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So, yesterday sucked even worse than Saturday and I've tried and tried to come up with something that made me happy that wasn't just completely trivial, but I can't. So, here it is: Chris made gnocchi and scallops for dinner with a yummy sun-dried alfredo sauce. Mmmm, butter and cream.

Oh wait, also, the neighbor kids brought over a little bag of Christmas cookies. That was really sweet and the shining star on an otherwise shit day.



Today was definitely an improvement over the past three days.

I'm happy that I'm mobile again, though somewhat stiff and still sore. I have to take it easy and not do too much at once (that goes for anything, sitting, standing, typical house stuff, laying down) I have to stick to a regular cycle of work and rest. Rest has to be alternated between sitting and laying down. I can't sit for too long at all. But, I'm not in crippling pain, so YAY! Haven't even taken an ibuprofen today. I feel like I can work the rest of the kinks out with some diligent yoga (which I've been really needing to do anyway).

I'm happy that I got some of Chris' gifts wrapped so he'll stop snooping in the closets trying to find them.

I'm happy that I finally finished putting together [livejournal.com profile] amaz0n_princess's CD! It was so hard not to cheat and send two CDs or to bend the rules and burn it as a data disc so I could fit more mp3s on there. But I was good and stuck to the rules and managed to squeeze 21 songs on there. See my halo? ;) Hope you like it! It was really hard to get the songs to flow from one to another since I wanted to cover such diverse musical territory. The cover song was easy to choose and I think she'll get why. The foreign song narrowed itself down fairly easily as well, though I wish I could have included the other two runners up (some other year, perhaps). But I got it down to 24 songs, 15 minutes over the max runtime, and then froze because I didn't want to cut any more. I really deliberated over this thing! Hope there's lots of stuff you don't already have. It'll be on its way to you tomorrow. :)

I also started working on the one commission I have this year for my brother-in-law's girlfriend. I'm finally doing the pieces of butterfly wings under glass cabochon pendants. I had found a second completely intact Monarch butterfly on my run on the beach in Florida last month (the first one was somewhat less intact). I held it in a loosely cupped hand for probably a mile or more. It's been fun to work on jewelry again and I started pulling out all sorts of other materials I could possibly put in these bezels. I've got silver, copper and bronze to work with. Lots of possibilities! I'm thinking brocade swatches. It's like everything I look at I think, "hmm, wonder what a piece of that would look like under glass".

I got my Christmas dinner menu planned. Not a single dish I've made before! Also, we are free from the shackles of obligatory turkey this year! FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOMMM!! Chris always got a free one at Vandy for Christmas and since all our extra freezer space is full of beer and kept at refrigerator temps, we had to cook it soon after receiving it. I suppose we could have donated it to someone if we really wanted to, but honestly that thought hadn't occurred to me until just now. Anyhoo, we're doing Alton Brown's grilled leg of lamb with pomegranate molasses as well as his green bean casserole, a root gratin, zucchini mushroom crumble, roasted butternut squash with Moroccan spices, and roasted asparagus with balsamic browned butter. Oh, and I lied, I am making something I've made before: cranberry pumpkin yeast rolls.

Tomorrow is the last day for this meme, but life has been beating me down and I know it's only going to get worse after the holidays. So, I might keep it up. We'll see. Even if I could make it a weekly thing, I think I really need to focus on the positive in order to deal with the stuff that makes me want to simultaneously scream and cry.
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It might be best that I waited until morning to write this. I could use some happy this morning. I sleept hardly at all last night and the sleep I did get was on a folded up futon because I got squeezed out of bed by Chris and the cat. So, I'm pretty much an animated corpse today. *grumpy yawn*

Yesterday I awoke to no white stuff outside. Drizzly rain, sure, but none of the forecasted ice and no more snow. YAY! Also, words can not express how happy I was to see not only above freezing temps, but actually low 50s!

I got to hang out in Jonah's class for about an hour. Was really fun to see a glimpse of what he does and how he interacts. A couple of kids got really comfortable with me right away. One little girl (who I think is the tallest kid in the class, seriously, she looks like a 6 year old!) and a little boy, EJ, who I've referenced here before. Blake, the little girl, kept asking me to "watch this" and would do some odd thing only a 4-year-old would think to do. EJ, in the midst of playing, would come running up to me and say, "hold this, don't let anyone get it" and put something in my hand, like a phone they were using as a walkie-talkie. As we were getting ready to leave, Blake came up to me and asked, "could we have a playdate sometime?" Knowing I've got all these Monkey's Treehouse passes to use and that the kids are about to be out for 3 weeks over the holidays, I waited around and mentioned it to her mom and we swapped numbers. We're going to shoot for the week between Christmas and New Year's.

