Archive for August, 2010

Well, dinner from two nights ago was something I found online called Marinated Miso Chicken with Pan Sauce. It was yummy but it didn’t look like what it did in the author’s picture.  Then again, I had to do some substitutions and what not. 😐  The one good thing was that Grendal’s father apparently said that if I keep cooking like this, no one will want to eat his food.  That made me feel great but I also felt a little bad…..this is the guy that plays Santa at the family get togethers. D:  But yeah, here be the picture of dinner from two nights ago:

Nothing spectacular.  I was starving and grabbed my camera before diving in, so the presentation isn’t anything special.  Tonight, though, I’m making something called Ganmodoki.  It’s tofu, something that I usually don’t eat but with Grendal’s parents wanting to go vegetarian and eventually vegan I decided to try my hand at tofu meals.  Here’s to hoping it come out okay.

In other news I think my homemade shampoo gave me an allergic reaction of some sort yesterday.  I tried out a new mixture with and I think something in it reacted to my skin.  Oddly enough it didn’t itch and the only way I noticed was because Grendal pointed it out.  Parts of my skin were turning bright red, which made it stand out because I’m a pale little chick, and it looked like I had dried stage blood on me.  I had Grendal take pictures to keep note of it and the marks went away within an hour or so.  I dumped out my newest mixture and made some more, omitting the addition of  rosemary and limiting the amount of powdered cinnamon because those were the newest ingredients and my original ‘recipe’ didn’t have me breaking out.  Besides that my hair is doing great. 🙂  I’m still going through a detox phase and so is Grendal, but he’s not too happy about it. :p  He says he’ll give it another week or so and if things haven’t changed, he’s going back to shampoo.  Me?  I’m stubborn and will try and stick it out a while longer.

On the gaming front things are starting to pick up speed.  The group finally got through the setup of the whole story, in which they got together, tracked down a horn, and then signaled the coming of Ragnarok.  Now they’re tromping off to find a son of Zeus that could over throw the Olympic Pantheon and if all of that goes down alongside Ragnarok, who know what will happen to the mortals.  Yes, the group has disappeared into their first cave and picked up a companion in the form of a wolf cub.  It was a gamble that they’d take it along with them but Grendal’s character took a liking to the pooch and decided to tote it around.  In reality the wolf cub is a juvenile Gold Dragon.  I wasn’t planning on having another dragon companion for the group but Gigs made the comment about this game having another Merrick and I decided to throw in the possibility of another one, albeit one that isn’t just hatching.  I finally have a name for the sucker too: Kalith.  It’s Draconic for courage which fits a Gold Dragon perfectly!

In other gaming news, around Halloween time I’m hoping to take a break so Cantropos can do a little Delta Green game in honor of the spooky holiday! 😀  I love that game and have been itching to play it ever since finding out last Friday was HP Lovecraft’s 120th birthday(or something like that).  Grendal, Dame, and myself are the only ones in the group that have played the game before, besides Cantropos obviously.  Grendal isn’t too fond of the insanity rolls but enjoys the game but Dame just doesn’t like it for some reason.  Gigs and Renny are interested and I think Cantropos would enjoy running the game, especially since he had an idea or two by the end of the night.

Halo Reach stuff is starting flow out, which is making me a happy little gamer.  I’m loving the live action stuff they’re putting out but some other people in the Halo community aren’t too thrilled about it.  Why?  Not enough action and explosions.  Thinking about it I can understand because Halo is an action game.  You run around with all sorts of firearms and destroy the aliens in your path.  Reach, though, is something new.  This is the start of the Human-Covenant war in the series, which means there isn’t much in the way of explosions and outright kick assery(woo, new word).  The first live action thing was pretty much what was happening to different people on Reach the day before the attack happened.  Here’s a copy from youtube:

I don’t think it’s bad.  I mean, people are doing their normal thing which is to be expected.  Everything is hunky dory.  Today Kotaku had a video called ‘Deliver Hope’ up, which is the next live action thing for Halo Reach.  It’s pretty nifty and has the explosions people were hoping for.  My only gripe(big surprise, I have a gripe) is that Kat doesn’t have the mechanical arm like she has in the game.  I can understand not being able to duplicate it, but it just irked me for some odd reason.  Here be the video:

Here is an interesting bit that Kotaku had: “Starting on Aug. 29, the Deliver Hope campaign kicks off for real, with the live-action short hitting a multitude of networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV, Spike TV, Comedy Central, SyFy, ESPN, F/X, TNT, TBS, Discovery Channel, G4, and more.”  It’ll be nice seeing it on TV and hoping there is more to it. 🙂

Last Friday I watched a ViDoc for the game called “A Spartan Will Rise” with my usual Friday crew.  Grendal made a comment along the lines of “Why is Cortana in this game?”  Listening to the voice over, it was Cortana’s voice but it sounded off in some way and I couldn’t place it.  I had my suspicions but didn’t say anything.  In the end, though, it wasn’t Cortana who was speaking but Dr. Halsey!  I pointed out to the guys that the speech patterns were different between Halsey and Cortana, which would make sense since Cortana is an AI and looks and sounds like her maker(Halsey) but is totally different.  🙂  Holy crap, here be the ViDoc:

So yes, all is well and I’m counting down the days until September 14 so I can get my grubby little paws on that freakin’ game!

