Puddle Jumping, and This Week’s Menu

December in Oregon is has nothing to do with the weather itself but rather the attitude of the person in it. Case in point: We’ve been getting amazing amounts of precipitation this month–magnitudes that I have never seen since we moved here almost ten years ago. There is a lot of lowland flooding, and the Tualatin River is astonishingly high.

Naturally, the rain is cold and wet, which makes certain people pretty miserable. And I admit, flooding makes people miserable. And achy joints makes people miserable. I get it.
But sometimes you’ve got to turn the drawback into a strength. Rain makes puddles. When was the last time you did some unabashed puddle-jumping? The Husband and I took advantage of some kid-free time last weekend and ventured out into Tryon Creek State Park. We hiked a short-ish loop and I got to field test my birthday present: a pair of (snow?) boots that are great for marching through puddles without caring about my feet turning cold and wet.

boots in mud

We stomped in puddles like a pair of hyper kids. We hid in tree stumps.

Gnome

We had fun.

We're dorks.

Monday, Monday, back to the grind. I’ve got a week’s worth of dinners planned out, and here they are:

This Week’s Menu

Monday: Gyoza and stir-fried veggies with yakisoba noodles
Tuesday: Cajun Chicken Pasta and salad
Wednesday: Beef Roast with veggies and potatoes
Friday: Egg Salad Sandwiches
Saturday: The Husband’s company Christmas Party!
Have fun out there in the wild weather!
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