Soup of the Week Returns! – Sweet Red Pepper Soup

I love soup. All the time.

I like to make a pot of something and keep it around for lunches and quick dinners during the week. But somehow I got out of the habit. Maybe it was all this business of starting jobs and ending jobs that we had this summer. Maybe it was back at The Great Clean and Purge when I was ousted from my kitchen for a few days.

I realized I missed my soup. And really, there is no better way to deal with an overabundance of CSA veggies than to whip up some soup. I had a bumper crop of red and orange peppers to use and I can’t get the Hub to eat a stuffed pepper to save his life.

So I’m bringing soup back.

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TToT – A Positive Week (Except for the Allergies)

I’m going with an approach that has worked for TToT posting before…adding things as they happen during the week.

First, I am (as of Tuesday morning) feeling better than I was even 48 hours ago. My smoothies have clearly done their work. I am less congested, coughing far less than I’ve been in the last three weeks, and have some semblance of a voice again. I still sound a little like Lauren Bacall (at least that’s what I tell myself) and not quite like me, but at least I can communicate without gesticulating wildly or holding paper in front of people’s faces.

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What’s Next On My Reading List?

I don’t read enough.

Well, actually, I read all the time – a news article here, a blog post there, and my daily dose of whatever Kidzilla is reading aloud. But all too often lately, I don’t get to sit and read something of my choosing for any extended period of time.

Or maybe it’s just that I don’t take the time to sit and read. That’s probably more accurate.

I’ve seen several blog posts lately about books and checked out a few book reviews, too. Since Mama Kat is calling for book lists this week, I figured now is as good a time as any to jump in and re-commit to some serious daily reading habits.

I’m just about to put my Persia Woolley Guinevere trilogy to bed (finally!), so I’m ready to move on to some new material. Here’s what’s next on the pile:

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So What Are You Doing Now?

That is the question of the moment in my world right now.

Last week I started to feel a little better and actually got out into the human world. By now, the school year is rolling along without me standing in front of the classroom I’ve inhabited for the last fourteen years and people know I am no longer teaching there. On nearly every occasion that I’ve ventured out somewhere, I ran into someone I know who wanted to confirm the details.

“You’re not teaching there anymore.”

“That’s right; I’m not.”

The conversations varied from person to person, but at some point the conversation ended up at the same question.

“So what are you doing now?”

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TToT – A Big One

We have a big one to be thankful for this week, friends. Huge.

The Hub’s got himself a great big full time position! It’s the same one he’s had, but we’ve moved from a part-time/temporary status to extending the term to the year to full time. That’s right. Full. Time. Job.

That really ought to cover it for me this week, but I do have a few others. I’m going streamlined and without much fuss because frankly, I need a nap. Continue reading

One Good Turn Deserves Another

If you’re going to call someone out on something, you should probably be prepared to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

I checked in with Lizzi the other day because, while she is far from being absent to her blog, it seemed unusual not to see a post from her in relatively short time. So we had a little to-do about the whole thing, which she outlines perfectly on her page, but in the end she turned out a lovely tribute to Autumn in England, despite not being a fan of the season herself.

And then it occurred to me that other than the TToT lists, there has been a whole lot of nothing in this space over the last couple of weeks. I knew I kind of had to pony up and write something, too, since I gave Lizzi a hard time and all. I could cite the old Lack of Inspiration excuse as Lizzi did in our little row. I could beg off on the Illness excuse because I have, after all been fighting with this devil of a something-or-other for about the last two weeks. And then there’s the Kidzilla Just Started School one and the Starting Up My New Career one… Continue reading

TToT – Mexican Delicacies and a Love Letter of Sorts

Contrary to popular rumor, I have neither left the country or this life.

I have, however, been sick with round two of whatever horrible allergy-induced respiratory nonsense I’ve had lurking the last couple of weeks. I’m sure it’s allergies because, well, the symptoms just don’t add up to anything else and…corn smut.

Yup, corn smut. It’s a real thing, I promise. (Look it up. Just be forewarned – it’s nasty-looking.) It’s real and I’m allergic to it. Corn smut tends to hit the air around late August and early September when the farmers start to  harvest the sweet corn. Oh, and did I mention that there is a corn field right across the street from our house? Yeah.

Corn smut is a delicacy in Mexico, though, and a pricey one. It has a fancy name – huitlacoche – and people eat it. Let’s just call it…Mexican truffles. Because it’s a fungus, friends. But I digress.

What all of that adds up to is that I’ve been down for the count this week, but I’m not missing out on the opportunity to post my TToT, especially because today is the Fab Hub’s birthday!!! I can’t think of a better topic for a list of reasons to be thankful.

And so, in honor of the Fab Hub/s birthday, I’ve enlisted Kidzilla’s help to compose a list of ten reasons we’re thankful for our Fab Hub/Fab Dad. See if you can tell which ones are Kidzilla’s contributions!

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TToT – Summer’s Fast and Final Blast

How can a week go by so quickly and so slowly at the same time?

Somehow, these last two weeks have flown by in exactly that manner and Labor Day is upon us. We’ve had a wonderful last bit of summer, even if it did go by a little too quickly. Zilla and I have spent a ton of time doing chores, learning math games for school, playing, crafting, and doing a bunch of nothing but snuggling. The Hub has been with us for some of it, but most days has been happily busy at work. We’re still reeling in the thankfulness for that!

But there are many more thankfuls this week, so I’m going to dive right in…

Let’s start by picking up with the end of last week’s list. When last we saw our Heroine (that would be me), she was headed off on a desperate last-minute search for beach-appropriate attire. Super Sister and I walked into the store and it was FALL I tell you. Fall sweaters and jeans everywhere. Nevertheless, we were there for swimwear so we hit the clearance racks and – unbelievably – were successful!

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TToT – Disappearing Act

I know, I know.

I got everybody all excited about my big job move, promised I would explain in more detail what I’ll be doing next…and then completely – and unintentionally – disappeared from this space all week.

I felt sort of “eh” on Saturday afternoon last week. I figured I was just tired from our amusement park trip the day before. But the headache got worse, the chest congestion took hold and by Sunday morning, I had a nasty summer cold which felt like it could easily be convinced to become a full-blown sinus and upper respiratory infection.

And then I spent most of the week really sick. Highly inconvenient, given that we had a yard sale scheduled for this weekend and a whole lot of stuff to set up.

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TToT – A Dizzying Week

There is certainly no dearth of thankfulness this week!

So many things have happened – and happened well, at that. It’s been a good week all around. Kind of a head-spinning week, really. So while I have much to be thankful for, I found it sort of overwhelming to sort it all out, put it into words, and then put those words on screen. I’m late to the party again this week, but I have a stellar list to show for it!

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