I work in healthcare and have been making COVID-19 Parodies Lately

…I guess this is my life now and how I cope with working on the frontlines?

So you think you’ll confine me and hoard all my fries?
So you think you can tease me while my sex life dies?
Ooooh, COVID, can’t do this to me, COVID
Just gotta get out, just gotta stay six feet from all

It’s a Killer Straaaaaaiiin
Airborne and quite the pain
Hard to fight without PPE
Guaranteed to cause SOB
Anytiiiiiiime

COVID you’re a chore made a big mess
Keepin’ us off streets gonna be a pandemic today
Yah got ARDS on yo’ face
Viral disgrace
Not cool enough even to stick to one case
Singin’
We will, we will fight you
(From our balconies!)
We will, we will fight you
(In the ICUs!)

Hold me closer sanitizer
No more headlights on the highways
Lay me prone in ICUs
Give me O2 without delays

I can’t get no COVID testing
While I’m watchin’ cases rise
And that Trump comes on and just lies
How good we are endwise
He can’t say who to despise

Coming out of my house
And I’ve never been worse
Gotta gotta be sick
Because I’ve got a cough
It started out with a touch
How did I get sick so much?
It was only a touch, it was only a touch

Hey dude, don’t be afraid
Wash your hands and you’ll feel much better
The minute soapy water hits your skin
Then you’ll destroy COVID much better

Brie and Red Pepper Sandwich Rolls

(Yes, I am indeed back in the SAME MONTH to post another recipe. Ain’t that swell. This post brought to you by clearance deli food cuz I couldn’t afford to make this otherwise.)


Ingredients: 

  • Brie cheese, roughly 1.5 tbsp per serving (or if you can’t buy this cheaply, go for cream cheese)
  • Liverwurst, sliced thin, 1 round slice roughly 1 inch in diameter per serving (can sub with SPAM)
  • Hot pepper jelly, roughly 1-2 tsp per serving (I used jalapeño kind)
  • Dinner rolls, sliced in half as needed for how many people you’re feeding (I used cocktail rolls made from white flour)
  • 1 tbsp butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large pan or griddle. Add sliced liver wurst and cook over medium heat until crispy and browned on both sides. Note that it cooks fast when sliced thin, so expect it to take like 3-4 minutes per side. Remove cooked liverwurst and set aside.
  2. Add sliced dinner rolls, cut side down in the butter-liverwurst fat mixture and cook until golden and toasted, just on that side. Remove.
  3. Carefully warm up the brie if you need it to spread more easily, but spread about 1.5 tbsp on one toasted half of a roll.
  4. Add liverwurst on top of the cheese.
  5. Spread the other half with the 1-2 tsp of hot pepper jelly, or to taste.
  6. Slap that half on top of the meat and cheese half and eat.

Notes: 

To make this a full meal and so your dietitians don’t get mad at me, I highly recommend pairing with a greens salad and your favorite kind of vinaigrette.

Ramen Noodle Red Curry

Hiya, long time no see since I’ve posted a recipe of my own here, no? Here’s a little something I made today.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (4 oz) jar of Thai red curry (yes, the whole jar, I don’t skimp on flavor)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 packets of instant ramen, Chili flavor, flavor packets separated and noodles broken into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, including juices
  • 4 medium carrots, small dice
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can unsweetened coconut milk, full-fat
  • about 2 cups of water or as needed
  • optional chopped green onion or Thai basil if desired
  • optional peanuts or cooked shredded chicken

Directions: 

  1. Pour vegetable oil onto a large griddle or saucepan and heat over low heat. Use a small spatula to scoop out all of the red curry and use the spatula to mix with the oil.
  2. Add the spice powders, including the contents of the Chili flavor seasoning packets, and mix with the curry and oil mixture. Cook until liquid evaporates and mixture is aromatic.
  3. Add canned tomatoes with their juices, about a cup of the water, lime zest, carrots, and granulated sugar. Cook for 15-20 minutes, fully covered, until carrots soften. Make sure carrots are soft and cook for 5-10 minutes more if they’re still crunchy before moving on to the next step. Add more water if the mixture in the pan has evaporated before the carrots have fully cooked.
  4. Add coconut milk and mix into everything else with a heat-proof spoon, then add crumbled ramen noodles and about half a cup more of the water or so.
  5. Heat through and make sure noodles are cooked, taste and adjust as needed, and serve hot with optional green onion or Thai basil.

