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Whaaaat?  It’s a Monday and I’m posting.  I haven’t posted on a Monday in months.  There’s a post scheduled for Friday too.  Indeed, that is two posts for this week.  And the goal is two posts per week at least until the end of the year.  Why?  Well, take a listen to what Michael Aranda has to say.  Yes, I know it’s a roundabout way of quoting sources, but I can’t find the original reddit post but I remembered he mentioned the post.  The relevant part is from 2:49-4:06.

So, priorities and the subsequent time management around those priorities.

I have been thinking about my priorities a lot recently.  Actually, not so recently.  I started thinking about them even before I saw that vlog I linked to and that was from April.  But the vlog and the reddit post mentioned did help crystallize how I felt about some things.

For a long time now, I’ve prioritized work and fulfilling all my responsibilities outside of work.  This is a good thing.  I have a reputation for being responsible and dependable and I’m not trying to change that.  I quite despise dealing with flaky people and I have no intention of becoming one.  But I’ve been considering lately if maybe I’ve allowed work to dictate too much on how I allocate my time and whether I’ve taken on too many responsibilities outside of work.

There are 24 hours in a day and a certain number of those hours are dedicated to fulfilling basic biological needs. Everything else needs to fit into the remaining hours.  But if the remaining hours are: 8 hours dedicated to work (on a good day and maybe 10-12 hours on not a good day), 4 hours commuting (also on a good day), 2 hours on sundry other responsibilities, you’ll note that on a bad day that’s already at least 18 hours.  That leaves maybe 6 hours in which to eat, shower, sleep, and all the other basic maintenance activities for sustaining life.  This does not leave time for other maintenance activities that do not tie into biological need but should probably still be considered necessities for mental health.

It doesn’t seem sustainable, does it?  It probably isn’t.

I’ve been considering that perhaps 16 hour days at work, counting the commute, is unreasonable when it ends up being the norm.  That’s already 2/3 of the day.  That’s every work day.  While I do realize that my compensation for work is what funds the rest of my life, it still seems unreasonable that it would be 2/3 of my day and at least 5/7 of my week.  So, I’m making an effort to take back some of my time so I can dedicate it to other things, one of them being the blog, which I had started because I wanted an outlet for…stuff.

So let’s see what happens for the rest of the year.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up the two posts per week at least until the end of the year and maybe even through it.  But it’ll mean that I can’t prioritize complaining and wallowing in self-pity over getting other things accomplished, like committing whatever strange idea is in my head to a post.




I’ve made these several times now, so I thought I might post about them.

You know how sometimes you look in your freezer and you see this random bag ground meat?  And it might be labeled something like “ground pork”?  And then you defrost it, thinking you can make something with ground pork and then realize that actually, it’s dumpling filling, as in, it’s ground pork already seasoned with sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, and green onions?  No?  Well, it happens to me.  Because…my mother.

So, I take careful inventory of my freezer, fridge, and pantry because I’m not a fan of wasting food.  I mean, yeah it happens, but I try not to let it happen.  So when I came across the bag of ground pork and also had a cabbage on hand and also had all these cans of tomato paste to get rid of, I decided to make stuffed cabbage.

I say stuffed cabbage instead of sarma or golumpki or holubky, etc because I’m taking whatever I find in my fridge/freezer and stuffing them into cabbage leaves and then cooking them in a tomato based sauce.  It’s something inspired by the various regional dishes, but it really can’t be considered part of any one regional cuisine.  They’re garbage stuffed cabbage rolls.  This is just a way for me to get rid of food in a way that most people I know will eat.

So, when I realized the bag labeled “ground pork” wasn’t just ground pork but prepared ground pork, I went ahead anyway.  It turns out that what are essentially low carb dumplings in tomato soup are delicious.  I can also say that when you replace the prepared ground pork with what were supposed to be hamburger patties seasoned with hickory BBQ sauce and bacon and stuff that into cabbage leaves, the results are also quite delicious.  Random ground meat mixed with leftover rice, onion, and garlic, and other seasonings is pretty good too.

My sauce, really soup, is the only thing that hasn’t changed much throughout all of my experiments stuffing things into cabbage leaves.  Mostly because I’m also using this time to try and get rid of this giant box of tomato paste my mother brought home once.  I’ll mix a 6oz can of tomato paste with approximately 4 cups of chicken stock and then add Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and sugar to taste and essentially poach the rolls in the soup, normally in the slow cooker.


And it’s delicious.