Feburary 8, 2017: Jiffy Pop; Breakfast Tacos; Cortisone Shots
In culinary news, the grandchildren made Jiffy Pop. Androp Gerard remembers when that was a new thing: “As much fun to make as it is to eat!” None was ever popped at the boyhood home. This was a first for both for the papa and the grandchildren. For that reason, approximately a third of the kernels did not get popped.
In things you do when you are semi-awake when you should be totally asleep: in the wee hours Androp failed to properly identify which grandchild was talking, and therefore needed tending. Since nobody was talking when he got up to check, he just went back to bed. “That one talks in her sleep.” Later:
Child, “Hello! Bye bye!”
The wife gets up. Me, “(Names a child) is talking in her sleep.”
The wife, “No. It is not that child. There is a cat locked in the other kid’s room.”
Thump thump thump. Meow. Upon extraction of the cat, the child apparently went back to sleep fairly quickly. Not so much for Androp and the wife.
Breakfast tacos were made and consumed for brunch the next day. These require a surprising number of bowls and prep time: eggs, bacon, refried beans, tomatoes, raw onions, cubed potatoes, salsa, cheese, plain yogurt, hot peppers, and tortillas. Those containers plus plates added up to more than 20 dishes and two pans. Probably more than 30 serving spoons and forks were used. Buy stock in dishwasher makers. When someone says breakfast tacos are simple, that means anyone can make them. Prep time and clean-up can be somewhat daunting: they are hard in some regards. One culinary hint: whip the eggs with a whisk and then salt them 15 minutes before they are cooked. Add one tbs of cold butter for each 2 eggs when scrambling. Do not over-cook: they should be a bit gooey when removed from the pan.
The weather was good enough to bike, although the wind in the face was stinging more than invigorating. The Bald Eagles (one of them anyway) are supervising their nest site, although none was seen on the nest. A surprising number of humans were out walking near trail heads, including many couples and families. In Androp’s city of 120,000, four bike shops that carry four different flagship major bike maker brands occur. A medical school and three major hospitals also occur. So anyone who has a bike accident will likely be seen by a passing Doc.
Androp got a cortisone shot in the shoulder for adhesive capsulitis. Recall that he had a terrifying experience the first time he got one (see December 8, 2016, journal entry). This time, the Attend Physician (teacher who was supervising the Fellow or Resident Doc for the earlier injection) was in charge. The procedure was fast and mostly painless.
Me, “That was fantastic, Doc. You were supervising someone else, a Fellow or Resident Doc maybe, when I got my first injection. That did not go so well.”
Me, “Ya. (I provided some horrifying quotes similar to the ones I gave in the December 8 post).”
Her, “Oh I am sorry. I usually try to be more discrete with the patient in the room. Was it (insert description of Fellow or Resident student Doc).”
Me, “That was her.”
Her, “She never did get it. I stopped letting her give injections.”
Me, to self, “Oh just gawdamned fine. I was given an injection by a trainee who failed the course. A proven failure at giving injections crammed a needle 6 inches into my body. Possibly, her failure was in large part due to how much she screwed up on me. There are two witnesses standing here. Get their names.”
Hint: ask for the Attending Physician, not a Fellow or a Resident.
In nature news, coyotes were heard yipping from Androp’s cul du sac dog walking route. The little dog was spooked. But then, the little dog spooks from a leaf blowing across the sidewalk. And often, she jumps due to nothing visible in the external environment (e.g. brain worms). To anyone who has not heard coyotes: they make a lot of noise, but it is not howling, it is yipping and barking. Probably at least two were yipping on Sunday evening. The number is impossible to tell, since they can make a lot of noise.
Politics remain pretty much the same. Those who think he is trying to discredit the press are incorrect: he has already successfully discredited the press.