Tuesday, September 29, 2009

She's back!

Please welcome back The Fixen Vixen to the blogging world! She's only made one post since basically giving up over a year ago, but I have high hopes that she'll be inspired to stick with us a bit longer!

Monday, September 28, 2009

House Projects Update

For those of you that were anxiously awaiting to hear when we would finally get our bathroom vent fixed, we got it accomplished this weekend. We tried to do it sooner on our own, but after pulling the old motor out we realized that the vent we had purchased wasn't as the box currently in our bathroom ceiling. Luckily, we had David's folks up this weekend, so David and his dad jimmy-rigged the new vent into the existing vent box. They then took a break to have lunch and watch the last half of the amazing Vikes game and then worked on mounting an outdoor motion light on the corner of the garage. Luckily, they didn't start that project early (as David had suggested after the Vikes were unable to get a 1st down with a couple of minutes left), so they were able to catch the last 12 seconds of the game, in which Favre launched one into the end zone to win! (No, I still don't really like the man, but that was a hell of a throw!) The motion light was on most of the night, so we're not sure what kept setting it off - may need to do some adjustments to the sensitivity (hopefully it's not picking up the busy traffic on our street!?!). All in all, it was a fairly productive weekend, which is good because fall is officially here, and before we know it winter will be on its way - and then the baby will come! Whew! Too much to do!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

26 weeks, 1 day

Scroll down to see my 24 week photo for comparison! It's weird how much things are changing, almost on a daily basis!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oh how I love twitter!

This is one of the latest tweets from Danny DeVito...I'm following him because David and I are crazy about the show he's on - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

"The time has come the walrus said to speak of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of Hot balls! The nightman cometh! Bitch"

A little Lewis Caroll, then straight into the insanity that is Sunny. Gotta love it.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pregnancy Update

Baby Uno will be here in just over 3 months, so I've been reflecting on the pregnancy thus far and thought it may be fun to share some random tidbits. First off, I was just telling David that the other day I looked down and realized that I could no longer see my feet. Sure, I can lean over and still find them, but if I'm standing remotely straight, they may as well not be there. Second, my baby bump evidently looks conspicuous. The security guards focus on my belly (and ONLY my belly) as I walk into the new stadium. I can only imagine that will get worse as time goes on. Third, I can't believe just how scatterbrained I've become. I am not a scatterbrained person, so it's especially annoying (and worrying!) to deal with my brain on pregnancy hormones. Fourth, I always thought that the whole belly-button-popping-out thing would happen at the very end of the pregnancy, but almost a month ago, I realized that all of a sudden, my belly button wasn't as deep as it normally was. Since then, we've watched it steadily decrease in depth - it's not quite even with the rest of my belly yet, but getting closer every day! So I'm definitely on track to have it pop long before the baby is ready to come! Fifth, in addition to my scatterbrain, I have ridiculous panicky moments/days/months. I think I'm in one now. Although I realize that most of the things I panic about are completely irrational, it doesn't matter, I can't stop worrying over and trying to come up with solutions and plans to deal with whatever random concern is currently on my mind. It think it's driving my husband a little crazy. Sixth, as far as cravings go, I had a good month or so in which my cravings were dictated almost entirely by other people's suggestions. I don't mean to say that people were necessarily telling me what to crave, but if a certain restaurant or type of food came up in conversation, inevitably I'd have to track it down. This resulted in me having multiple rounds of Chipotle, Latuff's pizza (which David had to drive over to Plymouth for!), Indian takeout, a big breakfast trip to Key's Cafe (thanks Adam!), among others. Thankfully, Jenny's suggestion of brussel sprouts while we were in Martha's Vineyard never panned out! Currently, I don't think I've had too many cravings, although my usual sweet tooth is extra bad. Maybe my biggest craving is Halloween Oreos, since I managed to eat an entire row when I bought my first bag last week. (David said I shouldn't share that little bit of information, but since that's probably not all that far off from what I would normally do with my first pack of Halloween Oreos, I'm not at all ashamed of that fact.) Other than that, I've been making lots of cookies and have been enjoying candy corn, m&ms, and fun size Snickers bars (which are smaller than they used to be, fyi). Oh, and my normal addiction to Chipotle Tobasco sauce has sky-rocketed. I think our kid is going to come out requesting Tobasco and jalapenos with every meal! So maybe I've been having more enhancements of my normal cravings instead of weird and random ones! And of course, I had one other thing I was going write about, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was! Bah!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Good food

Made these amazing rocky road bars on Sunday from the Baking Bits blog. They looked like they'd just be homemade brownies with yummy toppings, but they turned out extra gooey and fudge-like. Wow.

