Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday's Fave Five

Hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell, this is the weekly meme where we reflect on the week that is past and look for five highlights.

So, this week has been and continues to be characterized by some complicated and difficult budget work for my job. In fact, the need to trim $700K from a 5-year budget is, at the moment, blocking out all other needs. I think I've removed any and all extraneous line items, but we are still projecting $700K over the allowed amount.


I've tried to hint to the powers-that-be, but I ain't gettin' anywhere.


Here we are with this week's fave five:

1. The combination of my bread machine and Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Bread Mix. Bless you, Bob, wherever and whoever you are. Using the gluten free cycle on my bread machine, this bread is as close to the "real" thing as you can imagine. And if you are a celiac, you know how important that is!

2. Our new flatscreen TV (32"). Tim has ventured down to the family room on his own more than once since we bought it, without my trying to lure him. Score!

3. Warmer temperatures. After last week's below-zero blast, this week was a positive heat wave when temps climbed to.... wait for it..... 39 degrees.

4. The ability to concentrate -- my middle-aged, menopause-addled brain has been cooking on all four burners this week. Wow!

5. Carpoolqueen's blog post about Mistaken Identity. Very short, but laugh-out-loud funny. (Yes, I know I included it in an earlier blog post this week, but maybe you didn't see that one!)

Have a great weekend!

- Catherine


ellen b said...

Hi Catherine, You are cracking me up with your 39 degree heat wave but I know what you mean. We've warmed up above freezing in Western Washington and it does feel downright balmy :0)
Glad you can concentrate and that all four burners were working.
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Brenda said...

My SIL can't have gluten so I know what challenge it is for you to find food. So glad you have that mix and your bread maching.

Sounds like a good week, enjoy your new TV!

Willow said...

And I mentioned to my daughter in OH who told me it was snowing that we had 82 degree weather here in SoCal today! Had to use the AC in the car.

Oh Bob from Bob's Red Mill: he lives in Portland, Oregon and he has his one and only store in Milwaukee, OR. I saw him there in the store the last time I went to visit my bro and sil and we went and stocked up on Bob's anasazi beans and green lentils. He's a real live person.

Have a great weekend!

Catherine said...

I'd like to meet Bob one day, if only to thank him for all he has done for the health of folks like my husband!

Joyce said...

Hope you have a nice weekend...we're mid blizzard...once my daughter is home this evening I think I will enjoy being snowed in tomorrow.

Susanne said...

Bread machines have a gluten free option? How cool is that? I gave my friend your gluten free stuffing recipe. I think she's using it for Christmas.

I can't totally relate to #3!

No FFF on Christmas Day but we'll be back next week.

Merry Christmas!