I think it goes well with our last name which is Raygor. James Richard Raygor.
Tomorrow night I'm leaving Savana and Kai with my parents and meeting my friend for drinks for an hour or two. She was best friends, more like soul sisters, inseparable from my friend that was killed a few months ago. She says she just wants to laugh with someone and talk about Tracy like she's still here. My eyes are filling up just writing that.
Aww. I bet that will be really special for the both of you.
I like Quinn. I think it goes well with Claire and Ronin.
So last night at my new women's group last night I mentioned I went to culinary school, and kind of joked that I could do a cooking class for the group. Well eyes widened and heads turned and I was like oh crap. The next day the organizer e mailed me and asked if I would still do it. I said yes, and we set up some loose details for sometime next month. I posted it as an idea and 8 women have liked it so far. I have never done a cooking class before! LOL
I'm going to start with someting really easy for the first one--I was thinking of teaching my home made taco seasoning. (not as much sodium and no weird preservatives like the store bought envelopes) Tacos are easy so if I get really nervous I shouldn't screw it up too badly.
I like Quinn, but dh is concerned about the trend toward making it a girl's name. It could end up being the next Leslie. Also, I could very easily end up saying "Quaire" and "Clinn" if I'm in a rush.
Dh actually suggested Severin all on his own last week, and I liked it a lot.
Kate, I think it's really cool that you're going to do a cooking class!
I don't dislike Severin, but I'm confused because I don't know whether I should be pronouncing it the French way or the English way so I don't want to say it at all. I do really like Soren, though.
Me (38) DH (45) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12
I like Soren and Sagan. And Quinn. Though Quinn was on my list for Haley.
There are like 15 people interested in my cooking class now, but when we actually get it up on the calendar I really have to set it for 10 or less. My house isn't that big!
I was just going to do the taco seasoning, but now I think that might be kind of lame. Does anyone else have ideas for something simple you'd like to learn how to do (or that you think other people might like to learn?)
If I was going to a cooking class, I would like to leave knowing how to make at least a main course, maybe a full meal so I could go home and try it out on my family. Something elegant and interesting, but fast and easy to prepare. Maybe something exotic, like Thai or Indian, but not everyone is into that. I was going to sign up for both Thai and Indian cooking classes at the local college when dh and I were childless. Whatever the case, if you prepare everything ahead of time, have it chopped and in separate bowls, and if you have your recipe out, it should not be quite as overwhelming or time-consuming.
Or you could just ask them what they're interested in.
Yeah, I posted on the message board, but got no response yet. I figured I'd get more of a response here. LOL
I totally take knowing how to cook for granted so I don't know if I would think of the really obvious things people would like to know. At the last meeting I heard a couple people say they don't know how to cook. I thought about teaching techniques that are elusive to some, like how to make a smooth gravy from scratch or how to thicken a sauce. But I think you're right, it would be more interesting to learn an entree.
What about steak or chicken fajitas? Then you could still showcase the taco seasoning. You could have everything chopped and shredded ahead of time...or maybe a mexican pizza of sorts with a homemade crust?
I don't actually cook a lot of Mexican food. I do tacos once in a while which is pretty much the only time I use the home made taco seasoning.
One thing I was thinking but wasn't sure if it was too simple, was a chicken breast thing I do that's topped with Fontina cheese and prosciutto. It's really good, and easy. You just sear the chicken, top it and broil it for a few minutes. Do you think that's too boring?
Another thing I could do is beef stroganoff. I have a good recipe I just made a few days ago. (and a couple tricks I learned to shorten the process and add depth of flavor) My specialty is soups and stews, but they are too time consuming for a couple hour class.
I think the chicken breast sounds really good, and if most of the women aren't comfortable cooking it should be simple enough not to intimidate them too much. I would go with that and maybe a salad or side so they could have a complete meal.
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All this talk of food is making me hungry.
I think it's great that you're doing this Kate!
