When I wrote #3 my Fabulous '14 list that I wanted to have time with friends and did not even occur to me that this would be the year I have my 25 year high school reunion. Where does the time go? I graduated from Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, Minnesota in a class of 34 in May of 1989.
It was before our 15 year reunion when my classmate Jay's dad passed away. I said we are starting to bury our parents and we need to make sure we get together more often because soon we would start burying each other. Unfortunately we have lost a few more parents and even one of our own classmates, Mark Dee, in 2011. Hearing of Mark's passing reminded me of the soft spoken guy who earned the nicknamed "Doc" because of his initials. Mark was one of the kindest people I knew growing up. His quiet, gentle demeanor was occasionally broken with a funny quip about the topic at hand; often a little joke about someone nearby, but never harmful or cruel. Though I never saw him after high school graduation the memories I have of him are all good. The night of our 25th year class reunion we raised a toast to Mark.
We spent the evening catching up on who is doing what for work and where life has taken us, who has kids (Yikes) driving and even heading off to college; who has gotten divorced, and reminisced about stories that looking back made us laugh.
Many classmates run into each other from time to time, but distance often separates us from getting together more than we should. Some people choose not to attend reunions for whatever reason, but no matter what happened 25+ years ago in the hallways of our high school we need to continue to celebrate the lives we have.
Though many people in the group Saturday night I've only see about every five years at reunions, the invention of social media such as email and Facebook should help bridge the gap of time and distance. I don't want to wait another five years to get together...let's grab coffee, cocktails, lunch, dinner, breakfast, or where ever life takes us!
On My Lucky 13 list I had the goal to climb the stairs of the IDS building in Minneapolis. At 57 stories this iconic building is the tallest building in Minnesota. Unfortunately, I did not get this goal accomplished in 2013. I decided to reset the goal for 2014 and put it on my Fabulous '14 list. The Fight for Air Climb is where participants climb stairs to a skyscrapers around the country to raise money for the American Lung Association.
Participation in the 2014 Fight for Air Climb would be a way I can work towards the goal. After some quick research I found 2014 Fight for Air Climb was going to be on February 22 at the US Bank Plaza. This climb would be 31 stories. It would be an accomplishment worthy of my Fabulous '14. Participating in the Fight for Air Climb will not only help me check off #6 Floors on my Fabulous '14 list, it will contribute to the my goals of:
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The first day into 2014 and I am back cooking again. Hungry for breakfast I started searching though the cabinets and refrigerator for something to make. I found remnants of meals past. Could I do something with these bits and pieces? Of course!
The challenge: Make breakfast for 3 people.
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Yellow Pepper
Handful of Black Olives
I heated olive oil in a skillet and added the diced onions. While that onions started to cook, I diced the potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes. Added potatoes to skillet, tossed with onions and cooked for about 4 minutes. Added peppers, tomatoes, and corn. Seasoned with salt and pepper. Let cook until tender. Added a light sprinkle of cheddar cheese . Cracked eggs and added on top of hash like mixture, like sunny side up egg. Covered and let cook until eggs were cooked to medium. While cooking I diced black olives and avocado. Before serving topped hash with another light sprinkle of cheddar cheese, black olives, avocado, and couple dollops of sour cream.