Sunday, 27 April 2014

Picnic on the balcony - with recipes


The weather was really nice today, and I really felt like picnic, but have too much shit to do at home (my get shit done list is long due to procrastination), so I wound up making picnicky food and eating on the balcony with a book for company (though I would actually have enjoyed more social company today).

It's barely warm enough to sit out there without a sweater and warm socks now that the sun went around the corner - in the morning it was too hot to sit for long with the sun straight on and no wind. But it was nice: I closed my eyes and listened to the seagulls, and being baked by the sun. If I imagined a salty tang on the air it was like being back on my childhood islands on a summer day.

I ate pasta sallad and homemade lemonade. I had planned to post the recipes but I already got questions about them so I will do it RIGHT NOW.

Lemonade with ginger
1.5 liter finished lemonade

130-150g fresh ginger
3 large lemons
3 tbl sp sugar
water

Peel and slice the ginger, place in a pot
Slice the lemons in thin slices and place in pot (if you are making pasta sallad at the same time: Save one lemon from the pot, it can be added later)
Cover with water and boil up
Add sugar if you want it, about 1 table spoon per large lemon, add or subtract to taste
Mash down the lemons to get all the juice up, leave at a boil until the lemons are mostly dissolved.

Strain into a jug
Add the juice from the last lemon if you went that route
Add cold water until it is 1.5 litres - I poured it all into an empty bottle, shook it up, and put it in the fridge.

Serve chilled and probably over ice. The flavour is slightly more adult due to the spicyness of the ginger, and it is an excellent booster for your immune system if you have caught that late spring cold that seems to be doing the rounds.

Pasta sallad/Chicken sallad
Note: 1 cup is 237ml, but exact measures aren't needed - just roughly that amount.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup creme fraiche or sourcream
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tblsp lemon juice
1 tblsp lemon zest (I zested the last lemon for the lemonade and squeezed some juice from it)
1 tsp sugar
A little salt
A little white pepper

1 cup diced bellpeppers or celery (according to preference - other vegetables can be substituted if you like)
1/2 cup green onions, sliced (spring onions, sallad onions, in Scandiland)
2 cups of cooked diced chicken or 4 cups of cooked pasta

Combine the ingredients in the first section in a bowl, add the vegetables.
If you are making chicken sallad, add cooled cooked chicken now, and put in fridge for 1-2 h before serving, though it sits well overnight.
For pasta sallad, cook the pasta al dente and rinse in cold water, mix it with the goop just before serving.

Add a sprinkling of blue cheese, some dried cranberries, or sunflower seeds if you like.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Garden progress





Shiny

Back in the days I used to go to concerts and clubs wearing these boots. They are actually quite comfortable for being so high heeled, but nowadays I can't take it, my foot joints don't approve. They've lived with a friend for a while to get some love and use, but moved back to me now since she is moving, and I had to try them on for the fun of it...

The stupid thing about them is that they have ski hook lacing AND zippers, so it takes forever to put them on since they have to be laced from scratch every time.


Friday, 25 April 2014

Industrial Valentine

I can't find that I posted these back in February, but here they are. Since it was a friday I was going to a synth event - so hearts and cog wheels! 


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Holo!

I love nailpolish with a holo effect (rainbow colorshift, like a discoball). I prefer the linear holos, the stronger the better, but a scatter holo can be pretty damn awesome too..

Jade holografico, linear, indoor lighting

Zoya blaze, scatter

Zoya Aurora, my hands down favourite polish to date! 

Happy birthday

Alasdair and Olivia 1 year old today!

Babies!


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Nemesis

Nemesis helped me tidy on the balcony, and put seeds in three big planters.


Friday, 18 April 2014

Shiny black

This is my shiniest plain black mani ever. My camera freaked out.


