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Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekending - Steampunk in the Catskills - Reading

Good morning friends,

Here in NY we are having another gray rainy day - which is alright, since our weekend was sunny and gorgeous. I want to jump right in - shall we?


I got home relatively quickly - and my new e-reader was waiting. Husband face returned the busted one and made darn well sure the new one worked. I selected "YOU" by Caroline Kepnes as my first e-book... and I just wanted to spend the night reading it... but, I couldn't because - - - 

I had to go to B4G, but I had so many other things I wanted to get done that evening, so I only stayed for the weigh-ins. Then, I skedaddled over to the Black Belt testing at our dojang. Truth of the matter is, just because we are in a weird place right now with our training, and I am injured, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't support the black belts that support us during our testing. We stayed for about 45 minutes (of a 3 hour test) and we ducked out.

One of the reasons it was time to go was that the teenager who injured me and her family walked in. The step-father is a nice guy and I seriously don't think he has any idea what has been going on. He's never in to train, and when he is - the women are different people. He shook my husbands hand, said hi to me. Big smiles all around - except for his wife and daughter. Who looked down, and just acted like we didn't exist. Whatever. I just didn't want to endure any more of the behavior.. so we skedaddled once again.

Over to Rosalie's house: We had pizza, and roasted marshmallows, and there was wine. The best part of the night was when her husband couldn't get the fire going. So while he and my husband went to pick up the pizza - I started it. Now, please keep it a secret that I used the gel from a Sterno to get the damp logs lit. The only thing he needs to know is, he couldn't and I did. So there. HA! 

We were home by 10:30p - while hubby walked our Moose, I read as much of YOU as I could before exhaustion kicked in. (Seriously - everyone that has recommended this book, is right - it's amazeballs.)


We woke up way too early - because we were headed up to the "Steampunk in the Catskills" event. Lissa and Yuri (one of the moms from the dojang) came with us. We left the house just before 9am, and reached East Durham just after 10am. This event was held at Blackthorne Resort - and I got to say it has a lot of potential to grow at this venue. 

The first year any event is held, there will always be kinks. It's as if the first year of an event is a trial. So, with that said - there were not a lot of vendors or shops, but the ones that did attend had beautiful items. There was a woman who turned coffee pots, tea pots, tea cups into WIND CHIMES. They were absolutely beautiful. Canes Enable was there, with Professor Donnelly (thump thump - swooning) and in the late evening there were amazing bands. 

We got up there and quickly got changed - making it just in time to see the end of a lecture and make our way over to the "Kicking Ass in a Corset" workshop. Lissa, Husband-face, Yuri and I really enjoyed this. While we took this my sister (more on that later) showed up - and our entourage was complete. My dad and his new gf looked adorable together - and we walked around some.

There was a tea event - that was pretty amazing. The one thing about the tea events at the SPWF is that they lack in the food department. There is always scones, cupcakes - but never any savory options. The Blackthorne did it right. There were tea sandwiches, and vegetable kebabs, scones, breads, cookies - It was really done really well. My only complaint, is that they should have had double the waitstaff on. For a first time event there was clearly more than 200 people. 

Another lecture to attend afterwards, changing for dinner - and then I ate the worst Beef Wellington of my life. Seriously, I should have known better. But, there are some dishes that when you hear their name - you are compelled to eat it. But they had a well stocked salad bar, and I was already full from the tea event. So not a complete wash. 

The only thing we purchased was a special walking stick for Emry. He wanted a really cool gift - not some kid thing. So, I figured a walking stick could be used by all of us - so, why not, right? It came apart, and within it was the top half of a pool cue. Screw it all back together - and you had a beautifully carved, regulation size pool cue. I thought it was very cool and so did Emry. There was a pub at the Blackthorne, so I was able to teach him (roughly) how to use it. And now, it will give us something else to do together. I used to love playing billiards as a kid. We had a table in our childhood home.

