What was in the trashcan?

Phew, I just woke up from a very deep sleep. It was a good sleep though. STL has had some rain and storms and that always makes me sleep well. I had a dream that I was at a cigar bar, called “Bob’s burger’s and meats” and they also supplied the burgers to my favorite bar in STL Syberg’s, and the “cigar artist” was really hot and I wasn’t smoking a cigar but practicing making one. Then these three old women sit down and they’re talking about how they may be old but they still love to live and they’re now children of leisure. The cigar bar guy, I think is asking me for my number but is in fact asking me if I knew the girls across the bar, and they were two girls I went to high school with. Well they came over, and the cigar man ends up giving us tests back like we were all still in a class together. I had only gotten a 4%, this other girl got 100%, and I was so embarrassed because I wanted to go on a date with him.

Anyway….

Juicing! I messed up yesterday. I had the first two juices but then this guest came in, really awesome old man with amazing stories, ordered pizza and cheese sticks and INSISTED, would not stop offering, me and Cameron a slice. I finally broke down, after saying no about 7 times, had a slice and one cheese stick. It was sooooo good too. I weighed myself afterwards, still lost 2 pounds, but dang, messed up. I did want to binge eat after that one slice on muffins that we serve for breakfast, but I did not.  I stand by the fact that when I am off a juice fast NO ONE offers me food, when I am on one, EVERYONE offers me food. Yesterday it was two Doubletree cookies from my friend who works down the street, last night it was pizza. I mean, COME ON!

Anyway, my juices.

Juice One: Kale and apple. I just needed a quick small juice before work. It was good.

Juice Two: Spinach, little broccoli, parsley, celery, kale, romaine, an apple, and some coconut water. Call it a green blast since I use so many green ingredients.

The funny thing that happened last night is Cameron found a pornography magazine in the trash can in the lobby. It’s funny for two reasons: 1. We didn’t expect it to be there and naked people are funny. 2. Who still buys pornography magazines? Haven’t they discovered the internet yet?

The rest of the night was really uneventful. I read a lot of World War Z and am almost done with it. SUCH a good zombie novel. Read it if you haven’t and you love the zombie genre.

 

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Hannibal the Cannibal!

First day of juicing down. Yay! I am not nearly as hungry as I was the last time I started juicing. Probably because my juices focus on veggie’s way more now. I think those fill you up and give you more energy, while the fruit based ones give you sugar highs.

Here is a breakdown of my juices.

Juice 1: 2 kale leaves, 1 orange, and 1 small cucumber. This juice was so energizing. I drank it at 9:30 PM and had great energy til 1:30 AM and my next juice. It also tasted very yummy.

Juice 2: 1 kale leaf, 2 cups spinach, 1 apple,  3 carrots, broccoli and 1 whole celery stalk. Juice was good considering I hate celery juice! I barely tasted it though. Again, energizing, filling, lasted til my last juice at 6:15 AM.

Juice 3: 1 cup spinach, 3 carrots, 1 whole celery stalk, broccoli and an orange.  Tasted good, I was walking home and finishing it. That was nice. I love walking home to decompress at the end of a hard shift, which last night was. About midway through the shift I wished I had started juicing on Sunday so I could be stress eating. But I stood strong.

Last night wouldn’t have been bad except all these drunk tearing up the lobby and one group on the 8th floor who were part of a frat and assholes. I almost kicked a room of them out. Three noise complaints on them, three! They had the gall to say “It wasn’t us.” Then the whole “I wasn’t even in my room! It was someone else.” Listen buddy, you are responsible for anyone you let in your room. I can’t help you have bad taste in friends. Ack, I didn’t kick them out though, because that would have resulted in an issue with the whole frat and they had 17 rooms, I honestly did not want to deal with that. I used this threat “Okay, you can stay, but one complaint, on ANY of the rooms, the whole Frat is leaving.” They agreed and settled down. Well, settle is relative, they all came downstairs and were really loud.

I never understood Frat and Sororities anyway. To me it seems like it is saying, If you pay your dues you will have friends. Oh yeah, and we’re going to judge you, maybe abuse you before we let you join.

Then there was another group of drunkies that were there for a bridal shower. One of them took a bag of popcorn and just flung it EVERYWHERE! Dicks.

There were some drunkie’s that really just sat in one spot and drank beer for at least 8 hours, maybe more. They were down there when my security guard Cameron arrived at 7 PM and went to bed at 3 AM. They were fine except they left a mess. Bitches.