I'm proud of myself on that one for two reasons. One, I have a lot of social anxiety and ordinarily would have just paid Blake lip service and told her to have her mom get in touch with me, knowing the likelihood of her following through would be slim. Two, I can pretty much tell right away I'm not going to have much in common with her mom. But Blake and Jonah seem to enjoy playing together and that's really what it's all about. It's sort of hard to get over that as a parent, though. You want to like your kid's friends' parents because you're going to be stuck hanging out with them while the kids play (at least at this age). But sometimes, you just have to recognize when kids really enjoy playing together and make the best of it.

Also, jerk chicken and black beans and rice for dinner. YUM!
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Momming is:
2 parts Martha Stewart
1 part Judge Judy
4 parts Bozo the Clown
6 parts zen master

I came up with that yesterday afternoon as I was attempting to wash dishes and clean the kitchen with two 3-year-olds running laps around the first floor of the house at top speed giggling and screaming as loud as their little lungs were able. Such it was for the last 15 minutes or so of a playdate/babysitting with the neighbor's daughter, who is about 3 months younger than Jonah. Since they've been out of school on break this week, Maitane (her mom) had the glorious idea to trade off a couple of mornings so the kids could play together and the two of us could have some time to get some things done.

Maya was awesome, as usual. But Jonah really had his spoiled brat hat on, which honestly, I've never seen him wear. I've never, ever seen him get possessive about toys and just be completely uncooperative about sharing and playing with other kids, especially Maya. But on more than one occasion, I had to take him downstairs and have a talk with him and he continued to be bratty for pretty much the rest of the day until he just wore himself out with it and lost some privileges. I had to stay absolutely hard-nosed when he finally decided to straighten up and kept asking to have said privileges reinstated. I stuck with it and made sure he knew I appreciated his conscious and positive change in behavior, but reminded him that I had told him earlier that he could not earn it back. I can not be a softy and go back on my word. That teaches him nothing, except manipulation. He threw a couple of fits because maybe he thought he could butter me up with good behavior and get back what he lost. But I was absolutely done bargaining for the day.

I have a few theories as to why he was acting up. For one, he's usually in school three days each week and I think being stuck with me all day, he's gotten sick of me. Also, he doesn't typically play with other kids one on one this much without having lots of kids or other activities to distract him and keep that impulsive nature moving. Also, also, he has been going through a kind of needy phase where he wants me to entertain him all day. This is not normal for him as he's usually very independent. Part of that phase may include more infant/young toddler type behaviors, like being possessive of his toys and such which he might not have shown before. From what I understand, right around this age, they're sort of confused on whether they're big kids or babies and might flip back and forth between acting like one or the other. He might be compensating for big kid responsibilities that we've recently added (like potty training, dressing himself, taking a shower by himself and being expected to pick his toys to earn an allowance) by dusting off some old infant/young toddler behaviors that we either thought were long gone or he hadn't displayed before. And finally, this might be the first of many manifestations of only child syndrome.

I don't know. I always want to try to figure out why he acts the way he does. Like if I can understand where the behavior is coming from, I might be able to find the antidote to it.

Anyway... all this on a Thursday. Thursdays are supposed to be my bitch. But once I finally sat down to dinner (at 8:15 *sigh*), I felt like the day had completely defeated me. Now today I'm in recovery, but really needing to get a whole list of things done, particularly because the time line for my major projects right now just got shortened by a week (I'll explain later... maybe, if there's time).

Despite the late timing on dinner, it was absolutely fantastic! I made what I might call a kitchen sink veggie lasagna. Had sauteed zucchini, mushrooms and eggplant as well as roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes and marinated artichoke hearts and I added some goat cheese to the ricotta layer. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if I made my own sauce, but I was short on time (and it was still freakin' late). Totally worth the wait, though. I absolutely devoured it along with a salad and a pint of Chris' Scottish ale. On days like yesterday, I'm thankful for the many taps and the stocked humidor in the house.
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We had an amazingly wonderful weekend in Asheville, NC a couple of weeks ago about a month ago (9/17-9/20). We went for the Brewgrass festival, but since it was a three night rental for weekends on the cabin, we made it a long weekend. As soon as we arrived at the cabin on Friday evening, I kind of didn't care if we went into Asheville at all. I seriously did not want to leave that place! We will definitely be back. This place is well worth the extra 30 minute drive up windy mountain roads. It slept the 5 of us very comfortably (and economically) but would sleep up to 8, I think (2 queens, a double, plus a sofa sleeper).

