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Weekend

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I found a HUGE tomato horn-worm, Grace took it in and is hoping to get it to grow into a moth.

James, Grace and I went to Breakfast Queen to try it out – it was GOOD! I need to go back because I saw they serve Monte Cristo sandwiches!

Grace made some art.

The hummingbirds flitted around.

James spent the afternoon wiping 3 computers, moving 3 desks and 3 chairs upstairs to get rid of.

Sunday I went to church and then we went to Stanley to hear LAPOMPE.

From church -A little help for my friends
Shame, how does the gospel address shame?
Godly sorrow based on truth is guilt that leads to change. Shame is based on lies that lead to hurt, isolation, self-loathing, destruction, feeling like you are unlovable or not important. Shame diminishes us and makes us feel like a failure. Shame speaks to our identity, how we see ourselves and how we think others see us. Only the gospel can remove shame and restore our true identity – children of God, created in His image, part of His plan to redeem us and restore us. Shame is not part of God’s creation, it is a barrier. What are you using to cover your shame? Will it ever be enough? The more you cover shame, the more you pile on, the more isolated you become and the farther you get from a loving God because you feel unworthy. Jesus invites us as sons and daughters to come into His presence, remove shame and cover ourselves with peace. What can separate us from the love of God – nothing.
Genesis 2:25 The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame.
Luke 8: 43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”…..46 Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed. 48 Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
I John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
I was wearing my Popsicle earrings and Popsicle socks.
Grace made a mermaid costumed angler fish.
Dinners this week (starting today) – Shrimp and grits with cornbread and salad, chicken parmesan skillet with fruit salad, turkey veggie meatloaf cups with mashed potatoes and tex-mex salad, mojito lime pork tacos with jicama salad, corn chowder with pretzel rolls and salad, chicken apple walnut salad with veggie soup, out. Notice – a lot of frickin’ salad.
Corn Chowder Recipe
1 tablespoon butter
1 strip bacon, or 1 teaspoon bacon fat
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup small diced carrot
4-5 ears of sweet corn, kernels removed from the cobs (about 3 cups), cobs reserved (see steps for taking corn off the cob)
1 bay leaf
4 1/2 cups milk, whole or low fat
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and large (1-inch) diced (about 3 cups)
3 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Cook the bacon: Place butter and bacon into a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot. Heat on medium heat until the bacon renders its fat, 3-4 minutes.
Cook the vegetables (except the corn and potatoes): Add the chopped onions, red bell pepper, carrot, lower the heat to medium low and cook until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
Add corn cobs and bring to a simmer: Break the corn cobs in half (after you’ve stripped off the corn) and add the cobs to the pot. Add the milk and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. Make sure the heat is as low as can be and still maintain a gentle simmer to prevent scalding the milk on the bottom of the pan.
Add potatoes: After 20 minutes, add the potatoes, salt, and thyme to the pot. Increase the heat to return the soup to a simmer, then lower the heat to maintain the simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Finish the soup: Discard the cobs, the bacon strip, and the bay leaf. Add the corn kernels and black pepper. Again raise the heat to bring the soup to a simmer, then lower the heat and cook for another 5 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

July Fourth weekend

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We started our day by going to the Paris street market, they had the booths spread out so it looked like there were more tents. Lots of cool junk to look at.

Then we dropped by Connections church to play a round of putt-putt. (We had Malia with us.) Jack went nuts when he saw the golf balls and twice he got close enough to grab at the ball and move it and once he had my golf ball in his mouth and I had to pry it out. We ended up with a 4 way tie (21) and James had 28.

James grilled a late lunch, we ate, I read, Grace chalked.

Then we put in an appearance at the neighborhood block party, I went and met my neighbor 2 doors down and then said I needed to leave because I’m having surgery and there were too many people there. The HR fireworks were canceled since we had 2 fires in the past week, but that didn’t stop the block party from popping off fireworks until 11pm. I told people to just look at pics of past fireworks – but it seems no one did.

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Sunday I had a surprise at church, they made some permanent shade instead of having to put up and take down the tents each week. I think it’s a good improvement and gives some much needed shade for the back area.

From church – Reboot: trust

Where do we place our trust in difficult times is the wrong question – Who do we place our trust in and who are we relying on to get through difficult times?

Our natural tendency is to trust in what we can see. God will never ask you to pretend like everything is okay when it’s not. When things are not okay we need to be reminded of who we put our trust in and we need to exercise the spiritual habit of trusting God. Control what you can and let God handle the rest. Remember that things are stronger when they are broken – growth often happens under pressure.

