Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tomorrow is my 32 week appointment - I think it's another boring one; let's hope so. Baby Icing is still exceptionally busy! I should be getting my crib linens and my stroller this weekend, which should provide for entertaining assembly time.
Now it's time for some hot chocolate and cleaning up the disaster that is my house before the cleaning lady arrives. She is a saint. She likes everything tidy and arranged perpendicularly - we must drive her nuts!
Happy almost weekend - and take it easy tomorrow - I know that I will!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So, here goes:
- Roll over the 401k from my old job so that it's easy to keep track of it (and watch it lose money). Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't rush this one?
- Change all accounts to my married name. I had a period of time where my state bar registration was still in my maiden name, but now that is fixed, there is no excuse, and since I USE my married name professionally and socially, it should all match.
- Find an appropriate pull out couch/sleeper option to use in our loft/home office/de facto new guest bedroom.
- Clean out the closets. Specifically, reorganize them to allow all the stuff we have to be stored efficiently. (Note to self - do not start this project if I suspect labor is about to start, as I don't want this unfinished when Baby Icing arrives!
- Have my car completely serviced, including the "love tap" on the rear bumper.
- Research "mommy and me" type groups so that I'll have a list. I'm in the weird stage of having only a couple friends with children, and I think it would be great to have some other mum friends in the neighborhood.
- GOODWILL donation - books and clothes. There are some books that I've read once and they take up a lot of space!
- Organize my address list for the birth announcements. I may be lazy and have a calligrapher do them, and for that, they need to be in one central word document.
- Find a pediatrician!!!!! This is a priority! (I also need an internist for myself, but that's another story).
- Schedule baby CPR. We will need to take this class after Baby Icing arrives, because we can't seem to find an open class between now and April!
- Buy Mr. Icing a very nice birthday present, as his birthday is going to be pretty close to Baby's - I'm thinking he may need a nice bottle of scotch with all these changes going on!
- Finish up and prettify my new little home office closet - so that I actually enjoy doing paperwork there!
- Learn how to use the slow cooker. I'm going to be returning to work, and this seems like a nice way to make some tasty weeknight dinners!
- Research childcare options. Due to our schedules and office locations, we most likely need someone to come to our house, and I need to know the going rate, what is included, all that good stuff.
- Finish up a photo album of Mr. Icing and I that predates our wedding. We'll be married four years this July, just to give you an idea...it has been a while.
So, what do you have on your list? Realistically, I won't get all of this done, but it's good to have goals, right?
Also, how do I "follow" blogs? I'd love to follow all you readers and commenters, but in case you haven't noticed, I'm not the most tech savvy person out there!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For those of you who are pregnant now, or heading on into the "fourth trimester" (I was horrified to hear my doctor say that no, just because lots of celebrities have babies at my hospital, there is no special procedure done to ensure that I will walk out in non-maternity jeans), may I suggest Isabella Oliver? http://www.isabellaoliver.com/maternity-clothes Currently, they are offering 20% off all clothing through Sunday with the code "Thanks."
I'm thinking of purchasing the following:
This wrap dress will be nice for pre and post delivery - and since it's a wrap, it would be easy for nursing.
This little cutie is from Calypso, and I think it would be perfect for Saturday lunch and times at the beach...plus it is machine washable, so I think I could wear it around Baby Icing. :) I'm sure she'll appreciate bright sherbet colors like this!
And here's my favorite - pink and J. Crew, and machine washable. Even better, right now it's on final sale. I'm going to order it two sizes up, and I figure I can always get it tailored down as I (hopefully) get back to my regular size.
And these - just because I think they'd look smashing with all the dresses! I don't feel up to wearing big heels these days unless I can sit. Aren't they lovely?
BTW, happy Mardi Gras! I hope you all are having king cake or a tasty equivalent! Growing up, we always ate pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. In Paris, I feasted on crepes and ate the King Cake at Epiphany, but I love all the Mardi Gras traditions. Now, I just have to drag myself to Mass tomorrow for Ash Wednesday!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Yesterday was nice and lazy. I had my Junior League project in the morning, then had lunch with Mr. Icing and watched Definitely Maybe (watch it - you'll like it - it's a little bittersweet but very cute. After yoga, we ordered Chinese for dinner, and watched Pineapple Express. (I should clarify, I do yoga- Mr. Icing plays basketball and is not really a yoga sort of person). :)
Today was more fun at Prepared Childbirth. Next week is the good week where we take the nursery tour and learn about the epidural. This week was a very non-gory video (really, it was 10 minutes and not graphic at all - thank God), and learning about positions that can be comfortable. (Emphasis on "can")! After fighting the pre-Oscar hordes at the grocery store, we're home with a roasting chicken, sleeping kitties and good t.v.
But, I did make Nutella brownies yesterday. And, I want to share them with you, because if you like Nutella, you will LOVE these brownies. Unlike the spread, you can make these and freeze individual portions - to ensure that you ALWAYS have some. (I'm fanatical about always having some sort of brownie frozen for easy desserts at the last minute). Plus, that way, I don't eat as many of them!
So, promise me you'll consider making these? They are so easy and delicious!
Gianduia Brownies (from Gourmet Magazine)
1/1/4 c. hazelnuts toasted, skinned and ground (I toast by putting in oven safe pan in 350 degree oven until they smell toasty and delicious. To skin, I put them in a clean tea towel and rub them - the skins mostly come off in the towel - then pulse a couple times in the food processor).
