Cooking Dinner, Watching Baseball

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Pancakes are my dad-chef specialty.

The Markel Opening Day Foodstravaganza

The Cards blew it on Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time, and I think we’ve just established a new tradition here at the Markel household. There’s no possible way I was going to be able to get tickets for all six of us to go, so we had to be creative and figure out a way to have some fun while staying home during the game.

The first step is to act like a real St. Louisan and immerse yourself in the game and the festivities which surround it as early in the day as possible. This means turning on the news, because every TV stations’ news crews here were all down at the ballpark where they belong. If you want to do something heinous in St. Louis and escape media attention, Opening Day is a pretty good choice in terms of timing. A good high speed chase or even a political scandal would be a good choice.

The next step is to make sure you have access to watching the game. Thanks to a fluke of the Internet and my subscription to MLB.tv, this is not a problem, blackout restrictions or no. We were unable to verify this until just before the game was to start. Needless to say, I was holding my breath, but I would have listened to it on the radio, even if I would have had to withstand the incomparable verbal diarrhea of Mike Shannon.

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Birthday Itinerary

Yesterday, Joshua presented us with the plan for his birthday, which looks like this:

And yes, I am slightly heartbroken that he chose The Phantom Menace instead of one of the original trilogy. But I will get over it.

Bookbunny

My daughter flips through one of her presents: a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit.

Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

I lost to Amanda on a big destination ticket gamble in the opening draw.