(I finally finished this book… it took me awhile because honestly it’s hard to find time to read when I’m not traveling. I have to make specific time to do it, and not be distracted by other hobbies that i want to be doing)
I am not into sports. Playing or viewing otherwise. Anything that involves excessive sweating and running around is no bueno with me. I just don’t like it.
Ever since my short vacation in the states earlier this year, I’ve caught the basketball bug. I admit that Linsanity was a factor, but it’s not what you think.
Let me explain, 1) I have nephews, two of them. They play a lot of sports, basketball is one of them, and this happens to be basketball season. They are into basketball, so during dinner time, the games are on, usually it’s Clippers vs whomever, Lakers vs whomever…etc. 2) To be caught up in “pop culture” and the commercials, I watched the super bowl. This was the precursor to watching all the basketball. 3) Jeremy Lin is Taiwanese, and if I don’t support the first guy of Taiwanese descent playing in NBA, then I wouldn’t be a proper Taiwanese. I started really watching because Jeremy Lin got me into the game, but I stayed on my own.
So those are my reasons that I can pinpoint as to why I have caught the basketball fever…it has nothing to do with the fact that I think Jeremy is good looking, which knowing that he’s famous does make him a bit more attractive, it doesn’t hurt that he’s tall, but honestly otherwise, he seems like a normal Asian American.
When I came back and I started talking about the game…I found that I had to explain why I was watching the basketball games to friends. I mean how does one explain why you’re doing something, it’s just something that one day you wake up and decide to be interested in. I suppose being into sports is not such a thing I’m into that it baffled some friends, as most thinks that I got into the game because I have the hots for Jeremy Lin.
Anyways, I don’t know what I’m going to follow after basketball is over…I’m not so into baseball, although if the same principal can be said to apply to being patriotic Taiwanese, then I should support Wang Chien-Ming….
I’ve been watching a lot of Big Bang Theory lately, it’s hilarious. I didn’t think it was funny when I first saw it, perhaps it was the episode taking out of the whole series context that I didn’t find it funny.
Then for some reason I thought I’d watch another episode, and it was fantastic. I think I was drawn in by the drama, and the comic relief that Sheldon brings to the table.
Although I know that Lenard & Penny is going to end up back together (kinda like the Rachel & Ross of Friends)… I can’t help but feel that Penny & Sheldon would work together as well. I’m rooting for them.
Have you tried giving up something for a greater good, or even just to see if you can do it? I often like to give myself random restrictions, if nothing else, just to have a sense of accomplishment.
Being an adult, there is very little restriction in my life. I’m not really bound by financial obligations, or food restrictions…most of the time when I want something, I almost always end up getting it anyway. This might be the main reason why I like placing restrictions on myself, whether it’s no fast food for a month, or not buying books for a year, or this time for Lent, giving up Facebook.
I suppose I was very specific in saying giving up facebook, if I was to really torture myself, I’d say, no social media network whatsoever, but I guess that was my way of putting a loophole into things, because really, giving up all social media network…well…everything is now social media networked,…so i might as well have banned myself from the internet, full stop.
Now I didn’t really mean to give up facebook, what happened was, I was avoiding facebook for a little bit, then Lent came into play, and I thought, WHY NOT! I don’t need this. HA, I can give up facebook for lent. HA!
It was easy to not be on facebook in the states, oddly. I wasn’t really communicating with anyone, those who I was communicating with, knew to reach me on other messaging medias…There was plenty to do to occupy my time. i was not caught up in facebook at all.
I wasn’t missing out on the family things, as my sister and brother was still on FB, and they’d inform me if a family member posted a picture or something.
It was really when I got back to Taiwan that I felt the sudden pressure to check facebook…it seemed as if all my friends sent me messages on facebook, and event invites, and posted their updates. They’d say, didn’t you see blah blah blah on my facebook?
uh, no. It was then I had to mention that I hadn’t checked facebook in awhile…I don’t think the people I explained why i was giving it up understood. It would have been easier saying that I was a vegetarian now.
Now it is the end of Lent, and I have been slightly itching to get back onto Facebook. I miss the updates from those friends who I don’t keep in normal contact with, but thru facebook. I am very out of the loop, and although i’ve let myself back slightly onto facebook by checking my messages. (the mobile messaging app is a separate thing from the facebook app, and I treat it just like any messaging app, so i feel like it’s not a part of facebook. I don’t really get to see people’s updates or anything, so…another loophole) It’s just not the same.
A friend asked me, “do you miss keeping up with friends?” Yes, yes I do. I miss the constant feed of what’s going on with my friends, whether it’s a :D or some random thought…I miss my friends, I really do.
So what have I learned from this Lent? It is hard giving up something…and if i was a drug addict, and had to give up drugs, i’m not so sure i wouldn’t be tempted back into it, after i got out of rehab. I don’t think I would be able to give up smoking forever…i am weak. I keep making excuses, and loopholes for myself.
I only have a couple of days left… I can make it. I really can.
