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Even though I feel like I have updated my blog recently, I have been reassured that I have not, and that I need to get on it. Pronto. And as I stare at this page, trying to remember what we have been doing lately, I have figured out why I haven’t updated.
We’ve actually been doing a lot. Even though I’ve been feeling sick for the past 2 weeks, we needed to get out of the house on Saturday, so we took the kids to Granville Island and had a nice lunch on a rainy day and window shopped. The kids broke through my frugal armour and we ended up picking up two little things at Kids Only Market – plastic practise foils for Sacha and a Fox Costume (ears and tail) for Alice – despite my firm, “we will just be looking” stance in agreement to even going in there. The glass blowers were also working and it was fun to watch them.
On Saturday night, Andrew and I binge watched Master of None on Netflix (loved it) and that inspired me to try to cook something amazing. So I chose Beef Ragu with Tagliatelle, Sacha helped me with the shopping and while we were out some friends called and asked if we wanted to go to Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Part of me was thinking that I should take the time to rest without the kids around but then, I also haven’t been to Reifel in months! So I ended up going, probably prolonging this cold for another 10 days. With 4 kids and a baby in tow, I didn’t think there was any point to bringing my camera, so I didn’t and of course we saw a barred owl on a low branch about 15 feet away from the path, in full view. I never win when it comes to my camera. Whichever lens I bring, I need the opposite, if I bring it, I see nothing, if I leave it, I see something cool … every time. The kids were begging for a double playdate so their buddies came back to our house and I cooked while the kids played. The Ragu turned out amazing, it did take 4 hours to make though and we ended up eating at 7:45pm, which is usually when the kids go to bed. Alice liked it, Sacha hated it.
One of the things I’ve been inspired to try from that show, is to make homemade pasta. Turns out, homemade pasta makers are really expensive. I found one that attaches to the kitchenaide for $120 at Walmart and that only had one attachment. You can get all different shape cutters and that set goes for about $300. In my grand planning, I was counting that a pasta maker would cost about $50. So I’ve been scanning Craigslist trying to see if one pops up.