30 September 2009

Time


Remember when you were little and time seemed to last FOREVER? Or at the very same time hours seemed to last eternities and minutes felt like days? At what point in our lives does time change? I feel like I sit down during nap time then look up at the clock and two hours have flown by, or I'm dinking around the house and all of a sudden it's dinner time. All of this leads to me wondering where the time has gone, how can I get it back or even better, how can I get more of it?

I'm sure you're all aware by now that I am not the most organized of people, in fact I think that may be the understatement of the year. My house is cluttered, my clothes are wrinkly and if I arrive someplace on time it's an achievement. I think that may be one cause of my lack of time, I don't know how to organize it (or myself) very well. I can easily spend an afternoon on the internet, browsing a cookbook or reading a novel all while the house sits cluttered. It would only take ten minutes to pick up the floor, fifteen to mop it and another ten to straighten up the kitchen. Does it happen? Oh hells no.

The other time that the hours fly by is on Saturday mornings. The family and I like to laze the morning up and then do something together; a trip to the farm, a playground/park, bookstore, etc. And sure enough we're having a grand old time and then poof! it's noon and time for a quick lunch and get LN home to nap.

Why does the time have to move so fast?

I sincerely try to live presently, in the moment. And I think most of the time I succeed. But I still have this gnawing feeling of time just slipping by; faster and faster. About the only time that time doesn't fly by? When I'm doing a wall sit at the gym...let me tell you this morning I felt all of those forty-five seconds.

How does your time fly?

29 September 2009

Confession #1


I don't fold and put away my clothes.

Really, you'd think by the time I graduated from college, got married, bought a house and had a kid that I would be able to take care of myself. But no, there are still a number of things that I can't seem to get the hang of.

Like laundry.

Well, that's not true. I actually don't mind doing laundry. Washing and drying clothes is no big deal. (Let's not point out that a machine takes care all of it...shall we?) Even un-organized me has a day that I do laundry. Monday. Now granted, it is Tuesday and the first load went in about twenty minutes ago, but hey, I did bring it downstairs yesterday!

The washing machine does it's job, the dryer theirs.

So the laundry is done, it's been brought upstairs and I pile it on the bed in a overly idealistic display of domesticity; where it sits all day until the guy goes to bed and pushes it onto the floor. Now, if it's started out to be a good day, the pile will end up on the bed again. It could happen, right? Ha. Well if it's a normal day, the pile sits there and gets picked through and wrinkled and strewn all over the room until it all ends up in the laundry basket to start all over again.

Don't even ask me about those other piles you see. We'll get to those another day.

So what's the solution? If we won the lottery we'd just put the laundry room in our closet (it's really that big) and that way the piles would still be there...but at least we wouldn't have to see them. Or I'd start actually hanging my clothes. Heh, well one could hope. Maybe all I need is a better way to organize our clothes. Right now the guy and I share one dresser. That's right, we share one three and a half drawer dresser and often times the drawers get stuck because our sh*t is hanging out. What is in the closet you ask? Don't ask me, I haven't been in there in months. Hmm, maybe I should invest in some shelves so I would have a place to put the clothes away. That would be nice.

Oh, and a machine that folds.

Advice for MP?
What's my laundry solution?

28 September 2009

Duh! #2


Now, this probably won't be a huge revelation for most people. This season I decided that I needed to update my look a little. Becoming a mom did a number on my wardrobe; you see now I needed to find clothes that didn't make me look like an old lady or a college student AND were all easily machine washable. Nevermind the fact that I had to make sure when I bent over there was nothing hanging out. I like to call it Playground Couture. Just try and find that at Macy's.

Anyway, so I thought and searched magazines/the internet until...Duh! I pulled out my old scarf collection, tied one on and away I went. Now I am stylish, playground appropriate and machine washable. Who knew fashion could be this easy?

What is your recent fashion 'duh!' ?


