Dec. 30th, 2011 12:32 am
amyamy: (Default)
So, um, has anybody got an AO3 invite I could have?


Dec. 9th, 2011 05:50 pm
amyamy: (QQMewMew)
Snugs, good wishes, and the like would be much appreciated--had to put my kitty to sleep this afternoon because her kidneys were failing.

I'm a little broken right now.
amyamy: (Making excuses. Life gone wrong)
So, ok, I live in an apartment building off one off the local highways, which is kind of the main drag through my city. I actually kind of really like the location--I'm super close to two grocery stores, the public library, public pool, two coffee shops, my hair dresser, etc, and while having the parking lot let off onto the highway is occasionally problematic (like at 7:30 in the morning), it's really nice in the winter because they clear the snow here first. The other thing that makes it nice in the winter is that the city decorates the trees that line the street with lights and hang snowflakes made out of lights off the streetlamps. Very pretty. Usually they alternate the trees, stringing the lights around the trunk of one tree and then in the branches of the next for the first four or so blocks (where the trees are bigger) and then just in the branches of the little trees near my apartment. This creates a neat visual effect at night as you look down the road, where it looks like you have half as many trees and all of them are fully decorated.

This year, however, they have simply wrapped the trunks of every single tree until they got to the little ones. Which. . . well, when it's dark you can't see the branches at all, so it looks like the road is lined with weird, eight foot tall posts. They've put the lights up over the very bottoms of the lowest branches, too, so the strange lit posts all have three or four tines of lights coming out of the tops, like mutant forks stuck in the side of the road.

On the whole, I'm not impressed.


Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:48 pm
amyamy: (Bad Dreams. Trapped.)
Having one of those days where it occurs to me that I seem to frown more easily than smile these days and that law school's made me harder, more of a bitch.
amyamy: (Alone in the woods. buddha.)
There's something about supermarkets at midnight that feels like you should be in a sad-girl movie montage or establishing shot. Maybe it's just me. Empty parking lot and shlubby clothes you've either just pulled on or have been wearing all day and really belong in a hamper by now, hair's in a mess, and there are just three or four people in the whole massive building, but you're still patting at it to make it lie flat and trying for the sassy, confidant walk, like you're trying to give off an air of "just popping in for a bit of milk for the cereal in the morning, totally classy, absolutely not eyeing the discount candies and contemplating wine coolers." And maybe it's even true, but there's something about the midnight supermarket with it's too bright lights and the furtive glances of the other shoppers that suggests you're just putting on a front and you're totally going back to your ridiculously messy apartment--empty of life except for the cat who will be thrilled you've come back and demand a share of the milk--where you will sit alone with the internet for hours when you should be in bed. Over tired, listening to the squeal of the train going past outside the window, trying to think deep thoughts or trying not to.

Then again, could just be me.


Aug. 1st, 2011 07:13 pm
amyamy: (Best of the world & frozen peas)
So, I don't think I'm ever allowed to talk about regional failures of vegetables in local Asian, i.e., local restaurants using "local", non-traditional vegetables in dishes because they are a) cheap, b) available, and c) familiar to local palates. It's really the last one I object to, because it's kind of lazy, and I miss having fabulous cabbage in every Japanese soup ever.

However, am currently making a curry with farmers' market yellow squash and green pepper, with sweet corn off a friend's family farm.

Authenticity = fail, but NOM = win.

Of course, it's totally making me miss France and my fabulous roommates there, who (seemingly happily) ate curry at least once a week, because I like cooking curry.

Class starts again in three weeks, which does not make me super happy, and I've loads of stuff I need to get on top of before that happens, which makes me even less happy, but c'est la vie.

Think I shall put on a movie and eat my nommy curry and try to pretend it's not August.
amyamy: (50 things - Hufflepuffs and spoons)
Exhausted and on my way to bed, plus I'm not allowed to do deep thoughts this late at night because I always end up getting depressed, but there was something totally closure-tastic and meta-wonderful about going to the midnight premier of the last one on my own. Will maybe talk about it tomorrow--fandom milestones and stuff--and maybe actually talk about the movie, but for now...


That is all.

Ugh, summer

Jul. 8th, 2011 05:06 pm
amyamy: (Snow! Winter.)
The icon makes me feel better.

So, yeah, I'm not a big fan of summer. I hate being hot and the flatlands are almost always humid which is WORSE. I don't mind having the sun around for more of the day, because natural light rocks my world, and fresh fruit and veg from the local farmers' market = made of win, but on the whole I'm not a fan. Lately my big beef is, well, beef, or rather cooking. It's too hot to cook most of the time, and salads and sammichs and veggie plates w/ hummus are all well and good, but lately I've been feeling sort of blah on them because there was this whole thing about re-learning to cook and I've made tasty foods and now I have all this TIME to use and just no energy to turn on the stove (evil source of yet more heat in my home).

Clearly, I'm in a blathering mood. Don't mind me. I'll get to the point eventually, which was I was wondering if any of you all had any tasty summer-type recipes to recommend? I love the idea of cold soups but haven't ever actually made one, and other than that I can't really think of what sort of things would be good for summer. (Possibly because all creativity has melted out of my brain from heat.) So, suggestions?


Jul. 7th, 2011 08:40 pm
amyamy: (50 things - Hufflepuffs and spoons)
So, local theater is, of course, doing midnight showing of HP. Apparently, though, they have ALREADY SOLD OUT the 2D version. So... do I risk splitting headaches to see it in 3D or wait until the next day?

