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Self Isolation Day 4: Cooking Happened

18 Mar

Well, it’s always good to know for sure the smoke detector works, right? Mine, in case you were wondering, works perfectly, maybe even a little too perfectly.

I realized today, on day 4 of avoiding humanity, that I don’t need to have a quick bowl of cereal or oatmeal for breakfast but that I could take my time and make something. I intended to make egg on toast but somehow that changed to pancakes.

When I organized the pantry yesterday I pulled out an open box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix. I left it out because there was not much left in the box, so today when I saw the box on the counter it felt like pancakes were meant to be. The universe told me so!

However, according to the box you need 1 1/4 Cups of the mix and I only had 1/4 Cup. A tad short. Instead of doing math to figure out how much I had to cut the milk and egg down to I topped up the mix with Kodiak Cake Mix.

In total I used one cup of combined pancake and kodiak mix, one egg (because why not?) and almost one cup of water. In retrospect I should have either used less water or more kodiak mix, or even just cut the egg I suppose. But I didn’t, and the end result was the runniest pancake mix I’ve ever seen.

I am a fluffy thick pancake type of person and what I got was these…

Possibly the thinnest, most pathetic pancakes every created.

They were however edible and not being a person who likes to waste food, they were my breakfast.

I worked for a while, then went for what may become my routine mid day walk, only this time I went on a trail instead of to the library and grocery store. There’s this outdoor pool I pass that had some very happy birds in it.

The ocean is a very short distance away but some prefer the pool I guess.

After I got home and worked some more I had to start thinking about dinner. I’m used to being fed at work and this whole making all my own meals thing is not something I’m enjoying. I figured on making some mac ‘n cheese but logic dictates I hold out on that. If I cook that today, on day four, then what happens on day 12 when I’m out of all the quick stuff and am forced to ya know, cook for real? I won’t have a choice! And who knows, maybe by then places won’t be delivering, then I’ll really be screwed.

So, I dug in the freezer and came up with something to cook, like a grown-up!

I made a jalapeño cheddar burger, with all the toppings, and fries, because every good burger needs fries.

I thought the burger would be spicier than it turned out to be but that’s ok because it tasted good and I’d rather the spicy food be tasty than be so spicy there is no flavour, ya know?

I don’t take good food pics, deal with it.

So yeah, four days in and I realized the folly of ordering in take out daily or cooking all the super easy food first. I also learned that super thin pancakes set off the smoke detector if you’re not careful. 😂

The Death of Math

13 Mar

I budget, as in sit down with a notebook, bill tracker, fun coloured pens, and a calculator, every paycheque and do actual math kind of budget.

I have a love hate relationship with the whole budgeting deal but whatcha gonna do? Somewhere along the way you become adult enough to realize you should properly track your money and that means budgeting.

This whole being an adult thing is such a scam. 😐

To make it suck a little less I use tools I like, because they are cute or in a fun colour or because they make me smile. It might seem childish using brightly coloured gel pens to track my bills but since I don’t recall being told I have to adult in a boring way I choose to adult my way. Which is more cute than boring, and yet still functional…mostly. 😉

Which is why I was sad today when working on the numbers to have my cute calculator die.

Don’t mind the ratty looking savings challenge behind the calculator.

Not all of it stopped working, just the addition button, so ya know, a mildly important button. 🙄 It even feels different when you push down on it so I guess something inside shifted? I dunno. I’ll probably never know, unless I get stuck in self-isolation at some point and am so bored I take the calculator apart…let’s hope that doesn’t happen ok?

It’s not the end of the world, I can use the calculator that’s in my phone, and at some point brave the shops to find a new cute calculator. But for now, in this apartment, I declare math dead (at least for that calculator) and I’m swapping my notebook and bill tracker and fun pens for a cup of tea and a cuddle with the cat. Buh-bye math, see you in a couple weeks!

The New Job

4 Sep

It has been almost one month since I started at my new job and so far it seems to be going well. 😀

Made new friends, which any adult knows is not an easy thing to do. It’s like once we leave school we forget how to make friends or something.

make friends comic

I’m doing well with the actual work, least the feedback I am getting indicates I’m doing well. I don’t know that I’m the best judge of that *shrug*

Besides that whole debacle where my suv broke down on the side of the highway on my way home one Tuesday the commute is decent. It ranges between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and construction. At this point my only issue with the commute is that I am getting sunburned from being in direct sunlight for so long twice a day. Not pleasant.

I’ve been looking in to extenders for my sun visor and will eventually cave and buy one, cross fingers it works! Until then I have a light scarf that I drape over my head like an old lady, sigh, and use that to save my poor left ear from being cooked right off my head. I’ve also been researching a tint I can get on my windows that is an SPF protector, I’m pretty sure the tint my suv came with does not provide any kind of sun protection, what with my getting sunburned while driving an all. It’s pricey though, so first step is the sun visor extender.

