So far the list is as follows.
- Marry a rich Greek. Okay. There are several problems with this. Marrying for money isn't really my thing. I like my own money. Rich: Where do people find rich people? Also I don't think I'm particularly good golddigger-material, although one never knows! Also so far I haven't actually found any Greeks (of any gender) I'd like to marry. And I've even been trying! See Tinder-update below.
- Write a cool blog and lots of cool articles about life in Athens I'm not quite sure where the money for this should come. Weekly columns aren't that well paid, and how on earth does one get sponsors for blogs?
- Become a guide at the Acropolis This is an old joke from when I studied here. I do actually have the formal skills to guide, but I do not have a licence, and I bet that is difficult to get. And probably expensive. Also I find Acropolis rather boring.
- Start a guiding company for modern Athens (and the old stuff when money gets tight). This is actually my favourite. I'd love both to research modern Athens and to guide. Also I think that tourists here deserve getting to know modern Athens as well, not just the old stones, but for some reasons there doesn't seem to be many offering this option, so clearly there is a hole in the market. How to actually to it is another thing.
- Write a bestselling book about my life here a la "A year in Provence" I have a friend who lives in a village here with her Greek husband, his family and their child. I've been telling her that she really could sell that story. If it was well written enough, it would probably sell decently. Exotic. Fun. So if she's not writing it, I can. Not sure how I will live before it becomes a success though.
- Start my cafe "I vasilissa" (The Queen) I've always had starting a cafe (serving melomakarona all year long!) as plan B, and start-up cafes seem popular here just now. Unfortunately there is probably an enormous amount of red tape in starting it.
- Get a grant to write that text book I've wanted to write. Sadly most grants are given for the second/ third book, when you have shown you can actually write.
- Start a company that helps political parties and other organisations to write short and to the point flyers and leaflets. Introduce the bullet point into Greek . Greek leaflets tends to be walls of text, particularly the political ones, so clearly they need some guidance in writing accessible material. There's probably need for me in the public (and private) sector as well. In general accessible language is not common here. Unfortunately I doubt my Greek is up to snuff. On the other hand if I understand it, it should be easy for others as well.
Of course these are all flights of fancy, and most of them include a fair amount of butting heads with the Greek bureaucracy which is Byzantine, to say the least.
So I've been very busy left-swiping (aka no) people on Tinder, but I have talked to a couple who bear mentioning.
There has been a couple who have deleted me when I've asked whether we should meet up. Whether it's because I insulted their machismo by asking, or they just wanted to sext (which I do badly) I don't know.
And then there has been the guy I actually me up with. He was nice and funny, but not my type. He has a foot fetish, which he was upfront about, and who am I to turn down a brilliant foot massage? And this is the first time my size 41s have been appreciated in Greece.
The finally this evening's scoop, a guy who was one of those "I'm married, so I'm only looking to hook up", we chatted a bit last night, and he told me, not asked - told, to come to his hotel at 2200 tonight. Which was up in Kifissia, about an hour from my place. I asked whether we could meet up somewhere else, but he just said: We can have a drink in my room, and then I can have you. This evening he messaged me again, telling me to come to his hotel. I think not. Meet on neutral ground first. Even though he's staying in a five star hotel.
If nothing else I have material enough to entertain my friends for months!
Now, class, I want you to write out the entire list three times, and then use each word in a sentence.
I am very much worried about Nero. Right now he's at Dr Ebers' and there's probably going to be bloodwork and x-rays and I am worried about the big lug. I love that cat. He has come so far in such a short time from the cat he had been. He loves having his ears scratched and his head kissed and sleeping between me and his human. (I'm his human's human. That's about how he puts up with me.)
I want him to be okay.
I am currently avoiding all the panic that is percolating in my brain by watching Survival Lilly on YouTube in Austria build herself outdoor shelters. It helps. (She also has an adorable dog that loves to wallow in dirt and leaves.) It's very interesting to see how people in Europe build outdoor shelters versus what you would down here in South Mississippi. There you can use conifer branches and whatnot, but here it's more pine brances and they don't work well or cedar and that's sometimes hard to find where you can reach it.
