Collective words


In the hope that this delights you as much as it did me, I hereby inform you that the collective word for cats is an intrigue, a parade for elephants, a tower for giraffes, a thunder for hippopotamus and a conspiracy for lemurs. Also, a romp for otters, a crash for rhinoceroses and a murder for crows. 

Now excuse me while I locate an exaltation of larks.

MONOCHROME SUMMER 2015


Model: Maria 
Photography: Matthias Hombauer
Hair & Make Up: Sandra Bernhard
Fashion & Styling: Birgit Rampula

Sigue el Show Sabatino

23 Goles, 35 Tarjetas Amarillas y 2 Tarjetas Rojas fue el saldo que dejó una nueva Jornada del Fútbol Amateur que se disputó este Sábado en las instalaciones de Sociedad Sportiva Devoto.

Menores, comenzó con la paliza que le dio Lerin Performance a 100% Deportivo, el equipo que se asoma como gran candidato para llegar a la Final, goleó por un categórico 4 a 0, Sociedad Cosmopolita, con nueva indumentaria igualó en 1 gol con Los Furlanes, Gomería Braian que sigue sin respuestas igualó con Ferretería AM también 1 a 1, Panadería La Flor perdió 2 a 0 con Pollería ADN y clausurando la Jornada PK2 y Escapes San Cayetano no pudieron sacarse ventajas e igualaron sin abrir el marcador, libre quedó el Centro Vecinal Noroeste.

Pollería ADN con 16 es el único puntero escoltado ahora por Lerin Performance con 13 y el CVNO con 11, mientras que en la zona roja se encuentran Panadería La Flor, Gomería Braian y Ferretería AM con 4 unidades.

En Mayores, Grosso Vacanze lo ganaba 1 a 0 aunque se durmió en el final y desperdició una gran oportunidad de sumar de a 3, el que lo aprovecho fue el Super Gioino que se lo empató agónicamente, Los Buluk´s que siguen derechos con el gol le ganaron cómodamente a Mecánica Delgado 4 a 1 y Fermat que viene perdiendo terreno en las últimas fechas, cayó 3 a 1 con Kiosco Nancy, libre quedó el Centro Vecinal Sur.
Fermat sigue siendo el único Lider con 15 puntos ahora escoltado a una unidad por Los Buluk´s y 3 mas abajo por el Super Gioino, por ahora los mas complicados para clasificar son Mecánica Delgado que suma 6 y el Centro Vecinal Sur que solo tiene 1 unidad.

En Senior, la Agrupación Verde y Blanca recobró la memoria y logró sumar de a 3 después de varias Fechas, este Sábado se impuso por la mínima diferencia ante Atilra,  Carnicería Diaz y Supermercado Giro igualaron en un apretado partido con el marcador en blanco y cerrando la Jornada, La Gloria le ganó por la mínima diferencia a Industria Gráfica Vilosio.
La Gloria con 11 puntos lidera la Tabla seguido a solo 1 unidad por Industria Gráfica Vilosio y Carnicería Diaz y por 3 puntos por la AVB, restando 4 Fechas para finalizar la Fase Regular, se están quedando afuera de las Semifinales Supermercado Giro y Atilra. 

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Photography / Styling / Make Up / Concept : Sandra Bernhard
Model: Lola / Mother Agency
Jewellery: SCHMUCKE Sarahlisa
Fashion / Styling : Birgit Rampula

Las Ilusiones Siguen Intactas en Todos Los Equipos

Se vivió este Sábado la 17º Jornada de la temporada 2015 en donde se convirtieron 37 Goles, se mostraron 27 Tarjetas Amarillas y hubo 6 Expulsados.

El Torneo de Menores comenzó con una nueva derrota de 100% Deportivo ante Los Furlanes por la mínima diferencia, Lerin Performance, que sigue subiendo en la Tabla y ya se ubica en el 3º Puesto, le ganó cómodamente a Ferretería AM por 2 a 0, Sociedad Cosmopolita fue goleado 5 a 0 por Pollería ADN, que por ahora marcha solitario en la punta.
Gomería Braian, que se está desinflando lentamente, sigue perdiendo terreno y perdió con Escapes San Cayetano 1 a 0 y en el cierre, Panadería La Flor y Centro Vecinal Noroeste igualaron en 1 gol por bando, libre de compromiso estuvo PK2.

