Monday, January 27, 2020

Something About Marvin 2

Last week I told you about Marvn's televison favourites. Now I'll tell you about his least favourite: this Robitussen commericial.  He is terrified by the talking bear.  As soon as it appears on the screen he's gone. 

After a suitable amount of time has elapsed, Marvin will creep out of hiding.  He peers around corners to make sure the coast is clear.  He'll monitor the television from a distance to make sure the threat is gone.  High-alert persists even if the television is off.  You can't be too sure about those talking bears!

If this isn't enough Marvin for you, you can follow him on Instagram.  He's @marvinmeowmeow.  

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Run-away Zombie Shoe

Google tells me that this is an "Iron Fist Zombie Stomper".  Good to know.

I spotted this shoe by the side a busy road yesterday. I wonder what its story is. How did it got there? Why was there only one? Who would wear such shoes? Where would you wear them?  

I left the shoe where I found it so others can ponder its existence.  Besides, I didn't want to touch it.  It looks like it might bite!

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Meal planning did not go smoothly this week either, but I know what the problem was this time.  Me.

Once again our usual grocery store's flyer did not arrive in our paper, so I headed to their online flyer and fell down the rabbit hole.  First, I discovered that you can search the sale items by category.  Cool!  I searched produce sales and bulk sales, then I discovered that you can search the flyer by meal idea.  They only offered one meal idea based on sale items.  Harrumph.  No wonder I wasn't particularly inspired by the week's specials.  The people putting the flyer together weren't either!

So, next I headed over to the competitor's website.  I don't generally shop there, but I was hoping their flyer would be more inspiring.  That led to my second discovery.  I can comparison shop all items, not just sale items, by using online shopping features.  I jumped back and forth between websites to scope out the best deals.  By the time I was done, I had a huge list that included items from both stores, but I still didn't know what we were going to eat in the upcoming week.

I took my list, made another coffee and sat down with my cookbooks.  So many possibilities, yet I struggled to bring it all together.  I had a half-plan and an alternate half-plan jotted on my dry-erase board when I took my empty coffee cup to the kitchen.  On my way, I glanced at the calendar, and realized that we don't need to cook on Saturday.  Both plans relied on leftovers from Saturday.  Harrumph again.

So, I cleared the board and started over.  I took a closer look at what was in the house, and came up with a new plan that concentrates on what we have instead of what's on sale.  My new list is a fraction of the size of my original list, and, even though my first list was built on sale items,  I'm sure my grocery bill be much smaller too.

Dry-erase board is looking a little shabby.  Need to remedy that.

Basic meal planning people.  Check what's in the house.  Check your schedule.  Then start planning.  

Still, it wasn't a wasted morning.  I'm glad I discovered that I have the ability to comparison shop at my fingertips. 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Weekend Work Worked!

Well, the power stayed on, and all last week's meals went as planned.  Even the weekend Instant Pot marathon was managed.  I did have to start Friday night though.  I cooked the beets for Saturday's salad while we ate Chinese take-out and watched back-to-back episodes of "Lost in Space".  Date night for geeks.  🥰

On Saturday the yogurt was out of the Instant Pot by 4pm and the chowder was in by 5pm.  I was feeling pretty good about my organization skills, so I was tempted to try slow-cooking the lentil Sloppy Joes in the Instant Pot on Sunday before starting the chili.  I resisted temptation.  I haven't used the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot yet, and, as I've found the recipe a bit tricky in my traditional slow cooker, I decided to stick with the plan and use the stove top.  

As I expected, it meant that we spent a lot of time in the kitchen last weekend, but it really paid off during the week.  There were a couple of days when I could hear the drive-thru calling me on the way home from work.  The only thing that kept me from loading up on burgers and fries was the knowledge that dinner was waiting at home.

(Not that I'm against burgers and fries, but if I'm going to take that route, there are better options than drive-thru fare.)

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Thursday, January 23, 2020


Last week we had an abundance of snow.  This week we have an abundance of rain. Other than to and from the car,  I did not venture outside yesterday.  There were not a lot of opportunities for photos as a result, so I'm treating you to another Throwback Thursday.  

Hard to believe that exactly one year ago it was sunny.  The wildflowers were poking up from the earth, and the wildlife was poking around for food.  It was like a freaking Disney movie. A good reminder to get out and enjoy the magic when I can.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Last week blizzard.  This week rain.  Ok, maybe it wasn't really a blizzard, but it was a lot of snow by west-coast standards.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Last week's snow is mostly gone, though there are still drifts of white in places.  Some of it is even snow!