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Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012 at 9:06 AM

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5:30 am: Squid wakes with babies.
6:30 am: Squid plates Belgian Waffles, mixed fruit and bacon.
7:30 am: Squid leaves for work
8:00-2:00: Squid works and posts at OTTVB
2:00: Squid picks up wine, birthday present, balloons
2:30: Mermaid goes to massage Squid set up
3:00: Squid starts cooking, sets up new bike with baby seat with balloons on back deck
4:15: Mermaid sees bike. Starts giving kids rides around the neighborhood.
5:00: Everyone goes inside, Squid cooks everyone dinner. Fancy cheese plate to start, then a nice salad. Bottle of wine down.
5:45: Neighborhood list serve email comes across saying, "The police just picked up somebody's Rottweiler that was wandering around."
6:00: Mermaid goes to the police station to get Sebie, who we'd left outside in the excitement of the new bike.
6:30: Bedtime routine starts
7:30: Everyone down. Main course of Crab Cakes with Chili Lime Butter over Bhutan Red rice, corn and chive mixture, with sauteed Brussels Sprouts plated. Another bottle of wine down.
8:30: Chocolate mousse cake and muscat
10:10: Bed

PHEW! YAY!

 
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ED
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:24 AM 

Squid, you *are* Appy with testicles.

Fruit *and* bacon though?  A confused plate,  surely?



    
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smirk
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:26 AM 

I may well steal some of these ideas for future use.

 
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Tr00!
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:26 AM 

Wow, what a lovely day! Was it a milestone birthday, or does she get this star treatment every year?


 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:27 AM 

Nice squid happy.gif. You're a good husband!


 
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Arwen
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:31 AM 

You forgot to mention all the awesomesauce served throughout the day!!! Well done!!

 
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Bider Spite
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:36 AM 

Nice work! but no pics?

"Ta Friggin da"




 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:40 AM 

Not really a milestone - except that we're starting to come out of the tunnel of infants? Our youngest is now almost 14 months old, and it's starting to feel like our union is something more than just a compact to raise children for the first time in almost 6 years? That's an exaggeration of course, and we've been blessed and lucky - I'm not complaining. Sometimes it does feel like one-day-at-a-time, let's consider success another day of keeping everyone's fingers out of the light sockets...

She was great on my birthday last month. It made me feel great and appreciated. I wanted her to feel the same way yesterday. I think I succeeded!

It's kind of a cool numerical year on the ages thing. 44/33 - which will happen every time we have double digit birthdays like that for the rest of our lives with the 11 year split. But that's not really a 'milestone.'

 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 9:43 AM 

Not here Bider, sorry. The Mermaid doesn't want her looks/body/whatever commented on by anonymous assholes inexplicably allowed to run rampant in a community of friends. I'll copy her picture to my FB profile for ya.

 
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FG
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You are so sweet!...

May 17 2012, 9:55 AM 

I'll be over next January wink.gif

 
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Bider
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May 17 2012, 10:15 AM 

Squid I TOTALLY get that. But what about the bike? The Rottweiler? A turkey?

 
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AnonoNun
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May 17 2012, 10:16 AM 

So, you can't post a picture of a bicycle and some balloons? You'd have to be insane to post a picture of yourself anywhere on the internet if you don't want it criticized, including FB.

You have to really love somebody to be plating waffles at 6am, though. Lucky lady.


 
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May 17 2012, 10:16 AM 

Mmmm fruit and bacon.

What a lovely day, good job.

 
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'neady
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May 17 2012, 10:23 AM 

Happy Birthday to The Mermaid and kudos to you for such a nice job in making her feel special. Very nice!

 
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May 17 2012, 10:36 AM 

Great job, Squid (although I'd have to fault you on placing the fruit and bacon on the same plate wink.gif )

 
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May 17 2012, 11:19 AM 

I don't really understand the fruit/bacon complaints?

So the plate was pretty much completely taken up by the waffle. The mermaid put the fruit directly on the waffle with whipped cream and syrup, and ate bacon pretty much off its own, separate serving plate. I did too.

I don't put fruit or cream on my waffles. Just syrup. I ate some waffle away, then put fruit on my plate when there was space. I also ate the bacon right off the serving plate. Serving plate--->my hand---> my mouth.

But this sounds like an English thing? No fruit and bacon on the same plate?

If I'd made eggs - I'd have put eggs, toast, potatoes, bacon and fruit all on one plate and served it. Is that a no-no in Englishland?



    
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Aurora
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May 17 2012, 11:24 AM 

i'm so hungry, squid just made my tummy rumble.

