January 6th, 2004



It's cloudy out for the first time in over a week, but the clouds are high and light so I'm not so bothered by it. I started taking down Xmas decorations yesterday evening and, not including the tree ornaments, we have enough stuff to completely cover a dining room table that seats 12. A bit scary, no?

It was only Anders that woke me up in the middle of the night to go play hockey-bockey. They won again, so he's playing right now at the 3rd round. I'm not sure how many games are left if they win this one. It would be nice if they win though, as they've been struggling all season. For those of you who are wondering just what the hell hockey-bockey is...it's very similar to hockey, only played with shorter, slightly curved sticks and an insanely tiny red ball instead of a puck. There's something else to do with the size of the rink or something that is different too, but I can't remember what.

Today is our last day of vacation and I'm glad to be getting back to work, even though I'm betting there won't be a heck of a lot to do this week. At least I'll have 200 million emails to plow through and answer, if nothing else.

I'm boring even myself with this entry. More later when the scintillation comes back on.
  • Current Music
    Aztec Camera—Walk Out to Winter


I just cleaned out my closet and I deserve a medal. A big, shiny, ruthless medal for 5, count 'em, FIVE big giant paper bags of clothes to give away, 2 bags to the trash and 1 bag to the laundry to decide later. I still have to go through slacks, but man, I made a dent in the pick-from-six-different-sizes mess that was my closet. I went through the kid's clothes, too, except for outerwear, for an additional 3 big bags.

AND I'm putting away Xmas decorations. Anyone need things thrown out or organized or tidied away, I'm your girl! Packrats Anonymous is having me in for a you-can-do-it motivational speech tomorrow.

Anders just made pizza from scratch and we all decorated our respective corners. Everyone has the tomato sauce (also homemade), mushrooms, ham and cheese. Martin has shrimp on top. Anders has shrimp and black olives on top. I have artichoke bottoms. Karin declined the extras. :) It's in the oven, seasoning the house with a delicious aroma of garlic, tomato and bread. YUM!

Oh! And it's SNOWING!!
  • Current Music
    Edie Brickell—She


Dear Grandma,

Words cannot ever be enough to thank you for sending the huge batch of homemade gingerbread cookies (my favorite!) with mom for us to enjoy all through the holidays. The best part is that I just remembered there are still some in the freezer and Anders and I are currently waiting impatiently for a 4-pack to thaw. And the best best BEST part is that I still have 3 packs left! XOXOXO!!

  • Current Music
    Cirque du Soleil—Alegria


My mom just suckerpunched me. She called my faux-Avgolemono-soup-insta-recipe PATHETIC. The nerve! Or, as Bugs would say, the noive! But, she graciously sent me HERS, which I will try, but must point out, that mine took about 15 SECONDS, MOM and yours says 55 MINUTES! So there! Anyway, for those of you who feel you can do better, here's the recipe for Mom's Moosewood-snob-artichoke-Avgolemono-soup (notes in parenthesis are hers):

2 C chopped leeks
1 C peeled & chopped carrots
1 C diced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced or presses (I use chopped, 2 teas. from a refridgerator jar)
1 tsp salt
1 TB olive oil
1/4 C raw white rice ( I tried wild & brown mix- needed more)
6 C vegetable stock (I used chicken broth- which is not vegetarian then)
2 bay leaves
2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon (1 tsp dried)
5 Artichoke hearts, quartered (14 oz can drained)
3 large eggs
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste

In a soup pot on medium heat, saute the leeks, carrots, celery, garlic & salt in oil for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Add rice, stock, bay leaves, & tarragon. Cover & bring to a boil, then reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes until rice & veggies are tender. Add the artichokes & continue to cook 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat and remove & discard bay leaves. In large bowl, whisk together eggs and lemon juice until blended, and then whisk in about a cup of the hot soup. While stirring the soup, gradually pour in the egg mixture. Reheat gently-stirring constantly until soup thickens: the heat must be low and even or the eggs may "scramble" instead of adding body to the broth. When the soup is smooth and thickened, season to taste. ( can be put in the blender or food processor for a creamy verison) 4-6 servings, 8-9 cups, total time- 55 minutes.
  • Current Music
    Tim Curry—Simplicity