Pics and a recap. )
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I've got a long, (though shorthanded) entry in the works to recap my very busy week last week. The week that I thought was going to beat me into submission at around Wednesday, but I owned it. I freakin' OWNED IT!

Anyway, today, as Nikki of Moms who drink and swear or more specifically, Nikki's Blithering Blog* would say, Thursday is my bitch!

*I can not thank [livejournal.com profile] cleopatramwi enough for sharing those nuggets of unorthodox joy

Wednesday dragged me down into a pit and attempted to drown me, much like last Wednesday, actually, but more emotional. But Thursday? No, Thursday is MY BITCH!

Let me show you it. )
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After a selfish sleeping in session on my part, we got ready and went down to Grassland for brunch at The Daily Dish. It was fantastic! It's southern food done gourmet. It was so amazing! They have a buffet for Sunday brunch and on said buffet was a wonderfully creamy hashbrown casserole, a very different sausage gravy (almost tasted like it might have seafood in it), Eggs Benedict on croissants (which is hard to do, I presume, for a buffet), New York strip cooked to perfection, these breaded, deep fried goat cheese balls that were to die for, bread pudding with bananas foster topping. Seriously, everything I tasted was wonderful! We will definitely be going back. Also, they cater. Just sayin'.

At that point, we all felt like going back to bed. Except Jonah perhaps. So we just sort of milled around as I tried to plot dinner and going out to pick up Chris' present. Well, I seriously waited too long and after a lot of running around and making Chris worry (since I was supposed to just be going to the grocery and was gone an hour and a half), I brought home a gorgeous zebra wood humidor and a couple of cigars (which were from Jonah, because what is more heartwarming than receiving cigars from a 3-year-old?).

I made Jonah a quick sandwich for dinner, knowing he wouldn't want fish and shrimp and quinoa (no accounting for taste, eh?). Then put him to bed and made our dinner. Blackened tilapia with creamy creole shrimp sauce and mango quinoa pilaf.

Food porn! Actual, real live, err photographed, food porn! )

And, because I didn't get the maple habanero bread pudding made (yet), we had store bought tiramisu for dessert, in bed. Yeah, coffee dessert before bed. Brilliant.

Oh, and some team from New Orleans apparently won some contest of some sort. I'm pretty sure I gave them a boost here with my cooking. YOU'RE WELCOME!
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Last year, I made a resolution to use at least one vegetable-type ingredient per month that I had never cooked with before. I think I made it to March with red and yellow beets, chayote, and yucca root. There may have been others I inadvertently added throughout the year, but I didn't mentally take stock of them as counting towards my goal of 12 new ingredients.

I'm going to attempt it again this year and hopefully with more success. This month (well, tonight actually): spaghetti squash. I found a Southwestern casserole-type recipe that sounds really tasty and above all, really easy. It seems pretty retarded actually that I've not cooked or even eaten spaghetti squash before. I've liked every other type of squash I've tried, why not this one? In fact, I think this is the last type of readily available winter squash that I've not tried.

Also on the list:
Brussels Sprouts - because I recently found out I like them when they're prepared well
Swiss Chard
Broccoli Rabe
Jicama

Then I'm going to have to do some research.

ETA: Suggestions from [livejournal.com profile] arymetore:
kohlrabi
cassava
salsify (if it can be found)
sorrel
prickly pear

ETA2: One I thought of while in the grocery earlier:
Celeriac

And with that, I'm almost to 12, but I will keep looking for more. I think having them in mind ahead of time will be helpful. Maybe I need to go wander around Whole Foods.
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For those of you wondering, yes, I do exist outside of Twitter and direct email and comments on other people's LJ or responses to my Facebook status updates (which are just regurgitated tweets). I've even been keeping up with everyone fairly well. But I've got a backlog of things I want to put up here. I know a couple of the entries will take a little while to hammer out, so I've been avoiding them in order to work on things that were more important like OMG 1ST CRAFT SHOW EVAR! Now, most of that is over and I've got a couple of weeks of normal busy before OMG JONAH'S 3RD BIRTHDAY hits. So, I'm going to try to knock those out in the next few days.

