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First Day on the Job?

August 25th, 2015 at 05:53 am

Well, this was supposed to be my first day on the job, but I'm still in limbo about whether the papers are in order and I'm "official." My boss was checking on it yesterday -- didn't get back to me -- so I'm at home. I'm not making that trip for nothing.

I will probably go to the grocery today, though I hate to spend the money. Everything is conspiring against me! I have to go to a board event tonight (Dutch treat) -- I will only get coffee. I've been invited to an Armenian fest this weekend. I 've been invited out for lunch on Friday, on the day I go to the dentist and to the Alumni Dinner. I owe my cousin $34 for the annual football pool. I don't want to drop out of the social calendar, but I hate having to shell out the money right now. On the other hand, if I just tell everyone "no", will they ever ask me again? Smile The unfortunate thing about being single is that almost all socializing has a price.

I updated to Windows 10 yesterday, and a few days ago I migrated to Microsoft 365 Outlook. I was terrified I wouldn't be able to make anything work (it's happened before) but so far everything seems fine, and in fact, stuff is working better. I guess that was the whole point, huh? I never did adjust to Windows 8, just concentrated on the one window that made sense.

I spent a big portion of my day cleaning my stovetop yesterday. With only limited success. I have a black enamel stovetop with gas burners. There is burnt-on grease that I just can't get off, especially the burners. I used baking soda and vinegar first (fail) and then Easy-Off, which worked better, especially on the stove itself, but the burners are still yucky. I'm wondering now if soaking them in straight ammonia would help. If so, I'll have to buy some! And figure out what receptacle to soak them in! Does anyone have a magic solution? I'm really tired of scrubbing.

I didn't get a walk done yesterday, even though it was lovely, perfect walking weather. I'll have to do it today for sure!

Forgot my menu plans again!

Breakfast: Blueberry pancakes
Lunch: Veggie fried rice in tortillas
Dinner: Fried chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes, salad, mixed veggies

I am not having the fried rice again; I didn't eat it yesterday because I got filled up on popcorn and didn't eat dinner.

Just got back from the grocery -- $39 for croutons, eggs, almond milk, creamer, wine, chicken drumsticks, salad in a bag, blueberries, onion, sourdough bread.

7 Responses to “First Day on the Job?”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Soak in dishwashing soap? I did this the other day with mine and layers of black crud just wiped right of. Like, why didn't I think of this sooner? I doubt I soaked more than 15 minutes. (Usually I figure the black crud blends with the black, so whatever. Have always been cautious not to use heavy cleaners on the black. I just don't know what I can use. I might buy some easy-off and see if I can get away with that for the rest of the stove that can not be soaked in soapy water).

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    With the center ring of gas jets on my stove, I've had some luck applying a paste of cream of tarter and keeping it damp, then wiping firmly. But I've had less to no luck getting it to help with the same burned black on the little troughs that catch any boil-over on the stove-- the enamel surface. I found that cream of tartar super cheap at Big Lots. Normally it is too expensive to use as a cleaner.

  3. Butterscotch Says:

    The Mr Clean Magic Eraser is truly amazing! I use it on everything, including the stove.

  4. snafu Says:

    I bought a large container of Ammonia at a Dollar Store. Pour about 1/2 C in a Ziplock bag, add burner, seal carefully and leave at least 30 minutes. Fumes are awful, open window, wear rubber gloves, remove and rinse, repeat for next burner.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I have some pancake batter that fell onto one of my stove burners that I've not been able to get off (and now I can't use that burner because it smokes ...)

    Hope you get some definite news about the job soon!

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Arm and Hammer used to make a spray kitchen cleaner that I loved, but they discontinued it. I have the same problem with the grids above the burners--they're pretty yucky sometimes. I'm going to try some of these smart women's solutions. Let's compare notes.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    I have heard that pouring ammonia into a black trash bag, putting the items you want to clean in there, tying it off and setting it out in the sun for an hour is supposed to work. Haven't tried it myself, though.

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