Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday--More Mermaid

I love that I see Sharon B's "Work in Progress Wednesday" post in the middle of Tuesday afternoon. It's nice to be reminded so early. (Or look at it another way, to have an excuse for being so late to post my Wednesday report.)

I was going great guns on Emerald Mermaid last week. It was just too cold and freezey to do much else. So the dude and I watched Elementary--one a night, we're half a season behind--while I stitched. That progress came grinding to a halt. This Sunday was our turn for Sunday dinner (briskett, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, and peanut butter cup cookies) and we had to prepare for Monday's cookbook club--"family favorite recipe." The dude made scones, and I made a potato babka; the recipe starts "grate five pounds of potatoes."*

Having recovered from my babka coma on Tuesday, I got back to the mermaid, and I even put a few stitches in her today at work-stitching.

She's getting there. After I finish her tail, I have to turn my attentions to her seaweed rope. I may have been optimistic thinking this would get done this month (when am I not?) But the good news is, I can always give it to my mother unframed. She's cool.

*It's not like sweet babka. It's also apparently very localized to Eastern Poland--and my peeps left Vilnius (now Lithuania) in the late 19th century. Funnily enough, I think the cookbook club would have been happier with a more "our family always makes this recipe we cut out of the newspaper" recipe than with this ethnic monstrosity (everyone in Havertown is Irish or Italian). But I was het up on making it because the last time I was told to make a "traditional family food" at Christmas (for the office party) I brought a cheeseball and everyone was like, "Cheese ball? Where's that from?" So I got my recipes confused. Next time!


Unknown said...

great read. Your posts are always fun.

Pamela said...

Great progress on the mermaid.

Linda said...

Nice progress Nikki. Dinner sounds yummy. You can make it for me. lol


Ranae said...

Looking beautiful!!!

Margaret said...

Love your mermaid progress! Grate 5 pounds of potatoes?! Yikes!

Thoeria said...

Your mermaid is looking good! It took me about 3 years and a bit (Ithink!) to get my dad's lions I think you're doing great! Those peanut butter cookies.....ohhhh man!!

Melody said...

The mermaid is looking good! She will be a beauty when you are done!

That's a lot of potatoes to grate!!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

She's looking AWESOME!!
GO, GO, GO!!!
The seaweed rope, probably will be a bear...but GO GO GO! ;)
And the babka...sounds delish! anything that has 5 lbs of potatoes in it is a friend of mine!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gorgeous mermaid progress.

But five pounds of spuds? How many people are you feeding?