*sad trombone*

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 19:36
sofiaviolet: bell peppers: the only vegetable I will eat! (cooking)
So, I frequently make stir-fry. Specifically, I make my favorite: Pepper Steak with Onion. While Mom was in town, she showed me how to make my own sauce (I was dependent on bottled stir-fry sauces and packets of sauce mix, and nothing was ever quite like what I get from Food Wall).

Her process includes marinating the meat in soy sauce and rice vinegar. So last night I dutifully cut up my beef, mixed equal parts soy sauce and rice vinegar in a bowl, covered it, and stuck it in the fridge. And then between housework and a sudden desire to go to the grocery store, I didn't actually cook it last night.

So tonight I drained my marinade, made my stir-fry, cooked some rice, sat down to eat...

IDK if it was the proportions, the sheer volume of marinade (I actualfax covered the meat in liquid), or the fact that I left it marinating for ~24 hours, but congratulations, self! I have just invented SOUR Pepper Steak with Onion. Which would have been great if I liked sour.

(The bell peppers turned out fine though. And the rice. I have never disastrously fucked up a pot of rice.)

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Monday, March 28th, 2011 21:19
sofiaviolet: knotted strands of white and grey pearls (feminine)
Good news: the massive loss of appetite that resulted from my late February illness, secondary bacterial lung ick, and antibiotics? Gone.

This message brought to you by lunch last week (I have gone up a size in french fries, from small to medium) and dinner Thursday night (ate an entire entree, poori, and a pakora - no leftovers).

On Saturday, I went to a combined mac & cheese party and clothing swap/Big Moves costume spring cleaning. Several of the things I took home with me were Big Moves San Francisco or Big Burlesque costumes that came into Cameryn's possession when Heather MacAllister passed away. Now that Big Moves Boston is on probably-permanent hiatus (Cameryn's one-woman shows having taken over her life, and no one else having stepped up to run things), Cameryn wanted to get things out of her house while keeping them connected to their history.

And speaking of Cameryn, she is looking to sublet her apartment while she's on tour this year. Apartment near Stony Brook, with one roommate. There is a cat (supremely fluffy) who will, I believe, be staying with other people.

Recipe: curry

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 20:48
sofiaviolet: crafty-style letters spell out "make something" (make something)
I am so proud of myself, y'all. After months of trying, I finally have something that is seriously tasty, albeit not as good as restaurant food. Much cheaper, though.

Thai curry

Ingredients (per serving)

  • ½ can (approx. 7 oz) coconut milk
  • 0 to 6 birdseye chili peppers or similar, according to taste (I use 4)
  • dried basil, lots
  • fish sauce
  • ½ to ¾ tbsp curry paste
  • one chicken breast fillet or one half boneless thigh, sliced
  • red, orange, and/or yellow bell pepper (about ¼ to ½ of a pepper), sliced
  • ½ to 1 cups rice

  • Directions

    1. Possibly begin making rice.
    2. Coconut milk in saucepan of appropriate size.
    3. Add chilis, fish sauce (about ½ tbsp, but I eyeball it), and curry paste. Stir for a little bit.
    4. Basil. Make a little mound, then stir it in. I would recommend overdoing the basil rather than underdoing it.
    5. You should probably make the rice here if you didn't earlier.
    6. Let the coconut milk etc. sit over low heat. Turn the burner off if it starts to froth.
    7. About five minutes before the rice is done, add the chicken and bell pepper and possibly nudge the heat up a bit (or turn it back on if you had to turn it off earlier).
    8. Serve and eat.

    I give per-person ingredients because I haven't found a way to make the leftovers good (the chicken always tastes funny, so vegetarian versions might reheat just fine), and I only make this for myself because Ellie hates coconut milk.
    sofiaviolet: a classic tale of love, part-time jobs and public transport (this is in fact my life)
    It is really cold in Boston today. And the entire MBTA died. (Well, the bus system seemed to be in good working order. It got me to campus, at any rate.)

    I've mostly been going to class, decluttering, and being ill. Sinus infection. Which would have been fine if I had been sick and then got over it, but noooo. At least at this point I can breathe through my nose again.

