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March 16, 2017

Soooo, we had a little blizzard here on Tuesday.

They saw this one coming from days away, so there was plenty of time to batten down the hatches and plan accordingly. I was able to work at home. Larry had to go in, but took a half-day and came home at lunchtime.

Since it was Pi Day, I made a pie.

And no sooner did I put it in the oven when we lost power!  It was out for about 90 minutes.  I left the pie in the oven and checked it after the power came back, and it looked pretty darn good. I checked the internal temperature and it was in the range of “safe to eat chicken”, so I figured it would be plenty warm enough for pie.

It was.

For dinner I tried a new sheetpan method. With this one you put the vegetables in to roast, and then after about 20 minutes or so you add the meat on a raised rack. Give it another 20 minutes or so, and voila.

Next time I will add broccoli or cauliflower to the mix, I think. But really, almost any vegetable is delicious after roasting for 40 minutes at 450.



March 13, 2017

Yesterday we attended PAX East 2017. Think Comic-Con, but focused on videogames and board games. It was our first time as a family at a big event like this.



The boys were able to play newly released and not-yet-released videogames, and buy a lot of used and hard-to-find games. They were in their glory.

There were also a LOT of cosplayers (people who make and wear costumes based on a favorite character). Some of the costumes were of professional quality; others were clearly homemade projects. In all cases a lot of love when into the process, and it showed.  And just like at a knitting convention, where knitters like nothing more than for people to compliment their handmade items, nothing made even the most menacingly-costumed cosplayer grin like (1) when you recognize the character and call them by name, and (2) when you exclaim over their handiwork.

Last week I told you about my love for all things Zelda. When I saw a cosplay Link walk by, I had to drop everything, stop him and get a photo. I’m just happy I was wearing my shirt!

ComicCon is coming to Boston in April; by then I will have a costume of some sort to wear. And then I can use it at PAX East 2018. 🙂


March 9, 2017

Tried my hand at making shawarma the other night.

I love the savory flavors of the eastern Mediterranean, and I thought this might be a mild way to introduce them to the boys.

Classic shawarma is made like gyro meat; a variety of meats are combined and pressed onto a rotisserie and cooked for hours.  I was not quite up for that challenge, so I found a few recipes that use the shawarma flavor on chicken thighs in a baked/grilled/roasted application, and went from there.

I used the same spice blend on a mixture of cauliflower, asparagus and onion. Tossed it all together into a bowl and served with naan and a yogurt sauce.

Larry and I almost think the vegetables were better than the chicken. The boys preferred the chicken. I’m the only one who used the yogurt sauce, but there were four clean plates and no complaints. I’m calling that a win.

Here is the recipe I followed:




March 6, 2017

We are a videogame family. The other three are way more advanced than I am, and have a knowledge of gaming that is both wide and deep.

Me, I operate on a much lower level.

I rule at Tetris – nobody in the house can even come close to my scores.  And I love the Zelda series. I’m not that great at them – I don’t get to play very often, and it takes me a long time to get through any game because I like to take my time and poke around and do this and that within the game. But I love Zelda. The visuals, the story. I just love it.

So, when I heard there was a new Zelda game being released, I pre-ordered it. On Friday I put on my Link shirt and unwrapped it.

I’m so happy.


March 3, 2017

We attended the first of two middle school open houses last night.

I am not ready to consider the fact that my oldest is headed to middle school this fall.

Where did this little nugget go?  How did the time pass by so quickly?



February 27, 2017

And just like that, it is the end of February.

The boys had a pretty good vacation week, after the hockey game they had a few days of downtime before my mother-in-law took them to the Museum of Science. They had a special Da Vinci exhibit up, which is perfect because he is the topic of Alistair’s biography project.

The forecast was calling for a string of warm days starting Thursday and continuing through most of the weekend, so I had grand plans of outdoor excursions. All of which came tumbling down when I fell prey to a nasty stomach bug Thursday night, followed by Alistair getting it Friday. Ugh.

We had sufficiently recovered on Saturday to take in some fresh air, but not to go on an actual hike. We contented ourselves with a walk around the Mystic River, across from the Amelia Earhart Dam.


The temperatures still hit 68 that day, so the boys insisted on wearing shorts. Can’t say I blame them, really. High 60’s in February doesn’t happen all that often in New England, got to take advantange when it does.


February 21, 2017

The snow-day memories are fading away, and the snow is melting. Four days of school last week and now we are on to February vacation.

In between they reached the milestone 100th day of school. It’s a pretty big deal for the kindergarteners, less so for the bigger kids.


And while we’re looking at hats, I finished a new hat for Larson.


On Sunday we drove south and went to a Providence Bruins game. It’s been a few years since Larry and I went to a hockey game, and it was the boys’ first time seeing hockey live.


As expected, they were most excited by the snacks and the Zamboni.

Nonetheless, it was a good game with a good outcome – our team won!