Fun Times With The Beckers

All the fun, even if it's not always blogged…

The Boy Does Good — February 10, 2010

The Boy Does Good

AJ did a good thing today.

He donated a pint of blood! I am so proud!

You may, or may not, know that i am BIG fan of donating blood. My Grandma B. was a major donor giving multiple gallons over her lifetime. My dad and I try to uphold her legacy through regular donations.

Of course, at this point in my baby-making life, I am exempt from donating. So i thought it was so sweet that AJ had made a super secret appointment for this afternoon. we were having lunch after teaching our weekly Junior Achievement class (which, is awesome, and if you have five weeks in your schedule to teach a class, i say, DO IT!), and he reminded me that he had his appointment, and he seemed nervous.

too cute.

i checked with him afterward, and he said everything went well, and he was “resting” at home with the pooches.

I still say- for a half hour of your time, and a pint of your blood, it’s well worth the effort because you get FREE COOKIES, and they tell you to take it easy for 24-hours, no heavy lifting and eat three square meals.

Done, Done and Done!

anyway- thinking about this more, it reminds me of a time, a few years ago, when AJ and I were engaged. I was giving blood on a friday afternoon, and i was in a extra-chatty mood.

I was talking with the girl that was taking my blood (most likely to divert my attention from actually thinking about what was being drawn from my body), and she mentioned that she was from AJ’s hometown. So of course i have to say, “Well, I am engaged to a guy from there”- and she immediately knew AJ and remembered him, and apparently, had quite the little crush on the lad (AJ being about 5 years older than she). For the rest of the blood draw, she went on and on and on… and kept looking at me like, “really? you and AJ? really?”

what, like he’s Super Man?

Okay, apparently, “back home”, he is.

I have to admit, it was kind of fun to realize (while enjoying the complimentary cookie, of course) that I had hooked myself quite the catch!

Happy Valentine’s Week, Dear Boy!

a dose of reality — August 19, 2009

a dose of reality

one of the reasons i love being a part of the Advertising Federation of Lincoln is that each year we adopt a local non-profit and help them with an advertising/communications campaign (gratis).

Last year, we worked with Junior Achievement of Lincoln – which is near and dear to my heart.

now, in my presidential year (eek!) we will be working with Clinic With a Heart – a very deserving and growing organization within the Lincoln community. We will be putting together an awareness campaign focused on increasing the donor base. In our effort to do this, members of the AFL Board participated in a tour of one of the Clinic’s facilities.

This happened to coincide with the food distribution program at the Center for People in Need, a very great and necessary program for many Lincolnites.

Picture if you will, a handful of Lincoln’s advertising professionals, traipsing into this organized chaos in their classy work duds, many carrying designer purses and pushing their designer sunglasses onto their heads. we all felt immediately humbled. no longer do those trivial things such as, “oh shucks, i missed Sonic’s Happy Hour, now i must pay full price for my drink” matter – when these people are standing in line for a jar of peanut-butter.

but, it does make you want to help in any way you can. Yea for doing good things.

ps: i find it highly ironic that the Center for People in Need shares a parking lot with what i like to call, “The Trough” = Golden Corral. i kid you not. AJ and i once made the uninformed choice to have sunday brunch there. not only can you get pizza and bbq on the same plate as your scrambled eggs… you can have an omelet made ‘specially for you by a stoner kid who, halfway through cooking two individual omelets for you and lovely elderly woman next to you, says, “ooh, ha! for a second there, i forgot which was which. dude, that’d be crazy!” oh, and then after i sat down, with said omelet, i over hear the two ladies adjacent to us tell the bus-girl, “you know, our husbands said they have had enough, and they left us… but we’re not done yet, are we Mable?”

oy!

Beadles, Sponge Bob, Frisbees and Stromboli — February 10, 2009

Beadles, Sponge Bob, Frisbees and Stromboli

Oh, what a Monday!

First, i had the pleasure of joining my Mom and Grandpa R at the Beadle Center to meet up with some Sixth Graders from Dawes Middle School – the recipients of a Remigio Teaching Excellence Grant… it was cool. I drive by the Beadle Center every morning on my way to work or to help out at the Alpha Chi house… but i had never been inside…

We split into two groups, and I got to join up with my 7th grade health teacher… small world, i tell you! The kids were too funny, i couldn’t help but to capture some snaps:
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Touring the Greenhouses

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Demonstrating the Venus Flytrap… though, this one doesn’t thrive on human blood

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Quote of the day: “Hey, a Pineapple – is that where Sponge Bob lives?”
From the mouths of babes…

The day progressed as normal… as normal as a 55-degree rainy February day (odd)…

I went home to play with the pups… let them have a go at their new PetsMart frisbees we picked up at the Dog Expo, Saturday:
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did a bit of sewing (which i hope to blog on in the near future…)

and then created AJ’s most favorite meal– STROMBOLI!
I shall share this with the world, because it’s just that good!

STROMBOLI
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1 roll Pillsbury French Loaf dough
8 oz Smoked Turkey slices (or your favorite flat meat)
1 bunch scallions
1 package bacon crumbles/bacon bits (or be all fancy, and cook your own bacon!)
8 oz – 16 oz Cheese (here, i used Pepper Jack slices)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees
unroll french loaf dough – make sure not to tear
evenly lay out flat meat
finely chop scallions and scatter on top of flat meat
scatter bacon pieces atop
add cheese evenly
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*here, i called an audible and added dollops of cream cheese… do as you wish

Tightly and evenly roll dough into french loaf shape. be sure to secure all seams and ends.
Poke air holes in top of loaf.
*again, i added some olive oil prior to baking

Bake for 26-30 minutes.

Play with your dogs while Stromboli bakes:
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(Lucy: Extreme Closeup!)

Once finished, spread top with a slight bit of butter to add sheen
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slice and enjoy!
*i probably should have left it in the oven for 2:30 longer… but it was already 8:45pm and we were starving!

Other variations include:
ITALIAN – tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella cheese
PHILLY – roast beef, sauteed onions and green peppers and provolone cheese
CLUB – turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar and ranch powdered seasoning