6 Nov

So….it’s been an interesting week. The “fun” started on Wednesday when I got a flat tire on the way home from work….in the rain….with no AAA…..with barely any battery left on my cell phone. I frantically called one of my friends who lives near the gas station I was stuck at  and she came right over and dialed AAA for me. While waiting on them, we went to The Melting Pot to get a glass on wine so that made the whole ordeal go a little smoother but in the back on my head I was thinking about the extra expenses such as a new tire or two that I would soon be dealing with. Oh. I didn’t mention how work screwed up my paycheck last week due to me changing jobs did I? Yeah, my official start date was 10/18 but human resources didn’t have it until 11/1 so the check I received on 11/1 was still my old rate and I have to wait for a separate check to come with the difference plus a few days missed pay.That’s supposed to be in my checking account on Monday. We can view our paychecks three days in advance online and it’s not showing up right now so I’m a bit skeptical about it being in there. All I know is I can’ really roll with less than $90 in my checking account for over a week. That being said, I will be living ghetto this next week. I am using any Groupon I have to get some free meals, coupons and will be cooking a bunch. I think I may have a free sub at Harris Teeter as well so that will be two free meals for me. It just sucks feeling like I can’t due anything due to lack of money, I hate that feeling so much. If only I didn’t have the little thing called rent or mortgage getting in my way each month. I would love to be able to live free from that for a year and save it so I can feel like I have a solid savings.

When I got home after the flat tire situation, I wanted pizza. And not homemade or Papa Johns, I wanted the authentic stuff. I’ve heard great things about Luigi’s Pizza, a NY style pizza joint throughout Charlotte. When I was in NYC this summer, I never got a slice of pizza so the time was finally right to try NY style pizza….even if I am in Charlotte. This place is right near me but I’ve never stopped there because any time I drive by it, I can’t see inside and that kinda skeeves me out. Feeling great from the wine, I went over to Luigi’s and ordered a small pepperoni pizza to go.

That is what I’m talking about!! When I opened the box I couldn’t believe that was a small pizza but I was loving what was in front of me. It was huge for just one person so there was guaranteed to last me throughout the week! My only gripe was that it was *eek* $14. I never pay that much for a pizza and don’t remember pizza being that much but I kept repeating to myself that I was supporting a local business and it would last more than one meal so that made me feel better. The pizza was absolutely wonderful cheesy yummy deliciousness. When I took a bite, it melted right in my mouth and the sauce was traditional but with more oregano than anything. It was just the right amount of grease but not swimming it in but visible and I had to fold it in half to eat most of it and that’s exactly what I was looking for. I added some grated parm onto my slices and kept singing “Me So Parmy” to “Me So Horny”. That was Wednesday and that’s still in my head.

The next night I met up with some friends at Loco Lime. I say I could eat Mexican any day of the week but I really was feeling sushi that night so was in a bit of a toss-up. Once the chips and salsa came, everything was right in the world. The $2.50 Dos Equis didn’t hurt either (I didn’t know they had an Amber? I loved it!) One of my friends ordered the guacamole and said it was the best in Charlotte. It was good but not as good as Vida, which was smoother and creamier. Regardless, if it has avocado and sour cream in it, I’m going to eat it. I’m equal opportunity like that. I got the combination plate of barbaqoa tostada and flautas but by the time it rolled around, I was a bit full. I had the tostado and some of the rice and beans and got the rest to go. The tostado was interesting–it was served with a hard boiled egg on top along with avocado slices. It was good, I just wasn’t expecting to see a hard boiled egg. The barbaqoa was delicious and tender and when I tried the flautas they were crispy and tasty as well.

My friend ordered the Tres Leches Cake for dessert and I didn’t want to be rude and not have a bite. It was so cute and so tasty! We somehow got to eating it with our arms intertwined. I remember thinking of the idea but don’t know what brought it about and thought it was the funniest thing in the world….again $2.50 beers.

The leftovers were super the day after

I tried to make chili last night but it was a huge fail. Until this past year, I’ve only made chili in the crockpot but lately by the time I want it, it’s too late to put it in the crock so I’ve just been making on the stovetop. One of my co-workers had a surplus of peppers and gave me a huge bag to take home with me so figured I could use the variety of the peppers in the chili

I was getting excited about the chili with the scent of all the different peppers. But then the evil can opener made an appearance. I will buy a can opener and it’s fine but then it turns racist whenever I want to open a can of black beans and won’t open it. Then from there, it won’t open anything—wtf?? Seeing I wanted to add beans, tomato paste and diced tomatoes, this was no bueno. I kept getting a small opening in the can then repeat about 10 or 11 times then forced open the top with a knife. I was a bit frustrated. I wasn’t even going to eat the chili that night but wanted to use the peppers before they went bad. I bought a new can opener today so let’s cross our fingers and hope it’s all about the love.

