Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Birthday Happy to Me

38 years, baby! I finally have a half-decent looking driver's license picture. WOOOT!

And a verrrrry purdy cake to celebrate my day.
A certain non-napper decided to surprise me today. One minute he was making my birthday slinky go down the book steps, and the next minute he was out.




Little guy charmed me with his antics:




And my eldest son and I watched this hilarious rendition of Stop in the Name of Love, followed by this conversation.

D: Mommy, what grade do you give that?

Me, laughing: an F!

D: Well I give it an A plus plus!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gah!


So my sister called me earlier in the week to ask me if I'm ever planning to sew again. I'm starting to wonder the same thing. It's been such a long time. I will. I've just got so many things going on right now. And as if reading blogs and scoping flickr weren't enough of a time suck already, I've discovered facebook too. OH.MY. Such fun reconnecting with old friends. One my friends and I are trying to organize our high school reunion here in the Seattle area this summer. We had a pretty dinky graduating class by US standards...like, 28 people. We are spread out all over the world. It will be interesting to see how many people actually show up. In the meantime, I joined facebook so that I could try to track down some long lost classmates, and there they all are! I guess I'm one of the last few to join the party. Hopefully some of my enthusiasm for it will die down a bit so that my kids can get their mommy back soon. OK. I'm exaggerating a bit (but not really).

Last night a friend taught me how to make granny squares. Man, are they addictive. I got home from my knitting group last night at 11:30 pm, and had to make a few more before I fell asleep. I don't know what these granny squares will become, or how long I will keep making them, but for now I'm having fun.

Over and out.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Unpretentious


A very unpretentious little knitted bath mitt made from cotton that should be organic, but sadly, is just regular kitchen cotton. It turned out a little smaller than I expected, so I decided to crochet the bottom to make it a little longer. With each stitch I realized the futility of it all--I am not a bath mitt person. I've always thought of bath mitts as being rather unhygienic. Slough off the detritus of the day, wring out the little slougher, let it and all the little creatures on it live to see another day. Ahem!

I was going to write a big long post about how some friendships (like useless bath mitts) we work so hard to save and for what? But then I decided that this here blog is my happy place, and so I wrote that post in my head and not for all the world to see.

Instead, I leave you with a quote from George Washington: Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

Have a good weekend.

*If you are a bath mitt person don't hate me. I'm not judging you, really!!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mulligatawny soup and other randomness


Sorry about this picture. I started eating before I realized I needed to get the food cam out. This is my mulligatawny soup. I discovered it about 6 years ago after watching a Seinfeld rerun about the soup nazi. They kept talking about mulligatawny, and I'd never heard of it before. I did a search and randomly picked one of the many recipes. I chose this one because I happened to have all the ingredients on hand.

This has been my fallback meal for those lunch playdates when the kids get grilled cheese and carrot sticks, but the moms need something a little more. I usually make it the night before. Over the years I've tweaked the recipe to make it quicker. I'm the type of person that doesn't have a lot of patience for boiling a whole chicken and deboning it when I can just boil up a couple of frozen chickens breasts, throw in a spoonful or two of instant chicken broth paste, and yield similar results. Some might disagree with me on that, but I'm not a fan of greasy chicken skin all over my kitchen sink, and for me quick and easy trumps greasy grimy any day. Anyhoo--the recipe is here. I like mine really tangy so I throw in extra cloves, curry, pepper and lemon juice. Sometimes I also use a dash of balsamic vinegar. That's my secret ingredient.

I'm definitely feeling sewing withdrawals. It's been about 3 months since I've sewn anything. I've been so busy unpacking and finding places for everything. Just when I think I have a handle on things, hubby brings more boxes in from the garage. I think my craft room is going to be the last place that gets set up around here. Right now it's full of boxes and I have no shelving to put fabric in. Also missing is a sewing table. We hired a sitter yesterday and went to IKEA. We got a table for the kitchen nook, some chairs, and a bench. I was on the lookout for a craft table and some shelves, but our li'l truck could only hold so much. I AM excited, though, that the Seattle IKEA now sells fabric by the yard!!!

One more thing--hubby and I have been watching a lot of Ming Tsai lately. I don't know what it is about him...I think it's his honest face and his cute American accented mandarin. The food he makes looks so spectacular and yummy. I wish I weren't allergic to alcohol, because he gets such a kick out of pairing the perfect wine to accompany each meal, which would be so fun. And those chairs he sits in at the end--ACK! So beautiful (and only $1,525 apiece, I might add--a steal if you're a millionaire, which I am not!). I haven't made any new year's resolutions yet, but I think I'm going to try making one or two of his recipes a month. He makes it look easy, and I suppose it would be had I a grill attachment on my gas range (which I do not).