Leave the Tears in the Toilet

Leave the Tears in the Toilet

Trigger Warning… Unpopular Opinions.

The office is not the place to bring your emotions.

Are you saving babies? No? Did you just get fired? No? Think about the magnitude of the situation. You have my approval to cry when you get engaged, have a baby, buy a house, attend a funeral (you get it… all personal events and activities). You do NOT have permission to cry over fiscal reports, heavy workloads, and stressful clients. At least not in public.

When you cry you give away any power you may have had. Gone. Finito.

Feel the heat in your cheeks? Excuse Yourself. Put cold water on your face, drink some water, and give yourself a minute to breathe. Flush the tears down the toilet. Pull yourself together and make it look like you just had to pee.

If you are in a situation where you can’t walk away or leave the room, do your best to muster up all your strength and hold down the tears. Take a deep breath. If you don’t have to talk, don’t. Talking usually triggers all the emotions to flood out.

Think about the last time you cried at work. What happened? What was the series of events that got you there? How could you have prevented the escalation? Did you need to speak up sooner or maybe shut up sooner? Were you too tired? Was something going on at home?

 Do you cry at work a lot? Maybe your office isn’t the right place for you – not because you can’t do the job but sometimes team structures just don’t work out and people don’t work well together. If you are being treated in a way that makes you cry frequently then you may want to evaluate your situation overall. By frequently, I mean more than twice a year. An unhealthy work environment is just that – unhealthy. If you are having problems at home and are struggling with your emotions (and have a feeling they might just tag along to work) make sure to let you close colleagues and boss know. It can be uncomfortable but it’s more uncomfortable to cry at work and have everyone think it’s because of something going on in the office.

When I started my career, it was a lot more demanding than I anticipated. I worked for an ad agency and all the work was time-sensitive and subjective. Details changed hourly and it was my job to hold down the fort. I remember multiple times working on a presentation until the wee hours of the night and skipping events and activities with friends and families so I could get my work done just to send it over to the client and have them respond with a comment like “I just don’t like it. Can you show me something else?” I just poured my heart and soul into this project and missed my niece’s first birthday where she smashed cake all over her face and looked adorable. But yes, we can show you something else.

I’m not big on tears. I never have been. It takes a lot to get me so worked up that I cry in front of people. There have been quite a few associates that I have had that were not as well equipped to keep back the tears. My best advice is not to commiserate with them but walk them to the bathroom, give them a tissue and a cold paper towel, and walk away. Then act like you never saw them cry. Don’t tell a soul.

Washing Fruit and Veggies

Washing Fruit and Veggies

I’ll admit it. I didn’t use to wash my fruits or vegetables. I was the kind of person that would say “it builds your immune system” and laugh it off.

Then, Corona Virus hit and we started wiping down and washing all of our groceries and fruit and vegetables and I will never eat anything that isn’t cleaned off again in my life. YUCK!

I started soaking my fruit and vegetables in a sink of cool water with a little bit of vinegar for about 30 minutes.

I have never been so grossed out in my life. Aside from just the normal dirt, there were also little bugs and stuff that came off the fruit and vegetables.

The best part of my new discovery is that my produce lasts so much longer after it’s cleaned. I’m assuming because the bacteria and germs were eating away at them and cleaning them off protects them against any of the icky stuff they picked up on their way to me.

Wiping down boxes of groceries was also an eye-opener. The first time we did it I used about a million Lysol wipes because I was being extra cautious so I didn’t really notice anything. Then I started to slim down to 2-3 per grocery trip. I never really thought about all the hands that touch each box of groceries from the production line to the supply chain to the grocery store to shoppers. I had some very dirty wipes!

Just wait, the next round of groceries we get I will get some photos and share with you.

You consume all of that gross stuff! While I don’t think Lysol wipes are probably the best choice to use on anything that is going directly into your mouth, it doesn’t hurt to give your groceries a quick water wash/wipe before putting them into the fridge.

I will say, this whole experience has shown me that I might want to consider growing my own produce…

Top Ten Easy Ways to Use Pre-Cooked Ground Beef

If your anything like me, simple recipes that you can prep ahead of time are your favorite kind.

I’ve linked out to a collection of my top ten favorite recipes that use ground beef. A few are self explanatory. These are great because you can buy a bulk portion of ground beef then brown it all at once, portion it out and freeze it until you are ready to use it for each recipe. In my mind that saves me from washing nine pans so it’s a win right off the bat!

Spaghetti Sauce with Meat (Prego and the thick noodles please!)

Sloppy Joes

Beef and Noodles (we like egg noodles)

Korean Beef

Cheeseburger Skillet

Stuffed Shells

Tater Tot Casserole

Tacos (I stock up on the crunchy and soft combo kit with seasoning included)

Stroganoff

Beef and Ramen

Ice Cream Party

Tonight I want to talk about ice cream. Creamy. Cold. Delicious.

For adults, ice cream is a nostalgic treat. For kids, ice cream is life. One of my favorite activities to do with my son is make ice cream sundaes!!! I like to use it as a fun end of week reward for good behavior. It gives us something to look forward too!

Each time we go grocery shopping we add one or two new items to our ice cream topping collection!

Here are some of the best items to stock up on for impromptu Sundae parties!

  • Ice cream, I recommend the giant tub with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. It ensures your always prepared.
  • Cones. Sugar and cake.
  • Sprinkles. All the shapes and colors!
  • Hot fudge
  • Caramel
  • Crushed Nuts
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Whip cream
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Fresh fruit (mainly bananas)
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Edible Cookie Dough

What are your favorite ice cream topping?

Instapot Potato Skins

Instapot Potato Skins

Yuuuuuuuummmm. Yum. Yum. Yummy. Yum.

These potatoes are a quarantine dream. Easy to make. Ready in under 30 minutes. Packed with Chedda and Bacon.

Step 1: Wash potatoes because… dirt.

Step 2: Add 1/2 cup water to instapot and pop in 3-4 potatoes. Cook on pressure cook setting on high. valve sealed for 25 minutes.

Step 3: Release pressure. Let taters cool for a few minutes then take them out and cut em’ in half.

Step 4: Scoop out the middle guts. I saved the guts for mashed potatoes for dinner because I’m thrifty like that.

Step 5: Fill with all the cheese and bacon your heart desires. I prefer a mild cheddar.

Step 6: Pop them into the over on 400 or broil if you can for 3-5 minutes or until crspyish.

Enjoy!!!!

My potato masterpiece!!