READING: Cookbooks, trying to figure out the whole Flavors challenge thing and what I can make this next week for Ingredient Mushroom.
Matt's new swim team: Go IU! Matt is toward back of group, looking backwards sideways...can you believe the size of those shoulders now???
SWIMMING NEWS: Friday we went to Matt's first college swimming meet, an intrasquad meet. He swam four events: 50, 100, 200 Freestyles and the 200 Freestyle Relay. It was so exciting to see him swim with all the other college guys. He did really well. I can't believe he is starting his 13th year of swimming! One amusing side note: When we first arrived (and we have been swimming in the IU pool for years so that was not at all disorienting (although they do have a new redo on the walls that is quite nice) as it feels familiar), we sat down and looked for Matt amongst the swimmers in the water and could not find him! I was beginning to think he wasn't there. Such a strange feeling as always before there can be a thousand swimmers, literally, at some of these larger meets and still my eye could always locate Matt within a couple of seconds, both in or out of the water. You just get that used to seeing your swimmer and what they look like and how they move in the water as well as on land. Not only that, I can locate Harrison, Mike, Kiernan, Nik, Daniel, Charles, John, Jonathan, etc. as well from watching them swim all those years. Anyway, Mark could not locate him either. Ian's dad was sitting beside us and he couldn't find Ian either. Then we all said, "Oh my goodness, there he is...." at the same time. Matt has grown an inch and with all the weight training and running these past two months, his body just looks different! He moves differently in the water, and he just looks so much bigger all around...no wonder I couldn't find him! Same with Ian! Look at those shoulders (photo above right)!
Lauren on one end, Matt on the other...the two Carmel freshmen on the team. So good to get to continue to watch Lauren swim in college, too.
COOKING BYTES: I didn't post anything for the blog-alongs all week, so I posted 8 posts tonight for them...never done that before. I hope to be more timely this week. Hope. To.
FAV NEW FIND: Hearing from college kids that are settling in at school and dropping me emails sharing bits of things going on in their new surroundings. Very nice, I miss them all.
FAV THIS PAST WEEK: Going to IU to watch Matt swim and take him out for dinner...a perfect day. We also got to see Reyn during the meet as she and her best friend Savannah came over to cheer for Matt.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The week was busy with normal things, work, etc., lunch with Cindy always a fun time, Bloomington for the swim meet, some sadness at the death of a young friend, a trip to Elwood to visit Mark's parents and run some errands, etc. for them, we finished watching the Ken Burns' Prohibition shows and moved into Engineering an Empire series.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Checking out this Jason Wesaw exhibit at the Eiteljorg. This is what's happening at the ISO this coming week: Brahms Symphony No. 3.
PRAYING FOR: In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Xavier M. and for those he left behind struggling to deal with the loss, and include all people suffering from leukemia.
Photo below: Lauren, Reyn, Kiernan, Brittany, and Matt going to Hoosier Hysteria Saturday night (opening of IU Basketball season!). Kiernan and Brittany came to visit from Xavier U...it's nice to see them all still hanging out together.