Hello 2011!

Posted By on January 6, 2011

Happy New Year, kids!

I hadn’t expected to not blog until the 6th of the month, but here we are. Why is the beginning of the new year so hectic? Is it because for the weeks prior to Jan 1, I tend to spend time doing nothing but watching TV, eating cookies and burritos and playing Diner Dash until my phone dies? And then all of a sudden I flip the calendar and I’m expected to be productive again during my waking hours? What the damn fuck, world? That is a lot to ask!

Anyway, on top of this week being busy and having to work a whole five days in a row, I had plans after work two nights this week. Look at me! Social butterfly in 2011! Not getting my typical 10 hours of sleep a night! Who is this 2011 version of Kristabella?

Well, I know one thing. She won’t be able to keep it up for too long. But she is enjoying it while her 33-year old self can!


In other news, my hot water heater broke this morning. I got up, late of course because I forgot about an early meeting I needed to be at work for, and then brushed my teeth, turned on the shower, got in and froze my ass off. I had been noticing lately that it wasn’t getting as warm as normal and I had to turn it on hotter. But I figured that was typical for this time of year when it is freezing in my house.

But this morning, I had the faucet turned as hot as it would go and it was not warm. At all. So I jumped out of the shower, naked and dripping and decided to look at the hot water heater. And then I saw this huge panel of directions that made no sense after just having woken up and not having any coffee yet. I think I pushed a button and then figured “hey, dumbass! Don’t mess with gas! Just get dressed and get to work for your meeting! You can figure it out later.” Sometimes my self can be so smart. And bossy.

So I turned it all off so it wasn’t leaking gas, washed my face and jumped in a cold shower for like 2 minutes, got dressed and went to work.

When I got home tonight, I noticed the pilot light was out. I was hoping that was all it would be. So I put on my thinking cap (after changing into my “working” clothes, AKA my pajamas), and read the lengthy instructions very slowly. I apparently did everything right and didn’t blow up the house because I now have hot water! Huzzah!

And according to a friend on Facebook, these kinds of things tend to happen when your hot water heater is around a lot of dust bunnies/cat hair. And seeing as my water heater is in a closet I never go in, that kind of explains the problem. Great. One more place to forget to vacuum.

I can’t wait to take a shower in the morning!


Finally, I told you all that I started writing over at Food Lush, yes? Well, if I didn’t, hey! I started writing over at Food Lush.

This week I wrote a post about how I was afraid to cook shrimp. And asked the readers for help and also for yummy recipes. They are amazing readers and totally calmed my fears! And had good recipes to share to boot!

Their comments helped, as I came home Tuesday evening and attempted to cook this recipe. And I did! And it turned out so yummy! And I cooked shrimp! I am QUEEN OF THE CUISINE!

Seriously people, it was a good dish! Go make it! Don’t be afraid of sea creatures! Learn from me! #themoreyouknow

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


11 Responses to “Hello 2011!”

  1. Mahnee says:

    Shrimp looks yummy…..I may have to copy down that recipe since I LOVE shrimp!

  2. Jessica says:

    Seafood frightens me… if I cook anything other than frozen fish sticks, I’m pretty sure my whole family will die from food poisoning. Congratulations on confronting crustaceans! And the hot water heater thing too – good on you. I wouldn’t even know where to look for trouble shooting instructions on my water heater.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Lullaby- and GOOD NIGHT!

  3. kirida says:

    I hope our water heater never goes out because I’d have to be the one to fix it or make my husband call our neighbor to come in and figure out what’s going on. And your shrimp looks delicious! I love shrimp so much but I get worried that someone will eat what I make and get food poisoning because I didn’t cook it thoroughly enough! I will definitely give that recipe a try.
    kirida´s last blog post ..mrs deeds

  4. Noelle says:

    I thought that things like water heaters just worked like magic. Yet another reason I love renting. When I don’t clean around here, the only thing that happens is sneezing.

  5. Scarlet says:

    yum, the shrimp dish looks so yummy!
    Scarlet´s last blog post ..Colder Than The Coldest Winter Was Cold

  6. regan says:

    The shrimp door is now open! Imagine the possibilities!
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  7. slynnro says:

    This is why we rent. Neither Aaron nor myself could identify a pilot light out of a lineup.
    slynnro´s last blog post ..Dontcha Wish Ya Were In-sta-gram Friends With Me

  8. hilary says:

    The shrimp looks so yummy! I used to be afraid to cook shrimp, but I found it is so easy, and you pretty much can’t go wrong. Also it helps that I am strange and actually enjoy taking the veins out….
    hilary´s last blog post ..Just criminal

  9. Rhi says:

    So glad I got to start the new year with you! And, look at you! You’re showing that sea creature who’s boss. The possibilities are ENDLESS.

    (sending you a yummy Shrimp Curry recipe!)

  10. Jessica says:

    Defnitely bookmarking that one! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Angella says:

    I LOVE seafood! I need to make that, ASAP.
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