Friday, October 30, 2009

we're off to the berkshires
for the weekend
to enjoy a beautiful
fall wedding
.h.a.pp.y.h.a.ll.o.w.ee.n.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

~ cooking and projects ~



i've been doing me a lot of cooking of late - lots of new recipes and whatnot. i think it's part of this nesting business getting all extra domestic-like and such. plus we finally got a table and chairs last night - only a hundred buckaroos off craigslist. woo hoo! although we've had space in our kitchen for the last four years for a table and chairs we've just never gotten one - der! "how in the world do you eat, then?" you might ask. on our lame little dinner trays that i think are mostly found in nursing homes. yeah...it was time for an upgrade. and we had friends over for lunch today and i felt so prime and proper eating at a table...time to leave all barbarianism behind.

my fave new recipe this week is Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas found HERE. do not delay, make yourself some delciousness today. i used 1 c. light cream instead of 2/3 c. heavy and next time i'll make it with even more prosciutto - mmmm, brings back the mission, that deliciousness! i'll also probably make twice as much in the hopes that we can control ourselves from eating it all so we can enjoy leftovers the next day!
FYI - to really make leftovers edible you'd want to make extra sauce and cook up new pasta for the leftovers, otherwise it would get sticky and perhaps less delicious.

anyway - dinner making time is always att's hold-me-and-let-me-stir-what's-in-the-pot time. since stiring what's in the pot equals danger with this little man i set him up with his own martha stewart cooking kitchen on the floor. couldn't be a happier little tike. please watch him sprinkle in the seasonings, stir and top with the lid. such a pro!

video

by the way - have you had a hard time finding canned pumpkin to use in all your delicious fall recipes? i have! and then i found out why - there's a shortage this year! it rained so much that many pumpkins were rotten before they could be picked! what a crime!! so anway - i searched high and low and finally found some at target of all random places and i bought all eight cans that were on the shelf...you just don't know when that goodness will be found again. anway - stock up if you can. and i'll post my pumpkin bisque recipe soon and we'll be friends forever!

so, we're all house projecty right now too making space for babe-in-belly. we moved the changing table into our room and gave atticus a big boy dresser in his room. i was a little "my baby's growing up too fast" type sad but now i'm kind of loving decorating it and for sure loving all the extra drawer space. we've also bought an antique secretary desk to act as a new home to the computer (brilliant because it closes up which means no computer access to little tiny fingers.) i'm thinking of painting it and giving it a face lift as it's over the age of 100 years. i'll be sure to post pics if it turns out to be anything worth posting!

alrighty, have a great day!

.ta.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

this week around our house
drawing on the computer desk
watching at the window for daddy to come home

laying in mom and dad's bed drawing


lounging on his mini couch


gourmet bathtub baking


putting on daddy's shoes


.making.memories.

Monday, October 26, 2009

perhaps a touch irreverent

yesterday was the primary program at church, as usual i cried and loved it. atticus was very inpired by all the big kids speaking over the pulpit and couldn't wait to get his turn this morning when we were at the church for mom's group.

video

Friday, October 23, 2009

i'm a "blond" and i'm a "girl"

*just for the record, i was going to post yesterday about how it was an incredible 70 degree blue skies fall day here in the great bay state and how i wore shorts and a short sleeved shirt to the park and then i was going to tell all you LV/LA/AZ peeps to "take that! HA!" but now that it's 40 degrees today and i'm freezing and hating it, i'm feeling quite relieved that i didn't get all blog braggy yesterday about the weather...

but, that's not what this post is about.

**it also not about how i'm eating heaping spoonfuls of cookie dough right now...although this is a true statement, in case we're playing truth or dare.

but it is about last night.

and about how in a ten minutes period of time my husband said the following two statements to me:

"you're being such a blond right now."
and
"you're being such a girl right now."

now please don't misunderstand. my husband's a cool dude and was by no means being a meanie. he digs that i'm a blond (or at least that my stylist attempts to make me blond every six months or so when i finally decide to get my nasty roots done) and he digs (obviously) that i'm a girl - duh. so these statements were said not because he's a smarty pants boy, but because maybe i deserved it a little.