Note:

To make it a full meal, add dry roasted peanuts at the end when serving or add shredded, cooked chicken during the step when adding the coconut milk and ramen noodles.

Brief Life Update December 2019 and End-of-2019 Stuff

Oof, I totally forgot to update last month and now the decade is almost over, hmm? Sorry, y’all.

Let’s see how I’m doing on my goals from last time:

  • Be better about not avoiding whatever’s going on in my head, whether that’s anxious feelings, exhaustion and needing a nap, anger, etc. Instead of running away from these things, I need to be better about acknowledging them and more importantly, acknowledging that they’re temporary and can be managed. [I have actually been better about rationalizing irrational, anxious thoughts, though definitely meds and writing and breathing exercises have helped on top of my talk therapy of the past year and a half.]
  • When I have open chunks of time, actually schedule when to study or clean or whatever and when to nap or take a break instead of kinda meandering among a bunch of different things at the same time. [Kinda halfsies on this one. Still a work in progress, especially now that I don’t have school.]
  • One stress reduction method every day, bare minimum (cuz in retrospect, expecting me to do up to two was probably overly-optimistic). [Also still haven’t been great about this one tbh. :/]
  • Have everything laid out that I need the night before an exam or eval or whatever, rather than scrambling the morning of. [Success! I did get in this habit and hope to continue on with it.]
  •  Text or message at least one non-Internet friend or family member once a day just to say hello and be friendly. Bonus points if I go out of my way to say hello and initiate a convo irl that doesn’t relate to accomplishing a task. [I am being better about this and have met both new and old friends in the past month and a half and tried to be better about not going too long without checking in with family.]
  • Continue to exercise at least 2x a week, 3x if I can manage it. [Ugh, it’s been more like once a week, honestly.]
  • Spend at least an hour’s worth or so working on one of my main WIPs. Stretch goal: Get at least an hour in every week (even via smaller chunks). [I did get some hours of writing in on top of the semester so good!]

Also some exciting 2019 news for y’all: Despite telling my friend group and family AND therapist that I wasn’t going to date or anything like that, I actually have been dating someone recently. Too soon to know where it’s gonna go but yay for mental health progress and confidence in myself and my ability to date on top of everything else going on in my life, I guess? (My therapist practically did a happy dance when I told her. It was quite funny and heartwarming lol. My parents won’t be happy but whatever, I control my own life choices, thanks.)

New goals as the new year and decade approach:

  • Be more mindful of what I can and can’t control and manage my emotions and actions accordingly. So that means I can plan ahead for success in my rotations by thinking ahead and also not sweating any unplanned things that happen and that may make things more stressful for a bit. I can manage it, whatever happens, or at least get on top of the issue before it gets too out of hand (like my mental health).
  • Even if I don’t get a partner in 2020, I can still focus on good family, friend, and professional relationships. And if I do, then yay! Fun times are afoot for Cinnia regardless.
  • I really wanna try to focus on set skills and tasks so it feels less like I meander from one topic or book or art project whenever I’m bored and never really complete much. I mean, I do complete some things, but I have a tendency to juggle a lot and not really focus on mastering one thing, if that makes sense?
  • More exercising, which will be rolled into the stress-reducing exercises, I guess.
  • Really work on my language skills in 2020! I really wanna be more comfortable with medical Spanish, assisting people at my rotation sites, and possibly some basics in ASL if I can. I need to make that a key focus instead of a whimsical hobby.

Anyway, what do you all have planned for your goals for 2020 or at least the next month or so? I wish you success and luck in the new year! May it be better for all of us.

White Bean and Tomato-Veggie Soup

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 lb dried navy beans, soaked and cooked until soft
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (12 oz) bag organic mixed veg (Trader Joe’s brand with carrots, peas, green beans, and corn tho probably should include cabbage too next time)
  • 1/2 diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 tsp iodized salt
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp bacon fat
  • 1 tbsp chopped bacon
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • few dashes tobasco
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • splash of white vinegar

Directions: 

Soak and cook white beans in a slow cooker until soft. Then add everything else, cover and cook in slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours.

