The reason for my crankiness is quite trivial and my reaction way out of proportion to the initial problem. But aren't they often the sources of major mood meltdowns? The pride at being calm and rational with the 'big issues' crumbles when that one little thing that gets under your skin - Gets Under Your Skin.
I'm a bit sheepish to say what it is now.
Oh, okay. The after hours roster for the next 15 weeks came out today and I felt very, very, very hard done by. So hard in fact that the boys at work were taken aback about my 'passion' at the perceived injustice.
The thing is, we have to plan our lives outside normal working with this roster. No plan for the weekend or any other day can be made with certainty until the email comes out. Weekends and Friday nights and lots of other stuff come with the job but usually these are spaced out over the 4 months, say only one weekend shift every 2-3 weeks. We cope with it.
So, I lucked out and got the whole of June working either a Friday night or a whole Saturday for every single weekend of the month. I spent half a meeting tabulating how many weekends we each got and it was not an equal distribution.
I'm looking back now, with the hindsight of a few hours away from work and having taken a Good Hard Look At Myself and gotten some perspective back. Being completely honest with myself, I've had a lucky run at work of late. I haven't been as busy as some, I've had the long weekends. I also have to start saving more and it's easier to work more hours (and have less time to be out spending) than it is to cut spending. So, I'll take the challenge and see just how much I save in June.
The venting just stopped there. Let's move on.
I credit the moving on and new clarity to my purchasing of a rotisserie barbecue chicken from Coles this afternoon. It was a decision inspired by Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. Specifically her Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe of today.
Some might prefer chicken soup for the soul, but today I was feeling a whole rotisserie chicken. The key ingredient for chicken pasta bake. I've mentioned in the past, my passion for a Coles chicken - the inbuilt oil, salt and flavour. This evening seemed like a good night to harness all those flavours for a greater purpose.
Yes, those babushka cups again.
Snuck in a few vegies with the pasta, frozen peas and par boiled carrot. Plus a few shakes of garlic granules because I wasn't up to using my garlic press.
I stirred in some parsley with the shredded chicken. 2 cups worth of chicken. It was very therapeutic
Top with your cheese of choice. I just wanted to share the above photo because I was reading the Hostess of the Humble Bungalow the other day and she shared her family mac'n'cheese recipe. I was struck by the different colour that American cheeses are to the common Australian cheeses. Is it the cows and what they are fed? The weather?
Out of the oven and ready to eat. Mr SSG put me onto Tabasco sauce. It really is the perfect hit of heat for the dish.
Our fruit and veg service have just started delivering fruit and nut mixes as well. We got a sample with this week's delivery. Ahh chocolate, fruit & nut and fruit. You need a bit of them all in your life.
Don't tell Mr SSG - but we have more plastic containers at SSG Manor. The Decor store and pour 5 piece set. Which I had to buy because it was 'on offer' and it was the only way to buy the cereal pourer Decor that I needed.
It was all in aid of research. I'm trying to de-weevil our pantry and heard that a bay leaf or two in with your rice or pasta does help keep them at bay. The SSG Laboratories will report back on this in a few weeks.
In the background sits the rest of my chicken - ready for lunchtime sandwiches tomorrow.
I'm now off for a quiet evening of reading and restfulness.