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I don’t have the right clothes for that!

2014.02 suitIs it reasonable to pass up a job opportunity because you don’t want to “dress up” on a regular basis?

I once had a job where I had to wear business gear every day. That means wearing women’s business suits, complete with the low heels and the buttoned up jackets. The job itself was not that bad, I never did enjoy the “costume” required for it.

In fact, I had several jobs like that — a few in corporate America, one in politics. I don’t want another one.

One of the things I like about the job I have now is the fact that I get to be comfortable, or as comfortable as someone in my job can be. But that’s honestly one of the very few things I like about it these days.

So, as I go to a job I like less every day, is it a reasonable response to automatically discard the mere idea of a job that might be better long-term just because I don’t want the inconvenience of dressing up?

I didn’t think so. I’m just not normal and that’s not news.

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The “C” Word

2014.02 heartMy mother finally said the word out loud. We’ve been skirting around it, as if by not saying it we could make it less real. We’ve been using other words, softer words, words that don’t sound so final and so harsh, but we both knew what we were thinking.

“Your grandmother’s cancer is spreading,” she said. “She’s in a lot of pain.”

So far what I know is that my grandmother is in the hospital, being “observed.” They don’t know how serious it is. They don’t know exactly what next steps are. They don’t know what the options are.

We do know she’s in pain. We do know that the growth is growing.

I’ve been nudging my mother, pushing her towards a trip to see her mother. It’s at tricky conversation. I can’t really push, or she’ll refuse to go because I tried to make her go. I can’t neglect to ask because then she’ll (later) say that I didn’t want her to go.

I don’t want her to wait too long.

In the meanwhile, I get these vague text messages from my mother with updates. And I call her for explanations which she gives, grudgingly. An hour later I get yet another text message. She’s giving me info one drop at a time.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I don’t know how to fix this. I don’t understand what my role is supposed to be in this.

And I am truly worried that, while I figure it out, I’m screwing things up.

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Recipes & Food Posts, February 7

2013.11 Recipes-smCauliflower patties & soups

I’m a big fan of cauliflower recipes. I like it roasted, grilled and just plain chopped. This recipe for cauliflower patties sounds like a good idea and something I want to test out.

Food52 also shares this interesting recipe for cauliflower soup (and this one for curried cauliflower soup), something I hadn’t even considered. The recipes look semi-simple, so I’m sharing and bookmarking them.

Cheese

Did you know there’s a “right” way to wrap and store cheese? I didn’t. The nice people at Food52 tell us that “Good cheese is an investment — protect it.” They give us tips on what we need to do to improve freshness and longevity of these (expensive) cheeses. Since at any given time I will have at least 5 types of cheese in my refrigerator, I think I need to listen to them.

Chicken Soup

Pinch of Yum has a great variation on the traditional chicken soup. Their Jalapeño Lime Chicken Soup includes salsa verde, white beans, and the jalapeños and limes. Definitely something to try while winter continues.

Chocolate

Did you know that (when baking) you need to choose chocolate based on percentages? Sometimes higher percentage of cacao can actually ruin a recipe. Check out the Food52 post for more details.

Enchiladas

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own enchiladas, The Baker Chick has an easy chicken enchiladas recipe you need to try. It does, in fact, look like a simple recipe. I have made enchiladas before (as my brother puts it, “when you used to cook”), but it’s been a while.

Oils

Did you know that you need to stock your pantry with more than one type of oil? Lifehacker goes into depth why in Why You Should Have More than One Oil In Your Kitchen (and How to Choose The Best Ones). Basically it comes down to the fact that oils react differently to heat. Some oils are good for high-heat cooking and some aren’t.  There’s another post you might want to check out, The Best Temperatures and Uses for Common Cooking Oils.

Onions

In case you’ve ever wondered when to use yellow onions and when to use white onions in a recipes, Lifehacker has a great guide to this essential cooking ingredient. They break down the different types of onions, their taste and best uses.

Pineapple Soda Cake

My aunt used to make soda cakes when I was little, and I forgot until I saw this recipes for Pineapple Soda Cake from Nibbles & Feasts. The cake and the topping look easy to make. And, from memory, the cake should be tasty too. Now all I have to do is find a Jarritos.

Rice

One of the challenges of cooking while keeping a busy schedule is that often getting the ingredients ready takes up most of the time. Momables has a great guide on how to freeze rice so you have pre-cooked rice ready to just pop in to your recipes when you need it. I’ve been doing this for a while and recommend it as a great time saver. (I also pre-cook meat sometimes.)

Salad

Do you like a little bit of fruit in your salad? Check out Pinch of Yum’s Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing. It looks great, and not too hard to make.

Wash your veggies & fruits

Lifehack lists the 17 Toxic Fruits and Vegetables You May Be Eating Every Day. I knew about the apples and grapes, but the bell peppers and celery surprised me.

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A lunch dilemma

2014.01 lunch bagI was good today and brought my lunch to work. Brown-bag lunches are part of an attempt to keep my diet regulated and my budget under control. That is, I eat better and spend less money if I bring my lunch instead of going out to buy it.

I don’t want what I brought.

This happens frequently. I go to the trouble of packing a lunch, then when I eat it it’s boring or I just don’t want it. It’s the reality of being an emotional eater. I usually pick what I eat based on how I’m feeling. How I feel the night before, when I pack the lunch, is never how I feel when it’s lunchtime.

I’m just weird.

The good news is that, as a result, I never finish my lunch. The bad news is that by dinnertime I am starving.

I just can’t win.

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