Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Hockey Night In Pittsburgh!

I'm supposed to be posting about February's Before 40, but I have something I need to do first.

Jim has been wanting to take Dylan to a hockey game for a while.  We looked at tickets, but they were pretty expensive, so we decided against it.

Last week, Jim went in to his office after a staff meeting, and there on his desk was two Penquins tickets, with simply a note that said "Have fun!".  We still don't know who gave them to him, but we were thrilled!

Jim sent out a mass email asking who they were from and expressing his gratitude.  Turns out, that prompted SOMEONE ELSE to give him two more tickets!!  So, they went to a game on Friday night and Sunday afternoon!

There were only 2 tickets for each game, so I didn't go.  On Sunday, I did laundry, cleaned, organized, and basically did everything I've been needing to do for months.  On Friday night, I went shopping for clothes for myself.  What can I say about that?  I can say that on Saturday, I went on a diet.  (Sigh)

Jim said something about hot babes cleaning the ice, and Dylan said "I wish I could go to every game!", so I guess they enjoyed themselves.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Before 40: January

Yes, I do realize that it is actually MARCH.  I might not blog about the Before 40 activities when I'm supposed to, but I am happy to report that so far, I have indeed done one new thing each month since my birthday in August.  January's Before 40 definitely isn't the most exciting.  January kind of got away from me.  I found myself driving to the grocery store on the last day to get supplies for the "Fruits We've Never Tried".

I love fruit, and I've tried most kinds, but I had never had...


My impressions on Papaya?  Yuck.

2. Mango

Better than papaya, but still yuck.

3. Avocado (It IS a fruit, right?)

Perhaps you are only supposed to eat avocados in recipes?  Because,  YUCK!

4. Starfruit

This is the only one I actually finished and somewhat enjoyed.  I wouldn't buy it again, because it is expensive, but it wasn't bad.

(I would like to apologize for the atrocious quality of these photos.  It was dark outside and the lighting was horrible).

As an extra... a few days ago, Dylan, Jim, and I were discussing fruits that start with the different letters of the alphabet.  We were stuck on "K", until we thought of "Kumquat".  "What do they even look like?", I asked Jim.  "I've never seen them in Giant Eagle".  Of course a couple days later, while doing my weekly shopping, there was a bag of Kumquats just staring at me saying "Hello?!  We've been here all the time!"  Today we tried some.  

Personally, I think they taste like a cross between an orange and a lemon.  (They look like an orange, but are much smaller).  Dylan made a face like he just sucked on a lemon, and said "Blech!"  That's okay.  Now I know why most people have never had one!

What about you?  Know of any unique fruits I should try?  Have you had any of these?  Are you completely disappointed by my efforts in January?  Don't worry.  February is better.