Once again, its been nearly a month since I've been here. What has happened to February?
In all honesty, I admit, I HAVE in fact, been busy, what with working on schoolwork, friendships and other pet projects. And I am, in fact, still pre-occupied. But no worries, it's not all stress-inducing and brain-aneurysm triggering - I did enjoy myself too - though there were moments where I really wanted to have a total Wreck-It Ralph moment.
So here's the lowdown on cool things that I did / happened to me this month:
- caught deadpool two hours before v-day
- ended boarding school
- went out for dinner with a friend
- went out some more
- had convos with strangers
- have my usual soy-mocha-half-shot order remembered by my favorite eateries
- celebrated dad's hatchday (I ordered the cake!)
- survived chinese new year
- realized that my lexile score did NOT drop though Kinokuniya is not receiving business from moi YES
Speaking of one of the most commercialized holidays out there, I recall this conversation on Valentine's from a couple years (back when I was still a clueless dolt), that roughly went something like this:
(You'll probably have a good laugh over it - I hope)
Friend: Do you know what day it is today?
Me: What? Your birthday?
Friend: No. It starts with v.
Me: Voodoo Doll day?
* this conversation has been edited for all grammatical and spelling inaccuracies, considering how it took place over text and when autocorrect was non-existent.
Come to think of it, I probably - scratch that, definitely - have exasperated the hell out of my friend, who has thankfully, put up with everything.
This recipe, much like my realization that it was valentine's that day years ago, has been much delayed. No worries, it's not TOO late, despite having been resting in the wings for many a day. Barley porridges are still good for all weather and moods, be it stormy and volatile or sunny and bright.
I originally made this with the intent of using up the remaining kumquats which have been occupying fridge-space for too long and due to be evicted. And of course, an excuse to get myself to cook barley, which is the best part - chewy, whole - everything breakfast should be. Using winter melons not only adds that light touch of sweetness, but also the soft, jelly-like bits that you find as you eat your way through.
Happy February, everyone.
Barley Porridge with Kumquats
time taken 30-40 minutes
makes 1 bowl
To be continued.