Dear Square Piece friends,

Welcome to my randomness.

Every now and then I’ve got to toss a hodgepodge of thoughts out to be sure that you stay in the loop:

Regarding Brian’s surprise football party, there were more bumps, scrapes and bruises than previously indicated.

Mike McKinley proudly displayed his battle bruise for us:

Now regarding my soggy bread drama, I remembered one more silly fact:  Thanks to my bizarre phobia, I actually have a least favorite verse in the Bible.

Wait.  Least favorite, you ask?

Yes.  Least favorite.  I have lots of favorites, but there’s only one that really rubs me the wrong way, that really gets my stomach to flippity-flop:

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Oh… hell… no.

Brian still finds this quirk strangely bizarre.  Though he’s witnessed me jumping out of my skin more than once (and he himself is guilty of harassing me with soggy bread), he can’t legitimize my aversion on the basis that it’s “too weird.”

After reading my Soggy Bread post yesterday, he replied, “I’ve seen you do that.  You locked yourself in the bathroom.  I think you made that [fear] up.  It’s crazy.   It’s like being scared of carrots.”

Me, “Why?  Why would I choose to be scared of soggy bread?  I honestly can’t remember when it started.”

And in other matters, my little jellybean car broke down Saturday night.  He – yeah, it’s a he – is presently getting checked out so that we can know how to move forward.  Ironic that we’ve already been pondering other car options, no?  Poor, little Easter egg.

So today I drove Brian’s big, honkin’ Chevy truck all over the place, praying that I wouldn’t hit anything.  It feels like driving three of my cars combined.  So daggone wide!  Anyhow, my friend, Andrea, was kind enough to pick me up this afternoon for a baby shower as I was feeling mucho anxiety over the parking situation.  But lookie-lookie at how cute I wrapped the baby shower gift!  (No, I don’t ask my dogs to join me and pose.  They’re just my babies and follow me around.)

I’ll be honest, I freakin’ hate how much one baby-themed gift bag costs, let alone the card and tissue paper!  I mean, I could totally buy the baby a whole ‘nother outfit with that change!  Trying to keep the presentation both personal and thrifty, I individually gift wrapped the box and the lid that my fabulous gray boots came in.  Then I got some adorable, 50% off duckie ribbon from Michael’s.  They also had a .75 cent coordinating sticker than I used to card/label my gift.  I applied the sticker to a tag that I stained with tea-stain ink.  Voilà.  Totally baby shower appropriate and I didn’t spend a meal’s worth on the usual, over-priced bags!

Okay, so Brian is requesting that I blog last night’s dinner as well.  On any given night that I’m dubbed the one who’s cooking dinner, I promptly begin my scavenger hunt, trying to utilize what’s already in our pantry.  Last night’s creative casserole was such a hit that my husband would like for it to one day be on purpose and not just ’cause we have the ingredients lying around.  Bear with me as I jot down the recipe so that we can repeat this in the future.

Suzy’s This-Is-What-I-Have-Right-Now Casserole:

  • 2-ish cups of hot water
  • 1 C. Basmati rice
  • 1/2 C. puréed, cooked broccoli
  • one yellow onion (chopped/pan fried in some butter)
  • 1 link of beef polska kielbasa (chopped/pan fried following the onion in the pan’s leftover greasiness)
  • 1 can okra (drained; kinda had a pickled flavor which went nicely w/the salty kielbasa)
  • generous pepper sprinkling
  • stingy salt sprinkling

Everything got stirred and combined in a casserole dish.  Baked uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes.  Mmmmm…

Lastly, my DIY Roman shades might take a *touch* longer than anticipated for a couple of reasons: 1) We’re down to one car, so running errands (like dashing to the craft store) has to be more carefully coordinated.  2) I’m a square piece and therefore can’t just purchase fabric for my windows.  Heavens, no.  I have to purchase burlap, bamboo and fabric (which I will sew into ribbon) first and layer these three components into the perfect treatment and then get started on the assembling of my shades.  ‘Cause I’m a square piece.  And that’s the best piece.  Ya folla’?  Holla’!  (No, I don’t know why I do that.  It’s just in my head that way.  Folla’?  Holla!  He he he…)  Two words: I’m a mess…  (Ooooh, you didn’t think I’d forget my new favorite joke, did you?)

Holy XOXO’s,



  1. January 30, 2012

    hahah folla holla… I liked that a lot. Miss you Suzy! Will we see you on SB?

  2. January 30, 2012

    love randomness … but of course you already knew that


    here’s a cute website for you

    put whatever you have sitting around and it pops up a recipe for you …

    you need to enter yours there
    looks yummy

  3. January 30, 2012

    oh, and I LOVE YOUR BOOTS!!!

    verrah nice


  4. January 30, 2012

    oh, and great job on the gift wrapping

    I love how thrifty you are with things like that.

    Can’t wait to see the shades. 🙂

  5. January 30, 2012

    oh, and sorry to hear about the car …

    we’re in the same boat …. Charley doesn’t want to put any money into the van, so he’s gonna drive it til it don’t go no more ….


  6. Wow, that is quite a bruise! And I’m totally with you on the soggy bread. Nasty! I will not let anyone just leave dirty dishes in a sink full of water because the thought of swishing around in there and accidentally touching soggy stuff is beyond me. Blech. I had a storybook growing up that had a story relating to that “cast your bread out on the waters” verse. It was odd, and I don’t really remember much, but I do remember the picture of this enormous loaf floating back to the house on a river. Very odd, indeed! : )

  7. January 30, 2012

    Interesting …. your reference to Ecclesiastes 11:1 sent me searching for the meaning behind the verse.

    The following was found (at walkwiththeword.org):

    Q: What does v.1 mean?
    Answer #1: A common farming technique of that time was flooding of fields and casting the “bread” or seed upon the water. As the water evaporated, some of the seed took root in the soil and produced a harvest. Seeing how “bread” is sometimes associated with God’s Word, the meaning may be akin to the Parable of the Sower in speaking of eventually reaping a harvest of souls through the planting of the Word.

    Answer #2: Bread is also a word often associated with making a living, and waters is often associated with large numbers of people. The meaning could be advocating the sharing of one’s personal resources with the less fortunate which will, in time, provide a spiritual harvest. This meaning is probably better supported by the context of v.2 which follows.

    and the verse in the Complete Jewish Study Bible is translated as:

    “Send your resources out over the seas; eventually you will reap a return.”

    Makes more sense now.

  8. January 30, 2012

    The first thing i noticed in your picture was your boots, LOVE THEM! The wrapping was great! I never buy wrapping paper, just good ‘ol postal paper that I decorate with stamps or stickers or paint, you get the idea.
    Love how your momma found out the meaning to your favorite verse! Mom’s are so good for that yes?
    Love your ending, Folla. holla. Have an exceptional day!

  9. January 31, 2012
    adele bernard

    I love this post!!! That is how my brain works…totally random thoughts. I love that you are scared of soggy bread. And “Oh hell No” is to funny. Love you girl

  10. January 31, 2012

    Random… yep. Ouchie bruise! Awesome boots! Hooray for creative dinners. So what is wrong with the jelly bean? Pups are soooo cute. 🙂

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