Musical Beds!

When Tony was first admitted he was put in a private room – nice!  We thought it was because he had c-diff once, but sadly, it was because he was having bowel problems, and once those cleared up, so did the private room.  He texted me the night before last with his new room number.  His roommate?  An 83 year old diabetic who had signs of a stroke.  I guess Tony fell asleep without his c-Pap machine and started to snore and the guy complained.  Tony woke up, put his mask on and then his roommate proceeded to snore the whole night!

When I got to his new room yesterday morning, he was sound asleep.  I got there at 7 and he didn’t wake up until 7:30 when the nursing shift changed and they woke him up.  He was bummed that I didn’t wake him up when I got there, but for all I knew, he could have just fallen asleep an hour before.  Before I knew it, it was time to go to work. Sad smile

Breakfast was simple – one of my copy cat Nature Valley granola bars and a Chobani.  Yummers.

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Work has been crazy busy.  We hired a new secretary but she doesn’t start until next week, so I am filling in and doing a lot of month end stuff that I am not familiar with and well, let’s just say numbers aren’t my thing.  I can edit and proofread a 20 page report, but working with numbers doesn’t go so well for me.  Luckily my boss knows this and cuts me some slack, but it’s a lot of attention to detail on lots of lots of charts that seem to be saying the same thing but have to be prepared twenty different ways to Sunday.  I ended up working through lunch again so I could leave at 4:00.

I had every intention of posting the recipe for this soup that I am loving – Jennie-O Hot Turkey Italian Sausage Gnocchi soup, but I stayed at the hospital until 9:00 last night, came home and I didn’t feel like figuring out the calories, etc.  Still very good – and I have to say, I don’t mind how the gnocchi tastes – I was worried that after a couple days it would be all gummy, but it still tastes delicious.  It’s on my list of recipes to post because it is that delicious.

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Tony had his endoscopy yesterday afternoon, so when I got to the hospital at 4:30 I had to wait about 10 minutes before he got back to his room.  He was super tired and all I know is that they found some varices in his esophagus and capped them so they would stop bleeding.  That’s all I got out of him before he immediately fell asleep for an hour.  See, I am the sleep whisperer! Open-mouthed smile

Once he woke up I went down to get some dinner.  Here’s a clue that you have been to a hospital cafeteria too many times – mainly just breakfast and dinner for the last three days, but still – the woman tonight recognized me and gave me an employee discount!  Last night I had a small salad – I put it in a soup cup so I could toss it with the lid on, and some chili.  I got a 16 ounce chili – they said an 8 ounce container was 127 calories, so even with the added cheese from the salad bar, it wasn’t too bad.  Only problem? They didn’t have hot sauce – what?!

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Tony cat napped on and off.  At one point I was able to lay beside him and laid my head on his chest while he slept.  He held onto me so tight but he was so comfortable and sleeping, I didn’t even mind that he had left the t.v. on a Minnesota Twins baseball game.  A new nurse came on staff and Tony woke up and he said “oh, I thought you left already!”   I ended up leaving at 9:00 and when I pulled into the driveway, Tony texted me to tell me that yet again, his room assignment had changed – so crazy!  I don’t know why they don’t keep people in the same spot.

And his 83 year old roommate?  While he was waiting to get discharged, they had a call into the doctor because the doctor had prescribed insulin pens, but he still used a syringe for his insulin, which is way old school.

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We started talking back and forth.  He’s been diabetic for 10 years.  I asked him how many times he tested his blood sugar and he said “once a week if I am lucky!”  He then went on to say that he just took his fast acting insulin three times a day, but that it varied based on when he got up.  Huh.  The whole point of fast acting insulin is to have the insulin meet the food you are about to eat so you don’t have a spike in blood sugar.  I told him that he had to take his insulin when he ate and he just had a quizzical look on his face.

So when the discharge nurse said “take your fast acting insulin right before you eat” he said “I didn’t know that until that lady told me!” and pointed to me.  He is a veteran and gets his medication at a VA hospital – not sure why no one told him of this before, or maybe they did, and he just didn’t listen.  In fact, when I told him I tested my blood sugar 5 times a day he said “you really take this diabetes thing seriously!” 

I said goodnight to Tony and headed out to my car.  Um, pretty sure the car next to mine in the parking lot had my license plate!!

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And surprisingly with no formal workout, I didn’t do too bad on my steps.

