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Happy Spring!

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Day 20 – Happy Spring and learn something new today. We’re going to the DaVinci exhibit and I bet we learn something we didn’t know before.

This was the day our field trip of the DaVinci exhibit got moved to because of the blizzard. I had people who needed a refund, people who showed up with cash – it was crazy. I thought the exhibit was good, but I was surprised at how much we had seen (and learned) at the exhibit back in December and that was just one guy (who had an extreme thirst and knowledge for DaVinci, but still.)

We picked up Bethany at home (she was in for Spring break) and met James in CR (he got jury duty this week) and had dinner at Black Eyed Pea. We haven’t been there in forever. I really wanted the fried green tomatoes, but I could only have 2, they were so salty. I will have to remember to get some and make my own. There was no youth group tonight (Spring break), so we ended up picking up Jack from daycare and watching TV.

Week in review

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I did well this week with doing neat things for each day of my birthday month and doing so in spite of being tired. Because of all the cold and snow and avalanches in the mountain, Monday was post a picture of Summer.

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I love the firewheels that poke up along the Platte. Monday was observation day at dance, I didn’t take any pictures, but I did video Hannah’s dance so she could practice it next week (they are off next Monday.)

Tuesday we did school, Hannah had her ingrown toenail removed, I had a blood draw and we had lunch at Cafe 180 where they piled on the salad.

This days event was – see some art. We had free tickets to the MOA Natura Obscura again, so we went there and tried to find different things than last time.

My sleepy boy.

Jack was ready for Mardi Gras.

And so was I, we went to Phil’s for jazz, ‘Nawlins fare and drinks.

Wednesday was write a thank you note to someone, I wrote two.

We did school, dropped Jack at daycare and met Ann at the Butterfly Pavilion. We hadn’t been there in a while, they changed some stuff around and we got to walk around with the butterflies.

Thursday the thing to do was do something FUN (okay, most of my stuff might be labeled that anyway..) We did school, dropped Jack at daycare and headed to Boulder. First – lunch at Zoe Ma Mas. The potstickers were okay, but the steamed buns were really good.

Next up, go tour the Media Archeology Lab. It’s a house stuffed with old computers, music devices, typewriters, cell phones, game systems and more.

Grace found a digital Etch-a-sketch animator.

Hannah found a Gameboy with a camera, it needed a little help to make it print, and the print is not great, but it worked.

We went by Celestial (because when we are in Boulder we go grab more tea, they have lots of variety, more so than any store that carries it.) Then back to CU to the art museum. We toured the new exhibit, then headed upstairs to try watercolor glaciers. Watercolors are not my forte, but I have ideas for the next time.

MOA, Walk2Connect, Fire and Ice fest, Kittehs

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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.

Cupcakes.

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.

Grandma visits, Bethany is 20, Money musuem, Stock show

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Monday Bethany and a friend got to hang out, I ran some errands, made some art, Mama and Tony got in late so they went straight to the hotel.

Tuesday was Bethany’s 20th birthday. She and Meskiel went to the tea shop and then to the antique stores. The rest of us went to St. John’s for Music at Noon. The cathedral was still decorated from Christmas and it was so pretty.

Jack stayed at puppy daycare while we were gone. We ate lunch at SAME cafe and they were doing another taping for their future fundraiser and I think we were too loud at one point.

Bethany wanted to go to Saltgrass for dinner they had a new apple sangria that was so good, my pork chop was huge, everyone had way too much food (but it was good.)

She opened presents at home, a B&N gift card, calligraphy set, crystal jar, candle, yoga dice and Zelda book. She had picked up some books at the antique store, so she’s got enough books right now.

Wednesday we went to the Springs to see the Money museum, they still had the WWI exhibit, but that’s cool because I got to see some things I didn’t see last time.

I thought it would be a good stop for Mama and Tony because they’d never been there before and they do a lot of metal detecting and coin collecting. We got a late start, so we ate at Fargo’s before the museum, I hadn’t noticed the napkin art before, but Grace left a piece of napkin art for them.

Hannah wanted to go swimming, so some of us did. I had beef stew waiting in the crockpot when we got back, I’m glad it was hot and ready, everyone is always hungry after swimming.

Thursday was their last day in town, we went to the Stock show parade, I think it was shorter than last year (and had fewer cattle), but it was still neat (and we had good seats this year.)

We had lunch at Cafe 180, they put the reuben sandwich back on the menu, so I had that and my usual salad. Back at the house we played Uno until the shuttle driver came.

A quick trip, but we managed to put a lot of stuff in it.

Rembrandt

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Jack was 8 months old on Monday.

I kept seeing pictures of various friends who’ve already been to the Rembrandt exhibit, so I was ready to go today. Normally you have to pay extra for a special exhibit, but if you book a field trip adults are free (kids are already free.) So, free – yay!

Hands-on printmaking.

Lunch –

We rescued Jack from the crate at home and Hannah did some school while Grace made penguin pops for her friend’s birthday tomorrow.

I went out for TNO and had a good dinner (since I get no breakfast in the morning.) Tomorrow will be a long day o hospital stuff.

Money museum and candy sushi

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My co-op today was to the Money museum. We only had 4 families and our tour guide was not very engaging, but the WWI exhibit was cool and the making of a coin from blank to pressed was neat.

The edge roller.

The press, these items are miniature, in the old days they were much bigger.

We went through money in time and saw the evolution from huge pieces of stone to smaller coins.

The Greek coins were in really good shape.

Roman coins and coins from other parts of the world.

A real coin and counterfeit one.

Hobo nickels.

A huge collection of coins that have varying degrees of rareness. Some of the coins in the collection are 1 of 2-3 coins.

The WWI exhibit.

Trench art coins.

Messed up money.

We raced from the museum back to the library for candy sushi.

Dinner was good.