Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hear you me my friend

Ah, I haven't updated in so long!
In two days time I set off on a seven day hike in some remote and beautiful wilderness, knee deep snow here I come! I am slightly nervous, not knowing how challenging it will be, but I am determined and hopefully that will be enough :)
I promise to post lots of photos when I return on Sunday.

Apart from that, I have recently been up to Queensland to enjoy some warm weather which was nice, even if the lingering ash cloud did delay our return home. My three weeks worth of holiday now complete, it is back into the swing of things, only a few weeks to go before examinations begin so I am sure I shall be kept busy.

That is really all! Hopefully something more exciting will happen soon, will keep you updated!

Fighting! Ims x

Monday, May 16, 2011

I might just cry

What for Mr. God!
All went pear shaped yesterday.
I may never recover.
Azerbaijan won Eurovision.
Instead of the hot Swedish Guy, the sand artist of Ukraine or even the cute Estonian girl singing about her night out in NYC.

It is official, Europe has no taste.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Winter is coming.
My jeans don't fit. It is not like I have grown any taller, they still fit length wise. 

So: the solution started today. Regular exercise and healthy lunches. I eat well when I am at home, but I make my own school lunch and I often can't be bothered to whip up something balanced.
The commitment I am making when it comes to food is to make myself a healthy (not to mention delicious!) lunch, normally in the shape of a bento. 

Yesterday, my lunch was created. Firstly with a trip to the supermarket (walking the long way, exercise+vitamin D!) to buy shiitake mushrooms, salmon, sesame seeds, bok choy  and coconut water. The coconut water was just something that made me curious,and was actually really good!

I then fried the fish in some ginger, soy and sesame seeds. I had to make sure it was well cooked because it had to go in my lunch box for a few hours un-refrigerated. I then mashed it a bit so it was in small pieces and added some fresh chili. 
Now to shape the rice balls! I got a small dish and pressed the warm sushi rice into it so i had  space for my salmon. Then it was just a case of putting more rice on top and turning them out on some nori! At the same time i steamed some vegetables as a side.

So - there is lunch, now to do some exercise. Ballet tomorrow and then I will have to drag Wills out to do some softball training on the other days.

I feel like such a teenage girl, I am not dieting as such, just aspiring to become more healthy. Still, feel a little bit ridiculous, but I have a bush-walking camp coming up and I want to be able to climb those mountains without dying ;)

So, if for once I can actually commit to something for any real period of time, it will be a miracle!
Wish me luck!

Ims x

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I honestly wrote this entirely sincerely

{walking home, hand in hand
the mood warms my heart
can't put it into words,
don't think you are ready to hear it
but hey, thanks 

(written for a friend of mine)
(goodness, reading it again i sound like one sick puppy!)
(sincerity is hard to convey poetically)
(why am I posting this?)
(what did I mean?)
(overly dramatic?)
(why do all these questions bother me so much?)

(stuff it, I'll post it. If i  take it down later, so be it)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In sickness and health

So long since I last posted! Shall try and get back into the swing of things a.s.a.p.
Not much has happened, the usual getting a mouth infection, fainting, hitting my head (in teenage girl talk - dying!) But am much better now, I even got my braces off yesterday! It still feels kind of weird an slimy, yet in a good way, finally freedom and straight teeth!

Alas, I feel i have already reached my quota of exclamation points and exciting news :( Hmm, let me think... Well Mother dearest and Father dearest are going away for the weekend next week so me and Wills get the house to ourselves! Which really just means we have to cook and clean for ourselves, no wild parties, maybe I'll be extravagant and have a friend over ;)

If you are looking at the date/time and frowning (your name is probably mother dearest) yes, I am sitting in class right now... On the positive side I am in science and am currently 'doing a personal project on cyborgs' i.e catching up on the blog! ( I love you mum) Will do the project at the last minute like normal...!

On the topic of school, just chugging along, reports are due soon for the teachers so a big rush of assignments and tests, but it will all over by next week. Not long until Easter now either...

So, that is me for now, don't have my external hard-drive with me now so will post photo's on recent food experiments (currently perfecting the poached/soft boiled egg) later tonight

Apologies for the horrid spelling/grammar!
Ims x

Sunday, February 27, 2011

expect the unexpected

I went on an eight day compulsory camp with the 'just do it and hope it goes quick' attitude. I loved it, I didn't expect to but it was probably one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. We were put into groups of twelve and I was lucky enough to be landed with a bunch of awesome people. We had our problems, with home sickness, gastro and bitching caused by over-tiredness but the motto 'deal with it' got us through. Everyone in my group called me 'Mum' because I was the go-to if problems arose, I did the cooking and fussed like a mother hen! I do it because I love them.
I was not going to go on any of the optional camps offered for grade 9's at our school, but now I want to go on all of them!
Nothing make me warm and fuzzy quite like an eye-opening, potentially life-changing incident!

So: camp food.
Now, just to clear the soon to be hazy air, our outdoor education co-ordinator spends six months every year away from his wife an young son to come on camps with us. He is an amazing teacher and I am incredibly grateful for his work, Thanks Mr. Witty!

the food was not too bad. We cooked on portable gas stoves and on the whole it was edible, mostly curry and risotto. Only one meal was freeze-dried and that was on an over-night hike anyway. But the pots we use are awful! They burn absolutely everything, no matter what the cooking temperature, no matter how you stir!