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So the plan today is for Tony to get a biopsy of his liver.  That will pinpoint some autoimmune deficiencies he’s been having and tell his why his liver numbers are off.  While a part of me wants to google the shit out of what that could mean, I am not jumping to any conclusions at this point.  Just taking it a day at a time. 

I SO APPRECIATE all the emails, Instagram messages and comments you guys are sending our way – I will eventually have time to respond to all of you personally, but in the meantime, know that it means so much to me.

I leave you with a song.  It’s funny, because when Tony is home the t.v. is on 24/7.  Since he’s been in the hospital, I haven’t turned it on once!  Me?  I love music.  So I’ll go to youtube and just see where the music takes me.  Yes, I am one of those people who like America’s Got Talent, mostly for the singing though.  When I saw Bianca Ryan hit it out of the park back in 2006 (can’t believe it was that long ago!) I remember thinking “that girl is going to be famous one day!”

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Well, now she’s 19 and has an AMAZING voice!  Check out her cover of John Legend’s All of Me.  I puffy heart that song.

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Make it a great day!

Sleep Whisperer

I went to visit Tony before work yesterday.  I normally leave my house around 8:10 in the morning and my 16 mile commute takes me about 30-35 minutes.  There usually isn’t too much of a back up because I take the back roads to work where the two lanes are 55 mph.  Nice.  Yesterday?  It took me 35 minutes to drive 5.5 miles to the hospital.  I left my house at 6:55 and didn’t get there until 7:30.  But I have commuter trains that time of day that back traffic up and it was a gloomy, rainy day.  (I was at a complete stop for the record) Open-mouthed smile

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Tony said he slept pretty well, but he still looked really tired.  I ended up staying for about 45 minutes before I had to head into work.  I ended up grabbing my breakfast at the hospital cafeteria – I had strawberries in my bag, but I picked up an English muffin, scrambled eggs and bacon to make a breakfast sammie when I got to work.  $2 – nice!

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I wanted to leave work at 4, so I worked through lunch.  The doctors normally start their rounds from 5:00 on, and I didn’t want to miss that.  I will post this recipe later because it was awesome.  Kind of like the lasagna soup you know I am crazeballs for, but this time I used potato gnocchi (my store sells a 1 pound package for ,99 cents) and Jennie-O turkey hot Italian sausage.  Wowza, is that stuff flavorful spicy!  I didn’t even have time to take a picture at work it was so busy, but I took a picture over the weekend when I made it.  Only 1/4 cup of heavy cream to make this soup seem so rich.  This was super filling too.

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I rushed to get all my work done and was out the door at 4:01.  When I got to the room, Tony had just gotten back from the x-ray of his esophagus, and while there didn’t seem to be any apparent blockage, his GI doctor said he was going to look at the video sometime today to see how the esophagus is working.  Later today he’ll get the scope that goes down his throat to see if there are any varices, and are running tests on his liver function.

Tony and I have been down this road so many times – I don’t think there has been a year he hasn’t been in the hospital for one reason or another since 2007.  I had forgotten that I am the sleep whisperer!  Typically he will fall asleep within minutes of me getting there.  I think he just feel safe with me being there and can just finally relax and let go.  Um, can you tell I had a bit of fun with picmonkey?!

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Around 5:45 he woke up and sent me downstairs to get dinner before the cafeteria closed.  All the cooked food looked like ass, and I didn’t feel like a greasy burger or grilled cheese and tater tots.  Yep, that was the special last night – for $4 you got a grilled cheese on choice of bread with tater tots – add bacon – just a dollar more!  I got a salad:  mixed greens, black beans, kidney beans, chick peas, carrots, banana peppers, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds – oh, and maybe just maybe a chicken tender was added to it at the last minute!  They had no low fat or fat free dressing, so I mixed in 1 part ranch to 2 parts balsamic vinegar – this was delicious actually!

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Tony ended up kicking me out last night at 8:00.  I could tell he was tired but felt like he had to stay awake for me.   As I left the hospital, it finally stopped raining – the clouds looked pretty cool though!

