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playa meals and other delights

I am up to my eyeballs in playa prep, and OMG I am loving it!

We finally got past all the orders (we do have one last thing to finish up but it shouldn't take long.)  Now we can start on our own stuff!

I don't know that we'll have anything new  *for us*made in time (though I do have an awesome furry hoodie vest with kitty ears, in superbright UV reactive HOT PINK fur, yay!  and I might get paw mitts for it - we'll see!)  Hopefully Jovino will make himself a few things (and let me cut them out...)


Mostly, I've been focussing on the essentials - doing laundry so we'll have enough clothes; purchasing and preparing food, etc.  We have a Foodsaver vacuum sealer, and I am putting it to good use!  I'd seen other folks pull out a vacuum sealed bag of food (home made - or take out!) drop it in hot water, and have a meal in minutes - what a great idea!  The cooler water doesn't get in, and if you freeze them, they can act as ice!

There are commercial foods which come in this kind of packaging (tasty bites etc) but having our own sealer means we can pack ANYthing - in a way that is IMPERVIOUS to cooler water!  It's AWESOME!  (Unlike the TBs our stuff does have to be kept cool - but that's easy when waterlogging isn't an issue.)

I have to say I've been loving the cooking.  I've been working on it and I've finally got to the point where I feel I can improvise with the risotto instead of just repeating the recipe - which BTW came from a cookbook given to me by Peter and Robin (my favorite of Peter's girlfriends... Mare is my favorite of his other wives!)  ;-)  I've been reading a lot about restaurant cooking and trying to apply some of the info I've been learning to my own meals.  (I'm just about through the book Heat, by Bill Buford, a writer who apprenticed with famous and famously nutty chef Mario Batali... though the book covers much more foodie ground than just Batali's kitchen.)

Here's this year's base menu (8 days on the playa):

food:

pizza (fresh made - dough + ingredients chopped/pepared and vac-sealed in individual pizza sized quantities... baked in the CBQ!)
chili - home made and vac sealed in portions sized for us both to have some with no leftovers, and frozen (it's ice until we eat it!)
risotto - made it up tonight and DAMN but it is going to be GOOD!
organic pasta with garlic-roasted cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and basil (drool!)
mashers - aww yeah, with buttah!  (I sealed up a BUNCH of individual butter portions for this!  Mashers on the PLAYA, yo!)
sammiches (for lunches - spicy veggie "salami" plus TJ's "garlic aioli" mustard, fresh veggies/greens, tomaters, etc
miso soup for my breffy
TBs for when we can't be arsed to make real food - we've found a better (more authentic, spicier) vac-pack Indian food, yay!

So, that's basically 4 types of "dinner" food, plus TBS, sammies, mashers, miso etc for lunches or snax.  Unless I come up with some other ideas for entrees (like vac-sealing our fave takeouts - laugh if you want but I've seen folks do this!) it looks like we're going to have each thing twice over our 8 days.  That's not so bad.  (And of course there is always random yummy stuff offered by friends from time to time.)

Snax:
trail bars
thai cashews
dolmas
chips-n-guac
chexymixie (2 kinds)
brownies
???

Bevvies:
champagne (for our real friends - real pain for our SHAM friends!)
water/ice
rockstars
juices
v-8
chai - iced for day, hot for night!
frappucinos (one of those "only on the playa" convenience treats)
FAT TIRE (want some?  come visit us at the Dusty Bunny Bar - we'll have it on tap and ice freakin' cold, yo!)

It's late... tyord... I keep glancing at my battery life readout and thinking it's the time (except it's going down and the actual time is going up...)


Time for bed with my baby!  I love him so much.  He's smart, and strong, and sweet, and easygoing... he loves and appreciates me - and lets me know it.  He is also incredibly encouraging!

He's creative and brilliant, yet totally unassuming and completely not egotistical.  Plus, he's an adorable, fluffy (and sexxeh!) BUNNY.

I am truly fortunate.  My longtime friends surely remember my poly days - and I have to say those were good times. 

I learned a lot, loved a lot, and soaked up a lot of love.  When it was good, that life was AMAZING.  The downside, though, was that hardly anyone I had a relationship with could "give as good as they got" where poly was concerned.  I met several folks who could talk a good game, but with  few notable exceptions, so many of them were either unable to deal (the kindest interpretation) or simply out for themselves.

It really is rahter unfortunate.  I have so many good memories of those times... being in a lovely triad, having my husband's girlfriend (who I'd never met) reach out to me and turn into a close friend (we used to get together without him!) etc etc.  Some folks really did get it, and were able to walk the talk. 

I loved being poly - especially the family element.  I always used to throw a valentines day party at our place, inviting all of our sweeties (and their sweeties!) complete with home cooked meal and handmade valentines (I was a freak Martha!)  Waking up with a partner and our mutual partner (or even a partner and their partner-who-I-wasn't-involved-with) was always sweet - cozy and family.  I loved it!

I never thought I would want to change (and I knew that my nature would prevent me from changing "for" someone.  I am who I am, and beneath it all, I own myself (both a blessing and a curse, lol!)

The last thing I expected was to turn my back on my poly ways, but that is exactly what has happened!  I didn't "give it up" - I didn't give up ANYthing.  I am doing exactly what I want to.  Just because I never envisioned this doesn't mean it's not perfect for me now.

When I met Jovino, he had a girlfriend.  Nevertheless, my interest grew, until I finally asked him out.  He was dating other girls at the time (more than one of whom also had pink hair!) and I was involved with the abusive ex - who had actually managed to talk me into agreeing to marry him.  Fortunately, I didn't go through with it!  What a mistake that would have been!  (He apparently really wants to be married - given how quickly he managed to get engaged again after I finally dumped him - and considering how much credit card debt he has, as well as having to pay for school, it's actually a very smart financial move on his part.)

ANYway...






I gotta go.  The vac-sealer is calling my name, and then it's time for bed...  ahhh, bed.






Yay!
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