Lunch…who knew?

So….someone took my lunch out of the staff fridge at school…


and I guess they ate it b/c it’s completely gone. 

Who does that?


I halfway hoped it was in the trash so I could at least salvage the container.  It was a good container.  Also, anyone want to share their lunch cuz…it’s going to be a loooong afternoon with no lunch and a staff meeting after work.


Yipee! Now I’m broke…

So we got power back Wednesday. After driving four hours to go to my parents and get a generator. Which I brought home and promptly proceeded to blow up a surge protector with. Did you know that surge protectors smoke and catch on fire? I do now. But we got power back! Yay! And I got a phone call on Wednesday from the Superintendent telling us that school was canceled for the rest of the week. Yippee! And then we got another phone call at 10pm last night (Thursday) stating that school was back on for Friday. Boo. And the broke part? Yeah, no power = no cooking = no refrigeration = eating out a lot = Kari gaining three pounds in five days and = Kari broke. Boo again.

So…I’m copying a meme from Each. Enjoy!

  1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
  2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
  3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating

I’m a super picky eater.  Don’t judge me.

1. Venison My dad is a hunter.  This is all we eat.  I never buy hamburger.  If you come eat at my house, chances are you’re going to eat venison.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black Pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp What?  I don’t like fish!
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho  (I don’t know what this is…scratch that, I know what it is and will only eat a tame variety)
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (I don’t know what this is and it isn’t on Wikipedia)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes I LOVE plum wine!
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Fois Gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava I make this homemade at Christmas!  Yum!
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried Goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea Urchin Noah has eaten this at sushi restaurants…it looks, and according to him, tastes nasty
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frog’s Legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake.
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare I used to eat rabbit stew!  Again, Dad is a hunter.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers I had friend Dandelion heads…pretty yummy!
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (yuck.)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox I like bagels, but I don’t eat fish.
97. Lobster Thermidor (but not Thermidor)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

To add a couple of things to the list…I have eaten snapping turtle, a goose that lots of people see in their yards, squirrel, and various other things I don’t want to list.

What about you?

Thank you Ike

I have been without power since about 6 on Sunday.  We are not scheduled to get power back until midnight on Monday.  It could be later if there are downed lines in our neighborhood.  So far, school has been closed all week and I am anticipating no school on Thursday either.  Over 400,000 people in Franklin County alone are without power.  My fridge has melted and spoiled, my freezer has defrosted.  I am literally going nuts because all you can do when you don’t have power is read, knit, or sleep.  And I have done all three.  But I can’t really sleep b/c we need the windows open to deal with the temperatures but when you have the windows open, you hear barking dogs, chainsaws, crying children, and generators.  Those noises are all very conducive to sleeping.  Seriously.

We are lucky tho…we have no damage from the winds and everything is doing OK.  We bought a cooler last night for the fridge stuff, my parents have a generator which we drove a total of 4 hours to pick up tonight (and I’m blogging from their house), and I’m hoping to watch movies or play wii when we get home.  I’m just bored out of my mind.  I know what that literally means now.

So…thanks Ike.  Thanks a lot.


So….I disappeared.  Nothing major happening in my life that I can share with you all.  Another school year has started and…it is what it is.

Until August 27th.  See, I work for the Volunteers of America (VOA) after school tutoring through my current employer.  They have a program called PJ where I get paid my $30/hr to sit around and “tutor” children.  Which really means that for two hours every evening I sit and watch movies and try to keep general order in my classroom.  Which isn’t always possible.  So I did this last school year and I job share with another teacher.  He emails me on Aug. 27th to tell me that he doesn’t really want to continue tutoring anymore and would I be ok with quitting?  I email him back in a slight panic.  See, Noah and Kari bit off more than they could chew with their house purchase.  Which means that they rely on that extra tutoring money to help pay the bills and make Christmas possible.  I email him back and say that I will begin looking for a private tutoring position immediately (which, side note, I had already started doing with no great success b/c we were told at the end of summer that VOA had been turned down for their grant and might no longer be in existence) and that I would let him know as soon as I got it and could we please continue tutoring until Christmas because I was dependant on that money and Christmas would be a sad state of affairs if said money no longer was in my pocket.  To which he emailed back and said that he didn’t really want to, but that he would and that we would see how things were going and if things didn’t work out or when I got a tutoring job, we would quit.  Well last week I got an email and follow up phone call about a tutoring job.  I’m going to be tutoring triplets in their home, about a 30 mile round trip for $25/hr.  Which is less than I was making with just a tiny bit more travel time, but it’s all under the table so I don’t have to pay taxes on it.  Woot.  So in the spirit of being a good employee, I decide to email our boss and let her know what the situation is and how things have changed and that I won’t be back after school but that I would like to be considered for summer.  Cuz see, my teaching partner told me he had spoken to her.  But it turns out he didn’t.  So now I have two, possibly three, people irate with me b/c they don’t approve of the situation AND AND turns out my teaching partner has NO BALLS and has now decided not to quit.   So that totally makes me look awesome.  And in this whole wonderful process I’m pretty sure I won’t be making $30/hr next summer.  Which irritates me.  BUT I can always work summer school and that’s my plan for next summer.

As for my new tutoring students, they are NOT homeless, they are NOT ghetto, and they are pretty sweet and wonderful boys.  And I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy working with them more than working with the obnoxious ghettofied children at the VOA and a supervisor who doesn’t believe in disciplining children when they need it.  So there.

End rant.

On a positive note, I baked brownies from scratch for the first time in my life tonight and I’m hoping they will be wonderful.  I just don’t have enough cocoa powder for frosting so they will get cream cheese frosting.  So there.