Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here's the deal:
Both of us work. I usually get home first, after picking up Miss C from daycare. I prepare dinner, do some light housework, and try to keep my overtired, non-napping baby from melting down. Some days she does well enough to eat dinner with her father and I when he gets home from work. Some nights I know when I'm beat, so I make her a scrambled egg, give her a bath, and get her to bed as quickly as humanly possible.
I have no way of telling what sort of day next Tuesday will be. I only know that it will involve me going to work, getting home around 5:30, and having to put dinner together.
The Beloved's favorite food is lasagna. I have lasagna made and frozen in the freezer, so that is always a possibilty. But I feel kind of lame making him a frozen dinner for our anniversary. And he is absolutely no help in the matter--we do our grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons and when I plan out our meals for the week I ask him what he wants. "Oh, whatever. I don't care." SO HELPFUL.
So I got nothing. Hopefully, you can help. What are your favorite "special" meals that can come together quickly?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I'm not going to count the dishcloth. I've always got one on the needles that I should be keeping in my purse or the diaper bag in case of emergencies. Like when C falls asleep in the car and she needs a nap so badly that there is no way in hell I'm going to chance waking her up by bringing her in the house. I could probably move something else into that spot, but the beauty of the dishcloth is that I don't care if anything happens to it while it lives in my purse...I'd be sad if something were to happen to a pair of socks or even the baby legwarmers.
Anyway, I've got going:
A Noro Striped Scarf (1/2 finished)
A pair of baby legwarmers in sock yarn (1/2 finished)
Owlet sweater (needs one sleeve, a cuff on the other sleeve, and button-eyes)
Baby Bloomers (getting ready to start the legs)
A pair of sleep socks (1 leg finished--debating on whether to turn these into legwarmers for C or frog them)
Aviatrix Baby Hat
Dubliner Socks (almost 1/2 finished)
I'm sure there's more unfinished stuff floating around, but this is all that comes to mind right now. Most of it has not made its way to Ravelry because I'd have to document and take pictures and it's all just so stressful.
Not to mention the three Rockin' Sock Club packages sitting on my dining room table. And yarn for two pairs of longies, two skirties, and some more soakers.
And we're not even going to talk about the possibilities for stash yarn, which I'm going to have to deal with sooner rather than later because we're again discussing the possibility of moving C into her own room...after I clean all of my crap out of it, strip the wallpaper, and paint it.
When I informed The Beloved of my need for a knitting vacation, he laughed. Apparently, we will be celebrating our anniversary with some new stainless steel pans. Which, you know, is great, but doesn't help me catch up at all.
Do your unfinished objects cause you stress? Mine do. Mostly because I used to be a one project girl. But now, well, you'll have to excuse me while I cast on for another pair of longies...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Our good friends at Quirk Classics have gifted us with another monster mash-up masterpiece--this time brought to us by a collaboration with Ben H. Winters (Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters with Jane Austen) and the immortal Leo Tolstoy: Android Karenina.
If you are familiar with Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina, you'll be familiar with some of the characters: Anna Karenina; Count Alexia Vronsky; Nikolai Levin; Kitty Shcherbatskaya. But do you remember the robot butlers?
As with their earlier revamped classics including Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Android Karenina blends a much-loved classic with some much-loved genre-fiction--in this case some excellent science-fiction. It will be greatly appreciated by adults looking to introduce what may be some intimidating classic literature as well as by reluctant readers.
At 538 pages, it's not a light read or for the faint of heart, but Android Karenina is certainly worth the commitment.
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PS: I have to apologize--this should have gone up yesterday as part of Quirk's Blogsplosion, but I've got to tell you...Insomniac toddlers? Only helpful if you're shooting for insanity.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
My solution has been to make the most of our all-too-limited Mommy-Daughter time and build in some special routines. Currently, Saturday mornings are ours. We get up early and go to the Farmer's Market. Sometimes we go to the playground. Then we go out for breakfast. It's not huge, but it's ours. And it's special.
Also special? Watching your kid DEVOUR eggs and homefries. If you're ever at the Friendly Toast, C highly recommends the Guy Scramble. She thinks it would be really great with coffee, but Mama isn't quite ready for that level of special.