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Made some more progress…

October 24, 2009
Making sauce with the P's.

Making sauce with the P's.

A few more goals finished and a few more started. First on the list is #83 (and the first one done from the food category) Make Spaghetti Sauce. This involved a trip up to good ole Wisconsin to visit the family. Under the instruction of my mother, she imparted the old family recipe and I cooked and chopped a big ole pot of sauce. It was a pretty fun time I must say. I really like cooking and I’ve never made a giant pot of sauce before. I think I’m going to be stocked up for quite a while. Both my mother and father tried to impart their secret wisdom of what ingredient should be added at what time. It’s always and adventure cooking around those too, but I’m grateful for both their help and it was a cool experience!

So while I was up visiting the family, I took the opportunity to cross another item off the list. #31, teach my family a new game. I knew this one wouldn’t be too much of a challenge, as I have LOTS of games to choose from. But it’s not like I can bring up the newest war game and expect them to jump on it. 🙂 So I grabbed the “always a favorite” Jungle Speed. Pretty much anytime we’ve played this with a large group it has been a hit. So needless to say, they loved it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get every family member in on the play, but the ones that were there had a good time. My mother even asked what all the excitement was about (when she was in the other room). For anyone looking for a fun, easy to learn game, I’d highly recommend this one, especially to break into people that still think Monopoly is a fun game. (it’s not)

So I’m very happy to report progress on #70, pay off both cars. Yesterday, we successfully paid off Heathers 2005 Pontiac G6. We have been working hard to get rid of this payment, and finished it off almost 2 years early!  It’s a great feeling to be done with paying for that car. That’s hundreds of dollars a month that we don’t have to worry about anymore.  So we will not start trying to tackle the other car. Hopefully by this time next year, I can be reporting to you that #70 is finally done. I absolutely hate having car payments and it will be so nice to not have any.

IMG_0363Next on the list is #2, volunteer at a charity. Last night we went out with some other people and volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. For anyone who has never heard of this organization, they are pretty amazing. They have worked with scientists to develop a meal that will feed and nourish a starving child. It’s basically powdered protein (that’s flavored like chicken), dehydrated veggies, soy and rice. So we went there to volunteer. What we do is, working with your group, you package this meal (all the food is packaged by volunteers) to send to starving children in 3rd world countries. Basically you work in assembly line fashion, putting the 4 ingredients into a bag, someone seals it and you package and box it up. So our group worked for about 2 IMG_0362hours and we managed to pack up 22 boxes of meals. Each box contains 36 bags of meals, and each bag contains 6 meals for a child. So our small group alone was able to package 4,752 meals. Overall, there were 100 people there on our shift and packed up 107 boxes, 23, 112 total meals.  Basically we were able to feed 64 children 1 meal a day for a year. It was a really great experience and I’d highly recommend it for anyone wanting to do something for someone else. It’s great with a group/family because you all get to work together. I’m sure we’ll be doing it again.

And lastly, I started on #81. Try 10 new micro brews. Well after our FMSC experience last night, we went out to one of my favorite

Gravity Pale Ale

Gravity Pale Ale

restaurants to hang out. Two Brothers Brewery and Tap House. Despite their crappy website, their food is really good and their beers are awesome. I have a feeling I’ll be trying most of my brews for #81 from this place. I tried their Gravity Pale Ale. I’m far from a beer connoisseur, but I know what I like. And this was pretty tasty. I can’t tell you if it was full bodied or supre hoppy, since I’m not that adversed in beer tasting (I’ll leave that to my friend Ryan who seems more knowledgeable on such things). But for a pale ale, it wasn’t too bitter and I easily had a second.

So that’s it for this time, I think I’m making some decent progress. It feels good to cross things off the list. See you on the next update.

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