Day 15, January 15th, 2021
OH MY GOD, WE FINALLY GOT PIZZA DELIVERY!!!!!!!! And it’s freaking delicious! Marco’s Pizza. HUGE fan. I swear, the things you take for granted living in a big city. Being way out in the boonies means no Favor, no DoorDash, and no food delivery. Wah. Right after lockdown lifted in the early summer of 2020, we got a Marco’s Pizza nearby and heard they might actually deliver to our subdivision. We couldn’t believe it when it worked and we’ve been ordering once a week to guarantee that they will always deliver here forever. It’s so good. My fave is the thin crust with extra sauce, the parmesan crust, and light cheese. OMG.
Day 16, January 16th, 2021
Too Big to Fit
One of the benefits of living in River Chase is our private For Sale page. We trade a lot of nice stuff in the neighborhood back and forth pretty cheap too. One of our neighbors put this Bowflex Ultimate 2 total gym for sale for 1/3 of what it was worth because they needed the space. It was still a little pricey for us and I wasn’t sure we would have the space for it. But I miss weight training and I haven’t been to the gym in a couple of years. Curtis was going to Planet Fitness regularly before Covid hit but canceled it this month because the virus numbers have so bad since Thanksgiving. Within a week, the neighbor slashed the price in half for the Bowflex so I measured our workout room and figured out we did have room for it. Curtis, Dominic, and the neighbor got in the house but they couldn’t fit it through the door into the workout room. (That room has been a multipurpose room ever since we moved in. It was the kid’s living room/playroom at first. Then my office/game room. Now it’s the game room/workout room). We had a similar problem getting the treadmill in there (which we eventually laid on it side and did the shimmy dance to get it in). The Bowflex however wasn’t going to shimmy in no matter how we maneuvered it. I think it’s going to have to come apart. Ugh.
Day 17, January 17th, 2021
I was on my way to another neighbor’s house to pick up a gently used Apple Pencil and a crate to hold record albums (Dominic has started listening to vinyl) and heard that dreaded “ping-ping-ping” from the car. Uh-oh. “Fuel Level Low.” Almost out of gas. We live 7 miles away from the closest gas station. Welp, I’m glad I brought my wallet! I made it, but just barely! I hate coasting in on fumes. Whew.
Day 18, January 18th, 2021
Dominic Makes Dinner
Dominic enjoys watching YouTube videos like most other teenagers on the planet. And he’s gotten into cooking the last year or so. About once a month, he makes dinner for the whole family. This week, he made everyone burgers. He found a recipe for a smash burger on YouTube and keeps tweaking it every time he makes it. He uses Impossible Burger meat for mine and I can’t believe how much it tastes like beef. The texture is uncanny. He uses regular ground beef for himself, Curtis, and Anna. They loved their burgers and I loved mine. Great job, D!
Day 19, January 19th, 2021
The Trunk and the Reflected Tree
Tuesday was supposed to be back to school after a 4-day weekend for the kids. But they both were puking the night before so I kept them home to work remotely. Not sure why they got sick, but they were fine in the morning. The day was cold and rainy and depressing. I didn’t feel like taking any pictures at all. I let the dogs out in the afternoon through our bedroom door and noticed how the water on the patio was reflecting the tree in the yard. I like the abstract nature of reflections and thought this was a cool shot.
Day 20, January 20th, 2021
Pearl power, girl power. What a historic day. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum with which you identify, electing the first woman of color as Vice President in the White House is a very big accomplishment! Congratulations, Madam Vice President Kamala Harris! Her signature pearls are an homage to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and many women across the US wore pearls today for the inauguration. I am proud of how far we have come. Thank you to the generations of women including my mother, aunt, grandmother, and all the women before them fighting for our equal rights. <3<3<3
Day 21, January 21st, 2021
This Old Man Jack
We’ve found the best handyman we’ve ever had, Jack Henderson of This Old Man Handyman Services (Facebook page coming soon according to his wonderful wife). He’s a new addition to River Chase and he reminds me so much of my father-in-law. Recently retired, he was bored and started offering his handyman services to neighbors. He’s in high demand now because of his affable personality, incredible attention to detail, and wonderful craftsmanship. He rebuilt my mom’s back door and wall, he’s replaced our pool bathroom faucet, and he’s taken care of half a dozen other small projects for us. When I couldn’t figure out how to easily dismantle the Bowflex to fit it into our workout room, Jack came to my rescue. Within an hour and a half, he had the machine in place. We love Jack!
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