Sunday, April 17, 2011

A long, and tiring, weekend...

sxichrmy by Dr. Ellen
sxichrmy, a photo by Dr. Ellen on Flickr.

So flickr+blogger is now doing this posting thing in a pop-up window.... just when I think something works, they go and frig with it...

In any event, we here in the Sciency household are very tired. Instead of preparing for Mom's visit next week, we've been doing Hubby-family-stuff. And, regrettably, it's not for good reason. One of his aunts passed, after a short illness, and the wake, funeral, burial, etc. were all a 30 min. drive away. We don't see this branch of the family often because they typically winter in FL, and the "kids" (middle-agers that are Hubby's first cousins) are scattered, but we love them, and we couldn't not go.

The good thing in all this is that N. got to see lots of new people, and they all fell in love with him. And if that wasn't enough, he was a complete angel the entire time. Four hours of a wake on Friday (broken up by a supper break), then more on Saturday, a funeral, the cemetary, then a sit-down lunch at a country club with about 80 more people (which was a surprise to me). No tantrums, no yelling, no crying, no nothing. Happily snacking, reading books, talking to people. The whole. freakin. time. He was so good that we literally stopped at Ikea on the way home just to get him a piece of chocolate cake to share for a reward ;-)

(And I'm not sure if I'll get flak for it, but yes, we brought a three-year-old to a funeral. He did NOT understand what was going on, and wasn't curious, either. He didn't see anything out of the ordinary, we didn't hang out at the casket for overlong periods, and he was as respectful as can be for a little kid. I had age-appropriate explanations ready, but didn't need them because he didn't ask.)

(and yes, I rewarded him with food. I don't do it often, but I wanted some too, dammit.)

We also took advantage of our car rental to get some of the errands done before we had to return it. And whoopee, we're getting another one later this week to pick up Mom from the airport. Still cheaper than parking and insurance, though. I managed to get pretty much everything for N.'s birthday, as well as ingredients for a cake for Hub's labmate's Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza :-)

We were home at a decent hour last night, and N. went to bed early, so we tried to watch Harry Potter on Comcast. Tried, and were so tired that we shut it off until tonight.

And now, having taken advantage of the early nap to get that cake baked so I can freeze it for decorating, I'm going to see what other little jobs I can do before wake-up. I figure N. was so good in the past few days that he'll act out for the rest of the weekend ;-)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Is there a class in creative blog post titles? If so, I should so be taking it.


It's raining, and my mood fits it, so I'll try to turn it around by catching up on good things...

The BSJs are finished, buttoned, blocked, etc. etc. I took the time to weave in ends of the one I'd made previously, and sew its button on, so I now have a pink one and a bluish one awaiting the arrival of my friend's baby.  They're so cute I almost can't bear to part with them, but M. is one of my oldest friends, and I can't wait for her to have it.

The mocha cookies from the other day are GONE.  I sent most of them to the lab with Hubby, and they disappeared - even people who don't like mocha proclaimed them the best cookies in the universe.  The book is here, and you can even search the index.  After modifying that recipe to include 1c instead of 1/2 cup of flour, I can say that everything I've tried from the book works and tastes delicious.  The mocha cookies are like the best chewy brownie gooey cookies that you get from a cafe.  The Gourmet Live blog posted the recipe here, and I highly recommend it.  If you make it as written and the batter is liquidy after waiting the 15 minutes, add extra flour and let it sit for another 15 minutes... it should be scoopable and stand up almost like dough.  Don't overbake, and they'll be perfect.

The countdown to my mom's visit is in the final stages; we've got our car booked and our shopping planned.  I just hope the weather improves between now and then ;-)

I also have no idea what to knit or crochet next, so I'm hoping to be struck by inspiration soon.  I'm working on a shawl from last year in the meantime...

And now it's time to seek out decaf, hope the rain lets up, and get home to continue cleaning and organizing and maybe knitting.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


(Blogger is weird.  there's nothing else to say about it, it's just weird. Moving on...)

