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More chores, with pizza

Today was much like yesterday – lots of chores. In fact, we got the place pretty clean. It was a huge mess around the time of the wedding, and that had barely changed until this weekend. Now the mess is manageable, and I’m hoping to be rid of it entirely soon enough. My legs ache as though I had been running all day. Hopefully an entire’s day of cleaning = a workout.

We had the same breakfast as yesterday, the pancakes were just too good! We didn’t get any photos though.

For dinner, Josh tested out the new All-Clad pizza stone! We got a peel at Sur La Table last week, since previous pizza failures had been blamed on the lack of one. Tonight’s pizza featured Alton Brown’s original crust (though we did not do the rise overnight – but we have another ball of dough in the fridge that is taking that trip), Ragu’s “no sugar added” tomato and basil sauce, because I can’t stand the sweetness of commercial sauces these days and didn’t feel like cooking up my own batch of sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and green pepper.

IMG_9184 I am le tasty!

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it was just slightly larger than personal pizzas. We each had half of this one – and we each complained of being too full after! Good thing we didn’t each have a “personal” pizza.

I really enjoyed the mushrooms and green peppers, but I feel like it needs some kind of cheese mix rather than just mozzarella. I’m trying to think what other Italian cheeses are used on pizzas – provolone, parmesan? I’m not even sure. But I think a bit of a cheese blend would be nice. I’m also not totally sold on the sauce we used. I think if I would have made some fresh, it would have been better. But it worked well enough.

What I really liked was the crust!!! I’m not sure if it was the recipe or the stone or both, but this was far superior to previous pizzas. Previously we had done a mock Pizza Hut personal pan pizza, and it was delicious but it was also reaaaaally greasy, and we undercooked it a bit. After that, we had done some that I believe were the pizza dough version of “pain perdue”, a rustic French style bread – and those were nice but they were too crispy and not enough flavor. This one though, it had good flavor, good chew, AND a nice crisp bottom on it. It was great!!! Even though when making it, the dough refused to come together based on the measurements given. I should also note that pizza is another of Josh’s dishes – he’s the one who made all aforementioned pizzas (though I was the sauce maker, and I frequently help in prepping the toppings as well as doing the actual topping).

Yesterday, my new Social Security card came in the mail! This means I can finally change my name at work! How absurd that work is the last place to get the update. This also means that I am ready for my DMV appointment in 3 weeks. One thing that is weird, is my first name has been misspelled at work since I started there, despite me trying to get them to fix it (well, it’s right everywhere except on my checks and tax documents!). My last paycheck came on Friday, I had not sent them anything (no name change, no new W4 yet), and yet they fixed my name. What is that all about?! All of the sudden, 3 full years later. Hopefully sending in my new W4 with my new name does not cause confusion as they take over 1 month to change my name in the work system.

Cleaning house…err, apartment

Today was a loooong day. Very long. What did we do? Well, chore after chore…after chore. But we started off with breakfast!

It seems like just about every weekend, we run out of milk and Josh has to go get some more. Luckily, Trader Joe’s is a scant 3 minute walk, but still – how is it that we manage to always run out before breakfast on the weekend?

Today I woke up wanting pancakes, and it was the second thing Josh suggested after hash browns! Whooo both wanting to have the same breakfast. And pancakes are a Josh-cooks-it item! I don’t know if it was the recipe or the cooking, but whenever I’ve tried to make pancakes in the past they were just…ok. Nothing special. Not bad, but not great, just meh. Josh’s pancakes are quite good though!


Table all set! We don’t always eat at the table for breakfast.

It was quite good. Thank you Joshykins! The last time he made them, somehow we ended up with 12. I’m not sure how this time we got 6, but it worked out fine. I even wanted seconds! Probably better that we didn’t have any, though.

What Josh doesn’t know is that I’m secretly having him build his repertoire of recipes. Well, he will know if he reads this! He is the breakfast potato cooker (both home fries and hashbrowns), occasionally an egg maker, the pancake maker. Breakfast is the meal in which he has the most prep and cooking experience, but he is always my sous-chef for dinner.


We had a teeeeny pancake for the cats, can you see it?

The rest of the day was basically finishing up laundry that didn’t get done the other day, going through clothes to pull out ones that don’t fit or aren’t liked, and general tidying. We filled a huuuge box (one that a wedding dress was originally shipped in!) with clothes and a couple other items to donate! I’m working on paring down my shoe collection, but it’s hard. It’s so much easier to get rid of clothes than shoes or bags, I find. For one thing, you don’t grow out of shoes or bags (well, I guess you could grow out of shoes in adulthood, but it’s more rare). And they seem to wear out less frequently.

I really wanted to work on scanning documents and photos today, but it didn’t happen :( Hopefully tomorrow. We did wash the car though, something I wanted to do before the wedding! It is all nice and shiny now.

Yesterday, this arrived:

IMG_9150   Hoola hula hoop!

I bought it last week online, because apparently adults need their own special size of hoop, and can’t just get one from Toys R Us. I tried it out right away and was able to hoop for 6 minutes straight! I was able to do that about 3 times. Other times were between 2 and 4 minutes. Something about “adult” hoops though, is they are heavier! They’re made of pipe, I think, instead of out of plastic. They should certainly be more durable…but the extra weight and larger size meant it hurts your tummy to hoop. At least it hurt mine. This morning I had a few bruises from it :( Hopefully I build up a tolerance to it. It was lots of fun!

Dinner was a quick tuna noodle casserole thrown together last minute thanks to leftover cooked egg noodles from the 1 month anniversary dinner! I’ve never made such an easy meal that still was fairly “home cooked” (there was canned mushroom soup involved). It was delicious!

We watched last year’s remake of Friday the 13th. I rather enjoyed it! I thought I might hate it, as I had the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I had never seen any of the Friday the 13th movies before, but now I’m curious to see some of them.

Tomorrow will probably be another day full of chores. At least the apartment is looking better!

Folding bed sheets

You know what’s not fun? Smashing your hand and breaking your nail off in the middle of the nail bed. It looks something like this after it’s bandaged:


I managed to do this while getting frustrated with attempting to fold a fitted bed sheet. I’ve never actually folded one before at all. I’ve just crumpled them in a ball, or left them to sit in my desk chair until it was time to use them again. This time I was determined to fold them properly!

It took me I think 1 entire hour to actually get it done, along with the matching flat sheet and pillowcases. Here is the final result (this picture is more pink than the sheets really are):


Looks good, right? Well, the stack is about twice as large as the packages these come in, and it didn’t quite fit all the way on the shelf, the way it should have. I followed some Youtube tutorials, but I’m not sure if they were meant for twin sheets instead of queen or king. I’ll try folding them a bit differently next time and see if it comes out the right size. Maybe I’ll even take some photos or videos along the way so that I’m able to repeat it later! But this is still better than crumpled in a ball, right?

After my fit of rage at the sheet’s lack of cooperation, and my resulting injury, dinner was simple. Delicious, nutritious, frozen fish sticks! With gummy, medium-grain rice. I guess that’s a risotto rice? I thought risotto rice was short grain rice. In any case, it was gummier than I would enjoy, but it was ok. At least it featured homemade tartar sauce!



As I was writing this, Chopstick started eating some tape off of a box, which is one of her all-time favorite activities and “foods”. She kept making crazy faces as she chewed up the tape, here is the best shot I could get from across the room:


What a crazy!

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