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Reason For Everything

Day 22: Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.

[After sitting here, staring blankly at the screen, then doing other things for 40 minutes…]

I’m coming up sort of blank. I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that I really believe that life is a series of linked events. For one thing to happen, the thing before it had to have happened. One little change could alter major things. Ok, yes, some things are probably inconsequential, but if there’s something I’d undo, it’s probably big enough to change the course of my life. There are definitely things that I did that I may not have done if I’d thought about them a little more or a little less. There are things I did because I (felt that I) had to. There are things that I did for the wrong reasons, or with the wrong motivation or driving force. Would I really change any of it? Probably not.

I moved back to Nassau, from Halifax. Blech. Bad move, bad move, bad move. I really don’t like it here. Sure, there are things I like about being here, but I dislike some of the same things. I’m glad I’m close enough to family to drop by and visit them, call them for free, etc. That works against me sometimes. I liked the distance that was between us a lot of the time (for varying reasons). My reasons for moving, I have to stand by. I felt that some relatives were getting older, and the time I could spend with them was only reducing. My great-grandmother is 91 years old. My maternal grandmother is 85. My paternal grandmother is about 74, as is my grandaunt. My paternal grandfather died about two years before. My great-grandmother was planning to close her business – one that I grew up in. I spent a lot of time in “the shop” (a ladies’ boutique) from I was a baby until I left for school. Saturdays, school breaks… I spent a lot of them at the shop. I didn’t want it to just disappear. I didn’t want to visit Nassau, to meet a huge parking lot where the business used to be. All of these things prompted me to move back. Then my mother got very ill. It just made sense to be here. It was supposed to be temporary. VERY temporary. It’s still temporary, but was supposed to be WAY more temporary. Hahaha. Moving back is something I wish I didn’t do, but I’m glad I did.

There are other things too… Wasting time at the local college (UGH!), crazy relationship with an idiot, being in a pointless relationship I really didn’t want to be in for pity’s sake…

All lesson learned, really. Did I have to learn them all through those experiences? Maybe not. But I did. And that’s okay.

Do you have regrets? Did you learn lessons or find the greater purpose for certain things you did that you may like to undo? Do you think life is like Jenga? Can you move certain blocks without the whole tower falling down? Are there pivotal pieces that just can’t be moved and leave the tower standing strong?

Completely off topic: Is anyone else having trouble with WordPress? My “Blogs I Follow” and “WordPress Reader” are coming up empty, and I have no idea why. This has been happening from yesterday. I feel like I’m so far behind in blog world. Is this happening to you? If not, do you know how to remedy it? If I lost everything, how do I get my fave blogs back without remembering them all?

All Summer Long

Ahhh, summer. I remember when you used to be a break. Now, you’re just a season. You come, and you go. And it’s all just the same.

 

US Air Force Staff Cover Adele’s Rolling in the Deep

 “U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson and Sidewinder perform a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Sidewinder is part of the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, Air National Guard. They are deployed as the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band”

Sidewinder is Capt John Arata – officer in charge, keyboards, fiddle; Tech. Sgt. Kevin Maret – NCO in charge, percussion; Tech. Sgt. John Cavanaugh – operations/logistics, bass; Tech. Sgt. Joseph Castilleja – guitar; Staff Sgt. Tobias Callaway – saxophone; Staff Sgt. Ransom Miller – trumpet; Staff Sgt. Devin LaRue – trombone, guitar, keyboards; Staff Sgt. Brian Owens – vocals; Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson – vocals; Staff Sgt. Sean Navarro – Audio, Trombone.

Back to 30 Days of Truth

Day 21: (Scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

Yeah, I’ve been slacking on these 30 days of truth. It’s not because I’m determined to lie. No one said the days of truth had to be on a stretch, uninterrupted. Right? And then I got stuck on certain prompts. Some, I felt like I didn’t have time to approach, and needed to wait until I had enough time to properly answer. This one, I just think is really lame, and I don’t have much to say. I wanted to find a clever way to skip it. Didn’t. Hahaha.

