kageotogi: (clean all the things)
» Fact: I am in possession of far too much yarn. This means I have a new goal for myself: stop buying yarn. Or, anyway, stop buying it at least until most of it is used up. The problem with this is that accomplishing this using-it-up goal means I have to knit things. I am less than good at that.

» OMG, could I be any more behind on story/fic prompts? Not even counting the sixteen (or so) from LAST YEAR, there are two outstanding from last week (one of which is finished but not typed -- sorry, [livejournal.com profile] punctuates!). I'm really just a loser.

» I have already made plans to go buy new yarn. Whoops.

» Because she is clearly made of evil and other good things, [livejournal.com profile] masteroftrouble managed to get me addicted to Hyperbole and a Half with a mere link to an icon. I stayed up very, very late reading old blog posts. THIS IS WHAT I DO WITH MY FREE TIME, PEOPLE. And I realized that I've actually been linked to and read many of the posts before but somehow never realized that they were all from the same place, or how amazing they could all be when read consecutively and at three in the morning. So there's that.

» I am overwhelmed by what shouldn't be an overwhelming weekend. This probably means there will be a to-do list in my future, which is ridiculous because it will be very short. I really don't have that much to do. It just feels like it because everything has to happen all at the same time. Maybe I will write the to-do list on my refrigerator's wipe board and hope for the best.

» It takes about 10,000 hours to get really good at something, according to something I read on the internet (the internet doesn't lie, right?). That's lots of hours.

» I'm really hungry right now, and I think it's because I only ate a handful of cranberries and some M&Ms for breakfast (cranberries and dark chocolate-with-a-candy-shell are good for me). This is bad, because it means I am thinking of the chicken breast I have defrosting in the refrigerator (because yes, I sometimes eat things that are not dried fruit and candy) and all the delicious things I can do it later. Right now I'm thinking about chicken curry, which would be awesome if I had rice. I'm pretty sure I do not have rice. Failing that, barbecue chicken sammich. Except I'm not sure if I have barbecue sauce. Dilemma.

» I am almost out of babeh kitteh's medication, and need to get a new bottle from the vet. I called it in, so now I'm just waiting for them to call me back. It's a race against time: they have until eight tonight. Or eight tomorrow morning, if I have enough for tonight and tomorrow.

» Speaking of babeh kitteh, he had two seizures last week. One was about two minutes long, the other lasted maybe thirty seconds. This means he gets an increased dosage of his medication -- thus why I already need more -- and that there is little hope of decreasing the meds any time in the near future. Sigh.

» One of my cabinet doors managed to injure itself. Um. Basically, the little plastic thing that keeps the cabinet door from all but literally adhering to the cabinet itself fell out, and now the cabinet door sticks like crazy. It requires massive pulling on my part to get it open, and it's only a matter of time before I (a) yank it from its hinges or (b) gruesomely injure myself. Although at least if (b) happens, the cabinet door and I will have something in common. And who doesn't aspire to have things in common with inanimate objects, really?

And that's the end.
kageotogi: (hawkfish)
Posting here is way better than finishing my (way, way, way overdue) page proofs. Just saying. Also, I figured I had better knock off a few things.

» My grandmother has been in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks due to a stroke she had the Saturday before I returned from California, and she's now in a hospital strictly for physical therapy. I visited her once, when she was in the first hospital, and am way overdue for seeing her again. I'm going tonight. It's about time. I'm such a loser.

» Gus is doing much better. His blood work came back inconclusive (in that "Everything looks just fine!" kind of way, which I find a little frustrating), so as long as he doesn't have another seizure I'm going to assume everything is business as usual. So far so good.

» Script Frenzy is coming up. AGH. I am so not prepared for this year, and somehow I wound up doing two. Which is not a big deal -- they're both going to be incredibly fun and interesting and the like -- but April is sneaking up on me (IT STARTS ON THURSDAY WHAT THE CRAP) and I feel very not ready. This will change. I've a lot of practice working on the fly.

» I bought opera tickets (Armida) yesterday for a show in May. Squee. I also bought tickets to the Orioles' opening day (April 9) and to the local production of Phantom of the Opera. I'm getting my culture (and... local sports team?) on. Between that and book club and the flute festival, it's going to be a busy couple of months. But it'll be super fun, so yay.

