Well, after long thought (OK, 17 seconds) I've decided the Hinkelgruber family menu should be brought to the web. A couple of things for you to remember: no substitutions (Charlie's not a short-order cook, after all), and change is inevitable - Charlie may not feel like cooking kim chee on a Tuesday! Oh, and there is one request: if you're joining us for dinner, please either call or text the Scary Lady (you know the number - if you don't, you're really not invited).
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
I have Molly, who is by far, my best and favorite friend...you know how Groucho Marx said, "...
a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.” She's the one in the next cell.
And, all the rest would be saying..."Hmmm, never saw that coming
But...we had Molly...we had Sam...we had Sarah...what a great evening!
Finally, new stories, new laughter, new friendliness. It was terrific! Yep - we drank too much, we ate too much, we laughed (less than enough!) and talked about stuff that wasn't the norm.
I even got a hug from both Sam and Sarah (sorry or maybe not sorry, Jeanette!) and my evening was complete.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
You want a king and queen? I nominate Barack and Michelle Obama. You want a queen and a queen consort? I nominate Michelle and Barack Obama. I don't care what order you put them, I'm willing to make them and their progeny American royalty (should that be "R"oyalty?) .
This woman is truly remarkable - she encourages young people, she encourages women - this documentary is wonderful! I listened to her book the moment it came out - tomorrow, I'll be listening to it again. Trust me - if you listen to it, you will believe she is your new best friend...and will want her to be your new best friend! I would love her to be Joe Biden's vice president - and I fully understand why she will/would say no...2028 is coming!
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
I'm still sewing masks - I have about 25 more to sew - this will bring the total to about 100 - people call me and ask, "Do you have masks I can buy?" Nope, you can't buy them, but I will happily give masks to people as long as I have fabric and elastic.
Oh, it's Cinco de Mayo - and we had a terrifically fun evening with Molly - margaritas on the deck (yeah, I drank too many), chips, salsa, guac, tacos. What a fun time! Oh, and for the record - the weather was 70 degrees, whispy clouds but beautiful.
Looking forward to tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
I'm not so good with the opening up. I get it that people want things to open up ... I know the economy can't take a shutdown of these proportions...but, what if we're wrong...
I am committing to walking in Laurelhurst Park tomorrow. I'll have a mask - if I feel I need it - I'm not yet ready to get on my bike. We shouldn't have to be this concerned. Donald Trump does not understand what the federal government is for - it's to protect all of us! I really want to be tested - have I had it, will I get it, how do we cope.
So...I'm still drinking too much - wine, gin - it's good! We'll see how long it lasts. As long as I call myself out, it's at least acknowledging I'm doing it. Oh, BTW, the COVID-20 is a real thing - not yet 20 pounds, but I'm heading hard to a 15-pound gain!
Sunday, April 26, 2020
I've made about 60 masks (OK, Sarah, in all honesty, you only got about 40 of them - I sent the others to friends who needed them). I'm thinking about doing a completely different May Day. When I was a kid, May Day meant you cut flowers, delivered them to neighbors, rang the doorbell and ran! This year, I'm thinking about doing just that - but wrapping a flower in a mask with a tag that says "May Day Masks!" Happy May Day!
Charlie has gotten a contracting gig! He's working for CDK for a while - and we're reaping the benefits! The benefits are more than just the money - he really needs a distraction. He has been spending too much time reading/watching Covid news. With him working - he's distracted!
This week, I'm going to set up my bicycle trainer - I need to start moving somehow - either on the road or on the porch. Putting it in writing - makes me commit to it.
Monday, April 20, 2020
So both Charlie and I have had "virtual" visits with physicians...whatever that means - "Hello, how are you...we're fine...what can I do for you...apparently nothing right now..." What that means is, we're basically healthy! We'll both be having follow-ups in May...or June, depending on how this whole thing plays out.
Still drinking ... trying to adopt the habit of no liquor after 7:00 pm PST ... so far, not so good! I think I'm going to have another gin drink ... gin and some kind of seltzer... Yep, I'll stop tomorrow!
Going to set up my bicycle trainer tomorrow...at least I'll start moving more...
Friday, April 17, 2020
Even as I post this I'm crying (full disclosure, I've had a couple of martinis so that might be helping to fuel the tears..) but he shaved his head....
Sam was almost two before I took him for his first haircut - he had beautiful blond curls and I couldn't bear to cut them. I listened to people ridicule me - fuck them - I loved the curls and I kept them. Finally, I decided it was time to cut them and I took him to a barber - and he hated it! He squirmed and cried - but after he had his haircut, he strutted like a boy! Even my parents said, "He's not a baby anymore - he's a boy!"