In the meantime, what I've been up to:

A list, yay! )
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Just keep tagging, just keep tagging, just keep tagging, tagging, tagging. . .

Needless to say, I did not make last night's drop. I've got until noon today to get these clothes to the church holding the sale. I at least have them all on hangers and sorted into seasons (as of going to bed last night). So, now I have a better idea of exactly what has to be tagged and it's about 2/3rds of it. I have a lot of stuff that still has tags on it. Ah, my mother-in-law, buying more than we can use (and buying onesies for a 2 year old?). She just sees a deep discount and can't resist picking it up, even if it's fugly or we have 10 of them already. She likes to do it though, so I don't say anything about it. I'll be glad when this is over.

Sushi again last night for dinner. Turned out much better, though still not quite right. We need to get our knives sharpened too. Badly. Jonah also discovered he likes pickled ginger. ;)

Got the first of two packets of pansy/viola seeds in yesterday. As it turns out, my order with the other company did not go through, so I placed it again yesterday. I found some lime green pansies and couldn't resist. So, it'll be lime green, shades of blue (a type that opens pale sky blue and matures to cobalt), and apricot/peach up front. Then, of course, I'll do yellows and reds for the back bed near he dinning room windows. I've got enough seeds for the equivalent of 7 total flats of flowers for $30 (including shipping, which was basically the cost of another packet of seeds from each place). Not sure when the others will come in, but I will get these sown next week. I'm determined! Then I shouldn't have to do much seed shopping in the spring, except for the direct sow stuff like the zinnias, cosmos and marigolds.

The plumber made it out yesterday and took the full two hour appointment time to check out our system. As it turns out, we need a few things replaced (or so he says). It was all a little shady though. He wrote up a quote for all the work that he felt needed to be done, but gave three prices. One, the price we'd pay if we weren't club members; two, the club member price; three, the price he'd be willing to do it for if we called for him specifically, because he felt the prices his company charges aren't fair. At least two of the things we could easily do ourselves (replacing flappers in the toilets that are leaking a bit, they charge $117 to do that, he said he'd do it for $10 each). Our water pressure was also up really high and I'm not sure he did any other diagnostic to determine that the regulator wasn't working other than just noting it was only rated for 75-90something PSI and our pressure was up at 110 (because Chris cranked it up back when we were trying to run more than one sprinkler at a time). Another one of the things was replacing our washing machine hoses with no break hoses. I think that's something we could handle too. So, all in all, I think we're going to look up the few things that actually need to be replaced and see how hard it would be to do it ourselves, then go from there. And I don't think we'll be renewing our membership because it seems the come out and do these checkups to tell you that you need $500 worth of work done and charge an insane amount for the work they do (would have been $1000 for the club prices). Him being, perhaps, more open with me than he should have has made me start to think about finding another company to do business with. I'm starting to question all the work they've done for us now. The techs are great and do a good job, but the company itself and their pricing seem suspect.

The HVAC guy will be out Monday morning, since we had a rather vigorous thunderstorm at our appointment time yesterday. After all, who wants to stand out in the lightning fiddling with HVAC units if they don't have to?

Now to attack this tagging with a quickness!
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So, still trying to get all Jonah's old clothes on hangers and ready for the consignment sale. If I don't make the drop off this evening, there's another one in the morning. I haven't even started tagging yet. Still just getting things on hangers. This is horribly tedious and from now on, I think I'm just going to have to find at least one sale to participate in every 6 months so I don't have to prep a 2 year backlog of clothes. I had lots of stuff already on hangers, but after going through the closet and his drawer, I found a lot more to put in the sale, which weren't on hangers. And it's all very specific: hangers facing left, all wire hangers, pants saftey pinned to hanger, etc. Next I'll have to sort them out into sizes, then seasons (since they only take fall/winter stuff right now), then start pricing, which is also very specific.

Is it worth it? Sure, I could just dump it all in a box and haul it to Goodwill. But since I buy all of his clothes at consignment sales (usually on the 50% off days), I figured I'd start selling at them and see if we can't pay for next season's clothes with last season's. So yeah, it's worth it to me.

