Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lucky.

There’s been a lot going on this weekend that reminds me how lucky I am.

Today, PJ, Laura and Mark’s Mom came down for a mini St. Patrick’s Day party. The menu was baked spinach dip, beef and Guinness stew, cheddar chive beer bread, Irish soda bread, Bailey’s chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter chocolate pie. It was all delicious. And then we laid around knitting/watching ridiculous TV/talking

I’m lucky to have plenty of food and plenty of good company to go with it.

Yesterday, Mark and I ran some errands – including picking up seeds for this year’s garden. Then, I took a nap while he did some yard work. We capped off the day by going to dinner at our favorite diner and watching The Great Gatsby on the couch.

I’m lucky to have a yard to grow things and a husband who constantly picks up my slack. And I feel lucky every day that I get to be married to my best friend.

Friday night, I went out to the tricky tray with both Moms, Laura, Nick and Kristen. It was a fun night out and while we didn’t quite top last year’s winnings, we did really well. I ended up winning one of the grand prizes – a nice, hefty Visa gift card. We also did some prize-swapping as we won – Kristen won a book she already owned, so I got to take that home and when I won passes to a roller rink by Kristen, I passed those over to her as I won’t be skating any time soon. I also ended up winning a Coach purse Laura had really wanted, so I gave it to her as an early birthday gift.

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Lucky to be able to spend the evening laughing with a great group. And really, just plain lucky.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It’s a boy!

We had our big ultrasound last week and found out baby is a boy!

Of course, more importantly, everything with baby boy is looking good – he’s measuring right where he should be and so far none of the tests we’ve had indicate any issues.

It’s something to celebrate!

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It’s quite weird to think I’m already halfway through – or really, more than at this point.

We’ve got some of the big stuff done: we’re registered, we bought the crib, we’ve got a plan for the nursery.

The big to-do at this point is figuring out a name, which I’m sure will take a while. But, we’ll get there. We’ve still got (almost) half a pregnancy.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A First

I did something for the first time ever today: I bought windshield wipers.

I realize that sounds pretty ridiculous for an almost-30-year-old who has been driving for more than ten years. The thing is, I’ve just never had to do it.

My Dad is a mechanic, so he took good care of my car while I lived at home. A few months before I moved out, I bought a new car – and it came with maintenance included so I’d just drop my car off at the nearest dealership if I needed anything. And just when the free maintenance thing was expiring, we got chummy with our new neighbor – who is a mechanic and is pretty much like having Dad live across the street.

Thinking about even the most basic car care stuff is just not something that’s on my radar much.

And then, about five minutes into my drive home from work, my passenger-side windshield wiper flew off. Like, the whole thing was just gone with a quick thump. What?!

I will fully admit that my first thought was, Shit! I have to deal with this myself?! After which, I called Mark, who assured me that he’d take me to Auto Zone when he got home from work to get another – or, I could go myself.

Myself?! I never have to do car stuff myself!

But I needed to be out and about anyway, so it made sense for me to go. I sucked it up and stopped after running a few errand and it was a lot less painful than I was imagining it to be. A nice Auto Zone worker helped me find the right ones and then put them on for me. And, despite using the good wiper the whole way home, it doesn’t seem like the scraping metal arm scratched my windshield at all. Thank goodness.

I suppose it was a good lesson in, “Look, Kate! You can do this yourself!” but let’s just not tell my Dad that I needed someone else to put them on. He’d be incredibly disappointed.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hi. I’m Pregnant.

Nice way to return after a nearly 5-month blog break, huh?

The break didn’t actually have anything to do with the pregnancy. I’d been struggling with this blog for a few months. I didn’t feel like I had anything to say and posts felt forced. That’s never what I wanted this blog to be.

While I was away, I remembered why I started this blog in the first place – to document life. There’s been a lot of life going on lately so it feels like a good time to come back. Some day, I know I’ll want to look back on this.

