Catching Up

Thanks to all who have commented regarding Dancer Girl’s accident.  I really appreciate all the kind words.  As of yesterday, she had been cleared to return to light activities at camp.  She’ll go on Friday to a follow-up appointment with a spine specialist at the ER doctor’s recommendation.  Now that I’ve been reassured that all is generally well, my hope is that this incident won’t ruin the remainder of her stay at camp.  She’s had such a wonderful time this year, her first at the high school camp.

With all the emotional ups and downs of Monday, my scheduled day off on Tuesday came at the perfect time.  I can’t believe it’s taken me this long into the summer to take a day off.  I definitely don’t count the jury duty I did the first week of June as time off, even though I was away from the office. 

But yesterday, I had the perfect excuse.  My annual mammogram was scheduled for 8:45 a.m., and I knew that I’d be finished in time to still enjoy most of the day on my own if I decided not to go in to work.  It’s hard to even imagine that it’s been a year since my breast saga started, especially since it just ended in April, but indeed it has.  My hope now is that with all the baseline testing that’s been done, they will not see any changes that need further investigation this time.

Having had my breasts duly squished between glass plates, I decided to start my day by doing a good deed.  One of my friends who volunteers at our local emergency children’s shelter had emailed that they had a very large number of kids and needed extra supplies, including shorts in sizes I happened to have on hand following Soccer Boy’s growth spurt this year.  The shelter is near the hospital where I had my mammogram, so I ran the shorts by before running the rest of my errands.

it’s amazing how quickly the neighborhood changes from the children’s shelter to the fancy shopping area, which are located only three miles from one another. I picked up a hot chocolate and a bagel, then did some shopping.  I found some cute things on sale at Ann Taylor after striking out completely at the first store I visited.

I then decided to treat myself to a polish change for my toes before going to the grocery store for some items I needed for the Junior League leadership social we had last night.  Since I’m on the Board again this year, I was on the hook for an appetizer and a dessert.  My council partner and I opted for decorated sugar cookies from a local bakery for the dessert, but I made one of my favorite appetizers to take along:  Savory Chicken Bites.  See the recipe below…everyone loved them!

Groceries bought and toes prettified, I came home to just relax for a while.  I officially procrastinated and resisted doing anything on a big project I have going on at work–I was on vacation, dammit–and also took a break from my quest to catch up on my scrapbooking.  In fact, I just hung out, read some blogs, and enjoyed my latest book.  It was great!

And too soon, it was time to make those appetizers and head to the social.  I wasn’t quite ready for my relaxing afternoon to end, even though I was looking forward to seeing my friends.   And, of course, there was the fact that I was heading there in my cute new on-sale pants. And there would be margaritas…so how bad could it be?

Adventure Guy and I did indeed have fun, and it was nice to push some of my worries about Dancer Girl away for a while.  As much as I enjoyed my day off, that worry crept in from time to time, even though I had another positive update from camp yesterday afternoon.

And today, I had no time to spend worrying.  I met my several of my colleagues at 6:45 a.m. to head to the capital for our annual legislative update.  It’s when we find out from the attorneys who work with the suburban school association just exactly what the legislature has managed to do the us in the recently-closed session.  It’s almost never pretty, and this year is no different.  I’ll be writing updated policies in several areas and figuring out how to do more with less money.  As usual.

By the time I pulled into my drive at 6:15, I was quite happy to be home.  I worked a little bit on a memo I have to have ready first thing tomorrow, and then my mother-in-law joined us for dinner.  Adventure Guy grilled steaks, and we had a great time visiting.

Unfortunately, I still didn’t get much work done on my big project.  So if I’m MIA from blogging for a bit, you’ll know why!


Savory Chicken Bites

8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 tsp. basil

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. onion salt

1/4 tsp. thyme

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1 cup finely chopped, cooked chicken

1/3 cup finely chopped celery

2 8 oz. cans crescent rolls

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

Combine first six ingredients; mix until well-blended.  Stir in chicken and celery. 

Separate dough into 8 rectangles.  Seal perforations by pinching dough together.  Spread 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture over each rectangle, leaving 1/2 inch margin on one long side.  Roll dough to long side and pinch to seal.  Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Cut each roll into five pieces.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes on greased cookie sheets.  Makes 40 appetizers.


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