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.
valiha: Badge used for the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo badge)
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
valiha: Badge used for the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo badge)
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...
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
...to spend Eid with my family. We only got one day off though, so I won't stay for the entire holiday. I plan to finish my Big Bang entries while I'm there.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Don't wan to miss another deadline! o_O
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
My Holiday Recathon banners are finished, but I don't want to post them until after the posting starts. My sis was very pleased with how they turned out, and I trust her judgment. ♥

Aw, hell...

Nov. 7th, 2010 02:06 am
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I got so caught up in trying to finish this year's Holiday Recathon banners that I lost track of time. And what happened? I missed my deadline. So, a new record for me - whole five days of posting during the time that was supposed to be 30 posts in 30 days. Sigh... I'll have to try again next year, and by God, I will do it!

Ilness??

Nov. 5th, 2010 11:39 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I think I'm coming down with something. Over half of our staff was sick during the past couple of weeks, so it seems it's my turn now. It is the last thing I need right now. There are too many things to take care of - tests to mark, books to distribute, exams to study for... Do Not Want! :(
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
...with my entry for the Magnificent Seven Big Bang. :) Trouble is, I keep fiddling with it, and having doubts that the recipient is going to like it. Every one in a while I get the urge to scrap the whole thing and start over again - which is not a good idea seeing as posting is only a couple of weeks away. O_O

Weariness

Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:32 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I am so unbelievably tired this evening. I came home from work at 9:30 pm, and still have work to do for tomorrow. I want to watch a movie, but I'd probably fall asleep within thirty minutes from the start. I might put on some soothing music, and fall asleep listening to it...

NaBloPomo

Nov. 1st, 2010 11:55 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I am attempting it again this year, with crossposting enabled from DW to LJ. This year I actually hope to finish it, and I hope to post art snippets every once in a while. I am not planning anything, since my plans notoriously fail.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (nablopomo)


Once again, I tried my hand at NaBloPoMo and failed. It seems that the old saying, Man plans and God laughs is true in my case.

Still, I have hope that I will make it the next time around. I'm still stoked by the idea of making an image for each day of the month. I should probably downsize and do smaller images, not wallpapers as was the original plan. I'm so busy right now I don't see that happening before our winter break. :iz sad:
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