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Tuesday:) Taking Chances, Too Many Choices

5 Oct

“Sometimes you just have to close your eyes, reach in, and take a chance. Literally!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love to cook, and I love to go out to eat, making it difficult to keep up with leftovers. When I go out for lunch or dinner with friends, it never fails, there always seems to be a doggie bag that goes home with me. I don’t have a doggie. After a day or two, the bags and containers find their way into the freezer. When I cook, I usually cook enough to feed a small military base. A few containers get dispersed to neighbors and friends, but the rest…yes…finds their way to the freezer.

Tuesday is usually my day to take chances. If I don’t go out to lunch, I open the jammed-packed-popping-off the shelves fall out on your feet freezer to find something for dinner.

I make it a game of chance by closing my eyes, reaching in, and hoping for the best. Sometimes it’s pizza or eggplant Parmesan, and other times it’s chocolate ice cream or homemade cookie dough. I like ice cream days.

Today, I pulled out a container of potatoe penne pasta. Sounds weird, but a few months back, I had made some yummy potatoe soup and had left over penne, so I combined the two.

Oh, I was soooo close to the Blue Bell chocolate ice cream. Darn!

I also have a habit of cleaning and reusing my many empty yogurt containers to store leftovers. This way, if I give away food, I don’t have to worry about getting my containers back. Smart, right? Frugal and smart…that’s me.

I warmed up the penne, added some cheese, and it was a fantastic dinner. 

Sometimes you just have to close your eyes, reach in, and take a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday:) Taking Chances

26 Jan

“Taking chances doesn’t mean you are brave. It means you are too scared to stand still.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Taking chances, trying new things, meeting new people, and all the other adventures that are flung at us on this hastily revolving planet, these are all part of life. Granted, some things may be awful, painful, or scary, but then again, some may be wonderful. You don’t know until you try.

Personally, I don’t like seafood. I’ve tasted different types of fish, yuck! I’ve tried to convince myself that I could like it, but I detest the taste, odor, appearance, well, I just hate it. But, I tried! I don’t like coffee either. It smells like skunk to me, and the taste is like bitter medicine, and it upsets my stomach. But, I tried it. We all have different palettes, and different tastes.

I’ve tried a lot of new things in the past few years. Some things I was forced to learn and experience as a result of a devastating divorce. But, after thirty-nine years of marriage, I was too scared to stand still. So, I bought a new house, started a new life, and learned to take care of myself. Granted, I had a lot of help and support along the way, but it was scary, none the less. 

Only my close personal friends know why taking a bubble bath on my birthday was a scary adventure, but I did it! Note: I am terrified of water. Baths, pools, lakes, oceans, yikes! They all make me nervous. I took a chance, (I also took a glass of wine) and I didn’t drown. I was very proud of myself. Maybe I’ll take another bath…next year…on my birthday.

 I have been blessed with so many old, true, and loving friends, and a wonderful family. And, I’ve  met some wonderful people, and made some new friends along my journey. How lucky am I?

 I’ll keep trying new things, meeting new people, and taking chances. “I’m too scared to stand still.”