Monday, August 30, 2010

Working from home (and food)

One of the best things about being based out of my home (or car) for work is that I get to eat lunch at home usually. Sometimes there isn't enough time between clients so I have to grab something and eat it on the road, but when I get to eat at home, it's wonderful. I get to eat so many things that I wouldn't be able to pack in a lunch and eat elsewhere. Also, I never have to worry about packing my lunch the night before or that morning in a rush.

Today for lunch I had two poached eggs on a piece of toast, covered in salsa and a blueberry-banana smoothie. I'd never get to eat that anywhere but home for lunch.

There is a downside to this new job though - the hours, especially once school starts for the kids, keep me working late into the evening. This means that I'm going to have to get creative with dinners on those nights. I'm thinking we're going to be eating a lot of crockpot meals.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Living in Vacation Land

Besides the increase in traffic, living in a tourist area can be really annoying. It kind of stinks when you're driving to work in the morning and you see all these cars and campers with kayaks and bicycles on them, driving towards Bar Harbor for a week of vacation fun.

I want to be on vacation and play all day! I don't want to go to work! Take me with you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Camping and Kayaking

We had a busy weekend this past weekend. So busy that I kept saying Sunday night that I needed a weekend to recover from my weekend. It actually wasn't too bad. We were able to go camping for the first time this summer and the weather couldn't have been better. We ended up at a state park, Cobscook Bay, about 1 1/2 hours from here. Unfortunately, by the time we reserved our site all the good sites on the bay were booked. We did have a "slight view" of the Bay though. Jeremy took this picture while standing on the bench of the picnic table.


You still can't really see the bay, but I promise it's there.

Saturday afternoon Jeremy tried his hand at mystery shopping, which meant we spent all afternoon running around so he could do it. He also had to upload everything by that night so we had to find some free wifi to do that. We then hurried back to our campsite so we could make dinner before dark. That didn't happen. We did have some good grilled pizza and reese's s'mores though.




Sunday morning we had to leave nice and early so we could get back in time for church. We would have just skipped, but we were becoming official members that day so we had to be there. Also, there was a church picnic later in the day. The picnic ended up being at a couple's house back in the direction of the state park so we were driving back and forth on Route 1 all day. At least it's a pretty drive.

Some new friends of ours invited us to their camp after the picnic to kayak. Their camp is on a lake, or what people around here call a pond. Everything is a pond here, no matter the size. We were going to kayak at the picnic, but it was pretty windy on the river so our new friends said we could at their place instead, where it would be calmer. Since this was to be our first time in a kayak, we thought that sounded better.

Kayaking was so much fun and the pond was beautiful. I'm sad we didn't have a camera with us to capture it. We went around a couple of small islands and I was surprised to see that we were pretty much the only people out on the water. I definitely want to do it again sometime. I hope we get the chance.

We finally got home for good Sunday evening and I pretty much collapsed and didn't do anything else. It felt so good.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Blueberries!

It's blueberry season here in Maine which means you can buy wild blueberries practically everywhere. It also means that the blueberry pickers are in the area. We decided that instead of paying $5-6/quart we wanted to pick our own, for $1.50/quart. There was a list of places in the paper where you could pick your own so Jeremy called one and we were on our way.

I wish I got pictures of the picking process. It was a little sketchy. The place of business was a trailer out in the country, with a few other houses around. The houses were all surrounded by wild blueberry fields. The guy Jeremy talked to on the phone told us that he probably wouldn't be there, but to just pick some or talk to someone in the area and they'd tell us where to pick. We were to leave the money in the bucket on the porch.

When we got there, sure enough the guy wasn't there. We knocked on the door of a nearby house and no one was there either so we just started picking. I sure hope that we picked in the correct field and we weren't actually stealing from someone else. We left the money in the bucket so someone got paid at least.

Here is a picture of our bounty, after we picked them over for leaves and stems. We picked about two quarts in all. I'm planning on making a blueberry pie and pancakes out of some of them and freezing what's in the pan.