We also tried out a recipe from my cousin, Jessie, on Monday. It's so good, I just had to share:

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes in the Crockpot

8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
6-7 slices of ham (we just bought a small hunk and used all of that)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (we doubled this amount to make it extra cheesy)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (we also doubled this, since I like my scalloped potatoes to be a bit creamier)
paprika (we used smoked, since that's all I had in the house)

Pile half of the potatoes, onions, and ham in the bottom of a crockpot. Top with 1 c. cheese, (and one can of soup if you use two), season with salt and pepper. Pile remaining potatoes, onions, and ham on top of that. Pour soup over top, (add an additional c. of cheese, if desired), and sprinkle with paprika.

Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

I think the cheddar cheese (especially the extra cup!) made it extra savory. We froze half of it immediately, but we polished off the first half already so we may need to take the other half out soon!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

24 weeks, 2 days

It's been four weeks, so here's another belly picture!

I've included last month's picture for reference.

TCF Bank Stadium Inaugural Game

There are almost no words to explain just how amazing it was to be in the new Gophers stadium last night. So here's a few of my favorite moments from the evening...first off, we all got in with our student tickets, even though of the four of us, only Laura is actually a student any more...

by slightly budging in line, we ended up getting seats in the 6th row of the end zone - right up from Daniel, who was in the first row and just a couple of sections down from the Williamson men...

the general excitement around and inside the stadium - seeing that many people decked out in maroon and gold waiting to get into the stadium at the first possible moment...

realizing just how HUGE that new scoreboard is!...seeing an old friend and high school classmate out on the field with the Air Force media...

in keeping with the new digs, Goldy got not only a new podium, but a fancy new scooter to ride out on...the fireworks that went off in front of us as the team ran out of the locker room...

the flyover by the bombers...

introducing former Gopher standouts (players and coaches) represented by sons and daughters for those that are no longer living...Bud Grant's tears, clearly visible on the big screen, which of course had me crying...

hearing the student section chant "Future Gophers" to the recruits present...

those amazing words - "Gopher football is back on campus!" which had me crying again...another Gopher victory, the first in the stadium...

followed by lots more fireworks - shooting off from the top of the stadium...

the team making a run around the stadium to shake hands and celebrate with the fans...

the field goal posts being taken down immediately after the game, just in case...

the student section leaving through the student gate - to the chants of "Who hates Iowa? We hate Iowa." and "Who's house? Our house."

...and countless other moments that will remain forever etched in our heads and hearts.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Ah...he's come so far...

Our former undergrad, E-train, wrote as a guest blogger on Barfblog about the food safety implications of the Jucy Lucy burger. Awesome.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Jonas's Playdate

Our neighbor, Sherri, stopped by while we were working on our door projects this weekend and asked if she could bring her two dogs, Czar (the wolf dog) and Meleeka, over to play with Jonas for awhile. We said sure! I think Jonas was a little wigged out to have THEM in HIS yard instead of HIM in THEIRS! They played for a bit, but eventually Meleeka and Czar just laid down next to the fence gate and Jonas wandered around the yard by himself. Maybe not the most successful playdate, but I think Jonas was still excited to see his friends again.

Monday, September 07, 2009

This is what happens when you stick tape on a cat's tail...

A Weekend of Projects

Four day weekend? Sounds good, until you compulsively spend it doing house projects! And that's on top of many projects that we've been working on for the past month. So what have we done? Here's the list:

1) Primed and painted nursery, including vertical stripes
2) Replaced ceiling light in nursery
3) Replaced light switch and all four electrical outlets in nursery
4) Replaced ceiling light in bathroom
5) Moved old ceiling light from bathroom to office
6) Spray painted bathroom sconces to match new ceiling light
7) Rearranged office and moved elliptical downstairs into it
8) Removed old entry door, installed new one (with help from my dad!)
9) Removed old storm door, installed new one (much easier the second time around!)
10) Painted new entry door cranberry to match the storm door and the front doors

Oh, and we tried removing the bathroom vent while we were messing around with the ceiling light so that we could clean it. We ended up breaking the cover, realizing that we couldn't buy a new cover - just a whole new vent, and then our old vent (with the broken cover) started making crazy loud noises - so maybe it's a good thing that we had to buy a whole new vent! That's next on the to-do list. It never ends...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Caramel Apple Fiasco

I've been craving caramel apples, after having one at the state fair last week. So, I decided to buy some caramels and make some myself. After they hardened, I enjoyed one and left the rest on the counter for later, but I realized last night that the caramel had slowly dripped down the sides of the apples and pooled in the muffin cups that I placed them in. So, before going to bed, I propped the apples upside-down in cups in order for the caramel to slowly drip back around the apples. This clearly didn't work. I woke up this morning to caramel dripping down the sides of the cups, onto the counter, and had the joy of dissolving hard caramel from my counter top. Clearly this this project was not worth it - I will just buy myself some premade caramel apples at the grocery store next time!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Daytime Emmys Guiding Light Tribute

Official end date: September 18th, 2009. Can't believe it's not going to be on anymore!