Figuring it all out?

As I get older, I can see why people have a mid-life crisis. Recently, I have concluded that there is a predictable pattern to everything in life. When you get to a certain age you have seen or heard almost everything. Have you ever had that feeling of being an outsider looking in from above; calmly watching the rest of humanity run through the maze you feel you’ve figured out?

Having experienced the good and the bad, I try to protect my children from the bad, but it never seems to work.  Human nature seems to get its way. Most children will not listen to experience and must learn from their mistakes. A lot of adults won’t listen either and I find them myself watching them  ignoring all reason, as they engage in their trials of life; repeating the same mistakes over and over. I  am not saying that I don’t make mistakes, it’s just that when I do, I try my best not to let it happen again and I try to learn from it.

Examples of life’s predictable patterns can be seen in the behavior of youth and the different stages they go through. It can be seen in school and the different functions students get involved with. It can be seen in the predictable times of a traffic jam at rush hour. It can be seen in employee and employer relationships. Life can feel so mundane at times; a replica of sorts like the movie Groundhog Day.

When a person is young everything is a new experience until you have experienced it over and over and then watched other people experience those experiences over and over. Life can be like opening a gift; the exhilaration at first and then opening the same gift over and over, the magic is dulled and predictable. What’s a person to do? It’s not like we don’t appreciate the gifts, it is simply that we become accustomed to the patterns of life. Not only can life become predictable and mundane as we age, but then our bodies start to give out and take on a whole different physical look.  We begin to search for new parts of life that give us that exhilarating feeling.

Having thought of all the possibilities life has to offer and knowing your own physical and mental limitations,. Sometimes ( and shamefully), one might think “is this all there is?”  Knowing and reminding myself that people in the world are suffering and are far worse off than myself; I get it. I don’t like it. I want to be innocent to it all again. Life is confusing. Sometimes it is better not to think too much into it. I sometimes visualize putting my head on a shelf for a small break, just to escape my fears and the anxiety I needlessly create. Mid-life crisis; I get it.

spicy beer candied bacon – easy perfect party food


spicy beer candied bacon

This is the time of year that we entertain constantly. Every weekend, we invite anywhere from two to a dozen friends over for dinner. An invitation on Friday means casual homemade junk food. Pizza, nachos, burgers – stuff you’d order at a drive through except I make it. Saturday night is usually the night I put on the dog. I’ll have thought about it all week and then play all day in the kitchen. Sunday, without a doubt, involves football. Needless to say, the food flips to a tailgate party.

This past Sunday, I tested some new-to-me recipes from the queen of apps. Whenever, I need a little inspiration all I need do is send her a note and BOOM my inbox is brimming… I took the original recipe and added a little Frank’s Hot Sauce. If you’re looking for this year’s hot party favour, I’ve found…

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Hostess Snacks: You let me down !

English: A Hostess CupCake, shown whole.

English: A Hostess CupCake, shown whole. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hostess Snacks saddened donut-loving,- junk food junkies last year when they announced their departure from the baked goods aisle in the grocery stores. We all mourned the loss. The last of the Twinkies were hoarded and sold on E-bay. I myself mourned the loss of the chocolate cupcakes with the decorative white swirled icing that each cupcake was so lovingly draped in. Actually, I loved almost all of Hostess products except the Twinkie and Suzie-Q. Donettes were also one of my favorites along with Zingers and Ho Ho’s. My beloved Hostess was gone forever and not one imposter baked good came even close to the quality of Hostess  products. Then came the announcement that Hostess was sold to another bakery and the baked goods would continue to be produced and sold. Yes, I could breathe again. I waited and waited to see Hostess products back on the shelf. I watched as the Today Show had a segment where the Hostess Twinkie truck was escorted through New York city first. Cheers from bystanders lined along the street sounded off in glee. Finally, Hostess products made their way to my town. At first, Hostess only released Twinkies and a few selected baked goods. Now, most of the Hostess products are back. I have tried all of my favorites and here is my review: Hostess….. What happened?…. You let me down! What is this product you put out? These imposters do not come even close to the original Hostess that once ruled the snack cake world! They taste awful, look different, and they do not taste like the same recipe. The consistency and density is completely different. I tried several times thinking maybe I had purchased a Hostess product that had been left in the heat or something. I stocked up on my favorite Hostess products when they came back to the stores and sadly, some were left uneaten. I now walk by the Hostess kiosk in my local grocery store, sigh, and then don’t look back. This is probably a good thing for my health. Although, Entemann’s will do for a powdered donut when I am desperate. I doubt the new Hostess products company will make it and end up in bankruptcy soon; it is only a matter of time in my opinion.

My New Pet Peeve

My new pet peeve is this…..

I recently realized a trend when sending and receiving answers to questions that I send via e-mail. I have sent out many e-mails this last year to professionals, friends, bosses, etc. I might even receive an e-mail that includes “if you have any questions please feel free to send them. So, I send an e-mail, It might have two or three questions included.  I am writing a completely fictional e-mail to use as an example, see below:

Dear so and so…

What are the dates and times of the meetings for this or that? Are the meetings two times a day? As I can only attend a meeting if it is before 7 pm. Also, could you please tell me when  good time to meet up with you in person so we can arrange this or that?

Here is an example of a typical answer: The meeting is September 15. Have a good day. Signed, (inconsiderate e-mail avoider)

So, as you can see, I only get part of one question answered. Either it is too much for the human mind to remember that there is more than one question or they are purposely avoiding the other questions. I do not want to send three or four separate e-mails just to get my questions answered. I have actually sent out questions in an e-mail in numbered tabs and included at the bottom…”could you please answer all the following questions?” But, I still get incomplete answers. What is wrong with people? How do they keep their jobs? I am at a point where if I have more than one question I will send out an e-mail for each question or call on the phone. There it is folks the new pet peeve!