Minutes – November 10, 2014

::thankful – for honest work, Mr. Pea’s knee getting better, pomegranates, the return of my physical strength, days of rest, and Judy Rosenberg who shared the most amazing oatmeal cookie recipe of all time in her cookbook Rosie’s Bakery Chocolate-Packed, Jam-Filled, Butter-Rich, No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book.

::praying for - for my children, especially DirtBike who is feeling under the weather; for more rain; for more grace than I deserve.

::remission – The past few weeks have been amazing, as I am finally, FINALLY able to move without pain.  I can feel my strength compounding daily.  I’ve been walking in increments of miles instead of steps, and can hold a 90 second plank without collapsing in a weeping heap.  My hair is now long enough to make a part on the side - long enough to post a new avatar out on the internet.  (Thank you for all the kind comments on Facebook!)

::delicious –  Winter food is in the making, because we’re supposed to get cold this week.  Real cold, like freezing temperatures at night (Yes! – Death to the Mosquitos!) and daytime highs in the low 40′s.

  • Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and a Salad – Ha!  Same thing I cooked last Sunday!
  • Chicken and Lentil Soup – made with the leftover chicken
  • Quiche – with cheese, peppers and herbs, Fruit Salad
  • Linguine with Tomatoes and Shrimp, Tossed Salad
  • Black Bean Tostadas, Spanish Rice and Sauteed Veggies
  • Blackened Salmon, Garlic Couscous and Green Beans
  • Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato Soup

::fun - Mr. Pea and I went to the car show this weekend.  We’ve just started looking for a new car and the car show was a) a lovely opportunity to spend time together; and b) a place to see All the Cars together in one place.   I sat in one of these:

2014.11.10 McLaren

That, my friends, is a McLaren Spider, a $346,000 car.  Yes indeed…that’s a car that costs as much as a house.  It is absolutely beautiful and that orange color?  The picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s deep pearly orange with gold iridescence.  It will go from 0 to 60 mph in THREE SECONDS!!   Mr. Pea just sort of shook his head no; peeled me out of seat; and dragged me away to go look at more reasonable options. I may or may not have drooled on the steering wheel.

::this week – The Architect is away this week for the Senior Kairos retreat.  He went on his own Senior retreat last year, as a Juior….this year he’s serving as a peer minister to his friends and classmates.   I have a few reports and plats that are due before Thanksgiving, so I’ll be focusing on getting them finished this week.  I also need to drag the potted plants into the sunroom this evening so they don’t freeze.  I meant to do it yesterday, but opted for a nap instead.

Dream About Fast Cars.  Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – November 5, 2014

::thankful – for rain!

::praying for - for my children; for more rain.

::remission – This week marks my one year anniversary. One year since Dr. W. looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “The pathology report is not good.  They found cancer cells in every sample.” The moments that followed have crystallized in my mind, forever held with other breathless moments of my life; first, that endless gap between the sound of her voice registering on my brain cells and the tears beginning to fall, those seconds where I hung suspended, frozen.  Then, the following second when the universe gasped for air and I Knew. After months of suspecting that something was not quite right, I knew the awful ugly truth of it.

“I’m so sorry. You have cancer.”

One. Whole. Year. It’s been a very long year, my friends, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be here to celebrate this milestone.

::delicious –  Yes!  I have a Plan this Week!

  • Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and a Salad
  • Baked Ziti, Spinach Salad
  • Swedish Meatballs, Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
  • Pizza and Salad
  • Chicken Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Grilled Salmon, Saffron Rice, Peas
  • Pork Roast, (smoked in the BGE), Sweet Potatos, Green Beans

::creative - Ahhh…I’ve started knitting something for Mr. Pea. I’ve knitted jillions of things over the years for the children, for myself and for friends, but nothing for Mr. Pea since I made this sweater for him (egads!) 29 years ago!!

2014.11.05 Sweater

Yep.  I made that sweater on the right for Mr. Pea for Christmas the year we got engaged. I worked on it while I was studying for semester finals in college, in-between concrete and structural steel design classes, and DURING traffic engineering class.  I’m amazed that I was able to find the pattern still available out there on the internet!  What I’m knitting now is considerably smaller, but something he will enjoy.

::this week – Work and school, a field trip for DirtBike, a robotics trip for The Architect, planning for Thanksgiving.  I’m cooking this year!!  YAHOOOO!!!!!!

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – October 27, 2014

::thankful – for returning to the Land of the Living!

::praying for - healing for Mr. Pea’s knee after surgery; for my children; for rain.

::remission – recovery has been rocky, which explains my long absence.  The hole in my shoulder just refused to heal, so I was referred to a Wound Care and Infectious Disease Specialist.  Turns out that the original infection was more than just plain vanilla….I had staph.  It took ten weeks (forever and a day) of antibiotics, dressing changes, doctor visits, more antibiotics, collagen, and enough über expensive special bandaids to cover a small army until the infection cleared and the hole in my shoulder healed and closed up. After months of gross and discomfort, I’m happy to report that I am completely encased in skin once again and feeling quite chipper.

::fun – In fact, I’m feeling chipper enough to put some more miles on my bike!  I made a ten-mile ride on a dirt trail a few weeks ago with the family, and this past weekend I rode with the Bombshells in a local charity ride.  It was so wonderful to see everyone again, and to be seen.  And Thank You, Roxie, for staying behind the group and riding at my slower pace and shorter distance, and for graciously stopping to rest along the route with me. Believe me, my strength is ten-fold what it was a few months ago and I hope to be able to keep up with everyone soon!

::delicious - Can I just wing it this week?  There’s a batch of butternut squash soup in the fridge,and the makings of Chili for Friday, but beyond that, I’m just not with it!

::creative - The Architect informed me he needs “Pirate Boots” for Halloween, and then proceeds to come home from work with some pieces of leather looking fabric.  Genius that I am, I whipped up a pair of boot covers for his old cowboy boots.  I love projects like this!! (The Architect cleaned and polished his boots after this picture was taken….they “blend” better now with the covers.)

2014.10.27 Pirate Boots

::this week – Work and school, and a Scary Nighttime Ride with the Mayor!

Keep the Faith.

angela pea