25 September 2009

The Weekend- Sept. 26-27


We've had a busy week here and it looks like the weekend is shaping up to be the same. But what's new around here? I think that it is officially Fall; the wreath is up on the door, we've been to the apple orchard, we saw a wooly bear caterpillar and LN and I walked through a pile of leaves yesterday. Yep, definitely Fall. So get out there and have some good Autumn fun. Then get back inside and drink a cup o' warmth. Personally I think apple cider is the best. So here's what we'll be up to, Happy Weekend!
  • Family pictures! Proex was having a special for a free outdoor sitting, so we're headed to the Arboretum. Cross your fingers for no rain!
  • We're hanging out with the lovely Sarah Von and FOaF for an afternoon of vegetable markets, thrifting and dinner. Yay!
  • Breakfast with BC's mom, then she's taking LN for the afternoon!
  • BC and I are going to a MN Vikings game! I'm not all that into football, but I've never been to the Metrodome so I'm excited to go. I wonder if I have any purple...
  • Family dinner; and if it's nice maybe we can have a picnic at the park. Let's hope for sun!
What are your plans for the weekend?

24 September 2009

Summer, circa 2002


That summer I always had the wind in my hair. We drove down highways and country roads with the windows down. Swam at the 'secret spot'. Sat on the front porch hoping to catch a breeze. That was a summer of freedom. Of late night drives and heat lightening. Making money and spending it as soon as it hit your wallet. I remember laughing so hard that tears came, living so hard that now it seems impossible that it was seven years ago.

That summer I scooped ice cream. Cliched no? Shirts smelled of sour milk, belly sour from too many 'samples'. A crazy boss and a best friend. Cute boys and annoying tourists. Really, it was like a Lifetime movie, without the tragic crippled girl or the child molester. After work I'd walk down the street, see whose car was there. Hop in one and head off into the night. A hot sauna one night, swimming naked in the cool river the next. My friends never far behind. Stopping home long enough to change clothes, pick up a dry towel and grab a bite to eat.

Potluck suppers. A handful of this and a palmful of that; dinner. Making California Rolls in the old farmhouse kitchen. One last shot of Jagermeister. Tea in the morning after a huge breakfast of eggs, potatoes and toast. Raiding the fridge at a friend's house--the leftovers were the best there and always left for us. Hitting McDonald's breakfast if we were lucky. Eating the bananas for splits if we weren't.

I was invincible that summer. Fast and flowing like the river we swam in. I could go anywhere and be anything. We were all young, but felt as if we owned the world and owed it nothing. It was the last summer we were all at the same place, in the same time. That fall we went our separate directions, spread out all over the globe. Crazy thing is, when we get together I can still smell the sun of that summer, feel the wind in my hair. It was what they call a 'Golden Summer.' Cliched and a story told a hundred times before. But when I think of summer I think of that one. Of sand in my bathing suit, malts, long drives down winding roads. And how lucky to have memories such as those.

When was your 'Golden Summer'?
What made it so special?

23 September 2009

Dear...

Dear Future Self:

Howdy! I'm sitting here on a sunny September afternoon. I just put LN down for a particularly difficult nap. A dose of Ibuprofen, thirty minutes of rocking/screaming (hers, not yours) later and we have a blissfully sleeping babe. Do you remember those days? The days of 'No' and 'Mine' and the struggle at nap time? Well, I hope not. They're brutal. Almost enough to make a mom give up and go back to work. Almost. ;) So I wonder what you do remember; new words popping out of LN's mouth nearly everyday, sloppy kisses, 'Mama', 'Melmo', running around yelling 'Getcha, getcha, getcha!'. LN running up with a book calling out, 'read, read!', the joy on her face when she sees you come home. How about whenever we're playing outside she needs to have a pepper from the garden in her hand (does she still only eat the stems?)

So, how's that gym routine working out? Yeah, I thought so. We're really not gym people, are we? We go a couple times a week and it feels great, but there's just always so many other things to do! Well, you look great. No really! I'm not just telling us that so I can feel assured that at some point I lose this baby weight...you really do look great. Remember: stay away from the carbs, they really, really are not our friends. Although they tell us that we can't live without them we can, really.

Where are you now? Did the Big Cheese get that job in Switzerland? Did things ever go though with that? Are you still in Minnesota? Well, if you are I hope that you still love the house as much as I do now. What a great space! Perfect location for a garden, fruitful soil and just enough space to take care of so I don't go crazy. Did you ever finish the back porch? It's always on our list of things to do, but somehow just doesn't get done. Doesn't the front landscaping look great? BC finished it last weekend. Wow. Now the outside looks as good as the in! How did you convince BC to get you that new furniture? Well, I guess I'll figure it out sooner or later.

