Dinner With My Husband – An Average Monday

August 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm 7 comments

Yesterday was a magnificent day.  It was one of those very, very rare occasions when I was off on a Sunday, and there were a zillion things I wanted to do.  You see, I work weekends.  Every weekend.  Yes, every.  Gasp!  *Steps up on soapbox.*  You know how on weekends you like to run errands – maybe go shopping, go out to eat, get some work done on the house?  Next time you’re out doing those things, recognize the fact that all of the people RUNNING the establishments you’re entering are working – yes –  on a weekend, instead of spending time with their families.  Maybe you could just think something nice about them, or be a little extra polite?  Ok, I’m off my soapbox, and back to the story. 


So I was off yesterday.  We moved to the Chicago area just over six years ago, and I immediately embarked on taking my husband on a full-scale tour of all the things I loved to do in my childhood:  the malls, the museums, the gardens, the parks, the theme park, the drive-ins (ahem), the lakes, and the forest preserves.  Somehow, there were two notable things that I missed, and they have been absolutely plaguing me this summer.  One is the giant flea market just south of Milwaukee, called Seven Mile Fair, and the other is the Bristol Renaissance Faire.  We’ve always meant to go, but recently I glanced up and realized SIX YEARS had gone by.  Holy crap!  I guess when you’re only off on a weekend once in a blue moon, you’re hard pressed to remember all of the things that can only be done on a weekend.  So, yesterday’s mission… was to do both.  We knew it would be a challenge, but we (read: “I”) were determined. 


The weather was flawless:  perfectly blue skies, and just the right amount of hot for an August summer day.  We gave a masterful performance.  We were at the flea market by 8am, and after spending a trifling $17 to make off with a ludicrous abundance of fresh produce from the farmer’s market, we were having lunch around noon-ish.  (Since I know you’re curious, we got 1 lb green beans; ½ pound sugar snap peas; 3 ears of corn; a cute little sack of russet potatoes; 4 roma tomatoes so pretty they don’t look real; 1 each red, yellow, and orange bell peppers that fall into the same category as the romas; 6 beautiful jalapeños; 2 mid-size sweet potatoes; 2 lbs of dark, dark red cherries; 2 peaches the size of your head; 2 nectarines; and 2 of these things called “cactus pears,” that I’m going to have to Google to find out how to eat.  Yes, $17.)  Lunch was at the new Famous Dave’s  that just opened up nearby, and since I knew we were going to be walking for at least 10 hours, I didn’t feel bad indulging in the bread pudding after my meal.  (Oh.  My.  God.  It was delicious.  Thank goodness Ian and I were splitting it, or I would certainly have eaten the whole thing.)  Off to the Ren-Faire.  What a treat!  I realized as we were pulling up that I hadn’t been there since high school, and it was absolutely delightful.  We left at about 6pm, having seen people eat mud, juggle knives while performing acrobatics, and joust.  Ian had his first rock climbing experience, and we were now carrying a new wool kilt (for him), and a giant pair of wings (for me).  The plan had been to go home, grill steaks in what became a very lovely evening, and whip up some of our new veggie treasures.  Well, not everything can go according to plan, right?  Ian was totally pooped, and just couldn’t work up to standing at the grill.  It still being Sunday – our usual pizza night – we decided to go ahead and order (oops, maybe I shouldn’t have had that bread pudding!!), and he volunteered to skip Tae Kwon Do the next night so we could do the grilling.  


So here we are, Monday night.  Ian did, in fact, come home after work, and we are just clearing away the dishes from a scrumptious meal.  (I should mention that Ian skipping Tae Kwon Do is a bit like the sun skipping rising, so it was a real treat.)  We even ate dinner at the table, with napkins and silverware, like real grown-ups!  We talked a lot about how much fun we had yesterday, a little about all of the social activities we have in the coming weekends, and how excited we are to see my BFF Luis in Paris next spring.  It is critically important, I’ve discovered, to remember to TALK to one’s husband now and again!  Try it – you’ll like it.


Tonight’s menu:


  • Grilled filet mignon, about 4-5 oz after cooking, marinated in a blend of Worcestershire, ground mustard, rosemary, and sage.  (We were supposed to be having this new parmesan / caper sauce, but Ian forgot the plan!  Lol – oh well!)
  • Grilled corn on the cob, which was seasoned with a wonderful blend of garlic, onion, salt, pepper and nutmeg before cooking.  We actually had no idea how to grill corn, but Google is a magical invention.  It turned out incredible.
  • Sautéed veg, including fresh green beans, sugar snap peas, and russet potatoes, in a very simple seasoning of EVOO, butter (and when I say “butter,” I mean Smart Balance), sea salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  • Wine was a 2003 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, called St. Francis. This has been one of our favorites for a while, but it’s been months since I pulled a bottle out.  It was fantastic – like a surprise visit from an old friend.  St. Francis runs about $12 in our area.
  • For dessert, I took a couple chunks of fresh Mexican cinnamon bread we had also picked up at the market, spread it with butter, microwaved it for about 15 seconds, then topped it with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon.  Yum!


