Last weekend we went to the very last Art vs Craft fair. It’s such a great place to bring artists together and we walked away with a few great things. So sad this was the final one!
We didn’t do any traveling for Thanksgiving this year because I was on call but it was kind of nice to stay cooped up in our house and celebrate as a family of four (Boston counts obvi). I did get called out right as we put our dinner on the table but when we finally did eat our feast, it was so delicious! We made this recipe and wowzers. Go forth and make this. I don’t generally like spicy foods, but you should really use a spicy pork sausage with this - it gives it a great kick.
(yes, boston is wearing a blanket in this picture - he is high maintenance)
I am going back to work next week and I want to be better about meal planning for the week since my time will be more limited. For the past 8 weeks, I’ve had all day to think about what to make for dinner but that won’t be the case once work starts. I should say, pre-Cal, I have always tried to plan out what we are having for dinner, not because I enjoy cooking but because one of my biggest annoyances is when it’s 5:30pm after work and I’m exhausted and hungry and we have no idea what to eat for dinner. What ends up happening is pizza.
Pizza. Every. Time.
Which can’t happen, not only from a cholesterol standpoint, but because although Cal has no idea what pizza is, I want to set a good example for the future of a healthy diet that includes pizza but not EVERY night. Anyway, I have started using Evernote more to build a database of recipes that I like because I also feel like I can only think of the same 4 meals to make every week which is so lame. In summary, can you all send me your favorite go-to dinner recipes?
We are going to have Cal sleep in his own room at some point - we were going to try it last night but 10 feet felt sooooo far away. Anyway, I’m trying out the camera while he goofs off in his room. Pretty sweet! I like that I can view it from my iPad and iPhone.
It’s the CamViewer app with the Foscam.
We had our first bit of snow last week which was kind of exciting and kind of like, aw hell, here it comes. But that’s all the snow we’ve had thus far so I can’t be too mean to the state of Wisconsin. However, do you know that they get dump trunks to haul away snow in the winter because it just keeps piling up and eventually there would be no where to go with it. Josh told me this which could be a lie because I’ve never actually seen this happen but we get so much snow it’s not hard to believe. Anyway, all this talk about snow and we barely got any. Now who seems like a liar.
OK, moving on…
I recently ordered a large number of pictures. I realized after seeing this video, that as much as I love having everything electronic, I really miss having tangible photos to flip through. So, I thought I would order a few which turned into 460. BUT! shutterfly had this deal where each print was just a penny. So 460 prints for less than $5 was pretty damn good. I was patting myself on the back as I went to place my order but then saw shipping was $20. Win lose I guess.
Cal really seems to like the shhhhing sound so I found an app that had this noise for when I’m putting him down to nap. I should say, when I make that noise, I think it sounds soothing. When I hear another person on an app making that noise, its really scary. It reminds me of the woman ghost in the opening scene of ghostbusters. Luckily Cal doesn’t know how creepy that noise sounds so he still digs it.
(this is not a flattering photo of Boston’s increasing heft)
(mini stockings for boston and cal)
And a smiley day to you too.
Somehow Cal is going to be six weeks old tomorrow. That six weeks seems like it flew by but at the same time, it seems like he has been here forever. It doesn’t quite feel like I’ve been on maternity leave this long though but alas, I have watched enough TV to prove otherwise. However, after hours of TV watching, I discovered something amazing this week. I can get ebooks delivered to my iPad through my local library! I may be very late to the game on knowing this but this is huge. And now, maybe I don’t need to watch every season of Lost, because honestly its getting a little weird anyway and 5 seasons seems like enough. I, however, do not regret watching all of Orange is the New Black or Scandal.
(Boston turned 11 this month!! This picture is adequate representation of how he feels about it)
Also, I did some online shopping and got this super cool winter coat which has happily ended a year long drama with coat shopping. You see, I wanted a coat with the following requirements: long enough to cover my butt and warm with a hood. Seems like a reasonable request but I bought two different long puffer coats from North Face and when I would squat down to pick something up off the ground (i.e. dog poop), the zipper would bust and unzip from the bottom. I thought, OK, this coat can’t support my butt/hips so I went up a size but the same thing happened. Do you know how infuriating a broken zipper is? It always happens outside and then you have to wait until you get home to fix it because no matter how much you try, it won’t re-zip while you are wearing it so then you are walking around in the god awful Wisconsin winter with an open coat. A jammed zipper is the absolute worst and will put me into a rage stroke. So apparently, long coats are not for my womanly shape. I got this mid length one that seems to do the trick. All of this is to say, this coat is great. The belt gives you a waist in the sea of puffiness and dresses it up if need be. Speaking of shapely, I made some pumpkin bread because, duh, it’s November. I wonder if broccoli were only a thing one month out of the year if I would crave it like I do all things pumpkin. Think about it….
(Cal had some really awesome back hair when he was first born. He is losing it now but we have photo documentation of that amazing sweater he grew in the womb)
This is a fantastic idea. So happy to see this project has been funded!
A video montage of Cal’s first month.