The (Longest) Weekend

So.  My last day of work before Glitter arrives was last Wednesday.  That is because Rosh Hashanah started that evening and ended on Friday.  I was obviously hoping to have a baby by now, but I don’t and realistically where we are at right now she is coming this week.  What would have been an ordinarily long four-day weekend is now part of a longer lead-up into my maternity leave.

By Friday, we felt like it was Sunday and now that it is actual Sunday night, I am sort of in disbelief that tomorrow is actually Monday.

Like the last two weekends, we didn’t make any formal plans for this one because we didn’t know what our life was going to look like.  Unlike the other two weekends, we knew that this one would be the last as a family of three.  So we did our favorite weekend things.  Sprinkled throughout with one toddler who had his first daycare cold (which happened two weeks later than we thought it would!) and was on some sort of hunger strike that resulted in one trip to urgent care five minutes before closing.  This is real life!

On Saturday morning, we went to Bellecour’s bakery to pick up some treats and then walked down to Wayzata Beach where Critter played on the playground, spied on the people walking their dogs, and ran back and forth over the marina bridge.

And, on Sunday morning, we took him to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market, where I got flowers, Marcus got his Tollefson breakfast brat, and Critter and I split an order of egg rolls (his fave).

Baube took Critter for a good chunk of the day on Sunday, so we got to go on a lunch date and nap.

We formally introduced Critter to TV and his delight in the Netflix show Spirit (it’s about a horse) was so beyond what I could have imagined, that my only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner.  He spent half of the episode cuddling, wide-eyed and in awe of the fact that horses were galloping in our family room and the other half loudly neighing at the TV.  I know that this is a phase that will pass, but it was too cute for words, really.

It was A Nice Weekend.


Friday Food Round-Up!

We’ll call this week the week of meals I never thought I would actually make!

Saturday – Grilled Turkey Avocado Cheese Sandwiches, Caesar Salad

Honestly the best part of this meal was the plain grilled cheese I made for Critter. Sometimes we all eat together, sometimes we do not. On this occasion he was delighted with the sandwich and that we were all same-same. 

Sunday – Simple, Perfect Chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings

I doubled this batch and ended up freezing three extra meals worth of chili in the freezer.  And you know, it’s a fave. 

Monday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings, Asparagus

I don’t want to say that I “forget” how good these noodles are, because we remember that we like them.  But every time we eat them we are happy.  Also, I am a lazy sloth who never has tahini on hand so we just action this with peanut butter instead.  But I’m sure they’re great with the tahini too!

Thursday – Challah French Toast with Peaches

Y’all know it is everyone for themselves at breakfast time in our house, largely because Marcus generally doesn’t EAT breakfast. 

But it’s a holiday. And Critter’s “school” offers the option to order challah weekly for Shabbat and other holidays so we participate because who doesn’t love The Lord’s Bread?  And who doesn’t love challah french toast?!

Thursday – Breakfast Nachos

Lunch is probably something I should have planned for this week with Rosh Hashanah and everything. But I didn’t. Anyway, I really wanted eggs and avocado for lunch. But not bread?  But okay tortilla chips. Hey nachos!

I microwaved the chips/cheese/salsa so it was a little more chilaquiles to be honest and it was exactly what I wanted. 

Thursday – Meatballs, Knishes, Balsamic Green Beans, Wild Rice Casserole, Cantaloupe

Not pictured: Matzo ball soup, challah. 

I forgot to snap a photo of Wednesday night’s holiday dinner so instead, this. A beautiful plate of food I did not have to cook for myself!

This is 40 (weeks). 


In all seriousness last week at my OB appointment my doctor was like Yeah you’re gonna be pregnant for another week.  So!  Here we are!

This is me, 40 weeks pregnant with Glitter.

And this is me, 40 weeks pregnant with Critter.

40 Weeks Critter

Honestly, since we wrapped up everything we needed to do last weekend and made no actual plans for this weekend we got to have a weekend of excellent adventures (and sleep!). Both sets of grandparents took Critter for a night so we could sleep in. I went to dinner at my parents’. We took Critter to Bellecour and the Beach (aka our usual weekend morning adventure) and to the orchard for the first time. We went to my sorority sister’s wedding and saw all of our friends.

It was great.

Tomorrow Critter starts ECFE and we have a playdate with friends and I have an OB appointment and Marcus and I are going on a date.

If she does not arrive by Wednesday, that will be my last day of work, because then it is Rosh Hashanah and at some point thereafter if I have not had her I will be induced.

Today I discovered a tear in one pair of my maternity leggings so I am officially down to a single (wearable) pair of “pants.”  My feet officially fit into one pair of flip flops comfortably.  After 7 PM I cannot bear to stand upright any longer.

Realistically these are all minor things.  I’ve just been enjoying these last few days of it being Critter and Mama and trying to soak all of it up.


Friday Food Round-Up!

It’s supposed to be fall, apparently and yet here we are, sweltering away with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.  Usually I would welcome an extended summer but without being completely redundant, YOU GUYS I AM PREGNANT AND I AM JUST SO TIRED OF BEING HOT.

With that in mind, obviously I chose a very seasonally appropriate menu.  I am now trying to figure out what to even do about next week because there are three days we could cook and then after that it is the holidays and like really I should be having a baby after that if she isn’t already here.

