oodles and oodles of photos

To make up for my complete and utter lack of posts lately, I’m supplying you with a dozen or so shots of the kids in various states of cuteness. Enjoy!

The Human Hoover

Hoovering grapes.

Hoovering peas.

Chortling at being caught in the act.

Tongue Boy

Caught in the act of standing up. Not fast enough, Mom! You can’t catch me doing anything impressive on camera!

Here comes the tongue.

It’s like it has a mind of it’s own.

And now, in retaliation for all your picture taking, I will drool all over you. Mwahahahahaha!

Rocket Man

Rocket Man visited us this week, just in time for Liam’s Halloween party at school. Good thing, too. There were seven Spidermen in his school that needed some competition.

Time for Rocket Man to take off and save the universe!

Tongue Boy: Part Deux

An innocent young boy, playing with his car.

Uh oh. Here it comes again.

Rocket Man on Hiatus

After a busy day of saving the school of the bad guys, Rocket Man takes his super car for a spin around town.

Never fear, even without his cape and mask, our superhero is ready to take on whatever evil befalls us.

The hero shot.

Kitchen Equipment

We wanted to replace the original oven in our house. Though it worked, it was rusting inside quite badly. I’ve never seen an oven rust out on the inside, I can only think it was from disuse. The woman we bought the house from had a separate gas cookstove set up in the garage when we first looked at the house. Why, we can’t say, when the built-in kitchen is beautiful.

In any event, we decided to replace both the oven and the stove at the same time. Before we decided on a type of electric stove, I did some reading up on it. It turns out an induction stove is just over twice as efficient as a standard resistive electric stove, and also the radiant electric stoves (with the red burners under the glass). We went to the factory showroom and got a demonstration, so the decision was easy.

The conclusion: If you’re not cooking on an induction stove, you must be living in a cave. This is by far the best way to cook I’ve ever used. The thermal response is as quick as gas (which is only 40% efficient, apparently a lot more heat than I thought just goes around the sides of the pan and heats up the kitchen), and the level of control is better. Here’s the stovetop:

Induction Hob

By the way, if you notice the nice red cast iron teapot, that works perfectly on the induction cooker as well. Faster than the electric kettle we had, so that goes to the thrift shop too.

Here’s the front of the oven. I didn’t shoot the interior, it’s an oven. You’ve seen one before.


The only requirement with the induction stove is, the pans must be magnetic steel or iron. If you ask me about it, I’ll tell you the physics about that requirement. For us, it meant a colleague got my commercial Calphalon pans for a hell of a good deal, and we ordered a new set of stainless steel pans from All Clad. Great pans, but a bit pricey. However, with the dollar becoming more worthless by the day, it was in our (and America’s) interest to buy them from the US and have them shipped here.

The shipper sent them the slow way, so we only had three pans we could cook with for six weeks. But, they finally arrived. Shiny, huh?


While I was spending ridiculous amounts of money on pans, I thought I’d go ahead and get a set of measuring cups from the same outfit. They look just like tiny pans. Anyway, they don’t work any differently than the five dollar Ecko measuring cups we had, they just look cooler.


And, here’s as far back as I can stand in the kitchen for the wide angle shot:


I wonder if I should replace the plastic masonry anchors that are holding up my pan rack with metal lag shields. The eye lags haven’t budged since I installed them. Can you imagine the racket that would make if that rack ever pulled down? I don’t think it would do my tile counter top any good, either.