Another short post with a super simple, super cheap, and super quick Korean recipe for all my fellow broke students out there! When I used to live with my parents, my mum used to always make lunch for us when we got back from school (for some reason, I never did like school lunches). One of my favourites (and hers too, since it is so easy) was 계란밥, or egg rice.
There are two ways of cooking it; the first is with sesame oil, and the second is with butter, or margarine. I prefer mine with margarine, since it is a more rich flavour (in my opinion), but both are delicious.
Things You Will Need:
- White rice
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil OR margarine
- Opt. roasted sesame seeds
- Cook white rice.
- Fry your eggs. Make sure they are just a little bit runny!
- Chop your eggs into little bits with a spoon.
- Add your cooked rice to the chopped up eggs.
- Add 1 large spoon of sesame oil OR 1 chunk of margarine.
- Add 1 large spoon of soy sauce.
- If you added sesame oil, add some roasted sesame seeds.
- Mix it all up, and eat!
Om nom nom
Today, I finally got to take my pet tortoise Paarthurnax to the vet for the first time since getting him back in December!
He was very confused as to where we were at first, but it didn’t take very long for him to get comfortable enough to start pooping everywhere…which was a good thing, because I had forgotten to collect a stool sample for his fecal exam. D’oh!
We got some measurements, and the vet checked him out as being one of the best-cared-for tortoises that she had seen so far. Yay! But at the same time, that made me a little sad because then I thought of all the poor tortoises out there with owners who have no idea what they are doing. I am lucky in that my significant other is a veterinary technician, so I have a lot of guidance on how to take care of an “exotic” correctly.
Behold, my marvelous drawing skills for the measurements:
Paarthurnax measured a healthy:
12cm from the top tip of the plastron to the bottom tip of his shell,
26cm around the widest part,
and 364 grams!
He did have a case of worms (most likely from the pet store), but that is easily taken care of with oral medication. He hates it though, so I have to be all sneaky-like and basically fill the hollow bits of his favourite Romaine lettuce with it, hehe.
Time to go give him a bath!
It’s been a while since I last posted, and I’m really sorry about that! I’ve been getting back into the swing of things at school, so I really haven’t had much time to be cooking or baking or any of that fun stuff.
I do however, want to take the time to introduce you all to the newest addition to my tiny family…Paarthurnax! He is a Russian tortoise, named after one of my all-time favourite video game dragons, and he is absolutely adorable.
It’s actually quite a long story about how I came about with getting him. When I first met my current significant other, we were casually talking about pets, and I told him of my lifelong desire to have a pet tortoise or a hedgehog. Since my beau works in a veterinary clinic, it was probably the best thing I could have done, since, a couple of months ago, he told me that a lady who frequents the clinic had some baby tortoises she was giving away (to responsible homes)! I immediately jumped onto that idea, and we started preparing a nice little home at both mine and his place for the tortoise-to-be.
Unfortunately, the baby tortoise ended up dying due to complications during some surgery. After a tearful couple of days, my SO ended up taking me to PetCo to pick up a tortoise there! So although he might be a little older and not nearly as baby-cute, Paarthurnax is now my precious little grumpy baby (of approximately five years old). He’s got quite a surly temperament, which I don’t really mind, since he is so darn adorable the way he is. He loves his Romaine and his basking rock, and he loves to sit on any potted plants I get for him.
Russian tortoises can live for up to 80 years, so he will probably be outliving me. But that’s ok, because I get a whole lifetime to love him.
I mentioned in my last post that I was spending my Christmas break at my aunt’s house in Seattle, WA. This Christmas, for some completely random reason, we decided to go to the Snoqualmie Falls for a festive (?) little hike!
Since it was drizzling as well a bit when we got there, the view from the top of the falls (or the entrance of the park) wasn’t very…clear at all. In fact, even though the falls were only a couple of feet in front of us, we couldn’t see anything! Just the roar of the water thundering down very close to us.