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For the next couple of months I’m going to be the designated dinner maker for Grendal and his parents from Mondays to Thursdays.  This is mainly because Grendal’s father has classes that would keep him out until after ‘dinner time,’ and Grendal’s mother doesn’t really like to cook(or so it seems).  To save money Grendal isn’t taking classes this semester and is hoping to make some products for the family’s business so it can get started.  I’m having to fend off school due to personal issues and I’m looking for a job in a city with some of the crappiest unemployment rates. :\  I am starting to make some handmade jewelry and macrame but I don’t think that’ll cut it.

But yeah, the post’s title…..I love to cook!  When I cook anything I have to make it perfect and I’m so damned critical on myself that it’s nuts, but its also the rare time that I will be boosting my own ego and going about how awesome I am(I only say this to Grendal though).  For a while one of my dreams was to become a chef.  I watch Food Network too much and some of the food shows on the Travel Channel, like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations(the guy may be a bit of an ass, but he knows what he’s talking about).  For the longest time I would make sure to watch Iron Chef, the original not the American remake, and just sit there in stunned silence.

I can’t really say cooking is in my veins.  My father was a cook at a restaurant and both my parents have cooked for the family, but there was no drive to really explore that avenue.  My younger sister tried her hands and concocting a whole mess of things but it never went too far.  She and I help/ed my mother prepare dinner and, after a point, I was the one cooking for my parents, myself, and my younger sister.  I loved it, especially making cookies and sweets.  The one thing, though, that I wanted to learn to make was sushi.  Its only been within the last 6 years that I’ve started really eating it but my mother has made sushi for years.  I loved the smell of the rice and the sushi vinegar she made(always from scratch).  I enjoyed watching her make it and then that was that, everyone else would eat it.

My fondness for sushi making eventually evolved into a love of Japanese cuisine in general.  Living in the middle the US and about an hour away from Chicago suburbs makes it a little hard to find good Japanese restaurants or even decent Asian stores.  The one, yes one, we have in town is focused more towards Laotian cuisine than general Asian.  So in order to get some good Japanese ingredients Grendal and I have made it a point to go out to Mitsuwa at least once a year.  When we were part of a Japanese Multimedia Club at a local college we would make trips up there with clubmates.  Oddly enough while the other members ransacked the snack aisle, Grendal and I would grab a shopping cart and do some grocery shopping.  We always get some quality ramen to take home and we both have some that we HAVE to buy: Grendal has his Melon flavored drink and I have to get these little sweets filled with red bean paste!

The one thing that I found that I enjoy doing is making bento lunches.  Its a nice way to keep track of what I’m eating and getting a great lunch in too.  I do the same for Grendal and he appreciates it, though it seems his bento box may be a little small.  I stopped doing this for a while but I know I’m about to get into that kick again, more specifically, though, making Japanese style foods.  Its been present in my life for years thanks to my mother and I’ve been keeping up with it ever since I’ve been cooking.  I looked at one of my Japanese cookbooks and felt that need to delve into again.  Sure enough I found myself seeking out some old sites that I visited to get some recipe and bento ideas.  I’m starting to debate about taking pictures of my evening meals and posting them here, along with the recipe but I need to keep track of where these recipes come from! 😮  Some of them are from the internet and others would be things my mother made and I just picked up on.

Ah well.  We’ll see if I decide to do this, so be warned…..tomorrow you may see a picture of food here and hopefully it was yummy.

Starting Something New

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Life
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This may sound odd, but yesterday was the last day (hopefully) that I used shampoo and conditioner.  Before anyone goes, ‘Ew, your hair will look and probably smell like crap’  I’ve looked all this stuff up and found some very useful info as well as a lot of other people doing this.  I’ve talked Grendal into trying this experiment with me, so here’s to hoping our hair doesn’t rebel against us since, well, we both have hair down to the middle of our backs. 😮  I’ll probably follow suit with others and take pictures of my hair as well as Grendal’s to track progress.  Plus it gives me something to do!

Can’t really explain much about it, but here are a few links(though it seems like they mooched the info off each other) that I saw about the whole thing incase anyone still thinks I’m bonkers:

Letters to the Editor- Info: Shampoo Free

A Non-Toxic, Frugal Way To Wash Your Hair Without Buying Shampoo

How To Clean Your Hair Without Shampoo

LiveJournal ‘No-‘Poo’ Community

Okay, not really but I do have pictures of my day at Bristol….but not many.  Never the less, this is a picture heavy post. (more…)

Wooo

Posted: August 14, 2010 in Life

Went to Bristol Renfair today and I’m tuckered out. Bought stuff and took pictures.  A better update(and pictures) to follow tomorrow!

Following The Signal

Posted: August 12, 2010 in Gaming
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Alan Wake’s first DLC date had been hanging over our head ever since the game’s release. Once defeating the game there was really no clue about the DLC’s story except that it had to deal with Alan after the events. I was keeping up the speculations on the game in general but, for the most part, there was little to go on for the DLC and possible sequel except for Alan’s final line: Its not a lake, its an ocean. While I would be more than happy to divulge every little nuance about this game and the DLC, I’m also of the opinion that this game has to be played to get the full effect, so why don’t we just focus on game play and execution.

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Nerdy Gamer Chick

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Life
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I think I’ve always been a bit of a nerd/geek.  It started out with theater and choir before evolving into a love that has been there for YEARS: gaming.  I know I’ve gone on about being a nerdy gamer chick before but this is at the forefront of my mind because of a family gathering last night.  My elder sister is a science teacher for a nearby middle school and, thus, has evolved into a bit of a nerd.  Not to sound mean but I think its inevitable when a person becomes a teacher of a specific area.  If I had continued my venture into becoming a history teacher I would be a history nerd, and I still am but a minor one(more focused on Hawai’ian and Japanese history though). (more…)