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Friday ended well. That is, it ended on time at work. I was able to get home, have dinner, and actually see my kids for a bit. It was lovely.

Saturday morning we all slept in a bit. Daddy took Alex off to his final soccer game of the season. When Momma goes to soccer, he comes over for hugs, snuggles, and refuses to play. When Daddy goes, Alex actually plays...mostly. He's still 4 and doesn't really have the attention span for an hour-long game. But he had fun, so that was good.

Emi and I went down to the basement to get some stuff done - I wanted to sew and she wanted to clean up the giant box of American Girl doll stuff my dad mailed us. They have a dog, so I refused to let her play with the stuff until we cleaned it. Everything that could be washed went into the washer. The rest...well, I gave her a box of Clorox wipes and told her to wipe everything. I'm not sure how good of a job she did, so we'll see how badly her hands break out as she continues playing with this stuff.. I hemmed a pair of leggings, then cut out, sewed, and hemmed matching leggings for Emi and me! They're a space-dyed lime green and teal spandex knit. I adore them. Emi adores them. We both decided we needed to wear them that day. Alex was jealous and wanted to know where *his* new pants were.

Then, we went out for lunch (Culver's) and went up for apple picking! It was a gloriously sunny day and it was wonderful. The kids are finally big enough that no one needed to be carried, pushed, or pulled. We picked apples, ate apples, and had a lovely long walk. We bought some cider, the apples we picked, and some apples for sauce. On our way home, we stopped by a local farm and bought pumpkins and squashes. Downwood got to recreate a viral video when he put the apples onto a drill to peel faster. It worked surprisingly well - only one exploded from the G-forces. We made apple sauce, ate apples, and hung out for the rest of the day.

Sunday morning we all slept in LATE. Emi came in and snuggled with me, which was lovely. She's getting so big and most of the time I'm up and doing stuff long before she is, so this was a wonderful treat for Momma.

I did a lot of laundry and a lot of sewing. I started getting pieces cut out for Emi's Hogswatch present (tons of princess dresses). I also pulled out the leftover green fabric and a blue jersey remnant and put together a shirt for Alex. It's super cute and he loves it. Now I need to make a similar shirt for Downwood and trim it with the last little bits of the green fabric and we could have an ADORABLE xmas card picture.

We also did a lot of cooking. Downwood boiled apple juice down into apple juice concentrate, then mixed it with more cider and honey. It's currently sitting in the brewing closet with Campten tabs, killing off any unwanted bacteria. Tomorrow, he'll put in the yeast and let it do its thing. I decided that I was tired of stopping at the gas station every morning to grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee, so I made some english muffin egg sandwiches and some breakfast burritos and put it all in the freezer. This will work. I will make it work.

I did NOT get over to the tattoo place to get my pumpkin done. They were super busy and I had too much anxiety to call early enough for them to get me in. UGH. So now I'm Fbook chatting with the owner and we're setting up a time. I finally decided that this can go on the back of my left calf. That way, it won't interfere with my plans for my right leg, with my back phoenix, or clash with my ideas for my right arm. Also, I didn't feel like dealing with the potential embarrassment of a high hip placement. My calves are lovely and deserve to be decorated, too.

