Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blogging in my Mind...

Are you enjoying all the blog posts I've been writing...in my head?


I've even been taking photos.

I swear, one of these days I'll have a brain to write again.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Hollyhocks & Radishes

I had a moment of profound sadness this morning while lying in bed. I was thinking of my upcoming trip to the grocery store. I was thinking that I am so bored with the current repetoire and I need to try some new recipes. Then I started thinking about my favorite cookbook - Hollyhocks & Radishes.

This got me thinking about a conversation I had with my mother-in-law and her sister (my aunt-in-law?) last year about this time.

The three of us had begun to meet up a few times, every couple of weeks or so for Happy Hour. It was a fun time when I really felt like I was getting to know the both of them a bit better. On a more personal & adult level. Without husbands, significant others or children around, the conversation was often different and more intimate that I had experienced with these two incredible women before. I enjoyed those times immensely.

We started talking about the aforementioned cookbook as Joan (A-I-L) had given it to me at a bridal shower she hosted for me. I was gushing about it as was she as my MIL sat unknowing. Joan had mentioned it is one of her favorite gifts to give people as it's such a unique book. But Carolyn had never received this book & began to question Joan as to why.

I made it a point to stick in my brain that next year (this year) I would give her a copy for Mother's day (if Joan didn't beat me to the punch).

Now, it is a year later. Mother's Day looms on the horizon and instead of thinking of buying this cookbook for her, I'm wondering who's going to pack up all her cookbooks as she likely won't ever use them again. She & her SO (Roger) will be moving in less than a month to an assisted living facility. Her life has been irrevocably changed since the brain hemorrhage last June. She probably won't ever cook for herself or others again (although we all continue to pray for a miracle). Right now she isn't even eating solid foods but is fed through a tube directly into her stomach (another thing I have learned to not take for granted this year - eating).

It makes me so sad when I think of all the times we spent hanging out around her kitchen island as she cooked a meal - big or small, fancy or casual. She was very talented in the kitchen and I tried many things at her home that I had never tried before. Many of her recipes I've started to make myself (although, I'm sure Steve will attest, nobody's cooking is as good as Mom's).

So, I have picked two recipes from Hollyhocks & Radishes to make this week. I wish that I could share these meals, these recipes with her. My heart is heavy.

One is an old favorite: Jean's Chicken Dinner Casserole and the other is a new recipe: Thelma's Oven-Fried Lemon Chicken. They're both on my cooking blog should you care to try them.

Monday, May 07, 2012

No thank you, we'll pass

Got the official kiss-off today from (yet another) film festival. I was expecting this as I hadn't heard past the "you're in the 2nd round - congrats" email I got a couple weeks ago. The festival is only a month away so my expectations had dwindled. I don't know why this rejection hits me harder. Maybe because their selection process is more transparent; maybe because I would've loved to show my film in LA and see my old friends & stomping grounds; maybe because I'm just getting tired of rejections.

Ah well...on to the next, I guess.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Stats

I forgot to mention - conveniently August had his 2 year check up today so I didn't have to make a special appointment for his fever/crabbiness (which I probably wouldn't have and then he would've just been really ornery and I wouldn't have known why).

His official stats:

Height - 32" (4th percentile)
Weight - 21lbs, 12.5oz (1st percentile)

Lead test came back normal - HOORAY!

Birthday Party

August's 2nd Birthday Party was a success! We ended up having it at the hotel my folks were staying at. That worked out great because it was handicapped accessible - both of my in-laws were able to attend - yay! It also worked really nicely because there was so much space. Way more than our house. We just had a simple party in the breakfast area of the hotel. I brought in the food with a little help from my Mom & that was about it.

The kids loved having the space to run around & also loved taking a dip in the pool afterwards. They get so wound up when they're all together! Wow. 

August got a lot of really cool new toys. He's been having so much fun playing with this new "Wheelie" sets (from Auntie Sam & Grandma Carolyn) and with the mega bloks (from Grandma & Grandpa Rossow). He also got other trucks & vehicles from Auntie Allison & Auntie Kathy. He's in heaven! I'm even stashing a gift of Duplo blocks which I *plan* on rotating in in a few months. Keep it fresh. Hopefully I'll remember to do that!

August is like a different kid when he has a lot of one-on-one attention. He is SO GOOD. Not clingy & whiney, rarely cries, goes to bed good & is much quieter. I think the constant presence of his big sister really affects him. In good & bad ways. Dahlia was with Grandma & Grandpa R on Friday afternoon & August was so content. It was like having a different kid! Then on Sunday when my folks left, they took Dahlia & cousin Hannah with them to Austin for a few days. It's been so EASY with just one kid.

Well, easy until last night when August was miserable. Come to find out the poor kid has strep. Argh.

We're supposed to all meet up tomorrow to do the "kid swap" at the Children's Museum in St. Paul....BUT...now I'm wondering what to do. August will have had 3 doses of his antibiotic by then so hopefully he'll be okay. I just had to share germs with the ENTIRE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. Hmph. We'll have to see what happens.

I can't believe April is over. It was such a crazy busy month. I'm looking forward to a quieter May. But somehow, as I type that, I have a feeling that May will ramp up in craziness as well. Ah well. That's life.