Happy Sunday TKW Family! How was your past week? For me it was really, really awesome. I started my new job on Monday. Driving into town (Pittsburgh) so early in the morning I had such a huge smile on my face. See I have always loved working in town. One, it’s absolutely GORGEOUS; two, there is always something to do. See Pittsburgh is a veritable melting pot with down home folks. The people are genuinely nice and pretty much anything you want (other than sunshine) is there. There are a bajillion places to eat and you’re not limited to the same ol’ same ol’ either. For me though it’s like the city is alive with the hustle and bustle however it’s not so big say like Manhattan where you get lost in the crowd.
With it being a cool Fall week my best friend and I (she works for the same company.. how lucky am I?!) walked around during lunch. I had a perpetual smile the whole time. Now I’m not saying it’s all fuzzy bunnies and glitter as there are downsides of working in town. Parking.. yes, parking! My first day there I parked in town and let’s just say I went into shock on how much it cost for an entire day. $20! Yes, $20 a day to park in town. Oh hell no! Since Oprah won’t return my calls and Brad & Angelina won’t adopt me I can’t afford that. Fortunately I was able to find a different place to park that is only $8 a day. Now it’s not close (maybe 5 minutes away) and requires me to take the under water t-rail system (which still kinda freaks me out). The downside of that is I still don’t have a parking permit for there so I have to pay full rate. AND if there is a game that day the lots are closed to non-permit folks.
Now on to the job itself. It’s exciting and totally in my geekdom lifestyle (which I love). I’ve met so many new people who were so warm and inviting. So many went out of their way to meet me which really made such a great impression. Half way through my first day Mr. Fantabulous called me to see how I was doing, what I thought. My exact words were “Honey it’s like I fit in; like I belong here.” It just felt right you know. Leaving a job that you had for years working with folks that were comfortable with is scary. While I never questioned my decision to leave I was worried – what if I didn’t like it? What if they don’t like me? What if I don’t like them? But after only a couple of hours in my new office I felt at ease and comfortable.
Gone are the days of the 3 hour daily commute on top of the 9-11 hour days. It’s weird coming home “early” – normal folk time. It’s like I have so much free time which is kinda weird for me. Like I don’t know what to do with myself. So what do I do? I cook more. Which actually Mr. Fantabulous wants. See he said something to me the other day that I didn’t think he would ever, EVER say. He said “Honey, I think I need more food intake”. Wait, what? How is his humanely possible? He eats super healthy but due to how intense he works out his body requires a lot of food. Like 4-6,000 calories a day. Yet the man has maybe 3-4% body fat <hate him>. I look at a cupcake online and my thighs start to jiggle!
So last Sunday I power cooked. I mean we’re talking I made roast, soup, 2 types of chicken dinners, ebelskivers, sliders, hubbard squash and 2 New York Strip Steaks. As we were talking on the phone Monday afternoon he was heating up his lunch – steak and half of a squash. He was raving over the steak – it’s one of his favorite things I make. Now knowing him this was his way of saying “Honey can you make me more of these?” On the way home I stopped at my butcher shop and my jaw dropped to the floor. Why? They had their NY Strip Steaks on sale for $5.99 a pound! Seriously that’s insane! So I picked up 10 of them thinking they would last me for a while. Um.. BAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right! He was eating 2 a day so come Thursday I picked up another 10 to put in the freezer.
This Friday is Halloween and sadly we won’t be having our annual BooFest party – 2nd year in a row. With my getting sick recently and our house still being a construction zone we just couldn’t get everything done in time. We’re both pretty bummed out by this but it is what it is. We both agreed that once the downstairs is done then we’ll have a party. Fortunately one of girlfriends is having a party this upcoming weekend. Now Mr. Fantabulous already knows what he wants to go as but me.. HA.. no clue! Knowing me I’ll wait til the last minute to throw something together.
How about you? Are you dressing up? What are your kids or pets going as?
With it being Halloween week, what’s your favorite Halloween memory? Or better yet, what’s your favorite Halloween candy? I’d have to say one of my favorite Halloween memory is actually the year we moved into this house, 8 years ago. See where we used to live we got a to of trick or treaters. So naturally in the new house I bought a boat load of candy. I mean A TON. However living in country bumpkinville, we got zero trick or treaters. None. I was devastated as I honestly look forward to it. Well Mr. Fantabulous could tell I was upset so he disappeared for a bit. Around 8 or so that night the doorbell rang and immediately I ran to the door all full of smiles. When I opened it up there was Mr. Fantabulous in a sheet saying trick or treat. Yeah I know it’s corny but honestly it was one of the most touching things that I will always remember.
So here’s to a great week full of love, laughter and amazing candy that you may or may not steal from your kids *wink*
Best Kitchen Wishes!
♥ Monday – Pork Ragu over Pasta
♥ Tuesday- Gluten Free Crispy Chicken Parmesan
♥ Wednesday – California Tilapia Soft Tacos
♥ Thursday – Pressure Cooker St. Louis Ribs with Whiskey BBQ Sauce
♥ Friday – Chunky Shrimp Burgers with Avocado Aioli sauce
♥ Saturday – Bacon Mushroom Florentine Quiche with Olive Oil Savory Crust
♥ Sunday – Crock Pot Italian Style Pot Roast
♥ Dessert of the Week – Itsy Bitsy Spider Cookies