Unti555tled.mxd #115

9:22a i’m trying to psych myself up for breaking into this storage unit for my condo. ugh this sucks.

10:16a it’s fucking icy cold in the office today and i knnnow it’s only because it’s getting into the 90s outside and it’ll feel great when i get back inside from lunch but GOD DAMN I AM SO COLD RIGHT NOW

11:09a okay, i think i’m going to take some of my yarn out of the moving box and cast on a sweater. i have some super bulky blanket yarn and a general idea of how to make a garment like that and i am sossososososo cold and the sweater i leave here and the ELECTRIC BLANKET isn’t enough

4:20p decided to listen to some music to close out the week. blind guardian’s back on the menu. my god, i hope they come back to the US one day. maybe i’ll go to them if our disasterous international policy won’t shut that door.

Unti555tled.mxd #114

9:58a so the fridge in the condo is on it’s last legs. the front is super hot, the ice maker is broken, and it’s 14 years old. so i’m looking for a new one. i think i’ve found one, just gotta figure out how to get it up 3 flights of stairs.

1:33p no word from home depot. probably going to have to rent a fucking appliance dolly and do this myself.

anyway, gotta remember this recipe so we have a dinner for this weekend. there is part of a pork shoulder in the freezer that needs to be used. this is amy & jacky’s recipe and it’s good af:

1 lb pork butt
2 large russet potatoes
8 oz mushrooms
2 large carrots
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter/smart balance
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 bay leaves
~balsamic vinegar
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
–2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp cold water

* salt and pepper the pork, sear on 5 minutes each side
* allow to rest for ~5 minutes
* add butter/smart balance to ip, then add mushrooms. stir to coat and sautee until browned
* slice the pork into ~1/2″ slices
* saute garlic and carrots. add bay leaves after a few minutes.
* deglaze ip with balsamic vinegar
* add chicken broth and soy sauce
* add the pork back in
* put potatoes on top
* put the lid on, high pressure for 5 minutes. natural pressure release for 10 then quick release if necessary.

* remove the vegetables and pork, whisk in cornstarch slurry. spoon gravy over top.

2:13p i have some chicken thighs in the freezer that need to get used up too. honey soy glaze here i come.

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tsp sesame oil (i honestly can’t remember how much i used)
liberal red chili flakes
sesame seeds for garnish

— cornstarch slurry, 2tbsp/2tbsp. you probably won’t need all of it.

split marinade between 2 containers. in 1, add chicken. refrigerate other container.

marinate chicken up to 24 hours

cook chicken until it’s done

reheat reserved marinade, add slurry. cook until thickened.

4:49p you ever smelled someone’s perfume/cologne that just turns your stomach? it’s been in here all fucking afternoon and i’m dying.

Unti555tled.mxd #113

9:44a been listening to pseudopod’s back catalog. it’s pretty damned solid.

but i’ve been super busy at work. i guess i’m still trying to adjust to being the only abstracter. and moving. and not having wifi where i’m sleeping right now is throwing me off. but i’m getting to bed on time and working out more… soooooo.. net positive. i don’t think my boyfriend likes it though, he’s already moved all his DVDs and probably just wants to watch some netflix when he gets home but can’t.

he was super cute last night though. i’ve been leaving the bedroom door open for the cats to roam around so they don’t feel so isolated in a mostly empty apartment. momma cat was sleeping with me last night. boyfriend comes home from work around midnight and normally the bedroom door’s shut so i can sleep. he walks into the bedroom and says “hey baby… where’s [momma cat]?” i had already woke up at the noise of him coming in the front door and point to the foot of the bed to answer his question. he walks over and picks her up super gingerly, like she’ll break if he’s not careful.

but he’s holding her out away from him so he doesn’t get a bunch of cat hair stuck to his clothes. llllllooooollllllll

3:11p i saw this recipe for risotto stuffed tomatoes with crispy potatoes and i want to make that sosososososossososososoooo bad but no, no no no. we’re still moving and i might have to replace the refrigerator in the condo. it was hot to the touch when i was there last night. gotta unplug it and find out if the fan is still spinning etc etc etc

might just replace the fucker. that might be cheaper in the long run than keeping an old fridge.

