Work hard, party hard, read and bake

After working hard all week it was nice to have a selfish weekend of relaxation with a bit of partying mixed in. The boss was out Thursday and Friday and I got more done in those two days than in the previous whole week! Friday night we went to Eric’s scrimmage and a ceremonial jersey presentation where we parents lined up on one side of the football field, and the kids on the other. They called each player’s name and number, and the corresponding parents met him on the field mid-way to hand over the jersey and hug, shake hands, belly jump or whatever. It was nice, but we didn’t appreciate the 45-minute wait to get his jersey in the first place! Afterwards we went to Zipp’s to celebrate, where the waitress proceeded to dump three mega-sized cups of soda on Eric’s lap. I took him home but felt so bad for the kid – it was supposed to be his ‘big day’!

Saturday morning he had practice followed by his first-ever chiropractic appointment. Dr. Miller took X-rays and found that the pain and breathing trouble he was having breathing was the direct result of a misplaced vertebra from a hit he made at practice. The adjustment Doc made on him yesterday aligned him perfectly, but he was warned that it could happen again very easily, so we are wondering about his ability to play football. Doc told him to take it easy and no practice on Monday or Tuesday – instead more adjustments.

Last night we went to the Marquee Theater and enjoyed B/S (AC/DC / Bon Scott tribute band), the Atomic Punks (Van Halen tribute) and a few others. It was a lot of fun hanging out with our neighbors. Today is a typical lazy Sunday for me other than my morning trip to the grocery store. I did make a 7-Up cake which I think turned out pretty good! I also finished reading The Nanny Diaries – I thought it was okay, this may sound odd but I expect the movie (coming out Friday) will be better than the book.

My next book will be another early reader edition – the third book about Sarah Agnes Prine, one of my favorite all time characters. It doesn’t come out for a few weeks but I was lucky enough to jump on someone who put it up at BookMooch and it should appear in my mailbox this week! Hopefully by Friday’s jury duty session as I believe I will have ample opportunity to read it there.

This morning Terry got a call from a friend who is in a tournament and had a spot open. “Free golf – NOW” got him out the door in like, 5 minutes. I bet he had fun, but whew – with the temps at 113 he must really be roasting out there!

Tomorrow back to work with a ton more to do, and on Friday JURY DUTY! Ugh, not looking forward to that. Plus, I have to drive for about an hour and a half just to get there!

7-Up Cake

1 pkg white cake mix
1 (3 oz.) package lemon Jello
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup 7-Up

3 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons 7-Up

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  2. Put all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat 2-3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake at 350F 45-60 minutes until cake tests done and just barely begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Cool 15 minutes on cooling rack; remove from pan and transfer to cake plate.
  5. Glaze with lemon glaze while still warm.

To make the glaze:

Sift confectioner’s sugar into medium bowl; add lemon juice and 7-Up slowly while whisking. If needed, add more 7-Up. Drizzle over warm cake with spoon or paper cone.


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