tvordlj: (Easy chairs)
Especially when you're cooking potatoes for salad. I swear one of these days the bottom is going to fall right out of my pot, i've burned it that many times boiling things that i've forgotten about. At least the smoke detector gets a regular workout. I should thank my ex mother in law i suppose, for buying me such good quality cookware. (something from Sears though i don't know what brand it was, this was back in the 80's. she got it in the bargain center at an employee discount). So the nice new potatatoes got burned. I actually managed to salvage about half of each one and though they are a bit overcooked, since they were "new" potatoes, they were firm enough to withstand the extra cooking time without going to mush. Nothing i hate worse than mushy potato salad. I had two large baking potatos so i cooked them as well though in the end, they were *under* cooked a bit in the middle. I used the timer on the stove this time. I think i should get to know my timer better lol Anyway, it's done, the eggs got boiled, and the potato salad is made and c hilling.

My favourite kind of potato salad is the basic classic kind. Potatoes, onion, chopped egg, mayo (Hellman's light, these days). Nothing else. If i want colour, i'll sprinkle a little paprika on it. While i was telling [ profile] gramie_dee about it i remembered how i used to like it, with a bit of that orange French dressing poured over it. Haven't thought of that in years. That used to be one of the standard salad dressings in our house along with Italian and Thousand Island (which is nice on hamburgers btw). In summer we'd have a cold supper of potato salad, green salad, sliced ham, coleslaw, maybe some cold chicken as well. There was always French Dressing and i remember having it on my potato salad as well as the garden salad greens. I now have a craving for it but i don't want to buy a bottle of it so what i'm going to do is buy a couple of those little restaurant sized packets tomorrow that will give me a taste. Ounce for ounce of course a bottle is cheaper but not if it's just going to sit there a year until i throw it out.

Next weekend is a long weekend with a holiday Monday. Most places in Canada have that civic "bank" holiday on the first Monday in August. Here in HRM it's known as "Natal Day" and it's in celebration of the founding of the cities. Used to be one each for Halifax and Dartmouth but it's been all one for quite a few years now. There's lots of stuff going on around the city and i like to try to take in some of it. There's always a bridgewalk where they close off the bridge for a couple of hours so you can walk across it on the roadway and this year it's going to be in the evening instead of the afternoon and you might get to watch the fireworks from the bridge. Dunno if i want to though as they're going to have some pyrotechnics right on the bridge so i can't see how they're advertising that you can watch from the bridge. I think i'll go back on land thanks.

Anyway if any of you locals are doing something and want company, let me know.
tvordlj: (Doctor Who)
Aggh... Can't find my bus pass! I had it Saturday and i thought it was in my purse but it's nowhere evident. Gah! I had 2 leftover tickets and if i don't find it, it's not that major a loss since there will only be three more days it was good for anyway. But. Arse...

It's so nice to see the sun and feel the heat that i hate to complain! Actually i didn't put the ceiling fan on to sleep last night so it was warm but not stifling. Probably shouldn't have boiled potatos for salad but you gotta do what you gotta do. I've actually packed a nice lunch today and i should do that more often. I'll probably go sit out in the parade square to have it. I love working downtown! There's a park across the street in front of City Hall (that's the parade square) and we're only a few short blocks to the waterfront and there's lots of places to sit and enjoy the sun there. The nice thing about living on the coast is that we don't keep the high temps for too many days on end before the ocean breezes cool it off a bit. The down side is that the weather can also change quickly. Of course that's not always a down side but usually when it changes, it changes for the worse not better. lol

Doctor Who season finale tomorrow night!!!! I'm really looking forward to it and i've done so well managing to avoid most of the spoilers though i do know one non-plot-related thing but i won't say in case any Canadians are 100% spoiler free. The good news is that there will be not just another season but one beyond that already booked! I do hope CBC carries it all! I think the ratings have been pretty good so here's hoping.

What's going on this week? Canada Day is Friday so another short work week. There are a lot of things going on, concerts outdoors all three days, fireworks, a parade from the Nova Scotia Tattoo participants. I should try to take that in. Maybe fireworks as well. There are pancake breakfasts in the mornings on both sides of the harbour which i always mean to go to and never do. Just don't get my backside out that early lol! I should make the effort though if the weather is nice. Pack a bag with sunscreen, water, a book, camera, *July bus pass* (koff).

oh crap. forgot to mail a birthday card last week. It probably won't get there by Thursday now but Canada Post does sometimes surprise me. Well it's in the mail anyway but since there's no Saturday delivery, if it doesn't get there Thursday, she won't get it until Monday. e-card, methinks, just in case. Lots of birthdays in June and July. I have to get another handful of cards for the July birthdays. It takes 2 frigging weeks to get a card mailed to Manchester! Thing is, i have had occaisions where a card has made it across the water in a week so i'm always optimistic and send them a week instead of 2 weeks ahead.

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