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22 August 2010 @ 06:22 pm
life is good.  

We leapt out of bed this morning (for the value of ‘leapt’ which applies to parents of a four month old, which is to say, we staggered bleary-eyed and weary out of bed) and went to see “The A-Team”, which I thought was entirely enjoyable. Importantly, unlike in “Knight and Day”, I didn’t think, “Wow, is that a body double?” when Brad Cooper was running around showing off his mag. ni. fi. cent. body, which is what I thought when Tom Cruise lost his shirt in “Knight and Day”. Young Indiana was once again a perfect darling during the movie, which had Brad Cooper without very many clothes on. Did I mention that? :)

On the way to the movie we noticed, not for the first time, apples in the road down the block from us. I’d glanced up before, vaguely assuming there must be an apple tree up there, but hadn’t actually seen the apples, what with them being still green against green leaves. This morning we backed up a bit to have a look and discovered there is indeed a massive apple tree up there on city property behind the railroad station. It is surrounded by blackberry briars. Obviously if we could get in there it would be a motherlode of froots. I’m seriously considering contacting the city and seeing if we could get permission to get back there somehow.

One of the cool things about living where we do is that it’s less than a mile from the stadium, and so every weekend afternoon this summer we’ve been able to hear the roar of the crowd. Must’ve been a good match today, as they were particularly vocal. I love the rise and fall of voices and the sudden bursts of sound when goals are made.

Yesterday we celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday (which was actually last month, but they were busy moving into Dublin on the day itself). Mom made two big lasagnas and mmmmm blueberry and apple pies (individually, not combined), and we had a lovely time of it. My sister taught us a Johnny Cash song (“Long Black Veil“) which a friend of hers had bluegrassed, and did it with such panache I thought it must be a song I knew from Allison Krauss (which should give you an idea of how beautiful my sister’s singing voice is). I’ve never heard the Johnny Cash version, but it makes an *awesome* bluegrass song!

Let’s see, what else. I made some brilliant honey wheat oatmeal bread, but I don’t seem to have bookmarked the recipe, so if anybody wants it I’ll have to write it up. And now I’m doing laundry. The exciting life of a writer, mine. :) *laughs* I said something today and followed it up with, “I need to get out more,” which made both Ted and me pause before I said, “Actually, I’m getting out a *lot* these days!” Go me. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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wednesday childewedschilde on August 22nd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
i swear i read this and all i could think of was...

brad cooper. shirtless. apple butter.
kitmizkit on August 22nd, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
...and there's something wrong with that? :)
wednesday childewedschilde on August 22nd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
no. i obviously intended to use my limited brain cell capacity on this sunday to the things that matter. :::nods:::

on the other hand, if you've not seen it... the losers. great movie.
cammykittycammykitty on August 22nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
You are getting out a lot!!! & it sounds like you're getting a lot of yummy food too! I would've loved to hear the MizKit Cash.
kitmizkit on August 22nd, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm going to see if I can get my sister to sing it so I can post it. :)
Lady Doomlithera on August 22nd, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I liked the A-Team too. It was ridiculous but still totally enjoyable.
kitmizkit on August 22nd, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Which was all one could *possibly* expect of it, so it was therefore a great success.

Also, Brad Cooper. Shirtless. :)
Lady Doomlithera on August 22nd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I agree entirely on all fronts.
Wednesdayweds on August 22nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Don't feel you need to write up the recipe, but if you happen to find it again anytime soon, I'd quite like a pointer, please. :) I keep falling back on "three cups of bread flour, handful of wheat germ, handful of rolled oats, tablespoon of fructose, not enough salt" and it gets somewhat dull.

(Also, book arrived safely a while back and was wonderful; thank you very much!)
kitmizkit on August 22nd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Here it is: Honey Wheat Oatmeal bread!

Except I used all honey because I had no molasses, and used regular vegetable oil because I had no olive oil. Turned out fine. :) I also only made half a recipe, so it can be cut in half successfully. Still used the full measure of yeast, though, which I think is probably wise, as the wheat flour and oatmeal make it denser.

Yay! Glad the book got there! :)
Wednesdayweds on August 22nd, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, the extra yeast seems essential in a recipe like that. I'd probably add an extra tbsp of oil, too, since oil tends to increase yeast action like whoa (see also: ciabatta).
kitmizkit on August 22nd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know that. Cool, I'll keep it in mind next time I'm making a dense loaf of bread!
Wolf Lahti: antimonywolflahti on August 22nd, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)

Extra yeast does not, as many people fear, impart a yeasty taste, nor does it make the bread rise more (according to the experts). It does, however, make it rise faster.

I find when the weather is turning foul, my bread turns out dense and flat - which makes little sense, as rainy weather is associated with low-pressure systems. Perhaps the bread rises too much too quickly in the low-pressure atmosphere then loses its gases - as when letting it sit rising too long.
Wolf Lahti: Sabrinawolflahti on August 22nd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)

we live just over 7 miles from the Skagit Speedway - and we can still hear the roar of the cars racing around the dirt track there.

I swear, everyone in the bleachers must be deaf.
Natural20natural20 on August 23rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
I saw the movie on Saturday morning. It is, certainly... eyecatching. :)

And no, it wasn't a good match, but that's only because Cork won by a point in the dying moments of the match after Dublin basically threw it away... I mean, *other* than that, it was great. But you just wait until September and the finals.
kitmizkit on August 23rd, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
We think we were cheering for Cork, so we're pleased by the last moment win. :)
Natural20natural20 on August 23rd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
You clearly drank too much of the water while you were down there. Indy is growing up only just outside the canals, his colours are clearly blue and blue. You need to stop cheering for Cork or anything involving the colours red and white or we may have to stage an intervention. :P
madmiss on August 26th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
mayakdamayakda on August 25th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I love this post.
madmiss on August 26th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Having seen both 'Knight and Day' and 'The A-team' this week I must agree with what you said.
'Bradley Cooper. Shirtless'.
kitmizkit on August 27th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Word. *terrorist fistbump*