Monday minutia...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, November 23, 2009

My beautiful bride, Nancy, passed her test on Saturday earning her the license to sell insurance in Mississippi. She will also be taking the test in Tennessee, but at least she can now begin working again.

When she got out of the test, she was not sure she had passed. We waited until about 5:05pm when the scores were supposed to be posted online and there it was a PASSING GRADE!

I am very proud of her. The instructor who taught the course she took last week told the class that 80% of his students who take the test have a 20% SUCCESS RATE their first time out.

The test is administered by a company that has contracts with 48 of the 50 states and the word is, they work hard to ensure you have to pay them for a second testing opportunity.

Well, they will not be getting more money for Nancy!

Hope y'all had a fine weekend...back we go into another work-week, though this one is only three days.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? We will be going to Nancy's brother's home...where I enjoyed my first Thanksgiving and met her family two years ago.

Charles does a most excellent job deep-frying that bad boy...and the sides are plentiful. I am putting together an antipasto as it was such a big hit last time.

My client is open on Friday. This year they added MLK Day to the holidays and removed the Friday after Thanksgiving. I have never had to work that day and will be taking the day as my company observes the day, all of my personal clients will be out that day.

Well Nancy and I went and spent some of the money we earned at the garage sale last weekend. We bought a 7.2 cubic foot chest freezer. Nothing huge, but big enough to allow us to start preparing meals, sealing them and freezing them.

The freezer in her refrig/freezer unit is so darn small it is hard to buy in larger quantities and save the money. With the vacuum sealer, we can now buy 10 pounds of ground beef - split it into portions of 1/2 and 1 pound and freeze.

When I made gravy recently, it took up way too much space in the longer a problem...Both Nancy and I were real excited to get it home (It fit in the SUV) and get it set up.

Do you buy in bulk at stores like BJs, Sam's Club or Costco?

With the addition of the freezer and the fact that Nancy is going back to work, we are going to have 'cooking Sunday's" where we will prepare 2-3 dishes - each serving 2-3 nights - and freeze them for use over the following two weeks.

It will also mean new opportunities to get MANGIA Y'ALL the food blog that cries for attention.

Be on the look out for those mouth-watering announcements that the table has been set.


13 Of Your Sparks

  1. Schmoop Says:
  2. Congrats to Nancy. Cheers!!

  3. amynoroom Says:
  4. Congratulations, Nancy!!!!!!!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving you two!!! :-)

  5. ...I have an admittedly un-natural aversion to buying a membership card to, no. And the problem with deep frying the turkey is that the bestest part of the turkey, Mr. Wing, invariably gets decimated due to its proximity ...Roast...ahhhhhhhhhhh

  6. Dana Says:
  7. Congratulations Nancy!!

    Thanksgiving this year will be ... ummm ... can I run away??

  8. Well done, Nancy!!! Way to stick it to those money-hungry test people.

    Congratulations on the freezer, too.

  9. micky Says:
  10. Good for you Nancy...

    We buy bulk of some staples but would never get a card. We keep about a month of food on hand at all times.

  11. I knew the Email Cheer would work!

    Kidlet and I are dining at the Parentals with the Family Tattoo artist and his family. I shall see about setting up a barter system of childcare for tattoo time!

    I'm working the day after Thanksgiving. I always do=)

  12. AtriaBooks Says:
  13. congrats, Nancy!

  14. Congrats again to Nancy. I knew she could do it!

    T-Day here will just be the four of us. Again. No big deal. I usually sing at mass on T-Day morning, but I'm skipping it this year in order to avoid a confrontation. :(

  15. Unknown Says:
  16. Congrats to your bride.

    Ahh, the day after Thanksgiving...I've never not worked that day, but being in retail you never get that day off. I'll be up at four in the morning getting ready for all those people that will already be standing in line to get in. If I ever do get a day off on that Friday I plan to not leave the house for the day.

  17. Mimi Lenox Says:
  18. Bee Power! Bee Power!
    And of course, Nancy is one smart cookie.

  19. Tug Says:
  20. Many congrats to Nancy, & I hope you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving my friend!

  21. katherine. Says:
  22. I am sure you'll be able to fill the deep freeze in no time at all....hope Nancy is enjoying her new gig.


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