They’re rushing the holiday in too soon

Musical note nicu bucule 02
Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday, (at least) two of the radio stations near me converted to “all Christmas carols, all the time.”  I shouldn’t be shocked by this. The first year one channel converted for the last 12 days before Christmas. Must have been a hit, because the next year it was all of December, and more channels jumped on board. It backed up to the day after Thanksgiving. And now, there I was, 1 week to Thanksgiving, with “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” on the air. Continue reading “They’re rushing the holiday in too soon”

faith, flotsam

Assessing the day: Nov 16

So… let’s recap the usefulness factor for today:

Work: Was consistently busy, but not stressing-myself-sick busy. All in all, not a bad day on that front.

Holidays: Making progress. Some presents were ordered, some arrived. This makes me feel good because otherwise it creeps up on me, and then I feel stressed out and overwhelmed. SO not what I want the holidays to be about, so progress on this front is a plus.

Health: Could have done better as far as lunch decisions, but ate sensibly for dinner AND got in my cardio workout. Who ever would have imagined I would like exercising so much?

: Some good moments. Moments when I was IN the moment. Moments when I realized and rested in my reliance on God in Christ. Moments when it occurred to me that I had been on autopilot, and needed to check back in, and be listening for the Holy Spirit’s leading. And then opportunities to get to know some of my cubicle neighbors, in a deeper way.  So… ups and downs, good and bad. But God is good (all the time!) so I’ll lean on Him.

Time Use: I definitely need to put some time limits on my use of social networking sites (particularly the games). WOW, that is a timesuck for me.

experiments in cooking

Seafood Casserole a la Gringita

Here is my own concoction for seafood casserole. Which is surprisingly good, considering that I don’t cook.

1/2 lbs shrimp (cooked, peeled & deveined)
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened (I used Philadelphia brand)
1 can cream of shrimp soup (I used Campbell’s)
2 cans of lump crabmeat, drained
1/2 cup of crushed French’s french fried onions, divided
1/2 cup of shredded cheese
2 Tbsp Kraft parmesan cheese
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp bay seasoning (optional)

Continue reading “Seafood Casserole a la Gringita”


Ow ow ow

Office Chair
It hurt to sit here today. And not just because I was at work.

So, here’s another great reason NOT to give up exercising: Because if you let yourself get out of shape, everything hurts all over again.


After my little self-peptalk a couple of days ago, I got back on the horse (so to speak… no actual horses were involved) and went back to my exercise routine. My exercise routine has been to do drop sets of weights for about 20-30 minutes, M/W/F, and about 30 minutes of cardio the other days.

Day 1 was Monday, so I did my weights. But, OK, I know I have let my muscles atrophy just the teensiest bit. So I didn’t jump back up to the weight levels I had been at. I downgraded everything by one weight level, in hopes of not hurting myself, and discovered that with the exception of maybe 1 exercise, I can still use the previous weight limits. Hey, great, not as bad as I feared.

Um, no. Two days later, Continue reading “Ow ow ow”


Mmm… chicken

Roasted chicken
Also not my chicken: Image via Wikipedia

So as I mentioned, the other day I roasted a chicken. For the first time, ever.

It helped that I knew, from having heard other people’s horror stories, about the general yuckiness of necks and giblets.

It helped that Allrecipes.com (Like! Nay, Love!) had a host of recipes out there, so that I could peruse a few of them and mix and match aspects that would work for me.

It did NOT help that the slow cooker (my original plan) was too small for the bird. It did NOT help that my only dutch oven (my second plan) was also too small.

This was NOT my plan. OK then… Continue reading “Mmm… chicken”


Off track

Not me: Image via Wikipedia


I have lost enough weight that I need to store away or give away my “big” clothes, and my “regular” clothes are loose enough that I could make a case for buying new things in a smaller size. But that’s not quite necessary yet, so I hold off. They still fit me, and I don’t know quite where I’m stopping yet, having gotten within 10 pounds of the somewhat arbitrary goal weight I set for myself. Continue reading “Off track”

I don’t cook

Roast chicken, the most commonly eaten white meat
Not actually my chicken: Image via Wikipedia

I don’t cook. Everyone who knows me, knows that I don’t cook. If there’s a potluck dinner, it’s best to put me in charge of things like soda or paper goods. Or perhaps a dessert that I can buy en route to the event, because I am short on cooking talent, inclination, and time. Oh, and ingredients, because I loathe the grocery store and anyway, why would I need ingredients if I don’t cook?

“We’re looking for someone to help out with the meals ministry at church.” “Wow,” I think, “I don’t know who suggested me for this, but you have SO contacted the wrong person.”

Plus, have you noticed how many recipes these days need special equipment? Continue reading “I don’t cook”