Saturday, September 29, 2012


Me: What should we give Cousin Audrey for Christmas?
Iain: I don't know. What kind of Legos does she like?
Me: I'm not sure if she likes Legos.
Iain: No, what type of Legos does she like?
Me: She might not like Legos at all. She might like dolls or trucks or balls or playing kitchen.
Iain: Ok, so we'll give her Duplos.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Random

I have a deal for you.

Never give me honey.

It gives me a knee ache.

What's a balcony?

-found poetry by Iain

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Strut the Mutt

We took six photos. Iain closed his eyes in every single one. I think this is his idea of what smiling looks like.

Yesterday Iain joined about two thousand other Salt Lake-ians (Lakers? Salties? Meh.) at Liberty Park for the annual Strut Your Mutt benefit for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Boris joined us, of course. Being half Labrador and half ?, he's the perfect subject of a mutt strut. I wasn't sure how he'd handle so many people and dogs but it turns out that faced with total chaos he becomes Velcro Dog ("I will stick to your side!"). Iain was the same, holding my hand for the entire walk.

Wait, what?

Iain walked? Iain? The kid who rode in his BOB for Maddy's Run? The kid who claims his legs hurt anytime he has to walk around the grocery?

Yes, that kid. He walked two blocks from the car to the park. He walked all the way around the park. He walked back to the car.

If you look closely at the image above, you'll see how I managed this. Chocolate pudding pops have a significant motivational effect, especially at 10am.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rice Cooker

Click on image to go to No one paid me for this post. No one pays me for anything on this blog. The very idea is hilarious. I think about 5 people read this blog on a semi-regular basis.

Sometimes you have to face reality.

I don't recommend doing so regularly - too depressing. But every now and then, especially after a protracted struggle, you just have to acknowledge the truth.

In this case: I'm no good at rice.

I love rice. Wild, white, brown, fried, coconut, sticky, pudding and any other kind you can imagine. But I've tried for years to cook it the regular way (in a pot, with a lid). The results have been pathetic at worst and modest at best.

Meanwhile, I read a few food blogs devoted to Japanese home cooking and bento lunches. No shame in a rice cooker on those blogs. It's just another device and one that can make life a lot easier.

So I faced my rice reality and bought a rice cooker. It's moderate in size - 3 cups - because there are only 3 of us. How much rice can we consume?

Maybe a lot. Actually. It's kind of amazing to pop in a scoop of rice, slosh in the water, click shut the lid and press the button to produce cooked rice. I'm not an expert rice-eater and I can't say that the first batch blew my mind. But guess what? It was cooked. All the way. Not swimming in white water, not mushy, not crackling under your teeth in a way that elicits furtive little glances ("Should I mention that the rice isn't cooked? Better not.").

Several years ago I gave up on pie crust. Whatever gene you need to make good pie crust, I don't have it. So I buy Pillsbury like everyone else (not everyone, of course. I know at least five people who make outstanding pie crust. Just not me.).

This is a moment like that one. Eventually, you just abandon the search for The You You'd Like To Be and embrace The You That Is.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

All Set

Throne? Check. Two stuffed animals? Check. Pillow? Check. Blanket? Check. 

Moooooommmm! Can I watch My Big, Big Friend???

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Tomatoes! Actual Food This Time

At the end of last week I received a little bag of heirloom tomatoes. They are the bounty of someone's overflowing garden.

And what should appear on Foodgawker? Roasted, caramelized tomatoes in a cast-iron pan.

Sign me up. And while you're at it, sign me up for this cutey-patootie blog, too.

Check it out. Easiest recipe in the world, excellent results.

NOTE: She says she boiled the juice on the cooktop to reduce it. In my case, that was unnecessary. The pan came out of the oven with the juice already the consistency of pomegranate syrup. Depending on the liquid content of your heirlooms, this will vary. Be prepared. 

Thursday, September 06, 2012


I've grown some awesome cherry tomatoes this year. That is all.

In other news, Iain ate chicken enchiladas for dinner tonight. In fact, he's eaten real food (including: chicken, pork chop, rice-a-roni, spinach, romaine lettuce, tortillas, broccoli, and pizza) for the last two weeks. It's like a miracle.

All this we owe to Lego Mini-Figures in mystery packets. All hail Lego. Srsly.

Saturday, September 01, 2012


Friday arrived! Iain reconnected with all his friends, met new people, and generally had a great time. He was especially excited to see his new Star Wars lunchbox. We hid it in the cabinet all summer so he had no idea.

Above: his first Nutty Buddy. This is an important moment in anyone's life. I'm sure you agree.

I dreamed about grading. Gah.