Monday, October 16, 2006

Wherein the Turners do fondue

Wow - what a weekend.

I'm posting from home today, because I have a dentist appointment and decided to take the whole day off.

Yes, my appointment is at 3 p.m. Shut up. I have three sick days and three vacation days left, and my time resets on November 11.

Plus, it's one of those rainy, nasty days that I always wish I could stay home. And so I am. Anna Marie is over the moon.

Anyway, on Friday night, Jason decided that his fondue pot (a gift from mom)had gone unused long enough. We had some raspberries from the auction (which I'd been pairing with Dove dark chocolate - yum!) and some fondue chocolate. We didn't have any fuel, but we had some tea lights.

Anna Marie saw us trying to get the chocolate to melt, and we tried to explain the whole fondue concept, but she didn't get it. In fact, she said, "I just don't get it. I wish I got it, but I just don't get it."

fondue 1

This is Jason explaining the fondue process, and telling her that it's considered bad form to let your mouth close around the fork (since you'll be putting it back into the chocolate).

fondue 2 copy

And this is Anna Marie taking her first taste of a chocolate-covered raspberry.

fondue 3

What's gonna work? Teamwork!

On Saturday morning, we had an early soccer game (8 a.m.? That's crazy!) and then decided to go to Tunica. No, we weren't trying our hand at the blackjack table - Anna Marie had gotten a Gap gift card for her birthday, and it was just as close to go there (and help the money go further) as it was to go to Memphis. Actually, it was closer.

concrete 1

Before we left, we went by mom's house to get Amanda. Dad was having more concrete poured in his shop.

This is how Anna Marie felt about it before the truck started pouring:

concrete 2

And this is how she felt after:

concrete 3

Anyway, Gap was a sucess, and I even found a pair of jeans for $12.50! I have never bought anything from Gap, so it was quite exciting.

Yesterday Mom, Amanda, Anna Marie and I went to Oxford to walk around the square. I got a couple of gifts at Square Books, Jr., and we ate at the San Francisco Bread Company.

As you can see, I needed a day off after the weekend I'd had.

Now I just have to make sure I don't squander the day by sitting around in my PJs drinking coffee all day.


Anonymous said...

i CANNOT believe you didn't invite me over for fondue!!! so what if i'm half way across the country?!

i'm with you on the vacation thing..i've still got some time to burn off before the end of the year, and of course we're getting busy, so there's no time to take. grrrrr..

i'd love to be home on rainy days. makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

p.s. - thanks for the Wonderpets i've got the song in my head. :op

Melissa said...

Yeah, Jason told Anna Marie that sometimes people have parties just because they're doing fondue, and that some restaurants only serve fondue. She was impressed.

Next time, maybe I'll have less than a 10 minute notice - what do you need, about three days to drive down?

I have the Wonderpets in my head too, because I bought Anna Marie her favorite episode for my iPod - the baby pigeon on the Statue of Liberty.

"The phone, the phone is ringing!"

Lissete said...

I LOVE fondue! We have a fondue restaurant nearby that we go to once in a while. We love the beer cheese & the chocolate of course. Danny just does not care for the "cooking your own food" part :)

We also make the cheese & the chocolate at home. But I always do it on the stovetop then transfer it to the warmer. I have no patience!

Melissa said...

I just remembered a funny story from my college days -

I was required to take a "running class" (funny, no?) and our coach was getting married and moving to Ohio at the end of the semester.

One morning during calesthenics, he was telling our class about going to register with his fiancee.

He gave extra credit to the first person to tell him what a fondue pot was, because he'd never heard of one before.

(Sadly, she broke the wedding off two weeks before it was set to happpen. He came to class the next day crying, asking how to uninvite 600 people to a wedding)