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Dance, party, computers, mall, Coney island, snow

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Friday –

Time for the Winter Wonderland dance. I dropped off the girls and… they had fun! I was sure I’d pick them up early, but they stayed from 6 to 9:30pm.

Saturday it was go to the mall (and I put pics of Jack all over the Microsoft store computers.)

And got some late b-day pics of Bethany (the mall has great backdrops.)

Then it was off to drop the girls at the MCA for an 80’s party.

I took the opportunity to run by the Courthouse to take pics of the lights.

Sunday we went to church and decided to take a drive to Coney island for hot dogs.

When we got home, Jack was bored.

Goings on, school, work for Grace, river samples, teen poe-tea, ice carvings, youth group, teen science cafe, driving practice, Paint mines, doc, blood draw, Platte hike, Chocolate affair, church, zoo (maybe)

Dinners -Italian sausage and potatoes, chicken pot pie, hamburger patties with mushrooms and onions, beef and barley stew, aloo phujia, chicken with tabbouleh.

Aloo Phujia

1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tomatoes, chopped
1lb cubed pork

Lightly brown onion in oil in a medium size skillet.
Stir in salt, cayenne, turmeric and cumin. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add tomatoes and pork, cover pan and cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

Snow dog on Monday.

Snow! Weekend

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Finally.

It was black out skate at Skate city tonight.

The next morning we shoveled a path for Jack and got affogato at Coffee lady.

Jack loves to eat snow.

We got James’ new glasses and Jack was bored.

Heading to Fargo’s.

We left there and went to the Penrose museum, I wanted to see if it would make a good field trip, it was pretty neat and we learned a lot about the Broadmoor and area.

Sunday we went to church and then headed to Georgetown for the ice races.

The ice is 17″ thick, still it’s a little unnerving to be standing on the lake with tons of cars driving around.

The week – back to school, Creativity club, Cafe 180, Educator’s night, driving practice, TNO, NIA, Co-op chat, Teen science cafe, youth group, hiking, RW site testing, zoo, Speakeasy Soiree, church, Bethany leaves for GJ.

Dinners – artichoke chicken, beef stroganoff, pork tacos, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, chutney pork chops and sweet potatoes, Tex-Mex soup, TV dinners (James and I have a date.)

Sunday

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Bethany headed back to Grand Junction, I think she’s off after the 15th, so it won’t be long before she’s back (and we are going to see her one weekend anyway.) I guess I didn’t really get any pics of her when she was home. She chilled out playing video games, wrote some, took the girls shopping and out eating and played with Jack.

We got some shopping done, I went out with a friend to a coffee shop, then to Zoe’s when the shop closed. We talked for a few hours, then I came home to some grilled pork chops and sausages. We’ve been trying every Mrs. Dash flavor since the cardiac diet went into effect, most of them are really spicy (I guess because there’s no salt in them.) But, we did find a garlic herb and onion herb one that everyone likes and it isn’t spicy. I can have salt, just not the normal amount that gets poured onto everything, so these help. Less salt means that my diuretic works better, 29 pounds lost since 10/20 and most of that is fluid (and that’s also losing the 3 lbs of fluid that I gained in 2 days after the aneurysm surgery.)

My week – school, kid sitting, worship dance, date night (LaPompe at Nocturne), driving practice, youth group, teen string art, middle school Christmas party, Women’s Christmas tea.

Dinners this week (starting today) – grilled pork chops with corn on the cob and squash, quesadillas with fixings and black beans, date night (kids choice), chicken alfredo over couscous with broccoli, keema aloo, lemon rosemary fish with brussel sprouts, chicken gumbo.

Keema Aloo

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 extra-large Spanish onion, chopped
2 tablespoons water (optional)
2 pounds lean ground beef
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
1 serrano chile pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I’m reducing this to 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen green peas
1 teaspoon garam masala

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until soft and beginning to brown, about 12 minutes.

Mix ground beef, garlic, ginger, serrano chile, and cilantro into pan; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir coriander, salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and turmeric into the beef; cook and stir until flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and potatoes, cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Mix green peas into dish and cook until sauce has slightly thickened and flavors have blended, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle garam masala over the dish, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, Tuesday, Reformation day (with a hint of Halloween.)

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Jack’s giving the death stare to those thieving squirrels.

We did school, I had a doc appointment, Grace went to her job at church, Hannah went to dance and the rest of us sat on the patio and enjoyed a drink. Grace was working on a digital art piece, I never see it in the working stage.

Tuesday we did school, dropped Jack at daycare and went to Cafe 180. It was so good.

We went by the library and set up for the teen movie day. Watching Nosferatu and hanging out with games and snacks.

It snowed Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, but we didn’t get much and the sun came out.

So perfect weather for the HS group Trunk or Treat.

When we got home, Jack got his spooky cookie.

The Park day party got moved to today (because of the snow yesterday), but I was tired, so we just stayed home and watched some movies. After dinner I took Grace and Gwen to Skate city and Hannah went to CFA for her youth group party.

I was beat when I got home.

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Breathe in music and art

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I got a call from my doc, the chest scan was normal. She said any leftover crackling that I hear (feel) is just me getting over the pneumonia I’m old, it takes a while. But, she said the scan caught 2 nodules that are calcified on the ‘splenic artery aneurysm’. Don’t Google that, I did. So, a vascular surgeon consult was ordered, I have to make another CT with contrast scan, this time for my abdomen. It won’t happen till after vacation, so 2 weeks at the earliest. I take it that if the nodule are small, they just leave them and if they are big they take them out. So, they first have to scan and see where they are and how big they are.

