i have my own place with the person i love, and apart from the fact that the hot water cylinder is a bit small to indulge my long-shower habit, it’s a pretty lovely house and it suits us incredibly well. we have wireless internet set up now and most of our stuff is unpacked and arranged. i am currently sitting at our dining table with a basil & lavender-scented candle burning, listening to a Van Morrison record while i wait for my pasta to cook. boyfriend will be home from work soon and we’ll probably go to sleep spooning, then wake up and have breakfast together tomorrow. things aren’t perfect, and there’s a part of me that’s waiting for the other shoe to drop, but fuck i’m happy right now.
FINALLY connected to the internet at our new house, albeit with an ethernet cable. loving the new place, hating all the fucking around that comes with moving. and there’s not much parking here, which is frustrating as boyfriend and i both have cars. SIGH. life is hard.
and now to go into exam study mode for the next two weeks. fuck.
okay so i am moving house in SIX DAYS and i am very excited. HOWEVER i don’t own very much stuff and i would now like to crowdsource ideas for affordable decorating… i mean it’s definitely going to be a student house, but i don’t want it to LOOK like a student house, y’know? i’m not a very creative or arty or stylish person but i’d like my house to look nice. so if anyone has any nifty ideas for home decor - or any places to buy nice stuff, for that matter - y’all should help a lady out :)
soooooo today we went furniture shopping and we bought a second-hand couch for like $80 and a wine rack/sideboard-y thing for $150 and it was a good time except for looking at all the beautiful antique expensive furniture that we can’t have because we’re POOR IMPOVERISHED STUDENTS but then we went and ate fish and chips and it was mostly a good day i think
irrelevant things that this rental application form asks for:
- my car make and registration number
- whether or not i have any applications pending on other properties
- my marital status
- whether i’m planning to have the weekly rent deducted from my centrelink payment
- my work phone number
like ugh! go away! as if its not enough that you also require the details of my employer, my next of kin, my current landlord and TWO character references, as well as a credit check, proof of my income and photographic identification.
yes i am sorry there has been so much angry spam about housing from me lately but jesus christ this stuff is incredibly stressful and i have nowhere else to vent about it okay
hopefully by the end of this week boyfriend and i will have somewhere to live! fingers crossed!
we are already talking about getting a pet rabbit because OMG BUNNIES but idk i think we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves. like i just want to make it through exams without failing anything but also i guess it is nice to plan things for the future (because god knows the present sucks hard).
just had a look through all the photos of me tagged on facebook… pretty sure i’ve actually gotten uglier over the past four years :/
Recipe for delicious vegetarian chilli
Things you’ll need:
- a big saucepan, soup/stew pot or stockpot; with lid
- some vegetable oil
- 1 large brown onion (or 2 small)
- 1 large red onion
- 1 cup of dried red lentils
- 1 cup of beef stock (or vegetable stock depending on preference)
- 1tsp ground cumin
- 1tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 large (or 2 regular sized) tins of diced tomatoes
- 2 tins of kidney beans
- 1 large sweet potato
Chop the brown onion. Throw it into the pot where you’ve got some oil over a medium heat. While the brown onion softens, chop the red onion, then throw that in the pot. Stir it around a bit so it doesn’t burn, and once all the onion is soft, remove the pot from the heat for a moment and throw in the red lentils. Stir it all up so the lentils are nicely coated in the oniony oil. Leave it to sit for a minute (still off the heat) while you throw in the stock. (I used a beef stock cube and a cup of lukewarm water; any kind of stock would work equally well.) Then add the chili powder, cumin and oregano and mix it up. Depending on how wet the mixture is, you can put in a little bit of the diced tomato just to make mixing easier. Then you want to put the lid on the pot and let it hang out over low-medium heat for five-ten minutes. In this time you can peel and dice the sweet potato. When the flavours from the spices and the stock are all nice and mixed in and the lentils have absorbed some of the liquid, throw in the remaining diced tomatoes and the sweet potato. Now, with the kidney beans, you want to drain off about three-quarters of the liquid that’s in the tins, but don’t get rid of ALL of it. You wanna throw some of that liquid into the pot with the beans. Once you’ve got all of the ingredients in the pot, give it a good mix, pop the lid back on and leave it to hang out over low-medium heat for about half an hour. Make sure to stir occasionally so that it doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan. You can tell when it’s ready by checking to see whether the sweet potato bits are cooked all the way through. Depending on how wet you like your chili, you can take the lid off for the last 5-10 minutes of cooking to let some of the liquid evaporate off. Tastes delicious on its own, or you can have it with a slice of seedy bread. My boyfriend claims it’s quite nice with grated cheese on top. As with anything, adjust the amount of chili powder depending on what you like.
No but really, this made the best chilli I’ve ever eaten.
I just went to a People Of Letters event in Hobart (at MONA) and it was fantastic and Pinky Beecroft and Paul Dempsey spoke and afterwards boyfriend and I chatted to Marieke Hardy and oh god the whole thing was wonderful and aaaaaaah such a good decision. If ever you have a chance to go to one you should take it, they are excellent.
things i have learned today:
1. the rental property market in Australia is every bit as awful as they say it is. and i live in fucking Tasmania.
2. it really is much easier to get through the day when you know that there’s someone who loves you ready to give you a hug when you come home.
3. the ‘foreign foods’ section of Woolworths is full of endless, magical goodness.
so today is a good day because this morning i bought tickets to see The National play in Melbourne for my boyfriend and i and it just so happens that it is on the exact day of our one-year anniversary so that’s fucking cute and also I GET TO SEE THE NATIONAL and i’ll be hanging out in Melbourne for a bit and it’s nice to be able to look forward to something :)
and also my boyfriend comes home from his dumb med student camp tomorrow and i can’t wait to hug him
i was in town today and i went into this new-ish yoga store that has popped up because i need a new pair of leggings to wear to the gym and they wanted me to pay $110 for a pair of 3/4 length tights. so then i came home and bought two pairs of tights and two sports bras on wiggle.com for less than the price of that one pair of tights at the fancy yoga store.
this is why people go internet shopping.
In bad news, I just spend $220 on Asos.
In good news, at least there’s nothing I want to buy on the Topshop website right now.
So my boyfriend invited me to go to his faculty’s ball with him next month and at first I was like “yes of course” because like OBVIOUSLY like he is my boyfriend and he is asking me on a date. But now I’m actually considering telling him no because I don’t want to go along and be the ugliest girl there and have to deal with people looking at me and wondering ‘why is he dating her?’ all night and seeing him look at other girls because they are beautiful and I am not. And then I think maybe I will just break up with him for good because the only way this relationship ends is with him leaving me for someone who is nicer and smarter and prettier than I am because let’s be honest, who the fuck would want to date me. So basically I am going to be alone forever and even if I do one day find someone who wants to marry me it’s not like I can actually get married because its fairly socially unacceptable for the bride to be the ugliest woman at the ceremony. So I think I am just going to give up on my whole life.
There’s a fire going in my living room and I got the tutorial times I wanted (sort of) and this is coming to you live from our newly-connected, very fast NBN, so I guess you could say things are okay.