What I really want to tell you though, is to go out and do that thing that we've been wanting to do. You know the one. That thing that we've always wanted to do, but have been to scared to. I'm guessing it's still the same one. What's stopping you? I believe in you, and I know for a fact a bunch of other lovely people do too. So go on, get off your butt and do it. Don't wait for another second, take life in your control and get what's yours.

Well, I'm feeling quite motivated myself. Maybe I'll just go and do it now.

Go Forth and Conquer,

MP

21 September 2009

Friends


This weekend I went away. Sigh. A whole weekend away from the city, my family and pretty much everything that has been/could be stressful. It was heavenly! There were nine other ladies and I staying in a cabin on a beautiful lake, and you know what? There was never one fight, not one harsh word that was spoken. Meals were prepared, eaten and cleaned amidst laughter and chatter. There was wine, Bananagrams, Farkle, Twillight, a bonfire and reading. The planning of the weekend so incredibly easy! We all figured out what we could bring, put together some meals, got in some cars and drove our way two hours North. Seriously. At one point a dear friend looked around and wondered out loud, "How many groups of women do you know could go someplace for a weekend without drama, before or after and have such a fantastic time?"

You see, I think that women get a bad rap. Movies portray groups of women either as back-stabbing bitches out to get each other's men/things or as sappy friends that can only lean on each other in times of crisis/need. Not that my friends wouldn't be there for me if something tragic happened, but the great thing about my group of ladies is that they are there EVERYDAY. Now, I understand that it sounds a little creepy. Like we're a clique, or a cult. But in reality we've created a community (a village?) where each of us is supported, respected, listened to and cared for. We rejoice with each other during the good times and are there to listen and encourage during the difficult times. We tease, we chide, give wanted (or unwanted!) advice; we honestly have the best time together. I feel so lucky to have found such an amazing group of women. We're all different, but that's what makes it interesting. I wish everyone had a support system this strong, but more importantly this FUN. I'd like to think that the movies have gotten it all wrong. Granted, I've had the backstabbing girlfriends that just sleep with your boyfriend behind your back, or the one that steals your clothes or the one that talks shit about you to your friends...but overall? I've cherished my group of ladies; strong, independent, intelligent, caring women. Perhaps I've gotten lucky, or maybe it's just me. ;)

So here's to all of my wonderful lady friends; new, old and future. Thank you for being so great. Thank you for being you.

Do you have a great group of friends?
What makes them special?

18 September 2009

The Weekend - Sept. 18-20


That's right folks, I'm starting my weekend a day early this week! Last night my dear friend flew in from MO by way of Dallas and we had a lovely night chatting and catching up. Soon another friend will head over to watch Little Nib for the afternoon while I head out on my great get-away up North. I've been alluding to this for a few weeks now and the day is finally here! The only things this weekend will be filled with? Relaxation and laughter. I highly recommend that all of you do the same!

So here's the (tentative) run-down for this weekend:
  • Drive up North, chat with two dear friends.
  • Eat, drink, laugh...sleep.
  • Wake.
  • Read, eat, drink and laugh some more.
  • Play a game?
  • Sleep.
  • Watch a movie, take a walk? I can't decide!
  • Oh yeah...eat and drink again.
  • And let's do some more laughing.
  • Sleep again!
  • Drive home rested and satiated.

What relaxing plans do you have for this weekend?

17 September 2009

Dear World


Dear Motorcycle Rider:

I know why you don't wear your helmets. I get it! You're hip, you're cool, you've got sweeter hair than everyone else! Those helmets? Well, they flatten even the most hair sprayed coif and give you that ridiculous helmet head. You want everyone, and anyone, who's anybody to see who's riding that sweet ride. Zooming in and out of traffic, all cool on top of your chrome and rubber. Hello...gooooooodbyyyyyyeeeeee! Wheeeeee!

