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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I Can’t Believe I Forgot to Mention…

Chase let go of daddy’s fingers and took a few of those first ‘steps.’  I have to qualify it because they weren’t really purposeful.  It was more of a two or three running steps toward another source of support.  That being said… it was also EXCITING!

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

It Followed Us Home

130.JPGEvery time we go-a-visiting to a house with a leapfroggy type play table Chase spends the whole time walking around and around it pushing all the buttons. I was almost broken down to the point where I was thinking about going to babies r us to pick one up when I had a better idea. I remembered that there’s a kid’s consignment store not too far from here that I hadn’t checked out yet. Little Lamb Consignments doesn’t have a web page but a little sleuthing turned up some mixed reviews on thenest.com. Our experience was fine. They didn’t have fabulous stuff but I guess it depends what you’re in the market for and with consignment it’s always hit or miss. I didn’t look at much clothing and I only quickly glanced at the baby gear. We were only looking for the table and sure enough there it was on a shelf way up high and we took it home for a song. Chase really likes it I just wonder when she’ll tire of it. I feel like we have to rotate stuff in constantly because nothing stays fun for very long. I will say however that so far the megablocks continue to be a hit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

What We’ve Been Up To

chaseity.JPGYet another week is in full swing. Costco finally had Fine Cooking magazine again so I snagged a copy of the latest issue and have been cooking from it. So far I have already tried the mac and cheese from the making the best macaroni & cheese article as well as the tomato soup with fennel, leek & potato from the back cover. Both were really quite satisfying but better still was the fried mac and cheese decadence that we had for lunch today from the leftovers. I saw Alton Brown make it once on good eats and I’ve seen it on menus here and there since but I have never been impressed by it because the macaroni and cheese filling was alway inferior.

This particular recipe is really good, I’ll have to post more about it later. Putting it together wasn’t difficult I think that its delciousness comes from the use of cream and really good cheeses. Not rocket science I’ll admit but I think that following (to the extent that I’m capable) a recipe kept me from skimping too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, January 25th, 2008

Sausages with Potatoes and Hot Peppers

lidias-sausage.JPGYum! This is the second sausage-related recipe I’ve tried from Lidia’s newest book. It’s awesome all around, very simple and very delicious. I served the sausage and potatoes with Brussels sprouts separated into individual leaves and sauteed in olive oil, garlic with a little pepperoncino. I used sausages that I bought out of the butcher case at Fresh Market. The sausages were fine but not any better tasting than the ones in the giant pack that we usually buy at Costco. As to their freshness and quality I cannot testify but if there’s any difference there the flavor doesn’t suffer. The original recipe specifies a 13″ or larger skillet with a cover. My largest skillet with a cover measures only 12″ so I had to scale it back some. The 12″ was really too small although I managed to make it work. Use the bigges pan you have and plan accordingly. I was barely able to fit 1 1/2 lbs of sausage and 3 potatoes in my 12.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Hellomoto

hello-moto.JPGThat’s right, it came! My brand new phone. I already tested and it does not in fact turn off as soon as you remove it from the charger. I got the krazr in what I imagine is called black cherry. It’s all red and fabulous and I ordered another razr for Ben pursuant to my plan. The krazr is like the old rzr all metal and solid feeling but the new rzr doesn’t have any of its old heft. My new phone is super slick and I love it. I promise to treat this one well because on first inspection it doesn’t appear to be a total piece of crap like my old one.

On to other news…

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Exercise Your Put

burritos1.JPGI thought I’d give due deference to the sentence I hear the most today by making it the title of this post. I find securities regulation interesting, I do, really. But seriously, exercise your put? Honestly. If you want to know more about it be sure to google “exercise your put” with the quotation marks. For if you neglect to include the quotation marks you’ll find yourself exercising your way to a better sex life at lifetime.com be warned.

I find it funny how sometimes you just vibe with a professor and sometimes you just don’t. Two weeks into the semester I have already figured out which classes to just keep my mouth shut in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 21st, 2008

Martha, You Failed Me!

oh-hello.JPGChase saw the pediatrician on Friday. Poor baby did NOT like getting her shots. The poor nurse felt so bad though she did such a good job of getting the shots done and over with that I was quite impressed. All in all I suspect that more than the shots Chase will remember walking around the office naked which is the only thing that she was interested in doing. At what age does it become inappropriate to walk around in nothing but underpants and shoes? Chase is still on her nice little curve well above the outer limits of the typical baby curve. At one year she weighs 28 pounds 5 ounces and is just shy of 32″ tall… or long. I guess she’s tall now that she spends most of her time vertical. The doc says she looks great though and that makes me happy.

A couple of months ago Erin “procured” a copy of Baltimore magazine for me from which I learned that a new Fresh Market had opened not too far away. Since I’m reading What to Eat and am learning about the perils of grocery shopping (more on that later) I thought I’d check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Surprise!

119.JPGWe returned a little while ago from a surprise birthday party for Sarah. Parties are fun but they’re more fun when they’re at someone else’s house (especially Nadia’s). I have learned that surprises are really hard to pull off but I can think of at least two occasions upon which I have been really truly caught off guard by a surprise party. Once, when we were in like grade 6 or 7, Chelsea threw a surprise birthday party for me in her basement in the house on… geez what street was that? Pine… something like that anyway. That was the best. I was totally snowed. I had a surprise baby shower too that I had no idea about even though I inadvertently discovered the initial plans. Looking back I should have known something was up. Ben doesn’t usually get lost like he did on that day but I was probably too tired to be suspicious.

I’m quite sure I had more to say but alas I see that I have way overshot my 12am goal of bedtime and if i stop now can try to shoot for 1230.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Four Days In

shoveling-is-hard-work.JPGand already a snow day! Did I tell you the pieces would start to fall into place or what? Add a snow day on top of the long weekend and I am way ahead of the reading curve. I’ll try to read ahead some over the weekend but either way I’m feeling better about things already. I just got an email reminding me to reapply for federal student aid and I… deleted it. It felt so good. I read today that Governor O’Malley wants to set aside funds for UB to build a new law building. Sure, I graduate this year and the new building won’t open until 2012 but this is huge. It’s still important to me because the stronger UB’s reputation is the more my degree is worth. We’ll see what happens it all hinges on approval by the legislature and somebody might not like the fact that the figure is almost twice as much as what was spent on the new UMD building a couple of years ago. I was happy when they upgraded the bathroom but this would be fantastic.

The new Martha Stewart came today. It’s full of brilliant ideas. Most notable of which is the recipe for topfenknoedel with stewed plums. I just want you to remember when they’re making knoedels on the Today Show that I made them for you years ago… Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Three Days Into the Semester

treeless.JPG…and already a class cancellation. I told you I chose my classes carefully. I visited an old friend today. With the exception of one new recipe that I tried (and forgot to take a picture of or write about) I am still in my little cooking slump. Wednesdays are busy so I was trying to get something hot on the table before I had to dash out to class. Ordinarily I would leave at 6:00 to return at 7:30 leaving Ben to his own dinner defenses but this afternoon was relatively slow so I had no excuses. I pulled out some ground beef and decided on shepherd’s pie. I used to make it all the time when we had the apartment on Baltimore Avenue but I got out of the habit at some point. Probably because it’s so heavy on the meat and potatoes. Shepherd’s pie isn’t something that Ben reminisces abut from childhood but for me it’s definitely comfort food. Over time he’s come to appreciate it for it’s comfort food value too but seriously, the meat and potato quotient adds several points in its favor. Read the rest of this entry »

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