Monthly Archives: February 2010

For JC and her daughter (and eM in NYC, from Blueberry)

Blueberry and I were supposed to be in NYC this weekend. We planned to visit my friend and the fabulous little eM. We didn’t make it – it snowed so hard in the city that flights have been cancelled for two days. But, I wanted a taste of NY….so I made my way down to the college campus and walked out on the lake. Look at what I found! Dr. LaBootie, under the water! I took a picture of this especially for you, M.

I can’t wait for March when I will be in California and I can meet you, M, and your little brother and see your mom again. And eM and ML, Blueberry and I will be in NYC in the spring when we can buy hot dogs from vendors and spend our day in the park.

p.s. good luck explaining this one, JC!

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Snapshot

Lalibela, Ethiopia
*this was a fascinating place where nuns live – all in little homes carved into the caves with front doors facing out onto this corridor – stunning in every way – and sacred*

Iditarod Dog

This little pal, Iditarod Dog, belonged to big sister, Songbird. I arrived home tonight from a long long day at work (including a meeting with 2 different sets of parents about super tough kids) and my little boy immediately asked for his boots to go outside. We 3 trekked outside in the dusk with dog and frisbees and had a little outside time before that dreaded dinner prep. Our progress here is that Bluebery can now trek around a bit in the snow. He’s gaining some stamina and some love of the winter snow. Success.

Wordless Wednesday

The Chopping Block

30 Days of Nothing helped our family return to weekly menu planning. We’ve found it takes a lot of the stress of nightly dinner out of our evenings. Duh! It wasn’t like we didn’t know this, but our discipline was lacking. Sometimes Mr. Silly Pants and I aren’t as good at being cooperatively organized as we could be, or as I imgagine we actually are. I think I am seeing this piece more clearly now. We kinda stink at the day to day cooperative stuff. We’re pretty good at our own stuff. Perhaps we needed to muddle through some struggles in our daily lives (schedule) to get a little closer to ‘smooth.’ We both admit, it has been stressful to add a little whirling dirvish into our daily lives – precious, amazing, delightful, AND STRESSFUL! Blueberry requires cooperation and communication – no more fending for ourselves and then coming together at the end of the day. We changed the deal with marriage and little boy.
Honestly,  it’s not just about getting our evenings in order – there IS Blueberry. Add to “the boy” effect that  I have been cooking for my family for many many years – um, like 21 to be exact – and there should be no surprise when I state, I’m just pretty darn tired of the work of family dinner. Frankly, I’m burned out on dinner cooking (that must be a thyroid of 9 talking). It seems the structural parts of this marriage and family have me right back in the thick of prepping the family meal for my husband’s arrival home after work. I work part time – I’m home first, I’m home more, I’m home longer. I KNOW it makes sense to prepare the provisions most of the time. But, I don’t exactly enjoy the dinner duties. Nope, I don’t.
Tonight’s meal was chicken salad the easy way; Organic Girl lettuce with our veges added and some breasts of chicken grilled up and added to the bowl. It’s an easy dinner designed for tonight because I worked today, because Mr. Silly Pants and I try to eat a good salad meal at least once a week, and because our veges and greens are best at the start of the week before the wilt has set in.
The key is to make the prepping of dinner something that Blueberry and I enjoy doing together. This isn’t easy for me; I’m sometimes about just getting the job done, I’m not too happy about dinner cooking anyway, I’m tired (9 again), and a toddler at the chopping block isn’t exactly an efficient or even pleasant use of time. Yet, if we’re going to eat as a family and eat at a reasonable time (say, 6:15-6:30) I have to figure out how to include our son in cooking dinner. (This is one place I feel the lack of sibs in the house, to be honest). 
Chef Blueberry and I got to work tonight and chopped and diced our little hearts out. His favorite addition was the handful of cashews; which he mostly crammed hungrily in his mouth
ate, although he added a few to our burgeoning bowl of greens and veges.
Frankly, if I can learn how to handle the slow pace, the dropped whisks and spatulas, the saliva licked fingertips touching every food item and adding some half-way chewed items back to the bowl, the yells for “more”, the little legs trying to inconspicuously crawl up onto the chopping block to reach the olive oil and last night’s bottle of wine, and the danger of topples off his chair along with accompanying screams….it’s all good!
Tonight worked. If’ I’m smart and pay attention, tomorrow night will too. Maybe?

Sunday Snapshot

Guest House: Addis Ababa 2008