Why Dwayne Johnson Is Everything Our Current President Is Not

The People’s President?

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Dwayne Johnson smashed through the great wall of news this week, rushing over and lifting us up in a powerful but tender overhead press, carrying us toward the dreamland he lives in where everyone is hardworking, great-looking, and nice as hell.

Bless GQ for sending Caity Weaver on the enviable mission to profile Dwayne Johnson, and for their art department for thinking what we’re all thinking: If a celebrity had to be president, wooing the electorate with charm and charisma, why not elect Johnson, who appears to excel in every area our current president lacks?

Evan Osnos recently reported that “other than golf, [Trump] considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.” A finite amount of energy? Dwayne Johnson is a solar-powered, clean running beast of infinite energy and charisma.

If you are a child, good luck getting past Dwayne Johnson without a high…

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ADD Fighter

I decided today that I was going to start a blog. I even came up with a name for it – Scrambled Brains and Coffee. Then…I realized…I already have a blog with that title.

Welcome to my scrambled brain.

Some people picture ADD as someone who can’t sit still, is prone to violent outbursts, and is always in “go” mode, but that’s not always true. ADD looks different for every single person, and is VERY different from male to female.

I was diagnosed in my early thirties when we were in the middle of acquiring a diagnosis for my son. Talk about all the puzzle pieces falling into place! So many things from my past finally just made sense. It was like a huge curtain had been drawn back so I could see my reality vs. the reality I had been led to believe by those who knew me.

If I had only known then…

For me, ADD is like having 200+ web browser tabs open in my brain at all times. What are we going to eat for dinner today? Did I mail that letter I was supposed to mail last week? Halloween is in a few months, should we start planning? I know it’s only May, but where are we going for Christmas this year? Did Gavin take his meds today? I wonder if I remembered to put the clothes in the washing machine in the dryer? Did I take my meds today? That spot on the pavement outside looks funny. What should I watch on TV tonight? And on…and on…and on.

My brain never stops and most of my times is spent trying to sort my thoughts so I can get something done.

Not fun.

On top of the constant thinking, I never finish anything. Or it’s a very rare occurrence, at the least.

My one proudest accomplishment would be going back to school to complete my GED in 2015. This was a HUGE step for me because I did not have any confidence in myself that I could do it and I was scared to death! But I did it. I took the prep classes and I passed my GED testing with flying colors. I even acquired 99% on the written portion! After I got my GED, I took a couple of college courses and loved them. I’ve always said that if I ever won the lottery I would become a lifetime student, and I mean it. I love sitting in a classroom and learning new things. There’s no better feeling for me. And now that I know I have ADD and I am taking medication for it, the learning comes so much easier.

The biggest thing I’ve learned since my diagnosis is to not let it hold me back. Because I have ADD, I have to work harder and fight for the things I want because they will never come easily to me. And I am definitely a fighter.

Menu Plan & Grocery Shopping #1

I am horrible at sticking to anything.

Seriously.

Big surprise, I know.

Take this blog, for instance. You may have noticed that I can go weeks, or even months, without updating it. That’s not even taking into consideration the series’ that I have started, posted about once or twice, and then never posted about again. Or the blankets I started crocheting for the kids for Christmas…last year…and am nowhere near finishing.

But I am trying to fix this flaw, honest.

How am I trying to fix it, you may ask? By starting a new series, of course.

Welcome to my Menu Plan & Grocery Shopping series.

We are not well-off and are always trying to find ways to cut our grocery bill. Add to that the fact that there are some days where I might simply forget to make dinner and then end up calling it a “fend for yourself” day instead of cooking something healthy for my family, and meal planning has become a necessity. I’ve been meal planning for a bit, now, and we have definitely noticed a difference in our grocery bill and I cook much more often, but as with everything it is still a work-in-progress.

So, going forward, I will post a 2 week meal plan and the subsequent grocery shopping that goes along with it on Sunday.

Our Meal Plan from June 21st-July 4th

I tend to move meals around according to our mood and activities. Fridays are fend for yourself, Tuesdays are Pancakes, and Saturdays are for soup and sandwiches. I’m not a big breakfast eater and will normally just stick to coffee, but the kids usually eat cereal, oatmeal, waffles, or toast. Lunch is usually a fend-for-yourself situation. The kids most often choose scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, or peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Snacks are usually yogurt, granola bars, or fresh fruit & veggies.

Dinner:

  • Sunday – Chicken wraps
  • Monday – Spicy pork chops & rice
  • Tuesday – Pancakes
  • WednesdayKITCHEN CLOSED – We’re going to a friend’s house for hubby’s birthday BBQ.
  • Thursday – Meatballs & gravy w/mashed potatoes
  • Friday – Fend for yourself
  • Saturday – Soup & sandwiches
  • Sunday – Sweet orange chicken
  • Monday – Quinoa Corn Chowder
  • Tuesday – Pancakes
  • WednesdayKITCHEN CLOSED – It’s Canada Day and we will be celebrating at our local park.
  • Thursday – Sausages & Pasta
  • Friday – Fend for yourself
  • Saturday – Soup & sandwiches

Setting up a meal plan is key to saving money and decreasing our waste, but I still have to go shopping and stick to my list. Easier said than done. Especially when hubby comes along with me! We used to shop at Superstore, but it was costing us a small fortune! Our Walmart became a Super Walmart this year and we’ve started doing our shopping there and noticed a major difference. I went from spending almost $800 a month on groceries to between $400 and $500 (on a good month).

Today’s Shopping Trip (Walmart):

Our budget for each shopping trip is $200.

