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Aniki's picture

Yes, I'm combining Eff Off Friday with Food.

Eff Off to:

  • Meetings that are supposed to be 15 minutes, but last over an hour because people keep YAMMERING
  • IRS scam phone calls (and all other scam/spam calls!)
  • Middle-aged acne (and some beard hairs are ingrown)
  • Beard hairs!! (and other "new" hair in previously hairless places)



In my quest to eat healthier, I'm trying to incorporate more veggies into my dishes. Sometimes, that means making substitutes for food that is not-so-healthy. Last night, I made pasta. But it was HEALTHY pasta.

I baked spaghetti squash. While it was cooking, I made spaghetti sauce: ground turkey breast, shrooms, crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, about an ounce of merlot, and a pinch of salt. When the squash was cooked, I "stringed" it, mixed it into the sauce, and topped it with freshly grated parmesan cheese. YUM!! It's also what I'm having for lunch today and tomorrow. Biggrin


AJanie's picture

That sounds delicious, Aniki.  My healthy eating has been going well so far, although it is definitely expensive.

I am really loving shredded chicken and black beans with onion and cilantro... a small scoop of guac on the side. yum.  I also have been eating sweet potato with some cinnamon and small drizzle of raw honey.

Happy Friday

Aniki's picture

That sounds good, too, AJ!! I love Mexican food, so I want to find some good, spicy recipes and make a few changes (no tortillas...sniff sniff).

Mmmmm....raw honey. I like to make cornmeal pancakes, butter them, and drizzle with raw honey.

Simpleton21's picture

I have some eff offs to add onto your's - MEETINGS ON FRIDAY! LOL, who does that?!?! Also, meetings that could have been an e-mail!!!  

Your food and AJanie's both sound delish!  Maybe it will inspire me to at least attempt to eat healthy today Wink

Aniki's picture

I don't mind Friday morning meetings - NOBODY wants a Friday afternoon meeting!

I've had some baaaaaad experiences with trying to do things via email. The chain gets so long, and there are too many tangents due to people replying to an earlier email instead of the most current... Turns into an email that could have been a 15 minute meeting!!! I like my boss and coworkers, but sometimes... grrrrrr....

I NEED to eat healthier. My biggest problems are binge-eating and impulse eating. Dash 1

Simpleton21's picture

Yeah, if you have a Friday meeting it must be morning.  I had an idiot schedule a Friday meeting at 3:45pm last week for a volunteer organization I am a part of.  We had a lot of members that couldn't make it but the president insisted on keeping it at that time (and just giving 2 days notice)....guess what...poor attendance!  Shocking!  

You do have a point about the e-mails.  I get that also.  If there are only a few people though e-mails can be efficient.  I also like my co-workers but I cannot stand meetings when someone tries to dominate just to be heard and make them longer than they have to be!

Yep, I have a problem with eating out of boredom :/

Aniki's picture

And the people in meetings who yammer on and on and on.... and it's only relevant to a FEW people. Hey! Table that discussion, let's finish up with the stuff that pertains to EVERYONE, and then you blockheads can yammer away the rest of the day. SMH

Aniki's picture

Every needy friend I've ever had is definitely a toxic person. I am SO thankful that I ended my LAST toxic friendship 2.5 years ago!!!

Coco72's picture

Eff off to all this snow!! I want Spring already, I want to be outside, and go for walks, and use the camper!

Eff off to all these snow days, late starts, and early releases - I need to get work done!!

Aniki's picture

Coco, be glad you don't live somewhere that has 3-4 feet of snow on the ground in April. Or snowfall in May AND patches of snow still melting!!

Valkyrie's picture

Honestly, dealing with unwanted hair is becoming a full-time job.

Your dish sounds delish!

Eff off to: SO/skid circus and everything SO related in general. Just when things are going great between us, we're moving two hours away from skidtown and I'm thinking maybe this has a chance, he just can't help being a dick. 

Aniki's picture

Yes, it freakin' is!! I remember when I plucked once every 2-3 weeks. Now I can pluck 2-3 times a day. It's maddening!!! I once looked into laser hair removal and it's NOT an option for me. For one, I'd have to go for YEARS. But the main reason it isn't an option is because the hairs have to be dark. Nothing like having more blonde and white hairs than dark. Fool

It IS delish and I'm looking forward to having it again for lunch soon!

I'm sending your SO a virtual smack in the back of the head.

Cover1W's picture

I've been doing electrolysis.  It's fantastic.  It can take a few sessions to see results but I've found it affordable overall and the hair is GONE permanently. 

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

Eff off to:


DH not seeing his family does take advantage of him

Taking a toddler for shots... That's going to be fun...

Something I prefer not to post about just yet, but I'm mad about it. LMAO


ANIKI! I've told you before! Spaghetti squash is one of my absolute favorite foods!!! I want to try and grow some this year! I haven't tried growing anything since moving here!!!

Aniki's picture

...and my first thought was, "TEQUILA?!" This is what happens to a 53yo with no bios. Booze comes first. LOL

PA, I've had spaghetti squash before, but this was a new recipe. Well, new in that it's something I just threw together. But I will definitely be making it again. Tasty!!

Virtual smacks in the backs of the out-laws, er, in-laws. And {{{hugs}}} for you!

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

Bahaha! Out-laws! I told DH we need to move away from here. I phrased it because small town and BM and her family... In reality, I think living AWAY from the "in-laws" would be best for everyone!!!

