Wednesday, June 3, 2015

National Egg Day!


I love eggs! They're very nutritious, too.:iconinloveplz:I don't have it as often as I used to. I think I tend to forget about them...:iconawkwardplz:We still have 2 of the brown eggs someone gave us from her own chicken coop. I think she gave us about a dozen of them, and it might have been in February or early March. Used a lot of them for cooking Passover food. So, it wasn't my normal consumption of it, and most of the time it wasn't by itself. I love scrambled eggs with a bunch of things mixed in. Cheese, spinach, dill, garlic, carrots, etc. whatever I feel like. It's a bit different than an omelet. I think Mom occasionally used to do them this way when we were both having eggs. It's like all the flavors are much more evenly mixed.:iconfrancisplz:I like omelets, too. It has to have cheese. But, it doesn't matter what kind. Vegetables are good in them. I don't like omelets that are too plain. Sometimes when I order a vegetarian omelet, there isn't much to it.:iconwtfromanoplz:Hard-boiled eggs are awesome, too! I could eat those by themselves, although a little salt makes it even better. 
This is my wallpaper for June. It features Tsuna in his Hyper Dying Will mode (far left), Giotto aka the 1st or Primo boss of the Vongola family (to the right of the Hyper Dying Will Tsuna, he's also in that mode), Reborn's original adult form (far upper right corner), and the way Tsuna normally is (just below Reborn). All from Hitman Reborn. Tsuna is technically the 10th generation boss of Vongola. Or, sometimes called Decimo. Everyone recognizes him as such, even though he doesn't want to be. As far as I've read in the manga, they haven't formally gone through with the ceremony to make him the next boss. That ceremony was interrupted halfway through. The previous bosses that had passed on (he was able to communicate with them through one of his 'trials' during training), the current 9th head (he's always accepted him, even before anyone else knew he was a 'candidate'), the families allied with Vongola, and others have accepted him. In a way, he seems to be like a reincarnation of Giotto. The 10th Guardians seem to be that way with the 1st's ones, as well. They have somewhat similar personalities, views on the world, and they all look similar to their counterparts. Tsuna's been the only boss to be able to use Giotto's 'gear' or weapons. Same with the 10th's Guardians and their counterparts. Reborn is normally in a baby form. He was cursed into being one, and I'm still not exactly sure why. In fact, the current arc I'm on is all about the Arcobalenos' curse. Arcobaleno is lit. 'rainbow' in Italian, and each Arcobaleno has a different colored pacifier. Reborn's is yellow. The only one that wasn't turned into a baby was Yuni (and others that were previously in her place), who's the boss of them. Her curse is that she'll have a short life, just like the previous Arcobaleno bosses. Next to Reborn is the Vongola family crest. Vongola means 'clam' in Italian, so there's a clam at the top. 

My Paris calendar features the Latin Quarter. There's a lot of bistros, restaurants, museums, shops, and galleries. It's split up by the Blvd St Germain and the Blvd St Michel. The pic is of a corner on St Germain looking at a bistro across the street. There's a pic of a scenic view from one of the many streets in that area. 

My Jewish calendar's main pic's of a painting called: Life? Or Theater? It's by Charlotte Salomon. Several other people helped out and contributed to it. (Pretty long names...) It's from France; 1940-1942. The painting's of a bride and groom, assuming to be on their wedding day. Does that mean they're playing around and not actually getting married? Or, will their life together be theatrical? Interesting. The 2nd pic's of a groom's glass, made by someone anonymous and Meijer Goudsmit, made out of glass. From Amsterdam; 1775-1789. The 'groom's glass' is what the groom stomps on at the end of the ceremony. After it's broken, some people collect the shards and either put it in a decorative pouch, or put the shards into a work of art. Nobody really knows how the custom came to be, but there are a lot of speculations. It's kind of fun to see, though. This one's beautiful and has a blessing on it. I wonder why it was never used? That's kind of sad. Especially considering how old it is. I love seeing stuff that old, though. It's interesting, and fascinating how some things can still look untouched after that amount of time. It's a glimpse at what life was like back then, too. The last pic's of a painting called: Wedding with Klezmers. It's by Abraham Yakin. From Jerusalem; 1988. This one looks like they tried to make it kind of old style. Like some of the illustrations I've seen through this from the mid-18th century. The way it was done, isn't my style...It has scenes from a wedding with a klezmer band. Klezmer is sometimes described as Eastern European Jewish Jazz. They often play at weddings and Bat/Bar Mitzvahs. But, there can be quite a range within the genre. Some songs are happy, party-like, dances, sad, niguns (vocal music- usually with just the voice), some religious songs' melodies came from klezmer, etc. It's a lot more than 'party music'. I like to play it on my clarinet. It's one of the central, most recognizable, instruments in a klezmer band. The violin is about equal with it. Although, any instrument can join in. That's also one of the joys of it. A lot of it just flows for me. It can be very soulful, too. In the future, it'd be interesting to play in a klezmer band. I think I need more klezmer books to practice from, though.

