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Friday, October 23, 2009

On My Mind

I was really hoping to paint my bathroom tomorrow.  But, as it turns out, it is our family's week to clean the church, we have several social events we are invited to, and it's the BYU football game.  I don't think I can attempt to squeeze in painting , much as I'd like to.

Are you all sick of me yakking on and on about home improvements?  Because I am.

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I actually really enjoy most Stravinsky.  Just needed to clarify.  Maybe I offended some people, or maybe people didn't get that I was being tongue in cheek with my comment that nobody likes Stravinsky.  In my defense, all of Joel's music appreciation papers about the concert said they disliked the Stravinsky section.
  
Poor Stravinsky.

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My Messiah practice has been rather sad.  Or maybe S.A.D.  Either way, it isn't getting done like it should.  Life can get overwhelming, and I'm thinking I might actually need a few Maestro-staged practicing sessions right about now.

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I am now teaching my realtor voice lessons.  Is that weird?  I haven't decided yet, but I'm thankful for the job.  Except that it is cutting into my nonexistent Messiah practice time.

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Last night the whole family made stuffed cabbage together.  My Father-in-Law's recipe.  It's for a heritage thing at school, and we were assigned Portugal.  (Our last name is Portuguese in case you were wondering.)  So, we made stuffed cabbage because Joel's Hawaiian grandmother, married to his Portuguese grandfather used to make it, and now his dad makes it.  Everyone loves it, but I don't think it's Portuguese. In fact, I'm positive it isn't. I think Joel's Tutu learned to make it from an Eastern European woman in Hawaii.  Possibly even a Romanian.  Because, the recipe is pretty darn identical to sarmale.

Oh well.  Hopefully the fourth graders like it.  That's all that matters now.

And the fact that WE love it.  Yum.

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I really need to figure out how to dress Bria as Ginormica for Halloween. Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

The rest of us are taken care of, and we even ditched the theme because of too many little girls changing their minds.  Chloe is now a witch and Sophie is a pumpkin.  Sound familiar?  (Probably not, unless you've read my blog since 2005, but I think the costumes will fit--it's just a matter of digging them out now.)

I'm going as Cruella DeVille, with my own hair.  Perhaps I'll paint my bathroom on Halloween during the day, and I won't even have to worry about spray painting a stripe in.

Joel is still a question mark.  He usually is.  We'll figure it out eventually, although I think it would be hilarious if he went as a Dalmatian.

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I changed to the updated editor on Blogger.  I'm not sure why they didn't automatically update it for everyone because it is absolutely the most user friendly thing in the world compared to what it was like before.  So, if you haven't changed, do it.  Go to your settings tab, click on the basic tab (which is the default anyway) and scroll to the bottom and there you can change things.  You can thank me later.

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I am so thankful I have a husband who can always make me laugh.  I need that right now.

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Happy Friday!

35 comments :

  1. Ginormica would be a great costume! Well, except for the challenge of conveying that she's ginormous... Blond wig, black turtleneck and black jogging pants with stripe up the side? Or if you could find a jumpsuit similar to the one she's wearing... The challenge then becomes making sure everyone knows who she is.

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  2. Can you get her some platform shoes, just to boost her up a bit? What a cute idea ... we just got M vs. A and loved it! My girls both want to be fairies (yawn) ... but I'm trying to hide my lack of enthusiasm and make them adorable anyway!!!

    Thanks for the update info. - I'm off to do it now!

    Go Stravinsky!!! ;)

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  3. Actually, yes, I have wondered where your last name came from. Thank you for relieving that bit of curiosity. :)

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  4. I'm Portuguese, too! The other place in the U.S. where a lot of Portuguese immigrants ended up settling is southern New England, where my dad's family is from. I'm also doubtful the stuffed cabbage is Portuguese, but lots and lots of European cultures have a version of it, so why not?

    Best of luck with the Halloween scramble!

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  5. There's an updated version of blogger?

    I think you should post your stuffed cabbage recipe on her...sounds good. (Unless it's a family secret.)

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  6. Stuffed cabbage? I'm intrigued. Sounds yummy to me however you make it. I often will climb back in beds in the morning if I'm up late the night before. Nothing wrong with that!!

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  7. What is this Blogger update of which you speak?

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  8. I would guess that stuffed cabbage is all over eastern Europe. The Polish do it. They call it Golumpke. YUMMY!!! I'm not polish, but I sure grew up around a lot of them.

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  9. Portuguese, huh? Now I know why I like your little family so much. All four of my grandparents were Portuguese.. :)

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  10. Jonas is hopefully going to be a dalmation (if the neighbor's costume fits him). I'm excited to see your costume.

