Friday, June 4, 2010

Seven Quick Takes


On Tuesday, I was online, looking at blogs, chatting with James via IM, when I looked over to see Elizabeth STANDING on top of her baby grand piano, yes the one to the left, reaching for the remotes on the end table. She is not even a year old yet! This is SO not acceptable!


Moving Update: Well, I've packed up 36 boxes worth of books and notes. There are probably about another 25 or so boxes of books to go. I've been trying to pack stuff we don't need to use right now, so I've been focusing on the basement. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a challenge running downstairs, packing 3 boxes, running back upstairs to check on the girls, refill water cups, change tushies, etc., repeat. So I have been packing in spurts when the girls let me. To help, I've let them watch some TV. It is more than they usually watch but at least I'm getting some packing done.


Any TV I watched ended in May, but fortunately Hell's Kitchen began again. I don't know what I'd do all summer without some show to watch each week. And that is very sad, but at the end of the day, there is this little nice feeling that I get to watch something that isn't animated, using all short or simple sentences, involving  talking animals, machines, rocks, trees, etc., doesn't have any princesses, tea parties, dolls, nursery rhymes, etc. I love my girls and I enjoy spending all day with them, but I'm not 4 years old and getting to watch something meant for someone a little closer to my age is a nice treat once a week. I admit I'm in agreement with Chef Ramsay's mom when it comes to his language, but you simply cannot beat his food.


While at the grocery store this morning, I picked up some cookies from the bakery for the girls. I told the girls when I got back that I got them each a treat but only for this afternoon and only if they were good. Cecilia replied, "But I'm good now." Should I fear that means she won't be good later or that she is going to be a lawyer?


I bought A Heart Like His by Thomas D. Williams. The book is 30 reflections on the Sacred Heart of Jesus broken up specifically one for each day in June. There are two additional reflections for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart. So far I'm really enjoying it and, with the month as stressful as a moving month will be, I'm thrilled to have this nice, even-paced reflection to help me through. So far, I highly recommend the book. It is only June 4 after all!


James and I tag-teamed today to get our teeth cleaned. Why, oh why, do dental offices have to smell like, well, dental offices? I hate the smell. Why can't they plug in an air freshener, light a candle or hang a tree ornament or something!? anything! I love our dentist and our hygienist but why does the office have to smell like that?!?


I mentioned here that a cascade of tabasco, buffalo and hot sauce bottles crashed behind me at the grocery store on Monday. I still cannot get the stains out of my new khakis. Any suggestions?

More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary. 


  1. I had to laugh at your #1! When my daughter was 10 months old I was cleaning dishes, shut off the water, and heard a strange clanking coming from the bathroom. I went to investigate and found her perched on all fours on top of the toilet TANK, a huge smile on her face. I thank God for sending her guardian angel to have me investigate before she fell off, and kept the bathroom door closed after that! Luckily, she has good balance in addition to fearlessness! The joys of motherhood!

  2. When Shelby was born in July, my husband (a chef) had just gotten into Hell's Kitchen and I got addicted because I was keeping such weird hours with a 24-7 breastfeeder. We haven't watched the last couple of seasons, but, I loved the season where the girl who was a cook at Waffle House was on and when she was sent home, Chef Ramsay hugged and kissed her and told her he was sending her to culinary school. No kidding, I cried.

  3. I remember her. I've wondered what happened to her. Chef is actually a really nice guy unless you are working sub-standard in his kitchen. :)

  4. I'm embarrassed to say this, but my husband turns into Chef Ramsay minus the accent when he is working in a kitchen. Not like that at home. When he watches that show, he laughs though and always has a story of something similar happening. He loves Chef's sous chefs Scott and Mary Anne. I have to say a favorite moment was the season Virginia and Heather were finalists and Giacomo couldn't get anything to cook in the oven and Scott ran over and it wasn't turned on...sadly that really happens!

  5. I do love Scott but Mary Anne isn't on this season. She has been replaced by Andi. Scott even made an appearance on one of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares when the chef bailed. I really liked Heather and I'm always interested when she pops back onto the show for a visit. She was one of the few chefs who seemed to shine consistently from the beginning.

    I'm sure no one intends to cook using an oven that is off, but likewise it must drive the head chefs crazy. I would love to eat in one of Chef Ramsay's restaurants one day. My parents have eaten in a couple of them including the one that is the grand prize this season - the Savoy in London. They said every dish is phenomenal. It can be such an art which I can happily admire as I am not a very good cook. I can follow a recipe but I likewise cut myself on aluminum foil ... yes, not the ridges you use to cut the foil (though I've cut myself on those too), I mean ON the foil. Sad, I know. I would never torment any chef by putting myself in their kitchen and pretending I could do more than wash dishes. LOL