Monday Miscellaney

I have no introductory remarks today - let's get right to the complaining sharing!

  • Now is the time for my annual show of disgust for the end of Daylight Savings Time. (You may have noticed that this show lasts about a month.) Very soon my daily walks will be made in the dark. And perhaps, you may say, that would be the case even if the time hadn't changed, because, hello, shorter days. Nevertheless I reserve my right to complain about it. I could walk during lunch, but that would mean actually taking a lunch hour.
  • There probably won't be a "Book Review Tuesday" tomorrow because I'm only on part 4 of 26 in the  audio book of short stories (Dangerous Women), and only 7 % done with Ramona and 19% done with Blood Magick. I guess I could stay up all night to finish that last one, but odds are pretty good that I won't.
  • I sent the rest of the Halloween candy to school with Dr. M & not a moment too soon! I'm afraid to get on the scale, but my jeans are telling me the sordid tale anyway. Time to get back to eating foods that are good for me - my body is about tired of all this chocolate & sugar. Toward that end, I bought Cuties today. I'm pretty sure my brain won't consider them a substitute for Fun Size Almond Joys, but my brain can just keep quiet.
  • I really enjoyed our annual Vestry retreat. A lot of the time was spent being contemplative. It's nice to not have anything you have to do. And our particular group is a lot of fun - there was MUCH laughter when we weren't having to be silent (& some during the silence too - ha!). I really don't enjoy committee work, but this group is the exception. 
  • I'm considering breaking out the crock pot for the days that I work from home. I don't want to mess with it on commuting days because I'm gone for 11 hours & I'm thinking that's too long for most recipes. Now I just have to come up with some recipes (hint hint)...
What are you guys up to these days?


  1. What are Cuties? I used to date some cities but I suspect these aren't the same thing.

  2. I love cuties. I have done the same exact thing with the Halloween candy. Toooo muchhhh. ugh.

  3. Both my Mom and Dad are from Scotland, a place where spices include salt and pepper, a few onions and some garlic. End of story. I have been eating chicken stew and homemade Mac and Cheese. There are bags of Hallowe'en candy upstairs. I only had a small bag of chips today. The chocolate bars, especially the little Kit Kats and Peanut Butter Cups are difficult to resist.

  4. Tired of chocolate??? Have you taken your temperature?

    I love my crock pot and make lots of healthy soups and stews. I freeze some of it for later, and many times take the leftovers to work for healthy lunches. My favorite website for recipes is this one:

    A few years ago, this blogger made a New Year's resolution of using her crock pot every day. She blogged about it...and she's really funny, too. I have used and love many of her recipes!

  5. It's not so much that I mind the change to Standard Time. It's that I resent changing the time at all. I'd like to see Daylight Savings Time disappear. Let the earlier darkness come gradually on Nature's time.

    I use the slow cooker much more now that I am retired than I did when I was working. Lots of prep work, but then it's all cleaned up before dinner. I use a lot of recipes from Williams and Sonoma as well as really good recipes from the cooking channels.

  6. I'm with you, NCmountainwoman! Let's stop with the whole Daylight Saving Time once and for all. It's such a goofy thing.

    Prepping for the crockpot is a pain, but I do love the end result. Most recipes can be adapted for slow cooking if you remember that it will all end up sharing flavour and creating lots of liquid.

  7. I love using the crock pot and could use a few recipes. If you find some good ones, you could share with us.. Should I know what cuties are?


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