Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sheldon Does the Salsa

First week in the hormone filled school zone was just ducky. I may whip up a blog involving my amazing parking space overlooking the men's diving practice but for now I thought I'd recap my little Buttercup's nickname.

Nicknames are a funny thing. When your little bundle of joy arrives you coo out little terms of endearment, Sugar, Sweet Pea, Baby Girl. My Dad embarrassingly saddled me with Pooh for my love of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. This was prior to them being trademarked by Disney and other forms of over animation and glitz. Here I’ll mention this was a man whose own mama called him Buzz until the day she died.

A little innocent comparison to someone evolves in to something that sticks no matter how much you try and shake it. I once knew a kid named Nimrod who tried to convince me it meant mighty hunter. Snort, yeah right.

So what about Sheldon? Why pick such a nerdy name for our strikingly beautiful daughter? She is a born and bred overachieving smarty pants. Her favorite day, March 14th, Pi Day (3.14159265), math geeks unite. She was the kid who was having lunch everyday with the guidance counselor in 6th grade to figure what she needed to do to get her hands on scholarship dough. When I was twelve, I was happy to find my classroom and a seat in the back of the room.

Sheldon and "The Girl"

When the television show “The Big Bang Theory” came out, the most intellectual guy was Sheldon. She thought we called her that since she was so smart, in reality it was his desire to have only order in his life and color only in the lines. Assigned seating and color coordinated food became our norm. Sheldon begged us for a Periodic Table shower curtain just like the cast. Actually snorted when they told funny inside math jokes. Who are you? Were you switched at birth?

But she makes a mean Salsa, I mean the stuff is like heroin, I can drink it from a cup, why bother with chips.

Sheldon’s Salsa

28 ounce can whole tomatoes
Juice from 1 medium lemon
4 green onions
1 cup cilantro
½ white onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
5 jalapeƱos
1 whole tomato, cut X on ends
1 ¾ reserved liquid.

Place 5 jalapenos and tomato in a sauce pan with 3 cups of water, bring to a boil for 15 minutes, reserve liquid. Seed peppers and skin the tomato and liquefy with reserved liquid in a blender. I should mention it should be done in a well ventilated area and those darn peppers should be handled carefully. I once thought I blinded myself when I scratched my eye while handling. Run the remaining ingredients in a food processor and place in bowl, pour in pepper combination. If you’re inspired you can cut up a few avocados and throw in. Serve with tortilla chips.

But the Big Tuna and I are proud of our little flower, she graduated 44th of 808 kids in her high school class with a pretty darn good scholarship to ASU where she is triple majoring in secondary education, math and Geek. All I got left for those of you in the Big Bang Fan Club, Bazinga!!!

42 comments:

Tracy said...

Pi Day is big at my daughter's high school. I had never heard of it before then.

Ami said...

I think Sheldon is a great name.
And she's beautiful.

My son is 23 and majoring in civil engineering. I've heard he's handsome.

Shall we arrange their marriage? We know their kids will be smart. What better reason?

Nicole said...

She's lovely! And you must be incredibly proud. What's this I feel? Hope that my kids will do well, move out, and prosper?

dbs said...

Sigh. *wonders if his own kids will actually graduate from high school*

Ca88andra said...

Our middle son earned the nickname Scooter when he was 4 months old and started crawling at a rapid pace! The salsa sounds wonderful.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Not sure if it's good or sad - but geeks have a good shot at world domination!!

Have a great rest-of-weekend!

PS I'll see your 71 degrees, and raise you 85!

Ginger said...

I love the Big Bang Theory and Sheldon! My youngest son is a Physics Major and is appropriately nerdy. His nickname? "Klinto-Binto", LOL! Your daughter sounds precious and I want to try the salsa! Thank you for sharing this.

Mary said...

LOVE Big Bang Theory! the salsa sounds wonderful!

Hilary said...

I love the nickname... I make my salsa very similar, except I use lime instead of lemon and fresh tomatoes...

Snuggle Wasteland said...

She's gorgeous! Sometimes we refer to my son as Sheldon - for many of the same reasons. He doesn't have a periodic table shower curtain but I'm sure he'd love one if we bought it for him. (He's 10.)

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

Wow. Congratulations! 44th with a scholarship is very cool! She's really pretty and the salsa sounds great! :)

Emily said...

Beautiful and smart, a winning combination. And I think Sheldon for a girl's name is really cool!

