The Great Freeze-Out Of 2011
So, holy crap, life change. I'm working on transitioning successfully to working out of my house, thanks to New Job. I've got a few things down, thanks to other friends who have been in similar positions: have a set schedule, wake up and treat it like you're Going To Work, actually remember to eat, and remember to
sign the hell off when you're done for the day, and don't work all evening.
My treat for myself, now that Jeff is home and I am home all the time: I had a freezer delivered today. It's humming away happily in the garage, bored as hell and hoping I'll feed it.
I've got some thoughts about things I've always wished I could keep more of, but never did because Tiny Fridge Freezer Is Full Of Fail:
- frozen juice
- various frozen veggies, including edamame
- frozen fruit (smoothies, mostly, damn you Scott for addicting me)
- bread and bagels
- frozen seafood (I think longingly of shrimp and scallops especially)
- frozen meats (cows shall be ground, and chickens dissected, all in the holy name of dinner)
- bacon (Jacob told me how to freeze it so I can peel off a slice or two -- Jeff will be giddy in delight)
- extra cookie dough
- extra portions of various meals I make
- extra pre-made quick meals, like pizza
Our blessing and our curse: it's just the two of us. We don't eat a ton of food. I love to cook, but lots of the really good recipes make 4-8 servings, and the nightly progression goes like this:
- Jeff eats the newly-cooked dinner.
- Jeff sees the leftovers and sighs.
- Jeff glares at me and eats -- reluctantly.
- Jeff stuffs me in the freezer, denies he was ever married, heats up a corn dog, and tosses the leftovers to Edmund -- who promptly ignores them in favor of licking his butt. What can I say? He's a cat.
The prospect of not having to hit up the grocery store every 4 days for all-fresh things is delightful.
Oh yes, and while I can't say I'm a full-fledged butcher, I have no problem with a whole chicken or a subprimal cut of beef. I have a rockin' awesome knife set and I know how to use it.