Monthly Archives: December 2015

Reverb 15 | Prompt 31 | Brand New

Sarah and Kim have been sharing Reverb prompts this December and even though I have been terrible at following them this year, I thought it would be nice to close out December with one more!

Prompt 31: Brand new. You can have a fresh start whenever you want. But there’s something nice about January 1. Share your plans for the new year.

I wish I could say I had really dramatic plans for 2016, but my calendar for January is pretty much empty (this was intentional) and I don’t really know what to expect after that.

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Sure, there are some things that I am hoping to accomplish here and there.  But really, I am planning to raise a child and keep my marriage intact through the stress of having a newborn while Marcus and I both attempt to do this thing that neither of us have ever done before, and the rest of it is just stuff I would like to do if I happen to have the time.

My plan for 2016, in a nutshell, is to Show Up.  I think this is enough.

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What I’ve Been Reading – $$$ Edition

I thought this was sort of fitting since the new year is right around the corner and I am sure that some of you have some sort of financial goals that you are hoping to achieve in 2016.  Over the course of 2015, I read a few different books about money.  Some about personal finance, some that were more research commentary on the financial status of working Americans in the 21st century.  I don’t know why I saved all of these to share at once (please don’t think I read these all in the last week!), but I did.  They were sort of interesting books.  And sort of different from what I usually choose to read.

Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen

Pound Foolish

 

The Two Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi Warren

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The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin

$2.00 a Day

Week 36 Update

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Ah, yes. 36 weeks.  I’m going to the doctor every week now.  Cheese has become the base of my food pyramid, which is a beautiful thing.  The end is in sight!

  • I still haven’t packed a hospital bag, but I finally sorted out the sourcing of some starter nursing tanks and bras, granny panties, pads, Tucks pads, and dermoplast.  GOD BEING PREGNANT IS SO DIGNIFYING SOMETIMES.  That being said, I felt a real bond with the pregnant pharmacy tech at CVS when I asked her where I could find said Tucks pads.  They were totally sold out, so I got all of the embarrassment and none of the thrill of the actual purchase.
  • Call for help: What are your favorite nursing tanks/nursing bras?
  • Critter is head down!  I am negative for Group B Strep!
  • The Glider arrived two weeks ago and it is magnificent.  It was definitely worth the $$$ we threw at it.  I’ll be sure to share a snap once the nursery is complete.
  • Last weekend, Marcus and I switched roles and HE nested.  I sat in the glider and watched.  We He assembled two strollers, a rock n’ play and a pack n’ play.  Critter will now be portable.
  • We just ordered our THIRD exersaucer (or as Sarah refers to it, “Circle of Neglect”) from Target.  Each time it gets delivered, we receive a battered package from Target with pieces that are mangled, which Marcus then has to return.  It has become his arch nemesis.
  • My entire sartorial world has been condensed into leggings-shirt-waterfall cardigan-scarf.  Sometimes I wear different earrings, just to change it up a bit.  I can still wriggle into my jeggings, but what’s the point anymore?
  • I don’t even want to say it out loud, because I am afraid I will curse myself, but I think that my eczema may have finally disappeared for good.  Praise.  That was a three month ordeal I am not particularly eager to repeat.

Workshopping: Nesting Edition

Well.  I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday weekend.  We spent a lot of time with family, and I also spent a lot of time with my feet up eating Christmas Cookies and/or cheese.  Great combination of things, right?

I think we did more, less insane, nesting this weekend.  Our calendar (besides Christmas) was quiet and really, continuing to sort the house out is the only thing that we have left to do.

  • We’re getting closer to selecting a paint color for the bathroom.  Here’s how our swatch wall is going at the moment.

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If I had to guess, I think the blue in the lower right corner will end up being our final choice.  But we’re still deciding.

  • Santa brought me more June Lane china from the Lenox outlet in Pennsylvania, so I conducted a census of our china to figure out what, exactly, it is that we need to round out our entire set to 12 pieces of everything.  When we got married, we were already being gifted my grandmother’s china, so Marcus didn’t want to register for more.  I, on the other hand, had wanted this pattern from the first time I saw it many years ago.  There was no way I was not getting it.  We compromised by registering for a “lunch” set, but that has now morphed into what is probably the largest collection of china in our possession.  And yet, there is still work to do.
  • We unpacked more things in Critter’s nursery and it’s starting to look like an actual room that someone could live in.  This also produced an incredible amount of cardboard that we had to haul off to the recycling center.
  • Marcus set up the second Chromecast in our bedroom and I celebrated this by watching the first two episodes of Master of None.  It seems like a hilariously honest show to the point where some of the honesty is borderline sad.  Has anyone else watched this?  Does anyone else feel this way?
  • I also spent some time binge watching season two of Bringing Up Bates which is basically a show about another family with 19 kids (like the Duggars) and if you are into absolutely horrible TV like that, seasons one and two are available on Comcast On Demand.  Season three begins in January!  Who could look away?

