Lean Cuisine Complaint

I am SO tired of opening up my Lean Cuisines and finding this on the inside of the boxes:

This is the THIRD time I’ve contacted Lean Cuisine regarding. This has happened twice before. I take my lunches to work. At lunch time, I’m hungry. In to the breakroom I travel to unpack my Lena Cuisine Lasagna lunch and there is food outside of the container, on the sides and all over the inside of the box. Today it was a nice mess of frozen cheese and sauce that fell on the floor and junked up my hands. My eyes about rolled out of my head, as this wasn’t the first time, and it couldn’t have happened on a worse day. The last two times, they sent me coupons to replace my meal, which I am thankful for. Right now, though, as I am headachy, starving and consuming a possibly tainted meal, the idea of having it replaced by yet another free and possibly tainted mess of a meal doesn’t really do it for me, to be honest. The last two times I ditched the food, today I’m starving and willing to take the risk. I’m also about done purchasing from such a sloppy manufacturer.

Breakfast Delicioso

I woke up early today. Not on purpose, either. Normally I squeeze every little second out of sleepy time. I think my electronics have a mind of their own, though, and even though I tell them not to “leap ahead” or “fall back” for DST, they do. And at random times.

Like last week, waking me up an hour earlier. And this week, waking me up an hour earlier. This morning it was 6am. See, I set my television to The Weather Channel every morning for my alarm. I’m not entirely sure why, or how that started. I might have set it to music television years ago, but that’s when they actually played music on those channels, instead of reality shows. It was hit or miss what song would come on, and sometimes they would be eerie or sad and it wasn’t quite the morning wake up I was looking for. Not… that weather is, but at least it sounds like morning time to me. Again, hearing words like “tornado” or “massive storms” isn’t necessarily the make for a first-morning encounter, but it is what it is.

At any rate, the alarm (set for 7am) woke me at 6am. I crawled out of bed at 6:20, cursing in my head. Looked at the clock, and then began a string of more violent curses. I played the barter game, do I stay up? Do I go to sleep again and reset my alarm? Wait, I have to go to the bathroom… will I be able to go back to sleep? Then I remembered the curlers in my hair. That was after the split second of thinking I might get up and workout. Haha! It was a serious thought. But I wasn’t about to redo my hair. I found a middle ground and decided to get up, have a morning of quiet leisure (since I knew nobody would be getting up on spring break at this time). I made an omelet, coffee, and heated up some pancakes from yesterday.

I realize that is a horrible picture. But all I had was my camera phone in dim lighting. Too lazy to do a awe-inspiring hookup of my food this morning. Mmm. I topped it with homemade yogurt and blueberries, the pancakes that is. The omelet is provolone, tomato and ham.Was a deliciously top-heavy morning (big breakfast). No need to lug my coffee mug or lunch to work, I think I’ll have a light snack there if I need to.

Now I am off to work. Have a great day!

December (rarely) Daily


You know you’re in for a long day when you are last-minute throwing your work bag together, getting a coffee, giving the kids the “one minute” warning, and you reach into your purse…

and the keys are gone.

They’re not in the purse, not on the bookshelf, not on the file cabinet. Not anywhere they should be.

After looking high and low, I called the last person to have driven the car (Frank) and he said they were on the shelf. By this time I’m sweating a cold sweat, the kids are late for school, I’m late for work. I told the boys to get out to the bus, since I had no clue how we were getting anywhere (not to mention I felt a fit coming on). They went out to the bus stop. I had a second or two of indulgent sobs, then reluctantly fished out a couple dollars for my own bus ride.

I was not prepared to go metro. I hadn’t even looked into a mirror. I had to grab my backpack and leave my purse, carry my coffee and slink down to the bus stop on the opposite side of the street as my boys. One just looked at me, the other looked and then looked away. Awkward written all over his face. Their bus came. Mine, delayed.

I have no problem taking the metro. I wish it were cheaper. But, I was not ready. Not prepared. I didn’t even remember the bus I was to transfer to.

And how much is bus fare? Two dollars? More? Naturally, I had forgotten my phone in my purse at home, so I couldn’t send angry texts to my husband’s work email (lucky dog).

My ride went smoothly, but not comfortably. I kept having the feeling I was still in my slippers or pajama pants. Unprepared, that’s what it was.