YOur recipe still sounds delicious! Also drink away! I have these spiked lemonade things in the frudge from when DH thought he could get me to drink if you want them shipped to you! LMAO

{{{hugs}}} back at you!!!

Aniki's picture

I have to behave myself tonight. I was invited to a wine tasting tomorrow. While I'm looking forward to the wine, I am NOT looking forward to the loooong drive and dressing up! Lipstick. Crikey!

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

Bahaha! At least you get invited to things Aniki! I only get invited to work parties and kid events! LMAO

Have fun being fancy! I don't think I even own a dress nice enough for an event like that! 


Aniki's picture

The person who is hosting this is an old friend of mine who is now well-to-do. The other guests are his peers. I'll probably look like his poor relation.

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

I'd give you advice... But I wouldn't even know how to start to dress up for that... I'm more of a casual, I have to be able to set off running in what I wear, kind of person. LMAO

Aniki's picture

Oh, believe me, I'll be able to take off running. I can run in stilettos!!!

I figure I'm going as myself. I'll dress nicely, but I'm not going to try and pretend to be something/someone I'm not. I'm not rich, I'm not into material things, and I'm not a wine expert. Yes, my family calls me The Wine Snob and asks for my advice on wine and food pairings, but I'm certainly no expert and won't be swishing and spitting and saying, "the slate is a lovely undertone, but the aroma of cedar is off-putting". (BTW, cedar in wine smells like a dirty litterbox to me...)

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

Hahaha. I can't run in stilletos... I can however walk like a pretty convincing newborn cow in them...

Aniki's picture


Iamwoman's picture

You all are making me hungry with this food talk! DH and I also started a diet together this week. Last night was tuna salad on a bed of Kale, arugula, carrots, walnuts, cranberries, and broccoli. I need to try the spaghetti squash too!

Eff off to :

  • Amazon double charging me for a $620 telescope and then being “unable” to fix it, forcing me to fix it through my bank...2 hours on the phone. Goodbye entire Friday morning.
  • 2 years and counting of family court prep (haven’t been able to openly discuss, but can’t wait to share the outcome with you all).
  • Teens who won’t do a darn thing except breathe unless they are told numerous times daily. Ugh.
  • Middle age and decreasing energy

Aniki's picture

I have a recipe for Kale Chips that I want to make. I make a tasty Ginger, Beef, Shroom & Kale dish, but always have a ton of kale left in the bag. Next time, I'm making those chips!!

$620?! Ouch!!! Glad you got it straightened out.

I'm tired all of the time. It doesn't help that I'm a chronic insomniac and caffeine has NO effect on me. Sad

Iamwoman's picture

Mmmmmmmm... kale chips sound delicious. I’m going to hunt that recipe online. Smile

A slightly older good friend of mine who has been through it told me to go get a hormone panel done, as she learned that the drop in female hormones = drop in energy/mood. Now she is on estrogen/progesterone, and back to her radiant self.

It seems like no amount of sleep is enough for me. Caffeine puts me to sleep too. I guess were wired backwards.

Aniki's picture

Here's the recipe my friend gave me. She'd make a batch and they were tasty!!

  1. Use enough kale to fill a cookie sheet (wash the kale first and dry overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Toss kale with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Spread onto the cookie sheet.
  5. Springle with grated parmesan.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Start at 10 and keep checking it until it's crispy.

Aniki's picture

I love to share recipes!! Except for those secret family recipes... Dirol

queensway's picture

I remember the first time I got one of those IRS scam phone calls. I thought how terrible this scam was because I am sure an elderly person would believe it. Makes me sick.

Eff off to:

Dishonest people

Greedy people

Aniki I wish I could say I liked veggies. But I only like a few. But I love all your recipes. I feel healthier just reading them. Does that count for eating healthy, please?

Aniki's picture

Those bloody scammers definitely need the crap beaten out of them.

Sure, Queen, we'll let that count. What veggies do you like? Maybe we can tszuj 'em up!

Kes's picture

As a post menopausal woman, spiky hairs on my chinny chin chin are the bane of my life!  I usually pluck them, as shaving them off leaves a "5 o'clock shadow".  Ugh.   

Aniki's picture

I'm lucky to have some INGROWN beard hairs! Nothing like a big ol' red bump that looks like a bigarse pimple because a beard hair is failing to rear it's ugly head. I'd love to find something that "melts" those buggers off/out of my skin because GLARING at them and swearing a blue streak is not working!

Iamwoman's picture

Hi Kes and Aniki, I’ve got thick black chin hair problems too. Finally, after 20 years of plucking (up to three times a day by this past July), DH felt sorry for me and is paying for electrolysis.

Best. Decision. Ever. 

I started off with weekly sessions in august, and now I’m down to once every three weeks. Most of the hairs are completely dead and forever gone now! Only a few left. This helped raise my self confidence and because the plucking was almost to the point of neurotic, I feel as if a giant weight has been lifted.

Highly recommend! Wink

thinkthrice's picture

Friggin PHISHING attempts. . .. the Docusign scam, the "OWA Administrator IT Helpdesk" scam and on on on and on.   This shit is starting to look really legit and is entrapping people left and right!!!

Aniki's picture

Booooooo!!!! What IS it with these arseholes?! Just think if all of the scammers and criminals actually put their talents to work for the side of GOOD.