Sometimes you can have a plan and that plan just does not go the way you want to go. That is what happened to me today. I made a decision I needed a break from anything computer. I mentioned so many times that my day job has me busy so much that I only get one full weekend off a month. I know when I work a weekend it is only on Saturday and for 4 hours, but it does drain you. It actually hard to do things after work. So I try to do everything I can on Sunday.
I been very tired, I get up early on Sunday and I try to get everything I need to get done in that day, which usually, cleaning my apartment, which isn’t looking so good because I truly am rushing through cleaning it. It really needs TLC badly, like I need to steam clean my rugs. Plus I do all my cooking and baking for the week on Sunday, take the photos, edit, then do most my PR work for Seduction in the Kitchen. This all in one day. So most the time is spent in social media and online.
No wonder I am having a hard time trying to just get some Dee time, I am overworked in everything in my life right now. So I decided I am taking one day off. The only day I get off from work, which is Sunday. No Internet, no Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+. No blogging, in fact, I even decided no cooking. It the one day for me to just be lazy, take a breath and relax. Go out and about.
In Fact, on Saturday, I went to my first festival of the year. There was a food truck festival, and it was a blast. Who knew BLT’s were good on crepes! I was doing 24 hours of just Dee, no electronics. Yeah, it did not happen.
At 10am, my cell was ringing, it was my mom. If she calls me it important, so I know I have to answer it. She doesn’t just call me to talk. She told me my fur nephew, Odie, passed away. We knew it was coming, so it wasn’t a shock, but still very sad. I want to be in Pittsburgh with my family, in fact, when got off the phone with my mom, I was thinking, if took my dirty clothes with me I could be there around 1pm, do my laundry there, could leave around 5am to get back so at work. I knew my mom would have yelled at me. She would appreciate me coming in, but to rush like in and drive the 2.5 hours, wasn’t feasible.
Our pets are family to us, so yes we take it hard when we lose them. Odie was unique, he had one ear the was up and one ear that was down. He was the only dog I ever knew you never had to hide a pill for, he took like a treat. My sister would throw the pill he catch it and eat it. Granted sometimes his Vitamin E if he caught it wrong it squirted, but still he was unique.
15 years ago, my sister and he was then her fiance, moved into an apartment together. Jason said she could have a hamster. It was around September, I went with her to get this hamster at Pet Smart. For some reason, there were no hamsters there that day, but the Animal Rescue League had puppies and dogs there for an adoption event. There was Odie, this 6-week old puppy. Lori was playing with him, and I can see in her eyes, she wanted that puppy. We grew up with dogs our entire life. There was a little girl, about 6 years old maybe, asked the worker that was watching the puppies, what the puppy’s name was. The woman replied. “Honey, he doesn’t have a name yet, whoever adopts him, they get to pick a name for him.” The little girl said back to the woman, ” I know a good name, he looks like Otis.”
I said to Lori, “do you want that dog? I will buy him for you, but he will be your birthday gift from me.” Her birthday was in November, Lori said, “Yes, do it quick before she changes her mind.” This would be the first time Lori defied her then fiance, remember she was to get a hamster, not a dog.” We get the dog, she in the car and says, “You know, that little girl was right, Otis is a good name for you. Mr. Odie, that who you are, I teach you football, Jason might be mad, but who cares, we’ll teach soccer he’ll love you.”
We get the dog to the apartment, Jason was playing tennis with a friend, Kevin. We walk the dog to them, and Jason was upset, but Kevin was laughing and petting Odie. “Lori,” Jason says “What happened to the hamster?” Kevin joins in and says, “yes Lori what happened to the hamster?” I say without missing a beat, “Jason, this is the hamster, he just on steroids.” Kevin burst into laughter, we take the dog for a walk so they can talk.
Jason accepts the dog by the end the night, Odie had a way of warming your heart up. He was one of a kind and he will truly be missed. My no Internet day, well news of his passing, being away from my family. The Internet is needed so we can communicate. So I decided like I did when Benny Passed last year suddenly on us, Odie needed a special post too.
Odie liked to eat, but I am thinking about my sister, that was her kid, she is handling it well from what I am being told. So looking through my recipes and decided on this one for the post. It a twist on the Strawberry pretzel salad. I know my sister likes that. I decided to change it up to pineapple and works very well. So this dedicated to my sister and her beloved Odie, R.I.P, he will be missed.
Pineapple Pretzel Delight is a pineapple twist onto the old strawberry pretzel salad.A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 ounce package cream cheese softened, 8
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 ounce carton frozen whipped topping thawed, 8
- 2 ounce packages island pineapple gelatin 3
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 ounce can pineapple chunks 16
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons white sugar; mix well and press mixture into bottom of 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake 8-10 minutes, until set; set aside to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and white sugar. Fold in whipped topping.
- Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
- Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain the pineapple but reserve 2 tablespoons of the juice, add to the gelatin. Stir in the pineapple chunks and allow to set briefly.
- When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer.
- Refrigerate until set.
- Slice up a piece and ENJOY!