Pork chops – $10.00

Frozen Italian Meatballs – $9.00

Baby Kale – $3.47

Apple Slices – $5.00

Sweet Bell Peppers – $6.54

10lbs Red Potatoes – $4.47

Betty Crocker Cake Mix x 2 – $4.28

Granola Bars – $10.47

Chicken Broth x 2 – $3.74

Canned Diced Tomatoes x 2 – $2.00

Tomato Soup x 2 – $1.48

Pancake Syrup – $1.97

Pancake Mix – $2.00

Oatmeal – $3.27

Kraft Dinner x 6 – $4.02

Elbow Pasta – $1.00

Fettuccine – $1.00

Brown Rice – $6.87

Shredded Cheese – $5.47

Strawberries – $2.77

Meat, Cheese, & Crackers Snack Tray – $6.97

Cool Whip x 2 – $6.94

Canned Mandarins – $0.85

Crushed Pineapple – $1.67

Crunchy Peanut Butter – $4.97

Tomato Sauce – $1.00

Pudding Cups x 2 – $2.00

Nescafe Coffee – $4.97

Boneless Chicken Breasts – $10.00

Mild Italian Sausages – $10.00

Hickory BBQ Sauce – $1.47

Skim Milk (4 L) x 2 – $14.54

Frozen Perogies – $2.00

Frozen Waffles – $1.77

Jello Pudding Mix x 2 – $2.34

Bread x 3 – $6.88

Mushroom Gravy Pkg x 2 – $2.96

Chocolate Chips – $2.22

Eggs – $3.37

Yogurt – $5.97

Mystery item on receipt that I can’t figure out (don’t judge) – $4.97

Total: $186.68

Budget: $200.00

– Spent: $186.68

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=         : $  13.32

Under budget…woohoo!

Now to stick to the meal plan…

Today and Every Day

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. My kids will spend the day hanging out with their father, likely doing something like playing video games. They’ll give him homemade Father’s Day cards that come from the heart and call him their hero and best friend. I will let him soak it all up while I sit back and quietly smile.

But I won’t be calling my father. I won’t talk to my father because I haven’t spoken to my father in over 3 years, now. I can’t get into the mechanics of it all right now, because I simply don’t want to. However, even though we don’t speak, I still think of him every day.

And especially this time of year.

So happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you. I miss you. And I wish things could be different.

Feeling Lost and I Don’t Know How to Find Me

The post title says it all, really.

I am lost.

I am not working right now; only on unemployment insurance. My days are spent trolling my Facebook newsfeed, playing Sims, bingeing on Netflix, and reading. None of these things alone are necessarily bad, but when it is all I do day in and day out 7 days a week…that’s not so good.

You see, when I hurt my arm and left my job back in December, I had a plan. I was going to attend an online school to take a Medical Transcription course. The school came highly recommended. I was told the school not only provides the course (and all the assistance required to get through it), but they also help place you with a company afterwards. The biggest draw for me was that I would get to work from home! I had to wait until I was on regular benefits, rather than medical, however.

Once that happened, I really started to look into it deeper.

My initial plan of action had been to have EI help me pay for the course, but I hit a snag. You see, I never completed my High School. HS completion was not a prerequisite for the MT course, but is a requirement to even be considered for funding assistance. Faced with the possibility of having to go into personal debt to take the course I decided to do further research into the school first.

All was not as it seemed, after all.

I found website upon website with people testifying negatively about the course, and the school in particular. Some of the statements said the pay was horrible, you didn’t get any assistance from the school before or after, there was no job security, the schools remain operating but most companies are using other methods, and so much more. That alone wouldn’t have guaranteed an immediate change of route, but many of the testimonies were from people who have been in the industry for 15+ years, and that scared me. I started to really think hard about whether or not I wanted to go into debt to complete a course that I might not even be able to put to use for employment?

In the end, I chose to not do it. It was just too big of a risk for me, and us as a family. We’ve come way too far to put ourselves in financial dire straits again.

So now I am stuck at home trying to find a job that I might like. Again.

I know what I don’t want. No food. Nothing physical (my arm can’t take it). And as for what I do want…something where I have authority, because that’s where I thrive. Something that allows me to still spend time with my family.

But right now almost everyone hiring is hiring for the food industry. I guess that’s what happens when you live on an island.

So still I search.

On a positive note, I am working on my GED again. I am studying the book at home and then I will take the tests. But I haven’t told anyone because I have quit it so many times in the past that I just want to keep it to myself this time. Maybe that will help me push through. For me. Not for anyone else.

I wish venting (rambling) here made me feel better, but I don’t really think it does.

Maybe I’m just hoping someone will tell me I’m not alone.

C.

Doritos Taco Salad

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My kids don’t like vegetables. Occasionally I am able to coax them into eating some peppers or mushrooms, but they have to be hidden in a sauce of some kind. But greens? Forget about it!

Tonight we had a breakthrough!

I made this delicious Doritos Taco Salad – Life In The Lofthouse from Life in the Lofthouse and both kids ate it up and asked for MORE! What’s more, they both want to take it to school for lunch tomorrow!

Taco salad for the WIN!

This hearty, filling dinner came together in about 1/2 an hour, including about 10 minutes to cool the meat a little bit before combining everything. The only changes I made were to add a few peppers to the meat as it cooked and to change to Nacho Doritos to Zesty.

Spicy Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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Tonight’s dinner!

This Spicy Parmesan Chicken Pasta from Life in the Lofthouse is quick, easy, and delicious! The dish came together in less than an hour, including marinating time. I added a small container of mushrooms to the chicken as it cooked and it really added a little something more. Next time I might add peppers or broccoli. We didn’t add the green onions because no one in the house likes them, and I used cavatappi pasta because it’s what I had on hand. The only thing I would change, I think, is that next time I would double the recipe. When I cook dinner, I try and prepare enough for the kids to take to school the next day, and I this definitely did not leave enough. This one is going in our favorites!