The month-long holidays are: National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Iced Tea Month, National Seafood Month, National Camping Month, LGBT Pride Month. Some are for important causes, some are to make you appreciate things you may take for granted, and some are just for fun.

Hoping to post more often here than I have been.:iconkikuplz:Lately I haven't felt too good. I think since February, I've had some weird gut issues. It got bad enough at the end of February that I went to Urgent Care. They basically told me to wait it out, and to drink plenty of fluids. I might have gotten something for the pain? Can't remember, but that only helps for a short time. I've been bouncing back and forth from a laxative to Imodium ever since. (There have been times where I've been fine, too.) There have been times where I've tried my best to stay away from both, but eventually it gets so bad I have to take something. This last bout was interesting. I was seriously blocked up, but didn't want to use a laxative unless I couldn't breathe or something. It got pretty bad, so I took 3 pills in total over 2 days of the laxative. 1 dose is considered 1-3 pills. It was successful after a couple of days. A little too successful after that...:iconlietplz:I tried to stay away from the imodium as best I could, but I've been losing a lot in the last 3 weeks or so. I took one pill which was half of the '1st' dose on Monday, thinking maybe easing into it will change it. Not much of a success since. Gatorade has helped in making me feel better, though. Also, found some rashes...They seem to be going away, though. It just all feels weird and kind of suspicious to me.:iconhongkongplz:Also, haven't heard a thing from my new doctor about the meds...:iconwtfukplz:

I'm still brainstorming a title for my nightmare anthology of short stories. It's funny because with the 1st novel, I thought up the title only about a paragraph into it. Really early on. Not even sure why it popped into my head, but it certainly fit the story. I have all the individual story names, at least. The titles I've come up with for the whole thing, haven't truly struck a cord with me.:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:I'll have to go through them again to see if either I like one of them more than I thought, or it might get me to come up with better ones. After this, I'm putting them all together, reformatting it all, adding the 'extras' (contents, acknowledgements, etc.), figuring out the cover art, and then finally sending it off to Smashwords to publish. There's still quite a bit to do.:iconpolandplz:I kind of like everything, but the coming up with a title and the cover art parts. They can be fun. 

Saturday night, we went to a local paella/tapas bar. Paella is a Spanish dish that's a rice mixture that tends to have seafood (specifically a lot of shellfish), some pork, and is kind of smoky. I think I've read it technically just has to have rice, meat/some sort of protein, and the smoky sauce. I think I've had a version in the past that didn't have shellfish or pork, and it was pretty good. Tapas are like little snacks or appetizers. You order a variety of them in order to make it a meal. A lot of people share them, too. We were celebrating Dad's birthday a little early. She wanted her birthday dinner to be paella, so we went there. I also was kind of celebrating that I had recently finished writing my 2nd novel, and finished rereading/reediting the whole thing a couple of days before. The tapas I got were: lamb meatballs, potato tortillas with artichokes and aioli, and piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese and roasted pepper coulis. It was all very good. Even though they're supposed to be 'snack' sizes, I couldn't finish them and had to take some home with me. Oh well, meant more awesomeness for later! The only problem I had with this place was how warm it was. I was sweating like crazy.:iconitshotplz:It felt warmer than my room gets at home during a hot day. It's like the hottest room in the house. (Even without my computer on.) They apparently don't have AC, and said they'd only open the windows when the outside was cooler. They had fans going, but it wasn't really helping. The fans were kind of slow at that. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

National Hamburger Day!


This is actually tomorrow, but I made hamburgers tonight.:iconlaughingplz:So, why not celebrate early? I actually had a hankering for one a few days ago. Probably because of Memorial Day. Dad and I were thinking of having either hot dogs or hamburgers for it. We got all the fixings for both. Ended up having hot dogs that night. Hamburgers are awesome!:dummy:They can be made out of beef (like most are), vegetarian ones, turkey, salmon (really tasty, and I don't have it often...), chicken, etc. It's rather versatile. (Plus, some have more flavors inside the patty.) I love cheeseburgers, which aren't very kosher.:icongermanyplz:If I do end up eating a 'true' kosher diet in the future, I might use the salmon or vegetarian ones with cheese instead. I got a mix of bleu and Colby Jack cheese, and they said it'd go great on burgers. So, I tried it on mine. It was really good. It's something a little different. Had it in a sandwich earlier, and it tasted pretty good too. Pickle chips are pretty good on them, too. I don't think I truly have a preference as for which kind.:iconseychelles-plz:Sweet, dill, etc. doesn't really matter. They're all good to me. Having burgers you make at home tastes better than at a fast food place. To me, at least.:iconhongkongplz:Can't really use our grill, so I used their frying pan instructions. I could have broiled them, but I wanted to try out this method. I had some BBQ beans with it. It was the Bourbon and Brown Sugar ones. They're really good, and don't have pork in them.:iconfrancisplz:Also, I had a salad with it as some sort of green for it. 