Book Reviews: Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner

This is a difficult one to review because 1) it’s an indie read, 2) it’s a top-rated f/f indie read about mermaids, which I have a soft spot for (I grew up on H2O: Just Add Water ok), and 3) I didn’t hate it, I promise. I just didn’t fall in love with it, either. Hence the ambiguous af rating of 3.

Here’s what I liked about it:
– Meela is such a complicated girl and I did find that appealing about her. She’s an interesting character imho and her dynamics with all the other characters fascinated me. I could put a lot of the things that frustrated me about her down to her age and the pretty fucked up way she was raised, ngl.
– As for side characters, I think my faves were Annith, Blacktail, and Lysi. They all seemed to have well-rounded lives outside of their interactions with Meela’s POV and I enjoyed their scenes with her a lot.
– The action was intense, but fast and very vivid and that’s where the book really took off imho. The author’s strength is in her action sequences, in my opinion, because it’s very hard to put the book down during any of the battle scenes. She is excellent at writing action and imagery you can see clearly in your mind and makes you keep turning pages, which is an excellent skill to have as a writer of a book literally about war.
– I didn’t notice a lot of editing issues or grammar issues like I sometimes see more often in indie books, so kudos to the author and/or beta and editing team for making this a very readable book. I might have misgivings about the narrative, but not about the text itself.

Here’s what I was iffy about:
– The YA tropes, especially during the first third of the book, were pretty off-putting, especially once the more grimdark elements of the book started and contrasted with the intro and gave me quite a bit of whiplash. So basically, the stuff with Dani and, to a certain extent, Tanuu. And the whole weird black/white whiplash of opinions Meela has about the mermaids at alternate intervals, which kinda makes sense for YA novels in general but not so much in light of all the complicated disturbing stuff that happens later in this particular novel? Idk it seems like this book was wavering in a weird space between YA and adult, almost NA based on its violence alone.
– Speaking of which: While I appreciated the action and battle scenes since the pacing was so much better than the intro of the book (imho) the gore and violence did get pretty fucked up at times, ngl, and while I have no issue with it if this were a NA or full-on adult book, I can’t imagine a 12-year-old or 13-year-old YA reader stomaching some of the content. Like, I’m 24 and used to reading gore and seeing it irl by virtue of my profession and needed to read a fluffy webcomic after finishing this book so that I could fall asleep without nightmarish imagery on my mind. See trigger warnings section for more details.
– The worldbuilding, as other readers as mentioned, is also not a strong point of this book. Perhaps the language was the worldbuilding element with the most detail but even then, I was still unsure when the characters were speaking Eriana vs English at times. Also, I was unsure why this island was abandoned by the rest of the world and why helicopters from the mainland didn’t help them out more? Or planes? Idk but if mermaids existed irl and were killing dozens of humans on the regular, I’d like to think at least more folks interested in the supernatural would take interest. And then I get why the last bit of the plot was tossed in to give Meela a reason to keep on living after the events of the book, but like would it have hurt for some foreshadowing of it in the intro of the book, at least? Because I got to that part and was like, “ok but one would think her culture might have at least hinted at something of this nature so it feels like less of a deus ex machina plot twist”.

In sum, I think this book is worth reading if you are looking for an f/f mermaid book that’s a quick read, but bear in mind the violence, tropes, and worldbuilding.

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Book Reviews: The Songbird’s Refrain by Jillian Maria

Oh my gosh, I’m really glad I didn’t spoil myself by reading any spoilery reviews or whatnot about this book beforehand because I had so much fun reading it by not knowing what to expect besides there being a girl named Elizabeth who sprouts feathers and sings. Anyway, please indulge me while I spaz about this creepy-lovely read. (Which fit the aesthetic of this time of year so perfectly, too, I might add, if you’re thinking about buying this book. Hint-hint.)

