Sunday, December 20, 2009

Another Special Day?! Already?

Look what we have!
  • One plate of Thierry's excellent carrot, leek and potato soup per person,
  • this year's Christmas tree and...


    Turns out, Max was quite disappointed that we opened the last one without him so, of course, we had to get another one, fast. Now that it's school vacation time (and all Max and Stella's friends have gone away for Christmas), it's easier for us ALL to be together. So that last photo was ALL of us together waiting to eat our soup and veggies and then open another nut! Only this one is NOT an EASY-CUT, so we shall see what we shall see...Here's Max now(nice hat, huh?)...

    ...sharpening his tools and warming up for what we at EASY-CUT fear will be no EASY task.

    I - Malcolm Paret, CEO of EASY-CUT Coconut Cocktails Inc - am keeping a close eye on the cutting process. This morning I had another brilliant CEO-idea and I want to make sure everything is going to work out just right.

    My brother Henry drew a smiley face on the nut and Max is carving the eyes out...

    Henry, as second-in-command of E-CCC Inc, is also being quite vigilant.
    Stella is just being Stella.

    Voilà mon idée brillante! (which means, Here's my bright idea!)
    Rather than wait for hours for the coconut milk to drain out of the tiny holes Max drilled in the eyes of the nut, I said "Why not insert a straw directly into the holes and drink the milk directly from the nut?"
    I guess I'm not CEO for nothing, huh?

    (You all have always wondered why we head honchos are paid such outrageous salaries, haven't you? Now you know! We head honchos have brilliant head honcho ideas and mostly know how to get people to pay us for them! )

    So, enjoy a first hand taste of genius!
    Well, I guess Stella, Henry, Papa and Mom got a first hand taste, you all have just got front row seats.

    He's a hairy ol' thing, ain't he?

    ...Um, the coconut, not Papa.

    Mmmm! Good coconut milk! So fresh from the nut, it's still warm!
    Then the opening began in earnest.

    This was the Paret-Darnay family's "Wake up Fritzie!" moment. Our neighbor lady downstairs - who has been nothing if not kind and understanding over the years when it comes to noisy neighbors - asked Thierry recently if we could possibly keep the piano and trumpet playing to a minimum in the early morning... Sounds like a reasonable request, n'est-ce pas? As Max hammered away at the coconut (not an EASY-CUT for sure!), he looked up and said "This one's for you, Madame C." I admit, we had a nice little chuckle, ALL together.

    So Max banged away...

    ...and poked and prodded and...


    ...and finally got it open! He was pretty pleased with himself too...

    Here are Stella and Thierry, totally inspired by the meaty goodness of the nut, composing music to accompany Max's improvised Coconut Shimmy.

    Ah, another day, another coconut, that's our motto here at E-CCC.


    1. Hey, what's with the ugly photo of me? Who said you could post that?

    2. It was the best one Mom, it really was. Sorry!

    3. Well, as the doctor who helped Omi bring me into the world said at my birth "Just look at those jowls!" Looks like I'm going to have them when I go too.

    4. and here I was just about to send my appreciation that for once you, Michelle, appeared in this blog, Michelle, and looking rather up-to-date, too.
      Hey, Malcolm, I can see the makings of a truly great CEO in you! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise either, you've got it!
      And now I wish you all many coconuts in 2010!

    5. A second coconut, terrific.

      Max, you did a nice job opening it.

      And, yes, Malcolm, the idea of using a straw was a good idea... I mean, a brilliant idea!

      Michelle, your photo is lovely. What do you expect when you're sucking through a little straw?

      I do suspect that Malcolm, with a trumpeter's cheek muscles, might have gotten the most coconut milk. Am I right, Henry?

      Stella, we'd like to hear some of the music you and your Dad are making there... how about another nice video feed?

      Safe travels home for the new year.