Monday, November 30, 2009

A new diet fad

This post may infuriate most but i'm hoping that it may inspire a few also. So i have lost all the weight that i gained during pregnancy...and then some. Granted, i only gained maybe the minimum amount but still people i have lost it all!!! I guess when your diet consists of mint m&m's and a little caffeine, the pounds just melt off! I suppose it could be that small growing person i gave birth to who gets all of his calories from me could have something to do with. Oh and i'm eating some normal food once in a while too.
I have a devised a weight loss formula for you:
M&M's + coffee + carrying small child around because they won't sleep in their bassinet + milking - lounging around doing nothing + forgetting when the last time you ate = every man's dream - the fact that you just HAD A BABY = that image staying in his dreams.
Let me know how it works out! It will be sweeping the nation soon i'm sure. You can thank me later.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Four weeks

I thought that i should update you on motherhood thus far.....

.....have not slept for longer than 3 hours at a time

.....more laundry has been done in the last month than at any other point in my life..ever

...a life sustaining substance is continually either being sucked from me, drip drip dripping all over my newly washed shirt and pants or spraying across the room and hitting the dog in the ear

....pee has sprayed from a small boy's parts from the changing table across the room and in my shoe, a good 5 feet away

....i bought a flip cam (hooray!) to document my son's critical life moments or just me being ridiculous on a day to day basis (what else?!)

...i am now well aware of all the latest gossip and Hollywood happenings (thank you Wendy Williams!)

....i wouldn't trade my life right now for anything...wait did someone say seaside pool?? Done!

no no...just kidding..maybe..

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Getting aquainted with the natives

The pug seems interested....the baby...not so much. Eventually i'm sure he'll start to wonder who that strange furry creature with the curly tail and funny flat face is doing in his house.
This week we had lovely visits from both sides of the family...i'm especially sad that everyone lives so far away.
I was happy though, to find this!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

first week

"So let it out and let it in, hey jude, begin"
-the beatles

The fun has just begun!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hey Jude!

He's here, he's here!! Just a bit early but still eagerly welcomed on our end.
5 lbs 14oz 19.5 inches
We're just so happy he is here and healthy.
We know he'll always be able to take a sad song and make it better......
Welcome Jude!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

34 34 34!!

So i have had not much in terms of creative inspiration lately. I think it's the nearing the end blahs....just waiting for that last nesting surge to kick in. Then i can run around like a crazy person with crazy ideas that will never actually make it out of my head, well maybe out of my mouth but people are used to my ideas flying out left and right, sounding awesome and then.....nothing. Someday, i tell you, these ideas will come to be something! I should really at least try to write a few of these unbelievably great ideas down. I'll put that on my goal list...haha maybe i should start a list of those also. Actually i feel lists are overrated so maybe not.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rain on my boots

These are the boots that i will be needing from now on if it keeps raining like it did today. The rain really removes all motivation and makes me want to curl up with a large mug of hot chocolate. So that is exactly what i did on this dreary blustry first day of October.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Is there anybody in there???

Oh yes, i can assure you there is...and he's 33 weeks today, hooray!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tye-Dye and Red Velvet

This weekend was spent whipping up a delicious red velvet cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, tye-dying baby items while catching up with a friend who has known me since before i started shaving my legs. Although to be clear, i started shaving them in the 5th grade....yes everyone was jealous and envious. We have been friends through the awkward adolescent period, sporting outfits that would have gotten us featured in the don't section of glamour magazine, but to us we were being radical and different, we didn't have a care what other people thought of our kick wears and doc martens. We have been friends despite moving to different states, participating in complete dating disasters and managing to live together in the best apartment ever, for two years. Our friendship has even survived my (surprise!) venture in to marriage. I think that it is safe to say that even though a baby changes a lot, it doesn't change the connections that you have formed throughout your past. I do predict a few changes, i suppose that's just life, but if i were to venture a guess, we'll still be walking around the lake discussing the same things that have always kept us the awesome friends that we have become. Here's to another 30 plus awesome years together.....hopefully at that point we'll be lounging by the pool, worrying only about what time we should play tennis and if the water temp is 79 degrees and not a frigid 78.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A day of lounging and baking

