I know, I know.
Several Faithful Minions gave me excellent advice that was backed up by the not-natural-night-shifters I work with. I try to get at least twenty minutes of sunlight a day, flip when I'm off for more than a couple of days in a row, and don't get stressed out about not sleeping: resting is enough.
And I take multiple short naps during the day.
And then I get up and go to the grocery store at about 1 a.m., which affords me the opportunity to see the shelf-stocking guys doing a synchronized dance to some song I've never heard, and hear Yes on the overhead radio. Yes? I'll be darned.
And, of course, I cook.
Auntie Jo's Extra-Cheap, What's On Sale This Week Italian Bean And Sausage Soup
(modified, believe it or not, from the Weight Watchers website)
Take three turkey Italian sausages, or a half pound of the chub stuff, whatever's cheaper, and either squeeze it out of the skins or squish it out into a pan.
Saute over medium-high heat until it's mostly browned. Drain.
Chop a medium onion and three cloves of garlic. Dump it into the reserved sausage grease and saute until soft.
Dump onions, garlic, sausage, and a big can of tomatoes (on sale for 57 cents!) into a big pot. Add two regular-sized cans of white kidney (cannelini) beans and some water, or some chicken broth, or a mixture of both. Or you can use about three cups of cooked dried beans, but I don't keep white ones around.
Add whatever seasonings you like. The recipe calls for sage, but I hate sage, so I used more oregano and some red pepper.
Simmer until it's all combined, about as long as you want to wait plus ten minutes.
If you could get frozen artichoke hearts on sale (rare) or frozen chopped spinach on sale (common), I would bet they'd be good in this. Likewise a sprinkle of Parmesan or some small pasta, if that's your thing.
Oh, and the Annual Spring Shearing has happened. The sweet hippie chick from across the street came and cut eight inches of hair off my head; it's now jaw-length and extremely curly. I look sort of like an angora rabbit who's been on a bender and is beginning to have regrets.
And now it's time to find a decent recipe for flatbread. The roti recipe I posted didn't work for me; be warned.