Andrew donned his costume this afternoon for his visit with his grandmom and pop. He is walking very well now and liked stomping and crinkling the leaves in the driveway while we waited for our visitors. The squirrels ate half of his baby pumpkin and a good portion of our homer pumpkin. I have one more left to carve if the monkey ever takes an afternoon nap, although the later it gets, it may not happen. He is playing in his crib at the moment instead of sleeping. It may be one of those days!
So if you live in the Philadelphia region, I suppose you are aware that the Phillies won the world series. Back before I knew my husband I used to go fairly regularly to the baseball games with some friends who were big fans. I actually understand baseball, some of the rules, and used to know the team players (in 1993.) Now, I have little clue of who is who, but baseball always made more sense to me than football, so I don't mind watching a game. Andrew did not stay up for the final three innings of the last game, which was played separate from the first 6 innings because of rain, then snow that delayed the game. It was a bizarre game, but in the end the Phillies won. So today was the day for the "celebration parade" if that is what chaos is. My husband works in center city in the tallest building in the city, and being on the 30 something floor gets him a nice view of the parade route, albeit from distance. He reported to me earlier that it was wall to wall people in town and that there was no way anyone on the ground would be able to see anything unless they were near the front because there were so many people. I watched a few minutes of the parade on tv, but it was rather dull and it is too nice of a day to sit around watching tv. While I had the tv on, it was reported that the regional rail lines--the trains--were being shut down due to being overloaded. They were not taking people into the city anymore. (Ironically in days past the news media and the mayor were stressing not driving into the city and taking the trains or buses.) So now my dh is trying to get home early for halloween and to see his monkey in person, and he can't. He has called me twice so far from the train station, which sounds like he is at the parade with so many people screaming (many intoxicated, according to him,) and there are so many people that he can't figure out where to go to get home. He heard from a police officer that there is a three hour wait for a train out of the city. He thought about taking a cab, but there are so many street closures, he doesn't know if that would work. I can't get into the city by car to get him, so I'm not sure what will happen. Philadelphia is crazy. It's a shame for the people like him who were actually working today and not playing hooky from work or school.
So on to pumpkin bread. I love Trader Joe's and enjoy trying all the different things they sell there. Every fall they sell a pumpkin bread mix that is incredible. I know it is easy to make it from scratch, but this mix is really great and fast to make. So, I made a loaf this afternoon and the house smells great. Even Andrew enjoyed eating some. I added half a banana and some ground flax meal to the batter, along with some cinnamon, because I thought it might increase the nutritional value of the bread. The flax meal gives it just a little bit of texture and does not affect the taste. My friend stocks up on the mix to give out baked bread as gifts. Good idea!!