well...at least the first one i did. i admit, every now and then i have blond moments. just totally out of the blue. so unexpected. sort of airheady. it's nice to be pregnant because then i have the "pregnancy brain deterioration" excuse, but for the large majority of my life that i spend unpregnant, yes - these mysterious blond moments occur. no excuse, only truth.

anyway - i won't try to recreate last night's blonditity but it did involve me driving up to the parking machine to pay my ticket to get out of the parking garage and the machine telling me to insert my debit card "stripe side up" and me thinking it kept telling me to "drive right up" and i was so confused because i had already driven right up and i wanted my next instruction on how to pay my parking ticket and darek repeating to me over and over that it was telling me to insert my card "stripe side up" and me repeating to him over and over that i did "drive right up" and finally a garage worker guy coming over to my window to ask me if i needed help at which point said garage worker took my debit card from my hand and inserted it "stripe side up" like the machine kept telling me to - and then i got it! see what i mean? i worked hard for that blond moment even if i am only a highlighted with nasty roots blond these days.

but - on the second account, that of "being a girl" (ie - prissy, can't drive well-type girl) i do have to take a bit of umbridge. i'm not one for publishing my own brag list but i must say that "being a good driver" is on my brag list! i'm a good driver! and darek knows it. and not so deep down inside he's real grateful i am. especially since although this lovely bay state is lovely, it's also home to all the worst drivers in all these states united. like if you're a bad driver your punishment is to move to boston to dwell with all other bad drivers. so i won't relate the story of me backing up the car to park and sort of driving up onto the sidewalk, because it was a total fluke and i certainly don't "drive like a girl!" and honestly it could have happened to anyone.

all my sincerest apologies to all you out there, girls and guys alike, who do indeed "drive like a girl." i'm sure you have other worthy qualities to add to your own personal brag list. and sorry to all you femenists out there who take offense to the gender stereotype - my advice: take it up with all the bad girl drivers out there who work so hard to earn us that stereotype.

so anywho - that's my story and that's what this post is about.
the end
.ta.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

things have been a little hectic lately
warning: i can't promise that much of a coherent or interesting post is to follow
therefore proceed with caution



i'm not really sure i have much to say. i kind of feel like i've recently misplaced my brain and am having a hard time relocating it. so for the purpose of reserving any waning brain power that i may still possess, this will be more of a bullet point post than a coherent-worth-reading post...just an FYI.

i'm making these right now to take to our young women's (church youth group) activity tonight. we're doing yoga...and i'm bringing junk food. i heart yoga. i heart junk food. end of story.

i walked into nursery at church two sundays ago to find an unidentified individual feeding ICE CREAM to ALL the children, from the SAME bowl, with the SAME spoon! i discovered this just after i had grabbed a tissue to wipe a little girl's nose that was running all over the place. needless to say...att's nose has been running all over the place ever since then. grrr!

i've been sort of obsessed with finding and trying new recipes lately. i have no idea where this current burst of cooking interest has come from but i've added a list of "recipes i've tried lately" to my sidebar if you'd like to try them too.

i watched this cute friend's cute little nine month old on monday and am happy to report that i wanted to shout from the rooftops that "I AM GOING TO SURVIVE WITH TWO KIDS!!!" needless to say, it went well. but then atticus was anti-happy for the majority of yesterday and i opted against the rooftop shouting for now.

i've started taking my pregnant belly to aqua aerobics classes at our community center. how classic is that? i'm the youngest by 20+ years at least and i love bobbing around in synchronized swimming routines with ruth, dottie and marge.

we are still undecided on unborn child's name - but have some ideas brewing...perhaps to be revealed for a vote at a later date. you are also welcome to send suggestions our way, even though i have a little hang up with wanting to be the one to come up with the name! isn't that ridiculous?

today was incredibly beautiful - the bug and i took our sweet cruiser for a ride on over to cambridge to meet up with darek for lunch. the ride there was so great. the ride home was so tiring. what was i thinking?

i think my most favorite thing in the world right now is when atticus hears music and starts doing his sweet dance moves, complete with thumb-flicking attempts at snapping. makes me laugh out loud everytime.

k, i gotta get some stuff done before i go eat treats while doing yoga at YW!

.ta.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

.the airborne toxic event.
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my very hip husband took me to the house of blues tuesday night to see the airborne toxic event. the were really fantastic! they have such unique music, with viola, cello, keyboard, etc.

