Car adventure and yummy soup!

by Christine on November 9th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

This morning hubby woke me up extra early as he was leaving for work. “I have a flat tire,” he said. “Can I take your car to work today?”

Well, of course he could take my car to work. Which he did!  So I was sitting there thinking that I really wanted to take care of his car today so he could come home and not have to worry about getting it fixed. There was just one problem: He drives a stick shift, and I don’t drive a standard. Oh dear.

I went out and cleared out his teeny-tiny trunk, which was LOADED with shit. Seriously, what a clutterbug. Two basketballs, piles of books and manuals, empty containers, rotten food, bags of golf balls, dirty socks, a dirty pair of blue jeans, a bottle of cologne (???), an old rotary-dial telephone (??!!) and so on!  I threw all that crap in a plastic tub and finally found where the spare tire was.  It wasn’t where you would think it would be, at the bottom of the trunk. No, apparently that’s where his subwoofer is for his stereo system. The spare tire was in the side of the trunk, behind the two seats. Weird setup.

Try as I might, I couldn’t get the damn tire out!  I felt like such a weakling. I even got a big wrench out of the garage to undo the metal thingie holding the spare in place. No such luck. Being a weakling girl sucks sometimes I swear.  Now, I know how to change a tire, at least — a skill that I highly recommend all women learn to do in case of a terrible emergency. There are some situations where you just don’t want to be stranded and at the mercy of your surroundings. Like in downtown Newark/Elizabeth, suddenly with a flat tire. Bad scenario. Learn to change your tire yourself, seriously.

But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Fortunately I have AAA, so I called and had a guy come by to help me out. He was quiet but funny, and EXTREMELY fast. What would have taken me an hour to fumble through took him approximately 7 minutes. SO FAST!  He got the spare out of the trunk effortlessly, making me wonder just how pathetic I really am. Bam, it was on the car, and off he drove. Like a knight in a shining yellow truck, except with plumber’s crack. LOVED that guy. Thank you AAA.

Then came the scary part: driving a stick shift. I’ve driven a stick shift exactly 3 times EVER.  The first time was when a friend got drunk and needed a ride home. Scary as hell, when your instructor is slurring his words telling you when to use the clutch. The 2nd time my hubby attempted to teach me how it really works. The 3rd time I had to drive at 2 a.m. to pick up hubby from his workplace. So this was Time #4, and I’m proud to say that I didn’t stall the car, not even once! I was happy that the tire was hanging out of the trunk, so I think other drivers were alerted that there was something wrong. That’s right, give me space, people. I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing! I am happy to say that the tire was repaired for a mere $22, so I didn’t have to dish out a lot of money for a new tire for his sportscar. Hooray! Thank you Firestone for fixing the tire!

The tire place was adjacent to the mall, so I went over there for a cup of coffee and to browse the clothing racks. Guess what?!?!?! I think I’m a SIZE 2!!! I’m not entirely sure, but I think I might be.  I tried on a Juniors holiday dress in a Size 3, and it fit very comfortably. Fucking–wow! Seriously! I used to be a Size 24! I didn’t buy the dress, but I had fun trying it on.

size 2

Yesterday I experimented in the kitchen a little. I love to cook while experimenting, no recipes or anything like that. I made a soy-based soup that was absolutely delicious, and incredibly low calorie! I guess it’s like ramen soup, except way yummier.  My best guess at a recipe of sorts would be:

  • 2 cans of vegetable broth
  • 2 can of water
  • Maybe 1/2 a cup of soy sauce. Maybe more. I just kept dumping it in and taste-testing.
  • 1 stalk of Bok Choy, diced up really small. Great “green” vegetable with lots of nutrition!
  • Maybe 3 or 4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • Some fresh ginger. I used a vegetable peeler to shave off a finger-sized hunk of ginger into the soup. Fresh is key–I don’t think it would taste the same in powder form.
  • Just a few rice noodles. And by that I mean just a tiny little bit.
  • A few shakes of garlic pepper
  • A dash of cumin
  • A dash of red pepper (boy, that really transformed the soup and really made it delicious!)
  • Serve with some fresh scallions on top

Bring to a boil, then eat!

You could probably wisk in some egg instead of noodles for more protein/less carb.

It was INCREDIBLY yummy!!

Tonight I am going to make cornish hens. I haven’t made those in probably two years, and it sounds delicious! Unfortunately it’ll mean that I will have a bajillion leftovers, but I look forward to boiling the bones to make a homemade chicken stock!

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