Bleh

30 03 2010

I’m sick. Or getting there. The feeling of sand in my lungs is entirely unwelcome.

General life’s been pretty sucky for me too. I’m having a huge ongoing spat with my mother and I don’t know where I should be for this summer, which leads to if I’ll be taking an extra year in university. My closest friends ironically enough provide the least helpful or comforting advice ever.

My marks are going down the tubes and I’m struggling to keep up with my council obligations. I hate half the people I know and I can’t tell if I’m going to have a major mental melt-down soon from never talking about my problems or if I’m just temporarily stressed.

My only comfort is food and naps which severely interfere with my plans to get super fit.

Blaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh.

More recipes will be up soon. =)

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Cooking Chinese: Fried Rice

27 03 2010

So this is super long over due. If not for the fact that I’m in hermit mode AND bored out of my mind I’d still be putting this off.

This is how I like to make my fried rice. It turns out golden (yellow) and smells delicious. You can cook this up in bulk and store it for a couple of days as you slowly eat through it, perfect for students! It even has all the food groups in it! =)

Ingredients:
1) Veggies that aren’t liquidy like tomatoes – I used celery, mushroom, and a bag of mixed veggies from the Green Giant which contained green beans, corn, carrots and peas.
2) Meat – I always use bacon for the smoky flavour it has. Other stuff I use depending on what I bought would be ham, cured turkey leg, Italian sausages, and the like. I don’t recommend any other uncooked meat other than bacon because it’s annoying to cook.
3) Cooked rice
4) Eggs – enough to coat your rice in
5) oil, black pepper, salt etc.

*The amount really varies depending on your preference. Guestimate the ratios you’d like to consume everything in and you’ll be fine.

And now:
1) Chop up your veggies and meat into cube or square shapes (bacon cannot be cubed). You can see that I didn’t do that for the mushrooms because they shrink. And I forgot. But they’re soft so it’s okay.

2) Fry all your veggies and meat, separately. I cooked the bacon first, took it out then in went the mushrooms. Then the celery, which are undercooked because I was starving. If you’re using frozen ones like I am, boil them and count that as cooked. Once everything is done, set them aside and deal with the rice.
3) Beat a couple of eggs and smush it all into the rice, yolk and all. It’s what makes the fried rice ‘golden’. Make sure you have enough eggs in it that your rice has no more white parts, but not too many that it’s.. gooey.

4) Then, fry the rice until the egg looks cooked and dump all your veggies in.

5) Stir around and put in all the things you want, like copious amounts of black pepper, the reason there’s lots of black dots in my fried rice. I don’t put a lot of salt in because the cured meats and bacon are all really salty and I usually use this as an upgraded version of plain rice. Plain rice isn’t salted so why should this be?

All Done! Yum! This is really simple and really fast. Also gets rid of bacon that you can’t consume fast enough if you’re living on your own. =D





Nothing at all

8 03 2010

I should’ve known that when I say soon, it really means, in a couple of months.

I’m still procrastinating on typing up Reading Week adventures and cookery walkthroughs but here’s some a little tidbit of an msn conversation:

michael says:
oh
i’m dling pokemon rap
i’m actually kinda embarrassed listening to the rap

Goodkat – I hate writing 700 words requiring 7 sources says:
why?
i listen to it every now and then

michael says:
……………………

Goodkat – I hate writing 700 words requiring 7 sources says:
what

michael says:
i get this shiver down the spine
listening to it right now

Goodkat – I hate writing 700 words requiring 7 sources says:
and want to POKEBATTLE?!

michael says:

Goodkat – I hate writing 700 words requiring 7 sources says:
what





Tiny Update

15 02 2010

I made dinner tonight. It’s semi-well documented and consists of only one dish. I wanted to cook one dish every night and post it up but my friends are having parties left and right so no luck on that. I am also getting some shiny stretchy fabric to make American Apparel’s high waisted nylon whatever skirt and The Sash. I also want to make some crazy tights but I don’t know if that’ll really happen this reading week.

I’d anticipate the cooking and skirt to show up here soon though. Check back.





UCC Referendum

6 02 2010

Well, the referendum on the UCC gym renovations is coming up soon, Monday to be exact. While after inquiring in detail (as mentioned in the last post), I was wavering between a yes and no, I’m mostly back to a ‘no’ now. Mostly.

The reason for my indecisiveness is because I have a meeting with USC’s VPF Sacha on Monday, when voting starts, to talk about how I can apply for the position. I plan to use the opportunity and ask him some more questions in detail and formulate my vote from there on.

If anyone can wait on their vote until later Monday or even Tuesday to get an more informed vote, I’d feel very honoured.

