Judgemental Tuesday..

Yesterday was Non – Judgemental Monday in my life. What a struggle. I decided when I woke up that I would not judge anyone for an entire day. Did I really think of this first thing when I was getting out of bed? Yea, actually, I did.  We all judge others by whatever criteria that we feel that we have mastered. At least that is how it works for me.  I did not judge the other people driving to and from work (help me!), nor did I judge my co-workers (struggle) or even the telemarketer that called during dinner.

Today, being Judgmental Tuesday, I was released from my vows of non-judgement. And, if I say so myself, I made up for yesterday!  It’s a good thing that I drive to work alone and have my own office.  I will leave it at that.  Yesterday was also a red-letter day in my coffee world. I took a coffee bath first thing in the morning at work when I dumped my 20 oz latte (home-made) on my desk, lap, chair and floor.  My office smelled like coffee for the rest of the day.  We also received our monthly shipment of fresh roasted coffee from the Orleans Coffee Exchange.  I had some of the new coffee this morning. I like to try the various Central American coffees that they offer.

It snowed in Scranton, PA today. DS2 sent a picture (down below) of the campus with snow on the ground. Here in New Jersey it only rained. DS2 also sent pictures of the new Marywood Wind Ensemble shirts that were delivered today as well. Those pictures are below.  DS3 has not yet forwarded me the pictures he took at Thanksgiving, they are NOT below (hint, hint).

Work for me was busy, somewhat stressful.  My DW worked a full day. There is some silliness going on in her department and she is trying her best to stay out of the conflict. Yea, mom!  DS1 was home early today. He walked in from the gym as I was getting home from work.  I watched the current episode of The Walking Dead at lunch time. It was a disturbing episode. Kind of like watching NASCAR for the wrecks. 

My DW and I went to adult school yoga tonight and are “re-centered” once again. I really enjoy that class.

So, the pictures are already described, so here they are without captions. Enjoy!


Day 276, I hear the rumbling of Summer..

This Spring has been about four to six weeks early here in New Jersey this year.  We all know how nice it’s been. But, in today’s visit to COSTCO I think even they are ahead of the curve. In the picture below, prominently displayed, are air conditioners. Really  in March! I guess next month the will have the Halloween stuff out. We went for really nothing and spent 75 dollars. We did get to eat a few interesting snacks. Most of the items we bought we would have had to purchase at the Shop Rite, so the expense was just moved from one store to another.  We also received our coffee for the month from Orleans Coffee Exchange today. The FedEx truck delivered at 4 pm on a Saturday. And, we paid for regular delivery rates! Not bad.

Today’s weather was crappy. Grey and rainy, good Scranton weather. We (DW and I) did some household stuff, watched Virgina beat Maryland in lacrosse on ESPNU. We now have the U in HD in our area. It has made watching the games much more enjoyable. Lunch was fried bologna. Dinner was cheeseburgers and breakfast potatoes. I bought french fries from the store but got the wrong kind. My DW is trying very hard to go as gluten-free as possible and these fries had a coating that included wheat flour. Oh well, I will have to cook them when the kids are home.

Today I started on another Easter tradition from when I was growing up. My mother used to make Farmers Cheese. The recipe is titled Lithuanian Cheese. It basically is cottage cheese and sour cream that is mixed, de-liquified and pressed to make a soft cheese. I have taken many pictures of the process and will probably devote most of one night this week to the making and the finished product. The cheese can be eaten by itself, on a cracker or small piece of bread. We also would have room temperature (soft) butter to put on the cheese if we wanted. Not exactly a heart healthy snack considering the that the recipe calls for the “liberal salting” of the exterior when the cheese is done being pressed. More on this later in the week. 

DS1 had the day off, he is working this evening. He won’t know until next week about the possible job. DS2 was kinda quiet today. We will see him and have (hopefully) some time to catch up tomorrow. DS3 is at Fort Dix with the ROTC for the weekend. I imagine tonight he is cold and damp from being outdoors all day. Hopefully they are sleeping indoors tonight.

Tonight’s pictures are from our trip to COSTCO and of the coffee I got for my morning latte. It is USDA Organic and Fair Trade. Have I turned over a leaf or what?  This variety is a new one for me. We made espresso before dinner to test it out. It was real good.  Enjoy!