Stories and Weddings and Other Projects

haunted house - cheeseandglory

I got up early to put in some hours on a new side project, which I’m referring to as Infinite Haunted House. It’s an exercise to develop my short story skills. The idea is to think of an enormous haunted house (with infinite rooms), and every room in the house gets a one word theme. I’m taking those themes from the WordPress Daily Prompt, which I’ve been trying to utilize lately with varying results. It’s basically a twist on the storytelling games I like to play with my RPG group when we’re doing a campaign.

Writing dialogue is hard. And this first story has turned into something very dialogue-heavy right away. My brain feels like my legs do when I suddenly start going for runs again after sitting on my ass for months. I’m taking it as a sign that I’m heading in the right direction.

The freelancing thing is starting to pick up, which is simultaneously heartening and terrifying. My first project with a design team recently went live, which was pretty cool. Now I need to leverage that to get more work, a rhythm I haven’t quite gotten the hang of yet. Developing enough confidence to sell my skill set is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

In wedding news, I’m debating pitching some wedding blogs on articles for how to get this bullshit done on the cheap. It would likely be a list with statements like, “Screw having a catered dinner, pizza and cheese plates are fine.” I took steps last night to thwart my mother, who has threatened to take me wedding dress shopping while we are visiting for Christmas. I spent way too much time looking through Pinterest and ModCloth to get an idea of what I do want (which, granted, I hadn’t done yet), and then confirming that the stores she wants to go to don’t carry anything remotely close to that.

I built out the infrastructure for our RSVP website, and that should get sent out to friends and family soon. I also made our invitations, which need to get printed and mailed ASAP.

Lots of balls to juggle right now.

Daily Ritual Omelette

omelette with salsa - cheeseandglory

This omelette I just made is delicious. Fresh mushrooms, red bell peppers, fresh spinach, Colby Jack cheese, topped with my favorite salsa.  I’ve been fantasizing lately about starting a food-themed podcast; last night while I was driving home from Book People I caught myself composing a business plan around a pizza-specific theme.  It will likely remain an unfulfilled threat for the foreseeable future, but who knows what will happen once I get this wedding thing out of the way.

Making omelettes in the morning has become something of a zen ritual for me.  I try to dice all the vegetables I’ll use in a week in one setting on Sunday afternoons,  as soon as we get home from the grocery store excursion.  This makes whipping up a veggie omelette pretty fast, as I already have tubs full of diced bell pepper, zucchini, and squash.  I slice the mushrooms fresh every day, which takes less than a minute.  A handful of fresh spinach leaves, and maaaaybe a 1/4 cup of diced vegetables, depending on how stuff an omelette you want.

I sauté all the vegetables in butter with a clove or two of garlic.  Sometimes I add salt and pepper, and if I’m feeling adventurous, either smoked paprika or cayenne pepper.  I whip up one egg if just feeding myself, two on the weekends when we’re both home (I make one omelette and we just cut it in half).  Melt some more butter (I use a 12 inch non-stick pan to do this) and coat the whole pan with the butter before quickly tossing the egg in.  Then I have to pick up the pan and swirl the egg around until there’s a fairly even circle all over the flat bottom.  Then it’s time to scoop the vegetables back in, covering half of the egg.  I throw in a handful or slice of whatever cheese we’e got on hand, fold it the egg over the filling and flip every few minutes until both sides are browned.

Every morning I do this.

Omelette kind of morning. #cooking #breakfast

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