My Most Common Topic: Randomness

Hi.¬† ūüôā¬† How is everyone?¬† I’m good.¬† I’m kicked back in the living room listening to The Hubs yell at the Texas Rangers game on TV.¬† Apparently Sam Dyson is the source of much suffering for Rangers fans.¬† (The Hubs¬†takes his Texas sports seriously.)

I just thought I’d log in and ramble about a few random things.

Last night I was reading my Bible study, which¬†included Psalm 37.¬† This is very relevant¬†to my life right now.¬† If you’ve read many of my previous posts, you may know that I am a disgruntled employee.¬† Most of my disgruntledness (is that a word?) stems from the wrongful firing of The Hubs by my boss.¬† I have been making a true effort recently to let it all go and not hold any ill will toward my boss or any of the other involved cast of characters.¬† I have been mostly succeeding at this.¬† I have been able to just smile and shake my head and move on from things that would normally have me up in arms.¬† It is VERY freeing.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
¬†¬†¬†¬†do not fret‚ÄĒit leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

This may sound like I am wishing bad things on these people.  I am not.  I swear.  Basically, the message is that I should not let their deeds bother me.  I need to worry about my own life and not let bitterness toward anyone eat me up.  I kinda felt that having that as part of my daily devotional was God telling me to keep it up.  I will continue to try!  I hope that you are able to do the same if you have poisonous people in your life.

A few posts ago, I mentioned having an MRI.¬† Well, the results of that came in, and they weren’t what I had hoped.¬† But, that’s okay.¬† I was diagnosed with MS 16 years ago, and I have been much healthier during that time than I deserve or could have ever asked for.¬† The disappointing part is that my neurologist (who I love, love, love) wants¬†me to start taking medication again.¬† Boo!¬† Hiss!¬† I stopped taking all medications several years ago, and I have not missed any of it for a second.¬† The thought of getting back into all of that has been dragging on me.¬† I am yet to call him back and make the necessary arrangements.¬† Why do label side effects have to be so awful???

I love watching #LivePD.  I just wanted to throw that in there.

I also love Carpool Karaoke.

Two more days and that wonderful, awesome, three-word phrase that office workers around the globe rejoice in will be here!

THREE DAY WEEKEND!

Can I get a woot woot?¬† Do you have any fabulous plans?¬† I am going to go see my grandma and aunt.¬† I cherish every visit that I get with my grandma.¬† We live close enough to each other that I get to see her fairly regularly, but far enough apart that I can’t just pop in whenever I want to check on her or take her out to lunch or invite her over for dinner.¬† I don’t know what I’ll do with the rest of my time off, but I would bet good money that I won’t be spending too much time being a responsible adult and doing chores!¬† ūüėČ

May you and yours have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.  Much love to you all.

Song of the Day

When you are doing a 100 Day Song Challenge, it is downright difficult to pick a song of the day.¬† I’m just saying….¬† I think everyone needs to tap their toes to something.¬† Why not tap them to Square Dance Rap by Sir Mix-a-Lot?

Recipe of the Day

Beer Cheese Soup via http://www.foodnetwork.com.¬† (I have used this for the recipe of the day before, but I’m posting it again to add an important note.)¬† I made this for the second time last night.¬† The first time, I used a Coors Light.¬† Last night, I used some funky IPA that The Hubs had in the fridge.¬† Let me just say that beer choice matters…..

Ingredients
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 carrots, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bottle pale ale, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon
2 cups shredded sharp yellow Cheddar
1 cup shredded gruyere
1/2 cup half-and-half

Directions

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepot over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, onions, mustard powder, cayenne and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sweat the vegetables until tender, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Pour in the stock, mustard and Worcestershire and simmer until the veggies are very soft, about 15 minutes. Add the ale, simmer, about 5 minutes, and then puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Add the Cheddar, gruyere and half-and-half and stir until melted through and smooth. Adjust the seasoning.  Enjoy with a 30-pack of your favorite cheap beer.

