because it's monday

Because It’s Monday…


…I have to mention the craziness that’s been happening in Nashville.  There is a gas pipeline leak in Alabama, which is only one of the ways that gas is transported to Nashville.  The governor had to use his executive power to declare a state of emergency.  In doing so, that made it so there could be more trucks carrying fuel on the road and truckers could work overtime to deliver the fuel; that way Nashville gas stations would still have fuel while the pipeline gets repaired.

The news broadcasted that there was going to be a gas shortage and it caused everyone to panic.  Starting Friday night people just went crazy.  They started taking all their cars and dozens of gas canisters to the stores to fill up.  It caused all these gas stations to run of out gas, there were cars lined up waiting outside for hours to get gas, and gas stations changed pricing from $1.89 to $3.99.  One gas station owner did an interview saying a delivery of gas that would normally last 3 days, lasted 5 hours.

Now the news, the mayor, TEMA are all saying not to panic.  There is plenty of gas.  There is no shortage, it’s just all being trucked in instead of being supplied by the pipeline.

…you should know that I’m obsessed with The Great British Bakeoff.  I look forward to the show every week.  I’m so bummed!  It’s been bought by another network and now Mel & Sue are saying they probably won’t return for the next season.  The show has made me want to bake.  The last couple of Sundays, I’ve been making homemade bread.  It’s so much fun.  I can’t wait to try a Yorkshire Pudding when the weather gets cold.  I think I want to try a chili one.

…that means I get to head into work this morning.  I work in the wireless industry, which means I get to deal with all you crazy people that are  obsessed with iPhones.

…I figured I should do a checkup on one of my birthday goals to stop visiting gossip sites.  It’s been 19 days and I have not visited one.  I didn’t even know that Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston had broken up until several days after it happened.  I find myself starting to type in the addresses to visit the sites all the time.  But I catch myself when it doesn’t autofill because I cleared out my history and cache.

…I just wanted to make a public service announcement.  I’m in the middle of watching Power and one of my co-workers spoiled it for me the other day.  Seriously who just blurts out the ending of movies or shows that have just aired?!?

…I figured you might need some music to get you through the day.  I’m currently obsessed with Jazmine Sullivan’s Brand New.

How is your Monday going?

Meal Planning

Weekly Meal Plan #9

Weekly Meal Plan

This week brings in the first week of Fall.  I love cooler weather cooking, but Nashville has decided it should be in the 90s for the whole week so fall cooking will have to wait.  During the warmer months, I always have salads for lunch during the work week.  I can’t wait for some sandwiches and soup.

Saturday Lunch
Fish sandwiches with chips

Saturday Dinner
Grilled BBQ Monterey chicken with grilled asparagus

Sunday Lunch
Homemade burgers with chips

Sunday Dinner
Meatballs with sauce and mozzarella with homemade Italian herb bread

Marinated grilled shrimp with grilled corn on the cob

Taco Tuesday!  I love doing ground beef taco meat on soft flour tortillas with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and guac.

Pan seared pork chops with mashed potato patties (mashed potatoes mixed with shallots, cheddar sauce, and garlic cooked like a pancake)

Baked salmon in a lemon-garlic sauce with roasted potatoes

Night out

bookshelf link up

August Reads

Yay!  It’s time for my favorite linkup!  I only had two books that I read in August, but they were both winners!

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.  This is the second book in the Red Queen series.  As a said last month, I haven’t really found a YA fantasy-type series that I could get into.  It has similarities to other novels (fractured society, reconstruction after a great war, people with different talents),  but the story, the plot twists, and just the overall writing were so much better than some of the other novels that are trying to be the next Twilight and Hunger Games.

I was really nervous going into the second book because what if the first was just a fluke?!?!  But it wasn’t.  The second book was just as good to me as the first.  If you’ve liked any book like Hunger Games, Divergent, The Selection…add this to your reading list!

Tempting Fate by Jane Green.  Sometimes you just need a feel-good novel, and that’s what this is.  It’s a story about a woman who is going through a mid-life crisis.  The novel title pretty much gives the ending away, but you know what’s going to happen in this book from the moment it starts, just like you know what’s going to happen anytime you watch a Jennifer Aniston or Kate Hudson movie.   So if you want a novel that is easy reading and enjoyable, this is a great pick!
Life According to Steph

seriously now


My heart is just so heavy today.  I still remember all the news reports from that day.  How it started off with everyone saying a terrible accident had happened to the North Tower.  Then the second plane hit.  For a handful of seconds reporters asked could there be a problem with air traffic control?  What would cause these planes to malfunction in such a horrible way?  What could possibly be the odds of two planes hitting The Towers? The realization…

The people falling out of the building when it’s either jump or succumb to smoke and fire.

The Pentagon.

The collapsing of the towers.

The people running from the dust in the streets blocks from the towers.

The report of United 93.

All flights stopped for days.

I try not to really watch too many documentaries about 9/11.  It’s too easy for me to get emotional about it.  But I think it’s so important reflect on that time.  To remember what a tough job President Bush had.  To remember all the lives lost.  To remember how afterwards, everyone flew their American flags.

To the greatest city in the world, New York, I love you.