Monday, November 30, 2009
Looong weekend came to an end- and it only reinforced that I don't want to work...in the traditional sense of the word, at least.
Let's see, this weekend was filled with the Dewetzel nups, another baby check up, White Christmas at the Academy and...putting up the tree.
1. Baby check up went like this: Me: Why do I keep getting headaches? Gazelle (the midwife, another reason why I want to name my kid something awesome) You've doubled the amount of blood in your body so it's pretty common. G: lay down, let's check out the baby. (pulls out Doppler) Fancy: beat, beat, beat, beat (muffled wrestling) beat, beat, beat) G: Oh, did you hear that, that was a kick!Todd: (raised eye brow) hi-ya!
It was neat- last time they tried to listen to Fancy, they had to PRESS the Doppler really hard into my pelvis...one month later, the little bugger was found by my belly button. S/he's moved about 5 inches up in a month. Someone told me this month (and I can't remember who) that if babies continue to grow at the rate they do in utero, they'd be the size of the sun by the time they're 2ish. Crazy.
2. Dewetzel nups- the reception was in a very Dewee-esque joint- converted farm house. It was rustic and pretty and simple- but cool- and very Andy and Katie. Congrats to the Dewetzels. Card's in the mail, btw (because OF COURSE, I bought it that morning and forgot it at home.) Very me.
3. Christmas'd the house up. Todd had basketball practice on Saturday- I dug out our decos- and found two bags that Todd hadn't unpacked from our move in JULY 2008. Yup. I was dreading getting the Christmas ornaments out for about a month. I thought the nook under our stairs in the bottom floor was STUFFed with crap we've accumulated. As it turns out, although it's sort of true, the two bags got washed quickly, half the junk tossed and I was able to see the bottom of the floor in seconds. I got out the musty old tree and had it up and the living room dusted and cleaned in about an hour and a half. It's a table top tree so the cats aren't too interested in it.
4. White Christmas. Saw it in the city. It was fine. If you can get cheap/free tickets, go. Otherwise, just about every seat in the Academy has an obstructed view so don't pay full price. I had a bar in front of my face for the whole show... this would be acceptable, of course, if it were a bar with drinks...or a chocolate bar...or a gold bar. Nope. It was a "don't fall from the third balcony bar." Boo.
5. What's this Google wave business? I'm firstname.lastname@example.org if you have one too.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The problem is more along the lines of having champagne tastes on a beer budget. I'm meeting with my HR rep next week to discuss my maternity benefits. I'm a little nervous about what's going to happen financially during the four-ish weeks where I'm sort of, but not really sure if I get a pay check or not. It's a little unnerving. Especially with that pesky mortgage hanging over our heads.
I've spend all day looking over plans and details about starting a yoga class- do I start my own at a local library? Teach at someone else's studio? What about insurance, renting space, and marketing for my classes? And how about teaching yoga eight moths pregnant...that's gonna be a real sight.
I'm sure everyone has the same worries that I'm having- there's never enough money in the world to have it all and certainly not with a kid on the way. There isn't enough to do at work this week to keep my mind from drifting back to the thoughts over and over again and what's worse...I'm always hungry.
Oh well, I have to go get ready to teach three free yoga classes today. This seems counterproductive.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Ok, after yesterday's little excursion to Target where I spent way too much money on things that don't fit in my house (apparently I have a realllly tall toilet and a very uneven floor) or cleaning supplies that I promised myself I'd use, I didn't think I'd find anything else I'd want to buy. Yesterday was one of those days where I had a BAD case of buyers remorse. Bad. As it turns out, the steam cleaner really, REALLY works- so I feel better today. The only downside is only two cleaning pads are provided...so I need to wash them in between each use...which is fine since I don't like to clean for long periods of time anyway. It's a win-win.
And now, since I obviously made the right choice on the steamer (I'm thinking about going home and use it again today after yoga class) I think I'll make the right call on these shoes. I just need a snazzy little scarf to dress up an all black outfit to wear on turkey day. (Please note: pants worn on T-Day will be a spandex blend as will the over sized sweater...I plan to maximize the potential of my stuffing exposure.)
Augutsten Burroughs' new Christmas compilation is out (also found at Target 30% off) and is a nice little first-person pessimistic warm-up for the Season. I'm half way through it already and he's discussed his adolescent confusion between Santa and Jesus, waking up in bed with a department store Santa (he's gay for all of you who aren't familiar), a touching(/hysterical/eerie reminder of what it's like to be a dysfunctional/functional drunk) living the life as a bum for two days (blacked out) prior to Christmas and various other little Christmas gems. Go get it- you'll finish it in a day or two as I'm about to.
What else...oh yea, Todd and I finally got a chance to check out Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts. On Friday I saw an ad for 50% off tickets on facebook (it's usually $38.50 for one which includes the price of admission for whichever museum the hunt is held) so we got a good little deal. We showed up late so they finished giving the three groups their instructions before Todd and I were sent on our way- and given a time extension...but the competitive nature in both of us shined right through and we finished in record time.
