Because I know how incredibly annoying it is, I’m not going to go into all the reasons I could have that would counter every positive comment I received in response to my last post and say why I think they’re not true! Instead, I’m just going to say thank you. :p (And that I think it’s a little funny / ironic that so many people seem to think I am “witty,” when I spend so much time worrying that my sense of humor is borderline offensive and feeling like I need to rein it in!) I have yet to actually ask anybody this in real life… just the thought of it makes me want to crawl into a hole!
Even though I technically could have posted yesterday, since I didn’t have work, I chose not to — something about “needing” to get a post up on January 1 felt slightly “OCD” to me, so I skipped it. Though as it turned out, I did quite a bit of running about anyway… first I had to drive to a supermarket in another neighborhood to pick up some muffins — there was only one store in my neighborhood that carried them, and it closed down. Since I was going there anyway, my mom gave me a list. Of course, I couldn’t find parking closer than three blocks away, and I had to wrestle with a shopping wagon with a wonky wheel (alliteration!) that made it veer to the left the entire time I was toting all the groceries to my car.
When I got back home, I had to collect a water sample and head out to Petco. Again. Because I am the great Algae Eater Killer, and cannot seem to keep them alive if my own life depended on it. One of the algae eaters I bought on Wednesday died, so I finally caved and got a pleco. They’re hideously ugly, but supposedly the hardiest of the algae eaters. I also got an angelfish, just because.
Guess where I went tonight? … Despite its supposed “hardiness,” the pleco died today. So I went and got another one. The people at the pet shop are just as baffled as I am… “It sounds like you’re doing everything right, so just keep trying.” Keep trying what?! Living in the pet store and killing fish?! I am really, really frustrated. And since I was already there anyway, I got some more decor to provide hiding places for the delicate little creatures. Really … I am just about ready to pull my hair out of my head.
Here is yet another display of my apparently inherent laziness: I wanted to try steel-cut oats. But I was deterred by the long cooking time, since I am one of the most impatient creatures on the planet. That is how I found myself making this:
Pardon the condensation. ;) I actually made this on the stove, since I had the time for it anyway… I don’t know if that’s why I liked it as much as I did! The texture was very different from what I’m used to in oatmeal. I followed the directions on the canister, but I think next time I’d add more liquid, since it was a little too thick for my liking.
In other news, Stef inspired me to finally try making my own Greek yogurt. I used a coffee filter that looked more like a cross between a tissue and a dryer sheet, but whatever… at first, I had it in a bowl, but that didn’t get the job done, so I transferred it to a colander perched on top of a pot.
This is the resulting yogurt:
Of course, I’d have no idea how this compares with “real” Greek yogurt, but to me it tasted exactly the same; it was just a little thicker! Since I never minded if my yogurt was bit “watery,” I’m a little puzzled by all the fuss.
I’m also rather puzzled by this, and I haven’t been able to find an answer:
This is (some of) the liquid that drained out of the yogurt. As I understand it, that’s the whey; I always thought that’s where most of the protein in dairy is concentrated. So if that’s removed, why is Greek yogurt so high in protein??
I will remember this week: Turtle Mountain Experiment!
Soy Delicious vanilla, Soy Delicious almond pecan.
Vanilla: in a fairly recent development, I’ve come to like vanilla. A lot. So I liked this. It wasn’t blow-your-socks-off awesome, but it was perfectly fine.
Almond pecan: in an even more recent development, I have come to realize that I do not believe nuts belong in ice cream. So while the flavor of this was quite good, I was not a fan of the nuts sprinkled throughout. Kind of defeats its purpose!
Another display of laziness:
These were supposed to be cottage cheese pancakes. (Cottage cheese, Fiber One, wheat bran, egg whites, Truvia, and a few frozen strawberries all blended until smooth.) However, I have too little patience to wait for them to fully cook through before trying to flip them, so I tend to turn up the heat too much, which means that the bottom will burn before the middle is done. I really should just make them thinner; will try that next time. Anyway, they tasted fine, even if they didn’t look very pretty at all. But…
…chocolate goes with strawberries, right?!
Now that it’s 2010, I am looking forward to a couple of things: first of all, life is getting back to normal. I hope this means that I actually get to use the gym tomorrow, as opposed to hanging around outside it, because I am not very happy with this inactivity. It also means that a week from today, I will be going insane trying to pack to leave on my vacation the next day! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (For the record, I am totally not a squealer.)
Have a happy Sunday!