers that you wish you had?

Photography.  When I do a thing, and want to show everyone in the whole world (or, you know, the four of you who read this) the thing I did, the pictures alway look pretty meh. So knowing how to take good photos would be great. I've read some tutorials, but I can't get the same results.
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I have nothing interesting to say, so here is a recipe for yummy cookies.

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My headache and I are going to bed.  Good night!
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It's cold.  So not a fan of the cold.
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Today's suggested topic is:

Have you ever had extended writer's block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it...?

I don't experience writer's block so much as I experience disinterest, distraction, and general malaise.  Do I get stuck?  You bet.  And when I have to get something written, the best way out of it is always -  ALWAYS -  to 'talk' it out with someone (by 'talk' I generally mean email or IM - I don't really have any meat friends I can talk writing with.)  When I am really stuck and my sounding board(s) aren't working for me, I turn to some other creative pursuit - sewing, crafting, even baking - so I am distracted enough to let my subconcious work on the problem without me.

But I am so lazy.  And writing is a dumb hobby.
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I want this for Christmas:



Yup, that's right - a kitchen gadget. Christ, I am old.

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Question:  How cool are these?


Answer: damned cool.

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A number of publications believe I should be making Horseradish Vodka as a gift for friends and loved ones.

I believe they are wrong.  How about you?  Ever had the stuff?  Would you welcome a bottle gladly, or would you say, "Oh Amanda, really, you shouldn't have.  Really really."
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My husband has decided to grow an evil!Spock beard. You know the one:
evilspock

It's distrubingly sexy. ::: shrug ::: it just is.
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Roasted the last of the tomatoes, hot peppers and tomatillos from the garden, added onions, bell peppers, garlic and spices, prepared and canned (okay, glass jarred) three large bottles of roasted vegetable salsa (more or less this recipe, except for the not paying too much attenion to how much of everything I use) before 11 a.m. Boo yah! I deserve a medal or a vacation or a massage or something. I will have to settle for salsa, I guess.
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The internet asks, "Could you live in tiny 8 sqm (86 sq ft) flat in Paris?"

I reply, "No, no I could not."  Cool what they've done with the place, though. I admire clever design, but I think I'd like, at minimum, a chair with a back, you know? When the toilet is the most inviting piece of furniture in a home, you have to ask yourself some serious questions about form and function.

And the maids for whom those rooms wre designed:  what must their lives have been like?
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Did some accidental research re: what did trick-or-treaters get at Halloween during The Depression.  Apparently, there were no trick-or-treaters back then.  Trick-or-treating the way we think of it didn't become a 'universal' North American thing until after the 1920's.  The more you know, kids.
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Tomorrow, after a ten year lead-up, The Rosetta Space Craft is scheduled to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  I am torn between 'really cool' and 'collosal waste of resources.' Oh science, you are a conflicting mistress.
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It was 17C here today.  Lovely day for November.  :D
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