Radiogurl a la Carte

Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2005
Just Stewing

Losing a day sucketh the big one. Yesterday was ick-day. When I woke up I was wondering how the heck I was even going to make it to drive in to work, much less put in eight hours. Aside from feeling crappy, I was irked because I'd just gotten OVER the creeping crud and was significantly less than thrilled to think I was going to have to deal with it all over again.

Fortunately(?) it seems to have been more a case of food poisoning rather than a bug, because when I left work early to come home, I fell into bed, slept nonstop until the alarm went off at 5am today (We're talking WELL over 14-1/2 hours here) and today I'm a little shaky but otherwise fine. That's supposed to be a sign of food poisoning - it's short-lived and pretty much stops at the tummy.

However, I am pampering my stomach for a few days just in case - threw together a beef stew this morning before I left, and put it in the crock pot with plans that it'll be dinner for several days. Durned stuff still wasn't done when I got home for lunch! I think I may break down and buy a better crock. Mine is 1) waaaay too large for one person and 2) pure, unadulterated crap. The only thing that needed to cook through in order for the stew to be done was potatoes - cut into manageable-sized chunks, not whole, no less. And they're still hard and raw, five-and-a-half hours later. Ugh.

I'll still have my stew for dinner; if nothing else I'll throw it into a regular pot and let it cook the rest of the way on top of the stove. But I think I'm going to do a Wally World run and pick up a cheapo $10 crock pot that's a bit more realistic size for my needs.

The Wally World trip will also need to accommodate the yawning maw of my printer, which is begging for a new black cartridge. This printer isn't a tenth as bad as my previous one, which went through a cartridge a month or thereabouts no matter how sparing I was with it. I've had the current printer/scanner/copier for almost a year and this is only the second cartridge, so I honestly can't complain. And I've done a LOT of printing with it.

I'm trying to watch my money but so far I'm doing okay. I've got some of my Christmas gifts already ordered and paid-for; mid-month I'll have to get the rest, I suppose. Thank God for eBay, which keeps me from repeated blank looks at the aisles of Wally World. I like Wally World for many things - just not Christmas Shopping, unless I'm buying gift cards for someone I barely know. They are good for the all-purpose gift for the stranger who invariably shows up.

And if nobody shows up, you haven't wasted your money on a totally useless gift. Plus bonus points for the fact that it won't be returned.

All righty then - I've got to get going if I'm going to make the stop at Wally World. Fun fun!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )