Category Archives: Today


I am thankful for…

…DATE NIGHT.  We went from no date nights to having two in the span of a week (one c/o a husband who wanted to surprise me, and another c/o my in-laws) and we got to try two, new-to-us restaurants: St. Genevieve and George and the Dragon.  Both were excellent (and ironically next door to one another).  It was so good for us to be able to leave the house together, without Critter.

…Our spiffy house.  We had Bruce come over to take care of a few projects for us pre-listing and it just makes our space nicer to live in.  I’m glad we’ll get to enjoy the tiny improvements for a little while before we don’t live there anymore!

…Being able to workout.  I don’t know what, exactly, happened but from December 14 until probably January 2 or so, our schedule was just completely out of whack.  It was so nice to have Marcus home, but for whatever reason I just did not spend as much time on the treadmill as usual (though I did do a lot of yoga).  It has been nice to get back to that.

…Early Mornings. There are a few mornings where Critter has slept in and a few mornings where I have woken up well before Critter and it has been so nice to be able to drink my coffee in a leisurely fashion, do some blogging, and do some reading. All before he wakes!  I am not quite ready to set an alarm for this because my poor body is still catching up on sleep but I can see how that day is coming soon. 

…My health. Again. I had a six month dermatology follow-up appointment where I didn’t need to have any moles removed and they told me to come back in a year. AND they prescribed me a steroid cream for my hands because they are infinitely better than they were a few weeks ago but it’s only January. 

…My Mama Tribe. Critter and I are part of a playgroup we met through Blooma and they are just the nicest girls. We finaly got to host this week (even though it has been puking snow in Minneapolis), and it was so good to have some time with these ladies to catch up and let the littles burn off some energy. 

I am looking forward to…

…Figuring out how to eat like an adult again.  Since Critter is weaned, it’s safe to say the 21 or so months of eating for two have come to an end.  Honestly, I am sort of excited to eat like a normal adult again (and am hoping maybe I could regain an interest in salads?).  On the other hand, I have absolutely zero idea of how much to be eating because my life is different now. I’m not running.  I do carry around a 25 pound weight for most of the day when I am home.  I power walk three times a week, I go to hot yoga once.  Pretty much I have just been inhaling food when I am hungry which is less chic and in-touch with my body than it sounds, but eventually I’ll figure it out.  Right?  Right.

…SPRING.  Is it too soon to say that?  I remember that when Critter was born, I thought to myself that when the leaves were on the trees, we would probably have this whole parenting thing down.  Well, um, it’s not even his birthday yet so we still have….at least three months until anything resembling the beginnings of spring is upon us.

I am dying for…

…A massage.  I got a gift card from my in-laws for Mother’s Day and you guys I am just ashamed to say that I haven’t taken the time to schedule it!  Someday soon.

…Some new lampshades for the lamps in our living room. (1) We finally have both of them in one place – one of them was living in my parents’ basement for a time and then was being re-wired (2) the current shades are very obviously wrong.  They should be white or cream drum shades, so I am hoping that I can get them sorted out in the next month.

…This latest round of teething to be over. Critter has been working to cut one of his lower teeth for nearly a week now and yesterday we hit peak misery. I just want the little guy to feel better. And the tooth to be here. 



I am thankful for…

…HEALTH.  I had my second bout of mastitis set in last Wednesday night.  The first set of antibiotics I was prescribed on Thursday didn’t work so I got a NEW set on Friday and when all is said and done I was rocking and rolling with a solid fever until Saturday morning.  My fever and chills were of the variety that I was totally bedridden which brings me to my next point.

…Marcus.  Husband of the Year for sure.  While I was basically incapacitated for 48 hours (holding or playing with Critter for 5-15 minutes exhausted me) he stepped up and solo parented without complaint.

…Moms. My mother took Critter for an unplanned day so Marcus could work and I could recuperate. My mother-in-law fed us dinner. Twice. It takes a village. 

…My Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 Zip.  

It was a Hanukkah gift from my in-laws and I love it sick.  A Better Sweater jacket was my post-partum gift to myself and when this winter rolled around, I thought about how nice it would be to have all of that warmth without a full-zipper.  It is true.  It’s like wearing a blanket. I might wear it all winter.  If you see me don’t judge.  

I am looking forward to…

…Chrismakkuh.  Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve and Christmas is also on…Christmas Eve.  Statement of the year right there.  We had our immediate family Hanukkah celebration last weekend, so that was sort of the kickoff but I am ready to keep the holiday season moving!

…Giving Critter his Hanukkah gifts.  From a totally selfish parent-perspective I want to toss the new toys into the rotation!

