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Hamburger Goulash Bento

Have you ever had one of those days where one thing just begins to snowball and make the rest of your day a complete crapfest? Today was one of those days and as a result, Mr. Pikko and I were two flaming fireballs of rage by evening.

Ever since we moved in, our kitchen faucet has leaked when turned off, so we have to turn it slightly up and to the right to get it to stop dripping completely. There’s a sweet spot to it and pretty much anyone who comes over doesn’t remember and he and I constantly walk into the kitchen to find the water silently streaming out or dripping furiously. So on Sunday, Mr. Pikko finally bought a new fixture and today he called a plumber from Diamond Head Plumbing to come and install it. Plumbers charge by the hour and are frighteningly expensive, but whatever, it was a fancy pants faucet and needed to be done right.

I’m at work getting the play by play from him and turns out the hole in our sink is too small and the plumber decided to try and pry it open with a screwdriver. THIS SOUNDS SMART! Eventually, I hear that the faucet is out, the plumber has given up, and we owe him $232. So now Mr. Pikko has to go to a hardware store and buy a faucet that fits and just install it himself, cause the hell with paying this guy anymore money, right? So now I can’t take my bike to the shop to get my front fender fixed (it fell off), I have to pick up the kids, and I can’t cook dinner.

I order food from Curry House and realize that I left my purse in the van, which Mr. Pikko had taken to the hardware store. I had to drive over there and pick it up, then picked up Baby Girl. Something in the back of my mind told me that Curry House might only accept cash, so I called them up and asked if they take credit cards. She said yes.

I arrive at Curry House, whiny kids in tow, give her my credit card and she says, “Oh! Sorry! Cash only!” WTF? I told her I called and asked and she’s like, “Oh, I thought you said gift cards.”


Really? “Hello, do you accept your own gift cards?”

She tells me that Nijiya Market next door gives cash back, so I go in there, grab some stuff, give in to buying gum, and ask the cashier if I can get cash with my card. She says yes. I’m about to do it when she says it has to be a debit card, which I don’t have. Oh. Right. So I ask if I can write a check. She says yes. I’m writing in the amount when she says, “No no! No cash!” WHATEVER LADY! I gave her the cash I had to pay for what I’d bought just to get cash and left with no cash. After that I was so pissed I just drove the kids home and got money from my Husband ATM. At this point I was so completely pissed and so was he for being completely ripped off by the plumber and then just doing the faucet install himself. Turns out, the plumber was even more clueless than previously though, as he told Mr. Pikko that he bought the wrong size faucet when they’re all that size in that brand.

Okay, venting over. That feels better.

Hamburger Goulash Bento

I packed this lunch in an EasyLunchBox due to size and laziness. In the large compartment is some leftover Hamburger Goulash, which is a recipe my mom used to make a lot. It’s one of my favorite cheap comfort foods. I’ll blog about that eventually on Learn2Cook, right now I’m kind of backed up on posts. In the medium compartment is some leftover shrimp stir fry and then the last of my blueberries for dessert.

I seriously can’t believe that it’s now approaching mid-February. I have to start brainstorming Valentine’s bento ideas to get into the lovey bento spirit of things. I didn’t have time to enter CasaBento’s contest due to general busyness, which is sad because I had hoped to enter.

Hamburger Goulash Bento Points Calculation

2/3 cup rice – 3 points
1 1/2 serving Hamburger Goulash – 7 points
1/4 serving Shrimp Stir Fry – 1 point
blueberries – 0 points

Total: 11 points

Snacks: local orange, cuties

Weight: 148.2 lb

Woo, weight loss! I was pretty happy about that one, but probably won’t repeat it tomorrow due to today’s big lunch and Curry House dinner, even though I only ate half a plate. The lunch I packed today was way too much food for me and I stupidly just ate it all in one sitting out of laziness. My stomach should never be bursting and that’s what I ended up doing today.

On the bright side, my dad sent us some mangoes, rambutan, and dragon eyes!