“Old” is Relative

I am the Safety Manager at my job.  So, it probably doesn’t make much sense that when the refinery located less than two miles from my office caught fire today, I hopped in a truck and rode over there to see what I could see.  Sometimes nosiness is a stronger reaction than self-preservation.  I did, very responsibly I might add, get on the horn with my drivers and tell them to get the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of there.  At least nobody else’s blown-up body would be on my conscience.  🙂  Luckily, it was a small fire, and nobody was hurt.  There is never a boring day at my job.  Ever.

Though I am much happier at my new job, I still feel like all I do is work.  Time is flying by at an alarming rate.  Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and wonder how in the world someone as young as me can have that many wrinkles.  And then, I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell myself that I am actually NOT that young and remind myself that several of my friends are GRANDPARENTS.  That’s GRANDparents.  With a GRAND.  As in gray hair and early bedtimes and jars of orange marmalade on their tables.  There is NO WAY that the people I graduated from school with–still cool, energetic, fun, stylish people–are grandparents.  But then, maybe we’re not so “cool” (as evidenced by my use of the word cool), nor as energetic as we once were, nor as fun, and, in my case anyway, maybe not so stylish.  Sigh……

But, that’s okay.  I am determined to enjoy all the time that God is granting me here in this life.  The Hubs and I did go see 2Cellos in Austin again a few weeks ago.  I was slightly less excited this time than last because this year was the “Score Tour”.  And, though 2Cellos are extremely talented, and everything they play is amazing, I thought there was no way that it would be as good a show.  They did start out playing several movie scores.  After four or five, one of them got on the mic and told us not to worry because they would only play one more “slow song”.  **insert excited grin here**  The scores were amazing, but 2Cellos are at their very best when they are rocking out.  And, they absolutely did not disappoint.  And their drummer!  That kid is WILDLY talented.  His name is Dusan Kranjc, and his playing was stunning.  You could feel his drumbeats reverberating through your entire body.  I have no idea how he played like he did throughout the entire show, but I guess that could be said about Luka and Stjepan as well.  I can’t wait to see them again.

Anyway.  I hope all of you are enjoying your God-given time as well.  I hope you remember that each day is a gift.  I have to remind myself sometimes, but it absolutely is.  Seize each day.  Love others.  Be kind.  You know…all that advice that either makes me sound like I spend too much time on inspirational Pinterest boards or that I have life figured out.  😉  But seriously…….

Song of the Day:

Mombasa by 2Cellos with Dusan Kranjc

Book of the Day:

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The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber.  I am just about finished with this audio book.  I didn’t have much hope at first, but it has definitely grown on me.  Lady Darby was married to an anatomist who forced her to illustrate the anatomy book he was writing.  In Scotland in the 1800s, her participation in these autopsies is deemed “unnatural” and has made her the focus of nasty rumors.  Following the death of her husband, she flees to her sister’s castle, where she finds herself caught up in a murder mystery.  Because of her past, she becomes everyone’s prime suspect and is forced to assist in the investigation to help prove her innocence.  So far, so good.  I have been looking forward to my commute each morning and afternoon so I can listen to it.

Recipe of the Day:

Dill Pickle Soup via Noble Pig.  I was skeptical, but this falls under my theory that if a recipe sounds really nasty, it’s probably pretty good.  Why else would anyone make it?  And, this was pretty durn tasty!

Ingredients

  • 5-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (smaller dice)
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles (smaller dice ~ about 3 large whole dills)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups dill pickle juice*
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • sliced dill pickles
  • fresh dill
  • black pepper

Directions

  • In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and butter. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Add pickles and continue to boil.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sour cream and water, making a paste. Vigorously whisk sour cream mixture (2 Tablespoons at a time) into soup. (This will also break up some of your potatoes which is okay. You might see some initial little balls of flour form, but between the whisking and boiling all will disappear. Don’t panic.)
  • Add pickle juice, Old Bay, salt (*see below), pepper and cayenne. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately.
  • *All pickle juice is not created equal. Some is saltier than others. Taste your soup after adding the pickle juice and final seasonings. It’s possible you will not need any salt or would prefer more or less.
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There’s Gotta Be More to Life

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Assume that you have all the time in the world and every opportunity under the sun to get any kind of education or training.

