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Day 252: Leftovers (again)

For lunch I heated up the leftover home fries and bologna and fried an egg.

Dinner was pav bhaji without the pav and just on rice. It was still very good! I think we will make it again.

We watched Death in Paradise on Britbox. Would it kill to them to swap in a detective who isn’t a white guy?

The roofers were supposed be back but the team was awaiting Covid results (eep! Joel they are okay) so they are sending another team tomorrow. Hopefully it won’t be too loud!! I sort of planned the day and our meals for yesterday and today thinking they’d be here and noisy. It did end up being noisy because our neighbor is having work done but it ended being a fairly chill day. I just want it done so I never have to hear the word “soffit” again.

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Day 233: Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is very ugly.

The workers came back and out up our new downspouts. Apparently they need to come out and do a new estimate for the soffits and fix them next week. I’m tired of the banging, I’ve had a migraine for days.

For lunch we had leftover pork on leftover flatbread.

Matt made baked ziti with chicken meatballs and the leftover turkey pepperoni from pizza making and garlic bread with half a loaf I got from Costco last week.

I’m trying to figure out Thanksgiving this year. I don’t think it’s safe to eat in person so I’m leaning towards cooking food on the Sunday before and taking a plate over to my dad on the day and leaving it. I don’t see how I can cook all morning and be able to eat and drop it off before my dad likes to eat dinner at like 5 pm.

We watched GBBO and it was Japanese week and it managed to be somewhat offensive and clueless at the same time. Has no one there eaten Japanese food? Heard of Japan?

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Day 229: Roasted Mushrooms & Gnocchi

For lunch we had mi goreng with leftover rotisserie chicken and I added leftover broccoli to mine.

For dinner I roasted a pound of mushrooms with garlic, lemon juice and capers, heated up some packaged gnocchi (tossed fresh baby spinach in the water as it cooked) and tossed with some sun-dried tomato pesto from Aldi. I also made pork chops. It was all very good and different than the usual. I’m really trying to mix in some pantry items with each dinner when I can to rotate them out. It’s easy for me to fall into the mindset of “saving” them for some future meal but if I am going to shop less frequently, that time is now.

I am still worried about rising COVID numbers locally. I’m trying to get set with food and things like cleaning supplies/OTC medication etc. like I did back in February in case we go back to only wanting to shop once every 3-4 weeks with no in-between smaller shops. I really didn’t find doing that too difficult but it is nice to have some more variety and not have to order grocery delivery.

I’ve been having to go out a lot to help my dad and do my mom’s estate paperwork (dropping things in the dropbox at the courthouse) but hopefully that is winding down. My dad hadn’t been up to date with some check ups in the past year after my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer so we thought it was a good idea to get those in-person only appointments in now.

We ordered a tabletop Christmas tree. I’m not sure if the puppy is ready to behave around a tree with all glass ornaments yet. I’d be fine skipping it but Matt really likes it. I guess since he didn’t grow up with one (being Jewish) it’s more of a novelty to him. I don’t love Christmas but it will look nice. We do have a good collection of all food ornaments.

We watched Nocturne, another Blumhouse movie on Amazon and caught up on the PBS shows.

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Day 187: Sandwiches & Chili

This morning I went to the farm stand in Kingsville, dropped off a package, bought some Coke Zero at Giant and dropped off my library books.

Then I came home and made a tomato-leftover pork chop sandwich for my lunch.

I made beef chili in the slow cooker with beans and tomatoes my dad insisted we take with us last week. Matt made cornbread with this weird buttermilk self rising cornmeal mix I bought with our Amazon Fresh delivery to bump us up to free delivery. It was good! He didn’t quite follow the suggested recipe but it turned out well.

We watched the new PBS show Van der Valk. It was pretty good.

I’m really getting through some You’re Wrong About episodes lately. Today was acid rain. I miss the days when both republicans and democrats were concerned about the environment.

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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 168: leftovers & quesadillas

Today I planned leftover red rice and squash for lunch and put up pork for quesadillas in the slow cooker before I went to Aldi for the big grocery shop.

Good thing I did because the hospital called while I was there and I was able to see my mom in the hospital today and we set up hospice. It looks like she might be home tomorrow!

I had a few bites of lunch and had to leave.

I spent the day setting everything up and Matt made quesadillas with portobello mushrooms and the pork. Then we finished Mr Robot.

I’m exhausted, just grocery shopping is a lot right now and then it was the hospital (the only one in the area that allows visitors!) and calls to get a hospital bed delivered and a long meeting at the hospital.

I’m not sure what we are doing for food tomorrow at all. There is a tiny bit of pork left and I’m going to my parents’ for her arrival so I don’t know when I’d be home.

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Day 158: Leftovers & Ravioli

For lunch I had four different leftovers— a chicken burger, hummus, broccoli and naan. Matt had leftover chicken tenders with leftover spinach/mushroom wild rice pilaf.

