SUNDAY: We went to the diner. It’s like Cheers, but with omelets. We always run into someone we know, the manager knows us by name and some of the waitresses can place our orders without checking with us first!
FRIDAY: Mahi burgers with grilled pineapple and honey mustard. We didn’t even miss the bun. You can find Mahi burgers in the frozen (not breaded!) seafood section at the grocery store. TheKid suggests that next time, we make fish tacos out of the Mahi burgers. Sounds like a plan!
SATURDAY: We went to our favorite diner. I got a hot open-faced roast beef sandwich and French fries. (They never do give enough gravy on these–I like to put the gravy on the fries as well.)
Yup. I’m really late today. I spent the morning in the school library, like I do on most Fridays. In the afternoon I was the second-grade substitute. We had a little extra time, so I played a game with them: guess how to spell my name. (The kids have known me since pre-K, but have never seen my name written down.)
It took them 20 minutes.
Here’s what we had for supper this week.
Friday 30: Steelhead trout, baked with olive oil and salt. There were side dishes, but I have no idea what they were.
Saturday 31: Hoagies on the way to the Notre Dame football game! Go Irish!
Sunday 1: Pork chops with apple cider-mustard glaze and roasted sweet potatoes with apples, carrots and onions. I still need to write up the recipe!
FRIDAY 10/23: Teriyaki salmon, fried rice, vegetables. We used the fried-rice recipe linked above with no added shrimp or vegetables, just onions and garlic, since we were having other vegetables on the side.
SATURDAY 10/24: TheKid was in a show. We had tickets–so we dropped him off for an early call time and had dinner out before the show.
THURSDAY: The dinner plan went right out the window when TheKid walked around the corner to get a haircut (we’re less than half a mile from a shopping center with Target, Panera, Taco Hell, cheap haircut place and more. I’ve hit on the important stuff.)–anyway, a little dog followed him home. We put him (the dog, not TheKid) in our yard and checked his license tag, which only had a license number, no phone number or anything else, and then called the township who forwarded the whole thing to animal control. Meanwhile TheKid called a friend who has a dog to get some kibble for him. And then we were afraid that the dog might just be put down, and he was a friendly little fellow, so I tied a rope to his collar and started walking down the street asking people if they knew the dog. One neighbor drove around the block to ask someone he thought might know who owned it. We finally tracked him down to the house right near where he’d joined TheKid on his way home from the haircut. Apparently they have a doggie door, and the dog knows how to open the gate. No one was home, so I left a note with my phone number and took Louie home with me again. By this time, there was no time to cook dinner before TheKid’s rehearsal, so I put him and the dog in the van, got Chick-Fil-A drive-thru for TheKid, and made the rehearsal run with a rather smelly dog panting behind me in the back seat. 5 minutes after I got back home, his owners called. They only live around the corner, but it took almost 15 minutes after that call before someone drove around to get him, and then all she did was talk to the dog, not to me. TheDad met Big Brother for wings, so that was his dinner, and I got mac & cheese from Panera and returned to rehearsal, where I ate my dinner behind the wheel, in the parking lot. Then I came home for some Benadryl for my itchy eye. There’s a reason we don’t have pets.
THURSDAY 8: We tried a new recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas that I found somewhere on Facebook and saved to try. General concensus: the chicken was good, but the vegetables weren’t. I won’t be making it again. It was edible, but no one really liked it.
I got all kinds of organized and scheduled this post ahead of time because Friday is my Crazy Day. I love Friday because I spend 5 hours of it at Little Brother’s school, volunteering in the library. I get some time at lunch to do a little research for my book, and some time to actually EAT lunch, and I’m done around 1:15 after Little Brother’s class is all finished.
