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What a day...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I am totally exhausted. Today has been BRUTAL.

They finally told me I could go ahead and post the state Medicaid. That's about $200,000 posting from a detail in VERY tiny print. I got half of it posted while the boss kept coming to my desk: This is wrong. This is wrong. This is wrong. Meantime my coworkers kept interrupting me with endless questions. My immediate deskmate asked me how to do a process. Every step I'd tell her how to do it and she'd say, "Oh, I'm not going to do that." Fine, then why did you ask? I ate while posting and had to force myself to stand up every so often or I'd have sat at my desk the entire shift. I am seriously dead.

Thank God I have leftover Chinese takeout at home. I decided to treat myself to some last night. There's a restaurant near me that knows me. Their delivery man is rather elderly and barely speaks English, but he's terrific. When I have a delivery coming I have the door unlocked. He knows I'm on a walker so he'll call out, let himself in, put the food in the kitchen and bring me the ticket to sign. He gets an extra tip. Plus, this place always gives me an extra freebie with each order. It's usually won ton soup or veggie chow mein, which are both great. But last night it was actually an order of crab stars! Okay, the potstickers went into the fridge. Crab stars don't reheat well, so I ate them last night.

Tomorrow is the picnic. Oh, well, it's a free lunch. But watching everyone else have fun won't be a great time. I might take a book. And at least I'll be home early.

In my last blog entry I made a reference to Crabby Appleton. The fact that nobody got it tells me I'm the oldest one here (sigh...). When I was a kid there was a TV cartoon show called Tom Terrific. The villain was named Crabby Appleton because, as he would proudly tell you, "I'm rotten to the core."

Ready for the weekend. I mean seriously ready.

  


The object lesson and other stories

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Further to my recent blog about my cookbooks: I recently got the Culinary Institute of America's home baking book. There was a recipe for rye rolls with cheddar and onions. Amazingly, the book made it all the way to print without giving the oven temperature! I emailed them and almost immediately got a reply. The woman who answered not only gave me the temperature but a few hints to improve on the printed recipe (!). So now, I'm debating whether to print out the email and use it as a bookmark or to make myself hand-write the changes in the book to get used to actually USING my books.

My mood hasn't been great lately. We're having the company picnic on Friday. Why is that bad? Because we're having it at a park we went to three years ago. The picnic area is down a very steep hill I can't climb up or down, so I'll get to sit at a picnic table while the others have fun (just what happened last time). Also, we're having an ongoing issue with state Medicaid payments arriving scrambled (two weeks' worth now) and one other government payer, to the tune of a quarter-million dollars floating in la-la land right now. I've asked my boss to let me post it manually and not wait for the electronic files to be straightened out (I do have the details, so I could do it). She keeps saying wait, there's plenty of time until month end. Month end is a week from Friday, and I know from past history that on Wednesday or Thursday she'll start chewing my leg about why it isn't done yet! Well, I've got her emails telling me to wait. I would just love to get that money posted. We keep hearing about how our A/R is too high and our time in A/R per claim is too high. Well, if we've got $250,000 in payments that aren't posted, that's something that kind of happens. right?

But on the up-side, she DID approve my vacation request, so I'll have Labor Day week off. It works on a lot of levels. My carpool buddy's sister is having a baby that week, so it'll be good for both of us to have me off then (I also knitted a blankie for her).

Almost dinner time. I'm just feeling like Crabby Appleton right now (and if you're old enough to get the reference, you're as old as I am. Which is not good.)

  
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IMAVISION 8/21/2014 7:39PM

    I'd write the information onto the page --- bookmarks have a way of going missing.

I know I am in your age range, however, whatever or whomever "Crabby Appleton" is it is not in my memory banks! emoticon

I wonder if you can skip the picnic & just go home early? I know that I wouldn't particularly enjoy being an onlooker for a second time --- thinking I'd be feeling --- "Been there! Done that! Don't want to do it again!". emoticon Maybe you dould take your knitting & work on that --- thus, not wasting the minutes of your life watching others have fun without you? Whatever you do, I hope that it ends up proving to be a blessed time for you, Mary.

I am so happy for you in that your vacation days got approved! emoticon

God bless!