3:18p putting together a menu for the housewarming party i want to throw.

pasta salad:
1 pkg vegtable rotini
1 pkg cherry tomatoes, halved
2 med zucchini
1 large cucumber
1 medium green bell pepper
1 “” red bell pepper
1 small red onion
~1 cup black olives(??? maybe green olives)

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp vinegar
juice from 1 lemon
zest from 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp black pepper

 

potato salad:
2 lb yukon gold potatoes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp vegetable broth
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1/4 tsp salt **to taste
lots of black pepper
a little bit of liquid smoke
1/3 cup green onions or red onions
smoked paprika?

Unti555tled.mxd #112

10:28a there was a discussion going on in cap h yesterday re: separating families.

if you’re curious – this is one of those topics that separates the wheat from the chaff.

you’ll see the people that are opposed to it – this is bad hospitality, this is bad for our gefrain, what if this happens to someone i love and care deeply for?, arch-heathens *desired* a diverse community.

then you see the people who want this style of government. some of them are overtly racist, some of them are that kind of racist that runs under the surface. they say they don’t hate people based on skin color, but they don’t want porous borders. they say we don’t have enough “resources”. they say they don’t want illegals taking their jobs and benefits. that’s low-key racism that the individual doesn’t have the balls to confront and resolve.

fwiw – there’s a small contingent arguing for porous/open borders. most folks are into borders, but making legal immigration easier. since the US is probably responsible in some way for the instability in their home country, we owe them that much. we can be the good host we project ourselves as. we can be the good, honorable people we paint ourselves as.

11:09a i hope ann coulter chokes on her words.

well, wait.

i don’t hope.

i know she will. it’s just a matter of time.

it’s not worth repeating. she’s already radioactive and afaik no one will publish her garbage anymore.

Unti555tled.mxd #111

9:12a moving went decent. my boyfriend has a ton of stuff. i managed to move most of my things save for the kitchen, work clothes, and the few items of furniture i have. 2 desks, 2 bookshelves. i got the bookshelf i could lift out though, that was fun. it flew out of the back of my truck.

1:42p tomefoolery is pretty excellent. totally worth listening to if you want some literary giggles.

3:09p got to meet one of the big surveyors today. him and his wife are super nice. they retired recently and were put in charge of an estate on bolivar and they’re trying to get the lots sorted out.

4:35p it’s super busy. i also don’t have internet at the apartment right now (it’s on at the condo) so now my evenings are strangely productive

like maybe the internet is distracting me from life

lol

4:53p wow, someone else is quitting. she’s had like every job in this office, too. she got a sweet promotion. i hope she’s not quitting this to go be a bossbabe or something, she was doing that when she was running a different department. MLMs don’t have pensions

Unti555tled.mxd #110

9:12a moving went decent. my boyfriend has a ton of stuff. i managed to move most of my things save for the kitchen, work clothes, and the few items of furniture i have. 2 desks, 2 bookshelves. i got the bookshelf i could lift out though, that was fun. it flew out of the back of my truck.

1:42p tomefoolery is pretty excellent. totally worth listening to if you want some literary giggles.

3:09p got to meet one of the big surveyors today. him and his wife are super nice. they retired recently and were put in charge of an estate on bolivar and they’re trying to get the lots sorted out.

4:35p it’s super busy. i also don’t have internet at the apartment right now (it’s on at the condo) so now my evenings are strangely productive

like maybe the internet is distracting me from life

lol

4:53p wow, someone else is quitting. she’s had like every job in this office, too. she got a sweet promotion. i hope she’s not quitting this to go be a bossbabe or something, she was doing that when she was running a different department. MLMs don’t have pensions

Unti555tled.mxd #109

7:57a ohhh my goodness. closing is tomorrow. i haven’t heard back from my lender about the finalized closing disclosure yet so i don’t know what sum to get on my cashier’s check yet. i can guess all day long, but i have to be exact.

and it’s still going to rain this weekend. ugh.

i need to get the following things:

queen size bed frame
queen size allergy covers for the mattress and bedspring
something to lock up the attic door

11:06a lender finally got back to me. waiting on final CD right now so i can figure out what i need to bring with me tomorrow. i’m on edge tbh and it sucks.

11:30a thinking about frogging my temperature wrap agin. i’m not happy with the drape. lack of drape? i used the wrong needle size and it’s stiff. uuugggghhhh.