Thursday, March 23, 2006

St. Patty's Bash and Jamboree Supreme: sliced digits and pots upon pots of boiled cabbage

16 people (it was a lot). All around our table eating corned beef and cabbage (plus green jello and salad with "green goddess" dressing). Dyeing your beer green was optional (and proved to also stain teeth). Four burners glowing and two crock pots chugging away (and a batch of rolls in the oven). In the flurry of last minute cooking, I sliced away a part of the tip of my index finger (don't worry, I washed the cabbage off). Our friends, Ian and Kate, helped chop the rest of the onions and cabbage while I was bandaged up by "Dr." Keith (he had to put a lot of gauze on it so my finger looked a little like a cartoon character's bulbous finger).

It was a fine night. Andi colored in placemats, Maria sported her Guinness hat, and Keith looked decidedly dressed for the occassion. We all ate in a long banquet table and talked and stuffed ourselves. Ah. Then we split into various games of darts and Dutch Blitz as well as Try-to-See-How-Many-Leftovers-You-Can-Fit-in-the-Fridge.

I had some more leftovers today for lunch (cabbage is still coming out of our ears).

So, here are some pictures - enjoy!

Full banquet table!

Emily with perhaps a little too much St. Patty spirit?

Green Goddess! (and salad dressing - just kidding - that's Andi)

Risky dartboard maneuvers.
Cartoon finger.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

birthday bash: half-frosted cakes and decorated place mats

With a new year of my life starting, I finally decided: no more mass e-mails which I never actually get around to writing! No more feeling guilty about sending people long updates which they might not want! Now the power is in your hands - you may or may not check up on me as often or inoften as you like! So, to get started:

My birthday was great - my roommates kept making little references about it all day long
(i.e. I got into a car and it became the "birthday wagon" and giving me cool cards covered with goats or handdrawn birthday cakes). I came home to a gorgeous bunch of Gerber daisies waiting on the table for me - thanks to Mike and Abby. We all ate out at a Thai restaruant which was delicious and I received an awesomely decorated place mat with me and a goat on a Thai houseboat compliments of Andi. And then we went next door to Borders and bummed around (me in the children's picture books section).

To top it all off, we came home to Black Forest Cake which I enjoyed making (and eating) -
unfortunately, I was a little short on whipping cream so the cake was only half festooned with extra sugar.

Times are good!
Oh - and I started batiking this weekend - I'm excited to have several projects going for different people!

Well, I can't be too long winded - I'm going to go watch Monsoon Wedding.