Poem #19

Unrelated, having some weird issues with my mouse and trackpad every so often as of late. Right clicking is still possible but not left clicking, or in a more recent development, right clicking seems to act like a left click. Honestly it could be a feature and I just never noticed.

One step forward,

Two steps back.

Three steps sideways.

Four round the track.

My mind is everywhere,

can’t even stop for a snack.

~Niki

Fast & Fancy Layered Dip

I’ve been experimenting and this is definitely a favourite!

Ingredients:

  • Salsa
  • Salsa nacho cheese dip (optional)
  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Srirachia

Directions:

  1. Put at least a tablespoon-sized glob of salsa into a small bowl.
  2. If you’re adding salsa nacho cheese, warm up a couple of tablespoon-sized globs in your microwave and drop that on top of your salsa.
  3. Add a glob of sour cream.
  4. Sprinkle with grated cheese (tex mex is good, but cheddar and mozzarella mixed work well)
  5. Drizzle with srirachia sauce

Notes:

  • You can use store bought salsa and pre-grated cheese, or you can prepare your own.
  • This can stand on its own even without salsa nacho cheese, or you can use regular nacho cheese
  • I don’t recommend cheese whiz

Poem #18

Unrelated, but I reconnected with someone from my past recently. It’s strange to be catching up after more than a decade of living our own separate lives.

Promise me tomorrow,

is all I can ask.

Keep me in your memory,

and I’ll be up to the task.

As long as I stand here,

rose wrapped up in thorns,

I’ll be on the journey,

for which I was born. 

~Niki

Poem #17

I really don’t have a consistent schedule for these. I’m trying to put them about 24 hours apart but there are gaps, and there will be gaps until I get it figured out. This isn’t a formal challenge or anything, it’s something I’m doing for me. I’ve also been asked to do some illustrations for a literary project, it’ll be interesting!

Rock me gently, o’ waves,

Sweet slumber—dreams that last for days!

Your gentle warmth caresses in the night,

Til’ the dawn is breaking and the sun shines bright.

~Niki

2:22 Wish

Would’ve been cool if I could schedule this for exactly 2:22, but I can’t. Oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Apparently, when you suddenly get the urge to look at a clock and it says 11:11, you can make a wish! I don’t know if this also works with other numbers (1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55) but I’ve been making wishes anyway. What can it hurt?
It’s weird to notice it so often though. It’s one thing to have a routine, but something different entirely to look at the clock at exactly that time—especially when you catch yourself doing it multiple times a day! At home, at school, at work—I’m always noticing triple numbers!

What about you? Have you also been noticing triple digits? Did you make a wish when you did? I won’t ask what you wished for but if it came true, please feel free to share in the comments!)

Until next time,

~Niki

Blue Sky

Today I want to share a fanfiction that’s both special to me and to the portal community. If you enjoy reading fanfiction and/or you are a fan of portal, I highly recommend checking out Blue Sky by waffleguppies. The story has received glowing reviews on TVtropes and even has fanfiction writers paying their own literary tribute—fanfiction of a fanfiction!

Blue Sky picks up where Portal 2 left off and explores the original portal cast and their motivations in depth. If you’re looking for a compelling story with solid character development (that isn’t over in a half an hour—if you can manage to put it down you’ll probably end up going back for more), look no further! Waffles delivers an emotional experience where even the smallest references (like a banana sticker or a bagel) set fans reminiscing.

EDIT: accidentally hit ‘post’ prematurely and have gone back to fix mistakes. I’d intended to schedule this for tomorrow instead but I suppose I’ll just leave it up.

I’m sorry. I could carry on about this story but you really do have to read it to believe it.

Until next time,

~Niki