I'm still very sad about Jazz but have thinking about all the funny things Jazzy used to do - chasing Toby inside and outside of his kennel, doing a poo on the lawn and acting innocent, putting on a limp when Toby had returned from the vet so SHE could get attention too! These good memories make it easier to cope.
I had an interesting meal at a Sudanese restaurant in Footscray. It's always unnerving for me walking through Footscray - it can be rough and scary. Today I was stared at a lot by people who looked like they were drug and/or alcohol affected, and also by migrants. It was a bit difficult. I smile at most and ignored the ones I needed to steer clear from. I marveled at the diversity Footscray has to offer. Despite its scariness, it's filled with so many pockets of cultures - maybe more than Sydney Road Brunswick. There's Vietnamese, Turkish, Ethiopian, Indian, Sudanese...
I chose an African restaurant that was open and taking customers (some appeared to be open but weren't taking customers). The kind owner recommended a meal for me. Fish coated in flour and spices with yoghurt, dahl, salad and bread, and a mango juice - all for $12. It was delicious. And I ate the whole large dollop of chili relish on the side. The Sudanese food was a lot like Middle Eastern - tzatziki dip and fresh vegetable salad. I told the owner my Mum was South African and we had a chat about food. He was very nice and welcoming. Here is my meal.
I did some retail therapy too. I spent a JB HiFi voucher Mum and Dad bought me for my birthday last December. I was very happy with my purchases: Lars and the Real Girl DVD, Romeo and Juliet DVD, Bertie Blackman's Secrets and Lies, and Headway CDs. And I only had to spend $12 extra.
I also bought this top from Jeanswest.
Mum, if you are reading this, it's ok - I have cleared some of my floordrobe and put two bags of stuff aside for charity. Don't fret.
And I bought a stack of cheese from my favorite supermarket in the world - it had been reduced from $6 a piece to $1 or $2. I got Milawa Gold and King Island blue.
I did some work for uni. I have written my goals for my thesis to my tutor.
And I cooked two meals - King Island steak with sweet potato and gorgonzola risotto, and Asian chicken soup (made from chicken drumsticks and an interesting packet of unidentified dried stuff).
Here is my risotto.
It was delicious, and I have enough for lunch tomorrow and Wednesday. I love cooking.
It's good to feel like I'm getting back on track again.