17 March 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

So I have celebrated my first St. Patrick's Day outside of the US.  This morning I woke up and made myself an Irish coffee.  Usually the fun has begun by 8am and Boondock Saints by 9am.  Today, I was at work at 8:30, but I will not make any major complaints.  It was an average day, young kids.  I spent time checking on the registration and transport, like I do every day.  In no time it was nearly noon and then the day was over.  I rushed out to begin my preparations.

With Sue as my assistant, we made the rest of the feast.  Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, onions, green peppers, and potatoes.  Peeling and cutting took up the majority of our time before the monthly meeting.  Of course I was able to drink a Kenyan Guinness in between to make sure to keep pace with the day.  We then had our unnecessarily long meeting.  I swear that the majority of the time is spent reviewing the previous meetings minutes.  I understand the necessity to review, but it is still long.  After sitting and talking for nearly three hours, it was time to go.  Michael was already back and finishing up the cooking.  Sadly, our gas is empty and now our grill is broken.  We were able to do all our cooking before a broken grill, but we are now without means to make hot meal.  This means that tomorrows dinner could be peanut butter sandwiches.

As we finished cooking, Neto, Nancy, Angela,and David arrived.  With a complete meal, we all shared a fine St. Patrick's Day meal.  I wish that I did not cook the meat for as long as I did, it was perfect by this afternoon and became a bit too soft by dinner time.  However, I would consider it to be a successful attempt.  I think that everyone enjoyed the strange meal with meat that had sat in a fridge for 10 days.  I think that I will attempt corned beef again and slightly alter the recipe.  Salt was a little high, but the texture was right on.  It had that stringyness that allowed everyone to use just a spoon or a fork.  Then it was time to drop a few car bombs, drink more Guinness and revel in the company of guests.  Sue and Jean stayed until 8 and then it was Michael and I with the stars.

Overall a great day.  You can never have anything less than a wonderful day when it is March 17th. I know that the day continues at home, have fun.