Welp… I’m not dead yet

Hello all!

I guess no one is probably reading this anymore, since I haven’t posted in like, what, a year? I’d kinda forsaken this blog because, you know, effort and shit, but It’s almost ten thirty, I’ve been laying in bed trying to sleep for the last hour and a bit, and it’s just not coming. So I decided, may as well share it with the internet, because no one cares anyways! \o/

I’m sure everyone knows what I’m talking about when it comes to being fucking exhausted all day, then getting home and wanting to just pass out, then when you do finally lay down to sleep, you just can’t. Then you end up staring at the ceiling for an hour and crying over the misery that is your life and screaming at your body “Why the fuck are you doing this to meeee!”

That’s what I’m doing anyways. I should apologize for the swearing. I’m too damn tired to edit it back out… besides, it carries the message a bit more. I truly do hope to start posting more regularly if I can get the rest of my shit sorted out.

For those of you following me that don’t know me IRL, I finally started University this semester. Because I live with my fiance, I also had to keep working full time. My hours dropped a bit to accommodate my school schedule, and I have to say, if I thought I was poor before, holy shit it’s nothing compared to now.

This has led to me to look a lot into the issue of student debt. HOLY SHIT!

Did you know:

In September 2010 the amount of student loans owed to the Government of Canada surpassed $15 billion dollars—more than the debt of some provinces. Worse, the $15 billion figure does not include approximately $5–8 billion in provincial student debt or personal debts such as credit cards, lines of credit, and family loans

That’s four years ago! And it hasn’t gotten better! Of the 70% of people who don’t pursue post-secondary education, due to financial reasons, 1 in 4 state that the main deterrent is debt accumulation.

[Information cited from here]

What the hell is wrong with out Government, that people have to forgo an education just so they can scrape by? It’s a viscous circle too! No money for post-secondary > generally a lower paying job > never enough money to go to post-secondary school and get the degree for the better paying job that would stop you from always just making ends meet…

As a student, this is apalling. I know that I will have to take out student loans. The thought terrifies me. It is one of the worst loans to have to pay off, and I probably won’t be rid of them for years!

Anyone else wanna share some #studentlife pains? Post in the comments below and share your story, or tweet at me (@angelichomicide). Doesn’t have to be money related, but I’d love to hear your woes and happinesses (is that even a word), regarding edumacation!

And to end this ridiculously long returning post, a picture that I’d like to share that sums up my above statements about student debt.

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One Million Moms boycotts Disney show after including gay couple

I know I have not posted in a long time, but today I saw a friend of mine who is gay, share this link. I am in a great relationship with my fiance Matt, but I have lots of friends of different sexualities, and I cannot image hating any of them because of their sexual orientation. My opinion of them would not change whether or not they like boys or girls, and I honestly find it hard to understand how people can think it’s wrong. I understand not understanding it, and a fear of the unknown, as well as a lot of other feelings about homosexuality, just not thinking that it’s wrong and that the person is any different as a person!

This link is to an article about the Christian Organization “One Million Moms” (I believe more like 10,000), and their action on the show “Good Luck Charlie” when a lesbian couple is introduced. Looking at their website, specifically the successes, they are against much more than just homosexuality. Any making fun of Christianity, foul language, or “racy tv”, is all being tackled. Their successes do not seem viable, nor specific, and they are most likely just agreeing with what already happened to a certain show.

TV can be a shitty place, but with the way kids have access to media these days, kids are being introduced to mature topics earlier in life. I do not personally think this is bad. There are shows I don’t like. I personally hate The Simpsons, but not because of language. I just don’t like the show. Their most recent update is to have the show “Two Broke Girls” off the air. That show is awesome! It is not targeted for kids, and so if your kid watches and you don’t like it, punish THEM, not US! Other people like the show.

Anyways, the link below is to the article about Good Luck Charlie. Read it, leave a comment, and is there an official page for people against One Million Moms? I’m fine with people having opinions, but you don’t need to force them on the rest of us.

One Million Moms boycotts Disney show after including gay couple.

Pretty sure I have the plague…

Where I work, we’re all fairly close, and so, if one person gets sick, chances are everyone else will.

I’m pretty good working through being sick, but right now I am pretty sure that I am going to die. I am almost confident that I have whatever plague-like flu that has been going around the office. Yesterday was pretty bad but I was able to work through it, but waking up today, my body ached so bad that I felt like a ton of bricks had fallen on me, I had no voice, and I’m just waiting for when my coughing finally pushes me over the edge and makes me throw up because it’s been close!

A good medley of pills and vitamin supplements and sending my fiance out to get special tea, and I hope to have at least a chunk of my day wherein I feel human…

I forgot my pants…

So I moved this weekend. Exciting, I know. Well when moving, you don’t generally wear dress pants. And when you haven’t moved all of your clothes yet, then you know what is SUPER FUN!? waking up for work half an hour earlier, with a migraine, on a Monday, to go to the old house to get pants.

