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Harney and Sons Apple Cinnamon tea. A bit too much vanilla, not quite enough cinnamon, but the taste of apples lingers delightfully on every exhale. I can feel it slide warmly down my sore throat and warm my tummy. All in all a wonderful tea. I highly recommend it.
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I walk around the office in a comfortable pair of pumps I recently bought. The style, by the way, is called...


That's right. I walk around all day in Mako. And like it.

For those of you who don't get the joke, it's okay. Don't worry about it.
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Wow, that was a shaker, wasn't it? 5.9 the news said. It was my very first earthquake too. (Well, I guess there was that one a couple of years ago that happened while I was sleeping, but that doesn't count.)

I can see why people freak about it. I was in the office when the floor started to tremble. And at first, I thought "Oh, it's the machines in the machine room next door." Then the tremble turned into swaying. And I thought "wait, this isn't shaking, this is swaying--I think this is an earthquake." I hid under my desk like I vaguely remember you're supposed to do, and heard my letter opener fall to the floor somewhere around where my ankle was, and then the shaking stopped. It only lasted about twenty seconds, but wow, the swaying sort of freaked me out.

We're only on the second floor, though. I can't imagine how bad it was above us. One of our admins was up on the roof eating lunch, and she said it was super bad.

Now traffic is jammed, the metro is running slow and crowded, and I figure "screw this, I'm waiting where there's air conditioning, water and food." So here I am, still at work, and I think I'm going to have dinner at the japanese restaurant around the corner until some of the traffic dies down.
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Point Chaud Cafe & Crepes. Yum. Major Yum.

I just had their Cheese, Spinach and Mushroom crepe, and what a wonderful thing! They use fresh spinach and lots of mushrooms, and I chose Swiss cheese (you have a selection of Swiss, cheddar, Monterey Jack, ricotta and feta). Oh, it was amazing! Wow, I almost want another, but it would be too much--they are definitely not stingy on ingredients.

I have a dessert crepe too. I dithered between nutella/strawberry/banana and cheddar/fresh apple, but I ended up getting a Belgian dark chocolate. I'm looking forward to eating it!

If you're in the area, go get lunch there. Better yet, contact me and I'll meet you there! XD
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I am quite pleased with today.

I made some yummy lunches for the week. Mailechan-style fried rice made with leftover rice from chinese take-out and char siu pork, just add egg, peas, shoyu and worcestershire sauce. On a bed of that, lay some steamed broccoli sprinkled with just a tiny bit of grated sharp cheddar on one half, and on the other, a mixture of loose pork sausage meet, onions, thinly sliced potatoes and green beans cooked together with salt, pepper, garlic and thyme.

And then, I guess somewhere along the way, Jerry decided that we should do a barbecue today to say farewell to Katja, who leaves Monday. Mr. Smith came over, Christine came downstairs, Jen stopped by, and three neighbors from around the block joined us.

I made a spring mix salad, cut up some broccoli and mixed up a bleu cheese and ranch dip for them, added a few grape tomatoes as well. We bought some corn, and Jerry bought kabobs from Fresh Fields. Christine brought a watermelon that we cut up, and we had some goat cheese and brie on puffed rice crackers.

I bought this Twinings Cold Brew iced tea box, and tried it out. OMG, it is GOOD. I only put in a little over a tablespoon of sugar to two quarts of tea, but it was perfect.

Tired now. I should head for bed. Night everyone!
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I sort of feel guilty but don't. The other day I spent a little over $100 on tea samples and tea biscuits. Go me?

I had the weirdest dream the other day as well. Someone built a roller coaster from the top of the office building I work at, through NW and SW Washington DC all the way down to the Potomac river. I was so excited about it. The building manager was in the back of the coaster car with her son, who was vehement about being in the back because that was the best seats in the entire thing. The building engineer was sitting in the front of the coaster, bitching about how it just wasn't right, and the Potomac is way too dirty and they should have built the coaster by his house out on the bay.

Unfortunately I woke up before we got more than five feet. Darn it. I guess it was too exciting for sleep.
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The only thing about summer that can even begin to offset the misery of this heat is peaches. I can't wait for peaches to be in season.

Peaches...fresh peach juice to sweeten my tea.


Nov. 7th, 2010 05:35 pm
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It has been a while since I posted anything. Huh.

Walked down to Flower and Piney Branch. There are three grocery stores right at that corner. I like to go to the Giant to get some things, but I stopped at the Bestway as well.

Bestway has extremely good prices on produce, and though the meat selection is limited, what they do have looks good and is cheaper than the Giant. I like that there is always boneless, skinless chicken thighs there--perfect for oyako donburi. And I got a big bag of delicious looking, fresh green beans for just a little over a dollar per pound. With some fresh boneless pork, it will make a good saute to go over noodles or rice.

It was just as I was starting the walk home that I realized that I had yet to eat anything today, so I stopped at the 7-11 for a juice and something to munch. They now have these "corn rollers" which are like a corn dog, but the dough is denser so that it can heat on the rollers like a regular hot dog. Other than the dough being a little dry, it wasn't too bad; and for less than a dollar-fifty, it was worth it.

I can't decide whether to do oyako donburi tonight, or go with stir-fry. I guess since I had that corn roller, I'm just not hungry enough to decide.

Orig_fic bingo is making me sad. I can't make a bingo with the stories I have/want to write, but I don't want to throw away the card. I'm too stubborn.