I needed some peace after that, so it’s a good thing it was Music at Noon at St. John’s. They switched out Denver East choir with Opera Colorado, Grace and Hannah were not thrilled about that. But, still, you can’t beat the venue no matter what the music. Music here and here.

From there it was lunch at SAME cafe.

Then off to the Robischon gallery to see the new art. See some of the John Buck pieces here.

Then to the MCA to see the new exhibits and get snacks at the cafe.

I dropped the girls at home, picked up a script, went to the store, picked up Jack from puppy daycare and then make dinner (chocolate chip waffles and sausage) at home. I needed that art today.

DOD 2018

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We dropped Jack off at puppy daycare and headed to Five Points for our Doors Open Denver sites. I had to manage my time (the girls wanted to make pinatas at Byers at 2pm), so I had a few places picked out in Five Points and we made all but one of them, so that was pretty good.

Denver Fire Station No. 3

Station 3 is the oldest operating fire station within the Denver Fire Department. Built in 1931, Station 3 was an all-black fire company until integrated with the rest of the department in the mid 1950’s. Station 3 serves the historic Five-Points neighborhood, and has achieved historic landmark status. Engine Co. 3 remains busy to this day, responding to approximately 4,500 runs per year. The fit for the apparatus is also the tightest in the city, with about three inches of clearance on each mirror.

Next stop, The Rossonian.

They had live jazz being played in the first floor area. The hotel is being gutted and transformed into a basement jazz haunt, first floor restaurant and second-fourth floors will be a hotel. One of the most important buildings in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, the Rossonian Hotel opened in 1912 as the Baxter Hotel. Robert Y. Baxter, who owned the Baxter Cigar Company, hired architect George Louis Bettcher to design a hotel on Welton Street at the Five Points intersection. With its triangular shape and Beaux-Arts style, the three-story Baxter Hotel quickly became a neighborhood landmark. In 1929, the hotel was renamed the Rossonian Hotel, and its lounge acquired a reputation as the best jazz club between the Midwest and the West Coast, with performances by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. After the 1960s, as Denver’s African American population left Five Points, the hotel and lounge declined. This landmark 21,000-square-foot building, with an addition built in 1994, has been largely underutilized since the mid-20th century. Palisade Partners’ vision is to restore the Rossonian to its original uses – boutique hotel, restaurant and music venue, respecting the rich history of the neighborhood while being inclusive of the existing Five Points community. 

The picture below is just of an old ad on the side of the building, check out the phone number.

Next stop, Five Points Media Center.

Built in the 1930’s to house the Honey Bread Bakery. it now holds a Colorado Public TV station and KUVO jazz. We got to tour the radio station rooms and meet some of the on-air personalities, which was very cool.

We saw this guy at the Rec center, he had nothing to do with DOD.

Last stop, The Puritan Pie Co.

We passed this place on our Kerouac walking tour, but we didn’t go in then. The Puritan Pie Factory was built for the Senter Pie Company in 1911, and has served as a factory, warehouse and workshop, and is now home to the Rocky Mountain Land Library. The Puritan Pie Factory was built under the supervision of A.J. Senter, of the Senter Pie Company, in 1911. The original building was expanded in 1918, adding a large addition to the back as well as a second story. In 1920, Clive Senter renamed the company Puritan Pie Company. The building was supposedly the first to be built with extra deep cellars to accommodate ice and cherries, so that the company could claim that their pies were made with “fresh” cherries year round. In the 20th century, the Puritan Pie Company attained notoriety for its association with beat author Neal Cassady, whose childhood home was across the street. Neal’s older brother Jack ran a whiskey still out of the back of a house just north of the Puritan Pie Company building and relied on the “heavy sweet odor” of the pies baking to mask the smell of alcohol.

We grabbed a quick bite, then went to Byers to do pinatas.

We picked up Jack and he was soooooo tired. I think they just let him play with the others dogs the entire time he was there. Which is fine, James and I were going out to Englewood Grand, so a tired puppy was easier for the girls to watch.

Phil was having Grand Camp again, he does it once a year. They decorate tents inside, a camper was outside, there were hot dogs, good drinks and the Rockies were winning.

Summer bucket list

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Learn something new.

Read 50 books.

Swim in the ocean, eat Cuban food, run around the ropes course, play putt-putt on the Getaway.

One word – Festivals!

Swim at the reservoirs.

Hiking – find a new spot and go to a bunch of old ones.

Make a terrarium or two.

Paint rocks and hide them.

Play in a sprayground.

Discover some art.

Tubing/swimming – Clear creek, Bear creek, Platte river, Cache la Poudre, secret pond, super secret swimming spot.

Try every slush boba flavor at Lollicup.

Gondola ride/hike in Breck.

Camping – free camping, heck I might even pay for a spot…..

Library shows/arts/crafts – henna for sure.

$1 movies – hopefully they have some good ones running.

Rockhounding – looking for some cool rocks and gems.

Pet some dogs.

Have fun at park days.

Dance in line at Littleman’s.

Binge watch some TV shows.

Sing like no one is listening.

Co-ops!

Take lots of pictures.

Make s’mores.

Stargaze.

Dye hair with kool-aid.

Catch some snakes, tadpoles, frogs, and crawfish and let them go.

Pretend to be a tourist in my town.

One word – penny arcade, oops, guess that’s two words.

Go to Lakeside.

Go to Elitch.

Pick some berries and eat them.

Have a picnic or two.

Eat some good food.

Go to the cheese shop and the tea shop.

Teach Grace to drive.

Set up Bethany in her dorm at Mesa.

*Random stuff that I happen to add