Monday, September 29, 2008
We got to Michigan Ave and Millennial Park, visited the Bean, officially called Cloud Gate and headed towards the Magnificent Mile. On Wednesday and Saturday, Chicago has scheduled bridge risings where the bridges open up like french doors turned on their side. We think something was wrong with the Michigan Ave bridge because it took about a half-hour to close again.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For me the soup lost its initial appeal when it became brown. Between curry powder and brown sugar, the orange color of pumpkin didn't have a chance of surviving. I didn't care for the aroma either. It was just not tasty to me (or to Christie).
Recipe club is about sharing failures as well as success, so off we went with our soup. The ladies of recipe club seemed to be equally mixed as to whether they loved or hated it. I'm sure for those who love pumpkin and love curry, it's a match made in heaven.
Recipe club did have some other delicious offerings including a creamy Italian chicken and Smores cheesecake.
P.S. Clay Aiken came out of the closet! You can't believe how shocked I wasn't. Also, I can't believe how many posts in a row I've made with no pictures. I'll get on that right away.
Monday, September 22, 2008
To celebrate, we had his traditional German Chocolate Cake. Only this year I made them as cupcakes so I can send all the leftovers to the hospital with Nick tomorrow. We reminisced about his long and wonderful life so far by thumbing through his book of memories. It was fun to look at pictures of Nick as a little kid. There was a truly unfortunate hairstyle Nick chose to wear for his sophomore year. I couldn't possibly show it to anyone- he just couldn't get over that kind of humiliation.
Also, we watched Heroes. We've been waiting for this season to start since the first season ended. We all pretend like season two never happened. It's better that way.
That meant I had just spoken for a half-hour in front of a small crowd with toffee colored smears all over my teeth. Nice.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I've taken some good photos before. Some of my favorites are my macro still life pictures. I've taken good pictures of people too, e.g. Dallas and Shannon's wedding announcement, Brent and Jennie's, Ashlee's, and even Brian Tanner's "we've got to mail this tonight" headshot that he continued to use for a few years. But all of these things have a common factor- they're willing to hold still. They smile while you adjust camera settings and continue to look at the camera, or in flowers' cases, continue to show their petals.
Small children have very different ideas of how picture-taking should go. I thought it would be a simple matter of setting the children in a good spot, and pressing a few buttons. Not so much. Mr J absolutely refused to hold still, let alone look at the camera. This photo shows Katie trying to lift him into place as he attempts to keep that from happening.
This photo shows what J really wanted to be doing. Miss G was a pretty good sport. The best pictures came when we strapped J in his stroller and had G stand next to him.
Those guys at Kiddie Candids must be really talented.
And yes Brian, I do go to the Botanical Garden more often than most.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I spent nearly five hours of my Thursday attempting to form these flaky, white crystals. I dissolved some stuff, filtered it, heated it, rinsed it, stirred it, dried it, vacuum filtered it, and there was also a lot of waiting involved. Way too much for something I'm certain you can buy on the Internet. But apparently I'm supposed to be learning. What I learned is I don't like standing for four hours at a fume hood.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Later we went to the big cats section where they have a baby leopard and five baby tigers. The tigers were really fun to watch as they wrestled and played. But I still think the coolest animal I saw was a woodchuck, who was too busy grooming himself to be chucking any wood.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Once we found out for sure it was closed, we made new plans. We went to the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. We didn't actually do any of the Japanese Festival stuff- we just walked around the garden like we usually would, only there were way too many people. We love going to the garden with Janette because of her gardening background. I always learn something new. Not to mention her recently-turned-two daughter is so entertaining. She loved climbing on everything and playing in the fountain with her dad. Later, we had a small but delicious barbecue at the Douglas's house.
The day before we had a larger and even more delicious barbecue with Stanlee and Patti. There we learned why Josh and Jess hadn't made it to church that morning. Their apartment complex was a scene out of "Grand Theft Auto 4." A group of underage thugs had attempted to steal several cars (including Josh's), then succeeded in stealing one car, ramming it into another, and then get into some kind of shootout with police. One suspect was under arrest. Two or three others managed to escape. Way too much excitement for one morning.
We just returned from eating dinner at the Smith's again. Patti made a Peach Crumble from The Pioneer Woman's recipes. Delicious. The occasion for another great meal was the ordination of Alex as an Elder. It's a very happy event to gather people together. Uncle Hyrum and Cousin Ron came to town for the ordination. It was good to see everyone, including Byron, whom I don't often see. And the Peach Crumble- that was really good.