Saturday, July 19, 2008

so tired

My next day off is next Sunday and I've been working everyday since this past Monday. Granted that some of my exhaustion comes from things outside of work but still, I'm so tired of working right now. It would be nice if it rained on Thursday so I wouldn't be called in but at the same time, I really don't want it to rain if I have the day off.

Now I'm going to wash oysters, attend shucking boot camp, work a closing shift, and then bake cupcakes when I get home. I suppose I should go have lunch before all that starts.

My brain hurts.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

too many?

How many black dresses do you need to own before you have too many? I just did a load of laundry and I was somewhat astounded when I pulled out four black dresses. I then decided to take a tally of how many more black dresses I had and I thought that I only had one more. Then I went to hang the dresses to dry and saw another one that I had forgotten to count, bringing the total to five. Then I remembered that I have another (more formal) black dress hanging in my closet, bringing the total up to six. If every woman is supposed to have at least one little black dress in her wardrobe, I guess I'm well covered.

Now, this only means one thing: must buy more dresses in different COLOURS to balance out all the black. =)

Monday, July 07, 2008

Comfort In a Bowl

Ice cream. Chocolate. Meatloaf. Cookies. Pudding. Peanut butter. Mashed potatoes. Not my ideas of comfort food.

Whenever I feel ill (emotionally or physically), I always go for a bowl of soup and noodles or congee. I guess it all depends with what you grow up with. My parents and brothers don't have very much of a sweet tooth so there wasn't a lot sugary stuff in the house. Unfortunately for me, I do have a very big sweet tooth but that's another entry.

Whenever I got sick as a child , my mother would make a small pot of congee for me for dinner while everyone else ate normally. The congee was always very thick and had little bits of pork in it. I suppose she made it very thick so that I would still get some food in me instead of me just eating a big bowl of rice water. I always knew if someone else in the house was sick if there was a small pot of congee on the stove. If it wasn't full of congee, it was full of a pungent black medicinal tea and that meant that someone had or was on the verge of having a cold. There was no comfort in that nasty tasting tea.

Soup and noodles is comfort food because my mom would make a big pot of it almost every weekend and that was what we would have for lunch on the weekends. Leftovers were for after school snacks. The comfort of that came from the routine of it and also because my mom would also make soup and noodles whenever she was stressed and too busy to make our regular dinners. I need to spend some time in the kitchen with her to learn the recipes. I've been able to pull off some of the stuff she makes but not as tasty. Perhaps it's because food generally tastes better when someone else has done the work in preparing it for you and because they made it for you because they love you.

I went for a bowl of congee today because I was feeling a bit low. The congee made me feel better but since congee is piping hot and not cool and creamy, like ice cream, I burnt the roof of my mouth. Boo-ers!

Now as far as mashed potatoes and meatloaf go, it just goes to show it all depends on what you grew up with. I don't remember my parents ever making mashed potatoes outside of our time at the C.V.M. Café in Carberry and even then it was from instant mix. When we got an order for a plate with mashed potatoes, my dad would send me to get a little juice glass of homo milk. I thought it was the oddest thing and I kinda still do. The only time I ever encounter mashed potatoes at a family dinner is on holidays and only at Uncle Dave or Jim's place. A couple of my cousins LOVE potoates. I don't get it.

Meatloaf just grosses me out. Meat shouldn't be in loaf form - ever!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I'm afraid of 8 out of 72 common fears

[] the dark
[] staying single forever
[] being a parent
[] giving birth
[] being myself in front of others
[] open spaces
[] closed spaces
[] heights
[x] dogs - large breeds
[x] birds - just pigeons
[] fish
[] spiders
[] flowers or other plants

Total so far: 2

[] being touched
[] fire
[] deep water
[] snakes
[] silk
[] the ocean
[x] failure
[] success
[] thunder/lightning
[] frogs/toads
[] my boyfriend's/girlfriend's dad
[] boyfriend's/girlfriend's mom
[x] rats - gross
[] jumping from high places
[] snow

Total so far: 4

[] rain
[] wind
[] crossing hanging bridges
[] death
[] heaven
[] being robbed
[] falling
[] clowns
[] dolls
[] large crowds of people
[] men
[] women
[] having great responsibilities
[] doctors, including dentists
[] tornadoes

Total so far: 4

[] hurricanes
[] incurable diseases
[] sharks
[] Friday the 13th
[] ghosts
[] poverty
[] Halloween
[] school
[] trains
[] odd numbers
[] even numbers
[] being alone
[] becoming blind
[] becoming deaf
[] growing up

Total so far: 4

[] creepy noises in the night
[] bee stings
[] not accomplishing my dreams/goals
[] needles
[] blood
[] dinosaurs
[] the welcome mat
[] high speed
[] throwing up
[] falling in love
[] super secrets

Final Total: 8

.. if you wish to post this in your journal, it's been requested that you title it "I'm afraid of __ out of 72 common fears."

If you get more than 30, I strongly recommend some counseling.
If you get more than 20, you’re paranoid.
If you get 10-20, you are normal.
If you get 10 or less, you’re fearless.
People who don’t have any are liars.