Saturday, December 31, 2005
The problem is there is never enough time to get it all done. Or I don't make enough time, whatever... Like now I am in the midst of putting stuff in all these great clear plastic bins that I picked up at Target this morning. First, I don't think I got enough bins. Second, I keep uncovering projects and other unfinished things while also coming up with tons of other cool ideas. Oh and third, I stopped to write this in my blog :)
I just spent the past week off from work, what did I accomplish? I cleaned the closet in my dressing room and uh... did some laundry. Most days revolved around keeping Gigi entertained which I don't think I even did good job at that. In retrospect I should have taken her to day care at least two days out of the last eight. She needs other two year olds to rough house with. I didn't take her because I thought it would be nice to spend time together which it was, but I can see she is bored with me and ready to bust loose and I am also feeling like I didn't get any of my projects done.
Anyway back to organizing. I am a very organized person but I have a hard time finishing stuff...
Thursday, December 29, 2005
* Exported from MasterCook *
Udon SoupRecipe By: Laura Segal
Serving Size : 6
3 each egg, hard-boiled -- or shrimp, scallops, tofu, etc...
8 ounces Udon Noodles -- cooked as directed
1 cup shiitake mushrooms -- Sliced
2 cups mushroom -- sliced
2 cloves garlic -- crushed
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 tablespoon Ginger -- grated
32 ounces beef broth
1 cup water
2 teaspoons mirin
1/4 teaspoon tabasco sauce
1 head Bok choy -- cut in 1" slices
2 tablespoons Cilantro -- chopped
5 each Green Onions -- chopped
1/4 teaspoon Sesame oil
Prepare eggs or other add in's for addition at the end. Saute Mushrooms, garlic and ginger in oil till slightly softened. Add beef broth, water, mirin and tabasco. Simmer about 10 minutes. When almost ready to serve, add bok choy, cilantro, green onions, sesame oil, udon and eggs or other. Simmer 1 or 2 minutes and serve
NOTES : serve with Baguette and butter
Monday, December 26, 2005
The first thing Gigi saw when she came downstairs was the Disney princess vanity. She went right for it. This is one of the favorite gifts. I set it up in my dressing room next to my vanity so we can primp together.
Poor Gigi was actually sick although she didn't have any trouble finding the energy to open presents!
Later my parents came over with a whole new round of toys, including a sports car, just the thing every two year old needs to have!
They also got her a baby and all the accessories, Gigi was trying out the pack and play for size.
Later we lit the first candle for Hanukkah and Gigi got yet another present. We've got seven more nights of this, she is going to be so spoiled by next week.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Why did it take so long? Well in previous posts I talked about countertop mishaps and getting bumped on our contractors schedule because we needed more time to get all of our materials. But that wasn't a big deal, the biggest deal was painting the kitchen. It sounds simple enough so we decided to do that part ourselves instead of hiring someone. BIG MISTAKE. Working parents with toddlers should never try to do this themselves - hire someone.
Well it's all over so here are few before shots: Note the ugly countertop, old dishwasher and sink, the hideous floor...
Here are the final shots with new countertop, freshly painted cabinets and new hardware, the new cooktop and hood.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I didn't have my camera with me so no pics but we did discuss this picture that Erica took of my band Mary Mary, many moons ago. This shot was taken in a lot behind her townhouse on 13th and U. First there is a building there now, second Erica should have bought the place when it was affordable and lastly this is a great shot. For those of you who haven't seen this shot before I'll explain. This was taken on a role of shots to promo the band. It's funny because a bird pooped on Annie (on the far right), so she is mortified. Mary beside Annie is grossed out and I think it is hilarious. The most telling part of this picture is the Other Mary climbing up the tires and the look of worship in her eyes for Mary. The Other Mary was quite unstable and had to be asked to leave the band. If I ever feel bad about that I look at this picture.
Great shot, Erica.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Putting the tree up was a lot of fun. Gigi liked helping out and she is very excited to have a Christmas tree of her own.
Finally, we had a chance to visit Erika and Tommy and see their new little girl, Molly. I would like to say we "met" her but since she was sleeping the whole time I'll say we "saw" her. I always forget how small new babies are...