Monday Musings: New Job, Old Dog Sleeping, NaNoWriMo Approaches, and Dinner Plans

The BaldMan started his new job today. He’s been out of work for about 14 months, so this was a very good thing. It must feel kind of odd to him- getting up, driving to MA, being in a work environment again, all that. It’s kind of odd here, too. The house seems strangely quiet. Not that he is noisy, at all. He spent most of the day in the den, at his computer, and I am here with my laptop in the dining room. (We have vastly different ideas of what a workspace should be. He likes dim and cave-like; I like bright and open. It is going to be an interesting thing when we move the “office” upstairs.”) But we did have breakfast and lunch here at the table, and there was just the knowledge that there was another body in the house. It’s kind of strange, and kind of nice, in a way, as well. And it is such a good thing for him to be working again. It will be interesting to see what he thinks tonight, although I suspect a good part of today will be spent with paperwork and such first day at new job things.

The weather is getting a bit chillier at night now. Even the OldDog seems to settle inside more easily in the evening. He has always really enjoyed being outside, but I suppose at his age, he feels the chill as much as I do. We have had to start crating him at night. He was always good about sleeping- in summer, he slept in the bathroom, I think because of the cooler vinyl flooring, and in winter, he has his doggie bed, He still sleeps quite soundly, especially since he is pretty much deaf now. But since his back legs don’t work so well, and he can’t get himself up once he is lying down, if he wakes and gets restless, he will scrabble around, and has knocked things over and made a bit of a mess of things at times. It is easier on all of us, him included, to just put him in the crate overnight. He seems okay with it. I think he feels better there, also. At least he seems more content at night now. He still wants to go for his morning walk, even if it’s slow and short. He’s such a good old dog.

It is past the mid-point of October, and you know what that means, don’t you? Yes, we are rolling headlong into the mass hysteria, frantic typing, and general mayhem that is National Novel Writing Month. I am participating this year. I am rejuvenating a story I started for NaNoWriMo a couple years ago, and quit on after a couple days, when I realized I had no idea where the story was going, or what it was about. I finished NaNo that year with a different idea. I now have a better idea of the whole story. I reread what I had written, and, hoo, boy! Talk about disjointed and horrible! But I suppose that is not surprising, since I was really at a loss about the story at that time. So I just reset the word count to zero, and am now in the process of planning it out for this year’s NaNo. I think it should go better this time!

Halloween is coming up, also. I don’t do a lot of decorating and all for Halloween, but I do have a few things. So they came out of the attic for their short time of glory.

With the BaldMan commuting now back and forth to MA, we’ve had to revamp the way we do dinner. When he was here in NH, he could decide what he was making during the day, and stop at the store on his way home. Now, he will be getting home later. We sat down and actually planned meals for the week. And did most of the shopping for the next few days! Wow! Very different for us. I also said that I would make dinner tonight, since it is his first day, and I though he should have a break. Since it is Meatless Monday, I am making a caramelized onion and tomato pie, with a simple salad on the side. I just happen to have a pie crust in the freezer that I put there one day when I was making a single crust pie, and decided to make the full recipe of dough and keep one crust for a later date. Today is that later date. Right now, I am caramelizing the onions, and it does smell good in here! Tomorrow, I will be doing a lot of the dinner, also. I put some sauerbraten in the fridge at the end of last week to marinate, and that’s dinner tomorrow. I’ll get the beef and marinade in to braise tomorrow afternoon. Then it’s just finishing it up at dinnertime. I will probably also be doing more of the prep work so that dinner can be put together more quickly.

That’s what is going on here this week. Enjoy the Fall weather, and pick up some of those fresh apples, if you are in an area where they are in season now!


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