The marathon Bday party for DD begins today at 330pm...that is when the spa treatment begins for 15 of her best friends...and finishes Sunday after breakfast. DS has agreed to make cinnamon rolls and waffles for them, he made the yeast dough for the rolls tonight and is keeping it in the fridge til Sunday morning. Quite an ambitious proposition for him I'm thinking. Hoping they turn out well!
I've got the infusion pitchers all ready with infused cucumber and strawberry water. Looks really good! She and her BFF are decorating the house now....quite a production! I'm picking up giant helium balloons soon that were ordered last week. All the gift bags are filled and look professionally done...she is a super party planner!
We are all looking forward to a houseful of excitement and laughter...that hopefully tapers off to a dull roar by the wee hours of Sunday so some of us can get decent beauty rest....dream on, right?
I'm glad she has so many close friends to share her special day with...
Wow! How did the years fly by? Everyone says that to new parents...that the years will go by so quickly. Ah yes, wise words....all parents should cherish those times with the little ones as they do grow too quickly. Not that I don't love the young lady I am now living with...but the memories of the little tow haired toddler with chubby cheeks seem so fresh!
I am very proud of what a great person she has grown into and how many lovely talents she has demonstrated...and what a great friend she is. But to believe that she is 15? It is hard! And sweet 16 next year....impossible? Hoping she will make it through the year 'unkissed'...she is still so sweet and innocent. Hard to believe in this crazy world.
Anyway, it is her special day and the big slumber spa party will be Sat night. Best rest up tonight while I have a chance, right?
It is time for a refresher course in stress management. My last company (which I left 5 years ago)had some very toxic people I was glad to leave. My current company has bumbling but pleasant senior management. Frustrating to deal with but doesn't make for a stressful environment compared with other experiences I have had.
But I predict that is all about to change. A very toxic person from my past company has just been hired by my existing company and it appears he will be in my direct chain of command. I think he respects me and I might do okay with him. But I am guessing he will attempt to take out my boss and her boss and will likely attempt a coup on the GM spot within a year. It will likely disrupt the culture a lot in the process and cause much angst.
I am not sure I want to deal with it.
May be time for a resume update...not something I had planned. But one cannot be too naive in these situations. I have been around the block a few times and I have seen this movie before.
Time to get enrolled in a stress management class through my wonderful insurance plan while I still have it!
Because my DD is having a slumber spa party this weekend I bought 2 pitchers with an infuser in the center. The idea is that you add sliced cucumbers or strawberries, for instance, to the center piece with water surrounding and leave in the refrigerator for a few days. The fruit or veggies then infuse the water with flavor for a refreshing drink. I had wanted to try this for a while and since it takes a while to make a good infusion I thought I should buy two so that her guests can all enjoy without it running out too soon.
I figure cucumber will be awesome for the spa treatment timeframe....I always love the cucumber water when I go to the spa...and making it at home regularly will be wonderful! We are always looking for creative ways to get the kids to drink more water...I am hoping this does the trick!
So now that I have two pitchers there should be less juice in the fridge and more healthfully flavored water! I am thinking this could be a Secret of Success!
If anyone else is already doing this and has suggestions for good infusions...please share!
I have heard lemon and raspberry...and watermelon is supposed to be good. But, really, let me know of any combinations you have found that you enjoy!
So there I was...standing in front of the organic veggie section with root veggies about to pick out a bunch of beets when I felt compelled to try parsnips and turnips. But then I realized that I couldn't pick out which was which! About time to learn, eh?
So I asked the nearby guy with the water hose (about to spray the produce) and admitted my ignorance. He pointed out which was which and I went home with all three.
I then used Meg's new cookbook and hit page 315 I think it was...for roasted root vegetables. I used beets, turnips, parsnips, carrots, and sweet peppers with a bit of olive oil and curry powder. Not exactly her recipe...but it all turned out great. Everyone enjoyed it and I felt like I had added to our nutritional diversity for the week. There are so many great nutrients in these veggies that I don't typically prepare. I'm sure that spreading our proverbial taste bud wings is a good thing.
Just wish I had started sooner! Perhaps daikon and rutabagas will be next? Why not? They were right next to the others on display. No reason I should be walking past all this good stuff and eating broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage neighbors while turning my back on the root veggies. They don't even keep the carrots with those other guys...it's like the turnips and parsnips are banished from the mainstream by their placement. But no more in my shopping cart!