Thursday, July 24, 2008

Random musings.....

While doing dishes tonight - my least favorite household task, by the way - I started to think about Americans and food, and this whole attitude that "cooking is hard". My hands are better today, I could pick up a knife without the fear of a bloodbath, so it was biscuits and gravy. Slice the sausage, chop an onion. It wasn't even hard with my crappy hands. Why are people so scared of it? My mind wandered to Rachel Ray. I like the idea of Rachel Ray and 30-minute meals. Make something that is approachable and people will be more likely to take it on (her personality is a whole other issue, that is what I just cannot stand). It's one of the things that drives me nuts about the Semi-Ho, Sandra Lee. Rather than simple cooking, she over-complicates things trying to make it fit her philosophy. There is nothing wrong with store bought stuff, when purchased and used as intended by the maker - those bags of shredded cheese are one of the greatest modern wonders, IMHO.

Typo of the day that I spent two hours correcting in 3 documents and two help systems.... "overlayed". Seriously???? Even Micro$oft's spell checkers catch this one. Sigh. And some of those misspellings have been in the docs for at least two years (that was as far as I could go back without bursting into tears). I think it's not just the fact it was misspelled, it was that it was done so many times.

I need to get a better camera. My stinkin' cell phone camera sucks in the first place, and I've started to get the blue screen of death when I connect it to my laptop. FUN.

I am way too happy to have the plan to actually head out and eat lunch outside the office tomorrow. It's been a few weeks. I can almost taste my Roly Poly Chicken Popper now....

The townhome association is actually doing a block party this year. Mind you, I'm in NO mood to socialize with the people who live on either side of us. I guess it's lucky that they are having it on the same day & time as a birthday party we have to go to. But the part of me that loves to cook is still thinking of making some guac or something and just dropping it off. I don't want people to know I'm not a joiner-type.

We really, really need to book our trip to Vegas soon. I think the Man was just waiting until our tax rebate check cleared (which it didn't, the bank is mailing it back to us so we can both sign it and have to go to a teller to deposit the darned thing... methings the gob'ment is doing their best to make sure these things are cashed in as staggered of an order as they can be, but I can be a bit suspicious....). The parents-in-law are going the first week in August, I think. We wanted to book mid/late August, but one of the hubby's close friends is getting married in August and we just got the invite... we'd been putting off booking until we knew when it was, and it's kinda late now. I did put the idea of the NFL opening weekend in the hubby's head. We actually did that for our "honeymoon" trip (hey, we got married in Vegas but it WAS a business trip, lol) and I know he loved it. And Da Bears are playing on Sunday night, which would be fun. I may even get to drag him to Bouchon for breakfast. He's also expressed an interest to go back and hit the Bubble Bar at Guy Savoy again, he loved it so much the last time. I could most certainly do that......

3 comments:

JJ (Lady Di) said...

I so agree with your first paragraph (even with the RR - she irritates me personally, but I like her recipes except for the excessive amounts of meat and oil). I have to admit I haven't seen a Semi-Ho since we don't have cable so I can't comment on that.

"They" say that Vegas is having really good deals once you get there so I hope you guys can get there soon!

JJ (From the CLC board) [and this is my Blogger account I usually just use it for my recipes which are copied onto my LJ so don't think you're missing anything and to respond to people who have Blogger accounts like my SiL]

MrsVJW said...

*Waves at JJ!!*

Yeah, Vegas is throwing out some pretty good deals right now... but we always get some "comped" nights and the parent-in-law's are letting us use up some of their zillions of airline miles. It's just actually booking the trip that the Man talks about FOREVER before he actually does it....

That Word Guy said...

Dude, you went to Roly without me? When are we going again? (I order online from them 2-3 times a week, but they have such a variety I don't get tired of it). In honor of your visit, I had the chicken popper today! BTW, I'm working from home tomorrow, 8/1, but next week works for me, if it works for you.