Sunday, October 10, 2010

Random Thoughts

On Saturday I made the highly questionable choice to fly to Chicago for three days with my 2-year-old (yes, exactly 24-months) and my four-month-old. Three people + two seats + four hours in the skies x two legs = massive potential disaster. Unfortunately for the blog BOTH my boys were absolute dreams on each flight. Which is good in that it means that I may attempt air travel again in the future, but bad in that it (somewhat surprisingly) gives me nothing to write about this week.

Perhaps I can ask you to content yourselves with this brief series of entirely random and perhaps deeply mediocre observations. How 'bout it?

The Fall:

I have just noticed that in the last month I have started falling down. Like, a lot. Now, I'm not talking about your regular run-of-the-mill stumbles. I'm telling you that in the last four weeks I have taken no less than three SPECTACULAR spills. Like, I'm walking along happily and then with no warning, I trip. I proceed to fly through the air superman style before crashing to Earth with a thud. Then, the rolling begins. WHAT IS THIS HIDEOUS NEW DEVELOPMENT?

So far my two leading theories (thanks for your help Yahoo! answers) are either I am having a series of small strokes that have so far gone undetected, OR that I seriously need to start getting more sleep. I'll let you know what develops. In the mean time, if you see me rolling by please do lend me a hand getting back to my feet.

Helpful Hint:

Hi there business men behind me in line at the LAX security checkpoint on Saturday morning! Just a quick note: When you saw me attempting to free my two kids from the double stroller, then somehow contain them while I lugged said stroller's now-empty carcass onto the belt while simultaneously removing my liquids for inspection, you chose to ignore my plight. Which I guess I can excuse. Hey, I made the choice to undertake this vaguely impossible task, so why should I suddenly make it your problem, right? I get it. But, when you decided to view my distress as the perfect opportunity to CUT ME IN LINE, I gotta say guys, you lost me. I am forced to conclude that both of you DEEPLY SUCK AS PEOPLE. Thank you for your time.

In Closing:

I joined the CSA! This means that every two weeks I will picking up a new box of fresh veggies from a bunch of wacky hippies! Then I shall consume those veggies with my soon to be healthy and thriving children! As you can tell, I am strangely excited by the prospect. I clearly believe that the simple act of participating in community supported agriculture will somehow magically transform me into my greatest pioneer self!

I'll be living off the land!

I'll be partaking in whole foods!

I'll be eating things like beets! (OK, maybe not the part with the beets. I'm not really gonna eat those.)

Wish me luck!

Oh, and do feel free to let me know if you have any idea what to do with six graffiti eggplant and a pound of kale.


  1. I like to stick behind the family in the TSA line. I provide a barrier between them and all the pointedly sighing people. And TSA wants to get the line moving again, so they're less likely to pick me for a random scan.

    As for the eggplants, I'd chuck 'em. But I'll take all your yummy beets and the kale, too.

    We make a simple-ish dish with kale. Put a little garlic and oil in a pan. Fry up some chicken breast meat (cut into 1-inch chunks or so). Remove chicken from pan. Put in kale. Fry in remaining oil and garlic until it's much smaller. Then toss the chicken back in and pour on some tomato sauce. Add a few spices (oregano, basil, whatever you've got), and serve it over brown rice or some sort of pasta.

    Also, with the kale, it's quite important to cut out the stem from the giant leaves. All the frills are good once you've cooked them, but the stem remains woody and unpleasant.

  2. Your drama-free flight gives me hope for my future! I have yet to fly with my 21-month-old, and now I feel like a wimp for not even trying.

    My best suggestion for kale = crispy kale!
    Just tear it into bite-sized pieces, toss with olive oil, spread out on a baking sheet (parchment paper is helpful too), and bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes until they get crispy but not too brown. I like sprinkling with salt and parmesan to ensure my toddler will eat it.

  3. Thanks for the recipes! I actually tried the crispy kale. I was successful in getting my husband to eat it but NOT my toddler. I'm impressed!

  4. Eggplant is really good grilled! Slice into 1/2-inch slices, brush with olive oil or your favorite salad dressing, and grill until they're soft -- goes great with grilled lamb chops, or on sandwiches. A sort of souvlaki I learned from my days working in a Greek neighborhood: grill chunks of lamb and eggplant and serve on pita or naan with tzatziki sauce (which you can buy) Very fast and easy.

  5. Hi Meg,

    Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen always shares recipes on BlogHer with an ingredient theme.

    Here's her roundup of kale recipes:

    kale chip recipes:

    and eggplant recipes:

  6. Meg, your friends are entirely too healthy. Take the kale and trade it for pork rinds!

  7. I've blanched and then stir fried kale with some garlic an olive oil, at the end adding some dried cranberries. As for eggplant, just last night, I sliced some and placed the slices on a baking sheet. I drizzled on some olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme and then baked for 45 minutes at 375. It was good. If you're interested, I've got a great recipe for a quick and easy (compared to the real way you make it) moussaka.


  8. I found you through CIRCLE OF MOMS and I'm so glad I did! I LOVE your humor! I hope after the businessman passed you in line that you bribed someone to switch seats so you could put your child directly behind him with instructions to kick his chair for the entire flight. As far as the falling down thing? Isn't that just what we call "physical comedy"? No? So I shouldn't be laughing? Sorry!