…Next week’s dinner adventure. While Billy is in town we’re headed out to check out a “cool” new restaurant.  It will be fun to have brother time. 

I am dying for…

…A date night.  I am trying to remember the last time we had one that wasn’t tied to a wedding and honestly y’all I just cannot.  It’s not that I don’t love to celebrate the love of others, it’s just that it isn’t exactly time for just the two of us.

…More moisture in the air. Apparently the winter eczema was not just a pregnancy thing last year and my hands are just a mess. Even with rigorous application of coconut oil and sudocrem the situation is tenuous. 


I am thankful for…

…a LONG weekend!  Last weekend was busy and we spent the entirety of Saturday doing errands and house projects.  It was good to take care of those things, but we were wiped out.

…Sleep!  Even though Critter has been up here and there throughout night weaning, I have already been sleeping SO MUCH MORE than I have over the past 9.5 months.  Add in a still-strong afternoon nap game (that and my daily coffee have been a real necessity) and I basically feel like a hamster but I also feel like I am starting to feel more myself?  Which is to say that I am starting to remember the person I was in my old life who got appropriate amounts of sleep?  It’s great.

…My UGG boots.  I was afraid that when I bought two pairs this summer I was being extravagant but they are just the happiest little pillows of warm and fluff on my feet.

I am looking forward to…

…THANKSGIVING.  It’s my favorite holiday, I think.

…My new glasses!  We had optometrist appointments last week and then taking a cue from my little brother, I ordered a couple of pairs from (heads-up it’s a referral link).  For $60 I got two pairs, which is exciting only because I have not had new glasses in probably…10 years?  I don’t wear them all the time, but since Critter has come, I certainly wear them more often.  It’s a needed refresh.

…Seeing Billy.  He’s home for Thanksgiving and it will be nice to have some sibling time. I am even more delighted that he and Critter will get to spend more quality time together.

I am dying for…

…The chance to properly bake something that is more than Earth Cookies.  I remember when Critter was just a tiny pup, I went on a blondie baking streak (no, I don’t know why that made sense at the time but it was important).  Since then, I’ve baked but nothing dramatic or exciting.  Honestly, making an entire batch of actual cookies with butter would qualify at this point.


I am thankful for…

…My sweet boy baby.  He makes all of my days brighter, but the cuddles he was doling out on the morning of November 9th?  Just absolutely healing.  As I told my mother, having a baby is even better than a kitty.

…Marcus.  Just this morning he let me sleep in an extra hour because he decided to go into work an hour late today.

…My Ozark Trail Insulated Tumbler from Walmart.  Billy gave me this for my birthday and you guys I am obsessed.  As Billy described it, It is the exact same thing as a Yeti except for way cheaper.  He is right.  And my coffee stays so hot that I now pour it, add three ice cubes and it stays that exact same temperature until I am finished.  It is amazing.

I am looking forward to…

…Our New York trip!  Even though I think I am still getting over being away from Critter for so long while I was in Texas (yes, seriously), it’s hard to believe that it is already time to go away again!  I am hopeful that I am able to get some slightly better sleep.  Our only plans besides the wedding are going to the MoMA, seeing Meredith/Laura/Joe/Kelsey in various combinations, probably getting gyros from the gyro place that Dana sent us to last time in Tarrytown, and napping the afternoon away on Saturday.

…Weekend afternoon adventures with Critter.  Now that Critter’s nap schedule is more compatible with…life, after he wakes up from his second nap, the rest of the afternoon is really ours for adventuring.  I think we’ll be drawing up an outing/happy hour To Do list to work our way through over the winter and I am really quite excited about it!

I am dying for…

…a date night.  We haven’t had one in well over a month now.  Our trip will be something of a date weekend, but after that, we need to plan an honest-to-goodness date night.


I am thankful for…

…my new hair dryer.  A few weeks ago, I realized my ten year old hair dryer was drying my hair and that also it was taking FOREVER.  Even though it wasn’t outright broken, I just felt in my heart that probably hair dryer technology had progressed and there were probably some new (and more efficient) options.  My new hair dryer is lighter, shinier, and 100% faster at drying my hair.  Magic.

…my new haircut.  Apparently my hair is all that matters these days!  In all seriousness, I am not a stylist monogamist, but the latest stylist I saw at The Hair District in Plymouth was just 11/10.  She listened to what I had to say about my hair (it is best at laying flat and can be styled with a hair dryer in 5-10 minutes) and then gave me a haircut where the ends didn’t look as though they had just been cut.  This is key.  I hate the “fresh” haircut look (even though I love the fresh haircut feel!) and usually love my cut about two weeks after the fact rather than right away.  No more.