En el Torneo de Mayores, Grosso Vacanze le ganó categóricamente a Centro Vecinal Sur por 7 a 0, Kiosco Nancy y el Super Gioino dividieron honores e igualaron 1 a 1 y en el cierre, Fermat le ganó 4 a 1 a Mecánica Delgado,  libre quedaron Los Buluk´s.
Fermat con 15 puntos manda en la Tabla escoltado con 11 unidades por Los Buluk´s y el Super Gioino.

Mientras que en el Torneo Senior donde se jugaba la última Fecha de la 1º Rueda, la Agrupación Verde y Blanca y Supermercado Giro en un entretenido partido igualaron 1 a 1, Atilra se sacó la mufa y después de largo tiempo pudo festejar y sumar de a 3, los "Canarios" hacían del 09 de Diciembre de 2014 que no ganaban, en aquella oportunidad habían derrotado por la mínima diferencia a La Gloria, desde allí comenzó la mala racha que se cortó este Sábado al ganarle nada menos que al puntero y el hasta hoy único invicto que quedaba en el Torneo, hablamos de Industria Gráfica Vilosio, por 3 a 0.
Y en el ocaso de la Jornada, La Gloria se impuso a Carnicería Diaz, que jugó todo el partido con 2 Jugadores menos, por 6 a 1.

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Kids.


I got on the bus to find it filled to the brim with maybe thirty noisy, smelly, snotty, chatty seven year old kids. 

When we reached their stop the teacher asked "what do we say, children?" And they all replied in unison "THANK YOU BUS!"

It's barely the start of my day and I have already felt irritated, overwhelmed and delighted.
Kids. Tiny emotional roller coasters

Egg Curry

Egg Curry3

Ingredients:

Eggs                                  --   6
Fennel Seeds                 --   1 tbsp
Cardamom                     --   2
Cloves                              --   3
Cinnamon                       --   ½ inch piece
Onion                                --   1½ cup + ½ cup , chopped
Green Chilies                  --   4 - 5, adjust according to your taste
Curry Leaves                  --  2 - 3 sprigs
Coriander Leaves          --  1/4 cup chopped
Ginger                                --   1.5 inch
Garlic                                  --   14 to 15 cloves
Fresh Grated Coconut --   ½ cup
Desiccated Coconut     --   ½ cup, can replace this with fresh coconut too.
Turmeric Powder          --   1 tbsp
Kashmiri Chilly Powder --   3 tbsp
Coriander powder        --   1 tbsp
Garam Masala                --   1 tbsp
Tomato                             --   1
Yogurt                               --  3 - 4 tbsp, optional - make sure it is not too sour
Oil                                        --  4 tbsp
Salt                                      --  as per taste

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Preparation:

Hard boil 5 eggs, remove the shells and keep aside.

In a wide pan, heat 1 - 2 tbsp oil. Add the fennel seeds, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and let it splutter. Add the 1½ cup of chopped onions, slit green chillies, chopped ginger, chopped garlic and curry leaves and saute until the onions are translucent. Now add desiccated coconut and saute.Saute until the coconut turns golden brown. Then add fresh grated coconut. Stir for couple of mins and then let it cool. Grind this into a smooth paste.

Egg Curry

In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and add the remaining chopped onion. Saute until the onions are translucent. Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder and Garam Masala. Saute until the raw smell goes off. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are squishy.

Add the ground mixture and mix well. Add 1 - 2 cups of water as required for the consistency of the gravy.Once it starts boil, break the left over egg and pour into the curry. Mix well. Do a taste check and add more salt if required.

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Let this cook for 5 to 7 mins on medium flame with semi covered lid.

If adding yogurt, add and let it cook for 2 more mins.

Slit the boiled eggs and add this to the curry. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice or chapathi or any indian bread.

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Recipe Courtesy: Flavors of Mumbai

What does grief feel like?



Grief is personal.
You’ve probably read the 7 or 9 or whatever stages of grief but the truth is each person grieves differently and the stages happen in no particular order or not at all or all at once. When my dad died helpful people asked me why on Earth I wasn’t crying. I didn’t cry at all, not a single tear, for the first couple of weeks. After that I did, but never as much as would be considered by the general population the “correct amount”. Rather than sitting in a corner to sob what I wanted was to run. It was a fight; or a flight. It didn’t feel like I had lost someone. It felt like I was in danger.

The whole world is on another planet far, far away from yours.
It felt like time had slowed way down for me. I would compare it to being suspended under water, complete with muffled sounds, languid movement and refracted light. But the rest of the world keeps moving, fast, and the sheer frenzy of it exerts an unintended, relentless, exhausting pressure.

