The Mind of Bluesleepy

The day after 21 February 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — bluesleepy @ 12:59 pm

I’m not sure one person should be subjected to so much excitement in one day!

The carnival yesterday was a blast. MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) had taken over the gym on base and transformed it into a carnival for the kids. There were seven or eight inflatables set up — two obstacle courses, an enormous slide that had to be good twenty feet tall, four bounce houses, and even one where the kids were tethered to a bungee cord, and they had to see which of the two could get the farthest before they were pulled backwards by the bungee cord. There were crafts to be done, face-painting, free massages for the parents, free coffee from Starbucks, and relatively cheap food. And all of this for $5 per family.

When we first got there, a kids’ band called the Toejam Puppet Band was playing, and Grace was immediately drawn to it. She watched the band members put silly wigs on all the kids, but she was having none of it. Then they had a song in which they encouraged the kids to get up and dance, and Grace was all over that. But then she lost sight of Kurt, so she got scared and raced over to us.

We stayed for a couple of hours. Grace got completely stuck in one bounce house that had a slide to it, so she kept bouncing around in the bounce house, and then launching herself down the slide. As soon as she got to the bottom, she wanted to start all over again. We were happy to oblige her; anything to wear her out, though she still refused to take a nap.

Kurt's lasagna is done!!
Kurt’s latest lasagna

Kurt’s lasagna turned out quite well. We let it stand for quite some time after pulling it out of the oven, but it still fell apart. I loved that it had Italian sausage in addition to ground beef; it gave it a really fantastic flavor. I just wish there had been more mozzarella on top. Kurt and I agree that while it was a good recipe (one he found online yesterday), it isn’t one we wish to keep. We felt it needed more sauce and more cheese. So we’ll soldier on and try to find another good recipe. My mom gave me her recipe quite some time ago; if I can find it, I might just try that.

The pan you see on top of the stove is dinner for our neighbors’ kids. They are extremely picky kids and eat very little in the way of variety. I was surprised they wouldn’t eat lasagna! How do you not like lasagna?? Mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, tomatoes, ground beef, Italian sausage, and lasagna noodles. And if you’re not a fan of tomatoes, there were really very few tomatoes in this version! There was hardly any sauce once he baked the lasagna; you had to look hard to find a tomato scattered throughout the dish.

So Ms Cheez-It brought over a complete dinner for her kids. It was basically the same ingredients as was in the lasagna, except no tomatoes, and hash browns instead of pasta. They refused to eat the lasagna and only ate their hash-brown stuff.

All the more lasagna for me!

A couple of hours after gorging ourselves on lasagna, it was time for cake. I decided to get a Carvel ice cream cake (because I prefer Carvel cakes to Baskin Robbins, Catie), and fortunately they’re now sold at grocery stores. I wasn’t sure, you see, because there’d been a Carvel shop near my house when I was a kid, and I didn’t know if you could get the cakes anywhere else after they went out of business. Kurt wrote my name on it for me, and he actually did a great job of it. I am doubly amazed because he spelled my name right (it’s a running joke in our household) and because he tends to shake when he has to concentrate on very close work.

Don’t ask him to thread a needle. He shakes too much.

The cake was heavenly. I was so glad we found one.

Then it was present-opening time. My sister had sent me tulips, my favorite, for my birthday, and my good friend J made me a really brightly-colored apron to wear as I’m cooking. Finally I got to Kurt’s gift, which he had wrapped in blue wrapping paper and sealed with electrical tape and aluminum tape.

Kurt's fabulous wrapping job
Kurt’s fantastic wrapping job

I was flabbergasted. Electrical and aluminum tape on one gift? I feel so loved.

Inside was a pink-trimmed Coach bag, which is so pretty, and so unexpected. It’s a bit larger than I normally carry, but it’s PINK! I think I can manage.

We were sitting around, completely sated with ice cream and laughter, when the phone rang. AGAIN. I mean, I know it was my birthday, but I still jumped every time the phone rang yesterday. We’re the type of household that only really gets telemarketing calls, and those are few and far between ever since we put ourselves on the Do Not Call list.

This time it was my mom, calling to remind me of the lunar eclipse that was going on. I bolted outside to find the moon (like I know offhand where the moon is supposed to be) and sure enough, the eclipse was really visible! Kurt grabbed my camera and the tripod, but it was so darn cold out there I couldn’t really set up the shot properly. Kurt knows enough about my camera that he felt confident with taking some photos, and he managed to get a couple of really great shots!


