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Baby-Free Zone

Happy Sunday, party people!

Yesterday, I re-did my DIY pedi and then in a fit of whimsy I painted my mitts for the first time in honestly, probably two years.  It used to be an every week-activity, and then I think I just got tired of my nails peeling and whatnot because at the end of the day, nail polish is not exactly the kindest thing you can do to your mitts.

Anyway, behold.


I have no idea what is even “cool” these days when it comes to nails, but I gave it my best shot and they make me happy.  If someone could clue me in on what is “in” with nail trends, that would be super since I am pretty sure my world stopped when the party nail came into being.

Yesterday we went to celebrate the marriage of one of Marcus’ fraternity brothers.


So basically it was a date night. But with friends.  We had a blast.  They had a delicious wedding cake.  And when I got home I had to pour myself into bed.  Even though I left the reception at 9:00 PM.  Party animal.  Right here.

From the department of Recipes I Never Meant To Develop, I took a few minutes to write out this one for a Lazy Turtle Cake.  I actioned it for a co-worker’s birthday treats and was pretty pleased with the result.

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If you are a fan of turtle-flavored things, you’ll love this one.  I’ve had such a need to bake for the past month or two and actually doing it is so, so, low on the totem pole.  I’ve made many brownies (and during my maternity leave there was a period in time where I was whipping up blondies!) but other than that and the above-cake, the only baking I’ve done was a batch of box-mix white cupcakes with a scratch cream cheese frosting.  I hope I get to do it a little bit more this fall/winter, but I also need places to take all of those treats, because it’s not like I can just eat them all.  I mean, I could, but, you know.

What else is new?  Even though when Critter came, I was thoroughly convinced we would never ever have the time or the energy to travel again (ever!), this fall I am traveling!

I have scheduled what I am calling a Sleep-Tacocation to Dallas at the end of October. I’m going to see my brother, sleep, eat  what will most likely be tacos, hopefully have some girl time with an old friend, and maybe go see that place that JFK was assassinated.

In that same vein, we are headed to NYC in November sans-tot for a wedding (and a baby free weekend!). Again, plans: sleep, marry some people off, see friends.

Basically, at this point, I will do anything for sleep.

Finally, I am still watching amounts of television that would have been borderline impossible in my previous child-free life.  I’ve been slowly but surely working my way through the latest season of UnREAL and y’all, it is so dark!  I loved the first season but every episode this season, I have to ask myself if I can go on.  Other things lurking on my DVR include Bachelor in Paradise which I will someday watch, and Center Stage: On Pointe.  I’m saving that one for a night when I have the time to watch an entire movie in one go.  It’s gonna be magic.  When I’m watching TV on the iPad, I’ve been alternating between Bring It! and Counting On.  I also discovered that there are more episodes of Bringing Up Bates to be watched so those are going to be added to the rotation as well.  I hope as you read this rundown of Extremely Intellectual T.V. Shows, you think Wow, Kat must have a really rich inner life.

Believe me. It’s true.

P.S. I really suck at snapchat (I only receive snaps, I never send!) but I am not bad at the new Insta stories. If you’re not following me already, you can find me @kljwm!

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Baby-Free Zone

Declaring the blog a baby-free zone for a moment.  We maybe need a break from Critter chat to talk about…um, literally anything else?

And then it’s like OH MY GOD WHAT DO I EVEN TALK ABOUT?  Reading this post might be a little bit like watching your dog walk on its hind legs, or running into your teacher during summer break at the mall (which is to say AWKWARD) but I am going to give it my best shot.

July, like every other month of my life this year, is magically over.  I don’t really expect anything different from August to be honest.  As Critter gets older and we continue to get into a better routine, not shockingly, our personal adult lives have followed suit.

We finally finished this season of Game of Thrones.  I think we are two seasons behind in House of Cards so that is our next television crusade.  Between that and cable news, we should really be set to go until after the election is over.

I feel like at nearly six months post-partum, my metabolism is finally slowing down again (NOOOOOOOO) and that it actually is time for me to eat like an adult human for the first time in 15 months.  I am simultaneously committed/not committed to this cause but on my walk this morning I was pretty much like This is Ridiculous, Move On.  So I’m committing for real.  I will confess to eating a final frosted sugar cookie on Tuesday night because it was essential to my survival.  I wish I were kidding, but actually I am not.

I renewed the domain for The Blog for another five years, so y’all are stuck reading this until at least 2021.  I hope we’re all driving flying cars by then.

After Critter was born, I decided that I finally wanted to pull the trigger and source a Patagonia Better Sweater jacket.  I ordered one in Black and it is just as wonderful as I had hoped it would be.  I’m not looking forward to fall per-se (I live in Minnesota, after all!), but this will be a nice cozy thing to wear.

Currently, my entire purse is contained in a rose gold Marc Jacobs pouch from the Neiman Marcus for Target winter collection.  I did that when Critter was born because I did not want to deal with forgetting my wallet and keys and phone in this bag or that.  When I am with the little guy, it just gets dropped into the diaper bag.  Sometimes, when I am out and about, I just carry the pouch as a purse and call it a day.  On work days, I have taken to dropping the pouch into one of the purses from my past life (someday we shall meet again!) so that I look like I have it a little bit more “together.”

Last but not least, we have a date night scheduled for Saturday night, and I am really looking forward to that. We haven’t been out as just the two of us for No Reason Whatsoever since our anniversary in June.  We’re going to try out a restaurant that I’ve been meaning to get to since before Critter was born, 4 Bells.

Thanks for bearing with me through this one.  I’m sure that talking about my own life as an adult will get easier.  Someday.