Monday, September 29, 2014

Bacon and Black Olive Pizza

This is a pizza from the dough I made yesterday.  I whizzed up a jar of San Marzano tomatoes and mixed in ground sage and ground oregano.   I tossed on bacon pieces, cheese (Parmesan and Mozarella) and topped with black olives.  It's an awesome combo.  TBG made the salad based on my directions.  He did a good job!

Not much else going on at Chez Petite.  I managed to swim tonight  but didn't get a good night's sleep last night.  It's that female over fifty night sweat thing that wakes me up and causes all sorts of disruptions in my sleep cycle.  I have yet to experience a hot flash so I should consider myself lucky.  I am still plagued by the "friend" that no girl likes to have show up... not on a regular basis, but it still happens.  Now how did I get on that topic after posting about pizza?

Now I'm off to attend to my overwhelmingly attacked in-box.  Someone at work forwarded my resume on to a VP today that has a few openings.  If they are not contract (I am ineligible for more contract time), I think I'll probably get noticed.  Other than that, the  job is slow so I've been doing my best to help out others when and where I can.  Hopefully that will help me too!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Linguine

Blog-wise, this is all I have to show for the day!  Two loads of laundry and cleaned downstairs, then went for a bike ride.  Dinner is fresh bread (home-made, of course) and linguine with chicken, spinach and feta. I marinate the chicken in fresh lime, dill and garlic.  It worked out quite well and I have enough dough for pizza tomorrow night.

The event we went to last night was not torturous.  The site was the Pierce Arrow Museum -- which was very interesting.  We enjoyed open bar and "heavy hors-doeuvrs."  TBG has an assistant that he could not live with out.  He is the "ying" to Tommy's "yang."  It was so nice to finally meet his wife -- and we hit it off too!  While his job can be frustrating, there are a couple of good guys there I really like.

The Oktoberfest thing did not pan out. We stopped to buy a bottle of bubbly to drink but when we got there, it seemed that just neighborhood people were there and no one from work. I thought I spotted the VP but wasn't sure because I 'd never seen him in shorts with a beer in his hand.  Well, I've seen him with a beer, but this time it was dark. I think I would have been the only person from work.  So we snuck back down the block.  Once at home, we had drinks around our fire and were content to leave it at that.

If I was a betting woman, I'd put money on this week being my last one at the contract job. I'm getting an extra assignment but don't think they're going to keep me around just as an opportunity for me to try to find more work at the bank.  I have only seen two open positions that interest me and am not going to take something just because it is open.  If it lasts to the end of the month, that will be great because it will be three more paychecks.  And if one of the openings I expressed interest in come through, that will be a pleasant surprise.  But the contracting thing has grown tired for me and I've had many false hopes so I think it's time to forge my own destiny and just be happy for the stuff I learned.  If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that promises made are often cancelled out if a management change  occurs.  There's nothing malicious about it and it is nothing to be bitter over.   It's just what happens.

As for tomorrow.... pizza is on the horizon.  Woooo hoooo! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Clinging to Summer

I was so happy to have a warm sunny day even though summer is officially over.  Two loads of laundry hung out to dry.  Between working and starting a new job search and a few long weekends away, I have fallen behind on domestic tasks.  It isn't too likely I'll find a permanent post to land in -- but it's not impossible.  For that reason, I'm starting to look again outside the bank.  We are seriously considering me taking a part-time lower wage position just to have some income but then have more time for household matters, healthier cooking and more exercise time for us both.  Two careers mean the pounds have piled back on!

And speaking of summer, I managed to swim with Teddy -- it was probably our last joint swim of the season.  At first I thought it was too cold to go in but then a wave hit me and it was a moot point after that.  We swam for about a half an hour and she got a shampoo.  She's gotten porky this year too.  I used to have time to get her out a lot more and we walked a few miles every day on top of us both swimming (separately in the cold weather!).  The mailman got to see her today too.  They have a special friendship and it's always nice to hear him talk to her through the gate when I'm in the house and he's on his rounds.

Tonight we are going to a cocktail party for hubby's job -- the company is celebrating 150 years.  He's in a stable field.  My division head is having a party and invited staff.  It's a block-club/Oktoberfest sorta thing that we can drop by on  our way home.  We'd rather do neither but sometimes you gotta schmooze.

Sorry I've missed posting. Now I am off for booze and appetizers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What Won't I Cook on Parchment?