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JEANNETTE59 8/20/2014 3:41PM

  Write in the Cookbook, they are meant to be used. It took me a long time to make notations in books. Growing up I was taught you never deface a book! Well, once you get comfortable with making notes on the page it is very liberating. No more Post It Notes or bookmark notes that slip out of the book.

emoticon on the vacation! Just hold on the those emails. emoticon

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LIS193 8/20/2014 11:56AM

    Great to get your days off approved!! Something to look forward to.

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MRS_TOAD 8/20/2014 10:28AM

    Hope you have a GREAT day despite all the work headaches!

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MPARKER67 8/20/2014 9:38AM

    It is good as it means we are on the right side of the grass.


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CARRAND 8/20/2014 8:44AM

    I'm sure you are looking forward to that well earned vacation.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/20/2014 8:35AM

    Hang in there! Light at the end of the tunnel!! emoticon

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MBPP50 8/20/2014 4:20AM

    Hope you have a better day today!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/19/2014 11:59PM

    The weekend off will be great!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2014 10:32PM

    OH brother! Wish your boss would listen to you.

As for the cook book, just put the corrections as a book mark -- that's what I'd do anyway.

Good that your vacation was approved!



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NASFKAB 8/19/2014 10:22PM

  did not get that reference but then am from another country hope you can post that bit in time all the best

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Sunday slump

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's Sunday evening, and it's HOT here. Dreading tomorrow morning. The boss is back from vacation, and she'll find something to be ticked off at me for. I've also applied to take all of Labor Day week as a vacation, and past history tells me she'll refuse even though I have the time on the books. She HATES giving us more than two or three days at a time.

I got the kitchen counters (mostly) clean today, which is good news and bad news. I'm glad to have them back, and it will make cooking much easier. But there were a couple of down-sides. First of all, I just bought a new bottle of salad oil and THEN found out I had an almost-full bottle I couldn't see behind the clutter. Oh well, it doesn't spoil and I'll use it eventually. Also, at least one and possibly two of my knives fell into the space between the counter and the fridge. Hopefully a friend with a skinny arm can get them out for me. I also got all of the dishes cleaned and put away (or clean and drying in the drainer).

It's hot and I'm steaming. I'm actually looking forward to winter right now. I say every summer that I won't complain about the cold in the winter, and every winter I say I won't complain about the heat next summer. And every time I lie.

Steak, baked potato and corn for dinner tonight. Trying to boost my mood for tomorrow.

  
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/18/2014 10:57PM

    I hope things went well for you.

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IMAVISION 8/18/2014 6:11PM

    I hope that your day at work turned out to be better than you anticipated.

As for your boss okaying only a few days off at a time --- isn't there some rule about vacation "weeks" as opposed to "days"? Again, I hope that you will be pleasantly surprised & get the whole week okayed?

Does your boss take a solid week of vacation? Just wondering! emoticon

Maybe you can get the knife out with your broom?

God bless!

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CARRAND 8/18/2014 6:05PM

    Your dinner sounds good. I hope things went well for you today.

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JEANNETTE59 8/18/2014 4:54PM

  You got a lot accomplished! Hope the vacation request goes well emoticon

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LIS193 8/18/2014 12:01PM

    Hope your Monday is going well for you!

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MISSG180 8/18/2014 10:52AM

    If the broom handle doesn't work, you can try an unbent wire hanger. Good luck, though, at not just pushing them under the fridge!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/18/2014 10:29AM

    Keep smiling!

I drop stuff between my dishwasher & fridge all the time -- I've been able to use my broom to sweep it out.

Have a Spark-tacular day!!!

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MRS_TOAD 8/18/2014 8:53AM

    Can you use a broom handle to get your knives back out of that tight squeeze?

Have a great week! Don't let your boss ruin it.

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MBPP50 8/18/2014 6:19AM

    Hope your day at work isn't as bad as you thought and that mean ole boss will give you your much deserved vacation!

