Christmas Has Begun

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Friday Heath had to work food truck so I made the kids cook me dinner.

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They chose the menu and then did most of the preparation. I did cutting and some of the stuff on the stove for them but they did the rest.

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We had shells and cheese, baked beans, cheesy broccoli, green beans with bacon and fried potatoes.

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Everyone was pleased.

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The rest of the night we did an exercise video, roughhoused some and just hung out and then got to bed. At 3:30am I got up and took this giant chuck of beef out of the fridge.

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I went back to sleep until 7 and then got back up. I got the big burner on the stove going super hot, added some oil to a pan and then seared all the sides of the prime rib roast.

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I got the oven set to 200F and the meat probe set to 128 and then stuck the whole thing in the oven.

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I’ll skip ahead and show you the final product.

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Ohh man it was good.

The kids got up while I was cooking and got dressed then I took Peanut and Pumpkin to work with me. We got the pledge drive started for the day and a few things done around the office. They got a donut and time to watch Justice League out of the deal.

Once home I got to work making twice baked potato casserole while Heath cleaned.

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Eventually all her brothers and sisters showed up w/ their significant others plus her mom and Grandma. We got all 15 of us around 1 big table for the roast.

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We also played games

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and opened presents

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The rest of the day we just hung out. Sanders stoped by at night to have a few beers and talk before bed.

Sunday I woke up early and could not get back to bed. I put all the party tables and chairs and everything away, cleaned out and swept up the garage, did some laundry and cleaned out the basement. Then I put on gloves and a hat and went outside to work on the wood chips pile.

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I got one truckload full before everyone else got up and wanted breakfast. I went in and made some peach pancakes for the kids and big smoothies for Heath and I. I was not sure the smoothy was going to cut it so I decided to warm up a leftover pie from the Christmas meal. I engulfed a large slice of a raspberry tart and immediately felt funny. I dug through the recycles found the box and saw the crust had almonds in it.

I could feel my body getting angry so drank some water and took 4 benedryl capsules. Then I had another glass of smoothy and decided to work hard to get my metabolism going and finish some of the stuff I had wanted to get done. I moved more mulch and then worked on the real wood.
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Back-story on the wood and mulch: A tree service called on Friday and said they had a big truckload of wood and asked if I wanted it. I said sure and they told me the catch was they had to also drop a truckload of mulch. I ended up agreeing. Both the wood and the mulch are good quality but I have way more mulch then I know what to do with.

So anyway I worked on the wood pile until I thought the chiefs game was going to start. Then I went in, drank some water and cooled off. My throat and eyes were scratchy but I could breath okay. I took a shower and discovered the game was not until 3. Then the benedryl caught up w/ me and I got super tired. Heath convinced me to lay down and I was fast asleep in no time. She woke me up just before the game and I was really tired but the allergic reaction seemed to be fine. I ate and watched the game some from the bed and some from the couch.

After the game we ate dinner and I was back to normal so we made a quick Walmart run before bed.

In other news we now have this on our house.

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It runs to the pole out back

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And some guys with Google Fiber badges put it there.  I assume more to come soon.

 

 

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