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  • The Making of a Home
    The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday June 29 2006 By Sandy When expiration dates start to mean something This week 21 months after we moved in to this apartment and mashed all of our possessions together I finally cleaned out our kitchen cabinets This involved mainly the top shelves where cans of beans and unsealed bags of rice are left to die a slow and smelly death It was a task long overdue The operative word being overdue My concern for trivial things like expiration dates has been let s be honest a slowly improving phenomenon The crimes have ranged from the egregious in my early years ask Bob or Levi about the horror story of The Watermelon In The Fridge to ignorant or just plain lazy in more recent times If there s a foodstuff in my cupboard that s vacuum sealed thus hiding any signs of aging and degredation then I ve been known to let it sit for years It s my own personal metaphysical expiriment I call it Schroedinger s Cabinet I ve gotten better over the years mainly thanks to Sarah and her disgust for my extreme frugality And as all good fiancees do she s trained me to alter my ugly bachelor ways So it was with some personal shock this week that I found myself actually wanting to clean out our cabients and actually throw food away It was tough Here you see a portion of the food that we once promised a

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  • The Making of a Home
    meat warm between grilling courses had something sticky spilled inside it and was really smoky So at 9 00 we turned on the self cleaner and off we went to the living room to put our feet up review the party and talk as always about the wedding It only took an hour for the smoke alarm to go off In one hour the entire kitchen had become a poisonous smoky hellhole No sooner had Sandy wrestled down the smoke alarm than the carbon monoxide detector began to beep While he tried to shut those devices off I burst out the back door pulling it open to let out as much smoke as possible Except I forgot that I d set the security system already so 60 seconds after I got out on the porch the screaming howler monkey alarm began its brain melting assault After what seemed like 30 minutes but was probably only five we had shut off the security system and lowered the level of poisonous gases in the air to acceptable levels We spent a while out on the back steps working on a crossword puzzle and enjoying the fresh air Around 10 45 windows opened fans blowing everything calming down we noticed that the fire alarm had never really stopped beeping It wasn t an insistent alarm Just a short beep every minute the kind they make when the batteries are low Every Minute According to the manual we found online our particular alarm doesn t have regular batteries It s a special ten year single use model and the condo s less than ten years old so that s probably not the problem What it told us in a nutshell was if you silence it because of a false alarm it should beep like

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  • The Making of a Home
    by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday June 22 2006 By Sarah In case of emergency This

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  • The Making of a Home
    registering nailing down plans for the Friday and Saturday night activities designing the invitations and fleshing out our website It feels good to see things forming into shape yet I still get a little shock everytime I go to weddingchannel com and see the number of days to go 82 listed at the top of the page The exception to all this productivity is the whole tent thing which is not even close to being resolved The runaround that we ve gotten from the jokers at Chicago Party Rental could give the Road Runner whiplash Say whatever happened to that amazing coat rack Even after Sarah s impassioned plea for support for her decorating plan and even witih lots of reader support behind her I still wasn t convinced that it belonged in our hallway A front hallway yes just not our particular one Eventually after a evening tryout period we had our come to Jesus meeting It was clear that no matter how much Sarah tried to justify it I just wasn t fond of the way it fit into our home I could pretend but she d know underneath that docile exterior was a man who yearned for the table of yore Upshot the rack now sits in our guest room awaiting a pickup from our cousins who ll be taking it on to the next recipient on the list From uneasy beginnings have risen quite a beautiful crop of plants and herbs in our mini garden Even the stuff we raised from seed marigolds basil and mint have blossomed to varying levels of success I ll leave the details to Sarah who owes us all a garden update but I will say that having the bottomless pit of dill and parsley that we do has made cooking

