Thursday, July 28, 2016

Friday Night Fights

Friday! And it's Friday night!

And it's Payday!


I've been trying to get a travel authorization taken care of most of the day. It is due at COB today for the fiscal year. I think it got done.

I was telling one of the admin folks helping me... "Look here brotha, I don't really want to go, so uh... if we can't figure it out, you know... WHATEVER."


Aren't you glad these conventions are over? RNC was a dumpster fire. DNC was excellent. It says a lot.

GO HILLS! This is what was on Huffington Post earlier today!



Get it Oldgirl!!

Trump got me SHOOK with all this Russia dog whistling. Dude, you can dog whistle with these white supremacists, but you need to kill that noise when it comes to these russians, man. That ain't funny. That's a whole nother country, and they know you're ignorant. We don't need an invasion. NOPE.

Fresh Cut Grass! In other news, in other WONDERFUL news, that is, my grass has been cut. 

My grass is beautiful. Shrubs are trimmed. GLORY.

Why am I so excited? Because I thought my yard guy had been locked up again. He's a week overdo on my grass. So when he rang my doorbell yesterday and hollered "Open your garage [so he could grab my lawnmower]", I didn't argue. I just did it. I wondered where he'd been, but I shut up. I was just happy to see him.

And I was happy to see my wonderfully cut grass this morning.

My porch is a bit dusty. I need to get out there with my head rag, my bucket of suds, and my swiffer jet and clean it up. I will do that if it isn't terribly hot outside. (Yeah. We will see)

Fresh Veggies. A new CSA box came in this week. It is an odd one.
Tomatoes, peppers, spaghetti squash, okra and sprouts,

When I see sprouts, I think bacteria. YIKES.

I have no idea what to do with those. I just know I'm going to cook them hard enough to kill everything. Looks like I have a stir-fry in a hot wok coming up soon. Yes indeed.

There is some sauce there. No, I didn't get that from the CSA box. It just happen to be on the kitchen counter. I bought that while I was roaming around in Douglasville last weekend.

That wing spot is too expensive so I just bought the sauce I like. That is good wing sauce, though! And it will last me a couple of years at that.

Song of the Week. So... I have been deeply inspired to re-read and rework my Sweet Heat manuscript. There was a song on the radio and the lead character was singing along, trying to figure out what the song was. And I was trying to figure it out too! That was hilarious to me.

It was "Go Outside in the Rain" by Milara.

That's a 90's song. How DRAMATIC is that video? Look at her facial expressions! She's feeling it, isn't she? She's feeling it a bit too much!

The song lyrics that left me a bit O_o

Oh Lord I see
So many eyes on me
And I imagine what I'm saying
They're saying I'm a fool
They're saying I'm a fool 
Cuz I'm still in love with you
Don't they know I'm only human?

This is an odd verse. And a guy friend and I, who really like the song, discussed it.  No one is watching you, a random female, walking down the street and saying, "Hey look at that fool. She a fool because she is in love with that guy".

No they are not.

But it speaks to how self-conscience we can be. We think random people are looking at us and judging our personal business. Not the case. Well, unless you are a celebrity or something.

Loved-ed it! That's a good whiny song!

Really though.

Let me quit rambling.  This weekend's mission is to go buy a new vacuum cleaner.  You never miss a vacuum cleaner until yours break and that carpet needs some help, man!!

I need to do some writing. I'm working on a noir story right now.  Noir is not a genre I write in (I do have a couple of stories lingering around, though), but I like reading it. But I am working hard on it!It is a bit different. I will admit that much.

Have a good weekend.

On purpose!

Sister Callie Jo Antics

I have paper blinds in my house.

And there is a reason why I have paper blinds.

Look what Callie Jo did:


She must've seen a bug or something. And lost her mind.

It took me all of 5 minutes to cut and paste a new one.

But I let her know about herself.

"Gal, it took 5 minutes out of my life to put up new blinds. You better get your life together!"


Of course she hides or retreats to the beams over the living room.

She knows what she has done. No way she'd let me get a hold of her.  

She will probably tare more down. I hope she grows out of it. 

Maybe then I can buy a curtain or two. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ten Tuesday Thoughts

It's Tuesday! And here we go.