I don’t know if I didn’t add enough stock or the setting was high but it was not looking good by the time it was done. I wouldn’t call it so much as chili but as chili dip. I put some of it into small containers for this week but think I will be scooping it up with pita chips or something instead of eating it soup like.

I was up at 6A to go get my tires checked out and was back by 9A. It was around 40 something and it felt super wonderful. I love this season so much but feel like we aren’t really going to get a fall and will have a few nice days then jump right into winter. It was sunny out though which with my Florida mentality, think that whenever it’s sunny, it’s warm which I really need to stop that school of thought. I headed to Freedom Park to go for a run/walk on the greenway. I usually go walk around the lake at Freedom Park but wanted to check out the greenway there. The greenway goes along a little stream next to the hospital and has a gorgeous view of the skyline. I walked but got some running in there also but the thing I loved the most was no one was out. I maybe passed by 5 or 6 people which was a breath of fresh air since the greenway by my old apartment consisted mostly of people with their out of control minions. I will definitely be going back for a run or a nice stroll soon.

Feeling good after my cookie success last week, I picked up a box of Sun Maid Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Mix at the supermarket this morning. It was only $1.50 and I had no plans tonight so why not?


Mmmmmmm….chewy and delicious.

Besides that, work has been a killer. And I’m still in training so wtf?? The last four years, I was in a set process with my job and sad to say, really didn’t use my brain too often. I had a set process every day and my work was very redundant so I’m not used to thinking anymore much less using analytical skills. The position I took it going to be a lot more work and they are changing their current process so current and new associates are all learning something new. I am just curious on how we are going to manag the amount of work we are getting. I’ve heard the current team is overwhelmed so we are there to take some of the work off of their hands but our group is supposed to get another 15,000 accounts within the next few months. Multi tasking is one of my biggest strengths so I should be fine with it but still, I get worried. Good news is that I got all the vacation I requested off. I am taking Monday off since I had an extra day to use then time off for my birthday in December (going to NYC!), time around Chrismtas (going to FL) and for New Years Eve.

 Fall back!

15 Responses to “Fun”

  1. Chuck Bluestein November 7, 2010 at 1:29 am #

    Mexican food always looks so good and colorful. Did you know that peppers are fruits just like tomatoes. Peppers are very healthy for the cardiovascular system.

  2. thehungryscholar November 7, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    You rock.

    Anyway, I love going out for Mexican. Yum. I must go soon!

  3. Ashleigh November 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Sounds like the week was off to a rough start but ended much better with all that delicious looking food!

  4. Monique November 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    That’s a huge pizza!!! And also, you’re the second person who’s included a picture of Old Chub on your blog. haha what the heck?! I want to put that in my mouth (that’s what she said). I’m all about saying awkward things ❤

    • simplyshaka November 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

      Heheh, I love it. The Thats What She Said, not the Old Chub. I dont even know what Old Chub is but the name makes me laugh 🙂

  5. Kelly Olexa November 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    GIRL!!! That pizza looks OMG amazing. I’m sad because I’ve become so lactose intolerant that even one piece of pizza makes my tummy go OY VEY!! Then again, I’m talking about Giordano’s Pizza in Chicago which has about 17 pounds of cheese in one slice. Um. Ok.
    Also- who could ever complain about Mexican food…EVER??

    • simplyshaka November 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

      Oh No LI??? Thats horrible, I think ice cream and pizza would be the thing I would miss most. On another note, I am so hitting up that pizza place the next time I’m in Chicago!!

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 8, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    Leftover Mexican food is the best. I’m not sure if it’s the blending of the flavors or just the fact that it’s awesome. I don’t think, I just eat…

    Wtf with the paycheck thing? I always hate how it seems the payroll department makes everything so difficult when it really doesn’t have to be.

  7. Jen November 8, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Yummm…that pizza looks incredible!!! Mexican food always tastes better the next day for some reason! Bummer on your paycheck, I hope it’s resolved soon 😦


  8. erica @ fashionmeetsfood November 8, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    That pizza looks amazing! I always think mexican food taste so much better the next day.


  9. christina November 8, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    shit. that pizza looks so good. and my best friend and i have a picture of our arms intertwined giving each other champagne! so fun

  10. Mo Diva November 8, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Thank goodness for them groupons!
    Im so sorry we didnt get to bring you some ny pizzza but that will change when you come in december! there is a DOPE pizzeria by Maris house (and mine) called Dani’s.
    Sucks about your flat tire and your paycheck! f*ckers!
    hope everything brightens up for you my dear! xoxox

    • simplyshaka November 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

      I hope you are making a list of all the places we have to hit up this time around!

  11. Diana@mymarblerye November 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Ok that work paycheck thing would’ve freaked me’ out too!! Jelly of that pizza. I can eat pizza daily! Hope this week will go well for you and I can’t believe you’re going to NYC again!!!


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