Vacation is so close yet it feels so far away right now. I’m trying not to overwhelm myself by all that I have left to do over the next three days but I also use all of my tasks and activities as benchmarks getting me that much closer to vacation.
So I’ll start with the benchmark I just completed: A phone interview! In….
Omaha, Nebraska! The interview went really well in my opinion. When they contacted me last week to set up the phone interview, they told me I was one of four out of 250 applicants that they will be interviewing. It was flattering to know that I was picked out of such a huge pool of applicants to move forward. Prior to hearing from them last week, I’d never really thought about Omaha. To be honest, I don’t know what to think of that city, but I’ve never been there before so I’m trying to keep an open mind through the rest of this application/interview process. The gentlemen I interviewed with told me that they have a hard time getting people to commit to moving to Omaha. I can understand that. I’m sure the city has a lot to offer and if I get selected to do an in-person interview, I’ll investigate it more, but as of right now, the only thing I know about Omaha is that ConAgra Foods is headquartered there. That, and Counting Crows, my favorite band, has a song titled “Omaha”.
Omaha Somewhere in Middle America
Get right to the heart of matters
It’s the heart that matters more
I think you better turn your ticket in
And get your money back at the door
Anyway, onto the rest of benchmarks: I’ve got half a day left of volunteering, a short run, an early morning long run, a hair cut, a waxing appointment, a credential maintenance class, a birthday party, brunch with friends, and a handful of errands to run. Oh and Nick and I will be cleaning out the refrigerator over the next few days as well. Which leads me to:
Great Easy Meals: 250 Fun & Fast Recipes
By Food Network Magazine
I had a TON of celery sitting in the fridge. On top of the bunch I got from the most recent co-op pick-up, I bought some for a recipe prior to receiving the co-op bunch that needed to be used up. So I decided to go all out and use both bunches in this one recipe even though the recipe only calls for one bunch.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I HATE, HATE, HATE celery. But I hate to waste food, so I sucked it up and had this for dinner last night. Being a side dish in Great Easy Meals: 250 Fun & Fast Recipes, not all of the ingredients had specific measurements so I used the last of our fresh oregano, about 1/4 of a cup, and two tablespoons of butter. With those measurements in mind along with the two bunches of celery instead of one, this dish came out to 120 calories per serving. Celery itself is pretty low in calories so had I only used one bunch, the calories count per serving would have gone down by about 15 calories. So my thoughts. It’s a good way to use up two bunches of celery at once. And once I doused it with plenty of salt and pepper, it wasn’t so bad. I served this dish with chicken and whole-wheat couscous (not pictured). Once I mixed those in with the Braised Celery, the flavors of the meal almost reminded me of stuffing, one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes! So all in all, it could have been worse, but a lot of seasoning and chicken and couscous were required to make it edible. I probably won’t make this dish again unless I need to use a ton of celery up quickly. But if you like celery, you’ll probably enjoy this dish!