Category Archives: My Life

Playing Hooky

I came home to a red-faced-sunburned husband yesterday.  He was napping and I must have been a sleep walking because it didn’t register as I walked into the house.  After a 4-hour nap (yes, I’m like a cat) I awoke refreshed and sane and then it sunk in that my husband was sunburned.  I asked him what he had done to get  sunburned.  It turns out that my husband, Steve, played hooky yesterday and went to watch the tie-breaking round of the US Open Golf tournament.  I had to chuckle to myself — getting Steve to take time off can sometimes be like pulling teeth.  Apparently it was a last minute thing.  He said 6 tickets showed up at work so he went.  He said he saw Tiger Woods sink his winning put and that Tiger passed by him after winning.  Steve described him as looking extremely angry.   Clearly, this was a proud moment for my husband.  To commemorate the event, Steve bought a pair of matching golf towels, one for himself and one for my Dad, who went to the tournament last Friday.  I’m happy Steve and my Dad get along so well.  On Father’s day my parents came over and Steve and my Dad spent a good amount of time talking about golf and practice swinging in house (I was *urked* because they were swinging way too close to the TV).  Anyhow, … I still hate golf … but I like that my husband and Dad have another thing in common.

My Newest Vice: “Ninja Warrior”

For kicks, a couple of weeks ago I decided to see what this show “Ninja Warrior” is and to my surprise, I found myself rapt by the incredible stupidity of the concept and greater stupidity of the contestants.  But then there are these compelling moments of brilliance where some super coordinated and athletic men and women do some incredible stunts.  “Ninja Warrior” is a 4-part contest in which 100 constant vie against themselves and the obstacles of “Mt. Midoriyama” (*lol*) in their quest for “total victory”.  The first stage is usually the comedic part where a field of 100 contestants, many in cosplay, clumsily fail in some grand fashion, ending up in muddy water.  The first part usually cuts the field down to less than 10 contestants and then if they get to the last stage, there is usually only one or two contestants left.   The obstacles are really hard to describe, so I won’t even try.  This is truly something you have to watch for yourself.  I have watched so many episodes that I’ve seen many repeat contestants and cheer for them as they try over and over again to complete the course.  What’s most interesting about this show is there appears to be no reward for completing the course other than bragging rights and the contest is not between the contestants, but rather the contestants and the course.  The contestants cheer each on and give advice as contestants go along.  The camaraderie is quite nice!  So, if you have G4 TV and want to watch some great entertainment, I highly recommend this show.  

What the Heck is Going On with Food?

What’s has suddenly happened with food and food prices?  It’s been all over the news lately.  Yes, I’ve noticed food prices rising faster than I would like, but things have really gone over overboard when you hear reports of purchase limits on rice in the US.  Usually, not much ruffles me, but this is bothering me so much that I’m dreaming about empty grocery store shelves when I sleep at night.  Granted this is the view from the a spoiled American, nonetheless, for the first time I am feeling a little scared.

It’s sad to say, now, that I haven’t seriously shopped for groceries for months.  The food prices are just too depressing!  It’s rediculous to buy 5 or 6 bags of groceries for two people and the bill totals over $100.  The last time I went into a grocery it was to buy some rice and, much to my shock, a 2-lb bag was $5.  I nearly screamed in the aisle.  Then I went to buy some milk and a half gallon was edging towards $4.  Later that day my husband and I found a taco shop (El Mexicano) within 2-miles of house that sells 3 rolled tacos with guac for $2.20.  I lament to report that my body is now almost entirely maintained by fruit from the company cafeteria and rolled tacos.  This and other dollar menu items from various fast food entities are now cheaper than grocery shopping …  BTW, dollar menus are breaking fast food franchise owners, so I don’t expect that “feast of the senses” to last for too much longer.  My husband and I are also assembling strange meals from the weird stuffs that have collected in our pantry over the years.  Lately I’ve been throwing various soups and canned veggies together into ramen.  With a dash of tadashi (mostly MSG), everything tastes wonderful.   How low have I fallen?!  I ran out of ramen over the weekend, but I’m scared to go to the grocery store to find out that my 10-cent/bag staple is now probably $2/bag.

One bright spot is that my local Sprouts (in San Marcos) is selling food for a lot cheaper than the grocery store.  I imagine the benefits of not having to transport local food very far is helping that along.  They had bell peppers for 25-cents each and asparagus is $.99/lb.  Yippee!  So it looks like I will be going grocery shopping this weekend or sooner.  I wonder if they have locally made ramen.

Here’s a link to the entire article.  Get out there and buy as much rice as you can while you still can!  (We are soooo screwed now that the speculators are spectulating on food.)