1. My mom talked me into playing hooky from work yesterday (which didn't take much convincing since my inner forearms are sore to the touch from typing end-of-the-class evaluations, my brain is totally fried and I'm still coughing and feeling sick from the Whooping Cough I picked up three months ago.) We hung out in my kitchen all morning while I made breakfast muffins for the kids to eat the rest of the week, we drove out to Ashland so I could buy her an early Christmas present, we drove to Grants Pass for lunch, we checked out a few kitchen shops, and we laughed all day long. Not a single photo, but it was so wonderfully memorable.
2. I got my mom these and these. (I already have some in my own kitchen and love them. The bowls are the perfect size for yogurt or a snack or refrigerator oatmeal. I bought them locally at Paddington Station, but I can't find anywhere online that has those bowls in stock - sorry.)
3. Speaking of Refrigerator Oatmeal, I've finally perfected a recipe that my kids (well, at least Cole and Courtney) love:
- 1/3 C. Old Fashioned Oatmeal
- 1/3 C. Honey Greek Yogurt (The kind from Greek Gods is the best.)
- 1/2 C. Coconut Milk
- 1 T. Chia Seeds
- 1 T. Ground Flax Seeds
- 1 T. Dark Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
- 1/3 to 1/2 C. Pomegranate Seeds
Mix it all (really) thoroughly and stick it in the fridge overnight. (I've just been making a bunch on Sunday nights and using it throughout the rest of the week since almost everyone in my house is loving it.) If you substitute the chocolate chips and the pomegranate seeds for crisp, green apples and tons of cinnamon, it's also really good. I think the key is having some crunchy stuff in it - otherwise, it's just too mushy.
4. November is the eight-year anniversary for this blog. (Here's a link to the first few blog posts.) I purposely don't look at my blog stats more than a couple of times a year because I don't want to be motivated/unmotivated by those numbers, but I decided to check them this morning so I could share what you guys have helped me to accomplish over the last eight years:
- 6,025,383 Lifetime Page Views
- 1660 Total Posts
- 52,655 Total Comments
Thanks for putting up with me all this time.
5. The show Undercover Boss recently featured the owner of Dutch Brothers Coffee, which is a business that is near & dear to most of us here in Southern, Oregon. Two brothers opened up the first Dutch Brothers coffee shop in Grants Pass (where I lived with the boys when I was a single mom) back in 1992 and the community supported this business in a way that I have never before seen. I'd venture to say that when I lived there, probably half of the cars in Grants Pass adorn Dutch Bros bumper stickers and probably half of the people own Dutch Bro. clothing as well. (One of my favorite t-shirts is a Dutch Bros t-shirt that I've probably had for 12+ years now.) And Dane (one of the two brothers that founded Dutch Bros) was my patient back when I was a dental hygienist. He was one of those people that I looked forward to seeing on my schedule because of his humor and his wit and because he was one of the most down-to-earth people you'd ever meet. I continued to see him until just shortly before he lost is battle with Lou Gehrig's disease and since then, "Drink One for Dane" bumper stickers have become a common site in Grants Pass as well. The episode is totally worth watching if you get some time.
6. Hundreds upong hundreds of spam comments are being posted in the comments section of my blog every few days. Because of that, I switched my settings so that commenters would have to log in before they could post a comment, but it looks like some of you are having problems with that feature, so I'm trying to figure out another option. Sorry for the hassle - will keep you posted.
7. Saw the movie, About Time recently and I think it might just be my favorite movie ever. I almost decided against seeing it because normally, a movie about time travel just wouldn't be my cup of tea, but since Rachel McAdams is my favorite actress, I decided to go see it anyhow (and I'm so glad I did.) Sounds cheesy, but I think it's life-changing.
8. A few photos from Annie's Thanksgiving Chapel this morning...
9. Courtney Lee was a pilgrim for her 2nd grade Thanksgiving Chapel back in 2009 too.
10 And perhaps you've already seen it, but a student (Thanks Nic!) shared this jellybean video with me and I couldn't help but pass it along.
Going to take the rest of the week off from blogging, but will be back next week.
Hope your Thanksgiving is great.