chasing shadows again











Who is up for a rum and chocolate tasting with me?  OMG – come on…lazing about in the Caribbean?  Chocolate and rum tastings?  Chilling on beaches with rum?  Going on expeditions to find more rum?  How can it be wrong?

Need the Caribbean experience in less glorious but more affordable tasty bites?  Try these Dark Chocolate Rum Cordials!

Finding rum filled chocolates can be hard!  Learn to make them here! I must confess that I now have the strange desire to drill a hole in Christmas Santa chocolate, fill it with rum, and reseal it.

Alternately, check out these divine looking creations!

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{February 3, 2008}   Sunday Morning Coffee and Secrets

When I am 40, I want to be here.

Right now I am 27, and terrified I will not have children before I am 30.

I have no real home at moment (do not misinterpret, I am living in a house!) and I am slowly coming to terms with the knowledge that I will not stumble upon a place to belong and will instead have to build one.



I am in the process of bleaching my hair. The bleach that I normally use is not findable here, so I got bleach from Pop Gothic. High maintenance bleach! First it wants me to mix it, fair enough. I did that before. Then it wants me to apply it – fair enough, to work on hair it should touch hair. Then it wants me to wrap my hair in plastic and blowdry until done! Um…hello…effort? I miss my ‘apply and leave on 90 minutes’ bleach. This states I may have to blowdry my hair for 60 minutes! So…this opening is a break from blow-drying. Which I shall now resume. Back when I get tired of holding a blow dryer again!

And done with that! The dryer blew my darling little plastic turban apart. I’ll let it cool (as ordered) then rinse and shampoo and apply toning conditioner. I definitely need to switch back to my old bleach (though the color this one turned my hair in more like 25 minutes is as promising as the 90 minute time of the other one. Seriously. My old response to hair dye was to do it and hang out with people.

Who wants to come to a hair dying party? We can has hair dyes and daiquiris and maybe even manicures! Most. Fun. Ever. We can even has pre-dying lingerie shopping! Lingerie…finger sandwiches…chocolate…daiquiris…hair dye…. Movies? We could always mock porn. It seems appropriate, somehow.

I can’t wait to move back to where I have the people for that. I miss doing things like that. Immensely.

Off to rinse!

My hair is, in fact, quite pale yellow. It has toner in it, which should be rinsed out soon. Like 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, picture for you!

The Secret: I miss the people I meet in my dreams.

The Picture:

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

I will admit…my hair is almost white. It is impressive. But…I don’t need white, only pale enough blue dye is more noticable than a highlight. Still…impressive.



Good morning!

I’m sorry my updates have been rarer and shorter, but I’ve been working. Once I have internet access from work (which I will eventually, theoretically have), I should be able to post more. Yay!

Meanwhile, you get a note to say hi. 🙂 Because I miss saying that.

Um.  And this picture.

Lizard Contemplation

That is all.

Have a wonderful day!



It is the return of the secrets!  Not that they have been gone, I have just not been able to have words as much lately.  This week, I note this card and it brings me right back to wondering about online dating services.  (Not trying them out, I have two absolutely amazing people I’m lucky enough to be dating.  No hurry to find more.)  But to wondering about them.  There is a part of me that wonders just how that could work – I have made some damned intense connections through the online world (my Ravyn is one, in fact), but so much of how I’d choose to date is…I dunno.  Being matched on however many levels of compatibility is great – but…I think I would prefer to find out from the very beginning?  I still don’t know quite what to think.

PostSecret now has a community where you can discuss secrets and connect with other people reading secrets, listen to (or record your own) secrets, and view information on upcoming PostSecret events/books/news.   I’ve added many e-mail and messenger contacts (it’s about my only accomplishment of the morning) and will try to talk to them.  As I was writing this, one of the people I added pinged me, and our discussion so far has been lovely, and I’m enjoying it greatly as I write this post.

I may come to chatter later, but for now I leave you with a hibiscus.  🙂  I love having a camera again!

Hibiscus



{October 25, 2007}   No More Hugs!!! :(

The hugs counter is dead!!! This is injustice!!!

Failing it’s resurrection, is anyone around who can (and is willing to) make a similar thing to share? I miss my hugs, and I would imagine others do too.

Any kind of sharable hug things would be welcomed, icons or little boxes with words and texts for signatures so that cute hugs can be left, whatever hugs things are sharable. I am no good at creating these things. But I will collect them for the sharings!



{October 24, 2007}   Good Morning Cosmos!

 

Tulip Tree

Good morning!  There are ten minutes left of it.

Look!  A picture!  I took this one with the new camera.  While standing on two separate plant boxes and almost broke my neck approximately 38.6 times.  But I thought that we were long overdue some pictures.  [Lucien pictures are coming Molli, I just need to get a post with him and his pineapple friends arranged!]

