Iwaizumi looked up from his homework and at Oikawa who was laying on his bed. “What?”
“You need to stop,” Oikawa repeated. “Take a break for a while, do whatever, just stop working.”
“Are you trying to talk to me about overworking?” Iwaizumi laughed, “Because you’re not the prime example yourself.”
“You’re stressed and you’re not gonna get anything done if you’re stressed about it,” Oikawa went on. He gestured to the small pile of torn up pieces of paper next to Iwaizumi. “You rip paper when you’re stressed. The smaller the pieces, the more stressed you are.”
Iwaizumi looked at the pile next to him. He hadn’t really consciously been tearing the corners off of his papers, but there was definitely enough to be called a pile next to him. He swiped the papers off his desk into the trash. “There, now I’m not stressed by your standards. I need to work.”
“Iwa-chan, no,” Oikawa whined. “That’s not how it works.”
“I’m gonna ignore you now. I have work to do, and you do too.”
Oikawa sighed and rolled over onto his stomach. “Ten minute break? And I won’t bother you after.”
Iwaizumi’s only response was to write something down on his paper. Oikawa got up and stood behind Iwaizumi. He wrapped his arms around him and set his chin on his head. “Five minutes?”
Iwaizumi ignored him and kept working. Oikawa tightened his arms so that Iwaizumi couldn’t move his own.
“Just five minutes, then you can come back,” Oikawa murmured.
“That’s it?” Iwaizumi asked skeptically.
“And you’ll let me come back to my work after,” Iwaizumi clarified.
“Absolutely,” Oikawa couldn’t keep the smile out of his voice, knowing he had won. “I won’t even bother you. Promise.”
Iwaizumi sighed and put his pencil down. “I guess five minutes wouldn’t hurt.”
Oikawa practically dragged him out of his chair and over to the bed. “Just lay down and relax. I’m gonna give you a quick massage because slouching like that for so long has to be uncomfortable.”
“Just tell me when five minutes is up,” Iwaizumi muttered, practically collapsing onto the bed. Oikawa smiled softly while he agreed. He started rubbing Iwaizumi’s shoulders, smiling even more when he could see Iwaizumi relax before him.
True to his word, five minutes later, Oikawa nudged Iwaizumi’s shoulder. “Iwa-chan, it’s been five minutes,” he called quietly. Iwaizumi rolled over to face him, eyes still closed. He wrapped his arms around Oikawa and buried his face in his chest.
Oikawa could just barely hear the words, “No it hasn’t,” muffled into his shirt.
“Iwa-chan, we said five minutes,” Oikawa said.
“I’ll let you know when it’s actually been five minutes,” Iwaizumi grumbled. He gripped on tighter and Oikawa smiled. He brought up a hand and started running his fingers through Iwaizumi’s hair. It took even less than five minutes for Oikawa to hear Iwaizumi’s breathing even out as he fell asleep.
Here’s a fun fact: my mom used to eat raw potatoes as a kid. She’s reading this btw (Hi mom!) Yes, her pops raised 9 children alone. Needless to say, she didn’t grow up with much.
Most folks think that potatoes are poor man’s food. Little do they know that the poor food they speak of has some great benefits. If you disagree please share! Potatoes help fight disease due to the phytochemicals they contain, they help maintain healthy blood pressure and are a good source of vitamin C and B6 and fiber when you eat the skin! The Quechua from Peru have cultural traditions surrounding the potato. So it’s sacred. I eat a lot of potatoes. I just do what my elders and ancestors did. ❤
Oil-Free Hash Browns
2 Russet potatoes, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded (optional)
¼ onion, shredded
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
¼ - ½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. water
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large baking sheet in the oven.
Wash potatoes and shred them with a cheese grater. Working with one potato at a time, place shredded potatoes in the middle of a kitchen towel, roll it up and wring the potatoes to soak up and drain any excess liquid. Repeat with the second potato. Next, shred the onion (and zucchini, if using). Add potato shreds to a large mixing bowl plus the onion, flour, salt and water. Mix until combined.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop ¼ cup portions of potato mix into skillet and cook until browned on both sides; about 3-4 minutes per side. When done, transfer cooked hash browns to baking sheet in oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with fresh salsa or ketchup.
If you’ve been to Stros M'kai, chances are you’ve caught a whiff or a taste of this delicious local snack that’s popular with street food vendors. It’s everyone’s favourite for a reason- who doesn’t love potatoes and cheese? Beer battered chips and a zesty queso sauce make this the ultimate party platter snack. If you can’t make it to Hammerfell yourself, this quick and easy recipe will bring you that street food vibe right in your kitchen.
You will need:
2 cups frozen shoestring French fries (or make your own)
½ cup plain flour
1 cup beer
2 tsp paprika powder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp cheddar, shredded
2 tbsp mozzarella, shredded
2 tbsp Monterey Jack, shredded
¼ cup sour cream
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp chili powder, or hot sauce of choice (Cholula or Tabasco are my favourites)
2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp parmesan, grated
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, paprika powder, garlic powder, and beer. Mix well until a smooth batter is formed, then coat your fries evenly. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and bake at 230C/450F for 30 minutes.
While the fries are baking, in a small pot combine the cheeses, sour cream, butter, chili, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Stir often at low heat until the mixture is smooth liquid.
Pour the queso over the fries, top with grated parmesan, additional hot sauce or salsa, and dig in!
Workout=complete. This would be the face of a girl who hasn’t quite figured out if it was a “good” one, or a “bad” one. And that hair. Oh man. That’s nice, lol.
Anyways, Level 2 of The Shred started today. I don’t know why level 2 always seems to kick my butt so much more than level 1, but it is seriously WAY more difficult for me.
Drank all the water today. Ate all the good food today. Even had a small cat nap. And I’m trying my hardest to stay away from the blasted m&ms in the freezer so I think a chocolate protein shake is a necessity tonight. Sleep well fellow tumblefriends <3