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My latest

Since I have been between jobs, training for a new one to do at home, still interviewing for something more permanent. I finally got an interview for a great job as well as an awesome one that has to use my degree background. The great job, I got… the awesome one, still no word. 🤔

So while I wait on the start date of the great job, and waiting on some word as promised by the awesome one, I have been crocheting 🧶.

The 1st one was coming out so beautiful I had to make one for myself in colors I love. I followed a YouTube video to make… Grandma’s German Shells Blanket

My husband kept telling me I needed to make his mom a headband thingy to keep her ears warm, especially at work, since she gets cold easily. So I whipped this one out, one of the stitches was a real pain for me since my hook kept getting snagged on the yarn. But all in all it came out very pretty.

Thanks to my daughter who brought such a delightful sickness into our lives, of course she had it during her spring break and incubated it and then gave it to me and the hubby at the end of that week and all of last week, and we are still sick now. 😧. We have been trying to keep out of public and such.

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Our Homemade Pizza

We have now decided, after making it a few times (like 5 in the last month and a half), that homemade pizza is best!

So good that I didn’t get pics of when they were finished….except when my daughter decided to make a stromboli this last time.

My hubby likes pepperoni (sausage give him heartburn) and the kids and I like sausage (pepperoni give me heartburn). We use breakfast sausage, jimmy dean type, and the sauce we use is Prego (I grew up using and still use).

I brown all meats, except for the pepperoni, and for me I sauté an onion in alittle butter, to top mine.

We use pilsbury pizza dough, we have even used Walmart’s brand too. I pop the container and put the dough on a silicone mat, rolling it out to desired thickness. I like a thicker crust while the hubby likes a very thin and crispy crust. We brush a thin layer of olive oil and prebake it….my son 10 minutes, my daughter and me 12-13 minutes and my husband until almost burnt (a joke in our house….he likes it very crispy!)

Then after prebaking, we let it cool about 10 minutes, that way the sauce doesn’t make the crust soggy. After that we assemble as we wish, I make everyone do their own so Im not to blame about too much or not enough toppings. And then bake atleast 10 more minutes, depending on the person.

This is my hubby’s after final bake, my opinion its burnt.

My daughter decided last time to make stomboli, no prebaking. She said it was great!

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Orzotto with Peas

We had what we call ‘whatever night’ at our house tonight. I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile but half my family doesn’t share the love of peas. I made this with adding shrimp sautéed in garlic butter and cut them up in little pieces.

Its very tasty.

Here is the recipe …

Orzotto with Peas

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Stressed out

Since I moved here to Tx I have been trying to find stable employment, especially that is more in my field. I have been working from my home and despite many of advantages there have been more detrimental cons to them/it. I just cannot work for a company who has bad values and does not follow through fully.

For example, a client I worked with had military discount, but to ONLY things at the store on the shelf currently …. anything that had to be ordered in any capacity would not qualify. For one, their major competitor gave it to their customers no matter as long as you shop with their store in some capacity; and two our military does not get paid what they are worth and they have sacrificed their lives as well as their families have as well….. and you can’t extend that discount to anything and everything you sell no matter how you do so?

(And just to let you know if you didn’t know already… I am an Army brat and now Army wife twice! I have spent, with the exception of about 2 years or so, all of my life associated with the military! I have dealt with my family being split for many months to years apart!)

I have, apparently, been pigeon holed into a specific type of employment and cannot seem to get, due not being experienced, a job that will be complementary by my Bachelors degree. And the caveat to that is how am I to get experience when I can’t get a job?

I just had another interview today, which is in another town just about or alittle over an hour away. And yep yet again it was not a fair for either of us. I put on the ‘application’, right before the interview to the question, ‘What do expect from us?’ 1st honesty, 2nd consistency, and 3rd decent pay.

Well to start, I don’t think they were honest when posting the job for customer service….it was about events, standing in high traffic areas raising money or making their cause/business known.

