Friday 5: Bad Mood Food

  1. What are you most likely to reach for when you stress-eat? I’m not really a stress eater at all, but if I happen to be hungry and angry or burned out, pasta. It’s my favorite food overall anyway.
  2. When were you last disappointed by a meal? Speaking of pasta, we went out to see Rocky Horror as usual and ate out before, and I ordered this pasta that wasn’t bad or anything, but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. The sauce had a flavor to it I wasn’t too thrilled with.
  3. What food are you sad you can’t get anymore? All of my grandma’s cooking. My aunt has nailed down her apricot cookies and poppyseed cake and I’m confident we do a good job with her potato salad, but we also never got it quite right. And her cottage cheese and dumplings–that’s a super easy one that’s not, like, a recipe unique to her or anything and could be duplicated just fine, it’s just that I’ve never tried. I should.
  4. For what food will you make an exception to a personal rule? Speaking of Grandma’s food, my mom makes her soups on occasion, which are of course made with meat, and I’m a vegetarian. I’ll also still eat her rigatoni, even though that has meat in the sauce. I avoid it as much as possible. Shrimp is also still a weakness of mine, although I successfully avoid it almost all of the time, and good, fresh crab tempts me anytime I’m at the beach.
  5. What’s something you really like but would never order while dining out because you have it at home all the time? It’s not necessarily because I have it at home a lot, but any Polish food that’s common in the family at holidays and such, I think in part because the family does it the best, of course, and it just feels pointless. Now, if there’s a restaurant that has a reputation for that cuisine or a specific food, I’ll try it–I did that with this Hungarian place we went to with Marissa and Meri where I got pierogis. And for a while, I stopped eating eggplant parmesan when I went out because I preferred how I make it at home. I haven’t made it in a while, though, and I should get back into that.

As always, from Friday 5.

Saturday 9: Miss Me More

Saturday 9: Miss Me More (2018)

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1) This song is about a girl who ditched her high heels so she wouldn’t be taller than her beau. Tell us about the most recent addition to your footwear wardrobe. Do you need to go shoe shopping? I absolutely do not, but I love shoes. I bought a pair of vegan leather boots most recently.

2) She sings that she misses the sheets on the bed she made herself. As you answer these questions, is your bed made? Here’s the thing–aside from when fresh sheets are ready, I find making the bed to be an absolutely pointless chore. You’re making it look tidy for who, exactly, and what reason? Beds are for sleeping, which we do every night, and I’m not interested in a chore I have to repeat every day that’s essentially only for aesthetics. So no, my bed is not made.

3) This video shows her in a ring. Have you ever worn boxing gloves? Nope.

4) This week’s featured artist, Kelsea Ballerini, got married on Christmas Day in 2017. That makes their anniversary easy to remember. Are you celebrating any birthdays or anniversaries this month? My brother’s birthday was the 15th, and it would’ve been my grandfather’s the day before. The anniversary of his death, though, is the 18th.

5) Kelsea has been quoted as saying, “Perfect doesn’t exist.” She worries that we exhaust ourselves “trying to be something that isn’t real.” How about you? Do you believe your best is good enough? Or do you strive for perfection? I’d say I do my best. Perfection is great, but it’s unattainable, and although I’d sometimes describe myself as a perfectionist, I also know there’s no such thing.

6) One of Kelsea’s tattoos is a square inside of a circle, aka a square peg in a round hole, on her left wrist. She says it’s there to remind her that it’s OK to “not fit the mold of what normal might be.” Tell us about a time where you felt like a square peg in a round hole. I felt it with some friends for a time, and I’ve felt it with in-laws. But in the case, I knew that going in, which makes it a little different, I think.

7) In 2018, when this song was popular, French President Emmanuel Macron lowered fuel taxes. When it’s time to fill your tank, do you shop around for the best price? Not usually, unless I just happen to be on a longer drive and know I’ll pass a few gas stations and can use an app to find the cheapest option. But otherwise, it makes more sense to go with what’s convenient. Besides, enough gas stations have some sort of loyalty program that I’m usually able to save at least a little money wherever I do go.

8) Also in 2018, Luxembourg made all public transportation free. When is the last time you rode a bus or train? It wasn’t public transportation, but I rode a bus last winter as part of a trip to D.C. I haven’t ridden an actual train in a several years, but I have ridden a subway train in the last few months.

9) Random question: When did you most recently say, either out loud or to yourself, “I haven’t got a thing to wear?” Whenever I left the house last, which was yesterday, Sunday. I work from home, so it’s not usually an issue.

Friday 5: Food Mood

  1. What’s the best striped food? Fudge Stripe cookies, which sound delicious right now.
  2. What’s the best spotted food? Huh, I can’t think of any. Or at least not any that I eat.
  3. What’s the best layered food? Lasagna. Sure, it’s the most obvious answer, but pasta is my favorite thing, and layers of pasta and cheese smothered in sauce? Yes. I make a pretty good eggplant lasagna, too, when I think about doing it.
  4. What’s the best swirly food? Cinnamon buns, especially hot and fresh, even if the cinnamon and frosting get stuck under my long fingernails.
  5. What’s the best black-and-white food? Sushi, duh.

As always, from Friday 5.