Life’s tests

As we near the end of the first month of the year, I figured now was a good time to do a check of the goals I made just a few weeks ago.  I came across a quote that was simple, yet fitting: “The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy (Angelina Jolie).”  I want to have a life I’m proud of and do not honestly feel like I have “committed to it like crazy.”  I guess this has come to a head recently.  Granted, I am making a more conscious effort to go the extra mile and follow through better…..but not on everything.  I pick the easy things…like my responsibilities at work.  Consequently, the personal vices and unhealthy habits are taking a back seat.  The cool part that keeps me going is that I know my self-confidence will soar, my overall well-being will be on a whole other level and I’ll be happier with myself.  I can’t help but smile thinking about that.  I get in these little ruts when my mind gets consumed with fixing what is bothering me.  Life’s too short for these choices.  If I made the same effort on my habits as I do my work, I’d be in a better place.  Well, reality check to me: it’s not impossible.  No more being in a funk….no more telling one of my closest friends “I’m fine” when it’s not the truth.  Many people have issues they’d rather do without but that is part of life.  We encounter challenges to test us and make us better. I’m determined to not only pass the test, but leave it in the dust when I’m done.

 “It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My Version of Chicken Tetrazzini


While doing errands on Saturday afternoon, I made a stop in Homeland (a small grocery store).  In wondering what to make for dinner (and I do this a lot…the wondering part), I remembered I had some chicken in the freezer.  What happens frequently is that I stop there….I mean, it’s chicken.  It’s not that hard to pair it with something.  Nevertheless, I pulled out my Blackberry and typed in one of my favorite meals, Chicken Tetrazzini.  I’m an intelligent person…surely I can handle this.  I grabbed the items the recipe called for and I made my way to the check out.  I had called my Mom when this idea first started swirling in my head.  I never heard back from her so I was on my own.  This is not usually a good thing. But, I persevered….in other words, I had all the ingredients and figured ‘what the hell.’  I got home and unloaded the groceries.  I kept my Blackberry close by so I could refer to the recipe often and easily. 


       First, I boiled the spaghetti…..


                    Next, I shredded/diced up the chicken (my version of “cubing”)

After the pasta was done cooking, I put in strainer and left in sink.  The next step was to mix 2 cans of  cream of chicken soup, water, and 2 cubes of chicken bouillon together until it boils.  I transferred the pasta to a glass pan and then added the chicken.  Lastly, I poured the soup concoction over the meat and noodles and finished by sprinkling cheddar cheese all over the top.  I set the oven to 350 and when it was ready to bake, I slipped the pan inside.  I have to say that by this time, no smoke alarms had gone off (yes, it’s been known to happen when I cook) and the meal in the oven looked downright  edible. 


                                      And we have the end product…..

 I may have to try this cooking thing more often…..


Welcoming 2012

I think it was 2011 when I said that I wasn’t going to make a list of resolutions.  I was just going to live my life and try to make good choices.  Well, that was a great attempt but lately I’m becoming more of a list person.  So, the following is a list of things I want to focus on in 2012 and beyond: 

  • Write more handwritten letters
  • Save more
  • Make smart financial decisions (see #2)
  • Monitor what I eat and work out more
  • Take better care of myself (goes with #4)
  • Get more organized at home and work
  • Be more self-confident
  • Devote more time to journal/blogging
  • Travel more even if just includes day trips
  • Lose old bad habits
  • Not put off things on my bucket list
  • Get involved in community projects