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22 September 2013 @ 05:22 pm
Finally alive!!  
Hello everyone!

This has been like the longest hiatus ever... but I'm finally coming back. I just had my internet installed into my brand new apartment in Beckley, WV and I can finally access LJ again from home. :) You can tell I've been gone awhile- there are 140 new messages in my inbox. V_V

Fun facts about my new life in Beckley:

  • I am SO GLAD I took this new teaching job! I love going to school every day to work with 8th graders in English. Some days they frazzle me to no end but they are a joy to work with.

  • I am quite the cook if I do say so myself! I've never been on my own before and I truly enjoy cooking meals right now. I'm sure it will change when I get married and it becomes a chore... but right now I'm having fun with recipes. Tonight's dinner is tacos. :D

  • This town is fantastic. Everything I need to go to is within a 10 minute distance- grocery, credit union, walmart, etc.... I'm not even in the middle of the city- I'm on the outer edge and it only takes 20 minutes to drive down the mountain (yes, a legit mountain) to my middle school each day.

I will hopefully find some time to do some real posts later this week. I just finished all my lesson plans for this upcoming week. I know that I'm going home next weekend to finish moving down some of the stuff I didn't take the first time (i.e. my book collection) so... we shall see!
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Allinia: Excited Rinallinia on September 22nd, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
So so happy to hear that things are going well for you ♥
godudettegodudette on September 23rd, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie. :)
kyogreskyogres on September 23rd, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
140 messages?! I panic if I have more than 20.

I'm glad that you enjoy your new job and town. I've always thought that teaching middle school kids would be a fun job.

As for cooking, I wish I had your motivation. I like to cook in theory, but I am too impatient once I actually get started. If it takes longer than 20 minutes to prepare, I say "screw this" and boil some pasta instead.
godudettegodudette on September 23rd, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thankfully most of the messages were just comments to entries. It was quite overwhelming at first but now I'm all sorted out again.

Do you have a conventional oven by any chance? I am SO GLAD that I bought one. Since it is just me right now, it makes cooking so much easier and quicker. I've been doing a lot of pretty simple recipes so far but I'm still having fun.

My other suggestion would be to invest in a crockpot. I just bought a medium sized one (perfect for one or two people) last week at walmart for only $10. Since I have to get up early for school and leave home by 6:30, I just get up a little earlier, toss some frozen meat in the crockpot, add my canned soup mixes or whatever, put it on low and it is ready when I come home. I normally microwave a vegetable or make some pasta to go with it which, like you said, is really easy. ;) If you need help with super easy crockpot recipes just let me know! I have a couple that can get you started if you want some quick yummy meals.
kyogreskyogres on September 23rd, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
My family has a conventional oven, but I prefer cooking things on the stove. The oven is old and and doesn't always cook things fully. (It's mostly a problem with fish. I'm tired of eating slimy, undercooked fish.)

I do have a small crockpot, though I only use it when I can be home all day. I'm too paranoid to leave it on when I'll be gone for hours. I would love some recipes though. What kind of crockpot recipes do you have? So far the only thing I've tried cooking in it is a roast with potatoes and carrots; it was kind of underwhelming, which means I probably need to find a better recipe.
godudettegodudette on September 26th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
I make lots of different things in the crock pot. :D

1. Take a round steak (or something similar) and cut it up into tiny pieces with kitchen scissors. Mix a packet of Onion Soup mix and Cream of Mushroom soup together and pour it over your meat in the crockpot. Set it on low and enjoy in 6 hours or so.

2. Put frozen boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot. Add italian dressing our Italian seasoning for taste. Set crockpot on low. 1 hour before you want to eat, use your electric mixer to blend one block of cream cheese together with a can of cream of chicken soup. Pour over chicken and enjoy it in an hour.
Alternately, you can shred the chicken before you pour the soup/cream cheese mix over the top. I like my chicken to break apart when I eat it but my mom prefers to shred it.

3. Put frozen pork chops in the crockpot. Mix one packet of Ranch seasoning mix with a can of cream of chicken soup. Pour over pork chops, set on low, and enjoy for dinner.

I've made all of these at like 6:00 am when I get ready to leave for school and then I eat them when I get home. I mix it up- sometimes I serve the meats over white or brown rice and sometimes I use wide egg noodles. Occasionally I'll put the chicken over angel hair. :) If you try any of them, let me know what you think!

EDIT: I believe the soup/dressing mixes are what make everything so flavorful. That might be why your first roast was underwhelming. You just have to find the right seasonings to add to the flavor. :D

Edited at 2013-09-26 01:39 am (UTC)
kyogreskyogres on October 3rd, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recipes! I'm planning to try the roast and the chicken recipes, but it might be a while before I get around to it.

Yeah, I suck at knowing what seasonings to put in things. Most of my food turns out really bland unless the recipe mentions what to season it with.
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg: Pokemon - Purugly - Celebrationpheonixxfoxx on September 23rd, 2013 11:44 am (UTC)
Glad things are going well for you! When I first moved out on my own, I had a lot of motivation to cook. It didn't last long, LOL!! :D
godudettegodudette on September 23rd, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping it doesn't fade for a couple more months.... preferably two years. By then, my boyfriend and I should be married (I hope!). At least then he can pick up the slack for some of the meals each week. :D
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg: Pokemon - Purugly - Happy Fat Catpheonixxfoxx on September 24th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
I wish Rodney would cook for me. He has tried in the past but it really isn't his thing. At least the man can make a PB&J, LOL!! XD
Ina: black heartmidnitesilven on September 23rd, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
You sound awfully busy, but it sounds like you're handling it all very well (and having fun)! :D
godudettegodudette on September 23rd, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yup, so far so good! I like to think of myself as a time management expert. I juggled full time employment with a full load of courses at college. Now that I'm out of school (well... kind of lol) and I only have one full time job to go to, I find that I have SO MUCH ABUNDANT free time that I don't know what to do with myself! XD
Lady_Supergirl: pic#121843964lady_supergirl on September 24th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
happy to hear all goes well for you
and the teaching job as well