Birds of a Feather

Friday Five: Summer Senses June 27, 2014

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Taste
We are focusing on these 10 minute recipes this summer (primarily so that we don’t end up eating out every.single.meal because we are “too busy”)

See
Tis the season to watch fireflies flitting about in the twilight. We learned through observation during our weekend up in the Catskills that there are different sorts of fireflies. The ones down here near the river are slow and lazy, but up in the Hudson River Valley, they are hard to catch!

Hear
Tonight we’re headed out to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert at the Mann Center – my Uncle C will be up there with the trombone section, rocking out to Egmont and Beethoven 9.

Touch
Toggling back and forth between work and World Cup games. Why don’t we have two hour lunch breaks?? Just so it’s clear, the teams I’m rooting for are USA, Chile, and Nigeria. C says he doesn’t buy into this “international pageantry” (but is still watching all the games he can).

Smell
It’s a toss up this time of year – sometimes we walk down the street and are stopped dead in our tracks by the beautiful floral scents in the air (roses, jasmine, etc.) Other days, we step out on our front porch and smell rotting garbage. You never know.

 

Friday Five May 23, 2014

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Time just keeps flying by. Here’s what has been going on since I last wrote:

1. We both turned 33! For my birthday, C was in NY for a seminar, but took the train home in time for a (late) dinner on Rittenhouse Square. On C’s birthday, I woke him by screaming “kill it, kill it!” (I had seen something crawling in the closet). He didn’t complain, and did kill it (a cockroach). He had a work dinner that night, but we celebrated the following weekend by treating ourselves to a really wonderful 14-course tasting menu at Marigold.

2. We bought a house (or, are still in the process of buying a house…closing is in a few weeks)! Assuming all goes according to plan, we move at the end of June. We love the house, and are mostly very excited (although also a little nervous about all that being homeowners entails).

3. Our slight trepidation about home-ownership is perhaps exacerbated by the fact that a house exploded just down the street from us. Literally, it blew up, one Thursday at 3:45 am. It was total chaos, and 4 homes were destroyed by the explosion and fire, but the miracle is that nobody died (everyone in those houses had evacuated an hour earlier after smelling gas).

4. All of Philadelphia turned green! After a long winter, we were anxious for the green, and it has (finally) arrived. This green is beautiful; I am convinced it is the reason why people stick around these parts!

5. We went to work. We went running. We ate food. (Just so you think our whole life isn’t as exciting as birthdays and homebuying and explosions).

We’re looking forward to having friends in town this (long) weekend. Three cheers for Friday!

 

Friday Five: Signs of Spring April 4, 2014

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1. Yellow: Forsythia and Daffodils

2. Rain showers

3. Tax forms

4. Shad season

5. Achoo!

 

The Magical Fruit (A public service announcement) March 25, 2014

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On Friday morning, facing the fact that I would be gone for the weekend, C decided that he wanted a big pot of beans! This would sustain him, he said, all weekend long. He said, “I love beans!” (I don’t, so I told him that this was his chance to go nuts). So he started some beans (with ham, etc.) in the crockpot before we left for work.

On Friday night, we had a Bible Study potluck at our house, but C didn’t want to put out the very large crockpot of beans that he had just cooked during the day because HE WANTED IT ALL FOR HIMSELF. He had tasted them, and they were just that good that he didn’t want to share.

After I left on Saturday morning, he proceeded to eat the beans for every meal. At some point, he made cornbread, to go along with the beans. Every time I talked to him while I was gone, he mentioned how much he was enjoying the beans. He wasn’t feeling good, but he “thought it was because it was cold and because [I] was gone.” (Do you hear the tiny violins playing in the background?)

When my brother visited on Saturday, C offered him some of his precious beans, but P opted for some other leftovers from the fridge.

Then, last night (Monday) when C got home from work, he mentioned he didn’t feel great, and I said (being the caring wife that I am): “Suck it up – it’s probably just allergies.”

A little while later, we realized we had nothing for dinner other than the beans. But, I didn’t want to eat beans and so we went out to get burgers. C started complaining a lot as we ate the burgers, “I feel horrible” and on and on. “It must be the burger…This darn burger…I regret eating this.” When we got home he went straight to bed, and was literally whimpering all night long.

