Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hello. It's me.

Hello. It’s me.
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to hear me. (Adele)

Okay, maybe it hasn’t been years. But it certainly has been more than 45 minutes.  Long enough for a beer run certainly. But truth be told Team Tuna, misery is what sparks the snarky part of me.  Since leaving Endless Engineering, it has been coasting along. I did hear that Beer Girl with her long blond hair extensions and fake boobs left, no doubt once I bailed she was over faced with having to do her own freaking job.  

But my Facebook page has been suddenly getting a little action including a few new followers in the last week, thanks Kathy and Marion.  We’ve never met but I am a bit of a follower whore. The daily views could be by someone who recently defriended me, I wonder if they think I might write a post about them. It could happen. Blocking me from you Facebook is the equivalent to an electronic restraining order.  And very tempting.

Things however been a bit jammed packed with buying a house, selling a house, packing and lugging our shit across town.  The same faithful friends showed up on moving day but it only served to show that not only are we 15 years older, so are our friends.  The Big Tuna and I had a Thirty Three and a third wedding anniversary party to celebrate the new digs. A third of a century, that’s in real time, not dog years.

New House View

Additionally, I did a cross country trip with Sheldon to move her from the icy east coast since the Brit got a fab job in Seattle. Word to the wise, never, ever, ever, get off the Texas interstate during an icy storm to drive on the frontage road because it might appear it would be faster.  Never. Ever.  Mommy’s imaginary brake pedal was in overdrive. At least now we’re on the same time zone to talk on the phone. 

Better Engineering is still pretty entertaining. I mean it still has its challenges with the 12-year olds, Grumpy Guy and Super Boss but meh, its fine.   The other Project Manager stole one of my 12-year olds and replaced him with an Autistic Engineer, Augie.  The sole reason they assigned said engineer to me was to document him to be fired with my amazing way with writing words. Something all of you already know if you’re reading this blog. It didn’t bode well for him when he tried to awkwardly flirt with me.  

“Umm… Augie, I’m old enough to be your mom.”

“Not possible, how old are you” as he fidgeted and wrapped his arms around his own waist to give himself a little self-hug love.

“52” I shared.

“That’s WAAAAAY older than my mom! I mean WAY older.”

This is going on your permanent record for sure. Fortunately I made him go through enough flaming hoops to make him quit rather than having to fire him. Sigh, everything I learned about managing staff I learned by being the parent to a teenager.

Since I am still working a zillion hours a week, I did stumble upon an easy crockpot meatloaf.  This is after all a recipe blog.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
2-pounds ground beef
½ pound ground Italian sausage
1 onion finely chopped
3 large carrots halved
2 eggs
1 ½ cups ketchup divided
¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder divided
1 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon yellow mustard

Place carrots in the bottom of your crockpot. Combine beef, sausage, onion, ¾ cup ketchup, breadcrumbs, eggs, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, mx well with your hands. You won’t die from touching it, do it.  Form meat into a loaf and place gently on top of carrots.  In same bowl, mix remaining ingredients and spread over the top of the loaf. Cover and cook on low of 8 hours.  If you felt inclined, you could serve over some mashed potatoes.

Maybe this little post will inspire me to crank out more posts. I could write about the drunk employee I just fired, Super Boss’ major ADD, world domination of the volunteer organizations or my brand new horse I just bought for a dollar.  Dealer’s choice. So show me a little love by commenting so I know I’m not in the dead zone. Good week Team Tuna.


Marla said...

I am quite delighted to find you in full snarkiness. You made my heart happy today. Now spill the beans on drunk guy. ��

Kim said...

Lol, I want to hear about drunk guy too

Karen said...

I follow your blog and I don't cook! What does that say? Glad you're back.

Andrea said...

I am not sure if I ever realized this was a recipe blog. I just thought you assumed we get hungry while reading...which is true of course! So I must keep in mind that the recommended gift for 33 1/3 is not housewares, but rather an actual house! Congrats!

Hilary said...

I'm happy you are back (even if only sort of)

a real mother said...

New house? 33 1/3 celebration? Big doings at the Tuna house indeed! Good to see you back on the blog.

Empty Nester said...

I got so excited when I saw you show up in my comments! So glad you didn't fall off the face of the earth of go off a cliff in a T-Bird with your Thelma (or Louise?).

Jojo said...

I had to stop myself from reading that recipe. I could almost smell it cooking in the crock pot. Now I'm hungry and that sounds delicious!

Doreen McGettigan said...

I've really missed you! Glad ypur daughter got out of here, it is frigid in Philly today. I really need to get a new slow cooker. Have a positive and powerful week.

Stephanie said...

I've missed you! Congrats on the new house and that lovely view! Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you :)

Jean | said...

So glad you're back in the blogosphere, Mrs. Tuna! You've been missed. What's with putting carrots under the meatloaf? Sounds interesting, but I've never heard of it. What's the idea behind it? Moving is a huge pain; hope you're handling it better than I would!

AiringMyLaundry said...

Welcome back!

Mm, meatloaf. Love meatloaf.

Kimberly said...

Electronic restraining device -- I LOVE IT.
I had to place some of those on people including my mother in law. Yes I sure did. Mullets belong in Walmart not in my facebook feed.
That should be on a t-shirt.
Welcome back you and congrats on the new house. Moving sucks. I've only done it once so I wouldn't know what it's like to actually move after being in a house for 15 years. So maybe I can't comment on how sucky it really is.
I'm sure there was wine involved. Perhaps a box of it.

julie gardner said...

Why I never thought to go on a beer run is beyond me but I'm SO glad you're back.

My kids are headed to the Pacific Northwest in the next 6-18months for college.

I'm glad you survived moving Sheldon. Fingers crossed I'll get through it, too.

But there will definitely be alcohol involved.

(We've earned it at our ripe old age, right?)

Alexandra said...

You're back!!! I almost fell off my chair! Mrs TUNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jojo said...

Electronic restraining it and im feeling empowered just thinking about it. You create powerful illustrations of people with your pen.

Never made a crock pot meatloaf and that might be worth a try.

Ms. G said...

Good to see you coming around! Glad everything is going well : )Definitely want to hear the drunk employee story so don't run out on us again!!!!

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