Hiller called yesterday and since, you know, we'll be turning our A/C off in another month or so, they're finally going to come out and do the yearly checkup we're entitled to. We signed up for an annual service plan when we had our heat worked on back in the winter. It makes the service calls and any parts we need cheaper, plus we get an annual checkup of our plumbing, heat and air systems. It seemed worth it. They're coming to do the plumbing one as well. So, hooray, I get to get the house cleaned up and make sure they can get to all the areas they need to to check it all out. Then it's back to sale prep and maybe listing some more items on ebay and craigslist.

We made sushi for dinner last night, which is really such a satisfying meal. I feel awesome when I'm full on sushi (as opposed to full on pasta or something). Jonah loves miso soup and wasabi peas, too. He's definitely my son. ;) It seemed like a lot of work to put together, but we haven't done it in a long time. It seems like we have to totally reschool ourselves on how to do it every time. So, I told Chris we should start making sushi once a month, to stay in practice. Since we were out of everything except the rice, it was a little bit of an investment. But for less than $5 of salmon (Publix was out of tuna, which I prefer), plenty for a couple of nights worth of rolls, it's not an expensive meal. Plus it's pretty healthy. It's just unfortunate that it's usually the very last roll that finally looks right and holds together nicely. Like I said, we get out of practice, which just means we need to do it more often. ;) The miso was wonderful though and I plan to eat the leftovers for lunch and make more for tonight's reprisal of the meal.

Oh and [livejournal.com profile] oropher_777, I read on a food thesaurus which gives ingredient substitutions that you can use risotto rice in place of sushi rice, so I'm assuming the opposite would be true as well. The difference I guess is mostly in the preparation. With sushi rice, you don't want to touch it too much so that you don't release all those starches inside the grain and make it too mushy. Whereas, with risotto, you stir freely to make a creamy consistency.
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But I'm no Dennis Miller. )
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Although it seemed busy, most of this past weekend was spent just puttering around the house doing stuff, yet still being quite productive.

Friday - Jonah and I went to the zoo for much of the late morning/early afternoon. So, I didn't run, but I did walk and sweat and push a stroller around the zoo for about 3 hours. Felt kind of good to see people my own age that we seemed to lap around the zoo. I'd see them looking wilted on a bench somewhere while their kids were checking out the nearest animal. I'm glad I can still keep up with Jonah. Trying desperately to keep it that way. Baby tigers are gone (last day was Father's Day, I believe). Didn't take many pics and only took the ones I got with the camera phone. I really like that we have a membership. For the cost of the gas to get there plus $3 ($1 to feed nectar to the Lorikeets and $2 to ride the carousel), we can have a really fun day at the zoo. We've well more than paid for our membership by now and the year is only half over. Plus special events like the Easter and Halloween things are free to us (since they're only the cost of admission for everyone else).

Saturday - I finished getting the last of seven new items listed in my Etsy store. Messed around on my gaiasjewel accounts everywhere, trying to catch up with email for those addresses and such. Then, early that evening, we got ready and drove out to Leiper's Fork to a pig roast. I've got a picture that I'll probably post later. But I must warn you, if you're not comfortable knowing where your meat comes from, you might not want to look at it. To me, it was kind of satisfying to pull a hunk of pork directly from the side of the pig that was providing it. They had way too much food for such a small group though. A 200 lb. pig and there couldn't have been much more than 20 people there. It was refreshing that everyone brought salads and nice fresh stuff. Two pasta salads, a mixed green salad with raspberries and almonds that was really good, some fresh salsa that tasted just like my dad's only hotter, a black bean and corn salad and a black eyed pea salad (that I didn't see until I was definitely done eating, or I would have liked to have tried it). One of the landowners made some awesome chess pies, too! Was a lot of fun, but we ducked out shortly after 8pm since Jonah was starting to show that he was overstimulated and getting tired.

Sunday - Chris brewed. Jonah and I went for a run and played around the house. I cleaned up some, did some laundry, worked on some jewelry then made stuffed shells for dinner (yum, with sauteed mushrooms and zucchini in the stuffing). Then I had an extremely restless night of not much sleep and I'm not really sure why.

And that's about it. More along the lines of what I've been wanting out of a weekend for a while. One short event and some quiet time at home. Now I'm bored, heh.
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I'm liking these quick rundowns of the weekends, so I'm going to stick to them for now. They're easy to spit out fast so I don't feel like I've wasted put a ton of time into just describing what we've been up to. I'm going to start at Thursday, because I can.

