My week in pictures

My week in pictures
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Christmas is everywhere. Almond-crusted chicken salad almost completely drowned in almonds. Home-roasted turkey drumsticks for lunch. Tyson the Sometimes Terrible deep in thoughts of food.

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 70

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Everyday Ruralty
1. Do you still write letters (snail mail)?

Not in a long time.

2. Do you sing?

I guess maybe I do. I was in the choir way back in school, then progressed to being a bathroom singer and then went on to singing in my car. I prefer to sing where no one can hear me.

I’m no fan of karaokes because it’s really painful to hear my favorite songs being unceremoniously murdered. Then whenever I hear that song, I’ll be reminded of how badly it sounded when someone else was trying to screech it out of their lungs and then that song will never be the same again for me.

3. Did you participate in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday?

I jumped the gun a little and shopped before Black Friday. The first stash is here. I’ve been checking out the deals all cyber weekend but am proud to say I didn’t succumb to temptation. It was hard but I did it 😉 !

4. How many guests can you have spend the night at your house? Could Wendell fit?

I’d love to have Wendell over but sorry, I don’t have a room big enough for him and it would be rude to have him sleep outside 😆 .

5. Have you ever gone fishing?

Nope, not planning to.

Hope y’all have a great week.

Gobble gobble

Gobble gobble
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So Thanksgiving is here and gone for another year. That was quick. Only last week we were down with that awful stomach flu and I was thinking we might just have to give Thanksgiving a miss this year. We hadn’t left the house in a week so where was I going to get a turkey at such short notice?

As it turned out, my girl friend saved the day. She desperately wanted to meet up before she returned to Scotland for the holidays. So while we caught up over coffee, trust my little chefs to surprise me with a grocery cart loaded with everything we need for a Thanksgiving dinner, including a 16-lb turkey.

We kept it simple this year. Just a rosemary turkey which basically sat in the oven for 3 hours. Hip2bDaughters whipped up the mashed potatoes and salad while I cooked the gravy. And this is it…

Leftover turkey is the best part of Thanksgiving. Then again, if you ask me, there are few celebrations as meaningful as Thanksgiving. It’s a time to pause and reflect on the things we so often take for granted and to be thankful for what we have. It’s good for the soul.

Okay, back to that leftover turkey and brown gravy which is awesome beyond words after all the flavors have had a chance to mingle overnight. So for the next few days, turkey sandwiches it will be for lunch and dinner. Yumms!

What do you do with your turkey leftovers?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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I’m seeing so many thankful posts all over the internet. Indeed we have so many things to be thankful for that it’s not always easy to list them all. I think everyone out there has pretty much listed all the obvious ones. Now let me list some fun things I’m thankful for, in no particular order:

The internet – Who can even remember life before the internet?

Disneyland – Been to Disneyland, Anaheim 4 times and still not tired of it yet. It’s truly “the happiest place on earth”, no kidding.

Tempura, sashimi and wasabi – Tell me, where would we be without them?

Tostada salad – Go go go!

Great movies – Keep ’em coming.

Tyson – Our own Snoopy, only greedier.

May the spirit of Thanksgiving bring you love, laughter and a warm heart. Happy Thanksgiving!

No magic in this movie

No magic in this movie
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Seems like the only time we eat popcorn is at the movies.

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Yes, we were at the movies yesterday. We happened to have a couple of free tickets to waste so we went to watch of all movies “Loopers”. Sci-fi and time travel? Sounds a bit iffy but we figured how bad can it be with Bruce Willis in it, right?

Wrong!!

It’s probably the worst movie we’ve seen all year. And we’ve watched like 2 cinema movies this whole year. So you can imagine 🙄 . By the second scene – tops, I had completely switched off. Plugging my ears with my fingers, I sat back and tried to catch a few winks BUT …

… the volume was so deafening, the random booms that went off made us jump out of our seats. Here we were, hoping to escape the unbearable construction noise from next door and the level of ear-popping was even worse here!! Many times worse!!

How’s that?? Seriously do movies have to be this LOUD?

Wokay, THAT’S IT! A half hour in and we upped and walked out!!

Went home, popped a bag of what else popcorn into the microwave and had ourselves a little tea party to calm those frayed nerves. The sound of those corn kernels popping was like music… if we could hear above the deafening din from next door, that is 🙄 !

