9 DAYS!!

So this week and next week, I’m not even going to try and hide how excited I am to be going to New York, as it’s only 9 days to go and counting!

Looking at the weather, there’s been loads of snow in the state of New York, but none so far in the city, which is good for getting there as I don’t want our flight to be delayed. Once we’re there it can snow as much as it wants for views like this:

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I also made the little Instagram post above on Monday to mark the two week milestone- can’t believe it’s now nearly one!

This week at placement has been absolutely dire- nothing at all on Monday or Tuesday! I kept productive though, mostly by scrolling through Pinterest and updating and rearranging my boards (OK- maybe not that productive) and producing some illustrations and handmade typography! The top images are of a Harry Potter quote that I illustrated on a particularly boring Tuesday afternoon; Pooh and Piglet I started last Friday afternoon and finished on Monday morning; and I drew the pig on Monday and decided to turn it into a logo design for a restaurant concept (Tamworth is a breed of pig, hence the name).

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I got over £70 in tips over three nights last weekend, so I put the money to good use and treated mum to lunch at Costa (with my new staff discount card for working at the same company! 25% off!), went halves with dad for lunch on Monday, went for lunch with Carrie on Wednesday, and bought the double-sided tartan scarf I was looking at last week and a cream shirt both from New Look! When you get that amount of money on top of normal pay, you don’t feel obliged to spend it on bills or anything important because it’s all extra- guilt free :D I really must post some pictures of my new clothes purchases, but always forget until I’ve worn them and they’re not new anymore -_- I want to do a feature on my NY wardrobe though when I get back- it can wait till then!

I want to share a recipe that I adapted from an existing pork lasagne recipe that I got at the Great Yorkshire Show this summer, which I made earlier this week and went down a treat with George and myself!

Skinny Turkey Tagliatelle Bake (serves 4)

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  • 500g turkey mince (5% fat)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 closed cup mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Wholewheat tagliatelle
  • Small bag of spinach
  • Small pot low-fat creme fraiche (I use the Yeo Valley one- it’s yummy!)
  • Worcester sauce
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Sundried tomato paste
  • Italian herbs eg. oregano
  1. Finely chop the onion and mushrooms.
  2. Add oil to a large saucepan and cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes before adding the turkey mince until browned.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Put the tagliatelle on to cook- 4 balls of pasta should do it.
  5. Place a few large handfuls of spinach (as much as you like really as it wilts into the mixture nicely) and stir until wilted.
  6. Add the tub of creme fraiche and a few big glugs of Worcester sauce.
  7. Bring to the boil then simmer for a few minutes, before bringing it off the heat.
  8. Make the tomato sauce-  combine the tin of chopped tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of sundried tomato paste and some herbs.
  9. Spoon the mince mixture into a large rectangular oven-proof dish, then drain the pasta and spread this in a layer over the top, followed by the tomato sauce and a sprinkling of low-fat cheddar cheese.
  10. Bake at 200 degrees (fan oven) for about 20 mins, or until the mixture and cheese start bubbling!
  11. The mince mixture may be a little runny when you serve it, but if you leave it to settle or eat the next day everything comes together nicely, but mine tasted nice even with a bit of liquid!

I’ve had a week of firsts at placement, as I produced my first ever mobile site design, which was a great experience. You have to remember for mobile site design you can’t include any elements that appear when hovering over or anything, because of the touch screen interface- confusing stuff!

I also got my first logo design brief for an accountancy firm, and I can actually share these with you because the client didn’t like them so they won’t be getting used! Fortunately, the account handler was impressed with them, and right now all I care about is the opinions of my colleagues on my work- it all contributes towards the endless struggle for a working wage!

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I did a lot more designs than this, and produced more after feedback from the client, so we’ll see which one they choose! I really liked the use of the fraction reference, with them being accountants, but they didn’t get the ABC reference and said it was more like nursery- c’est la vie!

I’ve actually just been briefed on another web design job so I’ll have to cut my ramblings short and get on with some actual work! Here is the new Mulberry Christmas ad that the guys in the office just showed me, and within it is my cute thought for the week, which is pretty obvious if you watch it- brilliant tongue-in-cheek advert.

Happy Friday!

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