So… If that happened, I’d do whatever is instinctive. This may seem a bit much, but this is the way my brain works, ok? I need to break this down into possibilities. Consider it a personal favour that I don’t break down the fight (petty vs. serious, resolved issues vs. unresolved issue, etc.).

LIVES – If he/she lives, he/she could be in different situations.

LIVES + UNCONSCIOUS – Visit daily. Encourage him/her to come back/wake up.

LIVE + CONSCIOUS – He/she could be at home or in the hospital (won’t get into different areas), different conditions (critical/stable/fair/good, emotional states of being, possible memory loss. The way I approach it would depend on all that, but I’d definitely take care of any unfinished business. Apologize where necessary, explain what needs to be explained, help him/her through whatever is going on.

Okay, I’m not going to break it down any further than that. It’s probably enough to say that I’d be there. I would make every effort to be as present as possible. I’d fulfil my best friend duties, without a doubt. (This is assuming that the fight wasn’t about something outrageous like him/her killing my spouse without my express permission.) I may feel bad about the fight we had right before it happened, but I don’t think I’d blame myself or beat myself up about it because arguments happen – some for good reason, others just because… I don’t know. I’d just hope and pray for the best possible outcome and do my part, whatever that is.

 

 

Five Question Monday?

I don’t know how I missed it on Friday. I guess with all the hurricane insanity. Anyway, I’m playing catch up now. FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY!

1. Did You Make Any Fun Purchases This Week?
Nope. Nothing fun. Saving, saving, saving. Moving on Thursday, so there isn’t much room for fun purchases at the moment. Tonight, we may go get ice cream sundaes.

2. If You Could Go To Any Musical Concert, What Would It Be?
Tough one… Hmmm… I would like to go to a Michael Jackson concert, above all others. That’s not possible though. *sighs*

3. What Is Your Least Fav/ Most Fav House Chore?
Least favourite – Making up beds. I really don’t enjoy it. Especially if the bed is in a corner. Ugh.

Most favourite – Does cooking count? I love cooking.

4. Would You Prefer New Appliances Or Clothes?
This is sort of difficult. There are a few appliances I’d like to have, but I’m doing quite fine without. What I need more right now is clothes. I moved here over a year ago and was only supposed to visit for about 6 weeks. I left most of my clothing in storage. Limited options right now, though I’ve acquired some new things since moving.

5. Miracle Whip/Mayo?
Mayo! Miracle Whip is gross!

It’s Monday!

Hey, hey, heyyy!

I’m so happy it’s Monday. Just for it to be another day is great. Here’s what’s been going on lately:

  • I’m working on my regular day off (today) so that I can get Thursday (moving day) off. It was hard to come back to work after just one day off. I’m used to Sunday+Monday being my weekend.
  • I need to look into getting a few boxes for the move. I’m planning to dump pretty much everything into garbage bags, but the pots, pans, plates, etc. will require a bit more. Newspaper wrapping, maybe plastic bags, and boxes. I also need to decide on a time to borrow one of my cousin’s employees along with his work truck. Moving shouldn’t take too long. It’s just that Babe and I are moving from two different places.
  • Went to FamJam (Sunday dinner at great-gram’s) yesterday. I missed the last one and it was a big deal, mostly because I have no phone that people can reach me on to confirm that I am alive. No lowness was thrown. Amazing.
  • Ma went away two weeks ago. Since I missed last week’s FamJam, I got my prezzies yesterday. A cute, colorful summer dress, hanger clothespins which I’ve always wanted and just managed to ask for, and two pairs of not-so-short shorts. It was funny because Ma said, “I guess you could sleep in ’em. I know you like ’em shorter than that to wear out.” Ahahahahahaha. Yes. I like poom pooms (pronounced p’m-p’m).
  • Dad brought me a box of Fruit & Nut which I freaking LOVE. ANNNNND… NUTELLA! Winniiiiing!
  • Saturday was the worst day of work ever. Cable was down. That means no internet. The ENTIRE. DAY. AT WORK. No internet. On top of that, only one generator of the two was working (and this is still the case today). Sadly, the one that isn’t working is the one that powers the a/c in my office. An office with no windows. It was gross. I spent most of the day at the warehouse gate, catching a little breeze. Then the rain came pouring down. For hours. It felt great, being misted by it. Needless to say, I did absolutely no work on Saturday. *shrugs*
  • Someone I know (who is close – and related – to someone very close to me) is very ill, and in hospital. Really, I only met her once, but that was enough. We probably talked for less than 30 minutes, but it was such interesting, friendly conversation. You know when you speak to someone, and it’s like you’ve known them forever? It’s like whatever you don’t know about them doesn’t really matter, because all you can see is goodness, kindness, and sincerity? I don’t remember all of what we talked about, but I remember feeling like I could talk to her about whatever, whenever. Well, that very nice lady is in need of all the hope, prayers, and positivity that we can muster up for her. If you hope, or pray, or believe in the law of attraction, or the power of positive thinking… Anything like that… Please think of this lady. We’ll call her “B.”
  • My brother is freaking hilarious. He picked me up from work on Saturday because it was raining and thundering too much for me to ride home. I got off at 5:30, and didn’t end up home until after 8pm. We rode around doing a lot of foolishness. Stopped by a friend’s bar for a few games of dominoes. I whipped the boys’ butts really good. The scores were 5-2-2-0. Hahahaha. I’m quiet, but deadlyyyyyyy.
  • Babe is the absolute best. We had a great pasta, tuna, and salad meal the other night. This morning, Babe got up the same time as me, and worked on my lunch while I got ready. I wish I could take a picture to show you. I have a turkey sandwich, animal crackers, mango, raisins, and sour cream & onion pringles. And a Coke. I am blessed beyond anything I could imagine to have a love so great, and to always FEEL it.
Hope your week is off to a great start. Remember: Even though you can’t always control your circumstance, happiness is still a decision you can make every single day. I encourage you to do it. Be happy. Be positive. Be the best you that you can be. 🙂

100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student | Online College… – StumbleUpon

Who could deny the usefulness of this list of quick, cheap eats? Babe and I will definitely use this as we work on saving in a major way for the next month or so. Just click a meal/item for the recipe. Easy peasy!

 

Breakfast

Get a good start to your day with these cheap-o breakfasts.

  1. Hash browns: Hash browns are cheap and easy to make, and cheaper than a trip to IHOP.
  2. Puff pastry chicken and bacon: You can make bacon and chicken in puff pastry using this recipe.
  3. Microwave scrambled eggs: Make scrambled eggs in the microwave with this recipe.
  4. Breakfast burritos: You can make these burritos ahead for a quick microwave breakfast.
  5. Onion quiche: This quiche makes a delicious, incredibly cheap breakfast.
  6. Omelet in a bag: Boil eggs and some handy ingredients for this simple, cheap omelet.
  7. Frittata: Add eggs to cheese, vegetables, and herbs you have handy in your fridge to make a frittata.

Ramen

A college staple gets dressed up in these recipes.

  1. Antipasto ramen salad: With ramen, pepperoni, black olives, onion, and Italian dressing, you’ll find yourself with a great ramen salad.
  2. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen: This dish makes a delicious stir fry from ramen.
  3. Chinese style ramen with veggies: Make your ramen a little bit healthier with some vegetables added in.
  4. Ramen noodle alfredo: Turn your ramen noodles Italian with this recipe.
  5. Beef & Broccoli Ramen: Add some meat and veggies to your ramen to make this dish.
  6. Spring ramen salad: Take a fresh approach to ramen with recipe.
  7. Hamburger ramen: Ground beef with ramen makes for a great meal.
  8. Chicken hollandaise ramen: Add chicken and hollandaise to your ramen for this meal.
  9. Egg drop noodle soup: You’ll combine ramen, eggs, and flour to make this tasty soup.
  10. Lo mein ramen: Follow this recipe for ramen lo mein style.
  11. Creamy veggies and ramen: Add celery soup and vegetables to ramen, and you’ll have a great meal.
  12. Pasta ramen salad: Use ramen as the base to make this delicious pasta salad.

Sandwiches

Use these recipes to step up your sandwiches.