Tonight it was an Asian inspired dinner.  Rather than stir frying the beef and green peppers, I marinated it in a flavorful BBQ-based sauce and coated with panko, buts and sesame seeds.  I baked it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment because, well, that's what I do!
The noodles came from the Asian market and have mushrooms, garlic, ginger, a cabbage/kale mix and chopped romaine.

It wasn't any easy night to get motivated to cook because I had to be out with the pup in the gorgeous sunshine and also knew that I had to do some job-search stuff after dinner.  I had to update my "Talent Pool" information on the website for my current employer.  You'd think they'd know who I am because I contract for them, but nope.  That took an hour!

Tomorrow is supposed to be warm and sunny too so I made a swim-date with our buddy "Swim Jim" and told TBG that we were river-bound after work.  Woo hoo!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pre-Menopause Stretchability

I have to accept that now that I am in my 50's stretchy clothes are my friend.  It's too bad that I'm not as stretchy myself.  When I was younger, Lycra and other stretch material enabled me to be flexible -- I lived much of my college years in leotards and tights and logged plenty of miles in athletic wear.  Now that I'm not as flexible or athletic, I need the give in synthetic fibers in order to have clothes properly fit my body. Nothing fits me like it used to!

Before I go feeling too sorry for myself, I also realize that back in the career days when I had a strict "all natural fiber" rule, I did not have as many "fun" wardrobe options.  The ensemble I'm planning for work tomorrow is they type of wardrobe choice that makes me happy because it's fun and it's comfortable.  I might not be petite, but I refuse to wear a tent.  And since it's not a gym day, I plan to wear a combination of fake and real sparkling gems -- crystals, cubic zirconia, diamonds, white topaz and all sorts of glittery pieces.  One way to have a happy day is to dress happy.  I hope everyone tries that tomorrow!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pardon the Interruption

We were out of town for a long weekend attending a yearly family weekend in Saratoga, NY.  The weather report leading up to Sunday painted a dismal picture, but it turned out that the weather was great.  A few family members took sick, so we didn't have a full turn-out, but it was fun (and yummy).  We stayed at camp Friday night (I took a half day), drove into the Capitol district on Saturday and stayed with one of TBG's sisters.  She made us a really nice dinner and then we met up with everyone else on Sunday.  We took back off form camp at about 5PM and were back for one more night.  Today was a super blustery day with serious white caps on the water.

The picture above shows my dinner on a baking sheet -- or as I like to call them, "Cookie Sheet Dinner."  I am thinking that if I can keep my income and job, I'll be spending more money on farm raised, grass-fed, humanely raised meat and poultry.  Tonight it was pork, which was breaded in corn meal, five grain cereal, panko, sesame seed and chopped walnuts.  The corn on the side came from a farm stand and that's a mixture of all sorts of my favorite potatoes.

I did pick up apples for snacking and pie and I hope to have time to bake one this week.  A recruiter called me today on a promising position -- so I have a lot on my plate. Literally and figuratively!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Officially 26!

We were 26 years old when we got married and now we've been married for 26 years.  People say it's hard work, but for us, it's easy. It is far easier to be married to the right person than it is to go it alone.  We don't work at it at all.  When I say it's super easy, I mean it.  Especially because I think I shackled the nicest boy in the world to me.  But because we agree on politics, religion, children, finances and food, we never have a reason for discord.  And he buys me nice cakes too...
We had take-out sushi and champers on our anniversary last year too.  This year there was one particular roll that we both loved.  And we upgraded the soup to a spicy curry "Tom" soup.  Not sure what it was but it had "Tom" in the name so I was willing to pay extra for it!

Tommy also went to his knee doctor and got shots for both knees.  He has an appointment with the surgeon in October and they think they want to do his right knee first -- not both.  I saw the x-rays and they were ugly.
The pup enjoyed our day too.  She is an  idiot but she is a good girl in some respects.  We could put that entire tray of sushi on table and walk away.  She wouldn't even think of touching it.  But we make a mess when we eat that kind of stuff and she gets to lick the table "clean."  Don't worry, we sponge it down after that.  But her "treat" for not begging for food is that she gets to clean up.

I know some folks think that the main reason to get married is to have a family.  All we ever wanted was a dog and a comfortable life -- and we got it.  It makes the years go by fast when your life together is what you want rather than what you're stuck with.  OK, finding the nicest guy on earth helps too!