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Friday, October 26, 2012

I Made It

I survived yet another birthday even after a close call with a propane heater in a beer garden. Okay, it wasn't really a close call, but considering I always fear for my life on my birthday, I wasn't taking any chances. As they click, click, clicked and the darn heater just wouldn't light, I backed away slowly.

I really needed the few drinks I had on my birthday. It had been a long day and a long week leading up to that moment. I had rehearsals Monday and Tuesday and full, full, full days of work to boot in preparation for seminars on Wednesday and another event this weekend.

After a long, but boring seminar day and a long evening tonight trying to dig out from under the avalanche of papers in my office, I almost feel ready for Friday. I'm sitting on about six political orders that I'm still missing various pieces for, as if Friday's weren't crazy enough. I'm going to feel like I'm drowning in forms and last minute politicalness and I wanted to get as much off my desk as possible before it hits.

I made a lot of progress, but tomorrow is still going to be a long day. And it's once again the longest week ever. How is it that each week is longer than the previous one? I suppose I should catch a quick cat nap before then.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Birthday Eve

On this birthday eve I'm thankful for freshly dyed hair. Although I don't think I have any grey hairs yet as I enter my thirty-fifth year, I sure as hell had significant roots.

I'll start the year with a slightly lighter red and who knows what the rest of the year has in store for me. Blonde, brown, burgundy, pink? I'm craving change and you never know how that will turn out for my hair!

I'm just hoping I can manage the strangely hot and humid birthday weather tomorrow and everything else that rains down on me. Birthday wishes do come true and I can't wait to blow out the candles!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Birthday Weekend

For a pre-birthday weekend, it sure was a quiet one. I had a little funsies out on Friday. Which caused me to have a super-mellow Saturday followed by a less than productive Sunday. I had a whole weekend with nothing to do and I did nothing with it.

Today was beautiful. It would have been the perfect opportunity to clean up my yard for fall. Did I? No.

I intended to make Peanut a new comfy bed cover. Did I? No.

The only productive thing I accomplished was two loads of dishes because pretty much all I did this weekend was cook. Except for a birthday cake. I was intending to make myself grain-free red velvet cupcakes, but didn't. I purchased the ingredients, so I'm hoping for an early evening home in time to whip up a batch on Monday.

It was actually really great doing practically nothing, but I'm already regretting the loss of my next weekend which isn't going to allow me as much leisure time. It's going to be a long and stressful week. Happy Birthday to me...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Freezing Over

Despite the warm weather in Springfield, I feel a chill down here.

As the end of the year approaches, my mind is turning to healthcare. I'm feeling like I need to bite the bullet and find some health care providers in this town. I had to create my accounts on insurance websites. Yeah. I've never done that. I had to search for doctors and dentists.

I struck out on finding a doctor. My search turned up no results in Springfield. How the hell can there be no doctors in my network in Springfield? I hate insurance. I sent a few informational requests online and gave up on that for now. (It's easy to give up quickly on something you'd prefer not to do in the first place). Did I mention how much I hate doctors?

I had better luck with Dentists. I found the practice in my list of providers that I had received a tip about and submitted a request for an appointment online. It's almost like it's really happening. It's been a long, long time since I've visited a dentist and I feel as though I'll be less excited about it when a date is set and I really have to go.

Is this what being an adult feels like? Making those doctor appointments because you know it is in your best interest? I don't like it. I wouldn't recommend becoming an adult to any of you out there considering it. I feel the chilly breeze of hell freezing over.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Longest Week Ever

Oh how it does drag on!

Work is busy but I swear, each day feels like at least three. I have just enough time between work and rehearsals to take care of the doggy business at home and rush off to the theatre. I can't even believe tomorrow is already Friday.

I'm hoping work only feels like one day, because rehearsal is going to feel like seven. It's the last night before we open to a sold out house and we need to run the show twice in full costume, hair, and make up. I'm tired just thinking about it!

But after a late rehearsal tonight I managed to throw together a salad for the potluck tomorrow, get a couple loads of laundry spinning, plus dishes, trash out, and vacuuming. All ready for the folks' visit tomorrow!

Peanut and I can hardly wait, but once they are here, I'll just want to sleep! Better get a few winks under my belt starting now.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Tech!

I can't believe it is tech week already! I feel as though we should have another week under our belts! I think I was so focused on the Halloween performance, I forgot we open two and a half weeks before then. And I had a whole week off smack dab in the middle!

What was I thinking?

Luckily we have a Floyd's rehearsal tomorrow. That's bound to lift my spirits! In the meantime I just need to memorize the ending. Line!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Escape By Wild Rice Soup, et al

I woke up early for a Sunday morning and for ... well... being me. Slightly before 8am, which is even more impressive considering I almost polished off a bottle of red wine and was up well past midnight last night. After a few wake up routine activities, I couldn't deny I was up for the day.

