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Friday 5: Opposite Day
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Friday 5: Aroma
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Salad days

Friday 5: Opposite Day

What? My site was down you say?

No, it wasn’t!

It was a great week, highlighted by going to the daytime Phillies game on Thursday with my brother John, who never reads my blog.

It was Jim Thome day and everyone received a Thome head on a stick.


And today I spent as much time outside as I could. We did a crapton of yard work and did you know it’s a thing in this neighborhood to remove the weeds between the edge of your driveway and the street? Suburban lawn care peer pressure is definitely a thing.

Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Opposite Day. Let’s get to it!

1. What food, normally eaten cooked, do you prefer uncooked?
I like eating potatoes raw. I also like cake batter, raw eggs and all. I’m a rebel that way.

2. What food, normally eaten uncooked, do you prefer cooked?
I don’t eat sushi made with raw fish. I like the cooked versions instead. Spicy shrimp and spicy crab. I also prefer my steak cooked to medium-well.

3. What food, normally eaten cold, do you prefer hot?
4. What food, normally eaten hot, do you prefer cold?

I’m a purist. I hate cold pizza and cold spaghetti. And everything I do eat cold, I would never want heated up. I mean, I MAY have drank unfrozen Otter Pops once upon a time, but then I turned 45 and gave up those childish things.

Mac and cheese should be hot. Macaroni salad should be cold. What’s wrong with you people?

5. What are your favorite dinner meals to have for breakfast and breakfast meals to have for dinner?

I enjoy bacon and eggs for dinner. And I’ve enjoyed pizza for breakfast. Warmed up, because what is WRONG with you people?

Friday 5: Aroma

It was a bumpy readjustment coming back from Florida.

On Monday, Dad and I ventured to Camp Holly for an airboat ride, which was JUST as amazing as it sounds!

Camp Holly is pretty nice, with beer that flows, an outdoor bandstand, an observation tower, a gift shop, and cornhole. We went on a Monday afternoon (as Retireds do) so the happening parts weren’t as happening.

St. Johns River


There were 11 of us on the boat. The captain sounded like Larry the Cable Guy, which was PERFECT.

We didn’t get a shot of the 2 of us but this is a good approximation.


Ready to find some gators.


We saw many gators. For every one or two the captain pointed out, I found 4 or 5 more on my own.

They were freaking EVERYWHERE!


We were out on the river for 40 minutes. It was a good way to celebrate my half-birthday, which I don’t usually celebrate anymore. We had a steak dinner that night, and I slept through the SpaceX launch at 12:25am.

On Tuesdays I flew home to these guys:

Lords of the Snugs.


And this shiteousness that fell Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Oh for the love of…


That tree is, thankfully, not mine. But it’s down the street. The storm pulled our Verizon line (no big, we don’t have Verizon) down low across the street. We called Verizon to have it removed. They said they’d be there within 24 hours. Overnight we believe a plow clipped the line. WM coiled it up near the utility pole and we called it good. We’re on the lookout for ANOTHER storm on Sunday night. I really, REALLY want some springtime weather.

I know it’s not spring yet. I know.

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Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Aroma. Let’s get to it

1. What’s something you enjoy that contains garlic?
Mmmmm. I love garlic. I love it in spaghetti sauce, in roasted garlic mashed potatoes, in chicken with GARLIC sauce, sauteed with shrimp, and in garlic rolls. I think it’s Papa Johns that offers a garlic butter dipping sauce with its pizza.

Unfortunately, WM hates the smell of it and claims the scent lingers for days so I don’t cook with it. Sad face. WM > garlic though.

2. What’s something you enjoy that contains ginger?
I like the pickled ginger that comes with sushi. And of course gingerbread cookies. But really strong ginger is offputting. I was at my fancy coffee place today and the woman next to me had ginger tea which stunk up a good 5 foot radius of the shop.

3. What’s something you enjoy that contains cloves?
You know…I don’t really cook with cloves. I enjoy the scent of clove cigarettes though. Makes me feel all 90s.

4. What’s something you enjoy that contains cinnamon?
Cinnamon sticky buns. Cinnamon raisin bagels. Snickerdoodles.

5. What’s something you enjoy that contains celery?
OH GOD NOTHING. Celery is green veg Satan. The tiniest celery seed in a dish ruins it for me. I swear if something on my plate is in proximity to a stalk of it I can taste the celery on it. Plus, celery has all of those strings that stick to the back of your throat and kill you.

No, not even on buffalo wings.

Another aroma I enjoy very much is fresh brewed coffee. I’m about to go enjoy it now on my sofa with some dog snugs.

Salad days

Believe it or not, I am still cooking chicken every Sunday for the week. And although fitness levels wax and wane, I credit these preplanned lunches for keeping me at about the same weight I was last year when I stopped actively dieting.

WM still has his chicken in sandwich form. I usually have mine with a side of steamed mixed vegetables or edamame. Last Sunday I decide to be even more Pinteresty (Pinterestrier?) and make the mason jar salads that were so popular a few years back. I used this site as a reference for how to stack the vegetables in the jar. I also made my own vinaigrette, thanks to Martha Stewart’s basic vinaigrette recipe. Martha forever.

Shamelessly staged photo.


I had my reservations about it but even on the last day of the workweek, the vegetables were still green and/or crispy.

Look at that color!


I packed the jars with dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, almonds, and baby spinach leaves. I cube the chicken and keep it in a separate container and add it to the salad at lunch.

Things I’m doing this week to improve the salads:

> Swap out the almonds for onion.
> Add more garlic and possibly some of my Penzeys stash to the dressing to kick it up.
> Bring a bowl to work for mixing/eating the salad because the paper plates there are small and wasteful.

In the spirit of salad, I leave you with a link to Women Laughing Alone with Salad on The Hairpin. (Which…is back?)

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