Uhm thats not the definition of a customer service job. And then we discussed both the consistency and pay…..the ‘events’ could be 2-6 hours, maybe 4-6 a week and depending on how much raised is how much you make. I don’t see any consistency in hours or pay and I am not going to stand somewhere, supposedly getting paid, for $30 (on average for the event).

And this is not the 1st time going on interviews that there was some kind of miscommunication and I drove all this time, spent money on gas and a snack or lunch….that I really don’t have to be doing and I could have had something at home.

And the worst part, I have applied with several, over 6, different staffing agencies! One agency sent me on two interviews …. one I think I was turned down due to my religion…. since they were a christian college they could get away with it. But I still think it’s wrong.

I am almost feeling that the jobs I am qualified for and want that I may be in the category of ageism may be why I am not getting hired….

So with all that being said, I really aggravated in the fact of finding a job of some kind has gotten me so anxious and depressed more so than I already am, which is not helping my health.

Good luck to those in similar situations.

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Decided

After many discussions with doctors, my hubby and friends who are medical professionals (having knowledge both medical and personal about this disease) and lastly….gaining about 15 lbs in the last 3 months or so, I have made a decision. Gaining weight due to avoiding the foods that are supposed to keep flares from happening but are helpful in keeping or losing weight. Im done!

The two visits with the surgeon were disappointing….my GI and many other doctors agree surgery would benefit my life, all the surgeon talks about is the 1-3% of failure of the surgery. He is like obsessed and won’t shut up about it.

I was also diagnosed with fatty liver disease (thanks to being somewhat overweight) and arthritis….all which having weight issues is a major problem. Oh and my sleeping issues, I am now on a CPAP machine….which is helping but I am depressed, anxious and freaking tired as all get out.

I declared to my hubby I am going to eat to good foods, which may cause another flare but I will be able to finally get a different surgeon (mine is getting deployed) and get the surgery and be happier in the long run!

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Disease maintenance with food.

I went for a surgical consult last week about removing the part of intestine that is infected by the diverticulitis. The surgeon 😷 didn’t seem like he was too willing for doing the procedure, reason being I have only had 2 flares in 2 months….granted all doctors I have previously seen (GI and all the ones in the ER) all agree surgery would be a great idea so I don’t suffer all the symptoms I do. He also was not happy about the fact I had been on antibiotics a week prior and was still having tenderness. He decided to put me back on antibiotics and put me on the surgery schedule tentatively in March. So I have decided to do more homemade dinners especially.

Friday I made a very mild red beans and rice, hubby added salsa chips. I made this from dried beans in my multi pot, adding in sautéed onions, carrots, bell pepper, celery and mushrooms, along with ham hocks, spice mix we like and water to cover.

Saturday I then made pork tacos. I took a picnic pork roast and put it in my multi pot to make it shredable. It was falling apart by the time I was done. Adding in the onion, carrot, celery and our goto spices and of course some water.

Sunday I made spaghetti 🍝 and meatballs, homemade meatballs. These meatballs were very tender and moist. I chopped up 2 pieces of white bread and added milk to moisten. I then added 2 eggs, chopped onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms. Then of course added hamburger meat and lastly 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Mixed the mixture and made into balls and then cooked in the oven. I removed them from the grease that was left over and cooled completely. Then while the pasta was cooking I made the sauce and warmed the meatballs in it. Adding the pasta to complete and a side of garlic bread.

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Invisible Diseases

So the last few months Ive been suffering from a set of new ailments. Not starting the year well so far.

I had to go to the doctor thinking I had a bladder infection. The doctor called me the next day and told me to go the ER. So the 1st of November I was later admitted to the hospital. After an ultrasound, cat scan and x-rays it was found I am suffering from diverticulitis. After a few days in the hospital, antibiotics in and to take home. Was doing ok afterwards.

I went and had a colonoscopy last week, Friday. They found the diverticulitis all almost together along with polyps which they removed. For the diverticulitis a suggestion of surgically removal of the intestines affected. And then ended up in the ER the same night due to migraines and vomiting, all due to dehydration from the prep for the colonoscopy. Ive been having a very up and down time since the procedure.