This morning he woke up very late (just as I was leaving) and was still feeling horrible (though he never actually got sick). He didn’t just feel bad, he looked bad. Eventually (around 10 am) he dragged himself to work, still experiencing some stomach pain, nausea, and general malaise. Wanting to get to the bottom of why he felt so ill, he started looking for answers on the interwebs.

Well, guess what….he had BEAN POISONING!!!!! He had never boiled or soaked the beans as you are supposed to, just put them straight into the slow cooker (which it turns out does not come to a strong enough boil to get rid of the poisons! And then he proceeded to eat NOTHING ELSE for 3 days. Oh C.

He is feeling better, but still a little under the weather. Luckily, no one else was impacted. As my friend put it, “Thank goodness that our God uses misguided intentions (like C’s greed) for good (keeping our entire Bible Study from being poisoned!)”

In case you want to learn more, here are a few links:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/beware-of-the-beans-how-beans-can-be-a-surprising-source-of-food-poisoning-931862.html

http://www.choosingvoluntarysimplicity.com/crockpots-slow-cooking-dried-beans-phytohaemagglutinin/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_poisoning

 

Friday Five: Olympics Edition February 22, 2014

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1. I think my favorite sport of all might be Snowboard Cross. I really like the head to head racing, and the fact that anything could happen.

2. My mom pointed out this Rose is Rose Comic Strip. It pretty much sums up my earliest Olympics experience. I would watch Mary Lou do her thing on the TV, and then run outside to the jungle gym and do my thing!

3. The New York Times has had some great infographics:
I love this one. C really liked the graph partway down this article.

4. I’m tired (literally and figuratively) of the huge time differences…I definitely prefer to watch the Olympics live. And in two years, I’ll be pretty close to getting my wish – Rio will be much closer to our timezone than London, Sochi, or Seoul.

5. As much as we love the Winter Olympics, I couldn’t be happier that there are signs of a new season (Spring!) just around the corner. A little more daylight, a little more blue in the sky, slightly higher temperatures, and less snow and ice on the streets! What a breath of fresh air.

 

Friday Five February 7, 2014

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1. The Olympics are here – hip-hip-horray!  We moved our TV to the living room for a little while, just for this very special event. I am feeling a little bad for Bob Costas and his eye (and for those of us who have to look at it), but otherwise the Olympic spirit is alive and well!

2.  Also over the next two weeks, we have two good friends visiting from out of town.  We really are lucky ducks.

3. Tea: why not make my own?  First up, this.  Or maybe this.

4. I am very, very thankful that we have been healthy so far this year. It’s easy to take our health for granted, but after last fall – between the severe back pain and the respiratory-infection-from-the-underworld that required 3 weeks straight of Nyquil – I remember almost every morning what a blessing it is to be able to be healthy and pain-free.

5. What would a Friday Five be without a comment about the weather?  I’ll just say two things: 1) We are very fortunate that we never lost power (almost all my colleagues did), and 2) You know it’s been a rough winter when you look at the current weather on your phone in the morning and think “Oh, nice!  It’s already 24 degrees!”

 

Friday Five January 31, 2014

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 8:47 pm

It’s been a long one.

1. Every little cafe at every place of business has one dish that is far, far worse than it sounds like it will be. Today, I found that dish in the cafe in my building (a “crispy pancetta salad” which was neither crispy nor contained much pancetta). Ultimately, I ate a few bites, and then had a chocolate-covered pretzel for lunch instead.

2. The temperatures rose above freezing today! Woo-hoo!

3. We are DEFINITELY rooting for the Seahawks this week.  And by “we”, I mean “I”.  C (as usual) just hopes it is a good game (but he’ll probably have some Skittles, too).

4. This is a crazy story.  All I can say is, please be careful when carrying a Stradivarius across a dark parking lot.

5. Major drawback to growing up in the Evergreen State – I never learned to identify deciduous trees, like this one (a sycamore, perhaps?)

Major benefit: everything else (I think “Evergreen State” pretty much says it all.  None of this dreary mid-winter…well, maybe dreary, but at least there is green!)

Name the tree with the beautiful bark!

Name the tree with the beautiful bark!

 

 
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