My dad died December 15, 2014, and through a few weeks that mostly felt unreal, everywhere I went cheery people would ask “how is your holiday going?” “What are you doing for New Years?” “Are you enjoying your time off?” and every time it caught me completely unprepared. It wiped me out.

Simple things can be hard.
We had to go through and sort my father’s things, his house, his clothes, his drawers and files. It might have been easier had we not felt like plunderers, invaders transgressing on a privacy he always guarded with such sacredness.

People tell you “things get better”.
You’d think this would bring someone solace. But here is the catch: in a way, your feelings are part of what is left of the other person. As such, you don’t want to get better. Not right away, anyway. Also, it feels like feeling better too quickly would be an act of betrayal. So saying “things will get better” can be an affront.

People say “don’t be sad”.
I don’t understand why we are so afraid of feelings. Happy is OK, but sad has to be “addressed”. It must “move on”. It calls for a “solution”. But sad is not a problem.

I’m sad, and I’m not ready to not be sad. I am going to sit here with my big bag of sad for as long as it wants to hang out with me. I consider sad to be essential. It respects the truth within me, and as such, it is beautiful.

(Of course I am not talking about clinical depression or a grief that has stayed with a person for whatever length is no longer “normal”. I am talking about natural feelings associated with losing someone you deeply loved and wanting to sort through every one in your own way. For clinical depression, talk to a doctor. I’m no doctor.)

People say “cheer up”. Or even “suck it up.”
I know they mean well, but this feels like you are being slapped. It’s a form of aggression. This sadness is mine, and you can’t touch it. So back off. But thank you.

You feel (and this is so horrible it hurts to write it) like you are going to forget the person that you lost.
It’s so shocking for a person to be there and then to not be there that it feels like everything they were will disappear. I fear I won’t remember my father’s voice or the glint in his eye or his clean smell or his soft white handkerchiefs or the way he put his foot up on something to tie his shoelace or the frequently astounding things he used to say when I asked for his opinion. 

So what does a grieving person want? For the whole world to grind to a halt? Why, yes. We want, in words of W.H. Auden, to “stop all the clocks.” We want “an airplane to scribble on the sky the message He is Dead”. We want “the stars put out, the moon packed up, the sun dismantled, the ocean poured away.” But we understand this isn’t reasonable, so ask instead for patience as we very slowly step back out into this new world that no longer includes a person who once determined its shape.


The truth.



The day before he died, my Dad was bedridden, delirious, anxious.


What’s next? He’d ask.
Why don’t you rest, and we will figure it out a bit later?
Yes, he’d say. I'm so tired.
What’s next? He’d ask in a panic ten minutes later. What’s next?
Why don’t you take a short nap and we will take it from there?

After hours of this, my brother came into the room.
What's next?
What's next, Pedro says, is that you are going to die.

My father, despite severe dementia, looked right at him and nodded.

Even when it’s terrible, there is nothing like the truth.

Old


Me: Life is so unpredictable. What do you think are the chances that we'll actually grow old together?
Boyfriend: we're already old.
Boyfriend. Incontrovertibly logical.

Goles, Sorpresas y Tiempo Inestable en la Tarde del Sábado

Con un clima inestable y con mucha humedad se disputó una nueva Fecha del Torneo Amateur en su 16º Jornada de la temporada.

En Menores, Los Furlanes que perdieron terreno respecto del Torneo anterior y donde los viejos fantasmas comienzan a asomarse de nuevo, perdieron ante Ferretería AM 1 a 0, resultado que le permitió a los debutantes en el amateurismo lograr su primera victoria y marcar el primer gol en su Historial, 100% Deportivo que va retrasándose en la Tabla cayó 4 a 1 con Pollería ADN, que con este resultado quedó como puntero, Lerin Performance apenas igualó 1 a 1 con Escapes San Cayetano, equipo que logró de esta manera su primer punto en el Torneo, Sociedad Cosmopolita y el hasta hoy único puntero, Centro Vecinal Noroeste, igualaron 1 a 1 y en el cierre, Gomería Braian cayó categoricamente ante PK2 por 3 a 0, libre estuvo este Sábado, Panadería La Flor.