So I get the helmet thing. I get it! But you know what I don't get? Why, or why do you attach it to your bike? Is a helmet the neat new accessory for motorcycles? Do you color coordinate the helmet to the bike to that fancy jacket you wear? If there are two riders, why would you make the person in the rear have to take up half of their already limited cheek space to nonchalantly hang a helmet off the side? Oh, and another thing. When there are two riders and only one helmet, how do you decide who gets to wear the helmet? The driver? The passenger? The girl? The younger person? The older? Who? When I am driving behind you (always too aware of how close I am to you) I cannot help but wonder these things. Is there a quidebook somewhere? An instruction manual for newbies? Helmet Wearing for Dummies?

Because really, do you know how hard it is to scrape brains off of a windshield? Plus, I'm pretty sure it would not coordinate with my paint job.

Any light you can shed on these matters would be most appreciated! Really driving would become a much more pleasant experience for me (and anyone who rides with me). Truly? Just leave your insight in the comments.

Best,

MP

16 September 2009

Just Be...


I needed some inspiration today.

I'm having a good day, there are just so many things to do and get finished that I couldn't tap into any creativity/inspiration whatsoever. So I decided to peruse my favorite photo website, We Heart It. SO awesome. It's where I get the majority of the images I use on this here old blog. I typed in a few search words and waited for the inspiration to come. And waited. And then waited some more. You know what? It never came! So I decided to choose the picture that spoke to me the most, post it up here for you all to ponder then shut off my computer, mop the floors, make some dinner and go outside to play with LN.

Take that inspiration! I don't need you as much as you think I do! Please come back tomorrow?

Fill in the blank above (I'll go first!):
Be_________:

Be happy with what you have, where you are and what you're doing.
Happy Hump Day everyone!

15 September 2009

It's All Connected


As I was driving to the park today I was thinking about why. A lot of different whys; why don't people use their blinkers, why LN takes her shoes off in the car, why I am invisible to other cars even though mine is bright yellow. As time went on I started to realize that many of my whys were connected. Here let me show you.
  1. I need to buy new printer cartridges.
  2. If I had new printer cartridges I could print out my Motivated Moms sheets.
  3. If I could print out my Motivated Moms sheets I would know what to clean today.
  4. If I new what I was supposed to clean today I might be 'motivated' to do it.
  5. If my house were clean I would not have to spend the time cleaning it tonight.
  6. If I don't have to clean the house tonight I will be able to do my contract work.
  7. If I am able to complete my contract work then I will have a little extra money.
  8. If I had a little extra money then I would be able to buy new printer cartridges.

See? It's all connected! Although I think LN and I will take a walk down to Walgreens to pick up some printer refills. There! Eight whole why problems solved. Whew. I wish they were all that easy! Next up, where does the other sock go in the dryer?

What whys are bugging you right now?

14 September 2009

Hapiness


Happiness will never come to those who fail
to appreciate what they already have.
-Unknown

The Cheese and I talk a lot about what we want out of life; our life together, LN's life and what we want for our family. One thing that we talk about and focus on a lot is being happy in the moment, not letting life pass you by and truly enjoying and treasuring what you have. We believe strongly that happiness is not earned from 'things', although it's not wrong to take pride in the things that you have earned and find pleasure in. The trick is not placing all of your worth in the 'things' in your life, but also in the people, places, experiences that make you who you are.

It is one thing to live that way, it is another to try and teach/show someone else your beliefs. I am a big proponent of teaching by example; I think that it is hard to sway people with rhetoric and rules, but if others see you being happy, healthy and generally good, they will be drawn to the way you live your life too. With LN I try to show her why manners are important, why it is just a good to run around outside as it is to sit together and watch Sesame Street. I love when she watches me prepare a meal for the family; I hope that she someday garners as much happiness from making food for others as I do. If not, I simply hope that she learns from us the pleasure that comes from living for today. Being happy in this moment. Experiencing what the world has to offer and teach. An appreciation for what she has.

11 September 2009

The Weekend- Sept. 12-13


Hello inter-friends! It's that time of the week again and TGIF! It's been a week around these parts and I am so looking forward to having back-up this weekend. This time next week I'll be spending time with my dear friend Kate, and headed up North with my lovelies, but let's just focus on the present, shall we?

