First off, according to trending on Facebook, it seems that today is National Ice Cream Day. Since we have entered the part of summer that’s hot as blue blazes, this seems like an excellent idea. And I JUST made a fresh batch of coconut milk ice cream yesterday.
It’s been a busy busy week at Casa Nolan. We’ve been working on getting the teenager registered for school. This has definitely, thus far, been the biggest challenge we’ve faced as stand in parents. So here we have this compulsory thing, and yet they make it so difficult to accomplish! It takes all the logical stuff–transcripts and shot records–and also 17 forms if ID, a DNA sample, an act of Congress, multiple proofs of residency, and a sacrificial chicken. Between the two of us, the teenager’s grandmother and I managed to round up everything (multiple trips to multiple different locations in the school district) to finally get us to the point of ready to pick classes, which she’ll do once the counselors are back next week.
In more fun areas, we birthdayed this week for teenager. She turned fourteen. Had her party with all her friends yesterday. There were board games; homemade pizza, pie, and ice cream; and a pinata. Good times were had by all. I think there was even the chasing of some Pokemon (pokemen? What the heck is the plural?). This afternoon we’re going to see the new Ghostbusters.
So, with all of that, the word count has been rather low this week. I knocked out about 2500 words on the current WIP on Monday and Tuesday and nothing the rest of the week. I’m right at the Black Moment where I break them up, and I always REALLY REALLY hate this part, so there’s a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth. I’m hoping to push through that today so that next week I’m on the downhill slope, hurtling toward getting them back together.
I did get editor’s notes back on the holiday anthology novella. I earned my very first gold star! Other than some typos and clarifying a couple of things, I didn’t need to revise anything. It was super clean. Apparently I’ve got the whole Hallmark Channel Movie vibe down pat. So I did knock out the necessary revisions on that in the fastest revision ever, and that frees up the last week of this month for current WIP (which is good as it seems to be taking longer than anticipated).
School starts August 4th, which seems insane. Also, it’s a Thursday. What do they think they will accomplish in 2 days? Either way, I expect we’ll be doing some last minute school shopping and such and then we’ll be getting into whatever qualifies as our normal routine.
My pal Susan shared a link on Facebook last week for mason jar pies.This now has me off on a savory pie quest. I’m thinking about doing quiche in a jar, chicken pot pie, and any number of other single serve, all in one kind of meals, in addition to the obvious ACTUAL pie. There was also a link somewhere to basically how to make mason jar lunchables, which I also thought was fantastic.
Other exciting food things this week include the arrival of my Instant Pot. This thing is like 7 appliances in 1: -Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. I got it because I wanted to try out the pressure cooker part. I mean, a roast chicken on a WEEKNIGHT? I got a super deal on it on Prime Day. This is a big thing in Paleo cooking, and I’ve got a few cookbooks through Kindle Unlimited. Need to go read the instruction manual though. Super excited about my new toy!