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A fun, busy week!

This week, Reed and I have spent more than our share of time in the Ant level of the Museum of Natural Sciences downtown. (It is the basement. I don’t know why it is the Ant level, but there are large red ants painted along the wall and it is floor ‘A’.)

First, on Tuesday, we went to the monthly Wake Audubon meeting. Reed agreed to come with me because it was about bobcats. The speaker was Aimee Rockhill, who is working on her Ph.D at NCSU, and developing a wildlife management plan for Bull Neck Swamp. Bull Neck Swamp is one of the largest forests owned by NC State. You can learn more about her research by clicking HERE. There are also neat pictures of bobcats and other wildlife.

Thursday we were back in the meeting room on the Ant level, because we went to hear Carl Zimmer give a Darwin Day lecture. Darwin Day is Charles Darwin’s birthday and a time to promote education about evolution. We got there a few minutes after the lecture started, so we were sent to the overflow room on the Ant level. It was a pretty good lecture, very accessible and interesting. Carl Zimmer is a science journalist and he has written several books. One of the more well-known is this one, which came out about the same time as PBS produced its Evolution series.

Anywho, yesterday we had our Valentine’s dinner of pork chops, mashed taters, and broccoli! Yum. For some reason, I was possessed with the idea that the grocery store would not be busy on Valentine’s Day. I was wrong. I will never do that again. I also made fantasy fudge, which is nice (hello, fudge!) but a tad bit on the grainy side. Hmm. Apparently I need more practice in this area, but since I saw how much sugar went into it I may never be able to make it again. Fat rarely fazes me, but sugar will astonish me every time. I almost stopped at the second step (adding 3 (!!!!!) cups of sugar to the melted butter) because I was overwhelmed.

We finished up the week today, by taking a quick walk at Hemlock Bluffs over in Cary. I love winter walks, because you have such great lines of sight through the trees. I don’t think we actually saw any hemlocks on our walk, but we saw some large trees. I am guessing that they were chestnut oaks, since we were on the Chestnut Oak trail. One thing that is always hard to get over in Cary parks is that you are surrounded by houses and highways. Lots of neighborhoods hook up to greenways that connect to parks, so it is great for the people who live there. It is just a tad strange to be “in the woods” and practically in a bunch of people’s backyards, too. So that is another 1.2 on the hiking list. I am at 983.9 on my 1000 mile journey after today–I went to the Y earlier this week, as well.

And last but not least: In the grocery store, I overheard this couple who were shopping. They were looking at the garlic, and mentioned that the recipe called for minced garlic. “But I don’t have a garlic press. I don’t know how to get minced garlic without it.” The guy suggested that they look around and see if they could find some already minced, and they did. The whole time, I could only think (as I tried to find the ripest avocado) , “Hmm. How could you get this whole thing into smaller pieces? If only there were a common kitchen tool to do that!” It drove me a little bit crazy, but I didn’t know anything about cooking when I was their age either. I had to call Grandma one time to ask if I could put a pyrex baking dish in the oven. (I believe she laughed at me as she said yes.)

Well! I’m just a chatty monkey tonight! I have some other interesting adventures coming up, so stay tuned!

Well, that is where it feels like I have been. It’s been a while, hasn’t it! Not much news, but the highlights are:

1. I made the meatballs from this recipe on Monday: Spaghetti and Meatballs. Actually, just a third of that recipe and simmered them in canned tomato sauce because I didn’t have time for the full sauce. Reed made a more intensive sauce with diced tomatoes later in the week.

Definitely something that I’m going to make again, including the sauce, and stick in the freezer in batches. And I think that they keep getting better after the first day.

2. I had a cold all week and felt awful. The good news from that is that I feel better now. The bad news is that Reed is now sick.

3. My 1000 mile journey is 1% complete!! Today, I went to Yates Mill because it is beautiful outside. It was packed, which meant there were about 25 people there. Ha. Anywho, I walked about 1.25 miles, which brings me to 989.3. I have a few pictures I will download from my phone in a bit. Between it being very cold and being sick a bit, I have not had the motivation to go walking or to the Y recently. This week looks like a good one, though.

4. I am extending my hiking goal until March 1. Not quite seven miles to go. Woohoo! This month, I am going to aim for a 3-5 mile hike one weekend. Plus any trips to Yates Mill or other nearby parks.

How are you doing out there? I hope to have some new adventures up soon!

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