What's the point in doing things the right way if one still gets the same bad result?
I mean, If being good and being bad both put me in the same exact place at the end of the day…. It's usually more fun to be bad…
I might as well enjoy the journey!
We had 'un petit orage' yesterday.
I know the drill. I've been mucking about with computers since the days of '1's and '0's!
I was in the middle of uploading files to my site and photos to my blog… But, as the thunder got closer and louder, I stopped.
I shut everything down, even disconnected the phone lines. I was thorough, 'propre'.
Then, feeling very virtuous, I went out to the garage (with a good book) and rode my exercise bike for the 40 minute or so duration of the storm.
When the sun came out again I went back to my office, plugged everything in, fired it all up…. No internet.
I naturally assumed, since I had been so careful, it must be a France Telecom problem. I called to explain this to them.
I spent an hour working with a very nice young lady, who broke into impeccable English after I had fractured her ear with my bad French for 30 minutes, trying to ascertain the problem. No luck, but I did get to spend a delightful interlude on the flour under my desk, plugging and unplugging, holding in reset buttons and watching the blinking lights.
She then transferred me to a different department and a different technician.
We spent another hour, determining that it was, indeed, a France Telecom problem. (Why will they never believe me the first time?)
BTW: Someday, I'm going to have my computer, cables, routers, outlets, etc. on top of my desk rather than under it.
He then transferred my 'file' to another department who would fix the problem within 24 hours.
They did. When I finally returned from a day that truly 'tried my soul', it was working. Magic!
And so, I finally get to finish yesterday's work:
'Healthier' Taco Salad
8oz (250gr) ground beef (mince) or turkey
1/3 cup brown rice
2/3 cup chicken stock
1 small onion
1/2 green or red pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 small can chopped green chilies (4oz, 125gr)
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
3oz (100gr) cherry tomatoes about 1/2 cup before slicing
2 jars taco sauce, hot or mild or both
1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese – your choice
Lettuce/greens – enough for 2 main meal salads
Cook brown rice according to package directions.
Chop onions and green pepper. Mince garlic. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili powder and sauté briefly (30 seconds). Add onion and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic, turkey/beef and chilies and continue cooking until meat is done. Add taco sauce – you want the meat mixture to be thick so don't add all of the sauce if it's not needed – serve the rest on the side. Take meat mixture off heat. When rice is done remove from heat. Slice tomatoes and avocado. Tear the lettuce and arrange on plates. Divide rice and put on lettuce, divide meat mixture and put on rice. Top with shredded cheese. Artfully arrange tomato and avocado slices around salad and serve with any remaining salsa. Mon mari always adds some sliced jalapeños to his but that is too hot for me.
In addition to the above, for the week of May 16, we have Oriental Asparagus Salad, Grilled Teriyaki Swordfish, Pasta with Peanut Sauce, Cornish Game Hens from the Barbecue, Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken, and more…
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