Peetering out on the Morning Show

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“Peter out” and Pooh

Have you ever been caught off-guard by a saying that everyone apparently knows, but you’ve never heard? It happened to me this morning when Brad said the traffic would eventually “peter out” on I-235. I’ve lived in a lot of places, and can honestly say I’ve never heard the term. How embarrassing! For the record, it’s a verb that means something will gradually dwindle. Credit Brad with its proper use.

I never get tired of seeing this picture. A Des Moines Register photographer captured Iowa’s former governor, Tom Vilsack, dressed as Winnie the Pooh at the annual Spring Fling at Terrace Hill. Vilsack was famous for dressing up as story book characters for the event, which his wife Christie organized to promote literacy. Now, as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Vilsack is using Walt Disney characters in Public Service Announcements to get children interested in fitness. I’m not sure how honey fits into that equation.

It’s been a lot of fun filling-in for Patrick this week. My sincere thanks go to you, Brooke, and the crew. It’s funny how a more tiresome schedule can actually re-energize you at work!

If you are wondering why this random photo of Dan and his fiancee Shannon is on the blog it’s because I couldn’t get it on yesterday when our e-mail went down. I had to stick it up today because it’s so cute. Believe it or not, I have never actually met Shannon since I rarely go out on the weekends with my co-workers now that I am on this schedule and have a 1 year old. Anyway, Congratulations Dan and Shannon on your upcoming wedding!
My mom laughed when I told her that the hamburger stroganoff recipe I posted a few weeks ago has become a hit. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they made it and REALLY liked it. Growing up, this is one of the recipes my mom made all the time because it’s easy and cheap. I think she got a little tired of it… but is very happy to hear it’s bringing culinary joy to others! Anyway, I was thinking about the next recipe I should post and I think I found one that everyone will like. And, it’s even easier than the stroganoff. I left it at home, so I will post it tomorrow. It’s Mexican Chicken Soup and you make it in a crockpot. It seriously tastes like something you would order in a restaurant. So… look for that tomorrow!
I am headed down to Hartford to read to a group of grade school students later this morning. I’m taking Evan with me and hoping he will behave. Hopefully I will have some pictures to post tomorrow. Have a great day! I would also like to thank Dan for filling in for Patrick. We had a fun time together.
Brooke

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