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mikel jollet
the airborne toxic event lead singer


steve chen, guitar and keyboard
we loved him the most!

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as part of the encore all three bands came out and sang People Who Died in honor of Jim Carroll who died about a month ago. he was a punk musician and wrote Basketball Diaries. it was a totally crazy song and everyone on stage was going ballistic. and yes, those are red tighty whities worn by the Red Cortez guitarist.

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the opening bands were red cortez and the henry clay people. i really dug red cortez and maybe even have a little crush on the lead singer now. when he did a little stage dive into the crowd and floated our way i tried to touch his foot but decided against it since he'd taken his shoes off by then and all i could think was how sweaty his socks must be! he's got a bono-type voice but i like his style of music better. he can belt it!
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listen to In The Fall here
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all the band members were out and about after the concert mingling with the fans. i snuck up to the t-shirt table to get a secret pic with my new boyfriend and he saw darek raise the camera to take the picture and this was his pose! how classic! DER!

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and yes, in case you're wondering, the unborn babe did accompany us on our outing and he dug the music though it certainly vibrated his little swimming sac more than anything he's ever felt before!
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20+ weeks
i know, i know - i've had QUITE a growth spurt since my 18 week pic!
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why are concerts the best? for real, there is nothing like live music.
thanks cute husband for such a fun night out!
.ta.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

lest you fall victim to my false wisdom
**note: please see previous post of ten minutes past to read part one of this saga**

part two

post amendment:
thinking i was so smart, i left atticus to the wonders of water play AT the sink while posting how brilliant a can't-make-dinner-unless-atticus-is-distracted-solution it was. when i turned around after hitting the "publish post" button this is what i beheld.
IN
the
sink



i thought it might be a good idea for a bit

"lesson learned" amended: next time simply remove att's clothing and add him to the sink, as he will undoubtedly find his way there on his own.

and don't give him breakables


2.2 seconds before this mug's last pour

R.I.P. little mug
final verdict: not the most successful activity, but at least my floors are clean from cleaning up all the water atticus poured on the floor. oh and the broken glass from the mug atticus threw on the floor. oh and all the junk that fell out of the dustbuster when atticus dropped it on the floor and it exploded open while trying to vaccuum up the broken glass.
maybe this project will be more closely surpervised in the future...

this was tonight's solution

to the nightly can't-make-dinner-because-atticus-wants-to-play/eat-the-food/climb-up-my-leg/hang-on-my-clothes/beg-for-fruit-snacks ritual.
it was a very wet and an very effective solution
lessons learned:
note to self - next time remove rug from under chair
before it becomes drenched
verdict: total success

.ta.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

these are some recipes i've added to my weekly menu planning
i've been searching new recipes and i just need a place to keep all the links so the blog will have to do. click on for the link if you're looking for new yummy things to eat. and let me know if you try any of them, what did you think?

lower fat homemade macaroni and 4 cheeses
chicken tortilla soup
salmon-vegetable bake with sun-dried tomato rice
turkey bacon and jack quesadillas with guacamole
slow cooker vegetable chili
mixed vegetable masala

side dishes:

broccoli salad
pamesan pan fried tomatoes
creamy vanilla sweet potatoes
peach and cucumber salsa
strawberry spinach salad
savory stewed potatoes

.enjoy.
did i already tell you
that my cell phone bill has $59 of extra charges this month
because atticus has been downloading songs on it?

and that when i was getting my ultrasound last week
the technician lady asked me how old i was
and i said
"twenty..."
"oh wait"
"thirty...
...one"



i think i'm losing my mind

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

an excerpt from pregnancy weekly
just so i know that i'm not crazy...