Today i managed to really accomplish nothing. I lay in my bed with my dogs and read this book. Then i proceeded to make delicious donut-like confections bathed in butter then showered with cinnamon and sugar, from the previously mentioned book. Of course i then ate many of these donut morsels and let me tell you, they are delicious. Not like, oh yes they are good, more like, oh my god must eat more immediately good. I must say all in all, a day well spent. I really don't feel an ounce of guilt because soon i will have not even one second of time to meander about and do nothing. This will become one of those days that soon i will long to experience and day dream about obsessively while trying to simultaneously calm a small child and make myself look like a normal functioning human being.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009


This is our first tomato from our garden. It looks rather cute and very appealing, but never the less....i don't like tomatoes. I always hope that this is the year, so i try them and am always disappointed. I like tomato products, including my great love for tomato juice but just can't bring myself to appreciate the flavor of the fresh from the vine variety. Maybe i will spontaneously like Bananas and Tomatoes...then again maybe not.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

29 weeks

Where has the summer gone???!! Actually, i love, love, love September, October and November, so really i don't mind that summer is coming to a close. The only thing i dread is having to expose a small child to the bitter cold of the winter. Maybe he'll come early, although i wouldn't blame him if he really didn't want to come out at all.
Currently i'm craving....donuts covered in cinnamon and sugar.
Currently i'm loving.... the Peace Green Stroller tote from Dante Beatrix.
Currently i'm hating.... not being able to sleep for longer than two hours at a time.
Currently i'm thankful.... that i'm married to a very understanding (and handsome) man!

Monday, August 17, 2009

My escape to the west

Last weekend i was in Tahoe. It was beautiful and i didn't spend nearly enough time there. Some day when we go back i look forward to spending relaxing days floating down the river, kayaking in the lake and sampling some delicious local cuisine.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

An ode to the past

It's funny how photographs can take you back to certain periods in your life that you will always remember fondly and also that you can't believe were so long ago and that inevitably makes you feel old..ha.
Regardless of the old part, good times were definitely had and enjoyed in full during my early 20's before i went through my "oh my god i'm getting older,i'm married so now what?" panic. I think i can safely say that i am through that crisis era. Maybe it comes with age, a lot of nights spent taking advantage of every possible drink special or the realization that your life is no longer just going to be about you. Whatever it is, i'm very happy my quarter life crisis has gotten bored with me and moved on to some other poor unsuspecting soul.... i'm sure my ever supportive husband would say the same.
As much as i look back with great nostalgia, i'm learning to appreciate where i am now because i know that life is never predictable. Besides, hindsight is always 20/20 right?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dog days of summer

It is definitely August in Minnesota, the heat and humidity have finally reared their ugly heads. With that though means that deep fried candy bars on a stick are just around the corner at the state fair, hooray! I know, talk about the worst food ever for you, but they are just so unbelievably good...and with being pregnant and all i feel i am entitled.
This weather is too hot for me and is even beginning to be unbearable for the dogs. Only in the evening is when they want to stretch themselves out on the cool grass and do what dogs do best, chew sticks! In only a matter of months we will be wishing for this weather, so i'm done complaining.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

