Monday, February 16, 2015

Tin Can List

The bucket list. Who hasn’t heard of, maybe even taken the time to start their own bucket list? You know, that well thought out record of things you want to do before you die. Some are accomplishments, many are just experiences. It seems like everyone’s talking about them.

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?

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* 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’. 

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Festive Pea Casserole
Festive Pea Casserole | | #recipe #sidedish

* 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.

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Festive Pea Casserole
Printable Recipe
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.


  1. Hmm...very interesting. Everyone is so different. I have completed just about everything on your list except the last one -- and that's not fair --you already did it. Congrats big time. The bottom line must be that my kids are gone so everything remains orderly, don't run out of anything, my time is my own, sleep like a log and never move, will love this: in Washington, I get carded every single time - it's the law.

    1. So funny, you've done all but one and I've only done one. Here's hoping we both get through that list. Even if I have to move to Washington to do it!

  2. I've given up on being carded.I'm in the cover stage right now. I don't care about laundry because the kids are gone. I have a phone in the bathroom, but usually I'm not in that one. But it sure would be nice to get on Huffington Post. I think my bucket list is probably one of those little tomato paste cans! Great job, Karen. I wouldn't even have a clue about how to do it!

    1. I don't care about the laundry either, but somehow I still have to keep doing it. Yes, tomato paste can sounds about right.

  3. I still get carded here in NYC now and then believe it or not. It's no biggie. Age and wisdom and know how always triumphs over young dumb stupidity anyway.

    1. Agreed, but there's something to be said for still looking young too!

  4. I used to get carded all the time, back before baby weight #3 and the subsequent years. It's 'cause I'm short...

    I totally relate to the conspiracy of peeing to phone rings - every. time. You've got a great list there!

    What is that old acronym? K.I.S.S...

    1. I'm short too but my days of getting carded are long, long over. Even if the checker were legally blind I still couldn't get carded these days. Never gonna cross that one off my list.

  5. I have a whole book of ideas but I like yours. We both are celebrating the Huffington Post Dream! Congratulations, dear friend much, much deserved!


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