Friday, April 4, 2014

five on friday

Happy Friday, everyone!

 I'm linking up with the girls again for Five on Friday. Today's five is about as random as it gets but that's the way it goes around here.
I am so looking forward to this weekend. Sunshine and temperatures in the high 80s - we may just have our first pool day of the spring! The water is probably still freezing but Blaire is just dying to get in there and swim. I'm not sure we can keep her out another weekend.  

We stuck our toes in a couple weeks ago but it was CHILLY. Here's hoping the sunshine works its magic and warms up that water! I'm glad I picked up some self tanner if I have to stuff myself in a bathing suit!  (I bought TanWise - which I heard about here - will let you know how it works.)


Speaking of Blaire - she's potty trained!

For the most part. We still do a diaper at night but she's been in big girl undies for two or three weeks and is doing great.


The Gators are in the Final Four!

I don't really give a hoot about basketball but it makes me happy to see my Gators do well.


I am making very slow progress in decorating our house. When you go from 1300 square feet to 3600 square feet, you have quite a bit of space to fill. It's not going to happen overnight. But I decorated the nook at the end of the hallway and it makes me happy every time I walk by it. Nevermind there's still a room in our house that's entirely empty. We also got a new dining room table but no chairs yet. I'm still trying to decide what I'd like to do. And I'm working on Blaire's big girl room - we're about to move from crib to bed. Hopefully I'll have progress in there soon and can share some pictures. It's so fun to decorate a little girl's room. There aren't too many other places in the house where I can get away with pink and polka dots.
Quite a few of you wanted the story on how exactly I got lost in the shower. (If you missed that post - I got lost in the shower. You're caught up now.)  I'm always up to embarrass myself so here's how it went down.
First, you should understand that our master bath is an odd set up. We basically have two separate bathrooms which run parallel to one another, with our master closets running down the middle. At the end of each bathroom/vanity area is a room which has a toilet on either side and a shower/jacuzzi tub combo in the middle. There's a shower curtain on each side of the shower and each of us can step in to the shower from our respective sides of the bathroom.
Anyway, I'm in the shower, washing my hair. I'm rinsing out the shampoo with my eyes closed and must have stayed that way a bit too long because when I opened my eyes I was completely disoriented. I looked over to the side of the shower for my conditioner and couldn't find it. I started spinning in circles and couldn't figure out  where the hell my conditioner was - or where I was. My heart started pounding and I got nervous. I stopped spinning and pulled back the shower curtain to try to get my bearings. Turns out, I was just facing the wrong way in the shower. I turned around, found the conditioner right where it should be, and then decided I was most definitely losing my damn mind.
And just so we don't end with a story of how I'm insane, here's a gratuitous photo of my munchkin. She's "hiding."
Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 31, 2014

the chicks, mindy, louis c.k, and a kick ass bag

A collection of good things found on the interwebs. Enjoy!

The Dixie Chicks covered Wrecking Ball. It's nothing short of amazing.  Miley wishes she could sing it like this.

I'm a huge Dixie Chicks fan. Love, love, love them.  Their first CD came out not long after I got my first car.  Wide Open Spaces still sounds like freedom to me. If it comes on the radio the windows go down, the volume goes up, and I belt out the lyrics with all I've got. And if you've never seen the Dixie Chicks documentary Shut Up and Sing, you're missing out. Unless of course you're one of the people who wish Natalie Maines would just shut up and sing, in which case you're not going to like it. I happen to love her. An unchecked item on my life's to do list is to see the Dixie Chicks in concert. I'm worried they'll stop touring before I get my chance.

This HuffPo interview with Mindy Kaling about the return of The Mindy Project has me fangirling in a seriously pathetic way.  WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MINDY AND DANNY?!?! Must know - can hardly wait. "Tomorrow, tomorrow, you're only a day awayyyyyy!"

Louis C.K's Saturday Night Live monologue had me rolling.

This bag makes me giggle. I think it would make lugging groceries home a bit more fun.

You can find it on Etsy, here

Happy Monday!

easter swag


Some-bunny got crafty this weekend. A bag of plastic eggs and some string - voila! Easter swag for the mantle. 
Since this project required a high level of skill and precision, I called in my trusty assistant for help.

If I were a crafty sort of person, I suppose I would have taken a picture of my supplies. Then a snapped a progress shot of the garland half finished. And then finished the post with a half a dozen shots of the finished garland from every imaginable angle. Ain't nobody got time for that. I'm just proud the bag of plastic eggs didn't end up in the back of the closet with the rest of the supplies I've purchased for projects that never were. 

In the interest of full disclosure, the damn thing has fallen down twice already.  I guess taping the string to the mantle isn't the best way to secure the garland. I should probably go find one of those crafty blogs and figure out how to get this thing to stay.
Martha Stewart needn't worry about me coming for her job.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

confession session

Every so often I like to fall back on an old favorite post topic - Confession Session. It's time to call myself out again. 
The dinner situation in our house is getting ree-damn-diculous. I made a home-cooked dinner last night for the first time in I don't know how long. A week? Probably closer to two.  There hasn't been a weekly menu planned in at least three weeks and my weekly trips to the grocery store have been replaced with random stops for milk, bananas or peanut butter.  (The essentials, according to Blaire.) It's been a steady rotation of take-out, leftover takeout, and more takeout.  I think the people at Chipotle know our order when they see us coming.
It's time to get back in the kitchen. And not just to stick my spoon in the carton of ice cream in the freezer. Again. 
This weekend, I'm planning a menu. The regular Sunday trip to Publix will happen.  There will once again be veggies in the veggie drawer. ...And by Thursday we'll probably be ordering pizza again.  Kidding. I hope. 
Anyone made a great meal lately I should add to the menu? 
If you're looking for an easy meal the whole family will eat, the dinner I made last night does the trick.  The Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake from Picky Palate was very tasty and could not have been simpler to make. Just a couple minor changes - I used chicken sausage and sauteed half a diced onion and one grated zucchini (diced works instead of grated if you're not hiding veggies from a toddler) and added them to the sauce, along with a few shakes of some Italian spices I had knocking around in the cupboard. Rather than fill a large casserole dish, I split the pasta in two smaller pans and sent one home with my sister.  I think it would probably freeze well if you wanted to do the same and put one in the freezer.
While we're on the topic of confessions, I should probably confess that I got lost in the shower the other morning but that's a story for another day. 
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