November 15, 2008
Holly went to a cooking class down at Red's on the River. Today they were learning about beef brisket, mashed potatoes and gravy. Not sure, but I have a hunch that the dairy content of the potatoes would be lethally high for me. She did ask if the chef could recommend how to make mashed potatoes for a guy with lactose issues. After some thought he came up with an idea that sounds like a winner, it has potatoes, olive oil and some sauteed onions and garlic. I am in!
Someone asked about the cake that we baked for Holly. Good eye Cil, it was not a standard round cake, not a square cake, but a Christmas tree shaped tree. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but cutting an unusual shaped cake is tougher than it looks.
Here's a shot of Spencer up in his room.
Have a great day,
November 14, 2008
It's the weekend and I was hoping to spend some time getting the outside of the house winterized. Now they're calling for snow and cold. It's going to be harder to get my boys into the game with bad weather.
Today I went to a seminar put on by an organization that my boss belongs to. We learned/studied sales strategies. Kind of funny, I never really wanted to be in sales, and here I am, some of my people are sales people. Yikes, I don't recall this in my Electrical Engineering curriculum. But, I seem to have a gift for it, well, the relationship portion of the equation anyway. Yes, that's kind of weird too, an engineer that gets along well with others is a bit of an anomaly, but a good anomaly, or so I'm told.
Thanks to all that sent along grilling options. Salmon won out, by two to one, over SPAM. Holly was pleasantly surprised with the cake and gift. What cake? Last night, while Holly was at worship team practice, Ian, Spencer and I baked and frosted a cake. Spencer actually did the baking. I was a bit nervous, but he made sure all the egg shells got out of the mixing bowl and it worked out great. While Spencer and I were slaving away in the kitchen, Ian wrapped the gift that we picked up last Sunday. He really got into it with lots of bows and he did a great job with the wrapping paper. So good that I am thinking of using his services this year for Christmas wrapping. Well, for all but his own gift of course.
With cake came a song or two, yes the Young boys can belt out a tune. And then the candles. We used only 4, but they were the trick candles. Ian and Spencer were so jazzed they could hardly contain themselves as we carried the cake to the table. Here's Holly blowing out the candles. I really have to hand it to her, she blew out the candles herself, over and over and over and over again. She stayed at it until they didn't relight, a patient woman, that's for sure.
Have a great day!
November 13, 2008
We've used the museum before for company events and it's pretty cool. Tonight they opened a new exhibit that was focused on their 100 years of product and each attendee was given a book on the history of Irwin Seating. Neat thing was, as I forced myself to go, I saw a few people that I knew from before and had some nice conversations, but I still don't like these kinds of events.
Today is Holly's birthday and I haven't seen her since about 6:15 this morning. We have been running around like crazy people and thus, haven't had a chance to celebrate with her. Since my birthday is on a holiday and the world, as I know it, stops to celebrate with me, it seems odd to have spent her birthday this way. But I did call her a few times just to chat, and I did bring her a cup of coffee in bed and I will cook dinner for her for tomorrow night. It will be a good day when it arrives, thankfully, Holly has patience.
Here's a shot of Spencer. We're working on a natural looking, fake smile. It's a weird thing, but I am his Dad. Anyway, not bad, but we'll keep trying.
Anyone have any ideas on what to cook the lovely and talented one for dinner? Please either leave a comment or send a not. I am thinking of grilling something, but what?
Have a great day!
November 12, 2008
Wednesday nights are really rushed anymore, the boys have youth group at 6 and I have been having issues getting home much before that lately. So getting home in time for dinner isn't all that easy. I got the boys where they needed to be and managed to eat once I got home.
Holly's out tonight with her girls. It's her birthday tomorrow an so what do you say we all SPAM her with birthday greetings?!? You can always go to her blog, and leave a cheery note/comment. Many of you have her email address and so you should be able to take it from there. Thanks.
Here's a shot of Ian that I took tonight. He was sitting close at hand and his brother was not. It's a simple world. He's got a Cheshire Cat smirk about him don't you think?
Have a great day,
November 11, 2008
I had so much fun with the postcard yesterday that I have decided to use another today. This is where I went to school for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. It was here that I first fell in love, Kathleen something or other, it was here that I first had politics impact my life, John F. Kennedy was shot when I was in 1st grade. 1st grade was in the class in the front, bottom, left. Mrs. Everson was so understanding.
Have a great day!