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:
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:
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!