What of the Chili update you ask? No fear. Here it is. She is now about 10 weeks old. Less than a week after getting those baby gates, she somehow managed to get over the top of them. They do manage to corral her to the main floor of the house. This is good since she also can go up and down stairs with ease at this point. She walked downstairs the other day and before I could turn around from transfering laundry to the dryer, she had eaten about 3 huge mouthfuls of the cats' chow. Last Friday she went to the vet for another shot and check up. The results were as follows:
- Weight: 14.6 pounds
- Stool Sample: Normal
- Heartworm Pill: To be given July 1
What else have I been filling my time with aside from old TV and sports? Not much...some reading (I'll get to that in the next paragraph or so), teaching (I can't believe how fast we cover material in the summer), and more than a few naps. The two big events in the last couple weeks have been Josh's Bachelor Party and the MN Advocates for Human Rights dinner with Laura (AKA the do-gooder lawyers dinner). All I will say about the bachelor party is that it involved (1) camping in the rain in an RV that looked (and smelled) a lot like a frat house, (2) a tubing trip down the Apple River in what felt like 30 degree weather, and (3) strippers that looked like they were about 40 years old.
Now on to the dinner that I had with Laura to try and raise funds for this do-gooder organization. The dinner itself was pretty weak considering it was a catered event for the glitterati of Minneapolis. The menu consisted of:
- Baby greens, cranberries and walnuts that could be swathed in the patron's choice of a bleu cheese or vinaigrette dressing served in a "i'm on a diet...let me put my own dressing on the salad" silver-ish teapot looking container
- A variety of buns placed a priori on the table by the catering crew. I had a herb encrusted bun, but there were a few different types to choose from. This was accompanied by another dish that was full of small orb shaped butter nuggets. It looked like a rabbit had crapped butter into this dish (the butter orbs were the same size and consistency as bunny dung)
- The main dish was a piece of chicken swabbed with marinara sauce and mozarella cheese served on a bed of rice and black olives. It also came with a vegetable medley that was color coordinated with autumn foilage (Carrots - orange, Squash - yellow, and Zuchini - green). Serving vegetables with those colors alongside an already red covered piece of meat made them look like amateurs. It looked like a California brushfire broke out on my plate. I have three words for them: Presentation, presentation, presentation.
- Finally, the final course was either a Lemon Mousse accomanied by a shard of strawberry, or a more traditional Chocolate Mousse layered on a chocolate cake type substance and garnished with a chocolate leaf. These were also pre-placed by the catering crew...one in front of each place on the table and were alternated so that one place had lemon and the next chocolate, etc. I found it funny that at our table, these were shuffled about so that all (and I mean every single one) of the women had a chocolate mousse, leaving the men with the lemon ones.
Enough about the dinner. I have managed to find a little time for reading. I am currently working on The Cat's Pajamas: Stories by Ray Bradbury. This is a collection of newer short stories from Bradbury. Some of them are great, like the one about a group of senators that lose the United States during a night of gambling at a casino. I have also been reading some scholarly papers about Value-Added Growth Models used in school accountability. Before I end this post I leave you with a few great links.