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We grew sunflowers this year and they were so beautiful.  They had their own place in the middle of the yard and I swear if you walked out back you would smile instantly!  We're going to shy away from veggie this year until we know for sure there won't be a drought.  I can't handle watching everything die again this up coming summer.

 

I'm going to google that song.

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That white bean soup sounds delicious! DH has an aversion to legumes, so I miss out on all those yummy beany chickpeaish lentily dishes. :( Can I ask what you do for work? I didn't realise you worked from home - that's cool (well, in theory!). DH works from home... it's mostly good. :p

 

Erk. I was up until midnight last night making cookies and piping chocolate into fancy shapes for the pavlova. The cookie recipe made heaps, so I wrote "THE LIGHTED WINDOWS DIM" - a quote from a song called "The Long Day Closes", which is a very mournful one about death. We sing it at my singing group, and my sister can never sing it without giggling at the lugubrious lyrics, so hopefully it will cheer her up. Then I did "PUS" and "BLOOD & GORE" and her name, and "DOOM"... I think that was all. It was late, I can't remember. :p

 

Anyway, time to get ready to go. We woke up early and DD is behaving like a little terror. Yawn.

 

ETA: Oops, it's not "THE LIGHTED WINDOWS DIM" after all. It's "GO TO THE DREAMLESS BED", from the third verse. I was tossing up which was doomier.

 

Also, my second batch of veggie and flower seeds are starting to come up in pots on the deck. And I have just realised that I planted a bunch of sunflowers in my veggie patch, thinking they were melons. I thought they were sunflowers, but my father and DH's best friend swore stoutly that they were melon seedlings. But they look exactly the same as my just-emerging sunflower seedlings, which I know are sunflowers because I planted them in specific pots so as to keep a judgmental eye on them, thinking that none of them germinated last time. Which raises the question: where the heck are my melon seedlings? I really need to learn to label stuff. On the bright side, my veggie bed will look nice and festive - but I really didn't need to space sunflowers that far apart. Oh well, I can grow beans up 'em, maybe. But that's the last time I trust to my father's botanical knowledge (and/or eyesight).



 

post #182 of 1361

We garden with sculpture instead of plants.  Our neighbor feeds deer, so anything we grew would be theirs before we got our hands on it.  But I have a really green thumb for gnomes, gazing balls, and bottle trees.  A pink flamingo is on my wish list. 

 

How are sunflowers for things like deer, squirrels, woodchucks, anyway?

post #183 of 1361
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Kitchen, I need to get my bread machine out of the cupboard!  You ladies all make some delicious sounding food!  Soaking beans... I haven't done that in years.  I think I stopped buying dried beans after DD2 had shoved them up her nose and had to have 4 airmen hold her down while the Captain pulled them out.  She was a kicker!  We brought her home and she shoved cheerios up there within minutes.  Ah she's a shining star!


Bust out the bread machine! Fresh baked bread is so addicting. But maybe don't go with the beans - sounds a bit hazardous. :-)

 

 

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That white bean soup sounds delicious! DH has an aversion to legumes, so I miss out on all those yummy beany chickpeaish lentily dishes. :( Can I ask what you do for work? I didn't realise you worked from home - that's cool (well, in theory!). DH works from home... it's mostly good. :p

 

It's from my beloved crockpot cookbook. I could smell it cooking all day and I can't wait to eat it. I'm an office gnome basically. It makes me sad, but we must have the money to survive...
 

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Wow.  I'd be sighing, too.  Hope your back-to-work adjustment journey treats you kindly.


Me too, although I got an ultimatum today, on my third day back. Either be back in the office on February 2nd or I'm out of job. Even though we can't afford daycare and I worked from home for six weeks at the end of my pregnancy with no complaints. I've been with the company six years, half the staff works from home, they love the work I do (or so they say), but they've decided to be completely inflexible with me. I don't know what to do. Things just got real stressful. 

 

post #184 of 1361

That always means someone complained.  And I really dislike complainers!  Well if they're putting you in such a hard place... I'd see what they said if you waited til the 2nd... with a job in the wings of course and say you'll just have to leave then.  Think of it this way, they just gave you time to look for a job.  Though I am sorry you're in such a stressful spot.

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That always means someone complained.  And I really dislike complainers!  Well if they're putting you in such a hard place... I'd see what they said if you waited til the 2nd... with a job in the wings of course and say you'll just have to leave then.  Think of it this way, they just gave you time to look for a job.  Though I am sorry you're in such a stressful spot.


Probably. I just don't get it - if there's some of issue, just tell me so I can have a chance to fix it! But yeah, my husband said the same thing - start looking. 

 

post #186 of 1361

Today I went on a field trip with my kid and her class.  I rode the bus, yuck!  I had 8 girls to keep track of and they were a lot of fun.  We came back and had lunch together.  I really enjoyed myself.  I'm now currently on hold and have been for the last 20 minutes with my companies IT so that I can reset my passwords... their music sucks!  I have until tomorrow to finish my appraisal... I'm almost done.  I just need to find more words that have impact meanings.  I thought writing "SUPER AWESOME" with stars would be good enough but my boss told me to just pretend to be an adult during my appraisal otherwise he won't be giving me my raise... and would feel led to dock my pay for every star and awesome he read on my appraisals... Fun RUINER!

