Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happiness is a new dishwasher

A month or so ago my Mom came over to sit for me and while she was here she lovingly did my dishes. She usually does this sort of thing but it was especially kind because I have eczema on my hands and doing dishes can be hazardous. When I got home I was thrilled that she did my dishes and very thankful. Thanks Mom.

Before she left she left me with a few words of advice. "Camille, that is the worst dishwasher I have ever seen, you need to save your pennies and buy a new one." Nice mom. But she is right, it is the worst dishwasher in existence, I just needed someone to point that out to me.

Today is a very happy day, the new dishwasher arrived and was installed (this is the best part) by a very nice installation dude. I may be handy with some things but I am not in any way "House Handy," or what have you. I can change a light bulb and program the microwave clock but that is so it.

I am so happy to have a nice clean, non-fall-on-me-every-time-I-open-the-door dishwasher! One that will be more then a glorified drying rack and wont threaten me with re-washing my dishes once it is done running. Oh new dishwasher, how I love you!

Side note: at lunch today Josh and Jane decided that they were monsters. Enjoy.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Oops, I did it again!

I have done this before so I am a bit of a professional, you have been warned. My sister in-law, tagged me. So here are six random things you never knew you always wanted to know about me.

1) I haven't been able to eat tuna ever since my mom told me open faced tuna sandwiches are really good under the broiler and I believed her. Gross mom, gross.

2) I can't stand people who drive trucks, I just assume they are compensating. I'm sorry to offend anyone, but lets face it folks if you drive a truck you should spend some time asking yourself why?

3) I've been to NYC twice (soon to be thrice) and I've never been in a taxi.

4) I'm going back to school in January, so yay for me!

5) I was caught cheating on a spelling test in the first grade, so I had to sit out while everyone else got to paste cut up Styrofoam sails on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Still bitter.

6) The second time Kgordee and I hung out we went to the Omni (I know right) with some friends on Karaoke night where I seduced Kgordee with my rendition of "hit me baby, one more time". I think it was the bar slap that did it. Yeah, I'd been practicing so I guess you could say I was pretty good. Hey, it worked.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BBQ Chicken Pizza

I love making bbq chicken because I totally cheat and make it in a crock pot. Monday night we had bbq chicken on soft rolls cause Kgordee really likes it. Last night we had bbq chicken pizza because I really like it. So everyone is happy, no leftovers, only sticky little fingers.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

-two frozen or fresh chicken breasts
-about 1/4 of a large bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce (if you don't make it your self it has to be SBR's, soooo good)
-pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper

Throw it all in a crock pot until the meat falls apart, shred the chicken and add more sauce if you want. Yep I'm just that lazy, comforting isn't it.

You can put what ever you want on your pizza but I use the following:

-a layer of bbq sauce
-mozzarella cheese
-a little bit of chedder cheese
-the shredded chicken
-chopped tomatoes
-small dice red pepper
-crap I forgot the red onions last night (don't forget the red onions, you will be sorry)

I use whatever bread recipe I want to make that day since I haven't found a pizza dough recipe that is worth anything yet. That and my oven does not have the super human strength necessary to produce a proper crust. It's hard but I'm dealing the best I can.

Just fire up your oven to 550 degrees or higher if you can and pop that pizza in, about 8 minutes later you will be one happy camper.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pizza dough two ways

Some of us roll the dough out and some of us just like to eat it. Good times.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Finished green cowl

Okay, so not so much going to be wearing this with the stripy shirt, or at least not this one, but you can get the idea. I finished it a few days ago and I am very happy with it, though I am still not sure if I am a cowl wearing person. Mostly I think because it's called a cowl, I think I am more likely to where a neck warmer thingy, but whatever.

It was so easy and fast, I used this pattern as a guide for the circumference and the length, though this one has two more full rounds of eight then the original has and I used a worsted yarn instead of a dk weight. I used size eight circular needles and almost three balls of Pure Merino Nuance in Ecologique.

I heart preschool!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Book Club

I am so excited for tonight. I am going to the first meeting of a new book club put together by a friend of a friend. I know that I already belong/run the ward book club but lets be honest I have no idea what I am doing. I can't wait to see how they have everything set up and what books people want to read.

I love our ward book club and I am grateful for all of the women who come and put up with my shenanigans every month. But I'm less than a fearless leader and I would like to learn how to moderate a group discussion for the benefit of our ward book club. So pretty much I am spying on my new club. What, how else am I going to learn this stuff.

I am also really excited to get to read and discus books that I really can't recommend for our ward book club. It's hard to finish a book that I think would be perfect for a book club discussion and then realize that it might offend members of our group.

We read the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhump Lahiri for our discussion tonight. It is a collection of nine short stories about people of Indian heritage set in the US or in India. I would love to hear from anyone who has read it or read any of Jhump Lahiri's work.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

first day of preschool

Today the kids went to preschool for the first time. They had a great time, and did pretty well at listening to their teacher and her helpers. I am so excited for them to have this opportunity to learn and be with other kids their age and for me to have a few minutes to myself each week. Here is a picture of them before we set out, as you can see Josh is practicing his wrestling moves, the Half Nelson, the Release and finally the Hug.