Friday, January 30, 2009
Meanwhile, Kev gets a whole week of having the house to himself. Kev, I command you to do something fun.
Now, I don't get out much or watch a lot of TV, but this morning I saw this headline on NBCWashington.com: Bam Backs Steelers. Seriously? Are people really calling the President of the United States "Bam?" Good grief. That is the most annoying thing I've heard since "Bennifer." I hope all this rock star treatment doesn't go to his head. The man has work to do.
OK. Gotta pack.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
On the way home, we passed by the Battery Warehouse.
This is the Battery Warehouse. Thank goodness we have a battery warehouse nearby! They have batteries for almost anything! I shouldn't make fun of it. It's probably a really nice little mom and pop store. And it's scheduled to be torn down soon. I hope it's replaced by a coffee shop or an ice cream store, but I still feel bad for its owners.
Surprisingly, Daphne insisted on walking almost all the way home. Usually, if we don't have the stroller, she decides about half-way home that she wants to be carried. This time, she made it to about 100 yards from the house. "I'm just too tired, Mommy," and she sat down in the middle of the sidewalk and refused to move. So, I had to pull her the rest of the way, which wasn't easy because we were on a section of sidewalk that had been shoveled, so I was pulling her on brick.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The events of Saturday afternoon require a little background: We have wifi at our house. The signal is good downstairs, but not so good upstairs. So every time we wanted to print something, we had to haul the printer downstairs to the kitchen, which is where my computer lives. This was a pain, so Kev bought some sort of $80.00 gadget at Best Buy that is supposed to among other things boost the signal and solve the problem. Guess what. It didn't work. So Kev went all McGiver on me and used some techno-geek dudes free internet template to build a wifi booster out of cardstock and aluminum foil (pictured above - the thing that looks like a sail). Guess what. It works. So, props to Kev for saving us $80.00. Pretty cool, huh?
Having had enough of chores and errands, we decided to spend Sunday doing "something fun." So, we packed a picnic lunch, and made the short trip to Shenandoah National Park to drive along the Skyline Drive to take in some wintery mountain scenery. We had a picnic in the way-back of the car because it was too cold to eat outside. We saw hawks and deer, and heard frogs and woodpeckers and had a great time. The park is going to be spectacular in the spring and fall, so we bought an annual pass and plan to go camping as soon as we can.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So, I went on the internet to search for a picture of Mister Rogers in his scary clown mask, and lo and behold, I found one. The funny thing is, this is a DIFFERENT clown mask than the one he put on in the episode I saw today, so that means he has donned scary clown masks at least twice on his show. The one today was worse than this one. If you search, you can find the video that goes with the picture above, which in some cases has been overdubbed with scary evil clown voice. I will not post a link, because I will not support Mister Rogers smearing. But he really shoulda thought twice about the masks. (Shiver).
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Aaaaaaaah, yes. Guinness Beef Stew on a cold and snowy winter day. You can't get much better than that. I used this recipe, and stuck to it more or less except for the following: In step two, where you cook the vegetables, I used onions and carrots as suggested, but added mushrooms too, because we are a mushroom family. Also, I didn't add in the potatoes with the other vegetables because I thought they would get overcooked and mushy, so I just threw them in the pot about 25 minutes before I planned to serve the stew. (I used Yukon Gold instead of Russet just because I like them better in stew). It was really good, and I don't usually like beef stew all that much. The meat was really tender. I think the lady who published the recipe was right about using the Guinness and the wine (I used Coppola Claret)...very tasty. Anyway, this stew is kind of time consuming. I started on it at about 3:30 and we ate at 6:30. There is just a lot of washing and peeling and chopping and stirring. So, make it on a Sunday when you have some time to spend in the kitchen. Good stuff. I think I'll turn the leftovers into pot pies tomorrow night.
While I was making stew, Kev and Daphne were hard at work on the world's smallest snowman. I wish I could have joined them. I think Kev did all the work while his helper ate snow. She must think the world is covered with ice cream when it snows or something. I keep telling her it's just water, but she won't listen to me. She just scoops up handfuls and licks it off her gloves. Yuck. I gave up trying to stop her. Anyway, the snowman is still out there this morning, although he has lost his carrot nose. I should try to find him a tiny flag in honor of inauguration day.
Speaking of which, is it unpatriotic of me to ask who is paying for all these inauguration festivities? Just curious.
Unrelated: They are re-making the Electric Company. Not sure how I feel about that.