  1. Hot Dog Egg Sandwich: Get a good portion of protein and flavor from this sandwich.
  2. Egg Salad Sandwich: Cook up some hard boiled eggs for a cheap, tasty sandwich that’s really versatile.
  3. Monte Cristo Sandwich: This sandwich is a delicious hybrid of grilled ham, cheese, and french toast.
  4. Grilled chicken and apple sandwich: This hot sandwich is healthy, affordable, and delicious.
  5. Canned salmon sandwich: Add celery, horseradish, and swiss cheese for a delicious, healthy meal from a can.
  6. Turkey, chutney and avocado grilled sandwich: This sandwich is an exotic, cheap treat.
  7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: The classic college staple, grilled cheese sandwiches pack a lot of flavor for very little cost.

One Pot

These simple recipes can be pulled off in one pot.

  1. Creamy cauliflower soup: This vegetable soup is cheap, easy, and surprisingly tasty.
  2. Cheap chili: Use chopped beef, tomatoes, and more for this cheap chili.
  3. Butternut Squash Soup: Take advantage of cheap winter vegetables with this soup.
  4. Slow cooker BBQ chicken: Combine cut up chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce for this recipe.
  5. Crockpot lemon chicken: Get inexpensive cuts of chicken and make this lemony meal for lots of flavor without lots of money.
  6. Minestrone soup: Eat this classic soup for a healthy, cheap meal.
  7. Cheeseburger soup: This soup is hearty enough to be a meal.
  8. Slightly Italian crockpot chicken recipe: With chicken, artichoke, onions, and spices, you’ll get an Italian chicken meal in a slow cooker.
  9. Cranberry pot roast: Beef roast and cranberries offer a lot of flavor in this crockpot meal.
  10. Crockpot potato soup: Make this soup from chicken broth and potatoes.
  11. Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder: This hearty chowder is great for winter eating.
  12. Chilled avocado soup: Check out this recipe for a healthy, refreshing treat.
  13. Slow cooker pulled pork: Make pork shoulder in the crock pot using this recipe.
  14. Middle East Chicken Soup: This ethnic chicken soup is a cheap, tasty, treat.
  15. Bean soup: In this bean soup recipe, you’ll find lots of protein for just a little money.

Salads

Use these healthy recipes to make cheap, delicious salads.

  1. Caesar salad: Combine romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing for a classic salad.
  2. Simple spinach salad: In this tasty salad you’ll find sweet pears and spinach.
  3. Bowtie Pasta Salad: Throw together some pasta, tomatoes, and other vegetables for this salad.
  4. Cucumber salad: This salad is fresh, delicious, and cheap.
  5. Caprese salad: This caprese salad is simple and delicious.
  6. Chicken Caesar salad: Eat this recipe as a salad, or put it into a wrap for a healthy, cheap treat.
  7. Simple green salad: Here you’ll find a simple, inexpensive salad with great flavor.
  8. Pecan mandarin orange salad: Get a bright and sweet salad from this recipe.
  9. Cucumber salad with sour cream: This salad is cheap and refreshing.
  10. Salmon orzo salad: With salmon filets, or even canned salmon, you can put together this salad treat.

Casserole

You’ll find delicious casseroles in these recipes.

  1. O’Brien Casserole: Use O’Brien potatoes, beans, lean meat, and some veggies for a great potato casserole.
  2. Baked Tuna Chow Mein Microwave Casserole: Pop this tuna casserole in the microwave for a quick meal.
  3. Easy cheap casserole: This casserole combines easy, affordable ingredients.
  4. Penne Pasta Casserole: Make this tasty pasta casserole for $3 or less.
  5. Meatloaf: ground beef combined with ketchup, onions, and more makes a great meal for less than a dollar per serving.
  6. Four Bean Casserole: This casserole is popular at potlucks and with barbequed meals.
  7. Tuna casserole: With canned tuna, you can make a healthy, delicious tuna casserole on the cheap.

Pizza & Pasta

Get your grains with these recipes.

