Well. I don’t know whether to rant and rave first, or dump all the pictures on you. I think I’ll go with the ranting and raving, to get it out of the way!
My health insurance is a group policy that I get through work. As such, I waive the student health insurance offered by my school, because I don’t need to be doubly insured, do I?! Anyway, over the weekend I received a letter from the health department of my school, all about the insurance policy that they offer and its benefits… I was worried that this meant that I hadn’t waived it, so I called to double-check. I left a message to which I never received a response. However, I did get a letter in the mail today from the insurance company; with an insurance card!! On top of that, I also got an email from the school today telling me that the waiver deadline is September 25, so I am completely confused now. I tried to waive, and was denied because I’m no longer on my parents’ plan. I don’t see why that matters — I wasn’t on their plan last year either, and it isn’t like I’m uninsured! So I tried again, supplying the exact same answers, and it was accepted pending approval. I am still hopelessly lost. (And freaking out about school all over again, but that kind of goes without saying!)
I’m sure that nobody doubts my ability to spew far more verbal vomit than that; but I’m just too lazy right now. So I’ll jump ahead to some pictures for a bit.
Just a little note on the barbecue … it was fine, I guess. I stayed far away from my triggering niece, which makes me kind of mean, but that’s too bad. I’m sure she was just crushed. (Note the sarcasm.)
These are some of the dead animals that everyone else enjoyed.
Since I’ve made French toast out of waffles, don’t you think I ought to make waffles out of French toast too? Yet again, the genius that is me forgot to spray the waffle iron… but I did so after saving what I could of the first piece, which I hid at the bottom of the pile. :p
Salad with romaine, roasted Birdseye Italian Blend vegetables (which they don’t seem to make anymore, as I couldn’t find it on Birdseye’s website!… add it to my list), and tofu… I will spare you my ramblings on the adventures I encountered in the preparation of the tofu. And I will also be completely honest and state that I am rather mortified by the sheer volume of it, and then I will shut up about it. (But first I will add that I am currently in love with roasting vegetables with seasoned salt.)
Lightlife chick’n strips (marinated in Asian dressing) and brown rice… my blood pressure shoots up if I even think of the sodium content in this, I tell you!
This is a very, very sad occasion indeed, because I probably won’t be having fresh berries again for a good nine or so months… it isn’t worth paying the exorbitant price out of season, because they tend to not even taste very good!
I have some product reviews, too… try to contain your joy!
Ruthie said this was wonderful, so when I finished a box of cereal, I bought this to replace it! Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Peanut Butter Pows (apologies for the crazy angle of the picture):
First I made a huge mess by managing to spill some of it all over the countertop. Go, me! Then I finally tried it… oh, my goodness. It is loaded with peanut butter flavor! Actually, it tastes very similar to Nature’s Path peanut butter granola, but it’s not quite so “heavy,” so it’s easier to stomach first thing in the morning.
I am constantly confounded by the fact that I so often like mango-flavored things, since I don’t actually like mango! But I loved this; it might be my favorite flavor so far! It was sweet, but not too sweet; and the texture was just right… smooth and only the tiniest bit “chunky.”
Aunt Trudy’s Eggplant & Roasted Pepper fillo pocket sandwich … clearly, it doesn’t exactly resemble the picture on the box, but these things never do, right?!
I have no business eating hot food. Inevitably, I manage to burn my mouth on it. Which is why I microwaved this and allowed at least ten minutes for it to cool. Do you think it made any difference? Of course not. My palate is not happy in that it’s burned; it is, however, pleased with the taste of this, which is subtly spicy. And I love fillo dough in general… but the first few times I had this, I tried to use a fork and knife. Didn’t work too well because the dough would just flake away and leave me with a pile of mush. (A tasty pile of mush, but not very visually appealing!) I prefer using utensils to eating with my hands, but in this case, hands are the way to go!
On the agenda for the next week: I absolutely must find time to go to my “local dive shop” and do some proper research on getting one of these.
I have no idea why I used the dive shop I did; while I was very happy with them, they’re way up- and crosstown from where I work, and so it’s quite a hike for me to get there. And there is apparently another shop just around the corner and a couple of blocks down!! How could I have missed that?!?! … Anyway, the reason why it is so imperative that I get moving on this is because the pool was was 69 degrees tonight, again. The water in the showers was pretty cold, too; though after the pool it actually felt quite warm!
Tomorrow is not supposed to be warm, really… this makes me sad. But I hope you all have a great Wednesday!