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Well I’m back at work today, and the most difficult part of getting here was driving out of my neighborhood.  The fact that it never got plowed probably has something to do with that, but hey oh well.  I spent a lot of time last night confused and thinking it was Sunday, only to remember it was Thursday and only one day of work stood between me and the weekend.  So happy Friday!

The roommates, especially Adrienne, and I were starting to suffer from severe cabin fever yesterday, so after digging our cars out we went on a little shopping adventure.  We only had one thing on the list, and it only took two stops to find it.

Say hello to our new flat screen, 47 inch, LCD TV.  It was waaaay past time for an upgrade, since the previous TV had been around since our college days.  Plus we’re having a Super Bowl party, and we couldn’t very well expect people to watch the game in non HD.  So yeah, we splurged, and then spent the rest of the night admiring it.

Pumpkin’s vet appointment yesterday was frustrating.  Apparently someone didn’t go to the doctors with a full bladder, so they couldn’t get a sample.  They did however try to use an ultra sound machine to find her bladder, which she did NOT like at all.  I could hear her meowing from all the way downstairs in the waiting room.  They also left all the jelly they used on her belly, which I had to wipe off.  So now we have to go back tomorrow morning, and if she still doesn’t have a full enough bladder, I’ll have to leave her there for a few hours so they can get a sample.  Poor Pumpkin.

The weather this week really screwed up my training, and I’m hoping to get a run in today after work, unless some really fun plans come up instead.  I’m not too worried about it though, because I still have 9 weeks of training ahead of me, and it’s not like I’m starting from scratch here.  No real plans for the weekend yet, people have been hibernating in the cold weather.  Anyone else doing anything fun?

Snow Day!

Is there anything better than waking up in the morning, calling your employers emergency hot line and hearing “Due to a snow emergency all facilities are closed today”? Well at 6:20 this morning that was exactly what I was hoping to hear. Which is why I’m so late with this post today, I just pulled myself out of bed and cooked a delicious breakfast for the bf and I. He decided to take my advice and come last night, so now we have the whole day together!

Whenever it snows, I get the urge to cook comfort food, and last night was no exception. Also, I know this is one of the bf’s favorite meals. Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Not healthy, by any means, especially since we were out of milk and I may have used heavy cream in the mashed potatoes. Umm, oh well, don’t tell anyone else.

Anytime I make meatloaf, I use the same recipe from an ancient Campbell’s cookbook. I think this may have been one of the first cookbooks my mom ever had. It has a spiral binding, and the pages are all yellow, and I love it. It’s called A Campbell’s Cookbook Cooking with Soup.

Old Fashion Meat Loaf

  • 1 can cream of Tomato Soup
  • 2 lbs ground beef (98% extra lean in my case)
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly. SHape firmly into a loaf; place in shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven 1 1/4 hours. After it has cooked for an hour, you can garnish with cheese or tomato slices, obviously I opted for cheese and bake for 15 more minutes. The recipe says it makes 8 servings, but this fed 4, and there is one piece left. So yummy.

My plate (x2)

The rest of the night was spent on the couch with the bf, the Olympics, and a few glasses of wine. A perfect Thursday if you ask me. In honor of todays snow day, I decided to make breakfast, which I usually don’t do. We had omelette’s with spinach, onion, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Alex’s three egg omlette, already smothered in ketchup. He was patiently waiting to take a bite while I took pictures, and by patiently I mean sitting there staring at me telling me to hurry up that he was starving.

My 2 egg omlette, you can actually see the fillings in this one. For some reason breakfast like this never keeps me very full for long, and I am almost ready for lunch now. At least there are tons of leftovers in my fridge. I might have to venture out into the snow and trek across the street for some Starbucks. It is Friday after all. I hope everyone has a great day!