It is finally spring. I want to drink lots of iced tea (green or regular style) & spend all my time outside reading books or chasing the dog or watering the grass or just doing anything.
Instead, there is work & with work there is Tiredness.
Yesterday at work I had a prank caller that was trying to channel Charlie Sheen or something. Every statement was punctuated with “Ya Heard?!” That left me at a loss of how to respond. I wanted to say, “Yeah, I heard,” or something slightly mocking. I especially loved the part where he said he called me because of ‘Lil Wayne & just did not elaborate on this at all, even when I asked for clarification.
In what seemed like seriousness he stated that he had 3 questions for me. With that foreboding feeling in the pit of my stomach I asked that he proceed. Long pauses happened instead.
So I asked again. I knew better but I felt I had to continue. So he then asked very random questions, like, did I know when Kurt Cobain had died. Seriously? As a child of the 90’s of course I know, but it’s a pretty redonkulus question to bring up during such a work conversation. Weird, weird, weird. Wannabe comedians wasting my time.
Enough ranting though. Today a southern lady called me honey & said I should get paid more because I am so very wonderful at what I do. =) So there are those moments too.
In other news, I am cooking up a storm this week. There were the chocolate-chip cookies with wheat flour (because, dare I say it, I don’t actually like chocolate chip cookies that much & wanted to try an alternate version.) The
wheat flour did make them a more serious cookie. They were chewy & not too sweet. Verdict? They’re still not my favorite kind of cookie, but my very favorite version of chocolate chip cookies at least.
Also, Sunday night’s dinner consisted of sweet potato/buttermilk biscuits made into little biscuit sandwiches with ham & spicy mustard. Next time I plan on eating them with just butter because they would be great by themselves too. Oh, and these were my first ever homemade biscuits! I’m proud. I never tried making biscuit dough before. I had to use the 2 knives method because I don’t have a pastry thing. So. That was kind of intense but fun!
Then, last night I stirred some pomegranate molasses for 1.5 hours so that it would become more syrupy. I’m getting lots of exercise just making food lately! I need to seriously be less clumsy & learn how to sterilize glass jars or do canning though so I can actually keep this stuff on hand for a while.
Oh & witness the scrumptiousness. I’ve never made salmon taste so good before. Thanks to Magda for this recipe.
This week I’m trying to get better at what the enlightened hippies call “mindfulness”.
I think that means taking pleasure in the little things & in the moment. For me, I think that should mean being happy now, instead of thinking of “oh, when I have this bill paid off or can get a kitchen table or finally grow grass in my back yard or be able to afford a really schmancy DSLR…..I’ll be so happy.” As clichéd as it sounds, I realize I need to be happy in the journey, that this is it, this is the fun part & I need to not take it for granted.
So, this weekend, I spent lots of time just vegging out with my dog, taking naps & reading in the backyard while she sniffed out the squirrels. I think we needed the rest. ( She got very sick last week – We almost lost her I think -had to get her an IV & I had to feed her baby food from a syringe every 2 hours. I was covered in baby food & that was not fun. Things are better now though, thank goodness. She is back to her energetic & happy self).
But I was able to spend Sunday afternoon watching her chase squirrels for 20 minutes as they taunted her. I got to listen to the wind in the trees, my favorite sound ever. Of course, every time I sit outside & enjoy the sound of the wind, I immediately think of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arFhEWAArN8 because the lyrics are about listening to the wind. It’s a nice song, so that part is cool too.
Today at work, I enjoyed what is my new & better version of a stress ball – Silly Putty! I did find out that Silly putty wears out though. It doesn’t have that snap after a few days. I also have some bright blue Play-Doh. It doesn’t smell the same though. Perhaps they changed the smell as a way to discourage kids from eating it. I admit, I’m kind of odd & tasted a tiny piece to see if that was different too. Just so you know, it is. It kind of tastes soapier. Another deterrent for curious children! I miss the old smell though.
I am quite glad it is spring. Look what I was able to have for breakfast because it is spring:
Hooray for strawberries!
I will stop bragging now about all the good food & all the peaceful moments I have been privileged to obtain lately =) I just wanted to take a moment to notice them myself.