Someone asked me what “lazy lasagna” is. It started as a snarky comment I made about a recipe in my parents’ 50+ year old Better Homes and Garden cookbook for “Lazy Day Lasagna”. Instead of making the sauce from scratch, it involves store-bought sauce and stuff like that. Here’s my basic recipe:
8 lasagna noodles
2 14 oz. containers of cottage cheese
4 cups shredded mozzerella cheese
1 jar pasta sauce (I’m fond of Prego Chunky Garden)
Preheat the oven to 375F. Prep the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Mix the cottage cheese and eggs together with a tablespoon each of black pepper, powdered garlic, and Italian seasoning. (I’m guesstimating at the measurements because I just eyeball it and call it good. Mix ~ 1/3 of a cup of parmesan cheese into the mixture as well.
Assemble everything in a 9×13 baking pan as follows:
4 noodles, 1/2 of cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 of the jar of sauce, 1/2 of the mozzerella cheese, 4 noodles, 1/2 of cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 of the jar of sauce, and 1/2 of the mozzerella cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes and then let it sit for 15 minutes before you eat. I usually freeze portions of it to have on nights when I feel like only using the microwave.
I finally got to see a competent medical professional (a.k.a. my regular doctor) on Wednesday and she had kittens over the mess that was my respiratory system. Apparently, the twit I saw in the ER should have done at least one more breathing treatment, checked my sinuses (which were inflamed and infected), checked my ears (also inflamed/infected), done a rapid strep test on me (my throat was a mess from coughing), and tested me for the flu.
Because the infection is primarily my sinuses and my lungs are just a casualty of that and a virus that my adorable little petri dish brought home from school, it’s not officially bronchitis and handing me a Z-pack would be wrong. Her first choice would be a boatload of Prednisone, but she can’t give me that without also making a reservation for me on a locked psych ward as well as giving me enough benzodiazepines to stun someone twice my size. (I have an abnormally severe anxiety reaction to oral steroids, so they are black-boxed on my chart.) So… I have hospital-level stuff for my nebulizer (a homemade Duo-Neb combo), some Clindamycin for my infections, Sudafed to knock out the decongestant, and orders to stay in bed and rest until further notice. The Duo-Neb combo is working and I got sleep last night for the first time in probably 72 hours.
Because I’m spending large amounts of time on my computer in the middle of the night, I’ve left my YouTube on random. I’ve discovered some new music in my recommendations and I think I’ll share them instead of subjecting you to more of my pity party.
“Jennifer Juniper” by Donovan. A favorite for obvious reasons and potentially the reason for my first name. According to various family members, they would play this for me when I was very young (ages 2-4) and I would dance to it.
Looking out my window… dark. I’ve been hearing some rain hit the window and the wind blowing.
I am thinking… how miserable I feel. I’ve got bronchitis and the ER doc screwed up on Sunday night in not giving me antibiotics (or doing much of anything really) while I was there. (His bedside manner was similarly abysmal. I’m disappointed because we usually have had such good luck in the ER here.)
I am thankful… I can skip classes tomorrow and I’ve built up enough of a network of notetakers that I have people who can take care of getting them to me this week.
One of my favorite things… being able to breathe. Not happening right now!
I am wearing… jammies.
I am creating… this entry.
I am reading…Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans for the second time. I highly recommend it.
I am hoping… I can get in with my doctor tomorrow for a second opinion on this.
I am learning… how to calculate gross pay in some of the weirdest situations imaginable.
In my kitchen… I made lasagna for comfort food before my ability to breathe disappeared.
Closing Notes: Please pray for me that they can get me in to see my doctor tomorrow and we can get to the bottom of what this really is.
Antiquated office machine update. We had a touch addition practice test on Wednesday and I think I averaged 120 kpm with one error. I was really hoping to be over 150 and closer to 200 but that will come with practice. My instructor gave us a bunch of practice sheets and I’ve been working through those.
Lenten devotional update. The survey I created with my priest was emailed to everyone on Friday and we also had paper copies on Sunday for those who were not techies. I’m honestly pretty excited for what we’ll have, given the breadth of devotional writers. We even have a couple from Resurrección who have offered, which makes my heart sing.
Looking out my window… dark. We had rain on and off and lots of clouds with temps in the 40’s F. I have a headache from the weather change, but the rain is worth it.
I am thinking… about classes. It’s nothing profound as today was my first “long” day and I’m pretty sure I was asleep by 9:30. (I got woken up by something.)
I am thankful… that I was able to help people in my OFTEC 135 class today and that I was able to talk geek with a parishioner on my “coffee” break today. (Why yes, it involved working on homework at Starbucks in between classes. How did you know?!?!?!?)
One of my favorite things… the blissful feeling you get before you fall asleep.
I am wearing… jammies. Clothes were a black shirt and jeans today with a hoodie.
I am creating… Excel formulas. I’m in heaven.
I am reading…Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. It’s a re-read and I’m loving it.
I am hoping… to do well on my test in 10-Key class tomorrow. (It’s just basic math on the calculator.) We also have a practice touch addition test tomorrow so I will probably be doing touch addition drills before class to warm up my feelings.
I am learning… how to effectively help my classmates in OFTEC 135. We were doing advanced formulas today and I was having to explain some of them to a classmate who got lost.
In my kitchen… leftover lasagna. (I made a batch of “lazy” lasagna this weekend and froze some of it for days when cooking required too much coherent thought… like today!)
In the school room… Daniel is ecstatic to be back at school.
10-key calculators. I had my first 10-Key class on Wednesday and my instructor started by saying that she knows we’re probably wondering why we’re learning such “antiquated” pieces of office machinery. Apparently, the employers and business owners on the advisory board for the OFTEC department keep saying “yes” when asked if they still want us to learn how to use them because “touch addition” on the 10-key pad of a keyboard is still something they want us to know how to do. So… all of us got to check an electronic calculator out of the library before class on Wednesday and rolls of papers were distributed at the beginning of class.
Yep.This article talks about the tragedy of dumbing down Christianity. The things that the author describes are why I am positively ecstatic that Rachel Held Evans has a book on the Bible coming out this year.
Escape games. My mom got me addicted to escape games on my e-reader and it has been fabulous for keeping my mind sharp while sitting and waiting at doctor’s offices or other places. The two makers I’ve found to be the best are MobiGrow and Mobest Media.
Lenten devotional update. I sent a survey to the people who told me of their interest in helping put together a Lenten devotional for church a few days ago. On the question about possible themes, there were a bunch of checkboxes and I put two somewhat snarky statements in there:
“I like checking boxes!”
“I’m checking this box to troll Jen!”
I thought my priest would tell me to take them out… but she was one of the people who checked both of them and she had me include some more silly answers in the version of the survey sent to the wider parish!
I am hoping… my bloodwork doesn’t come out too horribly.
I am learning… how to make surveys in SurveyMonkey and Google Forms.
In my kitchen… plotting it currently. If Dad isn’t making anything special, I’ll probably put together a salad at Haggen or something.
In the school room… Daniel goes back tomorrow! He’s been asking about it *EVERY* day of Christmas vacation so he’ll be happy.
Shared Quote… “Creating fantasy is real work, important work. It’s a hard, cold world we live in, and sometimes we need to escape. Sometimes we need that more than food or water or a roof over our heads.” — G.A. McKevett