Online Dating – Week 7

Yeah, I know, I don’t have a witty title this week. Sue me. I’m at a fucking wedding today. Actually, I’m IN the wedding, and no, it’s not my own. But wouldn’t that be hysterical?

First, I’d like to point out to the gentlemen who have found me not only on the dating site, but also right here and are reading this lovely little post to not feel threatened by the fact that I’m blogging about my online dating experience. If you go back through the posts and read them, you’ll discover that 1) I don’t give names, 2) I don’t give details, and 3) this is all written about ME with a sense of humor, I hope. Why? Because it’s MY blog. It’s not about any of you. No one will know who you are, and I’m not going to demean you in public. I’m not that kind of person.

Okay, we may now move forward…

I had a date/meet and greet kind of thing last week, and guess what? This one was actually the height listed on his profile! *choir music from above* I know, it’s a goddamn miracle. My reading? Good man, good heart, good dad, probably won’t like my smoking, but that”s why we have this….

Yep, that’s right, I have an electric cigarette. I’ve had it for awhile, but I kept forgetting about it. Also, I have a doc appointment on the 3rd, so I’ll be asking the doc about Chantix. Why am I doing this? Not for Bachelor #5 (the good dad, etc.), but for ME…and it’s about damn time. However, the woman who lives above me might not live to see the New Year if I’m going to quit smoking.

Anyway, Bachelor #5 and I discovered we have a mutual friend, so then we had to figure out if we’ve run into one another before….like 20 years ago. The possibility is there, but two 40-somethings putting their heads together only causes memory loss. However, I had a wonderful time talking with him. So much so that we stood in the parking lot talking for an hour and a half after the place closed. I’d say that was a good date, meet and greet, whatever you want to call it. We share a good deal in common – writing, music, and apparently friends. Hope to see him again. =)

Aside from that, I haven’t had time for much else because I’ve picked up a new assignment that equals roughly 3,000 words of work (plus research and on top of all my other work) in less than a week. Um, yeah. My brain should be fried by Hallowe’en.

So I guess I’d better finish the two short stories I’m working on!

Have a great day and Happy Hallowe’en!!!



Cholesterol…Damn It!

In lieu of my typical recipe post, we’ll be talking about my health today. Why is this important, aside from the fact that not eating healthy can kill me? Well, mainly because it’s going to change the recipes I post on this here little blog. But that’s a good thing, trust me, because I can’t stand bland food, so I’ll be finding ways to make healthy good-for-you-food taste great. Hey, it’s what I do.

So my arteries are getting clogged up. That’s what high cholesterol does to you, which puts you at risk for heart disease. Awesome! But here’s the kicker….high cholesterol is 240 mg/dL and higher; mine is at 1900+. Wait, WTF? Yeah. Shouldn’t I be dead?

So here are the things I can’t eat anymore with my notes attached:

Butter, margarine and shortening – um, WTF? How am I supposed to cook and bake now?

Coconut and palm oils – not a problem! They aren’t in my diet to begin with.

Cheese – But I LOVE cheese!!! *pouts*

French fries – don’t care much for these anyway

Doughnuts – *gasps*

Whole milk – looks like I’m going back to 1% milk

Cookies – are you fucking kidding me???

On the plus side, olive oil, avocado, walnuts & almonds (neither of which I eat), sunflower seeds (along with sesame and pumpkin seeds), and seafood along the lines of salmon, mackerel, and herring are IN.

And on top of this, I essentially need to switch to a low carb diet with anti-inflammatory foods. Hey! Avocado is an anti-inflammatory food! Homemade guacamole, here I come!

Time to start looking up recipes….and of course, modifying them. 🙂

Calling All Minions!

My dearest minions,

You know I love you. You know I adore you. You know I will do anything for you.

Today, I need your help. I need you to spread the word about my Fight Like A Girl campaign. This isn’t a scam and I’m not keeping the money, but I sure would like to donate more than $25.00 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. I say that because it almost feels like people think it. If anyone has said it or does say it, I implore you to tell me about it so I can correct them.

Women in my family have died from breast cancer. This is not something that is trivial for me and I would like to help in the fight for the cure.

And for you, my minions, what I am going to do is hold a contest for helping spread the word. You can tweet it, blog it, Facebook it…whatever you want and how you want to do it. Just drop the link to one or each in the comments area. For each thing you do, you get one entry, so total up your entries as well and leave that in the comments.

