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I Love Food & I Love Cooking!

I love food and I love cooking…

But only because I can actually cook now.

                                                      I Heart Cooking

I am on my 3rd week of using the food delivery service – Hello Fresh.

This is the most awesome, tasty, easy and simply program around.

At least that is my experience to date.

Look what I have learned how to cook over the last 3 weeks…..

                                      Mojo Drizzled New York Strip Steak

                     Cauliflower Pancetta Mac-n-Cheese (Minus the Pancetta)

                                            Crispy Top Parmesan Chicken

                                                    Sweet As Honey Chicken

                                                      The Pat Lafrieda Burger

                                                      Thai Pork Stir Fry

                                                      Buttered Up Steak

                            Thyme And Honey Pork Chops (Minus the Thyme)

                                        Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner

Not only that, I totally hook up co-workers with left over’s, which has been much appreciated…to date.

Recently I started utilizing the ability to skip some weeks.

This is an awesome option for two reason – (1) I can try out what I have learned thus far on my own and (2) the selection available do not always include enough of what I am willing to part with my money for to try.

I do not need breakfast, but thank you.

And I do not need fish or duck, nor do I want to cook any other parts of chicken except for the breast.

Yeah. Definitely no, but thank you anyway.

Overall, my Hello Fresh has been an excellent experience!

I have learned how to cook soooooo many things in the last three weeks that it is unreal.

If I were in a serious relationship, that dude would fall madly in love with me because these meals are great and thus make me a spectacular chef!!

So.  If you are in a rut, or if you are like me and want to learn how to cook – Hello Fresh has brought me such happiness and delicious, beyond words, meals.

Totally worth the investment!

Per me, a 100% satisfied customer.

Food is life.

Might as well make it right.

 

 

 

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Vacationing with Mozzie

Have you ever had a moment when after seeing someone day in and day out you suddenly see them in a different light and think – Holy cow! You have lost a lot of weight!!  Or Holy cow!  You have gained a lot of weight!!

That happened to me on Monday with my cat Mozzie.

He loves attention. At least from me.  I scratch under his chin, behind his ears and the scruff of his neck often because he really enjoys it.

But Monday, I was standing over him so I rubbed both my hands down the sides of his body to give him full body love and I felt his ribs and thought, HOLY BLEEP!  What the bleep is wrong?!  Why are you so damn skinny??

Over the weekend he had gotten sick a couple of times and had diarrhea 3 mornings in a row.  I thought he had eaten something and would be ok once it passed.

Why did I think that?

Let me show you some exhibits of his handy work when I am not home….

He nailed it! And by that I mean Mozzie has successful chewed on the corners of ALL the window frames in the apartment.  He is not a slacker.

Next on his chewing list, he hit the kitchen! Marked the kitchen cabinets as no match for him.

Then he got bored over time and moved on to my furniture. He is worse than a dog! I never see it going down, I just get to admire the results.

This is one of Mozzie’s favorite cat toys. I should know because I have bought at least 20 of them over time because….well, please see next photo

And this would be the same said toy one day later. At $4.99 a pop, Mozzie has a very expensive habit!

But Monday freaked me out because I had not noticed that he was losing weight, and he wasn’t acting really sick or lethargic until Monday.

I went to work, got some things done and was going to leave after the receptionist had lunch, but one of my bosses told me to go home right then and take Mozzie to the vet.

I was so grateful because I was upset, both about Mozzie’s health and my own.  I had received a message that same morning from my doctor that I needed to come back in soon because there were irregularities with my mammogram.

That on top of having poor result with my physical recently, well let’s just say that the only thing I have got going in my favor right about now is my teeth.  I at least passed that exam with flying colors!

Four years ago I was working for a different CPA firm.  One night during tax season I came home and realized that my cat Caesar’s breathing was labored so I rushed him to the vet.  Five hours later, after he and I next rush to an emergency vet, the most unexpected thing happened, he passed away.

That was very traumatic for me.  He and I were very close and we went through a lot together.  I cried so much that my eyes were practically swollen shut.

