Friday, August 25, 2017

Shhhh... It's a Secret

Look at this! Two blog posts in two days! (I didn't realize it was that cold out...)

Anyway, I told you I had a secret. Maybe it isn't really a secret as much as it is a plan. Here it is:

I'm going on a trip! 

Last spring I told the Stern German, who does not want to use his vacation time to travel... but to hunt, that if I found a reasonable airfare to somewhere that I would buy it. Where did I want to go? I almost didn't care. I just wanted something to look forward to and to plan. I love planning adventures.

Over the course of a couple of weeks I tracked different fares and eded up seeing a red hot deal from Chicago to Amsterdam. So, I bought it! The flight was close to $325. Then I bought a cheap round trip ticket from Minneapolis to Chicago a few weeks later.

I am going to Amster...DAM! I will also take the train to Paris and Brussels before flying back out of Amster...DAM!

Now I'm working out where I am staying... trying to keep this trip from being expensive. Thinking of staying in hostels and also using Couchsurfing and Airbnb.

If you have any advice for me, I'll take it. I'm packing lightly and heading out in October!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Back to Blogging... yeah, right...

Well, my intentions were good in stating that I was "back to blogging"... however... here it is over two month later and I haven't posted again!

Life is (maybe, possibly) finally feeling a little bit less crazy. But, as I type that, I realize that tomorrow holds two out-of-town doctor appointments with my mom and four grandkids coming over for the evening... so... maybe it will always be this crazy! (Damn.)

Last night I was able to attend a monthly cooking club that I started going to nearly four years ago. This is what we made:

Clockwise from bottom right:
Cabbage Kale Slaw, Tomato Olive Tart, Bacon Wrapped Pork Bites

The Cabbage Kale Slaw had a sweet onion dressing. It was delicious! I'll try to get you the recipe, if you're interested.

Tomorrow I will post again... really! Well, at least I'll try to... because... I've got a secret to tell you!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Back to Blogging!

Hello! (I'm not even sure to whom I am saying "hello!"... is anyone still out there?)

Last year brought four HUGE life events my way and, of course, all that day-to-day life entails kept me hopping, as well. Here is a brief recap of those cRaZy life events in chronological order:

 1. My dad, the geriatric, bariatric, blind guy, passed away a little over a year ago. The last few years had been overwhelming dealing with all of his health and care issues. (So, not the worst thing that could have happened.) My mom is doing well... I would even say she is thriving! Yay!

2. The Angsty Teen graduated from high school! Senior year activities and festivities inundated our lives. And... then we had to get her off to college in the fall...

3. Kati got married! So, this happened three weeks after the Angsty Teen graduated from high school. The wedding and reception were so much fun! I have never been the Mother of the Bride before.... only the SOB... (we are going to assume that means Step-Mother of the Bride).

4. My father-in-law passed away. He had been in a memory care facility and didn't know his family at all. So, not the worst thing to happen, but still a stressor!

So, after surviving the past couple of years, I am back to blogging... and reading blogs. Haven't done any of those things for a long, long time.

How are you?