February 26th, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Mousse, no squirrel

The mousse is officially very yummy. I put mine in sundae glasses and custard pots. The pots, with flat bottoms, had runny bottoms that didn't develop in the sundae glasses, but I suspect that it really can't be stored more than a day after its made.

The stew was well received. No leftovers. But then, we did feed seven people on a six-serving recipe, which is not bad.

Flar liked his birthday present, which is a table that appears to be a stack of briefcases, each of which is actually a drawer. The briefcases are each covered in leather, and the definition of a consultant is "someone from out of town with a briefcase," so the table seems well suited to him.

The boys did a nice job of cleaning up the family room so that we could have Flar's birthday party in there. After Flar opened (unveiled) his present, and we were all served with dinner, we sat down to watch XXX.

After I finished my dinner, I made the topping for the cake. Flar's favorite cake is German chocolate, which isn't German Chocolate without the coconut-pecan topping. Only, I usually buy a can of it, and I'd forgotten to this time. Two different recipes that I found for it called for evaporated milk, which I don't keep in stock. The closest substitute that I could think of was coconut milk. Only, I don't remember it being quite so creamy the last time I bought it. Anyway, this is the first time I've successfully made coconut-pecan topping from scratch: in the past it's been too gooey-runny.

I sent the tournament numbers to Coach, who needs to get the school to cut a check, and then mail off the entry. I'll call tomorrow to follow-up and see if he needs anything else from me on this. I also put together the tournament info into an email for the parents, and started a discussion about car-pooling.

And now it's time for sleep. Tomorrow I get to recover my clean kitchen, and do a week's worth of laundry. The kitchen is messy enough from birthday cooking/baking, that it should be easily noticeable if I set it to rights again.
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bundled up, walkabout, snow

An Alexander kind of day.

I talked to one of the chess moms last night, and she says, what with the snow that gets piled up by plows and doesn't melt as quickly, we haven't had a day this year without visible snow in our fair city.

We've gotten so much (admittedly light) snow this season, we're not even getting snow advisories for it, anymore.

Tomorrow's forecast:

Rain likely... possibly beginning as a period of freezing rain. Highs in the upper 30s. Light northeast winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday Night
Snow likely. Accumulation 1 to 2 inches. Lows in the mid 20s. Wind becoming northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Wonder if the chance of accumulation will mean we actually get an advisory for this snow?

But, back to me. I'm having what I think of as an Alexander kind of day, since Alexander had that Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad day. Only mine's not bad, so much as blah and not good.

I woke up amazingly sleepy. Napped in the recliner while the kids fed themselves breakfast. Went back to bed. Got up at 10 to take a shower, and instead of waking me up, that just left me with cold, wet hair.

I think I was rude to Wolf on the phone this morning, but all I remember was being sleepy.

My kitchen is an amazing wreck, from so much cooking yesterday, and I haven't done anything in it, except for eat and surf. I haven't started up my laptop, so I haven't responded to any email, except by phone. I've haven't done anything about laundry or bowling forms or mail or bills or well, you get the idea.

Then Tigger called from school. He chipped a tooth on the slide at recess. When I was picking him up from school, I saw Coach, and got a check from him (for the deposit I made, for the t-shirts), so that was good. I took Tigger to the dentist and he now looks pretty much good as new. The chip was small enough to treat as a filling, but the dentist said to be careful of using his front teeth to bite hard things.

Now Flar is out at a meeting, and then to run some errands, and then to watch the UK-TN game. Tigger is watching the game with Bébé, who had tickets for tonight. Critter is watching Old Trek (the ep. with Lincoln -- a bit late for President's day ;).

And I've tons to do, but I'm still feeling blah and sleepy. I think I'll settle under my laptop and do sitting still things. Like answer email, work on Erosul, or just see if anyone's on IM.
bundled up, walkabout, snow


Critter has become "fascinated" with Star Trek this year. We're watching "The Corbomite Manuever" right now. Critter asked about stardates, and I wasn't surprised that I was about to find Gene Roddenberry's "official" explanation of stardates. I think read it in the "silver" book, which I think was "The Making of Star Trek" but I can't remember the title of the red book: was it "The Worlds of Star Trek"? Ooh, that would be a low-participation pop quiz.

Okay, who's old enough and geeky enough to remember the silver and red books about Star Trek, and their titles? I think Knight is old enough to remember this one...

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