Archive for May, 2010
Last night I attended a Pittsburgh Public schools World Arts & Cultures Showcase Event. There are events going on all this week at various locations. Last night’s event was hosted at Capa 6-12. The first performance was by the Capa Orchestra followed by the All City High School Band. My daughter participated in the All City Band in middle school a few years back as well as last night. The All City Band is where students are represented from all Pittsburgh Public Schools in one performance. These kids are damn talented to be able to get together and play one day during school hours and the next night perform for everyone.
My daughter has had many performances over the years. She started playing Clarinet back in 3rd grade at our local elementary school. Her teacher was Mr. Lennartz, who was also one of my music teachers at Capa High School many years ago. She went on to Rogers Middle School and then to Capa High School which as of this year both were merged to Capa 6-12. These kids brought me to tears back in middle school. I knew my daughter had a natural talent for music but hearing kids play for the first time together I was amazed.
ny art’s programs and I am proud to have my kids attend there.
* Is not feeling very productive today.
* hates that it’s raining. Other than a week or two of good weather it has sucked here in Pittsburgh.
* is bored. Someone wanna go to lunch someday soon?
* states, This is my 3rd blog today, somebody stop me!
* thinks Twitter is the devil.
* may make chicken for dinner tonight. And spinach raviolis! Yummy
* want’s to go shopping. I haven’t bought myself anything in a long time.
* want’s to go on vacation so bad! Calgon take me away! I need a beach!
* is sad the Pens lost last night. I sat in the car to hear the end. Next game decides. I have faith they will win.
* ‘s phone doesn’t ring anymore. It used to before I was working. I guess now everyone is used to not calling.
* Is determined to check out Whole Foods.
* Is determined to go to the Pittsburgh Flea, maybe I can shop for myself there.
* has tons of stuff to get rid of. Maybe I should put an ad on craigs list. I could use the money.
* wants to move out of the ghetto. Aside from a few, and I mean a few, people this area sucks!
* wants to stop bitching. Maybe I should listen to some music.
* thinks Adam Lambert is yummy. I don’t care if he is gay.
* is addicted to reading other blogs, especially ones about Pittsburgh.
* is going to my daughter’s performance tonight.
* is going to harvest my farmville farm and get off this computer!
My mother passed this recipe on to me. It doesn’t take alot of ingredients, it’s fast and easy! Serve with garlic bread and salad for a meal.
Chop 1 onion and 1 green pepper.
Fry in pan with 1 pound ground meat until browned. Drain.
In meantime cook 1 box elbow macaroni in a pot. Drain.
Add beef to macaroni in pot and 4 cans of tomato soup. Heat through.
I have been looking forward to and dreading this past weekend for months. It marked the last time I would ever take my Girl Scout Troop camping again and the last time we would ever get together again. After 11 years of it the time came where I had to let go. It was a relief but sad at the same time. It is hard to say goodbye and I still hope to keep in touch with many of the girls I have led over the years.
So my Friday started with a shopping trip to Sams Club and Walmart for the camp food. Sams always has sample booths to try stuff. Lucky me there was a booth for Fudgie Wudgie there just for the weekend. I had to have some Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge yummy!!!!!
Walmart has some new office supplies that I decided I don’t need but want I would love to deck out my computer desk at home with this:
They had this green, bright ass yellow, brown and another color I don’t recall. I started shopping around 2:30 and started to worry if I would make it to camp on time when I was leaving my last store at 5:30 LOL Camp can be so much work! It’s a good thing though that I was running behind because the county was doing a memorial of some sort. The road to where I needed to get my key was blocked off and all the police officers were participating, which is who I needed to get the key off of.
Friday night we had a campfire with Smores of coarse. I haven’t done a campfire in a year, since our last camping trip. I love the campfire. The smell, setting it up, keeping it going. There is just something about it. I love coming home from a trip and all my stuff smelling like a campfire.
That evening we had a bad storm roll through. The cabin set up has the girls in a bunk room on the top floor with windows on all sides. All the girls wound up dragging their mattress’s downstairs and sleeping on the dining room floor. You couldn’t hear or see much of anything there so they quickly fell asleep at 3 am finally!
For breakfast Saturday the girls made pancakes, bacon and eggs. The girls cook every aspect of all meals themselves. Here you see my niece cracking the eggs.