    Here are some links that are kind of old, since I fell off the face of the earth between compiling them and updating my freaking journal )

    And finally, the subject line... when Ellie and I were getting groceries on Saturday, I decided I would bring my lunch two days this week (Monday, when I have a break between classes, and Wednesday, when I have a break between work and class), and I decided I would bring ham and cheese sandwiches and salad. So we got bread and ham and I insisted (correctly) that we still had an unopened, unexpired package of Swiss cheese at home.

    We were so desperately hungry when we got home that we tore into the lunch supplies. But there was still ham and cheese enough to make one more sandwich, which I could then eat on Monday, after which I would take myself to the store and replenish the supplies.

    But she ate my sandwich! :( I slept really late yesterday, and when I woke up, she had forgotten that the whole reason we had the ham and bread in the first place was so I could have lunches, and she had eaten my sandwich.

    So I'm so hungry my stomach is trying to digest itself and there's still ten minutes before the fast food joints in the student center open for lunch.

    link backlog

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 19:44
    sofiaviolet: wrought-iron fence and crumbling tomb in St. Louis No. 1 in New Orleans (so goth i hang out in graveyards)
    Actual update soon, I hope.

    8 links )

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    Thursday, December 16th, 2010 07:40
    sofiaviolet: barcode for sofiaviolet: 688701019646 (barcode)
    So that's three times now I've received spam with variations on "Big penis like a girl!" as the subject. Okay then.

  • Geek Feminism: “Why don’t you just hit him?”
    Warning: this post and links from it discuss both harassment and violence, imagined and real.

    Am I against hitting a harasser in all situations? No. Am I advocating against it in all situations? No.

    However, here’s a lengthy and incomplete list of reasons why victims may not be able or may choose not to hit a harasser and why it is definitely not a general solution for the problem of harassment. I even have a special buzzer on hand that will sound when the reasons are related to gender discrimination. Listen for it, it goes like this: BZZZT! Got it? BZZZT!
  • The Pervocracy: Beyond body acceptance.
    It's good to like your body, but you know, your body isn't the biggest deal about you. (Or rather, your beauty isn't the biggest deal, since few people insulting your body can be dissuaded by hearing how many pounds you can lift or how quickly you recover from injuries.) It's a heartbreaking waste to take a human being, a person rich in history and abilities and relationships and ideas, and judge them on how nice a decoration they make. Maybe that's inevitable when it comes to strangers, but you damn well know better when it comes to yourself. When you're judging your appearance, you're only judging one tiny part of your self.
  • [personal profile] glass_icarus: announcing: Potluck!
    Potluck is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food. There are no real limits on theme; however, the focus of the carnival is on thoughts and experiences around food through various topics that you might see around the social justice blogosphere, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights and of course cultural and racial issues. We welcome you to share your recipes as well as your thoughts and experiences, but we ask that you do not submit posts with recipes only.
  • Anna J. Cook: Queen Everett
    Then I came to a small yellowed clipping that featured a photograph of the five young women nominated in 1971 ... and the young man, Everett Nau, who had been crowned the Winter Carnival Queen of 1970. The brief caption to the photograph read (in part)
    NAU GOOD LUCK GIRLS ... Everett Nau, last year's Winter Carnival Queen, bestows his best wishes upon this year's recently selected finalists (all girls if you'll notice). ... In this year's campaign, the judges ruled it mandatory that the contestants be of the female gender.
  • sofiaviolet: a mixtape going O_o (O_o)
    I am eating brownie batter as I type this. Brownie batter that went 45+ minutes in the oven and still isn't actual brownies. IDEK.

    Whatever. Still delicious.

    Work is work. Document scanning is much nicer now that I am used to it and have a system to maximize my efficiency. (I am much faster than the scanner or Acrobat. It was getting on my nerves.)

    I've also been flyering to earn my ticket to The Slutcracker. Not that I have any idea when I'm going, or who with. If any locals want to go on a particular night and want to meet up, let me know.
    sofiaviolet: black and white EGL dress from Mary Magdalene (fashion)

    Practice GRE was kind of meh. But I think I did pretty well. After it was over, I rewarded myself with some gorgeous tights and another component of my Halloween costume (I plan on pictures, although they might be locked). And then I had a facial today, because Spa Week put it in my price range. And then I had chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and hot fudge from JP Licks.

    And last night I was treated to Indian food courtesy of our upstairs neighbor, who wanted to repay Ellie for helping her get her cell phone out of the toilet, and I got included whee! Despite not actually helping at all; I was napping.