So, yeah, I accomplished a lot this weekend. I was decent at adulting, even if a couple of times I just said "Heck with it" and tried to enjoy the moment. I did NOT want to get out of bed today, but werk's been reasonably quiet. This is a nice change of pace and one I will be embracing.
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Not good things about the weekend
  • We ended up staying home instead of driving down to visit my folks. This actually wasn't such a bad plan, since it was bitter cold and they got SLAMMED with snow, which would have made coming home an interesting drive.
  • Emi got sick. She started out the weekend by having a tummy ache Friday evening. And then by throwing up everywhere. She spent most of Saturday either sleeping or wrapped in blankets, sipping flat Sprite. Her appetite didn't come back until dinnertime Sunday night, when she ate All The Things.
  • Ox got sick, sort of. Homeboy's had a head cold for a while. Friday night he was having major coughing and gagging fits. Luckily, my organic faux-Vapo Rub (lotion with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oil) seems to calm down his cough.
  • I spent most of Sunday in a depression/anxiety haze. No fun.
  • Sunday morning, Ox got down the bottle of carpet cleaner meant to get rid of a milk spill stink/crunch area. He managed to get the top open (how, we don't know), and poured the whole bottle out on the carpet, but nowhere near where it needed to be. I got his hands washed and him into Time Out. Emi also got into Time Out with the "You need to tell us when he first starts on a dangerous track, not after he's already dumped chemicals everywhere". We got the mess cleaned up and both kids took naps while in Time Out, though the TV room wasn't really usable the rest of the day.
Good things about the weekend
  • I did some cooking. I made a huge batch of oatmeal and another of mini quiches to have for breakfast this week. So far, darn tasty and cheaper than buying the (admittedly) cheap breakfast options at work. Also, this way I don't have the daily temptation to get fancy coffee or pastries.
  • I also made some for-real pudding with egg yolks, milk, and everything. It's ASTONISHINGLY rich. zomg. But very tasty.
  • Emi felt better. That's a win.
  • I finished two sewing projects. One - a Moneta dress for me - just needed hemmed on the skirt and sleeves. I also managed to go from printing the pattern, assembling, tracing, cutting, and all the way through sewing on a shirt for Emi. I had a yard of red jersey fabric that needed a home, so I started with this pattern. She chose the hood option, so I dug out some remnants of the blue star fabric from my Wonder Woman dress to use as the hood lining. It turned out super cute. A+, will make again.
  • I did a ton of laundry. This is not unusual.
  • I started listening to a new podcast that I'm pretty sure is hypnotizing me into having a good night's sleep. It's called "Sleep With Me". It's a dude telling a story in a monotone, rambling way, so the sound isn't steady. It starts with a bit of guided meditation to get rid of free-floating worries and then goes into an ongoing story. The episodes are an hour long, so when I fall asleep and then wake up after 10 minutes, I go right back to sleep. In the couple of days since I started listening, I've woken up easily and early. Even today, when my alarm is early, I was awake and - get this - *ready* to get up. Weird, but welcome. Since this is the only part of my bedtime routine that's changed, I'm going to credit it with actually getting rested at night. I'm okay with that.
  • Downwood made some amazing pork spareribs for dinner last night. I made some amazing popcorn shrimp and pasta for dinner Saturday.

On the whole, not so bad. Though I could have done without having to clean up throwup and carpet cleaner.
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We had 17 people at our house for dinner yesterday. 5 of them were unknown to me before the event - 3 as guests of my cousin (they were in town anyway) and 2 from work who needed a place to come have dinner. It's quite possibly the biggest turnout we've had for one of these shindigs. And it was AWESOME.

There was a TON of food and good booze. I brought out some wine and cinnamon whiskey, filled the percolator with cider and cinnamon sticks, made two pies (from frozen because I ran out of cope), ham, turkey, roasted root veggies, sweet corn, and homemade cranberry sauce because the canned stuff is of the devil. Folks brought pies, brownies, cheeses, fruits, two kinds of stuffing, a hashbrown potato casserole, green bean casserole (fresh green beans with cream of mushroom soup FROM SCRATCH), rolls, cinnamon-cranberry-orange rolls, and more booze.

It was pretty amazing. We gathered plates and dispersed around the house. I think we all ate too much, but that's fine. 

We sent some leftovers home with people and traded other leftovers - you take the pumpkin pie, but leave me the apple - and I fell into bed.

Today, I woke up early and went out to do some shopping. First the spa, to get my annual shellac manicure at 20% off. Then Starbucks because coffee. Then the FLGS for D&D books and My First Carcassonne. Then JoAnn's for on sale yarn and fleece. Then Target for DVDs, little toys, and some clothes. Then home.

Since being at home, we've done a lot of dishes. I made incredibly tasty ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch - this butter topping makes it all better (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-ham-and-cheese-party-sandwiches/). I made an Emi-safe pumpkin pie with her and it's cooling on the counter. I made a turkey pot pie out of leftovers and it's cooling on the stove. It's also Emi-safe, due to using a modified biscuit recipe for the top. We'll see if she eats it.

Later tonight, we need to strain and aliquot a couple gallons of turkey stock. The bones and the leftover cooking veggies slowly simmered all night, leaving us with stock of FLAVOR.

