I am dealing with insurance today after waking up to a house filled with smoke on Saturday. We are all fine - no actual fire (we caught it in time) but the house smells awful. Never, never again will I cook a chicken to make stock overnight - it was a first and a last and I was nervous despite knowing many people that do it and cook their chickens for 12 - 36 hours. I monitered it for 1 1/2-2 hours before we went to bed but the steam escape opened on it's own - I had closed it. Over 1 gallon of water boiled out on a very low setting in 5 hours or less. Despite our precautions and discussing leaving it on with Andrew, I just feel irresponsible and awful about it. Sigh. Live and learn. So thankful it wasn't worse.
We are staying with my parents - we cannot stay at home until the smell is dealt with. So if you need to reach us - call our cell phones or e-mail us. We are fine though I admit that I've gotten nervous a few times when I thought I smelled something odd.
On a much more positive note, we had an awesome time with our friends this weekend! There were 10 boys and 1 girl and they all got along very well. We feel incredibly blessed with such amazing friends! They were so understanding as we changed some of the plans due to our house being unavailable.
Finally, Happy Nauryz! It's the Kazakh celebration of spring and we had a great time commemorating it this weekend!