Death & Taxes: Kind of stream-of-conscious-y

I did my taxes today. It hurt. My standard of living is going to take a decided turn toward the pauperesque for the next few months. This is partly due to the giant tax check I’m going to have to write in a few weeks and partly because I want to buy myself a new bed for my birthday in June. Besides, a few months as a pauper is way better than any months spent in a cube from 9-5, Mon-Fri. Right?

Since it’s Spring Break, I had to do Tibble duty a few days this week. On Wednesday afternoon, Liam marched up to me apropos of nothing and we had this conversation:
Liam: You know that guy whose name is a bad word? A lot of people really like him.
Me: Who?
Liam, whispering: Jesus Christ

I’ve been trying in vain for the past 45 minutes to watch “Less than Zero” because Christa made fun of me for never having seen it. I’m not entirely sure why this prodded me to watch it (or try to at least), because I’ve not seen about 28,982 other “pop culturally relevant” movies (e.g. StarWars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather, Caddyshack, etc.) and have no desire to rectify that situation.

I tried once again to make homemade macaroni and cheese. I’ve been in search of a decent, tasty recipe for going on two years now. This time it was Red Thai Curry Mac-n-Cheese, it was so bland my tongue fell asleep eating it. I refuse to give up, however. I’ve mastered virtually every dish I’ve put my mind to. Mac-N-Cheese will not beat me. It will not.

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  1. Placemat 03.Apr.11 at 5:19 pm

    mmmm, Mac & Cheese…

    # 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    # 1 lb macaroni
    # 8 tablespoons butter
    # 1 tablespoon butter
    # 1/2 cup muenster cheese, shredded
    # 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
    # 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    # 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
    # 2 cups half-and-half
    # 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
    # 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    # 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
    # 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

    # 1 Preheat oven to 350.
    # 2 Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
    # 3 Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rapid boil.
    # 4 Add macaroni and the 1 TB oil.
    # 5 Cook for 7 minutes, or until somewhat tender.
    # 6 Drain well, and return to the pot.
    # 7 Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt 8 TB of the butter.
    # 8 Stir into macaroni.
    # 9 In a large bowl, combine all of the shredded cheeses.
    # 10 To the macaroni, add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheeses, half and half, the cubed cheese and the eggs, and the seasoned salt and pepper.
    # 11 Transfer to the prepared casserole dish, and top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
    # 12 Dot with remaining 1 TB of the butter.
    # 13 Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and bubbly.
    # 14 Serve hot.
    # 15 Serves 8.

  2. Placemat 03.Apr.11 at 5:21 pm

    Oh, and use any type of pasta except the elbows. I like shells myself. Those little spirals are a great too.

  3. Christa 03.Apr.11 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, man. You found Less Than Zero not watchable? Well, nuts.

  4. Kevin Fenton 04.Apr.11 at 6:22 am

    I’ve never watched Lezz Than Zero because I always thought the Bangles’ Hazy Shade of Winter video was the official Cliff Notes.

  5. hotrod 05.Apr.11 at 7:42 am

    My macaroni and cheese recipe is the best. You can’t have it.

    1. Jodi 05.Apr.11 at 7:48 am

      I wouldn’t want to eat your crappy macNcheese anyway.

      1. hotrod 05.Apr.11 at 1:32 pm

        Your loss, ’cause mine is the best ever.

  6. todd 05.Apr.11 at 8:04 pm

    Sleep is overrated. You shouldn’t have to live off Mac and Cheese just so you can purchase a new bed. One can score some remarkable deals off of Craigslist. (Grandma may have passed away on it, but that doesn’t mean you have to pass up the low price. Or he may have caught his ex cheating on it, but that doesn’t mean getting screwed paying higher prices elsewhere.) Sometimes bargins just appear like the errant flew out the moving truck roadside mattress. (Squaters rights indeed!) Finally, Union Gospel may have some damaged/heavily soiled inventory waiting to be unloaded.


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