Fear can make us less loving, it steals the ability to make good choices. Fear and anxiety spread from person to person faster than any virus, the antidote to fear is trust.
Are you weary and burdened? We see problems as an absence of God, but God is drawn to weary, broken, burdened people. Remember that a yoke seems heavy, but it doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Jesus is paired with you and with Him the yoke is easy, the load is shared.

Psalm 20 1-4 God answer you on the day you crash, The name God-of-Jacob put you out of harm’s reach, Send reinforcements from Holy Hill, Dispatch from Zion fresh supplies, Exclaim over your offerings, Celebrate your sacrifices, Give you what your heart desires, Accomplish your plans. 5 When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners. May all your wishes come true! 6 That clinches it—help’s coming, an answer’s on the way, everything’s going to work out. 7-8 See those people polishing their chariots, and those others grooming their horses? But we’re making garlands for God our God. The chariots will rust, those horses pull up lame—and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall.

2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I went grocery shopping after church and had just enough time to sit for a bit before we headed out to the pet store and Stanley. Marley is staying with us for a week, he’s a good dog.

Jack is not used to sharing his bed though.

We had a nice shady spot to eat lunch and listen to David play with his other band (David Lawrence and the Spoonful.)

Then it was back home so James and Joel could go to the gun range. I read and gathered up my stuff I’m giving away at the park (school stuff, games, books, toys) and listened to my Nina Simone station. We had leftovers for dinner, sat on the porch for a bit and watched an episode of Godless.

Tips – make a grocery list (I love lists!) I make mine according to the layout of my King Soopers – Heaven help them if they ever remodel again. Clean out your fridge/pantry BEFORE you shop for the week (throw out leftovers, move things around, get rid of trash) this way when you get home you can quickly put away groceries. SHOP WITHOUT CHILDREN (if you can, call it Mommy time and have your husband watch the kids, it’s cheaper that way.)

Dinners this week – leftovers, tacos and elote corn, butternut squash lentil curry with brown rice, fettuccine alfredo with ham and peas on the side, BBQ pork sliders with coleslaw, pizza, out/grill

Butternut squash lentil curry

2 cups brown lentils
8 cups water
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, diced
2 tomatoes cored and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups peeled, cubed (1-inch), seeded butternut squash
2 each potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored and diced

(follow below for stove directions, otherwise soak lentils overnight and throw everything into a crockpot for 4-6 hours on low.)

Place the brown lentils in a pan with the water and turmeric. Cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Mix in the curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cloves. Add the cooked lentils, reserved cooking liquid, squash, potatoes, and carrots. Cover, and cook over medium-low heat until the vegetables are tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Stir in the spinach and apple. Cook until the squash can be easily pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes more. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve over rice.

Tuesday/Wednesday

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Tuesday Grace and I went to Monument lake to kayak. But first, we went by the park to see if her art was still there. When we were leaving a Dad with a little girl came up to admire it and she laid down next to it so he could get a picture, that made Grace’s day.

It was very windy, I wonder if it’s always windy there…we got a great ab and leg workout. You don’t realize how many muscles it takes to paddle until you stop and get out and you’re like – why do my thighs and stomach hurt? Jack had fun (as usual) even with the choppy waves. We ate a picnic lunch there and then drove home where I went straight to bed for a nap.

I may have gotten a little ‘sun kissed’ because I was too lazy to put on sunscreen.

Tonight’s chalk art.

Also, it’s the last day of June and I walked every day (or did NIA/kayaking, but even on those days I still walked a bit.)

Wednesday I went to NIA and had a good workout, my hair was soaking wet after (again.) I came home and watched Jack while James and Bethany went to lunch and the girls were at the store. I had lunch, then nap time again. I don’t like being tired like this, to me napping is a waste of time, but I guess I need it.

I took Hannah to Parker to pick up her book from Explorers, that thing is thick!

Then back home to get ready for date night – live music, dinner and drinks at The Roxy. We had never been before, but Erik (from LAPOMPE) was playing, so we knew the music would be good. The sound isn’t great, the phone picked up a lot of noise around us, but you can still hear the music here and here. The food and drinks were very good, next time I want to try the falafel burger (we had the cheese and meat board and elote corn.)

We stopped by Englewood Grand on the way home because Phil was closed yesterday and didn’t know if he would reopen (per Gov. Polis’ new order), but he did open and we wanted to come support him.

Weekend

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I decided that today (Saturday) was a good day to go to Urgent care. I think my kidney is infected again (I was right) and I’d like some pain relief so my heart can have a break. The nurse was about to give up on her first try for an IV, but I told her to fish around and shove that needle deeper and it worked. One try for an IV, gold star for her!