Dinner soon. Thank god. I'm crabby now because I'm hungry and the pot pie smells good.

Tomorrow, Emi and I will wander around downtown and she'll pick out some presents. We love Small Business Saturday, since our town is FULL of small businesses. Afterward, I may try to make some fleece headbands and scarves. Maybe even finish a couple of other projects on the table.

Then I can get ready for Cyber Monday deals. I'm waiting for ThinkGeek to send an email detailing what all's on sale. I have one or two presents from there to buy and then I should be done. I need to start wrapping soon. Yus.
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The weather forecasters are predicting !SNOW! for today. Not like Buffalo, but more than we've gotten yet this year. !SNOW! Panic! Let Pandemonium reign!

I'm trying to stay calm about the pile of work that's in front of me. I have searches and background jobs running on two of my projects and way more to go. My Total Workday Control method works well until I have a couple of days where I don't get enough done. Then everything falls apart and my anxiety kicks in and says that I'm a terrible human because I don't know my own limits and people pile things on me and the sky is falling.

So I take some deep breaths and add to the chaos that is my whiteboard. Over the last few weeks, when things get too crazy, I grab one of my dry erase markers and add the the design. It's based on my henna art and just keeps growing. It's pretty and it gives me a chance to center, which I need a whole lot on days like today.

The weekend was pretty good on the crafting front. I got some steps done on one project and got another project Finished. The problem with the Finished project is that the frame I bought for it isn't going to work. The design is *precisely* 5x7, so a 5x7 frame looks crowded. But, hey, Amazon sells frames that are 6x8, which will be lovely.

I didn't get the kitchen cleanup done this weekend. It's still chaotic, which needs to be addressed by Thursday. I got all my laundry done and almost all of it put away, though, so that's a good thing.

Emi and I went shopping on Saturday. She got her hair washed and cut, then we went to Target, HyVee (for allergy-safe cheese product), and Aldi's. She helped pick out a big bag of groceries to donate to the food drive going on at my work (Second Harvest). It's mostly chocolate, crackers, and spices, but she chose some other things, too. I dropped them off on my way into my office this morning, and I'll send in a check later in the week so they can buy what they really need.

Saturday afternoon, we cleared off most of the table and played some games. Emi doesn't like the Memory game we got at Target after getting her hair cut. She says it's boring. So, instead, we played Go Fish. Then Downwood and I played Pairs, which is delightful. Either I was very lucky or just better about knowing when to fold.

I guess it was a reasonably good weekend. I spent most of it in a depressive fog of not caring - exacerbated by an extremely early wake-up call from Ox Sunday morning - but looking back, I see that things happened that were good.

This week: 
Today - Dance? Haul some of the junk out of the corner of the kitchen. Put in basement.
Tuesday - Make the cranberry sauce. Get pies out of freezer to thaw (yes, I'm cheating. No, I don't care).
Wednesday - Bake the pies. Organize drink counter - pull bottles of wine, find the percolator, get things in order.
Thursday - Roast the turkey, bake the ham. Prep and roast root veggies. Thaw corn and pan-roast. Vacuum. Find extra chairs.
Friday - Shop at spa and FLGS. Go home, sleep and eat leftovers
Saturday - Shop at local small stores. Sleep and eat leftovers.

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And now, in our ongoing series of "I'm an adult. Yes, really", I present to you my recipe for Lazy Nachos.

Step 1 - Get a block of cheese out of the fridge.
Step 2 - Cut off a piece of the cheese. If you want a big snack, get a big piece. Not rocket science.
Step 3 - Put the block of cheese back in the fridge.
Step 4 - Get out some tortilla chips. The amount should be proportionate to your cheese.
Step 5 - Take a bite of cheese. Immediately eat a tortilla chip.
Step 6 - Repeat step 5. Try to make the ingredients come out even.

TaDa! Lazy Nachos. 
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The on-campus food options are closed this week at werk. Next week is the Evil Empire's Massive Shindig Of DOOOOM, so our culinary staff is busting ass this week to get ready for it. Since I wouldn't be able to easily get breakfast or lunch at work, I decided to use this as a kick in the pants to get back into the habit of packing bentos.

