Honest to blog.

3 11 2008

I swear I’m going to update you on everything [and there’s a LOT of everything] going on in our lives.  Seems like when I work in an office, I fall off of the face of the earth.  Well, I plan to remedy that this week – both by blogging – and also by finishing my stint at 360jmg, the firm I’ve been working at this election cycle.

Here’s what I have to remember to cover in this massive posting I plan on writing this week:

  • Becky’s super-secret-surprise-birthday-halloween-costume-party extravaganza
  •  The election. I’ve almost purposely avoided blogging about politics this cycle. Most of you know what I think already – and everyone from outside of DC only seems to want to talk to me about it so I can tell them how smart they are and what a DC insider they sound like.  That said, I’m certainly happy that so many of my hitherto apathetic friends seem to get why I dragged Adam here and what I’ve been working for for the last 8 years.
  • Baby-ness.  We’re 5 weeks out and I’ve barely even mentioned him here.  I hear you saying to yourself, “Booo! Sandy sucks.”  Agreed.
  • TV – all of the new seasons have started and we need to talk about it – including the new Jeopardy theme music. Eww.
  • Pictures. I’ve got a TON of pics of everything from the Jimmy Buffett show to my giantness to Heidi and David’s wedding to our new front stoop and basement, to a baby shower – and even this weekend’s party. I’ll upload those bad boys soon.  Pretty hilarious.
  • Recent reading – and my book club.
  • My job.
  • A few more recipes that did not fail.
  • An update on Teddy and his bizarre health issues. (Don’t worry, nothing too bad!)
  • A request for stroller/baby stuff recommendations.  We have no clue what we need.  You baby mamas and baby daddies out there need to tell us what things you use that you can’t live without!

Ok – so that’s a lot to post about this week.  But I’ll try.

Is anybody even reading anymore, now that I’ve left you without any titillating info for months? If so, let me know I’m not just typing to the wall;)





Catching Our Breath.

24 03 2008

So we’ve been busy for like a month.  First, we went skiing, then on a Caribbean cruise, then to Florida for Bonnie’s wedding, and back to DC where it was all about Joy’s baby shower – and we were each sick for about a week somewhere in the midst of it all.  This weekend was really our first chance to catch our breath and relax.  Thank you, Easter! The roads were clear, the ‘hood was quiet and pretty, and the weather was unbelievable.

As you can imagine, we’ve got LOTS of pictures to share!  They’re all posted on Flickr – find them in the right sidebar of the blog, or check them out by clicking on the links below.  There’s an option to view them in slideshow format, if you’d like.

Some Pics of Hillary & Barry from the VA Dems Dinner
Ski Weekend with Chuck & Becky
Bonnie’s Wedding

Cruise pics to come in the next couple of days – as well as more blog posts about all kinds of good and exciting things that have happened over the past month. Stay tuned and check back often!





New Year’s Pics.

14 01 2008

Check out our latest pics in the Flicker badge in the right sidebar. They’re mostly from New Year’s Even and New Year’s Day with Chuck, Becky & the kids. Are these kids the cutest ever, or what?

thatch at museumellie at museum





Pumpkin Seeds Abshire.

1 11 2007

Halloween is pretty great, huh? We lost Ted’s Redskins Jersey [which is actually mine], so there was no Tedskin the Redskin this All Hallows Eve. BUT! Peter Pan and [s]Tinkerbell showed their faces, as did Fiona the Butterfly – so the holiday still felt complete.

 

costumed kotubys

fi the butterfly

Oh! – and I cooked something that didn’t suck: Cajun/spicy pumpkin seeds! [I also made candy corn flavored cocktails that DID, in fact, suck.] And because Laura is our favorite Louisiana native ever, I named the recipe “Pumpkin Seeds Abshire.” Here’s the recipe AND a pic of the pumpkin that gave its life for our snacking enjoyment:

2007 pumpkin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 scant teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste
  • paprika, for more color, if desired
  • a little salt, depending on saltiness of the seasoning
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

PREPARATION:

Rinse seeds well and get as much of the pumpkin pulp off of them as possible. Some of the small pieces are going to adhere, but they won’t hurt the seeds at all, and might even add a little more flavor.

Then, boil them in salty water for 10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Don’t let them dry completely on the paper towels, because they might stick! Toss pumpkin seeds with seasonings. Combine butter and Worcestershire sauce; stir into seeds until well blended and coated.

Heat oven to 300°. Roast, turning from time to time, for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned and crunchy.