Monday, June 28, 2010

Sally's hamsters

You know how they say that what the parent does in moderation, the child will do to extremes?  Well.

I have no one to blame but myself

that Sally has been knitting little amigurumi hamsters.

The pink one was knit with crochet thread and toothpicks.

She's magic.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I found it :)

Remember this post from New Year's Day?

Well, I found my cause this week.  More to come - after school finishes and I turn in my paperwork and come up for air.  (oh yeah, and after I turn 40, plan a birthday party for a boy who turns 7, and finish 25,432 other little things between now and next week)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Conversations with Sam

(in the car on the way home from school)

Sam:  "Guess what I had to do in PE today?  It was super hard.  Guess."

Sally:  "I don't know.  What?"

Sam:  "I had to pick anything I liked to do and do it.  I hula-hooped.  It was such hard work.  I'm so tired."

Me:  (confused)  "Am I missing something?  That doesn't seem like hard work."

Sam:  "I was using STARCASM, Mom."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What's For Dinner

A few weeks ago, Stuart bought us a new wok, so I had to try it out with a little vegetarian stir fry.
It was Sally's idea to add some edamame, which I thought was brilliant (and pretty, hence the pics).  Here's the all-veg version, made with brown rice:
And the kiddos wanted chicken in theirs, and luckily I had some from the previous night's bbq:
 (part of our new food deal is that they must eat veggies, but they get to pick which ones (I push the green ones) - this time they picked shredded carrots and edamame, with brown rice)
 They liked it.

PS:  Sam's quote of the night was:
"Do you have to walk when you cook with a wok?" 

New Reads

Some new blogs I've been reading:

Cheap Healthy Good

Vegan Dad

The Post Punk Kitchen

Have fun :)

Recipe for Enchiladas

I made up this recipe after eating Amy's frozen vegan black bean enchiladas, which are very yummy and I still keep in the freezer in case I don't have any of my own left.  Since I started making these, I've made them every other week by request - they are seriously good.  (And easy.)  I tried using leftover cooked zuchini, and it was not as good.  Raw veggies are better.  You can use cooked meat if you eat meat, or skip the fake meat altogether.  I buy extra sauce, because we like a lot of sauce around here.  They are also good with a side of mexican rice and cheese on top.  (Or fake cheese, if you avoid the dairy.)

Sheila's Enchiladas

one can black beans, rinsed
one can pinto beans, rinsed
one package soy "meat" (taco or mexican flavor)
1-2 cups frozen corn
1-2 cups cooked brown rice
2 zuchini, chopped into small pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
2-3 cans enchilada sauce
12-15 corn tortillas

In a large bowl, place beans, "meat", corn, rice, and chopped raw veggies.  Mix.  Add some enchilada sauce and mix.  Pour some sauce in the bottom of your baking dish (I use square glass pans, and usually fill two or three of them).  Coat both sides of a tortilla with sauce, fill with 1/4 to 1/3 cup mixture, and roll.  Continue until all the mixture is gone.  Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas until they are covered.  Cover pans with foil.  Bake at 350 for an hour.  (These are actually better the next day, but we can never wait that long.)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

LOST: The End

spoiler alert - don't read this post if you haven't watched the last episode and care about that kind of stuff

I think Jack's father summed it up:  "To remember.  And to let go."  That was the whole last episode for me.  To remember the last six years, and to let go of this story that will probably stay with us for a long time.  I've been thinking about the last episode for a few days now, and I have to say that I loved it.  When I was first watching it, I loved it up to the end.  Like many fans, the last thirty minutes were iffy with me.  When I started to realize that the sideways world wasn't "real" in some way, and that they were going to "leave", I started to get nervous.  But, a few days later, I re-watched a few scenes, and I cried all over again, and grew to love what the writers and actors had done.  They brought all of us to a place to remember and to let go.

OK, details.  LOVED the James/Juliet scene by the candy machine.  Hands down the best part of the whole series.  Jin/Sun remembering is tied for me with Kate/Claire/Charlie.  They were both great and made me cry.  I'm glad that Kate ended up with Jack, but it didn't make me cry the way I cried when Juliet said, "Kiss me James" and he called her Blondie.  I'm so so glad they ended up together.

But then again, Sayid?  With Shannon?  Are you kidding me?  Why didn't he get to be with his true love Nadia?  I never really liked Shannon anyway, so maybe it's just me.  Another thing:  purgatory?  the place between?  I don't believe in that, but it worked.  While I was watching it, I got it.  (I still don't believe there is such a place, but if I'm wrong, that's ok too.)

Hurley being the Protector of the Island = genius.  Pure genius and I never saw it coming, but it was a great move.  I was so sad that Ben sat outside the church, but that was true to his character - he was always on the outside of the survivor group.  I'm glad that Locke forgave him.  Even though the whole series was Jack's story, it turns out that Locke was right about everything and, in a way, he was a hero too (it's not his fault he was the smoke monster for awhile, right?).

Some things I never got until the end:

Jack's father's name:  Doctor Christian Shephard - hello Christ figure.  How did I miss that???

The Numbers:  4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 - 42 is the answer to Life The Universe And Everything.  Missed that.  (One of my students would be thrilled that 23 is one of The Numbers.  I guess there is a whole movie about The Number 23.)

Questions I Wish They Would Answer:

Who is Penelope's mother?
How did Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking get involved with the island?
Widmore, Hawking, Faraday - why all the different last names?

All in all, I'm happy with the ending.  I'm going to go back and watch the last season, now that I know some of the answers.  I'm sad to see it over, but it was time.

Friday, June 04, 2010

garage projects

We've been working on the garage since we moved into this house - almost seven years ago.  It seems to be never-ending - we get a few things done, then get distracted, and everything goes to chaos out there.  We are making some real progress, thanks to a friend who found some cabinets for us.  Those are up on one wall, and now we're working to finish the wall by the washer/dryer.  We had the large cabinet on the left put together:

and this weekend, as a birthday surprise for Stuart, Sam and I built this cabinet next to it:

Here's some pics of Sam helping me:

Now, to do something about that wall behind the cabinet . . . . another item for the never-ending garage project . . . .

(ps - i love assembling pre-fab furniture.  it is so satisfying.  this cabinet and the tall one next to it were both purchased at Home Depot)