Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I don't like rats, but this guy is kind of cute!


Just caught this story (posted by Ashton Kutcher via Twitter, got to love that) about how researchers just used the same blue dye used in M&Ms and Gatorade to help rats recover from spinal cord injuries! Science is too cool.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Registry Fun

David and I started baby registries at Target and Babies-R-Us this weekend. Since we had nothing better to do on a Friday night, we went from an early supper at Old Chicago to Target to check our their baby section. We ended up potentially finding a diaper changing table on clearance, too, so we picked it up and are anxiously awaiting our crib to come in so that we can compare the wood and styles. Saturday, we did the bigger registry task at Babies-R-Us - we were in there for 2.5 hours! It was more than a little daunting, but I think we figured out most of the things that we'd want and/or need. I'm sure there will be quite a bit of tweaking each of the registries as we go, but at least we started to figure out the big items like stroller, car seat, high chair, play yard, etc. I knew it was going to be a big task, but even I was exhausted after all of that "shopping!" Luckily, the hubby took me out for a fancy date at Pazzaluna afterward! It was the first time in MONTHS that I've had a full appetite for supper, so I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Typical Jonas

Just had to share this story about our insane dog. Last week, Jonas and I were out on a walk along our usual route, and we came across a young boy who was around 8 or 9. The boy had caught my attention because he was cruising on a vintage bicycle and wearing a fedora (I kid you not, this guy had style!). He wheeled over to us and said, in a kind of quiet voice, "You have the nicest dog - we never hear him bark." To which Jonas immediately jumped up at the kid, and starting barking loudly. The poor guy wheeled off saying "Sorry" while I got the stupid dog under control and kept walking. Yep, typical Jonas. Just when someone is ready to compliment him on his good behavior, he completely blows it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

4 months pregnant


I thought I'd better take some pictures of my ever-increasing belly...I knew it was getting bigger, but didn't realize HOW much bigger until I saw this photo. It's a little disturbing, actually. And yes, I do have a picture of my bare belly, but that's not something I need to share on here!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Productive Night

In the past 2 months, I've made only 3 suppers, mostly because I've been too nauseous to stomach the idea of eating, let alone cooking. The last two meals have been slow cooker ones, one for each of the past two weeks - however, even though I assembled the meals, I wasn't really able to eat either of them by the time supper came around. (I don't think it helped that I made pork roast and potatoes on the same day Pat was cooking beef heart in the lab...the smell was surprisingly similar!) After my hubby accurately stated that we never have food on hand for meals anymore (but we're well stocked in produce, snacks, and breakfast foods), I decided to pull out my cooking magazines and come up with a couple of recipes to make this week.

Tonight, I was able to stop by Target and pick up the handful of groceries I needed for my meals, make up this yummy summer chili, and EAT a whole bowl of it (plus some grapes, and two bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch later on in the evening...). Success! Although I can't say the "morning" sickness is gone at this point, especially since I had a couple of bad days this past week, I think it is getting better (which is good, since I'm well into my 17th week!). Since this chili was so good, I had to share the recipe:

End of Summer Chili Pot
from Everyday with Rachel Ray (August 2009)

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. ground beef, turkey, or pork (we did turkey, since beef isn't my thing right now)
1 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped (in my pregnancy haze, I grabbed a cucumber instead, so skipped this ingredient!)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
3 ears corn, kernels scraped off
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. sweet smoked paprika
One 12-oz. bottle beer (we used Corona, but no worries, you boil most of the alcohol off!)
One 28-oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped (skipped this, too)
Grated peel and juice of 1 lime
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded gouda, smoked gouda, pepper jack, or smoked cheddar cheese

1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat until smoking. Add the turkey and cook, stirring to break up, until browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in the onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper, and chiles; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the corn kernels, chili powder, and paprika. Cook until the veggies are softened, 6-7 minutes.
2. Stir in the beer and cook until reduced slightly, 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, thyme, and lime peel and cook until slightly reduced, 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, then stir in the lime juice. To serve, top the chili with scallions and cheese.


Plus, I had time to give myself a pedicure! I realized as I was bending over to deal with my toes that this may be the last one I can do for myself - which means I'm either paying someone else to do it, or teaching the hubby how to do it!

I'm also posting a couple of pics from our day at Como Zoo with our niece and nephew this weekend! So happy they're back in the Midwest so we can see them more often!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jonas's New Captivity


Well, we finally did it. We put up a running kennel for the dog, so we can't escape while we're gone (or while we're sleeping or watching TV or doing anything that doesn't involve directly watching him). We've had the kennel for awhile - it was my parents', which they gave to us when they were done with it (just in case we may need it someday, which even at that time seemed fairly likely). We've just procrastinated on putting it up because it seems kind of ridiculous to have a half-acre yard and not allow our outside dog to enjoy it - now he's stuck between an approximately 70 square foot area outside and his portion of the garage. Hopefully this works.

My New Jeep!




Finally broke down and bought myself a new car after 9 years with my cavalier...9 long years of college and graduate school, so I figured since I was done it was time to reward myself! After test driving a few options, I quickly fell in love with the Jeep Compass - so David and I searched out a good deal and went to purchase it on Friday. I think we may have been our salesman's first sale - he looked like he was quite possibly younger than my brother Daniel (who is only 20...). All in all, after another quick test drive, they evaluated the cavalier as a trade-in, we negotiated financing terms, and signed a whole lot of papers to seal the deal. Then I got to drive around all weekend in my fancy new car! Plus, I picked up an auxiliary cord so that I can directly connect my ipod to my car radio - yeah!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

This is growing inside of me...


Yep, baby Uno is the size of a navel orange this week. Odd. I guess it makes sense since it's starting to feel like something is actually growing in there...