I spent the morning reading through Tina’s blog.

Last night,when I almost updated and then didn’t, I was contemplating putting out an open account of what was going on with me, and shrank back.  For several reasons, one of which is that I have tried to keep from whining on this blog.  I’ve posted poetry and links to meaningful things that are not always cheerful, but I have tried to keep the overall theme here playful.  And the second is that as much as I think I’m reaching a place where I have to express where I am, I am reluctant to do that.  So…I’m debating putting things here, or putting things on another blog, or not talking about it at all for the Internet to view, or whatever it is I will do.

Anyway – Tina’s blog is an amazingly open and primal kind of view of depression and anorexia.  It is not just ranting, but is full of little bits of helpful information on how one person lives with depression and anorexia, some of which are probably helpful to see.  Most importantly, at least to me, its a kind of affirmation that I am not the only person who has been or still goes through these things.  Sometimes, that kind of affirmation is much appreciated.  As it was at eight this morning, when the thought I would have to make a grocery list was entirely overwhelming.  [It’s 12:05 now, and I’m still working on it.  But, partly that is due to the fact that I am searching for recipes, which I will of course share.]

One such recipe, which looks absolutely amazing is this recipe for Panang Curry Beef!  It comes complete with family story.  There is also a vegetarian take on that recipe, that also talks story, this time a dinner party one.  Also on the list for this week is this impossibly easy baked macaroni and cheese.   I shall add Anglo-Indian Curried Soup and do a pot roast.  Yes, half the reason this post exists is to hold my recipes for this week where I can find them.  I have yet to lose WordPress.

Enough ramblings for now.  I shall finish grocery lists and compress pictures of the garden for you.

Have a wonderful day peoples!



{October 22, 2007}   Monday Morning Madness!!!

Good morning to the cosmos!

This romp through the internet is for people who would like to follow me on my search for the decadent, the strange, and the unusual – this time with alcohol. I figure some playful and occasionally outrageous madness is good on a Monday morning (though most of this was typed by an insomniac fox late Sunday night).

Recipe for Rum-Soaked Veal Chops with Pineapple Salsa–while I am not a fan of veal (tortured baby cows make me sad), this recipe could be easily adapted to something else. As it’s grilled, some manner of steak would be appropriate, most likely.

Ambrosia Nectar Cigars–cigars with rum! Makes me think of the Baron.

For having the audacity to actually use the phrase “L.A.’s rum-soaked jungle cultureThe Wit of the Staircase gets a place here. The Wit of the Staircase comes “from the French phrase ‘esprit d’escalier,’ literally, it means ‘the wit of the staircase’, and usually refers to the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or argument is ended.

Rum-Soaked on DeviantART

The description for this Caracas Cake at Bertrand’s Inc. is “chocolate genoise soaked in rum, chocolate truffle ganache, coffee mousse, marbled chocolate wrap, coffee glaze and marbled chocolate shavings.” Um…I want….

The Nibble reviews Dolcielo Brownies. Flavors include: Amureo (Apricots/Amaretto Disaronno), Bellasanti (Cherries/Cherry Heering liqueur), Celesola (Pineapple/Bacardi Gold), and Donamato (Plums/Kahlúa Especial). For more about what sound like brownies inspired by some manner of divinity (and their special holiday flavor) do visit The Nibble!

Holdsworth Chocolates offers quite the selection of alcohol infused truffles!

Recipe for Warm Chocolate Cake with Brandy-soaked Apricots and Caramel–Despite the decadent picture, it looks relatively easy to make. I may make some for local beggars or beggars that I go to visit.

Rum-Soaked Figs in Chestnut Honey from Jacksonville Mercantile.

Rum-Soaked Sultanas! What is a sultana? I have no clue! But you can buy them soaked in rum and dipped in chocolate, so I think I lean toward approval…. They don’t call it dipped in chocolate, but “chocolate enrobed.” I like that.



{October 20, 2007}   Good Morning Cosmos!

I have been quiet.  I know.  It happens.

Yesterday was my birthday – and I got a new camera (and ice cream cake)!  I go out now to take pictures and look forward to sharing more exciting garden updates!

Cameras often equal chatter.

🙂

Back to add things soon!

(I’m now 27, for those of you wondering.)



{September 23, 2007}   Sunday Morning Coffee

It is Sunday morning.  I am thinking of using Sundays for gardening and coffee tasting and talking to you.  Sundays are of course also for Postsecret, which I am opening now.  I sort of enjoy lazing about on Sunday mornings.

Reading over the secrets this week is captivating.  There are so many this week that I could write about, or touch on.

However, because I know that some people will understand, I will simply draw your attention to this one.

And now I will go on to search for meatloaf recipes.  Meatloaf!



et cetera