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Monday Madness: All the stuff I didn’t do.


Raise your hand if you like Monday!

Hmm. Didn’t think so.

I’m trying to determine if the complete waste of a weekend makes this Monday better or worse. On the one hand, since this weekend wasn’t particularly good, Monday isn’t horrible by comparison. On the other, not having the buffer of feeling good and productive on the weekend might just result in the very intense need for a weekend by the time this Friday evening rolls around. Plus, I’ll be busy pretty much all of Saturday.

It started with Friday, when my social time heavily featured me in a state of being too tired out from the week to want to really do anything. Then my Five Things Friday writing post for the week was put off until Saturday morning. Then it was put off until Saturday evening, and that continued until it just didn’t happen at all. I have already built in the “rule” that I do not have to do it every single week, but that was my aim, and I had such a good idea for this past Friday that I was a bit disappointed in myself. Maybe I’ll work on my Five Things Friday throughout the week this time, and it will be easily finished at the end of the week.

Following the same theme, the Youtube video I was going to make didn’t happen either. Too tired. Too uninspired by the logistical aspects of filming videos. I know–I should actually stop watching youtube videos at all. I won’t compare myself to other vloggers and I won’t feel embarrassed about my inability to film anything that looks even the slightest bit like I care (not because I don’t care, but because I have a serious lack of equipment).

This week, of course, is not shaping up to be a great one, but not so bad, I guess. I’m just about done with the second manuscript I need to get in by Wednesday, so I’m not really worried about it, and other than that I just have to get down to business on the other tasks and get done as much as I can this week. I won’t feel pressure to finish anything until NEXT week. Which, again, will suck, but… ugh. Around and around we go.

Hey, here’s another super disappointing thing: I got a new comment on a post, and it turned out to be spammy, spammy spam. Ever seen Drawn Together, the episode about Ling-ling being disappointed by things, and how he would kind of wilt? It was like that, except that I didn’t secrete any hallucinogenic substances (that I know of).

Last thursday I made a delicious pizza, and then failed to blog about it. I have a few pictures and it’s on my to-blog list. But, right now it’s just one more thing I did not manage to do this weekend.

Aside from a few, very unusual people, everyone has times like this. No matter how much you would like to be productive and active and checking things off an imaginary (or a real) to-do list, sometimes you just have days when you don’t really get anything done. It could be nothing more than a bout of laziness. You have the right to be lazy sometimes, particularly if you’re generally responsible. But maybe your brain is trying to say, “Hey, I need a break. Just watch movies and read a bit and you know, maybe get out of bed and move around once in a while, but otherwise leave me alone.”

Oh, also, home goods stores don’t seem to sell disposable cups for parties and such. WHAT? What is wrong with you people, not selling party goods! And they only had crappy ones at CVS. So I’m still on the hunt for cups.

Shrimp and Mango Sort-of-Stir-Fry: Success?


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The mango was more mush than pieces.

 

This is something I made last week, and I figure I should write about it before I forget how I made it. It was very simple and thrown together without much effort, honestly, as I didn’t feel like thinking about it. I had originally intended to break out my new grating dish from Spain (which I will share a picture of at some point) and put some fresh ginger in this dish, but then that all just seemed like too much effort.

The broccoli, being frozen, was the first thing thrown into the pan. As it was defrosting/sizzling away, I started to cut up some mango. The mango was of inappropriate ripeness, too soft and mushy with not really enough flesh to get good chunks out of it. As it cooked it turned pretty much to mush. But that’s ok.

Shrimp was added and started to pink, as per the standard way you cook shrimp in a pan. No need for any further comment on that…

I had the brilliant idea of just squeezing the remaining mango over the pan, because I wanted some juice. As everything cooked, I decided to add some red pepper flakes. I could have gone with chili powder, but I just love me some red pepper flakes. πŸ˜‰

This was one of those rare times I didn’t use any oil in the pan, and that was noticeable. Overall the stir fry was slightly lacking in moisture. But it wasn’t overly dry and it wasn’t bad. The main problem with it was that I only had a handful of shrimp left to use, and I wanted more. So that counts as a success, yeah?

I cooked up one of my old favorites, Near East brand rice pilaf, to eat with my stir-fryish. I actually think I still have a bit of that left over. Basic box directions, so you can look that up yourself, I’d imagine.

Honesty: if I had been willing to put a little more effort in it could have been a lot better. Like maybe I could have thrown in some roasted red peppers, which is one of my favorite food items ever. They are especially nice to make salads more interesting when you’re lacking time or any interesting vegetables. –But sometimes you make food that’s just adequate, instead of really super delicious, and that’s ok, especially if you’re only cooking for yourself.

Side note: where did these dark clouds come from? I thought it was supposed to be nice and sunny today. I don’t want to go home in the rain. 😦

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