I love and adore both my boys - but the rebel, Nick, you can have a shaved head - Sammy, you need to grow back that hair!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
We got our "stimulus" checks today - so at least April and May will likely be OK. Anyway....
Joe Biden will be our nominee - thank god - we'll be campaigning strongly for him and against the damn orange stain. My liver really will not survive another four years of that 13-year old (yep, I know I'm repeating myself - again).
I have about 75 face masks to complete once I get some elastic - it's scheduled to arrive in the next five days - then I have to decide if I'll make more. I'm letting Sarah decide that...I have Halloween fabric, Christmas fabric and muslin left. I'll make as many as she wants.
So, what do I want to do as soon as the quarantine lifts? I want to go get a beer...and have someone hand it to me.(Belmont Station - I'm coming!) ...I want to go out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants (3-Doors Down - please don't fold!?!)...I want to get my hair cut (Erin - I'm coming back) and I want to get my facial hair taken care of (Shubha - I want a threading and, let's go all out, and to get a facial). So, bottom line is, I want first world comforts back. Truthfully, I just want the mundane to return. I want to ride a bicycle and not worry if I fall off and need to go to an urgent care, I can. I want to go on a walk without worrying if I should cross the street or make sure I'm wearing a mask. I just want the everyday to come back.
More later - I have to get more gin! (Yep, still drinking too much!)
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Sunday, April 12, 2020
It's Easter - and we celebrated as we have always celebrated since the boys have been adults - we did family dinner! Well, this year family dinner consisted of Duane and I and Molly...
The weather was gorgeous! A sunny Sunday that I got to spend the better part of the day sitting on the porch, listening to an audio book and watching people (many of whom were wearing masks) walk by. Apparently, the house across the street on the corner is garnering more interest, because this weekend we saw at least three couples look at it. I'm pretty sure an offer was put on it by one couple - I'll let you know later.
I'm listening to about one book every other day (that's two books every three days!) I've decided I'm going to have to actually"read" a book next week, just so we don't go broke on Audible (although, in all honesty, I've been using the library extensively - and, yep, that's the one tax measure I'll be voting YES on in November!).
I've been baking - coconut macaroons and honey-bunny cakelets. I'm pretty certain that between the increase in eating baked goods and drinking (wine, gin, vodka, rye) I'm going to top 200 pounds by the end of this shit-show!
Well, until next time - Happy Easter - they're saying we'll likely be quarantined until the end of May...
Thursday, April 2, 2020
- Melissa (I've borrowed jigsaw puzzles);
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Nope, he didn't. He had his experts tell him that best case is 200,000 Americans would die and worst case is 2,000,000 Americans would die. You really think he was thinking about the country? Nope, again. He was seeing BODY BAGS! And body bags is BAD optics! Yes, I know, plural with "is" is not grammatically correct!
This is a man who has NO EMPATHY or feeling for anyone other than himself (read: NARCISSIST).
He called himself a WAR president because the coronavirus is a War! But, he's merely trying to secure himself in history as a war president. He's a coward! My brothers both served in wars. He's no hero, no war president. The best thing that can happen to this country is that he is defeated in November. War presidents meet body bags - prepare yourself, Donald Trump - the body bags are coming!
Thursday, March 26, 2020
- Buick/GM and their "we'll give you free On-Star and three months no-payment/no finance;
- All the drug companies: A-1-C, metastatic breast cancer,
- Lexus - we're here for you;
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- Clean the office. OK, so it's not quite to the "OMG! There's a hoarder living here," point. But, almost. Today, I spent about 2-hours and I'll spend another 2-hours tomorrow and probably 2-hours Thursday, also.
- Did you know you can actually become tired of watching television? Well, you can!
- Books - I can read with my eyes (not so many books available in the house) but I do have an almost unlimited number of books I can listen to - thank goodness.
- Baking - I'm going to bake something later this week - Duane and I can only eat so much so I have to wait until I can foist it onto someone who is willing to visit us.
Friday, March 20, 2020
I went to Costco today to get what I typically get at Costco - wine, cheese, a few snack items, some tuna fish, some laundry detergent... and it was just a little weird - some folks getting two baskets full of stuff (honestly, I go about every month, and NEVER see one person there with TWO baskets for product).
I"m trying to keep everything in perspective, but I'm not certain I can.
OMG - I'm Reese Witherspoon in Little Fires Everywhere...
OMG - white, upper-middle-class guilt is real!