READING: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose. Still reading this as I keep getting distracted, if you don't understand this, you should try reading this book without stopping and doing a quick search for all the areas described on the maps, all the birds/animals mentioned that were newly discovered (plover/avocet, etc. etc. etc.), let alone all the plants (redberry, serviceberry, snowberry), etc., all the different Indian tribes (Snake Indians are actually Shoshone), boat/canoe shapes (pirogue), etc. etc. etc. Every single chapter has dozens of familiar yet unfamiliar terms. I would just be sleepless each night wondering what it all was if I didn't look it all up...so be patient...I think Lewis will be back in Washington by the end of the weekend and I will be able to move on. I think.
LISTENING TO: Peter Gabriel. Blame Shelley...she started it with his tune called Book of Love, so I dusted off Peter and now I'm even sorta starting to be happy Shelley got that tune playing over and over in my mind. Sorta. More importantly, I have been enjoying his cache of music for the past three days. Usually I am bored long before three days. Shelley's other play for the week was The Carpenters...there is no trusting Shelley's musical taste...just when I think we can ride down the road in the same vehicle flipping through the stations with glee, she comes up with something like "Oh, please stop...'Close to You' is one of my favorites!" WHAT???????? Out...out of this car, right now, Shell! LOL. Enough giving Shelley grief...we can always listen to Def together for any ride anywhere anytime. Right, Shelley?
COOKING THROUGH: Le Cordon Bleu at Home (Le Cordon Bleu School of Cooking), this week's assignment is Rouelles de Veau Bourgeoise (Veal Shanks with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms), pages 18-19; Baking: From My Home to Yours (Dorie Greenspan), this week's recipe is Tartest Lemon Tart, and can be found on page 336. You can cook/bake along, too!
FAV NEW FIND: Lovely photos with flowers and trees and many things blue; restaurants and menus; photos full of history and things of mystery...always love the photos, etc. (Photo today is of our dwarf lilac bushes ready to burst into full bloom. So pretty...and so many of them!)
FAV THING TODAY: Well, pizza night. We have decided that Friday night is going to be pizza night as Alex loves pizza and it seems like a fine family outing before everyone goes their separate ways on Friday nights. 6:00 be there, different place each week, so you will need to check weekly location if you are joining us.
GOING TO: Mark's whole family is assembling this weekend for Mother's Day, so we will be making the hour trip back and forth to assemble also. I like that they live so close, easy access and you can come and go at will.
PRAYING FOR: Mothers, those present and those no longer with us, please join me.