Thursday - Picked Jonah up from school where he had made a Father's Day present. His footprints in blue paint (and his feet still somewhat blue) with a cute little poem between them. He talked about "daddy present" all evening, so I put it up where he couldn't find it and spill the beans.

Friday - Jonah and I trekked up to Goodlettesville to Rebel Brewer to pick up a couple of Perlick taps for Chris' keggerator as a Father's Day gift. Again, all the way home, Jonah played with them saying, "daddy present" so I made sure not to say what they were to him and hoping he wouldn't figure it out on his own and spill the beans yet again. Then we went by Jonah's favorite place in the world, Home Depot, for some stuff and then to Toys 'R' Us for some pool stuff for Jonah (water wings and a floatie, since he's outgrown what we had last year). After we put Jonah to bed, Chris and I sat on the patio having beers until kind of late (for us, we were probably done by 11:30 or something).

Saturday - I got some steady deep cleaning done all day (like cleaning all the windows at Jonah level and mopping floors and such). We had a nice dinner on the patio of grilled fish, grilled potato wedges and a salad. After dinner, I started pulling some of the summer grass away from the blueberry plants and remarked about having let it get so high, it was now easier to pull than spray. So, after about an hour at it, I had about a 4-5 square foot section cleared. I called it quits and gave Jonah a bath since he had been "helping". Then Chris headed over to one of the brewclub members' houses to listen for the final results of the National Homebrew Competition. The club entered their barrel aged Belgian strong dark and it made it to the finals. As it turned out, it took 2nd place in its category. I spent some time while Chris was out that night preparing two chickens and a rack of ribs for the smoker for the next day. I also took the time to prep stuff for surprise French Toast for breakfast. I got some more cleaning done, and then at about 12:30, expecting Chris home anytime, I went to make the bed with sheets fresh from the dryer and jump in the shower real quick. As I laid down at 1:15, I text messaged Chris to be sure he was still ok and just staying out later than he said he would (not a problem mind you, but I get a little concerned if he's out so much later than he thought he would be with brew friends). Next thing I know, I get woken up as Chris comes in to go to bed at 4am. Jonah came wandering in the room about an hour after that, but after some tossing and turning in our bed, I put him back in his and he slept until 9am Sunday morning.

Sunday - Chris woke up when I did, ruining my chance to surprise him with French Toast in bed. But he wound up going back to bed at least so I could still deliver it to him. I waited until Jonah woke up to present Chris with his Father's Day gifts. After breakfast, we both kind of vegged a little, then I did some sporadic cleaning again and eventually, we got back out to work on pulling the grass out of the garden again. This would be the new garden I cut in the April, by the way. It was the area of the strongest prevalence of this summer weather grass we've got (we think it might be Bermuda or something). This stuff is resilient, let me tell you. I've sprayed it down with herbicide like 4 times and it dies back a little, but then comes right back up. Over in the gravel bed under the stairs where we had put down landscape fabric, it's come up through the fabric and still responds only moderately to herbicide sprayings. Figures the one place we don't want grass is the place where it grows the thickest. Chris got the smoker fired up and got the meat going and I put Jonah down for a nap, with much resistance. Then, I kept at the grass for a while and managed to get about half the bed done by the time I needed to go get cleaned up in preparation for dinner. We had invited our neighbor over because his family has been out of town for about three weeks now and won't be back for another week and a half. So, he was alone on Father's Day. After dinner, we went over to his house for cigars and to let Jonah jump on their trampoline. This was the first time Chris and I had smoked cigars since we left Huntsville I think. They were the Acid Blondes from Drew Estates. Very sweet. Very much a dessert cigar. Would be good with chocolate and coffee. Once we finished the cigars, it was Jonah's bedtime, so we headed back home and put Jonah to bed and cleaned up from dinner. We were in bed by 9:15 I guess, but despite being tired, I couldn't fall asleep. I think today, I'm realizing why. In all the activities of the day, I forgot to call my dad. He'll get a call today, definitely, but I still feel really bad. I spent all this time and energy thinking about things to do for Chris and then forgot about my own father. Luckily my dad is such a stoic that if it bothered him that I didn't call, he'd never let on. I just have my own guilt to deal with then. And here earlier in the week I even thought to try to send him a card. Which is big because I NEVER send cards. Totally failing at my New Year's resolution to be more awesome at remembering and doing things for special occasions such as these.
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I sincerely hope it is Chris' father's day wish this weekend to sit on his ass and not do anything. I'm exhausted! Let's see how fast I can spit this out. . .