Fun and games

Fun and games
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Well, it looks like I’m hooked on Sudoku. To think I waved it away when I was first introduced to it. When would a busy mom like me find time to play? was my first thought. Long before I had kids, I was a Tetris queen, winning prizes at the Tetris contests we had at the office. Did I mention that was before I had kids?

With Sudoku, I started out looking over my lovelies’ shoulders as they frantically filled in the blanks during the long wait times at restaurants and such. Quite frankly, it was all a blur to me. Even after they explained it to me, it didn’t quite sink in.

None of it actually made much sense until this past week when I had to park myself at a McDonald’s to wait for Raine. Instead of watching the world go by, as I usually do, I whipped out my Google phone and decided to try my hand at a game of Sudoku.

One game led to another and before I knew it, I was hooked. Initially it took me 11+ minutes to complete a game. Within a half hour or so of full concentration and ignoring the folks peering at my screen as they walked by with their breakfast trays, I was clocking 7+ minutes, then 6+ minutes.

Of course, I’m playing the Easy version, not the brain-cracking version – yet 😆 . Ya, ya, I’m workin’ on it, I’m workin’ on it. It’s really fun and a great way to kill some waiting time.

Any Sudoku fans out there? What games do you play? What got you started/hooked?

Mom or the jetset?

Mom or the jetset?
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Somewhere in between a super busy school week, I managed to squ-eeeze in an hour with a girl friend that I’ve not seen in, oh, a year or so. Good times over latte. Catching up. When we parted company, I was heading back to my life of mom, taxi driver and chef – you know, the hurriedly-slapped-together lunches, the rush-hour traffic, the tales from school…

…and she was off to rub shoulders with Prince William and the Duchess Kate at some fancy address. Her husband insisted, the sweet man. Okay, let’s face it, the only royalty I remember running into was Princess Jasmine. At Disney’s California Adventure Park, no less. That’s her with her Prince, Aladdin and Genie.

As you can imagine, my life is nowhere near as glamorous as hers. No doubt, we’re 2 women with 2 entirely different lifestyles. She has no kids (don’t think she wanted any), has barely worked a day in her life and spends her days lounging by the pool, lunching with the jet pack, zipping across the globe… you know, the stuff of the Kardashians.

As for me, well, you know me, my life revolves around my kids, has been for years and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. True, money doesn’t grow on our trees (I’m not much of a green thumb) but we kinda enjoy running on schedules, granola bars, hugs and simple pleasures. Oh, and make-believe royalty.

I try to imagine myself in her shoes and wonder if, at some point, I might get tired of all that freedom and long for a less frivolous, more structured lifestyle? Something along the lines of motherhood on the fast lane. Hmm, interesting, isn’t it?

So here then is a question for you. I may have asked this question before but never mind, let’s have another shot at it. So between the job description of Mom or Swinging Child-free Jetset, if you could choose only one, which one would it be?

Sips of fancy

Sips of fancy
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The potatoes on the London Olympics 2012 couch

The potatoes on the London Olympics 2012 couch
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While you won’t exactly find me glued to the 2012 Olympics on TV like my 2 lovelies seem to be these days, I’m keeping track – in my own way. Not ashamed to say we’ve been rooting for Michael Phelps like crazy. Have been since the 2008 Olympics. He’s so much easier to like than, say, Lochte who is so full of himself.

This was us catching up on some Michael Phelps on Raine’s cell while munching on our McD’s breakfast.

So thrilled that Michael Phelps ended his last solo swim with a gold (humble pie and grill, anyone?) and finished with one more gold for the road. Wow, is this guy amazing or what? Regardless that the media tried to pull him under at first about not being as prepared as he should’ve been compared to some of the other swimmers, he still came out the most decorated Olympian in history.

A true athlete consistently delivers, can’t say the same about flukes. Twenty-two medals with 18 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze and lots of firsts in that. Fathom that! Is that even humanly possible? I wonder how long it will take anyone to beat that record? On another note, now that swimming has come to an end, I guess it’ll be another 4 years before I watch TV again 😆 ?!

They started without me

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I missed the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Can you beat that? Despite all my wild ambitions to be a couch potato, some things are just not meant to be. I think round about the time the opening ceremony was being aired, I was at the grocery store rummaging through the plastic bins for tomatoes and strawberries. How dare they start without me 😆 ?

By the time I got home, there simply wasn’t room on that couch for me. Yes, you may think you deserve a gold medal but in the end, that couch is still only big enough for two. There’s nothing you can do but resort to catching random snippets of the grandeur on your computer instead. C’est la vie!

 

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