Operation Triple R

19 Dec

So, my weekend started off with a stake out. Not a fun boy-stalking stake out as I had hoped nor was it filled with coffee, cigarettes and discussion about life however it was my friends stake out and I just was there as the getaway car. She had a psycho woman follow her into the YMCA parking lot last weekend after a little traffic dispute then the woman blocked in her car, harassed and I believe threatened her. She wanted to get the womans license plate number just in case anything further happened. My friend asked if I wanted to tag along and of course I said yes!  The fact that she had an awesome name for the stakeout-Operation Triple R (Redneck Road Rage) may have swayed my vote a little as well. I wake up early on the weekend so I don’t mess up my sleep schedule too much and am always looking for something to do when nothing seems to be going on. We went to Dunkin Donuts, got some coffee and three munchkins for me (which the boy gave me for free–thanks DD boy!) and went to the YMCA to stake out. Originally, I had the idea of getting out of the car and hanging out in disguises in front of the Y. I wanted to dress up as a homeless person sitting outside the Y with a change jar and hidden walkie talkie. But she shot that idea down and said it wasn’t necessary-boo. So, we waited….and waited…..and waited.

We even had a canine friend in attendance

Yes, that would be Lincoln in my friends purse. Fear not, he wasn’t in there the entire time. I was in awe with the size of her purse since I believe in the mantra-bigger is better-and was joking around that Lincoln could fit in there so we packed him in. And you know what? He loved it! He was absolutely calm, appeared to be comfortable and am 99% sure he don’t go potty in there. It turned out to be a waste of time since No 1980’s something brown pickup truck was in sight. Oh well. At least I had a morning of good conversation and coffee right?

Saturday afternoon consisted of a lot of this:

While I updated my resume and searched for jobs, Lincoln napped and eventually I did as well. It snowed for about 10 minutes in Charlotte and I went out a walk but the afternoon mainly consisted of job searching. I got four inquiries about my resume between Saturday and Sunday so hopefully I am on the right track!

Saturday night I made tuna casserole. It’s been foreeeeever since I’ve made it and it’s a fantastic meal for when it’s chilly out. Nothing says comfort like noodles, fish and cheese. Ok, put like that it doesn’t sound good but combined together and baked, it’s super!

I took three cans of tuna fish and drained

Along with that ingredients were

 Half a package of No Yolk Egg Noodles (that I cooked earlier in the day)

 One can Cream of Mushroom soup

 1/2 shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

 Chopped onion

Chopped mushrooms

 One cup frozen peas

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp black pepper 

1/2 tbsp garlic

Then mixed together in a large mixing bowl.

Then transferred to a casserole dish, topped with 1/3 of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (if you are not a huge cheese fan, you can use breadcrumbs instead) and let it bake for 35 minutes

Delicious! Plus it gives me a couple of meals to bring to work for lunch this week (yes, I am the annoying co-worker who heats fish in the break room) and it’s perfect for freezing as well.

I may have watched this movie one two three times afterwards.

What can I say, when I like a movie, I really really like a movie.

On Sunday morning, I woke up had some breakfast and went for a 45 minute walk. It was just cold enough that I felt comfortable all bundled up but not sweating and I felt terrific afterwards.

I put some ingredients in the crock pot to make chili and then headed out to go to see Black Swan and shopping at Costco. Black Swan was absolutely fantastic, it was very theatrical and thought-provoking, a nice change from what I usually dig. My friend has a Costco membership so I wanted to tag along with her so I could get some goodies. I also wanted to try one of their churros since I hear good things about them and it was out of this world!

I was expecting it to be absolute madness on a Sunday afternoon but it was pretty tame for Costco. I will have to hit her up to see when she is going again since I found some great deals but didn’t get too much stuff since I’ll be going out of town for Christmas. For $44 I got  all of this and a bottle of wine:

Holla, I heart Costco!

When I got home, my house has the spicy aroma of chili in the air and I was ready to chow down! I don’t have a set chili recipe but mixed it up a little this time.


