Monday, December 9, 2013
Now I'm back at square one with only a couple of weeks to think of a unique food gift, make said food, package it, and throw it in the mail with some hand written holiday cards. Oy. I'm at the point where I'm considering buying some bags of flour, sugar, and baking soda and labeling them as "cookie starter". Or, while we're talking starters, maybe I can be an evil little elf and give everyone some of the never ending Amish friendship bread starter?
Well, according to NJ Transit, it looks like Mr N will be working from home tomorrow which means I'll probably spend the whole day poring over old magazines and, if I dare, perusing a bit of Pinterest for non-chevron patterned, glutenous, actually homemade, gift-worthy treats for Festivus. Here's to hoping that I find something that meets those qualifications while remaining budget friendly! Otherwise, at least I have the cookie starter to fall back on. And, now that I think about it, flour is on sale this week...
Friday, December 6, 2013
When I was riding the train home, I got a text from Mr N. He had just met with his current manager to talk about his upcoming transfer and... surprise! His new manager just went on maternity leave! How they didn't put two and two together six months ago is beyond me, but for us it means that our plans to move are on hold until March 31. Our landlord was gracious enough to let us pay extra money for the privilege of staying in the same apartment, so we don't have to scramble to find somewhere to rent month to month. I guess this means I don't have an excuse to skip finding a holiday treat to share this year... Suggestions? Ideas? Bueller?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
As a last "please don't make me pay the ER copay" resort, after three days of tons of vomiting and little to no eating and drinking, I buckled down and followed some weird Oregon Trail-esque rehydration treatment (no, I am not kidding) that involved teaspoonfuls of room temperature water every 15 minutes. I kept 72+ ounces down last night, and I'm halfway through my third-24 ounce tumbler of water today as I speak, so I think it's safe to say I have dodged yet another medical bullet.
So, without further ado, here's a recipe I never want to see again. I'm not sure if I can recommend anyone make it, as it only ever seems to cause frustration for me whenever I try to share the recipe. If you're one of those daredevils who likes living on the edge, click through for the recipe. Caveat coquus!
*Speaking of menu plans... I have a big old cache of them built up. Do any of you want to see what I ate a few weeks ago? I'm thinking not, because there's only so many menus one can read without going mad.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Today my computer installed updates that seem to have fixed my problems with my Google accounts! I can finally buy apps in the Play Store, access my Drive, view my Analytics, check my Gmail, and (most importantly) log into the Blogger site on my laptop. I'm not sure what happened or why my computer decided it was on a break with Google, but I'm glad to be back just in time for Thanksgiving.
To sum up the last few weeks: Not much happened. I slept a lot, I dealt with some doctor-related billing craziness, I chose not to care about those weirdos down the hall (plural, unfortunately, as the woman has returned), and realized that, holy cow, we're moving soon! I've written several handfuls of awful, perfunctory posts that I will not be sharing, save for the best of them and my menu plans, because I am assuming that you would prefer quality not quantity if you're still reading at this point.
All of that being said, I figured that now would be the perfect time to share this year's Thanksgiving menu plan and price. Tomorrow's post will include a unique recipe for a traditional Thanksgiving side dish: the modernized green bean casserole (which I neglected to post last year). The turkey (spoiler: buttermilk) is an experiment, so I'm going to have to share the recipe after the big day just in case it doesn't work out...
What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you going to make the "same old, same old" or do you intend on trying something new? Click through for my menu for Thanksgiving 2013!
Monday, October 21, 2013
This will be brief as I am typing this on my phone. I have no idea why, but I cannot make Blogger load on my laptop. I have been trying to sort out the issue while I write my posts in Word. Once I am able to load the non–app based Blogger, I will share them in a dump post. Sorry for the unannounced absence and, as always, thanks for reading!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I waited less than 30 seconds for the elevator, no one got out, no one had smelly food, there was no one stopping on the first floor, and the man who wants to kill me was no where to be seen. I figured I was in the clear for elevator conflicts, so I hopped in and pressed the button for my floor. I heard the elevator ding as it reached my floor, signaling that there was someone waiting for the elevator.
Now, before I continue my story, I'm going to explain elevator/subway/train/bus etiquette to those of you reading from suburban areas. When your elevator/public transportation arrives at your stop, you do not throw yourself at the opening doors. Instead, you wait for the doors to open completely, allowing all other passengers to exit before you attempt to enter. It's universally done and, when executed properly, creates a lovely waltz of urban efficiency.
Back in the elevator! The doors started to open and I scooched back to allow the waiting passenger to see me. I made eye contact to prevent a collision and started to walk out of the elevator. The elevator-width woman waiting stepped forward, stopping in the doorway to stare me down. "Excuse me?" I asked, expecting the woman to realize her faux pas and let me off the elevator.
"You're excused," she sniffed. Cue my jaw dropping as she shoves her way past me. Dazed, confused, and infuriated, I escaped the elevator and let myself into my apartment. I'm still not entirely sure what happened, but whatever it was, WTFNJ?