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Friday, February 15, 2019

A recipe and about food...

I feel very lazy to cook dinner today. Tonight's dinner will be a can of cannelini beans, onions, olives and boiled eggs. I make a salad with these and use lemon juice and olive oil for dressing. Yum!

I know it is healthier and cheaper to use dry beans but I have none at home and I am using the canned version. I also have two cans of chick beans which I will use in salads. This week, I could not let myself buy any salad greens because they not only looked very sad but were very pricey too. So, I got carrots and red meat radishes to make salads. I basically grate them and use lemon and olive oil on top.

Tomorrow, I think I will have what we call "kisir" something similar to tabouleh for brunch. I have my own recipe perfected over the years and it is neither tabouleh nor kisir anymore. Lol!

Here is how I make it:

Ingredients: (2-3 Servings)

1 cup of fine bulgur wheat
1 bunch of parsley (about two cups chopped) you can use less or more depending on your taste buds
2 cups of finely chopped freash sweet peppers. In the US, I use green Italian peppers.
1 small onion
Half a lemon's juice (I use a bit more since I like it that way)
1/4 cup of tomato sauce
3/4 cup of hot water
Dried mint leaves
Red Pepper flakes
Olive Oil

Put the bulgur wheat in a container that has a lid. Pour the mixture of hot water and tomato sauce on it, stir so that all the bulgur is wet and put the lid on. That needs to sit for about 10-15 minutes while you wash and chop the parsley and the sweet peppers. I use my food processor and put them both in together. Set the chopped veggies aside.

Chop the small onion finely and using a table spoon of olive oil, cook the onions slightly. Do not caramelize or overcook. 2 minutes is enough over medium heat.

Now combine everything you have prepared and season with the above spices to your liking. I use about two heaping tablespoons of dried mint leaves and at least a teaspoon of cumin if not more.
Add some more olive oil and voila! I like this best with tea. There is nothing bad for you. Since I use the food processor, it takes all of 20 minutes to prepare and a lot less to eat:)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Phewww! I met my deadline!

I had to do some work at home on a project but being the queen of procrastination, I kept saying to myself "Gotta do the laundry", "Gotta hang the laundry", "May be I should put another load?", "the kitchen is a mess, I should put that in order", "These veggies need to be cooked" so on and so forth. Having to work until 3 a.m. in the morning the night before did not teach me a much needed lesson. So, I needed to give myself a pep talk and finally got my work done!

There are some types of work, I absolutely hate. Most of the stuff I do, I like but, working with strange templates? Not so much. That type of work is the curse of being a consultant. Lol!

I will be at a Customer's site all day tomorrow so I need my rest tonight.

On Friday, I want to take an inventory of my pantry, freezer and fridge to see if there is anything that must be consumed quickly. I think, I am stocked pretty well and do not need to grocery shopping at least till Monday.

I also need to move a little more too. If the weather is nice, may be I will go for a long walk by the sea on Friday. If not, treadmill will do.

I may be out for dinner on Saturday with three friends. Hope, we can make that happen.

Need to go and put my outfit together for tomorrow. I also should remember to drop the dry cleaning coming back home.

Time to relax now...

Monday, February 11, 2019

Busy busy...

I have been very busy with mom, projects and travel so much so that I did not realize I have not posted for a long while.

Healthwise I am fine. There is so much to be done. I feel a bit overwhelmed. I took mom to her home last Friday and came back yesterday. Now I can structure my days around project responsibilities.

In fact, I have been working all morning. Took a break to put a roaster in the oven and check on some blogs while having a light lunch. The bird will provide quiet a few meals and I will make stock using the carcass.

Tonight, I am having roast chicken with broccoli and mashed potatoes. I will also make some gravy to go with it. My favorite combination. Yumm...

I will have to plan what to do with the rest of the chicken. Some will be had with rice. I have some rice left and I need to use it up before buying a new bag.

A pot of soup is in the plans too. I think, I will freeze some of it for salads,sandwiches or small pot pies for one later on. I do not think, I can be eating chicken every day.

I have finished my tea as I typed this so, it is time to go back to work.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Second Income

Today I have handed my Expense Report and Time Sheet for my first pay. Felt good although, I have put in only a little over 5 days in January.

I think, working 2-3 days a week is fine. No more than that. I do enjoy my freedom. I know, sometimes there will be more work to be done but, I do not want to have more than two projects at a time.

Now, I am waiting for the pay day. I have no idea how long it takes their outsource partner to process the forms. I guess we will find out.

Mom is going back home next Friday. Actually, I am taking her. My uncle is in Ankara and he will stay there for a while. He is doing two favors for me. Taking care of the title transfer of the family home and taking care of mom for a while. I love my mom to the moon and back but I also enjoy my solitude. Having lived alone for so many years, I need time for myself. It is difficult to explain perhaps, but that is what it is.

Tomorrow is a busy day. I will get a blood test early in the morning, then I will take mom for a haircut. After that I will go have lunch with my ex-boss and our old office assistant. I may meet some High School buddies afterwards.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

January 2019

This month has so far been a frugal one partly due to my sickness, partly due to having stocked up when there were good sales.

Tomorrow my savings account is getting a big hit. I am sending the money for 1/3 of the old family home to my cousins and some money to cover the expenses during title transfer to my uncle who will take care of that.

Technically my Net Worth is staying the same but, I do not include any real estate in my NW calculation. I like liquidity best. I would much rather have just a primary residence and the rest in my nest as sweet cash. Lol!

My BIL is calling me the Queen of Real Estate". Cute! If I sold all of what I have, I could buy a 2 bedroom apartment or may be a small house within an hour or two out of NYC. So, not much money in US terms. On top of that, the real estate taxes in the US would plain kill me. Lol!

I feel blessed that I do not have to work but, having a part-time work at the same time.

Mom and I found out that the movie theaters around us are offering less than half price for 50+ for sessions before 4 p.m. during the week and 2 p.m. during the weekend. We just went to a new Turkish movie taking advantage of that. Yay! Never thought I would be eligible for such a discount. It is quiet significant. Think 10 TL versus 25 TL. Not bad at all.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Feeling better!

Now I am feeling a lot better but I am not allowed to travel this week yet. I dread the amount of work expecting me.

Today the cleaning lady came so mo and I went out for a few hours. I drove along the Bosphorus and then we had a fish lunch. I got tired but felt a lot better compared to last week.

I am going to take the last dose of the antibiotic tomorrow morning and then we shall see if I have fully recovered.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Penumonia it is... Ouch!

I wish I had seen the doc sooner. I would have started the antibiotic last week and would be halfway to recovery.

The doc says I am way too sensitive. If you see me in person you would laugh at that.

The moral of the story is to seek help as soon as I start sneezing.

Coming back home, I got my meds and bought some chicken. Mom is working on the chicken as we speak.

Gotta take a nap on my TV chair listening to some stupid day-time show now.