Finding a way to tackle reducing food costs and better organizing at the same time

This is something that hit me the other night and I started working on it yesterday afternoon (would've done it earlier except tired and getting over a chest cold). But of course, my odd desire to color-code the hell out of everything might actually come in handy in a most unexpected way. I don't remember … Continue reading Finding a way to tackle reducing food costs and better organizing at the same time

Q#186: If Halloween was the kind of holiday where you gathered for dinner–and kept the spooky theme going–what (actually edible) items could/should be on the menu (other than candy)?

I got to thinking about this when making my ham earlier (T-Day's gonna stretch over the weekend because I just got over a sinus infection and finally got my taste buds back... and I'm experimenting with half a dozen recipes, so not much time for other stuff this week). I am so glad I got … Continue reading Q#186: If Halloween was the kind of holiday where you gathered for dinner–and kept the spooky theme going–what (actually edible) items could/should be on the menu (other than candy)?

I re-acquainted myself with the humble sardine today…

I decided a few months ago that I'd better start adding more fish to my diet. I've read too much the past few years to avoid it anymore. Granted, that's been tricky as hell to pull off considering how expensive seafood is generally (and how freaking unhealthy when it comes to the breaded shit in … Continue reading I re-acquainted myself with the humble sardine today…

Feeling Oddly Triumphant After Being Out-of-Sorts All Day; or, Fixing Things Really Boosts That Self-Esteem…

This was turning out very crappy today. And no, I don't mean it's because I'm single and it's that damned Valentine's Day. Hell, I almost forgot about it til I saw kids coming off the bus with heart-shaped chocolate boxes this afternoon. That's more like it. I'd love an anatomically correct heart for V-day. I … Continue reading Feeling Oddly Triumphant After Being Out-of-Sorts All Day; or, Fixing Things Really Boosts That Self-Esteem…

A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Somehow in all my years, I never quite learned how to do a budget. Or, more accurately, a realistic budget that takes into account my real needs versus my wants, what's coming in versus what's going out, etc. Somehow I'd discard the budget before finishing it, or even acknowledging that it's there. Messed up on … Continue reading A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

I’m starting an indoor herb garden (well, mostly herbs)…

I'd love to know why all my best possible ideas seem to come at me around 2 a.m. I was lamenting the heat the past few weeks (easily over 100 degrees F out there when you factor in the heat index right now) and how so many of my herbs that had shown promise at … Continue reading I’m starting an indoor herb garden (well, mostly herbs)…

When “sleeping on it” is the best thing you’ve done for yourself all week…

I try to be a creative person as much as I can. But I have a few things that tend to get in the way of that, namely that I'm an over-analyzer with impulsive tendencies. I realized while writing this that it doesn't make much sense. You're generally either one or the other. Well, I'm … Continue reading When “sleeping on it” is the best thing you’ve done for yourself all week…

Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart

My Copy: 9781603429986 (image from bn.com) Vertical Vegetables and Fruit is pretty self-explanatory. While some might see tomatoes, cucumbers, and ivy as mostly climbers, there are plenty of other vegetables and fruits that have the ability to climb, or at least be trained to grow up more than out, saving valuable space in a small … Continue reading Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart

Looking into the black hole, and I can’t see the safety net.

In essence, my future is a black hole. I suppose that's true for most of us, but I'm really in a strange state regarding my job right now. My boss is leaving the job after next week, and I'm really bummed out about it. I wondered what would happen to the place if she were … Continue reading Looking into the black hole, and I can’t see the safety net.

Q #115: What is it about a shower that makes you feel “more human”?

I should've known after a pulled shoulder wouldn't let me sleep all week that it would make me susceptible to cold or flu (thank you depressed immune system). I felt it after leaving work yesterday to drive south and cover a co-worker who had surgery... sneezing my head off and making an emergency run for … Continue reading Q #115: What is it about a shower that makes you feel “more human”?