Friday, December 15, 2017

Twelve 12 of 12s

a recap of 12 of 12 posts from 2017

January: Working from home with Booty.
February: Dinner at Singh Thai on Lake Anne.
March: Alice tries out the Oculus Rift.
April: First one in the new office space gets to choose the best desk location.
May: When did this happen?
June: Nurturing our new fig tree.
July: Feeding Maia at 6 days old.
August: Learning all about ring birds and ring worms.
September: Conceptually grasping the concept of grasping.
October: Maia's daily nature walks.
November: Bath time.
December: Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

7:01 AM: Showered and ready for work.
7:09 AM: Arriving at the office.
8:31 AM: Someone's hungry for breakfast.
8:45 AM: Breakfast for Dad.
10:56 AM: Back from a Costco run.
12:14 PM: Happy in the swing while grandparents visit and Amber eats.
2:51 PM: Helping me locate the burnt out bulbs.
4:19 PM: The daily nature walk has moved into the mall because of the cold. There are way fewer deer here.
5:08 PM: Helping me wrap presents.
5:22 PM: Bottle service.
6:16 PM: Taking advantage of the (strictly enforced) hour-long evening nap.
7:45 PM: Prepping some stuffed peppers for dinner.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Songs of the Enrichment Jungle, Volume III

This next batch of songs does not revolve around characters in the Enrichment Jungle, but they'll be included in the same anthology when it goes to print.

The Nap Song: This is the song I used to regularly hum to Maia to get her to nap in the joey pouch while walking around the basement. When you get to the end, you repeat it ad nauseum. Most of the notes are staccato so you can hum it while out of breath on the nature park hill. She has since transitioned to 70s funk jazz as a soporific, but this still gets hummed occasionally.

Poop Bike: This is the song I use when Maia is working on her outputs. In measures 1 - 3 and 5 - 6, you should be gyrating the baby's legs as if she is on a tiny bicycle. In measure 4 and 7, you should accentuate each beat with unison leg presses. Like any good rhythm game, you may get a reward for the proper moves.

Other Posts in This Series: Volume I | Volume II | Volume III

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Recipe Day: Fish Tacos

Makes enough for 2 - 3 people, depending on how voracious your appetites are.

Ingredients

  • Marinade
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon Old Bay
    • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • White Sauce
    • 3 tablespoons whole yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons light mayo
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound of a boring fish you wouldn't normally eat, like tilapia.
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage
  • 6 stalks chopped green onions
  • 6 soft flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a freezer bag full of boring fish and express the air. Marinate for a couple hours, jostling occasionally.
  2. Combine all white sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Grill the newly exciting fish over high heat, 5 - 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat and slice into taco-sized chunks.
  4. Serve fish in a tortilla over a bed of cabbage and green onions, liberally coated with white sauce.

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