For lunch we had Walking Tacos. It’s a real easy meal to make and the kids love it! We brown ground meat and add taco seasoning. Then we set up a station with all ingredients they can complete their meal with. Frito’s or Tortilla Chips (you can get small bags they can eat right out of or do it in a bowl), shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce and Catalina Salad Dressing. There are many other toppings you can add but for a bunch of girls we stuck with the basics.
For most of the day we had the girls make gifts for Mother’s Day as well as crafts for themselves. They spent alot of time just running around and having a good time. We had planned on a hike and outside play but it was just too cold. This is my daughter decorating a storage container.
You can get them at Pat Catans for $1.79 I believe.
I pushed for a Healthy Dinner and the girls all liked it. They put chicken, carrots, potatoes and seasoning into a foil packet to cook over the fire. They were so juicy and yummy! This was a meal my niece helped prepare.
The end result after about 20 minutes on hot coals:
One of my girls is a talented artist. She spent quite a bit of time on a drawing on the chalkboard in their bedroom.
Of coarse we had another campfire that evening while listening to the Pens game. Yay Pens won! Two of the girls decided to make up a scary story about a woman they saw in the woods to scare the other girls and wound up scaring themselves instead. Tee Hee, that’s what you get. We had banana boats and I would share a picture, but then you wouldn’t try them if you saw them first LOL You keep the peel on a banana and slice longways about halfway through. Stuff it with pieces of chocolate and marshmallow and wrap it up in foil. About 15-20 minutes on hot coals in the fire and you have warm mushy heaven!
Sunday pretty much consisted of packing and cleaning up the cabin. Yes the girls clean! It’s amazing what kids will do when there not at home.
We left our last mark in the scrapbook that stays at camp. The girls decorated the page and signed their names.
When my husband picked me up my other two children arrived with flowers How sweet!
We only had a few issues over the weekend that involved one girl throwing a fit when she had to leave for awhile, another being a little too mature for my liking and her age, and another who had some stinky ass feet. Other than that it really was a perfect weekend without too much drama or trouble.
Girls thank you for a great weekend! And thank you to Lori, the mother who volunteered to come camping with us. You were fun to be around and very helpful! I hope that everyone keeps in touch, you will all be missed!
Note: If parents or girls want any pictures I can email some to you. I only put up ones of my daughter and niece here as I didn’t want to upset anyone.
Since I am laid off from work I have had more time to think about what I want to do this summer, besides vacation. In all likely hood I won’t have the money to go on vacation so I am stuck finding things to do here at home. If anyone wants to donate to the send Roxy on vacation fund let me know! LOL
Anyway, I thought I would share some great things going on here in the Burgh this summer.
- April – November: Pittsburgh Flea – Every Sunday 8am to 3pm in the Strip. Vintage, collectibles, hand made as well as ppl’s trash you may treasure. I can’t go this weekend but I plan on going very soon!
- May 12th-16th: Pittsburgh Children’s Festival - Theater, Puppetry, Food, Crafts and more.
- May-November: Farmers Markets - Get local fresh produce! Check website for locations.
- June 4th-13th: 3 Rivers Arts Festival - It’s a celebration of the arts. Lot’s of great art to see. Last year I purchased a sculpture and some Chinese name drawings. You will also find some great food but it might be a good idea to pack a lunch.
- June-August: Cinema in the Park - Watch a movie in one of our city parks this summer. Check website for local parks and movie listings.
- July 3rd & 4thth: 3 Rivers Regatta - Water shows, concerts, anything that floats race and more!
- July 2nd – 10th: Big Butler Fair - games, food, rides, animals, concerts and truck pulls.
- All Summer: Venture Outdoors – they have loads of activities to do outdoors all year long. Hiking, paddling, and biking are some examples.
- All Summer: Catholic Parish Festivals – or as I call them carnivals. The list is last years, hopefully they will update soon. Though if you just look at the week it was last year most often they are the same week every year. I have fond memories as a kid going to many of these. I now take my kids to some of them.
- All Summer: Trader Jack’s Flea Market – they are open year round but to see the most vendors go when it’s warm out. They have indoor and outdoor vendors. I posted a blog about a trip there a few weeks ago. Lot’s of ppl’s trash you may treasure. You may also find locally grown produce and flowers.
- All Summer: Allegheny County Parks Events – they have a calendar with events such as concerts and movies that are going on in all county parks.
- All Summer: South Park – scroll down for calendar of events going on in South Park. Some include the BMX races, Tours and more.