Friday, October 29, 2004


Our office Admin & Facilities Supervisor made the mistake of asking me yesterday what we should do to celebrate a co worker's birthday. I had just received email from a friend with some goofy office pranks, so I suggested covering his office with post-it notes.

Somehow a fake meeting was called to get this guy out of his office and the engineers descended armed with multi-color 3 inch sticky pads. We left one sticky note on the closed door, that asked he run to the office supply place to pickup post-it pads, since we were running low.

When I explained to my husband that part of the proposed gag was to change his browser home page to 3m.com he just rolled his eyes and looked at me with that concerned "my wife is a nerd" look. Like that's more annoying than hanging out with a bunch of attorneys discussing tort reform.
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Among the many things I never learned from the What to Expect series about parenting, is how to answer the question from my daughter, "Mom, do zits grow on butterflies?" Posted by Hello

Samantha loves her new Chuck Taylors! Posted by Hello

The perfect getting to school shoes! Posted by Hello

Monday, October 04, 2004

Recipe: Sesame Lemon Cucumber Salad

I really enjoyed this cucumber salad. It is a takeoff on one found in Annie Somerville's cookbook Fields of Greens (Bantam, 1993) - and republished in Cooks Illustrated. It had just a bit of zip, and wasn't the typically soggy dill in white stuff cucumber salad... I will definitely serve this to company as a crunchy, flavorful, pretty and different side dish.

Although preparing the cucumbers as Cooks suggests is a little fussy for the last minute prep I typically engage in (I cut the "draining" time short) - this salad came together very quickly once that was done.

HOW TO SALT AND DRAIN CUCUMBERS

Peel, halve lengthwise, and scoop seeds from 3 medium cucumbers (about 8 ounces each). Stack halves flat side down; slice diagonally 1/4-inch thick. Toss with 1 tablespoon salt in strainer or colander set over bowl; weight with water-filled, one-gallon-sized zipper-lock freezer bag, sealed tight. Drain for at least 1 hour, and up to 3 hours. Transfer to medium bowl; reserve for further use.

SESAME LEMON CUCUMBER SALAD

Serves 4 as a side dish

This salad, with its Asian flavor, is a takeoff on one found in Annie Somerville's cookbook Fields of Greens (Bantam, 1993).

1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon juice from 1 small lemon
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes plus more to taste
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted in a pan over medium heat until fragrant and golden, 4 to 5 minutes 3 medium cucumbers, sliced, salted and drained (see directions above)

Whisk all ingredients except cucumbers in medium bowl. Add cucumbers; toss to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Chuck and I were explaining to the kids tonight at dinner what a debate is, since they overheard us discussing the presidential debate held last night*. The family took turns taking one side or the other of various topics: Should we have a dog? Bath or Shower? Treats after dinner? etc.

Chuck and Charlie debated the dog topic - we put Charlie in the uncomfortable position of arguing that we shouldn't have a dog, as a way to illustrate that sometimes in debate you are assigned a side that you don't agree with.

In the end, to Samantha (the judge of this particular round - and actually all rounds she didn't participate in since she is so fond of being in charge)- Chuck was more persuasive, arguing that a dog can help protect a family from intruders.

"Papa wins immunity!" she proclaimed.

I think we have been letting her watch too much Survivor Vanuatu.

Charlie piped in at this point, "The rest of you are fair game."

I'm not sure our lesson in politics stuck. But they are in the bathtub right now (the bath side won) debating the merits of arguing.

*John Kerry nailed it, by the way. Go John go. Bring complete sentences back to the White House.