READING: Le Cordon Bleu at Home cookbook...trying to work through some/most/all of the recipes and techniques that Shari has already started doing at Whisk Wednesdays by August...sort of a catching up to where she is so we are on the same track from that point onward.
POOLSIDE READING: T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton...love to read mysteries around the pool waiting for Matt to finish swim practices.
LISTENING TO: Steppenwolf, Born to Be Wild -- always makes me think of the National Lampoon's Vacation movie with Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold loading up the Winnebago and sliding this in his 8-track with his family in tow for their yearly summer vacation...usually worth a giggle. Second giggle in that movie is the Marty Moose song. Actually, you pretty much just giggle your way all through that movie. May have to dust the cobwebs off that one and have a "goofy movie" night soon. Let's see, better have Drop Dead, Fred also...my boys are way, way under-appreciative of DDF, however...they just don't see the humor in that one at all. It's probably an acquired taste...don't have any idea where I acquired it.
COOKING THROUGH: Le Cordon Bleu at Home (Le Cordon Bleu School of Cooking); Baking: From My Home to Yours (Dorie Greenspan)
FAV NEW FIND: Artichokes...who knew?
FAV THING TODAY; Thursday morning swim practices are at an outdoor pool from 6:00-8:15 a.m., so I like to go a little early on the pick-up side of the run and watch the kids swim as usually there is a game or some sort of silly competition at the end. Just a nice way to start the day, watching all the swimmers having a good time together at practice. The girls always go nicely to the locker room afterward, wringing out their wet hair as they go, chatting quietly among themselves. The boys at this age are a different story...lots of horseplay and talking in loud voices, hollering in the locker rooms, etc. It's like chaos in there...I have no idea what they are doing, but it sounds like a big fraternity party on their side of the shower rooms. Things come flying out the door, goggles and suits are thrown all over the place, water bottles go scuttling across the floor...I am sure you get the picture. When they get into the car, however, I usually ask, "What was going on in there this morning?" Answer: "Oh, the usual." Me: "How was practice?" Answer: "Fine." Fairly quiet most of the way home until Matt thinks about where he might want to try to talk me into going out for lunch...Thursdays being our "lunch out day" and all. Guys...who can figure them out?
GOING TO: Everyone is going different directions this weekend, but I am staying home and really need to attend to my desk...let's just say I have a little pile here and there on it of things that don't seem all that important on the bright sunny days of summer, but that I really should file, tend to, and otherwise act upon. Other than that, I hope to swim, get caught up on some of the LCBAH cooking techniques that Shari is way ahead of me on, do some scrapbooking, knitting, and quilting. OOOHHH...I like the sounds of all of it.
PRAYING FOR: All the people in Iowa trying to put their lives back on track with the receding flood waters. Please join me. Maybe I should go out there and help instead of hanging around here...maybe I should do that. Might, just might.