19 February 2010

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey bread!

With cream cheese icing, courtesy of Smitten Kitten, a fave cooking blog of mine. I decided to make it after reading the entry, which was at 8 PM. And I was going well at the time, until I actually read the recipe and noted the second rise of another hour. And at that time it was almost 10 PM. Sigh...

Then I read about patting it into an 8-inch square and cutting it into 64 pieces. That would be 64 1-inch square pieces. No, I didn't measure it with my ruler this time. These are not cheesecake-swirled brownies, after all. (My Twitter followers will know what that is about. No ruler this time, I was playing loose and dangerous with measurements.)

See? Just fine, even without a ruler.

Still, one must do what one must do.

And for this? I'd do anything. Well, almost.

Okay, with cream cheese icing, I WOULD do anything. Just...don't tell anyone, ok?

So this week has been a vacation week not only for the niblets but for myself. Since the oldest is now 13, there are no vacation programs until the summer for her. This is the first full week I have taken off with the kids, and it has been really good. They spent a three-day weekend up north with the grandparents and saw their dad. I got to drive over three hours to spend the night in my old room at my parent's home plus have the thermostat die and take it to the shop to get fixed because the engine light went on.

Wait, that wasn't the good part..

I sent my kids to some programs on Wednesday. My son went and played games at the JCC, my daughter went to the Art Museum and did her first classes there. I not only got a couple free hours but I had a chance to talk to one of the city counselors who supports urban chickens. We have a game plan. I have a lot more research to do, but I am happy about it. It is good work.

She thought she was hiding.

Yesterday I had a quick morning visit with a fellow colleague and friend who was in town for the Handheld Librarian Conference. While I would have loved to attended, vacation takes priority (plus it was recorded, I believe). She also got the gift of Girl Scout cookies and Monkey Bread with MY monkeys. But I got gifts too!

Hooray for increasing my home library!

The "Raising Small Livestock" books were discarded from her collection, and she knew just who would treasure them. The "American Standard" book is from another friend, all about poultry and published in 1888. Not that I ever see myself raising poultry to be judged, but at least I will be prepared!

Today is the last "official" day of vacation, as the weekend brings around the prep time to head back to work and school. It's been a good week. Besides issues with the car, there was some deep talks with family members and caring for other sick ones, but I am in a good place. A necessary place to face the coming weeks and months of...who knows?

Bee school, open source library systems, urban chicken research, public catalog design, eons of homework and laundry, garden plans...okay, so I know a lot of it. The rest will come as it does.

I'm looking forward to it all.


  1. My brother has chickens. True story.
    Of course, he lives in a rural area, but still.

  2. The monkey bread turned out great! I'm still LOLing about the ruler though ;)

  3. envious of the monkey bread. Fight the good chicken fight!!