aderam: (Humbug)
Today is the longest night of the year!

I've got my Solstice candle lit and it will keep the light going through 'til dawn. I'm still working out a lot of things about my pagan practice (and probably will be for the rest of my life) but lighting a candle on Solstice is something that my Mum started doing when I was a kid, and it's a tradition I like to maintain. It makes me think of Egyptian mythology: the Sun god Ra going through the underworld every night and fighting against the serpent Apophis ("Dead false god," says Teal'c), and the priests who would pray all night to help him in his journey. Tonight is the longest night of the year. Ra can use every little bit of help.

(*Sidenote: my spellcheck thinks that "Apophis" should be "Sophism". What are you trying to say, computer?)

Today the sun set at 4:17 (I checked the exact time). And it was fairly clear today so it was actually still pretty light out when I was out getting groceries at 3:30. The other day it was so overcast that it seemed like it was getting dark around 2:30 - so this was a good day.

I made sure to get my candle lit as the sun went down. It was still fairly light outside even though it was not in my apartment.

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Then I started making myself a Solstice Feast! Someday I think I'll have people over for a Solstice celebration. But for now it's good to work things out on my own. For dinner I got myself a small lamb roast and made carrot soufflé and Yorkshire puddings to go with it. Very successful:

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It was my first time making Yorkshire puddings, but I had my Dad's recipe and it turns out they're dead simple. I replaced the sesame oil with olive oil because I didn't have any of the former and they tasted great to me anyway. I should definitely make them again. I've made the carrot soufflé before, although I think this is the first time I've done it with an electric mixer. In theory it should have been fairly simple too, but I cut the recipe in half (since there is only one of me) and I don't think that turned out as well as it could have. Still tasty, but not as good as it's been in the past.

Things I forgot: mint sauce and gravy.

Overall it was a great success despite my tiny kitchen.

Also - Raspberry porter (Made by the Tree brewing company) is just as good as it sounds.

I was going to make some apples (fried with brown sugar and brandy) for dessert, but after six Yorkshire puddings and almost half of a lamb roast and a carrot soufflé I'm rather stuffed in the best possible way. So I'm having mini candy canes for dessert instead. :)

And I got myself a tiny Christmas tree!

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Happy Solstice everyone!
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
So I finally got photos of the Flames Scarf I knit last year for Spicy J. And I thought it would be good to put up photos of all the hockey scarves I've made. I did all the designing myself for the logos and such, and I'm rather proud of them.

Photos under the cut )
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
Friends! I've got a lot of photos I wanted to share. But I don't want to post them on the internet where everyone can see. So I'd like some advice for photosharing services.

What site do you use?
Can you make albums password protected for people who aren't also on that service?
Is there some piece of advice I should know about whatever photo sites I look into?

Thanks friends!

Pictures!

Nov. 20th, 2007 03:02 pm
aderam: (horizon - waiting4morning)
And Mail!

Pictures in the Mail!

I just got home after procrastinating in the Wardroom and found mail for me! I almost never get paper mail, and that's a shame, but it makes me really happy when I do get stuff! This was completely unexpected too! It's a CD of pictures from Appledore this summer and it's great! There're a few really good pictures of me, and some choice ones of the boat and the guys I sailed with.

I'll probably post a few of them sometime later when I'm procrastinating from papers and exams.

Yay Pictures!!!!!!

Fish Pics!

Jun. 11th, 2007 05:22 pm
aderam: (Ted Icon - aderam)
I said a while back that I was going to post pictures of my new fish. And now I'm finally going to do so! It's raining hardcore outside, so now is as good a time as any.

(I even made some icons icons! They're free to a good home etc, but if you want to use them please comment 'cause I'd like to know.)

FISHIES! )
aderam: (jello - kuwdora)
So first of all... My thoughts on Friday's Stargate episodes (SG-1 10.06 200 and Atlantis 3.06 The Real World) )

Second of all I went to the Women's Art Festival on my lunch break and wandered around looking at all of the pretties and telling myself that No I don't really need that, or that. But I couldn't quite say no to this person, and although I don't quite know whether it's a he or a she o even what it's name is I am loving of it. I was also hoping that you guys could help me with a name (and a gender... if it's necessary. Do toadstools even have genders d'you think?) Anyway here are two pictures, I think that the second one is a better photo and perhaps I will turn it into an icon eventually. Anyway... Here is the cuteness. )

And Third of all I finished my scarf and it is the pretty. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it yet in here but for the past couple of months I've been knitting a big, long scarf with many different colours of yarn that has been sitting around (some of it since the seventies). If I have it around my neck it goes down to about my knees and when it's wraped once around then it's down to my waist. I knit it in the round so that it's double thickness and wonderful. Oh see the pretties that I have created! )

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