On the docket for this weekend:
  • Date night for BC and I? Could it really happen?
  • Leave at 5am for the WI Dells. Hopefully LN will fall back to sleep and we can get a large portion of the drive done before she wakes up. Keep your fingers crossed!
  • Stay at a fun hotel/water park/theme park with my family. Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother and Brother's Girlfriend! Yipee! Fun times.
  • My cousin's wedding Saturday night. Will be great to see my Dad's family. We don't get together that often, we are all spread out over the US.
  • Another day at the water park before we head out during nap time.
  • Drive the four hours back stopping as necessary at parks, to get snacks and take pictures at ridiculous road side statues.
  • Hang out at home and recoup from a fabulous weekend.
What's on your docket for the weekend?

10 September 2009

Peek-a-boo


Little Nib is a great traveler. I can pack her up, and away we go! Generally in the car we listen to mix CDs, sing some songs, she reads a few books, babbles and has a snack or two. We've been riding like this pretty much from day one. When she would not nap I would throw her in the car and magically she would fall asleep, somedays it was the only thirty minutes of peace I would have in a day. I look forward to our drives, clears our heads and makes us ready for the next adventure.

So LN and I were driving this morning running errands. Not an altogether unusual scene. We're singing away to the Juno soundtrack when I realize that it's gotten kind of quiet back there. I'm on the freeway so I can't really look back to see what's going on. I ask LN what she's doing and I hear a riot of giggles. Hmmm, this can't be good. So I pull off onto my exit and slow down for the light. I finally turn around and start giggling myself. LN has taken my stinky gym shirt from my gym bag and has it draped over her head. She laughs and laughs and then pulls it down and says, "Peek!" You see, there's a mirror on the back of the seat and LN has been playing peek-a-boo with herself and finding herself the most Hil-a-rious person ever. I am pretty sure that she could play this game for hours, but unfortunately we had to go into a store.

It's moments like that that make me super happy to be a Stay at Home Mom. The moments that show LN blossoming into a brand new person, discovering the world and enjoying herself. She makes me laugh so hard! Makes up for the nine months of pregnancy, year of no sleep/nursing and the no nap days. Almost.

What makes you break out into giggles?
What makes your day?

09 September 2009

Where I'd Rather Be...


So today has been one of those days. Yes, THOSE days. LN is teething again, slept maybe twenty minutes this afternoon and I am supposed to be starting a Contract job for BC's company. Much less get together dinner for a good friend that is coming over. Humph on the day.

So instead I'm going to tell you about where I'd rather be right now. Well, two places I'd rather be and lucky for me I'll be there sooner rather than later!

Rather be here #1:

Woodland Beach Resort with nine of my loveliest friends. A cabin, nine ladies, wine, good food, laughter, sleep and QUIET. We have been planning this trip to beautiful northern Minnesota for weeks now and next Friday we leave! The best part, our husbands all have the kids for the weekend. Two whole nights and mornings with peaceful sleep!

Rather be here #2:

BC surprised me with a trip out to see a dear pregnant friend in Portland, OR. We'll be shopping, eating and just gab, gab, gabbing away. I leave in the beginning of October for three whole days. So can't wait to see her! BC just sent me an email with the flight confirmation and a big smile on his face. He owed me for the Mancation he took to Vegas back in June. ;) And he's just a really sweet guy.

So there we have it. Two really great things to look forward to, and you know what? Maybe today isn't so bad after all. That is until LN wakes up from her nap.

If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be today?

08 September 2009

Duh! #1


So frequently throughout my day I think, duh! Why didn't I think of that, or why did it take me so long to figure that out! So in the spirit of helping everyone out I will start posting them here. Now, I'm not claiming to be the first person to think of these Duh! ideas...just happy I figured them out when I did. :)

Duh! #1:

Cook for a small family or for just you? Love lasagna but every recipe you find make a huge 9 x 13 pan? Well, take your favorite recipe, scale it down a bit and put it in a loaf pan. Duh! Perfect size for a slice or two and a little bit leftover for lunch. The first piece comes out a bit messy, but it still tastes delicious!

The Scents of Autumn

Little Nib on the Farm

As the weather cools, the season changes and time begins to slow down my itch to spend time in the kitchen intensifies. I start perusing cookbooks for slow cooked recipes; braised meats, roasted vegetables, hearty soups and yummy desserts. Really, it's the desserts that most often catch my eye. Tart apples, moist zucchini, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin. Ah, the flavors of fall are comforting and warm. I enjoy filling my house with the thick smell of baking bread, apples baked into pies and cakes and cinnamon wafting throughout.

