Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday F**K-up

In keeping with my new Friday chore-day tradition, I managed to break something else while cleaning this week. It is embarrassing to admit, but when I stripped the big bed, I didn't notice TBG had his nook there.  So, I washed it.  It's dead.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Picture Yourself...

Last night I had to take some extra time to pick clothes for work because we were all going to get our pictures taken today.  Having a good head-shot is part of professional life these days and I believe they are important.   I see a lot of poor pictures of people and while I understand you want your picture to capture who you are, some pictures really make no sense from a business perspective.  Now I might see myself as a non-conventional person, but unless I was looking for a job on a psychic-hotline, I would think twice about getting creative with something like this.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

My Recent "Win"

The greater distance I put between myself and my last job, the more convinced I am that I made the right choice.  My last day was officially 1/26.  Now that I am down to part-time and working in a healthier environment, I have noticed a number of things -- thanks in part to my FitBit.

First, I am moving more.  At my old job, there were days I only took about 2000 steps.  I am now over 7000 on most days and am no stranger to hitting 10,000.  My goal is set at 8000.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


I have become obsessed with labels lately!  This means I look at paper differently.  When I see a wine bottle, I am hoping the label will soak off easily.  The same for beer.  Our house had a bunch of old magazines to get rid of, and before they went into the recycling bin, I cut out graphics.  The end result is that I am making my own version of prayer candles -- after all, I pray for pilsner and worship wine.  I also like weird stuff.

Monday, February 19, 2018

I am Territorial!

We headed up to North Tonawanda (referred to as "NT") for a walk today.  It does have a nice village-y field but is pretty deserted on Sunday morning (except for church traffic).  TBG often snow-shoes with a girl friend on Sundays, but there is no snow.  He was going to meet her for a walk and I put the wifey-kabosh on that.  I am sometimes territorial over time with my guy.  There is no problem if he wants to go snow-shoeing with someone else since I am not back to full form and can't participate.  But when it comes to a walk, I want to do it together.  If I was going to go for a long walk with the dog, it made no sense for him to go for a long walk with someone else.  Does that seem strange?  An additional walking mate would not have bothered me at all, but I wasn't going to sacrifice the time.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I am a Jar-Head

I spent a lot of time this weekend filling jars.  TBG used to complain that I wouldn't put jars in the recycling tote.  He's changed his tune to indicate we need to plan for more storage space for them when we eventual re-do the kitchen.  He's seen how much we save and how much  healthier our meals are because of my jar obsession.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Books & Boots

Dollar Tree is a good source for cheap books.  I stopped in today to see what they had and I found six worth grabbing, four of which will be gifts.  I also grabbed a small spiral notepad because it had a cool design and I like having them on hand.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Un-Freaky Friday

For the most part now, Fridays will be my house-work day.  Last week, we were out of town, and the week before that, I broke the washing machine.  Having reduced work-hours meant I could catch up on clothes washing during the week.  Today I tacked beds.  I had two sets of sheets and pillow cases to wash.  In addition to that I picked a "project" task of washing the king-sized bedspread and a couple of pillows.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cheap Wardrobe Staples

I have read that Gwyneth Paltrow adores $200 t-shirts and her GOOP followers gobble them up.  The thought astounds me.  I would surmise that after one or two wearings, I would dribble some food or splash some sauce on mine and it would be forever stained.  Hence, my fondness for cheap cotton versions.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Dirty Side of Winter

This is what our front yard looked like today.  It is really gross.  I really hate when the snow gets so dirty that you don't want to have anything to do with it.  In fact, I won't even walk Teddy in our neighborhood because it is so dirty.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ready for Valentine's Day

I am set for Valentine's Day and I did it economically!  The roses are from Aldi -- $3.99 for six. I got them this afternoon and they are hiding.  I'll sneak them out tonight and they will be in the kitchen waiting for TBG in the morning.  After work, I stopped into the store to pick up cereal and saw this great price on the roses, so I figured it made sense to buy them then to have them for first thing this morning.