En Mayores, Fermat perdió su invicto a manos del Super Gioino por 2 a 1, uno que se reencontró con la victoria fue el Multicampeón, Kiosco Nancy, que le ganó ajustadamente por 2 a 1 al Centro Vecinal Sur y cerrando la jornada, cuando no, Los Buluk´s le ganaron 5 a 2 a Grosso Vacanze que no se puede sacar el Karma de ganarle al defensor del Título, libre estuvo Mecánica Delgado.

Mientras que en Senior, Carnicería Diaz no solo perdió su invicto sino que además la punta de la Tabla al caer ante el ahora nuevo Lider del Torneo, Industria Gráfica Vilosio, que le ganó 3 a 0, en el clásico de la tarde, la Agrupación Verde y Blanca le empató agónicamente a La Gloria 1 a 1 y clausurando la Fecha, Atilra y Supermercado Giro igualaron sin abrir el marcador, resultado que le posibilitó a los "Canarios" lograr su primera unidad en este Torneo.

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Make up


Mom: I just saw your beautiful new Facebook profile photo. You need eye make-up.
Me: Ick. I don’t like make-up.
Mom: Just a touch. To heighten the eyes. 
Me: Ick.
Mom: Just try it. And if you’re going to say no again, spare me.
Me: I don’t like the consistency.
Mom: I’m going to bed with my Kindle. Good Night!
Me: xoxo
Mom: Item. Do you remember my friend Constantina?
Me: Yes!
Mom: I just saw a photo of her. I couldn’t believe it. Shocking.
Me: What was shocking?
Mom: She looks so terrible.
Me: Why? She’s beautiful!
Mom: She's wearing no make up. Good night!

Instead of one


My sister in law calls the kids over. 
"Guys! Uncle Andrew and Auntie Dushka are leaving! Come say goodbye!"
My nephew turns to look at me, forlorn. He shuffles over, head hanging.
"Auntie Dushka."
"Yes, sweetheart?"
"When you come next time, can you please bring me two gifts instead of one?"

Golden Coral Gradient Nails

I don't really have any excuses about how long it's been since I've posted here. I'm not quite sure what happened! I've been distracted with other things for the last month, but I have still been doing nail art when I can; for some reason, sitting down to actually focus and write a blog post is the part of the process that's been eluding me. Can I blame it on the sunshine and my backlog of novels that I've been devouring?

Anyway! On to the nail art. Today I have some simple but very summery gradient nails to share. I ended up with this look recently when an initial nail art plan didn't pan out and I needed to come up with a plan B to cover the mistakes I'd already made. I never would have thought I'd end up liking a peachy-orange & gold design so much, since I usually don't like orange or gold, but I really fell in love with this as I wore it.




My base color here is Julep Janet—kind of a terrible polish, if I'm being honest. The color and the semi-matte finish (not visible here because I added other elements and used top coat) are definitely pretty, but the formula was thick and difficult to get good coverage with. I like this look so much, though, that I'll be keeping Janet around for future variations on this theme.


Once my base was dry (and after I'd made some ill-fated nail art attempts with white polish that needn't be spoken of further), I used a makeup sponge to apply the gradient of Janet and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Poof! Be-gonia, a striking coral orange. As I mentioned (and tend to mention a lot on this blog, because I'm a broken record), I'm not a big fan of orange, so I can't really say what made me pick up this polish in the first place. But I'm glad I did: the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure formula was great, as always, and the color is super flattering.


Finally, to tie everything together, I added a coat of Zoya Maria Luisa, a delicate gold-flecked accent topper. A silver glitter topper just didn't seem right with the warm colors of the gradient, but gold turned out to be the perfect finishing touch.


I think this manicure demonstrates one of my favorite things about the nail art process: the way a design you end up loving can happen naturally, when you have no plan at all... and even when you think you've made unfixable mistakes. It sounds like a cliché, but sometimes it really does work to turn your brain off and let the polish(es) be your guide.


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Chicken Mughalai Korma

Chicken Moghalai Korma 2

Ingredients (Serves 5 - 7 ):

Chicken                                --   1 kg
Almonds                              –-  20 – 25

Bay leaves                           --  2
Cinnamon stick                 --  2 inch
Black pepper corns          --  1 tsp
Cloves                                    --  6
Cardamom                           --  4

Onion                                     -–  2 cups, roughly chopped
Ginger                                    --   1 inch piece
Garlic                                     --   8 - 10 cloves
Green Chillies                     --   3 - 4 - adjust as per your taste

Turmeric powder             –-  ½ tsp
Cumin seeds                       –-  ½ tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder ––  1 tsp
Coriander powder            –-  1 tsp
Garam masala powder    –-  1 tsp
 
Tomato                                 –-  1 cup, sliced

Yoghurt                               -–  ½ cup
Fresh cream                      -–  ½ cup

Saffron                                 -–  a small pinch
Salt                                        --  To taste
Oil                                          --  ¼ cup
Cilantro                               –-  2 tbsp chopped, to garnish

Chicken Moghalai Korma 1

Preparation of the korma:

Soak the almonds in water for 2 - 3 hours. Divide them and peel the skin of half of them(10-12) and keep aside.