  1. Microwave Mexican pizza: Use tortillas, cheese, salsa, and sour cream for this pizza.
  2. Bagel pizza: Use this recipe to make pizza on a bagel.
  3. Spaghetti: Pick up multigrain pasta with tomato sauce and mushroom for a big meal without a big budget.
  4. Feast of Pasta: Create this casserole with pasta, onions, and other simple ingredients.
  5. Shrimp with ricotta sauce on pasta: Upgrade your pasta dish with this recipe.
  6. Easy calzones: Use cheese, vegetables, and pepperoni in these easy calzones.
  7. Olio e Aglio Pasta: This side dish combines angel hair with oil and garlic.
  8. Pasta salad: Combine your favorite pasta with salad dressing, and olives, vegetables, or herbs you have handy.
  9. Pasta and Ricotta Cheese: This pasta favorite is a crowd pleaser.

Entrees

These recipes offer affordable main dishes.

  1. Baked potato: Often served as sides, a baked potato can be the main dish-just add lean meat, beans, or chili.
  2. Mexican hot dogs: This twist on hot dogs is extra delicious.
  3. Chili: With beef, tomatoes, and beans, you can make a delicious chili.
  4. Tuna patties: Put tuna, egg, relish, crumbs, salad dressing, and other simple ingredients together to create yummy tuna patties.
  5. Cheap beef stroganoff: This recipe offers a cheap version of beef stroganoff.
  6. Vegetarian chili: Use soy protein, tomatoes, and beans for a protein and fiber packed chili without any meat.
  7. Eggplant parmesan: Eggplant parmesan makes a cheap and delicious vegetarian meal.
  8. Vegetarian sweet and sour tofu: If you’re looking for a great vegetarian meal on the cheap, check out this recipe.
  9. Parmesan chicken: With breadcrumbs, parmesan, and chicken, you can make this very tasty main dish.
  10. BBQ chicken: Slather chicken with barbeque sauce, pop it in the oven, and enjoy.
  11. Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken: Make some delicious chicken in a slow cooker with this recipe.
  12. Salmon patties: Use canned salmon, bread crumbs, and other simple ingredients for this healthy, cheap dish.
  13. Meatballs and orzo: Make these easy meatballs instead of using store bought frozen ones.

Sides

Use these recipes to complement your entrees on the cheap.

  1. Buttered baby carrots: Sweet, tender carrots make up this side dish.
  2. Roasted asparagus: Follow this simple recipe for a healthy, cheap vegetable side.
  3. Spicy mac: Make macaroni and cheese with Taco Bell hot sauce.
  4. Garlic toast: Use this recipe for delicious garlic bread that will please any taste.
  5. Microwave macaroni and cheese: Make your own homemade mac and cheese in the microwave.
  6. Pesto stuffed cherry tomatoes: Pesto, ricotta, and tomatoes come together for this delicious side that’s great for potlucks.
  7. Scalloped potatoes: These scalloped potatoes are easy and creamy.
  8. Bean and rice salad: This salad is delicious and cheap.
  9. Green beans amandine: With this recipe, you can omit almonds for even more money savings.
  10. Onion scones: In these simple scones, you’ll find lots of flavor.
  11. Potato croquettes: These croquettes are a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes.
  12. Twice-baked potatoes (microwave): Make this cheap potato classic in the microwave for easy cooking.
  13. Broccoli and cauliflower salad: This salad is cheap and packed full of nutrients.

Desserts

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these affordable dessert recipes.

  1. Chocolate chip cookies: Create cookies with chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, or even pretzels with this recipe.
  2. 1 step brownies: Turn a chocolate box cake into simple, cheap brownies using this recipe.
  3. Balsamic strawberries with marscapone cheese: A few delicious ingredients make for a tasty, cheap treat.
  4. Cheap and quick cookies: This recipe will show you how to turn cake into cookies.
  5. Lemonade pie: Simple ingredients go into this delicious, cheap pie.
  6. Easy baked apples: Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and raisins come together in this microwave recipe.
  7. Super easy microwave peanut butter fudge: Only two simple ingredients to into this peanut butter fudge.

 

 

 

100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student | Online College… – StumbleUpon.