Last night, I somehow was in bed by 9:30. I had just turned off the TV and was getting all snugly underneath the warm, cozy covers when holy hell!!!, mother of all sonofabitches!!!!... something stung/bit the hell out of my arm, about 3 inches down from my armpit.
I flew out of bed, turned on the light, and found a bright red mark on my skin that was burning like fire. It felt almost as bad as a wasp sting. Within about 2 minutes it was swelling so I went into the bathroom, popped an Benadryl and washed my arm with soapy water and put some Polysporin on the red spot.
I looked all around my bed expecting so see some form of bug life but there was nothing there so I ripped the covers off of my bed, exposing 3 sleepy chihuahuas who looked at me like "What in the hell do you think you are doing waking us up like this?" I shook out all of the covers, looked under all of the pillows, and checked the floor around the bed and I still did not see anything. Nada! I would have been happy to actually have found something so that I could have squashed it flat and then I would have known it was gone. Now I am stuck with a mystery pest in the room that may or may be lying in wait to sting me again.
Today my arm is itchy and swollen. Not good...... sigh. When I was living in San Antonio, I knew better then to ever get into bed without doing a thorough inspection of the sheets because of scorpions. Bed checks, towel checks, and shoe checks are just a way of life there. I am so tired from all the Benadryl that all I want to do is go curl up in bed but I can't even do that now because of the fear of where the spider? ant? mystery bug? might be. First thing I am going to do when I get home is wash all the sheets and vacuum really well around the bed. I want my warm, cozy bed back!!!!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Fantastic recipe!!!! Too bad that I don't have a photo to share..... we ate it too quickly and besides, this is not a cooking blog so you will just have to take my word for it that it is super yummy and easy to make. I will warn you that it is not a low fat recipe, so save it for special occasions or if you are having guests. You could substitute the cream cheese and cream of chicken soup for the healthier, lower fat versions if you wish.
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 packet of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
3/4 cup of water
1- 8 oz box of cream cheese, softened
1- can of condensed cream of chicken soup
1- small package of fresh mushrooms, sliced
Mix the packet of Italian dressing mix and the water in the bottom of a crock pot. Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot and flip them over a couple of times in the seasoning mixture so that the chicken is coated on all sides with seasoning. Cook on low for 3 hours. Check it every now and then to make sure that the liquid has not evaporated too much. You can add a little more water if needed. About 2 hours into the cooking process, take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator so that it will have about an hour or so to soften. After the chicken has cooked for three hours, combine the softened cream cheese and the soup in a small bowl. You can use a hand mixer or a wire whisk. After the cream cheese and soup are well blended, stir in the sliced mushrooms. Spoon the soup/cream cheese mixture over the chicken breasts and cook for one more hour. I usually take a spoon and stir the soup/cream cheese/mushroom mixture after it has been in the crock pot about 20 minutes just to mix things up a little bit and to get the mushrooms down into the pan a little better. Serve with rice or potatoes and enjoy! Yum!!!!!!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I had a student walk into my office yesterday who requested a copy of his test scores. I told him that it was not a problem, but that I would need to see some form of ID before I could release them to him. He pulls out his wallet so that I could check his driver's license but the plastic cover on it was causing such a glare that I had a hard time getting the spelling of his name right. I got his last name entered into the computer so then I asked him to spell his first name.....He goes C-H-A-T-E-A-U-B-R-I-A..... I knew what letters would be coming next so I interrupted him and said "You are joking with me, right?" He was not. His first name really was Chateaubriand!!!! I felt bad for questioning him about his name but come on.... who names their kid after meat????? Does he have a brother named pork chop???