Friends = good.
Food = good.
Sun = good.
It was a good weekend.
Saturday we loaded up to go to Costco to get an order of contacts. This was attempt #2, with attempt #1 being two previous Fridays when we tried to hit the Joe’s “Liquidation” sale which turned out to be liquidating their parking space availability as well as unclogged walking isles, but we found that out later because our first Joe’s attempt was too early – not open yet. We went to go to Costco, but it wasn’t open either, so we got Costco gasoline and stopped off at PetSmart first because JJ had been promised a new fish, you know, in December. In typical American fashion we walked out with six (I believe) new fish and a snail that’s favorite game is “trick the girl owner into thinking I’m dead so that she has a mini-attack most times looking at the tank, but FAKE OUT”. Then we went to Costco. Except Costco opens at 11:00 during the week, not 9:30 like the weekends: FAKE OUT. So, back to Joe’s for the last FAKE OUT experience of the day (those prices: 20 percent off is liquidation?!! Dude, that word can *only* be associated with at least 70 percent or better – don’t you read all the frugal sale blogs?!!).
So we went to Costco this Saturday and boo-yah: open. Contacts: purchased. Other things we “neeeeeeded”: purchased. I mentioned to the Hubby: it’s going to be nice – go buy something fun to grill. He wanted salmon, but mentioned how it’s just not the same without the cedar plank treatment that we always do at my folks. Round the corner: boo-yah – planks. With little salmons etched onto them. Calling Hubby’s name: use us! Use us! Then we grazed for samples (good day for adults – all natural turkey, garlic chicken meal, hawaiian chicken bowl, smoothies, two nut stations, and acai drinks; not so great for kids – dehydrated blueberries and mangoes). AND we ran into some friends making their necessary purchases of Fair Trade Organic Sugar and non-Fair Trade non-organic Cheerios: excellent combo.
We left. We came home. We unloaded. We ate lunch. Hubby moved into yard maintenance, and I moved into, “Hmm: I wonder if I can lure our friends over for dinner by constantly Facebooking them.” It worked. And the food was GOOD, and so easy: I seriously don’t know why I don’t do meals, with friends, more often. Minus the incessant reports of all the ways my children were hosting/hazing the other kids. The one thing I forgot to pick up at Costco: the Fair Trade Organic nanny.
On Sunday we were chatting with friends during community time while the boys were getting their pack animal mentality on (first exclamation when one saw the other, “JJ, let’s RUN!” And they did. Oh, how they ran), and we decided that going to service just wasn’t in the cards once Abe had a permantent indent in his hand from getting a heavy door slammed on it. So we went for Extended Community Time at a friends house because, really, did we want to have to entertain our children by ourselves, or rather to encourage/lock them outside to play together while we sat and talked? The answer is obvious. Again: most excellent food – an assortment of baked goods from various grocery stores in our area. They had bakery chocolate chip cookies that made me miss Buttrey’s/Alberton’s bakeries in Boise when I would get a free chocolate chip cookie to munch on while Mama shopped. Which my boys don’t get, and won’t get, until they’re old and determined enough to read/slog through my blog and get to this blog post.
Sunday I took advantage of naptime to throw on the walking shoes and hit the hills. There’s a little red on my shoulders, but there’s sunshine blazing on my inside. Such an odd sensation, plugging in the headphones, having flashbacks of my daily walks in Boise, feeling like I could breathe for the first time in I don’t know how long. Breathing: that’s another thing I should add to the good list. I so often forget.
This week we’re eating from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day.
Monday: Mighty Zucchini Muffins w/cream cheese, bananas; Mockamole, nachos, ants on a log; Simple Quesadillas, Caribbean Black Beans
Tuesday: Fruit-filled French Toast, yogurt; Italian-style Tofu Pizza, apples w/pb, crackers; Broiled Tofu burgers, seasons fries, peaches
Wednesday: Cottage Cheese Apple Pancakes w/peanut butter, cheese; Greek Pita, hummus, chips, apples, veggies; Golden Cheddar Cheese soup, Pesto Palmiers, Salad, tangerines
Thursday: Leftovers; PBJ, crackers, raisins; Leftovers
Friday: Blueberry Multigrain Muffins w/cream cheese, peaches; Greek Spinach Frittata, cinnamon raisin toast; Sweet Potato Quesadillas, North African Cauliflower soup, chips, salsa
Saturday: Yogurt Cheese Pie, cinnamon toast; Tofu Burritos, pb crackers, fruit leather; Feta Spinach Pizza, breadsticks, marinara, peaches
Sunday: Leftovers; Leftovers; waffles