In his bedtime prayer, Jonas just expressed gratitude that our back hallway wasn’t blocked by a double-decker couch. I didn’t even know we had a back hallway.

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11th Wedding Anniversary Dinner

For our 11th anniversary dinner, Kristy and I went to Le Chateau, a fancy French restaurant in La Crosse. We decided to do their "Tasting in the Tower" experience, which involves a custom menu. Here's the menu we (very much) enjoyed:

  • Sparkling apple cider to open your appetite

  • Fresh asparagus duo

  • Smoked salmon cannelloni stuffed with avocado purée, blue crab meat and salmon roe

  • Seared “Au Bon Canard” foie gras, caramelized bananas and pistachio nuts

  • Escargot à la française

  • Pan seared Lamb tenderloin, Port wine reduction, braised Belgium endives and fingerling potatoes

  • Baked goat cheese, topped with white truffle oil and salad with pine nuts

  • Lemon sorbet

  • Her: Chocolate moelleux

  • His: Crème caramel


Just heard Jonas calling for me. I went in (after finding Brenna up, coloring, two hours past her bedtime).
Jonas: “Daddy, *yawn* I have *yawn* two questions *yawn*.”
Me: “Okay.”
Jonas: “Where *yawn* is my DS? *yawn* I won’t play it. *yawn* I just want to look at it. *yawn*”
Me: “It’s in our room. You can play it in the morning.”
Jonas: “Okay. My second question is *yawn* is *yawn* is *yawn* is *yawn* is *yawn* is *yawn* is *yawn* is *yawn* is…”
Me: “Why don’t you tell me in the morning.”
Jonas: “…*yawn* is *yawn* is it morning time yet?”
Me: “Sigh.”

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Power Rangers

Brenna and Jonas have discovered Power Rangers on Netflix (oh, dear). They’ve only watched a few episodes so far, but I think they’ve got the formula down. Brenna was watching the Rangers battle the monster of the week. She said, “Now the monster will get really big, and the Rangers will turn into a giant robot.” Yep, she’s already figured out the show.

Then, during the “climactic battle,” she wandered into the kitchen for a moment. “They’re about to defeat the monster,” I said. “You’re going to miss it.”

“Oh, yeah,” she said, disinterestedly glancing at the television. “They always do that.”

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In preparation for Jonas losing his hair in the next few weeks, we shaved our heads today. Yes, I am completely bald. It’s very odd: it’s like Velcro, when pulling on a shirt.



Ponderings of a newly bald man: Do I use soap or shampoo?

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Ice fishing

I went ice fishing with the Elders Quorum on Saturday. I’ve never been before, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do since moving here to Wisconsin. I caught my first fish: a 26-inch northern pike (26 inches is the size limit; anything smaller has to be thrown back). The ward mission leader, an accomplished outdoorsman (all of the tip-up traps and other fishing paraphernalia were his) filleted the fish right there on the ice, and I cooked up my portion at home. Even though only one other fish was caught and it was too small to keep, a good time was had by all.

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Kingdom Hearts II

Brenna, Jonas, and I beat Kingdom Hearts II this evening. I’ve only beaten the game once before, and I’d forgotten just how absurdly long the final boss is (even for a Squaresoft game). The kids got to bed late as a result, but they really enjoyed the ending. Brenna was especially pleased that the closing cinematic showed Sora returning the charm that Kairi gave him in the first game; she’s been wondering if that would happen (good memory!).

We’ve been playing KH1 and KH2 now for quite awhile, and I think it’ll be fun to play something else for a change. I’m thinking that Final Fantasy X might be fun for the kids, or perhaps VIII. They’ll enjoy the plots focused on summons. We’ve already beaten VII and IX, and I’m not in the mood for XII. After that…perhaps Chrono Cross, though I’m not sure I can deal with another incomprehensible plot after the two Kingdom Hearts games (especially the second one).

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