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So over the weekend I posted my picture of my homemade pitas.  I had a dozen people asking when I was going to post the recipe, and since I got home earlier than usual from the hospital last night, I decided to post it today.  My store normally sells pitas for $3.99 for 6.  But they are really thick and have between 35 and a whopping 50 grams of carbs each!   I used this recipe for inspiration, although I disagree with the second rising of the dough, and I cook mine on a non-stick skillet instead of baking them.  I also made mine thinner, so I got 16 pitas for this recipe – each one comes in at 105 calories, 2 fat, 18.9 carbs, .8 fiber and 2.6 protein.

Homemade Pita Bread

Ingredients

  • Pita Bread – Inspired from Time and Thyme
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons bulk yeast)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Mix the yeast with the flour, salt, and sugar.  Add in one tablespoon of the olive oil and 1.5 cups water.  Stir with a wooden spoon and stir until combined.  Once the dough is in a ball, put it on your counter and with some flour standing by, knead the dough for 10 minutes.  This is quite literally my favorite part.  I get lost in the dough and imagine myself in the back of my bakery making dozens of kinds of bread.  A girl can dream, can’t she?
  2. Put the dough in a bowl with a touch of olive oil, coat well, and let the dough rise 90 minutes.  Punch dough down, and divide the dough into 16 pieces.  No need for a second rise.  Heat a non-stick, six inch skillet over medium low heat.  Roll dough pretty thin until you get about a 5 inch pita.  Put the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl and using a pastry brush, lightly oil one side, put that side down in the skillet and cook for 1.5 minutes with a top on the pan.  Brush the top side lightly with olive oil and flip and put the lid on for another 1.5 minutes.  Repeat.  I probably could have done this faster with a bigger pan, but I didn’t mind spending the time.  I made these on Saturday while Tony was napping and I liked the solitude I had while making them.  And I could be quiet while cooking for once!
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No need to cover the dough either while these cooked – the dough didn’t dry out at all.

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Once the dough hits the hot pan, bubbles form on the top.  So when you flip the pita, the bubbles are the first thing to touch the heat on the flip side, so you get these gorgeous brown marks on the pita.

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I had a breakfast pita on Monday morning that I never posted because of Tony going to the hospital – and I had chicken gyros on my menu later this week that will have to be put on another day.  I ended up freezing these on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, then putting them in a freezer bag.  They actually come right back to life just putting them in a toaster.

Alright, I am off to the hospital again before work.  Can you guys keep a secret?  Don’t tell Tony I left the basement light on all day yesterday, mkay?!

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Tony’s Back in the Hospital

It was kind of an ironic day yesterday.  I had to go to the hospital to get my blood work done.  Didn’t take too long, but I do have to get an I.D. bracelet just as if I was a patient.  They always double check your name, date of birth, etc.   Since I couldn’t eat or drink anything before the blood draw, I went into the main hospital’s cafeteria and rewarded myself with a huge ass Starbucks!

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I have to apologize to blog reader and Instagram friend Meg for giving her a scare.  I was actually stuck at a freight train for about 10 minutes when I took this picture while I was waiting.  Not to worry, I don’t text and drive!  Sorry to scare you Meg! Open-mouthed smile

So I have intimated that Tony hasn’t been feeling well.  I guess it started on Friday.   He hasn’t been sleeping well, so he’s super tired and lethargic.  He has no appetite.  He feels like gagging if he eats any type of food.   That’s why I was shocked that he made me food on Saturday night when I got home from work!  Talk about love.   Sunday we both thought “something isn’t right” and he got in to see our GP yesterday afternoon.  Around 3:00, Tony calls to tell me that his electrolyte numbers are off, and that they want to send him to the hospital for tests.  Not going to lie, I kind of knew this might happen.  I even contemplated not grocery shopping for the week! 

I asked him if he wanted me to leave work right away, and he said no – he would drive home, the GP would call ahead and get a room ready for him.  We know the drill that everything in the hospital takes 4x as long as you think it will.  So I talk to my bosses and I tell them I need to leave at 4:30 – no problem.  So I text Tony when I am leaving the office, and this was his reply – not the Texting with Tony episode I would normally want to get!

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What??!!  “I’m sinking fast!”  I call the house.  No answer.  I leave a message telling him to call 911 if he thinks he can’t wait for me and I can just meet him at the hospital.  I wait a few minutes, and call his cell phone.  Um, he was just in the bathroom – by “sinking fast” he meant he was falling asleep!  Whew!  If he hadn’t answered his cell phone I would have called 911 myself!