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SEATTLE58 8/18/2014 12:19AM

    Your dinner sounds fantastic! I hope that it boosts your mood. I feel for you with all the heat. Humidity along with it? We had heat only around 80 degrees yesterday, but so humid, it was sickening here in Minnesota! I hope that your boss can be good to you for a change! emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/18/2014 12:18AM

    I hope your boss isn't in too bad of a mood on Monday. I hope she will let you take off the week of Labor Day. Good job on cleaning the kitchen counters. It has been hot here today too, and I think it will get hotter during the week. I love hot weather though, and I DETEST winter. Have a GREAT WEEK!

HUGS
Pam

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NASFKAB 8/17/2014 11:41PM

  lovely dinner hope the boos is in a good mood after vacation

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/17/2014 10:53PM

    Can you use a broom or the broom handle to retrieve your knives?

I hope you have a good week and can get your vacation days you want.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/17/2014 10:47PM

    emoticon Have a great SPARK week!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 10:42PM

    You made some progress!

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GRAMMYX7 8/17/2014 10:35PM

    Hope your day goes well tomorrow and your boss oaks your vacation time off. We all deserve that time.

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LINDA! 8/17/2014 10:34PM

    Dinner sounds great. I hope that the boss is in a better mood tomorrow than you imagine.

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Thursday thingamajigs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

For one brief, glorious nanosecond this afternoon I thought it was Friday. Then I remembered. Ooof.

I saw a cute item on Facebook last night: Your life is the last movie you saw. What's happening? Well, the last movie I saw was The Hundred Foot Journey. That means that either I'm going to be a great chef or that there's a handsome gentleman from India in my future. Or that I'm Helen Mirren, which would be totally awesome.

I got two gorgeous new cookbooks this week: My Italian Kitchen by Luca Manfe (last year's Masterchef winner) and Baking At Home With the Culinary Institute of America. By now you've no doubt deduced that I collect cookbooks. The problem I'm having is that I'm treating them like collectors' items and not USING them, trying to keep the bindings unbroken and the pages pristine. I have a nagging feeling I'm going about this all wrong.

Oven-fried chicken and baked potato for dinner tonight. At least tomorrow will actually be Friday!

  
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WINDSWEPTACRES 8/16/2014 12:34PM

    The last actual movie-in-a-theater I saw -- excluding DVDs -- was Enemy at the Gates. Not a good omen. The last DVD I saw -- and I emphasize saw, because t was at the local VFW, and with the noise from the bar, we didn't actually hear much of the dialogue -- anyway, it was The Right Stuff, somewhat better. Gotta make sure the next one is something like Brewster's Millions or Roman Holiday. emoticon

As for your cook books, they thrive on being used, abused, stained and amended. A penciled note to increase the amount of garlic or substitute wine vinegar for cider vinegar make them your own. I understand that your father always wanted everything in the house to look brand-new and untouched, but sweet Mary, this is your home, and this is your stuff. Use the h-ll out of it, and get maximum enjoyment from it, or someday, I guarantee, someone else will inherit pristine cookbooks with the bindings unbroken and immediately start dog-earing the pages and scribbling " bake at 350 for 1/2 hr." on your favorite recipes. You're not a museum curator; you're a cook, and a darn good, creative one. Live a little. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 8/16/2014 11:32AM

  It is 11:28 Saturday morning and I'm just reading your blog. That should tell you how my week has been emoticon Enjoy the weekend and break-in those cookbooks.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/15/2014 10:08PM

    Have a great weekend. Enjoy the cookbooks.

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CARRAND 8/15/2014 8:53PM

    And now Friday is almost over. Have a wonderful weekend.

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LIS193 8/15/2014 12:13PM

    Your dinner sounds great!
You can read cookbooks and then copy (write out) a recipe you want to try to keep the book nice - I have done that many times :)

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SHIRLEYX 8/15/2014 10:33AM

    I also collect cookbooks and don't like to muck them up. I just buy cheap index cards at the dollar store and copy out a recipe that I want to try. If the recipe works I keep the card in a box, if not I toss it.

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NASFKAB 8/15/2014 10:30AM

  lovely

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GERIKRAGH 8/15/2014 10:19AM

    In this month's Food Network mag, Ina Garten shows off her extensive cookbook collection. She also shows her Must Haves. You might be interested.

