We’re leaving tomorrow morning for Wasaga Beach but we’ll be back soon! Re-energized with new and more exciting things to write about. So far so good, and yeah I’m packing at 10:30 the night before AND still doing laundry but dang, I was busy all day. Anyway, the flights are booked, the rental car is booked, now all I have to do is locate our passports and we’re all set. After all the hoopla Chase’s passport never came and the fed decided to lighten the restrictions for travel as a result of the huge backlog that they have. Don’t worry, I have fully charged the battery for the camera and am ready to go. Mac bookie is coming with but I don’t know if I’ll be able to pirate someone else’s wireless connection or not so I may not be able to get back online til we get back to St. Catharines on Friday. We shall see.
Meanwhile, I’m posting pics of the progress in the living room. The color is awesome, it’s called puddle. It makes me hate the color I chose from upstairs because I deviated from my all natural neurtrals plan. I talk myself off the ledge by telling myself that the vibrant blue is fine for the bedroom because it’s a private space and I can just stick to the theme in the public spaces. I am so indecisive it stinks I can never just stick to a plan. But I digress. The bottom line is that puddle is an awesome color and when we finally get the real deal furniture in it will be fabulous. You can see in the picture what the old color was. We repainted all the trim with “oyster.” The walls and trim were that sort of off white color before.
I have a ton of other random pictures that I wanted to blog about but never managed to get to I’ll just throw all of them up with this post and start again fresh on Monday.. k? The pictures are self-explanatory right?
I’ve been thinking about doing it for hours. Sometimes it’s more difficult than it really needs to be. Think that’s because I’m sharing my attention with Curb Your Enthusiasm. Yup, I’m still watching it, episode after episode, season after season. You know, Jeff’s wife, Susie is SO crass but she cracks me up. When she yells, people jump. I’d like for people to “respect mah authoritay” like that.
I treated myself to some magazines this weekend. Everyone has been coveting this months Saveur. The one with the avocado on the front. Who doesn’t love an avocado? Even Chase loves nature’s perfect food. Anyway, I think this is the first time that I’ve actually made a recipe out of Saveur. They’re usually so complicated. This month’s issue (September 2002 No. 104) has a recipe for fajitas that is totally reasonable so I decided to give it a whirl. I made my list over coffee this morning and hit Whole Foods for the tomatillos and a few other things. I didn’t have to buy the peppers though cause our little plant is producing pretty well. I’d definitely make it again although I can’t say that the marinade was worth all the effort. The meat was tasty and all but I can’t say that I tasted the pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, soy, and sherry that made of the marinade. I’d have to try it with any old marinade that I whipped up and see if there was an appreciable difference. What was so good about it was the “green sauce.” Basically you puree an avocado with poached tomatillos and serano peppers and then stir in some sour cream. It was like a totally new take on guac and a great accompaniment to the steak.
Ben gave me a tip he saw on t.v. for washing children’s toys in the dishwasher on the top rack. Turns out it works great. I was actually title this post bugs in my dishwasher. That experiment was part of the cleaning jag I went on this weekend. I use the term jag loosely but I did get through the kitchen and most of the laundry and kept the toys from getting out of hand in the basement. I stole a few minutes to try out machiney. The 183 is 1000x better than the one I had before. I tried out all the stitches and started assembling the capris that go with that top I made for Chase a while back. The construction is just about done. I just need to do the elastic casing at the top and put a hem in at the bottom. The pattern calls for ribbon embellishment around the ankle but I’m so anxious to use the machine that I’m toying with the idea of just using one of the embroidery designs instead.
The living room is still empty. The truck pulls up out front, there’s a knock at the door and sadly instead of a sofa, all the dudes had to offer was that our house was the second delivery of this model of sofa in the city and that it didn’t fit through the door at the last place and it wasn’t going to fit through at ours either. Can you believe that? They took the couch back to the warehouse on the truck. I’m stunned, stunned and devastated, devastated!
On a positive note, the wall is patched and ready to be painted. As I suspected, the guy who wanted the couch fell through so we still have a place to sit. I’m going to hold off on resposting them until we figure out when we’ll get the new ones in. The problem is something we have to figure out as it was a special order and I don’t think you can return custom upholstery. This stinks, this is total BS.
Because the living room is out of commission, we’ve been getting some good miles out the movie room. It’s actually a really nice space for playing and hanging out. I think we’ll get more use out of this room now. We moved Chase’s basket of toys down here and she really likes the traction she gets on the carpet.
For the first time in forever we watched a movie. I picked Music & Lyrics because I felt like I needed a pick me up after the whole couch let down. Why didn’t people like this movie? Who doesn’t want to see Hugh Grant’s wrinkly and aged but yet still cute body. Maybe their expectations were too high. It was a nice rom-com if I ever saw one. There were some lame moments but there always are. I especially liked the part where he was wearing just his tight jeans and no shirt. Drew Barrymore on the other hand is all weird and spongy and pasty.