I have to say this was the easiest admit I’ve ever witnessed.  We literally walked into the ER, gave the front desk his name, she scanned his license and insurance card, asked a few questions, and within a few minutes his wheelchair chariot awaited him to take him to his room.  From walking in the door to getting into his room – a maximum of 10 minutes – nice!

But here’s the deal.  Tony is on blood thinners for his aortic heart valve replacement – yes ladies, he is more than bionic – artificial heart valve AND two knee replacements!  They can’t really do any scope or anything of that nature until they get his INR number down just below 2 – so his blood is thick enough so he won’t bleed if he gets nicked, and it’s not too thin that he’ll bleed out.  So there was nothing to do last night other than to hook him up to an I.V. since he was dehydrated (which is weird because he drinks more water than anyone I know!) and they will start running tests tomorrow. 

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So my dinner wasn’t oven baked barbecue chicken like I had planned.  It was Subway, because by the time I looked up and saw I should get something to eat, it was past 7 and the cafeteria was already closed.

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I made it down to the ER valet right as it was closing at 10.  This kid was so cute – he pointed to some cupcakes behind his stand and told me I could help myself to one while he went to get my car.  I like how the cupcakes are between lotion and hand sanitizing wipes!

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I’ll be headed to the hospital before work this morning.  Who knew yesterday morning when I breezed through with a blood test I’d be spending five hours there the same night?!

Thanks to everyone who sent hugs and prayers our way on Instagram last night – every time I saw a comment or like I felt your hugs!  I’ll keep you posted! 

Leftover French Fry Breakfast Skillet

My work night at the restaurant on Saturday night more than made up for my $20 night on Friday night.  I had great tables, the seating was spaced perfectly and I think everyone not only had a great experience, but will be repeat customers.  I always remind the customers my name at the end and tell them to ask for me the next time they come visit.  Weird thing though.  I was the closing server, which means I get all the customers who come in pretty much the last hour the kitchen is open, I get.  My last table was this young couple – looked to be mid-20s.  The guy looks super familiar to me though, but I can’t for the life of me thing how I may know him.

My mind is weird.  I can remember every single persons name in every single class I’ve had – I can tell you all the teachers I had in order of when I had them, and I hardly ever forget a face and where I know them from.  But if I see a face and can’t place it right away, it bugs me.  Not kidding I’ve told Tony that I know that person but don’t know from where and a few days later we will be watching t.v. and I’ll shout – “he’s the bagger at Trader Joe’s!”

But the restaurant I work at isn’t near where I live or used to live.  So I just figured it was my imagination that I knew him.  Well, until they paid and he handed me his credit card.  It said “Mike Garrappolo” and I knew immediately who it was.  My step-son played football with him in high school!  So as I bring them their credit card receipt to sign I look at him and I said “you played football at Rolling Meadows high school, didn’t you?”  I told him who I was and that of course he remembered Joe because they lived one block over from each other growing up.  Mike’s younger brother Jimmy is a prospect to play in the NFL which is a pretty big deal!  So my mind wasn’t playing tricks on me, I did know him. Smile with tongue out

I actually kept seeing pasta dish after pasta dish leave the kitchen at work and thought “I should order something to take home.”  Have a shown you our meatball salad??!  But by the time I thought about it, the kitchen part was closed and only pizza was available.  It seems like we’ve been eating lots of pizza lately and I just wasn’t in the mood for it.  I know, shocked the shit out of me too!  I thought that could never happen!

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We ate lunch around 1:00 on Saturday and I wasn’t hungry to eat before work, so I was STARVING by the time my shift was up at 10:45.  I called Tony and he asked if I was hungry and I said yes, but I didn’t know what I wanted.  He said “I’ll take care of it!”  I was home by 11:30 and was greeted by the smell of tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese.  He made a quick red sauce for me, extra crushed red pepper thank you very much and boiled up some gnocchi.  This was perfect and hit the spot!  Thanks honey!  Totally hit the pasta jones I was having.  It was like we were telepathic! 

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We had two separate sets of leftover French fries from when we went out last week.  I believe the majority were from our date night out Thursday night – I don’t think Tony ate any of the fries with his burger, but since he’s been making me his tater tot breakfasts, he thought “why not use chopped up French fries!”

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Only one tiny problem.  Tony wasn’t feeling well yesterday.  He hasn’t been sleeping well, feels nauseous at times, and just wasn’t up to making me breakfast, even though he wanted to.  Thanks for the gesture honey, but I sent him to the living room to relax.