2 sec exposure, manual focus, 55-200mm lens at 200mm, shot on tripod

How’s that for a great shot?? He’s turning into quite the photographer!


12 Responses to “The day after”

  1. chaosdaily Says:

    Glad you had a great day! I don’t use a recipe for lasagna, I just throw it all together… the flavors all blend in so I don’t bother with fancy things, just meat, pasta, cheese and sauce. No one has refused to eat it yet!

  2. michele Says:

    GREAT shot… glad you liked the tulips. I was worried because apparently there are all KINDS of tulips to choose from and I didn’t know which where your faves.

  3. Kym Says:

    I must apologize again that your birthday present did not arrive in time for your day. The thought was there though. I’m glad you had a lovely birthday. I LOVE Kurt’s wrapping techniques. :o)

    I also really like the photo Kurt captured of the Lunar Eclipse last night. Mine didn’t come out that well. Actually, it came out horribly but at least I tried. No tripod though, I just ran out in my jammies, bathrobe & slippers to see it. Darn it! Maybe in three years.

    Again, my apologizes that your gift is late. Hopefully it will arrive soon if it hasn’t already.

  4. whatdayisit Says:

    Loved all the photos….I went out to see the eclipse and saw a sliver of the moon but couldn’t get the brownish/red cast due to cloud cover. When I went out again 10 minutes later, I couldn’t see the moon or anything but clouds.
    What a nice birthday gift and….wrapping…you got. And a pink Coach purse….does Kurt want another daughter? Maybe you can use the purse as a combo diaper bag too? LOL!
    The lasagna sounded very good. and it looked even better.

  5. karmacat Says:

    Happy Birthday to you!!! I love all the photos — the Lasagna Then and Lasagna Now shots crack me up. Nice photos of the lunar eclipse and Kurt’s exquisite wrapping job, too, but I was thinking, “Where’s the picture of the Coach bag?” Then I saw your flickr photo. That bag is gorgeous. Lucky you. Enjoy.

  6. Miss Hiss Says:

    Hmmm … maybe if Kurt had used a little more electrical tape and aluminum tape on the lasagna it wouldn’t have fallen apart? It sounds (and looks) like you had a ball anyway. And the lunar eclipse photo is quite inspiring. Love, R xxx

  7. yankeechick Says:

    Sounds like you had a great birthday! I’m so glad. You are ever so deserving!! That Kurt is something else. A husband that will buy a Coach bag for his wife is such a keeper! If Chuck ever got me a bag, you KNOW it would be Saddle bags! LOL But he does go for top of the line, so they’d for sure be leather πŸ™‚

  8. art Says:

    great birthday presents!!! and kurts wrapping skilz made me laugh!!! good stuff here!! i love a carvel ice cream cake!! i aint had one in years!!! the lasagna looks heavenly!! im heating up some now!!

  9. Terri Says:

    You will show us a picture of the pink purse later, won’t you? I love to use fun purses in the summer! You look so happy!

    Wow, a husband who cooks! Mine does, but no longer likes to. He will make me a delicious breakfast on the weekends though. I have several lasagna recipes if you’re interested. πŸ™‚

    A lunar eclipse for your birthday! See how very special you are? *HUGS*

  10. clairec23 Says:

    I want to see a picture of the bag too πŸ™‚

    I’m glad you had a great day – sounds like fun and my stomach is rumbling after all of that lasagne talk. Those kids must be extremely picky to not even eat lasagne, pfft.

    I missed the lunar eclipse because I didn’t know about but I’ve seen some nice pictures of it on a couple of blogs. Ah, well, maybe next time.

  11. Aimee Says:

    Ohh a pink Coach purse gets my girly side all happy. I rarely let that girly side out so you know I’m envious!!!!
    And booo, we could not get a shot of the eclipse but we did get to see it with my oldest son (the science junky.)
    Your shot is beautiful and I’m glad you had such a nice birthday!
    Oh, FYI
    if Mom stopped bringing a separate meal over for her picky kids they’d be less picky. Just saying…

  12. Happy Birthday! I couldn’t help but notice your preference for Carvel ice cream cakes as opposed to Baskin-Robbins. I would love to send you some gift certificates to Baskin-Robbins to check out our famous Fudge Crunch cakes. We have also just introduced Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie.

    If you’re interested, please let me know where I should send your gift certificates . We’d love for you to give Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes another shot!

    Danielle Sullivan
    On behalf of Baskin-Robbins

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