Weekend Kat Blogging: Happy Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year.

Kat was adorable all day, and after Zak told her it was Mommy’s Day, she would come running up and out of nowhere and hug me, which she does anyway, mind you, but this time she would say, “Mommy Day!” “Happy!”

It was terribly cute.

Zak gave me my presents a day early–a Starship Enterprise from the new Star Trek film (go see it, it rocks–I’ve seen it twice and plan to see it a few more times in the next week or so) as well as a new communicator and tricorder. Fun!

Morganna, in addition to not stealing me any flowers from other people’s yards this year, for which I roundly commended her, also gave me an amazing gift. She gave me a pack of Cryptozoological critters–a whole playset’s worth–which includes such luminaries of the cryptid world as Bigfoot, The Jersey Devil, Chupacabra, Nessie, and of course, my favorite and denizen of my home state, Mothman.

Of course, I looked at my presents arrayed before me and realized something–I am a geeky Mom. I mean, how many Moms do you know of who would be thrilled to receive not only a Starship Enterprise, which now owns pride of place in my sewing room, but a little plastic Loch Ness Monster, who now resides on my kitchen cookbook shelf with her cryptid companions? No flowers, no breakfast in bed, no massage gift certificates. Bah. Those are such run of the mill gifts. No, I get toys–and really cool ones at that!

So, yeah. Geeky. That’s me.

I also got a great dinner, which served to celebrate both Mother’s Day and Dan’s birthday. I cooked the dinner, but that is okay–I had fun, and Zak and Brittney and Morganna helped with it all, so it was great fun to make and eat. We had a really tasty version of Jamaican Jerk Pork, this time with ramps instead of garlic, the best version of Peas and Rice I have ever tasted or made–and yes, a recipe is forthcoming–a great pickled ginger and mixed greens salad and for dessert, in honor of Dan, a White Russian Cheesecake.

Morganna gave me another great gift, but I won’t tell about it yet. Maybe later.

Anyway, I hope that everyone else has a great Mother’s Day!


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  1. Count me in as a Geeky Mom – I just bought myself a Star Trek Limited Edition Titanium Spork from ThinkGeek.com (they only made 1701 of them), and would be thrilled with both the toy Enterprise and a plastic Loch Ness monster. My daughter gave me a Marvel Super Hero Pop-Up wall calendar for Christmas last year and my oldest son gave me the first Dark Tower graphic novel. I haven’t seen the new Star Trek movie yet, although Oldest Son said it’s great, but I’m working my way through STNG on DVD with my youngest son, who wasn’t born yet while it was on television.

    Geeky moms rock. I’m glad you had a good Mother’s Day!

    And how are you feeling, btw? Any test results back?

    Comment by Jan — May 11, 2009 #

  2. I love it! I bought my mom (and also my dad since I thought they should go together) tickets to see Star Trek for Mother’s Day 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — May 11, 2009 #

  3. I love you geeky you are. It’s awesome. 😀

    I just saw the Star Trek movie yesterday. It was probably the first sci fi movie I’ve been able to just sit and thoroughly enjoy for years. 🙂

    Comment by Benjamin — May 11, 2009 #

  4. Hi Barbara!

    I am from Chennai, India and have been reading your blog for some months now and I must say its the most delightful food blog that I have ever come across…
    Of specific interest to me, is your love for Indian food – if I didnt know who wrote this blog, I would easily assume its an Indian! 🙂 And yes, bonus points for getting the names right (it is sometimes upsetting to see people get the names all wrong!).
    I am from the south of India – I havent seen any south Indian dishes on your blog so far, I would love to see you try some south Indian style cooking – or better still, whenever you make a trip to India,would love to host you and introduce you to the world of Idlis and idiappams and naatu kozhi curry and oh-so-many-things, that I suspect you will fall in love with!

    Happy writing..

    Comment by Roxana — May 12, 2009 #

  5. Jan–I am feeling better this week. I have taken it pretty easy for a while and it seems to help. The intestinal symptoms have subsided, as has the pain. I only get really painful when I am tired or I push myself too hard. I have to be careful how I hold myself while I quilt and how much cooking I do, but I am being careful.

    I am glad that everyone else is into geeky Moms!

    Roxana–thank you for your kind words! I am flattered and humbled by your praise–and I am glad that I get Indian food right–it is important to me to present the essence of a cuisine intact, even if I cook with non-traditional ingredients.

    I have little experience with South Indian food, and I think I might start trying to cook more of it this coming summer. I have a couple of invitations to visit South India, from you and quite a few other folks–bloggers and cookbook authors, so I believe it may be my destiny to go some day. I would love to eat my way through India, guided by cooks and writers who know the lay of the culinary land.

    Comment by Barbara — May 12, 2009 #

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