Weekend Chili.

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I love chili! I think of it as a feel good, comfort food. I have been wanting to try making it on my own for a long time. I finally did this past weekend and it turned out fairly well. I didn’t get the opportunity to make it as hot as I would have liked to because of a certain kid!  The recipe is below – try it out for yourself.

Turkey Veggie Chili – 6 to 8 Servings

1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, diced
2 Celery Stalks, diced
1 Zucchini, diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 Pound Ground Turkey
1 15oz can Tomato Sauce
1 150z can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Cup of water
2 15oz Cans White Beans, Rinsed or 3 1/2 Cups of Cooked Beans
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin

* I used 2 Zucchini’s instead of 1; 2 tbsp of minced garlic instead of 1 Garlic Clove; and 1/2 Cans of white beans in stead of 2 15oz cans*

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté the onion, celery, and bell pepper for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, and then the turkey. Cook until turkey is cooked through.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve.

the PTA.

Abréviation/ Acronym: PTA, PTO
Otherwise known as: The Parent Teacher Association, Parent Teacher Organization 

Welcome to the PTA!”, they said.
“It will be a breeze”, they said.

And then they ran.

As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any of the old PTA board around since the switching of the board mid August.

Wait, let me start over.
I have seen a ‘few’ of the old board members…in passing.

I’ve also overheard the catty remarks on the side as to what the new board ‘should be’ doing. Funny how people mouth off on the sideline? You know on the other side of the parking lot! Hey, I’m standing two cars over from you! How about offering advice – since you’ve been there and done that!

Oh, and then there’s Ms. Zumba a.k.a. the parent with three real names (there are a few of them at the school). She approached the PTA President in the school parking lot about her concern on the upcoming Harvest festival and made the PTA president all frazzled.

Smh. Funny. Real funny. Ms. Zumba lady. Cleary you knew who and who not to approach!
No worries. We found an activity for her -Chair of Santa’s Workshop – you know – because she knows everything!

(Sorry, I went off on a tangent)

The PTA, it ain’t rosey.
They talk about you.
The same few parents and/or guardians volunteer – and how that burns me up…I never understood parents that made no effort in volunteering.
I believe my time is as important as yours. Not to mention it’s for YOUR CHILD.
Oh, but guess what? Your child really likes seeing me at the school and most of the time I know how their day went – so take that.

This PTA thing…
It’s like my normal 9 to 5. wtf.
The responsibility involved.
It’s not a breeze!

Btw, oh my gosh, Did I mention I’m PTA treasurer?
Seriously, worst position like e-v-e-r!
Balancing books for campaigns. fundraisers. spirit night. box tops
Folks don’t want to own up on what they owe (you know you owe fundraising money, stop playing and no we can’t barter)
Folks write out their checks wrong (because it’s rocket science, not)
Gimme. Gimme.  Gimmie.
When did the PTA become the Bank of America…like why do we pay all the bills?
Hey, News Flash People. Gimme got shot when the PTA board transferred over!

Oh and the Bank, the bank we bank at is Aawful – that’s double A awful! Like the school chose the bank awful. Like prehistoric banking awfulNow you know that’s just AWFUL!

And let’s not start on the School Board that expects the PTA to operate on the 5th hour as they do. That would require another post.

So now it’s January and school has started back up again.
I was afforded a partial break from my PTA duties due to the holiday – my Savior!
Back to sticks and stones
Back to writing checks, receipts and disbursements.
Back to balancing the books.
Back to planning and implementing volunteer hours.
Back to knowing ‘it won’t be a breeze’ – as they once said.

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Are you on a PTA Board at your child’s school? What’s your favorite part of PTA?

Beat It.

“A swirling mass of North Pole air that has pushed unusually far south, would be felt by as many as 187 million people — more than half the country’s population.” -US News

a “polar vortex”
paralyzed travel
closed roads
closed SCHOOLS
deaths
…locking cities under subfreezing temperatures

and today, January 7, 2014 – a frigid 9 degrees. insane. oh and wait, my kitchen faucet pipe is frozen (again).

Hey weather, beat it…you ain’t bad! Okay, you are but just B-E-A-T IT!

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Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter you’re Wrong, we’re Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It

-Beat It, Michael Jackson, 1983

Family.

They came
we fellowshipped
we broke bread
They left

Or

They came
They cackled
They laid all over my furniture
They ate all my damn food (even what I didn’t sit out)
They used my Internet
They tore up my sons playroom
They left and went on their merry way

EITHER WAY…

They’re family and we had a good time. I think I’ll invite them back again…next year…New Years Day.