Friday, January 18, 2013

Speaking of...

  • Oranges and milk have been my only legitimate cravings. I had to start limiting myself to two oranges a day.
  • Speaking of limiting...I thought I had pretty good self control until Joe put two pounds of Lindor chocolates in my Christmas stocking. Turns out I was wrong.
  • Speaking of food...over the last year I happened to read quite a number of food related non-fiction books. My favorites were (click for reviews): The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competion by Andrew Friedman, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl, and My Life in France by Julia Child.
  • Speaking of books...Joe and I have been reading a myriad of children's picture books. I don't remember how this started, but we've had a great time reading a few before bed each night. Joe reviews them faithfully on goodreads (he was born to be a critic) and frequently goes over the borrowed-book limit at the library.
  • Speaking of critiquing...we went over our 2012 goals tonight and began finalizing our 2013 goals. We gave ourselves a grade for each goal. I got more than one D.
  • Speaking of D...I will never again underestimate the power of a good bra.
  • Speaking of being pregnant...I'm pretty sure baby boy likes to do jumping jacks.
  • Speaking of boy...sometimes I still think I'm having a girl. And then I look at the ultrasound pictures and am reminded it is very clearly not a girl.
  • Speaking of pictures...this post needs some. 
(Here is proof I was inspired by Julia Child, especially given our limited fridge space.)

(This is the awesome pillow Joe got for me when sleeping became an issue.)

(This picture kills me. Chewie came back from the groomers with a handkerchief and a doofy looking haircut. We called him Mr. Fancy Pants for a while.) 

  • Speaking of posts...did you know I write a business blog for Joe's company? I may have gotten the job out of nepotism and my mom and Cialis may be our only commenters, but, well, I do it.
  • Speaking of accomplishments...I've now completed four years worth of NY Times Monday crossword puzzles. A healthy number of Tuesdays are scattered in there as well (a puzzle any later in the week and I have to start cheating). I picked up the habit when Joe and I were in Hawaii last year and his grandfather "Pop" passed away. I'd just met Pop six months before and only a few things stuck out from that visit: watching baseball while he yelled at the TV, eating sugar free Worthers, and being amazed that Pop could do the Sunday crossword without breaking a sweat.
  • Speaking of Hawaii...did you know we went last year? We decided to sweeten the deal and go skydiving over the North Shore while we were at it. 

  • Speaking of things you might not know...I have a craft room.
  • Speaking of running out of things to say...


Charlotte said...

1. I love this post.

2. Buying bras when I was pregnant was the best.

3. My biggest labor and delivery fear--besides getting stuck in rush-hour traffic on the way to the hospital--was Babe coming out a girl instead of a boy. (I was just so attached to the idea of a boy by then.) You can imagine my relief when he popped out with the appropriate parts.

4. I too have so much butter in my fridge, both salted and unsalted. Obviously.

5. I didn't know that you also have a Silhouette. You probably love it. As you should.

6. I'd die for a craft room. Like, I might actually offer up my life for one. That's how much I want some dedicated creating space.

Marcia said...

Finally, something from Ande! Worth the wait.

Rachel said...

I have another food book for you! Perhaps you've heard about it because it's hilarious and full of character and you are a hilarious person with lots of character. It's the Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Thanks for the update on your life! Oh, and the picture of Joe skydiving is hilarious.

Courtney said...

that's a lot a butta!! nom nom. I hope you're making me a delicious treat with it ;)

miss you!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh Ande, this made me laugh. I loved how one thing led to the next. I especially loved the "D" part. Oh ho. What a funny one.

Your business blog is such a fun one to read. I didn't know Cialis liked it too.

Truly, it's made me want to start up a small business more than once!

Please keep posting. I love them.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I forgot to say how much I loved all of the pictures. That one of Joe is such a classic.

melanie said...

Great post Ande!

That is quite the haircut on Chewie. Reed is a fan, he just told me 'that's a cool haircut'.

I love children's books and you have some of my very favorites listed (I read the whole list, good job Joe!). My Lucky Day. The True Story of Three Little Pigs, How Dinosaurs Say Good Night.

I also love The Pig's Picnic and Don't Laugh, Joe! (appropriate, no?) By Keiko Kasza. I love the Robert Munsch books Alligator Baby, Pigs, I'm So Embarrassed and Moira's Birthday. He travels to schools and makes up a story about someone in the audience. They are the best to read aloud to the kids, they love them. There's a whole slew of them (funnier than Love You Forever and not nearly as creepy, ha).

I should stop commenting now.