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The Monkey's Mommy

The Pirate and I flew my mother out here for her birthday. We had a lovely time going to the ZeroOne events in San Jose (A.D.M. That shit was cool). I appreciate that my mother, who is now officially at retirement age, is a HUGE technology fan. She's all about flashy and shiny and blinky and all that, and she's excited about what technology has to offer people.

Saturday afternoon, we came home and the Baby Goddess presented my mother with the birthday cake we'd made her. This was actually mostly the Baby Goddess' work from a recipe we got out of a story book from the library. We're going to have to copy this recipe down, because the cake turned out amazing - very rich and chocolate-y. I put some of our homemade cherry jam between the layers and more on top, then piped the top with whipped cream and sprinkled grated dark chocolate. Did that Saturday and it's gone now.

AFTER cake time, we went to Scopazzi's - the snooty dining establishment in Boulder Creek. That was lovely, and Mom really enjoyed herself.

Sunday, we first went to Scott's Valley to Coffee Cat where alleahna and I get together to write on Sunday mornings. Later, we got chicken feed and went home to clean the coop. Before dinner, Mom and I made some soap using palm, coconut and olive oils. I had some cucumber scent that made for a dark beige bar of really lovely smelling soap.

Monday, the Pirate and I were off to work while Mom took the girls to the Santa Cruz boardwalk with the tickets that the Baby Goddess won at the Spellathon. When they got home, Mom roasted one of the chickens and made some rice. The Pirate put together calabasitas (summer squash with corn, red bell pepper and cumin seeds), and that was dinner. We cut the soap we'd poured into bars, which will now take a couple of weeks to cure. If it turns out well, I'm going to be making a lot more soap from that particular recipe, since I have five gallons of palm oil. Five gallons. For crying out loud, what was I thinking?

I dropped Mom off at the airport on my way into work this morning. I really miss not having my Mommy around all the time. I love when she's here. Good stuff always happens.


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Aug. 15th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Ahh, Boulder Creek

I was just browsing websites and I really liked yours. Love the chickens.

I lived in Boulder Creek for a few months after grad school back in 1992 and used to hang out at the Boulder Creek Brewing Company (or was that pub? I can't remember). I live in San Mateo now, but I'll always love the Santa Cruz mountains.
Aug. 21st, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahh, Boulder Creek
I'm very flattered that you took the time to write.

My husband and I have only lived in the area for a couple of years now, but we've found a sense of community here that we never felt in San Jose, even though our neighbors were only yards away from us (rather than acres).

It seems that everyone hangs out at the brewery - there's no day of the week we can go there without seeing folks we know. Another great thing about a little town is that if someone says they live here and you ask for their phone number, they give you four digits. How cool is that?

And, by some kind of serendipitous coincidence, my own 14-year-old is hoping to become a vet herself. Hmmmm...
Aug. 21st, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahh, Boulder Creek
I enjoy reading your journal - it's very original.

I'll have to stop in at the brewery next time I go to Santa Cruz instead of just heading straight home. My cousins used to live in Boulder Creek but they moved over to Scotts Valley.
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
i dropped by via a comment you made to elynne because i was intrigued by your peep userpic, and then had fun with seeing connections because my mother currently lives in boulder creek.

also "calabasitas" sounds just like a word i learned in russian last year when i was traveling there that meant a really fun time.

and i really appreciated your most recent post about stockholm syndrome. very insightful.
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Well, I'm grateful you decided to drop a comment. I'm curious to know what "calabasitas" looks like in Cyrillic. I think it's cute that it means the Irish equivalent of "crack."

Next time you're in Boulder Creek visiting Mom, we should get together!
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