And a camel cricket JUMPED OUT OF A BOX AND INTO MY FACE!
What’s that? You don’t know what a camel cricket is? Only the scariest, hairiest, most unpredictable insect there is. I grew up with them in my parents’ historic house. They are terrifying because they jump AT you. And they are HUGE. [Although I will take them over the giant roaches of Charlotte any day!]
Since I can’t bear the thought of searching for a real photo, here’s my best likeness:
Recognize him now!?
What was I do doing in the basement? I went down to grab something and ended up getting stuck for 2 hours cleaning and sorting. As it is for most people, our basement is a catch-all for storage, and as a super-organizer, I can’t stand it down there.
Nothing looks that great, but it’s all sorted and contained now.
First I tackled the food storage [note the pyramid of pumpkin!] Feeling much better about this area that had gotten cluttered.
And then we sorted through all of our unopened moving boxes, mostly books, DVDs and overflow art we can’t hang. Plus a few more boxes of random never-used stuff. Looks much better [more organized] now. I am giving away a ton of stuff to Goodwill (cookbooks, cheap vases, etc) and it feels SO good.
As an FYI, here are the other parts of the basement:
Matt’s Lair and desk where he spends most of his days
The brewery where he spends the rest of his time (I am thankful this looks neat!)
And the laundry area with winter coats (and food storage from the side)
Dinner production began after we loaded my trunk with stuff
Tempeh Stir-Fry with [Leftover Olive] + Lavender Quinoa
Matt is into reductions these days, and this one is a mix of soy sauce, Sailor Swagger, fresh ginger, Garlic Gold nuggets, Worcestershire, water and brown sugar.
Tempeh on the back burner – we sautéed up about 2/3 of a three grain slab.
Poured over broc + cauli + peas from our garden!
Quinoa on the side
My birthday present from Larbs finally arrived (it had gotten broken the first shipment through)
Two kinds of balsamic vinegar!!!
Wait for it…..zoom in….
Yes, pumpkin spice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it’s so good!! Tastes just like Matt’s pumpkin-beer-gone vinegar.
Somebody make me a salad!
And with that I have a dietetics webinar to attend as part of my continuing eds.
And then 40 pages left of Dragon Tattoo!