I went to work the next day since it was tax season and I was pretty much a key figure in getting the returns out the door, amongst other things.  I looked like absolute crap, and no amount of make-up could even begin to hide my swollen eyes.

One of my bosses at the time, who was also one of the owners of the firm, sat down with me and said, “If my dog just died, I sure as hell would not be here! I’d probably be at a bar drowning my sorrows.  Nonetheless, I would not be here.”

It made me feel better at the time.  But since I only had Caesar and he was gone, the very last place I wanted to be was at home, a home that had suddenly become so empty without warning.

So when I noticed “out of the blue” that something was wrong with Mozzie, he became my primary focus.  I have gladly spent some of my vacation time to be able to care for him and watch him carefully.  I do not want to repeat of what happened to me before.

The vet gave him several injections to re-hydrate him, to stop the vomiting and the diarrhea, and I have medicine I am giving him daily.  On a separate day I took in a stool sample and the results came back negative, which is good.

He’s an indoor cat, so it has to be something he ate or something within his own body that is not functioning properly.

He seems to be feeling a little bit better.  He’s eating (food, not wooden house fixtures or toys), he’s going to the bathroom normally, he’s not throwing up, and he is playing with Kennedy some more.

So we are hanging today.  He and Kennedy have been enjoying the sun…..

Chilling

Sunbathing

And if he shows any signs of not feeling well, back to the vet we will go for the next exploratory step.

At this rate, between checking on his health and my own, I am dropping about $250 every other day.

If something needs to be done, I will do it because health is more important than money.

But since I am footing the bill, I’d like to slow it down and take a more cautious yet pro-active ready to move forward at a moment’s notice type of approach.

Like I said right now he seems good, and I am going to relax a little bit today too, since you know, we are on vacation…..

My Little Monster, I mean My Little Mozzie.

Mozzie Snoozing

Cat Nap for Kennedy

Kennedy Snoozing and Happy as a Lark


Hot Damn!

I got my Harley back on Tuesday.

Last week, they took my bike to the shop to change out the battery, and to do a state inspection.

Turns out they only had to charge the battery for me, which saved me a lot of money.

The first few months of this year it was cold, and um, I was tired because of tax season, and um, I didn’t ride.

There was one nice spell during those months and my co-worker and his wife came over.  I let him ride it while I ran errands, um because (a) I went through a class with him and saw how he handles riding a motorcycle and (b) I share my toys.

I have another friend who I am going to take to a parking lot and remind him how to operate a motorcycle.  He doesn’t have a motorcycle license, so in a deserted parking lot at the crack of dawn we shall remain.  But I am happy to show him and let him give it a go on my bike.

Anyway, when my co-worker rode it, he charged the battery up right nice.

After that, I would at least go down and turn on the bike and let it run for a while thinking that would give the battery juice.

Um. No. According to the Harley dude, that’s why my battery died…..because I drained it!

I don’t have an electrical outlet in the garage where I park so I can’t keep the battery charged when I am not riding it.

Now to keep it alive and healthy, I need to ride it about 100 miles a week.

No time like the present…..so I took my Harley out for a spin this morning!

Wait it gets better.

After making my second lap of keeping it safe aka not venturing out too far…..I thought – eff it! Ride mama, ride.

And I did.

I zipped all over the place, all up in traffic.  I have never done this before but, the only way to get used to something is to – Just Do It.

I drove around for 45 minutes this morning and I loved every single moment of it!

My day was already complete by 7:30am.  The day cannot get any better than this!

And what a great stress reliever.

I am happy as a lark.

For my visual friends, here’s how my riding will evolve in pictures….

Me: Getting My Morning Rides In!

Me: WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!

Me: Catch Me If You Can Sucker!!

Hot Damn!

Oh, Rolling Thunder will be in the DC area at the end of May.

This year I might finally pull off riding on the GW Parkway with all the other motorcycles in town.

