Happy Father’s Day

Without a doubt one of the greatest gifts I happen to have been bestowed is that of a wonderful father. Trying to describe an individual using adjectives is never an easy task (and always seems to fall short of a real description), but if I had to try I would describe my father as kind, patient, generous, loving, funny, and tirelessly devoted to his family. And his dogs.

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My Pop has taught me that doing helpful/thoughtful things for the people you love is not a burden but simply a nice way of living:

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My Pop has taught me a lot of common sense – and also insisted in putting up safeguards in case common sense fails. For example, when I lock my keys in the car…

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I have both a spare set and a AAA membership.

My Pop has taught me a lot about loyalty, love, and commitment to family. For example, it’s okay to only want to play ‘Word with Friends’ with the people you love:

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And he’s taught me that a sense of humor and some friendly competition can go a long way:

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I am unbelievably lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful father who has been an incredible role model to me. Happy Father’s Day, Papa Bear. I love you. 🙂

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Roasted Veggies and an Emergency Rescue

I’ve gotten in the habit of making batches of veggies, rice, potatoes, etc. at the beginning of each week to use for lunches and dinners over the next several days. This week I made roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes. For the brussel sprouts, I chopped them in half and tossed with some coconut oil and cinnamon…

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…then roasted at 375° for 30 minutes.

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For the sweet potatoes, I sliced them and tossed with olive oil, curry, turmeric, and cumin…

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… and roasted at 375° for 45 minutes:

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The baking was definitely a success. After the food was done, I received a call from my roommate. Her car had unfortunately broken down and she was stranded in the middle of the road waiting for a AAA tow truck. I quickly transformed from cooking-mode to rescue mission-mode when I went to find her. Since her car had broken down, the heat wasn’t working and it was cold! I pulled car up behind hers, put my hazard lights on, and we waited for the AAA man to come.

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it’s dead!

It took a while, but finally the AAA tow truck arrived! Here’s the man attaching chains to the bottom of the car to pull it up onto the tow:

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He borrowed my roommate’s keys to put the car in neutral and allow it to move forward. There was a slight mishap though when….

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uh-oh, I’m locked out!

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good thing I work for AAA and have a special tool to get into locked cars

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problem solved

How appropriate that this disaster would be prolonged. Finally, the car was brought onto the tow truck and we went home!

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Moral of the story: it’s good to have AAA!