Then yesterday I felt like I was having a bladder infection again, and then today the pain was so much worse!! I couldn’t take it anymore I called my doctor and there were no appointments available. I had to go to the ER. They were worried that since it was so soon since my last episode and since I was not well soon after the colonoscopy. They were worried that there could have been perforations because of the colonoscopy or an abscess, had to see via a cat scan. Found that it was just my diverticulitis having another bout. More antibiotics, pain meds, clear diet for a day or two and a surgical consult coming.

I found out that my grandmother (my fathers mother) and my dad suffered/suffer from it. Reading about it in older articles it says that it isn’t genetic, but reading newer ones it seems like it actually maybe.

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Our Traditions

Reading another fellow bloggers blog, I thought I would put my 2 cents in.

Depending if we are staying home, going to my parents house or going to my in-laws house is how we celebrate.

To start with my family, to start we are white and practiced basically how my father was brought up. Our traditions always had my friends in awe. My parents were not holiday decorators other than stockings on the mantle, if we had one, and a tree. We didn’t get and put up the tree until Christmas eve and didn’t decorate it until after dinner, and lastly the child (I was an only child) got to open 1 present picked by an adult. We then would get up on Christmas day, only at a decent hour, had to atleast get dressed, brushed teeth and hair. Then we had one person passing each person a present to open one at a time. It took some time on some Christmas’. Then we would have a light breakfast and turkey and all the trimmings around 1-2pm.

My husbands family, being Mexican have more very different traditions. His mother cooks all day Christmas eve, even preparing the day before. Later in the day we get dressed up, around 2pm or so, and all family that can comes over. We have lunch, talk, play games and at dinner we have the meal she has been slaving over all day. We continue talking and such until midnight, at that time we wish everyone well and merry Christmas with hugs all around. We then open presents, differently every time, this year I was picked to go first and open all my presents from everyone and so on. We then talk for alittle more and then say our goodbyes and go to bed. On Christmas day lately my brother in-law, who is younger than my husband, takes the family out for a movie, this year it was Spiderverse. A few years ago it was the last Star Wars movie.

When my hubby and I are home, with/without my kids, they do every other year with their father, we decorate our house the first weekend in December, in and out but no tree due to fuzz butts. On Yule, the 21st, we give a gift to enjoy. On Christmas day we wake up to enjoy gifts after I get the turkey in the oven. Around 2pm we eat and then I deal with clean up with hubbys help. The next few days we enjoy turkey sandwiches, turkey tacos, turkey tamales, etc.

Granted we have not had many Christmas’ together since my husband serves in the military and has been out of country many times, but this is our family and our traditions.

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Valentines soap…

Alittle while ago, December 17th to be exact I made what I was calling ChocoBerry soap. To be ready, ok I didn’t calculate the times that great….Im new to making soap, but anyway to be ready for valentine’s day.

I scented it with chocolate covered strawberry scent, via Natures Garden fragrance oil. Well I went, apparently, light handed on the scent.

This was the day after making, unmolded and was disappointed. No scent and it was yellow and red instead of brown and red like a strawberry with chocolate on it.

Later, it has turned the colors I wanted but again no scent.

They are even darker now! I wish I had a picture but Im not where I can get a snip.

Anyway they are luxurious anyway from all the oils used, just not scented as I want. 🤷‍♀️ Live and learn.

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Aids in healing….

Yesterday I made a batch of Baby Soft/Sensitive soap.

I unmolded and cut it today. Looks nice!

In the olive oil, I infused calendula, comfrey and chamomile; those aid in healing the skin. I use the calendula and comfrey in my homemade Neosporin and it helps in healing wonderfully!

My next soap, for valentines is going to be made with this!

My Valentines inspired soap, I may call it ChocoBerry. 🤔

Im thinking I should make the middle red and all around brown, just like a chocolate covered berry!