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Ways to Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity at work..... or not at work---

[print by Pablo Picasso]

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice.

3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

4. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it "In."

5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

6. In the memo field of all your checks, write "For Smuggling Diamonds"

7. Finish all your sentences with "In Accordance With The Prophecy."

8. Dont use any punctuations

9. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.

10. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify that your Drive-Through order is "To Go."

12. Sing along at the opera.

13. Go to a Poetry Recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.

14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.

15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.

16. Have your co-workers address you by your Wrestling Name, "Rock Bottom".

17. When the money comes out the ATM, scream "I Won!, I Won!"

18. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot yelling, "Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!"

19. Tell your children over dinner, "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."

19.5 Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "No, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.

19.75 Staple papers in the middle of the page.

20. And the final way to keep a Healthy Level Of Insanity.......

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Its Called .......therapy


For many moons....that is many years, mostly since we both decided to retire, we also decided to eat out a lot. Restaurants have been getting our retirement fund, without even asking for it! Can you imagine that?

After years and years of cooking, the meals became quite mundane and routine. Unless, it was when we were on vacation or perhaps taking our family group out to eat on special occasions. But that was way back when....

Now, with over a decade of retirement, cooking is becoming a chore for one reason.... Cooking for two has never been easy, but at first, it was a new challenge and fun. Now, even buying a small roast for two, or a head of cabbage that isn't the size of a gargantuan-giant's head.....problems like this arise constantly. Since our children had left the 'nest' shortly before we decided "enough out-of -home work for the two of us....retire", and let's grow old together---literally, cooking for two was interesting ---we were both eager and happy to not have any schedules nor school functions---yet, we still ate like we were working, yet burning no calories!! Did I mention at one point so far that cooking for two isn't easy?

Then, we both decided we could take our dinner meal [the meal at 7 PM] ---& have a 2nd meal of the previous night's leftovers!! Smaller portions per meal, and less calorie intake. We still had to divide a huge roast and fill our freezer with bits and pieces of a once hefty piece of meat or a large bag of this or that, and divide it to smaller sizes---The larger, family sized purchases could easily, back in our youthful parenting times, be prepared and served to two growing kids [and sometimes guests for dinner] and a couple of working adults without any division ---and the whole meal was consumed at one sitting!!

Today, even boredom of making something to sustain us to the next day is getting mundane! Cleaning up is a chore! We seem to dirty way too many cooking dishes and eating apparatus than most families of four!!

Don't get me wrong, I love to cook, and I will always love to cook. But it's the routine of trying to come up with something simple, healthy and portioned enough for TWO that is getting well.........routine!! And so, we end up going out to eat a lot!!! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the urge to pick up the car keys and drive somewhere to get a burger or a shrimp meal or some overly-priced Mexican food *imagine this----a simple bean and cheese burrito at On the Border family restaurant---$7. or more!!---when the tortilla is stuffed with beans ---at the counter [grocery store] price of less than a dollar a can---prepared!! And with the portion of cheese that wouldn't even satisfy a mouse---well, we figure they're making a profit of 3-4 dollars a meal ----considering deducting a small portion for an hourly wage and expense of electricity/gas for 'the making'---when you know that 'the making' is done in huge quantities at a time!!

And you do know just how filled good restaurants are these days! Seems everyone goes out to eat!

But....I've certainly become lazy [or complete boredom has overtaken my senses]. The only thing that really 'excites' me these days is preparing desserts. But, in turn I've become aware that eating out isn't always a healthy step for the body. I don't know just what goes into any of the restaurant prepared meals these days!! Who can believe what? Why even the salad bars could very well be tainted with something these days!!

And besides, I sat down one day and realized that within a month's period, we were doling out anywhere from $400 to $800 a month on dining out!! And we still buy groceries---almost daily. Yep, I still cook, but it's getting to be a very lax thing. Not to mention our 3 tanks of gasoline a month just to get us to and from the restaurants.

So, the other day I told hubby...."No more breakfasts out" ---and then he said to me: "We should really stay home more anyway, this is getting ridiculous." So, to make things a bit more healthy for us, we decided that the Sunday brunch out is just about all we're gonna do from now on. And definitely no more fast food lunches!! At least no more 'daily outings' here and there and then grabbing a bite to eat....when we have food in our 'fridge' and freezer that, sadly, gets tossed because it's not been consumed in the 'safe' time frame where it's still 'fresh and free of outdating'!!

Yesterday, I made a dozen ham and cheese sandwiches with Oat-Nut bread and froze them...when we want a quick noon-time snack while reading our newspaper, we're gonna once again sit down at the table like normal people do, and consume our 'healthier, home prepared meal. I still buy the large beef roasts, and with the left-overs I'll make some hash, and more sandwiches for the freezer. I'll take the lasagna and divide them into individual servings and freeze....taking out only a daily portion here and there. And most likely feel better health-wise and raise our metabolism some. No more soft drinks, just lemon water. No more fried foods you find at burger joints, no more over-salted fries and chips ---healthier! And several days, fruit salads or veggie salads for us!! And besides, we can now say we're not dipping into our retirement savings for junk!!


  1. ROFL oh how I loved these...I must try some of them! hehe As for cooking for two...I know exactly what you mean! I find on a lot of days I just don't feel like cooking for just two people and we have a "make your own". We never did start going to restaurants a lot, only on Fridays for dinner, but I can see where it would be easy to start that as a daily routine!! xox

  2. Love that. Still cooking for 4 (some nights 5). However, thought cooking for 2 would be easier, seems not. Enjoy your week.

  3. Annie,
    I look forward to the days I can cook for 2! Don't think that will ever happen...On the worst nights I cook for 4.....tonight I cooked for 11. BBQ for family and the grandkids had 2 friends over.
    Thank Heaven for dishwashers.
    4 pork loins on the BBQ, corn on the cobb, baby potato's ( 5 lbs.) and lots of fresh veggies with dip..and no leftovers......darn! So I have to start all over tomorrow.
    Oh well, I shouldn't kick. some people have nobody to cook for.
    Have a great week, Annie,,,love your crafts!

  4. Ohhhhhhh well ... first... my family is SO beyond that list it's not even funny! I have a whole DIFFERENT reason for staying outta restaurants these days! It's called FOOD FIGHTS! (normally instigated by my college bound "good" and "smart" child!) But we dO need to stay out of restaurants anyway! My scale keeps going in the WRONG direction! (can't imagine how bad it would be if I wasn't exercising!)

  5. Great Picasso! And I loved those insanity suggestions! Did you write them or is it it just something infectious that is going around?