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Our week


On Monday it seemed warm enough to sit on the deck of Solid Grounds with Jack, but the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up. So, I dropped him a home and came back to sit with Grace and read. Tuesday was jazz night at Phil’s, we ate dinner at One Barrel – they have such good food and drinks there.

Jazz was nice.

Thursday we went to the ballet for Ballet Masterworks.

We had awesome seats and the ballet was amazing. Part 2 was Carmina Burana, it opened with 60 person chorus, the dancers and orchestra – it was electric.

We had lunch at PS 303, dropped Hannah at home and Grace and I went to CU to make mini-terrariums.

Jack likes to do school, but he just ends up messing up things.

We drove to Montbello to help Pam with crossing guard duty. The school doesn’t have a crosswalk and a kid was hit a few weeks ago (he’s fine), so she asked for help training drivers and walkers to cross where the new crosswalk is going in. Her grandson Marcus was happy to keep Jack occupied.

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Then, since it was hot, we went to Constellation for ice cream. Jack’s had ice cream from every Littleman places except Rocket – that will have to wait until Summer.


Snow bomb cyclone, snow day, dog park


Well, my field trip was cancelled, everything in Colorado was closed (or at least it seemed like it.) The wind was blowing like a Cat 1 hurricane, the snow was blowing, but we only got about 5 inches and not really any drifts here. More South and East though…..I’ve lived here 13 years and I25 has never been shut down South, but it was Wednesday and Thursday as they had to rescue stranded drivers and move all of the cars before the plows could get underway. It was a mess. We just stayed home the whole day, did school, let Jack out to play, read some books, watched TV and chilled. Day 13 – binge watch Blue Bloods because…snow.

Day 14 – It’s Pi day, bake a pie, eat a pie, calculate Pi. I wore my Pi shirt and made an apple pie Pi.

Jack broke his new ball.

I took him to the dog park for a bit.

Some of the wind damage in the area.

This is a tired Jack, who likes to sleep.

Day 15 – knit something for someone.

Friday morning we did school, got smoothies, went roller skating and I took Jack to his normal dog park.

Then he was dirty, so I gave him a bath.

I got some TV dinners for the girls and met James at WF for TNO. I had some spicy Indian food and a really good creme brulee. We had a nightcap at Phil’s before heading home. Bethany came home for Spring Break, hers not ours.



Day 8 – nurture yourself with some nature. We went out to Cherry Creek SP for a hike at Cottonwood creek. Jack wasn’t too happy about the water, but I bet in the summer he will be.

I dropped the girls at home and Jack went to Kinko’s with me, then Grease Monkey, then Office Max, then back home.

The girls watched Jack while James and I went to Lumber Baron for dinner (made by David from LAPOMPE) and some new tunes off the not yet released album that they made with their Kickstarter money. Dinner was amazing, paella, salad and good drinks. The music was so good, they did a few old tunes, but mostly new stuff that was just amazing. The talent of the guys, the music writing ability, it’s really cool to see that up close.

We had good conversation with the couple across from us and the amount of happiness and joy that filled the room from all the friends and family wishing these guys well on their journey was so good.

I had big plans


for the weekend. But, the weatherman predicted snow. And it was snowing – in the mountains. I ditched Ski-joring in Leadville and actually it’s probably a good thing we did (in hindsight) because somewhere on I-70 between Frisco and Copper Mt. there was a natural avalanche that covered drivers on I-70. No one was hurt, but the videos from dash cams are pretty scary. We did eventually get some snow, Jack was happy.

We went to the pet store and tried to go to a new ice cream place, but they were closed (due to the – at that point – nonexistent snow.) We went to Sonic instead. Jack heard the word ‘ice cream’ and ran out the door and jumped into the car, so we had to get him a scoop. My birthday month thing to do on Saturday was take a nap. I’m tired every day about 2pm, but I hardly ever get to take a nap during that time. So, that was nice. You can see Jack zooming through the amazingly little amount of snow here.

Sunday we all went to church, a feat, usually someone is home watching Jack.

