Hey there. (a continuation of hi there) So we all know I don't cook. Ha. There went that New Years Resolution of one recipe a week. (Though the thing that bothers me about recipes is you have to get all these random items and spices and I don't have enough cabinet space that I can readily reach...)
My latest in cutting edge laziness.
Not peanut butter noodles, but just normal ramen.
The twist? You knew there had to be one. :-) First it's made in the microwave. Just put water and the noodles (I like mine on the undone side, so I don't even necessarily immerse all of the noodles) in a bowl, and nuke for 3 minutes. But before you add the noodles...crack an egg and throw that in. There you have it. Poached egg and ramen. Take out the noodles, add a half a packet or less of the soup base, and you have yourself a delicious instant treat. Wasn't that sad??? But hey, I never get home before 8pm at the earliest, and sometimes a girl gets hungry.
Usually if made in a pot, like a normal person would do it, add the egg in towards the end...I like my eggs slightly runny. =P But I can't afford these luxuries when I'm making my nuke it and forget about it meals. Let cool in the microwave until you remember you made food.
Example of a good thing: The old King Arthur cartoon. And the kickin' theme song.
Been going through a lot lately and it won't stop! I'm letting people down, people are letting me down, it's a big mess. I also pulled my first all-nighter, but not even to get work done (if it happened, it happened) but I kind of wanted to know if I was capable of doing it a week or two from now.
Other good things. Hmm. I've managed to label myself as a casual gamer. I hate that term, because I feel like I'm "better" than that (whatever that means) but I'll face it. I haven't been able to get into a game since...Gunbound. And I couldn't handle that 'cuz there were items you could only get with real money. Anyway, most of my fun on the computer happens at work during lunch (or not) so it has to be text or flash based, and most likely labeled as "casual".
So, if there are any other casual gamers out there ::gag:: Here are two sites you shouldn't live without: Jay is Games - Self labeled as a casual gameplay site for reviews, walkthroughs, and discussion. The reviews are almost too thorough, for reviews that possibly take themselves too seriously. (Love them anyway.) Aaaaaand, most of the time you're not going to be reading the reviews. Say you're done wasting time the normal way - reading your news and blogs far too efficiently using Google Reader, checked sports standings, facebook, etc - and you just want a fresh new distraction! Updated about 1-3 times a day, there will be at least one link you'll want to check out. Even if it's just a 5 minute flash animation or click around no-replay value game. It'll be a good break!
Casual Collective - "built by two friends to provide a place to combine their two great loves: Social networking and Casual gaming." Yeah. Sigh. I only discovered this today, and only to play Flash Element TD2. But then I caught glimpse of multiplayer DTD. It's gotta be good.
If you somehow don't know already from my many many whinewhinewhine outlets, it's rough times here in my life. Not in terms of more than usual emotional turmoil, no. No time for that. It's a lot of work/tkd/lsat-if-retake-it crunch time.
Important in a busy life is this: having exactly what your tummy is craving so you can get over it and get back to work. It's not like I ever cooked in the first place, but here I offer...
Ridiculously easy snacks I could've made in the 3rd grade but are still good and not as expensive as delivery so THERE (part 1)
peanut butter sandwiches - with a glass of milk...really one of the most satisfying snacks known to man (who are not allergic to peanuts)
peanut butter ramen - you know the drill. or you don't. just ask.
mashed potatoes from a box - so what if it's not that great...you put it in a bowl with water and nuke it...and then you mixmixmix and add some milk and butter if you want to. and cheese. whatever you want, really. pepper to perfection.
hard boiled eggs - so these actually take a small amount of skill if you don't want undercooked/green yolks. but you can make a billion at a time and save them for later. take out the yolk and it's actually healthy?
Go forth and snack, people. I think the mashed potatoes and the peanut butter sandwiches are the ones I forget about the most.
