Eating Well and the New Facebook

Chef George’s Clay Pot Chicken

Good morning! It’s PAYROLL closing day, but I wanted to pop in share some pics of dinner the last couple of nights. Chef George doing good. The meals are turning a bit healthier and I’m ALWAYS ok with that. We have eaten well on vacay and need to get back to weight management – ok weight loss and then weight management. lol

Chef George’s “Egg in the Hole” with Cheese Covered HOLE, lol Plus Extra Egg with Salsa

Backing up to Sunday morning, George fixed an awesome breakfast. I love an “Egg in the Hole”.

I do, however, eat things I’m not supposed to here and there. Like this bag of vacation M & M’s. We bought a lot of snacks for the car. I don’t know but I guess traveling a long distance in the car, it’s just engrained in you to take food. We didn’t even put a dent in it. Most of it eaten when we got back. It IS good to have SOMETHING in the car though. I can remember once being stuck in traffic for like an hour and we broke out the brownies and everyone was getting out of their car. We shared brownies with the couple next to us (after talking a bit and they discovered we were actually ok, lol). But yeah, I finished off the M&M’s yesterday from vacay. I had been keeping them in the fridge at work – it’s a Texas thing now. Cold desserts. After having a cold brownie (Texas sheet cake) on a 105 degree evening – I’ll never look at summer desserts the same. That Texas brownie cake is forever etched in my being. The refrigeration worked for the M & M’s too. Makes for a nice mid afternoon pick me up with coffee. But they are gone so now I can work on shaping my hips again! LOL

My devo for yesterday. I love the fact that God’s LOVE can set so many things free. I’ve always loved the phrase “joy comes in the morning”. Over the years there have been times when I have gone to bed distressed over the happenings of the day, but the next day brings resolve most of the time. Some days might be a little short of calling it “joy” but the hope was always there. And whatever the cause, God sees the tears of His own. We just need to call out to Him for aid when we need it. He promises to be there and He keeps His promise that all will work out for those that love Him – eventually.

The last two nights have been “table meals”. Hard to eat and watch TV with them. So we sat at the Kitchen “Pub Table”.

Chef George’s Pho and Spring Rolls

George, inspired by our recent Pho night out, last Thursday – fixed it at home. It was very similar. The star of the show was the chicken Satay and peanut sauce. That peanut sauce was perfect and delish.

Ok I was a LITTLE late getting the chicken dish caught on cam but we had two leftover for lunches.

The learning curve was the fresh spring rolls. They were nearly perfect. George said he needed to have tightened the rice wrappers a bit and the decision to use real crab didn’t work as well because the crab was very fishy. The best thing to use is shrimp or the fake crab meat, along with your lettuce and carrots. Very fresh crunchy way to eat a salad! I’ve asked for more of these. Great to take for lunch! But we both decided that crab was fishy. I think it was the part taken from the fishy side of the crab – all the extras and not the legs. Oh well. Otherwise they were very tasty and crunchy.

An added bonus to the meal was the hot tea. It was so good.

Over the last few nights I’ve been sipping on this wine. I’ve enjoyed it. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. Not sure where we got it.

Other Notes:

Sunday was productive in my office. Orders placed. I worked on the video getting the extra segment taped for my “value added” section. This video will be a bit longer. My goal is to do around 13 minutes but the max is 19. I’m trying to shorten it but I think I have shortened as good as I can without taking away from the stories. It’s currently at 19. I have just a few more tweaks and I am learning how to make a “list” and adding the extras things in. So there is a learning curve going on. It’s awful to have to go to work when I want to be home doing this, LOL. It’s hard to tear yourself away from it when you are in the middle of it. It’s definitely a fun thing for me. But since I work FT I have to stop. My best time to work on it is the weekend, BECAUSE of the fact that I get pulled in and don’t want to tear away. But if I tell myself I’m ONLY going to work on ONE section – like doing the thumbnail or adding in this “list”, I can do that a little more easily. Worked on the list last night. It just helps to have a visual when talking.