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How are sunflowers for things like deer, squirrels, woodchucks, anyway?

No idea. We don't have any of those in NZ. :p Well, deer, I suppose, but only in official and contained spaces: I'm pretty sure there aren't any wild-roaming ones. Sunflowers do get attacked by birds though, for the seeds. Or, last time I grew them, they got attacked by DH, who was testing his new machete and came inside all proudly to tell me he slew them, when I was planning on letting the heads dry for seed. That man is a hazard in the garden.

 

Yesterday I accomplished the somewhat tiring mish of going to Auckland to visit my sister in the hospital. Highlights include:

 

-getting lost because DH didn't follow my directions (those being "That sign says "Hospital", shouldn't we go that way?")

-DD sulking and flinging her coat around because she didn't want to leave the playground, and when I snatched said coat away, shouting "You're a BAD WOMAN!" very loudly

-eating dinner in a restaurant standing up, holding the baby, because he was overtired and cried every time I sat down. Eventually DH and I took turns eating and walking him around outside, because the restaurant was ridiculously hot and noisy. It wasn't actually too bad - he's a nice baby, so we just wandered up and down in front of the restaurant, looking at Christmas lights. Luckily he's cute and squishy. But still.

-my ailing sister throwing up when the nasty physiotherapist made her stand up

 

It wasn't all bad, though. My (other) little sister and I decorated the cookies I'd made, which I hadn't had time to ice before travelling up, and that amused us for an hour or two. We managed (accidentally) to create some very realistic pus-coloured icing to decorate the word "PUS". DD went with Grandpa to the zoo (in the rain, but oh well). The baby charmed the nurses and amused my sister. And it was nice to see her, even though she was a ghastly colour and kept drifting in and out of consciousness. It'll be hard to get used to her being a few inches taller!

 

Anyway. Today is Pavlova Day. It's not raining, thankfully. I'm about to go put the dehumidifier on and tackle our filthy kitchen. Wish me luck!

post #188 of 1361

^^^ Thanks!  I think I am going to get copper sunflowers instead, then . . . not so much because of our deer, but because DH has a machete, too!

 

Today I got winter tires put on our car, picked up some baking ingredients for my mother and ran them by her house, walked in the rain with my dog, and started a double batch of bread dough to make rolls for DH's holiday lunch at work tomorrow.  Now I'm off to bag teacakes; if there aren't enough for 36 bags, I'll get another batch of five dozen into the oven later.

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I thought writing "SUPER AWESOME" with stars would be good enough but my boss told me to just pretend to be an adult during my appraisal otherwise he won't be giving me my raise... and would feel led to dock my pay for every star and awesome he read on my appraisals... Fun RUINER!

 

Hahaha "pretend to be an adult". What exactly do you appraise?
 

 

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Sunflowers do get attacked by birds though, for the seeds. Or, last time I grew them, they got attacked by DH, who was testing his new machete and came inside all proudly to tell me he slew them, when I was planning on letting the heads dry for seed. That man is a hazard in the garden.

 

"Fear not Wife! I have slain the offending sunflowers!" 


 

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^^^ Thanks!  I think I am going to get copper sunflowers instead, then . . . not so much because of our deer, but because DH has a machete, too!


Why on earth do your husbands have machetes!? I hope my husband doesn't see this post over my shoulder or something and think he needs to get one. "But all the other dads on MDC get them..."

 

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Why on earth do your husbands have machetes!?

I suppose that's a fair question. :p Um, DH is into medieval martial arts - we actually met at a swordfighting club - and he knows a guy who sells swords and knives and things. Not that machete-ing is particularly medieval, but DH can't resist a big ol' slashy knife, so he bought one, to resigned sighs from me. That same day he killed the sunflowers, I sent him out to harvest a pumpkin from the garden, and he accidentally slashed down two tomato plants. Heaven help us all if he ever tries to use the thing for self-defence.

 

My big accomplishment today was completing The Pavlova. It went fairly well. I accidentally left a bunch of cake decorating stuff up in Auckland (we were decorating cookies at the hospital), so I had to run out this morning and get pink food colouring and baking paper... and then run out again to get raspberries, which the supermarket didn't have, and yoghurt, which DH had eaten the last of and not replaced.

 

I put the dehumidifier on, but the pavlova still refused to crisp up, so I'm not banking on winning the Best Overall Pavlova prize. I might have a shot at Best Dressed, though. I made the pavlova pink (although it doesn't really show on the outside, sadly; but when they cut it open it'll be a pretty colour, at least), and mixed a bit of yoghurt and vanilla paste with the cream to cut the sweetness. Then I decorated it with white chocolate horns, with raspberries filled with melted chocolate and yoghurt inside. And I made a vaguely bow-shaped dark chocolate thing for the centre, and put more filled raspberries and little dark chocolate hearts here and there, and then sprinkled the whole thing with gold dust. And the pavlova itself has piped swirls on the sides, made from the pavlova mixture and baked on. I'll upload a photo if I can.

