Friday, July 27, 2012

Sexy Friday

I recently saw Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in Spiderman and was surprised neither was Sexy Friday recipients before. So, here is their day in the sun.
I actually do like both actors a lot. Emma Stone in Friends with Benefits is practically my favorite part. I haven't seen Andrew Garfield in a ton, but I liked him in The Social Network and Doctor Who.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weekend Update - Running Around Town

Last weekend, it was a little nutty.  On Friday, we pretty much just crashed.  On Saturday, we had a quiet night.  Little Miss and I played many, many (many, many) games of Chutes and Ladders (or Ladders and Slides as she calls it).  We went grocery shopping.  Then, we took a glorious nap.  After, I met a friend for dinner and a movie.

On Sunday, I dragged myself out of bed after getting home at 2AM.  I discovered I'm way too old to stay out that late though I did well enough thanks to my nap the day before.  Husband went to watch some golf with friends while Little Miss and I decided to bake.  So, we went to the grocery store again at which point I realized that I left my credit card at the restaurant the night before.  I called the restaurant which confirmed it was safe and sound there.  We then fought mall traffic to find a place to park, snagged my credit card and then rewarded ourselves with some frozen yogurt.  We wrapped up the evening baking and then having dinner and bedtime.  It was a good low-key weekend. 

Our Big Girl

Little Miss gets to wear a uniform this year for school. It has her school crest under the giant heart, but forgive me. I don't want my ones of followers to go and hunt her down at school. It's a navy skort and white collar shirt. This is all we have so far. I have to go back for the rest of the uniform and gym clothes next week.

Weekend Update - Family Fun

Two weeks ago, we had a very busy weekend. On Friday, Little Miss had her first trip to the dentist. Mixed results. She did have cavities despite our vigilant brushing. The dentist reassured us that we were doing everything right, but we've also made some small changes to our routine to prevent more. She goes again in September to get them filled. Anyway, she did great at the dentist until the fluoride, but even then we got it done.
After the dentist, we had a quick lunch before the pediatrician. It turns out Little Miss has a couple of tiny warts. They come and go, but they're almost always behind her knee. The doctor said they would come and go and we could remove them, but it probably wouldn't be a Little Miss-friendly procedure so just go with them until they bother her. After that, we took the train into the city to visit Husband at work. Little Miss loved it and loved meeting all his co-workers. After this, Husband went home while Little Miss and I went out to my parents' house to meet up with my uncle, aunt, cousin and parents. Little Miss was a trooper with no nap.
On Saturday, we had a restful morning until Nephew's birthday party. He turned 2! Time certainly flies. Little Miss had a blast being the biggest kid there and the only girl. Plus, there was cake.
On Sunday, Little Miss and I woke up and had breakfast with Husband. Then, we took the train into the city to meet Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and my parents. We walked to the MLK Memorial in the high heat. I've never seen the memorial and thought it was a nice one, but the heat was stifling. We took the train back and then drove out to my parents' house again to have dinner. It was a long weekend but full of fun and family.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Apple-Pie Cake

I made this Apple-Pie Cake yesterday. I was looking for something to do with Little Miss and asked her if she wanted to cook or bake something.  She wanted an apple dessert and, after perusing recipes, she chose this one.  Thankfully, it was super simple. I think my pan was a little smaller because I had a lot of apples left, but it worked. I also need to build up the crust a little next time. Despite being difficult to slice, it is tasty. I brought in the bulk to work, but I kept some home for Little Miss and me.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sexy Friday

OK, maybe Adam Scott isn't traditionally sexy. That said, I find him absolutely adorable. Sadly, I had no idea that the first project I remember seeing him in is Piranha though I must have seen him in his tv appearances and just don't remember. I really liked him in Friends with Kids and have been absolutely obsessed with him in Parks and Recreation. I just got to the point in the series where he made his first appearance and am flying through the next season where he was made a series regular. Do not confuse him with golfer Adam Scott - though that Adam Scott is also kind of attractive. See below:

Hey! That's two Adam Scotts for Sexy Friday - two for the price of one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Little Miss's Sense of Self

We can only hope Little Miss's confidence and sense of self stays constant throughout her life. Last Sunday, she had some great conversations with Husband. I only wish I blogged about this closer to the weekend. Apologies for my memory. 

Little Miss: Mommy is pretty, but I'm the beautifulest. 

This next is the end of a conversation about how important and special Little Miss is to us. 

Little Miss: I'm important. 
Husband: You are very important to this family. 
Little Miss: I'm very important to every family. 

