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The Simpsons, Some Rats & Color Week

Here’s a recent family portrait, courtesy of The Simpsons Movie. I wasted far too much time on that site this morning. Neil designed his own avatar, and I did mine & the kids, although the boys did pick out their own outfits (if you couldn’t guess…) Thanks a lot, Neil, for sending me that and ruining my productivity – I just managed to get shipments out the door in time for the postal pickup by the skin of my teeth today!

We’re on Day Three of Readercon. Well, let’s make that, Neil is on Day Three of Readercon. The rest of us are on Day Three of Weekend Without Daddy. Whenever this happens, I try to come up with a few interesting things to do to help break up the weekend, give us something to look forward to, and help insure that I am not tearing my hair out and looking longingly at the front door by 5pm Wink Usually our agenda involves a movie, and this time around we saw Ratatouille. It was very enjoyable. And just when you think they can’t do much more to improve animation, you see a rat being washed away by a raging river. Wow.

Another thing that will break up our weekend some is the NJ Polymer Clay Guild meeting tomorrow. My parents have graciously volunteered to come and hang out with the boys for a while so I can go to the workshop. I’ve got Donna Kato books to deliver, dontchaknow Smile The theme for the meeting is “Faux Techniques” and if I have a chance tonight I’m going to put together a little collection of books & videos with that theme and bring them with me.

I plan on feeding my parents after I get back. It’s been a while since I have had dinner guests, and it certainly hasn’t happened since I started my latest domestic streak. So, here’s what I plan to have on the menu:

  • Hamburgers (pan fried, since our grill is busted)
  • Homemade hamburger rolls (pictured – aren’t they HUGE?! I adore this recipe from Beth Hensperger’s Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook. I always stick them in the freezer right after they cool, and then use them one at a time, as I need them. I haven’t had them in a few years, and my mouth is watering just thinking about them now…)
  • Potatoes, onions & peppers (all from the Farmer’s Market, and prepared in the same manner as last time)
  • Sweet Corn on the cob

I’ll, of course, have to set the table with my new napkins, and I’d like to also make some strawberry smoothies. And that leads me to…

I didn’t get a chance to post last night – a raging headache will keep one off of the computer, generally – and so I missed out on Color Week’s last day, which was blue/purple. So, I’ll do it today. How about some frosty blue mugs full of strawberry heaven?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!





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