it was delicious. everyone did a great job cooking, & everything did come out pretty close to how i remember. chris made burgers on kaiser rolls (thick, seasoned & seared in a particular way; he nailed it perfectly); james & will made creamed spinach & green beans (the latter boiled, not microwaved); joe made butter dips (a breadstick-like amazing thing); & i made frozen strawberry pie on a homemade graham cracker crust for dessert. (i almost bought a pack of individual tiny pre-made graham cracker crusts i saw at the grocery store - it went like this: "oh hey, there will be six of us & here are six tiny shells & it'd make things easier & grammy would NEVER EVER DO THIS so forget it". lulz, she never bought a pre-made crust in her life.) the extra bonus of the day was atrophie's surprise arrival! since chris doesn't eat fruit & lindsay needed something to contribute, she picked up an assortment of pepperidge farm cookies which contained many of grammy's favorites (most notably chessmen & milano). there was plenty of food for everybody & it really was a great time. here are a few pics!
& holding a koala during one of her 72348923759 international trips (i'd guess this is circa 1985):
everyone at dinner (note grammy on the tv):
so many good memories here:
the pie crust i made (yes, i have the pride):
& filled with frozen strawberry goodness:
re-gathered at the table for pie & cookies:
i also took the opportunity of lindsay's visit to do a little surprise for her & to give her a birthday present to take home (no peeking until the day!), but i'll let her write those up if she chooses.
what a great event. thanks everyone for being there & for so kindly letting me micromanage. :D perhaps we'll do this again? grammy made AWESOME spaghetti & meatballs...
next up: just two photographed entries in the food log (& a trip to coastal kitchen) since my last post, & these are good memories too. so here they are:
the brussels sprouts i had at dinner last night (cooked with green apples & in some kind of amazing marinade, maybe honey-soy?) were SO delicious i ordered an extra side plate of them to go. tonight i put those alongside a piece of rockfish & a small salad of organic romaine, baby carrot, & red pepper. 308 calories, 17g carb, 39g protein, 6g fiber, & over 160% each A & C.
i've been very salad-heavy this week. tonight's was organic romaine, spinach, red pepper, criminis, carrots, radish, & celery, tossed with some oregano (after taking the pic). i worked hard on a hair client today & missed lunch, so i seared off a filet mignon to eat alongside.
joe & i hit the coastal kitchen during another half-off night. they were featuring morocco, which i love. my starter was the "moules marocain": local mussels sauteed with an EXCEPTIONAL fennel-raisin compote, yellow pepper and garlic. there were some green olives in there, too, & the whole thing was sweet & savory & spectacular. joe's starter was the "lamb cigar", which was amusingly plated to resemble a giant ginger-&-clove-spiced lamb stogie. for entrees, we split the "ras ahi hanout" - seared ahi dredged in wonderful ras-el hanout with ripe raw tomato & lovely charmoula rice; & the "berber braised lamb", roasted with cinnamon & ginger... but while the lamb was super tender & buttery & delightful, the dried fruit couscous (dates, golden raisins, & i think some citron), is what really elevated that dish. YUM.
in other news, joe is finally employed again, so i hope we'll soon be able to get back to doing more awesome things. you know, like this & this. ok, maybe not so soon - but i am totally pushing for NZ as our next major trip because of this stuff. :D
& now, time for something that becomes more major each year:
collection post 2011! - http://stretched.livejournal.com/5603448.html:
compared to my last collection post, i've sold 13 pairs & gained 16 pairs (8 stone, 5 glass, 3 other); i have upgraded 6 pairs (same material, better example of it); & i have 4 more pairs of flashy stone (14 now to 10 before). the box is the same, 76 pairs are the same, but i'm definitely happier. :)
there are more pics & a detailed write-up at each item's "(link)".
drawer 1 - organics & titanium/steel
14ga fractal creations titanium double eyebrow spike, unanodized by me
6ga fractal creations titanium serenity II captive, unanodized by me (link)
4ga fractal creations titanium demontail captive, unanodized by me (link)
drawer 2 - acrylics/mixed-media & silicone, overflow
drawer 3 - stone
drawer 4 - glass
drawer 5 - luciferins, fumed & dichroic glass
auxiliary 4ga et.al box
4ga horn spirals (link)
4ga DF abalone in horn
4ga DF abalone in horn
4ga DF mother of pearl in horn
4ga DF mother of pearl (painted red) in horn
4ga DF ebony
4ga SF anato titanium eyelet
4ga DF black steel eyelet
4ga SF econo steel eyelet
4ga DF mirror plug
4ga kaos 1/4" clear earskin
4ga DF sodalite
4ga DF hematite
4ga DF rock crystal
4ga DF sea sediment jasper
4ga DF purple-pink dyed howlite
4ga SF IS red regular dichro (old style ball flare)
4ga DF IS red regular dichro
4ga DF IS aqua regular dichro
4ga DF IS silver-blue trans dichro
4ga DF IS blue trans dichro
4ga DF FF blue trans dichro
4ga GWS DF yellow trans dichro
4ga GWS DF yellow regular dichro
4ga GG DF clear glass
4ga DF opalite
0ga SF GG black glass plug (self-shortened)
0ga SF blue glass plug (self-shortened)
0ga kaos 1/4" clear earskin
00ga DF titanium neometal prototype two-piece eyelet
& as a ridiculous bonus, i hunted down a timeline for those who want to see how far this collection has come:
& if that's not enough, some updated pics of my hawk.
here's my hawk at 2 months old, photographed last weekend by lindsay (& the hard light shots today, but we can still call it 2mo). i've been using coconut oil on him - it's tough to tell if the l-lysine/potassium/vitamin E & coconut oil are working or if i'm just waiting it out, but he's definitely stretching easier these days. he's still pretty sensitive to clothing, but it's not AS bad as it was.
the rise on the uppermost primary feathers & half the tail have reduced a bit due to sleeping on them - the primary feathers by design & the tail by casualty. the rise across the entire wing matches better now, & it feels amazing to touch. i'm a little sad that the whole tail isn't popping better, but the flatter part is right on top of my hipbone (closer to his legs) & i'm accepting it as something that would likely happen when i go back to wearing jeans anyhow. & even if it flattens completely, the scarring is so defined & apparent that i won't lose any definition in the final healing when he goes white. so i'm pleased with that.
without further ado...
i love how clear the feathers look sometimes:
nice & even across the wing (the most important part imo) & still decent definition on the tail:
compare this shot to week 3!
head close-up. there's still good definition in his beak, & you can just barely make out his iris.