» I found the best lemon cake recipe. Next on my to-do list is finding a good gluten- and dairy-free cake recipe. It's totally necessary. (Why do so many of my friends have crazy allergies?) I'm about ready to break down and query [livejournal.com profile] bakebakebake, since they'll probably have way better ideas/suggestions. That, and they probably know what they're doing.

» The best piece of punctuation ever invented was the interrobang. No one will dare argue with this, I know.

I know there's something else, but can't for the life of me think of what it might be. So I'm going to end this post while I'm ahead. Ta!
kageotogi: (comfortable)
A few random things:

  • My mother bought me sleep-aids when I mentioned I'd been having trouble sleeping. She's the best mom ever.

  • I've started writing daily to-do lists in a tiny notebook I've dedicated exclusively to this purpose. I never complete said to-do lists. I've pretty much decided I don't care.

  • The kittehs are very excited about their upcoming vet visit. This is because I did not tell them what "castration" means, and because they can not reach my dictionaries.

  • I've decided to re-try writing a huge, epic story-thing I've been musing over for ages. I just don't know how to do it, exactly. Making notes (and re-reading my old notes) is on my to-do list, and has been every day so far this week. I have not done it. No one is surprised.

  • New recipe ideas: moo-shu vegetables, orange-sesame shrimp, hotty-hot-hot spare ribs. I've gone mad with power. And hyphens.

  • Baltimore Restaurant Week. Best (two) week(s) ever? Quite possibly. Have plans for Friday, and am making tentative plans for next Friday as well. Good times.

  • [livejournal.com profile] elevates owns too many scarves. Sixteen, apparently.

  • I have been knitting the same baby hat for over two months now. It is the baby hat that will never end. My next project will have to be done on HUGE needles so that it can be finished quickly and I can stop hating myself and my knitting, I think.

  • I am reconsidering The Novel From Hell. In that "I should really edit that" kind of way. My brother was supposed to help, but he's been completely loser-ish lately, so scratch that. I'll do it myself.

The end.
kageotogi: (moon jelly)
Today I made a vet appointment to castrate the kittehs. They're very excited. Or, rather, will be when I get home and tell them to be excited. So that's fun.

Work is less ass-kicky than it was last week, which is wonderful. However, I need to remember how stressed out I was last week and stay on task this week. Which is difficult for me, because I'm made of fail (in case you didn't know). It helps that I finally finished the self-evaluation portion of my performance review, which I always turn into A Big Deal, mostly because I essentially say the same thing over and over and over again and run out of different ways to say it. Eventually it makes me feel like I've accomplished nothing, loser that I am, and completely kills my desire to go on. But it's over now. And that's good.

I am very hungry. And the weather is nice. I think this means the day calls for sandwiches.

Sandwiches!

I'm going to try my hand at making some barbecued ribs tonight. This will be new and exciting for me, partially because I very rarely cook any meat other than chicken (and even that is a rare thing). Also because I've never done it before and am probably going to set my kitchen on fire. That aside, I'm sure it will be delicious.

I have a to-do list for today that I haven't even started. I should really get on that.
kageotogi: (paper plane)
I made a chicken today. Well, a cornish game hen. This is only post-worthy because it's the first time I've ever made an entire chicken-esque thing, and I was impressed with myself. I got a small hen, but it was still enough chicken to last me for a few days. Or at least until I decide to use the broth (made from the carcass; I'm so resourceful) to make soup. So that was fun.

I realized today that I haven't gone ice skating since I was a kid, and that I really used to love it once upon a time. So my new goal-of-the-moment is to go ice skating sometime in the near future and see if I really do like it as much as I remember. If yes, I may actually invest in some goddamn skates and make it a regular thing. Could be fun.

This Tuesday, I'm heading to Boston with friend/coworker A. Eddie Izzard is doing an encore of his Stripped tour (seven US cities, one night each), and we managed to work our schedules and our finances so that we could go. It took some finagling, but we pulled it together (barely!) and it should be something of an adventure. Also, really, really cold. (What were we thinking? Boston in January? Brrrrrr.)

Have I told you all how cute my kittens are? They're cute. Adorable, even.