Nesting Instinct

"Around the fifth month of pregnancy, the "nesting" instinct can set in. This is an uncontrollable urge to clean one's house brought on by a desire to prepare a nest for the new baby, to tie up loose ends of old projects and to organize your world.
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"Females of the animal kingdom are all equipped with this same need. It is a primal instinct. Just as you see birds making their nests, mothers-to-be do exactly the same thing. The act of nesting puts you in control and gives a sense of accomplishment toward birth. You may become a homebody and want to retreat into the comfort of home and familiar company, like a brooding hen. The nesting urge can also be seen as a sign of the onset of labor when it occurs close to 40 weeks of pregnancy.
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"Nesting brings about some unique and seemingly irrational behaviors in pregnant women and all of them experience it differently. Women have reported throwing away perfectly good sheets and towels because they felt the strong need to have "brand new, clean" sheets and towels in their home. They have also reported doing things like taking apart the knobs on kitchen cupboards, just so they could disinfect the screws attached to the knobs. Women have discussed taking on cleaning their entire house, armed with a toothbrush. There seems to be no end to the lengths a nesting mother will go to prepare for her upcoming arrival.
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"This unusual burst of energy is responsible for women ironing anything in the house that couldn't out run them. Being preoccupied with ant killing, squishing them one at a time for weeks on end. Packing and unpacking the labor bag 50 times. Cleaning the kitchen cupboards and organizing everything by size to the point that you make sure the silverware patterns match when it's stacked in the cutlery drawer. Sorting the baby's clothes over and over again is a favorite theme. Taking them out of the drawers and re-folding them, putting them away and doing it over and over again.

Nesting will provide interesting stories for years to come."

hmmm...this all sounds very familiar...i don't really remember feeling it this strongly the first time around, but this time, yes! i think it has to do with feeling a need to make our very comfortable-for-two-adults-and-one-baby apartment habitable by the aforementioned two adults and one baby PLUS one more baby! anyway, i've been on a mean cleaning streak and had to laugh about the feeling of wanting to throw everything away! i want to take every single solitary item out of my house and start from scratch. i'd even throw the house away and start from scratch if i could. is that normal? anyway, i've got some projects underway, some include "irrational behaviors" such as scrubbing items with a toothbrush and some include more fun things like buying new furniture pieces - for organizational purposes, of course - from craigslist.

this process = new addiction.
send any suggestions you have my way!
and wish me luck!

thanks!
.ta.

Monday, October 05, 2009

blogger appears to be anti-photo for me tonight
so my "blah, blah, blah" will have to do

how was your weekend? darek left for washington state on saturday to attend his grandfather's funeral this morning. it was a last minute decision to go but i'm glad he was able to work it out. sadly, i never met this grandfather and it sounds like i've really missed out. i've heard so many wonderful thing about him that i feel grateful to be part of his eternal family. he's certainly left a legacy that is a blessing to all of us. so atticus and i are flying solo for a few days but darek will be home tomorrow. that will be a happy moment since every time our upstairs neighbors come in the front door atticus thinks it's darek getting home from work and he bolts to the door so excited. it's so sad to tell him that it's not dada. breaks both our hearts, so i'm really looking forward to telling him it's dada when we hear him coming in tomorrow afternoon.

i've made my yummy carrot soup again for dinner tonight and i'm going to be so sneaky and put it on atticus' pasta instead of pasta sauce so he'll get a good dose of veggies. i also thought i was being sneaky by sprinkling a tiny bit of sugar of his cut up peach so he'd eat it (it's not a very sweet peach, i don't normally add sugar to my kid's food...) but he totally outsmarted me by just picking up the peach pieces and licking the sugar off! i out-smarty-pants him again though by stabbing the peach pieces with a fork and handing it to him. the kid can't resist eating something off the end of a fork, makes him feel so grown up.

ok, onto less frivolous topics. how great was general conference this weekend? did you get to watch it? i watched most, that which atticus allowed, but i'm looking forward to watching/reading the rest HERE. it's always exactly what i need to hear. we're so blessed that it's every six months. it's rare enough that it feels like a special treat and frequent enough to keep us on track. i loved the overall theme of LOVE!
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the defining attribute of a disciple of Christ is LOVE.
if you LOVE me, keep my commandments.
the great commandment is to LOVE God
and the second like unto it to LOVE thy neighbor.
LOVE your family, even through their wayward trials.
express LOVE and show it, consistently.
LOVE thy child, even when carrot soup splats on the wall
(that was a personal application one.)
share the gospel through LOVE.
pray for the kind of LOVE that helps you
focus on the strengths of your spouse
and overlook the weaknesses.
LOVE is the motivating principle
to obey God and serve others.
i LOVE it.
do you LOVE it?
hooray for LOVE!
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.night.night.
love,
ber
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PS - the carrot-soup-as-pasta-sauce worked like a charm.
who's the smarty-pants now?

