Monday March 22, 2010
Must. leave. house. NOW.
We’ve been stuck in the house working on the kitchen or too tired to move. I’m itchin’ to get out. Today is Monday and that means it’s Library day!
Every Monday we go to the library and hang out with other families from the homeschooling group. Usually, what we do is that I sit and forget I have a kid chat with the other moms while Anna runs around like an untamed wild animal plays with the kids and goes looking for books she wants to read. She’s become such a bookworm, I’m a proud mama. Seriously. You wouldn’t believe the amount of books she reads and how her vocabulary has grown.
We also enjoy going because while she gets to goof around, I get to…. goof around. The other moms in the group are such an amazing bunch. I’d almost describe them as crazy in a good way. You know, like free-spirited, liberal, eclectic, funny, wonderful crazy. Or maybe just crazy crazy. And I’m the normal one. HA.
Anyhoo, it’s always fun and today wasn’t the exception. When I arrived I got to meet a new mom that recently joined the group. She told us about herself and why she was now homeschooling her kid, plus she shared about a little hobby of hers; turns out that she’s a paranormal investigator! How freakin’ cool is that?! I’m not into he paranormal stuff much because I’m chickenshit I prefer not to think about ghosts and apparitions, but still. my new friend is a ghost buster. How many people can say that? Huh? Huh?
Today was also a sad day because Nicole, one of my friends from the group, and her family (of four kids!) are moving away. They travel every two months to new locations because of her husband’s work, and the time came for them to leave again. Don’t feel too bad for her, though. She’s headed to the Hamptons. I’m not jealous. Really.
I will always be grateful to Nicole because thanks to her and her brood I realized that never in a million years should I have four children. It’s INSANE! All four of hers are super cute, very polite and just plain awesome, but they’re just. too. many. They came over for a play date to our house a couple of weeks ago, and oh my gaaawwd was I ever tired afterward. It was exhausting and they were here for a few hours, can you imagine for 18 years? I don’t know how Nicole does it. Oh wait, I do. She has the patience of a saint. Pssh, patient and moving to the Hamptons. Darn you Nicole.
Oh, and since a busy day required an easy-to-make dinner, I’m giving you the recipe of what we had tonight. Enjoy!
Bacon-ey Spinach-ey Pasta
Spinach (a bunch? a handful? a bowlful? I don’t measure amounts, as you can see)
Pasta (mmm…. maybe about 300 g?) I like the bigger “designs” for this recipe.
1 large can of diced tomatoes (or if you have fresh tomatoes, go for those. I prefer the real thing)
6 strips of bacon, cut into squares
Half an onion. Or a full one, if you love it. Chopped.
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
In a saucepan cook the pasta as you usually do. While your pasta is cooking, in a large frying pan start cooking the bacon. I like it until right before it gets crunchy and hard, but that’s up to you. When it’s done add the chopped onion and the bunch of spinach, letting it wilt. Once it does, pour the can of diced tomatoes (minus all the water), leaving it in the heat to simmer. Now is the time to add your salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Your pasta will be done shortly. Drain it, put it in a large bowl and pour the bacon-spinach-tomato combination in with it. Toss toss toss around ’til it’s all mixed and there you have it. Easy dinner. Yum.
And here’s a quick update on how the kitchen is going:
Stephen decided that wall had to be removed from the living room so that he could fix the unaligned stud:
Of course, that wasn’t destruction enough, so he figured he’d cut out some wall on the kitchen side as well:
But nope, still no good. That stud was stubborn. What was left to do was remove it altogether.
Where did the stud go?!
Ah, there it is. With my stud
He’s replaced the studs with new ones. I guess now –hopefully– he can patch up the wall without a problem. Keep your fingers crossed. Please.