After a quick game, and watching Yuri cut it up during some ballroom dancing - we headed out. We were home just after 10p - and it was another night of reading as much as I could - before melting into bed. 

(Side note on my sister: her hair was baby teal - white - and lavender... her head looked like an Easter Egg. Now, I have nothing wrong with bright colored, crazy hair... I've done it myself, but never to the point that I looked like a clown. It was an overwhelming sight. Our interaction was limited to sitting together at the end of tea and having dinner together. But other than that - we seemed to be passing ships. I prefer that, I just don't really know her anymore - and who she is becoming, makes me sad.)


This was a jam packed day. I got up on the early side to walk Miss Moose, and then I cleaned both bathrooms. Put away some laundry, and did about 3 loads of laundry. I was out of the house by 10:30a and did the food shopping. When I got home I did the food prep for the week, which is awesome because all of our Protein options for the week were grilled on our BBQ. YAY for Summer!

Protein options for the week:
  • Chicken tenders - marinated in garlic, lemon and white wine
  • Beef cubes - marinated in stew gravy I had reserved a few weeks ago. 
  • Salmon - seasoned with cumin, garlic and curry
  • Marlin - seasoned with garlic, smoked paprika and cajun
(yes I know, a lot of options - but seriously, I thought that we would have some of it for dinner that night, and I could only get small portions of the fish - so I bought two different kinds - I may have gone to big - it's going to be a tasty week.)

 Veggie/Starch options for the week:
  • Grilled onions, peppers, and cherry tomatoes
  • Roasted Spaghetti Squash - seasoned with jerk seasoning, and garlic
  • Sweet potato rounds
Refrigerator Staples:
  •  Peaches
  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Mixed Greens
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Eggs
  • Prepared Chicken Salad
(The only thing I am sad about is that we have no cheese sticks - But, I figure a slice of cheese is about the same thing - so I'll steal from Emry's sandwich cold cuts.)

While I was doing the 2 hours of grilling for the protein and grilled veggies - I also prepared my first ever Naan Pizza. I used arugula, seasoned goat cheese and cherry tomatoes drizzled lightly with bbq sauce. Now, I know what all the fuss is about - this was legit awesome. So easy - and now, I am going to be buying naan every week and coming up with new creations. I served this for husband faces and my lunch - and he LOVED it. Even Alaska the Moose want to try some!

Emry had company for most of the afternoon. His best buddy came over and then Emry asked if his little brother wanted to stay. TOO CUTE. They played nicely for almost 4 hours - and then the parents came, and took Emry out to dinner with them. Which meant that Husband and I were able to eat alone. It was so great!

I got hours of some reading done - and I'm not going to lie, I am already over 50% through this book, and I just can't put it down.

 Emry was home just after 7p - And we were all in bed around 9p.


I didn't sleep great - but I got up early. Got my butt out to walk the dog. Got my morning run in, and did my pushup/squat challenge stuff.

I am actually pleased to report that I have kept up with the pushup/squat challenge throughout the weekend. 

The only thing I haven't squeezed in was the instruments - I am going to double the effort on getting this done. And even though I could have eaten better over the weekend, I still didn't go as crazy as I am used to. I consider that a win, not exactly "Healthy Eating" but not exactly "Eat all the crap".

Today is a busy day - with a lot of work to accomplish - so I'm going to leave you all with this thought:


  1. that campfire looks like so much fun! Glad you had a great time at your Steampunk event!! happy Monday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. YOU is such a creepy, messed up book and I'm glad you're enjoying it!

    My husband is gone until Wednesday and I want to make things on the grill but I'm terrified of lighting it so I wait. You, on the other hand, are a grilling badass.

  3. Mmmm marshmallows!!! I want some :) Isn't it strange how you can see your sister and not even know who she is? I am like that with some people in my family too. Not my sister, but I get it. I got some peaches for this week, I am so excited! Have a great week!

  4. good for you for getting that fire going!!!