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
3 oz. semi sweet chocolate (I think you can use chocolate bits)
1 stick butter (the recipe suggested unsalted, but I used salted)
1/4 c. Nutella
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter/flour 9" square pan.
- Toast and skin hazelnuts then pulse in processor or chop with knife until coarsley ground.
- Melt chocolate, Nutella and butter in double boiler or microwave until smooth. You may need to stir this a little bit.
- While melting chocolate, sift together flour and baking powder (if you used unsalted butter, I would think a pinch of salt would be good here too).
- Whisk sugar into chocolate/Nutella mixture until combined well. Add eggs, whisking again till mixture is smooth. Stir in flour and hazelnuts until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in the middle of the oven. Gourmet says 35-45 minutes, but I baked mine for 30 and actually checked them at 25 - I really prefer brownies that aren't too dried out. I think 45 minutes would be too much, but it might depend on your oven. Let the brownies cool in the pan.
Here's what the final product looked like - and I can't tell you how good they were! I enjoyed mine warm - but I had another bite today cold - and even frozen, these are really delicious.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Based on my prior post, I'm so excited to hear that there are other Nutella fans out there. If you like chocolate spreads, may I recommend the chocolat noir and the praline spread sold at Pain Quotidien? Check their website http://www.lepainquotidien.com/. And, in light of all this Nutella love, I think it's time for me to make a delicious Nutella recipe to share with you all. Watch this space!
As for my favorite children's books - here are the ones I am most excited to share with Baby Icing:
1. Goodnight Moon
2. Harold and the Purple Crayon
3. Make Way for Ducklings
4. Blueberries for Sal
6. All fairy tales (anyone else read the Andrew Lang giant compilations)
7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
8. All the Little House books
9. Little Women (when she's older)
11. Paddington (my dad used to read these to me in a British accent "marmalade sandwiches!")
I'm getting so ready to start reading to her - right now I read her Us Weekly, Glamour, InStyle, etc (I don't read her the racier articles)!
This weekend we are having dinner with friends at Madeo...I'll report back if I see any famous people, since it's awards season, everyone is in town again - bad for traffic but fun for me! Saturday is my Junior League project in the morning, and then a relaxing afternoon (which will now include trying to bake with Nutella)! I think that's about all the fun I can handle! Anyone doing anything really neat?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Here's what the whole set looks like! Now, Pottery Barn Kids needs to hurry up and deliver Baby Icing's mattress so I can set it up. I'll take lots of pictures when it arrives.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! It is POURING down rain here in LA this morning, and while my poor husband has to trek to the office, I'm curled up on the couch with my little cats and a cup of coffee. So, in the spirit of gloomy days, I wanted to share with you our Valentine's Day dessert. These "molten chocolate babycakes" are Nigella Lawson's recipe. They are the kind of dessert that everyone should have in their arsenal. You know, the roast didn't quite work, the rolls are a little hard, the wine you picked wasn't exactly right for the dish....in other words, dinner was edible, but not very special. Hit a home run with this dessert which can be made ahead and baked as everyone is sitting around the table after dinner.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Stila cream blush, because sometimes your skin really is too dry for powder! Plus, it gets rid of the weird greenish tint I've had for the last few months. Will my skin stay green forever?
The primer is great - it keeps everything on and smooth all day. Plus, it feels like it protects my skin from the nasty and dirty LA air. It really is gross. In the summer, we can't see the mountains! That's why I don't feel bad about keeping my color up during pregnancy, I'm breathing the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes on a bad air day here!
The concealer is great. It blends really well, and is very light. Finish up with some clear lipgloss and mascara, and you're good to go. I don't think I'll be able to keep up all of this once Baby Icing arrives, but I'm thinking the tinted moisturizer is sunscreen, moisturizer and color in one, so I can at least do that and lipgloss/mascara, right? How are you glowing these days? Anything I should try?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I picked up an adorable set of heart cookie cutters (all the better to make Mr. Icing some cookies), and found these little treats as well
I don't really know what to say. I don't think the government should be involved in deciding how many children people have, but it seems pretty clear that this woman has neither the mental nor financial capacity for 14 children. I guess all I can wonder is why does God allow some good and loving and mature people remain childless, and at the same time allow children to be born in a situation like this, which seems so difficult?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I love my kitty babies very much - here they are exploring the crib, and sitting in their customary spots on the dining room table. Apparently, it is very important to sit on either side of Maida Heatter's Chocolate Desserts (only the best dessert cookbook known to mankind)! Don't worry - we didn't leave them in the crib long, but they had a good time exploring it (they are too roly poly to jump in on their own)!
It led me to Bold and Noble, where I bought the grey print below for Baby Icing's nursery. This blue ark would look adorable for a little boy, wouldn't it? It also comes in red for the gender neutral nursery!
I loved this grey print. It's about a moonrise, and I thought it was so beautiful and restful. I have yellow walls in our nursery, and although I want to dress my little girl in lots of pink, I'm going for a more calming and neutral look to the nursery. This is for a couple reasons - one my preference (Mr. Icing veers strongly towards lots of pink for Baby Icing - which has thrown me for a loop!), and two, we live in a two bedroom townhouse. When we were doing renovations this fall, our contractor (a father of four) strongly recommended that we keep our nursery so that other buyers could imagine using the room for something else (because most people who live in a townhouse with open staircases do not have small children)!