Monday, February 25, 2008
Before we brought Fanny home, I went to the store and got her a few things. One of those things was a little cat bed. So far Jack has been the one occupying it. He is far too big for it but he curls up real tight trying to fit all of himself on it.
Fanny doesn't think much of her new bed. She is more of a high-tech kind of kitty. She is quite attentive to the laptop screen and sometimes tries to catch the arrow. Once when Paul stepped away from the laptop she continued an IM chat with a friend of his. I think she said something like this, ";;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;l".
This past week also marked Tchazo's 6th birthday. To honor his birthday there was a round of soft food for all feline and canine members of the TrinKnitty household. Here I am preparing the feast with the diners waiting eagerly in the wings.
This week is Sylvie's birthday so we turned our non-marshmallow Rice Krispy bar dessert into a birthday cake. A birthday cake isn't quite complete without the little candy letters on top. So, when the first store didn't have any candy letters (I didn't trust myself to use the colorful tubes of icing to create the happy birthday message) I had to trudge through the snow to a second grocery store. I was determined to make the dream happen.
Sylvie's cake read "Happy 67th Birthday Sylvie." Paul added the numbers after we finished placing the "Happy Birthday Sylvie" letters and noticed how many leftover letters and empty space we had.
This dinner marked the completion of our 3rd round of hosting, which means this was roughly the 1 year anniversary of the Veggie Dinner Club. That was a year of good eating!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Now, for the finished objects. I can only give you a peak of one because it is a gift for a pregnant friend (sort of the story of my knitting lately!)
Monday, February 18, 2008
On Friday night I made dinner and caught up on some Netflix watching. Dinner was a doctored up batch of Mac & Cheese. Paul and I love to take Annie's Mac and Cheese and make it a little bit better. This week's version was made with white wine instead of milk and included sauted mushrooms and carmelized onions. Yum! My Netflix watching included National Geographic: China's Lost Girls and Life + Debt. Both documentaries were really interesting and slightly unsettling. I would recommend both of them.
On Saturday Becky and I went to Lowell. Becky hasn't been there before so I needed to show her my usual Lowell haunts: Hub Mills and Life Alive. I got to spend most of the gift certificate that my mother in law gave me for Christmas. I was very disciplined about my purchasing. I only bought yarn if I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I even came prepared with some patterns to help me shop. I bought a book that had a pattern in it that I can make using yarn from my stash. Now all I need is tons of uninterrupted knitting time to make all this stuff!
Sunday morning started with a Frank Sinatra brunch at Lucky's Lounge. Arturo and Sam knew of this "down-low" "den of cocktail cool" and wanted to check out their breakfast. I hadn't seen them since late December so it was great that our plans could finally match up. If you go there, I would recommend getting the french toast. The bread was like a cinnamon roll. Super tasty.
Sunday evening I drove up to New Hampshire to Abby and Jeff's house. Jill was visiting from New York so we all got together to catch up, eat dinner and drink some wine. Those girls can drink some wine! I am no competition for them. None at all. Abby and Jeff recently went on their honeymoon to Costa Rica so we got to see their picture and hear their stories. It totally made me nostalgic about the trip that Paul and I took there. We were there exactly a year ago!
I realized this weekend that I am slacking on my 3 recipes a month resolution. So yesterday I researched some recipes for dessert. I was overjoyed to find that there are tons of recipes for making Rice Krispy Treats that don't use marshmallows. Ever since I found out about gelatin and its non-vegetarian components, I have been steering clear of marshmallows (with the exception of smores on two occassions). But I love Rice Krispy Treats and get a craving for them from time to time. I made up a batch yesterday that are peanut butter flavored with chocolate on top...just like my mom used to make them! I couldn't tell that they were made any differently. I am super excited that this dessert is part of my life again.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Go! Grannies! Go!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Perdoozy made it.
On Saturday morning Paul and I got ourselves out of bed early to meet up with Jen and Jamie for breakfast at the Neighborhood Restaurant. No photos, but if I had taken a photo it would have been of a review they have framed on their wall. It said something to the effect of "the quality never rises above standard but what they lack in quality they make up for in quantity." Now if that doesn't warrant bragging, what does?!
I don't generally like to use my blog to say negative things but every now and then I gotta let it out. This play was such a let down. It was held in the Cyclorama, which is an amazing space but they didn't take the space into account when staging the show. All of the seating was on the same level as the actors. A lot of the time the action was lost to everyone but the people in the first few rows because it wasn't possible to see what was going on. Also, I just didn't get most of the play. It was so out there and so symbolic at times and then they would throw in something so literal that it was ridiculous.
Towards the end I was so ready for it to be over but it just went on and on and on with all of the actors moving in slow motion (literally moving in slow motion!). At this point in the play I heard a kid near me ask his mom, "What's going on?" and not surprisingly his mom couldn't answer the question. Through the play I kept thinking, "this has to get better." I looked at Paul a few times throughout the play to see if I was the only one who felt clueless about what we were watching. He was sitting there all straightfaced looking engaged. Turns out that after watching the first few minutes of the play, he decided he'd rather spend the time daydreaming about superpowers.
Let this be a lesson to me. Always bring your knitting! If I had had my knitting I think it would have been so much easier to get through. Paul would say that the lesson is that we need to have an agreed upon signal so that if something sucks this bad, we can let each other know that we want to walk out. I might be too polite to walk out on a performance, but I will definitely knit through one.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
We adopted her on Saturday but since she wasn't spayed yet we had to wait until Monday night to take her home. She seems to be settling in nicely although she has yet to meet the dogs. We are letting her recover from her surgery and get used to us for a few days before we let the dogs meet her. They have definitely been smelling each other underneath the door but the dogs don't seem too anxious to come after her. Hopefully that is a sign of an easy acceptance from them.
As long as the dogs and Fanny can get along, I think we've found ourselves a winner!