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where to start.  well, first off, i went to visit tim in ohio two weeks ago.  it was a great weekend, until the very last minute when i got to my seat on the flight home.  i’ll get to that in a minute.   cirque de soleil in pittsburgh was more amazing then i could have ever imagined or explain now.  front row seats certainly helped with the whole awesome-factor.   we also went to a cool haunted house before we headed back to ohio.  cleveland was fun but short.  and then i hurt my knee the moment i stepped into the row in front of my seat on the plane.  it gave out and i heard/felt three pops and collapsed into the seat.  i worried the whole flight, hoping i would be able to walk at least enough to get to michael and the car.  when the plane landed i stood up and realized it was pretty bad, as it gave out everytime i put pressure on it.  i hobbled off the plane and they pushed me the rest of the way to the pick up area outside in a wheel chair.  one emergency room trip later, i now know i have a partially torn MCL in my knee and a badly sprained knee.  it was really bad at first but i’m able to walk on my own now.  i just can’t put full weight on my right knee, can’t bend it 90 degrees and can’t straighten it completely.  the muscle relaxers and pain pills have really helped.

so tim came to visit this past weekend which was fun.  we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, but we did go see where the wild things are.  i’ll give my rating in another post.  i also recently watched year one, adventureland, and mall cop (wtf?).  so i need to rate them all soon.    i feel like i’ve been completing tasks faster than i can cross them off and update.  we finished watching 30 rock season 3.  i was sad for it to be over!  i’m going to try to make an effort to watch this season as it airs, but i’m really not good at tv commitments.

last saturday michael and i grilled butterfly porkchops on the outside grill (i made this yum rub for the chops) along with corn on the cob.  it was so good i’m wishing i had some right now!

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i made meat loaf on thursday and it was yummy.  i’m still working on perfecting a recipe that i truly love and want to make over and over.  this time i played around with a lot of veggies in the mix.  i put tomatoes, green & orange bell peppers, garlic, worcestershire sauce, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and other things.  it was good, but not quite what i’m looking for.  that’s a honey barbecue sauce over the top:

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we’re off to chicago on friday to see monsters of folk.  we’ll be back on saturday though.  kind of sad that it’s only for a day and a half.  next weekend we’re going to omaha for a wedding and to visit with michael’s grandfather.

i just made this bag tonight and i really love it!  the idea of combining some fabric scraps i got for free on craigslist with some joel dewberry fabric hit me this evening and i got started.  it’s always nice to start and finish a project within a few hours.  it closes with a magnetic snap.  the striped fabric is actually the wrong side of a diamond cut upholstery fabric.  i thought the wrong side was much cooler than the right side.  sounds about right…

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