I mentioned on Monday that we had tickets to the Oregon Symphony -- Mr. Perlman was fantastic in his performance! In our family, I'm not one of the actual musicians nor am I as passionate about listening to music as are Dan and the kids, but being in the presence of greatness is (or should be) obvious to anyone, and I sat in awe as fingers flew effortlessly over the stings. Although we were near the back of the main floor, our seats were just off the center aisle providing a good view of the entire orchestra. What a thrill (especially for our violinist, AnnaLynn) and what a blessing!
We enjoyed dinner prior to the concert at the Deschutes Brewery in downtown Portland...Dan had their mac & cheese with sausage while the kids and I had burgers (Anna and I shared), all of which was delicious. That same night was the big college football national championship, and you can imagine all the Duck fans that filled the place to watch the game. We don't really follow college football, but people around here love their Ducks; naturally, we cheered along. :) Later in the evening, as soon as the concert was ended, cell phones came out and the disappointment was evident as folks learned their team had been beaten badly (just as I was a couple weekends ago when the Steelers lost to the Ravens).
The weather has been cool, clear, crisp. I love the look of frost on the landscape as the sun makes its way over the mountains, but as much as I enjoy watching winter sunrises, I would love a good snow. The kind of snow that stays around for a week or more, the kind that makes it possible to build a snowman; we haven't had more than a couple light dustings this fall or winter (so far). Thankfully, we've had plenty of rain, so I'm not complaining about the sunny days even when it's in the 30s. Our woodstove has been working overtime...
I picked up a new frying pan this week at Target. No, it's not cast iron... I know I need to use my cast iron regularly in order to get a good non-stick seasoning going. No excuses, But I don't feel too badly as this new pan is supposed to be made with a special non-toxic coating. It's a compromise I'll live with in order to keep my eggs from sticking. :)
Lesson planning and reading the kids' recent short stories was a quiet way to spend an afternoon earlier in the week. Friday evening while Dan and the kids attended gym night, I made two batches of soap (sweet pea & lavender) and watched episode two of this season's Downton. I have to say that I'm not liking the Lady Mary story line at all. Otherwise, Downton is a fun escape even though it is somewhat of a glorified soap opera. I do love the period clothing, manners, etc., and enjoyed watching "The Manners of Downton Abbey" -- a special in which the behaviors/manners of the time are explained and how they are kept true to the time on the show. If you're interested in history, you'll enjoy it. Fyi, (and thanks to Melissa!) you can watch for free on the PBS website. :)
What have you been up to this week?
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