Jan. 12th, 2009

2eclipse: (brainy chic)
sore today.
sore in the way that ben gay doesn't help.(LOVE BEN GAY)
i learned a lot yesterday.
things like -even though i can reach the ceiling pushing the drywall up is REALLY painful and i am just a wee bit too short.
things like -100 year old houses have lots of 100 year old dust when you take bits of them apart. my neti pot saved me this morning, but i really should have used it last night as well.
things like -oh THIS is why we got the hot tub! this is why it is worth it in the cold ahhh yes...

instead of crashing out and nursing soreness when i get home, ross and i get to put up more drywall today. tomorrow i am going to the gym and hanging out with heather keiweg. wednesday well....i am hoping the drywall will all be up.
but before the inspector comes we have to have everything up that is going up (we don't have QUITE enough to do all of the stairs/entryway), everything mudded and taped (which takes several steps), and a primer put on. that way it won't look like it was under construction quite so obviously. this is important, because in minnesota you have to have a permit to do anything to your house inside or out. it is a real pain in the rear and this is a big state for DIY people. in my experience, people get the permits when they do outdoor work, but not indoor. because unless you have an inspector in your house, no one will know anyway. still, it is annoying that they want to dictate to you what you can do in your own house.

i did make up an awesome recipe last night. i am quite proud, although i think i will use less sesame and peanut oil next time.
asian chicken
2 large cut up chicken breasts
enough green beans for 3-4 people
1/3 bag egg noodles
1/2 cup hoisun sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 TBSP worceister sauce
3 TBSP soy sauce
1 8 oz can water chestnuts
1 TBSP sesame seeds
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 cup water

set the up the water for the egg noodles but don't start it yet. in a large tall-rimmed skillet, brown the chicken in the peanut oil (about 8 minutes). when a piece cut through the center is no longer pink, add water and continue to braise at medium-high heat. in a separate bowl, wisk together hoisun sauce, worceister, rice vinegar, soy, & sesame oil. wash and snap ends off green beans, cover with a little soy and let sit. somewhere in here you can also start the water for the noodles and add them when you have a rolling boil. when the water is almost gone, add the green beans, water chestnuts and sauce. stir these together for about four minutes. drain your noodles. sprinkle chicken mixture with sesame seeds and serve over noodles.
if you want things a bit spicer, you could add minced ginger and garlic to the sauce as well as 1 tsp pepper flakes).
2eclipse: (brainy chic)
This particular Sunday sermon... 'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?'
2eclipse: (brunette)
have i mentioned that we have windchills from -30 to -13 tonight?
also ross and i finished getting drywall up in the basement tonight.
we start on the entryway wednesday.

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