Arby’s Rachel and Reuben

(Sung to X and Y sitting in a tree)

Reuben and Rachel sitting in a tree
Thou-sand Is-land Dr-e-ssing
First comes Rye
Then comes Swiss
Then comes sau-er-kraut in a combo meal


Our local Arby’s had “Reuben and Rachel sitting in a tree” on their sign marquee. We then had to finish the song.

Quotes from Redeployment


Redeployment by Phil Klay was a little rough and raw but showed many perspectives for modern veterans. I started reading it, coincidentally, after seeing American Sniper and it held much of the same tone.


Pg 11

“We took my combat pay and did a lot of shopping. Which is how America fights back against the terrorists.

Pg 76

Instead I will remember that our HMMWV had 5 PX. That the SITREP was 2 KIA, 3 WIA. That KIA means that they gave everything. That WIA means I didn’t.

Pg 191

“That’s not why I joined the Army,” I said.

“So why did you?”

I laughed. “‘Be All That You Can Be’?” I said. “I don’t know. That was the slogan for me, growing up. And then it was ‘Army of One,’ which I never understood, and then it was ‘Army Strong,’ which is about as good a slogan as ‘Fire Hot’ or ‘Snickers Tasty’ or ‘Herpes Bad.’ A better slogan would be, ‘You Can’t Afford College Without Us.'”

Spinach-Cheesy Calzones

This is a spin on your traditional red sauce and pizza toppings-stuffed calzone. Those are delicious but these Spinach-Cheesy Calzones can hold their own with some greens and cheese. Just in the past few years, I’ve gone from hating spinach to being a fan of wilted spinach.

Serves: 2

1 Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough in a tube
10 ounces fresh spinach, wilted
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup shaved parmesan
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wilt the spinach:

Heat olive oil in a skillet at medium-high heat.

Add the spinach to the hot pan and allow the spinach to warm up.

Stir the spinach to keep it from burning and get more of the spinach to the pan’s surface.

Add more olive oil if needed.

When the spinach is shriveled and reduced but still moist, add it to a mixing bowl.


To the bowl with the spinach, add 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (mine also had garlic), 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Stir the filling mixture up until it is evenly combined.


Grease a cookie sheet and roll out the dough.

Divide the rectangle of dough in half or thirds, depending on servings you want.

Spoon half or a third of the filling mixture onto one half of the divided dough.

Fold the other half of each dough segment over the filling and pinch closed along the edges.

Cut slats or holes in the top of the dough to allow the calzone to vent.

Brush the outside of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and parsley.


Stick the calzone in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the outside is nicely browned.


Here’s the part where I wish I had remembered to take a picture before eating it up.

If only science worked that way

We live in a cul-de-sac, so we’re trapped with only one way to go. Another household in the neighborhood walks their little dog down and around the cul-de-sac which drives our dog crazy as her territory is encroached upon.

My crazy daydream once after getting really annoyed at the daily barking was to get the urine of an aggressive animal like a lion, a bear, or a bull. I would then go out with the testosterone-loaded urine in a squirt bottle and draw a line across the road to block the cul-de-sac. The next time that neighbor tried to walk down the cul-de-sac, their little dog would pull back in fear and refuse to cross the line no matter how hard the neighbor pulled the leash. After enough days of this happening, the neighbor might finally choose a new route.

If only science worked that way.

Oh, and I’m going to need a volunteer to go collect bull, bear, or lion urine. Any volunteers?

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