It Brought Me To Where I Am

Oh cheaters… gotta love ‘em. Bless their selfish little hearts. I was reading on Facebook about “scandalous” cheating stories that rocked Hollywood. Spoiler alert: They were not that scandalous. Nor did they much rock Hollywood. They were all pretty run of the mill. What I took issue with though was Katharine McPhee and her response after being caught locking lips with her director.

He, of course, was married with children. Good ol’ Kat was simply married. Both marriages imploded. They aren’t together; I’m not sure the “relationship” lasted much beyond discovery. She was later quoting as saying, and I’m paraphrasing here, that she didn’t regret anything because it all led her to where she is today. Where she is today is divorced from her first husband and remarried to a man who is old enough to be her father, if not her grandfather. Her stepdaughters are older than her. But, he’s rich and famous and I’m sure her hope is that he will make her equally rich and famous. He tends to discard wives though so she had better be performing one hell of a pick me dance. I hope she’s able to keep that same attitude when her time as the latest Mrs. Foster comes to an end. Hey, Kat, it’s all leading you to where you are and were meant to be.

I’m pretty sure Claire Danes had the same attitude about her affair with Billy Crudup. He left his 7 months pregnant girlfriend for Claire. Shockingly, the relationship did not work out although they did manage to stay together for 3 years.

Actually, let me amend that. Claire’s position on this was that she was only 24 years old and in love; she felt she needed to “explore” those feelings, pregnant girlfriend be damned. She claims to have had no idea the repercussions that might come with dating a man who left his pregnant girlfriend in her last trimester of pregnancy. 

Really? Because I wasn’t even 24 when I had my first married guy come on to me and I was smart enough to realize that taking him up on that offer would have been the wrong thing to do. 

She said it was a very scary time in her life but she made it through. Whew! We should all give a sigh of relief at that blessing. She went on to say that everything worked out; thank God she and Billy are still friendly to this day.

A scary time in your life, Claire? I imagine it was a pretty scary time in Mary Louise Parker’s life, too. You know, what with being abandoned in her seventh month of pregnancy. After eight years with this guy. And having to see all the headlines and pictures of her longtime boyfriend and his new girlfriend together. Not to mention the amazing time she must have had handing her child over to his father, knowing that his home wrecking whore would have her hands all over her baby. Trying to co-parent with a fuckwit that puts his dick above his own child. Dealing with the public humiliation.

These people go through life acting as though they’re the only ones that matter. Broke up a family? Caused a woman to give birth by herself instead of with the father of her child by her side? Eh, it’s all good. It brought me to this awesome place in life. 

They really don’t give a moment’s pause to what they have done to anyone else. Katharine McPhee could not care less about the kids whose lives she affected. Does not care one bit about the woman she helped devastate. It brought her to where she is now. Claire Danes had no thoughts of pregnant Mary Louise Parker. Probably never considered what kind of a life their baby would have with his parents split up. No, she was in love and owed it to herself to “explore” that. Selfish, selfish people.

Low Carb Taco Soup

I had someone ask me for my low carb taco soup recipe so I thought I would share with the group. I found this recipe on Plain Chicken. The blogger shares a ton of yummy recipes. Most of it is not low carb but she does have a few things, including this amazing taco soup. She says it’s so good you’ll want to lick the bowl clean; I kinda agree with her. I haven’t licked the bowl yet but I do frequently go back for second servings. Another thing that makes this soup a winner is that it is so simple to make and most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this bowl licking soup:

2 lb. ground beef cooked

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese

1 (8 oz.) package of Velveeta cheese or shredded cheddar

1 (1 oz.) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix

3 TBSP taco or southwestern seasoning (she uses Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning so that’s what I used as well)

2 (10 oz.) cans Ro*Tel tomatoes and green chiles

4 cups beef broth

How do you make this bowl licking soup?

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (The recipe calls for cooked ground beef but I don’t know anybody who buys it like that so step one: brown the beef! Step two: dump everything into the crock pot).

OR

You can also make this on the stove top. Again, dump everything into the pot (after you’ve browned the beef), bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Here are a few tips from me:

  1. I chose to cut the Velveeta cheese and cream cheese into squares.
  2. I found that when I cooked this in the slow cooker the cream cheese didn’t want to thoroughly melt. I scooped the pieces out along with a bit of the liquid and used an immersion blender to get it fully blended. You could leave it in the crockpot and use the immersion blender but I didn’t like the idea of blending up the hamburger. When I cooked it on the stove top I did not have this problem; the cream cheese was thoroughly melted and blended in. If you do find that there are chunks of cream cheese in your soup, even when cooking on the stove, feel free to get out your handy dandy immersion blender and blend away.
  3. I used the Velveeta instead of the cheddar cheese so I can’t vouch for how great that is. I’m sure it’s wonderful. I also couldn’t find an 8 oz. container of Velveeta. The smallest one I found was 16 oz. so I just cut it in half. I turned around and made this soup again a few days later so it didn’t go to waste.
  4. I’m a big baby when it comes to heat and food, but I used the original Ro*Tel instead of the mild version and it was fine.
  5. I’ve been serving this with sour cream and shredded cheese as toppings. She suggests sour cream, shredded cheese, and cilantro. You can add whatever you desire. I would add some tortilla strips if I wasn’t doing low carb.
  6. If you’re watching your carbs you want to be careful about the kind of taco seasoning you use. That is why she suggests Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning.
  7. If you’re not watching your carbs feel free to throw in a can of black beans and/or corn.

