We were able to visit with our dear State Department friends from Brasilia days, private-sector apartment complex buddies from São Paulo, and two contractor guys Jimmy worked with in Afghanistan (and their wives). Once again, I'm reminded of how precious this life we lead is when we can meet up with such a diverse mix of people from different points in our married life. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Mac tried out today for a travel baseball team. There's really nothing more nerve-wracking than watching your child try out for something. It's really an intense time of intensive prayer.
There are no bad players who try out for travel ball. Mac held his own, but so did everybody else. As Jimmy said, these U12 boys played better than the JV team Jimmy coached 17 years ago. Tough competition.
We shall see how it goes when the results come out in the next few weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!
Security briefing, waiting for a badge in a process that made the DMV look efficient, a new badge, early mornings, metro rides, new people, proving yourself once again like you have to do every two years, shifting desks, exhaustion, self-doubt, a thousand applications for which you need access, a new pack of sticky notes.
Another new job. That's my life at the moment.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
After a slight delay, I am starting my new job tomorrow. So today I gave Jimmy and Mac my last day of freedom to clean our apartment from top to bottom. Things are getting ready to change around here as I don't intend to work full-time and be the chief cook, housekeeper, and laundress around this joint.
The apartment is spic-and-span, which will last until tonight when we get back from Mac's football game and a million little astro-turf bits come off of Mac's cleats. Which will freak out my OCD tendencies and I'll feel compelled to sweep and mop.
I told Jimmy and Mac that we would next clean as a family and the cleaning would be to my standards and not theirs, which means we'll end up somewhere between a frat house and a sterile operating room.
Here's hoping for more OR and less Animal House.
Today we were all home for the Columbus Day holiday. Between a trip to the mall where we watched a movie and ate lunch, grocery shopping, and being lazy, Mac did a couple of science experiments he found online. He made invisible ink (it worked!) and a lava lamp (sort of a dud but it's kind of-sort of like a lava lamp without the light and without the big globules). Like any good scientist, he labeled all his work:
We also celebrated the first anniversary of our humongous tv. (Remember last Columbus Day when Jimmy had to buy the big tv that day and had to get it home that day? The day when Mac and I got left behind at Best Buy because we couldn't fit in our car with the tv and the tv took priority? The day that Mac and I ended up buying a fish at the pet store next to Best Buy while we killed time, waiting for Jimmy to come back and get us?) Well, that tv is a year old and we had yet to utilize its 3-D capability, so tonight we rented a 3-D movie. It was pretty incredible.
A good day was had by all.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Today I would like to tell you about two things that will change your life. But only if you live near a Costco and a Trader Joe's. If you don't have those stores near you, then sorry, your life will not be changed. But if you're living without Costco and Trader Joe's, then you probably want to move anyway. You know, for greater fulfillment in life in general. I'm thinking of your quality of life.
Remember last Christmas when I made those pretzels with a caramel square melted on them with chocolate drizzled on top?
Well these are 100% better. No, 1000% better.
Jimmy and I picked these up on our trip to Costco yesterday because we were shopping hungry. Boy, are they yummy. We agree that the name is stupid and we would've chosen something different, but whatever. They're the most delicious combination of thin pretzels, dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt. Heaven right there in a decadent treat.
We found these babies on the row that seems to have all the packaged cookies and candies for Christmas, so I really hope this is not a seasonal item. That would be bad, bad news.
The second product, which I don't have a photo of and which is actually two separate products, is/are the bags of ready-made pizza dough and tubs of pizza sauce sold in the refrigerated section at Trader Joe's.
We ate at our friends' house the other day and they served what looked and tasted like homemade-from-scratch pizza. They shared their secret: TJ's pizza dough.
How have I wasted an entire year living a 10-minute walk from Trader Joe's, never having seen those little bags of dough for $1.25? I'm so mad at myself.
We "made" pizzas for supper last night. By "made", I mean I took the bags of dough out of the fridge for 20 minutes, sprayed some Pam on the baking sheets, spread the dough out, spread all the pizzas with TJ's delicious and thick pizza sauce (1 tub of sauce easily covers 1.5 pizzas and that's using a lot of sauce), and topped each of the pizzas. One was cheese only, one was pepperoni, and one was salami, caramelized onions and red peppers. Yes, I know 3 pizzas for 3 people is too much. We have 1.5 pizzas to eat later.
Run, don't walk, to your nearest Costco and Trader Joe's.
We woke up to a cold and dreary day.
Leo and I curled up to watch Thursday night's episode of Parenthood. I am so bummed that this is the last season for the show. I'm such a sucker for family dramas with a little comedy thrown in. Always some tears shed (or a lot this week with Zeke's open heart surgery. Wow. Need the kleenex during this episode), a lot of poignant moments and always some humorous bits. Why can't these shows last forever? If I ran a tv network, I'd put shows like Parenthood and Brothers and Sisters and Modern Family (for levity) on a continuous loop.
(Sleeping with his paws in the air. Puppy love...)
(Let me try this way. Mmmmm)
Very content morning...