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Today was really wonderful. I got to sleep in this morning, my laundry was pretty much finished - at least to the point where I could, and did, ignore it, I got to talk to my mom, and then things got even better. My coworker, Ron, called and offered us four tickets to see The Fantasticks at Music Circus tonight. He and his wife had been on vacation for four weeks, then came home on Friday only to leave for an out-of-town wedding the next day, then got back this afternoon too tired to use their tickets. We gratefully accepted, thanked them for the tickets and took the boys with us to see the show. It was very well done and even C, who had expressed disdain for musical theater on the way, enjoyed himself. After, we went to PF Chang's for dessert. Banana spring rolls are the best. /drools

Life is good.

I don't even mind the thought of going back to work tomorrow. Maybe that's only because I have lots of pictures and goodies to share, but I'm still surprised. :-)

Oh, and my friend, D, called this afternoon and invited me to sing a duet with her this coming Sunday. We're meeting tomorrow to figure out what to sing. Since we've both been on trips since we've seen each other, we'll probably do more talking than rehearsing, but that's okay. We're used to singing together and have compatible rehearsal styles, so unless we pick a terribly difficult piece (unlikely) we should be fine. That reminds me - I need to go dig out my songbooks for tomorrow.

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Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:20 pm
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C was given this huge purple pillow last month. He left it in the middle of the living room floor today and Sparky found it as soon as she came in. I think she knows that she's not supposed to be on it, but she looks so cute there that I didn't shoo her off. I hope the pictures show up - they're kind of dark... )

Today was a loooonnnngggg day at work. Every patient took longer than normal, plus I had my student working with me today - that always slows things down. I expect the next week and a half to be full of long days like this - it's the price I pay for taking a vacation next month. [10 days and counting!]

I was too tired to plan anything for dinner, so we had breakfast. I was so happy - my milk gravy turned out really well. I haven't made it in years, so I wasn't sure that it would (it rarely did before), but I had a craving for it as soon as I decided to do breakfast foods for dinner. We had bacon & eggs with biscuits and gravy. Yum!
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It happened over 15 years ago. I was a young wife, eager to bake from scratch my hubby's favorite cake to impress him and further cement my place in his heart. I lovingly bought the ingredients, assembled them according to instruction, placed the batter in a pan, cooked at the appropriate temperature for the alloted time, and eagerly opened the oven to remove my masterpiece. Alas, it was an unlovely fallen cake, very gooey in the middle and resembling fudge or undercooked brownies. I have not baked another since.

Until today.

I decided that I couldn't let a recipe get the best of me forever, so I set out on an adventure very similar to that of 15 years ago. Once again I assembled the ingredients and lovingly prepared the cake, even though it is no longer hubby's favorite. I felt sure that the mistake I had made long ago could be explained by the fact that I had folded in the beaten egg-whites with a mixer instead of by hand. This time I mixed everything correctly.

It smelled heavenly while it was baking. My son and I were feeling drooly as we went about our afternoon's entertainment in the room adjoining the kitchen, he playing his video games and I reading. The timer beeped. I sauntered to the oven, mitt on hand, to remove the symbol of my triumph. I opened the oven - it was still wet in the middle.

Damn!

I decided to leave it in there for another few minutes. I checked on it anxiously every minute or two by peeking through the oven door. Please - oh please, I hoped, let this one turn out.

It was not to be. The edges of the cake, so lovely and moist when the timer first beeped its hopeful message, are not quite as firm as a dried sponge. The middle, that stubbornly soggy realm that cried out for more time, is cooked to an edible consistency, but is not the mouth-watering invitation to gustatory ecstasy that I had envisioned.

I cried a little inside as I saw what had become of my cake, but I decided that I must not let myself be overcome by this failure. I have another bar of german chocolate in the cupboard. I know I will try again someday, and I will overcome this blot on my otherwise excellent baking record.

Maybe next time I should use the three 9-inch round pans that the recipe suggests instead of a 9x12 oblong.
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I was such a slug on Saturday. I got up around 7:30, read for several hours, then went back to bed at noon for a four hour nap. Got up, read some more, went to bed. It was a good day.

Sunday morning I awoke with the sun, which was a Very Good Thing. I had set my alarm for 6:45 to make sure that hubby and I had plenty of time to get ready for church since we had to be there before 8:00. I was very proud of myself for remembering to set the alarm. Unfortunately, it was set for pm instead of am. Still, I woke up about 15 minutes before it was scheduled to go off. I considered rolling over and snoozing until I heard it, but thankfully mother nature had other ideas.

We got to church on time, which was very good because the tenors were worried that hubby wouldn't be there (he sings first tenor). He had missed rehearsal on Wednesday because he had to work, and there was a chance that he would have to work on Sunday as well. This was a really bad weekend to have to work - it was Cantata Sunday. Now, understand, we didn't do a cantata, but each service is taken over entirely by the various choirs. The chancel choir (adults) sang 10 songs, the children's choir did 4 pieces, the cherub choir (3- and 4-year-olds) did one song, and the bell choir did the offeratory. We also had a brass ensemble and a bass guitar accompanying (sp?) us on several of the songs. I made the mistake of forgetting my water bottle for the first service. I was starting to croak toward the end. Fortunately, we had an hour between the two services and I was able to go home to grab my water when we picked up our son, so the second service wasn't nearly as hard on my voice.