I refused a scan (because I just had one on the 15th) and got my pain meds and an antibiotic. 2.5 hours later I was having brunch with James at The Lazy Dog. Jack loves the hamburgers there, but he never eats the rice and veggies (unless you hand feed him, but even then he gets to a point where he won’t eat them and just spits them out.)

James grilled for dinner, I had a nap and we sat on the porch for a bit.

Sunday I went to church, then we went to Stanley to hear LAPOMPE live! It was awesome, see them here and here and here. (I have short FB live recordings because my phone was dying.)

From church – Rebooting relationships

Social distancing has reminded us that we need other people in our lives and we need good, healthy relationships. Even introverts need people, they may have a smaller circle, but it’s still there. Why did God design us to need people? Because in our relationships we can glorify God, uplift others and shine as a light for the lost.
Heart of the Gospel – your relationship with Jesus has changed your relationship with God. We can’t have healthy relationships with others if we don’t have a good relationship with our Creator.
Healthy – urge each other to do good, urge each other to love others, encourage each other.
We need people who will draw us closer to God (not push us away), help us to hold on to the hope we profess (not speak discouraging words) and encourage us in everything we do (not hold us back and keep us from running forward.)
When life wears you down, you need people who will pick you up, not hold you back.

Hebrew 10:19-21 So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. 22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

I took a nap (that is becoming a daily occurence) and we went to River run to check on the water level – perfect for tubing.

Dinners starting tomorrow – chicken apple berry spinach couscous bowl, chicken creole over brown rice, pecan coconut tilapia with roasted squash, eat out, three cheese and ham/spinach quiche, turkey veggie meatloaf cups with salad, cook out.

Turkey veggie meatloaf cups

2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped onions
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
½ cup uncooked couscous
1 egg
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup barbecue sauce, or as needed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 20 muffin cups with cooking spray.

Place zucchini, onions, and red bell pepper into a food processor, and pulse several times until finely chopped but not liquefied. Place the vegetables into a bowl, and mix in ground turkey, couscous, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard until thoroughly combined. Fill each prepared muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top each cup with about 1 teaspoon of barbecue sauce.

Bake in the preheated oven until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. Internal temperature of a muffin measured by an instant-read meat thermometer should be at least 160 F. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Monday

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GirlTrek bootcamp day 6 – Did you know Nina’s government name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon!? Us either. Here’s the story. She was at a nightclub singing, trying to protect her family’s good name. She started calling herself Nina and the rest is history. She became the voice of a generation – brave, uncompromising, raw. She taught us to practice fearlessness and – in her very public battle with mental illness – she reminds us that genius is delicate and must be protected at all costs. Join us as we honor this classical musician who wrote the book on soul.

What are you afraid of? Nina says freedom is on the other side of fearlessness, so…

Nina’s daughter said her mother was Nina Simone 24 hours a day and that was a problem. How much of your life is a performance?

Let’s talk about mental illness. How do we stay sane – especially now – when deep sadness, anxiety, even addiction feels so justified? How can we hold onto our peace of mind?

(We dance to some of her tunes in NIA class, you might think you don’t know her music, but you do!)

I went to NIA this morning, we had the same number of people, 7, and it was a sweaty workout. The only problem is that I have to get there 15 min early so I can pay and get my spot (there can only be 10 people in the class.) Once the other rec center opens I might go there on other days, but if they have the same idea about guest passes (not selling to guests) then I’ll have to stick to HR (since we are members.)

Back at home I did some art, we had lunch at the park and I took Jack on my walk.

Grace’s chalk art today was a giant squid.

We started watching In a Lonely Place with Bogart, but didn’t finish it up.

My thought for the day in light of current circumstances: One rotten apple spoils the whole bunch. Yes, but people are not apples. One rotten apple contained in a space with other good apples will release ethylene gas that will infiltrate and rot everything around it. But, apples can’t move, they can’t make choices and people can. If you come to a red light and 2 cars run it and then you follow them – you are following the bad apples, they are breaking the law. You can choose to stop at the red light, you don’t have to follow them. That is oversimplified, but there it is.

People are complicated, but we are more alike than we know. We all feel sadness, pain, happiness, despair, love, joy, peace, mental flip-flops, anger, depression, keep going. We can all be kind or not. We can draw lines that divide or keep the space open. We can speak words that kill or words that bring life. The bad apples do not have to turn the rest of us into them, each person has it within them to be more – to want more – to know more – and in the end the choices we make are our own, we don’t have to follow the bad apples.