That was work. I had to yell at some college kids and clean for a couple hours.

I want to tell you guys about my TV habits, what I like and a brand new show I love.

I watch a lot of comedies, The Office, The Mindy Show, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Bob’s Burgers. I also love Law and Order: SVU. I don’t know why I do, I just do. Some of my favorite drama’s are Breaking Bad, Weeds, The Tudors, Once Upon a Time, Lost, and The United States of Tara.

The new show that I am absolutely in love with is Hannibal on NBC. They really have hit it out of the park with this show. I mean, the writing is great, it is shot very well, the characters are interesting, I can’t wait to see more.

The basic plot is Hannibal Lector is helping Will Grant with his mental state while Will is solving psychopathic murders. Will has Asperger’s, I think, it may be autism, and such a vivid imagination he can actually picture the crime as it took place and it has a pretty deep effect on his psyche. That’s where Lector comes in, providing some psychiatric treatment to Will.   It does take place in present day, so there are Ipads and modern crime solving technology. Hannibal is actually played by an old Bond villain, and he is awesome, Mads Mikkelsen. Will Grant is skillfully played by Hugh Dancy. Also, the way it is shot kind of reminds me of CSI, but a much darker CSI.  I would check it out if you like dark thrillers. Be warned, much blood and gore.

 

If you do meth, your house may end up looking like this.

Hello! I have been in rural Missouri for the past couple of days without internet and I have so much news, so this is going to bed a pretty long blog.

First, how my diet has been going. I did not bring my juicer out to the country, but I did make sure I cooked vegetarian meals. If my stepdad cooks (my mom never cooks) we would have been eating pasta and meat. I am a pretty awesome cook though. The first night we had homemade scalloped potato’s, roasted carrots, and a huge salad. The scalloped potato’s were SO amazing, I actually got the recipe off of a wordpress blog a long time ago, I wish I could remember whose it was though. If you are reading this and recognise your recipe, please let me know and you are amazing.

Comfort Scalloped Potatoes 350 degree oven

(Have your potatoes sliced and ready to go. Keep them in a bowl of cold water until you need them.) Also need a 2 quart casserole dish, greased.

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 cups milk (any % you prefer)

5-6 large potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced, well drained if necessary) (5 cups)

First for the sauce. On medium low heat, saute the onion in butter until tender and translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, while stirring, for about a minute. Slowly whisk in the milk. Cook while stirring, until the mixture had thickened and come to a soft boil. Cook for another minute. Remove from heat.

Place half of the sliced potatoes, even layer, on the bottom of the greased casserole dish. Cover with half of the sauce. Repeat layers.

Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven, for 45 minutes. Stir half way through. Uncover, bake an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

(In last 15 minutes of baking time, you could sprinkle shredded cheese, of your choice, on top for added cheesy goodness. You can also add any cooked meat you like for a more rounded meal.)

Oven-Roasted Carrots

12 carrots

3 tablespoons good olive oil

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley (This is optional for me – I’ve used parsley before, but I’ve made this recipe far more times without this step.)

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2.  If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole.  Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (They will shrink up while cooking so make the slices big.)

3.  Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4.  Transfer to a sheet pan in one layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.

5.  Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley if desired, season to taste, and serve.

Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles (October 2008), originally from Ina Garten on Food Network

Nutritional Info from Food Network:  Calories:110; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat:1 gram; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates:12 grams; Sugar: 6 grams; Fiber: 3.5 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 484 milligrams

The second night I was there I made vegetarian stuffed peppers. Again, AMAZING. We also ate the last of the giant salad from the night before.

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

•6 large sweet peppers

•2 cups cooked brown rice

•3 small tomatoes, chopped

•1 cup frozen corn, thawed

•1 small sweet onion, chopped

•1/3 cup canned red beans, rinsed and drained

•1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

•3/4 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese

•1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives

•4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

•3 garlic cloves, minced

•1 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon pepper

•3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce

•1/2 cup water

•4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

•Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rice, tomatoes, corn, onion and beans. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, olives, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon into peppers.

• Combine spaghetti sauce and water; pour half into an oval 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the stuffed peppers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.

• Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

I “juiced” at work last night though. Since I was running late I had to cheat and get the less healthy V8 juices, a vegetable one and a fusion one. The fruit V8 was way too sweet though. The veggie V8 just tasted like tomato soup to me. That was yummy.

