As if I weren’t yet sure about who was getting my vote in the upcoming election, the deal is now sealed. I am reading on MSNBC.com that Sarah Palin is in favor of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. I’m sorry, Ms Palin, but who the hell do you think you are? Just because you find happiness in a traditional marriage doesn’t mean that everyone has the same feelings as you. Why do you want to deny others the same happiness you have found in your marriage, simply because a person would like to be united with someone of their own gender?
And why do we need a constitional amendment, anyhow? Constitutional amendments are meant to clarify the Constitution and to keep it a living and breathing document. We tried legislating morality through the Constitution once before with Prohibition; look where that got us. Regardless on whether you agree with gay marriage or not, there is absolutely no cause to amend the Constitution to ban it.
My mom believes that gays should be allowed to form civil unions to protect their property and their finances and their relationship, so that a person in a 50-year relationship cannot be shut out of the hospital room when his/her partner is sick or dying. But her personal opinion is that she would prefer her church not to allow weddings. That’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish, though — civil unions versus church weddings. And there’s no reason not to allow civil unions. Allowing two grown adults to form a union which protects their finances and formalizes their relationship hurts no one. There’s no reason not to allow it.
Please explain to me how banning gay marriage is any different from banning black people from voting. It looks the same from where I am sitting — marginalizing a minority because the majority thinks they know best.
So tonight we had company! One of the Chiefs in Kurt’s office is transferring next week, so we had her over to say goodbye. Kurt made dinner, amazingly enough. I know! Aren’t you shocked that I let him cook?? It’s just because I utterly forgot we were having her over for dinner until after the commissary closed, and I hate shopping at the civilian groceries. I couldn’t think of anything good to cook either, and we had already planned on making what he made for our anniversary, only using chicken this time.
I’m still giggling about this recipe. It calls for scallops, but Kurt elected to make it with salmon for our anniversary. And now we’ve substituted again, this time with chicken! We still haven’t made the recipe as written, using scallops. Oh, well. Maybe one day.
I pounded out the chicken breasts for him since chicken is notoriously hard to pan-fry. By the time you’ve cooked the thick end through, the thin end is beyond overcooked. Plus it’s hard to cook the thick end through. I don’t know how many times I’ve pan-fried chicken, and thought it was done, only to find the thick end is still raw on the inside.
And chicken is something you don’t want to eat rare. Eww.
So pounding the chicken flat takes care of this problem, and also makes it a lot quicker to cook. I also sliced the zucchini that we had as a side. Kurt did everything else, from making the chickpea salad that went underneath the chicken, to coating the chicken with cumin and pan-frying it, to steaming the zucchini. And let me tell you, that man can cook!!!
His friend could not stop raving about how delicious it was. What I love about it is Kurt didn’t make your typical “man” food, like hot wings and hamburgers. There is nothing wrong with making hot wings and hamburgers; it’s just that’s stereotypical man food. Instead, Kurt made a gourmet meal! A very delicious meal to boot.
I had been worried about making a dessert. I don’t have a sweet tooth, and our meals, growing up, only ended in dessert if we were having company. And then it was just a Mrs Smith’s pie that my mom invariably burned. I love my mom to death, but baking, even if it’s a frozen pie, isn’t her strong suit. In fact, that is where my love of coffee was born. She’d always serve decaf coffee with her pie, and I was allowed to have a mug too. And it was goooood.
But it turned out that I didn’t have to make a dessert! Kurt’s friend had made brownies, and she suggested the most delicious thing — warm brownie with vanilla ice cream, topped off with Magic Shell. I felt like we were at Friendly’s!
I used to dread my parents having company when I was a kid. We’d get good food, a dessert, and coffee — yes. But it also meant that my parents would talk solely in acronyms the entire evening. Both of my parents were in the Navy, which meant that anyone who came to visit would invariably be Navy too. So it would be all Navy, all night, when we had company. It was enough to make my teenaged eyes glaze over.
But now I know more about the Navy, so when Kurt’s friend was over tonihgt, my eyes didn’t even think about glazing over. It’s so neat to hear their sea stories, especially his friend’s, since she is a female and has had different struggles than he would experience. Plus it’s neat to get a different perspective on other people in the office.
So all in all, I would say tonight was a huge success! And I didn’t even have to work that hard tonight. All I had to do was some housework, and Kurt did the rest.
We need to have more entertaining like this! Woot!!