Something’s Fishy…

9 Nov

This past weekend was amazingly lovely and exhausting both at the same time.

Saturday I met with a bunch of amazing fans of the Wheel of Time series.  We were all chosen as Storm Leaders.  Storm Leaders are people who get to help out with the book signing for the newest Wheel of Time book, The Gathering Storm.  We’ll get to meet with Brandon Sanderson (the amazing author who was chosen to finish the series after Robert Jordan’s death) and hand out tickets, interact with the attendees, help out with the books and take pictures.  I am very excited.  The lovely fellow Storm Leaders are fabulous and I can’t wait to work with them.

As a side note, if you enjoy fantasy books or loved The Lord of the Rings, READ THE WHEEL OF TIME.  For serious.

That evening, we met at my parent’s house for an evening of delicious hamburgers, a movie and slumber party.  The slumber party was because my brother, dad and husband would be embarking on a fishing trip and leaving at 5am the next morning.

Baby Soup though, did not appreciate this.  She did not want to sleep.  So we stayed up watching “Employee of the Month” on TV and chatting with my brother.  Finally, around 11:30 she fell asleep in my arms.  We crept downstairs and laid down on the air mattress next to Mr. Soup.  Sleeping in chunks of an hour or two, the evening finally passed.

The boys got up and out on the drizzly, stormy morning before the sun was up.  The ladies got to sleep in a little bit later and then went out to breakfast.  It was great spending time with my mother and my mother-in-law.  Sharing food with Baby Soup (she loves English Muffins now, eggs and gravy.  Will not touch hashbrowns) and planning Christmas.  Grumpy baby hit us quickly though, ruining the rest of our plans.  Instead of going to church, Baby Soup and I were dropped off at home to try and nap.

My normally happy go lucky child was replaced by something that can only be described as a hellion.  She was not happy with anything.  It was so draining.  I have renewed sympathy for my poor husband.  Thankfully she doesn’t do that often, but it made the weekend very draining.

The boys did catch 2 fish though!  Well, technically they caught 4.  My husband caught one, but didn’t land it.  Another one he caught was the wrong species, so had to release it.  Then my dad caught and landed one and my brother caught and landed another.

That right there is about 40 lbs of fish.  40 lbs of delicious, fresh Oregon salmon.

And for a size comparison:

The fish are bigger than Baby Soup!

We did have one great breakthrough though.  Baby Soup has made her first animal sound on purpose.  Amusingly enough, it is not a cat or a dog sound.

It’s a monkey.

I wish I had video…because it is hilarious.  But here is a face instead.

How was your weekends?  And alternatively, what is your favorite salmon recipe?  Since we have 10 lbs of salmon in our freezer now….

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11 Responses to “Something’s Fishy…”

  1. Trinity November 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Everyone comments on your amazing pictures, but you also write very well. Clever, witty, and entertaining.
    I love the picture of Avi doing the monkey sound! Quite cute.
    As for my favorite salmon recipe; it would have to be any one where the salmon “accidently” falls on the floor and has to be thrown out. I don’t like fish. Nick’s favorite is just to bbq it on a piece of foil, covered in tartar sauce and dill weed. Common, but good.

    • mrssoup November 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

      Thank you Trin! That means so much to me. 🙂

      And I use to not like fish either. Until dad made me his salmon….BBQ’d with spices that I don’t know. And I’m slowly getting braver at trying new fish….someday, may even like actual sushi instead of the avocado rolls that I get.

  2. Dcan November 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    Love the Baby Soup – Salmon comparison shot. My favorite salmon recipe: Grate fresh ginger (actually it’s easier to grate when frozen) on a filet of salmon, then sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes or until done. Soo yummy!

    • mrssoup November 10, 2009 at 9:11 am #

      Ooooo, that sounds really really good. I love ginger!

  3. kbreints November 10, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    I can totally hear the sound coming out of her mouth in that picture 🙂

    I did not understand what you mean by ‘Landing’ the Fish… until I saw the picture! HOLY CRAP!! That is a LOT of fish!

    • mrssoup November 10, 2009 at 10:00 am #

      I know, right?! We are going to be eating salmon for a while.

  4. Miranda November 11, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Those are some HUGE fish! Yikes, that is awesome. Enjoy your salmon, I bet it’s good. Baby Soup is too cute next to the fish!

    • mrssoup November 11, 2009 at 10:04 am #

      It’s no wonder the men in my family were exhausted….the cold weather and bringing in those big fish? Totally draining.

  5. bzmomma November 11, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    LOVE that BabySoup/fish comparison. I really didn’t realize just quite how big those fish really were!

    As for the recipe, this is a good one if you like tomatoes & mayo…I don’t know the proper measurements, but can get them for you if you want (I’ll have to ask my mom since I just eyeball it all).

    Anyway, cut up the salmon into steaks. Place them in a pan, season w/salt, pepper, garlic powde (and whatever else floats your boat – even ginger if you want!).

    Add mayonnaise on top of them so they’re covered.

    Then add tomato slices (round slices) on top of the mayo. It’s yum!

  6. bzmomma November 11, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Forgot to mention that you BAKE the salmon until the insides are flaky…

    • mrssoup November 11, 2009 at 10:06 am #

      Oh man, that sounds absolutely DELICIOUS!! My dad has some fresh tomatoes still from their garden…may have to try that this weekend.

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