Sunday, July 7, 2013

King of His Castle

Bah, Endless Engineering and Beer Girl have been using up all my fictitious spare time. You would have thought once I completed college I’d been rolling in time. Basking by the pool and the swim up bar. But no, that would have been simply way too silly to consider. Instead I am resisting the urge to mainline No-Doze at 9 PM when trapped at the office working. Yes working after getting in at 6 AM. I am reading some of Beer Girl’s best work.  A recent write up she is submitting for a potential award.

"Placement of the channel was also critical. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the area, the channel was placed behind the trees along Rabbit Road, so no trees were harmed during this process. The squirrels were very pleased to have their trees." 

I.Am.Not.Kidding. Needless to say it hasn’t left me anytime to post fabulous updates on my life. Because basically, I no longer have one.  



Instead I will go back to my lovely vacation a month ago to California. The last time I had any fun at all. We stayed at our time share in Avila Beach, right on the ocean and simply fab.  We had a neat ocean view if we carefully leaned out over the balcony and looked to the right.  But they waited on us hand and foot. Our fridge was crapping out, no worries, they just wheeled in another.  Heaven forbid I couldn’t chill my wine and freeze ice cubes. Everything else is incidental.  Sheldon used her new job sales skills and scored us lots of extra free wine tasting tickets. Sniff, so proud I raised her with her priorities in the right place.

We decided one day to make a field trip up to Hearst Castle. In retrospect, taking the Brit with us emphasized the how uncouth and uncool Americans really are.  Earlier in the year we did the Birthday Cake Castle in Phoenix.  He was a bit horrified that he had to wear shoe booties inside so as not to mar the floors. He pointed out that he’d spent his youth climbing all over the strongholds of Europe without so much as a guide. Yeah, well, we have only a teeny tiny history here Bucko so we have to add hoopla.

Hearst Castle was pretty darn cool but a bit of a racket. After reserving your tickets, you are limited to see only certain rooms and for the love of God,  STAY ON THE CARPET PATHWAYS! Practically armed guards to make sure you don’t wander off willy nilly.   But they had cool wild zebras on the property. We practically crashed the rental car in our attempt to stop and take pictures.



Now my baby girl has started her own blog, the New Mrs. G, to discuss all things Pinterest. The same as crack for crafters. I sneeze at glitter and glue sticks make me dizzy. Please go over and leave her a little comment love and encouragement.  In her honor I’m posting one of her favorite recipes.

Popovers
1 cup four
½ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
Shortening

Sift flour and salt into bowl. Beat eggs and add milk and butter.  Pour into flour mixture. Beat until smooth for 2 minutes with electric mixer. Important that it is smooth and not lumpy. Pour batter into shortening greased muffin tins. (Cast iron, THE BEST!) Bake at 375 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. No peeking or it will cause them to fall. Serve with butter and jam.

My Sistah, husband and the Girl met us there as well. An interesting twist was the Girl changed her Facebook status to “In a Relationship” while there.  But I am obviously blocked since only Sheldon could verify. Not to worry, we tortured her appropriately.  That’s my job right?

The Girl, Day 5 of Captivity



As you put yourselves to bed, please think of those of us chained to our desks at midnight. Good week (or month at this rate) Team Tuna.



20 comments:

Kristy @Loveandblasphemy said...

I saw you posted on my old blog in May. I now have a new one - Love and Blasphemy! Sounds like you've been working hard - yikes!

MWAC said...

Both of U writing Blogs? Agh! Choke! Snort!
How about some Prime Rib to go with the popovers, sure the Brit would like that.

Chris Dean said...

I am beyond impressed that "major award material" post didn't throw you into a seizure.
And Birthday Cake Castle? I'm having visions of Hansel and Gretel now. Must google it...

mama .bonnie said...

You know, because squirrels need their trees or they wouldn't be tree rats :o/
Hope you find time to yourself soon because it's better to be dreaming of a trip coming up instead of those that have already happen ;o)

Life in a Small Town said...

We went to a palace in Copenhagen..the one that the queen uses for official functions..and we had to wear booties. That was the first time that's happened.

Laoch of Chicago said...

zebras!

Empty Nester said...

I certainly hope your efforts are rewarded on payday. Unless, like those of us in education, you do it for because you love it not because you're interested in getting rich. Ha! I'm going to visit her blog now!

coralie cole said...

Okay, okay I admit I am a lurker and have read your hilarious blogs for SOME TIME now! I'm glad to see you are BACK in spite of the forces of the cubicle-lords and inept co-workers eating up your blog-time (gaaahhh!!!) Oh, and next time show the manboy Mystery Castle!!

brenda said...

No such this as 'extra time.' On a side note, Avila is one of my favorite places on the plant. I went to school at Cal Poly and return to the Avila at least once a year. Glad you enjoyed.

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

Last time we were near Big Sur I tried to get a visit to Hearst Castle into the schedule. Alas, wine detoured us. It's still on the bucket list. Yay Sheldon for blogging - will pop over to visit!

xo

Hilary said...

oh that facebook relationship status update - gives everything away. that is how I learned about my neices relationship...

Anonymous said...

Work or not it is time for the bat cave. Glad you had a good time in California. I loved the photos.

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

Well. We wouldn't want to piss off the squirrels now would we ; )

Vapid Vixen said...

I LOVE zebras. Wrecking the car would have been worth it.

Jim said...

Good to see you at my 'post' today! Looks like a great trip to the castle and environs! Love that last shot of The Girl!! Happy!

Ann Jones said...

I love popovers :) I haven't made a batch in forever though! Sorry you are having to work so much, I hope things calm down for you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mrs Tuna, thanks so much for reminding me of popovers! I haven't made popovers in years! Now I'll get on a kick and make them everyday for two weeks, then again it will be years ... No moderation here, I'm afraid.

Carole said...

Unchain yourself from that desk - at midnight you should either be sleeping or partying! Cheers

julie gardner said...

Sorry.

I couldn't read any words after "swim up bar".

Can you tell I didn't get a vacation this year?

Yeah. I'd even wear shoe booties to go somewhere cool.

(And now your probably figured out that I read your entire post. Dang.)

Jojo said...

We visited Big Sur once but never made it to Hearst Castle but I love the California coast.

So glad to see that you've finished school. What is it about work these days? There's a part of me that envies friends my age who've retired. I love my work but like you, my days are very long. I'm sticking with the attitude that it will keep us young LOL!