Friday, March 24, 2017

Skip the Pie: Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.

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College Boy was walking out the door when this little gem of a conversation took place:

College Boy: See ya. 
Me: I'll miss you.
College Boy: Wouldn't wanna be ya . . .
Me: Ha, ha.
College Boy: 'Cause you have gonorrhea . . . 
Me: Hey, that's not funny.
College Boy: And it hurts when you pee - a . . .
Me: Get out! And I take back that whole "I'll miss you" thing . . .

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Me: It's supposed to be 70 degrees out this weekend.
College Boy: Really?
Me: Yes, you should go for a walk.
College Boy: Maybe I will.
Me: To another state.
College Boy: Ouch. That's mean.
Me: Oh, did I say that out loud?

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Next day College Boy is leaving again.

College Boy: See ya.
Me: I'm not falling for that again.
College Boy: I feel the need to flee - a . . .
Me: B'bye . . .
College Boy: 'Cause you have diarrhea . . .
Me: That's not funny.
College Boy: Share that with North Korea . . . 
Me: Get out!

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College Boy: I may join you for dinner tonight, what are you making?
Me: I'm trying out a new idea, Shrimp Pot Pie.
College Boy: Oh, you're experimenting with edibles. I'm proud of you, pretty brave since it's not legal here. Could you skip the pie? I'll just have some shrimp . . . and the pot. 

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We had dinner. It was delicious if I do say so myself (and I do). I had done the laundry, dinner and everything else I'd hoped to have accomplished that day. 

Me (just sitting down on the couch): I'm tired.
College Boy: It's the pot . . . 

Shrimp Pot Pie, shrimp and vegetabless in a light sauce, cooked in a flaky crust | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner #shrimp

Shrimp Pot Pie
Shrimp Pot Pie, shrimp and vegetabless in a light sauce, cooked in a flaky crust | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner #shrimp
 getting ready to go in the oven

We have been on vacation. It's been bittersweet. I was trying not to be sad that his birthday, a big one, would be the day after we all leave to go back home. This would be the first birthday I would not spend with him, ever. And I won't see PurDude much this summer as he has an internship 5 hours further away from home so I really wanted to make the most of our time together.

Me: I'd love it if you boys would get up in the morning and walk the beach with me.
College Boy: I'll go.
PurDude: Sure.
Me: What time should we plan to leave?
PurDude: I usually wake up around 2:00 (pm) so how about 2:30?
Me: By then half the day will be over, I wanted to walk the beach in the morning, look for shells, you know like we used to when you were little.
PurDude: Fine. 2:00.

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PurDude's car registration needed to be renewed. I usually mail it in but thought that since I'd be seeing PurDude on vacation, it would be perfect timing to drive the renewal to the DMV, take care of it and have the pink paper with me to just hand to him. 

You know what they say about the best laid plans?

I made sure I had everything I needed, went to the DMV with the paperwork, proof of insurance, and a check for the exact amount. We actually have a drive up window and no one was there. The guy checked my paperwork, proof of insurance, check. Yes, everything was in order. I was so proud of myself getting this all taken care of as he sent me the new registration. And I pat myself on the back right up until he passed over the new license plates. Crap.

And that's how I came to explain to TSA why there were license plates in my carry on.

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Speaking of TSA, seems we just barely averted a disaster. 

PurDude had to renew his license. I called the DMV and they told me that he could do it online starting 10 days before his birthday. His birthday has always fallen over our vacation but, as I said, this year it would be the day after he gets back to school. We were going to renew it online while we were on vacation.

As he was leaving Indianapolis, the TSA guy happened to mention to him that it's a good thing he's flying now, as he could not fly on an expired license.

Meaning if he were going back to school one day later, as he always has in the past, they may not have let him on his plane. Yikes. He would have been stuck at the beach, poor kid . . .

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Guess you really never are too old to learn new lessons. This vacation I learned a few things. It's possible they're lessons I've learned years ago and just forgot. At my age that's always a possibility.

Anyway . . . first lesson: When you pack up your beach bag with your towel and sunglasses case and hat and cell phone case, etc. Make sure the top is securely on your water bottle before sticking it inside.

Lesson number two: On a really windy day at the beach when the sand is flying, a mesh beach bag is not a good idea. Unless you actually have some special need of a bag full of sand.

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It was great to see mom, but I felt the need to pull her aside right away and give her a bit of a warning. 

Me: If College Boy walks out the door and says "see ya", don't answer him.
Mom: What do you mean, why would I ignore my grandson?
Me: Do you trust me?
Mom: Of course.

In the other room I hear the front door open and:

College Boy: See ya . . .
Me (whispering to Mom): Don't do it . . .

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Shrimp Pot Pie

Printable Recipe
2 pie crusts (top and bottom)
2 tsp flour
3 TBSP olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2# large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp lemon juice
1 TBSP fresh chopped dill
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cooked, chopped asparagus
1/2 cup shaved carrots

2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP flour
3/4 cup half and half 

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*Spread the 2 tsp of flour over one of the pie crusts. Carefully turn the crust over and fit into your pie pan, flour side down. Set aside.
*Mix together 1 TBSP olive oil and the garlic powder. Set aside.
*In a large saute pan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, green onion, and garlic. Cook 1 minute.
*Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink and no longer translucent. Add the sherry, chicken broth, lemon juice, dill, salt, pepper, asparagus and carrots. Bring to a boil. Boil one minute then remove from the stove and keep warm.
*In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Cook and stir for two minutes. Whisk in the half and half. Continue to whisk until it thickens. Remove from heat.
*Move the pan with the shrimp back to the heat. Stir in the half and half mixture. Cook and stir for one minute, then carefully pour into the prepared crust.
*Top with the second crust and crimp the edges. Brush the top with the reserved olive oil/garlic powder. Cut a few slits into the center of the crust for venting.
*Bake for 35 minutes or until the top has browned.


  1. LOLOL at least your boys leave you laughing. Good of you to warn your mom. That shrimp pot pie looks awesome.

    1. They often leave me laughing. They do their share of leaving me crying too . . .

  2. Older kids do love to torment us, don't they?

  3. These are hilarious and so many of your son's comments remind me of my 16 year old!

    1. Yes, this snark really started in earnest at about that age.

  4. Bathroom humor --- thought they were past that at that age??? But he keeps you on your toes. Lessons learned at the beach -been there......done that! Did I learn? Maybe

    Can't get my head around getting up at 2PM however. You must have the patience of Job.

    1. I'm afraid the bathroom humor might never be put to rest around here. {{sigh}}.

  5. Dying laughing at the "See ya" comments. College Boy is hilarious! Glad you had a nice vacation at the beach. I know what you mean about the sand----if it's breezy out, forget trying to take family pics. You end up with sand in your teeth. That shrimp pot pie looks AMAZING. I'm ready to eat it right now!

    1. Me too. Unfortunately I have to make another one to do that. Damn!

  6. Finally A pot pie Hubs will eat. Though he did say pretty much the same thing as College Boy.......

    1. Hope you try it. Let me know what he thinks. Hope he's not too disappointed at the . . . ahem . . . missing ingredient.

  7. I don't eat shrimp. But heck, the post was so funny I never missed having a different recipe! Alana

    1. Ha, I guess that humor was my recipe sleight of hand.

  8. I don't eat sea food so wouldn't have a prawn pie kinda yuck, the conversations between you and college boy made me laugh

    1. I feel sorry for you, sea food is delicious, and shrimp is one of our favorites.

  9. Boys. Mine do me the same way. Being single gives them a whole different avenue of torment.


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