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Friday, March 30th, 2007

Just Like Mommy

So I know you’re wondering why I would do that to my baby. But I swear to you… she was already wearing the glasses and Ben just opened the phone. She grabbed it and smashed it to her face herself. You can believe that because that’s her new thing… what can I get my hands on and how close can I get it to my mouth??

And then she was like… so I was all like SHUT UP! Can you believe that?
And then she was all like..

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Friday, March 30th, 2007

The Old Bait N’ Switch

I fell for it again. Salesladies love to see people like me coming, they prey on the vain and the weak. I went in for cleanser and eye cream and came out with a sack full of products to keep the nearly thirty set from sagging and wrinkling too much. Some time ago I heard a segment on the radio about Clinique products and how they were originally marketed to the pre-twenty set for use before graduating on to Estee Lauder. The report went on to say that in recent years women have been continuing to use Clinique’s products beyond their twenties and into their thirties. I was one of those women… until today. I asked for my products and she put them on the counter and kind of cocks her head to one side and looks at me and asks how old I am. So I tell her and she’s like hmm.. have you thought about upgrading to Clarins they have some really nice products and you are probably of an age to think about transitioning…. sigh. So I buy the Clarins eye cream and then think to ask her about a body firming lotion which of course is of no use unless you are properly exfoliated. On a positive note, I think she felt guilty for bilking me out of my life savings and gave me a bunch of stuff as a “gift.” If there are any takers on self tanning samples or heather moon lipstick let me know, they’re yours.

In the spirit of the season… and because they were on sale, I bought baby girl a bathing suit! They were so cute soooooo cute! I also got earrings cause i discovered that my fourth set of holes was still open and well, even though I have four sets of holes I only have one pair of studs. I’m not used to looking at all of this metal in my ear yet but I’ll give it a few days and see if it grows on me.

So today was exceptionally busy, there was Mother Goose on the Loose this morning at the library, then the mall, then a trip to home depot for fence stuff. Ben swears he can do it on his own. We shall see. We got back from home depot and I put baby Chase to bed and sent Ben out for Five Guys 15 minutes before closing. I thought that the only Five Guys was at the inner harbor but I discovered another one closer on my way back from the library today. :)

I can’t believe how much you all have been cooking! Now to get you to cook for me…

And now for the picture…
For my bathing beauty.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007

It Might Just Be Wishful Thinking…

that I’ll ever have time to do the things I enjoy again. However, I have come up with a quasi brilliant idea for getting back into the swing of things. Someone on the cooking forum I go to came up with (or maybe borrowed from Julie and Julia or whatever the title is) the idea of working their way entirely through a cookbook. Everyone’s got all of these cookbooks that sit around collecting dust and this seemed like a good way to force yourself into using them in an organized fashion. But I digress, my point was to tell you about MY idea which is something along the same lines. I have all of this fabric and all of these patterns all over the place and never get to any projects. What I’m thinking now is that I’ll take one pattern at a time and work my way through all the variations etc. until I really have it down and see how many different ways you can craft an A line skirt for example making each one a little different by using different finishing techniques etc. The only thing standing in my way right now except for time is that I can’t find the pedal of my machine. That’s fine with me though because I’m thinking it’s time for a new computerized bad boy. After all I’ve had that piece of junk since high school and I’m coming up on my 10 year reunion :) I would love to buy a Viking but I think I will settle on a Janome. Another problem (damn there are a lot of those) is that I don’t know whether to buy a machine that can do what I would like it to do or whether I should buy a machine that will do what I am likely to use it for. Which is to say, I’m not sure how loaded with bells and whistles it needs to be. While I figure all of this out, I’ll stick to knitting which requires pitifully little gear to do. Well, I guess for knitting you dump all your money into the yarn…mmmm… yarn. I’m waiting for this book to come from Amazon:

Meanwhile, I haven’t been totally neglecting the kitchen. I finally got around to making two recipes from last month’s Fine Cooking and they were both good. I made the daube de boeuf as well as the chicken with onions and vinegar. I found that the chicken was somewhat better than the beef but I would make both again. This month’s issue is out already but I haven’t had a chance to page through it. The chicken called for champagne vinegar and I didn’t have pure champagne vinegar but rather subbed in trader joe’s orange muscat champagne vinegar. The sauce thickened nicely and we ate it over broad egg noodles with broccoli sauteed in olive oil with garlic and a little sprinkling of red pepper. Saturday I made cinnamon rolls, not the best ones I’ve ever made. I made the dough using the bread machine instead of the kitchenaid because I didn’t want to spend the time on it so I used to random bread machine recipe. Next time I will go back to my original recipe. What are you guys cooking?

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Happy Easter!

