Mid-life Without the Crisis

It really isn't the destination, but the journey. May be cliche, but it's true.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Southwest Pasta

Sorry the picture is blurry.  I'm a better cook than photographer!
I thought I'd share a recipe with you.  This is something I created myself and you can adjust amounts to your desired tastes.  You could even adjust ingredients.

  • 1/4 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
Brown the ground meat with the onions and green peppers in a small amount of olive oil.  Drain excess fat if necessary.  Add in remaining ingredients except pasta and heat through, adjusting seasoning to fit your tastes.  Add in a spoonful or two of the pasta cooking water if needed to make it saucier.  Mix in the drained pasta and serve.  This makes a couple of large servings.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I hate to do this because I know how annoying those captcha things are, but I'm going to have to add word verification back to my comments because I'm getting spammed on one particular post.  I don't really have time to delete 10 comments every day asking you to buy various drugs, but I hope you have the few extra moments it takes to make a comment when you are so inclined.

Sorry, folks.  It's always the jerks who make the world difficult for the rest of us.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wow!  It's been ages since I've written.  Sorry about that.  But one of my resolutions for 2013 is to blog more often.

Are you making resolutions this year?  I recently heard a news pundit say that no one really does that - that the only people who talk about resolutions are journalists with nothing better to write about.  I think that may just apply to that pundit, because I certainly do make resolutions.  Granted, I didn't make resolutions when I was a kid, but now I'm more introspective and see things that need to be changed about myself and my routine.

Some people think that setting goals can help provide a sense of calm, as well as a direction.  Sometimes when we hang up that new calendar, we wonder what we'll do with all those days ahead.  Goals give us a sense of purpose as we head into the new year.

45% of Americans usually make new year's resolutions
17% make resolutions infrequently
38% absolutely never make resolutions

The figures above are from the Journal of Clinical Psychology.  The same journal also reported, however, that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don't make it a resolution.

So while I have lots of things I'd like to accomplish this year, there are some certain things that I'm setting down as resolutions that I will make every effort to do.

  • Blog at least once every week, preferably twice
  • Work on my novel every week
  • Lose 10 more pounds
What are your resolutions?