Welcome To the Tenth Circle Of Hell

It’s OCTOBER, everyone! October! It feels like this year is both flying by and like it will never end. Every month seems to go on forever and yet each month I find myself saying, “I can’t believe we’re into insert month already!”

I love this time of year. It’s finally getting a little cooler around these parts. I made a low carb taco soup on Sunday. It was delicious. We had leftovers for Monday lunch but only enough for all three of us to have a single bowl each.

I am doing a lot better with all of the fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations. I’m usually very triggered by them. It reminds me of my old life, although a life I only led for roughly two years. Like I’ve always said, I didn’t decorate a whole lot until we moved to Virginia. I didn’t have a lot to do there so I threw myself into holiday decorations. Found I really liked it. Then had to sell off everything. But this year I’m handling it much better. Finally. Only took five years. Hooray!

My daughter just came back for a visit for the first time since she left to return to school at the beginning of August. We got pedicures and ate out at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I ate way too many tortilla chips.

My son is still working at the grocery store. He is getting a lot of compliments for his work ethic. Makes a mother proud. 

I think my favorite part of his job is talking to him after bringing him home. He’s quite chatty most of the time. I always learn lots of interesting things from him during these chats.

We went to go visit my dad a few weeks ago. At some point that day he told me he decided he would like to change his last name to mine. After spending the day with my brother and nephew he realized he relates more to them than to anyone on his father’s side of the family and he identifies more as an Awesome than as an Asshat. So we’re going to start that process in the hopes that he’ll be changed over before graduation so he graduates as Picasso Awesome.

Neither one of us has mentioned it to Rock Star. I’m not sure how she’s going to feel being the only Asshat left in the family but I also don’t think she has any desire to change her last name. Honestly, she will probably get married one day and more than likely she will change her last name to match her husband’s. Why bother with changing it now when she’ll more than likely change it again in the next few years?

Little less than three months until we can usher out 2020 and timidly hope that 2021 promises better days ahead. It probably won’t but we can always hope. My county has been under a mask mandate since mid to late May and it’s staying in place at least until the end of this year. I don’t know why the county health commissioner doesn’t cut through the bullshit and just tell everyone he’s ordering us to wear masks for the rest of our lives. At least that way if we ever get to go out into public again without a fucking mask on it’ll be a great surprise, one that we weren’t expecting, instead of ticking off the days on the calendar until we can go without one only to be told, “Oops! Just kidding. Let’s extend it another three months.”

How are those holidays looking? My kids are too old to go trick-or-treating and we live on a very busy road that gets no trick-or-treaters so Halloween is pretty much a bust for me. I was never real big on it anyway but it seems to especially suck this year with so many debating if the kids should even be allowed to go out this year.

I’m hoping we are able to have a fairly normal Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s hard to tell though. Since this was the first time Rock Star had been home since August I had a family dinner. My brother and nephew were the only ones that were able to come. My brother has attempted to kill us all. He called us Sunday after we had picked up my nephew to walk around the park, letting us know his co-worker had tested positive for Covid-19 so we need to bring the nephew back. Now my mom, Picasso, and I are all in quarantine at the house. I’m working from home which is not my favorite thing to do. I let Rock Star and her roommate know that they should self-quarantine. We’re still waiting on my brother’s test results. That was with only half of the family. I’m willing to give it another go come Thanksgiving but I’m not sure how everyone else is going to feel. I can tell you this much though. I am not doing a fucking Zoom Thanksgiving. 

My daughter has informed me she’s going to Florida with her boyfriend and his family over Christmas. She’s not sure when. Only knows it’s not over the actual holiday because she knows her mother would kill her if she wasn’t home for Christmas. She also knows Santa would not visit. Not even a stocking filled. I’ve been very clear over the years. As long as you’re here with me on Christmas morning Santa will visit you. If you’re off somewhere else you are on your own!

The mobster is beginning the process of selling his business. He needs to find a buyer. He’s had several people interested. The first one fell through. He’s called the second one and hasn’t heard back from him, so now it’s onto the third option. He’s had several other people inquire as well so hopefully he will get it sold when he wants to. I’m crossing my fingers for him.

I was finally able to go back to my regular office after 5 months at our downtown location. I’m glad I’m back but it’s not the same. My direct supervisor retired in June and the other supervisor gave her 2 weeks notice the very day I went back. I’m not at my desk; I’m clear on the other side of the room. We still have 3 people working from home and another 5 still downtown. Still no ice machine. No place to sit in the break room. No salad bar at the grocery store. It’s a put your head down and get through it kind of atmosphere right now.

I’m still running. I’ve had a few moments where I didn’t run for a week but that’s only happened two or three times since I’ve begun. I signed up for a 100 mile challenge a few months ago. It ran from July 1st through September 30th. I originally was only going to log running miles but then decided to count deliberate walking miles as well. After I reached 100 miles I decided to go ahead and run the entire 100 miles so i added on another 14 point something miles to my log. It went well enough that I decided to sign up for another 100 mile challenge which began October 1st and goes through December 31st. I’ve only got 6 miles in so far but I’m not worried.

That’s all I have for you today. I know. It’s pretty lame. I’m pretty unmotivated these days. I think it’s a 2020 thing.