Mark 2:13-14 Then Jesus went again to walk alongside the lake. Again a crowd came to him, and he taught them. Strolling along, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” He came.15-16 Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: “What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riffraff?” 17 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”

Are you following a stereotype of Jesus or the real deal? Though it’s your choice, your decision, Jesus doesn’t just sit around waiting on you; He stands ready. Jesus is for: those that feel unworthy of God’s love, for those that don’t believe they need God’s help and for those who want to follow Him.

Today’s birthday month thing – read a book.

Jack scanned the yard for squirrels while I read.

Then he fell asleep.

Later we put Jack in daycare and roamed the mall for a bit, the girls shopped for birthday presents for me (and I assume Jack), James and I went out for drinks and small bites and we went grocery shopping.

We have a really fun week planned, Grace is taking the SAT on Saturday, so that’s part of the reason why.

‘Sup – NIA, school, hanging at Solid Grounds, ballet, dance, driving practice, doc for Hannah, blood draw for me, Cafe 180, MOA Natura Obscura, Fat Tuesday jazz, food and drinks at Englewood Grand, butterfly pavilion, youth group, Zoe Ma Ma’s, Media lab, suncatchers, botanical drawing at CU, hike, Lumber Baron dinner, SAT for Grace, FDGD in Ned, put clocks forward, church.

Dinners this week – (today) leftovers, Greek chicken pitas with garbanzo beans, TV dinners (Mardi Gras date night), beef hominy skillet, Tamale Thursday at Adelitas, Pizza (Lumber Baron date night), Korean BBQ with Asian slaw, beef mole over rice.

Hominy Skillet (I’m cutting this in half except for the hominy)

2 pounds lean ground beef
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 (29 ounce) can hominy, drained
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
2 cups medium salsa
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cook and stir beef and green bell peppers in a large skillet over medium heat until beef is well browned and reduced to small pieces, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
Stir hominy, tomatoes, salsa, salt, cumin, and pepper into the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer hominy mixture until flavors combine, 10 to 15 minutes.

Mole Sauce

2 cups chicken broth
2 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
3 dried chipotle chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch strips
2 tomatoes, cut in half crosswise
5 tomatillos, cut in half crosswise
1 tablespoon lard
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 head garlic, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup chopped peanuts (I’m using cashews)
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon dried thyme
3 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp sesame seeds

Toast guajillo chiles, ancho chiles, and chipotle chiles in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until warm and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the blender with chicken broth.
Heat 2 cups chicken broth in a saucepan until it begins to simmer, about 5 minutes. Pour broth into a blender.
Toast tortilla strips in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the blender with chicken broth and chiles
Allow the chiles and tortillas to soak, fully submerged, in the chicken broth until softened, about 10 minutes. Blend the mixture until smooth.
Cook tomatoes and tomatillos in a dry skillet on medium-high heat until soft and blackened, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place tomatoes in the blender with the chile puree.
Melt lard in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, peanuts, raisins, cumin seeds, thyme, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries; cook and stir until onions are soft and golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and other whole spices; add onion mixture to the blender with the chile-tomato mixture and blend until smooth.
Pour chile puree into a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chocolate chicken broth, sugar, and salt. Bring mixture to a simmer; stir until chocolate is melted and sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve over meat, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Walking, Mansion, Valentine’s Day, Kindness Krewe, Taco Bell


Wednesday we got out to Montbello again and walked with a bigger group (it was nice outside.)

We got lapped by the old people, I blame Jack. Anytime there was a pile of snow, he had his face in it. We had lunch at Shake Shack, which means Jack had a puppy ice cream.

We left him at home and went to the HR mansion to meet some friends, tour around, eat some treats and belt out ‘Sweet Caroline’ when the DJ played it.

Back at home I caught the exact moment when Jack chaed the squirrel. James went to pick up Joel from the airport, I took Hannah to youth group and we waited for Joel to get home.

Thursday we loaded up flowers and cards and went over to Quincy senior housing and handed out Valentines and walked around with Jack so people could pet him. We played 2 rounds of Wheel of Fortune with some of the residents, then headed home to do school.

Jack was not happy about having a bow put on him.

Joel was busy putting a gun together.

Jack’s first Valentine’s day.

We went to Taco Bell, of course, for dinner.

We left the girls at home and Joel went with us to Englewood Grand for a nightcap.


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.