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Unappetizing things

I posted the recipe for my “Sturry” a while back. I did the same recipe last Sunday and I managed to screw it up in an epic way. I didn’t have all the ingredients necessary and I was making an extra-large version of the recipe since I wanted to freeze it and have for lunch the following week. To make a long story of screw-ups short, I put in too much water and the stew ended up being far too watery, so instead of letting it simmer for 10-20 minutes, I left it on for hours. I don’t remember exactly how long, because I was nervous and drinking rum and orange juice at the same time. By the time I took it off the stove, it was much creamier, but the vegetables had all turned somewhat mushy. Since I wanted to make lunch boxes, I mixed the stew with boiled rice and poured it into plastic containers. I’ve been eating it basically every day since that and it’s the most unappetizing looking food I’ve ever created… it’s like grey sludge. It still tastes good, but the texture, consistency and look of the food is horrible! I think this might have put me off Sturry for a while.

To make matters worse, when I woke up Monday morning I was sick. I have dyspepsia and alcohol makes it flare up. I used to get flare ups after just two glasses of wine,  but it’s been better the last year so I didn’t expect any trouble since I didn’t think I drunk that much. I woke up at around 5 am, feeling nauseous, and soon after I was throwing up. The nausea wouldn’t go away and I was thinking ‘Crap, it’s my first day at work today, I have to be in by 9 am. What if I’m still ill by then?’. I was so annoyed with myself since it was so easily avoidable. I felt ill as hell and kept chucking up yellow bile. But I fought through it and got dressed and slowly walked to work, with a plastic bag in a pocket in case I really had to throw up again. Once there, I went into a bathroom and did my make-up and brushed my teeth and put on my game face… and it went well, thankfully.

So now I’m officially employed in the research department of neuro science, apparently. It’s funny to me, because I don’t think my project really counts as neuro science, but it sounds cool as hell so I’m all for it. What sounds smarter than neuro science? Maybe astrophysics. I need to pimp my office now that I’ve “moved in”. The first thing I need to get is a lava lamp to look at when I’m stuck with a problem.

I get the keys to the new flat on Monday, which I look forward to a lot. I’m not actually moving in until the middle of July, but at least I can start moving some stuff there. I woke up last night at what must have been midnight by the neighbour above us SINGING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS like a fucking idiot. WTF. He keeps singing while wearing headphones so loudly that I can hear him during the days and evening, but I’ve never heard him in the middle of the fucking night before. Clearly he doesn’t only lack any sort of vocal talent, he is also deficit of any form of common sense. God. Can’t wait to live somewhere AWAY from him.

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Some late thoughts on Breaking Bad/Meth Makers (spoilers)

Phew, finished and sent in my application for a ph.d position today. I spent literally hours crafting my personal statement/cover letter, because I’ve never applied for a position quite like this before… can’t use the cover letters from my days as a care assistant, y’know. I feel ridiculously under-qualified, but I would hate myself if I didn’t take the chance and applied. Even a small chance is better than no chance.

Yesterday I finished watching Breaking Bad, or Meth Makers as I’ve been urged by unnamed forces to call it. We started watching the show from the first episode a little while after the final episode aired, so I haven’t been following media or anything at all. I have avoided everything about the show because I didn’t want to get spoiled. We watched the last four episodes in one sitting. I knew from the moment that Hank called Marie and said “I love you” that he would get killed and I was so mad! Hank was awful and awesome at the same time. Yeah, he was horribly inappropriate at times but he turned out to be one of the better characters of the series. I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to see Marie grieve more.

I’m also disappointed that there wasn’t any resolution between Walt and Junior/Flynn. It was inevitable that Flynn would turn against Walt, but it just seems unfair that he went from basically idolizing his father to hating him and just have it end there. Sure, Walt was a bad person and he ruined lives, but I would have liked a sign that Flynn would eventually learn to forgive Walt or realize that, while he was a bad person, he genuinely cared for his family. I’m glad Jessie got out of it alive, but at the same time I’m glad he suffered. I like Jessie but I can’t deny he was a part of some really fucked up things and maybe now he won’t feel the need to punish himself anymore. I choose to believe that he got away and got to start a better life. I never really understood Jessie and Walt’s relationship because in one episode they hate each other and in the next they say they’re like family.

When it comes to Walt’s fate, I thought I wanted it but then I felt a twinge of sympathy after all in the end. Like Dexter, I was sure from early on that I wanted Walt to truly face the consequences of what he had done. With Breaking Bad, the show prepared us from the first episode that Walt was going to die sooner or later, so I guess any other ending than Walt dying wouldn’t have worked. I still think I would have preferred seeing Walt in prison or a meth overlord but with his cover blown and everyone knowing who he was and what he had done.

Overall I’m happy with how the series finished. I mean the only other show that I watched that finished this year was Dexter, and in comparison I have NOTHING  to complain about with Breaking Bad. Still bummed about Hank, but at least he got to go out in a relatively dignified manner, not crying and begging for his life. I need to find another show to fill the hole now.

But it’s not urgent; I’ve been longing to read other people’s thoughts on BB for months and finally there’s nothing holding me back. So if you can’t get hold of me, it’s probably because I’m stuck reading every interview and article about BB that I can find. 😉

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We presented our thesis today! It went pretty well. Very well, at least in comparison to how I expected it to go (then again I’m a worst scenario-kind of person and more or less expected the teacher to tear us apart while ripping the thesis to pieces and setting it on fire, so most scenarios end up being good in comparison). I’ve been celebrating by buying a pizza and drinking left-over wine. Yum.

That means there’s only a couple of changes in the thesis that is standing between me and my license as an SLP. Crazy! I’m practically done! Wow. It’s been a weird journey, but so worth it, not just for the education but because of all the personal growth that came along with moving away from home and to a different city.

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