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Monday, March 17, 2008

Week in Review: Reptilia, Fermented Condiments, Action Shots, and Cruddy Counters

Ewww! Bugs!
Thanks to super-awesome Katy, El Guille got a special tour of the live animals at a local animal museum. His friend, the G-Meister, came along to show El Guille how it's done. He didn't want to touch any of the animals: snakes, lizards, millipedes, or spiders. I did talk him into touching the turtle. When we got home I told him he'd have to wash his hands before eating a sandwich.
"But, why?"
"Because sometimes animals have germs and so we should wash our hands before we eat."
"I TOLD YOU I DIDN'T WANT TO TOUCH THEM and they have germs and I didn't want to touch them and YOU TOLD ME TO TOUCH THEM!"

Right. Maybe I should lay off the germs-talk before I have another Howard Hughes on my hands.

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Sarah K. and I slipped into a Korean restaurant on Saturday for some tasty lunching.

I love Octopi, they are delicious. I wish I'd been able to get a better picture of this tentacle before I devoured it, but I only had my cell phone. Haven't tried octopus? You're missing out.

I love talking to Sarah because we get each other on food. She is even more adventurous and principled than I am when it comes to food issues. On the table for discussion: Following the horrible videos of downed cows at a slaughterhouse in California, do we give up beef altogether? How can we trust the food supply (we can't) and what are our options? In between those weighty philosophical arguments, we debated how the potatoes, black beans, and purple rice were prepared. We agree that kimchi is divine and that the mark of a respectable grocery is a jar of the cabbage condiment.

The snowflakes fell on our heads as we walked to the library to find a book volume of organ music for Sarah. I felt like some strange impostor inside the university library, as if I was at once so much more worldly and knowledgeable than the poor co-eds, and then incredibly old.

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Hey, Proximo, why do you have that bruise on your forehead?

Oh, right, learning to walk is hard work.

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Tonight I did the responsible, interactive parent thing and colored Easter eggs with El Guille. I can't believe I got a picture of El Guille doing the same tongue-sticking-out thing that I do while concentrating during crafting.


The thought of colored hard-boiled eggs is positively revolting to me. I remember peeling an egg that had been colored and seeing the color had seeped into the hardened white under the shell. DISGUSTING.

That's why we blow out the egg before coloring. It took a little more time and constant egg-bobbing, but El Guille loved flipping the eggs.

If I was feeling more crafty, and less overwhelmed with the volume of work-work I'm doing, I'd hang the marbled eggs in a cool arrangement in the window, or as some kind of mobile. As it is, I lowered the bar and put them into the empty egg carton. Yay us!

23 comments:

Bek said...

Food...including all cabbage based food... yum.

Coloring eggs... yay. I did it with my kids (but we hard boil them, they love them and don't care about the color transfer..but I am with you). It was way more messy than it needed to be, but I didn't even contemplate doing a display... blowing them out is a good idea b/c then you can put them in a bowl on the counter....

Yay Proximo for walking. It is the mark of all adventurous little boys...the banged up forehead. it means they are doing their job...

c jane said...

Entertaining post all around. Good words, good pictures, good activities.

I am glad to know that we aren't the only ones who blow out the egg. Slap some modge podge on that baby and it's yours forever.

compulsive writer said...

Yes to touching animals.

Yes to post-Easter marbly colored deviled eggs (because putting my lips to raw egg yolk creeps me out even more).

Yes to a new post with delightful stories and pictures.

(No to c jane being up this early all ready. I thought from a prior post that was just not allowed.)

compulsive writer said...

(already--of course she is apparently all ready, too.)

AzĂșcar said...

This morning, El Guille was incredibly disappointed that we were not going to fill these eggs with candy.

The master was not pleased.

undefined said...

I've given up on beef, carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer for whenever I find myself touching a turtle, haven't even thought about Easter, and consider myself lucky if I manage to walk without banging myself in the head. You're all three steps ahead of me!

Kacy said...

I love Samhawk. Let's go there.

lisa v. clark said...

Blown-out eggs filled with candy. . . that would be impressive. I like el guille's ambition. (But mostly I like candy.)

Chief Momma said...

I like the pic of the babe falling, it looks like he's doing some hard core break dance move.

Kalli Ko said...

I'm glad you and Sarah have the fortitude to argue about all of the things I should think deeply about, but manage not to.

How cute is Guille? Baby too.

i i eee said...

Ooh I love dyeing eggs!

So are you this adventurous?

kristenlibrarian said...

"The master was not pleased." HAHAHAHA! And true.

That second pic of proximo looks like he's doing the worm thing on his stomach. You know, that break dancing move...I don't know the technical term for it...

meg said...

Kimchi IS divine... My hubby introduced me to boolgoogie (I'm sure that's not how its spelt) after a work trip to south korea and that's pretty good too. Though it has beef in it which takes us back to your beef dilemma, good luck with that...

sue-donym said...

Did you use organic dye? And were the eggs from your own chickens that roam freely?

I hate "work-work".

more caffeine, please said...

I love that you were brave enough to let El Guille stand in front of bowls filled with colored liquid and eggs... I was sure a picture of some living room disaster was to follow. Because I LOVE his mess stories. Sorry, but I do.

Reb said...

Your kids are seriously SO VERY CUTE. I am very impressed with the egg dyeing and octopus. Wow.

Laquina said...

Proximo looks like he just transitioned from some c-walking to a wicked arm spin. Soon he'll be break dance fighting with the best of them

April said...

Lemme tell ya something: El Guille will NEVER FORGET that you made him touch those germy bugs. Just like I will never forget being at the zoo when a ginormous snake that was long enough to be wrapped around the necks of a circle of people turned its head directly at me and hissed the moment my stepfather forced me to put my hand on it. *whimpers in corner* I'm just gonna go cry now.

Morgan said...

Hey I've popped over from Whitney Bushman's blog. I think you wrote a brilliant article on breastfeeding a while ago- I can't remember where now that I read it. It was brilliant- and now how funny- that you know Whitney. Small world.

AzĂșcar said...

Morgan, think REAL hard, you know me too.

Mo Jo's Weekly Update said...

Proximo looks like he's pulling a break dance move. With such a hip outfit, how can he not?

La Yen said...

I kind of like the dye transfer on my eggs. It is like a special Willy-Wonka-style poultry golden ticket.

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