1. It's STILL hot in my beloved ATL. Heat like this make you wonder if it will ever go away. Lawd help us ALL!

2. How it feel outside, Mitch?


3. That speech by our first lady, Michelle Obama, the best first lady EVER, tho...

It was all that and 100 bags of chips.

4. If I ever see Melania... I would let her know, "Now THAT's how you give a speech. Go sit down somewhere.

5. I need to find a roll of parchment paper and a fountain pen so I can write that speech out word for word.

6. I am trying to watch these political conventions, but I am realizing that all the yelling of the speeches is bothering me. It might be just easier to watch the highlights the following day.

7. Look what my sister bought me from the UAE:

Camel Milk soap,

8. Something's just odd about the thought of Camel Milk, tho...She said they use it over there in the coffee, and it has a sour taste. Ick.

9. Yesterday, I ordered my favorite juice from a local juicery through UberEats. This is no big deal, except the driver got here in less than 2 minutes. I almost had to hurdle some cubicle walls to get down there to meet her. That's the fastest instant delivery ever! Usually they are here in 5-6 minutes.

10. I have to go out and get my lunch today. I MUST get up early enough in the morning in time to fix my lunch. No more sleeping in.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Freestyles!!

It is Friday!

Once again.  And thank goodness for that. I made it to see another Friday.

And I am ready for the weekend, babes!

Something exciting happens today: it will be 100 degrees in my beloved ATL.

That is HAWT!

Normally I don't concern myself with this. I tend to stay inside when it azz hawt outside. I walk from my car to the building and from my building to my car. I don't stand around out there. But I didn't bring my lunch today, so I may have to walk to get something... if I dare.

Yesterday, The Cowgirl Cre ran up on me while I was sitting in my cubicle, talking about "Come on, let's take a walk!"

"What the hell?" I hollered. "It's hot as hell outside."

It was hot yesterday. I think it was 95 degrees.

"It's okay. Let's go!"

I hemmed and hawed. She ignored me, as she should. We have been friends for 20 years and she knows how to handle me. Glory.

Anyway, we took a trip to our local Quik Trip.

If you're not familiar with Quik Trip, it is a popular gas station, based out of Missouri, I think. They have a bunch of gas stations in Atlanta, but only out in the suburbs (not the inner city). Their gas is cheap and good. Whenever I am in the suburbs, this is where I get my gas.

So imagine my glee when I found out that a Quik Trip was being built in Midtown Atlanta.

"Oooooh wee!" I hollered. "Cheap gas, cheap gas, cheap gas!!!"

Except... this Quik Trip doesn't have gas. It is a convenience store.


I have been hemming and hawing about that.

"They can throw a couple of pumps out there and charge $5 a gallon. And have somebody out there pumping the gas. And they would have a line of cars around the block!"

But alas. No gas pumps. This is the first of its kind, I hear.

So... me and the Cowgirl Cre walked up there. I see that people from work have been trekking up there (it's only a 2 block walk). The food is super cheap. Cowgirl Cre has been hitting it up. So since I had not been, we decided to walk up there.

That was a long HAWT walk. And we tried to walk in the shade of the skyscrapers. It was STILL hawt!! Ugh.

But we made it. And it was nice and cook inside.

The store looks like any other Quik Trip, but glossier. And they have a lot going on

There were plenty of sweets!

There is a hot dog counter.
I think you can get polish sausage dogs and some mexican treats I can't pronounce.

You can order sandwiches and pizzas too.
I was intrigued by this tea station.
And they have a plethora of coffees too.
And there are more conveniences.
I think it is a great idea after having gone there. I'm still a bit miffed about there being no gas pumps out front. But there are a TON of high rise condos along Peachtree street. A ton. And they need corner stores of high convenience like this one. Something fast and quick. And this is the only place open 24 hours. I'm not sure that's a great idea in the hood (Most places downtown  close at 6 pm. Midtown closes down  around  10-11 pm).

So let's just say they are going to do good! And rightfully so.

I got what I usually get when I go a Quik Trip... An orange slushy. They have a really tart slushy made out of orange juice. I mix it with coconut and berry slushy. GOOD STUFF. I didn't have any money, so the Cowgirl Cre treated me. I think it was like, 79 cents.  I didn't break the bank.

Oh yeah... Cowgirl Cre got a breakfast sandwich.

"Dang that look good," I said, wishing that I'd gotten one myself.

Maybe next time.

