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Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:54 am
valkryor: (Sludge Lagoon)
Family Easter today. Last week, we were at the in-laws. I really did not enjoy it. Everyone talks over every one else and I found it especially draining this time. So much so that I was still feeling the effects two days later. Paul's family is fine. They're good people, if a bit...conventional. It was more than I could handle and really needed quiet alone time with nothing more demanding than ambient, everyday home noises, like the ticking of clocks and the sound of traffic through open windows.

Today is my family which should be easier. I can always escape outside since the weather will be lovely. They already know I'm weird and a bit of a loner, so it won't seem odd or leave me feeling guilty when I need some breathing room. And I managed to get my brother-in-law's sewing mostly done (one small hand-stitched seam left), which is awesome, because it's his Christmas present from me to him. Making a gift of my labour and time is something I can get behind. It really takes the pressure off me and my (often) lack of available funds.

Oooo! I think I shall dig out a Christmas-appropriate gift bag and hand the sewing over that way. I'm fairly certain I have one (or a lot) that are big enough. :)

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Feb. 18th, 2017 12:56 pm
valkryor: (Default)
I went out for a walk today because the weather is glorious. I made a point of walking past a house for sale in the area that's really kind of cute and I could see myself living there (35 Fairview Ave, Kitchener for the curious). However, I do not have $350k + to throw at such a worthy abode, so it remains merely a passing fancy and nothing more.

I had the hamsters running the wrong way on the wheel and chewing on the wires on Wednesday, which is all sorts of Not Fun. I am not a fan of making a decision, following through on said choice, and then overthinking it after. It's a recipe for a full blown panic attack, I swear. I was only anxious (only anxious, like that's any better) and it dissipated fairly quickly, but it left me exhausted and wrung out.

I'm in a pretty good mood today. The sun and walk have certainly helped, but some of it might also be the increase in dosage for my brain meds. It's too early to tell if it's actually helping, but the placebo effect is a powerful thing.

Right. Time to find lunch and then clean the apartment and make brownies for my game tonight. Whee!
I was intrigued by the idea, but every recipe I could find was either A) Full of Meat or B) Not Terribly Interesting. So I put some things together and came up with a ridiculously tasty meal that was A) Tasty and B) Tasty.

Tasty Chili Cheesy Pasta


  • 450g pasta (I used large shells and they were perfect. Scoobi Do would also be awesome.)
  • 1 796mL can diced tomatoes
  • 1 540mL can red kidney beans
  • 1 540mL can chickpeas (don't like chickpeas? Use black beans instead.)
  • 1 398mL can baked beans
  • 2 medium cooking onions, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (colour of your choice), chopped
  • 10 cremini mushrooms, sliced (Cremini mushrooms are baby portabellas.)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated cheese

1) Make pasta according to package directions.
2) While waiting for the water to boil/pasta to cook, sauté onions and mushrooms together.
3) Add garlic, spices, and bell pepper.
4) Drain and rinse kidney beans and chickpeas. Add to vegetables.
5) Mix in tomatoes and baked beans. Salt and pepper how you like (I do find that tinned tomatoes need a LOT of salt to balance the flavours) and let simmer together until the pasta's done.
5) Drain pasta and mix everything together in one big pot. Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
6) Dish up and add cheese to everyone's portion.
7) EAT.

It's good and it's cheap AND it's meatless, which is awesome, since I didn't find the meal lacking in anyway. You can add cheese to the pot, put a lid on it, then serve it after the cheese is melty, but I did that last night and while it works for that night, it kind of sucks for leftovers.

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Oct. 24th, 2005 07:13 am
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The weekend was quiet. After being social every weekend since mid September, it was time to just hang out together and reconnect. We even (a little foolishly) ventured out to KW Surplus and Dollarama for some last minute Hallowe'en props yesterday. I still have to finish (start) sewing my costume, but it's mostly straight lines, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Being out of work, though, is becoming the sticking point. Okay, I left because it was better for my overall well-being and while I'm much happier, conviction alone doesn't pay the bills. If I don't find something soon, I don't know what we're going to do (and this town lacks a decent port so I can't blow sailors for spare change and bubble gum).

Financially, we're beyond up the creek and into "no map and no canoe" territory. I'm running out of time and options. Any suggestions? (No, I'm not kidding.)

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Sep. 14th, 2005 10:01 am
valkryor: (Bite Me)
My stomach is in knots and I feel nauseous. Why? As soon as I'm done looking for work, I'm going to be emailing my old supervisor informing him that I am willing to go back on Monday.

I know I gave myself another week to find something that wasn't phone/people related, but I have to be an adult about this. There are just some things that you have to do, regardless of your own personal wants/desires. To be honest, it feels a little like I'm selling myself down the river, breaking that promise I made to myself to never go back, come hell or high water.

Unfortunately, when money (or lack thereof) is involved, personal needs no longer take precedence. It's not the right thing to do, I know that. But it is the responsible thing.

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Sep. 9th, 2005 01:16 pm
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I'm just waiting for my mom to stop by and then I'm getting out of the house for while so I can go to the bank (ooo, exciting...:P). I have money (okay, it's an insurance cheque and some cash, but hey, it's money) to deposit. That's good. It means I can afford my Hallowe'en costume (ie. it comes out of my pocket instead of [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych's). And to put off going back to the Hell that Goes Up for another week.

It's not much, but it's something. I'll take it.

The cash, incidentally, is coming from a couple that my mom sews scope covers for. They own a local crossbow company and I think I've met them all of about half a dozen times. Still, it means another week without having to go back. I feel a lot better today.
I still haven't found gainful employ. Damn. I can only give it one more week, though, because my bills won't pay themselves. The Evil Cable Company doesn't want me. Nobody else seems to want me. And I can't take four months to find work (it happened once, which is why I ended up counting other people's shit and wishing I was dead instead of on the road to OFS yet again). My choices are, unfortunately, very very limited. So, I'm left with this, it seems...get something else by the end of next week or it's back to the Hell that Goes Up.

I really really don't want to go back. But it looks like I won't have any other option.

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Sep. 1st, 2005 10:22 am
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I just couldn't be bothered to look for work this past week. There's no guarantee that I'm going to get a call back on the phone monkey job for a face-to-face interview, either. Have I mentioned yet that I hate interviews?

Maybe I won the lottery last night...?


Back to looking again, methinks. But tomorrow. It can wait until then.

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