I have no creative or clever title for this blog. It's just some ramblings about the weekend that I'm trying to type out as the cat tries to help me type. Maybe I should have called it CopyCat #1 with copy as in writing and cat as my idiot cat continuosly jumps on the keyboard. Hold on, let me go put CopyCat #1 in parentheses.
Last Christmas, my husband bought me an electric pressure cooker. This thing is perfect for a procrastinator such as myself. I don't have to remember to thaw things that I find in the dark recesses of my freezer. I just add them to the cooker with some water and seasonings and less than an hour later I have cooked meat ready for incorporation in various recipes. This time I chose chicken leg quarters that I found buried under various bread products I am sure I'll use sometime in the future. *yeah, sure* I cooked them for 45 mintues in the pressure pot and then used the stock and meat to make chicken n' dumplings.
Later Friday evening, I took my youngest daughter to a karate ladies' lock-in hosted by our Dai Sensei at the local church building where our karate lessons are taught. The karate class itself was exhausting (but in a good way) as there were only three people training so it meant we each got extra attention and things moved quickly. It was great to get pointers on the finer points of the katas we are working on but the quick pace of the kihons led me to be unable to catch my breath so I had to excuse myself once to step outside and breathe. It really reminded me how out of shape I am in. I'm trying to do better but it's a long row to hoe if you know what I mean.
After kata, we were allowed to choose a new weapon to become familiar with. I ended up with sai and though I had thought I would never be interested in sai as a weapon, I enjoyed the movements and feel of the weapon. I ordered myself a pair so I can practice at home and at class when allowed.
We then had a Bible lesson focused on fear and how it can keep us from the purpose God has in store for us. The exercises in the lesson were to make us realize what fear is in us and how we can cope with and overcome it.
After our lesson, we began playing board games. There were six of us in the class at this point and we had a great time laughing and competing at a variety of games like Say Anything, Apples to Apples, Heads Up, and other fun, group games.
I did have a moment of realization about how much older I was than the other ladies at the lock in when it was time for bed. We each took a portion of floor mats we use when practicing take downs in karate class to form a bed surface to lay our sleeping bags on. I was unable to find a suitable sleeping position for several hours until I just passed out from tiredness wedged against the wall. As soon as the alarm went off at 7:30, my daughter, who is not a morning person in any sense, was ready to go home and I eagerly obliged. It was great getting back home and laying in my own, soft bed. I had a great time with the ladies and would do it again but next time I'll definitely bring an air mattress.
In addition to my warm, soft bed, Saturday also brought the annual Christmas parade in our small town. Hubbie and I are both Ham Radio Operators and are members of the local radio club. Each year our club runs communication to make sure of the parade's progress and warn of any break-downs or delays. There was a mystery pause of 15 minutes but then it was determined that the local high school band had decided to stop the parade to perform for the people in the very center of the parade route leaving everyone else along the route cold and confused. Everyone kept their good humor though and eventually the parade started up again.
After the parade we got to enjoy a late night snack with the other members of the radio club. We all enjoyed getting to talk about the parade, radio gizmos, and a number of other everyday topics.
Sunday was a normal day with Sunday School, Church, dinner with the family, and then church again. However, we were gifted a deer to process for the meat on Saturday afternoon that we had to work up Sunday afternoon. Hubbie and I spent a few hours in the garage cutting up our tasty venison and then preparing the jerky in its flavorings for snacks to come.
It was a good weekend with family, friends, and deer.