I hate making a liar out of myself. One of the hard things about chronicling my thoughts and very boring life is the fact that my written words are immortalized. Okay, I realize that this is pretty dramatic, but do you remember when I said I wanted to houseclean my house before the end of school? Do you remember when I told you I hate the word "busy", as in the context of, "I'm so busy"? Well, I lied on both accounts. I've been "busy". And, I'm not done housecleaning my house yet. I'm sure none of your lives have been disrupted at all by my lack of posting, but I feel a twinge of guilt every time I open my mozilla icon and see that same picture of chocolate pudding pie.
So, here goes - I've been kinda busy these last few weeks. I did tackle some projects around the house. We decided to move some furniture around, giving the girls our dresser, giving their dressers away and inheriting a dresser from my mom's house [for our bedroom]. I also cleaned our bedrooms rather thoroughly and generally de-cluttered the house. I have thrown away bags and bags of things we don't use anymore. As an aside, there are few things in life I love more than throwing things away. With each bag of garbage my mind clears [a little more]. Honestly. I cannot think clearly with clutter.
Here are the results for the girls' room
Here is Josh's room
How do you like this vignette of an 11-yr old's room? Ammunition, football, and the American flag!
I've also been busy cooking [for other people]. I have prepared food for two brunches, a graduation reception, and will be preparing food for a Christening tomorrow. Next week we'll have family visiting and I am planning to prepare food for the four days they will be here. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my work, but some projects were much more relaxed than others.
Here are some pictures from one of the brunches I prepared for:
Yesterday I cooked at my mother-in-law's house for their graduation reception. I fed approximately 180 people. I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
I usually don't feel stressed in cooking for other people because I methodically plan each and every minute of the preparation and serving. I think (okay, I know) that I completely underestimated how many people that actually is. And how much food 180 people can actually eat. The food was disappearing at alarming rates. Really. I'd say all in all the day was a success, but I wasn't prepared for the emotional response I'd have to the panic I felt. I was sure we were going to not have enough food. At the end, we had some leftovers and my overall impression was one of accomplishment - but I'm just not used to being so frantic. And, I realize that I need to accept help. To think I can successfully feed so many people in such a short time with little help is delusional. I cook because I enjoy it and to keep the joy in my work is to realize that I need help. And the worst part? I was too frantic to take pictures.
I'm sorry I don't have pictures, but here is what I made:
broccoli and cheddar mini quiches
asparagus and red pepper mini quiches
chicken salad croissant sandwiches
roast beef sandwiches with horseradish mayo, cheddar, and spinach
spinach and artichoke dip
cheese and cracker tray
mini key lime pies
chocolate mint brownies
additional food for 30:
grilled soy-lime ginger shrimp
Lastly, I planted a garden! I have been thinking about having a garden for quite a long time. For some reason, I find a sustainable lifestyle so romantic. I picture Rob and I spending our retirement on a farm in rural Iowa and simply working the land. I sincerely hope that at the end of this growing season I still want to do that.
My Herb Pot (Chives, lavender, basil and parsley to appear...hopefully)
Mint and Tomato Plants
Our official garden: carrots, green beans, beets, sugar snaps
I also planted lettuce and swiss chard, but I have yet to see evidence of it. I think our local bunnies have discovered the tender leaves sprouting up in our "main garden" so I made a fence with chicken wire and posts. I keep having visions of Peter Rabbit and Mr McGregor. I'll keep you posted with the results of our plants and if I can successfully keep the bunnies away!