Sunday, October 11, 2015

sick day(s)

Guys, I have strep throat.  I used to get it all the time when I was younger, like at least once a year.  And then during our first year of marriage I got it and Corey had to call into work for me.  Ten years later, I have been in bed most of the weekend wanting to die.  Thursday night I started feeling run down and went to bed early.  Friday it just got worse.  I knew I had a fever although I never took my temperature and my tonsils were swollen.  I hoped it was just a bad cold or something.  I started getting the body aches and I couldn't sleep because my hips were so sore no matter how I lay.  I woke up Saturday feeling more of the same and Dr. Google suggested strep, so around lunch time, Corey took me to urgent care.  After a long wait, I was seen and tested for the flu.  It came back negative and the doctor said it was probably strep, then prescribed me antibiotics and a steroid.  I came home and felt so awful after my trip out of bed that I immediately went back to sleep.  This morning I took the steroid and it kicked in pretty quickly.  I felt better for little bits of time, able to do some laundry and clean the kitchen in between long sessions of laying down.  I actually feel confident I won't sleep all day tomorrow when Corey has to go back to work.

By the way, he's been awesome this weekend starting the minute he got off work Friday.  He stopped to get dinner, took over so I could go to bed, and has been keeping the kids out of our room as much as possible.  He's taken them out of the house several times and kept them entertained while I was at the doctor.  I felt well enough to make dinner tonight, although I'm paying for it now, ready to lay back down, but all that said, I am truly grateful for that husband of mine!

p.s.  Really really really hoping and praying my kids don't get it!  Fingers crossed.

Friday, October 9, 2015

white chicken chili

Years ago we were in a small group where the members decided we should eat dinner every week.  Guys, that was one of the most stressful times of my life.  Not only was small group a new concept, but now I (because honestly, Corey didn't know how nor really have time to cook) was required to provide an edible meal for 11 other adults every few weeks.  This was back in my not-so-good-at-cooking days and I'm afraid it totally showed.  A lot of us stuck to making soup or chili because it was easy and you could feed a lot of people.  One recipe I picked up from the other ladies was white chicken chili.  It wasn't as thick as regular chili and the flavor was...better. 

I began to incorporate that chili into my meal rotation over the years.  And then one day I stopped making it, which made Corey pretty sad.  It wasn't difficult and I still really enjoyed it when I made it, but I like to try new things and other meals replaced it.  Last week I finished Bread and Wine and Shauna has a recipe for white chicken chili.  It was so simple, only four ingredients, and I decided to surprise Corey and make it.  It really was delicious and warming and it'll probably start showing up once every other week during the fall and winter.

I'm not going to type her recipe out because really it's too easy to make and tweak on your own.  I didn't follow her recipe exactly anyway, so I'll just tell you what I did.

In a large pot, I poached one frozen chicken breast in 32 oz chicken broth.  I also added 1/2 teaspoon each of chili powder and cumin.  Only three of us ate this meal, so normally I would add another chicken breast.  Once the chicken was cooked, I removed it and shredded it, then replaced it back in the pot.  I added one can of cannelini beans with liquid and half a jar of salsa verde.  It sat simmering for 2-3 hours on low heat.  To serve it, I chopped cilantro, sliced a lime, and put out sour cream and shredded cheese.  We had one little serving left over and only because Corey and Clark wanted dessert instead of more dinner.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

the intern

Last Tuesday I decided I was going to listen to Corey and take him up on a night out alone.  After weeks of being home in the evenings with Logan and Oliver while Corey took Clark to practice, I was ready to leave the house by myself.  Corey is so good about picking up where I leave once he gets home with the kids.  But this isn't a love letter about him.

This is about The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.  I started seeing previews for this when Pitch Perfect 2 came out and it looked cute, so I added it to my mental to-see list.

Anne Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, creator of About the Fit, an online shopping experience where you can be happy with your purchase knowing it will fit because of the "real life details" listed with the clothing.  Sounds perfect.  Her business grew in 18 months by leaps and bounds and now it's getting a little out of control.  Robert De Niro is Ben Whittaker, a retired widower, looking to fill his days with something meaningful.  He finds an ad for a senior internship with About the Fit and is hired.  At first Jules thinks she doesn't need an intern and has nothing for him to do.  Ben is a hard worker, though, and sticks it out by helping other interns and employees around the office.  Everyone loves him and his advice, but Jules still isn't too sure because he seems to be able to read her and that makes her uncomfortable.  In the end, Jules and Ben are friends and everything works out just as it should.

So the movie was cute.  Nothing too serious, too funny, or too sad.  I gotta admit, I was a little disappointed, maybe even underwhelmed.  Hathaway as Jules was nice, maybe too nice.  She wasn't dynamic, just average, even when fighting to stay the boss of her own company.  De Niro was good, very likeable, but in the end, maybe he was just a good guy.  I wanted to see more hilariousness from Adam Devine and Zack Pearlman.  I guess I just wanted a little more from them all.  Overall, I'd say wait for this one at Redbox.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

cross country: Etowah Meet

I mentioned before that Clark started cross country in August.  After his third meet over the weekend, I've realized that these kids are not only amazing and fast, but so dedicated.  First off, every meet we've been to so far has been at least an hour away:  Marietta, Alpharetta, and on Saturday, Canton.  Also Canton was his first morning race, so we had to get up at 6 am to be there on time.  These hardcore runners were out there in the rain and the temperature dropped as the morning went on. 

Corey, Clark, and I stayed to watch all the races, a) because Corey helps coach some of the older kids and b) Corey's mom had Oliver and Logan.  Even though I wore a jacket and hat and stood under a tent most of the day, my feet were soaked and muddy.  The kids who ran were all drenched and covered in mud.  I'm pretty sure they loved it. 

Clark came in first this week and we were so proud.  I love that everyone cheers for everyone, but when it's your teammate, your people go wild!  Another mom punched me in the arm because she was so excited.  The whole team performed well, many taking individual medals, and all the age groups with enough runners to make a team, placed first or second.

Corey and I remembered to pack extra clothes and shoes for the ride home.  Clark did, too, but he forgot a jacket/I didn't remind him to grab a jacket so he wore Corey's, which was a little big.  It went well with Corey's Under Armour shirt Clark wore under his uniform.

We stopped for lunch on the way home, ending up in Canyons Burger Company in super cute downtown Woodstock.  I'm not sure if it was so good because it was 2 pm when we finally ate or if it really was a good burger, but I told Corey I'd eat there again...even if it's over an hour away. 

The rest of the races are closer and the last few are local as our team is hosting, so I'm looking forward to not driving so far.  Next up is the Peachtree City Classic in a couple of weeks.  Corey and I are both curious and excited to see what Clark's 5k time will be.