26 weeks

Time is flying and i seem to be getting bigger by the day! I finally bought the's lovely and modern and i probably spent too much money but i love it. I will post a picture when it arrives..i know you are all in suspense! Next it's on to the crib. I have a fabulous revamp idea for it, but i will wait to let you in on my brilliant plan until it is complete. Just a little hint..there will be color!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Ok so they're not quite pickles yet (nor will they ever be in my house, unless they come from a jar with a brand name from the store). Since i'm not in to canning and pickling and all that...i have to draw the line somewhere....i am trying to figure out what to do with all these cucumbers from our garden. It does give me a small thrill when i eat one knowing that they grew from a seed that we planted (ok, seeds my husband planted) i will at least give him credit for the garden this year. I would like gardening better if you didn't have to weed, it weren't so hot and there weren't so many freaking bugs buzzing your ear off. Oh well, that's why you have children do all the hard labor you don't want to do. I know i did my fair share of back-breaking branch hauling and god awful lawn mowing when i was younger. All those damn pine trees, i got at least several bugs (and pine needles) up the nose while attempting to maneuver around the five million that were on our gigantic lot in the middle of nowhere. Ahh country life, not for me...i feel i'm somewhere between rustic elegance and city chic.

Monday, August 3, 2009

An exit strategy

In the past couple weeks reality has really started to set in. 14 weeks to go (hopefully less) and this karate kid is going to need an exit strategy. So i have begun to look at my options:
1) Painfully squeeze large head through hole that still does not seem anywhere near big enough to accommodate such a large creature.
2)Be drugged and then sliced open...enough said.
3)Wake up one day and child spontaneously appears

So in reviewing my options, number 3 seems like the obvious choice..unfortunately i have not come across this possibility in any birthing book.
I'll just have to go with the flow and see how everything unfolds.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Emma Pug!

Today my little pug bug turns 3! The time has gone so fast. It feels like just the other day that she was just a little pugger chewing on all the furniture. Now she has grown up to be a big pug with quite the personality. Happy Birthday pudger!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Please pass the thesauraus

I am seriously sick of the word "swoon". Everyone seems to be "swooning" over everything. Maybe if these people swoon long enough, they will pass out, hit their head and suddenly forget that word existed in their vocabulary. I'm not really that evil that i would wish injury on these people, but i believe it has reached a pandemic. Next time you find something that you want to swoon over, just remember a few other descriptive words from your past, such as "awesome", "groovy" or just plain ol' "neato".

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Priceless moments

For the past couple of days i have been suffering from what i believe is called "Pregnancy Brain". It has to do with all those crazy circulating hormones and i suppose they have to wedge themselves in somewhere so a logical place would be in your brain, interrupting all normal thought processes.
Saturday afternoon i was just casually minding my own business in my own house when i get a knock at the door. I hate people coming to my door. My first thought is always "this person will probably murder me" and of course when these murderers come knocking my husband is always MIA. Since i was just lounging on the couch and the dogs were acting like spazoids i had no choice but to answer. I step outside and this guy in athletic shorts is standing in front of me ready to give his pitch. It's these times that i wish they were the save the environment people, at least you feel somewhat comfortable in assuming they are naturally peaceful and well intentioned individuals. This guy was not one of those. His opening line was "are you a vegetarian?" I should have said yes, but because my brain was malfunctioning due to an excess of hormones of course i said no way, me, never! That's when i glanced up and saw his rusted van parked across the street...hmmmm. A normal non-pregnant functioning person would have closed the door right there. So after a couple of half assed attempts to make him go away i gave in a bought practically a whole cow. Of course my normal brain functioning kicked in and i googled this company and realized i had just bought a freakin' cow from a business with questionable practices. Obviously the meat is all government inspected, i'm not that dumb, yet.....and we have eaten some of the meat and seem to still be alive. So if a rusted van pulls up at your door and asks if you are a vegetarian, just say yes!
If the meat episode wasn't enough, this morning i get in my car to go to my dr's appointment and realize half way down the street that i forgot these three bubble wrapped packages i needed to mail. So i reverse, and put the car in neutral while i run inside. You cannot leave a 5 speed car in neutral, especially on a slight incline, i found out. I'm inside trying to wrangle the dogs in the kitchen and grab my packages and out the front window i see my car rolling backwards toward a busy street of incoming traffic...shit! A logical person would have dropped everything and just run out there, but no, i had to grab my stuff first and lock the door before psychotically running across the neighbors yards toward my automatically reversing car. I did manage to successfully enter a moving vehicle with packages in hand and stop the car before any damage was done. I just hope no one saw this whole fiasco out their living room window...the psycho pregnant girl running after her moving car...nice.
All i can say is i hope the research is right and you become SMARTER after you birth a child.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Morning inspiration

A little deliciousness to start the day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A little action in the 22nd week

Baby bump or the after effects of eating more than my fair share of a large supreme pizza? I don't think a pizza would be karate chopping away at my bladder, you never know, that pepperoni packed a pretty mean punch to the mouth.