 

Friday Food Round-Up!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Right now we are having our traditional Christmas morning brunch with my parents which involves bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, toast, (sometimes) cinnamon rolls, and orange juice with orange sherbet.  It is maybe the most glorious meal of the year.

It sort of makes me not even want to share what else we ate this week, only because how could it compete with Most Glorious Meal Of The Year?

Sunday –  Cauliflower and White Bean Salad

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Not to be a total food repeater, but I made another batch of this salad for lunches this week.  Veggies and protein to balance out the cookies, right?  If you’re wondering where the basis of this recipe comes from, it’s this one from bon appetit.

Wednesday – Chicken Tamale Casserole and Guacamole

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Sarah wrote about loving this casserole and she shared that she found this recipe through Kate.  I read both of their blogs (and loved them!) and I figured if they were both making this dish, I probably should as well.

Miscellaneous – Egg Nog Logs

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I know I already mentioned making these earlier in the week, but they happened and so it counts, right?  Amongst egg nog lovers, they are a big hit and I’ve already shared the recipe for these with a few others to spread the joy.

What I’ve Been Reading

You don’t need me to tell you this, but 2015 is winding down! I already know that there is a 100% chance I will not read anywhere nearly as much in 2016 as I did this year.  2015 was pretty much an all-you-can-eat buffet of words and stories.  Here are just a few more books I managed to tear through.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

The Mountain Story

Last Song Before Night by Ilana Myer

Last Song Before Night

‘Tis The Season

I have been a terrible blogger lately.  Where have I been?  I don’t know, really.  But I suppose it is time for a life update, as Christmas (and two long weekends in a row!) is coming.

My house is clean right now.

The living room has been vacuumed.  The floors have been swept.  The kitchen and the bathroom have been wiped down.  Generally, having a clean house isn’t a massive concern of mine because we clean our house on a weekly basis.  But right now it is clean and I am feeling centered.

Last weekend, I offered my house up for the annual holiday party one of my sorority sisters throws because she felt her place was too small.

Last night we hosted our annual Chrismakkuh party.  It was a hoot.  I think when all was said and done, we probably had about 40 people through and most of them were in our tiny townhouse at the same time.  We love throwing this party every year, but this year it was more special because we will not see a lot of these friends again until after Critter is here.

This week, Marcus and I will host both of our families for our first ever holiday at the townhouse – Christmas Eve.  I know that right now you are all thinking that this is of course the most traditional first holiday for a young Jewish family to host.  But my parents sold my childhood home this year, they still haven’t bought a new house, and our space is larger than theirs for entertaining.  So we will have it here.

As we enjoy this tiny break in the action, I am just happy to be at home with my feet up on the couch.  After Christmas Day is done, I want to say that I have all of five plans on the calendar between December 26th and Critter’s due date.  This is simultaneously Appropriate and Really Bizarre because I don’t know that I’ve ever not had plans like that before.  But who knows when Critter could arrive!

Despite the slew of pies I have been actioning lately, today I decided to bake some cookies because I have done zero cookie baking and I feel like holidays call for…cookies?  My first batch of cookies (thumbprint) were a total failure.  As in, the centers of the cookies fell out and I had to toss them in the trash.  This would be a tragedy, except the cookie base was from a Betty Crocker bag (I should have known better) and thus not a great deal of effort was exerted.  It was mostly horrifying as I transferred the cookies to my cooling racks and watched as the centers slid through the racks and right onto the towel below.

Not to worry, my second batch of cookies, Egg Nog Logs, were big winners.  Look.

Egg Nog Logs

I even got to wheel out my really tiny sieve for the first time so that I could delicately sift some nutmeg on top of the frosting.  I scarfed down two of them as soon as they were frosted, without hesitation.  It is safe to say that I will be making these every year for the rest of my life, such is their deliciousness (and non-excessive level of difficulty).  There’s still time for you to whip up a batch before Christmas, too.