When is the last time you went outside to play with your significant other like a couple of kids?  What did you do?  I’d love to hear about it in your comments!


All my love,


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Farewell to the Princess (Wo)Man Vs. Tofu

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  • 1. LMGM  |  August 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to see you guys in Paris, too! I’m getting ready to look for an apartment there, and I’ll hopefully be visiting places next week. Wish me luck!

    The corn sounds great, honey. A friend of ours taught us this neat trick for grilling fresh corn. You have to buy it with the husk still on. Then, you peel back the husk but DON’T remove it, pull out as much of the silk as you can, and then squeeze lime juice over it and dust it with chili powder or some other spicy mix. Close the husk back over it and grill until the husk has gotten pretty crispy and the corn is tender. Delicious.

    The veggies sound great, too! I have this huge head of cauliflower that I bought last week that i need to take care of soon. i think it’s time for cauliflower soup!


  • 2. (Wo)Man Vs. Tofu « Average Goddess Blog  |  August 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    […] Edamame was great.  Tofu was my last major unexplored soy frontier.  As you know, Ian and I recently went to the farmer’s market, and CLEANED UP.  I was dying to make a stir-fry, and I says to myself, “Self,” I says, […]

  • 3. PaintandSoul  |  August 15, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Mmm, I have had corn the way Luis prepared it, minus the chili powder but with some salt and other fresh spices. VERY delicious! I also learned I was an excellent husk manipulator during that grilling process.

    The last time I played with my SO (eek, though I don’t mentally use that term for him) was just last week. We romped with kittens, we used a cow pelvis as pretend armor, we fed calves, we got lost in a cornfield, went fishing, and all sorts of vacation on a farm types of things.

    I would also say this question could apply to when was the last time you did this with a best friend, or your parents, or someone else you desire a closer relationship with. I think playing with these people is such an important thing to do, though I usually think of it more in terms of memory building. While I may not remember just having leftovers at mom’s house, I will remember making her 8 martini shots and having a tasting, just the two of us. I remember all the exciting adventures we went on in CO recently on vacation. I remember all the fun little things my bestest and I do together: from berry picking to going to a strip club to roller skating to just going for a walk and to laze by the pool. Etc. And thank you my dear for reminding me of all those wonderful things!!

  • 4. averagegoddess  |  August 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Point well taken. It really comes down to finding every opportunity to celebrate the free spirit in all of us, which will make a lifetime chain of moments worth remembering. It’s so easy to take the world far too seriously… I think the more you can surround yourself with people who encourage you to be the lightest you can be, the more likely you are to not only get where you WANTED to be, but also enjoy the journey, which is all you really have.

  • 5. Meredith (LitC!)  |  August 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    My parents and I definitely have a great relationship, and we goof around often. My Mother and I tend to play more in the literal sense, and my Father and I tend to play more in the intellectual sense . . all three of us carry on great conversations that often leave us all in tears of laughter.

    One experience that sticks out in my mind is a recent shopping trip with my Mother. We went out in usual fashion . . nothing much in mind, just to go wander. We were in a clothing store, trying on clothes . . and just laughing! Joking, being silly, laughing more. There was another Mother Daughter team in there as well . . . they were similar in age to us. The both looked so unhappy . . . the Mother looked tired . . the Daughter was snippy. While her daughter was out exchanging a size, the Mother stopped me, a woeful look on her face and said “You two look like you’re having so much fun.”

    I felt sorry for her . . sorry for the fact that she couldn’t connect with her daughter. But I also felt happy too . . happy that I have such great parents . . . parents that allowed me to grow as a person . . . and who also grew right along with me.

    Life should have laughter . . and lots of it! 🙂

  • 6. averagegoddess  |  August 16, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Amen to that, sister! That’s so sad about that other mom and daughter! She should have tried on the silliest piece of clothing in the store and then asked her daughter for her opinion. 😀

  • […] September 1, 2008 You probably already know that Sunday night is pizza night, and that this is 526% non-negotiable.  This was the law even when I was in my “crazy person” stage of fitness and weight loss.  What can I say?  I loves the pizza.  But last night we didn’t have the pizza.  WHAT??!?  It’s ok, calm down… I haven’t been abducted by aliens.  We simply had pizza on FRIDAY, to celebrate the fact that my book (How To Be An Average Goddess) was finished, edited, and had finally been sent out for reviews.  (That, and I totally didn’t feel like cooking.)  So here we were on Sunday, and not to say I couldn’t have had pizza again (I could have it every day for probably months before becoming the slightest bit fatigued), but I wanted to try a new recipe… and I was overdue for that whole “talking to my husband” thing I mentioned in a previous blog. […]


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