TDO, St. John’s, soda shop, walk, SpongeBob musical, Jack turns 2, balloon science, weekend

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Teacher’s Day Out was embossed card making at the library. I made 3 cards and it was fun, Jack and I got an ice cream afterward.

Tuesday was Central City opera at St. John’s. They sang a bunch of songs from operas that we had never heard, so that was nice. Grace doodled an octopus while they sang. We did SAME cafe’ for lunch then went to Sherry’s Soda Shoppe to check them out on their grand opening. They have the best chocolate malt!

I took Jack on a walk and some flowers were popping up.

Wednesday Grace, Jack and I went to the Audubon trail to hike.

Thursday Jack went to daycare while Grace and I went to see SpongeBob the musical. It was so good, it was funny, cute, toe-tapping, amazing, had a good message, the singing and music were incredible and we were so lucky to get to see it because a few days later all venues shut down due to the Covid-19 virus scare.

Thursday was also Jack’s 2nd birthday. He got a cactus toy (which he destroyed in a few hours), a take out box with 2 dumplings (which he destroyed in a day) and a tree with 3 squirrels in it (we’re down to 2 squirrels.) He had a birthday cookie and got lots of loving.

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Friday was my balloon science co-op. We had fun learning about: Pressure diffusion – thumb tack bed of nails, Air pressure – straw balloon racer, Air pressure/vacuum – balloon water fountain, Air pressure/friction – hovercraft CD’s, Polymers – skewer through a balloon, Static electricity – positive and negative charges to pick up tissue paper, Centripetal force – penny spinning, Chemical reactions/gas – balloon inflator baking soda, vinegar, Chemical reaction/dissolving -, Orange peel pop, limonene hydrocarbon, rubber hydrocarbon, non polar so they dissolve each other. 

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Friday was also the 9th anniversary of Grace being in the hospital. I’m a bit worried about this whole virus thing, it makes me feel a bit better that most young people are not getting it, or at least not having symptoms. Her lungs are better, but it doesn’t take much to push them into freak out mode.

Saturday I cleaned the bathrooms, vaccummed, cleaned the kitchen, basement and did laundry. James and I went to crazy lady’s coffee for affogato, then to the library to get books.

Most libraries are closed, ours is still open. It was Englewood Grand’s 4th anniversary, so we hopped over there with Bethany (she’s in for Spring break and due to the virus, Mesa is going on-line, so her break got extended.)

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It was also 3/14, so I made a Pi pie.

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Sunday church was on-line because all meeting spaces that could hold 50 or more people were told to close. Denver also closed all restaurants and bars (eat-in.) The grocery store is empty and instead of a meal plan then shopping I went to the store without a plan and just grabbed what I could and made a plan in my head.

LAPOMPE decided to throw a FB cereal and jazz party – it was great. I hope they keep doing it on Sundays. You can find it here.

After lunch we took Jack for a walk and to the dog park. Lots of people were out, it was a nice sunny day and well, if you can’t go anywhere at least you can go outside.

Grace spent some time working on a drawing, then a digital version.

I wanted to go to Starbucks, but the indoor seating was closed. Sunset.

The week – lazy school (Spring break is next week), Kindness Krewe, St.Patty’s day, braces, antique store browsing, park day, hike, weekend hiking I guess.

Dinners this week starting tomorrow – Lost Cajun, hamburgers with roasted potatoes, meatball masala with tumeric rice, corned beef and cabbage, tacos and cilantro rice, blackened chicken with turnips and parsnips, shrimp scampi over spaghetti, sausage with elote corn.

Elote Street Corn off the Cob

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 ears of corn, shucked and kernels removed (about 3-4 cups depending on how large your corn is)
2 tablespoons mayo
3 ounces cotija cheese, freshly grated or crumbled
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 green onion stalk, finely chopped
Handful of freshly of chopped parsley or cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat then add the corn kernels. Spread in an even layer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until exterior is charred/browned, stirring frequently. Be careful of the popping action of the heated kernels!
Once charred/browned, place into a large bowl then mix in mayo, cotija, paprika, green onion, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Mix to combine then divide evenly and serve!

 

Catch up

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A cold walk.

Then warming up at the library.

Lots of snow for Jack.

Field trip, canceled, the dancers couldn’t make it to the center. Dance….canceled due to snow. This was Hannah before she got that news.

Worked on some art.

Jack knows this thing gives out heat.

The sun came out.

We headed to Longmont to eat some Peruvian food and meet some of the kids and teachers going on the Peru trip next year (Hannah is going.) It was really good, especially the plantains.

Jack says, he went that-a-way.

James took Hannah out for dinner on Sunday night and Grace out on Monday night.