I'll walk up there again... when the weather gets a bit cooler.

Song of the Week. I've been listening to Chrisette Michele's new CD Milestone. It is very good. I'm not a big fan of hers, but I like this 75% of the songs on this CD. And what's interesting is that it's pretty much a trap album, which is odd for her. 

That is definitely a trap song. Man. I guess that's the style now.

*ladylee bouncing hard while cleaning up the kitchen*

That's it for me! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Adventures in CSA, Part I

I do quite a bit "locavore" shopping, i.e., I love finding ways to get my food from local sources.  It is a little more expensive, but let's just say a Georgia tomato tastes better than one shipped in from Chile or New Zealand. I'm just saying...

Purchasing food from local sources is possible. It isn't all that hard, as there are a couple of local farmers markets in my area that sell produce from farms in the state of Georgia. The farms bring their product in on a particular morning (Saturday for Morningside neighborhood, Sunday for my Grant Park neighborhood).

I've always wanted to be a part of a CSA program. CSAs are "community supported agriculture" programs. Essentially, for a set fee for a season, you can receive a box/or bag of food from a local farm.  It is as it is described... It's a great way to support your local farm. It also forces one to eat more vegetables and to learn new recipes, both of which I was looking forward to.

My coworker Lady M found a good CSA program. It is through a farm near her home up in Loganville (some 25-30 miles from downtown Atlanta). It is reasonably priced ($100/4 weeks). I thought this was a good price, as I have seen some that are much more expensive. (That's the reason I didn't care to get involved. What is great about this deal (through the Wrecking Barn), is that it is organic. Glory.

Anyway, I have the produce from my first 4 weeks.

Week 1:  potatoes, squash, zuchinni, cucumbers, eggplants and blueberries.

Those blueberries were great for my smoothies and my salads. I am not a big fan of eggplant, but I put those in the sauce for my spaghetti. These are small eggplants, so I buy those from time to time. (I hate the large ones.

Those round balls at the top left side of the picture are cucumbers. I'd never had those before. I have a love/hate relationship with cucumbers, but these are nice because they are mild. You can eat those like you eat an apple, and they were great on my salad.

The bicolor squash... let's just say it's 4 weeks later and I am STILL eating off of that. I have made 2 skillets of squash and I have had 2 or 3 salads with squash cubes on them.  I still have some squash left. That was a big azz squash!

Week 2: eggs, onions, cucumbers, blueberries, basil, eggplant, potatoes,
More eggplant. Gotta figure out how to do more with that than spaghetti sauce. Now those potatoes and eggs... I hooked up some serious potato salad. GLORY!!!  I am not a big egg eater (takes me 2-3 months to go through a dozen), but we had some omelettes. I tend to spend big money on pastured chicken eggs. They taste better. These were REALLY good.

Week 3: tomatoes, peppers, mint, purple bell peppers, potatoes, sunburst squash, onions, zuchinni
This is where it gets interesting. Why? Because I wanted to start with a CSA when they were REALLY picking more stuff. Like, during the summer months. I tell you one thing: those tomatoes are the BEST I have ever eaten. I don't know if I want to buy any more store bought tomatoes that have been trucked across country. NOPE!

The sunburst squash. I don't know what to do with those. I looked around on Pinterest, and found out that they could be stuffed. That is too much work. I may just cut them up and fry them.

Week 4: Eggs, okra, eggplant, sage, tomatoes, red bell peppers, purple bell peppers

So ya'll can get the hell on with this eggplant. NOPE.  I will just bring those to work to my coworker. (She would bring me her extra produce from her CSA.. I can surely return the favor. And she likes eggplant more than I do).

The eggs... I still have 10 from the last dozen I received in a CSA box 2 weeks ago. So I got the bright idea to take this dozen to a coworker. As you can guess, I dropped them! I saves 6 of them. The other 6 cracked. Gonna have some omelettes tonight, lol!!

Those peppers are good. Those went on my salad. The tomatoes are great! I put one in smoothie this morning. I have NO idea what to do with that sage. I think I am gonna use it in a smoothies and maybe put that in a stuffing for the sunburst squash. I don't know.  We will see.

I am frying up ALL that okra. Indian style. YUM!!!! 

This has been a good experience. I think I will renew for another 4 weeks. That will be it for me after that, since the summer will be then pretty much over.

We shall see.