Recipe Challenge

I like creating monthly challenges for myself and I decided to get my food magazines out and compile a list of ones I want to try. I made a Recipe Bucket List of sorts. I left ⬜ for check-marking each time I complete a challenge. I’ll do one a month and write the date next to each recipe, as-well-as the rating I give my final effort. I have to admit, the Fontina stuffed mushrooms I made previously totally goes on the 10/10 list. I gotta make those again…super yum!

A big goofy day

At work we are raising money for Children’s Miracle Network and my team has come up with a myriad of ideas to get people interested in donating. Today was the culmination of that effort.

The morning started off with the first of many employees trapped in a trampoline prison at the main entrance. The only way they could be set free, was if they obtained $50 bail in the form of donations. I was glad to part with $6 of my hard-earned cash. The door greeters were actively involved in the festivities offering guests ice cream sandwiches and drumsticks. (Earlier in the week I treated my cart guys to some of those) the cashier’s all contributed their cotton candy making skills to the cause and the exit doors had a bunch of merry makers under the porte-cochere offering hot dogs, brats, chips, root-beer floats and bottled water.

There was much teasing and mock rivalry. It was lovely. It was a hot day and I’m pretty sure the humidity made plenty of people feel like melting popsicles inside, but honestly, I have the best team!

It just goes to show, even hard days are made easier with people who truly are giving all of themselves to things that truly matter most.

Why doesn’t anyone want to work?

I find this recent statement by fast-food employers rather annoying. As a retail worker, I know damned well that fast-food workers get shit on. Retail work is hard, but anyone in the business knows food is even harder. Why? Because customers who don’t make much money themselves luxuriate in having someone lower than them to talk down to, and those who DO have income love to act like they are slumming by even eating at such places. They make life complete hell for food-service employees. Now we have short staffed stores all over and people are eating out like crazy. In fact, they have been dining by car ever since the pandemic hit..but, now that they are going back into the stores, they are even more abusive, impatient and unforgiving.

Yeah, remember all that “Front-line workers are our heros” garbage everyone was mouthing only months ago? Yeah, that was just a big fat lie..they never meant it..we know this because workers in food still have 0 health insurance and benefits are nil. Hell, bathroom breaks are nil!

Don’t tell me people don’t want to work. The truth is..the lousy pay going up a $1 or two can’t make people stay where they are constantly treated like shit…and that’s where the issue stands at this moment. Customers and employer’s both just make fast food work completely undesirable..and having it increased two-fold by a re-emerging society from lockdown cannot make that any more apparent! I mean, let’s get real! Fast-food is currently running on extremely low staff and they are trying as hard as they can.. problem is, customers and employer’s still expect the same level of service even though, clearly, workers are stressed out!

I’m just frustrated to see such hard workers being dumped on.

Humidity

Ugh! In case you didn’t know, like I didn’t know more than 5 minutes ago, comfortable humidity is at about 40-50%. Today’s forecast is for 68% which is just under the level considered hellish at a nice round 70%. The good news? It probably won’t rain because precipitation is at 10%. Which basically means, I’ll sweat my ass off today but, at least I won’t get rained on…you know, besides my own self created sweat storm! Hooray! Not.

Still, I’d rather skip any thunder storms.. those tend to make me have to stand inside the store cursing as I can’t work with lightening. Metal carts and lightening, apparently don’t mix well.

Sept vacation can’t come soon enough. I need a break from pushing metal trolleys about.

B 🐝

My Roommate is a Gumiho EP.1

Hmm… interesting. The premise of the show goes like this:

To become a human, a 999-year-old Gumiho, Shin Woo-yeo needs to fill his fox bead with human energy before he turns 1,000 years old. One day, a college girl, Lee Dam, accidentally swallows Woo-yeo’s fox bead.

Lee Dam is trying to help her fellow college student home from a drunken night as he attempts to get over his recent break- up. (Funniest moment there was her snatching his phone away before he can drunk call his ex, what made it soo funny was that he had just started rant cursing her (his ex) only seconds before and Lee Dam instinctively knew he was going to immediately act in opposition of his words, and thus knew to snatch the phone from him. Sorry but that shit was funny as hell. We’ve all been there honey!)

