How often do you allow yourself to get sucked in to doing something you shouldn't?
So, at the end of the day, you still have not accomplished a single thing you planned on doing?
What is it that sucks you in?
For me, it's always the computer.
Last summer, when I packed up my big computer, I knew it had a problem. I decided to fix it once we unpacked.
I had a plan.
I figured that by the time I got around to unpacking it, I would be so used to using my little laptop that I wouldn't be in my usual rush.
I was right… Sort of…
I waited a full month after we moved in to unpack it. I tried fixing it myself, briefly, then set it aside.
Yesterday I took it into the repair shop; today I picked it up. The operating system had been reinstalled so all my software and files had to be reloaded. I'd do it over the weekend, in bits and pieces.
I set it next to my desk and went to work on my laptop.
Then I decided, well, I could just plug it in…. Make certain it was fixed.
Then I thought, well, as long as I'm sitting here I could load some software… in between my other work. You know how long and boring loading software is.
Then I thought, well, I could just download the updates for the software.
And, maybe, import some files.
The next thing I knew, the sun had set, the dogs hadn't been walked, it was an hour past quitting time, and I had all I could do to make myself stop. If I had been alone, no other human or dogs in the house, I would happily have worked straight through the night…. and the week….
So, to all the people who did not get their emails answered…
Or their comments responded to….
Or their requests acknowledged….
Or anything and everything else that didn't get done…
Now you know why.
Here, maybe this will make up for it…
Cheesy Beef and Potato Pie
Vegetables, meat and cheese, bound together with beaten eggs makes a simple but flavorful one-dish dinner. It's like pie, but without the crust.
2 medium potatoes
8oz (250gr) ground beef
1 red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) beef stock
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup (2.5oz, 80gr) shredded cheese
Roughly chop onion and pepper. Mince garlic. Cut potatoes in half the long way then slice thinly. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and toss to coat with oil. Sauté potatoes until tender and starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the onions, peppers and garlic and continue to sauté until all vegetables are lightly browned, about 10 minutes longer. Add the beef stock, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and put vegetables in a baking dish, 8 or 9 inch square (20 or 22.5 cm). Return pan to heat and add beef, paprika and oregano. Brown beef, breaking it up as it cooks. When beef is done, spread it over potatoes. Sprinkle cheese evenly over beef. In a medium bowl whisk eggs and Worcestershire. Pour eggs evenly over the cheese. Bake at 400F (200C) until eggs are set, 15 - 18 minutes. Serve.
Can't wait for tomorrow….