Book of the Day

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  Every book I have read by Hannah has been an absolute tear-jerker, and this one is promising to be no different.  I have a thing for books set during WWII for some reason.  I have no idea why.  They are so heart-wrenching.  I cannot imagine how people managed to survive the things they did.  I cannot imagine having to rely of food rations or having people take over my home and confiscate all of my belongings.  I cannot wrap my head around a whole group of people being denied the basics of life.  I would like to think that I would have the courage to lay my life on the line to stand for what is right, but I have not had that tested yet.  I am about 1/3 of the way through this book, and I am enraptured by it.

 

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Sunday Sunday Sunday

Happy Sunday morning, Interweb!¬† I hope you are having a fabulously¬†relaxing weekend.¬† Mine has been so far, so good.¬† Yesterday, my mother and I drove up to hang out with my grandma, which is always wonderful.¬† I also got to see my dad, my sister, and my super-cute great nephew.¬† He warms my heart.¬† I don’t think he’s too sure about me yet, though.¬† He always gives me this contemplative look with his head cocked to one side and half of an unsure smile on his face¬†like he can’t quite figure out if¬†I am one of the good guys or some weird-looking drifter who has invaded his home.

I¬†had a dream last night that left me feeling slightly annoyed when I woke up this morning.¬† I dreamed that¬†The Hubs and I were sleeping, and a sound woke me up.¬† I got up and went to investigate.¬† I couldn’t¬†see anything amiss, so I went back to bed.¬† ¬†A bit later, The Hubs heard something and woke me up, and he went to investigate.¬† He started hollering something about a dog.¬† Just then, a gust of wind blew open one set of my bedroom blinds.¬† As I go over to look out the window, a pack of 5 dogs jumps through and takes off toward my living room.¬† I run in and find about a million puddles of dog pee all throughout the house, torn up cushions, ravaged papers, and just general destruction everywhere.¬† And, in the midst of the chaos sits Rodge, one of my customers from work (who I have never actually met face-to-face).¬† He is sitting at my computer typing furiously.¬† I ask him in not-so-nice-deranged-screaming-head-spinning-fire-shooting-from-my-mouth terms to please leave.¬† He does, and I go to my computer to find that he has been making up orders for locations that do not exist and entering them into my dispatch system.¬† Meanwhile, the pack of dogs, which range from Labrador-sized to teacup poodle-sized are running circles through my house, jumping in and out of my bedroom window, and adding to the destruction with every pass.¬† When I did actually wake up this morning, I cautiously tiptoed into my living room while holding my breath….just in case…..

Well, I must stop being a Procrastinating Polly and go do some chores.  It is Football Sunday.  My fantasy team is the only one left in the league that is undefeated, but I have an inkling that will come to an end today.  We are limping along with injuries and bye weeks, and it is just not a pretty picture.  But, never say die, right?

Peace and doggy destruction grease.

Recipe of the day:

Baked Potato Pizza via http://www.pillsbury.com

Ingredients

  • 1 (11 oz) can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 cups cubed, unpeeled baked potato (about 1 large)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp ranch dressing mix (from a 1-oz. pkg)
  • 8 strips crisply cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (optional)
  • sour cream, for garnish

Directions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.¬† Spray or grease a 15×10″ cookie sheet.¬† Unroll the dough and press into a 15×10″ rectangle.
  • Arrange provolone cheese onto dough.¬† In a medium bowl, mix potato, olive oil, and ranch dressing mix.¬† Spoon mixture evenly over cheese slices.¬† Sprinkle with bacon and cheddar.
  • Bake 13-16 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.¬† Sprinkle with onion and serve with dollops of sour cream.

Book of the day:

Image result for a sudden light

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein.  It has been a while since I read this book, but I loved it.  Stein has quite a way with words, and I found myself reading and rereading passages so I could absorb them.  Stein also wrote The Art of Racing in the Rain, which squeezed my heart until I could barely breathe.

Song of the day:

Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns

This is one of my most favorite worship songs.  Enjoy!