Thursday, April 30, 2009
I told her that God made animals for us to eat. To which she said, "We're all animals, so why don't we eat each other." Seriously? I said, "We are mammals, but we're not quite the same as chickens and cows." I was going to explain the whole poseable thumb and upright walking and ability to reason thing, but I stopped there.
I said, "How are you going to get your protein?" This is a big point of contention at our house. You can't just eat carbs for a meal...like "Hashbrowns," not a meal. "Mac and Cheese," sounds like two things, but it's really only one...and not a meal (in my mind). "Top Ramen," not only just carbs...but hardly in the food chain.
I said, "What about if we get you organically grown chicken." I explained how the chickens are treated humanely, not plumped up and injected with chemicals just for us to eat them. When she heard that they were "happy chickens" before their little heads were chopped off, she was cool with that.
So....today, I took her grocery shopping with me. We went to the poultry section and we looked at a package of chicken. It was a few bucks for three chicken breasts...boneless, skinless. Then I told her to support her new status as a "pseudo-vegetarian," we would go to the healthy store (it's like Whole Foods but it has a different name.) I've been in this store exactly once to buy chicken broth...an only because I forgot to get it at the other store.
We found a package of frozen, organically grown chicken breasts. We read the label to make sure the chickens were un-injected, farm grown and happy before they were butchered. Cost of about 6 frozen chicken breasts....$25.00!
I'm so not kidding.
I told her that I would support her new cause with ONE bag of chicken breasts a month. The ENTIRE grocery bill at the real store...for meals planned through Sunday dinner was $137.00.
I want to be supportive, but is there a cheaper way I can be supportive. I'm making pot roast on Saturday night. Let's see how long she holds out. I'll be proud of her if she does. I'll be proud of her if she doesn't. I'll be proud of her no matter what. I'm glad that she's making her own choices and making a stance for something she thinks is important!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Behind the plate.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
On the Saturday before Easter, Dean and I took the Ferry from Edmonds to Whidby Island. We rarely go out just exploring, but that is exactly what we did on that day. We stopped when we wanted to, grabbed something to eat when we wanted to, took the road less taken a few times and designed our own adventure. We drove the length of the island, over Deception Pass Bridge, back on to the mainland and make our way to where we needed to be. It was nice to spend the time together doing whatever we wanted!!!
Self portrait at Deception Pass Bridge. It's 20 times more cool looking in real life.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Elle, Domi and Dylan (our adopted 5th kid!)
Our home team whopping Columbus!!!
By the way...it DID rain by the end of the night. I had picked them up from he game by the time it really started coming down.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I have no idea why he is sticking his tongue out...except sometimes he does that when he laughs. I had to get the mom in the pic helping with the boutineer...classic...the mom usually has to help.
Thankfully, the wrist corsage is much easier to manage.
Let's just say that prom costs too much, creates unnecessary drama and is an antiquated teenage ritual. But, "you only have one Junior prom, right?" So we keep this tradition alive no matter how much drama and money it costs. One junior prom down...three more to go!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I'm shamelessly addicted to TV. I don't even care what others might think about the amount of TV I watch. I have an ability to get a tremendous amount done in my life. DVR has helped me take 60 minutes and condense it down to 40. TV on DVD is also one of my favorite inventions, but I digress.
In the past, I have LIVED for ER. I have spent countless hours talking with friends about the plots, the characters and the ER experience.
Be still my heart, George Clooney is still my favorite pediatrician. I decided in 1994 that I would never have children after watching that heart stopping episode where Dr. Greene pushes the baby back into the uterus. Ewee...watching that again tonight made me squeamish. Never liked Carol Hathaway..and still don't. I always knew that Benton had a soft spot in his heart for Carter. John Carter was probably my all time favorite character. I dig Noah.
In later years...my Croatian...Goran, became Luka. I loved listening for his Croatian phrases that he threw in there every once in a while. I really like Maura Tierney, but I was never a big Abby Lockhart fan. I liked Linda Cardellini from the beginning, and John Stamos wasn't hard to look at each week.
Some memorable ER scenes:
1) That whole pushing the baby back in thing...
2) Dr. Ross rescues the boy in the storm drain
3) Lucy and Carter getting stabbed...that one still gives me nightmares
4) George Clooney's cameo when Carol moves to Seattle
5) Mark Greene's last episode...cried like a baby
6) Benton's last episode...cried like a baby
7) Romano's arm getting hacked off
8) Anspaugh's son dying of cancer (this is where I first heard "Time of Your Life" by Green Day)
9) Romano being done in by a helicopter (freaky)
10) Basketball in the ambulance bay (no particular episode)
The finale wasn't particularly memorable, but it was a perfect way to "end" the story. I'm so glad that they didn't shut down County...have a sappy ending....it was all about "life goes on." The next generation of doctors will come and go, and the ER will just keep on keeping on. I loved the subtlety of Gaines and Sam getting back together. I liked the fact that I was left wondering what was going on with Carter's wife. I liked the fact that I felt like those folks would never really have another reason to come together again (after the opening of the Carter Center).
It was a perfect ending to a great show.
For 15 years, I've spent my Thursday nights with the folks on ER. I'm not sure a show will have that kind of longevity again any time in the near future.
Thanks for the memories. Now, I need to buy the DVDs one season at a time so I can have my ER fix when I need it.