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Monday
Sep182017

Fixed It

Sometimes life hands you lemons and sometimes it throws lemonade in your face and yells WHATEVER.

So THAT happened on Saturday. Both the lemons and the lemonade.

As anyone who instantly identifies with "412" knows, Kennywood announced that they were closing the Log Jammer last week. This was to be its last weekend, so being the studious little season pass holders we are, we trudged our way there. AND SO DID ALL THE REST OF PITTSBURGH. AND BEYOND

A couple of things about this: 1) It's a shame that there was no way for Kennywood to know that they would be super busy. Like, if only 1/3 of the people who were there might have been there for a prescheduled company picnic? I don't know. That might have helped. AHEM. 2) CHEESE AND CRACKERS, WHY WAS EVERYTHING CLOSED? Did Kennywood seriously miss the memo that People's was having their employee day? Because all of the People's employees and families sure knew. Kennywood was sea of blue shirts.

Anyway. Lines were terrible. Several rides were closed. Food and drinks were hard to get because only a small handful of food stands were open, and those were understaffed. At one point, we waited in line for 45 minutes to get a drink refill.

It was dumb.

The fact that the Log Jammer was down for five hours was the icing on the cake. By the time it opened for real for the day, we were already annoyed. The line was wrapped all the way back to the Racer the second the thing opened, so we skipped it.

I stopped everything for our little family to trudge to Kennywood for a final chance to ride the Log Jammer and then we didn't ride it. Yes, that happened.

So, basically Saturday was a bust. Both girls were disappointed because they didn't get to do any of the things they wanted to do. The only way to fix a failure of a day is to throw all common sense out of the window and say, "That's it! We're wandering around downtown and eating ice cream! And we will like it!"

So that's what we did. We left Kennywood and ran our little butts downtown to walk around. Ice cream became dinner and we wandered around the Point. Which, Mila will happily run around barefoot all over Point State Park because she's Mila. (Big shout out to the stranger who stopped her from running right into the river!) Alexis will happily dance her way all around Point State Park because she's Alexis.

It took a few hours to shake off the annoyance of the rest of the day, but it totally worked. So, screw you Kennywood. We found free entertainment that was way better anyway.

Monday
Sep182017

Fixed It

Sometimes life hands you lemons and sometimes it throws lemonade in your face and yells WHATEVER.

So THAT happened on Saturday. Both the lemons and the lemonade.

As anyone who instantly identifies with "412" knows, Kennywood announced that they were closing the Log Jammer last week. This was to be its last weekend, so being the studious little season pass holders we are, we trudged our way there. AND SO DID ALL THE REST OF PITTSBURGH. AND BEYOND

A couple of things about this: 1) It's a shame that there was no way for Kennywood to know that they would be super busy. Like, if only 1/3 of the people who were there might have been there for a prescheduled company picnic? I don't know. That might have helped. AHEM. 2) CHEESE AND CRACKERS, WHY WAS EVERYTHING CLOSED? Did Kennywood seriously miss the memo that People's was having their employee day? Because all of the People's employees and families sure knew. Kennywood was sea of blue shirts.

Anyway. Lines were terrible. Several rides were closed. Food and drinks were hard to get because only a small handful of food stands were open, and those were understaffed. At one point, we waited in line for 45 minutes to get a drink refill.

It was dumb.

The fact that the Log Jammer was down for five hours was the icing on the cake. By the time it opened for real for the day, we were already annoyed. The line was wrapped all the way back to the Racer the second the thing opened, so we skipped it.

I stopped everything for our little family to trudge to Kennywood for a final chance to ride the Log Jammer and then we didn't ride it. Yes, that happened.

So, basically Saturday was a bust. Both girls were disappointed because they didn't get to do any of the things they wanted to do. The only way to fix a failure of a day is to throw all common sense out of the window and say, "That's it! We're wandering around downtown and eating ice cream! And we will like it!"

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So that's what we did. We left Kennywood and ran our little butts downtown to walk around. Ice cream became dinner and we wandered around the Point. Which, Mila will happily run around barefoot all over Point State Park because she's Mila. (Big shout out to the stranger who stopped her from running right into the river!) Alexis will happily dance her way all around Point State Park because she's Alexis.

It took a few hours to shake off the annoyance of the rest of the day, but it totally worked. So, screw you Kennywood. We found free entertainment that was way better anyway.

Sunday
Sep172017

Fall Curry Vegetables

We're at peak "run around like crazy people" right now. Between cheer and dance and gymnastics and all of the things, I'm lucky if I'm home before 9:00 pm. That basically means I feed everyone whatever is handy, sooooo maybe we haven't been eating the best foods. It's possible.

Ahem.

I decided I would get a little ahead this week and pre-cook a few dinners. Alexis can manage to reheat and eat before we run and then Mila can heat and eat later and basically, everyone will be fine. For a few days, anyway.

It's the best I've got right now.

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Fortunately, I remembered to make Fall Curry Vegetables because I had forgotten how good and easy these are. They reheat well, too. Hooray for kids eating good foods this week!

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Fall Curry Vegetables

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced and peeled sweet potatoes
1 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 teaspoons curry powder
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 cup plain greek yogurt

1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Toss in the sweet potatoes and sauté 2-3 minutes. Then toss in the cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, and onion. Let those sauté for 4-5 minutes or until the onion begins to turn clear. All of your vegetables should still be firm, but not too crisp.

2. Now toss in the curry powder, garbanzo beans, broth, and diced tomatoes. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Stir in the yogurt and add salt to taste.

4. Serve over jasmine rice or eat like a stew or whatever makes you happy. Something so simple really is good no matter what.