Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wine! Please?

Oh man could I use a happy hour this week! The first thing I'd mention if we were hanging out over wine would be that TheHusband and I have settled nicely back in to our "sugar mama" and "house husband" roles this week... It’s almost like that whole employment thing was a dream. A cash-flush dream. Don't get me wrong... I'm still an insomniac, constantly nauseous, on the verge of tears stress case over it. But I'm trying to keep my sense of humor because... well... it’s all I've got left between me and a massive melt down. So.

Also, I'm feeling better because I thought originally that there was no way I was going to be able to go on this house boat vacation TheHusband and I planned (and paid for) months ago because I couldn't afford to take the time off of work but I think I've figured out a way. Not that I think I should necessarily be taking vacation at a time like this but I'll tell you, staying home and working while my un-employed husband goes on the vacation that I paid for? That's just asking a little much... I try to put a happy face on everything but there are limits people. Limits.

If we were having wine I'd be forced to admit that the most painful fall out of the back to one income thing has been the fact that I wasn't able to start classes this week. I was wait-listed in two classes but once I sat down to work out the finances for the next couple weeks in light of our reduced income, I realized that there was no way I could justify spending $500 on classes right now. $500 buys a lot of groceries. And gas in the car. I'm just saying. So, as disappointed as I am, I'm making the best of it and have already got my calendar set up to check back for registration dates for the spring semester. Maybe I'll even make it IN to the class next time. Cross your fingers that we're back on solid ground by then!

Over wine I might mention how this glass of wine would pair perfectly with my absolute new favorite recipe ever. Thanks to one of my SIL's I still get Bon Appetit magazine and last month's issue featured all these awesome recipes for tomatoes... OMG you guys. I've made this one dish THREE TIMES! Its so good. Like crave-worthy good. You must try it. You'll thank me. You can find the recipe here: Chicken with Herb-Roasted Tomatoes and Pan Sauce. I just make it all in one pan - cause I hate doing dishes - so first roast the tomatoes and then transfer to a bowl and cook the chicken then transfer those to a plate and make the sauce. I've added mushrooms and kale to mine (separate occasions) and both were fantastic. I think I might just make the tomato part one time and serve over grilled fish. Or omelets for brunch. The possibilities are endless!

Over wine I'd probably tell you how I'm still absolutely in love with my organic food box... Not sure how I managed without it all those years! Local folks - go check it out: Planet Organics. I really wish I had the time to get a planter box in our community garden... I miss having my own tomatoes, peppers and herbs growing. That's definitely on the bucket list.

Speaking of bucket lists... Does anyone actually have one? Cause I'm thinking about starting one. I've been watching along as one of my favorite new found bloggers checks things off of what she calls her "mighty life list". Its inspiring! I mean, I don't know if I would ever really aspire to eating 100's of different kinds of fruits but... I would like to go to Burning Man one day... That definitely has to go on the life list! And I still haven't ever swam with the dolphins... Or finished a complete story. In any size! Not even a novella! Or an article! Something to think about. It'd have to be something I could randomly add stuff too as thoughts occur to me (or I learn of new exciting things to try).


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