The imposter

Today marks my 22nd week of pregnancy (hooray!) and i have felt pretty much like my normal self in the past few weeks. I feel it's well deserved after being stricken with the piggy flu and then the stomach virus that i thought was going to eat my insides and never allow me to digest a normal meal ever again. I do not take for granted feeling healthy, both mentally and physically. Every morning that i wake up, well alive..yes key point here, not wanting to shield myself from the world or feel like vomiting, i rejoice! Serioiusly, i am just really grateful for everything in my life right now. Enjoy this expression of emotion, it doesn't happen very often...
Since finding out a couple of weeks ago that we're having a boy, i now feel that it is legitimate for me to do some shopping. I mean, come on, the clothes are just so small and cute. Although part of me gets a little freaked that something that will fit in to this seemingly small outfit is going to be exiting from my soon to be not so private region. Regardless, i will continue to shop...maybe if i spend enough money the anxiety of being broke will outweigh the anxiety of birthing a child. Highly unlikely but worth a shot....
So the past couple times i have walked in to one of these speciality baby stores I am greeted warmly and then i get the following "are you looking for a gift?" Now, under normal circumstances this would be a legitimate question but when you are shopping for yourself because you are, ahh, pregnant, then it is slightly insulting. If you are pregnant then you are shopping most likely for, surprise, yourself! I don't know, maybe i should wear a more revealing shirt or one of those tacky shirts that has your child's due date on it. Actually i think one of those t's that says "exit here" with the arrow pointing to your crotch would be appropriate, especially when going to a shower thrown by your catholic inlaws. Now that i think about it, that would be hilarious....especially when i drive up in my pro-choice mobile.
I think next time someone asks me if i'm shopping for a gift i will say no and proceed to lift up my shirt. Ha, who's shopping for a gift now insensitive sales lady!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My attempts...... thwarted... yet again

A brilliant idea came to me a month or so ago that this summer would be a great time to take a class at the University. My reasoning being that if i wanted to go back to school sometime after birthing my husbands kin, that now would be as good as any to get a head start. As it turns out, NEVER is a good time for me to go back to school. The above photo shows what happens after taking organic chemistry five, yes i said FIVE times. The remains are torched, never to be seen again. That was one stubborn book, kinda like the old selfish man with no soul who failed me on three separate occasions, i should have put him in there. I'm not sure but being burned alive is probably about equal to having to study organic chemistry equations, at least a close second on the pain scale. Although sitting in jail for manslaughter is not my idea of a fun vacation so i think i made the better choice, burn the book, not the professor.
So anyway, here i am taking this class and it is not going well. There is nothing preventing me from doing well, except myself. I am supposed to be doing my assignment now, due at 3:30 and here i am writing this! It's like my brain malfunctions and revolts as soon as i specifically sit down to study, it has some issues prior to the sitting down but i figure if i can at least get myself seated then half the work is done.
So this morning i went to Dunn Bros at 7...yes 7am on a Saturday just so i would have no distractions. HA, my brain is a distraction in and of itself. I got my mocha (yes it was caffeinated), my rice krispie bar and took a seat. My first thought was, well i need to have something in my stomach so i will eat first. So i caffeinated myself and munched away on the rice krispie bar that was the size of my head, and read the paper. Ok so not studying yet, i'll at least get my book out of my bag and read through the assignment. Suddenly i have an insane desire to check out the menu of this restaurant i've been wanting to go to...hmmmm maybe we should go there soon, looks good, BBQ chicken flat bread pizza! Ok back to reading the assignment, wait i should open the book to the appropriate chapter, yes nice work. Now the book is open and the assignment has been read and.....nothing...i see a couple and their child walking on the sidewalk out the window, that will be me soon! Why don't we live in this neighborhood with all these nice people walking their children to the co-op? Ahh see this is not working, who's idea was it to take this stupid class?? I continued to sit there in and realize that i am shaking the whole bench that i am sitting on from my fidgeting, i'm surprised people aren't falling to the floor left and right of me, they must be too polite to say anything because even i am annoyed with me. Well, clearly this isn't working. I pack up my things quickly, trying to create the illusion that i have somewhere to be immediately, otherwise why would i be leaving so soon after i got long has it been...ok about an hour, not too horrible i suppose. Alright so finally i arrive home again, 9 am, plenty of time to do the assignment. Ok time for a nap! Obviously i have earned it due to my great accomplishments of rice krispie eating and mocha drinking. Well, i can only go up from here...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A different kind

