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31 July 2030 @ 12:37 am
in this body, in this town of spirit,
there is a little house shaped like a lotus,
and in that little house there is a space:

one should know what is there.
what is there? and why is it so important?

there is as much within that little space within the heart
as in the whole world.
heaven, earth,
winds, fire,
sun, moon,
lightning, stars...

whatever is, and whatever is not, everything is here.
04 April 2011 @ 12:19 am
Just a quick message to let you know that I'm still alive XD Though it's kind of been a while since I updated.

This is also to say I'm kind of giving up on this journal. Seven years is a pretty decent run, and this thing's seen me through a ton of stuff. Like high school. And my fanbrat phase. Fear not, though, I'll be moving across to a new journal. It will probably be updated as frequently as this one (that is to say rarely!) but if you'd like to add me, please feel free to slide over to arantia  and say hi :)
15 February 2011 @ 03:37 pm
With a recipe for three-ingredient brownies I found on Youtube :D

One 200g jar of Nutella.
One large egg.
5 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.

...that's all. You can throw in extras (the online recipe said hazelnuts, but I don't have them and couldn't be bothered with them) and I guess things like chocolate chips would be fine, but these are just the bare essentials.

Important apparatus: [ie that which I would have found handy when I was cooking]
- a flexible spatula to get out aaaaallll the Nutella from the jar.
- a deep pan. Mine was less than an inch deep, but about the size of a moleskine notebook, just a bit longer (I'd say maybe 12 inches by 6...?). Go for something smaller and deeper without straying into cake-tin territory. The batter comes out VERY thick and it's kind of hard to spread around :|

- Scoop out the nutella into a bowl. Add the egg. Whisk together until smooth and runny.
- Add the flour. Whisk together until smooth and no lumps remain.
- Dump entire mixture into a pan (lining it with baking parchment helps). Place in the centre of a preheated oven (180C, 350F) and check after about twelve minutes. Leave no longer than fifteen.
- A skewer or toothpick inserted into the centre should come out - and I quote - "covered in gooey promise."
- Leave to cool in the pan before turning/pulling/prising out and cutting into squares :D

...my shallow-pan brownies turned out delicious, but just lacking that extra bit of squidgy, fudgey goodness. Very good from just three ingredients, though :D
06 December 2010 @ 08:00 am
Cut for whinyCollapse )
12 November 2010 @ 10:51 pm
Have some tired blah :\Collapse )
Current Mood: soresore
30 October 2010 @ 07:20 am
It's been a hectic few days. Amongst other things this week, I've been accused my one of my employees of not doing my job properly. "I do more in this shop than you do", quote-unquote. Yet on any given day she's ready to give me a thousand and one reasons why she CAN'T do something and just sits on a stool that she brought in, blocking the till.

I'm not gonna get into it, because I'm pretty sure I could go on for pages. But she should try working some of the days I do before she complains, because if nine hours is such a stretch for her, she should try almost twelve. Plus travel time. And only ten minutes break.

Yesterday was just... non-stop. I tend to get up at about six thirty to be able to get into work on time, and because I was in Sheffield today I assumed I'd be working a 9-6. The 9-6 became a 9-8 (and I'd done 10-8 the previous night ._.) because Gemma was off sick and I spent most of my getting-ready time running around trying to find cover. I couldn't get anyone to cover the majority of the shift, so I had to run in once we were done to relieve Becky and... yeah. I finished at eight, and then there was the almost two-hour travel time to get back :(

We ran interviews yesterday and there were a couple of girls who seemed a good fit for the company. Unfortunately Veronica's train got in late, which meant we were running a bit behind schedule (although we made up time with one girl who barely answered any questions and thought communication consisted of saying hello and goodbye to the people she was cleaning for... she was lovely, but needless to say she didn't impress :( ) and our lunch break literally consisted of running across to Starbucks, getting a sandwich, and then not eating it because the next interviewee showed up XD

Veronica had a good chat on our way down to the station, though. It seems like the company's taken a bit of a wobble - York has been forced to close and Newcastle is pretty much on its way out - but despite this? I have a secure job. Even if I go to Japan. Basically if these two shops do go under, they want to put me where the work is and will help me get on my feet which is... really really good. And I was offered a company car but the major problem with that is that I can't drive. So now I kind of feel like I should learn, but... I want to get JET out of the way first before I make any plans and long-term commitments in this country ._.

