Is it really Tuesday? It feels like Monday. And Monday felt like Sunday. And Sunday felt like Saturday. But then, Saturday felt like Saturday too. This three day weekend thing is so confusing...
It feels like summer has finally arrived in Southern California. We had three bbqs over this long weekend, each of them big fun. Jude and I had our first Beach Day on Saturday. Gorgeous day. Fun friends. Unfortunately, we had too much of an undertow (do y'all always think "undertoad" like in "World According to Garp"? I do.) for Jude to start his boogie-boarding obsession again. But the conditions were perfect for me to start my sitting-on-my-ass-in-my-beach-chair-wearing-my-big-hat obsession. I can't wait for Jude's hair to start getting that summer blond thing it gets because that boy's so gorgeous (if I do say so myself). Can you see the color if his hair in this picture? Spun gold, I swear...
I hate potlucks. I really do. For many reasons. For one thing, I just generally hate the idea of going to a party and having to make my own food. Because I'm lazy that way. But I completely understand the concept and the need for the occasional potluck when it's a group or neighborhood function, and there's no real "host". In those cases my problem with the potluck is that I just can't help getting competitive with my food. And I hate myself when I get that way. On Sunday, we had a big neighborhood block party/potluck. The neighbors who put it together sent out one of those mypunchbowl.com email invitations (which I'm kind of thinking I like better than Evite, what do y'all think?) where we were all supposed to all RSVP and then tell everybody what we were bringing to the potluck. Sounds like an excellent idea, right? That way you don't get duplicates. Right? Wrong. I signed up to bring guacamole and chips and Jan's Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa and worked all afternoon making these tempting treats. We get to the party, and what's sitting right there on the buffet table? Guacamole and chips and roasted corn salsa! Because somebody (not me!) clearly didn't follow the instructions and look at the invitation! I defiantly took my guac and chips and put them right in the middle of the table we were all sitting around, so it got scarfed (and my guacamole does pretty much rock). But I spent the entire party watching to see who ate MY corn and who ate the OTHER corn. Such stress. You must try Jan's recipe, it's fabulous (and much better than that OTHER corn).
Once, many years ago, a stunt man named Matt told me that he had a theory that women who liked Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips were substantially more likely to be talked into a threesome than women who didn't. He had apparently done extensive research on this subject. Sea Salt and Vinegar chips happen to be my favorite (the reason he filled me in on his theory), and ever since then, I haven't been able to eat them without thinking about this. What do y'all think?
Last week, I wrote a Spin Cycle on the Prom, and in the comments, Becky mentioned how much she loved Jimmy's pose in that last picture of us all glammed up. And I realized that I don't post many pictures of Jimmy. So y'all don't know that...this is the way he looks all the time. The man definitely has his own way of dressing and presenting himself. Once, he got teased for weeks because he showed up for one of Jude's early morning soccer games wearing a long wool winter coat and an ascot. I swear to God. All the other dads were in shorts and athletic wear. Not my oddball husband. Few men of this century can actually rock an ascot, but Jimmy can. And he definitely has his own ideas of style. Tonight, we went to a bbq at some very good friends house, and the man wore a tuxedo shirt, plaid flannel pajama bottoms, white tube socks and black flip flops. Really. I used to worry about this. But now I just roll my eyes and do my Alice Kramden impression.
Speaking of the bbq we went to tonight...we were at our friends Pat and Debra's house. Pat (known as Patsy to all of his old friends from New York) is an outrageous Italian cook, who has put out a series of YouTube cooking how-to videos. I've been meaning to post one of them for a while, and I guess today's as random a time as any. Here's his recipe for Lasagna. We always spend Christmas Day at their house, and he made this lasagna this year. It's INCREDIBLY good - made with Bechamel Sauce instead of ricotta cheese.
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It is Tuesday, right? Damn this is confusing...