My Sleeping, Eating and Drinking habits have become something of a different kind in the past few months due to a soon to be strapping young man taking up residence in my uterus. Yes, i'm growing a penis as we speak, inside...not out, just wanted to be clear on that one.
So I am no longer partaking in delicious hoppy beverages brewed in foreign countries, eating raw animal flesh or sleeping like a porpoise (for those of you who don't know, that means sleeping on your stomach). All in all my life has taken a dramatic turn in to the unfamiliar now that i am seemingly more concerned for the life inside of me, haha as opposed to my own?? Funny how that that what they call the "motherly instinct", or the dreaded nesting?? If it is, it's staring me straight in the face making me do crazy things i have never before believed i would want to do, such as dust the shelves...CRAZY! I still feel dusting is rather frivolous, you wipe the cloth across and the dust just gets transferred somewhere else, YEA more CLEANING, and a waste of time. I just can't imagine what other nonsense this 21 week old being is going to be having me doing in the coming weeks, scrubbing the floors perhaps, eek, please god no, not that! Stay tuned and we shall see.....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A memorable bite

When you travel, what memories do you bring home with you? Do you remember the famous museum, park or sculpture you visited? When it comes to my memories i usually bring home the memory of taste. Sometimes it is the simplest way to remember a moment.
This croissant was the most delicious croissant that has ever grazed my lips. It's flakiness scattering across the table while i attempted to not eat it as quickly as possible because it was so utterly out of this world! This delicious flaky cloud of butter, ham and cheese comes from Tartine, a wonderful little bakery in San Francisco that is filled with tempting treats. Their mocha's are also so extraordinary that you will ever wonder how you will go back to your local coffee shop and not be disappointed for the rest of your life. A small price to pay for a lifetime of delicious memories...a very small price my friends.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Away...for more than a day!

I'm headed down to Evanston, IL for my awesome friend Tara's wedding this weekend! Unfortunately i'm not headed there in style driving this vintage bug. It will be a good time nonetheless. See you all next week!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Oh, Mr. Golden Sun

Do you remember the feeling you had the night before your birthday or Christmas Eve waiting for Santa Claus? I used to lay in my unicorn clad bed barely able to keep my eyes closed, smiling just a little to myself and wondering how i would ever make it through the next eight hours of darkness.
Waiting for Spring is like waiting for Santa Claus, especially if you live in the midwest, where 6 months out of the year the view from your window looks like a snow globe. Right around this time i start to get antsy, i crave sun, i just want to be able to wear my sandals and not have my toes freeze off! A few warm days are bliss but they are only a tease because you know that cold, wind and snow are lurking just around those March corners. The anticipation of being able to walk out of my house and have my pale toes touching the cement is just too great. Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun won't please come out and play!

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's about time

I was very pleased to read this article from the New York Times the other day. Obviously the sad efforts of politicians past has done nothing to impact or encourage positive nutritional habits of our nation because we're still FAT! I'm hoping that because Michelle Obama is not linked with the food industry, she brings a more everyday American parent of two children view point that more people might be able to relate to. Yes, she has a personal chef but she eats real food and still has to deal with her children having picky eating habits. The most important impact that hopefully will inspire others is her belief in everything in moderation. Isn't moderation really the key in every aspect of life? Think about it.....

