Heron

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We were out early to beat the heat this morning.  Dropped my car off for airbags to be replaced, breakfast at a new spot and to Eldorado Nature park right when it opened at 8:00.

 

Weekday Birthday Cake

I made a cake this morning to take to work,  it is a co-workers birthday and he requested chocolate.

My boot camp appointment is at 9:00 a.m. so by the time I got home I had just a couple hours before needing to leave for work.  Problem was that it was already nearing 90 degrees and I was about to turn on the oven.  YIKES.

I baked the cake as quick as I could and turned the oven back off.  I actually closed all the doors and windows as soon as I was done and turned on the window AC unit because we still had 10 degrees to go today.

When I went to make the frosting, the cream cheese I had taken out of the refrigerator in the morning was actually too soft, the chocolate chips I was going to melt I could actually squish in between my fingers.

I finished up the cake and put it in the fridge while I got ready for work.  Driving it into the office I kept the AC in my car on high just so it didn’t melt all over the place.

I miss baking, however not so much in the 100 degree weather!

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Lists

Things I’m doing; working on; -desiring; =trying to find time for.

Work Outs (boot camp)
-Running
Food Choices
=Food Prep on Sundays
Drawing
Painting
-Writing
=Blogging
=Garden / Yard Work
Tennis Lessons
-Learning Spanish
Brushing up on –
-shorthand
-guitar
-Volunteer opportunities
Making Baby blanket(s)
-Beach Time

 

New Car

Lori has been needing a new vehicle for quite a while.  We have been researching various trucks, SUVs and cars.  The list of needs vs wants was well documented, researched and reviewed.

We went to the credit union on Saturday morning and got the car loan.  Sunday we hit the car lots.  We test drove a couple of vehicles and chose not to test drive a few others based on price, mileage, size or a combination of the three.

We settled on and bought a Subaru Forester.  This will seat more people for when we have company in town.  It will haul books and gear to school.  It will work for things like camping and outdoor events.  It will be able to haul tools and supplies for our various projects (not as well as a pick up but pretty darn good).  It has zero emission and gets much much better MPG then the other vehicles we looked at and certainly more than either of our current cars.

So here is Lori’s new car!!  The biggest downside is it is not red.

 

too far gone

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Today while I was picking tomatoes for a salad I noticed the artichokes were way past being any good to eat.  However, they are truly beautiful blooms.

Trip….

This business trip is almost over.   

Except I’m sitting on a plane, pulled away from the gate, told there is at least a one hour delay before we can take off now because of back ups in LA.  

That is a wait longer than the actual 52 minute flight.  

It is a tad bit frustrating. Mostly because I just want to be home and partially because this was a serious waste of a trip. 

I went up to “help” because people were on vacation and because of expected volume. 

It was extremely slow and I did very little work.  

New Paint

I bought myself some new paint!  It arrived before I had to leave on this business trip so I haven’t opened the paints or used anything yet.  I did open it enough to look at it and take photos.

ooohhhh   ahhhhh   pretty paint

It certainly isn’t as easy to find time to sketch or paint while back to the life/chores/work/sleep routine as it was being away at an Italian villa for two weeks.  But time is being found.

New paints help keep the practice alive.  Also everything I bought when back from the trip has now arrived.  So new sketchbook, new pen, new paints in hand (well technically when I get back home) its time to keep sketching.  If I could only order the extra time from Amazon like I did these supplies.

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