Week – school, puppy daycare, St. John’s music at noon, Creativity club, library school, youth group, hike, Kindness krewe (Valentines at senior center), Teen anti-Valentine party, Taco Bell, Grease! ,  church

Tuesday morning we went to St. John’s to hear the Denver East HS choir. We waited 2 years to hear them again and it was worth the wait. Here is one of their songs.

Then, lunch.

Then, off to Creativity club.

More snow to come tomorrow.

Monet, St. John’s, ice skating, finals, b-day pics, random stuff

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I dropped Jack at daycare, we put Marley in puppy jail at home and we headed down to the Art museum for the Monet exhibit. I was surprised at how close we could get to the art, you could stand 6 inches or so away from them. Of course, the art looked better from far away, the strokes and dots blended better. It was a long exhibit, two floors worth, plus a short film (that we just missed, they only had one showing.) Grace was surprised at how many Monet paintings there are that we’ve never seen. Bridge over the lily pond, yes, famous. Paintings of the sea, rocks, fog, boats, ships, never seen them. Grace said the exhibit made her heart happy and inspired her to go back and do some watercolor paintings. Hannah thought the exhibit was long and boring, I thought it was well done and other than needed a few more places to sit, it was great.

We wandered around the Light exhibit for a bit, then headed home. I dropped the girls off, went to a HS group meeting, picked up Jack and then took Jack and Marley for a walk. They weren’t walking in the same direction so I put Jack’s leash on Marley and then they had to go in the same direction.

Tuesday was St. John’s music at noon and ice skating. They changed the ice skates to an in-line skate version with straps and little padding – so they aren’t comfortable. Still, Grace skated for about an hour while Bethany and Hannah sat in Corner Bakery chatting and writing.

Since Jack had been at daycare for another day I plopped him (and Marley) in the bath at Petsmart. Neither one thought that was fun.

Wednesday was finals and youth group. Thursday Grace finished up her finals and Hannah went to Chuck E Cheese’s for her History final. After she was done we had pizza and played some games.

I ran some errands back at the house, then grabbed Bethany to have a mini-birthday photo shoot (since we didn’t do it on her actual birthday) and take her out for a drink. Later James and I went to TNO (and we weren’t the only ones there.)

Friday was HS skate, Marley got picked up, I took Jack for a walk, he ate some snow, then it was back home for a bit. Hannah had a super fast orthodontic appointment, I made stuffed bell peppers for dinner and we watched some TV before bed.

Stock show, dog-sitting, weekend

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One of Hannah’s rats looking cute.

Stock show time! I think I finally have the best parade spot picked out, I thought I had it today, but people started piling in front of me when it started. I think the best spot is near the end, behind the fence, in the middle of the street. This way no one can cut in front of you.

This is Marley, we’ll be dog-sitting for a week. He is a 12 y/o Shitzu.

I took them to the dog park and Marley sat in his stroller, then got out and just stood by me.

Jack’s new ball came in.

Saturday James and I took the dogs on a walk, Marley started out in the stroller, but we found he can actually walk, so he ended up walking a mile.

Later we went to jazz at the library, the quartet was pretty good.

Afterward I took James to Grow and Gather for a drink and to show him the place.

Sunday I stayed home from church so people wouldn’t get my cough. The dogs were trying to find a good spot to lie on me without touching each other.

James and I took the dogs to Cherry creek for a poetry walk. Some of the businesses have poems in the windows, it was a nice jaunt and both dogs walked the whole time.

Grace finished the painting on her jacket.

Goings on this week – trying to get over a cold, DAM Monet field trip, HS skate, St. John’s music at noon, ice skating, finals, youth group, TNO, ortho, HS skate (it lined up so there were 2 of them this week), MCA teen event, church, Bethany goes back to Mesa.

Dinners this week – mojito lime chicken bowls with street corn, Italian sausage with eggplant parmesan, Greek chicken pasta with salad, TNO (dumplings or TV dinners for girls), Chopped pantry (ie what’s in your basket? Use only pantry items to make a meal), out (girls are eating at MCA.)

Greek Chicken Pasta

1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta (or your choice)
½ cup chopped red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat – cut into bite-size pieces
1 (14 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until tender yet firm to the bit, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add artichoke hearts, tomato, feta cheese, parsley, lemon juice, oregano, and cooked pasta. Cook and stir until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Elf

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It’s what we’ve been waiting all month for – our annual Elf party. I had it at the library (because I had 49 people say they were coming.) Did 49 people come, no, we had 15.

Henry dressed up as Santa.

I met James downtown and we went to Union Station to hear LAPOMPE and have drinks at Cooper lounge.

Then we had dinner at Tupelo Honey.