I think that smell is the sense that most triggers memories for me. Autumn especially, as we head into the Holiday season, triggers the most intense memories. Mom making jelly in the afternoons; apple, grape, raspberry from her garden, plus peach, pear and strawberry. Apple crisp baking and bubbling in the oven. The house filled with the smell of cinnamon and sugar. Us kids crowding around the stove to eat the jelly 'skin' before mom poured it into the jars. Each of us listening for the 'POP' as the jars seal, excited to be the first to hear them. Bags and bags of apple slices to be used throughout the next year. The sacks of apples fresh picked from our orchard stand waiting to transform into yummy, comforting food.

So this weekend as two friends and I started to bake the mounds of fresh grated zucchini into two separate cakes I felt so content. The zucchini was a free score from the side of the road. The recipes? One from a dear friend and another tested and true from my mom. As the aromas of baking started to drift around us and I was transported back to my mom's kitchen. Watching her as she mixed and poured batter for cakes and bars; amazed as she pulled them out of the oven as solid, sweet, delectable treats. Thankful that I can share all of these memories with LN one day. Feeling content because as BC walked in the door he said, "Ummm, something smells goooood!"

Here are the recipes for the cakes I mentioned above. Because really? They are that good.


Zucchini Cake
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 c flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 c shredded zucchini

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 round cake pans or a 13x9 rectangular pan.

2. Beat sugar, oil & eggs until blended. Add remaining ingredients except zucchini. Beat for about 1 minute. Stir in zucchini. Pour into pans.

3. Bake rounds 30-35 minutes, rectangle 40-45 minutes. Cool & frost.

Browned Butter Frosting
1/3 c butter
3 c powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk

1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until light brown in color. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar & slowly add in milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Frost cake.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Prepare 2.5 cups of shredded zucchini

Preheat your over to 325 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 pan.

Cream together 1/2c of butter, 1/2c oil (vegetable or olive), 1 3/4c sugar until fluffy. Then beat in 2 eggs and 1tsp vanilla.

Add to this mixture 2 1/2c flour, 1/4c cocoa, 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp salt. Stir in 1/2c buttermilk*. Stir in zucchini. Sprinkle with 6oz of chocolate chips and 3/4c chopped nuts (opt).

Bake for 55 mins.

*Out of buttermilk? Put 1tbsp, per cup of buttermilk you need, of white vinegar/lemon juice in the bottom of your measuring cup and fill the rest with milk. Let set. The vinegar/lemon will curdle the milk and give you a good fake out buttermilk!

What scents trigger memories for you?
Favorite fall recipes?

07 September 2009

Holiday Weekend Wrap-Up

I wasn't planning on posting today, but then I came in possession of some free time so I thought I would give a quick recap of our fabulous weekend. It was long and we are tired! So here's a short re-cap.

Saturday:

Woke up, had a quick breakfast and drove down to Wild Rumpus, a fantastic children's bookshop in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis. LN loved running around among the cats and chicken and birds. They have, hands down, the best selection of kid's books. If you live in the Twin Cities area you should check it out!

That afternoon we did a little shopping.

After LN went to bed two dear friends came over and we baked a couple of cakes. Because that's what I do on a Saturday night; bake cakes and drink beer, with friends. It was great. And those cakes? Super delicious.

Sunday:

We walked up to Audubon Coffee Shop, our place for a cuppa joe. Had a latte and then headed to the Como Zoo. Little Nib absolutely loved the animals, especially the giraffes and the monkeys. We got to watch the baby orangutang play with it's mama. Swinging around outside in the sun, they were so cute! A lot of their interactions reminded Big Cheese and I of interactions between LN and us.

Sunday afternoon we did a little more shopping.

Oh, but for dinner? Oh! We ate at Nala Pak, a super fantabulous Indian restaurant. Even LN enjoyed what we had and for a sixteen month old, that's saying something! It's all vegetarian and so, so yummy. Highly reccommended.

Monday:

This morning I made pancakes for breakfast (from scrach, only way I'm going to do that from now on!) and then headed down to Hyland Park Reserve and played at the 'Chutes and Ladders' park. Super awesome. I had been there on Friday with LN and had to take BC. They had so much fun running around and going down the big silver slide. We took a walk around the park a little and saw the lake.

