I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2023
I did my weekly grocery shopping this morning before 9 a.m. and I was back home in < 45 minutes. Granted, I only had to make two stops today (Trader Joe’s and Corti Brothers, a European Deli) and both stores are less than 2 miles from my house). I am also one of the weird people who actually enjoys grocery shopping but who also likes to be efficient and unbothered by other people.
I adopted the early Friday morning grocery run routine during the pandemic and I must say, I can still see why keeping this up was a very good idea. You see, nobody goes grocery shopping on Friday mornings before 9 a.m. I mean, not nobody nobody but very few people compared to, let’s say, a Saturday afternoon. (I went to Target on a Saturday afternoon recently and let me tell you, it was a zoo.)
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On a sad note, Trader Joe’s apparently discontinued their “European-style Whole Grain Bread” and I am devastated. DEVASTATED. It was not just authentically German with a short ingredient list, but also very reasonably priced. I used to pick up a package almost every week. And now, they discontinued it without warning. I mean, they could at least have given me the chance to stock up before taking it off the shelves. Why does Trader Joe’s seem to always discontinue items that I am particularly fond of? (Does anyone remember their “everything bagel chips”? They were so good!)
Anyway, similar, vacuum-packed bread (even imported from Germany) is available elsewhere, but to be honest, it’s not even that great in comparison and so much more expensive. My mom helpfully suggested I start backing my own whole-grain bread, and I guess I theoretically could. It’s just that cracked rye is really hard to find here in the US (for whatever reason that is beyond my comprehension), and if you do find it, it’s freakishly expensive. I guess I’ll have to start looking around though.
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It’s the start of soup season in our house and I am always looking to add more soups to our already extensive recipe list. This week, I tried a new recipe for Stuffed Pepper Soup and it was an instant winner! In a typical San manner, I tweaked the recipe a bit (I used ground turkey instead of beef and substituted potato cubes for the cauliflower rice) and it was absolutely delicious.
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With the start of a new (governmental) fiscal year, I am (once again) trying to revamp and improve my note-taking and project-logging skills. I think I am doing pretty well (or so I’ve been told), but in all honesty, it’s an ever-evolving work in progress for an “organizer” like me. I currently use a mix of Word Documents, OneNote, and I am currently thinking of adding a spreadsheet. Please tell me I am not alone. I do most of my note-taking/logging digitally (just because it’s easier to edit and search for information later). Do you have to keep notes at work? Do you have a foolproof system? Any templates you can share? Tips and tricks? I am all ears!
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Halloween was uneventful this year. I was gone on a day trip for work and missed out on the Chili Cook-Off/Halloween office party, which I am not terribly sad about. They always do a costume contest, which is fun (I guess) but I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years. I got home late (by 7 p.m.), we had takeout and I didn’t even have the energy to watch a Halloween movie this year. We also didn’t get any trick-or-treaters, and I live vicariously through all of your Halloween shenanigans.
However, you can come back tomorrow if you want to see photos from my annual Halloween neighborhood run. That’s always fun!
How was your week and how did you slide into November?