“I am a paleontologist…That’s who I am, that’s who I am…”

It’s been a busy weekend….Yesterday morning was nice & quiet. For me anyway. Jay had to work in the morning, and decided to take the bambino with him. I got a blissful 3 1/2 hours of alone time…During which I did pretty much nothing except look up recipes, read blogs, and drink coffee. It was delightful. I did also get a shower, as well as unload the dishwasher. After Jay & the bambino came home, I ate some lunch (they got pizza at the radio station), and then we headed off to the Children’s Museum.

The bambino (at least for right now anyway) really does want to be a paleontologist when he grows up. I really hope that sticks although I know kids change their minds all the time. When I was 6, I wanted to be a teacher. By 8th grade, I wanted to be a lawyer. And by the time I enrolled in college, I wanted to be a criminal profiler.

I hope the bambino continues wanting to dig up dinosaur bones. He’ll be whatever he’ll be, though.

This morning, we got up, and after Jay popped outside to check on the garden, deemed it a nice enough morning to go for a walk.

Sexauer Park is within walking distance of our house. If we’re feeling really ambitious, we’ll walk over to Pioneer Park. This morning, though, we just went to Sexauer.

The bambino played on the playground area for a little while, and I snapped a few more pictures.

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, this whole park was under water.

We headed back home and I finished up the laundry (I was pleased that it was all finished & put away by about 1 this afternoon). After popping out to the store to pick up some milk, I finished up something I started last night:

That would be cookie dough. My plan was to make something to celebrate Melissa’s coming back to work tomorrow (and just because I felt like baking more cookies)…But I also wanted to do something a little different. I found a recipe for some chocolate-coconut pinwheel cookies, but I decided to leave out the coconut and try to dye the dough red–In essence, making a sort of Red Velvet cookie.

However…I realized after the fact that I screwed up when I rolled up the dough–I was supposed to roll it from the long side, not the short side, so I didn’t get the 72 cookies the recipe supposedly makes. Also, rolling out cookie dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper is a HUGE pain in the arse. I ended up putting my salt crock on one corner and my coffee grinder on another corner, just to keep it in place, more or less.

I knew they weren’t going to be as red as I wanted…I only had about a teaspoon of food coloring to work with. I also didn’t think the cream cheese filling was quite thick enough. I think next time (and there will be a next time) I make these, I might double the amount of cream cheese, and I’ll increase the amount of food coloring I use. Still, they do make a tasty cookie, as we’ve all been snacking on them this afternoon, so I don’t think I’ll be taking them to work tomorrow!

I’m going to attempt grilling a pork loin for dinner tonight…Since last week was so ungodly hot, I didn’t make most of the dishes off my menu–We mostly ate sandwiches and anything else that could either be microwaved or cooked in the toaster oven. So I’m recycling most of last week’s menu. I need to remember to make up a big batch of rice later tonight, so we can use it later this week!

UPDATE: I didn’t feel like doing an entirely separate post for dinner. The smoked pork loin turned out PERFECTLY! I put a dry rub on it first:

I got the recipe for the rub from Allrecipes.com. The only things I would’ve changed about the rub would’ve been to add some cayenne pepper to it, and use brown sugar instead of white. I also didn’t have ground coriander, so I skipped it (I have coriander seeds, but no way to grind them). Still, it was EXCELLENT when I pulled it off the grill after about 2 hours (total cooking time):

Okay, I probably could’ve pulled it off the grill a little earlier, but we like carbon-scoring on our meat (sometimes).

The inside was perfectly cooked, but still juicy as all get-out.

I know a meal is good when at the end of it, Jay tells me I can definitely make it again!

Dry Rub for Smoked Pork Loin

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


Mix together, then rub over pork loin. Cook as desired.

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3 Replies to ““I am a paleontologist…That’s who I am, that’s who I am…””

  1. About glasses – you are getting old, but don’t fret I will always be older than you. Right now Josie wants to be a lifeguard and a Mom. She also wants to marry Kenny, so I don’t take too much stalk in what she tells me and secretly hopes she picks something that makes a lot of money.

    • Good point…You WILL always be about a month older than me. :) I’m actually surprised that Lex has kept up with the paleontology thing for this long…Maybe he’s serious, but at least it’s a little more realistic than being Batman (although the pay’s probably about the same)!

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