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28 October 2012 @ 07:55 pm
I have done a horrible job updating this. I honestly don't know how long it's been. I think it's been almost a year but I could be wrong.

I haven't really been doing that much by way of baking or cooking. It's just standard things, like pork and cabbage, honey garlic pork and breaded pork. See the theme? Pork is so common here it's hard to find new ways to eat it. I'm not a big fan of sauce on everything and my roommate is. Tonight, for example, I asked her to grab pork for supper. She came home and tried to cook it, saying that if I started the rice cooker she'd make the sauce for the pork. Her sauces are always sugar-filled and teeth rotting. If I wanted something super sweet, I'd eat sugar right out of the bag. I had already planned on making breaded pork and shallow frying it to go with the rice and corn. She seemed insulted that I didn't want to have my meat drowning in sauce. Sometimes it gets a little ridiculous here.

The child and I are moving soon. We have one month and then we can. I will have enough by then to afford to move and I cannot wait. Not only will I have my commute halved, I will finally have a place of my own. We both need it. Living here has been a strain on him and it's not fair to subject him to any more stress than he needs. School is enough. He can't even focus on homework now because she can't seem to keep quiet long enough. I always thought I was lazy, then I moved here. God, it's annoying.

Anyway, I am tired and don't really have a lot of time to rant on here. I'll save that for another day.
11 January 2012 @ 10:36 pm
Lately, I have been getting tired of the usual pork in sauce and wanted something different. If I wanted meat it would have to be pork, but I just didn't want a lot of sauce. I went searching online for some quick and simple recipes and came across one on allrecipies and decided to give it a try. It was very straightforward and we had almost everything in the house, I just needed to pick up some cabbage. Just to break down the recipe:

1lb pork tenderloin cut into strips
1/2 onion chopped
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium cabbage shredded
1 tsp oil
1-2 tsp butter or margarine
pinch of salt and pepper*

*the recipe called for salt and pepper be we do not have any in the house. I thought the dish tasted great without it.

My addition was to drizzle in some soy sauce at the very end and let that cook up for an extra minute.

1. Cut pork into strips and fry them in oil. Once cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Re-heat pan and melt butter in the juice remaining from the pork. Once this melts, add onion and garlic.
3. Add cabbage to the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, until the cabbage has softened.
4. Put the pork back in the pan and stir until the meat has warmed.
5. Add soy sauce and let cook for another minute or two.
Spoon it out onto some rice and you have a pretty filling meal. It's the perfect meal to make while you have the rice cooker going. In the time it takes to cook the rice you can prep and cook everything else. As for taste, my picky 11 year old who generally hates trying new food ate two bowls of this. I'm thinking of making it again tomorrow.
Current Location: Shanghai, China
Current Mood: fullfull
18 August 2011 @ 01:37 pm
I am finished for the day. I can't pack any more because I don't have enough vacuum bags and we need to do a whole lot of laundry before I can put anything away. I've gone through most of the rooms and have figured out what we're bringing and what we're not. I have ten bags so far for donations and I have to see if they can take the single bed frame. Tomorrow is the closet and shopping for what we need. I have to get the other carry on suitcase for the books and figure out how I'm going to get my laptop there. The kid has the backpack and that's all I have so far.

Speaking of the kid, I was getting his lunch ready for camp today with a few minutes left before I had to wake him up and I turn to find him standing in the kitchen going "What the hell? Why didn't you wake me up earlier?" It was a trip day at the camp and he wanted to get going early. If he hadn't taken so long getting ready we would have been able to get to the camp with time for him to play. Instead, we got there in time for them to get their bracelets for the trip. Oh well, he was able to get on the bus so he should be happy. I hope they haven't gotten any rain. There was a call for it today so I'm hoping it's either holding off or blown over.

LJ is being odd right now. I'm trying to type this and I only have this wee space to type in. I hope I'm doing a decent job of it.

