Monday, November 24, 2008

What are YOU thankful for?


About a month ago, I watched my nice little retirement nest egg drop $5000 in about 2 minutes. Then, I had to shut the program. Today, I was brave enough to venture back to look again and found about 50% of my egg rather boiled. Dry. Then I spent much of the day shipping folders and then straining my brain over how to implement a "call tag" from our end to someone on the other end who had received 20 of the WRONG folders, embossed. Meaning not-re-saleable. poof!
My plan for the day as of 8 a.m. was:
1) ship folders
2) finish up by 2 p.m.
3) send off my passport for more pages (we are going to China again in January) via expedited mail
4) slice cabbage to start a new batch of sauerkraut
5) make dinner
6)knit on the Holiday Hasty Gift project

Revised Plan (as of 6:10 p.m.:
1) folders shipped
2) approach the UPS call-tag issue. spend 2 hours searching on-line UPS "help" for any and all key words that might possibly lead to "call tag". Ask Jon to help. Spend another hour watching him search. Give up and go start dinner.
3) passport finished at the last minute and run to the P.O. by darling hubby at 5:10 p.m. barely clearing the 5:30 cut off for Priority Mail today.

6:15 p.m.Create a loverly version of mac-n-cheese, drink some (hard) cider, and listen to (my other boyfriend Keith Olbermann) the news.
Here's how I made dinner-
Look in the fridge and cupboards and find
8 oz. (approx.) multi-grain pasta elbows -begin to boil.
While the pasta is cooking, saute 4-5 slices of diced bacon in a pan, add 1 diced pepper and about 8 oz. brussels sprouts, quartered to saute.
When the pasta is drained, place it in a casserole dish.
Stir in a bit of butter (so it won't stick to itself) and then add the browned bacon-sprouts melange. Give it a quick stir. Add 1 small jar Alfredo sauce and about 1 1/2 c. shredded sharp cheese. Stir again. Top with crushed (homemade) bread crumbs along with some pistachio kernels, and drizzle a bit more melted butter over the top. put in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
MMMMMMMMMM.... tasty!

I am thankful that our income is enough to re-fill the (*_#&%) retirement fund, that our kids are healthy and actually happy and pretty well-adjusted, that our parents still love us and we are able to enjoy that, that our country overwhelmingly elected Barack Obama (because it indicates that we are going to start re-visioning and re-inventing our world!),that we have 2 of the funniest dogs ever incarnated!We have true old friends, and new sparkling friends, all of whom we are so fortunate to know. That even in the midst of difficult (worldly) times, I love Jon and he loves me and we are going to be "just fine" - we are still singing!! We'll shred the cabbages tomorrow.

Here's a glass of wine raised to honor you, too!!

1 comment:

Dina said...

where have you been? Oh I am thankful for so much, the list goes on! A wonderfully supportive husband, a kid I love to death even when I want to kill him, great friends. The opportunity to do what I want in life right now...dance, knit, read, write. My really funny, but really lazy dog.
oh and I cannot forget Obama, this country, this world, by the grace of Goddess is on the mend.