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.


it was raining, nay, pouring on tuesday, so i couldn’t walk the dogs after work. i made sure they went out for a second to pee since they’re both pretty good at holding #2 for a time. when we got home tuesday night, jones had made a mess in the living room. he managed to get poop almost everywhere on the hardwood and even stepped in some. i cleaned up and didn’t get mad at him.

today (thursday), i got a text from rodney, “where’s the spray you used to clean up runny dog s#!t?” to which i responded, “uh oh.”

so, either something is stressing him out, i need to let them out once again right before i leave, i need to work from home longer during the day, or he’s sick.

tonight, i’m going to make some white rice and pumpkin for him for dinner. he’ll probably hate it, because it’s not meaty.

i really hope it’s a situation that will pass quickly.

another one on the books

the crowd at wilson’s was a bit much on friday so we went to check out the atwood (formerly known as mr. roberts) cuz someone i know is now the manager. it’s pretty nice inside, at least compared to the last time i was in there (birthday week, three years ago).

i was happy to find out that the pool table is only $1, probably because it’s not a bullseye table, so we got in a few good games.

we went on home for dinner and some programs. we finished the good place so i thought i’d see if rodney would like deadwood.

saturday morning we did some grocery shopping and then rodney went to pick up our houseguest. we hung out with his sister and her boyfriend most of the afternoon, not before squeezing in jurassic world 2, then headed back over to a cookout at his sister’s house. after a few adult bevvies and a lot of baseball on the t.v., we came home and went to bed pretty late. 

sunday was a little lazy with brunch and some fallout and then to wilson’s for the bears game. rodney realized they probably weren’t going to do very well, so he asked if he could play music and the only other bears fan in the room got upset and left.

i wasn’t in the mood to make dinner, so we ordered burrito drive. thankfully, they remembered to put everything in the bag this time.

signs of fall

the annual lutefisk dinner invitation showed up yesterday and it (always) falls the day before dst. some years it’s below 0º and some years (like last year) the broken heater in my car was annoying enough for the short trip to barneveld.

the lilac leaves are starting to turn, which just reminds me that it was so cool this spring (SNOW ON MY BIRTHDAY) that it never had a chance to blossom, so all we could smell was peachy.

the sunrise and sunset times on my weather app are slowly creeping toward each other.

football and thoughts of thanksgiving and the holidays are more prominent.

at least i’m happy.

and just like that

the willy st fair has come and gone and this marks the end of summer (in my brain). the sun is setting noticeably earlier and it’s (thankfully) staying dark later in the morning.

we had a late night on friday, which included heading over to the sundown saloon to give that a whirl. we played a little pool and had a couple of drinks.

we attended the fair both days and i even got a little dancing in at the beats stage on saturday, but the sun was pretty relentless, so we didn’t stay too long. on sunday, we walked down from mickey’s to the wort stage (at the farthest end of the fair) to hear a couple bands, but the sun was out in full force again so we slowly made our way back to the car, stopping at the wisco to catch a bit of the game and taking a break outside of plan b next to tiffany’s tent.

an aside: my appetite hasn’t been real strong these past few weeks so i looked up the nuvaring side effects again and it lists, “appetite and weight change” as one of the possible effects. since i was worried it would be in the other direction, i’m not complaining, but i do need to keep an eye on it.

new roaster

you may remember that the roaster i use at least four times a week broke after a little over a year of use. in order for my pampered chef hookup to give me a free gift for the inconvenience, i had to wait until labor day weekend to order a new one. it arrived a couple nights ago and had its inaugural roasting last night.

brand new stonewear

since the chicken takes a little longer than the veggies, i season it and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

avocado oil, stubb’s green seasoning, and third ward from penzey’s spice house

the 10 minutes gives me time to chop up the veggies and to tell jones that he should get out of the kitchen cuz he doesn’t have thumbs.

“you eat with your eyes first!”

i spray the veggies with more avo oil and top with salt, pepper, and third ward and everything goes back in the oven for 35 minutes.


i check the thickest piece for temp and dinner is served!