Iron Chef Nights

Several years ago when Chris and I worked at the Delphian School, we hosted Tuesday night dinners with the other you staff. There was a group of us that would have dinner each Tuesday and trade off cooking. It was a lot of fun. But then we moved farther away and some of the other people moved to New Hampshire and it just fell apart.

But a few months back Chris had the idea to start a similar thing up again, but instead of just trading off the cooking, it would be potluck style with a theme (like the show Iron Chef on the Food Network). So she emailed around and got a bunch of people intested.

We’ve had two of these now (one of which doubled as my birthday party), and they are a blast. People come with all sorts of food and everyone gets together at one of our places and eats and talks and has a good time.  And since a lot of us are a bit older and have little children, even they get to come and share in the fun.

I’m looking forward to the next one. I think the theme is apples and it should be good!


Wednesday night Chris informed me that I was going rafting on Friday. I had been waffling on whether I should go and she just pushed me over the edge. So off I went Thursday evening with some friends to meet up with some other friends and camp in Maupin before we went out on the river.

It’s been probably a decade or more since I’ve been camping, so it was neat to get everything out again and go (since I used to go camping regularly). And now that I’m feeling better, it was quite enjoyable to stay up until past midnight playing “Mafia” and joking around.

Then, thanks to a bird that embodies the reason shotguns were created, we woke up early and got some breakfast and killed some time before heading off to meet up with even more people before being bussed to the drop off. In total 24 of us ended up going out on the river for about 5 hours.

I had a great time, even when I was thrown off the boat while fighting off an “invader” from one of the other boats. And since this is a trip that is done a couple times each year, I’m looking forward to next year when I can go again.