Outside my window: The sun has set so it’s pitch black out. I can see the lights of street lamps and a couple cars driving by and Dan’s reflection in the sliding door as he sits at his computer paying bills.
I am hearing: MM drinking his milk at the kitchen table behind me and asking his father for water (I guess he finished the milk) and the baby in her pack and play behind me on the other side of the room starting to stir from her most recent nap.
I am thinking: that I’m still hungry but trying to talk myself out of eating the things I want to eat like the hand crafted chocolates my husband’s company gave him for his birthday (which is Saturday) or the dark chocolate Reeses cups that I couldn’t resist picking up at Target this morning (not knowing about the hand crafted chocolates) not to mention the ice cream in the freezer or the cookies I made a couple weeks ago (remember C week?)… our house has way too much good stuff right now and the season isn’t helping matters.
I am hoping: that Perkins will be able to seat us to have some pie there on Thanksgiving. The current plan is to try our hand at a nice fish dinner (since we’re calling ourselves pescetarian these days) of tuna steaks, a baked pumpkin with mixed rice pilaf and some mashed sweet potatoes. Then we’ll go to Perkins and have some pie there so we can each get a different flavor pie but not have three pies adding to our temptation during the following weeks. I know they will be open but I don’t know how busy they will be. Also only going out for pie will be a bit less expensive which is good because we’re taking Dan out for his birthday dinner this weekend, too.
I am reading: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. I’m about halfway through this book which is good because it’s due back at the library this Saturday. Of course I’m loving it.
I am creating: the Christmas cd for this year and MM’s ABC book
I am wearing: my favorite blue jeans and a basic black tee shirt
In the kitchen:
- Monday: Tonight we had Eggplant Parmesan – it was like unbelievably good – turns out, we LOVE eggplant parmesan
- Thursday: Elbow Macaroni with diced tomatoes and parmesan cheese
Around the house: I’ve been struggling to keep up with it all but I think I always feel that way on Mondays as I tend to break from my daily routines on the weekends so diapers and dishes both pile up. But this weekend we finally donated the four bags of clothing and box of old kids’ shoes so our entry way is feeling way less crazy.
Plans for the week: well let’s see on Wednesday we are going to go to our first play group with the new Mom’s Group thing that I joined. It’s a “public meet-up” that I’m going to free of charge (if I decide to join it will be $25 a year which will gain my access to the private meet-ups) and is actually going to be a tour of a newer grocery store in our area. Kind of random but it will give me a chance to meet people and get the kids out and if we like it, there are other more just basic get-togethers. There is also a book club, movie club, dining club, scrap booking and bunco subgroups so there are TONS of options and it looks like a lot of fun. And this weekend I mentioned is Dan’s birthday. I’m throwing him a party on Saturday and we invited some of his work friends to come celebrate with us (i.e. help us eat cake). I’m making the Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake for the event so it should be a good time.
A few of my favorite things: the delicious chocolates Dan brought home, eggplant parmesan – so amazingly delicious that eggplants are officially one of my new favorite foods.
A picture thought:
It took me forever, like FOR FREAKING EVER to jump in on Monday Mingle but not for lack of trying. It seems like every week my bestie Ange @ Mommas Review would say, “Jen this vlogging meme is so much fun, you have to join in!” and I’d say, “Okay!” and I’d put on Photo Booth and record a video and it would be (trust me) awesome but then when I’d finish recording I’d find out that only like 1 minute had recorded for unknown reasons… and this went on for months. Add in a new baby who would frequently start crying / get hungry etc. or the three year old who’d be getting into god only knows what and cause god only knows what mayhem and yeah… it wasn’t happening. But today (after unsuccesfully recording my umpteenth mingle) I was like “THAT’S IT!” and tried to just use my video camera, because duh. But the battery was dead. And I have no idea how to charge it because I’m an idiot.
So I started googling around and tried a lot of stuff and then finally found out that iMovie has a video recording feature, too, that I never knew about. This program can do anything if you can figure out how to use it but once I found the right button to press (the one that looks like a video camera obviously!) it was easy. So…
This weeks questions (courtesy of Mat and Erin from Mrs. Cox’s Slice o’ Heaven) were:
- Have you ever gone streaking or skinny dipping? – from Mat (Erin’s hubby LOL – I added the skinny dipping part)
- If could invite any 5 people to dinner who would it be?
- Would you rather … have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?
- When you tap your fingers… do you tap index finger to pinky finger? Vice versa? Or can you do both equally well? (Note, she and her hubby both do it differently LOL – this should be interesting) Feel free to show us!
- Would you rather … stand 4′1 or 7′9″?
- Yes- an extra question (submitted by Shannon) What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Next week is all about relationships & marriage so now I have the added challenge of trying to convince my husband to do this with me (please, honey?). The questions for next week will be:
- Men: When your spouse asks you “how does this outfit make me look” – how do you respond? Ladies: Do you really want him to answer honestly?
- Both: What is one thing you should always do to keep your spouse/partner happy? What do you do/say to avoid friction in your relationship?
- Both: What were the first thoughts about your spouse/partner that came to mind when you first met him/her?
- Both: What is your favorite physical feature of your spouse/partner?
- Both: What are the key ingredients to a successful marriage/relationship?
- Bonus Question: Are you ready for more Speedy Cop movie quotes?
Loved this idea that I got from Meg who got it from Stephanie who got it from someone else…
As the Christmas season comes to a close, the only thing on my list that we didn’t do was take a picture with Santa – but we DID visit him and he also sent MM a personalized video from his Portable North Pole website. All in all, it’s been a very successful holiday season.
Monday Mentions is an easy way to share any and all of the fun things you’ve discovered recently, online or otherwise. For more information read this post by the mastermind behind this whole thing, Jen @ Daily Mish Mash. Here’s what I’ve discovered this week…
- These Sesame Street Cake Pops at Bakerella are so cute – I’d love to make them for my son. As I type this, I keep going back to the page to grab the link, etc. and he’s standing over my shoulder saying, “Is that OSCAR?? and ELMO???” He’ll be asking me about them all day now.
- Kottke posted last week about a website called Typekit which “will change the way you design websites. Add a line of code to your pages and choose from hundreds of fonts. Simple, bulletproof, standards compliant, accessible, and totally legal.”
- I had a lot of fun designing the perfect table setting on Oprah’s website. It uses dishes and accessories from Walmart and Better Homes and Gardens.
- Is anyone else bummed about Eastwick being cancelled? Show of hands? I was really surprised by this news, as I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the show.
- Kids Dylan and Ethan give their top picks for Thanksgiving themed kids movies to watch on their movie review blog.
- I liked this article at NPR about the problem with spoilers… and the problem with the problem with spoilers (may contain spoilers).
- I was not so much a fan of this comment by Robert Pattinson saying he (and other actors) work as hard as doctors. The same hours, maybe, but really can you honestly compare the two without feeling like a tool? I’m sorry R. Patz, but you still aren’t saving lives.
- Big props to Matt @ The Playpen for his post about things he wants to teach and expose his kids to in this digital age – anyone up for a game of kick the can?
- I liked Simple Mom’s post about starting your own Christmas Traditions with your family. I’m definitely planning to do the “new pajamas on Christmas Eve” idea – pajamas are already purchased!
- Did you see Stephenie Meyer on Oprah? There are some great videos up with backstage footage answering some big questions (like are there going to be more Twilight books?) and more.