Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday is Back.

This weekend, I spent a good amount of time in the kitchen.  We had a social for our Bible Fellowship class on Friday night.  It was a chili cook-off, but I made pumpkin pie bars for dessert that were a big hit (recipe). 
It was a great time. Last year, our class consisted of the five leader couples, Donny and me, and one other couple. Friday night, we had at least a dozen other couples there. It's been so great to see how our class is growing and to get to meet some new people, some of whom are becoming really good friends!  One thing I've really been praying for the last year is that we'd make some couple friends.  That's finally starting to happen, and I couldn't be more excited!

Saturday, I played tennis in the morning, and was pretty happy at how little I was coughing despite the running.  I played with a new partner, and it took us a little while to find a rhythm together.  We're both good players, but doubles tennis requires some chemistry with your partner that's hard to find when you're strangers.  We lost the first set pretty quickly, but started to get things rolling in the second.  We still ended up losing the match, but we had a lot of fun.  

The afternoon was spent watching football and reading A Time to Kill.  I really, really want to love this book.  I do love John Grisham, and I do love this movie.  But holy cow this book is SO slow.  I'm almost 300 pages in, and we haven't gotten close to a trial yet!  I have yet to meet Ellen Roark.  And there definitely isn't enough Harry Rex Vonner (who may be one of my all-time favorite characters)!  I can definitely tell that this is John Grisham's first novel.  It's just not as polished, and it rambles A LOT.  There are some odd plot points that seem to add nothing to the book except length.  I'm looking forward to the trial (finally) beginning, so I can get to the good stuff.

It was a decent college football day, I guess.  My Tar Heels lost, but Wake Forest beat NC State, and Florida beat Arkansas.  So, it wasn't a total loss.
Saturday night was spent making a Cinnamon French Toast Bake (recipe) to take to church on Sunday morning.  I'd do a few things differently next time, but this was DELICIOUS!  It was super easy to make the night before.  I just re-heated it on Sunday morning (after having been refrigerated overnight) before we went to church then applied the icing once we got there and it had cooled down some.  Everybody loved it.  We didn't come home with much, and I'm a little sad that I don't have it for breakfast this week!
Sunday afternoon was also spent largely with football and a book.  Both Donny's and my teams were on tv locally, which never happens.  So, we stayed home to watch the Patriots and Cowboys.  Very sad football day.

This morning, I was up early and back at the gym after a week of not being able to go due to my constant coughing.  Never in my life have I been to the gym to see this area so neat and organized and so free of people!  I was so excited that I had the whole station to myself.  Usually I'm tripping over people to get the equipment I want (yes, even at 6:30am!).
As soon as I got in the car to leave the gym, the skies just opened up and poured down rain.  Thank you, Lord, that I didn't have any cases that required me to go to the courthouse this morning.  It's going to be a wet, yucky day.

How was everyone else's weekend?

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  1. Those pumpkin pie bars look delicious! Not to hear you are not enjoying the book. It was the first Grisham book I ever read so I didn't have any others to compare it to style wise at the time. Also, I read the book before the I saw the movie. I can totally see how see the movie first puts a downer on the book. Hope it gets better for you!

  2. That french toast thing looks so good and more like dessert than breakfast. I must try it sometime! So glad you are making couple friends. That is very fun.

  3. Okay, I am gonna need you to come bake for me :)

    You also remind me that I want to start back playing tennis. I need to find a league or something for people needing to brush up on their tennis.

    Sounds like a fab weekend!

  4. I found out the other day that John Grisham writes books for young adults too - very neat! I did a double take when I saw one of the students reading one. Glad you had a great weekend!

  5. those pumpkin pie bars look amazing! how festive :)

  6. I want to eat that french toast bake. Yum - looks amazing! Maybe if you make it again you can post your adjusted recipe :). I won't be able to cook until at least July, so you have plenty of time to comply with my request ;).