Fajitas? No Worries!


It’s a sign…  All is going to be okay.

Hi and welcome to the blog.  It’s kind of a bittersweet day.  On Tuesday night the host company ended my contract through the temp company.  No worries.  I’m eligible for unemployment.  The place where I was stationed even wrote a kind letter and left me eligible for re-assignment at the same company.  Sadly, this happened on the eve of the 6th month anniversary.  Stuff happens.

I didn’t realize how good it was to NOT quit a job. It’s the first time in 37 years I’ve been let go!


What helped is I saw this coming for some time.  Camping in nature has taught me to be mindful.  If a person can hear the voices of nature such as a cricket to the left, a distant cow mooing, the rustling of leaves, the creaking of tree branches and a babbling brook, he or she can easily hear and discern voices in an office environment, even when hushed.  It was probably a blessing I heard so much and could prepare myself.  The plan is to keep enjoying nature and being mindful… building awareness… and, of course fishing!

But here’s the story on the fajitas.  A lot of us had been “walking on eggshells” lately.    Things were kind of hush-hush at that job and when we saw someone absent for a few days nobody knew what was going on and many were afraid to say.  Very recently I let a handful of work friends know to look on Facebook and if they saw a picture of fajitas it meant I’d been let go, was relieved, and everything would be okay.  A lot of IMs and kind wishes came in last night after the pic was posted.

As the old boss (who was actually a sweetheart) used to say, “No worries!”  Last night I slept the best in a long time, perhaps due in part to that big ole sugary strawberry margarita.

A future camping recipe taking shape


There has been more cooking activity lately.  Chicken Marsala sounded very tasty.  The problem is that bottles of wine are too expensive.  I tried this dish the other day (using a small bottle of cheap zinfandel wine) and it was spectacular.  Basically it’s just small chicken cutlets dusted in flour, cooked a few minutes in butter and garlic and set aside.  The rest of the butter is cooked with some chicken broth, wine, and fresh mushrooms.  After it reduces, you add in half-n-half and the chicken, thickening the sauce.  I plan to cook this on a future camping trip and list the full recipe.  It would work well as a vegetarian dish, one would think..  You could use the mushrooms to hold the flour, perhaps.

Well, that’s all for now.  There is much to do and with some time off, there’s no time like the present to do some cleaning.  Actually, the time off IS a present.

Thanks for visiting.  One of these days soon there will be some camping as the winter winds down.  Take care and happy travels!

Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Fajitas? No Worries!

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    Well you at least you knew it was coming for some time, but that doesn’t always help and some disappointment comes along. But know you can breath easy and wait for the next job to come along and maybe some nicer weather for camping My granson is going to come and set the bed back in the camper and fix a few things and try a few changes. And hopefully next week I can take off for a few days. After all that crazy cold and snow storm last Friday the weather has been great.
    So hang in there my friend, and enjoy some time off.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo. I heard there was a crazy storm that dumped snow in Arizona! Isn’t that something! I’m glad you’re getting all set up for camping. Soon we’ll have the warmth. It’s surprising but there wasn’t a lot of disappointment – just some relief. Something good will happen soon. 🙂 Take care!

  2. my_vantasy says:

    I love the secret of the fajitas! I am also glad to hear that you are all right with the way it ended. Yay Unemployment. I’ll be collecting it this summer. And yes, I bet sliced portobello mushrooms and vegetable broth would turn your chicken marsala into a delicious vegetarian mushroom marsala!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! Well, I’ll definitely do the mushroom marsala one of these times, perhaps using cremini mushrooms. MMMMM. I just got the unemployment letter. The amount is disappointing but covers my bills. I’ve got some ideas (and friends) who will help keep the cupboards stocked up during this bumpy time.