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24 August 2010 @ 11:52 am
leaks, power surges/cuts, total roof replacement, a week with no heating, only half our lights working, internet breaking 4 times, voip phone not working AGAIN, antenna repairs, door measuring and ordering......wargh!

we're pretty settled, pretty happy, still haven't found anything close to a routine yet as most scraps of time have been eaten up and my baseline stress levels have been boosted with all this crap with tradies. and now they have even cracked a windom of my neighbour and I have to go apologise and explain they'll fix it. so mad and have been so bothered by it all :(

J turned 21 last friday, and despite the builders on the roof, cold and dark I still tried to give him brekky in bed and a special day. drinks with highschool people etc went well, and last night we managed somehow to cope with 14 of his family members coming over and having a contribution feast dinner in our little unit. J seemed really happy, so I was relieved and happy too. His group pressie was a huge impressive tv! will be great once we can watch tv series and game on it, ohoh <3 this is the last week of winter and sometimes it's even SUNNY, which does so much for my mood :)

love you, thinking of you most days. xx
10 July 2010 @ 09:39 am
Off I go to Vanutu today, back on the 16th. looking forwards to feeling waaarm :)

mostly though i'm posting this to say a really big HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance to Stef. I still haven't found the right pressie for you, but I hope you love the card like I did. I super care about you lady :) i'll say cheers in your name when the day comes.
08 June 2010 @ 07:19 pm
i'll put images here that I like.

over the hump of exams, phew. one more to go. worn out. *rest*
23 March 2010 @ 07:58 pm
In a happier way, I distracted myself by uploading new music :)
14 February 2010 @ 02:01 pm

for you stef <33

Valentines day is cute for me, but it is not worth it in comparison to how much it really makes people feel BAD. Contemplated going to the Moroccan Soup Bar in Brunswick(?) to sample their vegetarian $17-or-something banquet, 3 courses with a little sweet and dark coffee at the end.

But really, J bought a ps3 today before work(!!), so I think i'll gather some picnic-y niceties and we'll play metal gear solid 4, hoho. Will try that place later.

I think i'll make tiramisu today as well, and truly... tiramisu is wonderful and a lot of people like it. This is the best recipe i've tried (and i've tried at least 9...), it's from the mum of the little girl I nanny. They're Sri Lankan and obsessed with Italian cuisine, and had the most amazing-looking trip to Italy recently. The mum is my go-to when it comes to a lot of cooking discussion. She is an amazing cook, and makes wonderful things for her kids to have, I love all the things she's made that i've tried!

So, all i'm saying is that this is a recipe that goes into my 'perfect' classification, along with my recipes for Japanese autumn soup and some others (i'll put that up another time... you really have to try it).

Lelani's Tiramisu
Serves 6 (or you can just keep eating it for the next 5-6 days..)

6 egg yolks
8 egg whites
125g caster sugar
500g mascarpone
375ml strong coffee
4 tablespoons kahlua (can be substituted with tia maria, or any coffee liquer)
1 sponge cake (safeway supermarket sells a square plain sponge that is great for this)
2 tablespoons hazlenut(better if roasted) chopped kinda roughly
100g dark chocolate, grated

Cut the sponge in half, width-ways. as if you were separating it into two layers, if that makes sense. Then cut it into fingers however you please, you're going to be arranging them to form layers. Also, make the coffee and put it aside to cool.

Whip the yolks in a bowl with the sugar until they are thick and creamy. Add the mascarpone and whisk until it is well-blended, the mixture should be thick and 'ribbon' away from the whisk(it falls from the whisk kind of like... a falling ribbon. it's a lame baking term.) Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold them into the mascarpone to blend. Don't mix the hell out of it, because if you gently fold the texture will be better.

Put the cooled coffee into a bowl and mix in the kahlua. Dip the sponge into the liquid mixture, and use them to line the serving dish. Don't over-soak, but you'll get the feel of it. Use less soaking on the lower layers, and a good amount of soaking on the upper layers. Closely pack each layer with this sponge, and make a pattern by doing sponge first, then spreading the mix, then more sponge etc, until you've reached the top of your large serving bowl that you're going to scoop & serve from. Big fruit-bowl like serving dishes are best. When you're placing the mascarpone mix on, sprinkle with the chocolate and hazlenut generously, but save some for the very top. Refridgerate at least a couple of hours before serving.
18 August 2009 @ 07:37 am
whyyy am I at uni this early in the morning? nngah :/
driven crazy last night by family. I work all the time, study the rest, and what I have left over I spend by being out, doing something. It can make me runned down and stressed sometimes, but in all truth I get sad, lonely and unproductive when I spend a large amount of time in my family home with the 3 other people in it. I fight with my mum too, and my dad weighs in telling me i'm an idiot and he's disappointed. they really are crappy like 5-10% of the time. the rest they are great.

