Cakes!

Nov. 5th, 2011 11:16 pm
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Just finished baking all the cakes, and I'm now licking the dish I used to melt chocolate for glazing one of them...

Home

Nov. 4th, 2011 11:39 pm
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So I'm home tonight, after spending a grueling ride home. I suffer from a serious case of motion sickness, and often feel sick to my stomach even after I get off the bus. The pills that used to help me are now manufactured without a protective film and are horribly bitter, and anything bitter immediately makes me throw up. So the drug that's supposed to prevent me from being sick sets off nausea.

I try to get around by riding in as close as I can to thr front of the bus, but tonight it was so crowded because everyone's traveling home for Eid that I ended up at the very back of the bus. It was torture - two and a half hours spent feeling nauses and trying not to get sick. I still haven't truly recovered.
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Especially if you need to learn things that are completely new to you. I am currently studying metadata.

NaBloPoMo

Nov. 1st, 2011 09:06 pm
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I've had such bad luck with planning anything this year that I'm just going to just get going and see what happens. My wish is to post a piece of art every day, so we'll see if I manage to pull it through.

In celebration of that, here's my new icon, made just for NaBloPoMo!
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Heh, I just misread some numbers on a web site I was viewing, and soon after that some lines in a homework assignment I was correcting. I obviously need to stop staring at my computer screen and rest my eyes, perhaps even go to bed before 2 a.m.! :gasp:

ETA I forgot to crosspost the entry...
Alright, take two.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Cowboys and Aliens:



Unfortunately, I have no one to see it woth. All my friends like chick flicks, and have attempted to drag me to the latest Julia Roberts movie. I have nothing against Julia Roberts, but she doesn't make me drool like this. I mean, seriously, cowboys? AND aliens? What can be more perfect than this??
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Hmm, LJ seems to be having some troubles - my last night's post didn't get cross posted, and I was unable to even access the website all day yesterday and today. Anyone else have any problems with it??

Baking!

Nov. 15th, 2010 10:23 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
So tonight I decided to bake a cake for the festivities tomorrow. I chose a basic mixture, which can be easily embellished by adding different ingredients. You start with three eggs, and add 9 spoons of sugar, milk, vegetable oil, flour, a spoon of baking powder and choose between two spoons of cocoa, or ground nuts, or coconut, or poppy seeds, or... take a pick. You can then add chocolate cream, whipped cream, or pour some sherbet over it. Very tasty!

I mixed the batch, poured it into a pan, and it baked beautifully. But when I took it out, it seemed kind of... short. This thing usually rises quite a lot. I kept wondering what could the reason be... until I saw an unopened package of baking powder. Doh! Okay, I say. No matter, I won't offer this to the guests. We'll take a slice and a glass of milk and have it for breakfast. I'll make another one, and this time I'll use ground nuts (I had added cocoa to the last one).

So I prepare another mixture, this time making sure to add all the ingredients. I put it into the oven, at 200°C. I go upstairs to check my mail, because I'm expecting an important business-related e-mail. Unfortunately, the TV is on. And it's tuned into Discovery Science, where Morgan Freeman is hosting a cool show I had never seen before. In tonight's episode, they are talking about dark matter, and the creation of the Universe, and they're showing this cool simulator that has a creation model running, and I sit down to take a peek.

o_O

Half an hour later - I guess - my dad starts shouting "Something's burning!!"

O_O

I run downstairs, and sure enough - it's my cake. It didn't burn completely, just the top layer, but it's enough to make me wary of trying to make another one tonight.

So, how was your day?
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I'm no that good at following this "30 posts in November" deal, am I? Seems that most of my posts are last minute fill-ins. :) Got too many things going on at the same time, I guess.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
...with my entries. I have now developed a fear that I will not be able to finish them in time, since I have 40 tests to mark, deal with preparing everything for book orders for the next semester, and to finish some translation projects I'm working on. Clearly, I am insane for taking on so many projects at the same time...

Working on...

- my Mag7 Bingo entries.
- finished my entry for the Mag7 BigBang.

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