I think Macbooks (at least before the eee pc/tiny laptop craze!) have established themselves as the "it" notebook computer to have. It's not only trendy, it's actually just...really the best notebook in a lot of respects. I'm sure a lot of sales came from Macbook envy...or at least that's why I wanted one. :-) (I still don't have one though.) Seeing those clean running long battery life sleek user friendly mac notebooks in lecture...that was enough. But to boot, I think when people got their brand new macbook, shortly after there was a "fun with Photo Booth" album on facebook. I wanted Photo Booth (and a webcam) so badly...
I recently read a post in Lifehacker, Effortlessly Document Your Party with Simple Photo Projects. They're all great ideas. And I think I might invest in an Eye-fi card so I never have to hook up my camera to my laptop again (that would actually change EVERYTHING). You should read it. One of the ideas is to put in a photo booth at your party--what better way to get pictures of everyone than to make them do it themselves?
I decided to play around with Cameroid, a web based photobooth app, and make a mosaic from mosaic maker like I did in this old post. I had to upload them to flickr first though.
Enjoy this small sampling of options available. And actual pictures of me. And PC people, enjoy Cameroid! (I look green in the pics b/c of my webcam...I was sitting against a futon with a very red cover...and I was too lazy to do anything about it.)
What a terrible/great picture. Anyway, US Open is on. It's pouring outside, buckets. Though it's gonna stop in two hours or so, and I'm kind of sad about it. I kind of love the sound of drenching rain, knowing I am sheltered and am safe from it. And so I can work a tiny bit without thinking I should be outside. :-)
Things I am finding myself say more often, which coincidentally are things I hate hearing myself say
that's not okay
it was awkward
The first three are just annoying mannerisms I've lost, regained, and have come to rely on. Argh. This is what happens when a quiet person starts talking too much. Sigh. However, that last one is beginning to bother me on so many levels.
Do I put myself in awkward situations? Do I create awkward situations? Am I perceiving normal things as awkward? Am I overusing the term? Or, are a majority of things in life "awkward" and it's just a matter of being able to recognize it? (Yes, I realize this is pretty much the question of my perception.)
I'd like to believe that I'm awkward (as opposed to unnecessarily exaggerating everything) and that when I say a situation was awkward/really weird/so strange, it really was, and I am warranted for labeling it as such. But I worry about how almost every part of my life feels awkward. I'm guessing that's just how things are, but I think I'm going to need to redefine the term if I plan on not dwelling over every little thing for a long time after and just living life.
This weekend I did a small bit of grocery shopping and happened to see that these were on sale in the supermarket. (The featured item in the circular was a double fudge ice cream bar but I ended up getting the orange creme bar since it was all that was available.) I googled the product quickly before setting out on my excursion.
Sounds delicious-free, right? Well, I expected the reviews or comments to have things mixed in like "Don't bother, just eat real ice cream" or "also free of TASTE" but they were all positive reviews. And yay for lactose free things. So I tried it.
And it was good.
It didn't taste exactly like ice cream, but how much can I ask for? It was a nice frozen treat, that very closely resembled ice cream and in Alex's words, "I've had worse things that do have lactose and fat in it."
80 calories a bar. I recommend it. I hate the term guilt free snack, but if you're the type to categorize your snacks, I guess this would be one of them.
Hundred pushups - somehow, I made it to day 1 of week 2! Even if it took more than a week and some to get there. MEH. It's a small motivating factor that I might be held to do 50 pushups for my black belt exam in a few weeks. Also Warren has been keeping up with his pushups too!
Whitening mouthwash - Well, I haven't noticed any whitening, but I also haven't been using it everyday. Forgive me if the comments on the product page make it seem like if I overuse it or rinse for more than 30 seconds my mouth will disintegrate. But like I said the first time, bubbling action always feels good.
Journal keeping - the short bus rides I take that aren't good for reading like I want them to be are indeed perfect for journals! Even bought an overpriced 4-color pen over the weekend.