- Mushroom Barley Soup with Kielbasa (this was a major yum!)
- Two kinds o' chicken (I don't remember what kind of marinades I used)
- Rice (I remembered to serve it and everything!)
- Marinated tomato salad
- Sweet cucumber salad
- a green salad with baby arugula greens, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, and cucumbers tossed in a vinaigrette made of mandarin orange juice, sugar (a little more), balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. It was tasty.
- Fruit, meringues, and rugelach for dessert.
I always have a great time with the Felds. And with Becky's parents. And with Batya. And with Jo & Cary. They're all great. And they're still all great when it's all of us together. Next week we're having Robin, Mark, & Nigel, and I don't know if the Abensons are coming. I would like to do something different for that night but Mark is a picky eater (no tomatoes, nothing green, no fish), Robin won't eat cooked tomatoes, Nigel will eat anything, Jo won't eat tomatoes, and Cary won't eat eggplant. Hrm. Plus, I'm bored with my shabbos menu. I've had the same menu for several weeks in a row and I'm growing tired of it. Maybe steaks. But that's a lot of people for steaks. I could do brisket, I suppose. Hrm. Must think.
Since Anna stayed for all of shabbos, I didn't get a lot of Harry Potter reading done, but that was okay. I enjoyed talking with Anna, and we had a lunch invite out, so there was plenty of company. After we got back from lunch (which was a pretty decent trek away from our house in pretty ridiculous heat), we all sort of crashed. I tried valiantly to stay awake, to no avail. We all kind of came back to life when Julian woke from his nap at 6. Yeah, 6. It's way super-late for him to be sleeping, I know. It was a 3 1/2 hour nap. Had I not been asleep myself, I might have woken him up earlier. Oops. This is one of the problems with me and shabbos naps...I don't like to wake up from them. After Seth left for Mincha, my friend Ellen came over to see Julian and spend some time with me. She thought of a couple good shidduch possiblities for Anna, but then it turned out Anna specifically likes really tall guys. Well, that scratched all of our ideas. Anyway, it's always good to have Ellen over and I got to hear tales of the kids' wild adventures for the summer, and that's always good. (She's got 5 kids, ages 13-23, I think)
Once shabbos was over I tried valiantly to dive into Harry Potter, not expecting to rest until I was finished. But, alas, I fell straight to sleep without intending to. I'd done a lot of walking and such, plus I was generally sleep deprived, so I'm not shocked, but a little disappointed. I read it all day Sunday, with a bunch of breaks for various things (including a long break to run out and see Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) and finished it around 3am. That's great, except I had to go to work this morning. Oops. Also, yesterday E. came over and ripped the paneling down in the basement TV room. Pretty fun! There wasn't as much termite damage to the studs (almost none) as we'd anticipated, so that's a good thing. Sometime this week, Seth and E. will go pick up drywall and whatever else, and Sunday, E. will start putting up the drywall. Now I'm getting all excited about the basement. I think we could make a really nifty master suite down there, by widening the hall between the TV room to make a walk-through closet and Bathroom and expanding the bathroom (have_inner_lady, I seriously need to show Seth your Master bathroom!!). Though I can't say it's IDEAL to live in a basement, I think I could seriously dig it under the right circumstances. Plus, it would turn our "technically 3-, but functionally 2-bedroom house" into a "technically 4-, but functionally 3-bedroom house. That'd be nice. Sure does make me regret not carpeting the basement though instead of retiling it... Oh well.
Anywho, I have lots to say about Harry Potter, but that will have to wait until another post.