…being able to volunteer.  No, that’s not supposed to be a humblebrag.  I’ve been very fortunate to do a lot of volunteer work remotely over the last year based on the needs of the organization that I am working with.  However, they had a specific need that I wanted to and was able to participate in last weekend and being able to be onsite and working directly with clients was a really special to me.

I am dying for…

…sleep. I know that I sound like a broken record, but at this point I think we are pretty much like thirsty people wandering the desert, looking for water.

…some sort of appetite for vegetables.  My appetite for green things was touch and go during my pregnancy and when Critter arrived, well, it really never came back with any sort of vigor.  I know that I need the calories that are in carbs in order to keep my milk supply going (because of the calorie burn that milk production is) but it would be nice to have any sort of interest in eating like an adult human.

…the return of Vanderpump Rules!!!  Never ever would have guessed five seasons ago that I would be watching this still.  The SUR gang never disappoints, and always remember that when it’s the off season we have the Straight Up With Stassi podcast to tide us over.  It’s phenomenal.

I am looking forward to…

…my Sleeptacocation!  Today I am headed to TEXAS.  As I told Billy a week or two ago, having this amount of free time is absolutely unfathomable.  More importantly, this amount of sleep is completely unfathomable.

…some upcoming girls’ nights.  I try to plan friend dates every week, but these are a little bit more out-of-the-ordinary adventures (and on the weekend too!  so glamorous!).  It will be excellent.

…being reunited with Critter.  I know I’m not even IN Texas yet, but leaving him this morning, even though I knew I was on the path to having some High Quality Me-Time, it was hard you guys!  Tears were shed and I didn’t even do that when I went back to work. We haven’t been apart for more than eight or nine hours for the last 18 months.  So even though all of this self-care stuff seems important it is also A Big Deal.


I am thankful for…

…the end of solo parenting for the forseeable future.  Back to back long weekends was brutal.  Blog post forthcoming about survival.

…My family. Lifesavers, all of them.

…Netflix.  Having some at-home nights to myself gave me the chance to watch Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru and The First Monday in May.  If you ever watched The September Issue, then The First Monday in May is 100% up your alley.

I am dying for…

…A break.  After Marcus’ first weekend out of town, I got a plugged duct (I swear to God this is the last we will speak of that) and then the night before he left for his conference, I had some sort of terrible migraine/food poisoning episode that absolutely ruined the evening and left me feeling…completely worn out.

…Pizza. Like in a Need It To Fill A Pizza-Shaped Hole In My Soul. I also need a frosted cookie from Lunds. I am not really a comfort-eater so I just want to eat them for the sheer joy of it. That is all.

I am looking forward to..

…getting my hair cut.  A few weeks ago, I noticed that the ends were getting that frizzy, dried-out feel that signals it’s time for a chop.  Since my hair does not grow particularly fast (even with the aid of prenatal vitamins) that frizziness rather than any sort of length is how I gauge when it needs a refresh.  I’ve got my appointment scheduled and I am so excited for a little spa-cation.  Now to use the massage and pedicure gift cards that I have been hoarding.

…Some consistent weather!  We’re in that weird part of Minnesota fall where you could start the morning wearing a jacket and end it wearing a tank top some days. I’m lazy. I don’t want to wear more than one outfit in a day and frankly I do not have the time to change!  I’d rather just be cozy now.  Rip the bandaid off and all of that.

…Family time.  Marcus is home tonight, my brother comes home for the Ryder Cup this weekend.  I am glad that we will get to be all-together.  Maybe this is a little simple, but since Billy is in Texas it is always just the nicest to spend time together when he is in town.  I got a great brother.


I am thankful for…

…the orange spots on my yoga pants that turned out to be pureed pumpkin and NOT poops!  But seriously omg the horror of it all. 

…coffee. So much hazelnut coffee. 

…morning walks with Critter. Even on the days he hates everything else he delights in those. 

…a baby who wants to nap on me. I know the day is coming where it will be gone forever. 

…playdates with Katie and Baby G.  We needed to see friends today!

I am looking forward to…

…the end of Mercury Retrograde. Only one more week!

…Girls’ night!  I’m bringing the wine because that is my bandwidth right now. 

…Watching that new Center Stage movie-thing that was on Lifetime?  Bravo?  It doesn’t matter, it’s on my DVR and ready for the weekend. 

I’m dying for…

…more sleep. Because we’re still living through the regression/teething/God knows what and it is ROUGH. 

…cooler temps.  Or hotter ones!  We’re in that weird transitional fall-state where it is possible to wear pants and a sweater in the AM and shorts and a tank in the PM. I would prefer to wear one outfit only. 

…Sleeptacocation.  Only five more weeks. Not that I’m counting.