I started reading this book and then it got a bit too explicit for my comfort level. Does anyone know how it ends? Does she ever talk to her mom? Does she ever find out who her real father is? I was about halfway through so I'm feeling like this was an abrupt break-up, I need closure.
I curled Lucy's hair on Sunday...I did it after church while Tony was Home Teaching. I wanted to do it at a time when I knew there was no pressure for how it looked or time crunch. She sat on the bathroom counter and brushed her teeth while I did it. It was so fun for me.
Now you are seeing precisely what I see, when I sit down to write posts, edit photos or make movies. Today, I installed a new device to my desktop; a tablet. It's labeled, "Bamboo," in the photo. It's a small writing and drawing tablet for working with artistic programs, it does things like handwriting recognition and other neat stuff I can't remember-I sort of breezed through the tutorial so I could get to the drawing part. After I installed it, my mouse went bananas. It was all jumpy and skittish. I im'd the local IT guy and he said I had something called wireless interference. My wireless mouse was interfering with the wireless pen used with the tablet. Who knew?
We are a very gadget oriented family. My in-laws warned me that Tony was the gadget guru and I didn't really think much of it or care at the time...what I didn't realize is that it would slowly take over my life. We've had some technological malfunctions around here lately...and a death in our Geekdom. Tony asked me which of our computers I would like to sacrifice in order to get a replacement. It was like being asked which of my children I loved more? How could I answer? They each have their own wonderful qualities...how can I choose? So, I didn't. I said no, we can't afford it. I'll wait until we've saved up for it.
Another thing I've wanted to mention is the amount of digital clutter I've amassed. My Marjorie piles are all under control now. They might make a fuss every once in a while but I keep them tightly in check. However, with tactile clutter cleared, my digital clutter has exploded. I have bookmarks and icons to who knows what. And, I recently realized I have almost 12,000 photos. 12,000 photos taken since 2003. Can you believe it? It's so easy to snap away, but harder to hit delete. What if I want to use that picture someday? What if it might make a good background for something? How do I choose one smile over another?
So kids...no more interference--move over, make room and get along.
P.S. We're working on a photo-condensing program in order to delete and duplicate photos we may have due to reimaging and back-ups and the real number of photos is over 20,000.
Lucy and I LOVED this place. We will definitely be back. I was happy to see how much there was for Lucy to do. I think this is a great trip for kids (and adults) of all ages. Plus--I got to stop at Zingerman's for sourdough. Mmmmmmmm.
I did the tie-dying from Martha Stewart's website. Turned out awesome.
We had a rough night Saturday night, due to teething, so I was worried for Sunday. There was some crabbiness during church, but overall it was a beautiful, sunny day, perfect for reflection on our Savior and his gift to humanity.
Thanks to a gift card and our luck at having the best babysitter around in our family, Tony and I went on our bi-yearly date night. We went to Andiamo in Livonia. It was a lot of fun and because it was our first time there, they gave us a free appetizer. I got the gnocchi, which I hadn't had before and it was wonderful. It was like eating little bits of mashed potatoes and the sauce was excellent. I told Tony I could have bathed in it.
One of Lucy's many talents is making animal sounds. She is very good at it. She can do cat, dog, snake, frog, monkey, elephant (the best), cow, duck, chicken, sheep, horse, goat, lion, donkey and sometimes a very reluctant gorilla. Today while I was making dinner (the gorgeous bbq-chicken pizza you see above) I came around the corner to find this:
Last week for the RS Birthday Dinner, we put on a little skit called, "Emma's Garden Party." I'm pretty sure you can find it online. I played an "80's Jogger." It was a lot of fun and a neat way to learn about the past General Presidents of Relief Society.
I learned to make fry bread for Navajo Tacos. I'm not sure that's "pc," but I don't know what the correct term would be. I love tacos and have been trying new things, like fried tortillas and taco salad. Last week I made Fry Bread...it was so delicious. I even had enough left over to make one with cinnamon and sugar for dessert. Man, was it good.
I've tried to use yeast a couple different times in my domestic history and none of the attempts have yielded a successful result, so I tried a "quick bread." I found a recipe for "Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread," as found on allrecipes.com. It was okay. It was sweet and probably would be good for strawberry shortcake, but it was so crunchy...I didn't love it. Then, on a blog I started reading recently, I found a recipe that sounded easy, for simple French Bread. It called for yeast which initially made me very nervous, because I'm never sure about the temperature of the water. Tony says my hands are made from asbestos because I can withstand very high temperatures of water and they just feel "warm," to me. So, I got out my candy thermometer and actually boiled the water and then waited for the temperature to go down to where I needed it. It was perfect and the bread came out truly divine. I love, love, love this recipe and will be making it again and again. It was so easy and so delicious. The texture of the bread was very smooth. It would also make a great garlic bread.
So there you have it, the domestication of Anna Onofrio, part deux.