Sunshine Salad

This is a treat my mom and Nana have made most of my life. It’s cool, refreshing, not too sweet, a little crunchy, and perfect. I make it in a big bowl (I don’t own a jell-o mold) and serve it with a spoon, but if you’re so inclined, you can make it in a mold and slice it. I don’t know how my version will do with fitting in a mold though, as this version uses more fruit than versions I’ve seen elsewhere on the internet.

You need:

  • 1 6oz (or 2 3oz) package orange gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 14oz can mandarin oranges (in juice or light syrup)
  • cold water
  • 1 20oz can crushed pineapple (in juice)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots

Drain the mandarin oranges, reserving the liquid. Measure the liquid, and add enough cold water to equal 1 cup.

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups boiling water with the powdered gelatin. Stir until completely dissolved.

Add the 1 cup of water/mandarin orange liquid and the pineapple with juice. Stir and refrigerate until starting to set.

Fold in mandarin oranges and shredded carrots. Refrigerate until fully set.

The Murder Hobo Investment Bubble

If you, like me, happen to (on occasion) play the part of the Murder Hobo, it is worth your time to read this piece on the particularly lucrative market that may or may not be exploiting your desire for loot.

The Murder Hobo Investment Bubble

Short version? No really, never trust old men in inns handing out quests.

(Still working one or two things out on the new theme, but it’s mostly done. 😀 Hooray!)

Morning wins and losses

So, I am not recently very good at mornings. This is bad, because I get up at 5:15 and am in the car by 5:45 if my morning is going correctly.

This morning, I got up a few minutes early – very sleepy, but resigned to get my act together. I remembered to take my meds and my vitamins. I remembered to wear socks that match. I remembered to put on my minimal makeup. (I am trying to remember to wear at least BB cream, eyeliner, mascara, and blush – not so much out of societal pressure but because I like how it looks. My work is 100% okay with women not wearing makeup.) I have on a cute scarf and cute hair sticks that match my peach cardigan. I remembered all the parts of my lunch.

Got to work a few minutes early, got my (tiny) coffee. Things are going pretty good, right?

Then I realize I am here with zero jewelry on at all.

Derp.

I guess if that’s the worst thing that happens today, I’m doing pretty good, but I’m still annoyed. I was doing so well!

Just One Anna – Still Too Many Hobbies

So here’s a problem. I have three… okay four… okay five main “hobbies” (not crafts, but organizations and people) that I spend time on. I devote every Friday night to study group, every Saturday night and every other Sunday afternoon to D&D. I devote an occasional weekend, plus crafting time, to SCA. I take voice lessons every Tuesday. And I play video games on weeknights and most Saturday afternoons. All of these things take time. I want to be good at all of them. I want to keep doing all of them – or, in the case of the SCA, increase my involvement (I miss my SCA people).

However, there are only two non-work nights in a week. And I’m committed pretty much all weekend some weekends. And I have friends and people who are counting on me at all of these things. And I LIKE doing all of these things, and want to keep doing them, or do them more.

But… I can’t. This week I need to prepare handouts for study group, write a ritual for study group, read for study group, do my wizard chores in WoW, and finish rolling up a new pathfinder character for our Outrageous Dinosaur Campaign. I also need to continue to clean out my craft room so I can use it for SCA crafts again. My Sunday D&D character could use a few hours spent on background work, plus I need to work on her gear with our DM since we’re getting to a break point and I need to spend some cash on upgrades. My WoW characters could all stand to have some stories written about them. At least I can practice singing in the car.

And really, it’s gotten to the point where I’m just so overwhelmed that I don’t do anything, and then I feel like a flake for not doing what I said I was going to do.

So in the quest to make some serious decisions about my hobbies in 2015 (since “is it fun” is way too broad a category), I am going to try to prioritize for things with tangible results (not necessarily physical, but tangible) and skills that make me a better human. If it makes me more creative, more skilled, more compassionate, more thoughtful, more spiritual, or more knowledgeable, I’m all in. This puts study group and SCA and voice lessons higher up on the list than D&D and video games, but will hopefully leave me time for all of them, because they all tick at least one of the above boxes.

And no, I’m not quitting anything. No flailing at me. Just … making myself some priorities. We’ll see how well they stick.

So far, it’s working pretty well. When I have the energy, I’m doing more productive things, and when I don’t, I’m farming up transmog gear in WoW. Not a bad situation all around.