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This last week proved that while life may not always be perfect, chaos and disaster often lead to some damned good moments. Out of all the missed flights and car troubles and lost tickets and bad rooms and lack of sleep and poorly packed suitcases and snow and cold and wet and near-hospitalizing hypoglycemia and misplaced belongings that the hotel never did return, I met some of the most amazing people and went to two of the best concerts of my life. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I got a hug from the fiercest little bassist ever.

I didn't get any pictures or videos, but you know what? I am totally okay with that, for once.
eidolon_bird: (photography)

This counts as photography, right? :D

[personal profile] anrakushi and I went to Adam's concert Sunday night. The stage antics were kept to a minimum, but it was still one of the best concerts I've ever been to. I want moooooore.

Edit: Photos posted! My photos bordered on horrible (ISO too high + lens damage from another trip), but I had too much fun to not share at least some of it.
eidolon_bird: (photography)

Turned 30 today.  As a present to myself, I took a Caribbean cruise with my best friend last week.  So much fun!  (Well, other than catching a cold the first day and ending up very sunburnt the following day and thus spending rest of the trip in a state of misery.)  The water and sky were absolutely gorgeous the entire time, even when it was cloudy.


Mar. 28th, 2010 08:00 am
eidolon_bird: (cooking)

I wanted cookies. Obviously no one was going to bake them for me, so I took matters into my own hands and destroyed the kitchen all on my own. These things are FABULOUS. Slightly lemony dark chocolate chip cookies with black currant jam. I can eat maybe two before they start to make me sick.

Also, trying to take pictures of these things gave me all new respect for food photographers.

Chocolate Chip and Black Currant Sandwich Cookies, the recipe )
eidolon_bird: (photography)
Sunset Moon

A few days ago I had a Very Bad Day.  In an attempt to calm myself down, I threw the camera and mp3 player in the car, picked a random direction and went driving until I was thoroughly lost.  By the time I arrived at the outskirts of middle-of-nowhere, I realized I had no food, no sunglasses, no bug spray and no earbuds for the mp3 player.  What I DID have was a nice view and twenty minutes until sunset.

Forty-five minutes and a hundred pictures later, I was feeling almost human.  Drove home in the twilight ready to face the world again.
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As much as I love fresh food and occasionally enjoy puttering around in the kitchen, I am not that great a cook.  I never learned the basics about cooking/baking/meats/spices/etc, am mildly obsessive-compulsive and take far too long to cut up ingredients, and I get distracted way too easily.  I tend to prefer stupidly simple recipes that require minimal preparation and are not likely to lead to me burning the contents of one pan while busy stirring another.  Thus this spaghetti recipe is pretty much perfect for me.

To feed four people, you will need:
- 1/2 lb. mild or sweet Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb. spicy Italian sausage
- 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed (5 or 6 or more if you are me)
- 1 small onion, diced (more if you are not me and actually like onions)
- Olive oil
- 4 pints of cherry tomatoes*
- Pasta of your choice (I prefer capellini/angel hair)

* Personally, I find the larger tomatoes sold by grocery stores to be nearly tasteless.  Cherry and grape tomatoes, by comparison, are usually packed with flavor.  They also have the added benefit of not requiring any work beyond a quick rinse.  However, if you grow your own tomatoes or have access to a farmer's market or other such source of ripe and flavorful fruits and veggies, larger ones will work just as well.  However, they will require a little bit of dicing before they can be used.

To cook:
Step 1) Start sautéing the garlic and onions in a small pan with a tiny bit of olive oil.  I like to cook the onions until nearly caramelized, but people who don't hate onions may wish to cook them only until translucent.
Step 2) Remove sausages from their casings, break them up and combine them together in a large pan and cook.  Once the meat has been browned, drain off the excess grease.  Crumble into smaller bits by hand if necessary.
Step 3) Throw tomatoes in a blender (depending on the size of your blender, you may only be able to do one or two pints at a time) and blend - mine weren't quite pureed as I like a few little chunks.
Step 4) Combine all ingredients in the large pan and serve with the pasta of your choice.

The result is a wonderfully light and fresh sauce that is packed full of flavor.  A quick and easy dish (even for me!) that's perfect for the upcoming overbearingly hot summer months.
eidolon_bird: (photography)
I grew up in the midwest and the south.  I don't remember much of the experience, but occasional family vacations later in my life left images of oppressive summer skies lodged in my head.  Some days the air seemed too thick to breathe - thick enough to swim in, perhaps.  And the skies.  Not blue, but white, the color drained away by moisture hanging heavy in the air.  Thus one of the few things I love about the desert is the achingly beautiful sky.  Layer upon layer of color at sunrise and sunset, giant thunderheads that build and build before sending rain and lightning crashing down during monsoon season, and over-saturated blue skies almost every day.

It is that blue, and the eye blinding cadmium-yellow of the palo verde blossoms, that I have been eying recently.  Of course, work got in the way.  Then my mother decided to spontaneously go blind this weekend (she is getting better, we think).  After that followed a few unseasonably cloudy days.  Now the flowers are dying, a bed of yellow-orange petals lying thick on the rocks below.  Despite flower-death and hazy skies, I decided I was damned well going to take pictures anyway.  Dozens of useless shots later and I finally have some photos worth sharing.

Palo Verde Wallpaper
I don't have too terribly much to say about this image.  I was shooting and editing with a sort of minimalist wallpaper in mind.  I ended up using a composite of two images as neither one was quite focused the way I wanted (damned breeze!).  Flickr oh so wonderfully resized the image for me, so let me know if you are interested in the original 1680x1050 size.

And then there were (a few) more! )

And that is all for this round of photos.  I honestly can't remember the last time I decided to take photos on a whim.  I sorta miss it.  A lot.
eidolon_bird: (Default)
So, Dreamwidth...  Is shiny.  I suppose.  I am currently flailing about, seeing what I can and cannot do as a free user.  I am also questioning my choice of usernames - I have no real desire to pick out another name ("Bird" is taken), but I am not entirely thrilled to be using the same name as the rest of my journal/message board/etc accounts.  A bit more anonymity would be nice.

One thing is for certain.  If I do post in this journal, it will be entirely for creative endeavors.  Costumes and crafty things, photography, recipes and sew so on.  Maybe the very rare thinky-thoughts essay if I can phrase it as a level-headed opinion piece rather than the usual rant.

Okay, one other certainty.  I need more icons.  And possibly a layout, but I have no clue how to manage that one with a free account  (The default seems similar to Flexible Squares and/or Quite Lickable.  Theoretically, I should be able to toss some css at it and at least end up with a pretty header graphic.)


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