Have finalized a slate one-sheet that isn’t as pretty as what a graphic designer would do but gets the information across. Lots of information. Even brief bios for four candidates take up a lot of space. Hm. Ah well — it’ll do for tonight — heading out to the school board candidate forum hosted by League of Women Voters; figure there may be a place to leave some info, or hand out to folks, even though this forum isn’t for the library board.
Kids’ school closed for President’s Day, so they came in with us — they’re old enough now that they can just hang out and watch tv on my office computer while I teach a class (and then I gave them lunch and passed them off to Kevin). That last photo kills me — if you look closely, you can see two little figures disappearing into the crowd of college students. Eep. Only eight more years for Kavya. I’m not ready.
Found a caterer for the anniversary party, whee! We’re going with Jewell catering. Favorites: crab cakes, Thai beef skewers, tuna tartare cones, veggie samosas, panko-crusted chicken with capers, red-skinned mashed potatoes, lemon chiffon thingies. They had a fancier name than thingies, but you get the idea. We’ll be tweaking the rest of the menu some, but those are definitely staying in — delish. Thanks to Mary Robinette for coming along to taste with me. Much fun.
The unseasonably warm weather meant that we broke out the grill. I’m a good cook with curries and such, but I need more practice with grilling. I think bigger shrimp would’ve worked a bit better — these got slightly dried out (but fine in sauce, and will be fine mixed in a caesar salad with dressing). Everything got tossed in olive oil, salt, and a generous amount of white pepper.
I put all the veggies in a grill pan, which was okay, but they didn’t char that much in there — I think next time, I’ll keep the eggplant slices, red onion, and bell pepper pieces big, so they can just sit on the grill directly. But the grill pan was good for the asparagus, carrot pieces, and mushrooms.
I’m mostly just being finicky. Overall, it was delicious and very more-ish. I had planned to toss the veggies in balsamic vinegar, but we were out! But it wasn’t too hard to make a quick lemon-mustard sauce, delicious with a glass of prosecco.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend today’s class because there was a bomb threat to my local mosque. We are relocating all our neighbors and families to a different mosque and also having a huge prayer so I will not be able to come in. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for understanding.”
– from one of my UIC students today (2/17/17), reposted with permission
Sometimes fighting for social justice is colorfully delicious. (Cookies for Saturday’s LGBT clothing swap fundraiser. I needed some baking therapy.)
Feeling frustrated that my lower belly has developed seromas (accumulations of fluid) post-reconstruction surgery — they are harmless, but somewhat achy, and exercising much at all, even walking, makes them hurt more, so I’m not sure if it’s okay to exercise. I meet with the doc again on Tuesday, so I’ll see what he says, but I’ve gained a bit of weight the last two weeks, and that combined with the soreness (and this damned administration) has made me cranky.