Friday I had roasted some cherry tomatoes that were looking rough so we heated them up with onion, garlic and capers and tossed them with some smoked salmon ravioli from Costco and some Aldi smoked salmon.

I made some boneless pork country ribs in the slow cooker for Tuesday’s dinner with sesame oil, onions and chile-garlic sauce. I want to prep food for my birthday (Wednesday) on Tuesday so this will be one thing done. Plus they were sell by the 18th so now they are cooked and will keep a little longer. Our freezer is so full. I think I can fit a pound of ground chicken in there but that’s it.

Non-food related activities:

Mostly cleaning and puppy training.

We watched some more Kingdom on Netflix.

Laundry!! I ordered more masks because I realized we really don’t have enough. One of Matt’s straps snapped while we were waiting for our eye appointment last week and he ended up using two yesterday because he unexpectedly had to pick up his prescription in person (the one they delivered was wrong) and when he picked up the puppy pool from the neighbors’ house, they were on the lawn, unmasked. Since we had only been going out once every few weeks until now it hasn’t been an issue. But I know this week we have to take Mitzi to the vet for a round of puppy shots, the fish market and the produce stand since the produce boxes have been 50% things we don’t like lately and it’s our “vacation” and my birthday this week so we’d like something special. Then our glasses/my contacts should in next week and it will be time for another trip to Aldi. Time passes so oddly. Since we are only too people we don’t do laundry that frequently!

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Day 150: Noodles & Pork & Butter Mochi

Somehow I managed to make chocolate-butterscotch butter mochi while discussing my mom’s unchanging condition at the hospital and how I told them not to do any heroic measures (which the PA said was best) with my dad. And the butter mochi turned out just fine. Perfectly even. Even though I ended up having to whisk it though a sieve after noticing a bit of cooked egg after I put it in the pan—all while talking on the phone. I am a modern marvel.

Right now, they’ve put her on some more medicine to help with the seizures and apparently she has been awake a tiny bit and talking but they don’t know what tomorrow’s EKG will bring. The doctor is calling me first and I’m the one who has to make all of the decisions so that’s unpleasant. My dad was like “it’s so nerve-wracking waiting for them to call and trying to figure out what they mean, it’s better and less stressful they call you and then you tell me.” Not better for me! But he is hard of hearing and has a hard time following conversations sometimes so it makes sense. My brother doesn’t seem to want to be very involved in it? Oy.

Anyway! We can’t visit her thanks to the pandemic and they are only calling us once a day so we are just going about the day as usual. We finished off the Costco chicken with some A-sha Tainan-style Noodles that Matt brought at Costco (2 boxes of 10, good thing we liked them) and green onions.

Matt smoked a small (4 lb?) pork butt most of the day and then finished it off in the oven but it still wasn’t pull apart texture. We sliced some for sandwiches because we were hungry, turned up the oven and roasted it some more. Now it’s pull apart texture like 3 hrs late. The leftover will be good though. We used this rub/method which we’ve done tons of time. I don’t understand what happened! Matt was upset about it but I was mostly happy for food I didn’t have to make. We had chips (Utz, obvi) and bagged salad with it.

Non-food related activities:

Puppy proofing! Our house is small and old with no pantry. I got some big plastic totes to put some things in that would normally be on low, open shelves. It’s not pretty but it’s not like we are entertaining anyway!

We watched some Kingdom and the last episode of Damnation on Netflix.

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Day 140: Shrimp & German Potato Salad

For lunch I had some frozen breaded shrimp. I spent most of the morning talking to my mom and sort of ran out of time to think of anything.

For dinner I made these German sausages I got from Aldi, marinated some beets and made the other kind of German potato salad, the kind with apple. It was surprisingly tasty!

Next week Aldi has dog supplies on sale so I think I will do our grocery shopping then. It would only be three weeks but we are a little low on some items (carrots!) and we need a new container for dog food. Our freezer is still very full and I’m a little hesitant to use too much in it because I think things will get worse in the fall so it will be nice to get some fresh food.

I’ve really been stretching out the meat and other ingredients the last couple weeks so I actually ended up freezing more from the shop on June 17th than I expected. Aldi ads come out on Wednesday so that is my preferred shopping day and the following Wednesday is our eye appointment so I can’t shop then (dilated eyes) and the week after that is my birthday and Matt’s off the whole week so I don’t want to shop then either. My guess is I will either do a online order to fill in or we will go to a specialty store at some point around then.

Non-food related activities:

We’ve been talking about getting a second dog after Pippi suddenly died. I saw one that looks nice at a rescue and put in an application. Fingers crossed! It’s a bit of a drive but we’d only have to do it once.

I really spent most of the day talking to my mom about her medical care and books.

I listened to more You’re Wrong About. I can’t wait for Candace Opper’s memoir to come out. I find her fascinating. I had read an essay of hers about her fixation on a classmates suicide so I was excited to see she was the guest on the Kurt Cobain episode.

Trying to knock out at least one more book before the end of July!

We watched Popeye on Netflix DVD. What a weird movie. Oooooh. Ooooooh.