Mind – Sequestration is a pain in my booty! But that’s not the kind of booty I am talking about. A deployment to Turkey was an absolute blast not just for the hilarious pranks we played, reference the 14 January post “Now that’s funny,” but because of the cool stuff you can get in the Turkish bazaars. Rug shopping was the most fun and is a ritual in Turkey. The vendors would send out little kids to usher you into their stores, sometimes not so nice on the outside, but once on the inside we discovered rooms stacked to the ceiling with the most amazing carpets on the planet. The process began once seated on comfortable recliner chairs after being greeted by the owner like family returning from a long trip. The little kids would bring cold beers and food while literally the red carpets were rolled out. These stores had rugs from all over the world made by some of the finest craftsman. My favorites are hand made silk on silk Bukhara rugs. These salesmen were good and once they found the rug you liked the back and forth over price began, and it was a lot of fun. Everybody walked away feeling pretty good with the bargain that had been reached, but in reality, it wasn’t the rug or the deal that made it good. By far the best was interacting with someone with a totally different culture than your own, but realizing we are not really that different after all. It is amazing what sitting and talking can do to bring people together.
Body – Endurance
Run 1 mile <10 minutes
Run 3 miles <24 minutes
Run 5 miles <35 minutes
Weapons Instructor Course
Run 7 miles <49 minutes
Recipe of the Day
Roasted Chicken Thighs with New Potatoes and Peas
6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 475°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Nestle chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high; continue cooking skin side down, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and cook 13 more minutes. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Boil potatoes for 12 minutes or until soft, crush with a ricer or press. Add 4 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp salt to taste.
Microwave per instructions, usually 4 minutes.
Spirit – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
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