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    Happy Wednesday!


    Today the four of us are off to Chicago for the day. Taking the train in to avoid traffic and parking headaches. Then we will bum around Riverwalk (along the Chicago River) for a while. And even though we've all been to Chicago numerous times, we're going to take a "History of the Skyscraper" tour with the architecture society, checking out the early skyscrapers spanning 1880s to 1930s. We will also pointedly AVOID being anywhere near hubby's office in the city.



    In between, we'll stop at a falafel place. Why eat the same ol' thing all the time? Last night was Spanish, today Middle Eastern, New Year's Eve is at local Japanese place! Plus, I want to try a relatively new Indian restaurant here soon before my kids head back to college. Maybe next week?


    What kinds of cuisine does your family enjoy?
    Carol

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    Oh that sounds fun Carol!

    We enjoy and eat a fair amount of middle eastern foods. Last night I had to giggle because I heard DS telling one of his online friends "you have to go to Old Jerusalem in San Francisco it's amazing". But we also eat a fair amount American foods - can't go wrong with a good burger.

    We are on break this week. We have a nice mix of screens, time with friends, and day camps planed. Today is a screen day - I have to henna / indigo my hair. I love the results, but it is such a drama - basically anything with your head upright causes it to run. Hence screen day.
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    HAHA! We are not adventuresome for food here. DH is a meat and taters and bread kind of guy and doesn't like and/or can't tolerate spices, etc. too much. Gotta love military gut aka whatever bug he picked up in Kuwait or South Korea.
    I will try new stuff, IF the place is clean. I am picky that way.

    Our last girls lunch out, I passed. It was at a traditional chinese food place and not only was it CRAZY expensive but the food bordered on ewww, those are spare parts not food.

    Working today. Ended up with 1 kid for the day . What a waste but it does help pay for groceries on Friday so....
    Interview for my last spot on Friday, crossing fingers they are semi-normal and they sign. I cannot handle any more special needs(I have a nut allergy/skin issues kid, a Downs kid, a SPD and possible aspergers kid, a hyperactive and major coping mechanisms kid AND his brother, undiagnosed autism who comes when not in school) AND the filling my last spot would be great and ease my mind and my pocketbook.

    Brother got moved to care facility for a month but is trying to get back to hospital. They don't have a cafeteria, so all food it take out and no choices, just what they bring in. Don't give meds nor change dressings. WHAT? Ummm, he has med needs ANYWAYS much less all the other meds he is on right now to keep infection away, etc. and definitely NEEDS dressings changed.

    Boys and DH are headed to movie today. During nap, so I will have a few hours of peace and quiet. I hope!

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    My part of Interior Alaska has a plethora of Thai restaurants, a bunch of Chinese places, a couple of "fancy" Italian places, a good Mexican spot, a couple of Japanese restaurants and one excellent Greek restaurant, as well as a number of burger joints and diners and the requisite fast food (Wendy's, Denny's, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Domino's). I haven't been to the Japanese restaurants - they are spendy and I doubt the kids would try anything, so we'd have to go on one of our rare date nights...but I always want to go to the Greek place (which is one of the few places left in town without 18 big screen TVs positioned in ways that no matter how you sit you can't avoid looking at them), one of the Italian places or Thai. We only ever have Chinese as take-out.

    When I was in grad school, I was close to DC, and I do miss the variety available there (Indian! Ethiopian! German! French!), but we have some decent restaurants, and I'd never have suspected Fairbanks would have more than a handful of Thai restaurants. I love Thai food.

    Oh! and in the summer months, there is a wonderful semi-permanent falafel stand just down the street...mmmm. Unfortunately, they are only open from late May to mid September.

    So yesterday morning I raced through the grocery store getting last minute stuff for dinner with our friend. The pork loin had to marinate for 6 hours, I had to pick up ingredients for the marinade and I was pushing it, timewise. Got home, got all the stuff put away, was just about to open the pork and Hubs says, "Oh, Bruce sent an email last night - he can't make it tonight. How's Thursday?" Sigh. Ok - gives me more time to clean. Except now they are calling for 6-12 inches of snow on Thursday, with high winds.(Snow is not usually much of an issue to us, but high winds are a big problem, and there is a weather advisory for Thursday.) I'm thinking this dinner is not going to happen any time soon. Maybe my house will be actually spotless by the time it does!
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    Ya, I think we are to get your high winds Baked AK after you. Sunday night cold front drops in and it is coming down from AK.

    BRRR Just in time for kids to start back to school around here. Glad I stay home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BakedAk View Post
    My part of Interior Alaska has a plethora of Thai restaurants, a bunch of Chinese places, a couple of "fancy" Italian places, a good Mexican spot, a couple of Japanese restaurants and one excellent Greek restaurant, as well as a number of burger joints and diners and the requisite fast food (Wendy's, Denny's, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Domino's). I haven't been to the Japanese restaurants - they are spendy and I doubt the kids would try anything, so we'd have to go on one of our rare date nights...but I always want to go to the Greek place (which is one of the few places left in town without 18 big screen TVs positioned in ways that no matter how you sit you can't avoid looking at them), one of the Italian places or Thai. We only ever have Chinese as take-out.

    When I was in grad school, I was close to DC, and I do miss the variety available there (Indian! Ethiopian! German! French!), but we have some decent restaurants, and I'd never have suspected Fairbanks would have more than a handful of Thai restaurants. I love Thai food.
    Wow. I would not have thought Alaska would have so many options! And we also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Thai food. A new Thai place opened here a few weeks ago. We also want to try that one. So much food, so little time and limited funds!

    The Historical Skyscraper tour was cold, but very interesting. Hubby walks by these buildings all the time, but didn't know all the stories about them or how beautiful some of the lobbies are. He and I will go back (another less cold day) and just walk around and explore them on our own. I also want to take a river cruise tour in the summer--he and dd have been, but I have not.
    Carol

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    HAHA! Our last girls lunch out, I passed. It was at a traditional chinese food place and not only was it CRAZY expensive but the food bordered on ewww, those are spare parts not food.
    Oh, the weirder the better for most of us, except maybe daughter once in a while. We had seafood paella last night, and my son would wiggle the squid tentacles in front of his sister each time he found one, before he ate it. We also had some sort of octopus appetizer that was really tasty. DD would only eat one without a sucker on it, though.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Oh, INmom, the picture in my head of wiggling fried calamari.
    I know its not fried in paella, but thats how I enjoy my squids.


    We are on break from schooling... boys were both at Grandmas today, so DH and I went to a late lunch at our favorite Japanese food.
    We frequently order a surf-n-turf roll, its kobe beef filet sashimi over shrimp....
    In the decade we have been going there, this mustve been one of the top two times for this dish being amazing. When the meat just dissolves in your mouth, and the flavorings that go with it just bring tears of joy. We contemplated ordering it again, but could it possibly be as good.
    We did also have the pickled octopus salad, something we have also liked for years.
    Anyways, that was our food for the day.

    I was talking to an English guy, trying to describe biscuits n gravy, which made me hungry for that. Alas, the only restaurant around here that makes it credibly isnt open for dinner. Tomorrow, I promise myself. Maybe Friday.

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