One can diced tomatoes

One can tomato paste

One can dark kidney beans

One can navy beans

One cup Morningstar Veggie Crumbles (browned with tabasco sauce)

1 tbsp Chili powder

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Garlic

2 tbsp Black Pepper

1 onion chopped

3 Hungarian Wav peppers, chopped

It turned out great. However, the Hungarian Wax peppers made a world of difference! They were spicier than expected and that along with the tabasco Veggie Crumbles made my eyes water. Luckily, I like chili that hot but I think I will stick jalapenos in the future.

Everyone have a fun weekend? I hope more exciting with mine regarding the nightly activities, I am so lame some weekends.

If you haven’t entered yet–remember to enter my Chobani giveaway–it ends Monday night!

16 Responses to “Operation Triple R”

  1. Neyal Ammary-Risch December 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Haha….love the idea of Operation Triple R. Too funny. And Lincoln looks sooooo cute in the bag! That could be a good look for the two of you. Think how cute he’d be in a bright Vera Bradley bag. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see you soon! You’re job hunting??

    You would not be allowed to work at Chris’s company. There are signs everywhere that say “nothing with fish allowed in the microwave”.

  2. Jessica December 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Hilarious operation!!!!

    I seriously have got to renew my Costco membership, I miss it : (

    • simplyshaka December 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 I used to have a BJ’s membership but it was a waste with me just using it but Costco is sooooo much better!

  3. Diana@mymarblerye December 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    Lol you are crazy!! Dress up for the damn stake out?! Bahahah! I would have been scared of lincoln’s Lincoln logs in my purse but that pic of him passed out is actually pretty adorable!!! Bah you are hypnotizing me! Btw I don’t have a Costco near me…boo.

    • simplyshaka December 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      Hahah, it would have been fun to go all incognitio and stuff! Oh I could’ve been really cliche by wearing a trenchcoat, beret, sunglassess and hide behind a ficus! lol

      And no Costco?? What the fudge!??

  4. nic - the auspicious squirrel December 20, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    Lincoln is absolutely adorable in that purse!

    Sabra Hummus singles… awesome!

    You’re looking for a job? Didn’t you just switch departments (get a new job)? Did I miss the post where you said you didn’t like it? Hmmmm….

    Oh… I replied to your comment on my Brussels sprouts post with a link to the Alton Brown Good Eats video on YouTube. 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

      Awesome, I will definitely check on that video soon-thanks!

      As for the job, I’m looking around at other options. I have a love/hate thing with my new role. Love that it gives me more flexibility with planning my day, I can take a look break and am working with a good group of people. Hate the work it actually entails and what the bank is doing to some of our customers and how they are going about it. Taking this role and seeing the ugly side of how they do business has really left a bad taste in my mouth.

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 20, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Christmas Vacation is one of my favorites!

    I get my brother a movie every year and that’s the one I got him for this year. I wouldn’t mind if he broke it out and we watched it like, I dunno, 20 times while I’m home.

  6. Ashleigh December 20, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    I want to go to Costco! Chili has become my go to meal this winter. SO easy and delicious. Yours looks awesome!

    • simplyshaka December 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

      Thanks girl! I think my next stab at it will be a buffalo chicken chili, it sounds too good to resist.

  7. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt December 20, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    HA! I want to hang out with you. I would totally agree to a stake out. 🙂

    Lincoln has quite the life!

  8. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident. December 20, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    My bf and I watched Christmas Vacation this weekend too! One of my all-time faves.

  9. Kace December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Chili looks great!

  10. Monique December 21, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Lincoln was the assigned guard dog for the heist, no?
    LOL he looks so cute in the purse. he totally loves being an accessory! love him!
    Mickey sends lusty kisses.
    I love your bargain deals at costco! good thangs!
    and i havent had tuna noodle caserole in FOREVER.
    I will e making a tuna dish sometime next week along witha review of the tuna company 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

      I can’t wait–I need to buy that tuna!

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