My breakfast bento was a bowl of steel cut oatmeal cooked with quinoa for added protein. And a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon because I'm me.

My lunch bento...I may have made a strategic error here. I packed some Emi-safe turkey meatballs from the fridge and a container of rice and sweet corn. That's fine and was smart. However, I packed a wee cup of barbeque sauce for the dipping of the meatballs. It's reasonably spicy. I also made a salad. It had cucumber, carrot, green onions, and celery diced up fine. I dressed it with oil, vinegar, and mirin and added a couple dashes of a spicy seasoned salt blend. Then, I diced up a little bit of pepper jack cheese.

The salad plus the bbq sauce may have been an overestimation for what I can handle while at my desk, on the phone, eating lunch while on mute. I can't exactly go fill up my water cup until this call is over.

It's a good burn. I'll just keep telling myself that.

woohoo!

Jun. 4th, 2014 08:32 am
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Magic Coffee is a SUCCESS! I needed some Cubano to get me to the caffeine level that I require to function, but we got the taste right on the FIRST TRY! All hail SCIENCE!

Here's how we did it.

1. Make iced coffee.
Put 1 cup coarse ground coffee into a 2-qt pitcher.
Fill pitcher with water, stir, refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, put a coffee filter into a funnel.
Filter the coffee into 2 1-qt Mason jars.
Refrigerate until ready to drink.

2. Make simple syrup
Bring 1.5 cup water to boil. (I added more water, since it looked like a lot boiled off)
Add 1 cup packed brown sugar, stir until dissolved.
Add 2 cinnamon sticks.
Let cool, remove cinnamon sticks.
Add 1 tsp vanilla
Store in fridge.
 
3. Make the magic
Put a shot or two of the syrup into a pint glass. More syrup = sweeter coffee.
Fill glass to within 1-2 inches of the top. The more room you leave, the lighter your finished product will be.
Fill the rest of the way with milk. We used 2%, but half-and-half would be decadent.
Enjoy!

right.

Feb. 2nd, 2013 07:18 am
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Chili is in the crockpot. It's been a long, long time since I made chili. This is weird, as it was such a staple of my college and grad school days. It's cheap, pretty hands off (yay crockpot!), and makes many meals. I blame Munchkin #1 for not liking anything she can't pick apart and eat the ingredients separately. I also blame working long hours and not having energy for anything other than the bare minimum of life.

We got sick last weekend. Like really sick. Like sick enough that we shipped Munchkin #1 down to Grandma's house so that she would hopefully not get it. Norovirus is awful. Turn the cruise ship around! A side effect of being sick and not eating anything other than Saltines, Gatorade, and thinned down chicken noodle soup is that the dozen donuts I bought to have throughout the weekend all went stale. Stale bread = bread pudding! So that will happen later today.

I think I need to finish my coffee, take a shower, then go re-thread my serger. I have a pattern for a cute shrug cut out of two materials from my stash. I'd like to have at least one of them for Monday. I also need to let my brain percolate on what I want to do with the gamers who will be coming over this afternoon for chili and game. I'm not sure who all will be here, which is why I'm not sure what I'm doing yet. I do pretty well when flying by the seat of my pants - all that structured improv practice pays off in other areas of life, too!

Coffee first. Coffee is awesome. Yus.

mmmmm

Apr. 21st, 2012 04:57 pm
sabine: (Mostly apples)
There's now a bucket in our brewing cupboard containing 10 lb of quartered strawberries, 12 lb of honey, 4 gallons of water, and some disinfecting tabs. In two days, the yeast will be getting pitched in after being allowed to bulk up in some sugar water.

What else could we do when Local Grocery Store had a sale on fresh strawberries for $1/lb? I mean, really?

Now to wait. And wait. And wait.

Luckily, we only have 2 weeks to wait for the Irish Red Ale to sit in its new kegs and get carbonated. Initial tasting demonstrates that it's a teensy bit higher proof than most commercial beer. Oh darn.
sabine: (Hector dies?!)
For the first eight months of Emi's life, I was constantly apologizing to her. She has my skin. My dry, sensitive, itchy, dry, itchy skin. We would go back to the doctor for each well child visit and come away with a new recommendation for a tougher lotion. She was miserable, itching all the time, and things were not so good.