Clean and cut the chicken into medium size pieces.

Mix the yogurt and cream in a bowl and set it aside.

Heat half the oil in a deep pan. Throw in the whole spices - Bay leaves,Cinnamon stick,Black pepper corns,Cloves and Cardamom. Saute for few seconds. Add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute until the onions leave the raw smell. Add the almonds(with the skin). Let the mixture cool and then grind it into a coarse paste adding required amount of water.

In to the same pan, add the remaining oil and let it heat. Add the ground mixture and saute until water evaporates and onion starts to change its color.

Add the chicken pieces and enough salt. Mix well. Add the turmeric powder,cumin seeds, chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Cook for couple of minutes and then add in sliced tomato. Cook for 8 – 10 minutes stirring occasionally until oil starts separating.

Chicken Moghalai Korma

Then add the yoghurt-cream mixture and mix well. Cover and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes. Add the peeled almonds - you can also break each of them into two if you want to.

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Let it cook until chicken is done and oil separates. Add ½ tsp garam masala powder and a pinch of saffron. Mix well.

Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

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Serve with any indian bread or pulav. It tastes better the next day or may be few hours after then flavors blend together.

Recipe Courtesy: Yummy O Yummy

El Amateur sigue Girando

Teniendo en cuenta el horario fijado para la Final de la Copa América, es que el Fútbol Amateur se vio obligado este Sábado a modificar sus horarios para no perderse tan importante y trascendental partido.

Desde las 12:30 hs. y en tres canchas se disputaron los partidos previstos que en Menores comenzó con una nueva derrota de Ferretería AM, esta vez ante Pollería ADN, que le ganó 2 a 0, Los Furlanes agónicamente le ganaron por la mínima diferencia a Escapes San Cayetano, 100% Deportivo con un gol tempranero perdió ante el Centro Vecinal Noroeste 1 a 0, idéntico resultado para la victoria de Lerin Performance sobre PK2 y en el cierre Sociedad Cosmopolita, para no ser distinto, le ganó 1 a 0 a Panadería La Flor.
Con estos resultados el CVNO lidera la Tabla con 9 unidades escoltado por Pollería ADN con 7, mientras que en el fondo y por ahora quedando fuera de los 8 clasificados se ubican PK2 con 2 puntos y sin haber sumado unidades hasta el momento Escapes San Cayetano y Ferretería AM.

En Mayores, el Super Gioino goleó al Centro Vecinal Sur por 5 a 2, Mecánica Delgado perdió con Grosso Vacanze 3 a 1 y Kiosco Nancy en la agonía del partido cayó 4 a 3 frente a Los Buluk´s.
Fermat que este Sábado estuvo libre, es el único puntero con 12 unidades, mas atrás se ubican Los Buluk´s con 8, el Super Gioino con 7 y Grosso Vacanze con 6, hasta aquí los clasificados a las Semifinales del Torneo aunque todavía restan por disputar 9 Fechas.

En Senior, Industria Gráfica Vilosio se impuso 2 a 0 a Supermercado Giro, la Agrupación Verde y Blanca perdió su segundo partido consecutivo, este Sábado su verdugo fue el único puntero del Torneo, Carnicería Diaz, que lo derrotó 2 a 1 y en el cierre Atilra perdió 3 a 0 ante La Gloria.
Carnicería Diaz con 9 puntos e Industria Gráfica Vilosio con 7, los únicos invictos, lideran la Tabla de Posiciones del Torneo cuando se llevan jugadas 3 Fechas. 

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Apparition


We knew Christmas 2013 would be his last. 

I was walking in the garden and saw him through the window. Instead of heavy hearted he looked happy, surveying decorations and gifts. He caught me looking at him and waved. The reflection makes him look like an apparition.
I remember you angry and sick and scared and frustrated but mostly I remember you like this. The glint in your eye and the tailor made clothes and that swell of love I feel come towards me as if you were still right here.
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