Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Summoning the Storm

It's March. We're over winter.

The problem is, winter was pretty much a rip-off. We've been sorely lacking in inclement weather. No blowing and drifting. No trees cloaked in ice. Nothing but bitter cold interspersed with general wimpery.

I sort of felt like today might be our last chance. The weather people were saying things like, "We could get truck loads of snow or maybe a teaspoon or two. This storm is unpredictable!"

So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

First Stop > Public library.
We bundled Charles into some warm jammies and off we went.
We grabbed 4 movies (kids), 2 mags (me), 4 books (moi) and dashed out the door to pick up the bigs. 

There were so many other things I wanted to look for. I knew the Bigs would be bummed that I didn't get them any books. I'd just rather they not read, that's all. I'm not a big proponent of kids reading.

Either that, or I was running wayyyy late.
Do you know me at all? Then you know to err on the side of lateness. Always.

Here's the irony.

No really, the train. It's my 10,000th spoon.

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on me, alright. We moved to the wrong side of the tracks and I now contend with this darn thing many, many times a day. I almost think of it as a neighbor and that's no laughing matter. It has a personality. Multiple personalities. Today's? Lethargic. Long-winded. Mopey, even.

Crazy train.

Sometimes I love it.

But not when I'm already running late for the Bigs.
Back me up, people. It was all in the name of The Storm!

When I picked them up Calvin said, "Mommy! We almost had to go sit in the office!"
Homeboy's got a lot to learn about the irrelevance of  "almost".

Now that we live a stone's throw from all kinds of fast food, we almost never go.
But today we're looking for a blizzard, so eating one was the only logical conclusion.

The kids screamed when I told them. Then Ruby had a change of heart and almost cried when I didn't let her get a cheeseburger. Mean.

 (Be honest, would you mess with this kid and his pink-pajama-clad Charles? Me, either.)

I straight-up love my people.
Storm or no storm, it felt good to shake up the routine.
It felt good to wedge into the circle booth and be interested about the large and prolific Oreos in their blizzards. It was fun hearing about their days in a different venue while the falling snow outside made us jittery .

But storm, dangit. STORM!

We did homework and I started dinner - any guesses? Soup. Duh, right?
True story, it won't blizzard unless you have soup bubbling in a pot. (Or as Calvin would say with his index finger pointed up, "Point of fact...")

Are you wondering about the furniture situation?

We inherited my in-laws loveseat and it lives in the toy room now as "The Reading Couch." We hauled it out Friday for our company then never found the initiative to scoot it back in.

The kids seemed to enjoy sitting inches from the TV with their necks cocked at inconvenient angles.

And it clearly brings my fussy boys together. Calvin offered to let Silas pick which DVD they watched first. Of course Silas chose Caillou to all of our collective disdain and here's what I have to say about that: OMW, shut your trap, Caillou!

Fingernails on a chalk-board. It never used to bother me.

(Am I aging? Aged?)

The soup was wonderful paired with a nice Pig-In-A-Blanket.
After dinner the kids played in the snow while I folded laundry. (Go, Daddy!)

It seems the so-called "storm" is already fizzling, but it sure was fun while it lasted.

Cheesy Vegetable Soup
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded carrot
2 stalks celery, finely chopped 
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 cups chopped cauliflower
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 cloves minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth
3 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1.5 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk

Melt butter and cook onion, carrot, celery until soft on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for another minute or so. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low boil and cook until potatoes are softened.

Mix flour with water and add to soup. Allow to thicken for a few minutes. Add broccoli and cauliflower, milk, 2-3 dashes bottled hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium or medium low until veggies are soft. Add shredded cheese and stir until melted.