 

Anyway, we drove to the place very carefully and dropped it off, and I happened to be there at the same time as the reporters from the local paper, which is apparently having a slow news week. So they interviewed me - it was funny, the guy obviously wasn't much of a cook and just kept looking dubiously at the pavlova and saying "How did you do those swirly things?" and "So did you use, like, a recipe?" - and a nice lady took many photos of me, which would have been better if I'd washed my hair and didn't tend to come across as a half-witted psychopath in photos. DD got in some of them, which will hopefully distract people from my face.

 

So this is all very well, if I win. If not, they'll probably just choose the worst photo of me and put "LOSER" under it in 72-point type, and I'll have to jump off a bridge with the shame of it all. There were only about five other pavlovas there when I arrived, and they did look crustier than mine (HOW, people?! Did they make a deal with the devil??), but not very pretty, so we shall see.

 

ETA: Here's a pic... photography isn't my strong point, sorry.

DSCF5073.jpg

 

 


Edited by Smokering - 12/15/11 at 7:23pm
post #191 of 1361

I want a machete... always have.  DH won't even let me have a table saw.  ( I once fell out of a tree with a chainsaw... ) 

 

Smokering!  Seriously?  That looks awesome!!!!!!!!  So hungry now!

 

Kitchen, we have to appraise our performance for the last year.  I'm wordy so it's not an issue for me I didn't sneak in my wish for a Nacho bar this year though... always wanted one.  And acting like an adult alludes me!  I can't do it.  I also put in that I was... wait I'm going to paste that part in here that made DH laugh.

 

 

self-starter and team player with the ability to work independently with limited supervision.    It's the teamplayer part.  I don't work well with others.  There was another one about having good communication skills.  I apparently don't.  Telling your coworker to rub some vagisil on his attitude apparently is not good communicating. 

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( I once fell out of a tree with a chainsaw... )

...How did that end? Is that avatar pic actually a full-body shot?

post #193 of 1361

I threw it and it hit the road and shattered.  I didn't tie my ladder.  Why, I don't know.  I fell back on the grass.  Part of the reason I have a messed up back the other parts I attribute to a toddlers knees hitting my spine when DH didn't catch her.  She fractured 3 vertebrae. 

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I threw it and it hit the road and shattered.  I didn't tie my ladder.  Why, I don't know.  I fell back on the grass.  Part of the reason I have a messed up back the other parts I attribute to a toddlers knees hitting my spine when DH didn't catch her.  She fractured 3 vertebrae. 


Wait, was the toddler in the tree with you and the chainsaw? I'm so confused... must be I'm not getting enough sleep. 

 

post #195 of 1361

Goodness!

 

Well, I won Runner-Up for Best-Dressed Pavlova. The others were all fairly ordinary-looking fruit-covered ones, so my culinary pride is a bit miffed by the runner-up thing; but still, I got a nice gift basket out of it. I'm eating the olives as we speak. :)

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Goodness!

 

Well, I won Runner-Up for Best-Dressed Pavlova. The others were all fairly ordinary-looking fruit-covered ones, so my culinary pride is a bit miffed by the runner-up thing; but still, I got a nice gift basket out of it. I'm eating the olives as we speak. :)


Well congrats! Not too shabby. By the way, how's your sister doing?

 

 

 

 

post #197 of 1361


Yeah on being acknowledged.  Sorry you didn't win first.  It was beautiful though. 
 

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Goodness!

 

Well, I won Runner-Up for Best-Dressed Pavlova. The others were all fairly ordinary-looking fruit-covered ones, so my culinary pride is a bit miffed by the runner-up thing; but still, I got a nice gift basket out of it. I'm eating the olives as we speak. :)



 

post #198 of 1361


No the toddler part happened before the chainsaw.  I was cutting branches for my neighbor who wanted more people to be able to see his Christmas lights.  My trees were over the road so I cut them back for him. 

 

A few years prior, DD1 was jumping off the couch, flew pretty far.  I was on my stomach playing with DD2, DD1 landed on my spine with her knees.  I don't think I've ever felt so much pain in my life!  Normally DH always magically appeared to catch her when she did that.  I think that day he was just not paying attention.  After that she stopped jumping off of stuff. 
 

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Wait, was the toddler in the tree with you and the chainsaw? I'm so confused... must be I'm not getting enough sleep. 

 



 

post #199 of 1361

I'm working today.  I got up early and wrapped the teachers presents.  The girls are going to love the wrapping.  Lots of bows.  They each made their teachers bracelets and I added chocolates and ornaments. 

 

I'm out of here at 1200 to hit up the class parties but have to be back at 1530.  Hopefully I can make it.  I still have to run by the house and pick up the rest of the food.

post #200 of 1361

For yesterday-made time to have coffee with a friend, came home and did homeschooling with my 3rd and 6th graders, spot cleaned when they were engaged independently, took them to the park for the afternoon and bumped into an old friend. Good day!

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