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I picked up Cooks Illustrated to read while Victoria was in Spanish Camp. I loved this magazine! I copied a couple of recipes to try, one of which suggested I use an oven-proof skillet. There was a workaround, but I decided I would not be working around. I got a stainless steel 12" skillet and made chicken with sausage and hot cherry peppers. The meal was good, very good. The skillet is awesome. How lovely it is not to worry about scraping noxious non-stick coating into my family's meals! And it's big! I like big.

After we ate a giant meal, we went to the park to let Victoria show Brian her tennis moves. I had already seen the moves, so I walked around the park. A couple of times. It's a small park. Back at home, neighbors were setting up to show a movie outdoors, so we came over to watch Shrek II.

Nothing momentous happened on Sunday. This morning Victoria asked when she would be able to dig for fossils. I didn't have anything on the calendar so we put together a bag of fossil-digging stuff and drove to Hueston Woods State Park, where I understood there were a couple of fossil collection sites. The park is huge and it seemed to me that they made the collection sites easy to miss but we were motivated hunters. Once we found a spot, wow. It's hard to pick up a rock that doesn't have a shell print or the like. It was along a stream that was teeming with fish and crayfish and waterbugs--it would have been a nice place to relax if I hadn't brought a manic trowel-wielding 5yo along. We found a few things to bring back with us and then we surveyed the park and came back home.


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Jul. 10th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Cooks Illustrated
I had never seen it before; apparently they're associated with a show on cable. I went to their website as directed in an article to get the mango chutney recipe and learned that it's a great big membership-having hassle to access their archives and stuff. No big deal, my life is no worse without it. Probably. I found two issues at Goodwill for five cents apiece, which rocks, and now I know to look out for more. I really like the elaborate descriptions of what works and doesn't leading up to the recipe. And I'd much rather see in-progress illustrations rather than final product food porn.
Jul. 10th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
I had a dream last night...
I had a dream about you two last night -- I was babysitting for Victoria and was going to be setting up her birthday party for you. She was younger, and was obsessed with being in the bathroom. You told me to keep all the shampoo bottles away from her, but to keep an eye out for opportunities. I didn't know what you meant but promised I would.
As she was in the bathroom, I pulled out little solid colored flags and started sorting them so we could set them up in your front yard (which in the dream looked remarkably like my front yard when I was Victoria's age) so the kids could dribble the ball around & score goals by kicking the ball through 2 flags at the end of the yard.
Then I noticed she'd been in there a while and just as I was going to check, you got home. We opened the door to find Victoria dipping her hair into the (untainted) toilet, seeing how far she could get it wet. You immediately grabbed the shampoo and said "Ah, an opportunity!" Evidently Victoria hated baths/showers, but loved to dip her hair in the toilet, so that's the only time you could ever get her to wash her hair.
The alarm went off shortly thereafter. Wouldn't have remembered this if I hadn't seen your entry this morning.....

I promise not to look for your entries in the morning ever again :)
Jul. 10th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: I had a dream last night...
You babysit AND set up for parties? Now I am going to dream about you!
Jul. 10th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
...a manic trowel-wielding 5yo along.

Somehow I'm picturing the strangest horror movie ever.
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