Monthly Archives: September 2011

Soft-Top Lemon Cookies are Fruit, Right?


It’s turning cooler here and that means the body wants what it wants – carbs, fat and sugar. So I purchased some off-the-list items yesterday. I really only needed cat food and bread, but…

  • Soft-top lemon cookies – We might as well call these “forget about having a waistline” cookies. But the sell-by date was good. How could I say no?
  • Cat food – At this grocery, they carry the Aristocrats brand. Yes, Disney makes cat food. He likes the liver one.
  • Cheez-Its – Do you always have to stop and think about how to spell it? Maybe it’s a writer thing. I got the new Baby Swiss flavor. Honestly, white cheddar, Parmesan and this one taste exactly the same. Let’s face it, we’re all just going for the faux cheesy goodness of that dust that comes off them.
  • Bread – I like those new take ‘n bake loaves. I can pretend like it’s fresher than the bagged stuff.
  • Raspberries – Grab these suckers while you still can. Next week, at least in this area, they will shoot up to $10.99 a half pint. These were 10/$10.00. Okay, does that seem like more of a bargain than $1.00 a package? Dumbest pricing strategy ever.

Please come and post your lists, Singles. Many of you have shown me yours saying that you’re secretly ashamed at how boring they are. Does the above look exciting? I’ll change your names if you like.

I don’t want to spoil your appetite, but I’ll end on a cheery thought:

You may have had a bad day, but at least you didn’t have to give your cat an enema.




Kitteh and I Work On Our Fine Lines…


As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m trying not to spend money. Estimated quarterly taxes and winter propane pre-pay due. So, tuna and peanut butter are looking pretty tasty.

But, alas I needed a few things at the grocery and gas and you know if you spend that $50, you get those .20/gal. fuel points. So, here’s today’s list:

  • Eye-Lifting Serum – Now I know this won’t actually lift my lids from their half-mast position, but what the hell, I’ll give it a go. Although Kitty is 16, his eyelids look great, plus I would NEVER put cosmetics on a cat. Well, unless Chanel comes out w/ a line of kitty “looks”…
  • Jeni’s Salty Caramel ice cream – Yes, it IS worth $9.99 a pint. And remember I need those fuel points.
  • A red pepper – I usually roast them for various uses. Put them on a pizza.
  • Fancy-schmancy new cat food – The little man deserves a cat equivalent of Jeni’s.
  • A nice fancy-schmancy new red wine for Cat-mom – Hey, it’s been a long week. It’s a Tempranillo from Spain and it was over my usual $10 limit – $10.99.
  • Two organic dark chocolate bars – One is dark chocolate w/ sea salt, the other I just grabbed – it had a cool label.
  • Diet cola – In a kind universe, this would balance out the Jeni’s and chocolate above.

Again, I have to say that $90 for the above is kinda scary, especially since there are no real meal options for me. The cat is covered.

Speaking again of the kitty, here’s his Internet debut. My talented niece took the photo: Help Kitty Settle Into His New Home  Yeah, I actually write other stuff that pays the bills. Check it out. It’s called “social media marketing” and it’s a good thing. Trust me.

Have a great weekend! Send me your lists, Singles. I need fodder. I’m boring myself w/ my own stuff. Post in a comment on the “Lists” page.



Peaches, Tomatoes and Basil…Oh My!


It might be coincidental that I’m trying to get my fill of fresh tomatoes and peaches while they’re in season and that I have to pay my quarterly estimated taxes tomorrow. Because Mr. Tax Man isn’t a fun or understanding guy, I’ve been trying to save up to pay him. So, I’ve avoided grocery stores and am trying to live on tomatoes and peaches.

Here are some of the creative menu items I’ve had. I’m using up the last of my garden’s basil, too.

  • Sliced tomato and mayo sandwich on toasted wheat bread
  • Tomato and basil pasta
  • Tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil salad
  • Popcorn with a side of peaches

I also have to admit to doing the “frat boy” eating thing – standing over the sink w/ a  salt shaker and eating a tomato like an apple. I must not be tomatoed- or peached-out yet, because I just bought another bunch of both. Hey, I’ll be happy I did in the middle of winter when both items are hard as cue balls and tasteless.


What a Coincidence – My Wife Eats, Too!


Today I’m doing a combo of Minutiae and List. Yesterday, I went to Trader Joe’s, my grocery store second home. I’ll do the list, but first I have to talk about this totally annoying thing I’ve encountered since becoming involuntarily single.

I noticed this with many men with whom I interact  (don’t get excited – they work at grocery stores I frequent). They feel the need to interject a minimum of THREE times that their wife or girlfriend likes a particular item I ask them about. One wine guy at Trader Joe’s worked it into the convo FIVE times. I know this because I started counting. Do they think I’m on the prowl for dating fodder at the grocery store?  Really? As a psychotherapist, I call it OVERCOMPENSATING or a GUILTY CONSCIENCE.

I mentioned this recently to my single pal JJ, who has braved all this single crap longer than I. She said she started noticing it as well when newly single, so I realized it wasn’t just me. Now it’s become a game for me. How will they work the SO into a discussion of Viognier vs. Chard?

  • Brie
  • Gorgonzola
  • Greek yogurt
  • Edame hummus and something called “Skinny Fries” What can I say? They were demo-ing them and I was hungry.
  • Fig butter – it will be great w/ the gorgonzola!
  • Lime
  • Maragogype coffee – (pronounced “mara-go-hee-pay” in case you wondered)

Okay, as usual, there’s not much on the list that normal people would combine for an actual meal. But what fun is that?