Friday, December 30, 2005
so we are running an AP story tomorrow that this year is a leap second year. the universe in its wisdom gives us an extra second tomorrow 12/31 at 7pm EST. supposedly if you look at your cell phone which is basically hooked up to the master swiss clocks, at 6:59 EST, start a stop watch at that moment, it will take 61 seconds to turn to 7pm. so i hereby challenge someone to actually do this and get back to me. happy new year and may you all win the lottery in 2006 and then give your friend that wished the luck in the first place at least 10%.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
hope everyone's holiday was lovely. i got good stuff including a train set for under the tree and a sewing machine. two things i wanted but didn't really ask for. jason is just that good. :O)i worked xmas eve day and christmas day but it was fairly noneventful. mostly cute kid pix. as you can see here. we went to jason's parents' house on xmas eve. it was great. we played games and ate nachos and i made turkey tortilla soup to go with it. i hope everyone had a terrific holiday and let me know what your favorite present was.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
so has anyone else this year felt weird about saying Merry Christmas to people? i have been saying 'happy holidays' instead. i don't know if this is my response to people making such a big stink in washington about merry christmas vs the other religious holidays that fall at this time of year. or if i am just more conscious that not everyone celebrates christmas. and even some of those who do celebrate christmas sure don't celebrate it as a christian holiday. just something else to think about.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
so i have been told that you can not consider yourself a good cook if you haven't had at least one experience of cooking a turkey and almost burning the house down. now no panic. there were no flames and the bird actually turned out really well in the end. i cooked for jason's family on sunday. my roasting rack seemed to poke a hole in my aluminum pan thus allowing all the juices to drip onto the bottom of the oven which of course burn like crazy. so the whole house fills with smoke and for the first time i understand smoke inhalation. it was pretty thick. plus all of the smoke alarms in the whole building were going off. my worst fear was that the guys across the street at the fire station would hear the alarms and come investigate. that would have been horrible. jason got the burning under control by wiping the bottom of the oven off and also discovered a second aluminum pan that i had squirreled away last year. he really saved the day by finding that because we just set the pan with the hole into the second pan and it worked great. the turkey turned out great. we all joked that it had a great 'smoked' flavor. my stuffing was a little weird to the point where i felt it needed a disclaimer before serving. but got better as leftovers. i have decided that i enjoy having the big dinner the week before xmas. now this week i can just kind of relax a bit and finish last minute baking without the big dinner crescendo to worry about. jason and i have to work xmas day and we are going over to his parent's house for xmas eve. i'm making turkey soup right now from the turkey carcus which smells really good. what little i can smell. i am totally going to try that airborne stuff. i took dayquil yesterday and i swear they must have switched the packaging with the nightquil because i was out after taking it. i had to pull over in the day car to take a nap before i crashed the car. maybe that is why they say not operate heavy machinery.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
so, after much battling against the crud that jason picked up somewhere, which included mass amounts of vitamin C, zinc lozengers, and gargling with salt water, i have the disease. yes folks time to face the music. i have really been in denial for days but i admit it, i have a cold. yuck. the zinc is funny though. if you have never taken them before, beware. they do affect your taste buds. i am currently drinking coffee that smells great and yummy but tastes like stale chinese food. hopefully all tastebuds will be restored by tomorrow when i make my feast. i am using purell non-stop to make sure i don't infect anyone else. that stuff is wicked on your hands though. i will keep you posted on how the meal goes. last year's turkey was really good which hopefully wasn't just beginner's luck. i'm going to take notes though this year because for some reason last year i felt like i had a better grip on what i am supposed to be doing.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
so i got an email from my aunt yesterday asking if anything was new since i hadn't updated my blog in awhile. yes and no. i've been mucho busy now that the holiday season is in full swing. i'm working 3 days a week at the boutique i worked at last year on top of my full time gig at the day. so monday's now are my only days that i have nothing planned but all of the xmas stuff i want to get done. we are having jason's family over for dinner on sun. because jason and i have to work on xmas day. and his family scatters to in-laws and other family on xmas eve and day. so this way we all get to see each other. should be fun. this will be turkey number 2 for me and i hope that it goes well. last year's turkey wasn't quite done in the dark meat section when we were ready to eat so hopefully that will come together better this year. i bought an oven thermometer so that should help.
sorry post took so long.
sorry post took so long.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
here's some pix from our first stickable snow of the winter. i know i will hate this stuff in a few weeks but always love the first flakes. this is the view of our street out the diningroom window, a kitty crossing the backyard and this rose of sharon bush in the backyard with little tufts of snow on each branch. enjoy!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
thought you all might get a kick out of the photo i took tonight. the little gal just could not keep her finger out of her nose. i only have a few frames where everyone's eyes are open and the booger search is not going on. see, my job can be hard from time to time. :O)
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