Then, miracle of miracles, we finally talked to someone at the clinic who had a suspicion that there might be more going on than just itchy skin. She got us a referral to a pediatric allergist. So that's why last April, Emi and I both completely cut out all milk, eggs, and peanuts from our diets. Emi reacted strongly to all three and I was still breastfeeding her, so we went through the kitchen and put away or threw out everything that would be a problem.

Since then, her skin has turned into baby skin. She doesn't have the red sores all around her mouth. She doesn't spend 95% of each day just itching. We've taken some other steps, but getting rid of the food she's allergic to really made a tremendous difference.

This is why I learned to cook vegan. It's really easy to add chicken, beef, or bacon to food. It's a lot harder to figure out how to cook the food that we're used to without any milk or egg products. Soy milk is pretty delicious and vegan cookbooks saved my sanity. Our families have been pretty good about it - I still tend to bring along food that I know Emi can have, since it's still occasionally hard to get through the concept that she just can't have ANY of that. No, NONE. At all. Ever.

Dr Ritter thinks she'll grow out of the milk, maybe grow out of the egg, but probably won't grow out of the peanut allergy. It's not so bad that we have an epi-pen in the diaper bag, but she immediately will get hives if dairy so much as touches her skin, let alone if she eats something contaminated.

So we read the labels on everything we buy at the store. Even the things that you would think would be safe sometimes use egg protein, whey, or peanut oil. Most manufacturers will put the allergens in bold, but they can ignore some of the by-products that will still hurt Emi.

So imagine my shock when the chocolate shortbread cookies I got from the Girl Scouts turned out today to be Emi-safe! Cookies! That she can have!

It's really hard to find good, high-calorie food for her. When we changed diets, she went from being in the 70% of height and weight to around 15%. That's a HUGE drop. She's so very active and the food she can have is all diet food - veggies, some crackers, fruit - that she burns off everything as soon as she eats it.

But now I have cookies that I didn't have to make. True, I was looking forward to them myself, but Emi's giggles are worth it. Besides, I have three other boxes of cookies, none of which are safe for her. So I think this will all work out pretty well.
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According to my doctor, I am doing very well. My uterus is the right size, my weight is appropriate, I have a very active baby with good heart tones (150 bpm), and my blood pressure has remained relatively constant throughout this whole thing. Also, having reached 37 weeks, he has few worries about Peanut being born any time now.

Woot, I say, woot!

According to my greyhound, I am either the best doggy mommy or the worst in the history of the entire world. She was not given any of my Taco Bell last night nor was she given any of the cheese or garlic from the lasagna that we prepped for the freezer tonight. Woe is her. On the other hand, she has a yard that she will sprint across, roll in the grass, and play! And she gets tons of other treats and people food. She had a minor freakout on Sunday when Downwood was vacuuming her lawn (mowing it), but was ecstatic when I let her out so she could roll around and verify that the grass was still there. Silly dog.

According to my freezer, I am ready for an extended blizzard. There's fruit and veggies, BBQ pork, lasagna, meats, bread, cookie dough, and some other things that I can't remember right now. We also bought a whole bunch of pantry staples (canned tomatoes, beans, flour, sugar, pasta, etc) to restock all the things that I made a point of using up before the move. Aside from things like milk, eggs, and bananas, I think we're set for a while.

According to my team lead, I am doing a very good job at work. He's talked to my customers and heard all the good things they have to say about me. He also got involved with an escalation over the last few days and has been helpful in balancing my work load.

According to my dance teacher, I am going to have few problems pushing Peanut out. Hooray for core muscle strength! Also, I am very brave for doing a full-day dance workshop on Saturday. It was an amazing time and I learned a whole lot! I was sad that I hadn't signed up for the Sunday workshop as well, but realized that my body probably wouldn't have stood for it.

According to our former neighbor, some of the random kids were running in and out of our rental place over the weekend. He saw it, shooed them out, collected the few valuables (ie, the liquor cabinet) that were left in the place (the bottle of Templeton Rye being among them), and called the landlord to let them know what was going on. The landlords, being complete idiots, didn't tell this to Downwood when he called them to report a break-in. Luckily, the neighbor showed up before the police did and could give them his statement. The whiskey has been rescued and brought to its new home.

