saving dough

we’ve gotten into the habit of brunching both weekend days and spending some time at wilson’s in order to keep up appearances. but, with the brewers in the playoffs and football season starting, weekends at wilson’s isn’t the pleasant, homey place it is during the week.

with saving money in mind, and because rodney makes a mean scrambled egg, we decided to try to recreate the breakfast burrito (sans chorizo) from mickey’s.

while it might not have been exactly what’s called for, it was still really delicious.

we made enough of the poblano/onion mix for both days and took turns making the potatoes.

i’m embarrassed to write down how much money we saved by dining in, so i won’t do that. perhaps we’ll continue in this fashion, only heading out when it’s appropriate to treat ourselves.

eatin’ good

we’ve been pretty consistent with eating home-cooked meals. rodney has started helping me with prep; apparently, he wasn’t allowed previously to help because he wasn’t as quick as he shoulda been. to which i wonder, how is a person supposed to get better without practice?

anyhoo, we’ve made this cheesy turkey chili mac a couple of times and it’s delicious and super easy and it makes a lot. and, of course, roasted chicken and veggies. and costco pizza crust makes for a quick cheesy olive pizza.

i recently bought a couple more cookbooks (hey! it had been a while) and need to peruse them for new ideas. the slow-cooker season is fast upon us!

wow

after that last post, i was bopping around the history of my blog and found my old flickr album. there are some gems in there, including some painting photos that i need to show rodney (since he’s a professional painter).

venus in retrograde

i don’t know how this shit rings true, but the horoscope i got from chani today has a few interesting snippets.

This, and every Venus retrograde, will always pull into focus your heart and finances. That’s because Venus rules your 2nd house of the work you do to support yourself and the money, resources and assets you have as a result, as well as your 7th house of committed partnerships.
With this specific Venus retrograde you are being asked to go through a therapeutic process in regards to these areas of your life. What isn’t working for you in love or work life? What about this moment is similar to what you went through 8 years ago financially?

my committed partnership is doing well, and my money, resources, and assets are in a way better place than they were eight years ago. it was about eight years ago that julie moved out after taking over the second floor for a couple of months and i was freaking out about having to maintain the mortgage without that rental income.

eight years ago is about when i started really looking to leave the doll factory because they’d eliminated my user experience designer position and laterally moved me back to a front-end developer. i interviewed in black river falls for a user experience position that i really wanted but didn’t get.

This new moon marks the beginning of something in this area of your life, but the beginning is intertwined with a transformation and review. Something about the nature of what you do for a living is in need of an overhaul, either in regards to your relationship to the work itself, or the relationships that surround it. 

thinking a little more about what isn’t working in my work life and sort of my relationship to the work itself: i’ve been feeling kinda stagnant at work since april. i haven’t actually really developed a website in over a year (it’s been almost exactly a year since my promotion). i’ve been feeling like i’m not technically proficient anymore.

i’m excited/not excited about a new project kicking off today. it’s in a cms that i hate but at least i’ll be responsible for making it technically successful. which means i need to stay on top of the plugin releases in order to make the right choice for solutions. 

the little things

there’s a house on the dog walk that has a wonderful terrace and yard. she’s got (fruiting!) peach trees and all sort of other flora that i couldn’t even begin to name (aside from sedum, mint, sunflowers, rosemary, echinacea, milk duds [my nickname for milkweed], decorative grass, etc.).

there is this sweet little flowering plant that has leaves that look like maple leaves and i wish i knew what it was. the other afternoon, i caught a bee getting some pollen from it.

then this morning, while trying to be thoughtful of our houseguest, i quietly prepared my single cup of coffee, and the color of the oils on the surface of the bubbles caught me. i do this pour-over every morning while i think about the day and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. this morning, it stood out for some reason. i still have much of the day left to find out why.

the picture doesn’t accurately capture the oily, rainbow-slicky color. but, you may be able to imagine it.

five short months

it seems weird to think that half a year ago, i was going through the motions. getting myself from home to work and home again. unintentionally living. barely leaving the house after work. feeling sorry for myself.

fast forward five months and i’m pretty lucky that i met someone easy to get along with and who encourages me to let him appreciate me. who will eat anything i make and thank me sincerely every night for dinner.

i’m feeling pretty fortunate today.

taco tuesday!

i gasped when i unwrapped the filets because normally bluegill are about the size of a dollar coin. these were enormous! so big that we decided we could only eat half and would have to make them again tomorrow night.

since we had to run to woodman’s to get tortillas, and tacos are ethnically mexican, we decided to also have margaritas. here’s rodney rolling the ingredients cuz i didn’t want to buy a $20 shaker at the liquor store.

the river

when i was a kid, mom and i would go hang at the river for a week each summer. gramma and grampa had a trailer right around this spot. so we had prime access to fishing and boating and fun.

we used to go out in the boat for hours. i would bring coloring books and beads and dmc floss (to make friendship bracelets) because *just* fishing was no fun. grampa knew all of the good bluegill spots, so we’d feast. and by feast, i mean, it took gramma hours to clean all the fish because they don’t have much meat on ’em and she’d fry them up and everyone would have to be happy with what they got because they’re so good.

tonight, i’m reinstating taco tuesday and we’re going to make fish tacos. fish tacos with bluegill because a friend from wilson’s gave us about a pound of frozen filets a couple weeks ago and i haven’t had bluegill in a million years.

i hope to remember to take pictures.

october already

after a nice, low-key weekend, we find ourselves in the 10th month of the year. rodney and i have started talking about what to do for thanksgiving; we may even attempt our very own turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and gravy.

i’m pretty sure i can handle the latter items, but i’ve never attempted a turkey. i feel like it could go really amazingly or pretty awfully. you’ll find out either way, gentle reader.

in other news, jones finally had a solid poop on sunday. i almost had him pound it (our version of high-five or shake) during our walk, but it was drizzling and we all wanted to get home. turns out they both really like rice, broth, and chicken mush.

keeping an eye

i decided to work from home today so i could keep watch on jones. i could hear his stomach gurgling this morning after i let him in before breakfast.

breakfast (and dinner last night) consisted of cooked jasmine rice, chicken broth, and blue diamond senior chicken (which they get every day anyway). i didn’t see if he pooped this morning, but i wasn’t impressed by the one on our afternoon walk. i’ll spare you the deets, but i’m still hoping it’s just a dog stomach bug that somehow merle didn’t get.