Happy Happy Happy Saturday!!!!
Last Saturday, Steve made ribs. He is prepping for his annual BBQ work competition coming up in early November (it’s a team building thing and there’s a trophy involved and every year, he comes in third) and he wanted to try a new sauce. They were delicious.
But then on Sunday . . . he took the left over rib meat and made a pork fried rice.
And oh my holy deliciousness . . . I am not a left overs type of person at all, but the way he repurposed these ribs . . . well, let’s just say he won my competition, hands down.
That’s all we had. Pork fried rice and a YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY wine from Oregon (of which I’ve already stated my love for) and it was the perfect way to end our weekend.
Like I said, I’m not a left overs type of person. This is because, growing up, my mom would ask each of us how many of this or that we wanted. For example, if she was making tacos, she would walk around and ask each of us (all four of us kids and most likely my dad, too), how many we wanted. And if you said two, that’s all you were getting because she made that exact amount. We never had any left overs. Because she just made the amount each of us said we would eat. And too bad for you if you decided you wanted an extra one. Not that that mattered — because she loved baking and you knew you were getting dessert later. No matter what.
Steve did not understand this at all when he met me because he grew up in a family of four boys and one girl, and his poor mom had to cook as if she was cooking for the entire neighborhood and their second cousins. The first time I ate dinner at his house, all I remember is when his mom set down the platter of whatever it was, I was literally pushed out of the way as all four boys pounced on at it as if their lives depended on it.
And, somehow, there were always left overs at his house.
But there were never any sweets.
So now Steve and I have adopted both of our families’ ways . . . he cooks way too much food and we always have left overs, and I always always always eat dessert.
As I already stated in my post earlier this week, it’s October. Which is Crazy Town USA at my school with all the demands of parent conferences, report cards, awards, assemblies, district assessments, etc etc etc . . .
One of my teammates (Rose) surprised the rest of us with this cute little gift on Monday. The tag (which I can’t really read in this picture and I can’t remember what it says because it was way way way back on Monday!!) said something along the lines of how this month is crunch time and we all need to remember to take five and remember we are simply the best. And there were Take 5 candy bars and Crunch bars in the bag, along with the Simply lemonade.
How sweet is that?! And how adorable?!
And, Take 5 candy bars just happen to be my most favorite candy bar of all time.
I mean, it’s a pretzel, and chocolate, and caramel. All at once. And it might be a cookie. I’m not sure. I usually eat them too fast to really tell.
Even though we are practically drowning in District Assessments, which I really can’t stand because all other learning just basically comes to a halt, I purchased this fun pack from Susan Jones to make myself feel better! We are currently working on subtraction (or we were before we stopped for assessments) and I got these for some extra practice. I can’t wait to introduce them. They are simple, easy, and super engaging! I can’t wait to use them during Guided Math.
Do you all know about this company???? Years and years and years ago, when I worked in another district, the Imagination Machine came to our school and I fell in love!
But then I forgot all about it.
I’m flighty that way. Bet you didn’t know that about me. 😉
But then I remembered all about it! The Imagination Machine came to our school yesterday AND THEY ARE AMAZING!! Basically, students submit stories to be selected by the company and, if selected, actors bring it to life and perform it in an assembly.
My kids went nuts for this!! The actors were hilarious and the stories that were performed were so fun! My kids were so inspired! Several started writing as soon as we got back to class, even some of my reluctant writers. TALK ABOUT POWERFUL!
It took everything in me not to get up on that stage and help out, let me tell you.
My teammate, Laurie, told me afterwards that I needed to have that job.
So I’m looking into it . . .
THE DODGERS WON!!!!
OH MY WORD!!!
Thursday night was intense . . . but the Dodgers beat the Nationals in Game Five of the National League Division Series!
Today we play the Chicago Cubs in Game One of the National League Championship Series.
Let’s go, Dodgers!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’m so excited!