Monthly Archives: December 2018

Some Things

These donuts are possibly the one normal activity we engaged in all weekend.

As it is generally known now, our house is one that the plague will not leave. On Thursday, Glitter got a fever from her 15 month vaccines. On Saturday morning, Marcus got some sort of fast moving virus that left him incapacitated but well by Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, I got the same bug but I still have a fever today so mama is having another sick day. Honestly, this is the first time in nearly three years we’ve passed something between us so I consider that to be a victory of sorts.

I’ve been watching 7 Days Out on Netflix and that has been pretty enjoyable. Will recommend.

Glossier Cloud Paint verdict: It is great. I ordered the duo because I wasn’t sure which color would be best for my skin tone. Dawn is a coral-y color and goes great with neutral eyes and Storm is a berry tone that seems to work well with dramatic eyes.

If you have New Year’s resolutions, please share them in the comments. I love to see what people are up to. I’m not entirely sure that I will have any but I do have a 2018 “goals” post I need to go back to and review.

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Friday Food Round-Up

I feel like we’re wrapping up 2018 with a strong cooking game.

Friday – Cheesy Polenta with Mushrooms and Sauteed Spicy Asparagus from Cravings: Hungry for More

This meal is tasty. This meal is somewhat more labor intensive than the others we make. This meal is incredible when I throw a pat of smoked butter from Boss Mouse Cheese into the polenta and into the mushrooms amen.

Sunday – Upriver Salmon from Farmhouse Rules, Crispy Buffalo Smashies from Cravings: Hungry for More, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

We have never made this salmon recipe before and it will definitely be a regular for us from now on.

Tuesday – Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

It was a holiday so once again we made Jeanne’s bread pudding. Also pictured: the rest of the brunch feast.

Wednesday – Bacony Baked Pintos with the Works from Smitten Kitchen Every Day, Cilantro-Lime Rice

Still dusting off new recipes from this cookbook. This is another keeper. The cilantro-onion-jalapeno relish was a nice accent as well.

Some Things

Boxing Day edition!

A medical update for all of us: Once again, last week after I pressed publish we returned on Tuesday morning to re-diagnose an ear infection and start three days of antibiotic injections and it was all nightmarish. Then, on Christmas Day when we arrived at my Aunt and Uncle’s, Critter spontaneously and prolifically vomited all over himself and me and into Cousin Sharon’s Sorel boots and we immediately got back in the car and drove home.

It was all very dramatic. I laughed so hard I cried.

About a month ago I sent a jacket back to Patagonia for repair because the zipper was ripping off of its seam (and the pull came off entirely?!). They put a new zipper in and it finally returned to me for the cost of some $5 flat rate shipping. I also want to side note that I asked for a Synchilla Fleece from Patagonia’s Worn Wear site for Christmas and the fleece I received is…a new fleece. I am sure some of the things they are selling have been used but this was not, so something to consider.

I have written about this before, but as winter’s darkest days arrive, so does an unending case of winter eczema on my hands. I am officially at the point where I feel like my skin will never be the same and (horror) we still have FOUR MONTHS until we have properly moist Spring air to resolve what a good steroid cream cannot. Solidarity to all of my friends who may be suffering similar fates.

Glitter dropped her second nap so we are officially transitioning to being a one nap family. This is simultaneously wonderful and somewhat terrifying.

Finally, I ordered some Glossier Cloud Paint (thanks for beating that drum, Forever 35 Podcast!) because I realized I look…so pale. Now that I only do my eye makeup, I needed a blush that was cream based instead of powder based and here we are. I’ll report back on how I like it once it arrives.

Our Annual Holiday Letter

It has become apparent to us over the last month that next year we will need to send out Hanukkah cards because our friends have been showering us with lovely photos of their families and season’s wishes and we have sent nothing. Politely put, we are socially inept.

To our dearest friends, it is not you, it is us. I only managed to order photo calendars of the grandchildren for their grandparents over the weekend, so it’s sort of a holiday triage situation.

Hello dearest friends and family,

We write to you today as two adults and two children who are all sleeping through the night and it is a beautiful existence.

2018 brought us potty training, fully one month spent in urgent care with children, a nasal surgery for Marcus. Kat took a trip to Michigan to visit with her girlfriends. Everyone is still doing the same amount of work, parenting, and volunteering.

This year, Kat decided that she wanted to plant a berry patch in the back corner of our yard. Marcus has borne all of her ideas for this patiently. The deer have had other plans and have fully eaten a branch off of the sapling cherry tree. We will not be deterred.

Some days Critter wakes up and declares that he does not have a sister, but 15 months later they are finally starting to play with one another. Glitter has interest in at least one toy that does not belong to her brother. She is finally holding her own against him and it is pretty funny to watch.

The only real plan we have for 2019 is to build an elaborate play structure in our backyard so that the park lives at our house 24/7. We’ll invite you over to come play once it is up!

Merry Everything,

Us

For last year’s missive, click here.

What I’ve Been Reading

Apparently I had it in me to read a few more books before the end of the year! Up the tally!

Grand total: 41 books.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Against the Gods by Peter Bernstein

Saudi America by Bethany McLean

This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week we made a lot of new meals because apparently I had the energy for that?! Also I put the crockpot to work because it is literally The Only Way.

Sunday – Tomato and Gigante Bean Bake AKA Pizza Beans from Smitten Kitchen Every Day, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

I made the garlic bread in the recipe instead of having a plain baguette and it was fantastic. Also fantastic? PIZZA BEANS.

Tuesday – Chicken and Rice Soup with Green Chiles and Ginger

I made this in the crockpot. Also somehow we lost the chiles, so we used sambal on top instead.

Thursday – Crispy Short Rib Carnitas with Sunset Slaw from Smitten Kitchen Every Day

I made this (drumroll) IN THE CROCKPOT!

Some Things

Man. What a week.

After hitting post last Monday, we were blessed one final time with one final trip to urgent care on Tuesday (for a total of five trips!) because Critter developed an ear infection in his OTHER ear while still on antibiotics for the first one.

I don’t even know what to say really. BUT. Everyone finally seems healthy? I hope this plague had passed.

My friend Melissa told me probably a month and a half ago about the camisoles at Old Navy so I ordered a few and they seem…good? Would order again so far? Very inexpensive?

On Saturday we hosted our first non-kids birthday party in our house since we moved in. It was my sorority sisters’ annual Christmas party and we had 20 people plus tiny tots running around and it was a big hoot. We used to host a couple of big parties each year but life has changed and frankly I didn’t realize it until people were coming in and asking where to set things and I was like Honestly I Have No Idea.

On Sunday, Mom and I attended the Lessons & Carols service at our family’s church. For those of you thinking Aren’t you Jewish? Good question! The answer is yes of course I am but also conversion is complex and I had a really nice morning with my Mom.

It has become apparent that the birth control I started two months ago (this is my third pill post-weaning) has terrible side effects when I move on and off the white pill week. This time I got a migraine that ruined the date night we were supposed to go on. So. I get to go back to the doctor again.

If you are at all interested in health/science this podcast episode with Siddhartha Mukherjee (author of The Emperor of All Maladies) is really interesting.