As Lee Dam tries to get him home he gets away from her and runs helter-skelter down the street shouting his ex’s name. She finally finds him passed out lying across an expensive car after having puked all over it. She attempts to apologize to Woo-Yeo, who’s car it happens to be, but he seems more-or-less unfazed by life..until, Lee Dam falls backward. Woo-Yeo tries to stop her fall only to have his fox bead leave his lips and fall into her mouth on the way down. Oops! Due to this she passes out, apparently this happens to everyone who swallows a fox bead..or something.

She wakes on Woo-Yeo’s couch. (They never do actually explain exactly what happened to her drunk ass friend tbh) and he explains that he’s a Gumiho and she’s swallowed his bead. She’s all in her own head like “wow, he looks cute and all but he’s actually nutso cutlet” and he decides to fast forward the formalities and reveals his true form after warning her to try not to pass out. Boom! He’s a 9 tailed fox…and of course she passes out AGAIN!

She wakes on his couch…AGAIN. and remembers he’s a scary liver-eating Gumiho. (Only, flashbacks of Woo-Yeo’s life teaches us #1 he’s the only male Gumiho AND #2 he has no idea where this crazy liver rumor started from.)

He tells Lee Dam that he’d like her to move in with him, only he has no time to explain why.. because Lee Dam has already run away the moment his back is turned (as you do in such fucked up situations!)

Lee Dam scarpers off home terrified and scared that Woo-Yeo is going to catch up to her and we see someone is following her…she gets home and hides. Someone’s trying to break in..only.. it’s her brother, who proceeds to question her sanity. (basically he thinks she’s weird normally but acting particularly weird now and decides she must be hangry… 😂)

She wakes him straight out of sleep a bit later (scaring the hell out of him because she’s staring at him in the dark) asking if he can possibly kill the Gumiho with his archery skills if it breaks in…once again, her brother is convinced that she’s lost her marbles and threatens HER with his bow with practice arrow pointed in her face.

The next day, on the bus, she bumps into a guy and suddenly feels very very sick. The guy notices her discomfort and assumes she has diarrhea and need a bathroom..which he announces to the ENTIRE bus. The bus driver stops the bus and Lee Dam hobbles off in complete horror. She proceeds to finally get to school and tells her friend she doesn’t know what’s wrong with her… she’s not on her period and doesn’t need to go to the bathroom. Her male friend sneaks up on her and hugs her from behind which results in her pain growing until she passes right out again. (She passes out a lot!)

She realizes it has something to do with the damned Gumiho and she goes to see him. He touches her face and the agonizing pain goes away. He explains that any guy who touches her,who was born year of the Tiger, will make her very ill, as the tiger is the fox’s natural enemy. Umm…if you say so. He says he must protect her and his bead. He notices with shock that his fox bead is flashing in blue instead of red, which apparently is a sign of the bead gaining the energy needed to turn Woo-Yeo human..which, apparently, is his dearest wish. Lee Dam realizes she’s gotta move in with him because her entire class is year of the fucking tiger and she needs Woo-Yeo’s touch to heal the pain.

We see her next at home trying to pull a fast one on her brother, trying to convince him she’s leaving to live with a girlfriend. Her brother only briefly wonders aloud if she’s possibly moving in with a man…and not doing a school project with female friends like she claims, before discarding the idea because she’s not all that pretty (her brother really is hilarious) He asks if he should call their parents (who are abroad) and Lee Dam points at their family motto which appears to be something like “figure out your own shit!”

Lee Dam is all packed but decides to stop and get some personal protective gear. A stun-gun should do nicely right!? She hears a news cast about mutilated bodies being found in the city..and adds pepper spray to the pile.

Cut to her entering Woo-Yeo’s home only to trip and dump her bag containing the stun gun AND pepper spray right in front of him..oops! She lies and says they are presents for him…which, fools absolutely nobody. That night she worries how she will ever sleep…only to cut to her snoring like a buzzsaw hours later.