Meal prepping is a thing I am trying to remember how to do. Not gonna lie, it hasn’t been pretty. I’ve been taking weird combinations of foods, if I manage to take anything at all, so more money has been spent buying lunch than I am comfy with. This week I managed to be a full on adult and make lunch on Monday to last me the whole week! Granted, the work week this week is only four days thanks to Monday being a stat but let’s not focus on that, k? 😉 This week, for lunch, every day, I have crackslaw, a buttered dinner bun, Greek yoghurt (I tried the Compliment’s brand from Safeway, don’t do it! It is not good, ick!), and a piece of fruit for afternoon snack (either an apple or a nectarine, depending on the day). If that isn’t mastering a week of lunches I don’t know what is! Only thing is by the end of lunch today I was craving sugar at a level that was driving me crazy. I tried to appease it with a Diet Coke, which I know doesn’t have sugar but at least tastes sweet. Nope. Didn’t work. Then I was offered this granola nut bar type thing, 7 grams of sugar in that, so obviously I said yes. I don’t know if it is a “mental I tricked myself” thing, or if those 7 grams of sugar actually did something, but the craving went away, yay! Good thing it went away before I walked past Purdy’s Chocolates on my way to where I was parked lol

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I still miss the people I used to work with, but I like the new people I’m working with so that’s good. Life is change, and while I had some doubts leading up to the move, I think this change was the right choice. I mean, if nothing else, I’m relearning how to plan meals and act a bit more like a grown-up, that’s probably a sign this move was the right choice…right? 😉

A Random Convo

21 Feb

So here’s a convo I had recently that stood out from the rest:

Them: Hey, have you ever been on tv?

Me: Yup. A couple episodes of a tv show, some commercials, stuff like that.

Them: Were you on Grey’s Anatomy?

Me: *snorts* No. Definitely not. I was on a lower budget medical show.

Them: Which one?

Me: Untold Stories of the ER.

Them: Do you remember the story line?

Me: Sure. (I then proceed to recap one of the episodes I was on)

Them: (all excited) I knew it! I was watching tv last night and I knew that was you! You were a main character! When did you film that? How much money did you earn? What was it like? Are you sure it wasn’t Grey’s Anatomy?

I had to laugh, I’m pretty sure I’d remember being on Grey’s Anatomy, pretty sure my bank account would remember it also lol

It’s weird timing though. I’ve been working on convincing myself I need to grow up, be more responsible, get this whole being an adult thing sorted, and part of that means pulling back from acting. Not because I want to, the only time I ever feel like I am actually doing something well is when I am acting, it is when I feel most myself, it however does not pay the bills and at some point making sure I can pay rent, and buy groceries, and ya know, function within society and not be a drain on it starts to outweigh doing something I love but don’t get paid for, at least not enough to survive on.

It’s a sucky thing when that decision has to be made, but I’m not the first person to have to make it and I won’t be the last.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving it up entirely, I’m just taking the money that I would be putting in to more acting workshops and classes and a new demo reel and investing them in school for a bit. Non acting school I mean. Classes to build up my resume, classes to give me a chance at advancement or potentially a new career path. Ya know, grown up classes.

So let’s cheers to being an adult shall we? Maybe it won’t suck as much as I think it will! *crosses fingers*

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Being A Grown-Up

18 Jun

Some days you just can’t get away from having to be an adult. All the blanket forts in the world won’t help you if you don’t pay your car insurance on time and then drive your car.

So on that day when I have to go be a grown-up and pay a ridiculous amount of money to the insurance company I make sure to outwardly display my internal maturity…which fyi, isn’t all that high! lol

That’s how I ended up wearing my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cap to the insurance company’s office…

car insurance

I suppose I could argue that I was being grown-up and responsible by wearing a hat on a sunny day but that wasn’t my motivation and I won’t pretend it was lol 😛

I Adulted

3 Feb

I was so proud on Saturday night. I worked until 9pm and before I left work I took a look at the menu for the next day. On Sunday I would be working the day shift, so eating lunch at work, and lunch on Sundays tends to be more brunch like – so pancakes or waffles or some such thing. Which is tasty but is soooooo not healthy and definitely not something to indulge in every-freakin-Sunday.

Lo and behold Sunday’s lunch was eggs benedict with Canadian back bacon and some veggies grilled and covered in cheese, sigh.

So here is where the adulting came in…

I got home from work around 9:45pm and promptly started cooking. The cat thought I was nuts lol

I popped a honey garlic glazed chicken breast in the oven and while that did its thing the rice cooked in the rice cooker, the sweet potato got sliced and popped in the microwave so I could steam it and while waiting for things to cook I chopped up a bunch of veggies because when I am not super lazy I like to ingredient prep.

In the end I ended up with a freakishly healthy lunch for Sunday!

It got packed in to one of my Disney’s Frozen tupperware, cause hey, I can’t be tooooo grown-up lol and I took some salsa with me to put on top of the rice. When I was putting my lunch on a plate at work and heating it up the chef said I should take some of the veggies they had made cause they were super delish and who am I to turn up more veggies? So here is what I ended up eating…

lunch

Before you think I am a weirdo for having my chicken cut up I did that to make sure it was heated all the way through. 😛

Now don’t fret that I am acting all grown-up all the time, I assure you, I am not. I think I manage it about once a month if lucky? lol

To prove that, my dinner on Monday was this…

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Yup, that’s right, it was marble cake. Sadly, it was not good…and yet…I ate it…*rolls eyes* I didn’t even get the expected sugar rush that would have gotten me through the next couple hours, nope, I ate it and promptly had a nap…cementing my place as the world’s oldest toddler teehee

 

 

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