We had another interesting week.

My friend and I went to an open house at a local home interiors store called Chinaberry.  So far, it has been the best attended open house that we've been to this season with cars lining the road.

Engineer entered the first annual Brewhaha homebrew competition hosted by Great Raft Brewery.  He made a jalapeno ale and managed to make top 10 with it.  He was chuffed with himself.

We went to the awards party (read:  excuse for a massive beer tasting) at a cool run-down looking metal building in an old part of Shreveport.  Apparently the set/prop designer for a local university owns the place and uses it as his workshop/storage area/party barn.  It was filled with oddities and neat furniture and vintage cars and all the weirdness you would expect from a prop/costume workshop.  And yes, you may remember that I don't like beer, I was the designated driver.  I wasn't the only one, there were a few of us wives who made sympathetic eye contact with each other from across the room.  A knowing nod was all it took to convey that we were there as sympathetic supporters as opposed to tasters.

The next evening was Engineer's Homebrew Club meeting.  Since the President of the club was one of the judges, he could give Engineer some feedback.  As it turned out, two of the three judges didn't like spicy tastes.  He was basically told that his entry would have done better with a different set of judges since the actual beer was very well done.

 After the previous week's announcement that Marshall was named an All-American City by National Geographic, the news that Marshall was named among 220 Great Destinations in National Geographic's new book was a shock.  I'm proud of whomever is doing the P.R. work for my hometown right now; they are rocking it!

Diva's school celebrated a schoolwide tailgate party on Friday.  The upper grades at Diva's school are divided into "houses" and each house was responsible for food and some sort of activity.  It was nice to meet other parents involved with the school.

I had been looking forward to Saturday all week.  Saturday meant brunch with my girls.  I have so missed our regular get togethers.  It was like breathing a big sigh of relief walking in to that room filled with my  dear friends.  I would sit back sometimes and just listen to all of the ladies chattering - music to my ears.

After brunch Team Moppins visited with the Operinos before heading out to have supper with friends.  Diva spent the night with them and went to a school function with her dear friend.

This week we will be eating:

Sunday - Dinner w/Friends:  Turkey, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Ratatouille, & Cranberry Sauce
Monday - Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, & Refried Beans
Tuesday - Cheesy Noodle Casserole w/Cabbage & Sausage
Wednesday - Eggplant Parmigiana w/Spaghetti & Salad
Thursday - Turkey in Plum Sauce over Rice w/Stir Fried Veggies
Friday - Hot Dogs, Fries, & Carrots
Saturday - Dinner w/Friends


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