Friday, July 24, 2009

No News...

I know it sounds pessimistic to say this, but I do not think I got the job that I interviewed for on Tuesday. I have not heard anything back from them yet and they only had 3 other people to interview. Granted, the last one could be happening today, and they won't make a decision until next week, but I can't let myself get too excited about something like this. So for now, in my head, I did not get the job.

I hoping I am wrong, but somehow, I think I am right.

It stinks because I really feel like I did well in the interview. Everyone I talked to seemed to really like me and I just think it felt right. Oh well...

After next week I am going to try to start temping. My main focus will be on temp to hire jobs only so that I at least have a shot at finding full time work. Once I get in there, they'll fall in love with me and they'll have no choice but to hire me! :)

So, that's where I am. Tonight and tomorrow I am going to Red Sox games, Sunday Rye Bread is coming to visit, Monday we'll maybe have a picnic and go on the swan boats and paint pottery and Tuesday is my birthday! And...another Sox game. :) :) :) It's going to be a great 5 days....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf

Over the last few weeks I've cooked some mighty fine dinners, if I do say so myself! I never remember to take photos of dishes though. It's just hard in the thick of it to stop and photograph plates, especially when 2 little girls are hungry! So...recipe blog posts are going to be a little boring looking for now. In any case, this weeks star was Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf.

I think I mentioned before that the family I cook for gets meat from a farm share. This month they had tons of veal, pork and beef so I put it to good use in a 3 # meatloaf! Everyone scarfed it up and went back for seconds, so I know it'll be a hit with your family too. I served it with mashed potatoes and sauteed corn & finished up with a modern day Ice Box cake. Yum!

Ingredients:

3T. Olive Oil
1 Red Pepper, diced
5 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
2 Eggs
1/4 C. Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
1 # Ground Beef
1 # Ground Pork
1# Ground Veal
1 C. Panko Bread Crumbs
1 C. Ketchup
1/4 C. Balsamic Vinegar plus 2 T.

Method: Preheat oven to 450.

1. Saute pepper and garlic in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
2. In a bowl combine meat, eggs, 1/2 C. Ketchup, 2 T. Vinegar, Bread Crumbs and Pepper mix. Form a loaf and place in pan.
3. Wisk 1/2 C. Ketchup and 1/4 C. Vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over meatloaf. Bake at 450 for 45-55 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Randomivity

I got a fortune cookie a couple of weeks ago that read: "The principle part of faith is patience." Though I think it's important, I don't think that it's the principle part. But maybe I'm wrong.

I used to gather things up in my head all week for randomivity posts but these days I seem to lose them. My randomivity posts used to be funnier.

Do you have a friend who is the sweetest person in the world-totally innocent and kind you just can't help but love them? But they talk wicked loud? And though they aren't talking about embarrassing things like their sexual history or anal leakage you still want to lean over and tell them to be quiet? I do. And I can't bring myself to do it.

Walking into your building smelling stale, dirty garbage is never a good thing. (Especially in a nice building like mine). But when you get into your apartment on the 5th floor and it smells like that (and it's not your garbage) it's alarming. Damn bloodhound nose! If I didn't have pennies to my name, I might have gone to a hotel.

It's always weird when you write a "I know what you're going through and you can always talk to me" email and you don't get a response. Not even a butt out or anything. The next family get together at Nana's is going to be weird.

Butt out is funny. I actually picture people backing up with their butts out (exposed) walking away from angry people.

OMG-Sunday at the beach I saw a very unfortunate thing. A (mostly) skinny girl in a bikini that was several sizes too small for her. It was a string bikini and she had it sitting low on her hips...so low that 1/2 of her butt crack was showing. She walked the entire length of the beach adjusting her bottom several times-each time showing us pretty much her whole butt. Disturbing.

Rye Bread is coming to stay with me for 3 days on Sunday. SO EXCITED! I think we'll have a picnic on the common and go on the Swan Boats (I've never been) and she can play in the fountain. We also might go paint pottery. For sure we're going to a Red Sox game on my birthday. She's a Yankees fan so this is huge that she said yes! Can't wait!!!!!

