GG and I went out food shopping last night. It’s weird, whenever I go by myself I follow my list and am in and out of the store pretty quickly. But when I bring him with me, we take forever and get all kinds of random stuff. Not that that is necessarily bad, because usually I feel like we don’t have enough food at home, so I don’t mind getting other stuff with him. But man, we were in the Acme for like an hour and a half last night! Up and down every aisle, etc. We ended up with a lot of juices, fruit, rice, and – oops – some Cadbury Cream Eggs. Hey, they only come out once a year!
He took his car to the dealer this morning to be inspected, and so far he’s found out that his windshield won’t pass inspection due to a small chip in the middle that he’s had for months. The scrape on the front of his car from the guy who pulled out in front of him on Saturday is pretty minor. Yesterday he skidded on some ice on his way to work and hit a curb with his back tire, and unbeknownst to him, bent his axle really badly. The service guys were surprised he was even able to drive safely down to the dealership, because the wheel was barely touching the ground! So that sounds like something major. And he can’t get ahold of his insurance agent to send an adjuster out, and he’s down to one bar of battery life on his cell phone, and the landline phones at the place he works are down for some reason. So he is slightly freaking out. At least his insurance will cover a rental car for the next couple days while his is getting fixed.
Band practice tonight! I’m really putting off designing our concert poster, but now it’s time to get started. I was going to do it last night, but by the time we unpacked our groceries and I got food ready for lunch today, I was just ready for bed. So maybe tomorrow, since our president keeps (jokingly) bugging me about it every time I see her. (Which is often, since I sit next to her at practice. And she e-mails a lot.)
So what food was I getting ready for lunch? I’m really into this chickpea snack I read about in the Martha Stewart magazine. (Don’t laugh, my mom got me a gift subscription!) I don’t know the actual recipe, but you really don’t need it. Basically, you drain, rinse, and dry a can of chickpeas, toss them with a little olive oil and whatever spices you like, spread on a baking sheet, and bake for about an hour at 300Â°, stirring occasionally. They get hard, and skins get crispy, it’s great. You can use any spices you like – Indian spices would be good, or the magazine recommended oregano, or you could even use Old Bay or something. I’ve been using season salt, which makes a nice little salty snack. Maybe I’ll add this to the Recipes section of my web site.