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My very important berry picking mission!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ok, so I didn't actually pick any berries....this is my new euphemism for going on my outings from the house.
The thought crossed my mind last night while watching The Walking Dead (after my medication kicked in!), lol, if there are any TWD fans reading this, you will understand....they had to leave the safety of the prison to go pick berries on last nights episode.
At first I could not figure out why they were out picking berries and I told my beau, "That's one important berry picking mission!" Then I thought about my trip today going for another interview....and well, it makes sense in my head, lol!

I didn't find any berries, since its late October here in northern Illinois....but I did see a lot of stuff while I was walking.
I saw a little tiny snake that I didn't get a picture of because I was so surprised that he was out because it was pretty cold out!

Here's a few things that I did get pictures of....

The duck poo parade. (The Canada Geese have arrived in force for the winter months, the poop on the sidewalks is like walking through a minefield)

A pretty tree at the end of our driveway.

And a picture of my gorgeous grandbaby at the punkin patch! She is in Kentucky with my daughter so I didn't take this pic, but I couldn't help sharing!

I got in right at 5 miles total. 2 miles to the bus, a mile each to and from the place that I interviewed at, then a mile home from the bus. I am pretty worn out. I am surprised how slow I walked today, especially the last mile home...it took me 40 minutes to walk that last mile.

The interview went well and THIS guy seemed to understand that I do not have a car right now and that location is very important in regards to public transportation. The employment agency that called me offered me a part time temporary assignment that was 2.5 hours each way by public trans. I told the man that interviewed me that I don't mind the bus or train, and I want to work, but 5 hours of commuting with numerous bus transfers would not even pay for the bus fare, its 1.75 for the bus, 2.00 for the bus with one transfer. Start adding in multiple transfers and it gets pricey very quick. If it was full time, it would be a different story.
He was very understanding that while I have a big area that I can reasonably commute to, there are other areas that public trans just won't work.
On the way home I missed the 3:11 bus coming out of my interview....by less than 3 minutes.
I finished up and left the interview at about 2:47 and busted my behind to walk the mile to the bus stop. My beau texted me and I called him and told him (breathlessly) that it went ok and that I was hurrying to the bus stop, that I wasn't gonna make it... but maybe I would... but I didn't think so...oh wait only a half a block to go! Right then, the bus blew by me, stopped at the stop that was too far for me to run and took off.

I gave up my hurrying since I had to wait for an hour for the next bus, thankfully, it was cold and windy out today! /sarcasm
I told my beau that I missed it and I was detouring to find something to eat. I spotted a Mexican place in the strip mall and headed for it but spotted a sushi place just before it that had their menu posted in the window and decided on that instead.
I had a tuna roll and an order of chicken dumplings. The tuna roll was rolled very well, I hate when they fall apart when you try to pick them up, but it was pretty tasteless. It was ok though because I like the taste of the nori. The dumplings were very good, but they were deep fried instead of steamed.
With all the walking today I am still good on my calories.

Tonight for dinner we had musgos...a.k.a. leftovers, my grandma always called them musgos, because everything in the fridge 'must go'
My beau and I had ramen noodles with leftover pork and fresh mixed in it.
I know, ramen noodles are the devil, but I never eat just that, I always put a protein and veggie in it. And I don't drink the broth so I cut a lot of the sodium that way.

I felt bad, but I have been going a bit stir crazy being cooped up in the house, and I diverted a little cash out of the car fund to go to the pumpkin patch over the weekend. It wasn't too bad, I spent about 40 dollars and my beau and I went on a hay ride, and went through a haunted house, got a HUGE pumpkin and a home made pumpkin pie.
My beau would live on pumpkin pie throughout the entire winter if I let him.
My nephew was all gung ho for the haunted house and then once we were in there, he quickly changed his mind, hehe! Normally, I don't like them, because I don't like being touched or grabbed, and I am afraid I will trip and fall in the dark, but this one was geared more towards a younger crowd. The glow in the dark paint was REALLY good in there!
I am going to get my pumpkin carved up tomorrow evening I think.

Oh! I also talked with my sister about using some freezer space for veggie ends so I can start making home made broth again and she said go for it. It was something that I stopped doing since we moved in here because I have a complex about always feeling like I am in the way, and feeling especially bad because I haven't been able to contribute much to the bills. My beau and I spend about 400 a month towards food and I make sure the house is clean every day when they get home from work. I usually have dinner made as well since I am here all day.
I just don't want to upset my sister and her hubby the way the room mates did to me and my beau when we had our own place. (THOSE made some lovely blogs I tell ya!)

I think I will be off to bed now, everything from my ribs down is mad at me!
Take care and love yourself!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Love watching the geese this time of year. I've been doing most of my workouts indoors these days...your blog reminds me how lovely the outdoors can be for walking. Plus I have Nordic Poles to mix it up a bit.

    1507 days ago
    Trusting that the perfect job will come through for you soon. emoticon
    1508 days ago
    Those ramen noodles sound really nice. I like Singapore rice noodles as a n occasional treat. You must be exhausted after all that walking. Hope you have good luck with the job hunting. It's hard sharing accommodation with anybody even family, sometimes it can feel like walking on eggshells. emoticon
    1508 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I really enjoyed your blog today. Ramen noodles: you could also use a bit less of the packet of mix. Traveling in the great outdoors when it is cold is a challenge. Sounds like you make it nice for when they come home to clean house and dinner. I would like that!
    1508 days ago
  • BILL60
    Good luck on the interview.
    1508 days ago
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