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I don’t even like talking on the phone when people aren’t being particularly stupid. Or even when it’s my own cell phone ringing. Ask anyone. I never answer. Text, tweet, Facebook message or e-mail me, however, and you’ll often have a response in less than 60 seconds.

All I’m sayin’ is that the phone better not ring in the next 45 minutes, or I may scream.

Yeah. Just count on me screaming.

Today has been really boring.

I want to share something completely fascinating with you all, but I’m afraid that I don’t have anything. Sorry about that.

I started off my day with coffee and Trader Joe’s O’s. Then I sat around, reliving 2001-2002 with Maya via LiveJournal posts from when I was 19 and she was 20. I was reminded of something that I had forgotten as of late:

I was a really embarrassing 19 year old.

I thought I was funny; I wasn’t.

I said things I thought were smart; they weren’t.

I’m going to be 29 in May.

I guess some things don’t change.

Anyway, I sat around way longer than I intended to. I finally looked at the clock and realized it was 12:45pm. How did that happen? I took a super fast shower and started walking downtown towards my sister’s place of employment. You see, she got a Literati, Sharper Image’s version of an e-reader, for Christmas. Unfortunately, it needed a system update and hotspot wireless doesn’t work for that…she needed a secure connection. She doesn’t have wireless internet at home, so I offered to come get it and update the software for her.

Then I went to work. I was late. Really late. Oops.

Don’t think poorly of me–they overlap the managerial shifts. No one had to stay late due to my tardiness.

There was only one awesome thing about work.

Someone sent the owner’s wife a box of Harry and David pears. She, however, is in Hawaii and so the staff got to eat them. I placed them in our fruit bowl with the lemons from the marketing director’s lemon tree.

Except for….

These two are mine.

Good night, interwebz. More interesting things tomorrow.

Or else we will relive 2002.

What happened during your Monday? Boring routine? Excitement? Let me live vicariously through you!

It’s possible that my co-workers may think I’m insane.

Actually, I’m fairly sure of it.

As you all know, I receive CSA boxes on a bi-weekly basis. Greenhearts delivers on Thursdays. When I have Thursdays off I bring my box inside and head straight to the back porch so that I can photograph its contents for the blog. I’m not sure if CSA box contents are particularly interesting to other people, but I just like sharing with you what I’m eating. In addition to that last part, I also love getting recipe suggestions from you all, as some of the things I get in the box are either foods I’ve never cooked myself or foods I’ve never eaten. You guys have good advice and tips, so photographing and posting is a must in my opinion.

On most Thursdays, however, I am not at home. Luckily, I can get my produce delivered to work no problem. After work on Thursdays I usually go hang with one of my favorite work buddies, so he double parks outside of my apartment building while I run in and put my food away. Since I can hardly have a chard and parsnip photo shoot with someone waiting for me outside, I have a problem. Well, not really. I just photograph the fruits and veggies at work.

Don’t worry. I do it on my break. It’s a great idea.

Well, except when my co-worker happens to wander past my open door and sees me on my hands and knees, attempting to artfully stack several red potatoes, and then rearranging them in disgust when they don’t produce the shot I was looking for.

Then it’s not such a great idea. It’s a really embarrassing idea.

I swear, I could hear the laughter in the other room for ten minutes.

Oh well.

At least my mom thinks I’m cool.

I think.

Better call her later and check.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 – CSA Box

spinach avocado

redpeppers  chard

bokchoy  oranges

apples  redpotatoes

redonion  squash

recipe

 

Thursday night ended up being a laid back night with my friend. We played gin rummy and I beat him mercilessly. Then I made him tacos topped with my avocado as a consolation prize.

Well, that and because I was hungry. I love when they throw in an extra avocado!

What is the weirdest thing you’ve been caught doing at work?

(and no, taking food photography isn’t the weirdest thing my co-workers have ever seen me do.)

“I had no idea the universe of mops was so vast.” –my co-worker

Today is driving me crazy. Nothing seems to be going right and everyone at work is uptight about all of the events we have happening this month. My office mate is on a manic mission for a new mop, which apparently is more complicated than nuclear physics.

It’s times like this that I wish I had become an accountant.

Well, not really. Numbers scare me.

I made the mistake of going out for lunch today, despite having brought leftovers. Often when I get really tense at work, I just want to get out of here. I could, of course, nuke my lunch here and then take it to Aquatic Park for a picnic, or something, but instead, I decided to rot my insides and go out for lunch with my co-workers.

The burger was sub-par and it was not very fun. Fail.

Here is what I was supposed to be eating for lunch, which would’ve tasted much better:

Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with fresh CSA broccoli in parmesan cream sauce.

It was my first time making my own pasta sauce, and for that reason, I don’t think I will give you the recipe. It didn’t work out very well, but it was still totally edible.

I also realized for the first time in my life that a whisk is not an optional piece of kitchen gadgetry.

Oops.

Now you know what to buy me for Christmas!

Now I’m going to eat a snack (see below) and get back to work. Thank goodness I only have another 1.5 hours of work to go! Beer and vegging in front of the TV await me!

Eat your vegetables!

Do you ever get sucked into the office lunch trap?

One thing I really hate about my job is not getting holidays off. While I do get “comp days” for every paid holiday that I work, I am still expected to drag myself into work like it were any other day. I don’t get bitter about weekends, but working holidays? That just isn’t fair.

Columbus Day (or is it Indigenous People’s Day? I forget how politically correct we’re being currently…) hasn’t started off particularly well. One of the hazards of living in a studio and spending all of your waking time as well as sleeping time in the same room is that sometimes you accidentally fall asleep when you mean to be awake. I do this way too often. So here I was at 5:30am, waking up with the television set and lamp on. Gross.