Went to the Northwest Folklife Festival. It was fun.:iconthailandplz:Went to a klezmer jam session. We thought the title Klezmer Jam meant a band's name...:iconkikuplz:It was interesting, but they had long rests between songs. For a snack after that we both had a piroshky. Dad had the vegetable one, and I had the beef and cheese one. I haven't had one in a very long time, but the last time was probably also at Folklife from the same people.:iconfinallyplz:I think I had the vegetable one back then. This was good, too. It had a little too much pepper, and was messy halfway through, though. 

After that, we went to the Hungarian Dance Showcase. There was a segment on Romanian dance, and since I'm part Romanian and don't know much about it, I thought it'd be cool to see. Most of the Hungarian dance part was just so-so. Their last dance I think was interesting. The Romanian and Bulgarian segments were cool. A lot more energetic, fun looking, and everyone had a role in it. 

Went to the Thai dance show after that. We got to the room they were at a little early and watched some of the Irish dancing in the meantime. I'm also part Irish, but know more about them than some of the other places my family came from.:iconswissplz:I could have sworn they had little lights lit up and blinking on their costumes.:iconhanatamagoplz:I thought they were sequins at first, but when they were standing absolutely still the 'light' was still moving. Interesting. The Thai one was kind of unimpressive.:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:Sad, because I remember the videos we watched in my World Music and Anth 101 classes featuring their dances. They looked cool on there. 

We went to dinner after that. Had a beef gyro. The food stand itself was poorly designed/managed. They didn't have any lids for small drinks, water was everywhere, napkins were like tissue paper, and the guy I was supposed to tell my order to ignored me.:iconchibienglandplz:I ended up yelling at him. Besides that, it was really good.:iconitalyplz:Not much meat, sauce collected at the very bottom, and the feta went everywhere. In my hair, all over my face, the ground, etc. Good food tends to be messy at times, though. Got a strawberry shortcake for dessert. It was more like a strawberry parfait or drink...:iconhongkong-wantsursoul:I think of strawberry shortcake normally as having a scone or sponge cake bottom, then the strawberries with the sauce, and finally topped off with whipped cream. This was in a large cup with a couple of layers of cake, but lots of strawberries and sauce with whipped cream on top. I probably could have drank it...It was good, though.

Finally, we went to the best part last.:iconawwwplz:This was a showcase on China. It featured dances, opera, calligraphy/painting, and a choir. The music was interesting throughout. I really liked everything except the part where the artist actually painted in front of the audience.:iconwtfromanoplz:It took a while. They should have just shown his previous works or something. The calligraphy part he did was cool. Mainly because he could do it much quicker, and it did look nice. The dancers' costumes were colorful and flowy.:iconchibihungaryplz:The concepts to the dances were really interesting. They taught us a few of the moves. Although, it was hard to do considering everyone was crammed in around the stadium seating. Hard not to hit anyone.:iconawkwardplz:For parts of the opera, the volume was way too loud. I could feel my ears popping.:iconromanoplz:The choir was very good. So good, I felt like I was being lulled to sleep half the time. I think I've always thought Chinese was a beautiful language, so it was cool to hear them sing in it like that. We ended up getting home late, but it was worth it. 

Finished watching the second season of Hamatora. (I don't think there will be another season.) I liked most of the ending. I didn't particularly like how quickly everyone forgave Art.:iconsighingplz:He had good intentions with his end goal, but ended up killing and hurting others along the way. He may not have done most of that himself, but he had other people do it for him. Somehow that seems worse.:iconwtfukplz:Heck, he killed his own partner (he was a detective), made a room full of children go crazy, formed a Minimum organization that followed him like a cult, he stole people's Minimums, he tried to kill Nice on numerous occasions, etc. And, that's just what comes immediately to mind. His end goal was to destroy all the Minimums' powers, thinking the world was unequal and that he needed to get rid of peoples' egos. All because he misunderstood a promise he made to his brother before he killed him.:iconohboyamericaplz:His brother begged him to do it. If his brother hadn't died, Nice wouldn't have survived. They saved him by transplanting his heart into Nice. With that, Nice also gained the other's abilities. Those abilities awoke towards the end of the episode, and he essentially saved everyone, gave back their abilities, and gave normal people their egos back. After realizing how wrong he was, Art had jumped off a building shortly after. But, miraculously survived. Not sure how, they conveniently left that out.:iconnataliaplz:He did spend 6 months in the hospital. Everyone seemed so happy and back to normal after that. I almost thought they forgot all the horrible stuff Art had a hand in, until Nice punched him hard in the gut while standing over his brother's grave. To me, that's not nearly enough.:iconnorgeplz:At least a little jail time or something. Yes, he realized what he did was wrong, but he needs some sort of punishment. More than a hard punch to the gut. 