    I seem to be getting back into BPAL. I still have my collection (amassed from 2005-2007); it followed me from Atlanta to New Orleans to Boston back to New Orleans back to Boston and then to this apartment. But I haven't worn perfume for ages, despite really loving some of these scents.

    I'm going through my collection (I figure I can test two scents per day) and culling everything I don't love, in the hope that a smaller selection will encourage me to wear my damn BPAL by limiting the amount of searching through the imp box.

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    Friday, July 2nd, 2010 22:57
    sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur poc (emphasizin ur poc)

    Helped four statues and a balloon clown move house yesterday!

    It went pretty well - in spite of having to make two trips, the Uhaul got returned on time. And Ellie came by with the Subaru Wonder Wagon for physical assistance (being a person of greater upper body strength than, say, my puny self), transportation of items smaller than mattresses, and the driving from A to B of the five cats.

    Injuries sustained by me: cardboard rash on my palms and the insides of my arms, two parallel paper cuts on my left wrist, at least three separate bruises on my left knee. And of course my muscles are Not Pleased, but that is why we have pain relievers. Oh, and we dropped a dry sink on my foot heading down the stairs at the old place. Thank god for my boots, because although it hurt at the time, there's no evidence of it today.

    Then I went to work today! Only for the remaining few hours I could earn actual money for, but still. Ow to slinging boxes of documents and photos after that.

    And tonight we had Cid and Jason over for dinner. Alfredo sauce, ravioli, olive oil and bread.

    links )

    still not dead

    Sunday, June 6th, 2010 10:43
    sofiaviolet: fleur de lis abstract celestial background (fleur de lis)
    I haven't been updating because I've been too busy and I haven't been keeping up with my reading page because I've been too tired. (I will catch up on everything, I promise!)

    New Orleans is treating me well. We've hit so many restaurants and other types of eateries (Camellia Grill, Five Happiness, Squeal, Taqueria Corona, Plum Street Snoball...), and for some reason I'm hungry most of the time. IDK.

    Mom and I hit Magazine Street on Friday. We spent kind of a lot of time in The Bead Shop and I am going to try to get her to bring me back next weekend.

    And once I post this, French Quarter!

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    Friday, May 7th, 2010 23:29
    sofiaviolet: girl in purple dress carrying suitcase and walking down railroad tracks (travel)
    Ellie and I are going to Northampton tomorrow! I should go to sleep as soon as I post this.

    Daily Song (right-click): Morningwood - New York Girls

    linkety link )

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    Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 23:20
    sofiaviolet: a pair of sexy red heels on a hardwood floor (red shoes)
    Daily Song (right-click): Escape the Fate - Cellar Door
    This may have to go on certain of my writing playlists. (Not playlists I listen to while I write, mind you. More like fanmixes I make for myself.)

    Academichic: Dress Your Best Week
    I'd like to participate in that, but IDK whether I'll have the spoons.* I could try picking out my clothes ahead of time and writing the entry in advance, I guess. I've been meaning to assemble fabulous outfits more often (inspired partly by one of my coworkers and partly by the underutilized parts of my closet), but, ugh, effort. This kind of thing is usually the first to get pushed aside.

    When it comes to picking out clothes in advance, there's also the problem of Boston's highly fickle weather. I can't just glance at a forecast and create five outfits for a work-and/or-class-week! I have to have backup outfits: what if it rains, what it it's suddenly and briefly hot or cold, etc?

    * I'm still trying to figure out the extent to which I'm comfortable with conceptualizing my depression as a disability. I often feel like I am too functional to really count. :\

    dreamwidth linkery )

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    Saturday, May 1st, 2010 14:30
    sofiaviolet: music is my boyfriend (music is my boyfriend)
    Daily Song (right-click): Thursday - Resuscitation of a Dead Man
    Since I'm heading off to Worcester to see them tonight, and all.

    links )

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    Sunday, April 18th, 2010 19:46
    sofiaviolet: sign reading "ART" on a paint-splattered wall (ART!)
    If you used the opt-out I linked yesterday, you might want to go back and do it again. Turns out it's set opt_exclude_stats 1.
    today's links )

    Roller derby: awesome! We had to learn the rules and scoring practices through osmosis (and really could not hear the commentators well at all). We also ate some fried dough (truth in advertising!), which was basically a large flat beignet. Nomnomnom.

