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Wed, Sep. 7th, 2011, 09:03 pm
Writer's Block: Blast to the past

If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?

Things will be much different than you think or could ever expect, but that's OK.  You're good at research, but stay away from bio & the like, as you're not comfortable with disections anyway.  Give social sciences a fair chance maybe?  Most importantly, don't do a PhD!

Wed, Sep. 7th, 2011, 08:30 pm
Tex-Mex chili mac- as sent to Heather & Marias

Here's the recipe I generally used today:  http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Casseroles/Tex-Mex-Macaroni-Casserole.aspx . 

I didn't use onion or corn, and they don't quite have tomato sauce here so I used passata (sieved tomatoes, so close enough).  Also, they didn't have diced tomatoes so I got chipped with rich tomato juice (close enough).  Finally, I added a little bit of hot sauce to the whole mixture, and a little salt & pepper to the ground beef while cooking it (I'd have also used garlic, but ran out).  Oh!  And I didn't know what 2 cups meant exactly so used the whole package of shells (I prefer them to elbows), which meant I needed to add a little more water to it).

Verdict:  Turned out well.  I did actually initially measure 2 cups of pasta, but it didn't look like much, especially considering shells are mostly space, so I added another cup, and then decided to just add the whole thing.  It turned out OK, but for the sake of quantity, I'd prolly only use half the package when I make it again.  Also, I topped it with chedder, but I secretly wanted to try Red Leicester on it...  Might do tomorrow or something.

Sun, Jul. 31st, 2011, 01:35 pm
Writer's Block: Dancing queen

If you could master any dance or gymnastics move, what would it be?

Tango!  And work on Salsa & Merengue (sp?) some more...

Sun, May. 29th, 2011, 06:30 pm
food & ideas

I got back like a week ago and hadn't really bothered going grocery shopping, so I ordered groceries online and got them today.  To be honest, minus the things I felt I 'needed' and wrote on my list, most of the others were more like browsing what's on sale, etc.  The Brits copied us and have a 3 day weekend, too (Bank Holiday on Monday), so they prolly have similar stuff on sale as we would.  In any case, I got some things I normally wouldn't really buy, or that looked interesting on the website even though I wasn't fully sure about what it was I got.  So far, I didn't care for the chicken pasta salad I got, it was kinda bland (and would've been tomorrow's lunch but I was too hungry and lazy today, which works out). 

I had forgotten I got 2 packs of baby avocados (like 2-3 in each pack) and they sounded like a good idea at the time for wraps or something (wraps were on sale so I got 1 pack with herbs, the other plain).  I guess I miss FL, but I think it'd worth getting them if I don't mess them up.  One of my challenges is remember what I have and eating it before it starts going off, so these might be part of that challenge, but I hope not...  I also got basil, and I wasn't sure in what form (I half-expected a plant), but it turns out to be fresh ground up (like a paste?).  I actually got the basil for the fantastic quiche recipe Rae gave me, I was gonna make it in 2 weeks for a picnic with the psych girls, but yeah, no idea what to do with this stuff!  The other 'adventurous' item I got was corned beef.  I'm guessing it's going in a wrap for a lack of a better idea, maybe with the iceberg lettuce I got and some tomato, or maybe with eggs.  I kinda felt like I should've gotten more eggs, but it felt like it'd be too much to buy more than 6, and I could always get more later.  Finally, I've been in the mood for pasta salad for some reason, so I looked up some recipes and will likely try one of them, maybe for the picnic in 2 weeks.  That or make it like a tuna pasta salad or something, but it seems easy enough.  One of the ideas I found online but wouldn't think of trying is pasta salad using cheese tortellini.  I don't know if I'm feeling that brave, but I'd prolly either try using rice noodles, shells, or angel hair (because I already have those in my cupboard anyway.  I guess we'll see!

As always, I'm open to ideas and tips if anyone has any!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

P.S. 3.5 months to go!

Tue, Mar. 15th, 2011, 11:21 pm

It's been foggy lately, today was the worst thus far (unless Sunday night was, I can't remember).  Don't know why, but it creeps me out.  Is it Summer yet? 

Tue, Mar. 1st, 2011, 12:11 pm
Accents... stolen from bearfuzz

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

And if you're not from the West, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Pittsburgher - the quiz can't tell the difference;
(b) Someone from Canada (probably southern Ontario) who doesn't have a Canadian accent;
(c) Someone from northern New England who doesn't have a New England accent; or
(d) Someone from Texas or the Heartland who was born after 1980.
You are definitely not from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, the Deep South, etc.</font>

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Sun, Aug. 29th, 2010, 01:01 am
Stolen from Helios... Update...

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Totally had to look up who it is...  Freaking Canadia!  Was considering entering some text from my upgrade, but I really don't wanna know who I write like in academese:-p

So, I'm doing OK.  Had my half-way review for my PhD and I'm finally through that, so I'm halfway done.  Registration now Ends in September 2011, and hopefully I won't need to have an extension because I need to get done and submit on the deadline in Sept.  After that, it's another 3 months to get an external examiner for my defense, then another 3 months for corrections.  That means the grad ceremony will be July 2012...  Fun stuff!  Otherwise, I'll be moving off-campus next month, and I'm currently in the US waiting on my student visa to come back.  I have another 2 weeks here (I think).  It's gonna be a long year, but hopefully better than this past one.  My supervisor's still being rubbish, will need to have a talk with him about what's reasonable and what's completely ridiculous, like his recent idea for my next study....

In other news, I've gone to Venice in January (not sure if I mentioned it) and Cyprus at the end of June/beginning of July.  Also got to briefly see Cardiff, Wales at the beginning of the month.  I'm trying to make sure I'm making the most of my time over there.  I've gotten an invite to Belgium as well, especially when I mentioned I planned on eventually making it over to The Netherlands to see Helios (sorry, too lazy to tag).  But yeah, been a crazy year.  Right now I'm procrastinating on editing a friend's business report, not sure why, but yeah, really not in the mood for that.  Mild burnout?

I have twitter now (and most of you have me on there), so I've been really bad with updating and using this.  Apologies to those of you who still do, I'll try to be better with it, but it's acting up on the friends' page for some reason...

Hope you're doing well.  TTYL, Byers!

Sat, Mar. 27th, 2010, 09:23 pm
Writer's Block: No regrets

If you could eliminate one emotion (anxiety, sadness, jealousy, regret, etc.), would you do it? Why or why not? If so, which one would you choose?

I think I would eliminate regret out of the ones listed, but that isn't a universal one.  Regret is counterproductive, not as proactive as the others as it keeps you in nostalgia...

Wed, Mar. 17th, 2010, 02:20 am
Writer's Block: Brush with stardom

Have you ever stumbled across a celebrity in your daily life? Was it more or less exciting than you would have expected? Do you have any interest in meeting media stars?

 I remember when I was about 6 or 7 back in Israel, I saw this singer that I really liked that did some children's songs in a grocery store.  It was definitely exciting at the time!  I guess I wasn't sure what to expect with that since I was so little...

More recently, I ran into Phil Zimbardo at WPA (conference) and it was cool to have seen him but I guess it wasn't so impressive?  It was odd, more than anything.  To be fair, he's a psych celebrity, but still!

No, I don't have any interest in meeting media stars, I'm afraid.  Boring, I know.

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