Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have started a new blog which can be reached from the sidebar - under the title Feeling Fine in 2009. I am currently laying out my plan and will post follow up entries of my progress - and, if necessary, failures.
If you want to join in - we will make it a group effort!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tom came down with a bug on the evening of the 23rd and did not accompany the rest of us to my sister's home for Christmas Eve dinner. When we can home at about 9, he was entranced by the televised Yule Log. We had a good laugh at him, but then, slowly, we were all drawn in. Particularly because he swore it was live and there was someone tending the fire. He said the fire tender occasionally poked the fire or put new logs on to burn. One by one we snuggled down to watch and after about an hour - the fire tender placed a new log on the fire. We cheered and clapped and got ready for bed.
The next morning Tom and I were up before 6 and hung out listening to holiday music and watching a real fire (the Yule Log broadcast did not resume until 8am.) The kids finally rolled out of bed at about 8:30 and the aftermath may be seen in the photo above. I made a big breakfast and then went "off duty" for the remainder of the day.
Friday morning we popped out of our beds and made a trip to San Francisco to visit the newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences, I had purchased tickets Santa put tickets in our stockings. Along with approximately half the population of the Bay Area, we toured this wonderful new facility, watched the show in the planetarium and toured the aquarium. I found the sea dragons enchanting, but the kids dragged me off to visit the living roof, an acre of native California plants covering the roof of the building. You can see above that it was a lovely day.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This has been a fairly uneventful year for the Walkers. With everything going on in the world around us – a bit of the “same old” at home is actually a good thing.
Maggie and Zac are celebrating their 21st birthday in the photo above. Zac traveled to Philadelphia to spend a few days with his twin. They are both doing well in school, work and relationships. Maggie has not been back to CA for a year and we are very excited to spend time with her – her plans include a couple of trips to the wine country. Zac is excited to finally be taking his upper level math classes and continues his volunteer work for which he was featured in an article in the CSUMB Alumni magazine.
Ally has continued her interest in fashion, friends and social life on and off the web. She has a boyfriend and will be eligible to take driving classes in March. Yikes. She continues to be interested in drama and directed a scene for a program which they performed for her high school and the middle schools in the area.
Tom moved to a nice new office and continues to enjoy his law practice. He has developed a major passion for bikes and takes very long rides around the area. I am still enjoying my work at Kyle Design, I do a lot of writing to market the business and I started blogging, too.
Our very best hopes and wishes for all our friends and family in the New Year!
Monday, December 22, 2008
THIS YEAR A REAL TREE, WITH THE USUAL TOO MANY PRESENTS.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Part of the day I played Christmas music and part of the day we had the Seattle Seahawks football game on. We lived in Bellevue Washington for several years and had season tickets for the Seahawks in the old domed stadium. Our seats were so high up we could touch the ceiling of the dome.
Maggie is drizzling white and dark chocolate on sugar cookies. Zac just wants attention.
I bet they wish they had the dome today because they played in blizzard conditions. We reminisced about living there when it snowed - the kids loved it, I dreaded driving in it. But it was so beautiful and didn't stick around long enough get old.
These thumbprint cookies are rolled in coconut and filled with jam or Nutella. I also make rugelach (with cinnamon, almonds and mini chocolate chips) and gingerbread cookies with and without frosting.
Zac has added a comment here:
Zac is the favorite of the three children, with the most obvious talent, writing and arithmitic skills, and good looks. He derives all this from his mommy, who makes excellent dinners. His dad probably had something to do with it, but not much past adding some DNA to the equation. As for the other two children... lets not go there.
Maggie has added a comment here:
Hilda, the dog, is more likely to be described as the favorite of the three children. Zac is indeed talented(at bringing home laundry from college) has writing and arithmitic skills (but only if that means writing witty math jokes) and good looks (did he mention he has a twin sister? twin. as in looks remarkably similar).Ally adds:
So now that you've recieved your entertainment for the night, here comes the truth; Ally is, of course, the perfect angel child, who is not only the most popular of the three, but the most attractive. I let my older siblings think they have the looks and the brains, but in reality, they don't stand a chance! But I'm not gonna lie, Hilda's got it going on...
My 3 clowns...
Monday, December 15, 2008
I know guess it takes having a fairly large repertoire of recipes, but just think about the things you cook regularly and double up to make the next me that much easier to out together!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
2. Health, it's what I need to focus on.
3. I'm ready for some holiday cheer.
4. Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning is one of my favorite smells. To be honest, it works any day of the year!
5. The oldest ornament I have is 25 years old, purchased when Tom and I had our first tree.
6. Take some champagne, my sisters, and an occasion, mix it all together and you have some outrageous giggling.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to celebrating Tom's birthday and seeing if he likes his gift, tomorrow my plans include making gifts, writing cards and making gingerbread and Sunday, laundry and a good video.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The excitement of the holidays are beginning to creep up. I am humming Christmas tunes and I have started decorating. (I have to have some nice photos to share on Jen on the Edge's Holiday House Tour on December 20.) I bought supplies to make gingerbread and am trying to finish my homemade gifts.
Soon to be appearing at my house - sisterly hijinks's!
My Maggie is coming home on December 18 and I cannot decorate the tree until she is here. I am under orders. She is a tough but sentimental girl. She wants to unwrap and reminisce over the ornaments. Each year since our children were born we have gotten them an ornament which is symbolic of the year in some way. When they grow up and have their own homes, I will send them all the ornaments to decorate their own trees.
I am feeling that holiday spirit - now I just have to deal with the whole shopping thing, and the cards and the wrapping and the shipping and - oh, well. It will all get done somehow.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tonight, a fast and simple but verrrry tasty favorite recipe.
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed or cut in 1 inch strips
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 T butter
2 T olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup white wine
1 1/2 T minced parsley
1 t salt
1/4 t oregano
2 cups hot cooked linguine
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Dip chicken in egg, then bread crumbs and fry in mixture of oil and butter, until browned.
Remove from pan.
Add garlic to pan, saute, add broth, wine and seasonings and bring to a boil. Add chicken back to pan, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add pasta to pan and heat through, 5-10 minutes. Serve with cheese.