Monday, July 16, 2012

The REAL True Honest-to-Goodness Last Last Supper (Probably)

We returned to the NICU yet again this morning. We could have taken the boys home but the nurse said she recommended that we leave them for just one more day so they could work on their eating a little bit more. While Martin is being a bit of a pig Elliott gets very tired still and could use the benefit of five or six more hospital feedings. The nurses have better tricks than we do for feeding them.

Martin has been a bundle of writhing energy these past two days while Elliott has been pretty sleepy. It's the complete opposite of a week ago.

After a good visit this afternoon we reluctantly left the hospital and returned home where I spent the rest of the afternoon haggling with car dealerships to try to get a new car that will actually fit our car seats.

2012 Stone Ledge Farm Share (Week 6)

After that we ran out ot get the farm share. This week we got two pounds of summer squash, two cucumbers, a head of Early Jersey Wakefield cabbage, a head of red leaf lettuce, a bunch of parsley, a bunch of summer spinach, leeks, dill, a basket of sugar plums, a basket of peaches, a basket of blueberries, and a basket of apricots.

Grilled Romaine an Leeks with Cucumber Cream Dressing

Grilled Caesar Salad with Leeks, Bacon, and Anchovy

I started out tonight by grilling up the Romaine from last week and serving it two ways. For Lauren I served it with grilled leeks and creamy cucumber dressing. For Jen and I we had ours with grilled leeks, Caesar dressing, anchovies, and bacon.

Cucumber Yogurt Salad

I also sliced up the cucumbers from today's share and served them with a little red onion, green onion, salt, pepper, yogurt, and honey.

Ethiopian Escarole Soup with Summer Squash

For a main course I made the unusual choice to make a soup. I browned garlic and onion in a little butter and olive oil. Then I tossed in potato, summer squash, chopped escarole, garbanzo beans, tomato puree, Berbere, and water. I simmered it for a while and we enjoyed another outdoor hot soup of the summer. Maybe our last summer soup for a while. Almost certainly our last outdoor meal for a while.

Ithaca Beer Company Partly Sunny

I enjoyed a Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company along with what may be our last outdoor meal in a while.

After eating we went over to Longford's for some ice cream and came home to a screening of Back to the Future III. Well, we just watched it, really. I just call it a "screening" because I like to practice being an asshole.

If things go as planned (which so far they have not) the guys will be returning home with us tomorrow morning. Finally we will be able to have them in our home. This will be a little weird. At the moment it has just seemed like an odd experiment whereby some people let us go visit, feed, and change some babies daily in a hospital as some sort of experiment. Tomorrow things will get very real.

It's the only thing that makes me feel a little less confident about our hospital. What kind of doctors and nurses just let a pair of incompetent fools like us take some babies home to live with us for the better part of twenty years.

It just seems medically irresponsible.

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