This Changes Everything

I love watching documentaries and having Netflix I’m able to watch a lot of them. There are so many impactful documentaries and the one I watched tonight is no different.

This Changes Everything is about the inequality in Hollywood. There are staggering numbers, factual information and big names, both women and men, who discussed the lack of female directors in the TV and film industry. Okay, I understand that a lot of people won’t really care about this issue, but it’s a serious civil rights issue.

It’s unbelievable that the inequality issues for women stretch across everything and everywhere. As I sit back and think of all the places I’ve worked at, it’s true that the higher end jobs are male dominated. This is not just a feminist issue either. It’s a serious issue that needs to be dealt with. It’s 2021 and it’s time for there to be gender equality in all ways of life.

If you have Netflix, check out this documentary. I highly recommend it. And watch it and listen.

Shepherd’s Pie

Tonight was a comfort night for dinner. I wanted a comforting meal to cook so I decided to make my shepherd’s pie. It’s a pretty basic recipe but fast, easy and delicious!

Ingredients

1 package ground beef (or chicken or turkey)
1/2 onion, chopped
3 medium sized potatoes, diced
Can of corn, drained
1/2 cup frozen green peas
Broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
Salt, pepper, spices
Milk and butter
Shredded cheese

It’s a simple recipe and really the only thing that varies are the spices you like. I use minced garlic, rosemary, whatever I have on hand, I add. Tonight I used an Epicure product – a shepherd’s pie seasoning – which is very easy. I love Epicure! So yes I used that package tonight, and it made a lovely gravy for the beef.

Sautee the onion with 1 tablespoon of butter until soft, then add the ground meat and brown. While the meat is cooking, boil the potatoes until soft enough to mash.

To the meat, add salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic, to taste, and any other spices you might like. Add some broth – about 2 cups. This will create a nice gravy to season the meat.

Mash the potatoes with butter and milk until soft.

Layer the pie – first the veggies, then the meat mixture and then the mashed potatoes. I add shredded cheese to the top of it all in the casserole dish. Cook at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, to melt the cheese and cook the vegetables.

So easy, delicious and so comforting!

Two weeks

Two weeks doesn’t sound like it’s too long, so what can you do in two weeks?

Two weeks – you can start an online course.

Two weeks – you can meet someone and start a relationship.

Two weeks – you can start a job and get trained.

Two weeks – you can shut down your computer while very sleepy and then get so busy that when you finally do go back on, it’s dead and needs to be charged right away.

Yes – that last one has happened to me. I don’t like to post my blog from my phone but I have been so busy with my new job that when I get home, all my energy goes into taking care of my grandson, eating dinner, and falling asleep on the couch once he’s asleep. But my energy seems to be getting back to normal – I guess my body is getting used to waking up at 5am to go to work. Never in my life did I think that would happen again. It was tough to do in my 40’s – it’s even tougher at my age!

And yes, I’ve also done the third note. I have been trained and am now working without that woman hanging over my shoulder discouraging me at every moment. I even have started to recognize most of the cuts of beef too. Which is definitely helping me be quicker in my job.

But is this a lifetime job for me? No. I want something more, but until that opportunity arises, I will continue doing this job as I require money to live on – as we all do!

Two weeks has brought a lot of changes and most of them have been good. I don’t regret taking the job, and I certainly don’t regret leaving my computer to completely die on me! First world problems right?

So life continues – I have taken this evening to read some blogs instead of watching TV – it’s been a nice break. I need to turn the TV off more and get on my computer and write. It’s just a habit that needs to stick for me.

I hope tomorrow brings a day full of hope and love to you all, and the beginning of a great two week span for everyone.

The Meat Chronicles

Training continues, my shifts are all 8 hours, and I’m exhausted. Mentally and physically.

I knew working in the meat department was going to be a physical job – I’m lugging meat around so of course it is! I really didn’t think of just how physical. My arms are getting stronger and I’m feeling stronger, but this job is taking a toll on my hip. I’m waiting for a sole insert for my shoe to give me more support. I truly hope it works because I really need this job. After 3 months my benefits start so then I can see a doctor and get something to help.

As for the training and the mental exhaustion – my 56 year old brain is having a hard time remembering all these cuts of beef. I’ve got the pork figures out, but for the life of me I just can’t wrap my head around the beef. I know prime rib. I know the ground beef. Why are there so many cuts of beef to make roasts?? It’s wearing me out and by the end of the day, my brain is done.

But I am a fighter and will conquer this! I do love the interaction with customers- I’d rather be a cashier but my hours would not be consistent and right now I need consistency for my daughter to be able to work too.

The cost of beef is outrageous and we have roasts on sale 2 for 1, so we are selling a ton of roasts. One lady complained of the size and cost of them, and i explained about the sale. She couldn’t grasp the meaning of the sale at all. She wanted the big roast cut in half so it would be cheaper. I showed her smaller cuts that were cheaper but no that didn’t make sense. She wanted the $80 roast cut in half so it would only cost $40 after the discount. I said okay but she could get 2 already at that price and could have 2 meals from it without having the butcher have to cut the big one for her. She disagreed with my thinking so I had the butcher cut it. She left pleased with herself, and the butcher agreed with me that it didn’t make much sense, despite assuring her that it all came from one big cut of beef. Oh well the customer always gets what they want!

Tell next time – enjoy your day!