Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Winter Driving Rules!

I really wanted to title this 'Do you realize that it is snowing, slow the f@&k down' but I have been told at numerous blog conventions that readers and sponsors don't like when you use profanity.  Well, as you know I have taken a vow of simplicity for 2015 and part of that is caring alittle less about that kinda thing.  

Remember back in December when we all like, look it's Christmas and over 40 degrees.  Look I don't need a heavy coat, or a scarf, or a hat.  Remember when we could drive to Grandma's house without crashing.  The whole time I was thinking, we are going to pay for this.  Well, that bill always comes due in February, and boy has it!  The whole (well all 3 days of it) month has been messy here in Chicagoland.  The 8 inches of snow we were supposed to get on Sunday turned into 16.7.  Are you kidding me?  But tonight was the topper.  A simple snowfall of 2 inches timed between 3:30 and 5:15, caused my usual 25 minute commute to turn into a one hour 15 minute saga, I almost had to stop at the strip club to pee after a couple of innocent sips of my water.

While sitting through the light for the third time, my wondering mind started to develop a list of rules that would make commuting better for all of us during these trying times.

It can start to get better before you even turn the key.  Now I know we are all in a hurry.  We woke up late because we were twerking or stalking people on Facebook late into the night, but leaving just 10 minutes earlier than normal will reduce the need for you to ride my butt through my neighborhood, that is filled with icy slush, while there are kids waiting for the school bus on the corners (you know who you are dude in the black Honda, and I know you would be the first to complain had those been your kids), all while I was maintaining the legal speed limit.

Also, don't be this guy.

Seriously, take 5 minutes to clean off your car.  See here is the thing, you think, the snow on my car is not going to make any difference in the amount of snow on the roads, and then 50 of your like minded friends think the same thing.  Then we are all sitting through the strip club light for 3 straight red light cycles.  Another question is, how in the heck can you see out of that thing and doesn't make claustrophobic to be trapped in that little box with barely any light coming in?  

Now those of you that know me, know that I am a short girl.  I own a car that I cannot clean off with a regular brush, so I went out and found a brush that I can use to clean off my whole car before I leave.  Took like 5 minutes at Home Depot, or don't drive a car that is completely too big for you.

It should be noted that I followed this guy for close to 5 miles and I didn't see any snow come off, but then again we were not even going 10 mph.

While driving, give the car in front of you 2 car lengths, your insurance premium and your checkbook will thank you.  Also, slow the heck down, we all have places we need to be, and I don't need you being unsafe and speeding, tailgating (honking - you know gray honda truck guy who you are, I saw what you did) at people who are just trying to get home, and who are driving the posted speed limit.  Also, don't pull out in front of people unless you are prepared to get smacked, because I will not dodge into another car in order to not hit you.  I will hit you and you will explain how that happened to the coppers.

The basic point to this, is stop being an ass.  The reason that we wait in traffic is because jerks like you couldn't be bothered to wait your turn and so you did something stupid that put you and others at risk.  Now I am waiting for people to get around the accident you caused.  Now you are late, the people you hit are late and everyone else on the ride home is late.  Totally worth it wasn't it.  Oh, that's right, it wouldn't happen to you, because you are like the best driver ever, and we are all scared to be out there driving and shouldn't be on the roads...I totally forgot that.

Let's review...


Rant over....



Monday, February 2, 2015

Here is to a Simple 2015

You may have noticed but I took most of the month of January off for blogland.  I need a break.

I woke up on January 1, 2015 trying to figure out what I wanted 2015 to be.  I want 2015 to be simple.

How does one make their life simpler?  What do you think I've been doing for the last month, trying to figure that out.  So this what I have so far...

Less Stuff.  

Less stuff to deal with or clean, or move around will be simple.  I have been making an effort to throw away, put in the goodwill pile, or sell on eBay things that we do not use, that do not fit, or serve us no purpose at all.

Less To Do

Typically I would load my to-do list with everything that I need to do that day.  Everything.  Right down to check email.  See I love to cross things off my list.  But, a really long to-do list brings me nothing but stress and anxiety.  Now I just jot down what HAS to get done that day.  The surprising thing is that I am actually getting more done, because I am not afraid to look at my long, scary list.

**The bonus for me on this one is that I a also spending much ore time with my Hubs and that is total worth not checking off items on a list.

In addition to those I no longer care about the following:

page views (my fellow bloggers will get this one)

I will again write, create and design for myself and to feed my creativity.  If you like something I am glad.  If you think something I post is funny, even better.  I am just not going to get worked up about it anymore.

Here's to a simple, and fun 2015!!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Finally Made A Good Potato Soup

Last fall I was lucky enough to be select through Crowd Tap and Campbells  to try out some delicious new flavors and products.  They sent me the biggest boxes of yummies, and we have enjoyed everything that we have tried so far.  Immediately when I was looking through the box, I spied the box of Swanson Cream Starter Broth, and more importantly the recipe for Loaded Potato Soup on the back.

Those of you who follow my adventures know that I have tried to make potato soup on MANY occasions and only ended up with a globby mess.  Not this time my friends.  It was so good that we were fighting over the leftovers.

So let's get started on the easiest, fastest, and most flavorful potato soup that you will ever make at home.  Thank you Campbells and Swanson, I will never use another recipe!

Here is what you need:

1/2 lb of bacon (about 8 strips)
1 lb of russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large white onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Carton of Swanson Cream Starter Broth

1/2 cup (or more) of shredded cheddar cheese
sliced green onions for garnish

Here is how to do it:

In a large saucepan, cook your bacon, remove the cooked bacon and let it drain on towels, and then using your kitchen shears, cut into pieces.

Add the onion and the potatoes to the bacon grease in the pan, cooking until they become tender, around 5 minutes.  Add garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in the cream starter and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes become more tender.  Stir in half the bacon and cheese.

Serve each bowl with a portion of the cheese, bacon and green onions.

(Hide any leftovers in the back or the frig - for your lunch!)