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9th-Mar-2009 11:04 am
Drove down to a convention with a friend -- Good conversation on the way, both down and back.

I had some trepidation -- my recent conventions have left me feeling less than stellar, and the amount of work piled up that I was ignoring was even larger than usual -- but I had a great time. There were a few moments of "what am I DOING here", but they were few and far between.

Both nights I was going down to sleep at 1am, and both mornings I was getting up at 7 in order to shower and have the facilities free for my roommates _and_ make it to brekky by 8 -- so the first night I got 6 hours of sleep and the 2nd I got 5.

On the way home we stopped off at a yummy restaurant for lunch/dinner, and then got stuck for an hour or so in not-really-moving traffic just west of Jackson. We saw a wrecker go by, but never really saw anything on our side of the road. A short while beyond where we figured the problem was, though, the westbound lanes had a lot of excitement in them -- firetrucks, ambulances... due to the height of the barrier, (1) I couldn't see much, and (2) I figure it wasn't terribly likely to have been closely related to our problem.

Got home about 7:15 pm. Set the clocks ... oops... missed the timer on the radio, but I think I got the rest -- and then at 7:28 I lay down to nap. Spouse got home from his weekend at 7:33, and had I not been still awake, it would have awakened me. FiL had called, so I suggested spouse return the call, letting me nap. 9pm that call was done, and I managed to get myself out of bed, exercise while the spouse read to me and then read for the spouse -- and then, it being roughly 11:30, aimed bedward. Had to get up 7am today. Ugh. Tired.

But the weekend was so good that I really do feel refreshed. We'll see how long that lasts, but this was a con like cons were meant to be.

And I suppose with all the good food available, it's a wonder that I only put on 2 pounds!
9th-Mar-2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Glad you got to do all the things you wanted to do.
9th-Mar-2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
9th-Mar-2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful to see you. :) And I haven't had the nerve to step on a scale today. Didn't eat a whole lot of my own baking, but the turkey noodles the consuite goddess made? Nom nom nom.....
10th-Mar-2009 02:35 am (UTC)
I'm not weighing for a week.

And we still have brownies (even after bandmates took some home!). *blink*

Yummy yummy brownies, but I'm trying not to eat them all at once.
10th-Mar-2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I had ridiculous amounts of lasagna (I had some of each -- no, I couldn't remember which was which) -- rather a few brownies and I'm not saying how much fudge. And yeah, those turkey noodles ("that chicken stuff" I kept going back for) was WONDERFUL. And from reading Bill's post, any leftovers went to a good cause. I feel like such a slacker.

Was most excellent to see you. I don't do enough of that.
10th-Mar-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Lasagne #5 was mine.

Very good to see everybody. Last con I attended was an obsessive need - I went to Marcon to observe the inevitable wake for Bob Asprin. Last con attended not in my neighborhood? Probably the New Orleans THING, just months before Katrina hit.

The food alone was more than reason enough to attend the convention (Thanks, Alisa!) ...but if you find yourself in the same are with mucho dinero, try the Istanbul...simply marvelous Turkish cuisine.

10th-Mar-2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, and you looked better in your tuxedo than I did in mine....
10th-Mar-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thanks (-- but I wouldn't have said that).

I don't remember what numbers were associated with which lasagna. I'll take a wild guess that that _wasn't_ the pulled pork. :-)

They were ALL yummy.
11th-Mar-2009 09:54 am (UTC)
Murray’s Meatless Mushroom Matzagne
a/k/a Bill Brown’s Bane

This is inspired by the Passover cookbook Matza 101 by Jenny Kdoshim and Debbie Bevans which actually has 2 Matza Lasagne recipes, one cheese, one eggplant. Matza makes a great lasagne noodle substitute.

Contains: Onion, mushrooms, garlic, spaghetti sauce, chopped tomato, seasonings, ricotta/cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, matza,

Sauté 1 large chopped sweet onion.

Add 1< 2 jars commercial mushroom spaghetti sauce (I use Kroger Chunky Mushroom), 4 < 8 oz, canned sliced mushrooms, 8 oz. chopped tomato. Correct seasoning (I add powdered garlic and/or Kroger Garlic and Spices blend, oregano, basil.)

Preheat oven 350 º .

Spray pan. (I have used an olive oil spray.)

Build layers.
1)Cover bottom of pan with matza. No need to pre-soak it in water so long as you cover it all with sauce in the next layer.
2)Cover matza with sauce.
3)Cover matza and sauce with sliced portabello mushrooms (Optional. I’ve done it for the THING dish.)
4)Cover with ricotta or cottage cheese. (I actually prefer the cottage cheese but this one contains ricotta.)
5)Cover with shredded mozzarella.
6)The top layer of matza should be thoroughly covered with sauce.

Bake ~45 minutes.

Remove from oven and cover with shredded mozzarella. Let sit for ~15 minutes.


11th-Mar-2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yum! Thank you. I'll need to try that.

I _remember_ the mushrooms.
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