Thanks It's exciting. I just hope they don't expect much. I've always liked cooking and had a knack for it but I'm no celebrity chef. Truthfully I don't usually even follow recipes unless it's something I've never done before, so it'll be interesting teaching them how to actually do something instead of just throwing it together LOL
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I confess I still haven't spoken to my MIL since she called Josh and DH and me lazy for him not being PT yet. They are planning on going over there for dinner and while the time off is nice while they go out, I just wish my husband would stand united with me on SOMETHING. And I don't agree that him being around someone who calls him names (his own grandmother, no less) is healthy for Josh. And then there is the constant swearing, and the secondhand smoke. Like I need more reasons for none of us to ever go over there ever. I don't know why my husband doesn't have a spine.
DH took Josh up for a nap and I am downstairs watching them on the monitor. DH is reading him a book in such a terrible, monotone voice, he might as well be a robot.
I had a really rough morning. The whole inlaw disagreement came up again and I am still seething over it. How can he think it's okay for anyone to call Josh lazy? What is up with this sudden loyalty towards his parents, when he ran away from home at 16 and has never liked how his parents raised him? Now he thinks it's okay for them to treat Josh the same way? And WTH was I thinking, moving around the corner from them?
Tomorrow is the day I am telling my boss and co-workers that I'm pregnant...I just don't know what to say to them....I'll feel weird being all like, 'you guys, I'm pregnant.' LOL...I dunno.
I dont mind having Charlie in the sling, and Audri in the stroller, but my mom isn't comfortable with the sling. and as charlie gets bigger, it won't be as comfy for her to be in the sling either.. (and I think my mei tai is still in missouri.. )
My children have only ever barely tolerated a stroller. Like Kate, I need them to get out their excess energy if we go somewhere too, so I try to let them walk or run. They can easily walk a mile, more easily at this point than I can. The only time I ever really use the stroller is if I need to have a place to park them for a minute (like in the dentist's office while I'm filling out paperwork) or if I need them confined while I use my hands so they won't break or mess with stuff (like in a store). I figure when the new baby gets here, I'll use the double stroller if I need to for the same reasons above and wear the little one, or put the little one in a stroller and hold hands with the twins.
Kate, it sounds like you're at that point when everything dh does annoys you. I've been there! It usually happens when I'm upset about something big that's not resolved, like you are upset with the laziness comment and the general feeling he's not got your family's back, and then it carries over into everything else he's doing. I hate hate hate it when I feel like that, because it contributes to dh getting testy in return and then we'll have a few months where we interpret each other's comments and actions negatively, get defensive, get even more annoyed or angry, etc. It tends to spiral out of control if I don't manage it very quickly, and I hate the way I feel and what it does to our relationship. Luckily, it's been many years since we had one of those cycles. What I've learned to do is (1) NOT let myself get annoyed at things that have nothing to do with the issue, (2) TRY very hard to look at the positive--like in your example of him reading the book, just be glad that he's reading with him, (3) Resolve the underlying issue if it's resolvable or do my best to get over it because it won't change.
I do tend to get annoyed or nitpicky about inconsequential things, so it's been a huge struggle and hopefully improvement over the past decade to get to a point where I realize what's happening and consciously try to correct it.
Mandy, I'm sorry about your uncle. My condolences to you and your family, and sorry even more about the stress from your mom.
Janeen, your nursery looks nice. I love all the wallpaper and chalk guitar suggestions. I don't know why I don't post in May DD more, but look how I'm conserving my post count here!
Bridget, how did your evening go with your friend?
I confess I've gotten very lazy with housework since dh has been gone. I normally empty the dishwasher and sweep the floors while the twins are eating breakfast, but yesterday I ended up having to change a really difficult lightbulb that I'd never changed before (I miss dh! and I can't believe how incompetent I was!) and my whole schedule got thrown off so I ended up letting clean dishes sit in the dishwasher, clean laundry sit in the dryer, and I ended up not sweeping until dinnertime. This is not like me.