What a gorgeous, beautiful autumn day!  Not a cloud in the sky, it’s about 44 degrees (puts a nice zip in your stride) and colors are VIVID!  This has been awesome sleeping weather, too.  With the window open and a small fan on low, it brings in just the right amount of cool air so that snuggling together is almost essential.  We sleep best that way.

I had lunch with my last remaining employee the other day.  We haven’t done that in a while and had a nice time chatting about the grandkids and how difficult it’s becoming to figure out what to get them for Christmas now that they’ve gotten older, stuff like that. It felt great to make time to take a lunch break and she reminded me just how important it is to make a point to get away each day for that time that I’m given.  She gave me my recipe for white chili when she came to my birthday party a couple of years ago and I have to say that it’s become a popular staple around our house when the weather becomes cool.  Seems like I can’t ever make enough of it.

We’re still waiting to hear from the temporary agency on a new temp to fill in the vacancy left by the other one who just walked off the job about 3 weeks ago.  Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later so she doesn’t get stressed over the amount of work coming in and her being the only one doing it.

We’re gearing up to do some interviewing for the new vacant position with, most likely, an immediate hire.  An extra set of hands will go a long way toward making the work day a bit easier.  I hate the process of trying to match skills to need but it’s a process that is necessary.

Lisa has been busy with doing a lot of demolition work at a couple of jobs.  I would have to think that, with this kind of work, she would be the least stressed person I know! 😉  She’s trying to get things finished as much as possible before her surgery on October 10 so that she can take the following week off without worrying about something being left undone or some customer left hanging.

She’s getting work referrals from her existing customers, something we had hoped would happen right from the beginning.

We spent Saturday moving furniture and then we started putting the laminate in the family room.  Now, granted, we bought the most inexpensive stuff we could find and did that on purpose because we weren’t really cranked up about putting anything “good” in down there.  It’s where the kids congregate with food, drinks and other stuff during the holidays, it’s where the exercise equipment is, and we also use the fireplace (which is quite messy) down there.  We just wanted to get that nasty old carpet out of there and put in something temporary.  So, we started in and got about 3 rows done but were dismayed at the fact that we had damaged about 5 boards doing those 3 rows.  We got frustrated and just quit for the day.  Lisa apparently decided at some point in the night that maybe we should go about it from a different direction on the boards (that is, put the flat side toward us and use that side to tap on) so that we didn’t damage them as easily.  Well, DUH!  She was right!  So, rather than watching football on Sunday, we listened to the Buffalo Bills game and got half of the family room done in the laminate (this room is 15½ x 22½) and decided to call it a day.

We went upstairs and had some of that white chili that had been simmering all day, and sat down to watch the Broncos game.  At halftime Joe went down to the family room with us and helped us move furniture onto the new floor that we’d already put in so that we had clear floor to finish.  We were going to try to do a couple hours’ work each night this week but last night, by the time I got home, I was too pooped to piddle so we took the night off.  We’ll get back into it tonight and hopefully will have the main part of the room completed before Saturday.

Saturday morning our new furniture is being delivered — that’s why we need it done by then.  The new furniture will go upstairs and the stuff that’s there right now will go down into the family room with the rest of the stuff — which is why we’re frantically trying to get this stuff done.

I read an excellent piece on same-sex marriage over at Lesbiatopia — it’s well done, thoughtful, and right on the money.  If you get a chance, give ‘er a read.  Here’s a snippet:

The reality is that, given how gays, lesbians and transpeople are a statistically insignificant proportion of the population of any country’s population, as a whole of the marriage numbers, the number of same-sex marriages will be, likewise, insignificant. That is, since gays, lesbians and transpeople are less than ten percent of any given population, then it likewise follows that they would account for less than ten percent of any given set of marriages in any given year in any given country. Um…ok?

What that means is we are a small population, a minority, and thus will not marry in the same numbers as the larger population, that is the majority. THUS, if you take this logic to its conclusion, every minority in this country should be denied their marriage rights since all minorities will account for a statistically insignificant number of the marriages performed in this country. Furthermore, because there are a statistically insignificant number of inter-racial marriages performed in this country, there should not be any inter-racial marriages performed either. Wow, according to this logic, we should all go back to 1859.

White Chili — this is from my head, so there aren’t a lot of accurate measurements, but trust me on this.

1 lb. each of ground turkey and ground turkey breast (or two lbs. of one)
6-8 cups of water
1 small onion
1 bouillon cube for each 2 cups of water (chicken or vegetable or any combination)
2 cans white kidney (cannelinni) beans (or whit northern or garbanzo)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup arrowroot

Brown turkey in Extra Virgin Olive Oil along with garlic and onion. Add water, bouillon, beans and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for an hour or so. Combine 1/2 cup arrowroot with 1 cup COLD water and add to pot. Stir well. Simmer an additional 15 minutes or until broth has thickened.

The arrowroot is probably one of the most important ingredients, so don’t leave it out. Also, be sure you combine it with COLD water. It dissolves better in it. Warm or hot water will make it gelatinous and, well, yuck.

The original recipe also called for some jalapeno peppers but, since we don’t like ’em, we don’t use ’em, but you can put anything like that in it. This is a great cold weather meal, especially when served with some French or Italian bread.