I have a major deadline approaching, and I am in serious crunch-mode, so I thought it a good idea to take an official break from the ‘ol blog again.
But, before I leave you, here are some seven tidbits for this Friday:
1. This article made me feel less terrible that I’ve wasted so much time in the evenings watching Arrested Development lately (re-watching the oldies; indulging in the new season). I know the article was only semi-serious…but really, Uncle Oscar as Father Zosima?! However, G.O.B. as Dmitry is quite spot-on.
2. My mom makes the. best. homemade doughnuts you will ever taste. They are seriously amazing. I doubt fried unicorn could taste better than these.
I’ve really been trying hard to cut out all processed sugar and to be moderate in our consumption of grains, especially wheat…but…sometimes there needs to be exceptions.
And this was a major exception. I paid for said exception with a stomachache later, but it was worth all of the caloric glory in the moment:
3. I have been on a quest for a leak-free sippy cup, preferably stainless steel. I bought one [over-priced!!] a few months ago, but for some reason Philomena couldn’t drink out of it well. Plus, it still leaked a little.
But, this Kleen Kanteen sippy…. Look!
[That bottle is full of water! No drips!]
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. And if this bottle lasts for a few years, they have all sorts of replacement nozzles for different ages and needs. I am sold. So sold.
4. Sam Adams does their seasonal brews well. And I would like to give my stamp of approval for Porch Rocker. It is lemon-y, without being too sweet. Ryan thought it a bit too fruity for his hop-obsessed palate, but I thought it was perfect for outside summer drinking [which, incidentally, is the best kind]. So there.
5. Like I said, we have been working hard to stay on the somewhat-whole-foods bandwagon lately. However, I definitely have a sweet tooth. So, we’ve been experimenting with all sorts of frozen treats that use fresh ingredients and natural sweeteners.
Chocolate mint ice cream! Strawberry frozen yogurt! Chocolate peanut butter ice cream!
Some day I hope to compile some of these recipes for you in a somewhat-coherent manner. For now, you will just have to trust me that homemade, natural ice cream can be just as good [better???] than the frozen aisle of the grocery store.
6. My husband [who needs to blog again!] is the best spouse and daddy in the entire universe. Don’t even try to argue with this fact, because you will lose.
He is going to roll his eyes and shake his head at this, but I don’t care.
I have been absolutely on high-stress mode lately. With the major deadline to fulfill in just a few weeks, almost every second he is home, I escape behind the closed door of our office/laundry room or to a frigidly-air-conditioned coffeeshop.
Ryan has been truly heroic [no exaggeration] in taking on many of the duties of home life– cooking, cleaning, laundry, toddler entertaining. And he hasn’t complained. Not once. Not even a little under-the-breath muttering [as his wife is so inclined to do
on occasion all the time.]
I remember when we were pregnant, Ryan talked about how he didn’t want to be an “assistant mom” [sadly, a role in which many men are relegated], but rather a father. And unlike all of my lofty parenting goals I set during pregnancy, he has fulfilled his masterfully.
Every morning, Philomena takes my hand as we walk around the house looking for “Da Da!” We both tear up a little on the weekdays when she realizes he is nowhere to be found.
7. Like Ryan, my mom, my sister, and my mother-in-law have really been picking up the slack for me lately. Almost daily someone watches Philomena for at least a few hours, so I can get some work done.
And Mena is in heaven. She loves her cousins and her grandmothers fiercely. I actually think she’ll be a little disappointed when our days don’t involve a trip over to someone else’s house. Just boring Mommy.
That’s it for now. I’ll see you sometime in late July. [Hopefully.]
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