Happy Sunday TKW Family! How was your past week? Are you getting ready for Halloween although if you step into any store they’ve bypassed Halloween and went straight to Christmas. I mean what is up with that anyway? I can remember when I was little you didn’t see Christmas stuff until AFTER Halloween. Santa wasn’t even a thought as you were in the store picking out your costume. For me it was always Barbie. Yeah little chubby me as Barbie – blue silky type robe that itched, a white billowy top that never quite fit over the chubness and that plastic mask that was a distorted Barbie face. The eye holes never lined up evenly and 2 teensy vents in the nostrils to breathe yet you inevitably had to pull the mask up or away from your face to breathe. And that elastic cord that OMG ripped out every single baby hair on the back of your neck.
You’d run up to the door, stop before you rang the bell to pull up the mask to get a breath, all red-faced and sweaty only to say ‘trick or treat’. Yet now, if you go into the store there is maybe some end cap of leftover Halloween items and rows upon rows of Christmas items. It’s just unreal. Let the kids (and me!) enjoy my holidays when it’s the actual holiday! And don’t get me started on the seasonal candy either! I mean when it’s July and I’m seeing Halloween candy in the store it really, REALLY makes me wonder what types of preservatives are in it to let it remain good for 4 months! Yeah – think about that people!
This past week for me was both good and emotionally bad. It was good in the sense that I was in town and a good portion of my meetings were canceled which allowed me to actually get so much work done. I didn’t have to work at night which allowed me to work on TKW stuff and spend time with Mr. Fantabulous. I was able to spend quality time with my team which is so important to me. It’s important to me to have a great relationship with each of them. Anyone can be a boss but only a few can truly lead. For me knowing that I can mentor, lead and hone someone’s career to put them on the path of success is one of the greatest feelings work-wise.
*sigh* now for the emotionally bad. I have a family member that is fighting cancer and has taken a turn for the worse. She is in the hospital in incredible pain and we are all here unable to help. This woman has the most kindest heart of anyone you’d ever meet. She’s truly genuine and would help out anyone in any way she could. However she’s a fighter and will push through this but I am scared for her. Then this past Friday one of my best friends called me to tell me that her father passed away that morning. Then Friday evening another friend of mine sent a message that his father had also passed away. And to top that I had a horrible nightmare the night prior that a different family member of mine passed away. My heart is heavy and so filled with sorrow. Death for me is nothing something I deal with easily; no one does really but for me it’s something I have a hard time handling with. However right now this isn’t about me but about my friends, my family and being strong for them. They deserve that and more importantly, they need that.
Since I’m going to be late a few nights this week as I’ll be at the funeral home I wanted to go with simple for our weekly menu. Food doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to taste good, right?! With that folks, you have yourself an amazing week and know that you are loved!
Best Kitchen Wishes!
♥ Monday – Apple Streusel Stuffed Acorn Squash
♥ Tuesday – Hoisin Asian Meatballs Subs
♥ Wednesday – Creamy Ham, Potato and Corn Chowder
♥ Thursday – Crispy Chicken Parmesan
♥ Friday – Roasted Grape Prosciutto Pizza Parma
♥ Saturday – Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
♥ Sunday – Proposal Chicken – Ultimate Roasted Chicken
♥ Dessert of the week – Sprinkle Chocolate Cake Chocolate Bark