See?
kageotogi: (pensive relena [kageotogi])
I had my home inspection today. All went well. There was one issue that needs to be taken care of, like, for reals reals and a handful of little issues that should be easy to fix (although I'm asking the seller to take care of everything, so hopefully I won't have to worry over it at all). Overall, it was a good inspection, and I'm really happy with what I learned and such. I think my next steps (after signing the inspection addendum) involve insurance and monies and blahblahblah. Boring house stuff is boring. For you guys. For me, it's a whole bundle of nerves. As is to be expected.

I made cake today, and cookies. Nomnom. Um. I made the cookies because I bought oatmeal the other day and forgot that I actually don't particularly like oatmeal. Now I'm just going to make batch after batch of oatmeal cookies and such variants. Tonight I made oatmeal chocolate-chip. I think that's a nice cookie. I have some butterscotch chips hanging around somewhere, too, so perhaps next time I will make scotchies. Could be fun.

This entry has no ending. :D
kageotogi: (munch! [kageotogi])
So, I promised to post pictures of the chocolate chip bacon cookies I talked about last week, so whatevs. Before I begin, I want to apologize if the pictures screw up; I'm still getting used to Flickr. So, yes. Here we go!

The process. )
kageotogi: (abra cadabra [kageotogi])
The weather cooperated today, so I made fudge. I made a double-batch of maple and a batch of butterscotch (and no peanut butter, because I rather like [livejournal.com profile] kloos411 and would like her to stick around for a while). Tomorrow, after the flute choir concert, I'll make my nonpareil cookies and more of the pecan turtles, and maybe some almond brittle. After work on Monday, I'll make almond brittle (if I didn't make it the day before) and toffee, and that should be all my Christmas baking. Then it's just a matter of packaging it all up and distributing it as appropriate.

Phew.

The lights in my bedroom still don't work. ^^ I changed the bulbs (and broke one of the three in the process -- scary!) and checked the fuses (three times, even though everything else in the room is working just fine), but in the end had to leave a message on my landlord's machine. Ah, well. I can get by without lights, so it's really not a big deal. Nonetheless, I'll be glad when the lights work again. It's a nice luxury.

Ugh. What am I forgetting? Cripes.
kageotogi: (fantabulous! [domacatrix])
I seem to remember promising a recipe, so here it be. I made these last night for the first time in ages (read: ever. I've always done a different version before, with peanut butter) because I was craving me some chocolatey goodness. They turned out pretty well, so what better reason to share with you?

Easy Chocolate Macaroons (no baking required!) )

The peanut butter version I mentioned before is a good alternative to the coconut, which my mother can't stand (thus why I've never made the coconut version before). Basically, you add a cup of peanut butter just after removing the chocolate mixture from the heat and before putting in the oatmeal. These are also pretty darn delicious.

The end!

Cookies.

Aug. 17th, 2008 04:51 pm
kageotogi: (omgwtf? [kageotogi])
Some time ago, [livejournal.com profile] sky_dark posted a cookie recipe. One that involved cake mix and looked really, really easy. Well, I love cookies. And I love cake mix. And I love easy. So, of course, I had to try it.

Here's the recipe. )

While shopping with [livejournal.com profile] kloos411, [livejournal.com profile] thstlenshmrock, and O., I let the latter two pick out the cake mix. They chose strawberry. I'm using chocolate chips as my add-in. So here goes...

A photo-cooking session. )

The end!
kageotogi: (Default)
Lots of cuts in this entry, just so it won't be a million years long. Because I care.

Stuff about my car. )

Stuff about the coffee shop. )

Stuff about my script. )

Stuff about my other writing projects. )

Stuff about baking. )

Right, that's all from me. I promise to stop posting about nothing for now. Maybe I'll do some thinking and post a writing meme or something in my next entry (because that worked so well last time...).
kageotogi: (manic [kageotogi])
I made brownies tonight, simply because I felt like it. I sort of made the recipe up, but it was a really standard one and they turned out okay. It's not like brownies are hard, after all. In any case, I intended to take pictures of the whole process, but I got bored and kind of lazy and only took pictures of the final product... after Kelsi and I tested it out.

The brownies! )

And because I felt bad about forgetting to take pictures, I managed to get the cat to hold still briefly. So here's a picture of [livejournal.com profile] kloos411's cat.

Hobbes! )

Isn't he pretty?

Pecan Pie!

Feb. 28th, 2007 06:42 pm
kageotogi: (reno hot [hawn_style])
As promised, the pecan pie recipe!

Cut for food. )

See? Easy as... Well, pie!

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