Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shopping, Female Security Officers.

Because I wanted a few somewhat unusual items in the grocery store on Wednesday, I got up before the crack of dawn to accompany my husband to the supermarket. He is right, there isn't a soul in the store and you can move about quite freely. It took the pair of us a lot less time than it normally takes him on his own. However, there is no way you would get me to do that on a regular basis. He chooses to do it, he can keep it. I actually thought later that on our way back from bowling, I could have dropped into the store then and got the extras. Duuh. Our store has an underground parking lot which we mostly use, it's so convenient. No matter the weather we can drive from our underground parking to their underground parking. I was actually a bit teed yesterday having to walk from the outside parking to the dentist because it was spitting with rain and the forecast was for a storm (didn't happen). Not precisely a short walk for me either. Am I spoilt or what?

I am not sure about this story, female security officers refused to search a B.C. man, Robert Hart, at the Terrace,
BC, airport. This made him miss his plane apparently. Matt was disgusted and figured the women should be fired for not doing their job. There are many female prison officers in Canada and they do their jobs when required. It turned out the passenger had a hip replacement which caused the metal detector to beep. Funny that, Matt has 2 new hips and a knee, I have a new hip and yet I don't think we've ever caused the detector to beep. As a side, I saw another article where they are working on hip replacements which don't cause the detectors to beep.

I might try this for supper on Thursday night. I have never heard of cavatappi, I googled it, but I think I might use fresh fettucine.

Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables

A light and flavorful pasta toss, accented with crumbled bacon, is a quick and easy dinner solution for any night of the week. Use whatever veggies you have on hand to add to the colorful dish. Serve with a mixed greens salad.
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups pasta mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)


  • 8 ounces uncooked cavatappi
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup prechopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
2. While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings in pan; add oil to drippings. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn and tomatoes; cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes burst, stirring occasionally. Add pasta to tomato mixture; toss. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add 1/4 cup cheese, basil, salt, and pepper; toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Mixed greens salad: Combine 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 2 teaspoons honey, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Whisk in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Toss with 6 cups mixed salad greens.

Have a great day


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  2. My mom has a special card with the xray of her metal hip hardware that she keeps in case of metal detectors. She had to show it when we went to Ellis Island. And I only do the grocery shopping early in the morning. My goal is to always be home by no later than 8 or 8:30. It's a task I really dislike.

    1. What a good idea, I wonder if you can get those in Canada. Think we have cards stating we have replacements but not Xrays.

      I love grocery shopping but rarely get to do it because I don't like to go out so early. Each to his own or her own I guess.

  3. You're spoilt. :)

    Ha! I bet most guys would pay to be frisked by a female. LOL

    1. Cheeky monkey Melissa. You're not supposed to agree.

      I would have thought so too.

  4. I'm with Matt. Fire them. As long as there was more than one there to make sure it was done professionally and appropriately, then they have no excuse.

    You have gotten spoiled. None of my stores have garages!

    1. I agree Liz. Dereliction of duty. Especially as the poor man ended up missing his plane.

      They recently rebuilt this store, well a few years ago now I guess, but that's when they put in the underground parking. It's part of a small mall so depending where we want to go, we often park there anyway.

  5. My husband usually does the shopping too but he can't be persuaded to go early. As a result it takes him twice as long as it should.
    I can't believe that about the security officers. How ridiculous.

    1. Matt likes it because there is nobody else in the store Helen. It's true, last Wed. we were the only ones there and even when we left there were only two other cars parked there. However, much as I enjoy grocery shopping, there is no way I would want to go that early regularly. Matt doesn't seem to mind though.

      Isn't it ridiculous, the right word.

  6. I've been asking female security officers to search me for years, and all I get is a cuff around the neck for my troubles :)

    PS... best time to shop... Tuesday mornings at about 11 a.m....Try it and tell me I'm not wrong :)

    1. Sorry you haven't had any luck Mork. The passenger wasn't complaining about being searched but being delayed, after all.

      Probably won't try it, but I believe you.

  7. I hate grocery shopping too, well all shopping really, no, check that, I love going to Lowes, the big hardware store. I really enjoy doing projects around the house and love that place. :) My husband hates it, but my son will go with me. I'm spoilt to, hubby always drives me to the door. He's so sweet!

    1. Love grocery shopping. I like shopping in places like Lowes too Yolanda. Although I am not into projects. I hate clothes shopping. Glad your hubby drives you there.

  8. I try to time my shopping for when there aren't many people. I've never found the sweet spot yet, nothing that's convenient anyway. Every time I travel with my husband he has to take off his jacket, boots and belt and I slip through without having to remove anything. I feel sorry for the guy missing his plane. Surely they must have had to search men before that?

    1. Seems like 7 is a good time Pinky. Or as Mark says, try 11 a.m. on a Tuesday.

      I would have thought so. It seems such a silly business to me.

  9. Sounds like that's not the right job for her.

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