Monday, February 23, 2009

Lazier Monday

Whatever I caught on Saturday came back with a vengeance on Monday morning. I ended up staying home from work and went to the doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics. I'm hoping to make it into work tomorrow.

Angie kicked butt today! She basically pretended that I wasn't home and took the twins to gymnastics (with Adrian), and then to school. I know it had to be so tempting for her to ask me to watch Adrian because it would have lightened her workload a little bit. But I really appreciated the ability to just rest all morning and not have to worry about looking after Adrian. And even after I got back from the doctor, Angie made dinner and gave all three boys a bath! Super Mom!! I'm telling you...

Time to go rest some more.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Last night's "date night" was not all that we'd hoped it would be. I was feeling under the weather as the day wore on, and by the time we dropped Adrian off at my parents' house I was starting to feel achy all over. By the time dinner ended, I just wanted to go home and lie down, so seeing a movie was out of the question. Angie was tired, too, and was looking forward to just getting into her PJ's, having some hot tea and relaxing in the family room. Meanwhile, I started getting chills and just could not get warm. I felt light-headed and dizzy and then started to shiver all over. I dozed off and on while lying on the couch, and finally crawled into bed around 11:45pm. But not before taking two Advil and some NyQuil capsules.

By morning, I felt a little better, although the body aches were still present. After lunch, I started feeling more like my old self again. It was a very strange 24 hours, that's for sure. So now it's just me and Angie until the grandparents bring all of the kids home. We expect Adrian sometime after his nap, but the twins probably won't be back until after dinner, I'm sure.

Now it's back to setting up my new used computer that I got from Adam. Things are going well now that I have my old computer sharing all the files across the network. I do want to pick up an external drive enclosure at some point, just so I can salvage the 500GB drive I bought about a year ago. I can use it for backups, if nothing else.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Date Night

The twins are with grandmom for the night and Adrian is taking a nap right now. When he gets up, we'll be dropping him off at Mom Mom's for the night and heading into Philadelphia for dinner tonight. After that, we'll probably go to a movie or something. I know we're both looking forward to sleeping tomorrow morning and getting out of bed whenever we feel like it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kristin Hersh

Throwing Muses is playing at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live in early March. I haven't seen them play live in a few years, so I'm looking forward to it. I need to get off my butt and buy tickets first, though! I think it's on a Tuesday night, which kind of sucks since I'll have to work the next day, but it'll be worth it. Kristin's "other" band 50 Foot Wave is one of the openers, so that should make for a loud evening of rockin' music.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

We're battling some sickness in our household. Dillon woke up Thursday night complaining that his ear hurt, so Angie took him to the doctor on Friday. Sure enough, he had an ear infection. So now he's taking some antibiotics twice a day for the next 7 days, and we're giving him Children's Motrin at night to help him sleep.

You'd never know he was sick from watching him, though. All weekend, both he and Jason have been running around like madmen. Every so often one of them will cough or have to blow their nose, but other than that nothing seems to slow them down. I took them for a walk through the woods behind our house on Saturday morning, hoping it might tire them out a bit. It worked on Jason, but Dillon was still fired up when we got back. I don't know where he gets the energy from. Angie signed them both up for T-ball, which starts in April, so we'll see how that goes! I have a feeling it will drain Angie and I more than the twins...

Adam and Cherise stopped by on Saturday night with their kids, so everyone got to play together for a couple of hours. I haven't had the chance to upload any of the photos from our camera yet, but there's a couple of good ones that we took of all six kids together on the couch that I want to post.

I finished e-filing our Federal taxes the other day. We'll be getting a decent refund this year, and it will be coming at just the right time to take care of some bills. I still have to e-file the NJ taxes, but we usually end up about even with those.

Gotta go help put the kids to bed now...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chili Saturday

We received a cookbook called "Killer Chili" from our friends Jeff and Lauren as a housewarming gift a few weeks ago, and I've been trying to make time to cook one of the recipes included in the book. Up until Saturday, I'd figured on "Pablano & Grilled Chicken Chili", but in the usual chaos that erupts when we go shopping with the kids in tow, we remembered that we were already thawing out one pound of ground beef at home so we switched recipes and chose "Sidecar Bar & Grille Chili," which is based on the chili served at the Sidecar Bar & Grille in Philadelphia, PA (of course). The recipe calls for 3 pounds of ground beef (serves 11, it says), so while we were at Wegman's we picked up an additional 2 pounds of ground beef (under Angie's protests that I'd be making "way too much" for us to eat), along with the rest of the ingredients (1 large green bell pepper, 1 large yellow onion, 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 28 oz. of kidney beans, cheddar cheese and cilantro). At home, we already had most of the other required ingredients.

