Friday, 29 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
As many of you may know, Cambridge was founded in 1209, and January 18(?), 2009 marked the beginning of Cambridge University’s 800th year. This means that January 18th, 2010 marked the end of the 800th anniversary… to honor the occasion, the University decided to put on a light show, which is the only logical thing to do. It turned out to be really cool, better than a Billy Idol concert, but not quite Stevie Nicks if you know what I’m sayin’. They basically projected flowing images onto some of the more famous buildings around Kings College. There were images of some historic Cambridge students, quotes, thesis titles, the current research in nanotechnology, and other things that look cool on buildings. Here are some pics from the event:
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
This is a picture of a recently empty bottle of balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico for my culinary minded friends). We go through quite a bit of balsamic vinegar, because we typically dip bread in it when we have baguettes with dinner, which is very often (or at least more often than I bathe).
The wonderful concoction inside this bottle, however, as you might be able to tell, is not Balsamic vinegar. It is, in fact, something very different. It is homemade, and its ingredients feature some of the more famous names in the ingredient world: Tabasco, Worcestershire, and the superstar, Bourbon. That’s right folks… I made my own barbecue sauce tonight, and it was a beautiful thing. Candice got me a BBQ recipe book for Christmas, and I’ve been busy making from scratch a marinade and BBQ sauce. I bought ribs today from a butcher nearby and I’m marinating them overnight… yum. Then I’ll baste them in the BBQ sauce every 30 minutes while I cook them… double yum.
Anyway, after cooking the BBQ sauce until it was just thick enough to coat your tongue with heavenly goodness, I needed an appropriate receptacle for my UK Masterpiece. So I chose this. Not bad, I thought. But how am I going to get this into the fridge? You see, our fridge is dorm-sized, and we got a HUGE grocery order delivered today… so it’s packed.
What would you do? Your staring at a fridge that literally won’t hold another thing. You could try to reorganize, but your wife has already done that today, and there’s not a square inch of wasted space.
I did what any sensible person would do… I grabbed the orange juice box and started drinking. Then when I had had enough… I did what any genius person would do. I poured the rest in a glass and brought it to my wife, saying, “Here, honey, I thought you might like something to drink while you watch Project Runway.”
And wouldn’t you know it… the OJ carton left just the right amount of space for me to slip in “Bullard’s Bourbon BBQ Brilliance.”
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Another thing, you know that feeling you get if you have to wake up really early in the morning... like when you get up to catch a flight or something and it's 4am and you just feel nauseated and lightheaded? Well, when it's time to get up, start the day, and have your bowl of frosted mini-wheats at 9am, Steve starts to feel like he's gonna puke, saying, "Gal dern, man, whatd'ya think yer doin' eatin' cereal at three in the mornin'!" And then I say, "Catch up, bloke, we're in bloody England and you can't talk like that here!"
I've tried to medicate, but there's no fooling Steve. He doesn't care how much Nyquil you've had; he just wants to eat when it's time to eat and sleep when it's time to sleep. And so do I for Pete's sake... SO! DO! I!
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
It snowed (a lot) in Ardmore on Christmas Eve and our nephews Dalton and Rylan REALLY wanted to build a snowman. This was actually a few days later, so there wasn't a ton of snow left, but Uncle Collin gave it his best shot!
We went to Idabel to see my Daddy and his side of the family. We had a great time visiting, eating Tex-Mex(!), and playing wii!
As our trip to Oklahoma draws to a close, we're very thankful for all the time we've gotten to spend with family. I think we're ready to be back at home in Cambridge, which is good because we leave on Friday. It's tough to time a trip perfectly, but I think we've stayed the perfect number of days: plenty of time to see everyone, not so short that you're not ready to leave, and long enough to get a little bit restless to be back in your own bed. That way, when it's time to get on the plane, you can say, "It was good to be back, but it's time to go home."