I am off today, and the two younger MFA Children are at the XY's house tonight working on their Pinewood Derby cars for Boy Scouts, so it was just Big Child, Hotter and me for dinner. I decided to take advantage of this fortuitous combination and make something my two younger, PICKIER children would hate, while also teaching Big Child a few things about cooking and giving Hotter a night off from the relentlessness of dinner preparation. So the boy and I left Hotter gaming away and retreated to the kitchen with a sockeye filet, two pounds of fresh asparagus, a bag of organic potatoes, lemons, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and various implements of destruction.
About an hour later we had a delicious meal of broiled salmon, asparagus in lemon-butter sauce, and garlic-mashed potatoes. Big Child helped throughout the process, and I think he actually absorbed some information on carmelization, how to mince garlic, the best way to juice a lemon (spoiler: microwave it briefly before squeezing), and how to locate and remove pin bones in filets of fish. I think the main end-result is that after leaving the nest, the kid will dine out if he wants fish :)
Skeeter is in chop-licking fish-skin heaven.
In other news, I've been suffering from dry, itchy skin lately, and broke into full-blown bullshit eczema on one elbow. Remembering that I once asked a doctor for advice on this and that they suggested liberal applications of CeraVe cream* fresh out of the shower (but that I then priced it at the drugstore and said "FUCK THAT"), now that I am in a better position financially I wasted no time in ordering a tub of the stuff, and PEOPLE. Doctors occasionally know things! If you (or your kids) have dry skin, go and get you some. Seriously, my elbow improved by half after just one application, the stuff isn't greasy or scented, and my skin just slurps it up. I am very pleased, and after seeing how much it helped my problem spots have started applying it to my entire body, because YOLO. It's been great for the skin over the Virginia Woolf Tramp Stamp, which is still dry and raised-up (as tattoos are for a bit while they settle in), too.
I also ordered some organic, pre-soaped, disposable washcloths for Skeeter after seeing another Sphynx owner recommend those online somewhere; kitty's gonna get some HYGIENE! Speaking of That Goddamn Cat, I finally figured out the cause of some aggression he's been displaying toward me when I'm lying in bed recently. Today he came up and sank his little fangs into my foot, and because I was trying to type something I just whined "come on, man!" and moved my legs a bit (instead of evicting him from the room or attempting to deliver some negative reinforcement). To my surprised, he ceased his attack, biscuited the plush blanket my legs had been on, and settled into the loaf position. IT'S THE BLANKET (the one pictured in the previous post). He loves it and doesn't want anyone else on it! Jerk-hole cat.
How are all of YOU?
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