Leftover French Fry Breakfast Skillet

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces of leftover French fries, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces chopped deli ham
  • 1/2 ounce Cabot extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • parsley for garnish after it comes out of the oven

In a 6 inch cast skillet, pour the olive oil and spray Pam and put over medium heat.  When it starts to get hot, add the French fries to the skillet and press down with a spatula.  Mix the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper and deli ham together.  Pour that mixture over the fries, then add the shredded cheese.  Bring temp down to medium low and put a lid on the skillet, and cook for about 6-8 minutes, or until the eggs are set.  Heat broiler on high.  Let the cheese get all bubbly and nice.  Using a knife, run the knife around the side of the pan and it will release the bottom.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley and breakfast is done!  This skillet comes in at 477 calories, 24 fat, 24 carbs, 2.7 fiber and 26 protein.  This turned out to be brunch, so it was perfect.

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Here’s what the crust looks like – nice and crunchy!

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While this was delicious, I have to say – Tony’s eggs are way better than mine!  Maybe because they are made with love. Red heart

I was a pretty busy beaver yesterday.  I ended up doing my meal plan for the week, shopping list and blog schedule.  I think it’s time to clean my desk again – so much crap accumulates on it!

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I left the house, went to vacuum my car, went to the Dollar Store to stock up on more tupperware, went to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought a new muffin tin, then went to the grocery store.  I love using my cash from the restaurant to pay for groceries – makes me feel like I don’t spend actual money on food.  I know that sounds weird!  Not bad yesterday – $78!

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While I was out I got the cutest snapchat from my step-son Joe – how cute are their dogs?!

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I have to send some link love to Kim – she posted her recent meal plan this week now that her kids are back in school after spring break and t-ball season starts.  One of the coolest ideas she had was to make oven tacos!  That way you can portion out all the meat and cheese and everyone can eat at the same time – just add the desired toppings.  Awesome idea Kim!

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I am actually on my way to the Outpatient Pavilion on my way to work this morning.  At my last diabetes appointment I was supposed to have a fasting blood test done, and I didn’t know it, so I have to run and get my blood drawn before work.  It’s always a good idea to know what your numbers are.  I’ve only put it off for four weeks – yikes!

It’s rainy and cold today – blah – oh well, it’s Monday, what can you expect?  Make it a great day!

I got $20 in my pocket

I made some more of my super thin, but tasty, lemon poppy seed pancakes.  After I cooked the pancakes I put in two sausage patties and put a lid on the pan and jumped in the shower quickly.  I must have had the heat on too high, because as soon as I stepped out of the shower I could smell them!  Do one side was let’s just say shall we “well done.”

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Work was busy in the morning and I finally texted Tony later in the morning to tell him I was busy.  His response?  Stop complaining!

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We somehow missed an attorneys birthday that was the day after Good Friday.  I am usually pretty good about remembering birthdays, so we got a card for everyone to sign and I asked him what kind of treats he wanted.  He said he was actually happy that we forgot because he doesn’t like the attention, so that I didn’t have to get anything.  Well, the other attorneys and staff were a bit bummed on the thought of not having treats when we have an excuse, so I was told by the named partner to get some treats.  You don’t really need to give me an excuse to go to Mariano’s!

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I have been craving a huge ass salad all week – I had so much stuff in there it was a $6 salad, but so worth it.  I usually have light ranch at the office, but I was out, so I ended up buying my favorite dressing – I don’t normally buy it because in the grocery stores near my house this dressing costs $4.99 – at Mariano’s?  $2,99!  Sold.

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Whenever I go to Mariano’s. I buy Tony a vodka that he likes there – Seagram’s and it’s only $16 a bottle.  I then sent him this text.  Aren’t you excited you got two episodes of Texting with Tony in this post?!

