Honestly, I try not to think about how long I may have and what I want to do here before I go. It could be the stress I’m under, who knows. What I do know is that most days I’m just trying to get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other without having a heart attack or a stroke. Lofty ambitions, I know.
So I’ve come up with my own, short-term version of the bucket list. Less “bucket” and more “tin can”, really. Here it is, my hopes and dreams, what I aspire to. For now, anyway:
* To only need to go to one grocery store in a single week. Just one. No having to go to a second or third store to find everything on my list. No having to run out the door in the middle of a recipe because I don’t have an ingredient. One and done. That’s all I want. Just once.
* To get carded again. I don’t care if the checker is wearing coke-bottle glasses. I don’t care if he’s legally blind or drunk or even both. I just want someone to check my license when I buy a bottle of wine. Is that too much to ask?
* To finish an e-book before the library loan expires and it deletes itself from my Kindle, resulting in “who done it” remaining forever a mystery. Honestly, I’ve got enough things keeping me up at night.
* To have more toothpaste in the linen closet when I need it. I can buy a tube a week. I can buy 2 or 3 tubes a week, but whenever I run out . . . nada.
* To cook a big dinner on the same night that my family is actually here for dinner. Either I make it and put it away, or they’re all here and I got nothin’.
Festive Pea Casserole
* To go to the bathroom without hearing my ring tone.
* To make it through a night without doing the covers dance: throw them off, pull them up to my chin, throw them off, pull them up to my chin, throw them off . . .
* To have all the laundry done. Why is it that every time I move the last load into the dryer I remember 3 more things that I need to wash?
* To be the first one into the shower. Maybe not even the first, just not the last. You know, when there’s still shampoo, soap, maybe even a smidgeon of hot water.
* To be published in the Huffington Post.
Wait, I did that last one. Three times even. I am so winning at this tin can thing.
Festive Pea Casserole©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 can condensed cream of potato soup
1 TBSP worcestershire sauce
½ cup sour cream
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 scallions, chopped
1 jar (2 oz) pimentos, drained
1 can mushrooms (4 oz), drained
1 bag (16 oz) frozen peas
1 can (2.8 oz) french fried onions
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Mix together the soup, worcestershire sauce, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add the scallions, pimemtos, mushrooms and peas. Mix well.
*Bake, covered for 30 minutes.
*Uncover, sprinkle the French fried onions over the top and bake, uncovered for 15 minutes.