High Speed Pursuits and Showers

Yesterday, I had to make a run to our local post office to pick up a couple of packages they had attempted to deliver while I was gone over the holidays. Our post office isn’t very far away. I’d guess maybe a mile or just slightly over that. Anyway, I live on a street with two schools on it, and our apartment complex is basically sandwiched between them. I was pulling out of the driveway, and I stopped at the street to check for traffic before pulling out when a silver Honda CR-V flew past me followed by at least six police cruisers – lights, sirens, the whole nine yards. At first it didn’t dawn on me that a police chase was happening right in front of me, because my very first thought was, “Wow! Those cops must have an urgent call to be flying down THIS street that fast!” which was followed not even a second later by, “Oh holy shit! They’re chasing that guy!” I checked again to make sure no one was coming and made my right turn into the street, going the same direction the maniac and police cruisers had gone, and when I got to the stop light at the corner, I noticed the idiot in the CR-V had plowed down all of the signs and shrubbery in front of the school there. They were all laying out in the street. Three more police cruisers quickly flew past me while I was waiting at the light, driving balls the walls down the street in front of me. At that point, I decided it may be a good idea to turn off my radio and crack my windows so I can listen for them in case that imbecile decides to come back in my direction.

Luckily for me, that was the last I saw of them, but after I stopped at the post office I had to run to the bank, which is a few miles away in a different city. As I was driving down the main road to get there, I started seeing small chunks of tires and car body, a headlight, and other debris strewn across the lanes I was in. Needless to say, this shook me up quite a bit, because I usually observe this sort of Southern California insanity from the comfort and safety of my own living room, rather than physically in person. Had I been even thirty seconds faster in leaving my apartment complex, this jackass could very well have hit me on the street while I was driving. I definitely consider myself quite lucky.

One of the packages I got at the post office was the Christmas present my husband’s aunt sent us. I love this! It’s the coolest idea ever, because we will use it the entire year, and she knew it. I was so excited when I opened the envelope and saw it, because I love looking at scenery photos.
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How awesome is that?! We have a Swiss calendar, in French and German, to use this year. What’s really cool about it is that I had told myself yesterday morning, before heading out to run these errands, that I should really stop at the store and buy a new 2016 calendar. Now, I don’t need to.

El Niño has finally arrived here in Southern California, and I’m so stinkin’ excited about the rain, you have no idea! I planned this week’s meals around the weather, and today it finally decided to rain on us, so I’ll be making split pea and ham soup in my Crock Pot. I’ve mostly held off on my soups and chili this year, because I didn’t want us to get tired of them before the rain came. Now, it’s here, and I’m taking full advantage of it!

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Happy Father’s Day!

I hope everyone’s Father’s Day was amazing! Ours went well. We had a very laid-back day, sitting around the house playing video games, watching TV and just chilling. I made the Italian chicken I was talking about yesterday, and as promised, I have a photo. It was delicious! I highly recommend this because it’s so fantastically easy and tastes amazing.

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Tomorrow, it’s back to the grind. Our kiddo is in summer school, so he has to be up bright and early to catch the bus, and hubby dearest has work. Thankfully, I spent this weekend catching up on some of the housework that I flooded myself with this past week, so this next week shouldn’t be nearly as hard, especially considering I’m not gearing up for anymore birthdays or holidays now.

Well, except for the 4th of July, but that’s nothing! I always do something simple, kind of picnic-y, but we still have to figure out where we’re going to go to watch fireworks around here. It’s gotten harder to find good fireworks shows over the last few years, because with our extreme and intense drought, I think the cities are scared to shoot off big huge tubes of flaming gunpowder. You can’t blame them, though! It would be pretty messed up if someone’s neighborhood burned down because of 4th of July celebrations!

Happy New Year!

I’ve neglected the blog horribly. For this, I am truly sorry. The end of the year was extremely busy and hectic for me. However, I’ve made my New Year’s resolution to post regularly on my blog again. I think it will help me when I get frazzled and stressed out, too, so it’s a double-win.

