Monday, November 29, 2010

O' Christmas Tree 'O Christmas Tree, How Lovely Are Your Fake Branches

*Whew* I made it through Thanksgiving without bustin' a button.  Christian was such a distraction, I didn't have time to go for 2nd's and 3rd's...and 4ths :) My one food regret is that I didn't get a piece of Grandma Solomon's pecan pie! Everyone kept saying, "Oh my goodness, this is THE BEST pecan pie I have ever had!"  Really?  The best EVER?  That is a pretty heavy statement to be puting on a PIE.  That was enough to peak my tastebud's curiousity, so the next day I batted my eyes at Matt and he went back over to his grandmothers to get me a piece of this EXTRAORDINARY  pecan pie. He came home empty handed.  Who ate the last pieces of this pecan pie?  Grandma Solomon.  I couldn't be mad, it was her own concoction.  This woman could probably make doodoo taste good.  Every time I ask her how to make something, she always says "oh its nothing much, just a little of this, a little of that...." My mom says the same thing...Darn you food saavy women!! I don't have iron chef taste buds, I need a recipe.  I'm not like my husband that can taste something and say, "Oh it needs some oregano."  My fall back is always, "Uhhh, more salt?"

"Ahhhhh - it's the most glorious thing
I have ever seen (next to mommy)"
Once again, I digress - Thanksgiving is over and now on to Christmas.  I've always wanted a real tree, but we have 2 less than intelligent dogs that would probably see it and hike their legs, so bring out the fake tree please. I always put the tree up the day before Thanksgiving.  It takes so much work, I like to enjoy it as long as possible and this year I couldn't wait to see Christians expression when I turned on the lights...and there it is to the right. I'm such a photo freak, I had Matt bring him out right when I turned on the lights and then I just went papparazzi on him.  Poor kid probably is still seeing spots. 

These are are a few of my favorite ornaments --
Christian's 1st Ornament
My Favorite Ornament



Ornament my friend Jill
bought for me and Matt's
1st Christmas
Matt bought me after
we got back from
 New York

Good times with friends
I don't care too much
for olive martini's though

    What can I say? I like comic book
heroes. Wolverine is my favorite
probably b/c he's played by
Hugh Jackman ;) HOT

So, we're not doing gifts this year...well, let me rephrase that. We're only buying presents for our nephews.  It's so easy to get in a financial bind during the holidays just because you stress about buying everyone you know a present.  If I know you well, you're getting a Christmas card probably with my face on it somewhere and if I know you well AND you're in driving distance, I'll be baking you something delicious.  If you REALLY want a gift, come on over and rummage through our attic full of crap, pick something out and I'll wrap for you.  I would love to get rid of some of that stuff.  I have everything I want...I bet you do too ;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving We Meet Again

So, like running, I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving.  I love the spirit of Thanksgiving - the fellowship with friends and family, Christmas decorations going up, the holiday TV specials... I hate that by the end of it, I feel like this:
and probably resemble this as well.  The simple fact is I LOVE FOOD - I wasn't abused as a child, I'm not eating to suppress some awful experience, I just like the taste of food! What can I say, I have an addictive personality and unfortunately food happens to be my addiction of choice.  If food is my enemy, then Thanksgiving is my gun slingin' showdown @ high noon...literally, usually noon is when we eat. 


So, Thanksgiving we meet again.  I would like this to end without too much bloodshed ok?  The good thing is we're not hosting Thanksgiving, so no leftovers.  The bad thing is we have two dinners to go to that day.  I would love to say I will show self control @ both and eat lightly, but this is more what I picture happening

I refer to Homer Simpson because he is how I picture my inner appetite - large and out of control :)
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Booger Sucker aka Aspirator

While my child has passed out on the floor after a needed bath, I thought I would do a little product review.  For the last few days Christian has had a first I thought it was just symptoms of teething, but after much thought I've concluded it is a cold...I think.  Hey! I'm not a doctor and apparently I have not aquired that "mothers intuition," which by the way I'm starting to think is a myth.   He's not running a fever, but if he is not better in the morning I'm going to schedule him a doctors appointment, so they can tell me to do what I've already been doing.