I am a lot more happy gliding in and out, my independence is heightened by having a car and everything. I enjoy my work and so i'm more happy just to do that. or if i'm home, it's much nicer to have the house all to myself, which is more likely to happen if I have time off in the middle of the day. Then I can work or do whatever propped up on my bed, with the sun streaming in from my large window. and it's nice to be by myself.

basically when i've been getting frustrated, i've been projecting the energy to work on J's present, which i hope he really likes... it's his birthday on thursday, and I still have a lot fo bits to finish before then... and little time with which to do it!

all you guys ever get from me is complaining... sorry :( i'll be all chirpy when my ordered new laptop arrives to replace the dead one.
27 May 2009 @ 10:10 pm
does anybody know a livejournal comm where I can ask questions about anything? I know I used to belong to one somehow, somewhere.. but can't for the life of me remind/find a name! i'm trying to hunt for an obscure point-and-click adventure game thingy I played as a child in the 90s, something that came with our super old comp, haha!

classes for my first semester end this friday, then my remaining 3 exams happen, and my last stuff finished June 15th... and nooooo uni till august 8! fantastic :)

I keep forgetting i'm just turning twenty. just that young. that makes me nineteen. and that reminds me that i'm just so young, i've experienced a tiny amount. I don't have a huge amount of life experiences... I don't even know who I am yet. i'm still going to morph some more. I still have buckets, and buckets of years to come.

but I feel stable. I am making solid and respectful relationship with my grandparents... I am seeing more of and caring more about my family members. I am so much less self-centric. i'm not all about my own ego. my empathy, for people I don't even like, is bounding along. i'm calmer. i'm in a positive, happy, stupidly fun relationship. I feel really 'adult' sometimes, while knowing i'll still always be this silly.

it's impossible to picture myself actually being older than I am now.... (although I did look in the mirror before, staring at my forehead and rasing my eyebrows... and realised i'm going to get SO MANY wrinkles there, one day....)
09 November 2008 @ 11:01 pm
I am a big flumpy flump of tired :( Officially now, from tomorrow, it is my week of hardcore preparation before the week of my 3 exams. bascially, it's all going to be okay, and im just waiting, in jittery frustration, for the days to clock over so I can have mu juicy 4 monthish break! uni is so nuts like that.

I went out to a gay bar/club thing called A Bar Called Barry, and had a completely awesome night out. basically, I do the bar/club thing... hm, once a month max? I budget pretty closely, don't have tons of time, and I know with who, and when, that i'd have a good time of it. but this time was really great, bruising, exhausting fun. I still have no idea how the friends that go out 2+ a week do it though. the money, the energy...?

I really need to have a) a lot of veggies to eat 2) cold water to drink and 3) at least 8 hours sleep. and I have NO IDEA how people in my age group elect to have less than that, very regularly, from choice. 

i'm still tired, i'm still worn out, and my brain and my schedule are crammed so full. please be over soon, o' cruel period of vauely annoying, semi-challenging, super-guilting academic time-limited task of high-stress. >:( !!
14 October 2008 @ 06:18 pm
gahddamnittttt arghhhh

I've recieved uch good news about all my grades, tests and things so far... really good. I just feel, right now, so tired, frustrated, and like i'm letting everyone down. all I want to do is write letters, finish okami, and shop with some nice vouchers. I am really seriously over this semester, sigh.

I gotta relax myself somehow, I feel like pooo. what do you guys do when you need to chill out and get rid of bleh stress?
13 October 2008 @ 05:54 pm

omg I want a ducklinggg!

I had a really awesome birthday, thanks for all the wishes (Erin-lovee), and the letter from steffie that made me want to tear up....

while I indulged myself all weekend, it's a hardcore fortnight for me ahead. so much is due, and with so much going on, my head is going to pop :( all my fun things are on hold for a bit so I can work hard and get good results (everything so far uni-wise has been good).

i'm so close to almost 3 months of break! just over a month now!