Thursday, October 19, 2006


No...not the candy. M&M's as they are called by doctors, stand for "Morbidity and Mortality". Typically MDs discuss what they did wrong or why patients died in their care. If you didn't know Complications by A. Gawande. For me, the stand for: Mistakes and Mishaps. Here's our most recent two.
Travis and I are currently serving at Life 101 (aka Alpha) at our church. On Tuesday, our first meeting (round two this year) went great! We served food to about 110 people and there were many more guests than last time. We are so grateful for Rich's leadership, as he prophetically "guessed" how many people we should do food for. Last time we had about seventy...this time we ordered for 120. Right on Rich!
At one point in the evening at several of us tried to make some more coffee. Ever heard the expression, "Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup"? Our version is the following:

Question: How many professionals does it take to make coffee?
Answer: An engineer to calculate the appropriate concentration of grounds per pot, a dietitian to analyze the caloric content per cup, a economist to evaluate the cost efficiency of the venture, and a secretary to remind the other three that 2 quarts of water will not fit in to a 1 quart pot.
Here's to you Andrea!

Another mishap occured last night when I tried to finish off my fall soup for dinner. We got back from our run and I went to blend our Cauliflower Thyme Soup with Rye Croutons and Pecans. I debated before I started, "Should I use the blender or the food processor?" But the recipes send to blend batches. But since I made only 1/3 of the recipe, I figured I could do it all at once. The soup was hot so I put a dishcloth on top of the blender to keep the lid from popping off (which it has done previously). The stopper ended up falling into the soup due to the vacuum the heat created and the blade crushed the plastic into tiny little pieces. So after some attempt at straining the soup, we scrapped it and had the croutons on a salad and a bowl of Butternut Squash soup from the box and some grilled cheese sandwiches.
Every person has to have their share of M&M's....

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