The thing about Winter Break away from friends and boyfriend is that though I am with my parents, I assure you there are few reasons I want to get up.  I don’t have video games to carve out slots of time for, there’s no schedule, there’s no cuddling.  There’s hardly decent conversation.

Am I depressed?  Maybe a touch.  In a downswing?  Definitely.  Am I wasting a lot of time playing Habitarium on Neopets?  Gods yes.  (But oh man, when my little bugs die of old age, I get to harvest what I call “corpse crystals,” which are worth 150 XP!)

I could post to Facebook how I miss people to the people I miss, but I’m pretty sure they know that already.  I know Cal knows, as I only text him a few times a day (read: not enough, but I don’t have anything new to say.  I’m stuck on “OMGIMISSYOUSOMUCHMORECUDDLESPLEASE.”  Over and over.

I check other people’s blogs, etc. but they haven’t been updating as much as I crave for new input and mental stimulation.  I could try reading a book while I’m here, but I don’t see any I particularly want to start up.  I’m more in the mood for audiobooks or something.  So I can drift away to sleep without having my face fall into a paperback.

I also want to time-travel to the future (I always add the caveat of gaining and retaining all knowledge that would have been generated in the time not experienced, to no ill effect).  Then I could be with my lovey in a different place (Scotland? Maybe? If we can swing it?), maybe with out adopted child/ren as sensibility allows, have a job that better be enjoyable, things like that.  My dreams.  The ones that sound nice and in a very narrow way could feasibly happen, but I know that there is a lot of work to get there and a strong tendency for things to turn out entirely as they were not planned.  Doesn’t mean poorly.  Just means that extrapolating only goes so far, as any statistician can tell you.

But oh man.  My sleep schedule is whacked, and I just spent 40 minutes clearing out my inbox.  BORED.  Remind me to never come here for vacations longer than three days.  Or not to travel without Cal to accompany me, as he makes a week go quick AND fills it with interesting side-travels and delicious foods.

Good news?  I have a rough idea for a possibly tasty baked apple recipe.  Bad news?  Our refrigerator is so full of holiday food that I both don’t want to cook and have no room to store it besides.

Hey!  I just leveled in Habitarium.  *accomplishment*

Spicy Mushroom Soup

This is a soup wrought from the fortitude of a college student, and all measurements can be approximated.  A pack of mushrooms is not precise, and that’s OK.  Ramen is part of it.  Yep.

Spicy Mushroom Soup

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • half an onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced thinly
  • 1 pack of white button mushrooms, minced
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce, or other favored spicy addition, to taste
  • A healthy dash each of ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of salt, to taste
  • 8 cups (boiling) water*
  • 4 chicken boullion cubes
  • 1 packet of instant ramen noodles, discard the flavor packet

Using a 3+ quart pot, sautee the onions in the olive oil .  Add the celery and mushrooms, cover the pot, and cook until they are bubbling in their own juices, about three or four minutes.  Add soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, and your ginger, garlic, and onion powders and salt and pepper.  Let cook another minute.  Add your water.  Bring to a boil, and drop in the boullion cubes.  Put in ramen noodles and cook for three minutes, stirring occasionally, checking that the boullion dissolves.  Serve, perhaps with fresh rice as a side dish.

I found it tasty.  I liked having a little kick in it, and I was definitely making this as a way to use up mushrooms before they went bad.

*I like to use an electric kettle to heat up water while I prepare other things, especially when making soups that I want to stay hot while I cook them.