Thursday, March 27, 2008
JOB DESCRIPTION :Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES:The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION :Get this: You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS :While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays an d no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.
Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do...or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the job.
FOOTNOTE “THERE IS NO RETIREMENT -- EVER!!!'
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
We had a great time in New York - even though it was cold, we are used to that! My DD has most of the pictures - so I'll post some when I get them.
When we checked in she decided 'we' wanted rooms with a view so she chose the 21st floor over the 6th. I don't do well with heights! Just looking at this picture (that I actually took) makes me dizzy! I didn't find any yarn stores - wonder if there is such a thing in NYC? But the girls did a lot of shopping and even found some bargains. I had some quality time with my sister who came in from NJ for the weekend. We saw the new "A Chorus Line" on Broadway which was great. Could never live in the city though - just too used to my quiet country life!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I've been working on a couple of St. Patrick's Day projects (My maiden name is Donnelly after all!). This Shamrock dishcloth and a
A mini-accordion album -
just have to find some pictures to go in it - a good snowy day project.
I finally have some pictures of the State Cheering Competition in Augusta, ME. in February.
The girls did a great job - made it to the finals (call backs) and came in 4th in the state.
GO SUMNER TIGERS!!!!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I probably should name my blog "Grammie Knits, while Grampy Cooks"!His latest kitchen toy is this really cook spice rack that goes under the cabinet. After you fill them, you can select how much you need on the little dial and it will dispense just that much. Now how cool is that! It's called the Auto-measure Carousel and made by KitchenArt. He actually picked it up at Hannaford - a NE grocery chain- while food shopping.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
New England Clam Chowder
1 med onion, chopped 1 lg can chopped clams or 2 sm cans
½ lb raw bacon 2 qts heavy cream
2 Tbl garlic 1 Tbl lobster base
Black pepper to taste 1 tsp chicken base
2 potatoes, cooked, cubed
1. In soup pot, cook bacon; remove from pan and set aside. In bacon drippings, sauté onions & garlic.
2. Add pepper, clams & half the juice, and cream. Bring to a simmer.
3. Add lobster & chicken bases. Cook on low until thickened.
4. Add cooked potatoes. ENJOY!
Chicken Cacciatora with Olives
3 Tbl olive oil ½ dry white wine
3 cloves garlic, sliced 2 Tbl red wine vinegar
4-lb tender chicken, cut into pieces 20 ripe olives; 20 green olives,
1/8 tsp salt pitted/diced (I leave them whole)
1/8 tsp pepper 2 anchovy filets, chopped
1. In large pot, place oil and garlic. When oil is hot, add chicken, sprinkle with salt & pepper and brown slowly and thoroughly on all sides.
2. When chicken has a good golden color, add wine and vinegar. Add olives, and after a few minutes, the chopped anchovies.
3. Add several tablespoons water, and leaving fire on low, cook until chicken is done and sauce is thick and rich (about 45 minutes). Serves 4.