N. is getting his bath, and I just finished my second attempt at some mocha cookies... I should have linkies but I don't, because I have a headache from taste-testing all the chocolate.  Suffice it to say they're very tasty, I did have to add an extra 1/2 cup flour to the recipe to get them to be cookie batter instead of pourable ganache, but they're good.  I'll see how they hold up after cooling down :-)

I've finished the BSJ, but again, no pics.  I swear, I'll catch up.  It just might not be this week - we have a daycare potluck, I'm doing storytime, I have to be interviewed by one of the teachers for a class she's doing for her certification, and we need to figure out how we're getting to a funeral of a close family member that's a 40 minute drive away, once we figure out when said funeral is taking place. 

So, it'll be a week.  Combined with the fact that Little Bro, with everyone's blessing, has finally thrown out all of Grammie's old furniture and he and JL are bringing in there own, is making me a little melancholy.  I think I need another cookie.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I messed around with Blogger, so this might not work.

I have too many email addresses. Combine that with an innate sense of the lazy, and it makes things a pain in the butt.

Not much to report... less than two weeks before Grammie arrives, and I'd say we're about 2/3 ready. I still have to do some organizing and putting away, but I've done the big cleaning jobs, and all that remains is maintenance sweeping and bathroom upkeep ;)

I don't have any pictures either, because Hubby has the camera to finish up work and I'm too lazy to ask him to bring it back... but the BSJ in siren song is up to the buttonholes, and then it's three garter ridges and an annoyingly long icord bindoff. I also succumbed to the temptation of pretty patterns when I was at Knit yesterday, and picked up a copy of the A-B-C-SJ. I've been wanting to get it for a while, was planning on ordering it online because I thought that was the only source... but J. brought it out for another customer while I was there, and I couldn't resist. I have some worsted in my stash that would make a perfect child-size one, but I'm not so good at sizing up using EZ math yet. This also has row-by-row instructions, and one of N.'s daycare teachers who knows how to knit but wants something other than a scarf is going to give it a try, I think.

In other news, my bronchitis is finally better, but Hubby is sick... and I can't be certain that I'm not coming down with another bug. Combine that with being at work helping out again because I'M JUST THAT NICE, and I'm tired and crabby.

But, I'm NOT sick yet, and I have knitting waiting for me, so I'm off to finish the DNA sequencing. Yay for science! ;-)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday blahs...

Hubby is at the lab, hopefully not for much longer, and N. is still sleeping... dishwasher is loaded, and I can't start the laundry yet (machines in the basement, can't leave sleeping child alone), so I have a few minutes.

I decided yesterday to take out the tree skirt of doom again, and it dawned on me that this is likely not going to get finished before Xmas 2011. I'm ok with that, I suppose; I just wish I was faster at sewing little tiny pieces of felt on one by one ;-) I have learned how to sew with my left hand, though; makes it easier because I don't have to turn the skirt around to do the back side.

And I think I just heard N. fall out of his bed... off I go...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Good things for today

  1. taxes are done. owe the state, owed by the feds. net gain for us. whooppee!
  2. had parent-teacher updates for N. While he is the youngest in the class, and sometimes follows the older kids when they stir up shit, he's also the kindest, most cooperative, loving and happy child they have ;-)
  3. I spent the afternoon at Knit, which is excellent on its own... L. was teaching a customer how to pick up evenly around a collar, and the lady was having trouble... I mentioned that I usually screw it up the first time too, and L. told the lady, "See? You're doing fine - it's even tough for an experienced knitter like her!". I love L., for calling me an 'experienced knitter' :-)
  4. The pinkeye was very mild, and I did NOT catch it!
  5. I have two huge pans of veg roasting in the oven, with garlic, and it smells yummy in here.
  6. My boys are being dropped off by the bus as I type this :-)