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Mid-twenties and English. College student currently on summer break, but wishing it would end already. Slacker. Doesn't particularly like the general public.

Fandoms: (In no particular order) Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (Flunk Punk Rumble, manga only), Mermaid Forest, Baccano!, Durarara!!, Darker than Black, Outlaw Star, Berserk, Gurren Lagann, Code:Breaker (manga only), Black Cat, Full Metal Panic!, Wolf's Rain, and Pumpkin Scissors.

Other stuff: I'm a book worm. Not too interested in watching much tv these days, but I like Sherlock, Case Histories and pretty much any programme to do with nature. Taste in films and music varies, so not going to bore you with a list of those.

Long day out tomorrow...

Going walking on Exmoor. Along with my Dad and younger sister, once we've picked her up from Bristol. Will probably get a little bit lost, since Exmoor's a place we've never been to, but it'll be fun! And we'll have loads to munch on, so at least we won't starve!

Warning: Fangirling alert!

I'll be frank. I'm not much of a fan girl, normally. I've got a few OTPs, but nobody to talk to about them (not in RL, anyway!), so I'm pretty much forced to keep quiet about them.

Now, however, I'm really wish I did have somebody to squee with. Seriously. Over what? Akatsuki no Yona. It's a manga by Mizuho Kusanagi. And it is freaking brilliant. I just...gah. I love everything about this manga. The plot, the setting, the characters...especially the characters! I could just read the chapters that have been translated over and over again, simply because of the characters.

First, we've got Yona. When the story starts, she's a slightly spoilt princess who has never been outside the castle, hates her red hair, and has a crush on her cousin. However, things happen that end up causing a rift between her and said cousin, and she has to leave the castle in something of a hurry, along with her bodyguard/childhood friend Hak. (Or it could possibly be Haku. Not sure. It's been translated as Hak, so until there's an official English language version, I'm just going to keep calling him Hak.)

At first, she's completely distraught, and at a complete loss with what to do. As I said above, she's never been out of the castle before, so she really has no idea what the rest of the world is like. But as the manga continues, she slowly starts getting stronger. She doesn't sit around crying all the time (although, when she does cry, it's usually for a good reason.) She genuinely wants to get stronger in order to protect her friends who are travelling with her.

Then there's Hak. He's been playing with Yona and her cousin since they were young kids, and has possibly been in love with Yona since then as well. He's sarcastic, rude and just a little insensitive, but what I really like is that he doesn't bother to hide the fact he's in love with Yona. Especially after they're forced to leave. Oh, he's not especially happy about the fact that Yona wants to be able to protect him and the others (since he wants to be the only one to protect her) but he tolerates it. He does have a slightly sadistic side to him, in that he seems to be enjoying watching Yona struggle on as a "normal person". He's also got, or so I think, some of the funniest lines out of all the characters.

Don't want to make this post too long (and I can't add a cut, since I'm on an IPad), but the other characters who slowly join them are just as colourful and interesting as they are. And impossibly cute, at times as well!


Watching King of Devil's Island. It's set in Norway in the early twentieth century. And it...really makes for quite grim watching.


Carrot, sweet potato and ginger soup

This came from a little handwritten booklet of soup recipes my younger sister gave me. There's plenty of recipes for carrot, sweet potato and ginger soup floating around the 'net, so you could add other herbs/flavours to the mix.

It does need a little blending, but you can either leave it as chunky, or as smooth, as you like.


* 1 onion
* 1 garlic clove
* 400g carrots (roughly chopped)
* 400g sweet potato (roughly chopped)
* 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (or as much as you like!)
* 1 ltr vegetable stock

> This makes four servings, but you can play about with amounts if you want more/less. I find that 1/4 ltr of veg.stock works well if you're only cooking for one.


-- Saute an onion for 6 minutes
-- Add the clove of garlic, and cook for a further 2 minutes
-- Add the carrots and sweet potato (roughly chopped) and the grated ginger. Fry for 2 minutes, and then add the vegetable stock.
-- Put the lid on the pan, and bring to the boil. Then turn the heat down, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened
-- Once the vegetables have softened, turn off the heat and pour the soup into a blender.
-- Blend to the desired texture

Once blended, you can either eat the soup straight away, reheat it a little, or save it for whenever you feel like it!