(Chocolate cookies in the foreground, and Matcha Chocolate in the background)
Everytime I make Chocolate things (frosting, cookies, etc), I always think that it just looks really dodgy.
I wanted to repeat the chocolate almond slivers from the other night, but I had no almond slivers, so, I just omitted it. (the idea to omit was fine, but the cookie had no texture, but crumbly) Then i had the brilliant idea to put matcha in, and boy was that a fail. I ended up putting too much Matcha in, and thus the cookies when mixed together was really dry, and didn’t hold shape, and the matcha flavor was really strong.
I think the next time if I was to try Matcha Chocolate cookies, I’d put less matcha in for the half batch, perhaps only 5g, and not 10g of matcha, and save the rest of the egg mixture and add that into the half batch to moisten things a bit more.
Also, I realised that if I don’t add baking soda into the dough, then the cookies won’t expand. DOH!
I need more people around me so that I can feed them. I can’t keep eating them for myself…I’m getting round as it is.
These are yummy, pure butter, and nothing else. These are flakey & melts in your mouth. Who knew that eggs, butter & flours mashed together can make such yummy things. So simple, and so yummy. Sigh, the best kind of baking that makes one look like a wizard in the kitchen.
I first saw the recipe from a link that my friend sent me about chocolate almond cookies, I browsed around the site because let’s face it, it’s easier for me to buy ingredients when the ingredients are already in Mandarin.
As it turns out, this website is a blog for the food show, and they’ve uploaded their segments on youtube (bonus!!) I watched the video for this cookie, and it looked easy enough to make that I tackled it last night.
I had all the ingredients. This is how stocked my pantry is now. Although the original recipe does not ask fro vanilla extract, I put some in anyways, i like vanilla.
I was going to break out the large mixer my mother has, this fancy German thingy, but I decided against it due to it being a pain to clean up with the butter, so I just mixed it all by hand & a spatula.
The indentations in the cookie are best made when they’ve come out of the oven, and not pre-indented. I did them half way thru baking, but they were still not indented enough to my liking, perhaps I made them too big. I think the next time I try them, I will not indent them at all until they come out of the oven, and just press them fresh out of the oven. It will be more obvious that way.
book report: I've got your number by Sophie Kinsella
I am on a book buying ban this year. It’s something I set for myself, I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I need to constantly remind myself, as I LOVE buying books.
I put myself on such a ban because I keep buying books in various languages that I can read, but not read them. Sure the books in the bookstores look very interesting all sitting there in the lights and the new book smell, but once they get home into my bookshelf…all the shininess just falters.
Buying English books has never been easier for me due to the invent of Kindle, and me possessing one. a few clicks of the button, and a new book is delivered to my Kindle.
So how then you ask do I read new books now? I borrow them from the library, thru a loophole of sorts. The Walnut library has a e-book system, if you possess a library card in good standing, you can borrow electronic books.
The loophole is that, I’m in taiwan, and the library doesn’t check or perhaps it’s not too caring of where the books are being downloaded. So while, not all books are available, and there is usually a waiting list, It’s still very useful for me to borrow books from the library, thus getting around my own ban of buying new books.
I’ve got your number by Sophie Kinsella is one of those books that had up to 40 ppl on the waiting list. This is the newest book that Kinsella published. I saw the hardcover at the bookstore on my short stint in the states, and immediately signed up for the waiting list.
When the email arrived in my inbox saying that this book was available and being held for me, I immediately logged on and checked it out.
I am a fan of Kinsella’s books. It all started with the shopaholic series. Although there’s always this element of white lies from her main character that I don’t understand. It’s as if they just simply can’t tell the truth until it’s way too late. Perhaps it’s because they don’t want to rock the boat, but I think as evidence shows, ultimately the truth comes out, and you are almost always in worse trouble not telling the truth to begin with.
The plot of the book is that Poppy has lost her engagement ring (she’s engaged to a brain, Magnus), and her phone in the same day, but then she finds a mobile phone in the trash (the unlikely hood of that happening, but whatevers) and she just decided to use this phone as an emergency contact number to give to the hotel to contact her when they find her ring.
What follows is her and the “owner” Sam’s weird sharing of the phone. (him business emails, her private stuff) The phone was a company phone, and thrown out by the PA that was in it’s last possession, and that’s how it landed in Poppy’s hand.
The only reason that I believe Sam went along with this plan was purely due to the fact that Poppy helped him out of a jam in the very beginning. Sam needed someone to stop a client from leaving, and Poppy having the phone, did so due to Sam’s not caring that this was a random stranger on the phone, just needed this act done.
The rest of the book is just more back and forth between Sam-Poppy-Magnus. I did rather enjoy this book, there seemed to be less white lies. The massive footnotes was quite annoying though, especially since I was reading on the Kindle, and it was not a touch screen. Having to flip back and forth was a pain, but i got over it.
I am still enjoying Kinsella’s books, so I’m quite looking forward to her next book.