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That was the week: June 15th – 21st 2015

My weekly roundup. 

Monday: I had the day off on. I had sold some more stuff on ebay and had to box them up for shipping. I realized I had left my packing tap at the office. I didn’t want to waste the gas going to get it I packed the items up as best I could with what tape I had at hand. I walked through the heat the slightly over a mile it is to the post office. When I got to the post office teller she informed me that if I planned to send more things in the future I should get some packing tape. I told her about having packing tape and that I left it at the office.  She then told me three more times about needing to get packing tape as if I hadn’t spoken. I just nodded a lot.

As I said, I had the day off. Something often happens to me when I don’t have the usual work day cues. I forgot to eat. Now I don’t look like a person who forgets to eat, but often on a Saturday I just won’t eat much until the afternoon.  On Monday I at a couple of handfuls of Cheerios that I keep around but just never really got hungry.  About five thirty I realized I felt kinda weak, not hungry, weak.  I realized I hadn’t eaten so I cooked up some pasta and ate it with a salad.

Obviously, the biggest thing going down on Monday was game six of the Stanley Cup finals.  The Blackhawks had the chance to win the cup on home ice. I foregoned… forgoening.. forgained….uhh… didn’t do my usual monday thing of going to the bowling alley. Instead I went to my friends bar. This is the same friend who usually gambles hundreds of dollars at the bowling alley.  He doesn’t get much business on Monday so he shuts down early and goes to gamble. With the Hawks game on he was staying open to see if he could get a bit of a crowd. He had a small crowd most of which left before the game was over.  In the third period he declared it a closed private party and locked the doors.  He did this because he wanted to smoke but didn’t want to have to go outside in the rain.  Most importantly:

Tuesday: I woke up with a terrible headache. And no it was not from over celebrating the Hawks win. I figured out what it was. I hadn’t had any caffeine the day before. Of my many vices the only consistent one in my life is caffeine. I took some ibuprofen and a big cup of coffee and everything cleared up.

After work I just stayed at home and watched some shows on netflix.  I finished up the first season of Daredevil. I can highly recommend it. It is very dark and violent and well done. It is one of the best super hero/comic book adaptations I’ve seen.

Wednesday: After work I, for the second time in the week, forgooened.. forgained.. didn’t do my usual thing. I did not go to trivia night. Instead I stayed home and made salsa and tacos.

Thursday:  I noticed a service charge on my main checking account. So over my lunch break I drove down to the bank to see what was up. The guy I met with tried to be very helpful, but he couldn’t find what type of checking account I had. He needed to check what sort of service fees I could be charged. He then went into the paper files to look up really old account types.  He couldn’t find it there.  I had opened my account along time ago. Since then my bank had been bought, and then bought again. In the annals of banking past my account lay like some ancient artifact. My checking account was like some clay pot with old script inscribed  upon it that no one could read. With the bank man unable to find any information about my account from the past I asked if we could just switch me to some modern account that wouldn’t have any fees.We finished up and shook hands. Just as I was about to leave he told me to hold on a second. After typing for a bit on his computer he smiled and told me he had refunded the eleven dollars.  I had completely forgot to ask for a refund.

Friday: boring. Stayed home after work.

Saturday: I mostly just hung around the house. Two things did happen. I won a 150 dollar gift card off a Jord wood watch. More importantly for the nerd I am, after a couple of months of trying I managed to get promoted to Platinum in Star Craft 2.

Sunday: I made  a homemade Pizza Margherita for dinner.  Look for it on a future Food Friday.

Food Friday: Homemade salsa and Chorizo Tacos

It sure has been awhile since I have done a food friday. This is not a foodie blog with a bunch of perfectly lit photos. All you get is a few blurry pictures of my dirty stove.

I noticed the cilantro I have been growing on my balcony was sort of out of control and needed to be cut back.  So I decided to make  some salsa and tacos.

Salsa/ pico ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 a sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro (mine was fresh out of the pot
  • juice of one lime
  • some peppers for heat (I used  2 serrano peppers because I wanted some heat)
  • I also added some Oregano from my balcony garden because it was getting a little wild.

First I took the peppers and cut them in halves lengthwise. I then laid them flat on the surface and scrapped away the meat and seeds from the middle using the back of a knife. After that I diced them up fine. All I did after that was dice up the tomatoes the onion and chop up the herbs.  If at this point you want to go for more of pico just put it all in a bowl with the juice from the lime and mix it up.  I wanted more of a salsa so I dumped it all in my food processor.

A few pulses and I had what I wanted.

Now all I needed for the tacos was some sort of meat. I made my favorite, chorizo. Some small corn tortillas, the other half of the diced onion, and some more cilantro.

Preparing the chorizo is easy. I used a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  I cut open the and dumped the sausage in the pan.  It does not look appetizing at this stage.

Let it cook and stir it for seven to eight minutes and it looks a lot better.

Preparing the tortillas is also strait forward. Place them in a heated pan.  Don’t put any oil in the pan. About thirty seconds on one side and twenty on the other do the trick of heating them. Be sure to use two of these small tortillas per taco. They split open easily. At this point I deviate from tradition and add some cheese. I put it on the tortilla and put the meat on top.  Just pile some onions, the salsa, and cilantro on top.  Enjoy.

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