#DreamComeTrue

#LongTimeComing

 


That Is My Future Following Me Around

Yesterday I came this close to driving a Porsche!

This closes as in…my fingers are close together in the formation of a pinch without touching but as close as you can get without touching.

That is how close I was!!

This is my background picture on my work computer (and I have two monitors so that gives me and others double the viewing pleasure) and on my laptop at home.

Niiiice, huh?!

This is my goal.  This is a 2008 Porsche Boxster.  I am so not opposed to used if the car has been well maintained and has low mileage.

That is how I landed my Honda S2000 and was able to afford it.  It is a 2002 model and I bought it in December 2007.

Honda only manufactured this car from 1999 to 2009.

Back when I test drove a brand new yellow S2000 in 2006 the base price was @ $40k.  Um, I couldn’t afford that.

Also, that was the only time in my life up to that point that I test drove a brand new car.  By test driving it, I was visualizing my future.

And lo and behold, one year later, I got exactly what I wanted for half the cost and I have enjoyed the hell out of that car ever since.

In the office my computer background has caught the eye of any guy that has come into my office, even contractors who came in to do work for us.  They all know what I want.

One of my bosses with such sincerity said – Wow that is a really nice car!

I looked at him and said – Dude you could buy that if you really wanted it.

Those days have passed for him according to him.

Only one co-worker said – Dude that is so lame!

I said – What, why is that lame?

He said – Why do you need to have a picture of your car up on your computer?

I said – Dude that is not my S2000.  That is a Porsche Boxster.

He said – Oh.  It looks the same.  But in that case, nice car!

About a month ago, I was talking to my mom about resolving the issue I had with a garage that dorked up my oil pan on my S2000 (if interested, please see previous post).

She said – We saw the prettiest little yellow Porsche convertible out on the road today.

I said – Dude that is my next auto goal!

She said – What?  You are going to trade in your little yellow car and your jeep for one?

Me – Um, no.  I want one in addition to what I have now.  I tried to tell you guys, Jay Leno really is my hero.  I want a garage with these vehicles – My Black Harley, My Yellow S2000, My Yellow Jeep Wrangler and a Yellow Porsche Boxster & an Alfa Romeo Spider (color will probably be white like the last one).

People collect different things.  So I want to collect rides.

For me, I truly enjoy driving.  Except during rush hour.  That sucks no matter what you are driving.

All these vehicles bring me such great joy, and the feeling of freedom.  They are all convertibles and I love to feel the wind.

I have owned at one time or another and driven all of these vehicles except one – The Porsche.

It is not like you can walk into a Porsche dealership and say – Um yeah, I’d like to test drive one please.

However, it does one well to have friends in high places!

My other boss is looking into buying a Porsche 911 convertible or a BMW something or other convertible (I don’t speak BMW).

He has already test driven the BMW something or other convertible.

Now he is going to test drive the Porsche and in my mind it looks something like this…

And he offered to let me TEST DRIVE IT!

Holy. Bleeping. BLEEP!!

That blew my mind.

I will be happy enough just to see one up close and personal and to sit in it!

Yesterday was a false alarm.

The leasing agent could not find one in the area in time to bring it over to the office for him to test drive.

But guess what?

The test drive is going down on Monday!!

It gets even better.

God’s honest truth.  This is the car that drove behind me on the highway all the way home last night –

That has got to be a freaking sign!

Even if it is not, in my head it is!

I mean what are the chances?

And the damn thing was yellow!

I’d look up in my rear view mirror and think two things…..

That is such a beautiful car.

That is my future following me around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pondering Again…

Go back to school?

Buy a condo?

Seems to me if one keeps pondering the same things, perhaps one should do something about it.

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direction


Look Out Ukrops 10k, Here I Come!

I am pretty excited… I’ll  be joining a group of lovely ladies to participle with in this year’s Ukrop’s 10k on Saturday, April 1st!

It is something I’ve tried to do annually with my girl Janie since 2011.

In 2011, I was 40 and finished the race in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 53 seconds.