Yep, you heard her. Every family.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sexy Friday

It's decided (well, by me) that Lenny Kravitz can make anything cool and sexy. He wore a purple jumpsuit type thing the first time I saw him. I also got to see him perform once and that was pretty sexy. He hasn't acted in too much, but I thought he was great in Precious and not everyone can pull off gold eye make up like he did in The Hunger Games. He's just the epitome of cool which is quite the accomplishment considering his name is Lenny.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Weekend Update - Hot Hot Hot

Last weekend, we had a lot planned. On Saturday, we babysat Nephew in the morning. Even though it was the hottest day this summer so far, I took the kids on a (very) short walk to the fountains where they proceeded to have a blast and cool off. Then, we took the shortest nap in history before going to the Inlaws' pool. It's too bad because Nephew and I were totally sacked out on the couch for a full 5 minutes before we were asked to move. It was so hot the pool was lukewarm and not much relief. Still, the kids were adorable and couldn't have been happier. Little Miss imitated her little cousin and started jumping under water. Previously, she didn't like getting her face wet. So, big strides in the water this summer. We did take out for dinner and it was delicious.

On Sunday, I drove a friend to another friend's new house. We had planned to see Magic Mike, but it sold out so we saw a substitute. It was a great lunch and relaxing friend time. It's so easy to get busy, and it's nice when we all have time to get together for low-key fun (lunch, movie and ice cream - what's better than that?)

Weekend Update - Fourth of July

This is quick.  Little Miss was picked up on Tuesday and spent four days with my family in Maryland.  She rode the paddleboat, went to the lake, and splashed in the hot tub.  She had a cookout with neighbors and had a great time with my family and her cousin.  

While she was out of town, we went out with friends on Tuesday night.  We did happy hour, dinner and a movie.  We stayed out past midnight.  It was downright crazy (for us).  On Wednesday, we spent time at the pool with a friend which was perfectly relaxing.  On Thursday, I met Sister-in-Law for dinner and then we went to see The Hunger Games at the second-run theater.  Then, on Friday, I picked up Little Miss from my sister.  

We did pretty well being away from Little Miss.  She did great being away from us.  I think, for us anyway, it would have been more difficult if she had been away for a weekend.  Her absence would have been more noticeable. 

Weekend Update - First Weekend in July

The first weekend in July brought a big storm to this area (and others). The wind was out of control. There were trees down everywhere. Hundreds of thousands had no electricity. This also coincided with a giant heat wave so the timing and inconvenience was ridiculous. We were lucky. Little Miss slept through the entire thing. Our power barely blinked. We did lose Internet briefly on and off, but we came out unscathed. The Inlaws lost power. Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law were in the same lucky position we were in. My sister may have lost power, but it was up and running the next day when we visited. My parents were out (and they live around the corner from my sister). So, Saturday, Little Miss had a poorly-attended birthday party to go to. She had a great time seeing some friends from school. Then, we all congregated at Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's pool to try to beat the heat. It was a pleasant day full of pool time. After, Husband and I drove to check out my family's houses and then we did take out for dinner.
On Sunday, I don't think we did anything. I can't remember. I know I spent time on the phone to see how everyone fared. Oh, Husband lost his iPad. He discovered this midnight the night before after we finished running all around. Early Sunday, it turned out that the lifeguard found it at Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's pool. So, we went back to collect that and ran some errands. After, we picked up some lunch and had some family nap time. It was fairly low key though full of stress nonetheless. We were all definitely ready to call an end to that weekend!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sexy Friday

I've only seen Alex Pettyfer in Beastly (though I look forward to seeing him in Magic Mike). He is kind of pretty, and I enjoy the extra bulk he added for his latest movie release. I didn't find him very captivating in Beastly so I'll have to see if his performance changes my mind in Magic Mike. I'm also going to ignore the fact that, according to IMDB, he's 15 years younger than I am which automatically makes him a little less attractive to me.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Spider Sympathy

There was an itsy bitsy in our car this morning - ON THE INSIDE.  I calmly got a napkin from the glove compartment and squished it.  Little Miss, from the backseat, goes:  "Oh, good, Mommy.  Now you can put it outside where it can remake his web."  

Uh, sure, maybe by way of the trashcan.

At Last

Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors.  I started reading her years and years ago - though to be honest, it was while I was a child and Jill was an author wunderkind so we're not as old as it sounds.  I will admit that I kind of drifted about 5 years ago.  I continued to buy the books, but somehow I didn't keep up with reading them.  Then again, about 5 years ago, I had a baby so I guess I can see that happening.  Anyway, one summer, I read 5 of the books on my shelf in a month and I was back.  It was like seeing an old friend you haven't seen in awhile and it feels like no time has passed at all.  The books make me happy.  Her heroes just get better and better.  

Her last book, At Last is in the Lucky Harbor series.  I will admit that it is very hard to follow up her last book, Lucky in Love, but I loved Matt and Amy all the same.  Of course, this book also left me wanting more, and I'm pleased I don't have to wait too long for Forever and a Day which comes out at the end of the month.  I always recommend Jill Shalvis's books.  These books are in groupings of 3 so you don't have to start from the beginning of the series, but I do suggest starting at Lucky in Love.  

I also got to meet Jill Shalvis in NYC last year.  I tried to meet her in DC, but she didn't make it in time to overlap when I was there.  I only have nice things to say.  The only negative is that her site is banned from my work computer for being porn which is only hilarious because I would say her books are PG-13, not even the most steamy of books that I've ever read.