in a perfect world of yancies: January 2014

30 January 2014

Things Are Getting Weird...
Or, Go Hawks!

You know things are getting weird when someone like me comes home from his favorite natural foods co-op with these items in his bag:
12th What?

And by "someone like me" I mean someone who's pretty sure that at the end of the day the answer to the question in this headline is Yes:

Anyway, what choice do I have? As I'm sure you know, our house is now in the hands of a thoroughly committed fan:
I Want to Wear It!
And so, ahem, Go Hawks!

14 January 2014

A Quick Good Night

Okay I guess I'm just not used to balancing this much teaching any more... So, not a lot of time to blog, but how about this little clip of my favorite guy and one of my favorite times of day:

The "I love you's" are of course awesome, but note also the identification of Clement Hurd, illustrator of Goodnight Moon, and the demand that we "turn the light off!" That guy...

Meanwhile he sure likes the sports (thanks for the photo Pete!):
At first when I said this I was kidding, but I now think that he may in fact already have more athletic ability than either of us...

Finally, I already posted this on Facebook, but it would be unfair to posterity not to also mention this awesome recipe here:

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Tofu and Squash. Yum! Let's make it again soon!

All right, I'd better get going: an enthusiastic young man is due to walk in the door any minute now :)

02 January 2014

Happy Christmas to All

Thanks to Aunt Magen, Uncle Dave, Braxton, Amelia, Evan, Nana, and Papa for a great Christmas visit!
Family at the FoxCycle (cropped)
Thanks for the photo too, Magen! Not easy to get almost everyone in one picture, and with the FoxCycle too!

Great to see Franklin spend some time with his cousins:
With Amelia
And adorable, if a little poignant that even after we've been back almost a week he still asks about going back to "Aunt Magen's house" :)

Delicious food too!

Here we see sweet potatoes on their way to being roasted with coconut milk, cilantro, and my favorite condiment, Sriracha:
Yummy Sweet Potatoes
So yummy! Recipe here.

And an excellent pork roast:
Christmas Roast

Plus a mini Christmas concert thanks to Braxton!
Jingle Bells: And Again!
What you can't see in this photo, of course, is an enthusiastic Franklin, clapping and saying "And again, Jingle Bells!"

A few more photos, by the way, in a set on Flickr.

At first he didn't like the cold (and don't even ask about trying to go sledding during nap time), but eventually Franklin seemed to enjoy the snow:
Snowy Walk

Perfect weather for hot cocoa:
Hot Cocoa On Franklin St., Geneva, IL
Not a bad spot to stop for a sip either!

We also visited Great Aunt Dorothy, which was good, though I forgot to take any pictures there.

Had to take this one on the way though: maybe, unlike us, you heard about all the Dominick's grocery stores (no relation) being permanently closed around Chicago. So weird being inside one on its last day:

Okay, thanks everyone for the fun!
Long Winter's Nap
And to all a good night!