Thursday, January 14, 2010


Am I the only one that realizes at the end of the year that they did not use any of their vacation time???? I think it's an epidemic in this country and I am guilty as charged. It is a shame too since other countries around the world mandate (which means it is illegal not to take it!) vacation time. Some places it is a whole month!
So I allegedly get 3 weeks of vacation a year. Never have I taken all 3 weeks and only once did I take 2 weeks when that was what I earned. This past year I maybe took a total of 7 days and that's stretching it considering all the weekends I worked.
In my delirium of vacation deprivation we (Marvin & I) made some grand plans to use up all that leftover time. We are going on a Perry family vacation in June to Myrtle Beach which I am super psyched about. And then we had grand plans of taking our 3 weeks to Italy in July. Drink wine, eat amazing food and basically immerse ourselves in all the delicious Italian culture we can get our hands on.
But alas too good to be true. Now the Perry vacation is booked so that is all good. However through the convoluted grapevine that is the company I work for we have been alerted to the fact that we may have to immediately leave Kentucky for another assignment which would not allow us the leeway to take 3 weeks off. But the best part is that we will not know for sure until basically we are on the moving truck heading to the next big thing.
So I am frustrated and in desperate need of a relaxing adult time-out.
Sounds like y'all are saying "hey maybe you should get rid of that crazy job of yours and find something you enjoy doing." Well you would be right. But given the current economic times (insert broken record sound) can I really be leaning away from a good paycheck?
So that was my day of worry. Not solved through blog venting but it always helps me to see it in black and white (or I guess in my case black on red).
Maybe I'll lobby Congress and see about getting legally mandated vacation days and while I'm at it afternoon siestas!
Another day, another time folks....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Easiest Chicken Recipe Ever

I work with food devils. They are constantly bringing in delicious and mouth-watering treats, leaving them out in the open so my temptation is tested daily. But occasionally the other watcher of her weight (actually she is a South Beacher) will come in with a killer recipe that allows us to stop drooling on the treats and talk about some healthy grub. So here is what has to be the simplest and tastiest chicken recipe ever.

Chicken Breasts
Taco Seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take the chicken breasts and place in a Ziploc bag with 1/2 a packet of taco seasoning (use more if using a lot of chicken). Shake to coat. Spray a baking dish with Pam. Place chicken breasts in prepared dish. Top with 1 cup of salsa (again use more if needed). Put foil over baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and top with shredded cheese (I used 2% and made sure each breast had only one serving for WW point purposes). Replace dish uncovered in the oven for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and delicious.

You are done.....

Seriously that simple and you can make it as spicy or mild as you want with the seasoning and salsa. I served it as is with a side of kicked-up green beans but you could also serve with rice. Enjoy!


So I am at a blogging crossroad. (Does this make anyone else think of that Boyz to Men song????) I have no direction and no motivation to write but yet I am constantly thinking of all sorts of things to chat about to the cyberworld. However none of these things goes in any form of a straight line. The only common denominator is me.

So do I throw in the towel? Accept blogger defeat? Or do I rally and go for it, whatever it may be.

I don't know why I am asking y'all. I think the only one who was still checking my slacker blog was my dad and even he gave up long ago.

I think I'll give it another go. No theme, no direction just random ramblings about whatever pops into my mind. So here we go again.....