Tomato Rice

This is my new favorite way to make rice.

Prepare rice like you normally would (in a rice cooker).
I like to add red lentils in my rice.
Add one whole tomato in the middle.
Add pepper.
Add a drizzle of oil.
Once cooked, break up the tomato and stir it in the rice. It’s easy and delicious!

My new nephew

This is Watson. My fur-nephew. He’s a rambunctious pup.


He’s smart – knows to ring a bell to be let outside to potty.

And he’s dumb about just about everything else. He knows nothing but love and play and food and naps.


And in all that stupid puppyness, he’s cuddly and friendly and totally lovable. Look at those floppity ears.

Post 2016 Thanksgiving Shopping Haul

We went to an outlet mall after Thanksgiving to get this!

Well really, all I wanted were the 4 yellow containers for the lunches I make. But then they showed me a bunch of other dishes that were only $3.99 each! So I got 3 troughs I don’t really need. Impulse buys. Darn sales.

Weekend lounging

I putzed around this past Sunday, with a completely free and open day. I had no idea what to do. It’s like my ongoing concern? Non-issue issue? Like a good problem to have. Too much free time? I love it and am grateful for every minute of it, and yet, I’m always looking for ideas of things to do. Or more specifically, things I WANT to do. I mean I could vacuum or cook but no. I watched tv – actually I just had Gilmore Girls on all day and all night. Cleaned the stove. Debated between beer or tea or coffee or whatever. I ended up making chai and having it with Trader Joe’s Brownie Crisps. Then I did a bit of yoga. Trimmed my plants. Burned a bunch of tacos on Cooking Fever. Knitted a few rows of my almost 10 year old scarf project. And suddenly the sun went down! Non-issue resolved.

By the way those Brownie Crisps – They are addictive like Oreos, but better and without the cream filling.

Out with the old and in with the new

This is my 8 year old cellphone.

IMG_0944 Sanyo Katana

I got it on April 6th, 2008.

This is my new phone which I’ve now had for 3 weeks.
IMG_0933 iPhone 7 Plus

I like it more than I wish I did. It’s fancy. And it’s very easy to use and has a great camera and battery. A charge lasts me 5 days or so. And I’m finally able to text and navigate and take pictures of random things I see on the way to work. It’s not a phone. It’s a mini iPad that happens to be able to make phone calls, which by the way are very clear. People can understand me and I can understand what people are saying to me! I didn’t realize the reason why I couldn’t really understand most of my phone conversations was because the old phone’s speakers were fuzzy. I just thought people were talking too fast and I was hard of hearing.

2 weeks ago, I met someone using an iPhone 4. It gives me hope that the 7 will be sturdy enough to last me until smartphones are the new old relic of the past.

Look at the size difference!
I like the large screen.

Gilmore Girls

Happy Gilmore Girls Day!
Today is a day I never imagined would happen but I’m so grateful it has.  I have just watched Winter and am about to start Spring of the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival!  Everything is so familiar and yet just a little different.  They still talk super fast but now I can rewind it as many times as I want to catch every bit of quick wit they zip through.  That everyone looks so much older is a little depressing.  It started in 2010 so it’s to be expected.  Rory is now 32 which makes Lorelai 48.  I’ve been and will always be a big fan of this show.
So the new vs the old.  A woman once recently told me don’t compare.  You miss what’s in front of you when you compare.  But sometimes I can’t help myself.  I’ll say this – many parts remain constant.  The characters.  The setting and the feeling of the fairy tale environment.  Yet so much is different.  Even though they have the same actors, they’ve grown.  Emily Gilmore is the least changed.  Still, I’m enjoying every minute of it and I’m sad that they’re only doing this 4 season special.  I could watch it for as long as they’re willing to keep making it.  They didn’t just make a tv show, they made a different world so now let me get back to Stars Hollow.  .

I can manipulate my sister into buying me a fancypants phone and have her thank me for accepting it.

Me: The apple phone is too expensive! Did you know I can go to target and buy a smart phone for like $100?  And then slip in that sim card and be done.

Sister: You already received your phone!  It’s your phone! Tada!

Me: I know… but it’s too dang expensive for me to use. and it’s returnable. 😛

Sister: Well it’s a phone computer navigation camera Try it!

Me: $1000 is just over the top.

Sister: Try it first before you decide. You’ve never even had one.
In 3 years, you can buy yourself a cheap phone if you want, but I think you’ll enjoy having this one. And you might use your iPad less, so you don’t need that anymore so savings!

Me: gah i can’t believe a $1000 phone only lasts 3 years!!! that’s $300 a year. I could just get a new phone every year at that rate.

Sister: Anyway, just open the damn thing and start using it. Think of it as a present. I won’t buy you one next year no matter how much you want a present for any reason!!!!

Me: hahaha… u know, i was excited about a new iPhone. they are beauts. but i just got stickershock. I mean… it’s like I love tesla’s but you just bought me the tesla x and now i can’t take it out of the garage.

