Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday Night Odds & Ends

There are a bunch of things on my mind that I want to write about, so bear with me. I've divided them up into six topics with bold dividers between topics below.

Topic #1:
Two of restaurant reviews...

Ruby Tuesday
: This afternoon we went to the BX at Hickam AFB and to the post office to mail some Christmas packages to family and friends. As we left Hickam, it looked like the traffic heading back home was pretty horrendous, so we decided to stop at Ruby Tuesday for dinner on the way home. I foolishly thought that the phrase "turkey burger" implied "healthy alternative." OMG... Quick flashback to my explanation that I have a 35 point per day food allowance with WW, and I typically leave myself around 13 points for dinner. Okay, fast forward to dinner tonight where I had that turkey burger. Yyyyyyyeah...
25 points!!!
(just for the burger)
So I went a WEE bit over my food allowance today. Oh, that was a DARN good tasting burger though! Sure glad I did my weekly weigh-in THIS morning instead of TOMORROW morning. Looking at the nutrition information on their website though, I don't think I'll ever eat anything except the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday.

Bravo's: I meant to put in a plug for one of our favorite restaurants on the island. I absolutely LOVE Bravo's. It's an Italian place on Kam Highway just a smidge west of the Pearl Ridge Shopping Center (as you're driving away from the Naval Station, it's on the right hand side right after Pearl Ridge and that little watercres farm). First off, they bring you these little garlic bread rolls that are AWESOME. When the waitress puts that basket of garlic bread rolls in front of me, I just can't control myself and I start scarfing them down as if I hadn't been fed in weeks. Then, you can choose just about any type of pasta you want with just about any type of sauce you want. We went there Friday and I had the capellini with pesto sauce. I LOVE pesto sauce! Anyway, if you want to give it a try, I recommend going like right at 5 p.m. for dinner, because by 5:30 p.m. there will be a line of people waiting for a table.

Topic #2: JAG Lesson Du Jour.

Lessons in Legal Terminology: I learned something new today. Do you know the difference between assault and battery? I didn't. It turns out if you make some sort of a threatening gesture like raising your hand to hit someone, then that's assault (just the threat). IF, after losing a game of pool a Sailor mouths off to the winners of the game and one of said winners punches said Sailor in the nose, then THAT is actually battery because he made "unlawful physical contact." No specific reason for this JAG lesson of the day, just thought you might be curious.

Topic #3: More Poking Fun at My Son's School

As I have mentioned before, ES goes to a Catholic school. It continues to amuse me how the school administration's policies and practices just seem inconsistent with Christianity.

The first of my latest two observations has to do with the school's winter pageant. In today's world of everyone trying to be politically correct and say "happy holidays" so as not to offend any non-Christians, you would think the ONE place you'd find a "CHRISTMAS" festival or pageant would be at a CHRISTIAN school. It just boggles my mind.

The second thing that struck me as odd was the First Grade Idol competition (a talent show like American Idol). Um... my memory is a little fuzzy on this, but wasn't there something in the Bible about "thou shalt not worship false idols"? Okay, okay, so this is not in the same context, but I still thought it was kind of funny.

Topic #4: Bedtime Prayers

Normally before we say bedtime prayers with the boys, we ask them what their favorite part about the day was and say thanks for those things during the prayer. I don't know why I didn't try this before, but tonight I tried something new. I let ES and YS each have a turn to say things they were thankful for during the prayer. Here's what they each prayed for on our first attempt at them contributing to bedtime prayers (listed in the order they prayed for them):

First Grade Idol
Otis (his favorite stuffed animal dog that has been missing for a while now)

"My teachers" - "Miss Tala" and "the other one"
Baby Jesus
Light Sabers

Topic #5: Shopping

Thanks to those of you who checked the mainland stores for the red light saber ES wanted for Christmas. As LW mentioned in a comment to my previous post, we found the rare variety of red light saber at the Hickam AFB Base Exchange tonight. Hooray!

Topic #6: KLOVE is BACK!

KLOVE has been off the air here in Hawaii for a couple of weeks now since a big storm knocked down a bunch of power lines and trees and made a mess of things. Today while I was at work, I got a phone call from LW all excited because she turned on the radio just to check, and KLOVE was BACK! Hooray!

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