Monday, April 20th, 2009


library-1506I know it’s Monday, but this post is about Sunday so I’m counting it.  I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I didn’t post yesterday because I was caught up in watching The Da Vinci Code.  That was the movie I used to wean myself off of watching Friday Night Lights.  Having Netflix on demand is awesome and ridiculous because there is absolutely nothing standing between me and endless  seasons of the shows I want to see.  

Lots of people consider Friday Night Lights one of the most underrated shows ever.  We’ve both been watching and enjoying it although I find myself asking where are their parents??  I mean, I was a latch key kid and got away with my share of stuff but honestly!  The biggest problem is that now that I’m watching this, I’m way behind in my movies.  

I was otherwise fairly productive over the weekend.  I didn’t get around to flexing any of my creative muscles but I did get to a little cleaning.  I decluttered the dining room just the tiniest bit and put up some pictures.  I have totally boycotted nails.  I’ve been using 3M command picture hanging strips for everything.  I used the them for the letters in Chase’s room, for the chalkboard and clock in her kitchen and now for a bunch of little pictures.  They’re the best.  They cost about 10x more than a box of simple nails but the headache is saves me trying to hammer nails into plaster, well, you just can’t put a price on that.  Plus, if you don’t get it quite straight, you can just unhook the velcro type stuff and reposition.  It’s awesome… though I haven’t tried taking any of it down I can’t see how the damage could be worse than a hammer and nails.  

I did a little cooking and baking too.  I made some bread in the bread machine using a book I bought, oh, about a year ago and never looked at.  It’s a whole grain bread machine book and my first attempt from it was a success.  I wanted to make a cinnamon raisin type of a loaf but settled on an orange-cranberry-cornmeal loaf.  It seemed like a good idea at the time and it came together easily.  Then, at some point while it was baking I started thinking… geez, that kind of smells like bread… and orange… what were you thinking?  But as it turns out it’s quite good.  The crumb is nice and even and even the crust has a nice texture which is a problem sometimes in the bread machine.  It’s good with butter.  So good, that I actually ate breakfast this morning.  

We spent most of the day at the Irvine Nature center.  It was a pretty slow day there, we were pretty much on our own.  It was such a nice facility.  They had tons of hands-on exhibits in the main hall and some frog and snake habitats to look at.  Chase really liked the animals at night exhibit with the stuffed fox and owl.  It featured animal sounds with a narrated explanation.  It was pretty cool.  We walked a nature trail and sat in a wildlife bluff to watch the birds.  Chase had a great time.  

On the way back we stopped at Poulet for lunch.  The food wasn’t cheap and wasn’t crazy tasty but there was something about the location that I just really liked.  We had a nice laid back lunch there in the partially open-air seating area.    They had a huge tropical fish tank and ice cream too.  It’s kind of hard to beat that, it’s almost the ultimate toddler thrill.  

We brought a red bud home with us and planted it in front of the house.  I didn’t take a picture of it because it looks like we stuck a twig in the ground and forgot about it.  Ben says it’s fast growing, hopefully that’s true.  

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