The Angry Irish Woman lives! Er… Well we’re all alive and kicking over here anyway. Serves me right making grand promises of regular updates – I should know by now that it is a recipe for getting overwhelmed by life or just plain writers block.
I thought about scrapping this blog and starting fresh with a new name and a new outlook. But that made me feel kind of sad somehow. So for now I will stick with this and see what comes of it.
Well it’s been 7 months so maybe I will just give a synopsis of life as we know it here in the T&E household.
When I last updated I had quit my job and had no firm plans in place. I had put a few feelers out there but figured meh, job hunting can be such a beast maybe it will be MONTHS before I get another job. Well no. It was maybe a month or two of sweet, unemployed bliss.
Since then T and I have both procured new jobs. T went back to sheet metal after a long (economy related) break from it and I started working for a company that assembles and maintains cell towers.
The fun (or not so much) part about construction is that it is still wildly unstable in our town, despite gaining a lot of ground in the past year. So T’s company saw all it’s work dry up much faster than anticipated. Well shoot. Fortunately he went back to work for a new company after about a month of knocking on every door/window we could find. Life and construction are doing their best to teach me how to be flexible. That is for darn sure.
We temporarily lost our minds and got a puppy…
Ignore the weird face she’s making here. Getting spayed makes you feel funky. Her name is Sookie. She’s about three months old in this picture and she’s about six months old now. She’s a mutt we got from a local adoption place here in town. The vet seems to think she favors the small Terrier breeds but which one (or how many) is kind of a mystery. She doesn’t seem like she will get to be more then about 15 pounds or so. Itty bitty. The cats aren’t thrilled but it helps that they can overtake her when she pushes her luck too far. She likes to think she’s a lap dog, whether you invite her or not. Overall, she’s a really sweet, mellow dog with a stubborn streak. So she fits in just fine around these parts.
In August we took a weeks vacation back to my home town area in Northern California. We’d never taken such a long trip together but it was AMAZING. We drove our own vehicle up there and rented a little apartment. We got a chance to chill and sight see but also visit with lots and lots of great friends and family. I love the life we’ve built here in Vegas but some part of me can’t help but day dream about a day where we move back up there. It’s crazy expensive with no obvious job leads (yet) but that really doesn’t factor into my day dreams.
October was the month where all the illness I had thus far avoided for the entire year decided to tackle me and ruin my week(s). Fortunately, T had little to no symptoms of either bout of sickness so at least one of us was functioning. I couldn’t help being jealous of his obviously superior immune system and wonder where I went wrong. I’m sure stress had a lot to do with it and maybe a little my so very thoughtful co-workers who keep coming into work sick. Ugh. Hopefully we are done with all that for a good long while.
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us so I have been doing my best to prep for that for the past few weeks. Making lists, buying/making what we can ahead of time etc. This year we decided to go with a fresh turkey. I have never done this before so I’ll have to update with the results but after doing a little research it seemed like the best option. We decided to hit up this local butcher place called The Butcher Block ( http://www.thebutcherblocklv.com/home.php?xid=ff480e130ccd59b7f1577f597fe8a1c5 ) they were super helpful and informative. We ended up buying a bag of their jalapeno bacon to try. Let me just say… It was fantastic and I am now contemplating the many ways I could work it into various recipes as an unexpected flavor boost. We’ve been trying to get more local with the stuff we buy and eat – which isn’t always easy but we’re getting better at it!
Thanksgiving also means getting the house ready for company and the impending cooking explosion. This isn’t always easy when you’re working full time (and admittedly super lazy) and have a puppy who is taking her sweet time learning to take her bathroom business outside (did I mention terriers are stubborn?). We’re getting there though and hopefully it will just be a matter of maintaining now. My grandma will be in town for a week so I know I will be glad I got this stuff done and over with ahead of time.
I’m looking forward to hanging out with family and trying my hand at a few cooking adventures. We started testing out some new pie recipes the past couple of weekends. Thank God we did because I had picked out a recipe for a new kind of lemon pie that calls for using most of the lemon. Sounds harmlessly delicious on the surface but oh dear lord we were not prepared for the flavor and texture that awaited us upon first bite. Maybe we just aren’t true lemon lovers but the choking and spitting that resulted made me VERY glad I had not put it on the table at Thanksgiving unawares.
Alright, well I think that is probably plenty of wordage for one post. Fingers crossed that I will not fade into oblivion once more and will return with more pictures and maybe not so many words next time.
Dinner preparations call!