Monday, February 12, 2018

My Comfort Zone

TBG and I lead a quiet adult life that probably seems boring to most people, but it works for us.  This past weekend, we stepped outside our comfort zone.  We didn't bungee jump or zip line.  No, we spent time in the world of high school athletics.  It was strange!  Friday night we went to a high school basketball game and on Saturday, we went to a cheering competition.  We might have well landed on Mars!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Winter Workout Gear

I dropped my gym/pool membership last year and even though I now have more time, I am not going to re-join any time soon.  While I do have more time on my hands, I don't really have enough to spare to go back to the gym full-boar.  Although it can be a challenge to get exercise in the winter, I have my own work-out -- walking the dog in the snow.  Yes, fitness is important, but keeping my life in order is a higher priority.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My Daily Do

It had been suggested to me at my last job that I had OCD.  Things that were disorganized or made no sense drove me crazy.  The thing is, I'm not obsessive, I'm efficient.  Having to do things three times because procedures were inaccurate or changing, taking chances that something you did was right -- with the idea that you could just go back and fix it later, drove me up a wall.

Monday, February 5, 2018

What's Cooking

Now that I have more time to cook, I can make more meals that are "two step" efforts.  We had shrimp & chicken gumbo for dinner tonight.  The base was the stock I made using the shells from Friday's lobster dinner.  Last night, I made beef stew for our Super Bowl dinner, with buttermilk biscuits on the side.  There were enough biscuits to have with leftover stew and our gumbo too.  Gumbo is on the menu for lunch now!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday Night Splurge

We ate in Friday night, as is my plan from now on since we are scaling back.  That didn't mean we didn't splurge.  For dinner, we had lobster, with shrimp & crab ravioli on the side, along with a fresh garden salad.  We washed it down with champagne.  Rather than spending over a hundred bucks on a meal out, I cooked at home and spent under forty dollars.  The big spend was on the crustaceans --  but they were ten bucks a piece, frozen, from Aldi.   I wrapped them in foil, crammed them with lemon and added some butter.  They were baked at 425 for 25 minutes.  I used the carcasses and drippings to make a stock which I will use for either a lobster chowder or bisque next week.  I also logged the meal and only ended up 123 calories over budget.   It was a smart splurge!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bring your Dog to Work

I was one of the organizers for "Bring Your Dog to Work" day at my last job.  Unfortunately, I was out on disability when the actual day came along.  Now I am bringing Teddy to work with me every day.  It has been great!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Skin Hack

I have had adult acne for years. It hasn't gone away with menopause, but I can say that it is not as bad as it used to be. Prescription strength Retinol cream was a real life-saver for me.  That might sound dramatic, but it's hard to face the world, when your face is full of pimples. When it was at its worst, a kid asked me if  I had chicken pocks!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

New Goals

One of my new goals, is to lose 25 pounds.  Being chained to a desk and stressed out has taken its toll on my health.  We gave ourselves a Sous Vide for Christmas so we could better cook meats and fish, and it's been a great gadget to have around.  The tool allows you to slow cook in a sealed, air-tight bag, with minimal effort.  We use a little bit of oil, but not a lot.  Tonight we made Ahi Tuna steaks. They were finished with a pan sear on the stove.  I baked up cauliflower and potato wedges in our convection oven.  While the picture from my phone doesn't do the plate justice, this was a meal that came in under 600 calories (including wine).

Saturday, January 27, 2018


I had carried over 68 hours of vacation from last year.  Doesn't that say a lot about how impossible it was to get away from my job?  We had a Caribbean vacation planned all along, so my last working day was a week ahead of my last day of employment.  However, I considered my last day on the job my last day, and was looking forward to jetting off to Jamaica the next morning.  Our original plans were for St. Martin, but the hurricanes in August/September decimated the resort.  As a result, our group was moved to Jamaica.  We just got back last night.  It was an interesting week!