That brings us where we are. BC and I are going to watch Adventureland. And then I'm headed to bed.

What fun, fabulous things did you do this weekend?

04 September 2009

The Weekend- Sept. 5-7


So here we are, it's Labor Day* and starting Tuesday I no longer can break out my whites. Wait, like I trust myself enough to buy (and wear!) anything white, besides T-Shirts. But we are at what many believe to be the last week of Summer. Schools are starting, the air is becoming more cool and we have just a little bit less sunshine everyday. But let us not forget that it is still a three day weekend! Yoo-hoo! As for us, we have almost nothing planned. Quite a rarity I assure you. Here is a sampling of things we MIGHT do, if we feel so inclined:

  • Nap
  • Take a walk around the Stone Arch Bridge, one of our very favorite spots
  • Visit the parents
  • Pick some apples
  • Have a bonfire
  • Drink lattes (really, we do this every weekend, but these are the last of summer!)
  • Take some pictures
  • Generally be lazy and enjoy some much needed time off
  • Camping?
So there you have it. The end of summer. I know I will get some kick back on singing Summer's death toll, but let's face it, once mid-September hits it is cardigan and scarf time! Except for those Indian Summer days, sigh, such beautiful, beautiful days.


So, in the spirit of trying new features out for this here blog I am excited to add polls. A poll you say? Yes, polls, for all of you out there in cyber-land that would love to interact, but are to Mid-Western to. I will feature a different poll each week and we'll just see where it takes us from there. I have a few ideas of things I can do with these polls, but we'll see what the response is first.

Shall we? Your very first poll.



Have a safe and happy long weekend everyone!

* A little Labor Day history. Labor Day became a national holiday in 1882 ,"It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." Well deserved I think. It's just too bad that not EVERYONE can have the day off. But then again, no one asked me. :)

03 September 2009

No Nap Thursday

Why doesn't my kid ever look like that?

So today LN decided not to nap. I think I may write a post someday on the ramifications a No Nap day has on a kid, a mom and the universe as a whole. But today? Nope, today I'm just too tired and pressed for time. And I think we might have frozen pizza for dinner, it's just that kind of afternoon.

So in the spirit of No Nap Thursday I'm going to do a few more lists. Why? Well, because they're fun, easy to read and take little thought on my part. As for you? Well, I guess you think they're fun too, right?

Something I Wish I Could Do Today:
  • Knit in the Round: I have a great pattern for a hat that is knit flat and then sewed up. I can make a mean looking scarf. But more than two needles? Needles that are connected together? Can't figure it out for the life of me. At some point I need a lesson as making my own socks is a personal life goal.
One Thing I Am Looking Forward To:
  • Fall!: I cannot wait until the weather gets crisper. Bring on the sweaters, scarves and hot and comfy drinks. The leaves, baking, harvest, bonfires, Halloween, and cool mornings. I love being out in this weather. The slowing down of the season after a frenetic summer. Ah, bring on Fall.
Something Few People Know:
  • I Wanted to be a Special Effects Artist: For many years I wanted to become a special effects artist for the movies. The catina scene in Star Wars? Yeah, I wanted to create those creatures. My first two years in college I majored in Theatre. I wanted nothing more than to move to Hollywood and transform beautiful people to ugly monsters. Let's just say, things have changed.
What is something that you are looking forward to?
Something you wish you could do?

02 September 2009

Five Things I Find Utterly Amazing

I try and find the good in just about everything, and then immediately go and try to find how that annoys me. However, there are some things in life that I just can't get annoyed about, and here is that list. My list of completely Amazing, Uplifting, Wonderful and Sunshiney Bright with Rainbows things:

1.) New Windshield Wipers: How can anyone complain about new wipers? Ever since the first rainstorm I got caught in I have been a firm believer in new, workable wipers. Those $100 a piece blades you see in the store and think, "Who would be crazy enough to pay for those things?" Yeah, it's me. Nothing like a clean windshield my inter-friends. Makes me happy when the skies are gray (and wet).