So, apart from carcinogenic, the food was good. The apples and oranges provided for snacks were delectable - we each had about five per day!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Sorry! Been so busy with getting ready for school!
Had my first day back today, it was pretty terrifying. Even though I have been going to the same school for eleven years now, today my grade did the big jump an moved to a different campus. The older girls and teachers are daunting, but I guess it is just another thing I will have to get used to!

On a brighter side, my lunch was delicious, I had Halloumi salad, season rice, a Pb and J fold-over sandwich and  a kiwi fruit. Tomorrow I am planning another salad, but with different 'stuff.'

I don't feel like this a lot, but today I felt like a young, ignorant teenager. I guess I am, when you strip it all down I am just a precocious girl who just wants to fit in. And you know what? It really ain't so bad.

This post wasn't overly long, mature or in depth, but thats okay too.

"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good." (For Good, from Wicked)

Ims x

Sunday, January 30, 2011


I am still alive!
Been busy with family stuff, but have loads of baking to do tomorrow, so will post tomorrow night.
Only one more week until school goes back, how time flies!

Ims x

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fashion Statement

Two weeks since the last post... sorry!

But this two weeks has been a big one, not just for me but for Aussie. We have this past while had the invasion from millions upon millions of liters of water in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. My heart goes out to those whom have lost loved ones and everything else, communities that were already poor may never recover.

The horrid thing for me has been the way the media have turned the event into a soap opera. On the ABC one evening there was one and a half hours of flood coverage. I saw the same footage countless times. Calling the flood damaged areas 'War Zones' was taking it way to far. I understand that media outlets need to make a buck, but a war zone? Iraq is a war zone, but parts of Australia are natural disaster zones.  These people deserve our respect, this is not a good excuse to make money.

The control the media has over us is worrying. I for one am strongly influenced by the media, in some ways i am sure this has its benefits, but the potential the media has to twist things is scary!

So; that covers my 'statement.' This blog was never designed to express my point of view, it just happened. I hope you do not find me to ignorant, please treat me kindly!

Fashion; a brutal love affair perhaps? Today I have been shopping for school camp, meaning the purchase of many things I will only ever use for this eight-day camp. 

But school camp is one of the most stressful things that happen in a year. I go to an all girls school and the girls are between 14 and 15 years of age, the ultimate age for peer pressure an self consciousness. I was buying a day pack, but getting a day pack that was not to big, not to small, not to colorful etc. takes some effort! The last thing I want is to have weird stuff. 

It sounds vain, I know. As I am regularly told "Imogen Jane, No-one is going to stop their horse and cart to look at you." But whether they reign in their ponies or not, it is about me feeling confident in myself. I don't want to take a massive bag, because then I would stand out for all the wrong reasons. My stuff doesn't have be new, it just has to be, dare I say it, conservative. 

But even before I have eight days of homesick friends (I am pleased I don't suffer the same fate!) uncomfortable sleeping arrangements and no showers, I have a Christian youth camp to attend. 

Youth camp is something I look forward to more than anything else in my year. 3 nights near a beach with some of the nicest people on earth. I don't feel self conscious, We go down to breakfast in our PJ's, we go and wrestle in piles of jelly! It starts on the 20th, so I will update when I get back!

Food update:
I heart Kimchi, chu rock my world!

Listening to "Oh Mom" - Choi Seung Hyun (T.O.P) 

Ims x

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The gift of wisdom

For Christmas I received the book 'When I talk to you' by Michael Leunig.
The cover states 'a cartoonist talks to God' and the book is made up of prayers along with illustrations. 
I may not have been given the gift of wisdom, after all it can never be given so I can not hope to acquire such a present. But I hope this book will help me to become wise, one day I hope to achieve wisdom. What wisdom is exactly, I don't quite know. All I know is that I'm not there yet and won't be for a long time. 

A quote from 'When I talk to you'

God  help us with ideas, those thoughts that inform the ways we live and the things we do. Let us not seize upon ideas, neither shall we hunt them down nor steal them away. Rather let us wait faithfully for them to approach, slowly and gently like creatures from the wild. And let them enter willingly into our hearts and come and go frequently within the sanctuary of our contemplation, informing our souls as they arrive and being enlivened by the inspiration of our hearts as they leave. These shall be our truest thoughts. Our willing and effective ideas. Let us treasure their humble originality. Let us follow them gently back into the world with faith that they will lead us to lives of harmony and integrity.


Ponder at your leisure,
Ims x

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Look closely...

Happy new year! May 2011 bring much happiness.
This is a photo post, my camera is finally making connections, so enjoy!

Gingerbread house
This is the front of the Gingerbread house I did for
 Integrated Studies at school late 3rd term last year

And the roof...

And the back... it is the word 'Christmas'  written in different 
languages. The German is missing a 'h' but shhh!

Christmas Lunch
Things to make rice paper rolls. Also note
the Kimchi in the middle, mmm!

The highlight, Roast Duck! It is boiled in stock first, then
roasted so it stays nice and moist. The stock it cooked in is then
served together with it, a delectable combination!
The stock and condiments, all eaten by candle light
in the Christmas spirit!

Fruits from our garden
Loquat, about the size of a small apricot.
Strange but tasty mix between a lychee and a mango...
We got about 20kg off our two trees this Summer, they
are rich and oh-so-good!

My handiwork
I have been working on some embroidery recently, this is just a few snaps
of the fruits of my labor.

I haven't done the exclamation point yet, but you 
might recognize the Korean-inspired phrase!

I used both running and back stitch to give the 'effect' shown.

I have also changed my profile picture to GD and TOP, two members of my favortie Korean group, Bigbang. They just released an album together called 'High High' which kicks some ass!
So, that catches me up to date, until next time!
Ims x