And one more thing: Add to my Texas list
- Watch the Mavericks.
That is all for now.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Tonight, we are scheduled for Soup 4: Guinness Beef Stew. Perfect timing. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
- Go to dinner with Anne and Emily
- Hang out with my friends from HS.
- Have good Barbeque.
- Get happy feet (I think I still may have a free gift certificate!)
- Get a burrito at Freebirds (thanks, Rob)
- Go to Central Market
- Go to the bookstore by myself
- Knit something / Go to the Shabby Sheep
- Drive past my old house (maybe)
- Sleep in
- Play with Albert
It probably won't all happen, but some of it will, and I can't wait. If only I didn't have to fly on a plane to get there.
OK...pumpkin bread time. Aaaaah. Sometimes I'm so glad this isn't a football house. I like Sunday.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Peanut loves her new easel from Grandma and Grandpa. Here is a video of her using it this morning.
Every day, she asks to paint. Keeping the paint colors separated is out of the question. But that's OK I guess. I don't know what we're going to do with all these pieces of art. Right now, we use a hippo-shaped chip clip to hang one at a time from the blinds in the play room. Our fridge is not magnetic.
It is COLD here today, and going to get even colder later in the week. All this cold, and no snow. It isn't right.
Last weekend, we walked over to the weekly farmer's market down the street. We bought apples, eggs, breakfast sausages, and a pork shoulder. It was all so fresh and good, and I felt good about feeding it to my family. I don't want to get all preachy about being earth-friendly on you, but if you want to read a really good article about "eating green," get the newest Bon Appetit magazine, or follow this link. I really believe that every little bit helps. I wish the farmer's market was every day.
Have I mentioned how much I love Flight of the Conchords? Hooray for three free months of HBO. It will expire soon, and I will be very very sad.
In happy news, Daphne and I will be making a trip to Texas very soon. Perhaps I'll make a list in my next post of things I want to do while I'm there. Yee-Haw!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
I got a souffle dish for my birthday. Back in August. Today, I finally got to use it. This is a cheese souffle using this recipe. (I used smoked gouda instead of cheddar, and also put a little minced garlic in with the butter. Otherwise, followed the exact recipe). It was GOOD. Don't fear the souffle. It isn't that hard. And it's like eating a cloud. Maybe I should change this to the Winter of Souffle.
I am dedicating this, my first souffle, to my friend Kevin M., in honor of his new job and because he was nice enough to go to a very very girly souffle restaurant to help us celebrate my 40th birthday.
On an unrelated note, I saw a mockingbird today. It made me happy. It's the first one I've seen since leaving Texas.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I was disappointed, because I was trying to recreate the delicious butternut squash soup I had at "Jane" in New York City last month. Theirs was served with a big blob (I hate the word "dollop") of mascarpone cheese and some spicy pumpkin seeds. Our lame grocery store didn't have mascarpone cheese or spicy pumpkin seeds, so I whipped some heavy cream and bought a six-pack of David's snack-size packets of salted pumpkin seeds. It just wasn't the same. Oh, how I miss Central Market!
This was my first time using leeks, which was kind of fun.
Time to choose Soup Number 3!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I think it's already the 3rd, but I wanted to blog a New Year's blog, and Daphne's engrossed in Charlie and Lola, so I have a brief window.
For the most part, 2008 was a drag. But there were some moments I will remember happily (do you feel a list coming on?). Here are a few good 2008 times:
- Trip to Oklahoma with the Mantooth family.
- Dave Brubeck at the Blue Note in NYC.
- East Texas Craft weekend with HS friends.
- Mommy's Night Out dinners with Anne and Emily.
- Sledding on Kev's birthday.
- Cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my mom.
- Indiana road trip.
- Pink Martini at the House of Blues.
- Picking up people at airports.
- Going to Colorado, having crepes.
- Oktoberfest at the Mighty Midget.
- Daphne's 2nd birthday party.
- Birth of the great Blueberry.
- Every time there was ice cream.
In 2009, I look forward to continuing the Winter of Soup, going to Texas, seeing our Cherry Trees blossom and Peonies bloom, getting unpacked, knitting, decorating the house, riding my bike, taking walks as often as possible, taking the Peanut camping, and getting my parents and brother moved up here, and probably some other stuff that I can't think of.
Well, Charlie and Lola is over, and Daphne's on the loose with crayons. Better get back to work now...Hope your 2009 is a good one.