Day 18: Pizza & Craigslist

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How do you tell about a day when it’s a blur?  We have a tendency to stay up too late, and I have to confess that it has caught up with me.  To make things worse, my back is keeping me from sleeping well at night.  No bubble in my personality today.  No person in my personality.  I am a zombie.  A zombie, slogging with a bad back.  drool. growl.

But in spite of my complaining, we did have a good day.  I took Kaitlyn, Lydia, Natalie and Becca to help set up for the potato wedding.  Calvin went along as a mascot, and I was the driver.   Thanks to my back I wasn’t good for much else, but I did get to meet some delightful ladies whom I had hitherto only known through the grapevine or the internet.

Megan stayed home with the rest of the little ones, teaching them important life lessons like how to glue their hands together with Elmer’s glue.  If I were my dad, I would make Megan write a paper about the properties, chemical composition, and manufacturing of Elmer’s glue.

On our way home, we stopped in to take care of a friend’s cats while she was out of town.

I dropped the kids at home to start making pizza, then left to meet a Craigslist seller who brought me the WRONG item.  Argh.  He agreed to go home for the right stuff and bring it all the way to my house later in the evening, and I ended up buying what I originally wanted plus the wrong stuff.

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Then I rushed home to meet two separate Craigslist buyers.  One asked to reschedule at the last minute – again.  The other went off without a hitch.

When I got home, I found an ironing board propped against my house.  As it turns out, it belongs to the family of tomorrow’s bride.  Perry is on his way to take it to them right now.

A few minutes ago, some friends dropped off two precious babies for Megan to watch while the parents are out.  One is a little girl.  I think Calvin is twitterpated.  He entirely ignored the little boy who is just his age, and sat next to the 8mo girl with his arm draped casually around her shoulder.

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OK, actually he divided his time pretty well, but two boys are far more active than a girl and a boy, so all my pics of the boys turned out blurry.

Next on the agenda: Take a whiny Calvin upstairs for his bedtime snack, and then it’s early bed for this tired mom.  If you know me, you’re probably laughing, but I mean it.  Yes, I’m taking my phone to bed with me.  What’s that you’re saying about electronics and poor sleep habits?  I can’t hear you. I seem to have a small piece of fluff in my ear.

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  1. Sheila Mom to Seven says:

    Back to the pizza, do you have the recipe anywhere that I can find it? 🙂

    • Sheila, I’ve shared it a few times, but our recipe evolves over the years. This post about how to feed a family for 50 cents/person includes the current version of my pizza crust. For sauce, we usually cheat and use canned spaghetti sauce, but it’s easy to make your own homemade pizza sauce. Then just top as desired and bake as high as your oven goes and watch it closely. Mine tops out at 450, which gets the crust crisp and cheese nicely browned in about 12 minutes.

      • Sheila Mom to Seven says:

        Mmm, I’ll certainly be trying it. Thanks for sharing!
        (Our current recipe works well as rounds, on a stone, but I’ve been wanting to do pan pizza in jelly roll pans.)

        • Sheila Mom to Seven says:

          I forgot to ask – how big are your pans, baked at 450 for 12 minutes-ish?

          • The ones in photo are 11×17. But we cook round pizzas for about the same amount of time. I have noticed that pizza in metal pans cooks much more quickly than stoneware. You’ll need to add 3-4 minutes if you use stoneware.

  2. What a cute photo of the little ones! 🙂

    A book titled “8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back,” by Esther Gokhale, helped me enormously, and I have to admit I didn’t follow all of the steps because following just some of the advice helped me so much.

  3. That pizza looks really good!

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