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What I’ve been doing during the last five months:

  • Travelling to Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia for some R&R.
  • Gorging myself on pizza and gummy worms.
  • Attending two awesome weddings and agreeing to be a bridesmaid at two upcoming weddings.
  • Spending two glorious weeks of Christmas vacation napping on the couch.
  • Cursing the never-ending snow.
  • Obsessing over baby gear reviews and safety reports.

What I haven’t been doing during the last five months:

  • Reading. (With the exception of the aforementioned baby gear reviews.)
  • Cooking.
  • Cleaning.

To be fair, this has been an easy pregnancy so far – made even easier by the fact that my husband is awesome and has been picking up my slack and taking great care of me. It’s still changed my routine up quite a bit and now, at 18 weeks, I’m just starting to feel like myself enough to start blogging again.

It’s good to be back!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Totally Trying It: September Results & October Goals

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So, for September: The detox diet went super well. We did it for most of the month and I feel great. I’m going to continue a modified version going forward.

I did make it to bluemercury! I had a nice pedicure while we were in Atlantic City yesterday. I still have a bit on my giftcard, so I’ll be using that next time we’re down too.

Zumba is technically a check, but not one I feel good about. I made the first class but I haven’t been back from a string of conflicting appointments. I’m not entirely sure I’ll make tomorrow, either.

The other two – Washington DC reads and making apple cider doughnuts didn’t actually happen. I’m hoping maybe in October I’ll get to them.

Here’s what’s up for October:

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Re-doing the kitchen – cabinets especially – since we moved in. I’m hoping to at least get a solid plan of to-dos down this month so we can start making progress.

I need to swap out my summer clothes for winter ones – and while doing that, I’m hoping to clean and organize the closet too.

Next month is NaNoWriMo so I’m hoping to get a bunch of freezer meals ready this month to make things easier (and make sure I have plenty of time for writing).

While we were in AC, I bought some fun bath fizzes from Lush. A nice long bath with a book is on the menu for this month.

Also, now that there are Cadbury Screme Eggs out, I feel like I need to make some of these yummy brownies with them.

What are you hoping to tackle this month?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September PopSugar Must Have Box

My September PopSugar Must Have box came yesterday, and I think it’s one of the best I’ve gotten. I love everything in it!

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Inside there’s a fancy, Barr & Co. diffuser. We don’t really do diffusers (I’m afraid the cats will knock it over), but I think this will make a great Christmas gift for someone.

P.S. – you’re invited… is such a fun book of DIY crafts. I love DIYing stuff, so this is totally up my ally.

There’s a $25 Shoptiques gift card, which I already spent on a super cute necklace.

A That’s it. bar – made from just fruit. I’m interested to try it.

The Sharkies are energy chews. Also interested to try these.

There are cute headbands from Kitsch. (Which, along with the Sharkies make me think I need to do some running soon.)

And last but not least, a nice pair of paper coasters.

Everything in this box is something I’ll use so for me it’s one of the best boxes I’ve gotten so far.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

10 Thoughts for Tuesday

1. They opened an adorable “coffee bar” at work last week where you can grab all the coffee, tea, hot chocolate, popcorn and frozen yogurt you want. For free. Free frozen yogurt whenever I want is going to be my undoing. It’s a good thing I’m only in the office two days a week.

2. I tried a new yoga class night. It was awful. They did headstands the first class and didn’t demo any of the positions! I loved my last yoga class so much so this one being a complete bust makes me really sad.

3. We went to a huge, awesome craft fair. What did we buy? All food! Local honey, dip mixes and candy. There’s a few crafts that, in hindsight, I do with I grabbed, though.

4. This weekend we’re going apple picking! I love fall so much.

5. We’re taking the SNAP Challenge next week, which means I really have start figuring out what we’re eating so I can stay on budget. I’m hoping to be able to have a whole bunch of those fresh, orchard apples on the meal plan.

6. I’ve got a giveaway for a Diamond Candle going on over at the food blog. Check it out!

7. I joined Reddit today. I’m probably the last person on the internet to jump on this trend. I’m not totally sure what’s going on yet.

