1. Thursday night I stayed up late and fixed a beef stew ahead of time and tonight we warmed it up and ate it. I had feared it would be inferior because I had mistakenly put oregano in it, but that turned out fine. Yes, the stew was a tad too peppery and I'll dial back the pepper next time I fix it. Adrienne, the Deke, and I loved this stew. It was a joy to prepare and to eat.
2. I'll be vague on purpose. Mom is embarrassed about a mishap at her house. I called her to learn more about it and everything turned out really fine, really good. A disaster averted.
3. I think it was a good move for my psyche and my need for rest to stay home rather than return to LCC for a department meeting.