Don’t Make Plans With Me.

I completely forgot to include the Turtle Mountain Experiment in my post last night.  In fact, I didn’t remember about it until this morning when I was cleaning out my memory card and accidentally deleted the nutrition panel pictures.  (Not to worry … I snuck a couple of shots in a store.)  So, without further ado… raspberry Soy Delicious and coconut milk Mint Chip.

The raspberry didn’t taste like ice cream at all; more like sorbet.  It was good, but it is low-fat, and you can definitely taste the difference.

The mint chip, to me, didn’t taste all that different from the Purely Decadent mint chocolate chip, which is a good thing; it means I couldn’t taste the coconut!  My brother complained about it, though.  Then again, he was complaining as soon as he saw that the container said “coconut milk,” so who knows…

I’m gratified that you all enjoyed my carrot classifications!  😉  I bought a package of “fetus” carrots today…

…and my mom bought a size I have never seen before!  These are 3 oz. bags; my mom bought 2.25 oz. bags.  I need to stick in another gestational stage somewhere… and I guess I’ll be eating a lot of carrots!  (I think the correct term for these is actually “petite” carrots, but whatever, I prefer “fetus.”)

My mom used to make these all the time — well, actually, she still does, but I don’t eat them anymore because I no longer eat meat!  But I remember liking them, so I set about making a vegetarian version.

It looks kind of nasty because it came out of the refrigerator.  Anyway, it’s basically ground meat stuffed into a rolled-up lasagna noodle and topped with tomato sauce.

Here’s my version:

I used whole wheat lasagna, Lightlife Gimme Lean ground sausage (yes, I should have used the beef style, but I had a total ED moment when I bought it and this one had fewer calories), and pasta sauce.

Of course it needed some vegetables… this is me we’re talking about, after all!  Roasted “fetus” carrots, baby bellas, and Brussels sprouts.  Oh, and by the way?  I like my vegetarian version better than “the real thing” — it’s missing that greasy meatiness that some people like, but which I do not.

We have about a million (okay, maybe ten) boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix in the basement, and I figured it’s high time we start actually using them… they’re not just for decoration!  (We have so many because there was a short while where they were being sold marked as dairy, so everyone here stockpiled on them.  They’re not dairy anymore, but we’re still left with the stores!)  So I used a box of fudge marble cake mix to make cupcakes. 

I’m bringing a couple of them to work tomorrow because it’s a co-worker’s birthday, and I said I would.  I may or may not have been joking, but that’s not the point — when I say I’m going to do something, I tend to do it.  (Cue mom ranting, but I won’t even bother discussing that.)

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for much of the people with whom I seem to associate. I’ve mentioned my aversion to making plans with others; this is why.  I have a friend who lives out of state, and whenever she’s here, she wants to get together.  I’m all for that — it’s nice to see people once in a while, you know?  But it’s not quite so simple… I think I’ve mentioned that I went to see Ave. Q with my mom.  (Never do that, by the way.)  It’s because I was supposed to go with this friend, but she cancelled at the last minute, and I couldn’t find anyone else with whom to go on such short notice.

Then, today, she and I were supposed to go bowling.  I swallowed my pride, because I hate hate hate hate hate asking for things, and asked my dad if I could borrow his car.  This morning, she said that she won’t be able to make it.  I’m not about to un-ask for the car, after all the agony that went into acquiring it, so I swallowed some more pride and tried to find someone else around who wanted to come along.  I don’t really have many friends left in the area; most of those who are still here are married with kids.  If I want to discuss kids all day, I can talk to my sisters.  Anyway, I did end up finding two (single!) friends who were available.

We went, and I still suck at bowling — I said that next time we have to do something I might have a chance at winning — but it was nice to get to hang out with them again, since we haven’t done that in a while.

Thing is, this friend — the one with whom I was originally supposed to go — wants to make “rain check” plans.  I don’t feel like doing that, because I am tired of making plans that fall through.  But I feel like a bitch in saying that, because she isn’t cancelling just to be obnoxious; she has a chronic condition, and basically can’t help it.  It’s not like she wants to be ill.  At the same time, I hate putting myself out there like that all the time.  I don’t know what to do.

I do know that I absolutely don’t want to go back to work tomorrow.  (So what else is new?!)  Oh, yeah, that means it’s Sunday:

Quite frankly, this is getting kind of old and bordering on extremely egotistical — I think I can stop posting these now.  :p

My new algae eater — the long pink thing.  :p

And now I can go to bed, as it is long past a reasonable time for me to have done that.  I am an old lady and I can’t stay out this late anymore… so sad.  😉

Have a great Monday!

