This has been SUCH a busy week. Yesterday I was moving CONSTANTLY from 7am until 10:30pm. Work work work.
To pick up my saga where I left off (since I know you’d be disappointed if I didn’t :-P), on Tuesday I verified with our landlord that unfortunately a replacement washer is *not* included in our lease (boo), and then got to go washer shopping (whee?). I found one at a well-reviewed used appliance place for less than $200, the same model of Kenmore that my parents have. Our last set in St. Louis were Kenmores, too. I love those. You can’t kill ’em.
We ran a couple more errands on Tuesday, too, and I canned 4 quarts of the apples from last weekend’s adventure, into unsweetened applesauce. And I have this little doohicky that makes things go RIDICULOUSLY FAST!
I actually got it on clearance at Target at the end of last season, and I think it’s the best $13 I ever spent. I was able to core, peel and slice my whole pot full of apples in about 15 minutes. That usually takes me HOURS.
Our local grocery store also had 20-quart stock pots on sale for $4.99 each this week, so I picked up one of those and did Wednesday’s batch of applesauce in it, instead of my big Le Creuset pot. I was able to do 5 quarts of applesauce in one batch (cook the apples down in the stock pot, then heat the sauce in the Le Creuset). So two days work = 9 quarts of applesauce. And that’s less than half our haul!
Oh I do love canning.
I’ve also been making cinnamon rolls like there’s no tomorrow. I did one batch for us, and then decided to get on the neighbors’ good side by making a batch for them.
In a marked departure from tradition, I sprinkled just the tiniest hint of nutmeg on with the cinnamon and sugars, and then put some maple flavoring in the icing. It’s like eating fall. OM NOM NOM AUTUMN. (Here’s that recipe again, if you’re interested)
The new washer was delivered on Wednesday morning, and I spent all afternoon and evening chugging through the massive laundry pile that built up over the past two weeks. I’m *still* not all caught up, but a lot of that is because I’m doing a wash-strip-rinse-rinse-rinse-wash-strip-rinse-rinse-rinse on all the diapers (two loads), to try and get out all the built up detergent and ammonia that crappy old washer was (unbeknownst to us) failing to remove.
Don’t tell anybody, but I actually think stripping (and just normal laundering!) diapers is kind of fun. They’re so fluffy and soft and nice smelling!
Today, though, was the most exciting! First we got to go to the HYUNDAI DEALERSHIP! wheeeee!!! And we got to eat breakfast there (cheese sticks, granola and banana!), and play with A BASKETBALL! And Mama got her car fixed! And it was under WARRANTY!
Yeah, it’s not exciting. No matter how I spin it.
On a completely different (and legitimately exciting) note: Ohio Mart!
I had been looking forward to this for SO LONG, until Jeff and I actually looked at our calendars and realized that it conflicted with his cousin’s wedding in St. Louis. And given that Jeff has to go to that silly place called “work” every day to earn “money” so we can “eat” (Ugh. PRIORITIES, MAN.), he wouldn’t be able to go with us on Thursday or Friday.
Which meant that we had to have a Weekend Adventure in the middle of the week, with only 67% of the usual adventuring team. But we pressed on.
I present to you the finest photo ever taken at the festival’s interest:
Blurry back of a stranger’s head? Check!
Photographer’s finger in corner? Check!
Lack of discernible subject? Check-CHECK!
Simon was none too impressed, either.
Actually, that picture was taken about 15 minutes before this happened:
This was the perfect situation to have the stroller, BTW. No Jeff to help bear the load, a bunch of random crap to haul, and a baby who suddenly finds the wraps to be more exciting than sleep-inducing. So I wore him about half the time, and strolled him the rest.
I shouldn’t have been surprised about the demographics represented here, since we went on a Thursday morning and all. It was mostly retirees, “ladies who lunch”, and a handful of other young moms. All other things being equal, I think I prefer adventuring on weekends.
It was nice strolling on the beautiful grounds and window-shopping in the booths (a lot of the stuff wasn’t really my taste, but was pretty anyway). And then there was…the rest. Take the World’s Largest Assemblage of Fun Fur, for example.
That hurts my eyes. And my heart.
I also saw this craft, which falls in the category of “cute idea, crappy execution”:
I could see myself putting together something sort of like that (only better… ;-)), maybe in blue/white, for late winter? I’d use Lamb’s Pride Bulky or Lion Brand Thick ‘n Quick and do it a little more thicker and rustic looking. I can see it in my mind. It looks nice in there.*
But ANYWAY. The gardens! And the hall! I wish we could’ve gone inside (but I decided to save that for sometime when Jeff can come :)).
I think I’m going to doctor up this photo and make it my phone wallpaper.
Have I mentioned I love autumn?
I also love food (because duh). I pretty much gorged myself all day. With hot spiced cider!
And pumpkin roll!
I know I’ve said it before, but I’m seriously going to have to breastfeed forever so I can gluttonize guilt-free. Or else take up ultramarathons and/or Zumba once the last Hoopling is weaned. Probably ultramarathons. Less silly looking.
I’ll wrap up with a picture from the end of our visit (not coincidentally, about 5 minutes before it started pouring rain):
(My mom showed that to someone at her work, who said “He’s so sweet I could get diabetes just looking at that picture!” I concur, work lady. My wonderful sugary babyface!)
TWO SEPARATE groups of old ladies stopped behind me and started cajoling Simon to smile for the camera as he posed in this little setup. 😀
(I also texted that picture to Mona, Miss “Orange County winters are so cold!”, and she started chastising me for not having Simon bundled up enough in the harsh midwestern air. It was 75*! Silly California friend. I miss her :))
Yay for OhioMart!
Kathy, I only wish you could’ve come along 🙂 We’d have had a blast!
This has gotten long enough for tonight. Tomorrow I’ll show you my most exciting find from the festival.
What’s your favorite autumn activity? (we’re on the lookout for more weekend adventures…)
*THAT WAS A TEST. CAN YOU REMEMBER THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE, FRIENDS?!?!