Mom visited! We ate Mexican food! I walked the dogs!
(We also did some yardwork, but I’ll wait until some things start blooming before subjecting you to dirt photos. Until then just dogs and food probably.)
Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week so far. I just learned I get a 3 day weekend so I’m planning all sorts of ways to spend it. Ideas so far include sleeping, dog walking, catching up on past newspapers and snacking. Maybe I’ll catch up on fashion week from the comfort of my couch. I can feel your jealousy through the internet.
On Thursday before I went to work we went out to a new place for breakfast. Our usual crepe place doesn’t open until late, so we were forced to branch out. It was great.
I refuse to take pictures of my food because I think it’s a little weird, but here’s a few reasons why I liked this place. Dev got a pretty good veggie scramble and I had a breakfast sandwich with morning star patties. I love fake meat so much more than real meat lately, so this made me really happy. Then, our check came with Andes mints!!! Below fortune cookies and slightly above cinnamon discs, the best check candy is Andes. You know they’re not just giving you that weird leftover Halloween junk and that they but it special from Costco just for you, the customer. I will definitely be coming back. Plus they have milkshakes and beer.
Happy belated New Year! So far 2013 has been pretty great. We’re in the process of wrangling our thousands of personal photos to one place which is a little more complex than I would have imagined. Here are some that I’ve managed to get my mitts on of some random stuff we’ve been doing lately. You’ll quickly learn that our new favorite family hobby is the dog. Sorry.
Don’t say a word.
This was a delicious guacamole tostada.
FAST MOVING OTTER!
- 3 sweaty, gross and smiley girls who just PR’d.
Tonight we’re going to MIL’s birthday dinner and then coming home to be bummed about the weekend being over. I’ll tell you all about it later.
While I was telling my father about my delicious refried-beans-and-fake-meat dinner, my mother cautioned in the background that fake-meat patties have MSG in them. Knowing full well such a bold claim requires rapid verification, I headed to the kitchen and checked the package. The scariest sounding thing I found was something named methylcellulose (a chemically inert emulsifier, it turns out). I noticed an “autolyzed yeast extract” but chose not to mention it. Sure enough, I soon heard Mom in the background mentioning yeast extracts. I rebuffed it after a quick Google, suggesting that the (to me, scarier sounding) “hydrolyzed” yeast extracts were probably the worser threat.
Mea culpa, Mom. All yeast extracts may contain free glutamic acid, the crystalline solid salt of which would be monosodium glutamate, MSG. Free glutamic acid is prevalent in parmesan cheese, soy sauce and grape juice— parmesan cheese, for example, has 1200 mg per 100 grams. It looks like (from this Wikipedia page) like hydrolyzed yeast extracts have 5000 to 20000 mg per 100 grams, so at least I got the point on the “hydrolyzed sounds worse.” But yes, autolyzed yeast extract appears to contain MSG. I’ll write more about it in the future (it is pretty strang esounding) but, really, the process and product itself don’t seem any worse than anything else in modern industrial food, though. For example— Vegemite is pretty much entirely yeast extract and flavor. Looks like the only way to get by is sticking to a pure Bovril diet.
They changed it to yeast extract for a while but, don’t worry— it’s back to beef.
Update: Just checked my email to see the note my Mom sent at 7:23 pm, blockquoting this Wisegeek article. It even mentions Vegemite. I feel like Principle Skinner.
I’ve had an unfortunate little flurry of half-skulledness and noticed that all the recent episodes have occurred in close proximity to cheese. Being a good scientist, I’m going to start running experiments in removing things from my diet for a week. Hence: no cheese. It’s already impinging on my lifestyle; I’ve been standing in the kitchen trying to decide what to add to my turkey and mushroom tortilla roll-up for lunch.
I came to the computer for a) inspiration and b) to see if youtube had any videos of scintillating scotoma, so I can stop trying to describe it to people. It does— of varying quality. I think the two below come the closest to capturing mine (monochrome, usually a thin line surrounded by a sort of oscillating fan pattern— that second video is close enough to make me distinctly uncomfortable watching it).
I spent my shower this afternoon dreaming up creative ways I could use the time between Sam and I watching last night’s 24 and tonight’s LOST. But then I screwed up and it ended up being only about seven minutes. At least the lost time went into this delicious meal!
PS— that photo taken by the ambient light of 8:07 PM! Yowza!
Tonight Devin, Sam, Boy Sam, and Elise all went bowling. I personally love bowling, it being a Macfarlane family past time and all, and proceeded to rank in the top two for the first two games. Then Devin started to curse me, putting a hex on me like no other. It went like this:
(singing) “Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? – oh yeah, I’m going to beat you by twenty points. You just wait and see.”
And then the impossible happened. He beat me, and not only by twenty points but probably forty. I was crushed. The moral of the story is to never doubt that your husband will do what he says he will or the power of the Baja Men.
After bowling we went back to Boy Sam & Elise’s house and made amazing fresh rolls with peanut sauce, seaweed, carrots, cilantro and lettuce. I made the peanut sauce, hooray!
ps The moon is basically full and looking very haunting outside, plus it’s stormy and blustery. It feels like a very creepy movie. I’m going to bed!