Just ranting. Cuz it sucked… Fuck Mondays…

Better posts to come. If you have a shitty Monday story to share, post it in the comments. Can you top no pants?

Moving time – best recipe for those days when you are packing

So I am moving this month and that made me start thinking, ‘what can I cook that won’t dirty every dish in my kitchen but makes sure our first doesn’t consist of fast food and Chinese takeout for the next week?’

Then I remembered a favorite recipe that I haven’t made in a while. You can easily alter the amount of servings this makes by adding more or less. Best part, all you need is a pot, slow cooker (or sauce pan), stirring spoon, and as many forks and bowls as you have people. Now onto the recipe!

Yeilds 8 servings

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chicken broth (optional)
1 can of corn
1-1 1/2 cups grated cheese – i won’t tell if you add more 😉
1 crown of broccoli – copied small and steamed
8 cups of rice, prepared

Method:
Place the chicken in the crock pot or sauce pan. Add soup and broth. In the crock pot, cook on high for 2.5 hours or 45 minutes in sauce pan on med/high – about 6 or seven.

When the chicken is almost done, get your veggies and rice ready and cooked

When the chicken is done, transfer everything to a bowl and shred the chicken.

Place back in crock pot  or sauce pan so that it stays warm. Start by adding your cheese and mix well so that it’s all melted in. Then add your veggies, and last, the rice. Mix it up, serve and enjoy your cheesy chicken and rice. All food groups included!

Out of Inspiration – So Here’s Some Food!

I couldn’t honestly think of anything to write today. Work has been extremely overwhelming and after a 5 day vacation, it was tricky to get into the hang of things again. However, I came home to a clean kitchen! This inspired me to cook. And it also reminded me that everyone loves food! Today I’m going to share a chicken noodle soup recipe. This was AMAZING! The original recipe can be found here:

http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/the_ladys_chicken_noodle_soup/

(Seriously, I can’t figure out links, so if anyone wants to help me out with that…)

The changes I made to the recipe were minimal and only apply to if you choose to add the cream and parmasean. I personally found it to be too creamy with the amounts it says in the recipe so I simply added about half to 1 cup of hot water to each bowl. The recipe doesn’t really feel like it has enough broth, so you can even add another 4 to 8 cups during the cooking time instead of adding water to individual bowls. Also, upon refrigerating, the original recipe appears to have all the liquid absorbed. Personally, the next time I make this, I will be adding at least 8 more cups of water. 

I’m still tweaking this, but here is the recipe:

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Ingredients

For Stock:
4 bay leaves
3 chicken bouillon cubes (or equivalent in powder)
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 2 1/2 to 3-pound fryer (chicken), cut up
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 1/2 quart water (for brothier soup, add an extra 4-8 cups)
kosher salt and pepper to taste

For Step 2:
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups sliced celery
2 1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles (I think I added like a cup more)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I used dried)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
3/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
1/3 cup cooking sherry
1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional and gross! I didn’t add because I hate mushrooms)
Fresh parsley (I used dried… again?)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (I ground mine up. I hate the texture of pine needles in my food)
Seasoning Salt – to taste
freshly ground black pepper – to taste

 

Directions

For the stock:
Add all ingredients to a soup pot. Cook until chicken is tender, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and set aside to cool. Remove and discard bay leaves and onion. You should have approximately 3 quarts of stock. When chicken is cool enough to touch, pick bones clean, discarding bones, skin, and cartilage. Set chicken aside.

For the soup:
Bring stock back to a boil, add carrots, and cook for 3 minutes. Add celery and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Add egg noodles and cook according to directions on package. When noodles are done, add chicken, mushrooms, parsley, sherry and rosemary. Add Parmesan and cream, if using. Cook for another 2 minutes. Adjust seasoning, if needed, by adding seasoning salt and pepper. Enjoy along with a nice hot crusty loaf of French bread.

 

I’m honestly not sure why parsley is there twice. I’m guess to use as a garnish at the end, but that’s up to you. I really want to try serving this in a sourdough (or any dough), bread bowl, but for now, serving it with some garlic toast is fantastic.

Let me know what you thought of this recipe below and I hope you all enjoyed!

I can’t think of a title for this post, that’s how brain dead I am

Today’s post is fueled by… absolutely nothing. I’m so tired right now I don’t even know why I’m writing. I have seriously done nothing all day and yesterday wasn’t much more productive.

I have managed to gain a few more followers in the last couple of days, which is pretty cool so let’s keep it coming! Due to my lack of inspiration, if anyone can suggest a topic that you’d like to have me write about, please do!

I can’t say I’ve done too much interesting stuff this weekend. I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday being a total nerd at the Anime Convention, then proceeded to nerd it out with friends by watching all the current episodes of Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (amazing anime but oh so gay), and re-watching some Soul Eater – If you like anime but haven’t watched Soul Eater go do it NOW!

My weekend continues sitting in a bed with two other girls, all of us on our laptops because we’re cool and social like that. Yeah… I’m kind of happy to be going home tonight 😀

And I will leave you with some more convention pictures!

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