Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This seems to have degenerated into a semi-annual sort of affair, it being almost exactly six months since my last update.
The latest news on Jacob is that he is coming to the finish line for all the procedures relating to his crash. The most recent event was his visit to Loma Linda on the Monday after Christmas for the start of the implant process to replace his missing tooth.
The process involving cutting through the gum and then drilling a series of sequentially larger pilot holes into the bone, until an anchor can be screwed into place. That anchor will be left for several months to allow (hopefully) the bone to grow in securely around the implant. Once that is accomplished, they will install a little screw-in base support and then finally Jake's dentist will install a new crown.
So now we have new art work of Jake's facial innards...
Not nearly as dramatic as his earlier panoramic x-ray, but it does make a nice portrait just in time for the holidays.
Happy New Year!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I thought I should at least commemorate the occasion with a brief post. If anyone expresses an interest I can elaborate on what all has transpired in the previous six months or so. And if not, I will just let this thing fade off into oblivion. For now I think I will go to bed.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I guess I should 'splain why Jacob is in Sacramento. A new quarter started at UCD for Nicholas on Monday, so he had to head back up to Davis on Saturday night. Jacob tagged along for the ride to visit a friend in Sacramento.
I thought the original plan had been for them to leave Sunday morning, since they had both been gone about all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They returned home late Saturday afternoon and Jake immediately decided they should head for Davis that evening. So, they didn't get on the road until about 7:00PM and arrived in Davis sometime around 3:00AM, according to my wife who received the safe arrival text message. Oh, to be young again. Being college students they can apparently run all night. I would have been quietly snoozing behind the wheel until an abrupt end in oncoming traffic.
Anyway, Jake is coming back home tonight. Has to be here for an appointment with the orthodontist and for no end of pinochle games with his Grandmother who arrived at our hovel on Sunday.
My sister Jackie and her husband Mike brought Mom up from San Diego. They also brought their new puppy, Abbie-something. She is quite cute. The dog that is. Which is not to say that Jackie and Mom couldn't be considered cute. I better stop there before I get in trouble.
Leo loved his new cousin dog, but then he loves all dogs. The two of them ran around like maniacs in the backyard, wearing themselves out. You can check out the chaos here.
I had planned to do a little tailgating party for my family when they came up, serve a little lunch and watch the Chargers game, which is always on TV. As it turns out the game was not on in Temecula, apparently the network having decided that since the Chargers had already clinched the division title they would show some other game instead. Jackie and Mike are huge Charger fans and I'm sure hugely disappointed by my failure as a host, but polite enough not to spit on me.
They did get a free lunch out of me, and some Hot Brazilians, so the trip was not a complete loss. Falafels with Tahini Sauce and a Green Lentil Salad and a Toasted Pecan/Red Lentil Pâté (more of this vegetarian stuff.)
Now, here I have to make a confession that I might have been a little hard on Tyler Florence in an earlier post about his Ultimate Chili Dog recipe. The falafel recipe was by Tyler Florence and was pretty good, although I probably should have added a little more salt and a lot more crushed red pepper to satisfy my tastes. I also made a Tyler Florence black bean recipe in my new pressure cooker (Did I mention that I bought myself a pressure cooker for Christmas?) and converted them into vegetarian black bean burgers. Also very good. I think the secret to my black bean vegie burgers was one key ingredient in the black bean recipe; a smoked ham hock. OK, IT'S MEAT, but it was just a very little meat, so I think it should still count.
I should make one small aside about this vegetarian cuisine; all this black bean and lentil and general legumieness has a certain, shall we say, less-than-totally-pleasant byproduct. Man, I was starting to feel like the Hindenburg. Anyway, I found the perfect restorative: Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito. I can't think of a better way to cure a vegetarian overdose.
Anyway, I think I will have to keep this short tonight. Need to wrap it up and head out to the airport. More later. Bye.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Christmas was exhausting. Not Christmas itself necessarily, but all the prep the week before hand. I had a couple projects to complete that took most of the week.
Nicholas decided that he wanted to build a patio seat for his Mother, a gift to replace the current bench that is rapidly deteriorating out on our deck. I helped with the design, assembly and, of course, the purchase of the materials. He did a serviceable job as shown...
The bench is still unfinished a week after Christmas. Nick presented it to his mother with a classic ploy; "I didn't paint it because I didn't know what color you would want." I don't know how many times I've used that one, but it never gets old.
Christmas day was good, if a little over the top. Leo received two squeaky toys both of which were pretty much dead within 15 minutes of their receipt.
The big boy has for some reason decided that he will not suffer a squeaky in his presence. Once he's got the squeaker and the stuffing extracted he leaves the gutted carcass on the floor and moves on to better things.
We had a few get togethers over the holidays, my family at my sister Jean's in Newport Beach and Denise's family at the Universal Citywalk. At the Citywalk we ate at Samba, a Brazilian churrascaria, which, in case you have never experienced one, is a sort of carnivores dream. They serve all manner of skewered meats, all-you-can eat. They give you a little green-light, red-light sort of thing. As long as you have the green side up the meat keeps coming. The meat is tasty, but the concept is really a little bit disgusting. On the plus side there were a few scantily clad Samba dancers for entertainment, one of whom pulled a couple of my nephews and sister-in-law onto the dance floor. That's entertainment.
On the other plus side, I had a Hot Brazilian. No, I wasn't waxed. Samba served some interesting cocktails based on Leblon Cachaça, http://www.lebloncachaca.com/, one of which was a Hot Brazilian. Recipes are at the web link.
This week was mostly uneventful. Jake had yet another followup at Loma Linda, a point of discontent, as we had hoped to get his oral surgery completed over the holiday break. Instead they scheduled the followup and now can not get him onto their surgery schedule until sometime in February, which will create another logistical problem, getting him home from Humboldt for the surgery and causing additional lost class time. Oh well, slowly but surely we are putting this stuff behind us.
Nick invited a friend, Teresa, to spend a couple days in Temecula. Teresa is a recently converted vegan and was coming into dangerous territory at my house. I actually cook a lot of vegetarian recipes, but usually cheat in various little ways. For instance, a vegetarian recipe calling for vegetable stock usually gets chicken stock instead, because I stock chicken stock and not the vegie stuff.
Anyway, always up to a challenge I made a vegan dinner of Curried Red Lentil Soup and a Chickpea Shepherd's Pie (with mashed potato/cauliflower topping). I thought they were both pretty tasty. This was also good practice, since Nick informs us that he is planning to become a vegetarian, or at least a pescatarian, starting this year. I may join him as a vegetarian, but the kind of vegetarian who still eats meat.
Last night we had dinner with the next door neighbors to celebrate the New Year. I made a variation on the jalapeno/cucumber Samba cocktails for the ladies. Did not manage to make it to midnight however as I was completely spent and in bed by 11:15.
Anyway enough for now. Here's wishing you all a Hot Brazilian in the New Year!