It came, it came! It’s already here! I went and picked up my new machine today. Awesome. I tried to describe it to Danielle by likening it to a Honda Accord and still think that it was a pretty apt description. It’s not the base model I was driving before but it’s certainly not a BMW either. It’s just right! It does some little embroidery designs but is not the kind of embroidery machine that lets you upload all kinds of different designs. It does numbers and letters too and the beauty of having a machine made in Sweden is that now I can give our children names with umlauts in them.
Of course in spite of having all the materials available AND having a free night I can’t work on anything because the dining room is the temporary living room. At least until the new couch gets here and the old one gets taken away (assuming that actually happens but I’m not holding my breath). Have you ever wondered what was going on in your house in 1965?
We found this behind the fireplace while we were doing the demo. Things aren’t looking too bad. Nothing a little spackle won’t take care of anyway.
Chase has officially maxed out on diaper sizes. I broke down and bought some 5’s today. The 4’s just weren’t cutting it anymore. This is it, I can’t put my infant in pull ups so she’s going to have to stay the course here for a little while. She’s been lunging at things and rolling onto her belly but still doesn’t quite grasp crawling. I give her another 4 days or so. By the time we get back from the beach she’ll probably be all over the place and I’ll be trying to babyproof this death trap. We have all of these huge doorless openings between rooms and I’m thinking that maybe a new rug would be nice for the living room. I’m not talking one of the MANY 15 dollar ikea specials we’ve had over the years. I’m talking a REAL area rug. This, of course, would necessitate a gate… for a doorway that’s huge. I checked them out today at BRU and they have some huge extend-a-gate getup for 100 bucks. 100 bucks! I guess this is one of those things you only need to buy once and lasts forever? We already need to put another gate at the bottom of the steps to go upstairs and at the top of the steps to go downstairs. 500 bucks worth of gates later and we should be well on our way to a baby-proof home.
I made a quick dinner of shrimp picatta from the America’s Test Kitchen mag I bought. It was pretty good although I think the shrimp to pasta ratio is a little off. I would use like 3/4 of a pound instead of a pound of pasta. I’ve been slacking on cooking and we’ve been eating a lot of Chipotle, Five Guys, and Donna’s. So I’ve been trying to cruise some of my mags for ideas now that I’m not totally swamped anymore. They’ve been sitting on the table for a couple of days driving Chase mad. Finally today she got her little hands on what she wanted. I like to keep age appropriate material around you know… just in case of moments like these.
I barely finished it but it’s gone there’s nothing more to be done about it now. Meanwhile I’m enjoying my first taste of quasi freedom. I say quasi because even though classes are over we’re still mad busy at work. But back to the happy parts. There’s a huge sale on Viking machines running until the end of the month. Since I’m still in the 90-day window from the time I originally purchased my new machine I can trade it up for 100% of the price that I paid. So I decided to do it and trade up to a computerized machine because the deal was just too good to pass up. Now I just have to be patient until it gets here. I only have like three weeks so time is of he essence.
Also, the new couch is being delivered on Friday. Think the room is ready? Hell no! Whatever though, it will be fine. I actually got a response from my posting on Cragislist and it looks like we have a buyer for the old couches. Happy! We’ll see if it takes.
I also got fixins’ for another brilliant project idea. More on that tomorrow though. I just wanted to check in and let you know I was still alive and that the paper and exam only nearly almost killed my but that I survived.
… best enjoyed with a purple bib. We hit the farmer’s market early this morning. We really hit the jackpot. Blueberries, plums, carrots, green beans, blackberries, AND a watermelon. The stroller was pretty loaded down on the way home. I finished freezing the peaches and nectarines and the sweet potato (which we had for lunch today) and did plums and blueberries and tried those out too. Let’s just say that I had one very satisfied customer. Tomorrow I’ll prep the rest of the veg and get them into the freezer. The food mill makes processing a whole lot easier since it cuts it down to one step instead of two and I didn’t have to peel the plums at all.
I’m still working on my paper. I made good progress today and almost learned an important lesson about saving when my computer froze but all is well and I didn’t lose anything. I worked at Starbucks for an hour or so and enjoyed one of their chicken salad sandwiches. Enjoyed that is until I read the ingredients. It looks all gourmet and healthy with the multigrain bread but any list of ingredients with an asterisk that says “ingredient not typically found in mayonnaise” is not for me. Happily, I have already come up with a pretty close faux starbu chicken salad. When I made it in the first place I used part sour cream instead of all mayo because the sandwich just doesn’t have the cloyingly sweet all mayo salad taste. Turns out that they add low-fat yogurt to the mix.. same dif but maybe I’ll save myself some calories next time.