And then I got a phone call from Ron just before I turned in last night. One of the weekend girls was burgled. Amongst other things, they took her store keys. As I've said in other places... the drama just never ends \o/

19 October 2010 @ 08:49 pm
We all know I'm behind on the 30-day meme. I've every intention of finishing up, but right now I'm too busy and I barely have time to breathe.

On the plus side though, I'm in Sheffield for the next few days and we're going to get started putting things out and getting displays all taken care of. I say 'we' but it might just be me... I don't actually know whether Ron and Veronica are going to be in and at the moment there don't look to be any other employees... s-so I might have to do interviews over the next couple of weeks too; both for Sheffield AND for Derby because in the first place, we're getting another part timer, and in the second, one of our OTHER part timers is leaving :( So we're looking to employ at least two people in as many weeks.

There's still no news as to when the Sheffield store will open. Our tentative date was October 9th, but our stock was seized by Customs and... we don't have a sign yet. And basically now our opening hinges on us actually having a shop sign. We might not need many employees to begin with; I can probably man the place on my own... but it would be good to have a till!!!

So yeah, I'm drowning a little bit, but it's a good kind of drowning. I'd much rather stay busy at the moment.

I'm also clawing back some semblance of a social life! I've not been to one of Chloe's gigs in ages at there are two over the next couple of weeks that I've added to my calendar :) I just... need some kind of costume for one of them XD
10 October 2010 @ 11:33 pm
First... I know I'm well and truly behind on the 30 days meme. I know posting a bunch of responses in one day isn't exactly the point, but I'll try to get up to date this week.

Second... Mum's ill >.> This time last year she got this cough/cold that never really cleared up and now it seems to be back just as bad. When it first set in, she wouldn't go and see the doctor. Now she's taking the week off but says she won't see the doctor until Tuesday. Why? Because Dr Davis isn't on until Tuesday. And he has all her records, apparently. Aside from that - and after I'd pointed out that it's all computerised now; that's why we have NHS numbers and why they can just pull up your full medical history in a hospital - she couldn't give me a good enough reason why she WOULDN'T go and see Anne (his daughter) so I think I managed to convince her to go...

That said, Nana, Pops and Eugene were over today. They went out for dinner and there are at least three empty wine bottles lying around the living room/kitchen. So she might not even remember that conversation ._.

Thirdly. I'm off work for the next two days. I'm tired, I'm run down and I just... would really like to take some time off myself.
04 October 2010 @ 11:23 pm
Day 10 – A photo of your favourite place to eat.

...I held off on this because we'd planned a group trip to Yo!Sushi and I wanted to get photos. Unfortunately Ticho got sick and our party was immediately cut in half :( So I'm afraid I've no photo of Yo!Sushi, even though it's my favourite place for food. To be honest, the layout puts me in the mind of a school canteen; but the sushi is amazing <3

What I do have, though, is photos from the day. Ruth and I decided to meet up anyway (although nothing we could do could make up for the absence of Ticho and Chloe and Trev)... that said, we did have a spectacularly girly day, wherein we had lunch at Wagamama (where they forgot to charge us for dessert... oops.) shopped for hair dye, some  accessories (:D Mini hat!), and... I joined the Pandora bandwagon XD

Yes, those awesome suede gloves have cranberry coloured cuffs. To match my nails! And I didn't buy the mini hat, but I did get a Blair Waldorf style hair bow :3

Have a couple of throwaway pictures: Very to-the-point metal sign, and Ruth's 'if you ever get "tempted", remember this face' face.

Regarding Wagamama? I wouldn't have the Kare Lomen again. Too spicy. And messy. I'm serious. The noodles pinged back into the bowl and I got soup in my eye, and from painful experience I know that chilli doesn't BELONG in one's eyes :| So I ended up scrabbling around for a tissue for several minutes. The chilli heat also rendered me incoherent. Not good when trying to catch up. So... good, but never again! Yaki Udon all the way next time.

Regarding Pandora? I kind of got one because I was jealous of all the other girls' bracelets at work XD So I got one. Just a leather one with one charm. And I used it as a networking opportunity: Pandora are our next door neighbours, so when my assistant asked me about my earrings I was all like, "Funny you should ask...!" :3

So tomorrow... I'm getting my hair cut and dyed \o/ Resisting the urge to go very short, though I find the colour too severe for my regular cut when it's freshly dyed :| After that I'm meeting Adam in town for another late lunch... at Nando's this time. Mmm, vegetarian burger :D A-and then my time off it over and I'm back at work. I should probably buy my season ticket while I'm in town, come to think of it :(

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