Woo-Yeo explains to Lee Dam that he must leave on business and Lee Dam barely contains her glee realizing that he’s leaving the house!! Oh..and he tells her he’s paid off her student fees for the year. No fool Lee Dam coyly mentions she really shouldn’t accept….does he need her bank information?

We next see Lee Dam’s friends convincing her to go to a bar that night..with Woo-Yeo gone she figures, why not? Of course, we see why not immediately. Tons of men surround Lee Dam and, though she tries to avoid letting anyone touch her..all it takes is a guy picking up her dropped cell phone to immobilize her once again…clearly year-of-the-tiger.

I will stop here to say how fucking annoyed I was with Lee Dam’s so-called “friends” who convinced a friend to go out drinking and then leaves her to fend for herself? Lee Dam is in serious trouble as the “helpful” guy who pick up her cell phone decides she’s drunk and “helps” her leave the bar towards his flat. Lee Dam is practically catatonic with the fact that he’s got his hands all over her and I gotta admit, when Woo-Yeo shows up having felt her pain through the bead-link, I was kinda relieved. The creepy guy was really really creepy in soo many ways. Woo-Yeo stops the guy who questions if Woo-Yeo is really her friend. His response is to ring Lee Dam’s phone using his own. It rings in creepy guys pocket. Woo-Yeo asks why creepy has Lee Dam’s phone in his pocket and snatches it back. Creepy guy is not to be deterred so easily and insists hes her friend too. He’s brought up short however, when Woo-Yeo asks creepy what her name is then? Woo-Yeo starts to lead Lee Dam away but creepy decides to fight him… only to get tossed several feet backward onto the ground from a gut punch from Woo-Yeo who doesn’t even bother to turn around. I cheered! Creepy really made me hate him (good acting whoever played creepy..you made me hate you like a pro!)

The final scene has Lee Dam apologizing for causing such trouble. She promises to be more careful. I like that she realizes her mistake and admits it. Woo-Yeo explains that he knows she’s scared of him but, that she shouldn’t because she has his bead and that means she has nothing to fear of him..as he must protect his bead and thus her, at all costs.

He explains that a human cannot keep the bead inside them for more than a year, this perks Lee Dam up as she nievely thinks that means no matter what happens it will all end in a year…to which Woo-Yeo frowns and tells her that if they don’t fix the problem before a year passes she will die. I like that he doesn’t sugar-coat it here and tells her the straight awful truth no lying. I’m sure it’s his detachment from soo many years among people but separate from them, I mean 999 years probably feels like it will never end. I’d be kinda detached by then too. Still, I’m a gal prefers the truth no matter what..so I kinda respect his honesty here.

Hmm.. interesting. I like it. Oh, I should mention that at one point Woo-Yeo met up with a female Gumiho that he’s known for a very long time but hasn’t seen in 75 years. She apparently has become full human… she’s kinda dumb though but, I feel she’s gonna play a role in shenanigans later.

Writing Prompts

I saw that Writing Prompts is on Instagram and just had to commit to writing some of the challenges as a series of short stories. I think doing the writing will help me with my storytelling, besides, it’s hella fun! In case you don’t know what Writing Prompts is, I’ll explain, it’s a writing tool created to get people active in writing and each day they post an interesting or unusual story situation or idea and you go from there.

My first one will be a mash-up of these two because it sounds challenging and hilarious.

Book link-appaloosa

Today I took on the oh-so-lovely task of creating and posting all the books I’m working on (there are like 8) and publishing them to my writing blog. I’ve created a page for each book with corresponding links to each chapter or post about that particular book. It is as exhausting as it sounds. I will, of course, stick to only making public the first 6 chapters of any one book, as a teaser or introduction. After that, the chapters will be posted privately. I mean, I want people to read my books and desire to see more so, they gotta be private at some point right? I’m pretty sure people can decide if they like it within 6 chapters yes?

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to today. Wanna check it out? Bexfizz Press

Life with cat

Having grown up with mostly dogs (we did have a few cats but country cats are different) I was under the impression that having a cat would be quite similar. It’s not!

After having adopted Eggy. I’ve learned I had no idea what having a cat was like.

I found a few memes online that explain better than I could, what being a cat-mom is like.