In this picture, back row Don, Charlie & Keith, front row, Karen Kris & LaVaune. In order of age would be: from youngest to oldest: Karen, (David is missing from the picture), Don, Kris, LaVaune, Charlie, & Keith.
So... I had two couples over for dinner today. Guy & Nikki, Barb & Bob. Today was the first time this year for Barb & Bob. I like all of them. Barb reminds me of my Auntie Joy that passed away quite a few years ago. Barb has the same kind of personality. My only problem is - Guy & Nikki don't care a lot for Barb & Bob. Mainly because Barb talks so much. I'm okay with that... and I know Guy has trouble because then HE can't get a word in edge-wise. *smiles* Bette talks a lot too. But... Bette & Barb are BOTH married to guys who are very quiet, so to me it's a no-brainer, that when they are with other people that they can socialize with... they do! Next week will be interesting, because I'll have all three couples (Bette & Walt got in tonight) over for dinner in my tiny apartment! *smiles*
Today I made Rouladen for dinner. It's a delicious German dish (at least that's where *I* learned how to make it - in Germany). You take some thinly sliced Top Round steak (3" X 6-8"), lay a slice of the meat out, spread mustard over it, sprinkle salt & pepper, then place a quarter dill pickle, a slice of cooked bacon, and a green only on one end and roll it up. I use toothpicks to hold them together. Then you brown the rolled meat and let it simmer in gravy until it is cooked and tender. I made 12, I think I still have half of them left (some of the meat slices were huge this time!). It IS good leftover though. Then, I decided to make instant mashed potatoes to go along with it (I *knew* I should have gone to the store to get some potatoes to quarter & have boiled potatoes, which is what my German landlady used to make with her Rouladen). But... I used a measuring cup I seldom use, I thought it was a little large for a 2 c, but AFTER wards, I found out it is a 4c measuring cup (it doesn't have "cup" measurements on the side... I don't know where in the world I picked this measuring cup up... but now I know... 4c!). SO... I used too much water and ended up making potato soup! LOL! It was okay... I cooked it down a little... but it was still a little runny! And I made mixed vegetables to go along with the dinner. For desert I made 7-layer bars (just using a mix). I also made Rice Krispie squares this morning and I made Rotel Cheese dip for an appetiser. I usually make an appetiser to have ready when my guests arrive, and then about an hour & a half to two hours later, I serve dinner. I had a bag of the Tortilla scoop chips. Anyway, for the Rotel cheese dip, I get the MILD Rotel diced tomatoes (in a can), you take a block of Velveeta cheese (not the smallest one) and you use browned hamburger. You cut the velveeta into cubes and melt it down (I did it in the microwave with stirring every few minutes). Then put the Rotel tomato stuff in along with the hamburger (cooked & minced?). Stir it all together, heat it a little more and it's done. I think I'm making it sound more difficult to make than it is. LOL!
I also watched most of the football games today, I was rooting for the Jets & the Vikings... guess who won... NOT the Jets or the Vikings! So... now in 2 weeks I'll have to figure out who to root for, the NO Saints or the Indianapolis Colts. I've been to Indy, but never to New Orleans. Hmmm? I don't think I really care which wins. Barb & Bob are from MN, so of course, we were rooting for the Vikings today!
My company left about 5, with most of my dishes done & feeling over-stuffed, I laid down for about an hour and then went down and cleaned out my car a little, so I could make room for Bette & Walt's luggage. I REALLY need to get my car detailed!!!! (and I'm too lazy to do it myself!).
Oh yea... and today was VERY voggy... you couldn't even see Diamond Head from my apartment. Hopefully it will go away soon. The Vog comes from the volcano activity on the Big Island, when the wind blows just right (from the SE) then the "Vog" comes over the rest of the island chain.
Bette & Walt got in just after 7, so I headed in to pick them up. I'm about 15 minutes or so away from the airport, so if someone calls me (that I am expecting in at the airport) when they land and before they get off the plane, I can generally be there at the baggage claim to pick them up by the time they taxi in, get off the plane, get to the baggage claim & get their luggage. It works pretty good. In fact, if I want to, and if I know exactly when they are coming in (I use flight aware online to watch their progress), then I can often see their plane as it is coming in, from where I live.
Anyway... it was GREAT to see Walt & Bette. I took them into the Pagoda where they stay each year (in the same room!), helped them get their luggage up to their room, and then we walked across the street to where Nikki & Guy are staying and we had dinner with them (about 8:30 or so). I left them about 10pm to head home.
Tomorrow I am off from work. The building management folks are having someone come & clean out the dryer vents (that go to the outside), for my building tomorrow. They said they needed someone at home tomorrow (no idea what time they are coming or how clean I need to have my laundry area for access). So... I'm taking a comp day. I'm HOPING that they come in the morning so I can head into town for some quality beach time in the afternoon.
I'd like to go get my nails done tomorrow, get my car washed, maybe I can get it vacuumed out too? Then I'd like to get some beach time in. Time will tell.
Okay... now it's midnight... guess I should sign off and think about getting to bed soon.
P.S. My youngest daughter still hasn't had her baby... although she's been having irregular contractions now for the past few days. At this point, I am hoping she can hold out til Wednesday because that is the adoptive mother's birthday. That would be a wonderful present for Melanie (the adoptive mother)!