Fill, Fold, Flip

I was craving a chicken quesadilla today, so I decided to make one for lunch. Would you believe I actually had to look up a recipe first?

I’m no slouch in the kitchen. Just a few days ago I made Coq au Vin from scratch, for crying out loud. But:

  • I hardly ever eat quesadillas, so
  • I had no idea how to make a quesadilla.

And I felt pretty foolish, because they’re just about the easiest thing to make. Saute veggies, throw in some chicken, season with a few spices, heat up a tortilla, add cheese and avocado, fill, fold, flip. I was thinking maybe there was some secret step.

Newsflash: there is no secret step.

And man, was that quesadilla tasty, even with 50-calorie high-fiber, low-carb tortillas. Makes me wonder two things: why I don’t have them more often, and how many more hyphens I can sprinkle into this end-of-the-year post.

So, 2020…

What to say about a year so universally loathed? Most people contend that 2020 sucked. I certainly can’t argue with that, even if personally, Tara and I had a pretty good year. I almost feel guilty even saying that. Inconvenience, and a cancelled family reunion, were the worst things we had to put up with. Trust me when I say, we both recognize how fortunate we are and acknowledge we’re exceptions to the rule.

Here’s why 2020 didn’t suck for Team MarTar:

Honestly, 2019 was a worse year, because I almost freelance-wrote myself into a mental breakdown, the mosquitos were voracious, and we ended up with a busted sewer line and a huge income tax bill. This year I gave up 90% of my freelance work (and then all of it come December), drier weather meant fewer biting insects, less side hustling and more paycheck withholding should significantly reduce the taxes we owe, and our toilets flushed without incident every time. Granted, the toilet paper situation was touch-and-go for awhile there, but that falls under the category of “inconvenience.”

Am I sad to see 2020 go? Of course not. Between the pandemic, economic turmoil, and ongoing race issues, the bad outweighed the good. Tara and I will be just as ecstatic as everybody else once the clock hits midnight and we can usher in 2021. A breath of fresh air has never been more welcome.

Happy New Year, my friends! May 2021 bring you peace, love, good health, and happiness. Thank you for following along.

P.S. Final hyphen count: 9.

18 thoughts on “Fill, Fold, Flip

  1. Final hyphen count! That’s funny. And I’m cracking up that I’m reading this after having basically just made that comment to you about 2020. I’m glad it was so good for you. I actually got two raises this year. This. Year. I was like, “Take that 2020!” But let’s be realistic, is 2021 really going to be so much better? I kinda think not. That new covid strain hit So Cal, so I’m gearing up for Round Two.
    Scented candle–priceless!!!

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  2. Funny how Trump has been accused of everything under the sun.

    Yet when voters had a chance to make a difference.

    They chose to vote a sexual pervert/predator and accused rapist into the highest office of our nation.

    An individual who is actually guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors while serving as Vice President.

    I sincerely hope you get your wish and when Biden permanently damages the foundation and fabric of our democratic republic.

    I will still be here to to tell you, “I told you so!”

    Whether or not you want to hear it or not!

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    1. I appreciate you following my blog and taking the time to comment. But I have no idea what you’re hoping to accomplish when you spew garbage like this. You talk about a “sexual pervert/predator” in the White House like we haven’t just had one for four years? And the foundation and fabric of our democratic republic has already been damaged, my friend. I only hope my leader can pick up the pieces.

      You’re not going to draw me into a fight. I don’t know you, you don’t know me, and we won’t change each other’s minds.

      Happy New Year, btw!

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  3. In my early twenties I called my mom from my new home in Montana and asked her how to make french toast. She was like, “Duh. Seriously? Easiest thing ever.” I blame her. She never taught me.

    All those well-wishes back at ya! See ya next year!

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  4. I wouldn’t say it was a great year. I mean, no parent of school-aged children who had to distance learn would say that. My productivity and attention span, which hadn’t been great since 2016, went completely to hell.

    But we haven’t endured the losses that so many other Americans have, and, like you, I’m aware of our good fortune.

    And now that you know how to make quesadillas, what else could anyone want? Party on!

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  5. I’ll be honest; it was a rough year for our family and we are still in the midst of some of it, but I’m truly hoping for a fresh start and I always appreciate your positive outlook, Mark.

    And would you believe we have a quesadilla maker? How dumb is that? My husband bought it for $9 on a Black Friday small appliance bonanza years ago. I think we’ve used it twice.

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    1. I hope you and your family have much better fortunes in 2021, my friend. Thank you for following me for so long.

      I’ve seen those quesadilla makers and am actually surprised I don’t have one. It’s the exact type of kitchen gadget I’m a sucker for.


  6. I had to look up quesadilla instructions myself a couple weeks ago! I’ve eaten plenty of them but either my roommate in L.A. or Taco Bell always made them so I never had to learn. I wasn’t sure how long per side and I wasn’t sure if I put the cheese over the whole thing or only one side. LOL

    My 2020 wasn’t any different from any other year here in Arkansas. My 93-yo Mom was in the hospital for 5 days and that was the worst of the year, but she didn’t catch COVID while she was in there and she came home and got well again so I truly cannot complain.

    I’m not sure how 2021 is going to go but we’re starting it off tomorrow with a septic tank replacement and I just learned that someone has to apply for a permit first??? Do I do that or does the plumber do that? Ugh. I wish I’d known this when the problem was diagnosed a few weeks ago!

    Anyway, hope it’s a great year for us all!

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