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Another week has just flown by. When will they slow down, I wonder? Here are some highlights of the last week or so:
1. Taking notes in church. I used to do this all the time, but after ending up with stacks of spiral notebooks I didn’t know what to do with, I stopped. But I started up the practice again recently, and it really does help me stay awake, stay focused, and get more from the sermon, even if I never look at the notes again.
2. Grilled ham. This marinade (near the end) makes it some of the best stuff.
3. An impromptu get-together. We had enough ham to share, called my son and daughter-in-law to see if they had plans, they didn’t and came over. Mittu brought a salad, fresh asparagus to grill, and a pumpkin bread and muffin mix from Trader Joe’s that, with chocolate chips and a glaze added, tasted very similar to Harvest Loaf Cake.
4. Lights on the patio umbrella. My husband’s idea, and a nice touch.
5. The presidential candidate’s roasts. Presidential candidates since the time of Kennedy and Nixon have stopped at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner and “roasted” or poked fun at themselves, each other, and sometimes the press. It’s usually pretty funny.
Favorites of Romney’s lines:
“I was hoping to see the president would have bought Vice President Joe Biden with him because he’ll laugh at anything.”
“Of course we’re down to the final months of the president’s term. You have to wonder what he’s thinking. ‘So little time, so much to redistribute.’”
“In the spirit of sesame Street, the president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter O and the number $16 trillion.”
“I never suggest the press is biased. They have a job to do and I have a job to do. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the country, and their job is to make sure nobody finds out about it.”
Obama’s best lines:
“I had a lot more energy at our second debate. I was well-rested after the nice long nap I had at the first debate.”
“Tonight’s not about the disagreements Gov. Romney and I might have, it’s about what we have in common – beginning with our unusual names. Actually, Mitt is his middle name. I wish I could use my middle name.”
“Monday night’s debate is about foreign policy. Spoiler alert, we got bin Laden.”
On memories of going to Yankee Stadium, “the House that Ruth Built, although he really did not build that. I hope everybody is aware of that.”
On what he hears often as he goes around the country: “Honestly, we were hoping to see Michelle.”