Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Friday, April 26, 2013


Swinging is turning out to be a favorite around here.

A favorite for the baby girl, because it's super fun (obviously). And also for me because it's a great solution for the burning question of "What should I do with my super crabby child?" that pops up between every lunch time and nap time. And it JUST SO happens that we live right across the street from a little park with a playground. Swinging for the win!

(Note the hill in the background - the snow is almost all gone! Just a few days ago there were kids still sledding on it. This has been THE silliest of silly springs. And when I say silly I actually mean horrible? But now that a warmer spring has finally sprung I am able to look back at these last few snow filled weeks and chuckle. But only sort of.)

I used to enjoy swinging too.

But then I was sucked in by the throes of adulthood in which swinging makes me motion sick.

Most things make me motion sick.

Sometimes, even just PUSHING someone on a swing (but not actually swinging myself) makes me motion sick!

That's sad, right?

Ya, I know it's sad.

In conclusion, Dramamine is my friend. Besties!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Some sketch time during the babe's nap time.

Pisica is being used to prop up my sketchbook because well, why not? This cat will put up with anything as long as she can sit in your lap. 

And now that there's a baby that takes up everyone's time, she takes any lap opportunities that come her way VERY seriously.

You would think she would give some artistic input and helpful critique, but all she does is breathe heavily and allow her body to be extremely floppy as a whole.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Saturday, April 20, 2013


This past week has been full of snow storms. Yesterday most schools were closed for a snow day, traffic has been ridiculous, and the hubs has been forced to shovel much more than the poor man ever expected. 

I've been working (somewhat?) to keep a nice enough attitude about everything but as I was trying to get my grandpa-mobile unstuck from the snow on the hilly road outside of our house on Thursday while cars lined up behind me I wondered to myself, "Am I trapped in some type of strange parallel universe? And how do I get back to the other one? The one that doesn't include stuffing my baby into a snow suit in order to go for a walk in the middle of April?"

I was very pleased when my friend Jennie suggested we go to the Como Conservatory to escape the wintry snow storm. (Because yes, I'll say it once again, snow storms in April.)

It was beautiful, warm, steamy, and aside from the boa constrictor we saw about to eat a guinea pig in a large aquarium, a very pleasant and summer-like experience. Just what my poor, shriveled, winterized and wet snow covered soul needed.

Paisley was enthralled but really just wanted to destroy the plants and got upset when I wouldn't allow her to do so, as was my motherly duty.

Well, I better go. I have to stare out the window and give April dirty looks. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I heart brownies and also all other desserts basically

I was recently perusing through some old cookbooks that my grandma was planning on getting rid of and I came across this super simple brownie recipe. I've made it several times and it's almost as easy as a buying a mix from the store, and tastes way better. In my most humble of opinions.

And get this. You mix it all in the pan, you don't even have to dirty a bowl!! I'm sure there are better brownies out there but these are perfect when your sweet tooth is nagging and you don't feel like putting forth a lot of effort.

That's me most days.

These are chewy, super fudgy, quick to throw together, and delicious.

I thought I'd better share the goods.

You're welcome.

Super Easy Brownies that are Delicious and Amazing 

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
6 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup nuts (or chocolate chips if you are a hater of nuts in your brownies, like yours truly)

Melt butter in 8x8 pan (I've done it both in the microwave (I have a glass 8x8 pan) or over the stovetop), then remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix it all in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Devour while they are still warm with some vanilla ice cream melting on top.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Last week's picture! It's obvious that I'm behind on my posting here. My excuse list is long and includes things like going out of town, hosting guests at our place, Easter happening, me and the babe (by babe I mean the baby and not the hubs) (not to say that he isn't a smokin' hot babe though) getting colds AGAIN (and can I just take this moment to say HARRUMPH to the cold season this year?), work (of course there's always work), discovering that season 5 of Mad Men is on Netflix, Justin Timberlake's new album, trying oh so hard to keep up with laundry and other housework, not to mention that it has snowed (heavily) here for the last four days and so I ask, can I really be expected to blog under such conditions?

But I'll try harder this week. I swear it.

But as long as the snow stops? Because really, people.

I mean, REALLY.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Easter day in her special dress.

The past couple of weeks have been kicking my butt and I seem to be having a hard time catching up.

So I'm off!

To try and finish cleaning my kitchen.

Which I've been trying to do for like a week now.

Maybe longer? I can't be sure.