1. Tomorrow, my maternity leave is over. And I really ought to be in bed by 11. So I have 15 minutes to write a (late) Quick Takes, because my maternity leave is over and I need to stop slacking off now.
2. The Hatch pepper festival is going on this week. I made copy cat Chuy’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom enchiladas on Thursday for the roleplaying group, then went right back to the store on Friday and bought six pounds of fresh Hatch peppers for Mike to roast and me to freeze in enchilada sauce sized packets. We were out of town Saturday and then it rained most of the afternoon Sunday, so they’re still lying spread out (unroasted) on the table next to me so they won’t go all moldy before we can get them cooked.
I’m not doing six pounds of peppers one by one over the burner. That is a guaranteed disaster in the making.
3. I have also conquered the boogeyman that is mexican rice! And it’s stupidly easy! I’ve been working on learning to make good, restaurant quality mexican rice and after ten+ years, I’ve mastered it. My last attempt, which was decent, centered on tossing in some of our fresh pico/salsa into the rice to cook with the chicken stock. That was okay, and I’d frozen a bunch for future batches of rice. But then I apparently had thrown those out (???) and didn’t have time (or enough dishes) to make more pico, so I used jarred salsa instead. And oh man, it was good. Walkthrough coming soon.
4. I’m going back to work just for six or seven weeks, till the end of September. It finishes out my ten years (!!!) in the lab, and it lets me tidy up loose ends that didn’t get tidied before I had Raphael all of a sudden. Then I’ll be staying home with the boys. I missed David a lot when I went back to work, and it turns out I can’t quite face missing both of them at once. Even when David is hell bent on driving me completely bonkers.
5. And since David is also due to start kindergarten this year, we’re starting to homeschool him this year too. My kindergarten goals are very simple: he has to learn to read and write, we have to make a decent beginning on conversational Spanish (since I don’t speak it either), and he has to memorize his address, several important phone numbers, and basic prayers/Mass parts.
Texas requires civics to be taught as well, but I consider that subject to have been accidentally completed over the summer when he memorized the constitutional preamble.
6. Speaking of memorization, the kid is a memorizing fiend. I’m going to have to write out everything for him in order to teach him to read. He memorized Library Lion in only three readings and I woke up one morning at 6:30am with him sitting on the floor next to my bed reciting it. The kid is scary.
7. One more take….
I finally watched the Avengers. It was pretty good. The Hulk was great, stole every scene, even when he was Bruce Banner. Between that and all the Justice League I’ve been watching, I have a theory on why some superhero movies/comics flop and others don’t. But it’ll have to wait for another time.
8 minutes past my deadline. Drat. Goodnight.