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Day 183: Pimento Cheese & Roasted Eggplant

I found diced pimentos at Weis yesterday and we already had a good bit of cheddar so what better lunch than pimento cheese? I added a little ground Kashmiri pepper to the mix to my usual recipe. We also tried some fake Doritos from Aldi and they were basically like the real thing. I think Frito-Lay makes the Aldi brand snacks anyway.

I woke in the middle of the night with an awful migraine but I felt better by the afternoon.

For dinner we had leftover rotisserie chicken, roasted eggplant, quartered cucumber and naan and Matt made a spicy tahini sauce for it all, similar to what I make for soba noodles.

It was so dreary all day!

I spent most of the day looking up stuff for my dad.

In the evening we watched That Touch of Mink (Netflix dvd) which had some great automat scenes. Somehow I had never seen it before.

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Day 182: Fake Crab & Pork

I ended up runing some errands today. I had to get to the bank and the library (sidewalk service has come to my local branch!) so I decided to get to Weis and pick up some odds and ends we needed there vs getting them delivered. The store wasn’t busy at all. I picked up a new plant and bread, some condiments and noodles. The store had a lot of empty shelves. I’m glad I’ve been picking things up as I shop in case things get worse.

When I came home I made some pasta salad with fake crab. The crab was supposed to be in small chunks but it was cut very haphazardly. I think manufacturing everywhere is suffering. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner we heated up the ribs I made Tuesday and had them with rice and summer squash in black bean sauce.

We watched The King of Staten Island. I liked it but I think they could have cut out the robbery storyline. We recognized a lot of the places in it. I’m sure we’ve been to brunch with my in-laws at the place they go to in it.

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Day 181: Noodles & Costco Chicken

Today was exhausting. I kept getting calls and texts the state organization that my mom kept applying for help from and didn’t get approved for (after nearly a year with brain cancer) until this month asking about her death. Then I got a call from somewhere tonight asking about her death again that I thought was them but maybe it was the crematorium? I was upset (annoyed) and tired of the calls and she said she was sorry they took so long to help with her care but then they asked what my mom’s mother’s maiden name was which seemed odd? I don’t know who it was. I guess if they need anything else they will call my dad or call back? Or the hospice if it was the crematorium? People need to identify themselves more clearly on the phone and it use acronyms. I was in the middle of dinner and starving and it was from a area I get a lot of spam calls from some and a number that had never called me before so I thought it was spam and was going to answer and then hang up on them.

Anyway! Sorry if it was the crematorium people but I filled out the form completely and gave it to them. If it was them, wouldn’t she just say I must be confusing them with someone else? If it wasn’t, why are they asking about her mom’s maiden name?

In the morning Matt took Mitzi to the vet and it was somehow $200 for shots, ear drops and to insert the microchip we gave them. Then he went to Rheb’s to pick up the candy I order for my parents and us before my mom died.

THEN we went to my dad’s house and picked up my mom’s beloved sewing machine. It was a 1941 home ec machine Grandpop bought her used when she was in high school. My dad also gave me a bunch of other things of hers like a quilt she made and some other small items. My parents are/were minimalists so she didn’t have much. My dad is really packing it all up and giving it away to women’s shelters.

I’m excited about the sewing machine because its one I’ve always been able to use successfully and have made a ton of things on it. The leg is a little wobbly now but I’m assuming it’s our old floors or a felt pad fell off? I can’t image it got injured surrounded by bread, pillows and blankets in the car.

We don’t live near Costco but my dad does so we went in and bought a bunch of stuff we needed. It’s still been hit or miss with toilet paper and dish soap so I wanted to get that. We got a rotisserie chicken and some bread for dinner. We barely made it all fit in the car. Matt insisted taking his car instead of my roomier Matrix for some unknown reason.

I actually put some pork country style ribs in the slow cooker in the morning with soy sauce, Korean pear, sesame oil, onion and gochugaru just in case we didn’t get to Costco so we can have that another day. It might even been better later!

For a super early lunch I had some leftover turkey breast from Saturday with a fried egg and mi goreng and Matt had leftover bison sloppy joe on rice when he got back from Rheb’s.

We watched the new McDonald & Dobbs on Britbox. The woman main character needs some work but it’s a cute show.

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Day 180: Mortadella & Bison Sloppy Joes

For lunch we had (homemade) mortadella sandwiches.

I spent a good chunk of the afternoon reading in the hammock with Mitzi while Matt worked (even though it is Labor Day, he’s on call). Lovely weather!

For dinner I made bison sloppy joes with banana peppers and apple in the sauce. It came out pretty well! I also served some steamed broccoli.

I really want to play one of the games I got for my birthday a couple weeks ago but we keep somehow running out of time.

We finished off some boxed brownies we made Friday. I’d never really had boxed brownies before but they are pretty good! And certainly easy and cheap.

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Day 177: Shrimp & Bison Burgers

Today was awful. I went to order new eyeglasses and while I was there my mom’s nurse called and said she wasn’t doing well. I finished up and went home.

I made some frozen shrimp for a quick lunch. Then I called my dad again to say we were coming over and he answered and said my mom had just died.

Of course we rushed over and stayed with him. I made all the arrangements and then we came home. It’s all a bit surreal.

We weren’t sure what to do about dinner but figured it would be about as quick to make something as it would be to figure out a place that was open for take out. Anyway, we came home and Matt made bison burgers, tots and we had a bagged salad.

Then we made brownies. My mom had such a sweet tooth and loved to bake!

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Day 176: Noodles & Fried Chicken

I visited my mom this morning and then came home to make lunch.

I heated up the leftover pork chops, slaw mix and tossed it with some mi goreng (really the best pandemic purchase has been that case of noodles).

For dinner Matt made Maryland style fried chicken with my grandpop’s secret ingredient—a little bit of granulated chicken bouillon sprinkled into the flour—and cornbread and salad. We have so much chicken leftover! I didn’t eat too much of it since we had pork for lunch.

Then we watched The Invisible Man on Netflix DVD and the first bit of a new New Zealand/Canadian show on Acorn.

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Day 175: Salad & Red Beans and Rice

For lunch I had a big salad with lettuce from our produce box, yellow tomatoes, olives, red onions, hard boiled eggs, cucumber and blue cheese.

For dinner Matt made pork chops with red beans and rice. We finished the rice but we have some chops leftover.

We watched Alien on Netflix DVD. It was the 20th anniversary edition! I tweeted about it and Netflix said they had bought it in 1999 and 2003 so it was at least 17 years old. Not bad for a rental dvd!

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Day 174: Tuna Pasta & Chicken Tenders

I had to go to my parents for some paperwork today so I had some tuna pasta salad super early for lunch and Matt had some noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner Matt made chicken tenders and squash with wild rice. Baked homemade tenders really has been a good discovery this pandemic. I’ve never bothered with them before but they are easy!

We also watched McDonald & Dodds on Britbox and Keanu on Netflix DVD.

I am so exhausted by handling all of my parents stuff.