The Continuing Saga of My Foot. My diagnostic powers (with the help of the esteemed Dr. Google) rival those of House, it would
seem. (It’s not lupus!) The doctor confirmed yesterday that I have tendinitis in the perineus longus tendon, which comes down around the back of the ankle on the outside of the foot, then continues under the sole of the foot. I was treated to a rather painful examination (“YES, it hurts when I move my foot that way!”) which culminated in a cortisone shot. No crutches and no more ankle brace, just 30 minutes of ice daily, and call back in 2 weeks if it’s not better.
Tomorrow Notre Dame plays Oklahoma. My friend, author Katharine Grubb, went to OU and even set one of her novels on campus (you’ll have to wait until next year to read that one) and she’s been posting all kinds of propaganda on my Facebook wall. I won’t even get to see the game: it’s our turn to play at the Saturday night Mass at our parish’s other “worship site” (or, as one of the other guitarists calls it, “the away gig.”) I mentioned to Father that it’s really rough to have Saturday-night music duty on game days, and even though he’s a Domer himself, he told me to stop planning my life around football games.
I’ve been reading and reviewing a bunch of books! Right now in my review pile I’ve got Stephanie O’Dea’s new cookbook, 365 Slow Cooker Recipes, and I’ll be writing up something on my cooking blog about that. Yesterday I made some Sweet Corn Chowder from that cookbook–it’s a good Meatless Friday lunch.
Things I’m Pondering (of the technological variety): should I update my iPhone 4 to the new iOS? How about an iPad 2? Pros and cons, anyone? Is there a huge learning curve? I know there are features I won’t be able to use on my devices. Will the features I CAN use be worth the update? Will some apps not work so well if I don’t update? I’ve been dithering about this all week. (First World Problems)
Things I’m Pondering (of the non-technological variety): someone told me that because I said I would “never” accept a certain situation, God has gone and dumped that very thing on me and put me in a position where I really can’t refuse. I think that statement paints God as pretty passive-aggressive–which is certainly not how I think about God.
Epic “Things Parents Say” Quote of the Week: “We are NOT having a creamed-corn fight!”
I enjoyed the 7 Quick Takes last week, so I figured I’d go for another round. It’s Friday the 13th, but so far it’s been a pretty good day. I’m not superstitious, but even compared to a regular Friday, it’s been good.
– 1 –
We’re going to a show tonight! The community theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors opens tonight. Many in the cast and production staff have worked on shows before with Little Brother, so it will be fun to see them in this production. Plus, Girl-Group style music. I heard a preview. These girls can SING.
– 2 –
My foot isn’t broken. I saw the doctor Monday, had an X-ray yesterday, and am now waiting almost 2 more weeks for my podiatrist appointment. Meanwhile I’m sporting a fabulous lace-up brace and VERY fashionable (but super-supportive) New Balance sneakers–or a pair of VANS Middle Sister bought, wore twice and abandoned. Those are my “formal” shoes. Since they’re a size too big for me, they can accommodate the brace.
– 3 –
I’m back in the school library and loving every minute of it. Library Cuteness Moment of the day is courtesy of the very sweet kindergarten child who, on her way out, thanked the librarian for “letting us borrow your books.”
– 4 –
Little Brother made my extended stay (through lunch) worth my while. He hugged me, in public, when his class came in AND when they left. Some of his friends gave me high-fives as well. It’s neat to see these kids, whom I’ve known since kindergarten, growing up (most are taller than me now) and talking to me about the books they choose.
Here’s the note Hubs found at Little Brother’s desk when he went to Back to School Night yesterday:
Dear Mommy and Daddy,
Thanks for coming to my school. I really appreciate you coming to Back-to-School-Nite. (Name) and (Name) are the best middle school teachers.
(Little Brother’s first AND last names, followed by the Sports Star version of his signature.)
– 7 –
Little Brother’s picture is in the diocesan newspaper. He’s the boy in the front row with the black shirt and gray shorts. You’ll notice that he’s also airborne. That’s pretty much par for the course for him. The kid is a perpetual-motion machine.
The even better news here is that MY picture did not make the paper. BIG sigh of relief right there.