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Smoothie Lament

I have been getting really into making smoothies in the last month or two. Once it started getting warmer. I put bananas and avocados and kale and lots of frozen berries and almond milk in them. Not all at once. But sometimes all at once. And they were SO delicious. And a great way to get in a lot of fruit–and some vegetables, but I’m not a big fan of vegetable smoothies.

Then, guess what happened? I made a smoothie, and my blender started smelling like it was burning. My options are: a. discontinue use of blender or b. risk burning down the house. It’s probably not a huge risk, but it might short out the outlet or something even if it doesn’t actually burn down the house. Either way, not good. So I’m going with option a.

I have always loved smoothies, and I especially love them in the summer. I’m unlikely to get a new blender soon, so this means I have to find a good smoothie place. This is a problem. There are tons of places where you can buy smoothies. I don’t mean pre-bottled ones, but the blended-to-order kind. However, it seems rather more difficult to find a place that makes really good smoothies. Somewhere they use at least some fresh–not frozen–ingredients, and no juice from concentrate. As far as I know, there are none of those in my neighborhood. Purple Cactus makes pretty tasty smoothies, but I’ve seen them being made, and they’re using mostly frozen fruit. I think almost everywhere I could go for a really good smoothie would require a train ride. And really… is that worth it? Probably not.

So I guess I’ll be drinking a lot less smoothies than I thought I would this summer.

Monday Madness: Slushy Sidewalks, and Health Insurance (unrelated)

From my window on the third floor, I looked down and there was a nice white sheet on the ground. “Hey look, snow!” Then I went outside, about 1/2 hour later. “Oh… slush. Fuck.”

Snow would be ok. Light, powdery, fun snow. This is more in the freezing rain category, making sidewalks just slippery enough to be a potential problem, and causing giant icy puddles to form at the edge of every curb. This is disgusting, completely unacceptable weather.

Speaking of unacceptable weather, I haven’t managed to complete my health insurance application for the program that’s supposed to replace Commonwealth Care–and don’t even get me started on the fact that they can’t for some reason just transfer everyone over to the new service. You know, like this: “If you qualified for [this program] under the old policies, you will now have [this program].”

I keep thinking, people whose jobs provide them health insurance must have it so much easier, because their employers give them all the forms and whatnot. They don’t have to figure it out themselves.

One reason the application is taking so long is that the website is always having glitches. The first two times I went to do it, the whole thing just wouldn’t work. Now, every time the wording of a question makes me go, “No, neither of those actually apply,” I end up somehow getting kicked out of the application and then I have to go through it from the beginning.

If anyone reading this has managed to do the application and has any tips on how to complete the damn thing, please let me know.

Anyway, considering that you have to register and pay, not just do the application, by the 23rd in order to have insurance in January, it’s looking more and more like I’m getting screwed out of health insurance for the beginning of next year. By a fucking website.

Procrastination ramble.

I’m going to tell you something. …I sometimes blog when I’m at work.

I really shouldn’t be, because (unfortunately) this is not what I’m getting paid for. However, like just about everyone I need to take breaks from staring at my editing work sometimes, and when all I can think about is writing a blog post, it’s better to just do it than to be distracted by thinking about it all day. I try to make sure I’m actually getting my work done as well.

As I was going through my corrections on a manuscript, my mind kept wandering to what I’m going to make for dinner. I was stumped for a while. My chicken is frozen, pasta is too plain, I piled on veggies for lunch and I don’t want breakfast food, because I’m planning to have that for breakfast. I remembered then that I have a can of chicken noodle soup I bought, and it is the winning option for tonight. It has a good mix of flavors, only requires about a minute of prep, and might inspire this cold to hurry up and go away.

I’ve been suffering through my worst cold for a very long time, as anyone who’s friends with me on facebook has seen. All my status updates last week were about how much my cold sucked… mostly was a horrible cough that kept keeping me from falling asleep. It has now mostly gone away, but it’s sort of hanging on by its fingernails. I hate it when my colds have fingernails.

I also remembered that I still have most of the kale chips I made still waiting to be eaten, at least four days later. It was my first attempt at them, and I think they came out pretty well, although they might have been cooked  a little too much. Lower temp next time, and hopefully they won’t get so brown. And maybe I’ll use my run-of-the-mill olive oil instead of the good stuff next time. I don’t think that really makes a difference.

This basically means that dinner is soup and kale chips. I know I’ve had worse dinners before. Maybe I’ll have some toast with peanut or almond butter and an apple for dessert. Most of the apples I got are tiny, but that’s ok.

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