In 2012, I was 41 and finished the race in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 46 seconds.

In 2015, yeah I took a couple of years off, I was 43 finished the race in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 55 seconds.

And now in 2017, because last year I broke my foot and I could not participate, I will be 4 days into my 46th year of life and my only goal is…..to complete the race! hahaha

My times might not sound like all of that, but to me they rock.

You see, each time I just up and did 6.2 miles with no training in the middle of tax season and I have remained pretty consistent through the years.

I even get up at the crack of dawn, drive 2+ hours, do the race, have lunch and drive the 2+ hours back.

Now that alone has got to be impressive! hahaha

I am not sure what this year holds due to the extra weight I am carrying courtesy of the previously mentioned broken foot last year, but if I can remain consistent, I will be over the moon!

And even if I cannot, but I at least finish the race, well, I will still be as pleased as punch and proud of myself.

I hope you sign up to do something you think you might not be able to pull off this year too, it does wonders for the soul.

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Wow. Thank You. AND I Got An Apple® iPhone® 7 Plus To Boot Baby!

I stepped away from work this weekend.  I mean like for real.

This is the first weekend in a month that I did not bring any work home.

My boss is at the Super Bowl with his son.  Pretty neat, huh?

Well, if the busiest man in the firm can take a little time to step away to enjoy life a bit before we are all living at the office, well I needed to follow suit.

I really needed it too – mentally, physically and emotionally.

As a result I have great news! I have been very productive this weekend, taking care of me things.

I am now the proud owner of four new (sports’ car) tires AND a set of rear wheel brake pads!

I took my S2000 in for the annually required inspection, and for the first time in my life, my car failed inspection.

Lucky for me, I remember how much it cost the last time I had to replace all the tires.  That knowledge let me know whether or not I was being taken advantage of, you know, being a woman and all.

Not only were they extremely fair, and threw in many discounts, they kept my car locked up nice and safe in their garage the entire time they had it in their possession..  Um.  They had me at hello with that move.

I have found my new mechanic(s)!  I got to be all up in the garage, like the good ole days.  I want to see and learn everything you can show me about my car, Jeep and Harley.

The only reason this whole experience didn’t stress or freak me out is because I had set aside some year-end bonus money I had received from my bosses.

Unlike four years ago when the Honda shop let me know that I would soon need to replace my tires…..but I didn’t have the money so I waited…..yep, it is a freaking miracle that I did not blow out a tire and/or crash my car with the way I was driving on those old tires.

It was mind-blowing when the mechanic showed me the old tires.  Yikes!

And my new tires, HOLY CRAP!  It is like driving on air.  The smoothest ride ever!

A bonus, I walked to the garage yesterday morning to pick up my car.  I, um, walked in 25 degree windy but sunny weather at 8:30am on a Saturday to pick up my car….it was @ a 1 ½ miles walk and it felt FREAKING FANTASTIC!

That is the first time in months that I have worn tennis shoes.  For real.

What used to be my norm (tennis shoes) had become flip-flops, and I’ve only been doing things that could be done in flip-flops. If I couldn’t do it in flip-flops, well, I wasn’t interested. hahaha

Not anymore.  Tennis shoes are soooo back in the game for me.

Even better, I put out a FitBit Walking Challenge, which kinda fell off my radar when my beloved FitBit died, for next week and four people have already joined me!

One other productive/awesome thing I did, I got an Apple® iPhone® 7 Plus baby!

One thing about me, I don’t upgrade unless I need to.

This new phone is only the fourth phone I have owned in the last 20 years.

The sales rep was like, WOW, you really are getting an upgrade lady!

I went from a 4, not a 4s, to the 7 Plus.  See.  I don’t upgrade for the sake of upgrading. hahaha

Not only is my new, beautiful 7 Plus iPhone the BOMB, but I set it up start to finish all by myself!

Mama has come a long way in the tech world in the last five years!

Now, I need to go take a nap, there is way too much excitement going on in my world this weekend people.

I hope you have a Happy Weekend too!

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