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.

 

A post about nothing.

As usual, I have nothing earth-shattering to write about.  The Hubs and I finally went to the State Fair of Texas this past weekend.  How do we always manage to end up going during the OU/Texas game?  There were 5 million people there, roughly 1/3 of which were barely dressed college students.  It was fun, but I was very happy to be heading home.

I am preparing to have surgery to fix an issue I’ve been dealing with for several years now. ¬†I’ve never had surgery and am both excited and anxious about it. ¬†The surgery will be of the DaVinci variety, which means a robot will be sticking it’s little robot arms and fingers into my body instead of a surgeon. ¬†That’s kind of freaky.

My fantasy football season is progressing beautifully.  I am somehow 5-0.  Woot woot!  There is only one other 5-0 team, and we play each other this coming weekend.  I guess our little staring contest will be forced to come to an end.  (**fingers crossed!**)

MuckFest MS is¬†this frickin’ weekend. ¬†I could not possibly be less prepared for a 5K mud run. ¬†I may die face-down in a mud puddle. ¬†I hope that I have entertained at least one reader before I die. ¬†Do I have one reader? ¬†Hello, hello, hello….is there anybody out there?….

Anyway.  I hope you are all well and trudging through your week as painlessly as possible.

Peace and fried Twinkie grease!

fried-twinkie

Song of the day:

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

Book of the day:

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After You by Jojo Moyes. ¬†This is the sequel to¬†Me Before You, which was on my list of painful literary deaths from my last post. ¬†I am not finding this book quite as good as its predecessor, but I’m not giving up. ¬†I’m only about half way through. ¬†And, after that I have yet another Jojo Moyes book waiting for me on my Overdrive player.

Recipe of the day:

Buttery Coconut Bars via http://www.tasteofhome.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flaked coconut, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350¬į. Line a 13×9-in. baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and salt; stir in 1 cup melted butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light brown. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 325¬į.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the first seven filling ingredients until blended; stir in 3 cups coconut. Pour over crust; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.

I also toasted a bit of fresh coconut in some coconut oil to sprinkle on top before I cooked them.  It was a nice touch.  These things are wonderful.  You will hurt yourself on them.