On rainy saturday mornings

I woke up to the sounds of rain falling on the broad leaves of the trumpet flower plant outside my window and a dog licking my face. Which does not bode well for the rest of the day. Ginger doesn’t like playing outside in the rain. But when she’s stuck inside the house all day, she starts bouncing off the walls. It’s not fun. We went for a walk, then came back inside whereupon she immediately started whining to go out and play. I’m short on rations right now, which includes coffee and components for any sort of decent breakfast. We went to the park and I stood in the rain playing ball with my puppy who kept stopping to shake her self off or stare malevolently up at the falling rain, and as a reward, I decided to take myself out to breakfast at one of my favorite San Diego Restaurants My day got much better after enjoying this for breakfast.


It’s a ‘California omelette’, with tomatoes, cheese, and bacon inside, served with a side of refried beans and topped with avocado.

Now, my dog is napping on my bed and I might go join her before I start doing laundry and cleaning the kitchen and vacuuming and all the other chores that need to be done and which I’ve been putting off all week.

Of dogs and cookies

I started this morning with a walk at Fiesta Island with Ginger and my neighbor’s dog Bruschi. Fiesta Island is a man made, off-leash recreation area in the middle of Mission Bay. Ginger likes to go there to chase birds, dig for gophers, swim, and smell other dogs butts. I like getting some sunshine and exercise first thing in the morning. And Ginger and Bruschi had a great time.

Tonight for dinner I had some yummy leftover CPK. Afterwords, I cracked open a tin of cookies that I got the other day at Fresh and Easy. Check out the cool design on the back of this cookie! How cool is that! Its in chocolate! On a cookie! It was almost too pretty to eat, but I managed, and it tasted even better than it looked. Hooray! (Sorry, it was hard to get a picture close enough to see it without it being blurry. But it was cool. I promise.)

What’s your favorite way to start the morning?

Quick and easy pasta topper

So last night I got to hang with some new San Diego friends including the lovely Mary Grace  Hooray! We had dinner together and I am low on rations so I decided to raid my freezer and see what I could provide that would be delicious and also mostly healthy.  I found:

Frozen Spinach

A jar of pesto

Frozen ravioli

Goat Cheese

About 3/4 c of white wine that really needed to be used up

Nutella, but I decided that didn’t really go with the other things I found so I put it back. 😦

And I asked myself, ‘Self, what can I make from these ingredients that is delicious’.  And I responded, ‘I don’t know self, but I bet we can come up with something’.  While the water for the pasta was coming to a boil, I put about 2 C of frozen spinach in a saucepan and added about 1/2 C of water.  I covered it and heated it until the water was boiling and all the spinach was thawed.  I added the wine, chunked up the goat cheese and tossed that in, stirred in about 3 spoonfuls of pesto, and stirred till well combined.  After the pasta was done cooking,  I spooned the sauce over top and added some fresh grated parmesan cheese.   It was delicious.  And mostly healthy since there was a lot of spinach involved. (The ravioli was spinach and ricotta flavored).  And there you have it.  I’m sure it would also be delicious on top of spaghetti or linguini noodles, or you could make it into a cream sauce, or saute some onions first to go over it.  Let me know what you decide to do with it!

Stink attack and IRS woes

You guys, my dog got sprayed by a skunk last night.  At 11:45. During our right before bed potty trip outside.  It was disasterous.  I went on to the trusty interwebs first thing of course, because I had no idea what to do for skunks.  The first thing that everyone said was ‘DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG INTO THE HOUSE!!!’.  Well, I had to.  I live in an apartment.  I don’t have a hose outside or any place to clean my dog other than my bathtub.  Which is all the way in the back with no windows and I have to track my smelly dog through my bedroom to get there.  The interwebs also said to make a concoction of Hydrogen Peroxide (which I was out of, of course) or white vinegar (I had cider?), baking soda and dish soap.  So I did that and I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed my poor puppy.  Her eyes hurt and she was trembling in the tub and so miserable and I had to be mean to her to get her in the tub and I felt absolutely awful.  AND it was cold in my house after that because I had to open windows and let my house air out but then I realized that the attack had happened just outside and I was probably getting more stank in my house by having the windows open than not. She doesn’t smell very bad any more, and the smell is almost out of my house, but every now and then I catch a wiff.  And it’s gross.

So that happened last night and I didn’t get hardly any sleep and I really wanted to veg but I thought that I would be responsible and do our taxes.  And then I got excited because we are getting a tidy little sum of money back.  We can do a lot with what we are getting back and I can go shopping.  Which is super exciting.  So I e-filed using Turbo Tax and then later this evening I got an e-mail saying that our return had been rejected because the birth date that I’d put in for my husband didn’t match the one the IRS had on file for him.  WTF? It worked last year.  How does his info change?  I’m so confused.  So now I have to wait till he gets home so he can sign it and then mail the forms in and he will probably have to go someplace and wait in line and get that changed which is annoying.  Instead of having our taxes done and being able to surprise him with the money when he gets home, I get to greet him with a mess.  Tax stuff stinks. But at least my dog doesn’t anymore.