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Before I knew it, it was time to head to the restaurant.  After not being there since last Friday, I was ready to hit the ground running.   Do you think I have enough pens in my apron? Open-mouthed smile

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We have made mention to the managers that the seating sometimes isn’t fair.  I’ve worked some nights where other servers are on their fifth table before I even get my first table.  It sucks to rush from one job to the next, only to stand around until 6:30 before you get your first table.  New rules!  They were going to seat by station – just go on down the line until everyone is sat.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Only one tiny problem with that idea.  I had a 10 top to being with, that actually turned out to be 7 people.  No problem!  It was a widow/widowers group, and I believe the average age was 80.  Not many of them could hear, so I had to individually tell each person the specials.  They were a very sweet group and you could tell they had been friends for a long time.  So I see I am about to get my second table, but they don’t want my section, and they get moved to another servers section.  No big, I figure I’ll get the next one.  Nope, missed that rotation and it happened a second time.  I still only had my 7 top and they all wanted separate checks, and only one person had a cocktail, the rest was water.  Around 7:15 I see that there are only a handful of reservations to go, and I tell the manager I only had one table and I’d like to be cut after they leave because at that point it wasn’t worth my time.   I left with $20 in my pocket, so I am going to pop some tags later.

He was super apologetic, and didn’t realize that glitch in his new method of seating.  I didn’t complain, just said I was disappointed and left work by 8:00.   I forgot to tell you that for some reason, I wasn’t scheduled at the bar last night – it was scratched out and said “floor.”  Sweet!

So I was home by 8:45, in comfy clothes by 8:46 and eating leftover calzone and having a glass of wine at 8:47.

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We went to bed by 11:30 so when I woke up at 8:30 this morning, I feel totally rested instead of dead ass tired – winning!  I definitely need to deep clean my fridge, it’s been a few weeks.  Meal planning is going to happen, I plan on incorporating more veggies this week – maybe even an all vegetarian lunch menu next week?   I know I am definitely going to be having these black bean tostadas with cilantro cream sauce – yum!

What’s on your menu next week?  Time to get my second cup of coffee and get bizzy – make it a great day!

Another Date Night!

It’s funny, but on weekends when there is a holiday, my grocery shopping usually is focused just on the holiday meal.  Since I had last Friday off from my day job, I decided to grocery shop for Easter that day and figured I’d go to the store again on Sunday to shop for the week.  But as I was shopping I was like “duh, Sunday is Easter – you aren’t going grocery shopping on Easter!”  So I mentally meal planned and just threw shit into my shopping cart.  Um, it would have been nice to actually write down my plan as I was doing it, but that would be too smart!

So I’ve basically been making it up as I’ve gone along this week.  So far so good!  I ended up making lemon poppy seed pancakes for breakfast yesterday.  I loosely based it off of Tieghan’s lemon baklava pancakes, but somehow, mine didn’t turn out as thick or as pretty as hers.  These are her pancakes:

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These are mine:

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Maybe they were so thin because I made the batter the night before?  I don’t know, but I am going to try these again and post the recipe when they turn out better.  They were tasty though!  I had 3 ounces of steak on the side for protein.

For some reason lately my shoulders have been killing me.  Like I have no range of motion and it hurts both of them if I try to raise them above my head.  I haven’t been doing any strenuous strength training so I have no idea what’s going on.  I do know that if I take ibuprofen it helps.  So I decided to hit the pool at lunch and that felt really good.  And Kym, the pool was empty too!

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30 minutes later and my shoulders weren’t as sore.  Now I just need to get a hot tub!

So as I was putting my food together yesterday, it really was another episode of “throw shit in a bag and figure it out later.”   Into the bag went:  cooked ground beef, a bag of leftover canned black beans, half a red pepper, shredded cheese, sour cream, low carb tortillas, some of my baja fresh salsa.   I would just figure it out when the time came.  As I was swimming I thought “I could make a burrito in my panini maker!” 

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This was delicious.  And the best part?  That plate comes in at 433 calories and a whopping 17.5 grams of fiber!   The afternoon of work went by fast and as I was driving home I couldn’t think what I had planned for dinner.  I knew I still had cube steak, but didn’t really feel like it, and was trying to think what else I could make when Tony suggested going out to dinner.  Done!  We went to our local Italian restaurant and had a couple Boddington Beers.   I should really their spokesperson!

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I ended up getting a stromboli – a flakey baked pizza with sausage and pepperoni and hot giardiniera – it’s so filling I only at 1/3 of it.  And I love the owners marinara sauce.  I told him how much I liked it and he asked if I had tried his meat sauce, which I hadn’t, so he brought us out some bread and sauce to try.  It was delicious, but I still prefer the good old marinara sauce.