According to my psychiatrist, one of the reasons that I've been barely maintaining my grip on reality is because my blood level of one of my meds was just a hair above the minimum level required for functionality. There's something about having an extra liter of blood that dilutes blood levels of drugs. Dosage has been changed and we are continuing to monitor mood and thought patterns. Still not in a good place, but still able to keep moving.

According to my back and to Peanut, I need to not be sitting in front of my computer any longer. In fact, either chilling in the ultra-comfy rocking chair or just getting a little extra sleep are both sounding like excellent ideas.
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One of the highlights of the summer here in Mad-town is the weekly Farmers' Market. It's huge and wonderful and delicious! I don't bother eating breakfast before going, since there are scones, cheese, and fruit easily and cheaply available.

I convinced Downwood to go up there this last weekend. It's a MUCH longer drive from the new house, but I still think it's worth it. We stocked up on cheap produce and cheese. Downwood got some contacts for bulk honey, since the new basement doesn't have the same mold/mildew/ick problem as the rental and he wants to start doing his brewing again.

Saturday also included hauling most of the rest of my closet out of the rental and stopping at the Evil Empire's company picnic for lunch. When we got home and everything was unloaded, I started prepping the various veggies (rhubarb, zucchini, sugar snap peas, green beans) for the freezer. I also took about a dozen bananas out of the freezer, converted them to banana bread, and put them back in. Then, thinking ahead a little, I made a batch of cookie dough, portioned it out, and put that in the freezer, too.

I'm looking forward to seeing the 4-H kids selling sweet corn out of the back of pickup trucks in a couple weeks. Hopefully, I'll be able to get my mom to come up and help me freeze several quarts of fresh sweet corn. I know the theory, but I've never done it by myself.

This is one of those things that makes me feel like a Real Adult (c). My parents always had large gardens that get converted to a freezer full of food for the rest of the year. I haven't done nearly enough, but I feel better for having some veggies stacked in the freezer.

Also, I'm very much looking forward to having rhubarb coffee cake in December. Yum!
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For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying my best to use up anything that's been kept in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. I don't particularly like moving food between houses, so anything I could use up in advance is important. This has led to some strange concoctions.

For example, last night's dinner was pork chops, corn on the cob, and fruit salad. I was short on time, so I decided to do the meat on the stove instead of the charcoal grill. Looking for something to make it a little more tasty than just plain meat, I pulled out a jar of cinnamon-cranberry chutney that'd been on the shelf since I impulse purchased it at Target a while ago.

Most of the jar went into the pan. I added a couple tablespoons of butter, balsamic vinegar, and worcestershire sauce. When the meat was done and the corn had just a couple minutes to go, I pulled out the meat and set to making a pan sauce with a tablespoon or two of cornstarch in cold water and what was left in the pan. A generous sprinkling of garlic powder and a couple minutes to thicken and it looked like gravy!

It turned out to be extremely tasty! The leftovers even reheated well for lunch today. I know I'll never be able to pull off the exact same thing again, but it was an experiment well worth doing.
sabine: (Mostly apples)
Today I decided to do three things that I know help me cope with stress: work on a creative project, cook, and change my physical appearance. These are some of the less self-destructive coping mechanisms that I have, so they tend to be better. They also generally let me burn off steam and have something to show for it at the end.

I've been working on the write-up for Certain Death 2009. It's looking pretty good so far, especially given the amount of detail that I decided to put into this one. For those of you who remember the escapade that was Certain Death 2008 (What do you mean "the file with the notes got deleted"?!), this will be a change of pace. It's a different sort of creativity than working in my sewing room, painting, or some other crafty thing and I think I like it. I also talk a lot. Holy crap.

When I saw that the weather forecasters had lied to me and it was nice and sunny out, I made a big jug of sun tea. Then I made key lime bars. Now I'm waiting for my dinner rolls to finish the second rising before baking. I'm going to prep some potatoes for tomorrow, too. My goal is to use up as much of what I have on the shelves as I can before we move. So far, so good.