2.) Mail: I absolutely love to get mail. Doesn't matter from whom, or what it's about. Could care less if it's snail or electronic. There's nothing that puts a spring in my step like the sound of mail being dropped into the mail box. Equally as exciting is opening my email account and seeing no less than thirty new emails. Who cares if I delete most of them or throw them away? Someone chose this piece of correspondence for me! (Go ahead, roll your eyes, but who are you to destroy my illusion?) Bills, summons from the police and letters from the insurance company do not count.

3.) The First Cup of Coffee: People, I am a HUGE coffee fan. I've worked at my fair share of coffee houses and am pretty sure I could still pull a mean shot of espresso. And let me tell you, that first cup of the day? Well, let's just say that if I could have a moment of silence every morning when I have that first sip, I'm pretty sure that I would hear choirs of angels. Just sayin'. My favorite phrase (stolen from a dear friend/co-coffee addict) "I need a coffee the size of my head." Almost everyday.

4.) A Perfectly Baked Cake: There is just something about baking that releases the stress in me. People talk about stress cleaning during Final Exams, but not me. Oh no, my apartment would still be a complete disaster, but sitting on my counter at 2am? Yes, that would be a freshly baked, still warm from the oven cake. (Another thing utterly amazing? My ability to stress eat said cake...but let's not talk about that today. Uplifting only, shall we?)

5.) A Night Out: Few things are as appealing to me than a night out. I don't care if it's with my dear lady friends, a date with BC, or dinner/drinks/coffee with someone I've just met. A night out completely rejuvenates me in a way that sitting at home does not. I like to think that I'm still young and hip; going out with people makes me feel that way. A few laughs, some good nibbles and you've got yourself a happy MP.

What in your day do you find
Amazing, Uplifting, Wonderful and Sunshiney Bright with Rainbows?

01 September 2009

Identity Crisis


I like to think that I know myself pretty well. I know what I believe, what matters most in my life and I am generally not shy about saying what I think. It took me time to get to this place in my life, and I'm by no means a finished person. In fact, I'm convinced that we never really stop changing. How could we? Each day we're presented with new ideas, learning opportunities and thus gain insight where before we had none. At one of the best weddings I ever worked at (I had a brief stint of wedding photography for an amazing photographer) the minister talked about how the person they were marrying now would not be, he hoped, the same person they would be married to tomorrow, next week, in the coming years. The guests looked confused, surely the minister was not advocating for divorce at this stage of the game? He then explained that we all change, as I mentioned, and that for a successful marriage to work we had to realize that at every stage of the game we needed to reevaluate who we were, who our spouses were and what we needed to be happy and healthy. Now, as I parent there is one more person that is added to the mix. Since her birth Little Nib has had a very huge place in the Big Cheese's and my life; however, she has not had much say in it. That is beginning to change. The last few weeks has seen LN get more and more independent, she has definite wants and needs now, a set way of doing things and ideas all her own. I'm excited for her to add her two cents to our four. We always said that our child(ren) will have an equal say in most decision making processes. I think that we're getting to that point now, although bed time is still non-negotiable. I like the flux and flow in life, things are constantly moving and changing.

Where am I going with this? Bear with me.

This brings us to this blog. I originally started it so that I could have a creative outlet. Something to focus on, plan for and generally use my brain on. There are a lot of things that I want to say in this space but, and here's the rub, I'm not sure how to do it. From the get go I invited everybody I knew to read my latest posts; friends, family, internet acquaintances. They know my real name, who BC and LN are. I like that, most days. I'm struggling to find my blog identity, decide what I want to put out there, how I say it and generally how I want to present myself out here...in the World Wide Web. These are not easy decisions. Am I funny? Serious? Am I a 'mommy blogger'? Do I write reviews? Share personal stories? Give advice? I jumped into this blog with both feet. My main goal has been to write everyday, Monday through Friday. Most of the time I've accomplished that. I want to be able to change how I think and feel and react to things. I don't want to pigeon hole myself as a certain 'type' of blogger. I don't see myself as a 'mommy' blogger, an 'inspirational' blogger or any other type at all. I'm here writing and I just hope that someone, somewhere gets Something out of it. Because most days, I think I do. Feel free to weigh in at any time with your thoughts. I really would love to hear them.

Fellow bloggers:
How do you define yourself out here on the web?
Are there things that are off limits?

Everyone else:
What do you see/read on your blog roll?
Are there any topics that are off limits?

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