We had water in the house again since it rained a lot.
Crown List was last weekend. It was held at the State Park near Shreveport - we have James and Joan as Prince and Princess again. I need to go do some research for their names because they don't have registered names or devices. I put up my canopy for the first time and I need to seal the seams on it. Wow do I. I also made a Lemon Bliss Cake and it was fine. Gaius made a deep-fried turkey for his Crown List people and shared with us other Heralds and that and my cake were divine. My Heraldic Boss (Brendan) fell in love with my large thick felt hat. If you wear glasses, a thick felt hat is wonderful because it keeps your glasses from getting spotty in the rain. Brent bought it several years ago at Acadiana or Scharborough Fair.
I should never get a top bunk again. It gets very difficult to get up and down from there.
I got a mole removed yesterday. Dr Rose is pretty sure there isn't anything wrong with it; it was one of those moles that's right at the waistband of your underwear or trousers or skirts and always gets rubbed on so it itches or gets rubbed raw occasionally. (I hate those moles.) So she took it right off then and there. I like lidocaine - yes, it stings at first, but then the lidocaine makes the sting of the lidocaine go away. Win win!
Interesting timing hearing that since yesterday I finally had to suck it up and get bifocals. I'm going for the non-line ones which I hope I can adjust to quickly enough. Since Sears Optical had their usual BOGO deal, for the second pair, I ordered non-bifocal "computer glasses" so I won't have to do that annoying thing of tilting my head back to read stuff on the screen. I got that pair with some sassy blue frames. The regular pair is a darker purple in back and a tortoiseshell pattern in front.
Though you'd think after something is around for 232 years that they wouldn't be so darned expensive. Bah.
But after I walked him this evening I saw we had some chewies and thought I might try getting him to sit while I took off his leash. Well, he sat obediently and waited when I asked... but when I reached for his collar he stood up again. Lather, rinse, repeat. We'll call it a work in progress.
How many days until the cone comes off again!? We're on day three already.
He's now on my bed, looking like a pile of laundry. This is also improvement - before we took him to the groomer, he looked like a dust mop, and I couldn't make heads nor tails of him. Literally, was never sure which end was which until he stood up and licked me.
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But we know what terrorists want, don't we?
The clue is in the name.
They want us to be afraid.
They want us to cower in our homes, afraid to go to gigs or theatres or sports events.
They want us to give in to fear and authoritarianism.
There's already lots of people sharing practical ways you can help in Manchester today - three examples here - but what if you are nowhere near Manchester? And what about the future?
One way you can show your defiance today?
Buy a ticket. Buy a ticket to a gig, or a football match, or a play, or anything else where lots of people gather to enjoy themselves and be human. Let today be the biggest day for ticket sales to fun things the UK has ever seen.
Less than a fortnight ago I took my little girl to an arena concert in a big city.
So yeah, this is hitting home hard.
The arsehole who blew himself up with an IED full of nuts and bolts at a concert full of little girls was one man.
The people who immediately took to the streets with bottles of water and cups of tea? The people who opened their homes to strangers for a sit down or a phone charger or a phone? The taxi drivers who offered free rides home when the trains were cancelled, the hotels who offered free rooms and respite and drinks to those affected, and the absolute heroes of the emergency services? Those people are legion. Those people are the ones who we need to talk about. Those people are the peak of humanity.
Love, not hate.
Helping, not hurting.
No party politics today, people. No Yorkshire/Lancashire joking. Today we stand together. Please?
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to lilacsigil for the beta.
Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.
Also at the Archive
( 'There's something peculiar about our new neighbour,' said Sherlock )
I quit three episodes in.
Argh. This is the frustration. I can't keep up. Am I willing to put the time into something I might not like? Isn't that a waste? Ugh. Well, I know what I'll do -- what I always do. Skim the reviews so it looks like I know what I'm talking about when/if coworkers want to talk about Current TV and just watch everything a few years later when all the fuss has died down.
Like, look, I still haven't seen Breaking Bad. I might be a lost cause.