Music - Rin

Oct. 9th, 2010 01:05 am
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I don't post a lot about music because I like some very weird and boring things.

But I think that my list might like this song. It has a really nice blending of traditional instruments and modern rock that has me thinking of sailing over oceans and one-on-one fights with strange weapons, like steel fans and be-ribboned swords.

This is the instrumental version, but there is a vocal version too. I just like this one better.
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Hooray! I got my [community profile] origfic_bingo card earlier, but I waited until it was officially October to start.

mailechan: (bunnyranch)
Whee! Two more days until [community profile] origfic_bingo hands out cards! I am actually rather happy about doing this one, and I hope that I can complete at least one card.

They're still accepting people, so go over to the community and subscribe!
mailechan: (holy space cow)
Yay! My very first fic bingo! I chose to participate in Origfic Bingo, a fic writing community for original characters and stories.

Interested? Have characters and stories of your very own that you would love to write fic for? And want some suggestions for the story?

Try Origfic Bingo!

Even if you decide not to participate, join the community! Some really good authors are already participating, and you can read them.
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Dang it all, what did Kefka do to get the coolest, longest theme song ever? Darn his insane, clown-painted, goddess-vampiring face, I'm envious.


Sep. 9th, 2010 06:13 pm
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Leg of lamb, rubbed with a paste made of garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, grapeseed oil and soy sauce.

It still has an hour left to roast, and the whole house smells fantastic. I can't wait. *whimpers*
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I just got the newest in the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and I had to squee because I see ZACK as one of the side characters!

SQUEE! I really hope that it is a good game. There are 3 main characters, and it looks like you play all three. It looks like it works like in the beginning of Suikoden 3, where you play all of the characters separately, but during the same span of time, which might mean that depending on who you play first, their actions might affect the other two storylines.

(Zack! Squee!)

And what is this? *looks in the book* Is this a Dark Cheshire Cat that I am seeing here? *ogles*

edit: Huh. That character has spiky hair like Zack, but isn't--his name is...Terra.
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Went out with a friend to White Flint today. While she was looking in Borders, I went over to Dave & Busters, but it wasn't for long, so I only played a few coin drop games.

Anyway, I went to go register my tickets onto my D&B card, and when they gave me my total tickets, I realized something. I had 68 THOUSAND tickets on that card. Well, I wasn't saving for anything in particular, so I figured what the heck--why not go in and see what there was to trade them in for.

So I went into their redemption store to look around. I found that I could get a XBox 360 for my tickets. I also found that I could get a PS3 for my tickets. But instead, I got a two-layered steamer (yay! I can make steamed buns again!) and an iPod shuffle. And I still have 50,000+ tickets left.

I have never owned an iPod before. I don't even know how to work one. But I guess I'm going to learn tonight.

Also, I ran into a family at the register who were "debating" with the person at the counter about their purchases. They had gotten cups and toys and stuff, and were 25 coupons short. The mother wanted to just pay cash, but I just gave my card to the guy at the register and said to take the balance off of my tickets. The mother was so happy. I'm glad I could make a family happy. And it didn't reallly cost me anything.
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Saw Despicable Me this weekend, and it was pretty good. 3D films don't really do anything for me--I guess the stigmatism in my right eye prevents me from getting the full effect of the thing, and I end up with sore eyes and a headache.

Still, the movie was a lot of fun, and was more amusing than I thought it would be. Those little yellow tic-tac creatures were hilarious, and the story itself was fun. But what was best was that it was the main character, Gru, who was the best character. A lot of times, I will like a side character most of all, but this time, Gru was the best of them.
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Normally I don't remember my dreams so maybe they really are weird and I just don't know it. But this is the second day in a row that I remember at least some of them. And today's one was pretty weird.

There was supposed to be this big disaster, with huge meteors raining down from the sky, and I was on a roof with a few people, and this one young guy looked seriously grim and said something like "we shouldn't be here, we're going to die" and then I could see blue flashes of light streaked down and hitting the cement all around us, and destroying things like the small tin hut on the roof. Except I know that none of it has happened yet. And then, it was like time stopped, except instead of people around me turning into statues, they all disappeared. It was like I read in this one story about someone being shifted to another time reality, so that their time was always a little in front of the rest of the world, so no one could see them, and they couldn't see anyone else.

Cut for seriously weird mailechan brain ramble )

Oh, and my dream yesterday, at least what I remember of it, was me and my housemate wandering other homes and looking at how they decorated. And I was obsessing over a rather ugly sofa that looked extremely uncomfortable, and why would anyone have that sofa in an otherwise very pretty living room?
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Oh. Oh my. Naono Bohra, one of the best manga artists I have in my collection, who does amazing body drawings and incredible pencil shading; Naono Bohra likes FF8's Zell!

Oh, seeing her fan art of Zell made me so happy!

Music squee

Oct. 6th, 2009 10:09 pm
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So along with the Shin Natsume Yuujinchou DVD (did I mention the RADIO DRAMA it came with?), I also got the music CD for the ending of the first season, which is Natsu Yuuzora (Summer Night Sky) sung by Kousuke Atari. What a beautiful voice!

For those of you who might be curious about him, this is a music video for his song, Tane wo Maku Hibi, which is the 13th season ending song for Bleach.

Anyway, I am so thrilled, because he has a fantastic, out of this world voice. Squee!