Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Green Pan

From the title you will guess this is going to be a thrilling tale...

For the longest time I had been trudging along in my kitchen with a mismatched collection of hand me down pots and pans. After sitting through a particularly thrilling presentation at the home and garden show on the evils of aluminum I got it in my head that it was time to make a change.

Soon after I happened upon a beautiful set of Rachel Ray cookware at my local Ross, and in a moment similar to the end of Gone with the Wind, I clutched the giant box in my arms and never looked back.

The thing about having a huge set of pans is that people are always borrowing them; and as luck would have it, my best friend had just moved in next door.

So out went my little green pan.

Time went by and I started to miss it, so when I came across the very same set in a different color, I rationalized the purchase as a replacement.

In the end I tried to give the set to my new neighbor as a gift, and after noting that she didn't need the whole set, mentioned that she'd just take one pan and leave me with the rest.

As luck would have it, she took the very same pan that she had taken before, again screwing me out of my medium sized pan. You know, the one you need to make eggs, bacon, quesadillas, pancakes, and every other thing you would use a medium sized pan for.

So I went a little overboard...
I scoured the shelves of the kitchen department at Ross... Always searching for my little green pan. Eventually I decided I had had enough and thought surely I could just find a new one online.

So after searching endlessly on Amazon, I finally found it. It was only $20 and I knew it was the one I had been searching for.

So I was surprised to find a box on my doorstep three days later that did not contain my little green pan, but instead, the biggest, most ridiculously oversized wok on a stick I had ever seen. It turns out that I can't read, and measurements never have been my strongpoint, since I ended up with a 18-25 in (I have no idea, it's huge) pan.

Anyways, that monster had been sitting in the cupboard collecting dust until just the other day, when I was attempting to make Pad Thai for the first time.

As I was reading the directions on the package, I thought to myself, "I wish I had a wok".

Then I remembered, I have a big green one on a stick.

Round Two

Ok, now that I see that this is an ok solution, I will try to do my best to get back in the game. But anyone who finds any typos will just have to keep it to themselves.

It's really funny to be surrounded by technology all the time and to realize that I don't really spend too much time with my own computer at home anymore. The one we have hooked up at home has such a wonderfully high resolution set on it that I actually need glasses to read it.
We tried scaling it down a bit but in the end it was either giant icons and reduced screen space, or micro-print and a loss of interest.
I really do just about everything from the phone so it seemed like a huge pain not to be able to post from here too.
Anyways, quarterly update...
We are three days out from the end of the year, the yearbook is done and in student hands, all of the major presentations and celebrations have gone by, and all I have left is grading, the building celebration, picking my raspberries and heading out the door to see my family.
The house is coming along, with the next major undertakings being a new fence, windows, carpet upstairs, and perhaps insulation here and there.
And painting the deck, knocking out a few walls, more painting and finally burning it down when we are tired of working on it.
And as usual, when I say "we", it means any able bodied person besides myself. I just trim the hedges and alert others to the presence of flying bugs that need killing. I'm not much help past that.
Speaking of unwanted visitor, we had a snake in the house the other day...
It was a little thing, bout the size of a pencil, and I definitely handled it better than I would have expected, though I am not looking forward to any others.

In other news, very excited that I will be seeing Circus Soleil tomorrow afternoon. It's been on my list for a long time. So I hope it's a lot of fun, though that is definitely what I have heard from all the kids in my class who have been talking about it all week.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Trying to find a simple way...

I have been looking for an easy way to post images to here from my phone and have been less than excited about doing all of my writing with my thumbs. But we will see how it goes.