ETA: I got the last ticket at less-local theater!!! -dances-
amyamy: (Cartwheels - happy)
So, I totally had a minor "I'm an adult and I get to decide what that means!" moment tonight. Realized I needed milk for breakfast in the morning and so went for it after dinner. Got in my car and as I was pulling out of the parking lot I went "... screw it" and did not go to nearby grocery (literally two blocks from apartment). Instead I drove 30 minutes to farthest grocery store possible, just so I could go get a milkshake from BEST ICE CREAM STORE IN TOWN that happens to be across the street.

I have my priorities, dammit.

All Call

Jun. 27th, 2011 11:34 pm
amyamy: (Here for you. friends. helping hands)
Friends in/near Chicago, [livejournal.com profile] marrog and [livejournal.com profile] erindubitably are stranded in O'Hare, and they're not even sure for how long. If there's any help you can offer a pair of good friends who are in dire straits at the moment, comment/email/text/Twitter/whatever me and I'll try and get you in contact with them?

The lovely ladies were good enough to host me in Scotland, if you or somebody you know could help, it'd be much appreciated.
amyamy: (Default)
So, my ongoing project to (re)teach myself how to cook like an American (or maybe just how to cook like a grownup, or something) proceeds apace. The latest adventure came off perfectly, and I now have a pair of gorgeous and tasty quiches - tomato, spinach, chicken sausage and smoked gouda, one with cilantro and one with out. Paired with a quick salad of lettuce from my dad's garden and red pepper w/ avacado ranch dressing, both from the farmers' market, and mine is a happy tummy. The only snag is I made two because I figured I'd bring the spare to the weekly dinner I do with some friends (which is why one has no cilantro, as one of my friends has the little gene of cilantro sadness) and then realized I'd double booked myself and couldn't actually go this week. Whoops. Somehow, I don't find "I have more tasty foods than I meant to" to be an actual problem...

amyamy: (Cherry Blossoms)
1 large container cottage cheese
3-4 stalks spring onions
pinch of pepper (to taste)


-Dice onions.
-Add onions and pepper to cottage cheese.
-Mix well.


In other news, spring provides many opportunities for tasty noms, but also provides many opportunities for death!allergies. I need approximately eight billion more tissues than I currently have, and also for the landscapers at my apartment building to stop mowing the grass every morning so I can breathe again...


May. 13th, 2011 06:02 pm
amyamy: (Dancing for your entertainment)
I should be working, but am having trouble focusing by virtue of over long nap and it's summer holidays and I don't want to. So, quick meme before I try and finish one or two more things and then call the week a wrap.

Swiped from Tine )


May. 10th, 2011 01:18 pm
amyamy: (Ambivelent. Fretting about decisions)
So, given it's summer, I now have all this free time, and I finally figured out the local pool schedule, I've been contemplating getting a pass and trying to go regularly. Figured I'd pay one or two days individually and see how I like the pool and how it works into my schedule before dropping the big money, so I wandered over there today. Like it quite a bit, but definitely overdid it, given I hadn't been swimming for real in years, and at all since the accidental dunking last summer. Walked home and stupidly decided upon a shower before food, and my body let me know in no uncertain terms that that was a bad idea when I almost collapsed while drying off. But, aside from me being stupid, I am hopeful about this as a Plan. Which Plans are a good thing, so I don't totally go off the rails this summer.

Contemplating a nap before my meeting this afternoon, but a little worried I'll be crazy groggy if I do sleep... On the other hand, it is ridiculously hot for May, and a nap sounds reeeeeally good...

Decisions, decisions.
amyamy: (Bad Dreams. Trapped.)
Seriously dreadful final this morning that I am still recovering from, two tasty meals, two glasses of wine and a double handful of hours later. Good gods. Tomorrow I shall go back to trying to be productive for the last two parts of class, and also start work on the summer thing (which I'll explain when I have a bit more brain). Tonight, what's left of it, will be spent on something mindless.
amyamy: (Law nerd!)
Final number one survived. Gods only know how I actually did, but it's over, time to move on. Two more finals to go, plus the last draft of my seminar paper, and then I'm two thirds done with law school!

In other news, potentially promising developments for this summer, but still just enough up in the air that it's not quite ready for prime time...

(Also, subject line totally makes me wish I had Portal 2. And, you know, free time. And my WoW subscription - stabbing pixels would be so relaxing right about now. Alas, not ready enough for next final to chill quite yet. -sigh- Onwards and upwards!)


Apr. 24th, 2011 07:47 pm
amyamy: (Earth-shattering KABOOM)
I stuck in Heroes season one as background noise while I studied this evening, and now I'm having hard core nostalgia for pre-sucktastic Heroes. Oh season four, how terrible you were...

Side note, how much do I not want to study for my Immigration final on Tuesday? SO MUCH.
amyamy: (Making stuff up is easy)
If I were to try and do a big catch up post I'd get all caught up in doing that and it wouldn't happen. So instead we hit the ground running.

Finals start next week and I'm not anywhere near as prepared as I ought to be, but I am having trouble really caring. Whatever happens will happen. Took the night off to de-stress; finally got to see Game of Thrones premiere (OMG LOVE) and this week's Glee, as well as catch up on some articles and other things I'd flagged to read for fun when I had time. Had the tasty noms I'd made last night while I was trying to avoid work (cream of asparagus soup from scratch, NOMNOMNOM) and was just generally chillax. Life was good.

Tomorrow I shall return to my regularly scheduled stressball life, but until then, SLEEP!
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