As for the presidential election, I’m torn between Mike Tithecott and Jeff Rutledge. Both speak so so well, and have platforms I enjoy. Mike looks to me as more casual and his platform reflects as much. Jeff… well, the air about him reminds me of my faculty soph in first year, who ran and won presidency the year after.

I hated that guy.

Stephen Lecce was his name and he didn’t even know who I was after orientation week. Me, his own frosh. That kind of irresponsibility I cannot accept. I really disliked him for using sophing as a stepping stone, to casually chat with other frosh and win their vote. I don’t think he even bothered coming onto my/his floor to campaign. Either he thought he was going to get our vote or he didn’t care.

He definitely didn’t get our vote.

Back to Jeff.

He sounds like a good guy. Out of the candidates, he’s one of the top two who spoke well, with a focal point to his answers. A lot of the other candidates during the debates rambled a little bit or went off track, but he and Mike stayed focused. His speech was less casual and free-flowing compared to Mike’s but I enjoyed his platform more. The only thing holding me back is his personality, or what I perceive of it. It’s too close to my impression of Lecce and I’m really hung up on that. You can tell how much I resented Lecce from this.

Anyways. I hope to have an informed vote this year, unlike past years. I really want to seriously take part in USC from now, even if it’s only a vote. I hope it to being more since I want to run for VPF but we shall see.





Unprecedented Double Post in which I’ll Talk about More Useful Stuff

3 02 2010

Miss President, Emily Rowe and her trusty VP School Events or something along those lines, Dan Moulton, set up shop outside the Saugeen cafeteria today to increase awareness of the referendum that’s coming up. If you don’t know what it’s about, USC wants to renovate the now vacated UCC gym into club and study space. But to do that they need to increase student fees by $25. The dynamic duo gave me some satisfying answers to my questions and I was almost swayed to vote ‘Yes’ compared to my initial stance of ‘No’.

The following conversation are in indirect quotes. I forgot what exact words they said.

Me: So I was wondering, why can’t the USC take out a large loan and put off making students pay until the new place is done and then charge us to pay back the loan?

Emily: Well, we do have a loan, but we needed more money. We’ve already reduced the building cost from last year’s referendum of 3.6 Million to this year’s 2 Million so you can see we’re trying to do our best for you.

Me: I see, that’s great. But what do you think about having students pay for something they may never see?

Emily: Oh that’s a good question. Well the fee starts next year, and we’re hoping that construction will be done by September.

Me: …?????????????????????????????????????

Dan: We’re starting construction as soon as the summer starts and hopefully it’ll be done by the time school starts again in September.

Me: So basically, construction will start and end before we even start paying, so we actually ARE paying for something we’ll get to use?

Emily: Exactly! =D

Okay, that was a good mini conversation. So I took a tiny pamphlet because they’re budget and environmental, and ate my dinner of just salmon alone in my room like a social recluse while reading it carefully.

“…estabilish a $25 student fee to be collected in perpetuity for the purpose of immediately renovating…”

“Vote No: Students will continue paying rent for UCC gyms”

“Vote No: Capital deficit will continue to grow for other student-controlled spaces within the UCC.”

What does this mean? Why $25 in PERPETUITY? What’s it used for that you have to collect it FOREVER? Isn’t it just for the renovation? Could this be a sneaky way for USC to earn money in the future? What’s this rent? Don’t we pay it anyways regardless of whether or not renovation is done? Capital deficit eh? So you are making money off us to stave off a massive debt aren’t you?

To answer these questions, I trekked right back out to the cafeteria, all 100m of the hallway (or less), and demanded for an answer.

They were gone. Gone!
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I swear they were there for a total of 2 minutes, but I guess it was really an hour but they’re really gone I can’t believe this howcantheydothis?!

So yes, there will be no answer to my questions until I find out where they will be and corner them at a to be determined future date and time. Such a disappointment.





Trust Not the People who Sell You Stuff

3 02 2010

I was reading through a whole boat load of fashion blogs, including that Tavi one, when I found this. It’s a good article to read, albeit, long for people who are disinterested in fashion. The morals of the story are: Never take ‘no’ for an answer, and Don’t ever trust sales reps.

By the way, I don’t know how much any of you have been keeping track of the fashion blogging alternate universe but recently there was this whole hubbub revolving around Tavi, this 13-year-old blogger who’s apparently really big in the blogsphere. Well, curious, I went to check her place out even after I found her to be really, uh, juvenile, to be wearing something like what she did. I seriously thought that she missed the mark of ‘lady’ and ended up with ‘grandmother’ and then someone painted that giant bow on using MS Paint or something.

Oh, and I don’t like her blog at all. I can’t really see any sense in how she’s posting, everything sounded very¬† fragmented. You can’t do that unless you’re Fingold(fish) or a 13-year-old kid who thinks s/he is the biggest thing since the discovery of fire, let loose on the internets.

Oh wait…