Tonight I felt like making a stir fry, and I’m far from good at it, but it was okay nonetheless. First, I chopped up bell pepper. I used about 2 peppers worth, but from 3 different colors (I set about 1 pepper worth aside to use in a cheesy Mexican skillet later in the week.)
Next, I added those to my skillet with olive oil. (Which I badly photographed because my depth of field was very narrow, I was rushing, and the focus is on a small spot of oil instead of any peppers…)
Then I drained the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and added those. Evidently I did not photograph this.
I boiled the rice noodles but evidently the secret to avoiding sticky noodles is to cook them hours beforehand, pat them dry, and toss them in oil. I didn’t do that because it didn’t even occur to me until after my noodles came out sticky. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Then I started suit frying the veggies. I added the mushrooms and bean sprouts partway through. At the end, I added the rice noodles and jarred General Tso sauce. It was a substantial fight to open these bean sprouts, my can opener kept leaving gouges but not actually opening the thing! But eventually I got it sorted.
This dish wasn’t great, but it was okay. I would definitely make changes next time. Like for example, un-sticking the noodles properly and adding something green- maybe bok choy, since I’m not a huge fan of pea pods in my homemade stir fry.
* the recipe featured on the kindle in images was not followed. I simply checked it to determine when I should start the bell peppers in comparison to other items.
I am obsessed with Lukas Graham. This isn’t really an observation, although my Top Songs of 2019 certainly reflects it. I discovered Lukas Graham in early 2019 and spent most of the year listening to his music nonstop and on repeat.
I love Ed Sheeran. This is also not really an observation, I already knew this. I love his music, but I’m not a big fan of his most recent album.
I’ll never get a true gauge of my music taste over the year because I put my spotify on the T.V. where others can use it, and because I use it for parties and to let my daughter listen to music.
We listened to a lot of Aladdin. Jasmine is my daughter’s favorite princess.
We listened to a lot of James Taylor- which admittedly, 99% of those September Grass plays were my doing. But the other songs on the list largely made the list because my mom was shuffling them on the T.V.
I’m nostalgic. I listened to a lot of music I used to listen to as a kid or teen:
Put Your Records On
Island in the Sun
Soak Up the Sun
She’s in Love with the Boy
Blister in the Sun
Party in the U.S.A.
Steal My Sunshine
I love soundtracks! Featured on this playlist are songs from Aladdin, Soul Surfer, Blended, The Wild Thornberrys Movie, The Fault in our Stars, and Aquamarine. Also some songs I picked up from Grey’s Anatomy and “Everyday People” which I first heard in Definitely, Maybe.
My daughter loves A Great Big World, “Rockstar” is her favorite song.
My most listened song of 2019 was not my favorite song- my favorite song ranked #2.
I played my Beach Playlist on repeat more than I realized! Most of the sun and beach-themed songs on this were from that. I played it on the way to and from the beach all summer long.
Songs I played only one or twice made it onto my most listened because of how fervently I repeat my favorite songs.
Spotify’s automated playlists are an interesting way to gain some insight to yourself and your habits, which to me is just and added perk since I primarily use Spotify because I like being able to make custom playlists.
If you know me, you know I’ve been doing photography as a hobby for about 12 years. I had various point-n-shoot cameras as a middle and high schooler, and I had a decent eye for a teenager.
I got my DSLR with my graduation money after graduating high school, when I was 18, about six months before my daughter was born.
In that time, I have done a lot of personal projects and a few professional shoots.
Over the years I have also taken two courses in photography: Beginning and Advanced Digital Photography. Between these classes and their cool professors and the help of some other photographers both locally and worldwide, I have come to achieve more consistent images and better work all-around.