Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rainy Days and Mondays

It was already muggy and overcast when I left for work. I walked outside in the morning through the puddles.

Vicky brought me in three of the little studio photos she had taken last month of Yanessa. They were precious!

It was sprinkling when I went to lunch. I got a cup of split pea soup and a mini-Greek salad at the Newburgh Grill.

I got an email saying that my UPS package had been delivered and was in the door at the house. Hmmm… That’s great, but I didn’t order anything!?!

It started raining (and raining hard) about 2:30 p.m. There was thunder and lightning, too.

It let up just before 4:00 p.m. Riley came in and said that he just got back from Building 6 and the parking lot and Levan were both flooded.  Courtney left (she works 7:00 – 4:00 p.m.) and immediately called. I missed her call (I was in the john) so she called the Boss Lady. She said I-96 was flooded, too!!

So, my Boss told Fred to go home (he lives up past Waterford) and then she left as well (she’s out in Howell). I stayed to hold down the fort.

Sidebar: I know that sounds self-sacrificing, but I was just being practical. It wasn't raining hard then and I knew the storm drains would catch up eventually. Plus, I can leave at 5:00 p.m. and still beat them both home.

When I got home, I found the package. It was a two piece set of Rachel Ray’s Lazy Spoon and Lazy Ladle. But, no packing list and no indication who sent them.

Sidebar: These are silicone and heat-safe to 500 degrees F.! Plus, they have a clever notch on the handle so they can rest on your pot’s edge. Drips stay in the pan, not on your stove or countertop.

Since my birthday is over six months away, I assume they are a Father’s Day gift. I don’t know (yet) who sent them, but thanks!

I changed clothes and then started dinner. I pounded the chicken flat, dipped it in an egg and milk wash and then Italian bread crumbs. I fried it in canola oil while I made half a box of spaghetti and warmed up a jar of Prego sauce.

Sidebar: This now being a weeknight, I skipped making my own pasta sauce and hit up my pantry.

I topped a chicken breast with some of the pasta sauce and then two slices of provolone cheese. I melted the cheese in the microwave (it was too hot for the broiler). I added some spaghetti to the plate and topped it all with grated Parmesan cheese. I cut open the chicken and took a picture for you.

Then I ate dinner. It was excellent! I ate about half of what I plated. When it was cool, I put the leftovers in the fridge.

I watched the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup (should have been the Red Wings, dammit!) and went to bed just before 11:00p.m.


  1. Dad, you mentioned to me when you were visiting that those would be cool to have for your kitchen. I remember things like a hawk and Jake and I bought them for you for Father's Day so Happy Father's Day! We love you.

  2. Well, your memory is a LOT better than mine! Thanks. I stuck them in the dishwasher (I thought I should) but will let you know how they work out I think they will be great and, thanks again!