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  • The Making of a Home
    college reunion I have lunch with Elisa who I haven t seen or really talked to in three and a half years since her son was a newborn and Sandy and I were just dating Now she s a mother of two and we re having lunch in a mall in Braintree talking about things that happened eleven twelve thirteen years ago At one point we both try in vain to flesh out a vague memory that at some point after graduation sometime in the last ten years we got muffins at Dunkin Donuts and hung out in a park and talked about boyfriends But with great ease we re also talking about now about planning a wedding and navigating a newish job and about taking care of two boys and easing back into part time work Amanda picks me up at the train station with her almost three year old son Jonah in tow On our way to the farm to pick up veggies for dinner he discusses the finer points of bluegrass musicianship with her Mama is that Peter Rowan playing the mandolin No sweetie I think it s Tony Rice No Mama It sounds like Peter Rowan Can we listen to the song again to be sure This conversation sounds crazily like one that she could have had with her ex boyfriend ten years ago but way way cuter Asya and I meet at Au Bon Pain to walk over to the reunion together past our freshman dorms The reunion itself is wet and muddy and cold an accident of weather that makes me horribly fearful for our wedding At our fifth reunion people had changed in some superficial ways the women lost weight the men gained it but at our tenth everyone has become a parent

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  • The Making of a Home
    The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Friday June 16 2006 By Sandy More adventures in cooking The fruits of Tuesday s efforts were two dishes from the two earliest issues of Cook s Illustrated we own They re from back in 2000 and while we weren t subscribers back then cousin Caroline has unloaded her cache of CIs onto us not that we need to make our dinner making decisions even harder Both dishes were chosen because of their reliance on fresh herbs of which we have an overabundance garden updates have been well non existant this year something Sarah surely will remedy soon It s too bad that there aren t many dishes that call for parsley by the bushel because we could supply it Instead I found a delicious looking stuffed zucchini recipe that requires about a third of a cup s worth I plucked out a liberal amount threw in some fresh thyme and oregeno for good measure and out came this Zucchini stuffed with curried beef The picture may not make it look too appetizing it s actually of the leftovers I had for the following lunch but I could hardly wait until the next day to eat them again Which is encouraging because we re positioned to reap a lot of fresh zukes from our mini garden I predict lots more of this dish throughout the summer The next day I brought out the big guns and broiled a three pound filet of salmon I didn t exactly look at the number of servings when I decided to make it and there was a point sometime during my grocery trip when I wondered What am I going to do with three pounds of fish The answer ended up being eat it over three days which

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  • The Making of a Home
    category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Tuesday June 13 2006 By Sandy A loaf of bread a quart of milk and a stick of butter My morning checklist had the following items on it jog visit the farmers market shop at the grocery Was there a way to combine these into one super efficient trip Jogging would have to go first though the image of me running through the park with ten pounds of groceries swinging back and forth would surely freak out the neighbors The farmers market was farthest away so that d be second and I d hit the grocery on the way back The trick would be stuffing the necessary tools one key my shopping list written in the smallest possible font on 3 x3 stickie four ten dollar bills into the tiny inside pocket of my running shorts There was something sweetly old world

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  • The Making of a Home
    Sarah s college reunion is that weekend and we cancel the whole thing A couple hours of airfare research later I m no longer being taken to show off to old college chums and thus available to man the sale It s back on Sifting through our closets and cabinets we find plenty of possessions that have jumped their sharkiness but we re obliged to hang on to them for at least a few more months Come September and we re brimming with new toasters and cookware we ll finally be able to chuck them I set the alarm for 7 15 so I have ample time to prep for the 10 00 opening The radio clicks on with the unlikely forecast of mid 50s rainy and windy one of the lowest June 10ths ever When I open the garage door to a tableau of rain and nastiness I run a quick cost benefit analysis in my head and consider putting the kaibosh on the whole thing though ultimately figure that there ll be enough bargain hunters willing to brave the rain thinking all their competition will be staying home where it s dry It s a smart move By 10 00 the rain has stopped By 11 00 the sun pities us and shines down I put out an old DVD player that has stopped working I price it at 5 with a tag that says Does Not Play and figure some electronics enthusiast will consider it a bargain and take it It s gone within an hour The 90 year old Russian lady with too much lipstick upon hearing an item s price writhes her face in disgust and probably considers spitting at us She asks for half and we agree Good price good sale she mutters then

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