“He used to stay awake to drive the dreams he had away…”

My sleep schedule is all jacked up at the moment. I was awake from about 4 o’clock on Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Sunday night I ended up taking a Motrin PM both to help me sleep and because my legs were cramping up from my morning run. Monday night, I had one of those nights where I’d just be on the verge of nodding off, then BAM! Something would jolt me back awake. I had every intention of going for a run Tuesday morning, but seeing as the last time I looked at the clock, it was after midnight, and I have to get up at 5 if I’m going to run, I decided that whatever miniscule amount of sleep I might get was worth more than the exercise. And the minute amount of sleep I did get was by far not good sleep. I felt like I just dozed for a couple hours.

I stayed in a good mood for most of the day, in spite of being exhausted. Mainly because I knew I’d be getting a break for lunch. I had a lunch meeting at The Pheasant. Last week when I was there, I had a delicious bacon cheddar burger:

Which of course, due to blog updates messing things up temporarily, I couldn’t show you before, but now I can. This week, I opted for chicken strips:

And I had them toss them in buffalo sauce. Delicious. Those meetings, while sometimes fun, also make for hectic afternoons. Before I knew it, Jay & the bambino were walking into the bank and it was time to go.

He had to work an election so the bambino & I ran some errands and got some dinner at Culver’s. It was nice having an evening with the two of us. It’s too bad that I wasn’t able to fall asleep until after 11 last night. Oh well. I can rest when I’m dead, right?

Allison & I went to lunch this afternoon…We went to BraVo’s. I was still craving stuff with buffalo sauce, so I got some boneless buffalo wings:

They look a little “weird,” don’t they? Some garnish, and apparently they threw a TON of garlic in the hot sauce. It wasn’t bad–Different, but not bad. I only ended up eating half of it because I was making The Pioneer Woman’s Meatloaf for dinner tonight. Just like last time, it was delicious!

I don’t know if it’s some issue with my oven or what, but anytime I make meatloaf lately (and by lately, I mean since we bought our new stove 2 1/2 years ago), there’s always a spot in the center that doesn’t seem to cook all the way through. The last time I made PW’s meatloaf, I cooked it for just an hour at 350°F, as she states in the recipe. This time, I cooked it for an hour & 15 minutes, and the same thing happened. I think maybe next time I make it (and I will make it again), I’m either going to cook it for an hour & a half, or I’m going to cook it at 375.

I also made mashed potatoes to go with:

I’ve been making mashed potatoes for as long as I can remember…At the very least, I’ve been making them for probably 25 years (gods I’m old!). Mine are nothing to write home about, although Jay & the bambino don’t seem to mind them. My brother-in-law Don makes the BEST mashed potatoes I’ve ever had, and try as I might, I can never get mine as creamy as his. My sister’s told me he just uses a lot of butter, salt & pepper, and when they have it, half & half. I did the same this evening, since I had this on-hand:

Even still, I don’t think I used enough salt.

There were enough leftovers that I have lunch tomorrow, so that’s fine. After we ate, I had to run up to the store. I discovered this morning while showering that our water softener is out of salt pellets, and in spite of the fact that I hated the thing when we moved in, I appreciate how my hair & skin feels using “soft” water as opposed to “hard” water. That, and I don’t really want to run the dishwasher until the water softener cycles through this evening. As I was pulling out of the driveway, I noticed a package on our porch. I opened it when I got home and discovered this inside:

Hooray for Foodbuzz & the Tastemakers Program!!! I’m not sure what I might do with it yet, but I’m thinking either some Beef Fried Rice or some Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken might be in my very near future. While I was at the store I also picked up a box of these:

It pains me that tomorrow is only Thursday…This feels like it’s been the longest week EVER and I’ll be working Saturday morning. Fun. Actually, I shouldn’t complain…I’m taking a few day off at the end of the month and I will be doing some shopping for myself at least one of those days. In Sioux Falls. Alone. Not that I don’t love my husband and son, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take my time when I shop.

And with that, I am off to bed. I figure that one of these nights, I’ve got to be close to the point of exhaustion, and soon I’ll be out as soon as my head hits the pillow!

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9 Replies to ““He used to stay awake to drive the dreams he had away…””

  1. Hi, Rachel. I am having trouble leaving a comment, but here I go again.

    I hadn’t thought of Magnum bars since living in Vanuatu and wonder if they’re available in B.C. or elsewhere in Canada – I used to love them.
    At least SoDak has a variety of good things not found everywhere….

    You might buy an oven thermometer (TJ Maxx or Marshall’s would have one for <$5). It took me years before buying one here and it confirmed that my oven runs about 50-60 degrees fast, which I figured out.

    I hoe you get over your painful affliction, whatever it is.



  2. Magnum bars!!!!! One of the best things about Australia! Have a freezer full of them, and only 4 weeks of pregnancy to get away with eating them. They have been my special treat/craving! YUM. Glad you have the chance to have them!

  3. Hi Dan! I’m sorry you’re having comment trouble. :( Hopefully whatever the issue is, it’s fixed now. The Magnum bars are a recent discovery–I think I first came across them maybe a month ago…The only place (so far) in town that carries them is our evil Wal-Mart, but hopefully that changes. I used to have an oven thermometer, but I have no idea where it went. I should get a new one, just to see what’s up with my oven.

    Nessa–There is also now apparently Noosa yoghurt available in SoDak…A friend of mine informed me of that just yesterday, so I will be checking it out today. :) You’ll still be able to have Magnums once the bebe comes along…It’ll be a quick bite to grab during your 2-hour (or less) window while s/he is sleeping!

  4. Noosa yoghurt is yum! Enjoy it!

    How are the chest pains? My hubby is a physiotherapist, and I have been keeping him posted of your mysterious illness, and he’s at a loss too. He suggested possibly an “inflammatory disorder” but that is a very broad analysis, and usually seems to have some underlying cause. Keep us posted, seems weird ( I remember the post about the weird bruise up your arm… and now this next one…).
    Thinking of you!


    • I’m planning on having the yoghurt for breakfast tomorrow! :)

      It actually kind of makes me feel a little better that Ben also thinks it might be inflammation–Our clinic has a bit of a reputation for having some jackass doctors, but I’ve lucked out with the ones I usually see. I’m feeling pretty good right now, but that’s probably from the drugs kicking in. ;)

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  6. Magnum chocolate. Now THAT sounds like some freakin BOMB chocolate that I need to get my hands on…haha!

    How is Culvers? I’ve noticed a couple since we’ve moved here to CO and I was wondering if their burgers were any good!

    • I will confess that my favorite Culver’s burger is the double bacon cheddar burger. Because there’s nothing quite like clogging your arteries while you eat. I think they’re a step up from your McD’s or BK burgers, but Wendy’s remains my all-time favorite. And definitely try the frozen custard–It’s SO much better than plain ol’ ice cream!

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