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MOA, Walk2Connect, Fire and Ice fest, Kittehs


I am so behind.

So, last Monday ballet and dance started for Hannah. They aren’t offering adult classes (again) and I think that the season for dancing as an adult with CMA is over. The teachers have gotten married, had babies, moved, have other jobs, there just isn’t the teacher or time for it right now. That could change, but I doubt it.

Tuesday we had our free MOA Natura Obscura exhibit on Tuesday, it was a (very) mini Meow Wolf type exhibit. But first, lunch.

We had black lights that lit up areas on the floor, we used an app on our phone to turn on things or see things that weren’t there in real life.

There were things to touch, a swing, things to listen to, it was pretty cool. Tuesday night I took the train downtown to meet James for LAPOMPE jazz at Union station.

It was great. Then, we had a double jazz night with jazz at Phil’s.

Wednesday I had said we were walking with Pam at Walk2Connect in Montbello. It was snowing, but she (and one senior) were still walking so….we loaded up and drove out there. We made 1.5 miles before the snow really started coming down and we ended the walk.

I wish I could say I was smart and went home, but we were close to the Wildlife refuge so….we drove there.

We were leaving when the snow started coming down even harder and blowing so much that I could barely see the road (they don’t really plow out there.) It took us just over an hour to get home, it was very slow on the freeway, but the roads were plowed and not slick. Wednesday evening we left James at home with Jack and went out in the snow (and cold, it was 7 degrees) to the Fire and Ice festival.

We made s’mores before I thought about the fact that the chocolate was just sitting there, frozen, I chomped down and guess what? A hot marshmallow doesn’t melt chocolate that is frozen. I just had one s’more.

There was a huge block of ice with fire inside of it, some sculptures, the art inside, a min-theater, dancing lights and fire dancers.

It started snowing again as we left, but even though the snow was blowing the roads were fine.

Thursday we dropped Jack at Petsmart and were about to take the train downtown for the symphony when I got a call that it was canceled because none of the school buses could make it there on time with a delayed start due to snow. Why that is MY problem, I don’t know. They don’t think they will reschedule it either, so that sucked. So, we grabbed laptops and did coffee school.

Since it was tamale Thursday, we went to Adelitas for that, then I made a 50 cent corn dog Sonic run (Hannah didn’t want tamales.)

We picked up Jack and a new shirt (The guac is extra and so am I), he loves it (not really, but I don’t care.)

Friday we did school then headed to the Rocky Mt. Feline Rescue to see what was up there. We have a group coming in April, so I wanted to make sure they were cool with it an what kind of supplies they needed. It’s a free roaming shelter, though they do have a few rooms set up for sick or shy cats to keep them safe.

Due to the dander, we lasted about 30 minutes before having to leave, but it was nice. The evening was crazy. Bethany was coming home and her car stalled pretty close to home, meanwhile I was picking up Aaron and Grace and driving them to a library cupcake war in Arvada while James was driving Hannah to a different library for a murder mystery. James waited with Bethany for a tow, then took her home (I got someone to drive Hannah home), meanwhile Jack and I were exploring Petsmart in Arvada while waiting on the kids.




Woo-hoo, time for the Speakeasy Soiree!

At The Stanley.

Working on the Charleston with LaPompe and friends swinging tunes.

Good food, good drinks, good dancing, good music. So much date night fun.

Sunday – I worked at church and we had to go to the laundromat to wash clothes, our washer died.

Dinners – pork stir fry, meatballs and penne pasta, tamale pie, cilantro lime chicken over brown rice, chicken apple salad, pizza.

Goings on – co-op postings start, CC work for Grace, dog park, Highlands Ranch lecture ‘travel on a shoestring’, driving practice, school, ice skating, NIA, TDO, youth group, ice sculptures, hike, teen dance, MCA teen 80’s party, church, new youth group starts.

Our week so far


Monday we went to Solid Grounds for Creativity club. No one else showed up, but we spent some time chilling and making art.

Then it was off to Cafe 180 for lunch.

Since we had Jack at puppy daycare we went to Walmart to shop for clothes and stuff. We picked him up, went home, got dinner started, then James and I went out to educators night at the DMNS. It was very light on the tables this time, but we did get to see the new Cuba exhibit, eat, drink and get 2 tickets to come back to see the Davinci exhibit. We left there and went to Union Lodge to have a nightcap.

Tuesday Grace took her History, Ag and Science finals, she didn’t have to take the English final because she already had an A, sometimes the teachers do stuff like that. We took Jack to the dog park and he was being such a toot. The other dogs were chasing him, but when they stopped he went over and was harassing a much bigger dog, jumping in his face, barking, biting his feet, trying to get the dog to chase him. So, we left, if Jack weighed as much as that dog he would be seen as aggressive, but since he’s little people think it’s cute – but he was being a bully, so his play time was cut short. I started dinner and then left for TNO. It was a nice surprise to see 4 other moms there, good to chat and laugh with them.

Today Hannah and I went to NIA, she asked about 30 minutes into it ‘How much longer is it?’ But, she made it all the way through. I didn’t do the floor part at the end, it was hard to get up last time, so I just sat in a chair. It was fun, but worked up a sweat. Grace finished her math final and did 1 more thing in digital art, just one thing left to do in there tomorrow. Hannah didn’t have finals, so she’s just started back with semester 2 (Grace starts semester 2 next week.) I have a meet and greet type event with some new homeschoolers this afternoon, then I’m picking up a friend and driving Grace and him to the Teen science cafe in Boulder. What I really want is to take a nap, but I don’t think that is going to happen.

