Snapshot 08.27.14

27 Aug

- Isobel has adapted to school beautifully. She had a far better week than I did. It’s challenging her and channeling her energy and I love thinking about all the fun things ahead of her. I’ve been walking her to school each morning while Elias is strapped into the baby carrier. I had planned on walking her home, too, but she considered this child abuse so we only walk one way. At first she didn’t understand that all the other kids she saw weren’t actually following her, but they were walking to school, too. “Mama, that girl who was following us is ahead of us now!” Yes, darling. We are going to the same place.  “It’s freaking me out.”

- Sometimes when I walk home I walk past kids forming games of soccer or basketball around me. It’s neat to watch the kids form teams and work together for a goal. This must have been what hunting in a pack was like. I wonder if wolves would like basketball.

- I’ve been working out on the elliptical again as my health allows. I usually do it after I walk Isobel to school so I still have Elias in the carrier. Instead of waking him up and trying to juggle fussy baby with getting my workout done, I just leave him in the carrier and he usually sleeps through it. He’s a big fan of the swing and the bouncy seat and movement in general. It’s sweaty but it’s such a good feeling when I’m done. I unlatch the carrier and put him down and feel so light I could fly away. I tweeted about how virtuous I was to workout with a baby strapped to me and one of my friends replied, “Big deal. It’s not like you climbed a turbolift shaft while singing Frere Jacques. While being tied to three children.” He’s right. Picard can take anything you do and do it better–while being tied to three children. And, as Anthony pointed out, they carefully edited that episode to cut out all the scenes where the littlest kid let go and just hung off Picard while shouting I’M TIIIIIIIIIIRED because that is exactly what would have happened. From now on I vow to work out with Elias and two cats tied on to me.

-  Awhile ago we were at Isobel’s cousin Jewel’s house hanging out with family when she became upset and started pouting. Anthony and I took turns trying to cheer her up but she was determined to have a pout. This went on for awhile. Eventually an aunt came up to her and said, “Jewel, is there anything that will make you feel better?” Jewel thought for a second and replied,”Yes.” The aunt sighed, “Well, honey, what is it? What will make you feel better?” Without hesitation she replied, “A ride on a unicorn.”

- That is Skippy in the photo above. His gray smudge is hard to even find anymore. He’s so big and grown up now, hardly anything at all like the scraggly kitten my Mom brought us.

- Isobel is obsessed with Pokemon and begged me and her father for a Pikachu backpack as soon as she realized that was an option. Her fancy Hello Kitty one that Grandma bought her (that was undoubtedly expensive) just won’t do anymore so we took to the internet to find her one. Of course she sees the plush backpack version and immediately falls in love, but that isn’t a backpack that will work for school. Anthony is a total sucker and buys it for her anyway. The funny thing is, I had that backpack, years and years ago, when Anthony and I attended raves. Anthony bought it for me (always a sucker!). Well, the backpack that I had was slightly different–it was plush and really nice, better than this one, and I have kicked myself about a thousand times for getting rid of it. I also had a ton of first gen Pokemon figurines, which I held onto for a long, long time before donating. I remember decorating my first apartment with them. I feel like a huge idiot now because I kept them in storage forever (I mean years) but then some how decided to get rid of them right before my kid was born(?!) Great job, me! I lugged them around several moves without having that pay off by giving them to my child who would enjoy them. Anyway. Here’s a cute photo of Isobel with her Pikachu backpack.

Follow Friday: May Flowers. My love letter to the internet. So special.

Little Big Collections: Paper Art. These are a few of my favorite things.

Scrapbook: This isn’t a birth story. LOL jk it totally is.

Scrapbook: Accidental Elias.  Blurry barnacle.

Snapshot 08.20.14. Excuse me, but I can only read picture books at this age.

This is why you don’t put a bald person on the cover of a newspaper.

This briefcase contains very important lab results. Very important. Via

How we’d cover Ferguson if it happened in another country. Eye-opening. Via

Ten things white people can do about Ferguson besides tweet.

“What is the deal… with airline food?” Via

A supercut of people fucking up the ice bucket challenge. Via

A strong and independent dog who don’t need no man.

Reasons patients were admitted into a lunatic asylum in the 19th century. I have quite a bit of these. Via

Floating Library! Via

Two fish are playing Street Fighter. Via

Inspiring scenes of kindness in Ferguson and how you can help.

Tinfoil dinners! I’ve always wanted to try these.

Can we all take a moment to appreciate my mom using a Kindle as a bookmark?

How Ikea destroys relationships. Anthony and I were severely tested when we installed the floating shelf in the dining room.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is being adapted for TV. Chris Hadfield is the Galaxy’s Sweetheart. Via  

Richard Dawkins now just telling random strangers why he hates them. He needs to stop making mouthnoises. Via

Who’s  a good boy? Via

Thrifty Giving: Artistic Present Wrapping. Isobel’s favorite way to wrap a gift.

Little Big Kitchen: Easy & Pain Free Chili Pepper Handling Tutorial.   You don’t want to learn this the hard way.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Souvenir Plate Collection. I love these and have a small collection on my living room wall.

Scrapbook: Craft Fair. Be thankful the photos can’t convey how fucking hot that day was.

Follow Friday: Summer Flowers. My love letter to the internet.

Thrifty Crafting: DIY Magnet Chalkboard. This has come in so handy.

Recipe: Late Summer Corn Salad. I make this all the time.

Reuse Roundup: Thrifted Bathroom Storage. Use thrifted finds instead of just hoarding them.

Little Big Kitchen: Preserving Green Onion Tops

25 Aug

Last year’s mild winter meant we had green onions in our garden, ready to go, all year long. They kept growing with a vengeance. Green onions, also called scallions or spring onions, are edible from white bulb all the the way to the tips of the stems, but the white and green parts are sometimes treated as two different ingredients as their differing texture requires vastly different cooking times. Occasionally a recipe will call for one part of the onion but not the other.

 

The green part of the onion is more delicate in flavor and structure than the white bulb and to stay fresh require a different method of storage.

The cool temps of the fridge are great for onion tops, but the lack of humidity not so much, so we need to create an environment that is most without being so wet that things get slimy and gross.

The onions that grew in my garden had really, really long tops so I cut them in half, though I did still have to fold the long tops to get it to fit in the bag. If you remember the trick to keeping most cut herbs fresh, you store them directly in water. That would not be good for our green onion top friends. To keep them fresh you need to moisten a paper towel (damp but not dripping) and roll up the tops inside like a soggy burrito. Toss the packets in a plastic bag and you are good to go! They’ll keep handily this way for a few days or so.

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