Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Best Mac & Cheese Ever and the Modification of a Meme

I would have to say that last night's holiday get-together was a rousing success based on how much food was not left to be put away and the amount of empty bottles that I need to put out for recycling tomorrow! Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves and Matt, once again, outdid himself with the food. I would have to say that out of everything he made (and it was quite the spread!), the Macaroni & Cheese was the best I have ever had in my life and I am quite happy to say that there was some leftover so that I can enjoy it at least a couple more times.

Rather than making Mac & Cheese with Lobster as I mentioned yesterday, Matt ended up using shrimp after finding out that lobster is going for $32 a pound. $32 a pound??? Good Lord!!! No wonder I've never had it! The shrimp was an excellent substitute, though, and we all raved about the mac & cheese as well as the pork roast which was melt-in-your-mouth tender and good beyond words; sadly none of that made it to leftover status. Matt really outdid himself this year and not a single person walked away hungry. As a matter of fact, most of us sat around holding our stomachs and groaning that we had eaten way too much but it was just so good it was hard to not have "just one more bite"!

Having a high-stress job that sometimes seems like it's non-stop, it's really nice when we can get together outside of work and relax a bit. I think we need it and I also think we deserve it because our whole department works very hard during the year. Oh, and as for "who was answering the 911 calls?" - Kevin and Dane were both working along with one of the schedulers but Matt made sure to drop food by for them on his way over. The only things they missed were the desserts (a chocolate fountain with all sorts of goodies to dip in it, apple crisp, and Flán), the alcohol (of which there is still a lot leftover so I guess I need to have people over again because I won't drink it), and the camaraderie (which by itself was great) but unfortunately someone has to work. Hopefully those that missed the party this year can make it next year.

Now, on to something completely different - Debbie Dolphin of the New England Lighthouse Treasures blog tagged me for the "Crazy 8's" meme awhile ago and I figured that I had best get to it before I found myself spending the holiday season in the dungeon at Bloggingham Castle. Because there are no hard and fast rules about doing the meme exactly as written, at least none that I know of, I'm going to actually make this the "Crazy 8's Divided by Two" meme as I don't believe I can think of eight things for each category without severely taxing my brain.

Is this cheating? Hmmm, I don't know ... perhaps I should consult Queen Mimi about it? Of course if I do that, then I might risk going to the dungeon for some archaic law like an "Improper Meme Change" or something! Better to ask forgiveness later than to seek permission first in this case! So, with no further hemming and hawing on my part I shall now proceed with the new - and what I like to call improved -

Crazy 8's Divided by Two Meme
8 ÷ 2 things I’m passionate about:
  1. Last night's Macaroni & Cheese with Shrimp - if you'd had the chance to try it, you'd have it at the top of your list, too! It was to die for I tell you!
  2. Fairness in all things.
  3. Blogging - go figure but 'tis true, I spend an awful lot of time on my blog and those of other people.
  4. Friends - They are the people that you can laugh and cry with and the world would be a sad place without them.
8 ÷ 2 things I say often:
  1. I feel like Death eating a cracker.
  2. How many more days until I can sleep in?
  3. American Ambulance, what's the address of your emergency?
  4. Will these stupid phones never stop ringing??
8 ÷ 2 books I’ve read recently:
  • I'm going to have to pass on this one because I can't think of one book I've read recently - never mind four! Does reading long blog posts count? I can think of a bunch of those and not just ones written my myself!
8 ÷ 2 things I want to do before I die:
  1. Visit England.
  2. See Amanda become an established artist.
  3. Be told "I love you" by someone really special.
  4. Watch my children and grandchildren grow up to become well-adjusted, happy adults.
8 ÷ 2 songs I can listen to over and over again, and probably have:
  1. "Come What May" - from the soundtrack for Moulin Rouge
  2. "Famous Last Words" - from the Black Parade CD by My Chemical Romance
  3. "Not a Day Goes By" - from the I'm Already There CD by Lonestar
  4. The following video -

8 ÷ 2 things that attract me to my friends:
  1. A sense of humor
  2. Honesty
  3. Compassion
  4. The ability to accept me as I am
8 ÷ 2 things I learned in the last year:
  1. Sewing pants on plushies can be tricky!
  2. It hurts when your daughter "glomps" you at a concert!
  3. People that you meet online can turn out to be absolutely fantastic and fun and good friends!
  4. Playing Guitar Hero can be a lot of fun even if you're almost 50!
So, now I need to tag 8 ÷ 2 other people to do this meme so I am going to tag Morgen and Mags because they were two of the wonderful blogging friends I had the chance to spend time with this year, Patti because she's had a heck of a last month or two and really needs the distraction (whether she thinks so or not!), and my very good friend who has a blog but not much on it so this is a gentle (?) nudge in the right (?) direction, MizCyn.

Now, if you'll excuse me there is some leftover Mac & Cheese with Shrimp and Flán calling my name! Ah, bliss!


  1. Hmmm not come across this one before, probably just as well for someone as math challenged as me.

    The Macaroni, cheese and shrimp is certainly a new one on me too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Best wishes

    This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

  2. not even a photo of the mac and cheese??? yeesh! ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  3. I love the Clever Comedy of dividing this crazy 8 Meme in half!
    And, you didn't break my rules... maybe, the rules of Olga, the Tagging Traveling Bra? What a Bra never knows will never hurt her!

    I am happy to see I'm not the only who has no free time for books after Blogging, reading a variety of blog posts, and posting comments!

  4. Macaroni & cheese is my absolute favorite. Yum. Also, I do think it's ok to alter a meme as long as you credit the original author (if you know who it is), especially if they are particularly long.

    I'm decorating the dungeon for Christmas this weekend. I'll be posting pics soon. As soon as I figure out how to decorate a prison. Do you think Martha Stewart wrote a book about that one?

    Oops! That was really bad! Sorry Martha.....

  5. "Be told 'I love you' by someone really special." I hope so for you. I hope so soon.

  6. Sounds like your get together was a ball! Love your crazy eight (divided by two)meme answers. WHEN you get to England I hope we get to meet up! :)

  7. I love Parties, Had one last Friday, another one tonite one next Sunday, (extended family) and my kids under my roof, good eats and good times!

  8. That mac 'n cheese sounds divine. Bee is right, no photo of it??

    I will get going on the meme soon. Just posted some "exciting" storm photos. I guess you are having the same yucky weather this morning.

    I love the things that attract you to your friends. I may copy that one.

  9. It sounds like a great party with wonderful friends and food. I'm almost back to par so where is the recipe for the Macaroni.

    I put up my manic monday early to give me another two days to become human.

  10. That Mac & Cheese sounds delish!

    Visiting England is a definate must. Love to see you here!

  11. The thing about these kinds of memes is that they've been around so often that it becomes almost imperative to find a new and clever way to answer them.

  12. sounds like a wonderful party....and fun people to work with!

  13. This sounds like a person I need to meet. I mean-even a chef likes to be cooked for! :)

    And also...this is the kind of tag i that's cut in half! I'll work on it straight away.

  14. Mine's up!
    And I mean that in a meme sort of way...


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