Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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Mystery Weather & Lunch Shopping

1 am thunder woke me up. There was some lightning, mostly blocked by the blackout curtains in the bedroom. Radar app was a major WTF - the storm was coming in from the east. ENE to WSW. That's just plain weird. The normal track comes off the ocean, mostly from due west straight across to the east. Later info is that the storm was bleed-over from the Sierras, the rain was only 3/100ths of an inch, and lasted from 1 am to 2 am or thereabouts. The streets were dry in the morning.

No bananas, so with the egg went the last pieces of dark chocolate covered tangerine pieces.

There were 5 things on my shopping list, and I kept to it for the most part and still spent $160, with two items not bought. Or maybe it was just one. Yeah, just Tim Tams. The reason for the big bill is #5 was microwave lunches, and I practically filled the cart with the one brand/series which I both enjoy and is <= 500 mg of sodium. Healthy Choice steamer bowls. I did cheat and buy one Indian brand of coconut curry chicken which has 600 mg. And a $15 bag of peeled, cooked tail-off shrimp, and a couple of turkey legs.

Now I have bananas and non-food-colored strawberries and strawberry jam. And the Safeway Organic natural PNB was less expensive than all the other brands, so I picked one up even though I have one opened and one spare Laura Scudders.

Safeway did not have grapes as such - they only had them in $5 bowls. GO had clamshells and I struggled but got a red seedless box. I prefer green. Less tannin. Both stores were out of dark chocolate Tim Tams.

This time I went to the nearest Safeway. I remembered the route.

Home, put stuff away. Did some serious job hunting. Email and calls from recruiters were those idiot pimps who don't know how to read. Tivo has been looking for someone to automate their QA, and one bozo wanted ever so much to send in my name even though I told him I am in no way qualified for or interested in that job. I spent a whole month at Tivo, which ticked his box.

Storm chasers were out in force, mostly in Kansas. Three of them almost saw a tornado form. Fab photos. But the closer they get to an electrical storm, the more their signal gets clobbered. Metal detector guy was at a new park, dug up spoons and many oddball pieces of metal. The usual chaser was on at the usual time with the usual chatters.

Lunch was salad and a sesame chicken steamer bowl. Ice cream sandwiches. Safeway was out of the mint chip flavor, but I still have plenty.

Watched PTI, Shark Tank and TMZ. Paused PTI to make dinner. Most of a stick of butter in the cast iron skillet, sliced a red onion (I found a regular onion later, but the red worked better, actually), threw in some minced garlic. Split the two halves of a trout, squeezed a lime over the pieces. Cooked covered for 5 minutes on one side, 4 on the other, and uncovered for a minute.

Whole un-pitted green olives on the side. Yummy! Left the head and tail for Spook, but I don't think she's interested.

Been drinking lime soda all day. Safeway had huge limes - I bought six even though they were 50 cents each.

Streamed for an hour. No trolls. Two chatters. Six lurkers.

Had a surprise garden visitor - monarch butterfly parked on the sage bush long enough to get pictures. I wonder if the nearby milkweed saplings had anything to do with attracting it.



Rider of the purple sage...



Did some gardening, pulled some gone to seed Bee's Friends which were growing up among the CA lilac. Cut off a couple of rose stems which were protruding into the street, trimmed them and put the flowers in 3 vases on window sills.

Plans for tomorrow:


More job hunt
Depends on the weather. It's been cold and windy and overcast much of the day.

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