Christmas was amazing in our house. My mom flew out to see us, and my kiddo got everything he wanted and then some. My mom gave me an iPad Mini, since I’d been wanting a smaller one for quite some time, so I passed my iPad 2 down to my child, after doing a factory restore and filling it with games I knew he’d enjoy. She also brought her old iPhone 4 with her, so we set it up as a glorified iPod for him, to replace the old 3GS I’d passed down to him a few years ago. That’s sooooo much cheaper than buying him an iPod Touch. We also got him the coolest toy ever – a Wowwie RoboSapien X. He went nuts when he opened that. When I found it at the store, I knew he had to have it, because he loves robots. Besides those gifts, we had everyone give him board games since he’s really gotten into playing those with the respite girl who watches him. So, he definitely scored for Christmas.

I had asked my younger sister back in June for something similar to this with my husband’s and my initials.

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I had completely forgotten about it after that, but she remembered, and I was so happy when I got it and remembered that I’d asked for it. She even got the colors right for the initials. I’d asked her to do the two side initials – my husband’s and my first name initials – in red and do the larger, last name initial and background/border in black. She got it all right. I practically cried when I got it, not because it’s a particularly amazing present, in and of itself, but because she remembered something I’d completely forgotten I’d asked for.

So, how was everyone’s Christmas? Did you get any particularly amazing gifts, like I did?

Happy Labor Day!

I know, I know! I’m a day late and a dollar short! I’m sorry I’ve neglected this blog a little the past couple of weeks. My manchild started school again and I had hell with migraines for a few days in a row, so needless to say, I wasn’t really in the mood to stare at a computer screen.

Anyway, I hope everyone had an amazing Labor Day weekend. As I said, I spent the majority of the past 4 or 5 days laid up with persistent migraines, but I did manage to create a fabulous feast for us yesterday. I’ll share my favorite part, the fabulous potato salad. This isn’t just any potato salad, either. This is the most fabulous potato salad you’ve ever tasted!

You’ll need the following:
1 pkg. bacon (regular cut works better than thick cut bacon)
1 onion (any color, it really doesn’t matter)
5 – 6 large russet potatoes, whole
5-6 large eggs
1 jar Sweet Baby Gherkin pickles
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Garlic powder
Salt & pepper, to taste

To start, wash your potatoes, put them in a large pot and fill it with salted water. I like to add a little oil to keep the water from foaming and boiling over on me. Do NOT dice your potatoes. Leave them whole while you boil them. You’ll dice them later.

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Hard boil your eggs. This takes 10 minutes once the water reaches a rolling boil.

Next, get that beautiful package of delicious bacon. You did save it, and not eat it for breakfast, right?

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Okay, take that package of bacon and fry it up nice and crispy. You need it crispy, because you’ll crumble it and add it into your potato salad. Soft bacon is delicious, but doesn’t crumble very well. Here’s a picture of my bacon starting to fry. Does it look yummy, or what?!

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Now, while your bacon is frying, dice up your onion. You can dice it large or dice it small. It all depends on how big you want the pieces of onion to be in your salad. I, personally, prefer to dice small. Throw your onion in a large bowl when you’re done. The bigger the bowl, the better. It’ll give you more stirring room.

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Once you’re done with your onion, gather these three ingredients out of your fridge.

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Take 5 or 6 pickles out of the jar and dice them up into small chunks. Once you are done, add the pickles to the onions in the bowl. Get a medium mixing bowl, take about a cup of mayonnaise, 2 TBSP or so of mustard, and roughly a quarter cup of gherkin pickle juice and mix them all together.

Check your potatoes, and flip your bacon while doing all of this. Drain your bacon on a plate lined with paper towels. Your potatoes will be done when the skin starts to crack and break on them. Once that happens, drain them and cool them by soaking them in cold water. Do the same with your eggs.

Once your potatoes have cooled, dice them into large chunks and put them in the bowl with your onions and pickles. Dice your eggs and add them to the bowl as well.

Once your bacon has drained and cooled on the plate, crumble it. Chop up any large chunks that didn’t crumble well, and then add this to the bowl.

Stir in your mayonnaise mixture. It may not be enough, so you may have to mix more. I do all of this by head without really following any set recipe, so my measurements are all approximations. Once you’ve coated everything with your mayonnaise mixture, season your potato salad with garlic powder, salt, and pepper, to your taste. I prefer about 1 1/2 TBSP of garlic powder in my potato salad, but you may want more or less.

Then, cover your bowl, pop it into the fridge for a few hours to chill, and then enjoy with your favorite barbequed meat. We had ribs.