Where Have I Been? I’ve Been All Over

Last weekend was my big girls’ weekend in PA with friends from high school and some new friends. Happy hour on Friday night, drinks and dinner Saturday night, fashion show on Sunday, then I drove home.  The fact that I didn’t need 2 or 3 days to sleep all that off tells me that I’ve truly recovered from the fatigue of the shingles last year.  (Fashion Show at the Concordville Inn (will be the subject of a future post; clothes by White House Black Market).

English: Rhee Tae Kwon-Do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Da...
English: Rhee Tae Kwon-Do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Dan black belts in October 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This past Saturday was the busy as hell day of sports activities that I’d been dreading and it wasn’t all that bad….that’s the good news.  The bad news is that 1 event was eliminated by virtue of the fact that the Tae Kwon Do belt ceremony was scheduled for the same time frame as Kate’s soccer game–so she missed her first game.  (but her team won – YAY Wolfpack!).  So now both kids’ football teams are 2 and 0.  Kate is a new second degree black belt and Jackson is at the half way point in his journey to third degree black belt.

Grasses (Photo credit: Matt Ohia)

The taxes got done and all I can say about that is this past year has been financially ugly but not unexpected given my unexpected “retirement” from Deloitte.  I’ve been doing some weeding here and there outside and really must call Lawn Doctor about the bumper crop of chickweed that’s invaded like I’ve never seen it before.  I think they missed a weed treatment or something b/c that stuff is all over the place.  Grass got cut for the first time this year too.

Extreme close-up of broccoli florets
Extreme close-up of broccoli florets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I rounded out the weekend with a. yummy dinner of slow cooker pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy with roasted broccoli.  And by the way, this is the secret to making broccoli disappear like you’ve never seen it (off of the kids’ plates I mean) – prepare a mixture of olive oil, chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper and grated Italian cheese like parmesan, romano, or a blend.  Wash and cut up broccoli then toss in the olive oil and spices mixture.  Spread on a cookie sheet and put under the broiler between 5 and 10 minutes – check after 5 min and watch it closely thereafter – Let me know if yours did or did not disappear!!!!


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