    This morning, we went to the Flea at MIT. The original plan was for me to take the train; Ellie was driving but she had already promised every possible seat in her car to people from Wireless Club. But two cancellations later, I had a ride, yay.

    Here are pictures of the things I got! Since I, uh, don't know what some of these doodads are called.
    Not that it matters that much. I'm just going to wrap them in wire anyway. )


    Thursday, March 25th, 2010 18:38
    sofiaviolet: from Threadless t-shirt: two kittens playing with a grenade (this will not end well)
    Landlady came downstairs and lent me a giant, really really nice cooler; she will let me know what is up with repair vs. replace later this evening. I got two bags of ice, cleared out the salvageable fridge contents (plus the frozen mozzarella sticks and the Hot Pockets, which I am not dumb enough to re-freeze when we have a working appliance again), and pitched the rest. We kind of really needed to clean out the fridge anyway, so. :\ Gross leftovers and shit, ugh.

    I seem to have a defined process for Shit Went Wrong. I call my mom, my dad, and my sister to bitch and solicit suggestions. Then I go and do whatever makes most sense re: fixing shit.


    In non-crappy news, Dreamwidth just did a code push. The new payment system isn't live yet; I guess it gets its own special code push as soon as [staff profile] mark finishes it.

    stuff )
    sofiaviolet: pink sign on a blue wall, which reads "keep calm and have a cupcake" (keep calm and have a cupcake)
    Best of 2009

    December 2nd: Eating out.

    There are a lot of things that signal "o hai, New Orleans" when I first arrive. The air in the jetway gives me a nice big humid hug. The music selections in the airport. The scenery on the drive home.

    And since there's a Taqueria Corona near Elmwood, we always stop there for noms.

    Or else Fourburgers, where they always spell Ellie's name wrong (Eli? Ali?) and I always get too many fries and [personal profile] oration is loud and we all scandalize the other diners by talking about kinky shit.


    Busybusy. Flyering tonight with [personal profile] solarcat, Friday with Ellie. Accompanying [livejournal.com profile] swallow_soma to Marblehead on Saturday.

    On the $winterholiday front, I hope to get the first batch of cards and stuff out tomorrow. I am still waiting on a few cards (supporting multiple artisans, yay!) and I think I might need even more than that.

    Speaking of. I should go and actually deal with those, shouldn't I?
    sofiaviolet: black and white EGL dress from Mary Magdalene (egl)
    Thanksgiving was good. [personal profile] solarcat, Marina and Leroy came over.

    We had duck gumbo. Ellie, in her determination to use the entire duck, rendered a whole bunch of fat to make the roux (too much; we now have a little container of duck fat in the fridge for future use), and made duck stock.

    We also had rice dressing, apple pie, and cookies.

    Friday, I was pretty exhausted. Ellie and I flyered for Slutcracker. We drove to Central Square, ate at Fourburgers, and went over to The Donkey Show.

    Having been offline for a while by that point, I didn't have advance warning that Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman would be there. In retrospect, this was probably good. Much as I joke about how the fourth wall doesn't exist for anyone any more, I appreciate a sort of meatspace fourth wall - I'll go to signings and meet-and-greet events if my companions want to, but that's not an experience I seek on my own.

    On Saturday, [personal profile] solarcat and I went to see Cobra Starship. It was a Boys Like Girls show, technically, but we were there for Cobra and we had m&g with them. [personal profile] solarcat had them sign her Harass Gabe shirt. I went with "something random" - the back of a 6x8 canvas board. I will twitpic some photos of the finished painting, as that seems to be the best method of getting them to the band.
    sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
    Follow Friday: all-communities edition )

    As always, please share your Follow Friday posts at [community profile] followfriday.


    Today is Dad's birthday. (I am not actually sure if he still reads this. Mom does. I already said 'happy birthday' on the phone, but it doesn't hurt to mention it again.)

    I've bugged my honors advisor again, about the junior/senior project this time. It's not a requirement for the honors program (one can earn a course distinction and/or project distinction, and I'm on track for the former), so unless the history department will let me count it as my capstone, I don't think I'll do it. The effort:tangible-benefit ratio just isn't good enough.

    blah blah spring blah )

    Why yes, yes that is two days off and no class earlier than half past one in the afternoon. *smugface*

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