Monday, February 27, 2012

Cooking Attempts

Over the weekend, I tried two new recipes.  One turned out really well and the other one did not.  The good one was chicken and green bean stir fry.  I used the recipe from Chinese Grandmother and it was faaaaaantastic.  It was really pretty, too.  I should have taken pictures, but I was in too much of a hurry to cook it and eat it.  Ah well, I'm sure I'll be making it again - I'll try to remember to take photos.

The bad one was homemade granola from Alton Brown.  It looked really good, and it smelled really good at first, but I am not sure what happened with the cooking time.  I preset my oven, just like the directions said.  I stirred it up after the first fifteen minutes, like I was instructed.  But when the second fifteen minutes were up, it was already burnt.  So I took it out, in hopes of salvaging it, but I really think it is too far gone to eat. I'm going to have to throw the whole tray out as it is too gross to consume. I'm super bummed about it, as I used up all of my oats and most of my nuts to make it.  I was really looking forward to eating it mixed up in some yogurt like I did when my dad made homemade granola a few months ago.  He used Ina's recipe - I guess I'll stick with that one next time.  Ah well, I guess I'll have to think of something else to flavor my yogurt.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sketch 09

Astrid 
Astrid from The Namesake.  It's okay if you don't remember her, she doesn't really have a significant roll in anything.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Refrigerator Woes

As I mentioned before, Chris and I have fallen in love with Samsung's refrigerators.  They're ungodly expensive (from what I have been told, anyway - I personally have no idea what is a "reasonable" price for a fridge), but thanks to some... generous wedding donations we are going to go ahead and buy one anyway.  During our week off, we looked at a lot of fridges and the Samsungs still had all the features we liked best.  We are
still at odds over which one we want (Chris wants this one, but I think it is a bit... much and would prefer this one - I just don't know how often are we really going to use a deli drawer), but that wasn't the biggest problem.

You see, our house is weird.  You may remember from a million years ago that we ordered a sofa and had to return it because it wouldn't fit through any of our tiny, Victorian-sized doors.  Surprisingly enough, giant modern refrigerators won't fit either.  Our kitchen door is 29", the fridges are 31".  Oops.  So we went home very discouraged, knowing that we'd have to start looking at fridges all over again and would have to buy one that was not quite up to our exacting fridge standards.

I mentioned this to my mum who mentioned it to my Aunt Candy who mentioned it to my Uncle Don, and now we will be getting a new (larger) back door and a new refrigerator to fit through it.  Have I mentioned lately how awesome my family is?  Because they are very awesome.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Being Married

The number one question I've been asked since the wedding is "how does it  feel to be married?" - it's a silly question, since nothing has really changed, but I can't fault people for asking.  It's just one of those things that you do, like asking someone who's just had a birthday "how does it feel to be 28?" or something like that.  But here's the real answer:

Being married feels just like being not married, with two wonderful exceptions.  One, no more wedding stress.  The wedding was amazing, and it was all worth it in the end.  That being said, it was one of the longest, most stressful event in my life and I am ever so glad it is over.  It's getting better now, but for the first few days after the wedding, I kept getting these sudden bouts of panic that I must be forgetting something.
Because that's how life has been for the last few months - a long stretch of constantly having to remember to do important wedding things.  My brain is so used to this that it doesn't quite know how to react to all of this
downtime.  Just thinking about the fact that I no longer have all these obligations on my time is just more wonderful than I can put into words. Compared to this, preparations for any event or holiday will seem like
child's play.

Two, we have a whole lot of new, cool things.  We can make dinner in fresh, new pots and pans and cooking utensils, eat off of awesome new plates with matching bowls and mugs, sleep in a bed with new sheets and a new quilt, easily produce  popcorn and waffles at a moment's notice...  The nifty new things know no bounds.  And on top of all that, we'll soon be getting a new fridge (and maybe a new stove and dishwasher).  It's like we're living a new, slightly better life. I guess, in a way, we are.

So that's what it is like to be married.  It hasn't really changed anything between us, except that now we can refer to each other as "husband" and "wife" and then giggle like idiots about it.  Which, I must say, is still
pretty exciting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tunes


I was playing The Sims on Facebook (don't judge me) and the song my sim self was composing reminded me of this song.  So I figured I'd make it my tune for the day because it is a great (though exceptionally sad) song.

Darcy Farrow - John Denver

Monday, February 20, 2012

So married.

Hey guys, I'm back. Sorry about the sudden lack of posts, but wedding stuff kind of overwhelmed everything else in my life for a while there. But it is over now, I am married, and life can get back to normal.
I'll have a giant wedding post soon, I'm currently compiling pictures from all my available sources (photographer, family, friends) so as to provide you with the best overview possible. Look for that later this week probably, but next week at the latest. Other than that, it should be back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sketch 06

Some speed sketches of random pictures found while perusing the internet.