Babblings on a Thursday

It was raining this morning.  It made getting out of bed really hard because it was so dark and the sound of the rain just made me want to snuggle back under the covers and sleep.  But I didn’t.  I still have a few more days before the weekend.

I wish I had rain boots.  I was wet up to my knees by the time I made it to my desk.

I did get to use my umbrella, though.  So many people use such drab-colored umbrellas, black and navy and they’re all so dark.  My umbrella is white with multi-colored polka-dots.  I love it.

In other news, I got to my desk and realized that my shirt was on inside out.  This, apparently, is what happens when I try to make last-minute wardrobe changes in my rain-darkened bedroom.  So I ducked into an empty cubical with a door and flipped it around.

A coworker and I had another discussion about how I don’t understand why he crosses off the days on the group calendar when we haven’t finished them yet.  He does this all the time and it drives me nuts.  Sometimes he’ll not only cross off today, but also the next couple of days, too.  He’s already crossed off the first week of the furlough.  He says he’s thinking ahead.  I say that we haven’t finished the day yet.  I’m tempted to steal his marker away, but he’s higher-up than me so I really just need to learn to deal with it.

My shoulders are starting to peel from the sun damage.  Hopefully it’ll stick to the two red stripes that have persisted across my shoulders.  The rest has faded to a dark tan, but these two stripes have stayed red.  And now they’re starting to peel, despite my best moisturizing efforts.

I should write about the trip.

Okay, that’s done.  I’ll post that separately, though, because it’s a huge long thing.  So once you hit the end of this post, keep on scrolling and you’ll read the post about our trip to Vermont.

It’s not raining anymore.  The sun has come out and it’s hot and humid.  Welcome to summer.

I have today, tomorrow, and four days of next week left to work and then I’m off for four weeks.  I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to handle meals over the next month.  The plan is to conserve as much as possible, in both energy and food expenses.  I can cook things in the crock pot and not have any heat seep into the room.  I actually have a lot of options there, from what I read.  And we have the wok for other options, and a toaster oven.  We’re going to look into getting a tiny, cheap little grill for the back porch and that will open up a whole world of options.  Plus, yea!  Grilling!  On a cute little $10 portable.

But what do you all think?  Do you have recommendations on foods that I could make over the furlough?  Length of cook time isn’t a concern—I’ll have all day to work on meals.  But I’m looking for meals that are super cheap and don’t cause a lot of heat in the house (air conditioning is expensive).

Ideas I’ve thought of so far are:

Crock pot:

  • Roast chicken
  • Chili
  • Soup
  • Pasta


  • Stir fry
  • Fried rice
  • Scrambled eggs


  • Salads
  • Sandwiches/wraps


  • Hamburgers
  • Hotdogs/brats
  • Kabobs
  • Baked potatoes
  • Chicken
  • This thing called “Poor man’s lunch” that I can’t quite remember but I’m going to search until I find it.

Leave me comments with suggestions of other meals I could make!

And keep on reading if you want to read the post about our trip to Vermont.