The hike down was very steep, and damp, but very pretty. There were plenty of huge trees draped with moss lining the path on both sides, as well as lots of signs with information on the various flora and their uses in the Native Indian life. Of course, there were also signs telling us not to feed the animals like this, not that I would EVER be caught trying to feed a wild black bear or mountain lion.
At the bottom was the giant water-to-electricity converting…thing. For some reason, I thought that the giant green tubes were crazy water slides of doom. Not exactly. There were some old penstocks (the metal round bits that created the skeleton of the tube things) that we could look at as well.
When falling, remember that points are given based on artistic performance and grace of execution!
At the bottom of the wooden walkway, we were able to get up close and (sort of) personal with the river. Thanks to the constantly rainy weather here in Seattle, the river was raging with a frightening ferocity. The waterfall was very loud and wet as well. We couldn’t get too close to it (obviously), but it was pretty in a sort of majestic awe-inspiring way.
I will be flying back to Indiana this weekend! Hope everybody has been having a good couple of days into 2014 so far. See you soon!
If you had been reading my blog for a while, you would have known that around the same time last year, I had gotten really sick with a case of Norovirus (blog post here for those who didn’t read it). Like some sort of crazy ancient Egyptian curse, I have been sick AGAIN for the last couple of days! Thankfully, it is just the average flu and not the insanity that was Noro, but I have been feeling very under the weather, and was stuck home all week. Boohoo.
Thankfully, I have my loving extended family here in Seattle WA to keep me company! My mother and my brother came to meet up with me here as well, so we got to do all the Christmas festivities, such as decorating the tree (well, that was mostly me but…), having our delicious Christmas turkey dinner, and bonding over card games (“bonding”…as in yelling at each other. Haha. Family love.)
Of course, it was also my mother’s birthday the day after Christmas, so we got to celebrate that as well with some delicious cake! Om nom nom. Tis the season for eating, everybody.
I hope everybody is doing well, and don’t forget to get your flu shots (like me) and get sick (like me)! Hope 2013 was a blast for you all; I know it definitely was for me.
Hope to see more of you guys in 2014!
P.S.: I will be posting some cool updates about my trip to some WA locations soon, so stay tuned for those!
I mentioned in a previous post on my other blog that I was working on a soon-to-be-complete project. The moment of unveiling has come! Drumroll please…
Yay! Inspired by another work that I found on Pinterest, I had to draw up the pattern for it by myself, which was no small feat, considering the not-microscopically-zoomed-in photograph that I had to work with. But it was done, and now I just need to find a frame for it to hang it in. Somewhere above my already cluttered workstation, probably.
I’ve decided to upload the pattern here in Excel form for anybody who would like to make the same thing. This was my first time writing up a pattern for anything, so bear in mind that it might be a little different looking from my final completed product. Feel free to alter it however you like!
Automatic Wifi Pattern
Once I have found a suitable (and cheap) frame, I will update with a picture. Have fun!
It’s been snowing like crazy here in Bloomington this whole weekend! As a result, we have a beautiful layer of white everywhere, the perfect setting for this year’s Krampusnacht. Time to get in the festive Christmas spirit! And what better way to celebrate winter than with spending a night frolicking with terrifying Krampuses?
Image from Gizmodo
For those who don’t know what Krampuses are, there are “beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.” (thanks, Wikipedia!)
Image from Bloomington Krampus
Bloomington, being the awesome place it is, actually has an organization dedicated to the Krampus legend called the Krampus Legend and Arts Workshop, or KLAW for short. These are the people working all year to make the costumes, set up events, and organize the parade that happens, from the Krampuses to Saint Nicholas, to the white-clad angel ladies who go around passing out Naughty and Nice stickers (as well as candy for anybody!).
It was pitch-black so it was very difficult to take very good photographs…but the Krampus website has posted an Imgur album on Reddit with a bunch of more professional quality photographs! You all should definitely check it out
Here we have a Krampus stalking its young unsuspecting victim…
Very frightening costumes!
They even brought their own awesome “Krampus-mobile”!
Apologies for these terrible quality photographs; I had forgotten to charge my camera so I was stuck with using my phone’s potato camera. But be sure to check out their official website! They have MUCH nicer pictures there for you all.