This last Sunday I finished The Shed, chipping all of the branches from The Shrubbery of Infinite Branches, took a load of junk to the dump in the fire truck, and even mowed my yard. Whoo hoooo. I was a bit tired after all of that, so I thought I might give the hot tub a go. We just got it operational again (both pumps and the controller board blew up) and I had not tried it out, yet. Alex loves to go, and with the slightest whisper of "I'm going in the hot tub" he was changed into his swim suit and had his bag of bath toys in about 2 seconds flat. We went in and played with boats and rubber ducks. George the cat came around to see what the heck we were doing. He likes the water, but the thought of sitting in it is confusing to him. I think that I might need to make that a regular thing - work hard then go in the hot tub. You might be saying to yourself, "duh." I guess I am a slow learner. Anyway, after a good soak I was ready to make Shepherd's Pie (with Buffalo!) and enjoy a Pike Brewing Company Kilt Lifter. I would link to it, but their Web site is annoying. Great beer, though, and it goes well with Shepherd's Pie. Even better is that I have a few days of leftovers for my lunch. After that, my retired neighbor that helped me with the shed came over and I helped hiim with his computer a bit. He is just getting interested in email and The Web. He helps me out so much that I don't mind returning the favor. All in all, a great day.
If you are a parent of a child who attends public school in Washington, and if you have even a vague recollection of the food pyramid , you probably will have noticed that the lunches that are served in school cafeterias are frequently at odds with the rules of good nutrition. The school is not wrong, however. They have just re-defined words and you are not keeping up. Pop quiz: Cheese belongs to what food group? *bzzz* - wrong. You said that cheese was in the diary food group , right? No! Pbth! How boringly accurate of you. Cheese magically transforms into a protein when it is served on pizza or in a bread stick! I know that you may be dubious, but I contacted Wendy Barkley, RD, who is the Acting Supervisor of School Nutrition Programs in the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and she assured me that it is so. To quote her email to me: " Pizza remains an option for schools for their menus. The cheese on pizza is counted as a protein in t