Tuesday, August 26, 2014
As for the bisque, I'd gotten a bag of "salad shrimp" and it was dismal. Then I figured that canned bisque probably doesn't start with prime crustaceans. So I whizzed it up with other stuff and created a fine bisque. Barley was used to thicken it up and for some of the stock, I used part of a box from the dollar store.
Now I'm off to pick out a suitable slack-based outfit for tomorrow. There is a big corporate event and I will be in front of hundreds of people (in a supporting role), and need to look professional yet casual but also have mobility. Tomorrow is a very big day and I'll have a chance to make a good impression on a few key executives. Whether it will help my long-term prospects or not remains to be seen, but it's a good thing to be able to say I did!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Three years ago, we kept Phineas the Border Collie for a week. He was 13 at the time and Teddy was three. The wrestled all day, every day. This time, not at all. Phin approached her and put his paws on her back and just stopped. She looked at him for a sign, but at 16 he is just too old to play. But he wants to. As the alpha of the group, he patrols the yard but mostly just stands and looks. He is as deaf as a door nail.
Phineas is the "end of the line" for Border Collies in our "dog circle." He is a year and a half older than our Woody would have been and he is the only BC left out of a group of almost a half dozen. We all met on a Flyball team. It is truly the end of a dog era. Our friends who own him have four dogs and three of them are smaller -- two cockers and a bichon. The girls are being boarded and the boys are staying with us. You get to be a certain age and rambunctious big dogs no longer make sense!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
This is how I'm going to arrange the trays. I will bring up the big tray once the fence is stained but did not want to mount it until then. I'm not entirely sure how I'll decide to mount it. I figured I'd have a different theme for each panel and this one would be the flower tray area. I have a big metal star and was going to put that on the bottom of another panel and may do other stars or hang a flag in the panel over that. I also have my eyes open for more carved wood serving pieces. They are generally teak and handle water well. I want to mount those where I can too.
I don't want to go crazy decorating the fence but I do want to add some visual interest. It was nice to find those bargain trays for sure!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The packages of undies were three bucks a piece at the thrift store and they are new/never worn. They were bonus packs where two were free (five for the price of three). I bought them with six decorative trays that are for the garden. With a four dollar off coupon and tax, I spent $11.25. It's been good hunting at Amvets for under garments and garden decor this year.
As for the crab meat, I really really like lump crab meat and this was $12.47 for the can which is four or five bucks cheaper than the regular supermarket price (even on sale). It was a Price Rite buy. While it's a bit of a high price per pound meal item for me, my plan is to stretch it into a few meals. There's a good chance it will go on a crab and asparagus pizza and I'll also toss the same combo over pasta another night.
Tonight we're having grilled boneless pork chops with left over plaintain polenta on the side. So I'll be posting about a crab meat creation some other time!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
There is plenty of this left over and I will probably make another meal and use this as a side to some grilled pork. It will reheat well in the oven and I have some of the marinade left -- since there was no meat in it, I'm saving it!
On the job front, I found out that it is highly unlikely that my new group will get funding to create a permanent full time position for me. Oh well! My new boss has reached out to two other managers that she would like me to meet because they may have openings suited to my talents. One position is the same job title, etc. as I was hired for and that would be OK with me. The other is much different but something I'd be interested in and not unlike roles I've filled in the past.
My future is still up in the air but I have work to do until October when my contract expires. I'm looking forward to meeting people in other departments and am lucky the managers I've worked for have been eager to ring my bell. Stay tuned....
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
OK, the side patch of our driveway that had been overgrown with yucca and other vines was leveled today and flagstone went in. We'll be getting more pea gravel to fill it in. We did also have a little bit of fill work done in the foreclosure yard next door because pooling water there is not helping us at all. I am just thrilled to have this small strip of real estate free of growth. It was hit with Round-Up and that is something we'll probably have to do periodically as a lot of root had to be pulled and there was no way it was all found.
There are a few more tasks remaining in the yard. We have to stain and do some small projects -- flower boxes, the wire trellis, hanging stuff, etc. But from here on in, it's small stuff.
It's nice when small stuff can make a big difference!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
There is enough left behind for TBG to have lunch tomorrow. I really can't believe it's just Tuesday and I have to more week night meals to make. It is tough to keep churning them out on my schedule. Tomorrow we'll enjoy fresh corn on the cob. I'll figure out what kind of protein but it will probably be a mix of shrimp and chicken.
As bad as it might seem for me, I am trying to do a slow jog maybe two days a week. Nothing fast and nothing far. The town pool has been closed for repair and I can't necessarily swim with Teddy in the river every night. Last night I thought she was going to drown me because I wouldn't relinquish the ball so she kept swimming at me and being a jerk in general. She has a way of trying to jump on you and wrestle even when you're swimming. So some nights, I just need a swim break from her! Woody our Border Collie would come in the water and just swim circles around you. Not Teddy. She has to be engaged and causing trouble.
It does look like warm weather is coming back so the AC is on. That means it will probably feel good to swim tomorrow no matter how much of an idiot my dog tries to be. We are dog sitting for two dogs next week and that should take up most of my free time. A friend and her husband drove to our camp and picked up Teddy then kept her for the week Tommy was in the hospital after his heart attack. The least we can do is watch two of their four dogs while they go on a cruise.
I'm going to enjoy my freedom for the rest of the week while I can!