Friday, October 02, 2009

this makes me laugh

so we had five muggings in our neighborhood last week, but that's not the part that makes me laugh.
remember last week when we took a little evening bike ride to JP Licks for ice cream?

well click on the link below (the clip won't imbed)
endure the 15 second commercial
then either watch the story and hear about our sweet neighborhood crimes
or fastforward the story to 1:50 and watch closely in the background

http://wbztv.com/video/?id=81499@wbz.dayport.com

how awesome is that? it looks like the muggers were making a quick getaway on some sweet vintage cruisers!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

this week

today: atticus locked me out of the house! we had just gotten home from a nice (albeit chilly) little bike ride downtown to meet up with darek for lunch and as i was locking up the bike on our porch, atticus took my keys inside and closed the door behind him. the door locks automatically. atticus doesn't know how to open it from the inside. i checked for the hidden key...nowhere to be found. i peeked in the through the window, spied atticus still with bike helmet atop his head, waving and smiling at me from inside. clueless. i pulled out my phone to call my landlord and ironically he had just left me a message asking me to run up to his apartment to get a phone number for him. as i hit send to call him back he pulled up in front of the house. he had come home to get the number since i hadn't answered to give it to him - so lucky! atticus, you sly dog...

yesterday: my parent's 44th wedding anniversary! how sweet is that? how hot are they in this photo? this wasn't of their wedding day (all their wedding pics got lost in the mail, so sad, right?) but nonetheless they're looking good in their farah fawcett and richard simmons hair styles! happy anniverary kids!


tuesday: the TENTH anniversary of the day i went into the MTC!!! i can't believe it! i'm that old person that still talks about their mission like it was yesterday and thinks she's really cool and hip. anyway - here's an old school pic of friends and family that met at hickory kist for lunch before i entered the alien world also known as the mission. such good memories!



and some truely dedicated roommates doing a little cheer for me to send me on my way. so classic. so very skyview 3. and so obnoxious that i'm posting it here. sorry ladies!



tuesday afternoon: i took atticus to the grocery store in one of those little red push cars because he was feeling a bit anti-stroller that day. in the produce section i slipped a bit (didn't fall) on a little puddle of water. i thought to myself, "sheesh, stop & shop could have a serious lawsuit on their hands if someone eats it here." i mosey on my way. three feet later a little lady in front of me slips a bit (doesn't fall) on another puddle of water. she looks at me and starts expressing her frustration in spanish. i commiserate with her in english and tell her that i slipped too and that they really should do something about the water on the floor. her husband scoots her out of the way so i can reach the grapes behind her. all the while she continues expressing her frustration, getting quite animated, maybe even almost yelling. she really wants me to know that "sheesh, stop & shop could have a serious lawsuit on their hands if someone eats it here!" i give a knowing, sympathetic nood and mosey on my way. through the produce i go. zig zag. down the canned fruit section and to the self check out. i'm self checking out and i see, what's this? another huge puddle on the floor? and what's that? water leaking from the little red push car my son is riding in??? at that point i put two and two together and realize that I had been the culprit trailing water through the store, almost killing not only myself but the innocent shoppers of stop & shop. i informed the lady behind me to please watch her step as well as asked the worker lady to please have someone come clean up my mess. i, however, was far too sheepish to let her know that i had also been trailing water all through the produce section and canned fruit isle. i just busted it out of there before an ambulance was called to assist an injured patron. it was only as i was bolting out the door that i put another two and two together and realized that all the espanol ranting and raving was not directed at stop & shop, but was in fact directed at me! sweet.

tuesday night: book club, we read mindless eating. i read it mostly while i was eating mindlessly. anyway - good, interesting, maybe i'll write more about it at a later date, but probably not so here you go.

monday: incredibly beautiful! 70+ degrees, so very different from our current 54 degrees. we met up with M&A at the new park at cambridge common. it was pretty awesome. take your toddler there if you haven't already. and plan on them getting wet and/or sandy. so fun to hang out and chitty chat with M&A, thanks for the fun playdate!

hm, i guess that's it for now
.ta.