While the chocolate/hazelnut gelato was delicious, it was really just wonderful chocolate gelato with pieces of chopped hazelnut in it. Not bad, in fact it was quite good, just not the nirvana I was expecting. It needed more of the hazelnut praline taste that the hazelnut flavor had. It got me to thinking, a hazelnut gelato Drumstick would be awesome... take a waffle cone, line with chocolate, fill with hazelnut gelato, dip top in chocolate, sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Pinko suggested I figure out a way to get some Frangelico in there.
I scored some hazelnut gelato the other day... it was a near-death experience. The only thing that would have made it better was if it had a little bit of chocolate with it. Well... today, I scored some chocolate, hazelnut gelato. If you don't hear from me again, you'll know why.
I first had the chocolate/hazelnut combo as a child when my father's business associates from afar would send cookies that had a hazelnut/chocolate ganache filling. It has been nirvana for me ever since. And now, now I've finally located a wonderful gelato.
There are many reasons why a person should not go for a swim in the Chicago River. I never trust a body of water where some of the fish are not only glowing, but are also sporting a pair of legs and perhaps an extra eye or two. They also say if you take a dip, you'll need massive amounts of medicine to stave off your impending doom. Heck, even a boat ride can prove perilous.
Well today there's another kind of impending doom... they just pulled out a living 6ft alligator. Yep, a large, hungry alligator. Next time anyone takes the architectural river tour, I'd think twice about dangling your fingers over the side.
It's not too late! Brando and TLB are still lollygagging around Brando's blog, basking in all of the pre-baby love and advice people have to give. Go on over and share your two cents or just wish them well. TBD will arrive tomorrow and gawd knows we'll get a chance to talk with them again!
We were originally going to hold Brando's and TLB's blog baby shower next Thursday evening. That seemed to be the date when most people were available. Well, TLB's Dr had other ideas and it seems that TBD's birth will be induced that very day so TLB will no doubt be very busy, as will Brando. Here's what we're going to do instead... Brando is going to have an open thread on Wednesday, kind of like an open house. You may stop by at any point to share your good wishes, words of wisdom or caution, at any point during the day. Brando and TLB will be awaiting your comments with bated breath.
For those of you who would like to shower TBD with material goodness, the expectant parents are registered at Target and Babies R Us. Brando said gift cards (to be used to purchase endless packs of diapers!) to those places would be nice, especially Target cards as they actually have one in their town. He also suggested Amazon. Gifts do not need to be limited to those locations. It'd be a shame to waste this blogging community's imagination. I'm sure Brando can't wait to see "Baby's First Ghost Melon" or "Billy Pilgrim's Book of First Cuss Words" ... illustrated of course. Some of you may also wish to wait until we know what flavor TBD turns out to be.
Mark your calendars and be sure to stop by Brando's on Wednesday, June 18th. Be sure to continue stopping by Brando's blog after June 18th... I'm sure he'll take it to levels of sweetness and hilarity we've not yet seen before.
Awhile back a number of blogs put up the quiz, "Which World Leader Are You?" I was Bill Clinton... don't ask. I let the lamblets take it. My eldest was totally bummed when she came up as Saddam Hussein. My youngest got JFK. Ever since, she's been smitten with JFK. She wrote one of her 2nd grade papers on JFK. Yes, 2nd graders write papers.
Well, today is the youngest lamblet's b-day. She is 8!! All great things come to those who are 8! One of those things was a gift from her goofy godmother/cousin... it's the official JFK Talking Action Figure! The youngest lamblet and the talking JFK doll are now playing Sonic Tennis together. I don't hear much talking...
Happy Birthday as well to AIF!!! He's an old man of 25. AIF took the world leader sometime back. I seem to recall him getting Hitler or Hussein. I wonder if he got one of their talking action figures...
On a completely different note... I just got back from the store and must say, today is the first day that grocery store prices scared me. As I was pulling out from the store, I came to a red light and had a good long time to stare at the gas station where gas was $4.19 a gallon. I actually thought this was kind of good. The last time I filled up it was $4.26.
As most people know, Brando and TLB are expecting TBD in a mere matter of weeks... we're in the midst of trying to nail down a time for a blog baby shower. I'll post as soon as a mutual time is decided upon. I've got a fair amount of responses, but no time has been settled on as of yet, so if you want to weigh in, now is the time to do it.
We've been hit with intense storms which are not only causing sporadic blackouts, but are also messing with my already feeble computer. Blogging could become even more random than it's been. A new computer is waiting in the wings, but we need to salvage numerous things from this one before putting it out to pasture. Unfortunately, this one is not recognizing out f-drive where all things were stored for safe keeping currently reside.
One thing that I did manage to save and retrieve was a post I had started last week... I'm putting it up now in unedited form for fear that if I take the time to edit, we'll have another blackout and it will be lost... Without further ado and without further editing or blackouts, here it is.
My eldest lamblet asked me
not to long ago if she could read To Kill a Mockingbird. She had spied my copy
on the shelf and said she had heard about it and was curious. My initial answer
was a yes, she’s a mature reader. I then caught myself and had to think back to
exactly what went on… even if you’re a mature reader, you’re not always ready
for everything. I finally said it was ok.It got me thinking though, I was definitely NOT asking my parents what I
could read at this age (my eldest lamblet just finished the 6th
grade). I recall reading select parts of the Godfather at her age. I usually
read pretty safe stuff, but there were also 4 children who came before me and 2
parents who were all leaving their reading material around. I read what I
wanted… which leads me to ask, why is she asking? I’m not a very controlling
parent. I am concerned with kids getting too much too soon, but also realize
that finding out the ways of the world from a good book is a very good way to
expand ones view.
So… why did she ask? I often
know what she’s reading since I walk past her as she’s reading and see it, or I
ask her what she’s reading or I have to help her locate the book, but I can’t
think of one time when I said no to what she had. The only time I checked
(aside from this) on the appropriateness of a book was when she was reading a
series and her teacher had said to the class that they may want to wait a year
or so before reading the 3rd installment. I emailed the teacher to
see what the worry was about and to ask if reading it with my lamblet would be
ok (she really liked the series and wanted to read the 3rd book).
The teacher said it would be no problem for the lamblet so I still don’t know
what the issue was.
My youngest daughter will
probably not ask so maybe it’s just a personality thing. My eldest lamblet is
much more of a rule-follower. Or course my youngest lamblet probably won’t give
a hoot about what books are about. Getting her to read it would be like asking
her to sit still. I fear that with her I’ll be saying no to other activities
like driving a vehicle before she hits double digits or deciding since the
garage roof is flat, it would be a nice place to hang out.
But back to the reading
selection du jour… my eldest lamblet was about 30 pages in when she said, “What
a cool book!” She’s right. I can’t remember all of it I’m ashamed to say. I
haven’t read it in nearly 30 years, but I do remember plowing through it. I
remember where I was sitting and remember reading it in one day. One of the
reasons I read it in one day was because I had to read it for Lit class and
had put it off. The other reason was that I didn’t want to put it down.
Even if I re-read the book
and got more from it than I did the first time, I’ll never read it the same way
again. I’m feeling almost envious of all the books the lamblet has to discover.
I’ve re-read many favorites over the years and have found that time and
experience has added to my appreciation, but still, there’s nothing like the
first time with permission or without.