There were 24 questions to answer with maps and "clues" all over the museum. Some of the clues were more of a seek and find (clue provided, once the painting/sculpture was found you use the description to fill in the blanks) but some had patterns (using the Chinese calendar.) We got stuck on one for about twenty minutes only to find out that it was eliminated (that's what we get for being late) but it still didn't matter...because we won! Our prize was free admission into a hunt in the next 90 days (there's one at the Franklin Institute that looks dope or one at the Reading Terminal Market) so we really paid $38.50 for four hunts. We're so thrifty.
...still doesn't make up for the steamer.
I started practicing the guitar again this weekend. My fingers are a little sore. I read somewhere that the baby can hear sound at this point so I'm hoping that after months of playing tunes if the little bugger gets restless in his/her crib, I can whip out the axe and soothe his/her tired eyes...with the whole experience being so easy so far I'm just thinking that this HAS to be the quiet before the storm. If not and my kid continues to be awesome, at least I'll be able to wail.
Friday, November 20, 2009
1. clean our drawers and make a donation to the goodwill
2. finish project for last grad class (which is just busy work, btw. A compilation of a paper from each of the classes inculding an introduction and a conclusion regarding my growth as a leader throughout the process.)
3. clean the house
4. rake the lawn
5. anything productive around the house
Instead, an hour ago, I got (and paid for tickets to) a facebook wall post:
Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts Philly: Get 1/2 off tickets for tomorrow's Murder at the Philadelphia Museum Scavenger Hunt! A murdered curator has left a trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. Can your team of sleuths crack the code and find out who dunnit? To receive your 50% discount, click on the link below and enter "YoAdrian" at ...checkout. This offer is good on the next 10 tickets sold and can only be used on the November 21 Murder at the Philadelphia Museum Scavenger Hunt.
I just saw Yes Man this Sunday and I don't want to pass up a fun opportunity. Who wants to clean my house?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I didn't know what to expect.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Fancy Pants, 14 weeks, 5 days.
Our midwife Jamesina wanted to see if the due date was correct (I suppose my year long record of my cycle wasn't enough for them...) and low and behold- it was! Fancy is moving right along.
It's pretty awesome too. I get daily emails showing how far along the little peanut is and some are alien-esque at best. But in some of these shots, I could see a little arm, little legs (our kid's gonna be able to dunk) and a big old head! Also, as Tursi pointed out, I'm pretty sure we have a thumb sucker on our hands- I was a thumb sucker until I was about seven so why shouldn't Fancy?
Our poor kid- I've gotta post some pics of both Todd and I as youngins'. Thank goodness we both grew into our teeth. Buck teeth or not, I'm sure Fancy will be a looker.
So on to non-baby related items. I'd like to talk about Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme. After T-bone and I went to Hawaii for the h-moon, I became obsessed with all things coconut. I still have my Beachcomber Bud's Tanning Oil. I have to sit it in front of the heater in the winter because it congeals at around 70 degrees. Neat. Congeals is a good word. I was at Walgreens this morning picking up a few migraine reliefs items (Hershey Kisses, ginger ale, ActivOn) and I saw Burt's foot creme. I've never been one to use products directly as the label suggests to obviously I'm going to use this stuff and hand an face creme. Sure, it's a little gooier than most face/hand cremes (that's how it's spelled on the bottle) but it smells like Hawaii. And what better way to relieve a migraine than to take a mini vacation right in the comfort of my own office.
Right now, I'm reading Timothy Ferris' The Four Hour Work Week. I'm convinced there's something more for us all out there (ie working less and playing more.) If it's in this book, I'll pass the word along.
Now's the time on Sprockets when we dance.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
So there it is. Egg salad by computer light. I wasn't as easy as taking the cardboard box out of the freezer and pushing 5 buttons on the microwave but it was easy enough, I suppose, and Fancy likes it WAY better.
Todd and I get to meet Fancy face to face tonight. Well, face to screen, at least with our first ultrasound. Hopefully we'll have our first Fancy pics tonight. Hella excited. I hope s/he's waving or giving the finger or has a mohawk or something.
Our kid's gonna be awesome.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
- 12 (2-ounce) medallions milk-fed veal, pounded thin
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound butter
- 2 tablespoons roux, recipe follows
- 1/4 cup sherry
- 24 slices mozzarella, sliced thin
Dredge veal in flour. Saute veal in oil for 2 minutes on each side. When done, drain oil, add butter, roux and sherry. Bring to a boil lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
At this point, layer 2 mozzarella slices on each piece of veal. Put pan under broiler to melt cheese.
Serve 3 pieces of veal on each plate, spoon sauce over all.
- 16 ounces chicken broth
- 6 rounded tablespoons flour
- 4 ounces water
In mixing bowl, add flour to water while whisking. Mixture must be smooth, with no lumps. Bring chicken broth to a boil. When boiling, whisk in flour mixture, again making sure there are no lumps. Allow to cool,then store, covered, in the refrigerator, until needed.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
So anyway, I was mesmerized by the Shark Portable Cleaner. Reminder- four cats = cat hair tumbleweeds every three days. They send two sets of removable, laundry safe pads for the system which reminded me of my laundry issues...will I have to buy more pads because the other two sets are in wash? But, if I don't use the vacuum or broom that I have, what makes me think I'll use the Shark? You have to fill that think with water before use. Another step I'll probably avoid. It takes my memory to another place...