Sister: You have a case, put it on, stick the sim in and take care of it.  let yourself live with it. If you try it and don’t think it’s worth the money, you can decide for yourself with the next phone. Or you can sell it on the secondary market. It wasn’t $1000, it was like $850. The thing(s) you spend the most money on should be the things that you carry and use the most. Your phone stays with you all the time.

Me: U know what? I’m going to use it. fer serious. This will be the fanciest thing I have in a long time. My last fancy thing that I would’ve never gotten was the pelikan pen which I use all the time.

Sister: Thank you.
I mean, do I steer you wrong? Do I tell you to buy things that aren’t nice *and* worth the money? I try not to!
And this is a *present*!!!!!!!!!!!

Me: that’s funny. you thank me for accepting the phone u bought for me. we’re so ass backwards.

Sister: omg, a new phone it’s like a counseling session!!!

Throwback Workday

I went downtown for a work event yesterday.  During the lunch break, I met up with a friend for lunch and we walked around our old favorite walking paths from 10 years ago.  10!!!  Not too much had changed except ourselves.  She said she’s less patient.  I am less restless.  And we both reminisced about when we used to walk around town every day during lunch. I had a few extra minutes and walked around some gardens that we used to walk through.  I don’t know how they do it but the roses were still in bloom.  Then again, it was 70 some degrees today.

Terrace House

It’s been a long time since I’ve power-marathoned thorugh a TV show.  Maybe Gilmore Girls was the last one I really got sucked into.  And since then it’s been a lot of half-hearted watching.  Having shows on but not really paying attention.  Or just watching random YouTube videos.  But then Terrace House Season 1 Part 2 just got added on Netflix and I was a goner this weekend.  I blasted through it.  Last year, a coworker told me about the show when I complained about having nothing to watch.  He said check this out.  It’s Real World in Japan.  You get the relationship drama and coed living drama all the while everybody is bowing to each other and polite as ever.  I watched one episode and was hooked!  The only hard part is you can’t multitask while watching this show.  It’s all in Japanese with English subtitles so I have to pay attention.  What I like about this is seeing new love blossom.  Or sometimes not.  It takes me back to my memories of being rejected.  Or the excitement of a new romance.  Sometimes peppered with bouts of insecurity, confusion, or jealousy.  Or over agonizing, over thinking, does he – doesn’t he.  And then when couples you want to come together finally do, it’s like a Jane-Austen Yay! It’s magically delicious!

No, you did not give me five-star service.

Dear Verizon –

Here’s the story of why I am no longer a FIOS customer.

1.  I call Verizon to get access to my online account.  Maybe I never had one.  I don’t know.  At any rate I spend over an hour getting passed from one person to the other back to the other or whatever.  I counted at least 6 passes.  It was customer hot potato.  As soon as they detected not-an-easy-fix, they passed me along.  Then the last rep “dropped the call” when asked for her manager.
I went online and did the chat and the chat person took care of it in 1 minute.  Let’s call this experience even since you eventually resolved this.  The phone experience was the stuff of comics though.  Over an hour.

2.  Once I logged in, I learned that I’ve been paying ~$90 a month for 10 mbps download and 2 mbps upload speeds.  And I also learned that you now offer a $50 a month service for faster speeds. I try to sign up online but keep running into a message saying it can’t be done, call customer service.  Yup – back into customer service hotline hell we go.  First call – your call center rep tells me there’s an error on my account.  I’m on hold for a good half hour.  Rep tells me to try back later.

3.  Call 2.  Rep logs a ticket to get this error fixed and says he’ll call me back about this the next day.

4.  No call back.  I make call 3.  Ticket is still hanging out there.  Unaddressed.  Give it a day.  They’ll call me back.

5.  Again, no call back. Call 4.  They tell me to give it a few days.  They’ll call me back when it’s resolved.

6.  You don’t call me back after a week of the ticket being logged.  Call 5.  Your call center rep tells me they’re trying to get someone on the phone but it’s taking a while.  In the meantime, do I want to just hang up and he’ll call me back in a couple of minutes.  Durrr.. okay.

7.  Over a half an hour later, surprise!  No call back.  Call 6.  This rep tells me Verizon no longer services my area.  Hence I can’t make any changes to my plan. Ok, time to start shopping for other options.  (Only later I come to find out that is not true!)

8.  I go to Comcast, which is the last thing I want to do because their reputation precedes them.  But what else can I do!?  Keep getting bilked at $90/month for sub-par service?  During the final call to Verizon to schedule the cancellation date, when your rep was trying to keep me on, she still said you needed 48 hours to get this fixed!!  What?!  It’d been 10 days.  Not once did you call me back when you said you would.  This relationship is over because I can’t trust anything you say.  And I’m tired of my nightly chats with your customer service reps.

I would like to add that your reps spend a lot of time reading scripts and it does not make the service better.  In fact, I wish they were allowed to just talk normally.  It would save us all a lot of time from having to listening to the same lines over and over without getting any real help.  I think your Call Center(s) is trying to sabotage your business.  They couldn’t have done a better job at driving me away if they were trying.

Not yours truly.