Monday, August 25, 2008

My Short Attention Span

I have many things I should be blogging about. Those really yummy Tempeh Reubens I made last week, for example. Or the fun things Finn and I did together this past Saturday while M. had a much deserved golf outing. The bits and pieces of Olympic coverage I managed to catch (those speed walkers are really freaky, don't you think?). Even the disappointment I felt when I heard Joe Biden was selected as Obama's running mate (I'm keeping an open mind, but I can't deny my initial reaction of, well, blah).

Instead of concentrating on one of these topics, however, my mind keeps returning to the clock. 1:30 pm, the time scheduled for MommyEsq's c-section, was very, very slow in arriving. But arrive it finally did. And it left. As did 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00. Just when I was starting to worry a little - did something go wrong? Or is her doctor keeping her waiting AGAIN? - my cell phone rang. It was Grammy (my mom) with some of the essential information. I don't want to steal MommyEsq and Husband's thunder, so I will not post the names or weights. But Baby A and Baby B are here and everyone is doing well.

As I type this, I realize how little I really know. The big stuff, like how well is "well?" Is NICU time a possibility for either of the tykes? And the smaller but still important stuff. What time were they born? Who came out first? Birth order is very important, you know - my sisters and I are all classic eldest, middle and youngest children personalities, though we were born only 3 minutes apart.

I was hoping that this tidbit of news would be enough to get me back to concentrating on, if not an articulate and thoughtful or humorous blog post, at least my, er, job. While I'm still antsy to get my sister on the phone and have her tell me all about her babies, I guess this will tide me over for a little while.

About that job... I must really get back to it, at least for the next hour or so. Then I get to go pick up my baby, something that I look forward to every day. But before I go, back to those yummy reubens, and a shout out to my fellow vegetarians Jen, Yson and G. You really MUST try this recipe. They are sooo good (M. doesn't want me to admit this, but he liked them, too) - I had three last week and I'm still craving them:

Tempeh Reuben Recipe

(adapted from
8 oz tempeh
2 tb soy sauce or tamari
1/3 c red wine vinegar
1/3 c water
2 ea garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 ts black pepper
1/2 ts caraway seed
1/2 ts dillweed
1 ts onion powder
1/2 ts paprika
8 sl rye bread
1 c sauerkraut, heated
4 sl Swiss cheese
Thousand Island dressing

Slice tempeh in half crosswise. Slice those slices in half through the middle as though splitting a cake into layers. In a shallow baking dish, combine soy sauce, vinegar, water & seasonings. Add the 4 tempeh slices & marinate either for several hours or overnight. Turn occasionally. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake tempeh slices, covered in their marinade, until hot, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve on rye bread with a slice of Swiss cheese, smothered in sauerkraut & Thousand Island dressing.


  1. SO glad that you gave a quick update on the babies. It's all I've been thinking about!

    Yes, keep an open mind on Biden. Don't know if you watched any of the early primary debates, but he is freaking smart. I was happy about the pick because I felt that none of the other folks had much to offer other than potential votes in swing states. Biden will help Obama be a better president. So, that says to me that he cares more about being a good president (and assembling a "good team") than winning an election. And now I will get off my political soapbox :-)

    Thanks again!

  2. Thanks for letting us know all is well. That certainly is great, great news!!!!

    And I'll definitely be trying the reubens - thanks for the recommendation!

    And I was also underwhelmed by the VP choice (I'd admit I was pulling for Kaine), but will keep an open mind too.

  3. Have to agree on the choice of Biden...I just said a few choice words that I don't want my toddler to learn and then said, well what other choice do I have?

    Congrats again, Aunt Allie!

    (is it one L or two????)

  4. I was happy with the Biden choice.
    Read this:

    (Though I'm more interested in Nader. And those tempeh reubens.)

    xo Jen

  5. I actually always liked Biden, and his sob story totally gets to me.

    I was totally waiting with bated breath on Monday too, and the minute I walked away from my cell phone, Kristin called!

    Although Ned was born first, I think it is safe to say that Penny will be following in the strong Dye tradition of female domination ( as shown as her actions in the room)

  6. I think Biden will do fine, and I kind of like the idea that he's a bit of a maverick and you don't know what's going to come out of his mouth next. I think the problem is really that I was so firmly in the Hillary camp, and I'm just looking for something to energize me about the Obama campaign now. I guess I wanted a more exciting VP choice. Biden's been around forever, and made a few runs at the presidency himself, that's where my "meh" feelings were stemming from, I suppose.

  7. Can I mention that I find him to be a sexy older man? I love his smile. Probably very wrong of me to say, but oh well. :-)