Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And that's a wrap.

This weekend I found two foodie blogs I likehttp://www.5dollardinners.com/ & http://feastonthecheap.net/ .  I'm all about new recipes & live on a budget like most of you, but, neither Roy nor the girls are picky eaters, so I get to experiment a lot.  A long time favorite ishttp://foodwishes.blogspot.com/ .  Since I cook a lot, have access to a farmer's market & wide variety of cuisines at the grocery store I like to try a new recipe or two every week.  Last week I made a Green Coconut Curry, Pork & Pepper Kakbobs & Pho.  It doesn't always happen - Sunday night was grilled cheese & tomato soup with fancy ingredients like Campbells soup &  Kraft Singles on white bread.
Right now I'm trying to decipher cell phone plans & providers for our family.  There are "night & weekend minutes" here  & texting rates are MENTAL if you go over your plan.   Roy & I use our phones differently from Ceilildh & Sarah so a "one size fits all" plan really doesn't. It's so confusing.  My last conversation with Telus may have triggered a brain bleed.  To top it off, Verizon has changed their cancellation policy & wants to penalize us for breaking our contracts back in VA, despite the fact we were told a year ago that wouldn't be the case. There's lots of aggravating details & angry phone calls in which I may or may not have developed "Temporary Telephone  Customer Service Tourette's", but I'll spare you the details.
This week I will work on my resume.  I've been off all summer to get us settled & I have loved it.  However, all good things must come to an end & it's time to get back to work.  I haven't put together a resume or gone on a job interview for a loooooong time.  Not gonna lie, not looking forward to it.  Ceilidh starts college in what feels like 15 minutes & our recent home sale wiped out our retirement.  Yes, I said home "sale", not "purchase".  Stupid housing market.  When we said "Okay God, we'll start over in our 40's",  He took us at our word & we are really starting over.
I'm reading cooking blogs.  See above.
Favorite Tweet:  @JimGaffigan Protesting the building of mosques and a Burn-a-Quran Day? Gee, anything else we can do to prove to Al-Qaeda we ARE infidels?
Favorite Movie/TV/Music of the week: I love the new Stephen King series Haven.  It's not Masterpiece Theatre or The MacNeil/Lehrer Report,but for my money, it's a great way to waste an hour. I realize that's not really a favorite moment, but a fun show.  Really, you need crackers & a glass of wine to go with all the cheese, but I love it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where were you?

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

I was at work at a small private school in Bethpage, NY.  Roy dropped me off at my office and while he was driving to work called to tell me a plane had crashed into one of the towers.  My first thought was that some moron had gotten disoriented & crashed - a couple of weeks prior some fool with a hang glider had gotten hung up on the Statue of Liberty's torch - & I assumed this was another incident like that.  I wish.

We only had a radio - no TV - so I wasn't exposed to the images but hung on every word from the radio.  The staff had to decide whether or not tell the elementary students, but as the events unfolded it became obvious we had no choice.  I spent the day trying to reach parents that worked downtown - we couldn't put students on the bus unless we talked to families to make sure there would be someone there to meet students when they got home.  Cell phone service was almost non-existant.  It was a long day.  A lot of parents picked up their kids early - everyone just wanted to be close to their family.

When we finally got home, I locked myself in my room to watch the news - I didn't want my kids to see the images.  I just sat & wept.

Where were you?