Wednesday, March 30, 2011

21 and Pregnant...

I missed my classes again this morning. After setting my alarm clock last night, determined to make it to class today, there was a disconnect this morning. Somehow it didn't go off. Or I shut it off and just don't remember, which is entirely possible.

I didn't get up until Brady got up for work, and by then I had already missed both of my classes. My Professors probably think I'm dead thats how long its been since I've made it to class. I have no motivation to complete school. I have no motivation to do anything other than write music, play my guitar, read a little, do some algebra, sleep, rinse and repeat.

After Brady and I got married I had this surge of energy to prove to him, and myself that I was the best darned wife that ever walked the earth! I was a chef, a house keeper, a laundry mat, a masseuse, and I loved every minute of it.

Then he knocked me up, and the first trimester started and since last week I sleep, eat, pee a lot, do algebra, rinse and repeat. I feel great, albeit tired and a little frightened. I just can't seem to get anything done. I just cleaned the kitchen for the fist time since Sunday. There is a basket of unfolded laundry sitting in the middle of the floor staring me down. Mocking me. I feel like yelling back, "Shut up you stupid basket of whites! You'll never be brilliant again!"

I should have started dinner, instead I started writing. Poor Brady probably wishes he had his old wife back, and she will be back once I get out of this funk, or get unpregnant.

Side Note: We are going to have to figure out a way to get this baby out while I'm sleeping. Because pain+brittany=unmixy things. If anyone has any ideas comment below.

As I was doing the dishes I started writing this blog in my mind and this reads nothing like the masterpiece of fragile, budding, maternal wisdom that I composed. Something else to blame on the pregnancy, apparently the hormones are not only ruining my sense of decorum, but my ability to form rational thought. Though Brady would argue I was never a rational being to begin with. This is my blog and I get to think of myself however I like!

As I come closer to motherhood the more childlike I become. *sigh*

I did make delicious Sloppy Joes last night with homemade potato wedges, onion rings, and ranch dressing. (See Recipe below) It sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen! It was so good though. Today I made Subway sandwiches for lunch. Well in my mind they were Subway sandwiches because that was my craving this morning. Tonight I'm going to make Bagel bites for dinner because Bradys never had them and I made him sacrifice his Pizza Rolls at the store because I bragged and said that Bagel Bites were better. I think they are. I hope he thinks they are. If he doesn't think they are I'll cry and eventually he'll come around.

Sloppy Joes

2 Tablespoons Butter (I only used 1 Tablespoon)
2-½ pounds Ground Beef (I only used 1Lb)
½ whole Large Onion, Diced
1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced (I used 1/2)
5 cloves Garlic, Minced
1-½ cup Ketchup
1 cup Water (1/2 cup)
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Chili Powder (more To Taste)
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)
Worcestershire Sauce, To Taste
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)
Cayenne Pepper (optional; To Taste)

Salt To Taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
Hamburger Buns

Preparation Instructions
Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Onion Strings/ Potato Wedges

1 whole Large Onion/Potato
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups All-purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon (scant) Salt
¼ teaspoons (to 1/2 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
1 quart (to 2 Quarts) Canola Oil
Black Pepper To Taste
Preparation Instructions
Slice onion very thin (or if you're making potato wedges cut potatoes into the shape that satisfies your minds idea of a wedge.) Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour.
Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
Heat oil to 375 degrees.
Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess, and PLUNGE into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown.
Repeat until onions are gone.
Eat before your family sees them.
Repeat with another onion, because they’ll be really mad they didn’t get any.

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