Mom’s filipino restaurant/grocery store will be closing down in April. The restaurant business is a tough one from what I’ve observed, and you really need to know the business and your business partners. Too bad we have to say goodbye to the only filipino store in Albuquerque! I guess now I’ll have to start cooking filipino food at home again whenever I have the craving for some homecooked sinigang or adobo! I got so used to going to her restaurant on Thursdays cause Thursdays were Sinigang day.
As soon as I decide I’m excited about Spring, and I stopped sneezing from allergies, Albuquerque gets cold again! Well, now I’m sure to really appreciate the good weather once it returns. It’s really hard to beat warm days in the 70’s, seeing flowers starting to bloom, trees starting to leaf, hearing birds chirping, seeing butterflies fluttering, and finding lady bugs on your rosebushes. Spring is a wonderful time of the year!
My Grandma Peny will be leaving us earlier than expected. She’s leaving a week early to try to catch my cousin’s hockey game in Binghamton, NY… he plays for the Binghamton Senators (AHL). #25… Go Bobby Robins! So anyways, we have to say goodbye to Grandma next Wednesday. 🙁 I think maybe she’ll be glad to be away from Sean since he’s been such a stinker to her during her stay here. But we’ll all miss her bunches.
It feels like spring. Trees are blooming, Juniper is making me sneeze like crazy, and I’m hearing birds and seeing butterflies fluttering around. I love this time of year (as long as I’m near my allergy medicine). My Kansasian relatives are coming for a visit next week. Hopefully we’ll get to enjoy the weather and visit the botanic gardens and zoo. Sean has really been wanting to see the gorillas. He’s been asking me pretty much every day the past week.
Sean has a new phrase he likes to say. He says “How dare you!” at pretty random moments, but it’s usually pretty funny. He’s also been saying “You have a blueberry for a daughter”… that’s from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in case you didn’t know. He likes it when we stuff pillows into our shirts to make us fat like blueberries, and he says he’s the “loompa loompa” and he rolls us to the juicing room. Lot’s of fun, that kid is.
Grandma Peny bought some sugarcane at Ta Lin World Market today. It’s kinda fun to eat. You put some in your mouth, chew it and suck out the sweet juice, then you spit out the pulpy part. It’s very yummy, and thirst quenching too, if you store it in the refrigerator.
We also bought some blue crabs while we were there. Those are sooooo yummy! And eating them takes me back to my childhood in Virginia. The smell of them cooking makes me think of summer days at the beach with a raw chicken neck tied to a string and a net in my hand. That’s how we caught crabs… no traps for us. You throw out the chicken into the water, wait a few minutes and enjoy the ocean. Then you pull the string in slowly, and when it’s close enough, you scoop up the chicken into the net, and usually along with it come a few crabs. Crabbing is one of the many wonderful memories I have of the ocean.
Heard of Craigslist? If not, check it out! It’s one of the best places to find deals locally on things people near you are selling. Today I picked up a 5 qt.KitchenAid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer for $25! Those retail for over $230 new! This one is a few years old, but in fabulous working order! I’ll need to order replacement parts for it, but the ones I need only cost about $30 total. Sweet! I can hardly tell you how excited I was to see the ad in Craigslist! My palms were starting to sweat when I was replying to the ad cause I was so excited and was really hoping to be the one to get to purchase it. Yay! This means fresh honey wheat bread! Booyah!
We ate at Wing Stop this afternoon after sledding. Nathan and I both agreed that it was definitely better than Wing Basket. We tried the “Original Hot Wings” and the “Hawaiian Wings”. Both are pretty good. Also purchased a large (boy, do they mean large! more than a pound!) french fries. We finally found a place that penalizes us for sharing a drink… they don’t allow refills on soft drinks if you share. They’re a Coke establishment (we prefer Pepsi), but at least they serve Dr. Pepper. I was slightly disappointed in the blue cheese dressing that we got to dip the hot wings in… tasted like ranch with blue cheese crumbles in it, but was still tasty. I wouldn’t have minded a bit more “kick” to the hot wings, but I wonder how hot their “atomic” wings are… that might be pushing it. When Nathan first brought the food to the table, he told me to smell the hot wings. They sure burn the nose when you smell them, but definitely weren’t as hot as they smelled. Overall, I’d give Wing stop 3 and a half out of 5.
Nathan, Sean and I went sledding up in the Sandias today. It was both Sean’s and my first time sledding. There was a small hill and a big hill. Sean was able to go down the small hill by himself. Nathan had fun on the big hill, and even conquered a couple big jumps on it, too. I went down the big hill twice, but I was scared! I don’t really like to go fast, even when I’m snowboarding, and you can’t really control where you’re going, so you could hit big bumps and fall off. I’m such a chicken! 🙂 The sleds we borrowed from some friends really got going. They were like boogie boards, but for snow. After going down the big hill twice, I told Nathan I would take Sean to the small hill and play with him there. The small hill was more my speed. haha! I was having more fun on the hill with the little kids, than on the regular hill. Nathan said that I need to try the big hill with a big inner tube, and that I would probably enjoy that more. The tubes did seem to go a bit slower, and they’re cushier, so when you hit bumps, it probably doesn’t hurt as much. I’ll definitely try the big hill next time if we have some big tubes. Now, where do we find big tractor size inner tubes?
Another strange thing happened yesterday. After our crazy time at Target, we decided to hit one of the thrift stores on the way home. On our way out, there was a police car with the officer speaking to an elderly man. As we were walking past, the old man was showing his ID to the officer. My mom said, “he was shoplifting.” I was surprised. My mom said that he had tried to walk out of the thrift store with a suede vest that he didn’t pay for and the police were called. What an interesting day it was.