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MISSG180 8/15/2014 9:29AM

    I love cookbooks, too, though I limit myself to a certain amount of shelf space. If I want a new one, an old one has to go.

Too many of mine are still pristine, but a number of them show the wear and tear and splatters of use. I tend, though, to be a "read a couple recipes to figure out how a thing is made and then wing my own version" kind of cook. For example, the pulled pork I made the other night. I've never read a recipe, only eaten it, and it was completely unconventional, but it was delicious.

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GRAMMYX7 8/15/2014 9:20AM

    I also love cookbooks and read them like people read novels. A few of my favorites are Taste of Home books and the series from Marlene Koch called "Eat What You Love" there are 3 books in this series loaded with recipes and nutritional info and calorie count. I find them so helpful on this journey.
Have a good day.

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MRS_TOAD 8/15/2014 7:54AM

    Welcome to Friday! Have a great day and even better weekend!

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MBPP50 8/15/2014 7:06AM

    I think you will be a great chef! Happy Friday.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/15/2014 4:05AM

    It is Friday as I type this. It's finally here! Have a GREAT FRIDAY and a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
HUGS
Pam

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MAINEALI 8/15/2014 3:02AM

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is so splattered with ingredients that it would probably taste like a CC cookie if I licked it!

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.DUSTY. 8/15/2014 12:04AM

    Yes you are!

What would Bobby say? That would be a great question to pose to him on Facebook!

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MONETRUBY 8/14/2014 10:32PM

    With cooking talent like yours, you NEED to start using those cookbooks! I think most cookbook authors would love to know that your copies are stained, a bit ragged, and well used and loved.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2014 10:09PM

    I am really bad. I have a 1953 Betty Crocker Cook Book that is so worn out I had to use duct tape to hold it together. My favorite cook book. I guess you can figure that out! LOL

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Wednesday night

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My computer finally got upgraded today. Funny, my co-workers all said the IT guy is an ogre to work with. I had no trouble with him. The upgrade went very smoothly. There's only one thing that bothers me. Instead of an hourglass for a timer, I used to have a little running dinosaur. My dinosaur is gone. Bummer! Oh well, it's still on my home computer.

I have a very special memory of Robin Williams. I actually found out I was pregnant with my son while watching Mork and Mindy. I suspected but had a negative test that morning. The episode involved a kidnapped baby and left me absolutely SOBBING. I told my then-husband, "I don't care if that stupid rabbit is up and doing the tango, if I'm crying over Mork and Mindy I'm darned well pregnant!"

Going to have some of my leftover meatloaf for dinner. I was pleased with it. I don't usually add Italian sausage to it (I had some that needed using up), but maybe I should make it a regular. It was really good.

Just two more days...

  
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JEANNETTE59 8/14/2014 3:39PM

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I make a stuffed meatloaf, made with Italian sausage mixed with ground beef or turkey. The stuffing layer is spinach and reduced fat mozzarella. You can change the stuffing layer to suit your taste and what you have on hand emoticon

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LIS193 8/14/2014 12:01PM

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MRS_TOAD 8/14/2014 10:32AM

    What a special memory!

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MBPP50 8/14/2014 10:16AM

    I like your way of diagnosing your pregnancy! Glad you got your computer fixed- maybe you can find another dinosaur.

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CARRAND 8/14/2014 9:31AM

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MISSG180 8/14/2014 9:09AM

    With my first, I was out i the Alaska wilderness on a canoe trip when I figured out I was pregnant. When we got in the boat on the fourth morning and the slight rocking suddenly was making me nauseated, I said to then-hubby, "I think this is it!"

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NILLAPEPSI 8/14/2014 6:28AM

    Glad you got your computer upgraded. Great memory. Keep smiling!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2014 10:44PM

    Awwww, that's a wonderful memory.

HUGS

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NASFKAB 8/13/2014 10:41PM

  great the upgrade went well craving meat loaf

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/13/2014 10:32PM

    I totally suspected that I was pregnant before it was confirmed by the doctor. Back then there were no Early Pregnancy Tests, of course. We had to wait and see!

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AZMOMXTWO 8/13/2014 10:21PM

  glad that things went good with the upgrade

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