 
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May 17 2012, 11:25 AM 

As far as I'm concerned you could have piled them on top of each other and I would have eaten it right up! Sounds delish!

 
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May 17 2012, 11:26 AM 

Bacon and syrup is delicious. Bake it w/ brown sugar on it and it will change your life. These people are crazy.

The question marks have you sounding like a 15 year old girl, in my head.

 
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May 17 2012, 11:28 AM 

Yes, this is apparently a real problem I have.

It's a misguided attempt to sound congenial and interested, given my reputation is so combative.

 
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AnonoNun
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May 17 2012, 11:31 AM 

During my exhaustive Deng search, I found things that make that reputation stand. Wow. You don't bust that out very often any more, apparently. It's not very appealing, from anyone.

I wish people were nicer to each other, period.

Birthday stuff sounds great. You're very fortunate to have a nice family.

 
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May 17 2012, 11:44 AM 

Neither is judgment from anonymous strangers?

LOL! No worries, just funny. Please don't call me combative!

 
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May 17 2012, 11:49 AM 

Squid, the bacon/fruit thing is one of my idiosyncracies. I do not like mixing my savoury and sweet schtuff.

 
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May 17 2012, 12:18 PM 

Wonderful! What a good guy you are, Squid. And happy belated birthday wishes to the Mermaid! Love the bike gift. Genius!





 
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May 17 2012, 12:21 PM 

The english are weird about breakfast. Fruit on the plate is weird but a big slop of beans is just fine.

Happy birthday Mermaid! I want a bike.

 
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May 17 2012, 12:43 PM 

I am pretty strict about not mixing sweet and savory foods. I also don't like to mess around with the pure porcine pleasure that is bacon. However, I was introduced to pancetta, which is a kissing cousin of bacon. It is regularly served with melon and was a revelation for me.

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May 17 2012, 12:49 PM 

LOL!

 
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AnonoNun
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May 17 2012, 1:02 PM 

They look so tough, eating all that chocolate cake and shit. Who could forget about Dre?

 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 1:11 PM 

Happy belated birthday wishes to the Mermaid!
So... silly question, but I thought plating meant to arrange food all professional-like on a plate and serve it up. Is that not correct? If correct, did you also cook it?

 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 1:40 PM 

I cooked everything except the mousse cake.

Cooked then plated? Plating up food means the same to me as you. You cook something, then arrange.

Like I made a mound of rice/corn/chive mix, artfully placed two 1.75 inch diameter crab cakes on one side of the mound, then drizzled chili lime butter below that, a few brussels sprouts on one side, garnish with a little chopped parsley and chive?

 
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AnonoNun
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 1:45 PM 

QUESTION MARK!

Ahem.

 
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May 17 2012, 1:46 PM 

That sounds fabulous. Even if you had just dumped it on the plate.

 
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Appalled
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May 17 2012, 1:46 PM 

To answer your question, yes that is plating squid.

 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 1:54 PM 

Tonight, we are plating Squid.
Tonight we are plating, Squid.

Punctuation saves lives.

 
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 1:57 PM 

It's easy actually. If you've got access to a good source of blue crab meat, send me an email and I could write it up for you.

 
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AnonoNun
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Re: Mermaid Birthday 2012 execution complete!

May 17 2012, 1:57 PM 

And calamari is delicious.

 
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May 17 2012, 2:23 PM 

LOL @ PG happy.gif

Save the Squid!

 
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Ginny
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May 17 2012, 2:26 PM 

Last weekend I had an appetizer of Blue Crab with avocado and mango, and a little citrus vinagrette. OMG yum.

 
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AnonoNun
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May 17 2012, 2:28 PM 

Always think I'm going to hate mango in savory dishes, then end up liking it. I think it's because on its own, it tastes like feet smell.

 
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May 17 2012, 2:31 PM 

I love mango everything and mango water ice is the best flavor, end of discussion.

I recently had mango rice, it was a very good dessert.

 
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May 17 2012, 6:54 PM 

I do think the fruit/bacon hate is a Brit thing. My relatives think it both disgusting and odd to have these items at the same meal. And juice!! For breakfast?? Oh no no no noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! They'd have none of it.

Your planned day sounds fab Squid! But hold up......Police station? For realz ? Or is this a term for SPCA?

 
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Squid Boy
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May 17 2012, 9:57 PM 

Not a big town. The cops picked him up - I assumed someone called them.

THey would have transferred him to some sort of pound I'm sure, but we had him back in less than an hour. He was charming all the cops. They loved him, and were totally cool about the whole thing.

Helps that I grew up with some of them.

 
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May 17 2012, 9:59 PM 


squid you gotta learn how to take pics. I know you can. wink.gif

 
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