I digress...he is a snot factory right now, so we've been using the booger sucker that came with our little baby basics kit. 

Nameless generic SAD Aspirator
The better choice is the American Red Cross Infant Nose Aspirator ---->

They are about the same price ($2.99), but it works so much better.  The tip is clear so you can actually see if snot is coming out and shaped to fit an infants nose, so it creates a better suction.  Look, I know this is an odd thing to blog about, but if I like a product I'm going to share and hopefully save someone the hassle of a booger filled day.   

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Ho-Hum Day @ Work

Friday's @ work around the holidays usually means no one is here.  All the patient worker bee's that didn't spaz away all their time off are now reaping the benefits. I'm usually one of those people that gets vacation happy, but this year I had an excuse for not having any time off (except for 2 sick days...I'm choosing carefully which 2 days next month I plan on being ill) - I had a baby! All my time off went to (at the time)  a screaming baby boy...not how I would normally want to spend vacation time - being emotionally and physically broken by a newborn that is :)

So this is my cube.  Don't be jealous.  When I first started working here almost 6 years ago, I was so excited that I had my own desk and computer...I didn't care that it wasn't a "real" office, it was all mine, lol.  I still really don't mind it. Lack of drive to climb that corporate ladder? Nope, I am just happy I have a j.o.b.  I've never wanted a fancy title...maybe more $$$ but who doesn't?  :)  Is it bad to be comfortable?  I like my job, the people I work with, great vacation time, and I never take work home. 

 See the plant creeping over to my side?  There are a few people I work with that LOVE their plants...I get it, its a nice contrast from the gray cubicle walls we are surrounded by.  The downside?  They attract nat's...nat's that want to fly right in my eye every morning or sworm my coffee.  I have a co-worker (he shall remain nameless) that threatens to kill all the plants every Friday afternoon.  I've had to talk him down a few times. 
There is also the huge collage of Christian :)  What can I say, its the best wallpaper. 

When you think about it, you see your coworkers almost (if not more) than your friends and you better like being there. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2010, where did you go?

I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving.  This year has flown by!  The beginning of the year all I wanted was for my pregnancy to be over...I was ready to meet Christian (yet for some reason I call him Buddy more than drives my parents crazy).  As soon as he was born, the days seemed to disappear. Almost the whole 3 months of my maternity leave, he had colic...which for people who have had the "opportunity" to experience this mysterious ailment, it is definately baptism by fire for parenting.  As soon as he was over the colic though, he has been a smiling baby boy. 

Currently, we are battling teething which consists of drool, drool, fussiness, and more drool.  I will change his shirt multiple times throughout the day because he has soaked through his bib and onesie.  Good stuff. At 6 months old, he is sitting up completely on his own playing with toys that are strewed in front of him.  He rolls from one room to another....and a few times we've caught him roll himself halfway under the couch.  He will play in his bouncy for almost an hour if you let him...and we let him because that is the time mommy can get a few things done :)  He's in the 97th percentile for his height and 63 for his weight.  God bless, he's a healthy little boy. I catch myself getting a little sad when he grows out of something...but don't worry, I don't try to force his body into outgrown outfits :)
I ran into a former team member of mine on the elevator the other day and she asked how Christian was doing.  After I told her, she said to me "I never took you for the motherhood type." I never took myself for a mother either, but I think I wear it better than I thought I would. 

Matt has been an amazing husband through it all.  I catch myself complaining about him at times, but when I step back and look at the grand scheme of things, I couldn't ask for a better partner for the challenges of parenthood.  We are able to step in when the other one is having a "baby - parent breakdown" know
those times where there is nothing you can do to console your child, so you turn to your spouse and say, "Here is Your son, I need a moment."

I'm excited about the holidays, but I am every year.  I don't know where I got the holiday spirit because my dad would fight with me every year about getting the tree down from the attic :) and my mom swears every year that will be the last year she makes her famous Christmas eggrolls...they are "christmas" eggrolls because she only makes them at Christmas time.  I hope she makes them this year (fingers crossed).

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