Feb 4, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

1. Mr. Bubbles enjoys his sleep. 

2.  Barrett baked a cake for her friend's surprise birthday party. 
We didn't get to taste it here at home.
It WAS a pistachio cake with some kind of awesome frosting.

3. Can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that prom is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about that prom dress. We've ordered two dresses online and unfortunately Barrett loves both of them.  She is having a difficult time making a decision.  

4. I moved my spice cabinet from above my cooktop to the lower cabinet beside it.  I bought some clear organizational bins and divided my spices up by category. 

As I was in the middle of doing this task, I turned around to get one of my bins and found this...

5. We drink a lot of hot tea in the Odom house. 
Mr. ManaTEA gets plenty of exercise. 

6. Barrett's high school soccer team plays indoor soccer in the winter to get ready for the spring season. Their games are on either Saturday or Monday at 10:00 PM! This is her getting ready to leave on Monday night. 
Do you know how hard it is to leave the house on an extremely cold Monday night to go play soccer? 

7. One of my favorite things to make for dinner in the winter is a chicken pie recipe that was in Brooke's Thanksgiving Cookbook from kindergarten.  
It seriously is the best recipe. 
I think it is the buttermilk that makes it so good.  
We've adapted it and experimented with the recipe by adding peas and carrots sometimes, by in the end the original  recipe never fails. 

8. I forgot to post this picture on Barrett's birthday post. 
I replaced her already picked out birthday outfit, that was hanging in her closet, with a new dress and  jewlery and this little note. 
I thought it was a great way to start her day.

She woke up to a brand new dress to wear to school on her birthday.  

9, Brittany (NICU nurse) is working tonight. She never texts us while she is at work, but tonight she did. 
Since she is a new nurse she is still experienceing new things. She was in the process of admitting  a baby that was delivered tonight at just 25 weeks gestation. I looked it up, this baby is the size of a dollar bill.  I am keeping Britt in my prayers tonight and especially keeping that baby and the parents in my prayers. 

10. I am sickened by the news tonight. 
I am ready for someone to stand up to it.
Why aren't we? 

Feb 2, 2015


We had a quiet birthday celebration for Barrett on her actual birthday, January 22. It was a school night and we had a family celebration planned for the weekend. We took Barrett out for a quick dinner at a mediterranean grill. Brittany was able to make it home to go with us and to spend the night.  After dinner we came home and had cake. Barrett is usually the birthday baker in our house, but this time I did the honors and made her an orange cardamom cake with orange-scented cream cheese frosting.  Yeah, mama can bake if she has to!   

Brooke flew in from DC on Friday and surprise, Mr. E came with her!  

That night Barrett opened her gifts - after holding her notebook paper sign, an Odom family tradition. 

We loaded the big car and settled in for a road trip because we had reservations at  Chef & the Farmer again. (It is over an hour away.)  It did not disappoint. 

(Watch the TV show here.)

(cute sous chef)

(beef bacon flatbread, pork belly kabobs, and fried collards)

(boiled peanut risotto with cornbread cake)

(pork chop with pickled apples and a gruyere-onion bread pudding)

(amberjack with capers and olives)

(fried catfish with garlicky bagna caudal and sunchokes)

(NY strip with blue cheese, candied almonds, and marsala mushrooms)

Saturday Mr. E, Brooke, Barrett and one of Barrett's friends went to the UNC Chapel Hill basketball game. (Brittany had to go back to her apartment to prepare for working Saturday night.) Mr. E is a UNC graduate so he was excited to go. 

Saturday night we listened to music, ate fajitas and played Phase Ten.

 I lost.

Jan 30, 2015

Wanna Go To London

 Cathy and I were neighbors in another neighborhood when my two older girls were in preschool and before Barrett was born.  Our children played together, we carpooled to preschool, we babysat for each other, we were good friends.  Both of our families moved out of that neighborhood around the same time. Since then we've bumped into each other  here and there, exchanged Christmas cards and occasional emails. We have always made plans to get together, but it just never happened.

I bumped into her at Costco about ten days ago.  We made plans to meet for lunch the next day and this time we actually followed through. We had such a nice time catching up and talking. As we were saying our good-byes and getting ready to leave she asked what I was doing the next week (this week).

After mentally running through my very overbooked schedule (sarcasm), I replied, "Nothing."

She quickly came right back at me with, "Wanna go to London?"

And so we did!

Let me explain:  Cathy has been a flight attendant for thirty years. She works out of Raleigh and only works one flight - the direct flight to London. She has been flying back and forth to London for fifteen  years, several times a month. She usually has a three day trip, leaves Monday afternoon and comes back Wednesday. She thinks of London as her second hometown and knows everything about it. The trip this week was a little unusual because her layover was until Thursday.  So she had all day Tuesday and Wednesday in London.

Since Brooke (my daughter) is a flight attendant with the same airline I get some great perks. Brooke was able to add me to the stand by list and I was able to fly for a very small fee.  And since the flights each way were only half full, flying stand by wasn't a big risk.

So long story short, I went to London this week!

I packed very light, just a carry on and didn't take a "good camera". I only took pictures on my iPhone and really didn't take a lot pictures like I usually do - I was too busy marathon walking!

I got three seats all to myself and notice I had no neighbors across the isle! 
No complaints here!

Cathy brought me the "good food" from the front of the plane along with the tablet and headphones Business Class uses to watch movies.

We landed around 6:30AM.

 After dropping our stuff off at the hotel and freshening up,we headed out to see Kensington.


Who knew there was food in Harrods?

I was fascinated by the food displays in Harrods.

So let me get this straight, 
 after you go and purchase a Saint Laurent or Alexander McQueen dress,
the latest Salvatore Ferragamo shoes
and a Chloe bag, 
you can head on downstairs and pick yourself up a meat pie, loaf of bread or whole chicken to roast for dinner!
How convenient! 

The tribute to Dodi Fayed and Princess Diana in Harrods.

After Harrods we walked to the 
Victoria Albert Museum to look at a wedding dress exhibit. 

That night we went to eat at a french restaurant called Cote. It was really good. 
On our way there we had to stop and smell the flowers!

The next morning we dropped by to see if Kate and William were home, aka we walked by and gawked at Kensington Palace.

Will and Kate live in the shorter section on the left.
Their area of the "yard" has a wall around it. You can barely see it through the gate.

This is the gate where all of the flowers were laid when Princess Diana died.

(from the internet)

This is the street in front of Kensington Palace. 
I was surprised at how close other houses mansions were. 
(the palace is on the right)

We then took the Tube (subway) to the Covent Garden area of London. 
We walked through Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

(my first peek at Big Ben)

We went to see the Les Miserables matinee.
We had better seats then what the picture shows. I took this while standing in line for the loo.    

After the play we headed towards Big Ben

and walked around Westminster Abbey.

We almost made it in time to go in. The last people were just coming out when we got there. 

We then took the Tube back to Kensington.
I wanted to get some English cheese to take back and  Cathy wanted me to see how awesome the Whole Foods was, so we headed there. 

We have a nice Whole Foods here in Raleigh, but ours does not have a CHEESE ROOM!
Does yours?

I loved the display and variety of eggs. 
You can't tell from the picture, but these are green, blue and pink eggs 
(and of course the brown eggs too).  

 We then finished up our two days in London with dinner at Bumpkins

We got back home yesterday around 3:00PM.

This week has been.......

Did you get to do anything exciting?


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