The above “zzz” are me pretending to sleep, it was NOT a peaceful night at the Hoge Runs house last night. It’s been super quiet/peaceful/friendly/relaxing at our apartment complex for the last 6 months (can you believe it’s been 6 months since we moved in??) but last night, ugh. To start with, I get random bouts of insomnia which just plain stink to begin with. Last night C was quietly watching an unnamed cartoon with his headphones on and the light from the TV was driving me bonkers. If it wasn’t for the insomnia bout it would have been cool, so I waited an hour to ask him to turn it off start sighing and tossing/turning loudly. And then, around 11, the noise started. We apparently have new neighbors across the courtyard from us and they were SO freaking loud! They were playing random music – everything from techno to Jay Z to Colbie Calliat, had all their lights on, were sitting on the porch smoking/drinking/taking FB pictures (“oh my gosh, this pic is so hottttttt”) and finally at midnight we called the “Courtesy Patrol.” They’re essentially the mall cops of our apartment complex and sometime around 1 the neighbors either gave up on their mini-party (there were only 2 of them, so weird) or the rent-a-cops asked them to shut it down.
And then, I was awake til almost 2. Blech!!! And wouldn’t ya know, I woke up again at 5:30?? Does anyone have any tricks for dealing with insomnia? I get a random patch of 3-4 days every month or so and absolutely hate it.
A few fun eats from yesterday, as I’m barely hanging on mentally today and can’t carry on much witty banter
BBQ cheeseburger meatloaf for lunch:
This was leftover from Monday night and so.freaking.good. It was the crunchy corner piece and all the BBQ sauce had caramelized on the edges and was loaded with flavor. I hadn’t made this meatloaf forever, and hadn’t made it with hamburger for even longer than that, but grass fed hamburger was on sale at Whole Foods this weekend and I couldn’t resist. The meatloaf contains 3 kinds of BBQ sauce (since we were running low and needed to finish the bottles), Paula Deen’s Butt Massage seasoning (hehehehehehehe), cubed sharp cheddar, bread crumbs, an egg, and bacon. The bacon truly takes it to another level…mmmm! Expect to see more leftovers later this week!
Along with my meatloaf I had a spinach, bleu cheese, tomato, carrot, celery, craisin, and candied walnut salad. For those of you who bring salads for lunch – do you have a way to make the spinach not get slimy by lunch time? I pack my salad the night before and it’s perfectly dry and crisp (I bring dressing in a separate container) and by the time lunch rolls around my spinach is wilted and kind of creepy. Suggestions??
And my afternoon snack was a pretty cup of lemon yogurt topped with fresh raspberries, perfection! I don’t know why I haven’t tried this combo before.
Dinner last night was chicken enchiladas – you’ve seen ‘em before, you’ll see ‘em again, so I’ll spare you a picture :) Post-dinner I worked on a throw for the couch (pics to come soon as it gets a little bigger, right now it’s kind of like a sad scarf), and we caught up on this week’s episode of The Glades and The Colony. September is such a crazy TV month – True Blood finale, Dexter premiere, Glee premiere, Grey’s Anatomy premiere, Lone Star premiere, and on and on. What fall TV show are you most excited to see back?
And with that…have a wonderful day bloggies! I’m now going to go see about getting a coffee IV set up