(NEW BLOG! Update feeds accordingly, pleez.)
I suppose that title indicates that I should be making some progress… I suppose I am, of a sort.
Free Time in the Evenings
Evenings are a touch more pleasant now that dinner is quicker, though I have filled up the normal prep time with other things, so we are still running ragged. In this case, though, when Bug gets a good behavior mark (a green smiley on his calendar) from school, Bug, Smacky and I go on a short bike ride through the park after school. (T’s work is busy and he’s not home in time to join us, lately.) We are lucky enough to live very close to a series of paths that follow a green belt/golf course/stretched park for several miles. We pass duck ponds, go under tunnels, race golf carts. It seems to entertain the guys a little better, they are more settled at dinnertime, and they generally hit the sack at the required time. I, however, am usually so wiped by the end of the day that I do occasionally find myself hoping he got a yellow face so I don’t have to go. 😐
(Note on the links: these link to the main menu page for the month. On that page are links to the recipes as found on the internet. However, the OAMM people tweak them for good freezing, so I have used these recipes according to the links on each page called Printable Recipe Cards.)
So far we’ve tried these:
Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash – not great. I’ll try it again and leave out the squash this time. (and I may puree the rest of the squash that’s left into soup and try that with some sour cream)
Bacon Broccoli Penne – ZOMG SO GOOD. I think, though, that given the time it takes to heat it up, and the fact that I think it’s better fresh, I might make just the bacon ahead of time and cook all the rest on the day I’m having it. (cuz “all the rest” is making pasta and sauteing some onions.)
White Chicken Chili – ZOMGPonies! SO GOOD but we had to leave out all spice (but not the green chiles) for the boys to be able to eat it, but then they ate two bowls each.
Spicy Honey Chicken – good, but sweet. T thinks it needs some tang. I’ll probably add some soy sauce to the marinade next time.
Lemon Rosemary Chicken – good, basic recipe. Smacky had fourths.
Chicken Fried Rice – YUM! But leave out either the kosher salt or celery salt lest you shrivel like a slug.
I SAID it was going to be a long term project. I have ten squares sewn and five more pinned. Part of the problem is that my sewing machine is in my bedroom, and when I’m in there my body says YAY SLEEP TIME.
Getting to the end of Real Sleeve One of B-side. Whilst watching MI-5. (YAY, finally a program that has MANY MANY seasons so I don’t get all into the show and then get denied I’M LOOKING AT YOU FIREFLY.) I actually switched to DPNs (OMG Armageddon approacheth! My body has been snatched by the DPN pod people!) and it’s easier now that I don’t have to wrestle both the body of the sweater and the magical loops of knitterliness. I knit looser on DPNs though, it seems, so I hope this doesn’t adversely affect the sleeve. I’m pretty sure if this sleeve doesn’t work the whole sweater will be crackers, which would suck cuz my cables lined up PERFECTLY at the shoulder.
I got another wild hair and started a hat. It doesn’t count against the WIP list if you start a different craft entirely. Nope.
So, recently my strep infection left me with something lovely (if, by lovely, you understand that I mean gross and unsightly) in the form of an inflammation of my shin. I was pretty sure I knew what it was (hello WebMD) but went to my doctor anyway. He told me he suspected the doctors at the ER were quacks and that I may have had (or still have?) valley fever instead of strep. In any case, my shin hurts and I have to wait for it to go away. This is the latest in a long line of illnesses and injuries (and, truth be told, holiday hassles) that have meant I haven’t run a step since the 5K in October. I don’t like that, and I’m thinking about how I can fit it back in. I don’t know that I want to go back to hitting the gym at lunch, since that generally required 1.5 hours (or more) to get in 30-40 minutes on the treadmill. I have a couple of options I’m considering. I think my next goal will be to run another 5K, but do it faster. I’m thinking the Turkey Trot in November might be a lovely one to do. (And it would give me a reason to opt out of cooking Thanksgiving this year.)