I am going to be glad to see this election in our back window. Things are so contentious in my voting jurisdiction that I get calls on my cell and land line all day long for the last couple of weeks. I’ve not answered if I don’t know the caller and the ringing has interrupted a few conference calls this last week.
It took me a while, but I finally broke down and got me one of those air fryers. Luni had one. Marjorie has one. Now I’ve got one. It seems that it might get more use than my toaster oven as I don’t even cook toast in it anymore (and haven’t for a while). It only takes a few minutes for taquitos or shrimp for salads. It’s very convenient, but I can’t tell yet if it’s just a new toy. I haven’t fried anything at home in over 30 years. Wonder if there are actually things that I might make given the opportunity.
In my family, we just don’t do gift exchanges. It’s been this way for years and years. There are also no exchanges between friends–not for birthdays and not for Christmas. So, the only times I trade gifts is when the book club does Secret Santa and the White Elephant party in January. (That White Elephant is tricky because supposedly it’s gifts you’ve received that you don’t want. I tend to bring things I bought that I just didn’t want to return.) Now that I’ve been on the Litsy app, there are other chances to trade. Because it’s Litsy, it’s mostly about books. There were three of them in October that I participated in, perhaps too many, but fun. (Okay, definitely too many, but now I know.) I get a chance to find a home for some spare volumes and get some recommendations to read more stuff I’d have never chosen.
Just about the minute that I mention that I want to get a tiny pool, my company decides to make some changes to the organization. Thankfully, I’ve still got my job…well, a job. But, for Yo and me, just what we will be doing is not clear. We are both moving to the same group, but that group has a terrible reputation with the people in the offices that we have historically supported. Both our old boss and new boss say that we still do what we’ve been doing. However, the new boss says, ” I’m not making any changes…yet.” Imagine how confident that makes us, just imagine. If it means that we will be taking support calls on rotation with those folks in La Crosse, we’ve got some talking to do. On the other hand, if it means that we can continue to support our folks through long-term progressive change, I can make that work. There are at least two franchises we will be buying in the very near future. To bring this topic back around to my personal life, I’m going to research the pool, but I won’t be Planning or thinking about releasing any funds until I see just what is going on at work. Like I said, at least I’ve still got a job.
As much as I love the proliferation of plants down here in the tropics, there is one plant that is making me a bit twitchy. it’s an invasive vine that is settled in the bed with the big scarlet hibiscus and the light pink gingers. Unchecked, this vine completely covers the plants sucking the life out of them and keeping them away from the sun. When I finally get to removing it, there is a lot of plant t9 remove. The upside to this is that when the hibiscus recovers a week, the flower bud out like crazy. Just removed a big lot of it this week and have seen a ton of buds. (Film at 11.) The thing about the vine is the it’s kinda cool. The vine is delicate looking and it has a tiny pumpkin-looking fruit and tiny yellow flowers. If it didn’t kill my other good stuff, I’d want to protect and cultivate it. Also, supposedly in some cultures, there’s something beneficial about the fruit. I’ll be doing more research.
Freezer Fill: Buffalo Alfredo Chicken Spaghetti, Cajun Rotini Salad. I needed more spice. I guess my trip to Texas reminded me.