Date night


Advent day 7 –

Not much going on today. Hannah and Grace did school and Hannah cleaned her room. I delivered some DCPA tickets for a show this month. We went to Goodwill and then chilled at home.

I’m looking forward to my date tonight, Christmas piano at Phil’s and the weekend in Grand Junction.

Spot the Elf


Advent day 4 –

After school we drove to Lafayette to do Spot the Elf. They made it easier this year by putting hints and a picture of the elf you were supposed to find in the booklet.

We kept the booklet, there are about 6 other places that we want to visit.

It was jazz night and, a bonus, a new bistro opened up right next to Phil’s.

One Barrel was amazing. Baked brie, creamy onion soup, James had the fish and I had the duck. The dining room is gorgeous and intimate, the bar is well stocked with spirits and wine. The menu rotates, which I like, so you could go every few months and have a different meal. Of course, you could go for a while and try everything on the menu too.

Shop small Saturday


We started by getting an affogato at Ground Up Coffee, she makes the best espresso and her homemade ice cream, well that’s just the icing on the coffee.

Our next stop was Littleton, while the girls shopped small at D’Deli and Golden Goods James and I took Jack to Zoey’s pet market, his favorite place.

We shopped at a little boutique and Willow market and Jack saw Santa.

and licked the ice sculpture.

The girls went to Golden and had lunch at D’Deli and shopped at Golden Goods, where Hannah found goldfish socks. Once we rested for a bit, we went out to LM’s for ice cream (another small business, but I would say LM’s is more of an empire than a small business….)

Dinner was Mexican soup (I would say taco soup, but that really wasn’t anything like what you’d put on a taco.) Then James and I finished our small business Saturday at Indulge with a drink.



Joel and crew landed in Kosovo.

Jack got 3 new balls since he broke his green one.

They are all green and two of them are put up until he breaks this one. Saturday we went to the dog park, took Jack for a bath, had a nap and James and I went for our bad art date night from the library.

I thought we were going to make one piece, but there were different challenges.

The first challenge was to make some bad art, but 10 minutes into it we were told to move 2 chairs to the left and work on that person’s art.

I was so upset, my Squidward!

Now I know how the kids at my musical art co-op felt, I’ll never do that again. The second challenge was to make art while holding the colors (or whatever you were using) like a kid would hold them.

It’s hard to make bad art….The third challenge was to make a bad piece of art in the style of an artist you pick. I did Picasso’s Old Guitarist and James did Warhol’s Soup Cans.

I think my art was pretty bad, but it got 4 votes and the winning art got 6 votes, so it wasn’t bad enough. We went to Acorn for dinner and stopped by Phil’s for a nightcap.

Sunday it snowed and Jack was super happy.

From church today, leaving a legacy – Stuff won’t be here forever, but faith remains. Generosity doesn’t have to be linked to money, but being generous is a sacrifice, you can be generous with your time, your money, your stuff, your words, etc. The world sees what you give, but God sees what you kept, leave your hands and hearts open so the Spirit can make great things happen. Just like the widow’s mite, it’s not how much you give, but why you give. And like the gift of perfume that was poured onto Jesus, sometimes people won’t understand your generosity. And like the churches in Macedonia that gave out of their extreme poverty to help Paul travel, generosity leads to pure joy.

Goings on this week – more blood to the doc, school, kidsitting, worship dance, puppy daycare, Money museum co-op, teen candy sushi at the library, river sampling, watching The Meg (I don’t want to, but I promised), youth group, DAM Rembrandt co-op, TNO, docs putting in stent for the splenic artery aneurysm, friend’s birthday, resting, Petsmart Fall treats, resting, resting, resting.

Dinners this week – eggplant and zucchini lasagna, pomegranate glazed salmon with cucumber tzatziki and heirloom rice, harak usba’o, TNO (so the girls are having leftovers or pizza), chicken curry salad, grilling stuff, ma’corona bil lahmeh with sweet potatoes.

Harak usba’o

6-8 servings

4 C lentils
olive oil
6 onions sliced into rings
3 pitas cut into squares
6 garlic cloves crushed
3 1/2 oz tamarind pulp
2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tsp salt
box of small pasta
juice of 2 lemons
5 C chopped cilantro
seeds of 1 pomegranate

Place lentils in pan with water to covers them and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 min until tender, add more water if needed.
Preheat oven to 400F
Heat oil in pan and cook onions for about 10 min, stirring to caramelize them. Toast the pita bread in the oven for 10-12 min, checking until golden. Add half the caramelized onions and half the garlic to the lentils along with the tamarind and pomegranate molasses and mix to combine. Cook pasta according to directions, combine with lentils. Stir in 2 Tbsp of lemon juice to taste, stir in 3/4 of the cilantro. Mix the remaining garlic with rest of cilantro. Ladle dish and top with bread, cilantro, pomegranate seeds and remaining onions. Drizzle with olive oil.

Ma’carona bil lameh

4-6 servings

1 lb macaroni
2 1/2C Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 green chili finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1/3 C olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 C toasted pine nuts

Bring large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. In a bowl combine the yogurt with the lemon juice, chili, garlic, dash salt and place in fridge. In a pan heat the olive oil and saute the turkey with pepper, cinnamon and dash salt for 12-15 min until browned. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and place in bowl. Mix yogurt mixture into pasta and place turkey on top. Scatter pine nuts and chopped parsley on top to serve.