I got the new facebook. Come befriend me if you want, those of you who are regulars that comment. If I know you I’ll accept the friendship. Or you can find my public Facebook Page open to everyone with the same name as the blog. All of my posts are there and a few extras from time to time. I’m also on Instagram, and of course YouTube. If you Subscribe you will not miss a video. Right now there is no regular schedule but I’ve been getting about one video out per month as I’m learning how to do this and working full time. Eventually should be getting a set schedule going but I don’t want that pressure on me right now. It’s a goal for later once I’m around the curve a bit. If I stress out over it, it won’t be fun. But usually about once a month I’ll have a video of our shenanigans. Sometimes during this pandemic you have to wait til something interesting happens, lol. There is only so many ways to make household chores and projects interesting. But at least the Texas video is coming soon. I stay about a month behind real time I think.

Back to the new Facebook. It’s on the computer. I’m not sure if there is a change coming on the mobile or not but the computer one has changed. I really like the dark mode. Mainly because it is different. I think the layout of the new Facebook is easier. It’s cleaner. So don’t be afraid of the change. All the main buttons seem to be in the same place. But to find where you change things seems to be easier to locate. It’s nice! Love it.

Well, I’m excited about the long weekend coming up. I also have enough video to do one for after Texas! lol. Geez I need to ramp up pumping them out. In the mean time I need to go and get ready for work. I’ll pop in again soon when I have something worth saying, lol.

Ya’ll have a good rest of the week!

Oh here’s one more pic I missed. This is the clay pot that George used. Very seasoned by now.

Clay Pot Cooking

New Video Uploaded and My Thoughts on Getting Rid of a Funky Mood

Here it is! My Social Media Experiment and Sharing Clay Pot Cooking. This one is shorter, has some good music, pretty scenery, our fur babes and a few fun clips.

If you like it, give it a thumbs up on You Tube and if you want to see more, please subscribe. My first goal is to get to 100 subscribers. I think I’m at 17 right now. And that is better than 4! I am enjoying learning how to create these videos and have a series of goals in mind as it progresses. I’m looking forward to being able to share more as we get to do more and travel more. For now most of these are simply shot at home. And while I will often have office shots, I long to get out and see some things and have some new experiences once this COVID thing is over!

Feeling a Little Sad and Lost

And I’m sitting here staring at the computer not sure what to say next! When does that EVER happen? I have just been at complete relax mode. And the result is that I am wanting to write in bullet points instead of complete paragraphs.

I’ve noticed, quite surprisingly, this weekend, if I’m honest, that I have been a little sad, a little lost, a little unsure, a little disconnected. My normal “drive” to work on things is just not there. I am pleased as punch that we are going to be grandparents so complete happiness there! But I have been a little lost with my time this weekend. I am disappointed when I don’t make the most of the time I have to “get things done”. But when I look at the list, there is just not much of anything that I need to be in a hurry to GET DONE! However, I’ve enjoyed doing what I wanted to do, which was “not much”.

Impromptu Evening with Family

But we did have a fun impromptu evening yesterday when Susan, my SIL called and said they were at the airport flying in from a trip. I asked if they wanted to come over for a happy hour cocktail on the way home. Yes they did. And we enticed them to eat dinner, which was Pheasant, home fries (potato wedges), salad, green beans, and pistachio pudding for dessert. And look at this, not even a photo of the food to show for it. As you can see that is quite unlike me. I’ve just let everything go by the wayside this weekend I suppose. But we had a great time hearing about their trip and talking. It totally made my day!

I had asked Mom if she wanted to come up for the weekend. I asked too late really. I knew we’d be going down there to see her in a couple of weeks. But at the last minute, once I knew due to the rise in COVID that we would be staying home all weekend with no outings, on a whim I asked if she would like to come. Mom has to have more notice though as she already had her own vision of enjoying the 4th at her house! I think she is like me and likes to plan and have a mindset sometimes before just taking off to go somewhere for a couple of days. Who wouldn’t?

Although impromptu is great sometimes, and it was fun and much needed when Susan and Kevin came over last night. We had a lot of fun. We also talked about camping. And you know I want to do some RV camping (no tent camping) but….I just don’t know where to start honestly b/c I don’t think George will want to just dive into this with me. Renting is a big deal usually requiring 3 nights and no dogs – at least the ones around here have not been easy for us to do. I have my heart set on something like a Leisure Van one day. George doesn’t want to pull anything but I’m still kinda thinking about a little mini something or other we could pull with my SUV as it would be less expensive. It would have to be small though. I just don’t know. There is also the thought that I might be able to trade mine in for something that would pull more. My wheels are turning on this and have been for a while. It would really set my heart in motion to be able to camp some of these COVID weekends. Take a book, cook our meal, go for a hike, or a walk, take a drive in the area. Meet some other folks in the process. Maybe one day.