*photo credit New York Times

Friday, March 6, 2009

What's a guilty food lover to do?

I love food. It's as simple as that. I think about what i will be eating for my next meal even before i'm finished with the one i'm currently devouring. I talk about food, i think about food, i drool over pictures of food and most importantly i eat a lot of food.
I have always had a fascination and appreciation for food thanks to my family growing up. My mother was never a gourmet cook, slaving over the stove to cook us coq au vin every night or anything, but she was a better than average consistent cook. I do remember eating a lot of corn niblets and canned green beans, but most other dishes were edible. What i remember even more so than my mother's cooking is my grandmother's (Gaca) cooking. She was always in the kitchen, either at the stove or washing dishes. There was a pot rack that hung over the sink. It sat above the window, that looked out on to their patio where the yellow checkered deck furniture sat waiting for a nice day to be used, i was always very fond of that furniture. The pot rack was always my favorite though, it gave the kitchen a broken in cozy feel. Like it was saying "come on in and cook with us" and that is exactly how i felt in my grandparents house. Now, I didn't actually cook, but i definitely ate. I ate creamed chip beef on toast, hot dogs (with ketchup from a special dispenser, sooo cool), macaroni and cheese, beef tenderloin and Papa's ribs from the grill. He cooked everything from the grill, they both knew their place when it came to cooking and both did very well in their respected areas. I loved these meals cooked at home but what i loved even more were meals that were cooked somewhere else, like a restaurant! Restaurant's were exciting places, you could choose your dinner yourself. We would go to the country club to have a steak, or get seafood take out and eat the most giant fried shrimp. We'd carry out Chinese food from this restaurant that to this day i haven't found a substitute for. We would eat moo shu pork, governor's beef and cashew chicken to our heart's content. It was all very exciting.
If you were to ask me now, this second, whether i prefer eating at home or eating out, i would be hard pressed to give you an answer because i struggle with feelings of guilt that surround both choices. I like cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, but food tastes exponentially better when someone else prepares it for you. You get a nice meal and you don't think about how it took an hour to peel the brussell sprouts that just took two seconds to ingest. Yes, the people on TV make it look like a breeze, well let me just say that there is no such thing as a gourmet 30 minute meal (sorry Rachael Ray). So, since my husband does not cook, i am left with very few options when i don't have dinner planned. In today's world people are spending less and trying to cook at home with increasing consistency, which i think is great, but i don't think that i should have to explain myself when i want to get food from outside my house. I believe in supporting local businesses and if we don't go out, these businesses will fail. According to my husband, you should only be eating out twice a week, at "actual" restaurants, apparently this does not include sandwich shops etc. I personally don't see the difference, the small stuff adds up and i would rather be supporting the local independent restaurant that uses local food, than give my five dollars to the national chain next door. So what is a food lover to do during these difficult times? There is just so much good food that needs to be eaten and there are only so many hours in a day. How do you deal with this quandary or is it just me? Please let me know that i am not the only one that carries the weight of the food world on my shoulders.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What are your secret food habits?

You know you do it. You eat differently by yourself than with someone else. So, my question to you is, what do you eat when you are all alone??
Do you eat peanut butter out of the jar with your finger? Or do you eat a bowl of cereal for dinner followed by some beers and pickles straight from the jar?
Whatever it is, it's fun to eat random sometimes!
Sometimes i'll make cookie dough and eat enough dough that i don't even want to eat any of the baked cookies, but i still have to try one (just to make sure they are edible after all). Although i love to eat real meals, it's nice not to plan and just eat whatever catches your eye from the pantry, fridge or freezer. Oh and one of my all time favorite weird combos... m&m's and tomato juice. Try it, salty and sweet always is tough to beat!