I also weighed myself, no weight loss but no weight gain. I thought I was going to go up, but I guess since I was eating veggie based meals and portion controlling, it made it so my weight just stayed even. At least I know that even after juicing, if  I watch what I eat I won’t just blow up. I have been reading that on a few blogs, that people will juice and when they go back to eating all the weight instantly comes back. I wonder if that if because they go back to eating poorly.

I also went to my favorite breakfast spot this morning. They are an organic based restaurant though and if you are ever in St. Louis, check out Benton Park Cafe. Their food is soooo amazing. It was a celebration meal. You may be asking, Storm, what are you celebrating? Well, I just got accepted into LAW SCHOOL! I am so excited, so happy, if you know my trailer trash beginning, you would understand this is an American dream in the making. Just, wow, something I have wanted for so long and I have achieved it. Now the next goal, completing law school. 🙂

I told my general manager this morning and he said “I remember in your interview, you saying you’re going to go to Law School some day.” Crazy he remembers my interview, but he is the best manager I have ever worked for. Nelson seems to actually enjoy his job, a rare thing to find. His story is nuts too. He was an anthropology major in college, started busing tables in a high-end restaurant, decided he enjoyed the hospitality industry, and has been working his way up ever since. From busing tables, he now is a regional manager in training and he deserves it. To understand how good he is at his job, lets just say for a while I considered trying to go into management and pursuing a career in the hotel industry because he seemed so happy in his job. Then….I met two other assistant general managers and decided, wait, this is terrible and I would have to deal with guest complaints for the rest of my life….no thank you.

Part of the reason I went out to my mom’s place in the country was to see her new house. This house’s last owners had to be meth addicts. The alterations they made make no sense, so let me take you on a little tour of “The House That Meth Built.”

Lets start with this room, the room that they couldn’t decide where this wallpaper trim was going to go.

So, starts off as a wall runner. Seems legit.

So, starts off as a wall runner. Seems legit.

Guess, they decided to put it up high next though....

Guess, they decided to put it up high next though….

That wall they decided not to use the trim though.....

That wall they decided not to use the trim though…..

Ohhhh....they ran out, so THIS wall only has half...

Ohhhh….they ran out, so THIS wall only has half…

That room was just the beginning of the strangeness.

This door.

This door is only 14 inches wide…

ANOTHER little door....

ANOTHER little door….

And...another little door...must have been a sale on little doors...

And…another little door…must have been a sale on little doors…

LITTLE DOOR!!!!!!!

LITTLE DOOR!!!!!!!

TWO little doors, both going into the same gigantic walk in closet that probably used to be a bedroom....

TWO little doors, both going into the same gigantic walk in closet that probably used to be a bedroom….

Here is a little door to a bedroom closet, but that is not it....

Here is a little door to a bedroom closet, but that is not it….

That little closet was a secret passageway to a secret bathroom!!!! That's right, you get to the bathroom through a walk in closet in a bedroom...

That little closet was a secret passageway to a secret bathroom!!!! That’s right, you get to the bathroom through a walk in closet in a bedroom…

 

 

That's nice, doesn't work, but is nice.

That’s nice, doesn’t work, but is nice.

Pretty chandelier in the kitchen.

Pretty chandelier in the kitchen.

This cool baseball fixture is in what I can only assume used to be a little boys room, which works out because I have a young stepbrother.

This cool baseball fixture is in what I can only assume used to be a little boys room, which works out because I have a young stepbrother.

And this butterfly light fixture is my absolute favorite. I think it is so pretty.

And this butterfly light fixture is my absolute favorite. I think it is so pretty.

This is the stairwell to upstairs.

This is the stairwell to upstairs.

So, that is my parents Kooky fixer upper house. There are other weird things too. Like, the kitchen pantry has a secret little door to another room. A “sunroom” that is just a shell of room, no flooring or anything, just wood and the floor slant downward. Really nice deck though. A lot of half-finished rooms. They did get this crazy house for 49,000 with 5 acres of land, which is not too shabby. Also, there is a fish pond! Stocked full of cat-fish. That is exciting because I love spending a lazy summer afternoon/evening fishing and drinking beer. I know that is such a country thing to say, but there is nothing like it.

This is the last picture I will add, it’s not the best quality, and I wish I could convey how pretty this dawn was, but the camera on my phone is not the best.