8. I’ve gone on a party-planning spree on Pinterest lately. It started as looking up ideas for book club but I found so many parties I want to host: a soup swap, wreath decorating, favorite things party, chocolate tasting, blind date with a book. I would just quit my job and throw parties, but work has free frozen yogurt now.

9. I ran across the NYC Cupcake Run today and I’m sort of obsessed with this idea. I need to do this next year. I’m not sure if there’s any better motivation in the world – run to the next stop and get a cupcake! Amazing.

10. A few weeks ago, I got an amazing-fitting pair of jeans at the American Eagle outlet. AE had a sale over Labor Day weekend so I ordered a bunch (like, seven) other pairs form them – and not one fit. Sad trombone.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Totally Trying It: September

Back on the bandwagon with this, and I’ve got some fun things to try this month!

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First up, Self Magazine’s 7-Day Detox. It’s a week-long jump-start program focusing on whole foods and a combo of cardio and strength training. (It’s not actually a “drop 10” plan, unless you do it for 5 weeks.) I’m finishing up day 2 and feeling pretty great.

Related to that – I’m going to be tackling my first Zumba class this month! It starts Wednesday.

I’m going to try to focus my reading on US history relating to Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. We’re planning a trip to hit them this fall so I’d love to study up on some of the sites we’re going to see!

We’re also planning on apple picking this month – which means I need to finally make some baked apple cider donuts. These have been on my to-make list for too long.

And on a completely fun note – I’m going to try to finally use up my gift card to Blue Mercury... that Mark gave me more than three years ago. I’m thinking a nice pedicure is in order!

What are you hoping to try in September?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

NJ Color Run 2013

The NJ Color Run was this morning so Melissa, Debbie and I met up bright and early to run together. And by “bright and early” I mean, I was forced out of bed before the sun. Traffic was a million times better than last year so we ended up being in the third wave of runners.

Pre-race, we’re all nice and clean and looking like respectable young ladies.

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Debbie brought her waterproof digital camera along so we could take some pictures in the mess. We broke it out for the orange station, because they had the best signs.

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Also, notice how I’ve picked up a pink headband! It’s a bandana that the Color Run hype guy tossed into the crowd as we were standing at the start line. I’m pretty excited it’s pink. My color!

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Post-race we were all pretty messy, but Melissa won for most color!

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We skipped the post race color party last year but decided to join in this year. Mark took this picture, so I’m in the middle of that color cloud somewhere.

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Afterwards, I was super colorful.

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Mark didn’t run with us, but he was there being supportive. I love him so much!

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Another change from last year, I opted to get blown off before getting in the car. It’s amazing how much color puffs off you when they do this!

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It was a great, fun morning with some great friends. And now Debbie’s got her first 5k in the books!

Same time next year, girls?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

10 Thoughts for Tuesday

1. I’m writing this in an attempt to convince myself I don’t need to make myself a milkshake.

2. One of the very nice publishers I chatted with at BEA sent me a pile of books yesterday that I wasn’t able to get my hands on in June. I have so many books I’m dying to read right now I’m thinking I should take a few days off to work on the stack.

3. I saved up a bunch of freelance work for this week because I knew Mark would be working late. I worked 12 hours yesterday and about 10 today – and Mark’s worked more. It’s made for a grumpy house.

4. I’ve been itching to write lately. I hope I still feel this way when November rolls around.

5. I’m not spending enough time outside , which I’m sure I’m going to regret in a few months when it’s freaking freezing.

6. We finally found the Lays Sriracha chips! Now we just need to track down the other two special flavors to compare.

7. I could not be more excited about the possibility of an NSync reunion at the VMAs. Seriously, this needs to happen.

8. There’s currently a giant moth outside. So giant I thought it was a bird.

9. We’re starting to hit that super-busy, a-million-things-scheduled-for-the-same-weekend time of year. I’m trying to stay ahead of things, but I don’t think it’s going to last very long.

10. I still want that damn milkshake.