Friday, February 1, 2008

Lazy Blogger Am I

So several times this week I sat down to make a post and simply couldn't get down to it for one reason or another. It wasn't a terribly exciting week, but it did have some notable and bloggable moments.

For one thing, Wednesday was my 28 weeks check-up at the OB/GYN. Only 9 weeks to go. And my little girl twin looked right at the camera/transponder/whatever, so we got a beautiful picture of her face. You can see her eyes, nose, mouth fairly clearly. I was amazed at how well it showed up for a 2-D ultrasound. Doc says they're both heads down. Baby Girl (aka baby A) is 2 lbs 11 oz. already and Baby Boy (aka baby B) is 2 lbs 7 oz already -a little on the large side for even a singleton birth. Since my other two boys were 8 lbs (three days late) and 7, 12 (two weeks early because Doc thought he'd be a 10 pounder otherwise), I'm really not surprised. Guess I have a great big wide a** for a reason. Baby making hips. The only problem is, when you're not making babies, these wide hips are the bane of my existence. I'd look great in any outfit, if only I had a removable caboose.

Thursday was hubby's birthday. I had taken him out for lunch on Sunday after church, but still wanted to make his actual birthday special, so I spent the day making him an extra special birthday cake -Buttermilk cake, orange custard filling, and white chocolate sour cream frosting. First time using any of those recipes (courtesy of Joy of Cooking, 76th Anniversary Edition), and it was all quite quick and easy. It always helps if you put out your baking ingredients a couple hours ahead so that they reach room temp. For dinner I made him Penne Alfredo w/ Shrimp and 9 grain garlic toasts. I was just glad I had the energy to make the effort. Cooking is a real passion for me, but since I've been twin-preggers, I can barely get through a cooking session without utter exhaustion. It helped that I did the cake in stages -the custard the night before so there'd be plenty of time to cool. Mixed up the cake and sat while it baked a half hour and again sat while it cooled. I made the icing last and that was amazingly easy. I wasn't thrilled with the icing -I wouldn't have thought that sour cream tang would break through the richness of the white chocolate quite so sharply, but maybe it's me. I am my own worst food critic. Hubby loved it. I was really knocked out when he went back for seconds. Even the picky 6monthsawayfrom teendom 12 year old liked it. The cake was tender and light and the custard had a very delicate orange flavor and lovely creamy texture.

Friday, yesterday, I spent helping out my friend with her college English Literature and Composition homework. I've gotta say I enjoyed it, though meeting all of Prof's demands was mildly annoying. It's not easy to put something together to the teacher's expectations when you've not sat through the class. The paper related to Midsummer Night's Dream by Willy Shakespeare. Comparing and contrasting the female characters and their perceptions of love and noting the effect of Athens' Law on their pursuits of love and happiness. I've got to say that Hippolyta was quite a pain in the rear to evaluate, as she barely speaks throughout the play and most of her lines are not only brief, but mildly elusive. As part of the class requirement, they'd also seen the 90s film w/ Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline, so my friend took much of her inspiration about Hippolyta from this. I wasn't as comfortable with that, since I'd never seen the film and wasn't sure of the teacher's expectations with regards to the performance.

After we separated for Comadre to go home and finish her paper, I was blessed with a dead battery. We'd been working at my house and I had to leave to wait in line to pick up my middle school child, so she followed me and sat in my car and worked on her paper there 'til it was time for the gates to open. When she left, I turned the key in my ignition and got a hearty racket of clicking. I'd known my friend's door was ajar, but hadn't realized that could so thoroughly drain the battery, though I had also forgotten and left on my exterior lights (it was trying to rain almost all day yesterday).

Today, I have made myself quite a honey-do list -except instead of honey doing it, it's all tasks for me. Tomorrow is my baby shower and I want to bring some awesome cookies (they're jamming it tea party style LOL) and I always bake some kind of pastry, donuts, pound cake, coffee cake, etc. for our Sunday-morning-lazy-coffee-in-front-of-the-Today-show-before-we-drag-our-sorry-butts-to-church. I have a recipe for "Special Sour Cream Coffee Cake" that uses pecans and cinnamon and I LOVE pecans and cinnamon so I'll have to get on that. I'm thinking maybe two kinds of cookies for the shower, but I don't know if my energy will hold out -nor my supply of pecans and chocochips, etc. I know I haven't enough pecans for my Lethal Layers (from Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy series) as well as the coffee cake, so that's out. Guess I'll be recipezaaring it this morning. Have a lovely weekend. I'll have to update you on the shower when it occurs.

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