Those who knew me in college knew that midterms and finals were triggers for me to cut off all my hair and dye it random colors. I still miss the super short black and purple spikes. I figured that something pierced right now would be a bad idea, what with Peanut and all. With the knowledge that hair grows back, I went up to the salon and got half of it cut off. Yes, the bottom half. It's now just above my shoulders and looks tremendously cute. It's still long enough that I can pull it back, but short enough that it doesn't catch under my purse strap, seat belt, or feel like a blanket over my back. I'll go back to the super-long dancer hair eventually, but right now this seems nice.

So I'm coping. It may not be the most graceful cope ever to have stepped out, but it's working for me today.
sabine: (Squirrel)
Link the First
How to Not Screw Up Scallops - I was craving scallops, so I stopped at the fresh fish store on my way home from work and bought some. I used this technique and served them with some pasta tossed with olive oil, sugar snap peas, and garlic. They were perfect! Even Downwood, who will eat feeeeeeesh fry but still claims to dislike seafood, thought they were very tasty.

Link the Second
I admit it, I jumped on the dreamwidth bandwagon. Just in case LJ goes kaput, I got myself an account over there. I haven't started posting or anything yet, but I got my username.
sabine: (Me have had better days)
The main reason that I have not posted recently is because almost everything I've said internally or to other people has been whining about something. I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a huge fan of how pregnancy makes me feel - exhausted and sick All The Time - and having a bad head/chest cold that I wasn't allowed to take medication for didn't help either.

Work is fine. I found out some things there that made me feel a little better and a WHOLE lot worse. At least I no longer feel like I'm being singled out and that they're trying to make me quit. I also feel a little trapped, but I don't like admitting that. Stupid economy. Stupid me and unmarketable skill set. Hmph.

Home is fine. I haven't wanted to go out much at all, due to the physical badness detailed in the first paragraph. My dog is still cute, though I think the cheapo sausage treats that she loves are giving her some incredibly noxious swamp gas. Not quite so bad as the tortilla roll-up incident, but still pretty awful.

My husband is still my favorite person and works so very hard to make my life easier. I know how much he's been doing and how it bothers him when there's nothing he can do to make it hurt less or be better.

I got to see my sister and her boy this weekend. They came up on Friday and I fed them tasty foods (including Cabell's chipotle-bleu cheese-macaroni, mmmm). Saturday I made us a huge breakfast. We then spent the day at hockey games and hanging out down on State Street. It was a blast - even though the men's team decided that they shouldn't have to score goals to win. They departed this morning after discovering the wonder that is the Biography channel on cable.

I've been reading a lot of books. I try to write reviews of each on Goodreads, though some of them are basically me expounding on the emotions behind the phrase "M'eh". I haven't officially joined the 50 book challenge, but I'm on track with 5 books so far this year.

So, no, things are not that bad. I'm just tired and having problems thinking of creative, engaging things to type about. I'm so, so, SO looking forward to dance class starting up and, now that I can comfortably breathe again, I will start back up at the gym. Also, I can tell that the sun is coming back, which always makes things better.

huh

Nov. 6th, 2008 08:40 pm
sabine: (Squirrel)
So I tried to make fried rice tonight with rice and other leftovers from earlier in the week. It sort of worked. I think that I used the wrong kind of rice, because it kind of turned into a gooey blob. It tastes like fried rice and is actually pretty delicious, but it doesn't look all that appetizing.

Luckily, though I prefer it when my food is visually appealing, I'm starving because lunch was a long time ago and I got home from dance right before setting some oil to heat. My faithful greyhound was observing the entire proceedings and has let it be known that she will gladly help dispose of any leftovers.

Assuming I can get the right kind of rice, I would totally make this again. It's got the "fridge casserole" thing going for it, which is something that I enjoy.
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I had a small meltdown last night about my lists. I was worrying about using up my apples, engineering our Halloween costumes, using the veggies that we bought at the farmers' market - including pumpkin needing cooked down, cleaning my house before guests arrive, making a grocery list, taking care of my dog and husband, and dealing with work crap.

And when I type it all out, I don't feel so bad about being stressed.