I think that I want to be a forensic scientist, member of a symphony, travel blogger, book proofreader, and food critic who does tons of volunteer work all around the world in my free time.  Either that or a gypsy.

If there is anyone out there looking to fill such a position, please let me know.

A while back, I read a trilogy on my Kindle.  The experience made my eyes twitch.  All three books were absolutely riddled with errors.  I don’t understand that.  I know that we are all human, and we all make mistakes, but I would think that if a company is bothering to publish a book, there should be people (and/or computers!) in place whose job is to proofread.  I mean seriously.  It seems that a publishing company would want to make a better impression.  After finishing the third book, I immediately tracked down the company’s information and sent them an email offering my services and explaining why I felt the need to reach out to them.  I received a generic response that kindly directed me to the employment section of their website.  All of the jobs were located about as far from where I live as you can get and still be inside the US.  So much for that, but I’m not giving up!

I feel that my days at my current job are numbered.  I have been here for almost 15 years, and the shy, sweet, polite, motivated young lady they hired has slowly been replaced by a jaded and cynical woman whose BS tolerance is extremely low and who often lets her mouth operate on its own free will.  Frankly, I’m shocked that I’m still here.  But, I am good at what I do.  I know that sounds like I’m tooting my own horn, but I’m not.  Anyone else could be good at this job, if they were so inclined to dedicate 15 soul-sucking years to it.  The point is, I’m looking for a fabulous job opportunity that will let me help people (not help already rich people make even more money) and see new places.  I work hard.  And, I feel that there is still a good person lurking inside of me somewhere.  I am willing to try and find her again, if you’re willing to give me a chance.  🙂

Much love to you all.

Song of the Day

More to Life by Stacie Orrico

Book of the Day

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The Collector by Nora Roberts.  The main character in this book, Lila Emerson, is a professional house-sitter and author.  A house-sitter!  She spends all of her time going from nice house to nice apartment all over the world taking care of people’s homes and pets while they travel.  (Gah!  How do I score something like that?)  While gazing out of the window of one client’s apartment, she witnesses a murder/suicide.  This leads to her meeting a hunky big-time artist, fighting for her life, helping to solve the murder etc. etc.  Good book.  I like most everything I read by Nora Roberts.

Recipe of the Day

Baked Potato Grilled Cheese via http://www.bsinthekitchen.com.  Man, these are good.  When something is this good, calories shouldn’t matter.

  • 2-3 Strips of Bacon
  • 1 Potato
  • 2 tbsp of Sour Cream
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions/Chives
  • 2 Slices of Bread
  • Butter
  • Canola Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper

To start things off, get a pan on medium heat with enough canola oil to lightly cover the bottom (you could also use olive oil or butter). Cut your potato into even slices, you will need 4-5 slices for the sandwich, then place them in your pan, cooking each side until browned and crispy.

While cooking, salt and pepper the potatoes to taste (they don’t have to be too salty as the bacon with help with the saltiness as well) and sprinkle a light pinch of garlic powder. In another pan cook your bacon on medium heat to desired tenderness (I liked mine crispy for this sandwich!).

While everything is cooking, slice your bread (use some crusty bread like french or sourdough if you have it), and generously butter the outside of each piece. On the inside, put about 1 tablespoon of sour cream on each slice as well as slices of cheddar cheese on each side. Once your potatoes and bacon are finished frying, dab them on paper towel to remove some grease, then fan the potatoes out on your bottom slice of bread, put a little more sour cream on top of the potatoes if you desire (I did to help the bacon and chives stick in the sandwich). Slice up one green onion stalk and spread it on top of the potatoes along with the bacon. Place your other slice of cheese on top of all of this and top with your bread!

Now just grill the sandwich in a pan on medium heat until each side becomes golden brown. Once this is done, dig in and ENJOY!