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. White wigs are pretty common Halloween accessories, They usually are pageboy-ish, so maybe you can tackle it and make it flip more out. Black track suit, or just sweats with reflective tape. Maybe make model versions of the monster friends for her to carry on her shoulders. Bob shouldn't be too hard, do they make Gak anymore??

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  12. I for one did not assume that you did not like Stravinsky, and I knew what you meant...many people who think they like classical music do not really like 20th century music, unless it's Rachmaninoff. Or maybe Debussy. But hey, it's Stravinsky, not Schoenberg, right?

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  13. Lots on your mind, I see. Funny that you are texting voice lessons. I am trying to figure out how that works.

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  14. We eat stuffed cabbage called Zeleni (or sour cabbage) some people also do it the Greek way and do stuffed grape leaves called Surmi in Bulgarian or Dolmas in Greek. Both very good. I think you need to post your recipe so we can see how the Hawaiian/Portugese/Romanian version comparers.

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  15. Mmm. Stuffed cabbage sounds really good. I miss you!

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  16. just tell me your Realtor isn't my cousin Joe, because I'd have a hard time taking that in.

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  17. Sounds like you do have lots of stuff on your mind. :) Stuffed Cabbage sounds really good... maybe you should post a recipe??? (hint hint) Can't wait to see how all your costumes turn out... meaning I hope you post pictures! Have an awesome weekend and just take one day at a time.... kind of sounds like you are overloading yourself. Take it easy!

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  18. 4th graders love stuffed cabbage? I've got to try that recipe!

    I'm not sick of hearing about your home improvements. In fact, it's spurring me to do my own. Gwa ha ha!

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  19. I did the blogger update but I can't find where the spell check is. Any idea?

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  20. I really really need the spell check. I am so lost without it and I am sure it is quite simple.

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  21. I've thought about scrapping our family costume theme this year too. The kids are set, but me & Hank aren't. It's so much easier to not have a theme.

    ...now...off to bribe Dad for stuffed cabbage. officially a craving due to this post.

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  22. I taught my cable guy piano. And I am in awe that your entire family dresses up for halloween. Some years even my KIDS go as "the kids whose mother is too domestically challenged to come up with a costume" - which basically is vampire teeth and a little red food coloring.

    I know, lame.

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  23. I vote black long sleeved shirt/leggies and some sort of glitter -- glue, spray, etc. I think shoe covers made out of foam?
    Stravinsky sucks.
    New editor? I will have to investigate.

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  24. Have you ever made Arroz Doce? Every time I have a lemon in the house Sam begs me to make it, it is one of her favorite Portuguese recipes, Brice likes Caldo Verde but that one needs Portuguese style chorrizo which I can't find here. Brice's favorite is Pasteis de Nata which I really need to make soon! I have a small Portuguese recipe book that he got while on his mission to Portugal...there's nothing like stuffed cabbage in it and Brice never had anyone make it while he was on is mission. There is a recipe for it in my Austrian cookbook that our exchange student gave to me though...

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  25. I haven't even heard of the updated editor. I'll have to check it out. Good luck with the costumes!

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  26. I just switched over to the advanced editor too. Is there a spell check? Because I have yet to find it. And I'm a slave to spell check. (Which is kind of humiliating for me to admit, but it's true.)

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  27. I have a geisha girl and several zombies this year I believe. I like zombies. They are inexpensive! LOL

    As I haven't been looking a blogs too often lately, I glanced through several of your entries and photos. That green in your girls' room is that same as my Gillian chose for her room!

    Sorry about Chloe's wrist. Wonder why it keeps breaking in the same place? Is that unusual?

    I like hearing about people fixing up their homes. Don't stop!

    Happy Autumn!
    God bless!
    Terri

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  28. Umm I'd like to hear your voice in action please. Just sayin'.

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  29. Thanks for the updated editor tip.

    I'm so excited about my two-year-old's costume. He's going to be a garden gnome! It just KILLS me.

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  30. Good luck with the costumes! Ours stil need a little work but we're mostly there. Most of my costume sewing this year was for my neighbor who is such an authentic looking Michael Jackson that we thought we may need to keep the kids away from him! LOL!

    I'm a serial painter. I have to paint or re-paint at least a few rooms a year. I just like the clean factor of fresh paint!

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  31. I actually like Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. When I'm in the mood.

    I paint pictures, not walls. Terrible at walls.

    And having a husband who can always make you laugh is just about the best gift God can send. (I have one too!)

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  32. My goodness! That's a lot on one person's mind!

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  33. I don't think stuffed cabbage is portuguese, but it still sounds yummy. My favourite Portuguese food is malasadas...I bet those would have gone done a treat with the kids!

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  34. I am all stuck in home updating mode too. I just moved the end of September. So I don't mind hearing your updates.

    I upgraded blogger just now because of your post. I am normally resistant to change so I hope I figure it out fast.

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