My base stress level is still high, but since I used up all the remaining apples in a couple pies (one with caramel bits - it's delicious!) and went on a successful grocery hunt tonight, I'm not quite so frazzled. A slice of nearly-straight-from-the-oven pie was my reward for completing piece 2 of 5 for my costume. Piece 3 is a little done, as is piece 4. Piece 5 shouldn't be terribly difficult, since I've made it before in other colors and fabrics. I think I even have all the makeup I'll need.

I think that I've planned out enough meals to use up the veggies. I'm going to give roasting parsnips, carrots, and potatoes a try. I've never tried to do actual oven-roasting, but I have olive oil, fresh rosemary, and kosher salt, so I think I'm probably good to go. Not sure which day will be spaghetti squash day, but it should be this week. Same for pumpkin day - I need to get some more pumpkin done so that my sister and I can make whiskey-laced pumpkin cake. Mmmm.

I've kind of decided that I'm going to not worry about the house. It comes at the bottom of the list. I'll try to keep up with some of the low time-intensive maintenance, but I can't let it add to the things that are dragging me down. Same goes for work. I need my eyelid to stop twitching, so I'm trying to avoid as much stress there as possible.

M'eh. I'm feeling decently accomplished right now and my drugs have kicked in, so I think I should go to bed. I've listened to my new favorite song about 10 times and have a pretty good idea on how the dancing's going to go.

mmm...

Oct. 14th, 2008 10:09 pm
sabine: (GM icon)
Hooray for fall! I can make soup and apple stuff and not feel bad for heating up the house! I've eaten more bread in the last 24 hours than in the previous week thanks to a batch of pumpkin butter that I made from pumpkins Downwood and I picked up on Sunday, roasted, and pureed.

The pumpkin seeds were toasted and crunched last night during the football game. I got home from work at 8:51. Downwood brought me dinner at work and then volunteered to take the list and do the weekly grocery run by himself. He got home at 9:02. And then we ate pumpkin butter and seeds and watched football and enjoyed life.

And tonight only one homicidal mob got incited. I was honestly expecting a slightly higher body count/more general destruction, but I've found that if I mentally prepare myself for the world imploding, it makes for a more relaxed game when only minor acts of terror get carried out.

Tomorrow there will be whiskey-glazed carrots, potatoes, grill, and a new episode of Bones. We're also supposed to be done with this Indian summer crap and into blustery fall. I call this a good thing, since I have all sorts of pretty sweaters to wear.

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Oct. 12th, 2008 09:37 pm
sabine: (Mostly apples)
  • Football continues to suck. With the exception of Texas, every single team I had the least bit of emotional investment in their victory failed to have more points than the other team at the close of the game. Life is meaningless and has no purpose.

  • Thriller is in my head and feet. My torso and arms pretty much know what they're doing, but aren't quite on board with the whole thing yet. That's okay - I have six days to freak out, panic, and get myself into and out of a tizzy. I did enough performance throughout school - including times when I officially Had No Clue What I Was Doing - that I can fairly easily calm nerves and know how to prepare. It doesn't mean that a tizzy is not forthcoming. What can I say? I know me pretty well by now.

  • The three Super Sekrit Projects I've been working on as Hogswatch gifts are coming along. Two of them need me to make a trip to a store, this time with a list so I don't come out of the store with everything except the things I need to finish the projects. I found something in my craft stash that will perfectly finish off the third. A fourth project has been started and there are a couple nearly completed projects in my study that just need a couple hours' work to be ready to wrap. Thus far, I am on schedule.

  • There are several bags of fresh pumpkin puree in my freezer. Downwood and I went to the pumpkin patch today, got them, gutted them, roasted them, then fought with the blender until they were destroyed. The seeds are on a cookie sheet drying out until tomorrow when I'll roast them. Mmmm.

  • The birthday party tonight was very fun and very delicious. I love stir-fry even more when I don't have to do the work of cleaning and chopping all the vegetables that I want to eat. The service left something to be desired, but the company was most excellent.

  • Downwood had to make a sad emergency trip to Farm and Fleet this morning. Rita kitty's kidneys failed overnight. She held on long enough to meow goodbye this morning and Downwood was up pretty late with her. It was a pretty sad and quiet morning around here.

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