– The book is written in first-person POV, which means it’s (almost) entirely from Elizabeth’s perspective, and her voice is very distinct for a YA character, I might mention. I could tell that this character speaking to me and narrating the story is Elizabeth, a girl with insecurities about being noticed and valued, about her singing, about her sexuality and ability to figure out her way out of a problem. I think if I read a snippet from her POV like an outtake or whatever, it wouldn’t take me very long to recognize her again. So kudos, because with first person POV and especially for YA novels, that’s a very difficult skill to pull off from what I’ve noticed.
– The mystery and foreshadowing and all the pieces coming together in the end, like wow, I loved it. Especially whenever I slapped my forehead over something hinted at that seemed obvious once the reveal or plot twist occurred.
– I also really liked the side characters, like Mark and Vi and Madame Selene and the ones I’ll refrain from naming due to spoilers (but I will say they are very good characters, too, and made the mystery aspects of the novel very fun and twisty and gay).
– Speaking of which, everything was just so casually accepting of lesbian and bi etc sexualities and I loved that??? Like yeah, occasionally Elizabeth felt worried about being rejected for her sexuality but there was never like outright lesbophobia, you know? That’s a lovely change from what I sometimes see in queer romances where there’s like almost always some homophobe wandering into the narrative and making things distinctly less fun for any readers who just wanna imagine a romance without all that nonsense.
– Oh, I should mention the antagonists like the Mistress etc because they were incredibly creepy and I loved it. Like, they were very scary and intimidating, but also at the level of scary and intimidating that I felt was appropriate for a YA fantasy/romance? The story had almost a fairy tale aesthetic to it re: the backstory and events happening to Elizabeth with the Mistress and I, being a fairy tale hoe, enjoyed that very much. It made me wanna cheer Elizabeth on and boo the Mistress in all of her scenes.

Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a fairly quick, spooky read that’s got a fun and moderately horrifying mystery and lots of wlw characters, then I rec The Songbird’s Refrain! (And if you decide to read it, you’ll be supporting indie and self-pub authors so it’s for a good cause!)

Recipe: Matzo Apple Cake

(What’s this, a recipe where I remembered to actually take a photo? Indeed it is!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large honeycrisp apple
  • 3 large eggs
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 6 cardamom pods, opened and seeds ground into powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg or more if you want
  • fresh ginger, roughly 1/2 inch piece grated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1/4 cup craisins

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease an 8×8″ pan very thoroughly. Thinly slice apple and evenly layer in pan. (You might need to make multiple apple layers.)

2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until foamy, then whisk in oil, juice, zest, sugar, salt, almond extract and spices until thick.

3. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the matzo meal, then the craisins, and fold until smooth.

4. Pour batter evenly over layered apples.

5. Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on top and batter pulls away from the sides of the pan.

6. Cut into squares while warm and serve.

Split the Night into Two: The Heist (Part 3)

Aaaand STNIT Part 3, where there is a lot of action with these gals (X-post with my AO3, aheshke):

Through the Dark Days

rresistible? Well, I suppose I might be intrigued.– M.

P.S. “La lengua no tiene hueso, pero corta lo más grueso.”

Everything had gone wrong pretty much from the moment Claire had stepped foot into the Titan Force Headquarters until she had found herself cornered on a rooftop at 3 AM, slowly dripping blood onto the book.

She and Colton had argued for hours about her best means of entrance, especially after he shot down her ideas of crawling through the ventilation shafts (Too cliché), climbing down the exhaust chimneys (What, like Santa Claus? Also that’s a good recipe for chemical burns, Claire), and straight-up walking through the front entrance, which happened to be attached to the Texas Memorial Museum (They’ll be expecting someone who looks like you with a mask on so don’t be silly).

Instead, they went for what Colton affectionately called…

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Split the Night into Two: The Lab

STNIT Part 2 is here! (X-post with my AO3, aheshke)

Through the Dark Days

I don’t know how you got this note to me and I don’t really care but the book is off the table. I can talk other sorts of trades. It might be worth our while. 12 AM this Friday. Try not to be slow.

– M.

P.S. “Pour le commerçant, l’honnêteté elle-même est une spéculation de lucre.”

“You’re officially obsessed,” Colton observed when he entered Claire’s lab a few days later. She had torn down an old blueprint covering a sizeable portion of the wall and was in the process of mapping everything she possibly knew about Titan Force and Maria, alias La Helada. It resembled a small but colorful spiderweb, with photos of Maria and Devin and other Titan Force supers nestled like so many trapped flies.

“I’m not obsessed,” said Claire, only pausing from the documents she was reading to spare her brother a passing glance. “Do I…

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