Category Archives: Fish

The Bad and the Good

Bad: I didn’t really sleep well last night and I wasn’t feeling my best today at work.

Good:  The reason for that was that I went to a fun concert last night.   A co-worker’s boyfriend’s band was playing at The Earl and Jason and I decided to go see them.


(That’s actually the band that came on afterward.)

Bad: My dinner plans with a friend got cancelled.

Good: I made a nice dinner at home.  It was gross and rainy out and I sort of wanted to lounge around in my sweatpants anyway.  At lunch, I stopped at Trader Joe’s and picked up some salmon.  I was talking to one of my co-workers and she told me that she often makes miso soup when she cooks salmon and what do you know, I actually had the ingredients to make miso soup at home!  I’m kind of shocked, really, because our fridge is pretty empty right now.

Miso soup ingredients

Miso soup

With the soup, I made Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce.

Spiced salmon with mustard

Bad: Our roof has a hole in it, possibly from a fallen tree branch.

Good:  Okay, there’s really nothing good about that, aside from the fact that it’s a small hole.  And also, it’s Friday, which is always a good thing.

Leaving the Annoying Day Behind

So I wrote this whole thing about how today was so annoying – my air conditioner in my car stopped working, my allergies were killing me, I was pissed off about something at work, I forgot my socks when I went to the gym, etc.  But then I read what I wrote and realized that I sounded kind of like a whiny brat, so I erased it.  Although, I really did just write it anyway.  I’m sneaky like that.

Instead of whining, I am going to post pretty pictures.  Flowers are pretty.


Flowers with mimosas and berries are even prettier.  I promise I don’t usually drink at breakfast time.  This weekend was an exception to the rule.  I really wish I’d dusted that table before taking a picture.  Now you’re looking at the dust, aren’t you?

Flowers berries

You know what’s not pretty but still good?  Frozen fish from Trader Joe’s.  Seriously, it’s the only place that I’ve found where frozen fish actually tastes good when it is thawed and cooked.  Both Kroger and Publix’s frozen fish tastes horrible and I don’t even really like Whole Foods.  Trader Joe’s is where it’s at.  I dug out this cod from the depths of my freezer.


Trader joes cod

Cod broccoli

See, definitely not pretty, but it was good.  The sauce reminded me of Chinese food.  I baked it for about 12 minutes at 375, although the directions say you can pan fry it or microwave it too.  Microwaving fish?  Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

See, I feel better already.  The annoying day is behind me.  And to forget about it even further, here’s a fun survey that I stole from Laura:

Coke or Pepsi? Coke, specifically of the Diet variety although I don’t drink it much because it hurts my stomach.

Lemonade or Fruit Punch? I don’t really like either.  Actually, that’s not true.  I like some lemonades, but I am picky about it.  There’s this taste that’s often in lemonade that I don’t like.  It’s the same taste that I don’t like in sour mix.

Carmel Apple or Cotton Candy? Meh, neither really.

Butterfinger or Snickers? Snickers.

Pudding and Jell-O? Pudding, although I like Jell-O Pudding so I guess that’s both.

Turkey or Chicken? I don’t eat either, but when I did, I preferred chicken.

American or Provolone Cheese? I guess provolone.  I like very basic cheeses – cheddar, mozzarella, monterey jack.  Although I do like goat and feta, not blue.  I hate blue cheese.

Crackers or Cookies? Obviously cookies, although I like crackers too.

Pretzels or Chips? Chips, but I do like pretzels too.

Mexican food or Japanese food? Japanese.  I like Mexican food when I make Mexican style things at home (aka opening a can of refried beans and pouring salsa on it), but I often feel really sick from the cheese from Mexican food at a restaurant.

Chinese food or Italian food? Chinese.

Pie or Cake? Really, I prefer ice cream over both.

Ice Cream or Cookies? See above

Pasta or Pizza? Pizza

Soda or Juice? Does Vitamin Water Zero count? I only like the lemonade and orange flavors though.

Chocolate Bars or Chocolate Truffles? I don’t know how to explain this, but I don’t really like chocolate.  That’s not true – I like milk chocolate – but not chocolate flavored anything or anything very chocolately.  I’ll always choose vanilla ice cream over chocolate.  But I guess chocolate bars, provided they are milk and not dark chocolate.

Apples or Bananas? Such a hard choice. I guess bananas because sometimes apples are mealy and you don’t know they’re mealy until you take a bite and it’s a huge disappointment.  With a banana, you know.

Salad or Soup? Soup, although I like salad too.

Cauliflower or Broccoli? I like them both, but probably like broccoli more.

Onion Rings or French Fries? French fries for sure.  I don’t like onion rings.

