Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Five

1. I don't usually like this style of music, but this song is really speaking to me of late. Some of the lyrics really hit home.

2. As I mentioned in my last post, the book I'm reading currently isn't doing much for me. I don't care at all about what happens next. When I pick it up each day I have zero interest in it. But I am still thinking about the last book I read, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen. Now that was a great book, very compelling. I would highly recommend it.

3. I've never been a leggings-as-pants person, but I've long been a fan of yoga pants so it was a fairly natural transition once I got over the not-pants hump. It helps that as a 40 year old single mom of a toddler I am essentially invisible, so I might as well be comfortable. I spent months agonizing over whether to buy a pair of LuLaRoe leggings, which I kept hearing about. I joined (many) Facebook groups and looked at what seemed like hundreds of patterns. I hemmed and hawed and then I saw these:

Bam. My life is now complete. And I shall be wearing them every second I am not at work (as soon as it stops being 85 degrees, that is).

4. I have to remember to set my DVR to record this on Thanksgiving.

5. Today is Apple Fest at work. Bring on the apple fritters. That is all.

Happy Friday, y'all!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lunchtime Reads

I do all of my reading these days during my lunch hour. I usually go for a 15-20 minute walk, then find a nice shady spot to sit and read until it's time to go back inside and nuke my food. Most of the time I end up with a chilled backside from the cold stone, but as the seasons change I suspect I might find myself inching towards the sun. This book, while mildly entertaining, is not exactly compelling, so my desire to eat wins easily over my desire to continue reading as my free time draws to a close.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Here we go again!

Hello! It's been a while, I know. A lot has changed in my life and obviously I haven't made time for blogging. I still don't have much time to spare, but I'm thinking (hoping) that getting back to semi-regular blogging might be good for the soul.

So much has happened in the last 18 months or so, and I don't feel up to posting a big ol' summary, so for now I'm going to try to just jump back into posting. At some point I may go back and flesh out the details, or I may not. Guess we'll just wait and see what happens.

I have some ideas and a few posts in draft form, which seems like a good place to start from. So... here we go again.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015: The Year in Books

Apparently having a baby has had a negative impact on my reading (and my blogging, obvs). I can only hope to read MORE in 2016. No promises on the blog front.
  1. Waiting for Birdy - Catherine Newman
  2. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
  3. The Birth Partner - Penny Simkin
  4. Four - Veronica Roth
  5. All Fall Down - Jennifer Weiner
  6. At Least You're in Tuscany - Jennifer Criswell
  7. Tapestry of Fortunes - Elizabeth Berg
  8. The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen
  9. Inferno - Dan Brown
  10. Stumblin Thru - Digger Stolz
  11. Women Are Scary - Melanie Dale
  12. The Vintage Teacup Club - Vanessa Greene
  13. Some Things That Stay - Sarah Willis
  14. Invisible - Carla Buckley
  15. Orphan Number Eight - Kim van Alkemade
  16. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
You can check out my lists from previous years here:

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Pinned It, Did It: Nursing Kit

This pin caught my eye because I have the exact Thirty-One Little Carry All that the blogger, Jen, used for her kit in Breastfeeding: Take 2. Mine was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, and I had not yet found a use for it. So this was the perfect idea!

Obviously I may or may not end up using this kit, but it's worth a try. I copied Jen's contents almost exactly since I don't yet have any personal experience to know what I'll want/need in mine.
  • Lansinoh lanolin
  • Water bottle
  • Breast pads
  • Burp cloth
  • Tissues
  • Lip balm
  • Easy to eat snacks

I removed a few items (water bottle, snacks) after I assembled the kit since I won't be using it immediately, but they will be easy enough to add back in once the baby arrives.

Do you have any suggestions for items I might want to include in this kit?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Random Updates

Work:  Saturday was my last day at part-time job #2. It is such a relief to be done there. I enjoyed the experience much more than expected, but retail is hard on pregnant bodies. All that standing, yo. I am in awe of women that waitress or work in retail right up until they give birth.

Pregnancy: I am now 34 weeks along, with 6 weeks to go (assuming a standard 40 week pregnancy). All goes well. I am fairly uncomfortable most of the time, as can be expected. I'm wearing a lot of slip on shoes. At 36 weeks (our next appointment) we have a sonogram to check the boy's position and estimate his size, etc. Our last sono was at 18 weeks, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the little guy again. We met with a pediatrician and toured the birth center at the hospital, so I was able to check off a couple baby-related items from my 2015 To-Do List.

Reading: Or in this case, re-reading: The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. I read it years ago for my doula training but decided a refresher was in order.

Watching: All the 1/2 hour shows about people buying houses on the beach, in the Caribbean, on Hawaiian Islands, or other warm parts of the world not currently buried in snow and experiencing record breaking low temperatures. I've hit my personal wall with this winter. It's bumming me out.

lawn chair in our front yard

For Fun: We visited the 1890 House Museum a couple weekends ago for a guided tour, followed by an early dinner at Ciao in Ithaca.

sitting area in the turret in the master bedroom

the Fernery was added in the 1920s

the library
We like history and such. And wood-fired pizza, of course.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Cinnamon Chia Seed Granola

I'm back on my yogurt and granola for breakfast kick. I have very specific preferences when it comes to this daily meal. I use one kind of yogurt (and when the grocery store is out of it on our weekly shopping trip, I get GRUMPY) and one kind of granola. The granola is expensive though, so I am constantly thinking I should make some at home that would be ideally cheaper and lower in calories. My preferred brand is pretty calorie-rich (perhaps why it is so darn tasty).

I had oats and chia seeds in the house, so I googled to find a simple recipe that didn't call for fruits or nuts (a big granola no-no, in my opinion). I found this one and decided to whip up a batch. After all, it was categorized as "quick and easy." I like both of those words.

I measured out the dry ingredients as per the recipe and added a pinch of salt (because, well, I like salt). When it came to the wet ingredients, things got a bit rocky. I misread the recipe and put in double the oil. Oops. Although I used half vegetable oil and half olive oil, so I don't feel bad about it. I'm a firm believer in the goodness of olive oil. Then when I pulled the honey out of the cupboard I discovered it was solid and no amount of running it under hot water was changing that. So I abandoned the un-squeezable honey and went for the organic white Hawaiian honey, which exists in a lovely creamy solid state naturally. I figured if I had to deal with solid honey, I might as well use the good stuff. Of course, this made mixing it a real pain in the butt. After it'd been baking about 6 minutes and the honey was thoroughly melted I gave it another good stir. Problem solved.

As you can see from the third picture, the recipe doesn't produce a ton of granola. And in this case, that's probably just as well. Because it's just not as good as the stuff I buy at the store. I will eat it as a snack, but I can't see substituting it for my regular, much-loved granola. For one thing, I don't think I'm really a nutmeg person. So if I made it again, I'd definitely try leaving that out. Also, the brand I buy doesn't have ANY seasonings, so I probably should have predicted that would be a problem. However, this granola is tasty. Just not tasty enough, I guess.