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16 responses to “Don’t Make Plans With Me.

  1. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce

    Well i have slightly different reasons for not wanting to make plans with people, but having flaky friends is no fun either! Your algae eater is pretty cool looking. I’m sure your coworkers will be grateful for your bomb shelter supply of duncan hines mix. I haven’t had any form of lasagna in so long, i think i may have to make some soon!

  2. Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth)

    that lasagna thing looks interesting/delicious!! never seen anything like that 🙂 and i’m sorry about your friend, that is such an annoying conversation. ia m the same as you and think it is sooo incredibly important to follow through (so nice of you to bake the cup cakes!!) & i think that you should maybe let her maket he plans for the rain check and if she bails on you again, i would definitely talk to her about it!! 3 strikes and she’s out 🙂

    xoxo
    shelley
    http://findinghappinessandhealth.wordpress.com

  3. I guess your Mom’s discovery will have to be called “before you were even an idea” carrots!
    That dish reminds me of tires on a car. Is it difficult to maneuver when eating. Being the oh so graceful person I am 😉 I feel like the whole thing would awkwardly fall apart when I’d try to cut it. Speaking of awkward, Ave. Q is one musical I definitely would not want to see with my mom! I saw “Borat” with my dad. Really not a good idea.
    What newspaper is the crossword in? Every time I see it I want to ask but then forget… So I’m glad you included the picture because it reminded me!

    Rachael*

  4. Every time I read “fetus carrots” I gawf, and have to stuff my fist in my mouth to stop myself from annoying anyone. I wish we had fetus carrots here!

    Plans that don’t “go to plan”, happen to me a lot, too. But when I really think about it, I’ve pulled out of things at the last minute, too. Usually because I was too afraid to face anyone, being outside my “comfort zone”, whatever the Hell that is. The idea of “rain check” isn’t appealing – but I do think that she’s sincere about spending time with you. Taking chances is always scary, and ED freaks out on our asses, but I say that’s even more of a reason to go for it! It might turn out to be an absolute blast.
    I’m happy for you for going bowling, and sucking up your pride. That takes courage, and it was worth it, non?

    Eleanor.
    xo

  5. Hi!

    You’re too funny with foetus carrots.

    Thank you for the review on the ice cream! My mom is like your brother: as soon as she sees a ‘not common’ ingredient, she starts to complain and says it’s disgusting, blabla…

    I love the idea of stuffed lasagna! 🙂

    Wow, ten boxes of cake mix! Your house will smell good 🙂

    Sorry for the cancelling/not canceling thing with your friend! Seems pretty annoying…I know how hard it can be to ask a parents permission and then see all the hard work was unecessary.

    xo
    Vanilla

  6. yay for bowling! hahhaha we have a stockpile of cake mix too! guess i should bake something! =D

    damn you are so ahead of me to get the crosswords done! AUGH!

  7. I have a friend who is constantly canceling things because of her illnesses. It’s hard to take her seriously. 😦

  8. Ooh, your lasagne thing is a bit like canneloni. I made that sometimes, it’s nice 🙂 spinach and soya cream cheese works well like that.

    I hope you manage to sort something out with your friend. I know what you mean, I have to get myself psyched up for difficulties such as socialising 😛 so it’s hard when people have to cancel! But you would probably be glad you did it once you did manage to meet up with your friend.

    Lol I suck at bowling. I got 27 once, WITH the barriers up. That takes some skill!

  9. Yummmm, those ice creams look so good! Thanks for the reviews.

    Very impressed with your Sunday crossword… brag away!

  10. I think those lasagna noodle roll-ups are such a great idea. They are sooo cute! I really like the It’s Soy Delicious green tea flavor. Unlike the raspberry flavor, it doesn’t even taste low fat, even though it is.

  11. I’m sorry about the friend canceling, that’s such an awkward situation. If she didn’t have a chronic condition I would be annoyed, but it seems like she truly doesn’t mean to purposely cancel.

  12. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the laptop donation website!! You are too sweet 🙂 I really appreciate it.

    I’m so sorry about your friend – hopefully next time won’t turn out like that, and I totally agree about asking for things. But hey – your eats look amazing! I hope you’re having a wonderful week 🙂

    Much, much love!

  13. I love the lasagna roll-ups! What a cute idea. I bet those cupcakes are good too! 🙂

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