Thursday - Steff showed up early in the day and her and Lilly sort of got settled in while I cleaned and ate lunch. Then they went swimming and I picked up Jonah at school and went to the grocery. When we got back home, Jonah and I got to go over and meet the neighbor's newborn. Put him to sleep as I held him and they asked if they could call me, heh. Holding a new one doesn't make me change my mind about Jonah being an only child. We made the biggest pizza we've ever made for dinner. The kids had fun making their own pizzas.

Friday - Tried to go up to the Warner Parks office to get tickets for the Full Moon Pickin' Party that night. Lady there said they've changed it this year so that advanced ticket sales end Thursday at 5pm instead of Friday at noon. She told me I could go home and order them online slightly cheaper ($17 ea. instead of $20). Once we got home, they weren't available. Took a drive out through West Williamson and East Cheatham and far Southwest Davidson counties to show Steff the area where we're looking for land. Went back home, had lunch, let the kids (and Steff) take naps, then went to the pool until it was time to get ready for the Pickin' Party. Think the kids had a blast, though Jonah was hard to keep up with again and I don't know if we'll make it to another one this year until we can get a better handle on him. Stayed up late with Steff chatting.
Pics from the Pickin' Party.

Saturday - Got up and made our version of Bosco's Eggs Sardou (Eggs Benedict minus the ham, plus creamed spinach and artichoke hearts). Then we all got ready to go to the zoo. It was incredibly crowded. Seemed to be a mix of redneck day and ghetto day. I kept getting really pissed off at redneck dads that would bang on the glass of the habitats. When we were done there, went to La Hacienda for a chorizo torta and a ceviche tostada. Made a quick stop in the market next door for some paletas, fresh tortillas and pastries for the next morning's breakfast. We came back, let the kids take a nap and then Chris and I got started working on some homemade sausages for dinner. We did two different flavors. A mild Italian with fresh basil and Romano cheese (which turned out a little spicy, almost too hot for the kids anyway) and a chipotle, cilantro, pepper jack cheese one. Both were fantastic! But it was a huge pain to stuff 5 lbs of sausage, even with our sausage stuffer attachment for the stand mixer. We vowed to get better equipment before attempting it again. We ate a really late dinner and then headed to bed at a somewhat decent hour.
Pics from the zoo and food porn of the sausages.

Sunday - We got up and went to breakfast at The Pied Piper Eatery in East Nashville. The food is good there, nothing just amazing. But they've got a train table which Jonah loves. I think this was the first time he ate a meal there and definitely the first time he didn't pitch a fit when we left or when his food came. It's probablyxxxxx because we didn't push him to eat and gave him the option to just play through lunch. But he stopped on his own when he got hungry and came to eat. We made leaving very light and fun and had him say "bye bye" to the trains and we had no incident. We went home, hoping the kids would nap before Martha's Ice Cream Crankin', but no luck, at least not in Jonah's case. So, we had a handful of a kid after a few samples of ice cream. Chris and I decided we should enter the contest next year. The majority of the ice creams there were poor consistency at least. Some of the flavors were really good, but felt more like ice milk than ice cream. My favorite was a jalapeno flavor and a close second was an avocado. And no, it's not just because they're weird flavors. The consistency was great and the flavors were really good, too. The event was very much like a beer festival, but with ice cream. We were pretty much done after an hour there and several tables were packing up and out of ice cream. Jonah was definitely ready to go, but mostly because he wanted to get back on the shuttle bus. Every bus that would come up, he'd want to go running toward it. We came back and had leftover sausages for dinner and let the kids catch fireflies in the back yard. We wound up staying up way too late and having too many beers for a Sunday, but oh well.
Pics from Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' and the backyard.

Monday - We woke up sluggishly, ate pastries for breakfast and I started to feel human again after the second cup of coffee. Chris wound up taking a half day and coming home a little before lunch time. Steff took Lilly and Jonah to the pool and we went to get some Calypso for lunch. After which, we all took a nap. . . and I mean all of us! When we awoke, Steff was pulling out of the driveway and on her way home.

Was a fun extended weekend, but now I need some recovery time. Seriously!

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