I had a good, but very busy day (for me, that is). It started off with a bit of yoga! I’ve had a yoga video for quite a while…and since my muscles have been extra sore lately I figured it was about time I broke out my sticky mat and got down to business. I’d really like to be near a YMCA or something one day where classes are held…think I’d be more inclined to be regular with it if I had other people to do it with, you know?
Spanish practice was good, but Teresa really cracks me up sometimes. Fran called her while I was there; after the call she came back to the table and said that TJ had news for me, but that she wouldn’t tell me…I should wait till he got home! She kept teasing me about it every once in a while, too. She’s so funny.
After that I went to Mercadona for some groceries, and on the way saw a typical example of Spanish driving: a moto was stopped for the red light in the right lane…a car came up behind the moto, passed it on the left, and turned right…all through the red light! Typical.
Got the groceries, filled up the car with gas, and then went to Champion to see if they had any steaks for TJ. He’s been looking for ‘buey’ (ox meat) from Ireland…that’s something funny about living here in Spain…the beef tastes different. I can’t explain it, but every time we’ve bought steaks they’ve had an odd taste. We’ve had steaks in restaurants here that taste wonderful, but we can’t find any in any store here that doesn’t have that ‘off’ taste. When I was in Louisiana last November TJ picked up these buey steaks, though, and swears by them. Anyway…at Champion I found the cutest little French Onion soup bowls…they look like miniature soup tureens…how fun! :-) I bought two, and am thinking of going back for a few more. :-)
Went home again and fixed a quick lunch for TJ. He got home about 10 minutes before we usually left, changed, and we were off. On the way TJ told me the news Teresa didn’t want to share: TJ’s student bombed his solo flight. Apparently he landed the plane pulling 5 G’s…in other words he landed very hard. Not good. The really bad thing, though, is that somehow word got out that he had a camera on board. Now, it’s well known that everyone brings a camera on their solo flight…the problem is that he got caught. Go figure. He’s gonna have some kind of detention (can’t leave the dorm on weekends for the next 4 weeks), and that will be that.
The riding lesson went well. We rode out, and this time Cindy walked behind us. TJ was a little annoyed last time because although Cindy said to pretend that she wasn’t there she walked in front of us setting the pace, and (even though she wasn’t trying to) leading the horses. With her behind us this time we were really in control of where they went and how fast they got there. I’m trying not to be too cocky, but Bonny really walked well this time. Cindy carried the crop in case I needed it, but I never had to do more than give Bonny a little heel and tell her sternly to walk on. I really enjoyed the ride. This was the first time we were passed by a car, and the horses behaved beautifully. I don’t think it’ll be too long before Cindy lets us take them off on our own, yea! At the beginning of these lessons I wasn’t that excited about going out there; I was really doing this for TJ. But I’ve come to enjoy the time…I think it’s mainly because I see how much more I know now than just a month ago (and also because I haven’t had to work Bonny so hard these last two times….let’s hope it continues!).
So that’s it for today…have a few things from yesterday. I made a wonderful quiche from the recipe Al (sister #4) gave me from Candy. She gave it to me ages ago (about 10 years, I’d guess), and this was the first time I made it. I called her to thank her, but since her phone was busy I called Kel (sister #2) first. She got married!!! And she’s pregnant!!! What a surprise! To her as well! She’d been planning on getting married for a while (she told Jo, sister #1, but had never told me!), but obviously sped things up.
That’s the good news…the bad news is that my Aunt’s baby is not likely to be born alive. She’s 7 months along, but the baby has severe problems. The doctor thinks that if the baby is born it’s not likely to live beyond a month. What sad news…how heartbreaking. Also, a woman in my church is in the hospital for a tubal pregnancy. I think the woman will be alright, but how hard to have to deal with that.
Here’s that quiche recipe:
1 block cream cheese; or less
1/3 cup half and half; or pet milk
broccoli, fresh (1 head) or frozen; cooked
cheese; pepper jack is best
1 9-inch pie crust
Cook and drain broccoli well.
Blend first three ingredients.
Layer broccoli in bottom of pie crust, then ham, then cheese.
Pour egg mixture over all.
Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes, until firm.
Can sub for broccoli: fresh tomato and basil; spinach and artichoke; bacon, onion, bell pepper and mushrooms; smoked ham and cheese; etc. I haven’t tried these yet but Al loves the tomato and basil one. The best thing about quiche is that it’s like fast food for those of us out of reach of actual fast food. It’s good hot or cold or at room temperature. You can freeze it, too. You can’t beat that, now can you?