Angie took the twins over to Barnes & Noble so they could each pick out a book (compliments of the gift card we also received from Jeff & Lauren) while I watched Adrian and started prepping everything (dicing the veggies, doling out the proper seasoning amounts, etc.). It was a good thing she took the twins out, let me tell you. The recipe calls for forming the beef into "large thin, burgerlike patties" and then searing them in batches in "a smoking hot iron skillet." We don't have an iron skillet, so I had to use our frying pan. From the moment I tossed the first patty onto the pan, the smoke began! I had the hood vent over the oven cranked up on high, but I didn't realize how much smoke was being produced until two of our smoke detectors started going off. I turned around and saw Adrian (through the fog in the family room) trying to watch TV, but yelling over to me and pointing up in the air at all the smoke! I ran around opening all the first floor windows to help dissipate the smoke, but it was a few minutes before the detectors stopped freaking out.

Cooking the beef probably only took me about 20 minutes, but it seemed like forever since I was dealing with all the smoke. Plus, while you're cooking the beef, you're also sauteing the veggies and seasonings in a large pot on the stove. I was afraid that the veggies would burn, so I kept stirring them around every few minutes (even though they are only cooking over low heat). Once you put the beef into the pot, you add 2 cups of lager and bring the whole mess to a boil. After that, you add the crushed tomatoes and reduce to a simmer; then add the kidney beans. From there, you're home free - 20 minutes more on low heat and it's ready to serve. Total time in the kitchen for me: probably about 2 hours, from dicing veggies to the final simmering 20 minutes.

I really wasn't expecting it to be too spicy, but it had a really nice kick to it. Angie felt it was just a bit too spicy for her, though she ate the entire heaping bowl I'd given her (maybe out of encouragement/politeness?). The twins attempted to eat some on a soft taco shell, but they both only survived one bite before complaining that it was "too spicy" (and Dillon didn't like the sight of the beans in there either). We gave a little sample to Adrian on a nacho chip and he nearly passed out from coughing/gagging, so we cut him off immediately.

Later on, Ryan stopped by with Don and Cyndi so they all volunteered to try my first chili concoction. The verdict was unanimous: they all enjoyed it very much. Ryan had two bowls of it! In my haste, though, I forgot to add the cilantro at the end (I did put the cheese on, though). And Angie forgot to add sour cream (which she loves), and I think that maybe it might have toned down the spiciness a bit for her if she had.

Jeff had suggested that I add 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamin to the seasonings, and I decided to only add 1 teaspoon instead. With her first spoonful, Angie detected the cinnamin (I couldn't). Don said he could taste it, but felt that it was a good addition to the recipe. I don't think Ryan or Cyndi were able to detect it.

Next up: the grilled chicken pablano chili! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pictures and video from Snow Day II

I uploaded some pictures that Angie and I took of the kids outside playing in the snow. The snow started falling on Tuesday afternoon (2/3) so Angie had them outside after school to take advantage of the opportunity. Of course, by the time I got home they were sick of the snow and were already inside.

But it kept snowing overnight and I didn't have to work so I was able to get out there with the twins in the morning (see previous post). Since Angie didn't come outside with me, it was hard to shoot video of the kids tubing since I was also the designated launcher. But I got a couple of decent vids (see below).

If you want to check out the pictures we took, just click the Picasa photo stream at the top right corner of this blog or click the link in the first paragraph for the slideshow.



Snow Day II - Totally Tubular

Parkway closed because of the bad weather this morning, so I had my second Snow Day of the year. This, of course, meant "Get the twins in their snow suits because it's time to break out the inner tubes again!" Angie stayed inside this time with Adrian. He wasn't too into the snow last week, so we gave him a break this time. Although I think he might have liked it better today because it wasn't raining and miserable. It was actually quite nice.

Unfortunately for the twins, their afternoon pre-school was not canceled so we had to cram as much fun into the morning as possible. I shot some video clips (again) and I took some pictures that I'll post later on today. For now, here's a pic of the twins: