July 14, 2008

A lazy weekend

The monsoons were present this weekend. Lightning lit up the sky Friday and Saturday night, but we didn’t get a drop of rain at the house. Sunday afternoon dark storm clouds blanketed the sky, but it only delivered about 10 drops of rain, just enough to mess my windshield while we shopped for groceries.

We had a fairly lazy, but nice weekend. On Friday, we went by Fuddrucker’s to check on construction progress, much to our surprise it appreared to be open. Had we not just chowed down at Buffalo Wild Wings we would’ve stopped in for a burger. We decided we'd stop by on Saturday.

Saturday, Frank took the day off from work. It was overcast, cooler, but humid. We decided to take the Jimmy out to Paradise Hills in Henderson and out to the dry lake bed. We hoped to play in mud. We beelined straight for the lake bed, but it was dry as a bone. There was a storm across the highway, we parked and waited for it to get to us. It never came, instead, the sky cleared and the sun came out. We hit the trails and drove up a mountain to shoot the guns.

This is the way up

This is the view

I haven't been shooting since Memorial day weekend. It took me a couple practice clips to gain control of my aim. Frank set up a target on an empty 5-gal water jug we found in the desert. He got a bulls eye on his turn. I did, too, once I got my aim down. We were both pleased. It was hot and humid, and I ended up getting sunburnt up there. We had a lot of fun, though. We drove back home via the trails around Paradise Hills. We hopped in the pool the minute we got home. We had the best time swimming and being silly. We laughed and laughed. My cheeks hurt. Hunger struck. It was Fuddrucker's time. We drove over, and to our dismay they don't open until Wednesday. The employees were training. Such a tease! We went to Amore instead. We ordered chicago-style dogs and a pizza. Good stuff. While enjoying our dinner, another diner, an old woman, had a seizure. 911 was ridiculous, they played 20 questions rather than just sending help. It took 10 minutes for the first medic to arrive on site, from when the call was first made. Poor response time. Luckily, the woman regained consciousness and it seemed like all would be ok.

We caught a couple movies over the weekend, Wanted and Hancock. Both had great potential and then veered off track and tanked. It’s been way too long since we saw a great movie. Sometimes I wonder why we even bother. It seems there's no end to the crap in sight; the previews for upcoming movies look absolutely terrible.

Sunday I threw together the marinade for Souvlaki. We grilled it up for lunch. It was juicy, tender, and it had great flavor. I'll definitely make it again.

INGREDIENTS Makes 12 servings as noted
• 1 lemon, juiced
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 3 cloves garlic, crushed
• 4 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
• 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
• 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
• skewers

1. In a large glass bowl, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, oregano, and garlic; add pork, onions, and green peppers, and stir to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Thread pork, peppers, and onions onto skewers.
3. Lightly oil grate. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or to desired doneness, turning skewers frequently for even cooking.

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