Neighborhood Fireworks

Last night, once the fireworks on TV started from neighboring firework displays, we began hearing fireworks being shot in our neighborhood and decided to look. Never ever have I heard so many fireworks going off at once in a neighborhood area. And they were beautiful. People had the good kind. We stood in the middle of the front yard and twirled from side to side in a circle in awe as we saw the lights or heard the crackling sounds across the sky. It was amazing to hear so many going off at once and seeing them all around us in every direction. I started to take pics but it’s just never the same. And we have trees so sometimes it was hard to see many of them clearly.

Random Thoughts

OK, so we head back to work tomorrow. There will be plenty there to deal with. I also have to call my dentist and get rebooked and call my Physician and see if I need to do a virtual visit to get renewed for my BP Rx or if I have to go in. I really don’t want to go in with COVID all blown up as it is. But I have to have my blood pressure meds, so go figure.

I spent time yesterday getting my LessHustleMoreCoffee accounts (Instagram and Twitter) like I want them. I think I plan to just use those from now on but won’t remove my other one. It makes sense to have this one as my main one since it is a Blog/Vlog of my life anyway.

I’m making Enchilada Casserole tonight for dinner. I figured George could use a break. I also hear it thundering outside. We have some pop up storms coming I think. I guess we should take the dogs out before it gets bad. But they are sleeping good.

Getting rid of the Funky Mood:

I seem to remember that July and January always seems to bring a funk with it. That is totally what is going on. I’m in a funk! Do you ever get in a funk? I wonder what the key is to getting out of a funk? I think the key for me is to:

  1. Take a step back and look at everything and refocus on what is important.
  2. Make sure I’m taking vitamins and supplements because sometimes you just need a more balanced diet to be your best self.
  3. Plan something fun.
  4. Just get up and start moving.
  5. Set specific goals of what you need/want to do and then go do it.
  6. Talk with another human about any subject, lol.
  7. Journal like I’m doing now.
  8. Ask God what He needs you to do and are you Realigned. I guess that should be #1 huh?
  9. Hug your pet or your human?
  10. Drink coffee/wine depending what day it is and play a game, watch a show, read or create a diversion for yourself!
  11. Go shopping if it is not in the middle of a COVID pandemic! That always lifts my mood, lol.
  12. Change up the day somehow or try something new.

And I will leave it at that!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July Weekend! I’d love to hear what you enjoyed best about your weekend. I hope you all are not in a funky mood like I am! Ha! But I’ll be fine!

Thursday’s True Colors

I’ve not had any Greek for a while now. I decided yesterday on a whim to use Uber Eats to order lunch. It’s a lot of food and typically I’m miserable after. But it’s so darn good. I decided to split it in half and eat half yesterday and the other half for lunch. That was a good portion. I enjoyed it so much. I don’t do Uber Eats very much, but on some days it’s really convenient. However, usually twice the price for delivery fees and tips.

I bought a couple of masks for George from my coworker. She has given me several free but I said I would buy some if she had masculine ones. She does such a good job and hers are so comfortable. The reason I’ve been gearing up on the masks (I have some ordered on Amazon) is that I get the feeling that mask requirement is going to become mandated. And sure enough our county it became mandated yesterday. And of course my masks have not arrived yet. I’m sure they are on a slow boat from China even though it says they are shipping from the US. Interesting when you look at the tracker it shows “shipped from CA”. However – normally you can see “scanned at this location” and then “scanned at that location” but there is no activity. So I am sure they are coming from some out of USA location and before it gets there it keeps just saying “Shipped from CA”. Once it arrives in CA from China or wherever, I guess it will start showing the scans. Does this not just get your gizzard? It says US seller. But I guess that is true. It’s still coming from overseas somewhere, lol. So that is pointless to say that. It needs to say US Manufacturer. I’ll be more specific next time I order. When I order Prime, I really want to get it in a couple of days as that is the service I’ve paid for, for prime. Grrr. Anyway we sit and wait but in the mean time he has these.