The ride home felt similar, but at least I knew what I was getting into. I let myself fume a little too much, though. Especially when I found out that my husband, who was at work, had the keys in his pocket the whole time.

December Daily 0 Day 13/14

Today was a shopping day.

I dropped the kids off at school and began my rounds.

Bath & Body Works.
World Market.

The problem is, along with shopping for other people, I found myself picking up little things for myself. Nothing big, a soup mix here, a shirt there (more than a shirt at Goodwill, but hey)… lotion, and this:

I had been shopping for hours and didn’t even realize it. Marshall’s has all kinds of stuff, and this here caught my eye. I figured if I could make it home without stopping for food, the mug could be my gift.

I made it. It was not easy. 2pm and I hadn’t eaten since the morning, I was ready for some food. I chomped on some ginger licorice, drank my water, and pondered on what I could eat when I got home. I knew the dog would be flipping out excited to see me, since I’d been gone so long. I also knew I had an enormous amount of stuff to take in the house, primarily from my grocery shopping at Costco.

I was so hungry I dug into the freezer and pulled out a Lean Pocket Pretzel thing.

It suited me fine. I’d rather not think so much about it and just have something that’s not going to wreck my calorie intake. It worked. A banana and half an orange rounded it out. And, my lovely mug full of fresh coffee. What a treat.

December Dailies 8-9-10

I should have just named this month “December Wrestling Blog” because that is what it is turning out to be. Yesterday was high-school wrestling, today is a high-school wrestling tournament, and tomorrow is youth wrestling.

Tonight, though, is also Bookclub Dinner Out night, which I am very much looking forward to. Every time we meet, we put dues of $2.32 in our “can” and we are finally breaking into that puppy and putting it to good use. Though I will be at the tournament all day, I will meet up with the ladies for drinks and dinner and hopefully some karaoke after. Hooray.

I’ll just have to keep it on my mind that I need to get up early the next morning and drive 45 minutes to a tournament.

This morning I woke up at 6am and took Bowzer for a walk, anticipating a long day and the need to immediately perk up my brain. It was cold, but once I trudged up the hill I warmed up immensely. My thighs, though, were feeling the numb/fire of the wind whipping against them in my pajama bottoms (yes, I went there with myself). In fact, an hour later and they are still thawing out.

December Daily – Day 6

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to work I go. The stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is both long and short at the same time. I feel like I should be off the entire month, baking, shopping, going for long walks at night with Christmas lights keeping the path bright.

I’ve not baked, shopping has been online (and sparse) and the Christmas lights aren’t up much around here. It doesn’t feel much like Christmastime when there’s not a speck of snow on the ground. Looking out the window you wouldn’t know if it were heading into spring or winter. This is not an issue for some of you because you don’t get snow. For me, it is essential for winter picnics, sledding, snowballs and the entire ambiance of winter.

I feel confused, not in the “spirit” of things. Not ready. But, snow or no snow, it comes and the mood is in the air. The boys are all older and want money and more practical things for Christmas (which is helpful). They know our money situation isn’t the greatest, and have asked for pretty simple gifts, if none at all. ‘Makes my heart feel funny and confused.

December Daily – Day 5

Monday. Sluggy Monday. I feel as if I got very little accomplished.  But I did. I just never get enough accomplished. I need a week off to simply work around the house. Cleaning. Cooking. Fixing. Crying…

Today is the day that I work from home. So, at least I did get accomplished work-wise what I wanted and needed to. I also got a load of laundry washed and made dinner (super simple), and boiled noodles for spaghetti for a dinner in the next couple days (planning ahead).

Tonight we had sausage gravy and biscuits.

Sausage gravy – easiest thing to make.

1 sausage roll
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
salt, pepper to taste

Heat sausage in a skillet until cooked, breaking up pieces into crumbles. Add flour, slowly add milk until bubbly and thick. Remove; enjoy. I added some red pepper to mine. I also made mine ahead and slapped it in the crockpot for a couple hours until the kids were home from practice. They all ate it. I made eggs and a salad on the side and ate mine on a piece of toast instead of a biscuit (saving calories). Hearty, yummy meal. And pretty cheap, since I got both of my sausages free with a coupon that was on a different package of sausage.

They still have a coupon up, if you’re looking for one: