Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I should note that, later in the evening, Little Miss got in so much trouble even Husband was mad at her. She was told not to throw her toys and, in defiance, she threw her toy right at my eyebrow. So, now I have a little bruise and a cut above my eyebrow (which totally ruins my plan to wax them this week). She got a big time out in which Husband tossed her in the crib and shut out the lights and shut the door. Then, when we calmed down, we went back in there and made her apologize. As easy as the 2's have been, she's just now embraced her inner princess and really wants things her way. So, she has to learn the lesson we all do, you don't always get your way. Tough cookies.
On Sunday, Husband woke up with Little Miss. Then, I woke up when he went to golf. Little Miss and I hung out and acted silly. Then, we got ready ready and took a walk. Because it was starting to sprinkle, we went to the mall. We bought some ice cream and then walked home. She and I took a gloriously long nap. Then, she woke up when Husband got home. We had a nice family dinner and then she went right back to bed. I didn't stay up too much later.
So, that was the weekend. It was relaxing overall. On Saturday, I really felt it was Sunday so it was nice to have a bonus weekend day in there. Below is a very short video of Little Miss golfing. It was not as windy as it sounds.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Favorite Daria quotes (that I could find on short notice):
Mr. O'Niell: "Right here and now, let's pledge to make Daria's dream a reality."
Daria: "You mean the one where people walking down the street burst into flames?"
Forget it. I don't like kids. I didn't even like kids when I was a kid. ~ Daria
Quinn: "Don't worry, it's fake."
Daria: "Aw, you got a tattoo to match your personality."
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
Use flavorful, good quality cheese in this pasta. It makes all the difference.
1 pound good quality sharp cheddar or vintage white cheddar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 & 6 tablespoons unbleached flour, divided
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
Lots of freshly cracked pepper
1 pound macaroni, cappelletti, or other pasta of choice
Salted pasta water
1. Begin boiling the water and cooking the pasta according to package directions in heavily salted water. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and toss with 3 tablespoons flour. Set aside.
2. In a large pot melt the butter over medium to medium high heat. Stir in 6 tablespoons flour (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons to make it easy), and salt. Cook until golden stirring frequently. Very slowly pour in the milk stirring completely into the flour as you go so lumps don’t form. Add lots of freshly cracked pepper and stir the mixture constantly until thickened. Turn off the heat and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
3. Set aside about a cup of reserved pasta water. Drain the pasta and add it to the cheese mixture. Stir gently to combine. Add pasta water as needed to make creamy.
What you can't see in the photo is her hands. Her hands are also covered like Clinique Vintage Wine made gloves for toddlers. The bright side is that the mess was only on her hands and face and not all over the apartment.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I love my camera. I love that it's purple. However, I have dropped a few times so it's kind of a shell of its former self. I wish I could blame Little Miss, but she's pretty gentle with it. I dropped it last weekend at the party. It was a impulse reaction when the camera closed and pinched me. I just kind of went "ouch" and jumped, and it flew off my wrist. I put all the pieces back on it, and it worked just fine last night. So, it's not an immediate need, but I'm looking into a new one. This camera also comes in purple and comes with a case. I'll have to see if its wrist strap tightens around the wrist.
First things first (besides the big girl bed over which we are kind of in denial), I think we're going to need new dishes within the next year. I love our dishes though, but we've broken a serving bowl and the bowls and plates have many chips. I'm pretty sure my bowl last night had a giant crack in it, too, but I forgot to throw it away. The set is almost 11 years old and was discontinued right after were were married (we had to scramble to get all the pieces and I even bought a lot on ebay). They're just so sturdy and happy-looking. I don't want to spend a ton on a new set, but I want the new set to stand up to our use. Plus, I'd ideally like to find something to match the remaining pieces of our original set. You can view the original set here. I've added to the original set by adding plain white pieces as well as just plain blue pieces that matched perfectly.
We'll see. We need to get through the summer and get Little Miss a big girl bed first (I'm hoping for a Fourth of July sale). Then, I find the Money Tree and then I purchase the rest of my wish list (you know, after I make sure I have all the books I want and these shoes - you can see where it's hard to stop buying fun things and start buying things the apartment needs).
On Saturday, I woke up with Little Miss. She had a light breakfast and was pretty good. We played and watched a little tv. Then, I left to meet up with friends and go to the Gaithersburg Book Festival. My one friend just got engaged and was kind enough to ask both Little Miss and me to be in her wedding next year. I'm positive Little Miss will make the cutest Flower Girl ever. We all had fun, had ice cream (which is very important when having fun) and got to meet Sarah Pekkanen and Sarah Blake. Both authors signed books for us as well. I didn't get the opportunity to read either book before Saturday, but I can't wait. They both sound great and I loved hearing the authors read their own work. (Sidenote: Sarah Blake is also an adult film star so if you want to visit her website, I'd recommend clicking on the link provided and not just randomly type in a website you think is hers.) Then, my friend and I had dinner at Dogfish Head Ale House.
Little Miss had a great day with Husband. They went to buy new shoes which is her favorite thing in the world and went to the playground. Little Miss took a 4-hour nap and basically woke, had a light dinner and went right back to bed. So, good Saturday all around.
On Sunday, Husband got up with Little Miss. Then, I got up for breakfast. Husband took a nap because he wasn't feeling well and I put Little Miss in for a quick morning nap. Then, we all went to Sister's house for Nephew's birthday party. He's 5! Nephew had a construction party and here is a photo of Little Miss hammering little "nails" (they're really tees into styrofoam). Little Miss was really looking forward to going all week. It was really cute. She had so much fun with all the big kids. Then, she had fun playing with her cousin. At one point, Nephew got injured and Little Miss got in trouble for not eating a good dinner, but Nephew thought Little Miss was getting in trouble for hurting him and, amid his tears, he cried, "It's not Little Miss's fault!" It was very nice of him to think of her and protect her. He was also a good big boy and gave Little Miss some trains of his. This is huge because Nephew is a big train enthusiast and he values his trains more than any other possession.
Little Miss was equally as excited to go home because, without her afternoon nap, she was tired and borderline cranky. So, after dinner, we went home, gave Little Miss a bath and she asked to go to bed. We put her to bed even though she hadn't eaten much all day, and she slept straight through to this morning.
Good, exhausting weekend!
Friday, May 14, 2010
If you're interested, the original article is found here on the NY Magazine's website.
The other night, Little Miss ran around our apartment. You can run in an entire circle through the living room, dining area, galley kitchen and hallway. So, she did. For maybe 8-9 circles, she ran. And screamed. I only caught the last two on video. I'm jealous of the energy. Maybe if I had nap time, I'd have this much energy, too. Doubtful.
On Sunday, I felt lousy. I spent the entire day in bed. I got up to shower around 2:30 and then took an hour nap at which point I did wake up to go to the In-laws' apartment to celebrate Mother's Day. We had a nice dinner with the In-laws, Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law. Then, I went straight back to bed. Monday was a sick day for me, but I've been improving all week except for the runny nose which I fear may never end.
Big plans for this weekend - Gaithersburg Book Festival and Nephew's birthday party. So, the next weekend update should be fun!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
On Sunday, friends of ours, Brother-in-Law, Sister and Nephew met in Baltimore where we went to Day Out with Thomas. It was a thousand degrees outside. Little Miss had a blast though. She got to lead her new friend around, got led around by Nephew, and mostly just enjoyed seeing so many trains.
Sidenote: See that flower in the above photo? The balloon flower? I waited in line almost an hour for it. Little Miss wanted one so I was like sure, I'll stand in line. The guy was awesome, but he took FOREVER. So, we JUST MADE our trip on Thomas. We were the last ones on the train because I the guy was making her balloon flower while we were supposed to be boarding the train. The flower is now is the pink petals and a nasty green deflated balloon stem. Little Miss still carries it around. I'm thrilled she still loves it. It makes the stress worth it.When we got home, she also enjoyed a cupcake. See below to see how much she enjoyed that cupcake.
Our next weekend update involves National Train Day and Mother's Day. I'll try to get that out tomorrow before we pass another weekend. Sorry for the delay!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
- Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
- A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
- Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon (NOTE: This is part of the Dark Hunter/Dream Hunter series. You can find the order in which to read here.)
It was a slow month. I'm actually surprised I read 3 books. Still, decent books all around. I'm nearing the home stretch with the Dark Hunters/Dream Hunters books which is nice to know after starting them what seems like forever ago. It'll be weird to be all caught up. That's actually ok because I've started a new series (see next month).