Cantata Sunday marks the end of choir season for this church year. It will start back in September. We had our choir party on Sunday evening. As usual, I sampled way too much yummy stuff. I had my first encounter with Sangria at the party (yum!) and everyone had a good time.

In between church and the party, we took the boys to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I really enjoyed it, but was a little frustrated at some of the things that were left out. I was particularly frustrated that Snape's involvement with Professor Lupin's problem wasn't shown in the movie; it left his character looking two-dimensional where the book really started to fill in the back story and explain his animosity toward Harry. Ah well, it was a very fun way to spend the afternoon. The only problem, if you can call it a problem, is that I now want to go back and re-read all the books.

Since I was such a slug all weekend, I was very firm in telling myself that I had to go exercise today, which I did. I got home in time to make fajitas for dinner, then hubby and I went shopping for J's graduation gift. We decided to get him a PDA so that he might have a hope of keeping himself organized when he starts college next year. We ended up getting him an iPaq - mostly, I think, because hubby works for HP (we have HP computers too). [livejournal.com profile] shendoah was kind enough to send me a very helpful PM about various things to look for when shopping for one, and that helped a lot. Thanks, Shen!

The big day is Wednesday! I took the day off so that I can run J to his rehearsal downtown in the morning, pick up his brother, C, from school after lunch, and get to the auditorium before they close the doors at 3:00. [What genius decided that it would be a good idea to hold a high school graduation from 3-5pm?!? So they assume that all parents are able to get the day off to attend or are they just oblivious? The only good thing about it is that J will have a chance to rush to his friends' high school to catch the end of their ceremony and we will be able to get C to his 8th grade dance at 7 before driving back up to pick up J for grad night. Good grief, I'm tired just typing that!]

Now I just need to nudge him into a job...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This one had been in my TBR pile for almost a year. I was motivated to read it because of the read-along on BookCrossing, although I never officially joined and didn't follow any of the discussions (picture me with an apologetic grin here). I'm glad I finally read it - it was a wonderful book, but I am not into critical analysis, so I was happier just reading it in parallel mode.


In other news, the big storm that passed through northern California this week did not leave our household untouched. Unlike the last big storm we had, this time we didn't lose any trees (we lost two last time). We did lose several fair-sized branches from a couple of different trees and we have two segments of our back yard fence that have given up the ghost. I was really scared when I saw the fence down because our dog, Sparky, is an outdoor dog during the day. I was afraid that she might have gone wandering if the neighbors had a front fence that was damaged or open. When we first went out to call her, she didn't come running and I was so worried - she usually can't wait to get into the house. (The only exception to this is if she has cornered a possum on the fence. She is so proud at having found such a big "rat" that she doesn't want to let it get away. LOL) The boys went out to inspect the fence while I went to change out of my work clothes so we could start searching for her. When I came out to start the search, I found her in the family room, happily running around and squeaking her favorite chew-toy - she had just been exploring the neighbor's yard after all. Whew! So all is well. :-)


The Kings have been losing to the Lakers for most of tonight's game, but as I sit here typing, they are really making an effort and are actually several points ahead. I missed most of the game due to dance class, but I won't feel so bad about missing the early parts if I get to hear them win after coming from behind.

/fingers crossed, hoping... hoping...
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Marriage is love.


What an appropriate sentiment for Valentine's Day.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, I was glad to see (by some friends' posts) that I am not alone in finding it too commercialized. I tend to react a little belligerently when someone tries to tell me how I should feel, so when I see ads suggesting that one can only truly show love for another by making a big production out of Valentine's Day, including spending a small fortune on an extravagant gift, I tend to decide that I don't want any gift or fuss. Hubby and I decided not to try to go out to dinner or fight the crowds today, but we did give each other cards (which I love to do on any day) and I bought some See's candy for all of us. That's about the limit of my willingness to go along with this holiday.

I'm having a very quiet day. Cleaned the house, my older son, J's girlfriend, A, came over for a while then I drove them to the mall. My younger son, C, had a friend spend the night and they're running around entertaining themselves. I'm thinking about making lasagna for dinner. I picked up a bottle of salad dressing from The Olive Garden (my favorite chain Italian restaurant) so it would go nicely with that and some garlic bread. Yumm. I think I just talked myself into it. I guess I need to go shopping. :-)
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It's been a blah sort of day today. Did a mountainload of laundry, took the ornaments off the tree - my guys will take the tree down tonight and then my furniture can get back to my regular configuration. Yes! No more neck aches from trying to watch a movie sideways.

I'm still fighting the headache that I've had since Thursday. I'm pretty tired of it, but like a bad guest, it refuses to leave.

[begin mini-rant - physician forms] )

I did manage to get to the post office today to mail out a couple of books. I also made it to the goodwill store to drop off several bags of clothes, electronics and toys that needed to leave our house.

My last errand for the day was at the vacuum cleaner store. My vacuum odyssey )

Hubby and our elder son are in said son's room installing a cd burner on his computer. Our younger son is playing video games in his room. I think I'll order pizza for dinner and curl up with my book for the rest of the evening.

Oh! I almost forgot - the Kings won! Woohoo! It was an ugly, nail-biter of a game, but we'll take it. :-)

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