Monday, November 10, 2008

Random thoughts

I was kinda not looking forward to going to church yesterday. There has been a lot of smugness on the part of members after the passage of prop 8 in California - and I just didn't want to hear any snide remarks. Thankfully, there were none, at least that I heard.

I got pulled into the 8 year old primary class to help out (since men are no longer allowed to teach primary alone - they must team teach with either their wife or another man). The brother I was helping out was the primary presidents husband - and he just found out right before Sacrament meeting. So, we were passing the lesson back and forth with one of us reading up on the next session while the other taught. All in all, it went well, I thought. Although, teaching 8 year olds is like herding kittens.

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I wore a blue shirt with green tie to church yesterday - the official MoHo uniform. When I was asked why I was wearing a blue shirt, I responded that all of the cool guys wear blue. I also got several complements on my green tie. Odd, since I've worn that green tie before - I guess the blue shirt just sets it off better than my usual white shirt.

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I'm still bummed out about prop 8 passing in California. I don't know why it is affecting me - I don't even live in California. And, I'm in a mixed orientation marriage; so, a same sex marriage is not in my future - even if it were available. But, I've made friends here in the queerosphere for whom it directly impacts. And it angers me when anybody does anything to hurt my friends. And, why do they even care? If you don't approve of gay marriage then don't marry someone of your same gender - end of discussion.

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I've been building some raised beds for a vegetable garden (I'll probably blog about this project when it is closer to completion - with some pictures). Anyway, I did complete a small section and planted some seeds for a winter garden (radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, and spinich) - and they are starting to sprout. Hopefully, we won't have a hard freeze until after Christmas.

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I hate daylight savings time. It just never made any sense to me why you could cut a foot off the bottom of a blanket and sew it back on the top. Now it gets dark so dang early and I'm not able to get as much done outdoors as I would like :(

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My wife made apple dumplings on Sunday - I LOVE apple dumplings. They were most delicious.

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I made a chicken curry tonight for dinner - it was OK, but it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. Anybody got a good curry recipe? Nothing too spicy. I like spicy - but my wife's a wuss when it comes to spicy :)

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I love Alton Brown's "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I have a bunch of episodes recorded on our DVR. Now I want to cook duck, and make my own Gyro's, corned beef, and chili powder. BTW, his Coconut Cake is to die for - seriously. It's a bit of work -but it's definitely worth it. To get the full effect, you'll also need to follow his recipe for Coconut Milk and Cream and Coconut Extract.

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It's raining really hard right now. I hope we don't lose power - that would really suck.


Hidden said...

That WAS pretty random. My thoughts: I felt the same way about church. So I didn't go. :)

Also, I teach Primary, the 10-year olds. It's my calling. And I don't have another person helping me. I guess they are more trusting here in Idaho?

[kɹeɪ̯ɡ̊] said...

I got pulled into the 8 year old primary class to help out (since men are no longer allowed to teach primary alone - they must team teach with either their wife or another man).



But women can teach alone, eh?

Sexism makes me sooooo mad.

Abelard Enigma said...

I teach Primary ... I don't have another person helping me.

Really? See Safeguarding Children on Are you, perhaps, in a small branch or ward?

Sarah said...

I had just finished reading and thought to myself, "That was pretty random" when I read hidden's comment. :)

I thought it was church policy. I was Primary president nearly 2 years ago, and we were told that EVERY class had to have 2 teachers, not just ones with men teaching, but especially those.

I am a wuss when it comes to spicy as well. Scott loves spicy, and we both like watching "Good Eats", although we canceled our cable subscription, so we haven't watched it for a long time. That is the ONLY cooking show I enjoy at all, I think because he includes a lot of science and such.

There, random comment to match your random post. :)

Abelard Enigma said...

Oops, I didn't fill out the hotlink right. It's Safeguarding Children.


Um ... because all men are inherently perverts? ... Uh ... I don't know.

In my ward, we try to keep two deep leadership for both men and women when working with children and youth. It's as much to protect the adult (from unfounded accusations) as it is the child.

Scott said...

Alton Brown is my hero.

That's all I have to say.

Max Power said...

Team teaching (team anything) when working with the children and youth is just plain smart. 99.9999% of the time it is unnecessary, but the one time when it's needed you would be glad for it.

When I was the executive secretary to the bishop, I used to have to sit in the clerk's office the whole time he did interviews so that I could be there to barge in if it sounded like anything strange was going on. Mind you, it was a singles ward and the people (male and female) can be a wee bit crazy sometimes.

kevin said...

I made Curry Chicken the other night...I used cinnamon and paprika too. It turned out pretty good...I don't have a recipe, because I sort of made it up as I went along...which is how I learned to cook. I do have a good recipe for a curry chicken casserole, if you are into that sort of me, it is delicious.

Do you have do any recipe sharing? If you do, email me. I've been trying to get my wife to make me apple dumplings for ages now!

Abelard Enigma said...

any recipe sharing?

I do have a recipe blog

Although, my wife's Apple Dumpling recipe isn't listed. But, I don't think there is anything real special about it. It's basically a pie dough recipe wrapped around peeled and cored apples and then baked in a spiced syrup (cinnimon, cloves, etc.)

Evan said...

We talked about Alton Brown at church!... There is a recent convert named Alton, and we couldn't figure out his last name when trying to get his record... someone was like "I'm pretty sure it is Brown."

Oh, and thanks for the notice on the "moho uniform." Now I need to get a green tie.

Bravone said...

Abe, Thanks for the heads up on the official moho dress code. I am not up to speed but will try to catch up. Thanks again for being there when I needed you.

Alan said...

This is too funny. I had no idea about the "uniform" but guess what I wore to church on Sunday?

Well, the tie wasn't all solid green, and the green was really dark, but it was still there.

Must be some cosmic connection there somewhere.

kevin said...

Thanks, Abelard.

I was just wondering, because you seem to do so much cooking. I can't wait to make the barbecue sauce!