Blizzard or McFlurry? I don’t think I’ve ever had a McFlurry.  I do like a Frosty, is that similar?

Fried or Poached Eggs? Fried

Crepes or Pancakes? Pancakes

Hashbrowns or Roasted Potatoes? Oooh, tough choice.   I’ll go with roasted potatoes.

Oatmeal or Cereal? Cereal.  I know, I know.  Kick me out of the healthy blog world.


Last night, Jason and I went to a nice restaurant, Rathbun’s, for a celebration dinner.  Forgive the awful pictures, it was really dark in there.

Jason at Rathbun's

We both got something from their daily specials.  I had grouper (I think, it was some sort of fish) with risotto…

Grouper rathbuns

and Jason went with the steak.

Steak rathbuns

Our server recommended the banana peanut butter creme pie for dessert, so, even though we’re not typically restaurant dessert eaters, we went with it.

Banana PB creme pie rathbuns

We both really enjoyed this restaurant and our meals.  But what were we celebrating?

Jason got a new job!!

And, it’s a Monday through Friday job.  I don’t know how to explain this other than saying that it’s kind of a life-changing thing.  I realize that sounds overly dramatic, but in the almost five years that we’ve been together, we’ve never been able to spend our weekends together.  People don’t seem to understand that Jason didn’t just have to work an occasional Saturday or Sunday.  He had to work EVERY Saturday and Sunday.  This meant that we could never do typical weekend things together, whether they were small like doing yard work, or bigger like going away for the weekend.  Every time I posted something where Jason was with me on a weekend, it was because he had actually taken it as a vacation day.  So, yeah, this is huge.  It’s like we can be a real married couple.  I did warn him that I typically take a long nap on Saturday afternoons!

This morning, even though he still has to go to his old job, pancakes were in order and we made Banana S’more Pancakes.

Chocolate chip banana pancakes

And I forgot how to focus the camera, apparently.

Monday Fun Day

It was still nice out come Monday, Jason’s day off, so we had a nice dinner after I got off work to make up for the fact that we didn’t really get to do anything all weekend.

We met at Verde, a little taco place that’s about 15 minutes from both my office and my house.  This is the place that I walked by a couple weeks ago and started sulking about because I wanted to live in the neighborhood.  I guess I can always just eat there and pretend, right?  That’s what I did.

We started out with margaritas.  Typically I’m not a margarita fan.  I just don’t like the taste of sour mix.  Verde, however, offered the Organic Margarita, which was tequila, agave nectar and lime juice.  No sour mix!  Sold.  Although I’m sure it’s not actually organic.

Organic Margarita

I thought about getting tacos, but ultimately went with the Verde salad and added fish with jalapeno ranch dressing on the side. Looks like chicken but I assure you that it was grilled fish. Not that there’s anything wrong with eating chicken, it just wasn’t.

Verde Salad with Fish

When your husband works on the weekends, sometimes you have to make Monday your fun day.

Lee and Jason

Friday Night plus a PSA

Interesting responses to my last post. I think that if I legitimately had to choose, I’d miss exercising. My problem stems in the fact that while I really enjoying racing, I don’t really enjoy training. Anyway, two days of nothing until the race so yay for that. I embrace it.

Here’s a little PSA for you: Butter toffee coffee is disgusting. I know, that’s a shocker, right? I bought this big variety pack of K-cups on Amazon and decided to try the butter toffee flavor. I’ll preface by saying that I like flavored coffee.


However, this tasted like butter. Bleh, butter flavored coffee. And yes, I realize that I’m killing the earth, one K-cup at a time. I do other things to make up for it. Reusable grocery bags cancel out K-cups, right? Doesn’t my K-cup organization method rock, by the way?

Okay, public service announcement over.

Last night, Jason and I went to this relatively new Mexican restaurant called Red Pepper Taqueria. (Thought: why aren’t they using the URL It redirects to so they own it.) We started out with the salsa trio.

#salsa trio#

The one on the left was sort of thick and weird, but the other two were good. The problem, and my problem with all Mexican restaurants, is that it came with a crapload of chips and they all seemed to find their way into my mouth.

With our chips, we had some fun drinks. I had a white sangria and Jason had a margarita. They were mostly fun because of the glasses that they were served in. Drinking from mason glasses makes everything taste better.

#white sangria and margarita#

For my entree, I had the de la costa salad minus the bacon chips and with tuna.

#de la costa salad#

I did not eat that fried thing on the left. 12 million chips were enough fried foods for the night, I thought. This came with a really good dressing. Some sort of cilantro ranch, but it didn’t taste like cilantro. It tasted more like onion dip.

Jason had two tacos. I’m not sure what kind, but he wanted me to take a picture of them too.

#dos tacos#

And that, my friends, was my Friday night.

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