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I’ll probably have Tony heat up some of it tonight after my shift at the restaurant.  Today is going to be a long day.  I am working a double and tonight I am working in the bar – so I won’t be home probably until 1:00 a.m. at the earliest – it’s only a 17 hour work day – no big!   Since I swam at lunch I didn’t make my steps:

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Guess who I became Fitbit friends with yesterday?  My 69 year old Aunt!  We just discovered that we each have one.  Well guess what?  She’s kicking my ass!  She sent me a text yesterday that the day before she had 17,000 steps!  Damn!

Alright, time to get the show on the road – I am still making more pancakes for breakfast since I have the batter.  I will probably walk 30 minutes around my office at lunch time to get away from my desk – I don’t like to do too much on a double work day.  And I think I am going to hit up Mariano’s salad bar for lunch.  I have to buy Diet Coke for the office – I only had 5 cans to stock it yesterday and people start to panic when there isn’t any Diet Coke in the fridge!

Make it a great day!

Happy Professional Secretary, Assistant, Helper Day!

Some holidays I think are just made up.  I didn’t even know it was Professional Secretary Day yesterday, until I got to work and my co-worker heard it on the radio. 

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I had brought my breakfast, but when I got there, my boss and brought in a shit ton of food.

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Icing coated croissants, sugar cookies, angel food cake, whip cream and apricot jelly.  I think even though working for her for nearly 10 years that she forgets I am diabetic.  No worries!  I helped myself to the fruit!  And it was a nice gesture.

I went ahead and had the breakfast I made before work yesterday.  I cut up 3/4 cup of sweet potatoes, diced them up and put then in a pan with some water and let them cook while I took a shower – about 7 minutes.  I took them out of the pan, wiped it dry and then seared off 2 ounces of leftover steak.  Then I fried one egg, and put all of that in a container.  I had leftover diced red pepper, so I tossed that in my bag, along with some Cabot extra sharp cheese, and some sour cream.  When I got to work – it was time to assemble my nachos!  I used Tostitos whole grain scoops as the base.

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I just divided the steak, egg and sweet potato in each cup, topped it with a few pieces of shredded cheese, then put it in the toaster oven under broiler for about 5 minutes.  Once they came out, topped them with the sour cream, red pepper, hot sauce and cilantro.  Such a colorful plate of food!  These were super filling too – #nomnom!

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Another busy day at work and before I knew it, it was time to hit up the gym.  I ended up doing a glute workout on the arc trainer for 40 minutes while watching The Chew.  My Mom got me these socks for my birthday – I love them!  They have extra padding in the heel part – that seems to be the first part that wears out on my socks since my feet are a size and a half different.

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And I wore another shirt Hannah got me for my birthday.  Thanks Hannah!  It actually motivated me to work out harder yesterday.

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During my workout I got a snap chat from Joe – I know it’s either going to be one of their dogs or the weather – yep – it was the weather!  We didn’t make it to 50 degrees yesterday.

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And I’ll give you another episode of Texting with Tony!  He’s so sweet!

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I forgot I had brought home some broccoli cheddar soup from the restaurant last week.  It still smelled good, so I tossed in about 1/2 a cup of cooked egg noodles and topped it with some chopped cilantro that was leftover from breakfast.  I puffy heart cilantro!

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I can’t believe I am about to say this, but this soup was actually too cheesy for me!  I couldn’t taste the broccoli at all.  This ended up sitting in my stomach like a rock the rest of the afternoon. 

It was another busy day at work, but I have to say, I have enjoyed having work to do all day long – I’ll miss it once they hire a new assistant!  I was walking around so much that in the afternoon I was thinking about what I could cook for dinner, when I suddenly came to the realization that I didn’t want to cook at all.  What?!

So sammies it was!  I had leftover turkey breast from the weekend, I had bacon, deli Italian beef, lettuce, tomato – club sandwiches it was!  My Mom brought me this garlic mustard from her trip in Key West – she knows I loves my mustards!  They went to a hot dog place there and they had about a dozen different mustards.  This one is delish!  And it absolutely made my sammie.

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There may have been some crunchy Cheetos served with this sammie.  Just sayin.

No problem getting my 10,000 steps in!  I just realized I have 9 messages on Fitbit!  I’ll have to check those out.

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Alright, I am off to cook some lemon poppy seed pancakes for breakfast – loosely based off of Tieghan’s recipe – do you read Half Baked Harvest?  No?!  Go now – she has the longest food titles that crack me up and all of her food is food porn!  Make it a great day!