I love Friday evenings. The subject line of nearly every non work-related email I write on Fridays is TGIF!!! I enjoy my Friday evenings so much because I have two whole days ahead of me to fill with things that are all about family, friends, and some good 'ole R&R.
Friday night I made one of our favorite meals: sloppy joes and baked beans. Since we don't get home until about 6:30, this is a delicious meal that takes only minutes to prepare. For the sloppy joes, I brown a pound of ground sirloin. When done, I add a can of chicken gumbo soup and let simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. While the sirloin is browning, I cut up half a pound of bacon and half a large onion in a metal baking dish and brown until onions are transparent and the bacon is nearly crispy. Add a can of your favorite Bush's baked beans. (We like homestyle or vegetarian.) Cover and bake for about 30 minutes. Add a side of chips or veggies and dip and it's a delicious "semi-homemade" meal.
I must add... by the time our wonderful meal on the deck was drawing to a close, Adam was "vacuuming" the kitchen floor wearing only a shirt, a diaper and his red crocs on the wrong feet. Whatever works.
Saturday morning we left the house bright and early for the Duluth Fall Festival. Over the course of 11 years that I've been going, I've watched it grow from a small craft fair into a large event with lots of artists, vendors, food and fun.
And speaking of fun, you can see how excited our kids were...
I felt a sore kind of "twinge" in my lower back this morning while I was getting ready. I thought it was just an early morning kink since I am mere weeks away from turning 40. It didn't seem to work itself out though, and when I got out of the car at the Festival, it was really hurting.
We stopped to use the restroom right as we entered and I am here to report I got locked in the stall. First time it's ever happened to me. I couldn't get the circular knob to turn to unlock the door. Kendra and another lady were in there, too, and I kind of joked about it. Then I just got down on the floor and slid underneath the door on my back. It was my only choice, trust me. The other lady said, "Very impressive girl! You did that as gracefully as anybody could!" If only my lower back hadn't been gripped with pain, I could have done a triple 360 over the top of the stall.
I hope y'all are having a great weekend. If you haven't done so, please comment on my post below by leaving me a question for Interview Jill.
I'm off to take some Advil.