I couldn’t get right back to sleep, so I of course surfed online for a while. Around 6:30am, I got the urge to run….but it was pitch black outside. While I wait for daylight, here is what I had for dinner last night.

Apples, Onions and Cabbage

(a recipe by Amanda)

Add a diced apple and some chopped onion (I didn’t measure the amount, but maybe 1/4 – 1/3 of a cup) to a frying pan and saute until it starts to brown. Ignore tiny stove top splatter in lower right corner that you didn’t notice in the picture until the next morning.

Add shredded cabbage, salt, pepper, ginger and nutmeg. Stir until cabbage begins to wilt. Once slightly wilted, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and allow to cook for another minute or two. Continue ignoring tiny stove top splatter. We know. It’s hard.

Place contents of pan into your Fiesta Ware (color choice strictly left up to you…) and eat promptly.

I had put out the request for cabbage recipes when I realized it was being delivered this week. I’ve never been a huge fan of cooked cabbage, but decided to make this anyway and it  did not disappoint. It would be excellent as a side dish, but I decided to have it be the main event.

I think I want to eat this every day for the rest of the week.

Well, daylight has arrived, so I think I will get up and go for my run now. If I hurry, there will be enough time to take a proper nap before work. I can’t wait!

Do you have to work on holidays?

In my effort to bring full disclosure to this blog and to no longer hide my feelings about things from others, I am going to confess something to you.

I hate Fleet Week.

There. I said it. I hate Fleet Week.

Given that I work in tourism, I’m guessing that if my boss reads this, I’m as good as toast. I just can’t help it though. I really am not a fan of big crowds or really loud planes. Don’t get me wrong, The Blue Angels are amazing and I have nothing but respect for their talent. Their planes, however, are just really loud. For my entire life, no matter what I was doing, come one weekend in October, it was drowned out by the air show. This was especially annoying when I was giving my all to play difficult passages at my clarinet lesson on Saturday mornings. Not only had I typically not practiced and my teacher was already mad, but every five seconds a plane flew over head, drowned out whatever she was telling me to do and then I would proceed to play it wrong again. This would lead to  additional disappointing comments from my instructor. It would happen over and over again for 45 minutes. Vicious cycle.

Maybe I should’ve just practiced to avoid the problem.

Nah.

It’s Fleet Week’s fault.

There is one thing, however, that I do love about Fleet Week: Chicken on a Stick.

I’ve worked on the wharf for ten years now, and I’ve eaten everything down here one can eat. I am sick of everything. It’s too expensive, too greasy and just boring. Due to this, I look forward to anything that will bring some kind of new dining option to work. During Fleet Week they set up all sorts of stands selling navel/fleet week merchandise as well as food. Every year, I always get the same thing…chicken on a stick.

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It’s moist, has a tangy sauce and is cooked over a flame. I love this stuff. If any of you lovely men out there can make chicken on a stick as tasty as this, I will marry you. Please submit your proposals in the comment section.

Just kidding.

I really like the stuff though. Corn on the cob is another big crowd pleaser for my co-workers. Now that I like corn, I had really been looking forward to trying out the grilled variety. Unfortunately, I still had left over corn on the cob that I had made earlier in the week, so I didn’t feel right buying more. I have no regrets. My corn is delicious!

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My co-worker got corn on the cob w/butter as well as 1 chicken on a stick and 1 pork on a stick.

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This is my chicken (stick removed) and ear of corn.

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Bask in its deliciousness.

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I certainly am!

What’s your favorite food to buy at an outdoor event?

While I wish it weren’t so, sometimes I don’t have time to pack lunch.

Okay, okay.

That’s a lie.

Sometimes I am too LAZY to pack lunch.

There. I said it.

I want to be honest with all of you.

Anyway, when I get too lazy for lunch I often run into a serious problem. Almost everything down near my office is bad for you. It’s what you would expect of a touristy area, of course. McDonald’s. Burger King. Bubba Gump. Joe’s Crab Shack. Rainforest Cafe. Etc. There is a Subway, but, jeez, how many Subway sandwiches can a person eat? I like them, and I do eat there sometimes, but it gets old.

Luckily, there is another option for me. Trader Joe’s. Sometimes I buy real groceries, like potatoes…then I microwave one and top it with pico de gallo, greek yogurt and part skim Mexican blend cheese. Sometimes I buy edamame and yogurt. I used to buy a lot of their pre-made salads too. Having eaten all of the “healthy-ish” ones a zillion times, I haven’t gone that route in a while. On Monday of this week, however, I took a spin through that part of the store. It was crazy. There were salads I had never seen before! So for Monday’s dinner (I worked the closing shift), I settled on this one:

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Wheatberry? Really? Hmm…

I’ll be honest, although I’ve read about wheatberries on KERF and other food blogs, I had never had one in my life. I stood there in the aisle debating whether or not I could hang with it, but in the end decided that I was going to be daring and try something new. It’s my motto these days. I never used to try anything new. I want to change that. So I grabbed this salad and another one, which I may talk about tomorrow, and brought them up to the counter.

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Looks pretty good, huh?

Well, it was! Loved it! I ❤ you, wheatberries!

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I ❤ you too, Hansen’s!

On a semi-related note, how many of you have a refrigerator at work for you to leave your food in? We have a full sized one here. The only problem I have with it is the fact that my co-workers have no respect. I left a sealed Trader Joe’s Orange Flavored Sparkling Water in the fridge on Monday. I was planning on having it today….and it’s open! Someone drank out of it! Since I don’t want to drink after a complete stranger, I’ve been forced to abandon it. While it’s true that I didn’t put my name on it, there are only 10 people working here. You’d think they’d know they didn’t buy the water, right? Oh well.

Have you ever experienced office based food theft? Did it give you the lunch time blues?