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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Pretending to be Mommy

pretending-to-be-mommy.JPGThis past week has been interesting to say the least. Starting a few days ago my good sleeper was no more. The first night she cried when I put her down, when I tried to leave the room and each of the three times that she woke up during the night. It appeared to be a combination of teething and the separation anxiety that sets in between 12 and 18 months but who knows. The second night was just as bad and she was doing the same thing at naptime. The third night Ben put her down for bed but she still woke up once or twice and it was difficult to get her back to sleep. The fourth night I got her to sleep with no crying but had to stand in her room until she was asleep and then sneak out silently and naptime was still a bear but she slept through the night.

Today naptime was just as bad as the rest of the week. It took an hour to get her to sleep half that long this morning. When she started to fall all over the place this afternoon I took her back up and tried again. After half an hour of failed attempts I kissed her forehead, snuggled her in and said go to sleep now mommy is leaving. She said bye and waived her little hand and I left and lo and behold she… went to sleep? I couldn’t believe it. I tried my luck again tonight and sure enough she moved around for a while but ultimately settled down. I hoping we can continue on like this because standing in the dark for even 10 minutes felt like an eternity and was really getting to me. I wish I knew what was going on in that head of hers then I wouldn’t have to spend 5 days trying to figure out what to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Buffalo Wings

buffalo-wings.JPGBen has been having a hankering for pizza and wings. Pizza was out of my range today but wings I can do. They were so good, crispy and delicious. We ate far too many but it couldn’t be helped. They weren’t hard to make but deep frying is time consuming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, February 25th, 2008

Shortbread Cookies

shortbread.JPGWanting to make cookies but having no sugar can prove problematic. I’ll tell you how we ran out of sugar. When the new Costco in Columbia opened they had a new product a giant, I mean GIANT bag of organic fair trade sugar. We got hooked and we got low I went back for more but there wasn’t any. So instead of figuring out an alternative I griped about it and hoped the situation would resolve. Meanwhile, the amount of sugar we had on hand reached a critical low this morning. Thankfully there was enough left for coffee because I don’t want to think about what could have happened if there wasn’t. We’d have been trying to sweeten our java with whatever we could find, tootsie rolls, hard candies or god forbid, honey.
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Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Four on the Flor

run-em-rugged.JPGEnough with the carpet already? I’ll get it out of my system.

tuckered-out.JPGHere’s one alternate title: Run ‘Em Rug-ged’ get it? She’s lying on the carpet like she’s asleep after being out all day. Whew, ok I think I’m done. I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather today. We went exploring in Ellicott City. We parked, crossed the street and stumbled upon a civil war reenactment (it’s ok, Maryland was a part of the union) at the B&O Railway Museum. The helpful docent, who was dressed as the town sheriff, helpfully offered that the museum was the first railway station in the country which we didn’t believe but turns out to be true. That’s right, we spend the afternoon at a museum and then came home to do some fact checking. I’m a huge nerd, so sue me. It’s the oldest surviving train station in the country and was the first station for freight transport in the country. Right here in our own backyard, cool right? There’s another B&O museum in the city and I think my interest is piqued. The one in the city is in a roundhouse which has to be neat to see. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Cutting a Rug

car.JPGThe carpet came, I hardly believed my eyes when I saw the boxes today. Of course, we’re still one tile short but that was to be expected. It was a problem easily taken care of though. We placed the order through Home on the Harbor a local home furnishings store. Everyone is talking about buying local but there is so much to be said for it. Our experience with Home on the Harbor was wonderful. Before we even had a chance to figure out how to solve our missing tile conundrum, we got a call from the store to check on our order, Ben explained the problem and a new tile was at our door in a couple of days. How easy is that? Not to mention that the store has great stuff, the people are nice and they let me take home their carpet samples so I could see how they’d look in our space before I placed the order.

So far it looks fab and the pieces were as easy to cut as promised. It’s great because in the configuration that I picked we have a 4×10 area rug which is an off size but fits our space perfectly. The Flor is way better than the Legato we put down in the basement plus they have all these green initiatives and I supported a local business at the same time. So far so good, now we just have to see how easy it will be to clean. The picture and instructions in the catalog are ridiculously simple and I refuse to believe that it could be that easy. Sure, you just pick up the tile and wash it in the sink, but they don’t show a picture of the part where you lift the end in the sink up and the water run out the other end and onto your socks. You can see the new wall color in the picture too.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008

And a Picture of Me…

chef-hat.JPGChase is invited to a birthday party this weekend for a little boy on our block. He’s turning 2… or 3, I can’t remember but what else is new. Anyway he has two nice parents who like to encourage open ended creative play… you know the deal and he has a kitchen playset in their kitchen and likes to jump in and help with cooking with the grownups too. Every chef needs an apron.. and a hat. The prototype is finished and I think it works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Smurfette

smurfette.jpgYesterday Chase got a package in the mail. She was pretty excited about it and it’s really cute on her. Unfortunately, I put it over what she had on and well it doesn’t exactly match. I will also say that it is incredibly hard to get a full length picture of Chase these days. She doesn’t stay still for longer than a few seconds. The Smurf boots are still too big but she did her part and modeled them for mommy and the camera… sort of. So, thank you Michelle for your thoughtfulness and hard work. There’s a thank you card in the mail.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I’m Walkin’

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

That’s What You Get For Skimping on Postage

le-lunch-sack-2.JPGI like to call this project ‘le lunch sack.’ I’ve been biting my tongue about it for weeks waiting for it to cross the nearly 120 miles it had to cover and it only took, oh, two weeks. Geez, two weeks?! That’s ok though because it arrived today just as I thought all hope was lost. What’s in the package? Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Chase’s Fruit & Cereal Bars

fruit-and-cereal-bars.JPGA few weeks ago I bought a box of apple fruit and cereal bars from Trader Joe’s. They were delicious but they were pretty sweet and there were only 6 in the box so me and Chase were fighting over them. I decided to see if I could produce a reasonable substitute myself and maybe boost the nutrition up a bit while I was at it.

My first idea was to adapt a fig newton recipe for my purposes. Eventually perusing enough recipes for newton knock-offs and fig bars led me to something I felt was serviceable. I’m really happy with the results and so is Chase. Not to mention that they were dead easy. Read the rest of this entry »

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