I tried going to a pharmacy a little further away from our local one to fix the issue with my meds last Saturday. The other one isn't open during the weekends. They told me they couldn't do much and to contact the main pharmacy over the phone. They said if I get the run around to come back to them. Basically all communication with the health insurance I'm on was down throughout Memorial Day weekend. The only things that were working in certain locations were the pharmacy and Urgent Care. I think those were actually closed on Monday. They were going to revamp the computer system during that weekend, too. So, they said you wouldn't be able to do anything online or over the phone. Great...:iconlietplz:Couldn't do anything until yesterday. I called the pharmacy then. The person that answered the phone said it sounded too confusing. How confusing is it to fix getting more than I ordered?!:icondisgusted-hongkong:It shouldn't be so hard. She tried transferring me to actually talking to a pharmacist, but I waited 10 more minutes and gave up. They must have had a lot of people call about issues, since no one could do anything for so long...(I totally understand taking off for Memorial Day. But, the whole weekend? With even the online stuff down?:iconchibiswedenplz:

So, I decided to email my new doctor. I got a reply back from one of her nurses, and he wasn't sure what to do, so he sent it to another pharmacist. Then, he gave me that pharmacist's response. It was incredibly rude.:iconinsultedplz:I kind of get that they can't give refunds. They said that meds don't degrade or become less potent, and that it must be what I 'perceived' (that's how they wrote it out). Also, that I must not be storing it correctly. First of all, meds do degrade. I found that out through various pharmacists in person. I did not 'perceive' or make it up. Before we (my doc, at the time, and I) found out about the 2-month cutoff, I didn't think meds could either. In fact, it wasn't an inkling in my mind. It was only through trial and error, and talking to pharmacists that I found out. It was completely demeaning of this pharmacist. If I stored it improperly, wouldn't other meds do the same thing? And, why would it be only at the 2-month mark that way? I store other meds the same way. I've also heard some people metabolize certain drugs differently depending on how 'fresh' it is. So don't give me that.:iconprussiaplz:They also said if she (referring to me) made an error she can call a certain number. It wasn't my error! The doctor did it. Also, that I could put a cap on all my future meds putting it at a 2 month's supply. I don't know if future meds will be like this, so why? I just want to know if after 2 months I can order another batch of meds. It shouldn't be this difficult. When I replied back with all this, another nurse emailed me back and just replied with: your doctor will be back tomorrow. Like, I'm too much to handle for them. I haven't checked my email yet. Feeling like I won't like the answer...:iconpolandplz:

Finished editing and reading all the short stories from my nightmare anthology. Crazy! I think the longest story ended up being about 18 pages long. The last one was about 16. The rest are quite a bit shorter. I think that's still under the short story category. Next, I'll put them all together, reformat it, come up with an actual title for the whole thing, add all the 'extra' stuff (contents list, about the author, etc.), and do the cover art. Already have ideas of what to do for the cover. Not entirely sure about the title, though.:iconthinkinghkplz: 

Rurouni Kenshin has been really brutal during the arc I'm on. Definitely not for kids...:iconchibichinaplz:The antagonist, Shishio, is apparently a cannibal. After he kills his victims, he saves their fat and puts the oil from it on grooves that hold it in his sword. With the right friction it catches fire, burning his opponent. He ate a chunk of Kenshin shoulder, saying it tasted good. There are hints that he ate several of his victims. He occasionally says that being burned so badly all over his body, changed the way he thinks in general. Even said that it probably caused damage to his brain. That way of thinking includes how he views people. They're essentially just toys that need to be eliminated when they become 'useless' to him. Apparently, the mangaka based him off of a real person from that era. Creepy.:iconscaredplz:Kenshin and Sanosuke defeated all of the strongest members of Shishio's group already. The other members were wiped out by people who support Kenshin back at their home base. So, there's no one left to fight other than Shishio. It'll be interesting to watch how Kenshin gets out of this one. He's already badly wounded from previous battles, and getting a chunk of flesh ripped out of his shoulder. Maybe he'll revert back to his 'manslayer' days. Should be interesting to see what happens after their battle, too.