Every time I label these posts "Drunken Ramble" comes up. I really, really want to do another one of those. Maybe next week after I go out with friends for drinks for a birthday celebration. That might be funny. :)

Sexy Beast is supposed to be a compliment but really, who wants to be called a beast?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Toosdae ?'s


Today I have an interview at 11am. I know nothing about the position (other than its title), the hours or the pay. But the CEO of the company contacted me after I sent her my resume, so hopefully it'll be the job I've been waiting for all these month. Keep your fingers crossed! Here are this weeks questions-I look forward to reading your answers throughout the day. :)


1. You have a full bag of M & M's or Skittles to yourself. Do you:

(a) Eat them in whatever order they fall into your hand/mouth.
(b) Sort them by color and eat them in groups.
(c) You don't eat candy so this question does not apply.

2. Find a hard surface close to you. Knock on it....

How many times did you knock?

3. Which would freak you out the most:

(a) Having a black cat walk in front of you.
(b) Hearing someone run their fingernails down a blackboard.
(c) Having to wear the same underwear 3 days in a row.

Monday, July 20, 2009

(Irrational) Traumatophobia

It's no secret that I'm horribly human. Admittedly I've got some weird issues and phobias, most of them irrational. You've all heard about my fear of snakes, bald men and used books. All of these things (well, maybe not the snakes-that's legit) I know are not scary and when it comes right down to it, I'm not run away scared of them. (Again-the exception being snakes.) They just make me feel a little bit uncomfortable for a bit and then I get over it. But there is one irrational weird fear that I do not think I've shared with you: my fear of getting hurt in weird ways.

The first time I realized I had this issue when when I was packing old files into heavy cardboard boxes to be archived at an old job. At one point I was sitting on the floor surrounded by stacks of papers and what seemed like thousands of open cardboard boxes. Of course, my always needy boss called me into the main area at that particular moment. As I got up off of the floor, I worried that I'd catch my eye on the corner of a box and give myself the mother of all paper cuts...in my eye.

Has that even happened to anyone? Ever? Probably, but it's not very common, I can tell you that.

So whenever I'm around a lot of open cardboard boxes, I think about my eyes and am extremely careful not to get close to the corners.

It's not like I walk around cautiously, avoiding sharp objects and buses. But there are times when something is shaking or lose and I visualize pieces flying off and lodging itself in my brain. (This is actually what made me laugh at myself yesterday-while walking to get dinner, a street sign was very loose and the wind was blowing wildly. It very well could have flung off and hit me, leaving me for dead on a random street corner in Boston. Who'd be laughing at me then? Huh?)

I know at least two of you.

Happy 21st Birthday Lashetta!

Today is my littlest sisters 21 birthday...how time flies. It seems like just yesterday when she was leaving wet marks on our shirts and looking over my shoulder every time I did anything. :)

I love you Lash, have a great day-AND BE CAREFUL!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Just Some Random Pictures

I've been using my old, yucky camera because my new one is still broken. Because it's such a crappy camera, I very often forget that I've used it. Friday I went out with a friend for dinner and I saw a cool piece of graffiti-which is why I found the sunset picture below.

This is a sunset from as viewed from the back deck of the beach house my family rents every year. It was just breathtaking and I hoped to capture just a little of it's magic. Thankfully, I think I did.

The other day I went to the library (again) and walked out with an armful of books. They wouldn't fit in my everyday bag and I didn't bring my shopping bags because they are ugly and say Stop & Shop on them. I went online to find some cheap bags and instead found a sit with easy patterns. It inspired me to go to the Goodwill store to find a cheap sheet to cut the pieces from. $2.50 later, I had my material. It's not perfect (by any means) but it works, and considering it's the first one I've ever made (and I did it without any pattern at all) I think it's pretty darn good! It works for the library, and that's all that matters...



There are a few more from the camera, but they came out horribly so I'll spare you. And that, ladies and gents is one of the most boring posts I've ever written! :)