So yeah, like I said up there, I'm done packing for the day. Aside from not having enough to pack with, I smacked my leg on the bed and hit the incision. That means pain. I know I should be doing more but I am just going to take it easy today. Oh, I have to remember to pack the screws. There is no way I'm leaving those behind.

Guess I will go now. I want to find some food and I need to check the weather. We have some pretty nasty clouds coming in. It was bright and now I'm debating turning on the lights.
Current Location: Canada, Ottawa
Current Music: thunder off in the distance
15 August 2011 @ 03:33 pm
A lot of time has passed since my last entry. A lot has happened as well. Let's see what has happened, shall we?
  • Four days after my last entry I found out my grandmother had died. She passed only a few hours away from her 78th birthday. At times, I still feel like she's alive. 
  • In May/June, I emailed my friend because she mentioned that her company was hiring. I wasn't qualified to work for her company (damn you, university degree that I don't have!) but...
  • She managed to find me a job with her friend's company! I found out I had that job at the end of June. 
  • I turned 33 in July. 
  • I had the second surgery on my leg two days later. This is the last one until I need knee replacements (hopefully)
  • I was able to get the money for our tickets and visas and now have all of our paperwork together. 
  • I made a list this morning of everything that needs to be done before we fly out. That list is long. 
  • Have I mentioned that we fly out next week? Yeah, I am starting to freak now. 
Later tonight I am going to put the list up. Well, lists. I have lists of what needs to be done, what day I am going to do it on, what needs to be bought and what needs to be packed. I still have to call Air Canada to confirm that we can bring two suitcases each. Not that I'm planning on bringing four large suitcases and two carry-ons, but if I need a third one I'd like to know that I can bring it. 

I'm going to have to run now. I have to get the kid from camp and then come home and cook our steaks. Maybe the extra iron will help me figure out how I'm going to get my hands on some extra money. 
Current Mood: rushedrushed
13 February 2011 @ 09:38 pm
I wanted to get my to do list made and get the dishes done and rearrange the kitchen. Sadly, or not sadly, none of it happened. Instead we went over to Quebec to Winterlude. I figured hey, the weather is great and this will be the last time we go for a while so why not. It was great and I had a blast. We spent most of our time going down a slide made of ice. Seriously. Two and a half hours of nothing but. I have a feeling I'll be feeling it in the morning. Some of the hills we had to climb up were deadly.

There is one thing I am not going to miss when we move: snow. It's a mix of rain and snow out there now with threats of freezing overnight. I can honestly say that I will not miss all of this. Sure, a few centimetres of snow is alright, but we've had a good few feet over the last month and I'm ready for it to go away.

I am going to disappear for now. I don't think I'll have any trouble sleeping tonight so there won't be any 2am posts. Tomorrow I will make my list.
Current Location: Canada, Ottawa
Current Mood: tiredtired
13 February 2011 @ 02:13 am
I hadn't planned on staying up this long. I should have known that I'd get carried away setting up the layout for this but oh well. I'm not 100% happy with it but it'll do for now. My main goal for tonight was getting this account set up and making a list of everything I need to do still. I'll have to rush through it now but I will come back with a proper list tomorrow.

February is kind of a write-off until I get my taxes done. Everything I need to do involves money in some way and at this moment in time I have none. It's just a matter of time before the tax slips start coming in and I can get the ball rolling. I'm hoping to have a job here in Canada as well to help with my savings and, with luck, we will be out of here by August. Six months to save over $2000? Could happen. I'm hoping to have a decent chunk of my tax return to start us off with and then it will just be building on top of that.

Anyway, I really should head to bed. It's late, 2:10am to be exact, and I don't know what we are going to do tomorrow. I need to be rested though in case we go tobogganing.

To do list:

Go through ESL Cafe and look for a job.
Make a list of what I need to get done (that will be written up tomorrow!)
Maybe go into the meaning of the name of this journal.
Develop a kick-ass tagging system.
Current Location: Canada, Ottawa
Current Music: Vivaldi -Concerto #4 in F minor