So, yes, we got some really cool information about our daughter this week.  And then you don't hear from me?  My bad, really!  I came down with a pretty bad case of something that really had me feeling like crap!  I'm still not over it but feeling slightly better today.  Lets hope this is the END of my 5 week on again off again sickness.  A 'friend' of mine said a 'good blogger' would tough through the sickness and still write.  Ha, he's probably right.  But I good blogger would be making a few pennies from their site which I haven't begun to think about yet.  So, this is provided free of charge for your reading enjoyment - so, if I'm a day or to late, I guess you just get what you pay for!  HAHA.

So, because of the news Wednesdays we decided to go out and have a meal at The PineThis place has great beer!  We've wanted to try it a few times and just never got around to it.  Well, their Wednesday special was '$2.50 craft brew night' - this should get you thinking to check it out if you haven't.  Honestly, I've been a little freaked out about dates on beers lately. This Great Divide - Hibernation ale showed a bottled date of Oct 17 2008 that had me nervous!  Either the $2.50 price was a steal OR I was getting ripped off drinking something they found in their basement that had been there for years.  Well, in this case it turned out to be the first case.  This was a truly fantastic beer.  This had all the heavy malty quality that I love in beer.  The hop profile was so interesting.  It created like a sweet or almost hidden fruity (maybe banana) quality to it that really made this beer an excellent choice.  The silky smooth texture on my tongue made the beer feel like it belonged there all along.  This beer pours a dark black color into the glass with a nice dirty yellow/brown head.  At 8.7% alcohol this is not a beer to joke around with - after a nice day out in the cold 2 or 3 of these would be perfect by a fire to warm you up!

I did not have this beer with the "recommended" food pairing the bottle/site says of "Roomano, an aged hard Dutch cow’s milk cheese, grilled beef tenderloin, apple crisp with ginger ice cream."  But this went great with the AWESOME fish sandwich I did order at the Pine.  The beer and the restaurant was a great way to come together as a family and enjoy some of the news we got.  So to share,  we received got preliminary scores of an IQ test of our oldest daughter.  She scored a 136 over all which I'm learning is fairly high.  Oddly, my house has been much calmer over the last 2 weeks.  I'm thinking she was maybe acting out because she was not getting the attention her sister was and was bored of the school work she was doing.  That said, we've been giving her more attention and time and things have been much calmer lately.  Hopefully we can keep this going as it has been really nice not yelling all the time.


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