One of those days

It'll soon be too warm to wear this for a few months, but today is a grey drizzly somehow chilly morning and I will totally wear my eeyore onesie until I have to get ready to leave the house!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Reminiscing

So many memories connected to various DAF songs! I have concert tickets for the end of May to see them live with a bunch of friends.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Trapped inside looking out

Spent most of last week at a course (about labour legislation, which is super interesting!) - but we were stuck inside looking out at the lovely spring weather that finally arrived on the last day.
 The first two days it rained, and rained, and rained. 

Resonating Writings, Transparency, and the Escalator.

I think I have said this before, but -

I had this silly idea that I didn't need anyone else's thoughts, needn't discuss my internal workings, because I am me and I don't need others labels. As I grew a few years older and wisened up a bit I started discovering that I was reinventing the wheel, and it was slow going. Other had already travelled this road and I could reuse pieces of their discoveries, and I didn't have to copy them or do as they said, just see if a piece of it resonated and use that. (I approach fashion a bit the same way - I take the pieces I like and ignore the rest. Why it didn't occur to me to do the same with this until a few years ago I don't know.)

I know a lot more about how I work. I also know more about how to express it to make others gain some understanding of it. Using words and labels can be useful - if we want to discuss things.

And sometimes I stumble across someone else's writings and a part or all of it resonates strongly with me. I think I'll start collecting them here for my own reference. That means, maybe, that I'll share, indirectly or directly, a bit more about my inner workings than I have so far, which is maybe a bit scary, but since I tend to speak up for transparency otherwise this is just adding another transparent layer to my communication, right?
As a person, I’m a die-hard romantic, and I know that I need relationships with substance. Just because I don’t want to jump on the Relationship Escalator with someone, doesn’t mean that I don’t want to connect heart to heart, or that I will tolerate being treated as a purely sexual object or objective. All too often has that assumption been made, and I’m tired of people thinking that being Singleish equals treating the relationship with me as disposable.
To some, this has seemed like a total contradiction- a woman who desires relationships with substance, yet doesn’t want to commit to the standard “lets get married now” ideal. An individual who values her autonomy and independence so fiercely, yet who desires to share sexual, romantic, and emotional intimacy.
From HERE.

This excerpt is from a recent blogpost over at polysingleish - she comes at it from a different background than me, as is to be expected, but I find a lot of her writings eloquent and resonating deeply with me. The above really hit the spot though.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Lawn

These flowers were blooming before winter returned early this month, but now they are back, and have multiplied. A sign that spring is for real now?

Komm und flieg mit mir davon

We need one more Welle: Erdball song. (This is a rabbit hole for me. I love them. I'll try to post something else for a while after this, promise.)


Monday, 14 April 2014

Colour changers




I can't help it, I love polish that change colours depending on angle and how the light falls, socalled duo or multichromes. Here are a few - all of them over black.

The view upwards last week

Inside the hotel room

Outside the hotel room

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Green thumb

I just started my balcony garden for the year; sowing a miniature wildflower meadow in a big pot. I'll add more as inspiration strikes, and once I have cleaned out there. 





Saturday, 12 April 2014

Vivid Lacquer!



Plate VL019 with Nails Inc Old Park Lane over VL Black creme

 So I got a box of lovelies from Anni at Vivid Lacquer a while back and have started using some of them. Here are a few photos!
Plate VL017 over a grey VL from the Buffy line (I asked for an anthracite holo and I got one and I am so in love!) with two coats of Theoretical Rockstar on the accent finger. 

Spring poking up

Peeking through the hedge in a maze


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday!



I am away this week, so I am scheduling these in advance. Since I was already on a "tanz" theme you get another song with the word in it. Enjoy!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Purry snuggles

I got "help" packing my bag, from both cats - here's Alasdair. We got lots of snuggles in while I took a cat-decreed break from packing!


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Squirreled away

I made this necklace as a birthday gift for a friend who likes squirrels. I had been hoarding the squirrel for ages waiting to find out when her birthday was :)



Random - is resistance

Figured I should post this due to my blog title ;)


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Lean back and listen for an hour


I schedule these a bit as I come up with songs I want to post. Here's another lengthy one, enjoy :)