Life As I Know It - Weekly Update #14

Get ready.  I've got a lot to say....

Part I:  It's Getting Hot Up in Here

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Last week and the beginning of this week started out with me having no A/C in my car.  Then, last Saturday I attempted to go to a craft show, overslept only a little bit, but enough to cause me to know that I wouldn't be able to get there on time.  And then, my car did a number on me - it started overheating, spitting steam like nobody's business and meanwhile the thunderstorm of a lifetime was on it's way.  I literally prayed to make it to a gas station in town.  And I made it.  Yes, just in time for the heavens to open and the power outages to start.  The gas station clerk had to close the store and lock us both in until either the power came back on or someone came to rescue me.  So basically the appointment I had scheduled for Monday to fix my A/C turned into a please-just-fix-my-car appointment.

So on Monday, my dad used his old school tactics of adding water to the radiator, keeping the top off, and turning on the heat (which the fan wasn't working anyways, but apparently that doesn't matter).  These were his tricks to keep the car from overheating and it worked.  Doing those things lowers the pressure, he said.  In the end, the car was fixed in total even though my dad had to take a trip to the salvage center (but what we call around here "the junk yard") to find a wire that had burned out in my car.  Since when did having a 1999 car mean that you were driving something obsolete?

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I'll admit I was kind of bummed about my car.  Sunday I had to catch a ride to church, but when I got home, I realized that it was hot in my house.  An unusual type of hot.  And let me tell you, I can stand a little heat and I'm not one for having a frigid cold house.  Something was wrong.  I left, came back and my house was cool again.  But Monday, in between those trips to the auto repair shop, it happened again.  So, I had to call the heating and cooling people.  They came on Tuesday.  The verdict?  Lightning ran through and burned out some piece, a mouse is living underneath my house having a good old time (so can we say Pest Control?), and wasps had decided to build a nest in my air condition unit. *Big sigh*

In the end, they did a sneak attack on the wasps (good thing I had a jug of that bug spray and they had on long sleeves), the air conditioner unit has been serviced, the new part has been ordered and since my unit is under warranty, I only have to pay for the shipping fee.

Life goes on.  :-)

Part II:  Moving On

So, if you wondered why I had so many recipes posted lately, all of the above will give you insight on what I could manage to do during all of this drama.  As soon as both the car and house a/c were fixed I decided to get out of town.  Run, Forest, Run!!!

I decided to visit some family and do a little cooking there.  You want to know Thursday's dinner?  Parmesan crusted tilapia, green beans with tomatoes, and coconut rice.  A very light dinner, but they liked it.  Sorry, no pictures. But, the recipe for the Parmesan crusted tilapia can be found here.

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Traveling to the city always affords me the opportunity to explore international food markets.  I enjoyed going to the Grand Asia Market.  And guess what?  Having a cell phone where you can gather a picture quickly is a blessing.  Why?  Because in that market it's hard to find anyone who speaks English, but I knew that what I was looking for was sold there because it was a bean from China.  And yes, even though the man working there was nervous because he didn't speak English (I could see it in his body language and eyes), when I showed him the picture, his eyes lit up and he quickly ran to the back to get the beans.  Sometimes you've got to love technology!

I know we all have dreams and sometimes we tend to dream big.  You want to know another thing I'd like to do?  I'd like to pull out a map of the world and learn to cook something from each part of the world.  I don't mean everything their cuisine has to offer but a dish or two that I would enjoy.  I would call my experience "Cooking across the Continents."  Apparently I'm not the only one with this idea.  I just found a website where a girl is doing that same thing:  Global Table Adventure.

What is the newest spice currently on my mind?  Ras el Hanout.  Never had it, sounds amazing, and meanwhile my brother found it at a superfantabulous international market in his area.  So we have agreed that he will ship me spices I can't find and I'll ship him the old fashion spices and mixes that can be found here.  Win-win.

Well, that was a mouthful, and that was my week in a nutshell!  Oh yeah, they'll be even more recipes on next week.  Like I said, cooking was about all I could manage to do.  :-)

BTW, in my haste of scheduling posts before I left (that's why you haven't heard from me), I scheduled yesterday's for 8 p.m. instead of a.m.  If you missed it, it's a recipe for spiced blueberry oatmeal.

p.s.  Going to do some fast cleaning up now.  I've got dinner guests arriving soon...

Until next time,


  1. Here's wishing you a much better weekend. Enjoy your guests and tell all those pesky little problems to stay away from you. :)

  2. Oh my Libby! What a week! Luckily your car's a/c is fixed. There is nothing worse than showing to a destination all sweaty! You dad is so handy. :) I love your idea of cooking something from each country. That reminds me of the true story, Julie and Julia where the blogger decided to go through a Julia Child's cookbook preparing every recipe! It was a huge undertaking!

  3. Glad to have you safely back and glad to know that wasps nest is gone (they are pretty scary if you have been bitten once, yuck!).
    Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

  4. we had a crazy friday! when we had to replace 120ft of underground water pipes. it busted! they dug a hole 2 ft wide from the front of the house to the street!

  5. Wow! WHAT A WEEK! Pat yourself on the back for keeping a cool head through it. I hope next week goes smoother. :)

  6. aww man, so sorry about your crummy week! when it rains, it pours huh? just think, those bad ones help you appreciate the good ones (or something like that...) keep ya head up sista girl!


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