Rumor has it list makers are a tad high-strung.
Sure, I might have a touch of the self-diagnosed OCD…remember that one time I went mad over an errant towel. Alright fine, I didn’t go five alarm loony, but I did have to straighten it in a rather hasty fashion. I was also quite perturbed at the perpetrator.
To be clear, I’m not the type to leave the house Groundhog Day style (side question: did anyone else despise this movie, despite a love for Bill Murray?), constantly having to go back and verify the stove isn’t on, although I’m actually rather forgetful when it comes to the oven (and the burners and the faucets) and have left it cooking on more than one occasion; maybe I should incorporate a double-check into my routine.
Rather my neurosis stems more from the fact things need to be in their proper place at all times. The ‘proper place’ of course is determined by me and held within the strict confines on my logical and rational mind (cough, cough). Coupled with my need for things to be situated just right, is an oft uncomfortable case of (more) self-diagnosed ADD. I recently described my brain to a friend as a randy bout of beer pong, with balls whizzing back and forth all over. In order to stop the madness, I must put pen to paper and make a list.
Lists are the proper place for the balls in my brain; or ideas, but you know how much I like to say balls.
Therefore, when people suggest I toss my lists out the window and just live, my heart is instantly gripped with fear and my mind is wracked with righteous indignation. Rather than give the naysayers the sight and sound of my backhand, because Madison seems to think I hit people (she might be right, despite my non-violent stance), I thought I’d explain what lists mean to me.
Simply put, lists calm my crazy.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s get listing:
- I worked just south of forty hours, which was a lot considered there was a holiday in there. Those extra hours allowed me to finish a project which had been on my work list for months; totally worth it.
- I wrote and published three blog posts. On an unrelated note, I also ate massive amounts of veggies. They were good; well seasoned veggies always are.
- I finally rewrote my About Me page, so feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. Fittingly, I opted to pen my prose in bullet points.
- I responded to each and every one of my blog comments in a timely fashion, with emphasis on the word timely. I try to respond to every comment because a) I don’t get so many this isn’t feasible and b) you guys are pretty awesome, and I want you to know it. Also, in order to make your lives easier, I have a little check box option in the comments section which will allow you to see a response to your comment only, without inundating your mailbox with all the other responses. See, I’m always thinking of you.
- I did a Yoga class, a Spinning class and a Tabata Class at the gym, where I got try my hand at box jumps for the first time. I loved them. In you are unfamiliar with box jumps, the idea is with both feet planted firmly on the ground, you jump up and onto the box. Pretty simple, but the instructor made it clear she didn’t want any bloody shins when we were done. I escaped injury free, only to have my knee cap attacked by a stack of plate weights while I was checking myself out in the mirror. Stupid vanity.
- We had a heat wave this weekend. It got up to forty-one degrees, and I saw grass again. I also did some peeking into my pot containers and noticed the first of the baby chives just starting to pop up. I almost wept tears of joy. Spring is coming. Spring is coming. Yes, yes after a few more weeks of snow, I know. Let me have my moment.
- In that same fashion, I went farmers marketing…Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah. Cheese, cheese, and spices. At only a buck a bag, you can’t go wrong with these seasonings. Who wants to try the Jalapeno Powder with me? It’ll be a blast, perhaps literally.
- I had dinner with friends on Saturday night, at a local dive bar. Food and cider were happily consumed and happily not photographed. Sometimes you need a night out and off.
- In order to make it up to you, I did a whole lot of recipe testing this weekend. Going clockwise from the top left: the ingredients for my soon to be revealed Coconut Orange Blueberry French Toast, Roasted Veggies, The Greek Quiche, and Peas & Crayons Pumpkin Burgers with Smoked Chipotle Aioli. Savory burgers topped with some heat; now that’s how you do pumpkin. Go make these; you won’t be disappointed.
The rest of the recipes will be “coming soon to a blog near you,” which translates to as soon as I type them up. Maybe I’ll start with the Coconut Orange Blueberry French Toast.
Enough about me. Let’s hear from you.
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What recipes have you been testing lately? Which one do you want me to publish first? French Toast or Roasted Veggies? Have you seen any signs of Spring yet? Have you ever tried Box Jumps?