I texted him to tell him I bought these yesterday. No response. Am I the only one that their husband won’t respond to texts? Had I been any other person he likely would have at least responded something. I asked him about it and he said he got them but had nothing to say. I said “thank you” would have been appropriate. (??????). And so there you go. My life. May as well have been texting the neighborhood groundhog.

Things like this do not help the pysche. But then again I guess it is why I am here. Someone is reading, listening, and usually will respond. I think I’m a words of affirmation girl and I rarely get them. Heavens to Betsy I might get the big head and think I was someone important or worthy of existing. Anyway, he may hang the darn things from a ceiling fan if he wants. But I have done my part in trying to looking out for him to keep him alive, well, and from getting a citation or whatever they will be doing for enforcement. I do understand people get busy and forget to text back. But his wasn’t that reason. Maybe he thought he’d thank me later. Yeah we’ll go with that one.

Here’s our meals for the week. We eat well. I cooked spaghetti last night while he went to the store. We have a list on the right to “choose from” in the coming days. At least Eating is something we do well together. No problems there. We do manage to email back and forth on that at least. I guess it’s the subject matter that gets the attention. Food does the trick. It’s worthy enough to communicate about. Masks aren’t.

We had a storm come through on the edges of town right around sundown. It made for an excellent glow. The breeze was most awesome. Once the sun was down it was ugly grey but the breeze was still nice. These are actually photos with NO change in coloring.

Well I ordered this letterboard from Amazon to put in my office and it will be behind me on the wall when I film from my office. I will move the white board to the opposite wall. I think I also want a small white shelf to add beside it. And I will have a plant and an item or two sitting on it for decor. A work in progress but want to make it fun for the videos. I have to figure out how to move everything around on the other walls. Something I have to do usually with a beer in my hand mid afternoon on Saturday!

The next video is coming together! I filmed a small session yesterday. And I only have a couple of more things to video before it’ll be set to work on. So it looks like I’ll be able to pull these off about every 2 to 3 weeks maybe in my spare time. Probably by fall I will able to determine what a comfortable schedule is. Right now two weeks is tight and three weeks is doable. If I had to set a set schedule right now I would do two weeks. That just puts the pressure on. But supposedly people don’t want to subscribe if you don’t have a regularly set schedule. So eventually I’ll set one. I have also been looking at the music and I believe I’ve selected what I’ll use for this one.

So day one with the Social Media experiment? It went well. Did I miss Facebook? No not really. I accidentally opened it by habit once because of the red alerts. I think I have over 100 alerts and a couple of messages. How did it impact me on day 1?

Well I felt relieved and I felt a release of sorts. I was more in touch with myself and my feelings and my to do’s and my wishes. I felt a sense of achievement I was not expecting from your comments here and also some other’s comments to me. Others were proud that I had even taken the step to “try it” even. I hadn’t expected to feel I’d achieved anything on day 1. But apparently it is a bigger deal than I thought in others minds to be away from FB at all.

In addition, I finished a Bible Study on YouVersion at lunch instead of being on Social Media. I did not feel more alone. I guess I already felt enough of that anyway. Social Media was not keeping me company any more. It’s not a conversation but a political pull or an opinion play day. I quite enjoyed not seeing any of that mess.

I did miss wanting to post my Greek food, lol. But who gives a fire anyway? Only about 5 people were liking my comments and pics anyway. Probably weren’t even seeing my posts. And I did miss being able to ask why Trump was saying he wanted to defund the testing sites? I saw an article that said he said the numbers would quit going up if we quit testing. I didn’t see how not testing would help. I mean if you don’t want to know there’s a virus there, then stop keeping tally I guess and it’ll go away? I am not really understanding all of it. Do more testing, less testing? I guess I should not watch the news but had I not, I wouldn’t have known our county was requiring the masks. Everything is always so confusing these days.

Anyway – bottom line on 1st day without Social Media – was a success. I’m not having withdrawals but enjoying the extra time. Also listened to music yesterday. I have a song to recommend:

This is Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s version of True Colors as in the Troll movie. This song is beautiful they way they do it. I found this consoling yesterday. I hope you enjoy it. I listened to it on my iTunes. I made a note to mention it here on the blog and lo and behold there is a YouTube video. So enjoy.

And hope you have a wonderful day. It’s month end and quarter end so very busy and will be for the next month.

Take care! Only one more day til Friday. Thank heavens!