Friday – Chorizo Lentil Soup from Cast Iron Gourmet, Caesar Salad, Challah

It was probably too hot to be making soup, but sometimes that’s just how it goes.

Sunday – Mama Mel’s Ginger Ale Brisket and Brown Sugar and Harissa Glazed Carrots from Cast Iron Gourmet

Why did I need to make a brisket?  Honestly, I have no idea.  But I was excited to try another new-to-me recipe from Megan’s cookbook and it was a delightful one.

Tuesday – Steak, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Garlic Bread

It was Dad’a birthday and Mom cooked this. It was beautiful. 

Wednesday – Mario Batali’s Spicy Shrimp Chicken Sauté, Steamed Rice, Roasted Broccoli

As I hypothesized before, I thought this meal would probably be good with chicken too, and once we moved out of the multi-generational compound, that was going to be the only avenue left to us anyway.  Guess what?  It was good with chicken!  And it continues to be such an easy dinner to put together!

We Bought a Robot Vacuum


Marcus wanted to call it “Terminator” and that was exactly the right name for it.

How did this all come about?

You guys, we moved.  And then we had to be in charge of cleaning a house again instead of (God bless) my Mom.  Most of the cleaning is not so problematic but we have a toddler who literally rains things down from his high chair all day every day, and #firstworldproblems the only carpet in the entire house is in the three season porch so there is nowhere for crumbs to hide.

We have been surviving this plight of constantly dirty floors (despite regular cleaning) for the last six weeks and then I just could not do it anymore!  About three weeks ago, I Googled robot vacuums and after doing some Consumer Reports reading, set my heart on a Bissell SmartClean.  It was ranked #5 because it is not the greatest at cleaning carpets.  When I read that, I knew it was the perfect robot vacuum for us because of the whole no carpets-thing.

Marcus dragged his feet on agreeing to purchase one to “test” it out and to his credit, it saved us $100 when we caught a great Labor Day sale at Target (total robot vacuum Cost: $203).  HUSBAND YOU WERE RIGHT.

The whole thing feels sort of extravagant because surely this is work we could do ourselves and yet already there is so much that we are doing ourselves, that can’t it be enough to opt out of doing one thing, like cleaning our floors?

After running it through our family room, bedroom, and two passes of the main floor (it’s really just too big to run the program once) we filled the dirt container three times AKA victory and the best part is that we didn’t even have to lift a finger to do it.  MAGIC.  Marcus is now concerned about the lifespan of these devices and how frequently it is really appropriate to put Terminator to work.  I figure this is why the warranty exists.  

And now I cannot stop telling people about it. 


(Almost) 39 Weeks

I should probably write a pregnancy update because this is, in true second-child tradition, the least well-documented pregnancy in the history of pregnancies.

Glitter is still living life on the inside.  I simultaneously want her to arrive ASAP and to stay in until 41 weeks.

At least 50% of the time, my hands are now defeating their carpal tunnel braces and are still falling asleep when I am asleep.

I have no cravings. I am down to about three or four styles of outfit I can still wear somewhat comfortably, and the only shoes I can really wear are flip flops.

It is very cool to be me, let me tell you.

I packed my hospital bag about two weeks ago and this week, I ordered some books for Critter for Glitter to “give” to him at the hospital.  The books have wheels that spin on the front and back covers so they should be a big hit.

Her nursery is (mostly) done.  We still need a nightstand to arrive so we can build it.  I need to put a few more things away.  Take another bag of things to the Goodwill.  Re-home some other things downstairs.  But functionally speaking, if we had to start using it tomorrow, we totally could.  That probably means that I should just get to work tomorrow night and finish all of the sorting out that I can.

As I think about what we could possibly be doing next week (having a baby or still…not) it’s continually bizarre to think that at the most, that is the farthest I can possibly plan anything and then we’ll just be living off of the land with a newborn.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Some important items…

  1. Megan’s cookbook, Cast Iron Gourmet is finally out!  Click here to check it out and…maybe buy it?!
  2. I think I have maybe two weeks of cooking left in me before Glitter arrives and part of me is ready to live off of the land (AKA my freezer) and the other part of me is thinking Oh God When Will I Ever Find The Time To Do This Again?

Friday – Crockpot BBQ Chicken, Three Bean Salad, Dijon Potatoes, Obsessively Good Avocado Cucumber Salad, Corn on the Cob

We’ve been trying to put at least a bit of effort into our Shabbat dinners. This one was pleasantly summery. 

Sunday – Steak, Corn on the Cob, Roasted Potatoes, Bruschetta

I did not make this meal (though I did source the corn and tomatoes!), Mom did.  Billy was home so it was nice to spend some time together.

Monday – Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread

This is your regular PSA that if you live in the Twin Cities and have not eaten the garlic bread from the bakery section at Lunds, you really need to.

Wednesday – Banh Mi Skillet Meatballs from Cast Iron Gourmet, Steamed Broccoli, and Rice

Megan’s cookbook arrived just in time for me to meal plan this week and I was so excited to pick out something new to add to the menu!

Thursday – Grilled Cheese with Smashed Avocado, Tater Tots

Marcus was at his monthly poker night.  I wanted a grilled cheese and a mountain of tots.  It was great.