House update: We went through the general inspection and there are a lot of really 'little' things wrong with the house-- a few things that could add up over time, and we've requested that the seller take care of those first. It is a 'flipped' house so there are some things that we are surprised that wasn't addressed-- a few plugs that do not work-- poor insulation on the deck steps right by the back door-- we have gotten the process going on the home loan but here's hoping that those things get worked out. The stuff worries Owen more then it does me-- or rather the cosmetic stuff, but I figure that there are things that I shouldn't worry about-- things that will have no bearing on how the house runs and/or will not be detrimental to the house in the long run.
I can still see myself in the house but Owen is a capricorn and worries easily-- so who knows.
We went to Meijers and I bought myself the new Sarah J. Maas book, "Court of Wings and Ruin"-- I prefer it before the other series of hers (blasphemy-- I know, but then it hinges on how I like the main characters, and I like Feyre and Rhysand better then I do the main characters in the Throne of Glass series.) I am reading the book now but I know it's gonna be slow going with everything that's going on in my life-- here is to finishing the book before the summer starts!
I watched Harlots and I think that was the season's end; I hope that it comes back for another season because it was really good and I think that those storylines really did come to a head and wrap up but I also see that there are a lot of open endedness so that they can find new things to write about in the series.
I finished the plotline for FFXIV, and while I don't have precisely what I want in terms of how I want to go into Stormsblood, I figure that I am close enough to being optimally geared up in SMN that I can make the direct crossover and it won't be much of a stretch to do so (it's hard running )
Okay that's all the update for today-- and yet I still haven't finished my glass of wine!
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Please Bait Me With (not complete, but you get the idea)
Free! - Rin/Sousuke, Haru/Sousuke, Haru/Makoto, Kisumi/Sousuke. Sousuke's my fandom bike *pops a wheelie*
Kuroko no Basuke - Aomine/Kuruko, Aomine/Kagami, Aomine/Kuroko/Kagami, Akashi/Kuroko, Kise/Katsamatsu, Kiyoshi/Hanamiya, Momai/Aida, Midorima/Takao, Izuki/terrible puns/Takao, Himuro/Murasakibara, Himuro/Nijimura, Himuro/Kagami
Yuri!!! On Ice - Victuuri, Chris/Victor, Chris/Anyone, JJ/Otabek
I would be super-happy to see any of my prompts filled and equally thrilled to have cool prompts pointed out to me so I can fill them (or try, anyway.)
I have a blanket permission up on my AO3 page, this also extends to anything I do for SASO bonus rounds.
BR Round 0: Team Grandstand for Team Himuro Tatsuya/Nijimura Shuuzou, G
(debaaaatable that I'm going to keep track but. We'll see.)
My previous ramen recipe was vegan. It’s also bloody lovely. But ramen is one of those dishes that varies a lot, and sometimes—especially on a grey day—I crave the flavour of ramen cooked in a meat stock.
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
- 1l boiling water
- 1 pork or beef stock cube
- 1 tbsp maggi liquid seasoning
- 1 egg
- 2 scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
- 50g (1/2 pack) shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 75g (1/4 pack) beansprouts
- 1 pack instant ramen
- 125g (1/4 pack) spinach
- 1/2 small carrot, peeled and grated
- Chili-garlic sauce, to taste
- Stick 500ml of water in a small pan over a high heat to get a rolling boil.
- While that’s heating, put the rest of the water in a pan with the stock cube and maggi. Bring to a fast simmer and stir until it’s all dissolved and incorporated.
- Stick the beansprouts, mushrooms, and scallion whites into the broth. Stir.
- Put the egg into the boiling water, and cook for six minutes.
- With 4 minutes to go, add the ramen to the broth. Stir occasionally.
- Remove the egg and run under cold water.
- Decant noodles and broth into a large bowl. Top with spinach, carrot, and scallion greens, leaving space for the egg.
- Shell the egg and slice in half. Add it to the bowl, and top with the chili-garlic sauce.
Mirrored from Little Pleasance Kitchen.