Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007


DSC00940, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.

Well...Turkey Day is under our belts, and we are careening wildly towards Christmas.
Dev and I went to his parents' house for Thanksgiving this year. We had a huge meal at his Uncle George and Aunt Lou's. I got to meet Dev's cousin Scott and his fiancee Kelly.
And Friday morning, we woke up to about 3.5 inches of snow! The first real snow fall of the year. It made it seem more like the holidays for everything to be under a blanket of white.
You can see more of my turkey day pics on my flickr page.
I'll write more later when I'm not tired......

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Playing Catch-Up

I only worked 2 days this week, but it seems like a lot more. The kids were at their creative best.

All the classes in our building have been doing units on Native Americans. One of the little girls in my morning class brought in some artifacts collected by her grandfather. She stood up in front of the class and this is what she said (I swear I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried...)
"These are Indian rocks. I got them from my grandpa's trailer because Indians used to live in there."

Later the same day, I'm at my duty station on the playground during lunch, when a little boy calls me over to the sandbox. He tells me that his leg hurts. I ask him why. He answers "Because I have to go to the bathroom." I asked him what that had to do with him having to go to the bathroom. He said he didn't know- it just did. I told him to go use the bathroom. Ten minutes later, he comes to find me on the playground and tells me his leg doesn't hurt anymore.

We leave in the morning to go to Dev's parents' house in Montrose for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to getting away for a little while....PLUS I am planning to buy my new camera whilst there. I hope to soon be the proud owner of a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. I'm not sure if the pics on my blog will get any better, but there's always hope.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Beautiful Day for a Cook-Out


DSC00911, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.

Dev and I went to a cook out this afternoon. His boy scout troop was learning to build fires, then cook.
We feasted on bratwursts, chips, hot chocolate and smores.

And I must say, the weather was perfect- cold enough for a fire, but not cold enough for my feet to go numb!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Movies, Movies, Movies

Dev and I were given a gift subscription to Netflix for Christmas (thanks, Chris!). So we went to www.netflix.com to fill our list with thoughtful, provocative films we had never seen before and would probably NEVER see around here. Unfortunately, this downgraded quickly into an exercise in futility. You really don't know a person until you try to make a netflix list with them. I kept suggesting film title, and he kept saying "That's fine," or "whatever you want." I want discourse....I want discussion....I want a list that reflects BOTH our tastes. Ugh.

We only managed to get 2 movies on our list, both of which have been shipped and watched. The first was "Mrs. Brown," with Judy Dench (one of my alltime faves) and Billy Connolly. I really liked the movie. It was one of those sweeping period pieces with the big costumes and accents and all that stuff. It was kinda long, and took a while to get wound up, but overall I thought it was really good.

"The Big Night" was our other selection. It starred Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci as Italian immigrant brothers who come to America to start an Italian restaurant. The movie had such great potential!!! I like the actors and the subject matter....but, alas, it sucked. It was slow and the ending was completely unfulfilling. The food looked really good, but it wasn't enough to save the movie.

So it's back to the drawing board. I went to netflix and added "The Devil Wears Prada" to our list, along with some other movie I don't remember right now. I think in the future, filling our list may have to be an activity done apart rather than together. That way, it will truly reflect our individual tastes. I'll let you know what happens.....

Housecleaning

I've been doing a bit of re-organizing this weekend, which has led to 2 different projects.

The first project has been to list all the books I've read (in recent memory, of course) on a database called http://www.librarything.com/. I think this is cool because you can share book lists with people, and do searches based on similar characteristics of books, and so on. You can write reviews of books and make recommendations. In other words, it's a great way to spend a weekend. I went through my book shelf and pulled the books I read from there, and also made a list of books I've read with my book club that I either borrowed or checked out from the library. I'm nowhere near finished, but it's been great remembering some of the great books I've read.

The second project sprang from the simple act of picking up a Penzey's Spices catalogue. I have made a list of all the spices I wish I had in my pantry (and would buy if I could afford them). Here's the list so far:
Tuscan Sunset Spice Blend
Adobo Seasoning
Apple Pie Spice
Cajun Style Seasoning
Cassia Cinnamon
Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
Whole Sarawak White Peppercorns
Northwoods Seasoning
Spanish Saffron
Green Goddess dressing mix
French Grey Sea Salt
Lemon Grass
Real Wasabi Powder
Seafood Soup Base
Mexican Vanilla Beans

I'm still not finished going through the whole catalogue, but this is a pretty good start.

I also started a new book this weekend- "The Sex Lives of Cannibals- Adrift in the Equitorial Pacific." I think it will be fairly entertaining....I'll let you know!

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Blender of Love.....


The Blender of Love....., originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.

Here is my dream blender, given to me for my birthday by my most wonderfulest boyfriend.
I also got a package from my parents. My mom had sent me a set of beautiful earrings and a necklace, made by a local artist in Savannah.
Earlier tonight, Tonya and Shane joined Dev and I for dinner at St. Ives (a little dive bar on Main Street). I think they have the best hand cut french fries in Alamosa. Tonya brought a cake along to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time talking and dreaming of places we'd like to live. When the conversation turned to celebrity butt-plugs and plain brown paper packages, we decided to leave before we offended everyone in the place.
Happy Birthday memories......all I need now is my tiara.

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