Tweet = 1 entry

Facebook = 1 entry

Blog = 1 entry

The Prize:

You have a choice of either a Fight Like A Girl bracelet, or a Zombie Survival Crew survival bracelet in your color of choice.


Here is the link you’ll need to tweet, blog, or Facebook:

Don’t let me down, my minions! Let the games begin! You have until October 31st.

Good luck and thank you!

Your loving master,

Jinxie G

Online Dating – Week 6

Art © Lori Lasswell

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve mainly been playing email tag with a couple of guys, have texted and talked to Bachelor #3 once or twice, annnnnnnd that’s pretty much it. Boring, I know. You don’t have to tell me, I’m living it. I almost think I’d have better luck with the prince. The issue is that I’ve got a lot on my plate right now and since I just picked up a new assignment, time to write this post got sucked away until 3am. How in the hell is it that I have no time to do things when I don’t work a 9 to 5 job? I have no idea. It’s not like I’ve been playing video games all this time…

Which reminds me…I need to play Dragon Age again to try to get further in the game. I think I left off in Orzamar…

Also? I’ve been watching The Walking Dead and Terra Nova religiously. But that’s only two nights a week. Grimm looks awesome too. That one starts this Friday. I’m always down for some Grimm’s fairy tales! Especially the twisted versions. =)

Back to the dating….

I mentioned the height thing in last week’s Dating Site Tip #6. The reason I brought it up is because I’ve discovered that either these guys are lying about their height–you know, like Hollywood lies about actors’ heights so you think they’re taller than they really are, like Tom Cruise, who is hella shorter than me but doesn’t seem so on screen–by two inches at least, or they’re simply in denial that they’ve shrunk over the years. I get it. It’s difficult to admit age is taking its toll on you. Don’t worry about it.

This is why I’m doing yoga classes. I need to tone up the areas that have gotten weak and strengthen that hereditary bad lower back of mine. It’s working so far and I’m enjoying the relaxation. Typically, after a yoga session on Monday, I don’t feel like doing a damn thing the rest of the night. It works out since Terra Nova is on that night. =)

And now I’m rambling, so…I’m working on setting up a meet this week. We’ll see how that goes. Hey, the guy loves The Princess Bride. Who can say no to that? He’ll “get” the quotes I throw out at random.



Note: I’ll be in a wedding next Monday, so there will likely be no Online Dating post unless I think of something silly to write AND have time to write it. This will also very likely be the last time I’m going to be a bridesmaid because I’m getting too damn old for that shit. My cousin is sooooo lucky she’s family and that I love her like a sister! And yes, I’ll post pics.

© Lori Lasswell - Artist Extraordinaire (click the pic)

Grandma’s Pot Pie

Today’s recipe comes from my late g-ma Ethel. She also called it meat ‘n’ potato pie. Why? Because that’s pretty much what’s in it. You can add carrots or whatever, but I like it this way.

Pot Pie Crust

4 cups flour

1 cup shortening

2 teaspoons salt

Enough water to mix*

Combine ingredients in a bowl until dough is formed. Knead the dough in bowl or on counter (preferably flour-covered). Split dough in half, place one back in the bowl and roll out the other until it is large enough to fit in a 2-quart casserole dish. Line the dish with the dough and roll out the other one for the top.

Note: if you don’t have a lot of room in your kitchen (like me these days), you can buy one of those Pillsbury ready-made crusts. It’s not really the same, but it works.


Pot Pie

Cut potatoes and cooked roast into small pieces (like for a stew), place in pot and fill with water, then bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add flour to make gravy. Amount is to thickness desired.

Once potatoes are soft, pour into dough-lined casserole dish until full, and top with the other rolled out dough. Be certain to cut slits (at least 3 or 4) into the top so it can breathe (I know that sounds weird).

Bake at 400˚ for 50 to 60 minutes, depending on your oven.


~ cut in half for a smaller pot pie ~

* About ¼ cup water


Vive bene, spesso l’amore, di risata molto!

(live well, love much, and laugh often!)

Cooking Tips #11


The first and foremost ingredients in seasoning your food is salt and pepper. Why? Using salt and pepper first brings out the flavor in any dish. If you don’t use salt and pepper, give it a try once and taste the difference.