Rio Jet Lag
Portland, Oregon: The Olympics are over
and we are once again living in the Pacific Time Zone. No more waking before the
chickens, in the dark, to watch the races live from Rio. We were on an infant's
schedule. Waking before 6a and taking a mid-morning nap. It was like living with
jetlag for ten days.
It was a ridiculously fabulous 2016 Olympics for the Oregon Ducks. SIX medals,
including GOLD medals from decathlete Ashton Eaton, 1500m champion Matthew
Centrowitz, English Gardener (4x100 relay) and Phyllis Francis (4x400 relay).
Galen Rupp earned a Bronze medal in the marathon and Brianne Theisen-Eaton won a
Bronze in the Heptathlon. Someone did the math, and if the Ducks were a nation,
we would have tied with Switzerland. The University of Oregon has just over
20,000 students; Switzerland has a population of over 8 million. Just sayin'.
Dave and I were invited to Emma & Matthew's house Sunday afternoon. Emma is the
eldest daughter of our English friends, Shirley and Martin. Matthew was
transferred to Portland from his job in London last fall. The kids have bought a
house and settled-in to a life in Portland with their two small children, Thomas
It was a beautiful afternoon, so a lot of this happened:
They fed us well! Grilled lamb loin, roasted potatoes, zucchini and lentil
salad, arugula and butternut squash salad and a very interesting frozen
It was so nice to spend time with the little ones and see them
so happy. The meal was also so enjoyable and was the first time I have eaten a
meal that I did not cook since fish & chips on the coast while camping with Leo,
I decided we needed to go to a restaurant this week. No more
Cooking Olympics. This week is "Italian Week" in our kitchen, so we chose a
local Italian place and enjoyed a fine meal.
We split an appetizer of grilled vegetables and burrata. So
simple, yet this dish was just wonderful. Grilled peppers, zucchini & summer
squash, sweet onions - drizzled with olive oil, salt, basil and served with
a few slices of fresh mozzarella.
I had grilled chicken, mostly because it came with polenta
"coins" and that money just sounded too interesting to not try.
DT had risotto... even though I told him risotto was on his
menu for Friday. He said he could eat risotto twice in a week.
So he will.
Next week, I think we will "travel" to France at our dining table?
Until my next update, I remain, your jet-lagged correspondent.
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