Heather said...

All this time I worked in a hight school I thought Pi-Day was just some random date...duh.

She is gorgeous and smart....not fair.

(I will be trying to that salsa this week.)

LottieSpartacus said...

I love that she celebrates Pi day! My sister calls me Pooh and I have now become Aunty Pooh to her son...so I guess I will always be Pooh! Oh well...it could be worse (couldn't it?)

Karen and Gerard said...

You must be extremely proud of Sheldon. She sounds incredible!

Stopping by from Bloggers Over 40.

Accidental Baby Maker said...

oh my gosh Girl you Crack me up... thanks for the follow and you can add me to your list of "what is she going to say today" readers :o)

Kernut the Blond said...

What a beautiful girl! And I love the name. It's unique, but not weird like "Apple" (now there's a weird name). Plus, she's so smart... you don't even want to know what I was doing at twelve.

I Wonder Wye said...

Sheldon is strikingly gorgeous and sounds like she has the world on a string -- we need more smarty pants like her! Congrats!

Marnie said...

Sheldon is beautiful!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I think Sheldon is a great name and that is a lovely girl! And she comes with math skills, you are a lucky mom : )

ModernMom said...

Love LOVE it! Smart and she is gorgeous too:)...she will go far Mama!

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

Smart girls ROCK!!

Micheloui | The American Resident said...

She sounds fab--she can count and cook! ;)
(I can barely do the latter)

jessicabold said...

I am all for odd, out of the ordinary names or nicknames.

Except when my mom wanted to call me "Jessi-Mike" (true story)

Other than that....lovelovelove odd nicknames.

www.booshy.com <--- that's me!

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Beautiful and intelligent! Your lovely daughter has got the world at her feet. And she can cook too? Bloody hell, I don't suppose you can ship her over to the UK in a 'kid swap' exercise?!!

Sandra said...

Great picture! Both beautiful girls.
And now I need to drink a bowl of salsa...

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Facing50Blog.com said...

I was going to offer up my 'handsome' 22 year old son as catch of the day for Sheldon but Ami beat me to it - mine is handsome but he's in pharmaceuticals...no match for civil engineering.
I love the name Sheldon and she is just gorgeous. My dad used to call me 'Blot' yeah don't ask!
Off to Tweet about you dear 'featured blogger'
Carol

Kelly L said...

You have an amazing daughter... and I love your sense of humor!!!!
Thanks for the salsa receipe!
Kelly
I've Become My Mother

Johnnie said...

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Meg at the Members Lounge said...

Best. nickname. ever.

Love the salsa recipe, learned a long time ago to use gloved hands with jalapenos. Spicy contact lenses, anyone?

1 Funky Woman said...

I am so craving Mexican ok maybe just the margarita part of it, so I think I'll be making some of this salsa!

Well don't feel inferior, please! It is a lot of work. Basically the more blogs you make the rounds to and continue to comment and follow, then they eventually go over to your blog and follow you! Very time consuming but worth it. I have met so many wonderful, fun, crazy people in this world and my dear you are one of them :)!

Megan

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Holy crap. There's a Pi Day? How did I not know that? I thought I knew everything geeky.

Congrats on having a super kid!

Jim said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog thanks to Annie,Lady X.
You have a very talented child there. And I plan to try that salsa this weekend.

Bee said...

Your daugther is beutiful! And so nice she is a smarty pants!

Bodacious Boomer said...

I'm happy to see her salsa recipe has cilantro. It really bugs me when I see those that don't. Here in Texas salsa is almost a beverage. And a lot of folks gauge how good a cook you are by your salsa. BTW-I love that name for girl. It really stands out and that's a good thing.

EmptyNester said...

She's just like our DD1--graduated 45 out of 600+, full scholarship to Wofford College (the only way she could go-that place is ridiculous)-smart, smart, smart; majored in government and english (focus on brit lit)---her nickname? Breezy--she possesses no common sense. LOL

Gotta love daughters!

Clare and Gary said...

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http://floridafoodie.blogspot.com/
I've added you to my blog roll as I'm always looking for something quick to make :-)

Marla said...

44th! Go Sheldon!!

Sweet T Makes Three said...

You lost me after your parking space mention. Nice!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mrs. Tuna, sounds like you are justifiably proud of your daughter! And her salsa recipe does indeed sound delectable!