The Real Truth About 2013

I am a pharmacist.  I was the best pharmacist.  In my company, in 2012, I was the best.  I knew how to do everything.  I love my customers and they loved me back.  I was the best.  My store made a lot of money because I spent my time tirelessly helping people with the most complex problems keep their medications organized, convenient, and affordable.  I loved my company.  I stayed a hotel across the street when it snowed so I could make sure were still open.  They covered for me when my husband was sick and almost dying.  They loved me and I thought I would work there for forever.  In late 2012, a big national chain bought my company.  They didn’t want to get to know me.  They didn’t care about what I did every day.  This all happened just a few months after my husband was finally well from a long critical illness.  Which flared up shortly after the death of my father.   This new company tore my beloved company apart and closed our stores and fired my friends and I.  It was too much for me.  So 2013 began with a job search.  I found one.  It was in a hospital… in the basement… away from my customers.  I was the grunt.  Nurses are impatient and demanding and really only about 1 in 4 appreciate what we do.  I make significantly less money than before.  I had to put my Eli to sleep.  He used to be a fat little roly (rolly?) ball of puppy that has been with me since I started pharmacy school.  He got old and he was miserable but I still think “did I do the right thing?”  I miss him even though he was a grumpy, grumpy old man dog.  My husband went thru a job change as well.  I’m not an artist or a photographer and was so wrapped up in the death of my old company that he didn’t think I cared what he did.  It was dark.  I used some money from that company transition to remodel our house, which was stressful but I’m so glad we did it.  It gave a new face to our lives because we’ve been thru enough truly since we bought this house and we needed a fresh outlook.  2013 was the closing out of a long period of stressful times for us.  There are big projects in the works for 2014 and I think truly it will be a great year for us.  My husband is amazing at what he does and I love seeing what he’s working on next.  I will finish my MBAhc in May.  I am definitely ready to say goodbye to this year.  So goodbye 2013… Hello 2014.  Thank you for coming.

Eli Bobokins Anderson 2002-2013

Eli Bobokins Anderson 2002-2013

Hello September!

We have color on our walls now!  I’m hoping the coolness of our new wall color will usher in some cooler temperatures here!  As I type this it is 97 degrees outside! In September!  Our new color is Igloo by Behr… I love it!

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Goodbye August

Its been a long month… year… After Walgreens bought my company and ended my world as I knew it, it has taken almost a year to get it back together.  So, I have changed jobs and gone back to school for my MBA in Healthcare Administration.  I thought I would renovate out home to make all of this officially a fresh start for us.  So for the whole month of August, we have been in and out of hotels, packing things and moving stuff around.  Currently our house looks like this:

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Image 1The September pictures of these rooms will be totally different… for now… I’m just ready to say goodbye to August.  Goodbye August.

Avalanche Bars

When it is almost 1 billion degrees outside… the last thing you really wish to do is turn on the oven, right?  I am starting to have baking withdrawal but I just can’t turn on the oven, AKA wall furnace.  So I turned to no-bake treats… specifically these because they involve peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and the refrigerator.  And since they are rice crispy treats they are gluten-free!!! HERE is the recipe.

Toffee Chocolate Chip Brownies

Maybe, rather, I should be call these “bits and pieces brownies”. Or “clean out your pantry brownies”. I needed some brownies and I had nothing in my pantry!!! I had about 1/4 cup of toffee bits and 1/3 cup of chocolate chips so I made the batter (below) and tossed the toffee and chips on the top before I put the pan in the oven. It worked out great though!!!

Brownies

1/2 cup bread flour whisked

1/4 cup cake flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup salted butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 square pan. Make a foil sling, place it in the pan, and spray it with cooking spray as well. In a glass bowl on a pot of water (double boiler) heat the coconut oil, butter, and the cocoa powder until melted and combined. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. Add vanilla and stir until combined. Add eggs one at a time and store until just combined after each one. Add flour, salt, and baking soda and stir until just combined. No need to press them in- the batter will rise up around them. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a knife inserted in the middle comes out without batter on it (meaning crumbs are ok).