Day 163: Still waiting

June 12, 2007

This evening, L and I made Lamb Chops and Early Spring Salad [recipe, minus the great sounding mashed potatoes] and the house now smells tremendously meaty. Eating lamb seemed a little wrong after singing the “Baa Baa song” from the “Baa Baa book” to Baby A while she clutched her little farmyard lamb toy only minutes earlier.

The lamb chops were cut from a rack of lamb, making this a particularly pricey meal. The meat was simply seasoned with salt and pepper and broiled on all sides.The salad features fennel, celery, radishes, radicchio, romaine lettuce, scallions, mint, parsley and essence of garlic. The dressing was made with lemon juice and zest, olive oil and salt and pepper. Ricotta salata was sprinkled on top. The salad and lamb were accompanied by crusty bread.

The lamb was beautiful; succulent and tasty and cooked to perfection. The salad was adequate. It was fine, it would have been a good side dish. The meal really lacked a decent accompaniment to the meat. Serving an $8 chop with a green salad seemed to be on the unbalanced side. Some fresh vegetables and new potatoes and a sauce of some sort would have been perfect. Mint sauce or a black cherry/ onion glaze would have been beautiful, and would have complemented the lamb very well. The bread and salad seemed to belong with a different meal. But, the lamb was beautiful, albeit extremely extravagant for such a little piece of meat.

Moving on, tomorrow we will be having London Broil with Mushroom Vinaigrette. I haven’t yet checked to see if we get a decent side dish with the meat. First thing in the morning we are meeting our realtor to look at two offers on our condo. The people who said they would like to buy all our furniture put an offer in yesterday. It was unfortunately for considerably less than we had hoped, particularly as we already lowered our asking price considerably. Fortunately another couple, including she who shares Baby A’s name, are planning to put in an offer. They are going to think about it overnight and call it in to the office at 8.30am. The first party also have the option to revise their offer in light of the competition. We have been walking on eggshells today waiting for news, but we will have to wait another 12 hours or so. We have all fingers and toes crossed that someone offers us an amount we’d be happy with so we can move on to the next phase of our life. And if we accept an offer, I can’t wait to not have to clean the kitchen every five minutes, or to have to leave with a few moments notice.

We had a really good quote from a moving company today; they would do all the packing and moving for about $100 more than we have been quoted for just the move. Given that I’ll be 7 1/2 months pregnant when we move and it already feels like it is a million degrees inside and out, I am very keen to outsource the move. Actually we don’t have that much “stuff” at all in the grand scheme of things, but what we do have is heavy- mainly books. This would be the first move that we haven’t done ourself, except for moving overseas; how very grown up.

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  • Reply Joannie June 13, 2007 at 7:43 am

    How wonderful that you have 2 offers! I hope it turns out well. It seems things have moved rather quickly so far. It’s always a good sign when you can get a contract quickly.

    Moving while pregnant is tough but you’ll manage. One day you’ll look back and tell your girls all about it and you’ll all sit in amazement that you managed to pull it off.

    Have you thought about taking a break in this project during the move? I know those first few days in the new house are chaotic and it’s easier to just order in or make pizza. Or in your case pasta with pesto.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project June 14, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Thanks Joannie, things have moved quickly- we were told to expect a 6 month wait before selling, so we’re very happy. We’re also trying to make the move as stress-free as possible, and I won’t be lifting anything. We are planning to keep doing the project throughout the move, although conceivably we may have to hijack someone else’s kitchen, or be outside on a camping stove or grill…

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