I’m getting ready to send this out…

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Wednesday Already

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I had lunch with the mommies today. The place was great. I can’t remember if I posted about it before… Chocolatea… a clever name for a cafe that serves chocolates and teas primarily but coffee of course and sandwiches too. I think that we will definitely be back to this place. The atmosphere was better than both Cosi and One World AND they have chocolate truffles… excellent. The picture in the middle is me holding Chase and Elsa at Angie’s house. I swing by there to pick her up on the way and while she got the stroller ready I had to entertain the babes. How the hell do you do it with twins?

We had Long Fence come out and give us an estimate on a new fence. That stupid cow that owns the house next door totally balked at the price and made me want to punch her in her stupid face. I can’t explain what exactly it was that she said that outraged me but something about her I just find so irritating. Anyway, needless to say she’s not going half on this fence with us so now we’re kind of torn over whether to just go ahead and do ours or to wait and see if the new owners will want to go half. Sigh, so many possibilities.

The new Crate and Barrel catalog came today. I leafed through it but I’m afraid to look too hard. I think I’m ready though to start furnishing this joint. Most of you know I was undecided about whether to start in the living room or the master bedroom but I’ve pretty much decided that I can’t look at that furniture up there for one more day without going completely insane. So starting upstairs it is.

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Me Wantee

“The book’s 100 recipes—for soups and appetizers, main courses, side dishes, and desserts—are Pépin’s own favorites among the thousands he has created over a lifetime of cooking. Using readily available ingredients and relying upon familiar techniques, these are the dishes he makes when preparing food at his Connecticut home. But Chez Jacques is more than a collection of well-liked recipes; it’s also a captivating sentimental journey. Each dish is introduced by a recollection—of picking dandelion greens for a spring salad, of buying fresh eggs from the local farmer—that invites readers to share in the traditions and rituals of Pépin’s most intimate circle.

This treasury of great food, lore, and memory is exquisitely illustrated with a sampling of Pépin’s paintings, as well as hundreds of color photographs of the finished dishes and of Pépin in all his “natural habitats”—pitching boules with a group of friends, savoring a glass of chilled rosé in the afternoon sun, painting landscapes, designing menus, and, of course, working in his kitchen.”

You guys know he’s my real dad right? That idiot Claudine? Just a patsy for the camera.

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Spring Is Here

I’m outraged!  I bypassed Starbu on our daily walk this morning since it was so nice out and made my way over to Cosi.  I ordered my mango mania and was astounded to when the cashier asked for $4.19 for a grande!  I am no stranger to paying for coffee or coffee house type drinks but $4.19 struck me as slightly outrageous.  Although, it was as tasty as ever.

I spent the rest of the walk trying to capture the best embodiment of spring with my digital camera.  It’s not as easy as it sounds but I think I got a couple of good shots.  Why was I doing this you ask?  Well for more info shoot me an email and I will fill you in on Danielle’s most recent brilliant and fun idea.  I would post what I’ve been working on but I don’t want to give anyone a leg up on my work I don’t want anyone stealing my ideas you know.  Especially not when there’s a prize at stake.  I thought about going down to the sculpture garden but I couldn’t think of any way to get down there than to go down all the stairs so I nixed that idea.  Maybe another day.

I ran into our across the street neighbors as I was leaving and for one last time extended an invite to our mommies’ group.  Of course my mommy brain forgot to mention that we’re getting together for lunch tomorrow but you know whatever.  Maybe I’ll run into one of them again.  I asked how she was doing and he said that she was ok, recovering slowly because she has an emergency c-section.  I sympathized and he offered up that she was currently suffering from mastitis.  I was like oh, that’s too bad… and thought it was something of a strange thing to offer up from across the street but whatever.

Anyway, I have class this aft and should really pay attention.  He told use two weeks ago though that the exam will be completely multiple choice.  I haven’t decided whether or not that’s good news yet.

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Monday, March 26th, 2007

A Partial Layout

I need inspiration to come up with some journaling for this page that my sister did for me. chase.jpg

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Monday, March 26th, 2007

Just a Quickie Tonight

Just a quick post this evening because I’m supposed to be working on my paper. I really just want to go to bed though. Today was a slow day, we didn’t do very much. We made our way up to Barnes and Noble for coffee and to cruise some magazines. Other than that, we just did a lot of playing. We accompanied Ben on his walk with the dogs and it seems that she is ready for the stroller sans her little seat. This is great news because if you’re not going in the car, avoiding the extra step of strapping her into the seat is ideal.

Anyone watching Dancing With the Stars? I really didn’t expect Billy Ray to be so cute. I feel a great deal of shame at having revealed this but I know some of you are thinking the same thing.

Just a few pics, because you know I can’t help myself.

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Monday, March 26th, 2007

Leaving Comments

To avoid being spammed, I have the controls set to require log in before leaving comments.  In order to login you can select register from beneath the log in screen on the leave comments page.  It will ask you to create a user name and to supply an email address.  The system will email you a password.

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