I headed right for the kitchen to feed Peanut, start the percolator, and begin preparations for a sweet potato hash breakfast. I had popped into the grocery store "for a few things" yesterday and stumbled across some great stock up sales. I began dicing my sweet potato and quickly moved on to the peppers, bagging up the extras and delivering them directly to the freezer. By the time the hash was done cooking I had two bags of diced peppers in the freezer and an egg over easy ready to top the pile of potatoes on my plate. Yummy!

I took a short coffee break before heading back into the kitchen to start preparing lunch and dinner. It's tech week for the play, so I'm really thinking ahead to easy reheatable leftover lunches and dinners. I can't get enough of this chicken wild rice soup lately, so I'm cooking up a batch of that and thought I'd share the recipe here. I figure I can always freeze individual servings, but I haven't had a batch with leftovers enough to freeze yet. I seriously love this soup. So here it is...

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 carrots, sliced
3 celery stalks, sliced
salt and pepper
1 lb boneless chicken thighs
1/4 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
3/4 C wild rice
32oz low sodium chicken broth (gluten free)
2 C water
1 C unsweetened coconut milk
3 Tbsp arrowroot powder (you can add more or less to thicken according to preference)
1/4 C parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Heat oil in stock pot, add carrots, celery, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Flatten out chicken thighs on the bottom of the pan and brown slightly (a few minutes per side).

3. Add seasonings, rice, broth, and water. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

5. Remove chicken and dice. Return to pot. Simmer another 30 minutes.

6. Combine milk and arrowroot powder (I use a shaker, you could whisk them together).

7. Slowly pour milk mixture into pot while stirring.

8. Remove from heat and stir in cheese if using.

And while that was simmering away, I sliced and diced two boxes of large mushrooms for the freezer. I held back a few for the beef roast I'm prepping for dinner. I sliced more carrots, measured out my spices, and reserved a cup of coffee. Yeah. Coffee.  That is the secret delicious ingredient for slow cooker beef roast. It makes it oh so delightful. And zippy! Especially if you make gravy from it. YUM! YUM! YUM!

So that's about it. I spent the entire morning from breakfast through lunch in the kitchen. Cooking is one of those things I love to do, but feel guilty about it. Like I'm wasting my time slicing and dicing. I guess I feel guilty about it because there are many other less enjoyable tasks I could be doing, but I'm doing something I love. Suck it vacuuming! I'm not changing any time soon. Cooking is a glorious escape from reality.

More Wrenches

You ever think "I cannot possibly handle all this" and then you get another three more wrenches thrown at your face? I'm with ya.

I just really need something to turn around. Something has to be looking up soon. I'm really sick of the workload. I'm really sick of the personal problems. I'm really sick of the stress. I'm really sick.

I'm trying to focus on the positives in my life, but right now that is a polished kitchen table for crying out loud. I need something good. Soon.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Heartbreak

We learned this week about the passing of a dear old friend of Peanut's. It breaks my heart to say goodbye to his buddy. We had fond memories of you little guy and I know you lived a fulfilled life.

Peanut wags his tail to say goodbye one last time.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Assimilating

Not so much.

After the worst sales conference ever and a few days to myself in Wisconsin, I'm not doing well on my first day back in the real world.

It didn't help that I ran out of stomach meds today. I usually take these in the morning and by 9 o'clock my stomach was churning with the stress of a million piles of paper turning into pure acid in my stomach. It's probably a bad sign to think about your next vacation the moment you get back. It just seems I'm not healing very well with the continued stress.

I had arrived home late last night and I needed time to unwind from all the caffeine I popped on the drive home. I unpacked, straightened my life, and crawled into bed about 1am. Not that I could let go to fall asleep right away. I'm hoping for a slight improvement tonight.

After a busy, busy, busy day, and a grey sky for my drive home all I wanted was to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head until the Mayans come a knocking. But I had rehearsal. I feel as though it wasn't too long ago I was toting the healing properties of theatre. Well, my stomach wasn't having it tonight. I think rehearsal made things worse.

I'm finding solace in normal household activities tonight. Trying to get my house in order while semi-watching some action flick. Okay, it's Sherlock Holmes for a little cockney study. I just can't get sucked into action movies. It is always at the peak "action" moments I get bored and get up to change the laundry or take Peanut out. At least I'll be able to send the movie back tomorrow. It's almost like I watched it.

I think I need a good, non-cockney movie lined up for this weekend. I plan to lock myself away in the house all weekend. I really need to recover from vacation and recharge my batteries...maybe heal a little.  I did pick up stomach meds today and have gone back to the double dosing.

Considering tomorrow isn't Monday, and it isn't the Monday after a long absence from work, it's got to be better right? I'm hoping for better health, more focus, more talent, more efficiency, and better assimilation in the real world tomorrow.

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