It’s Friday!

Good Morning! It’s Friday! Yay! I have nothing special planned today, just a bunch of random ramblings and latest happenings.

I worked from home yesterday because I had a doctor appointment in the afternoon. Apparently I am a total creature of habit because I never think to blog when I’m at home, only when I’m on the train. So if I’m not on the train, I guess I forget to blog? Weird. Anyway, I’m off to wrap this week up, and then I’m in Pittsburg again for the next two weeks which are my last travel weeks until after the little miss is born. On one hand I’m kind of bummed. I love traveling, and it’s going to be soooooo boring! ;) But I will enjoy being at home for a while to establish a “new normal” and get some nesting out of the way before life dumps a huge load of change on us in November.

Squish don’t care. Gramma ‘Nise sent him this really cool Thomas the Train interactive book that is totally preoccupying his time these days. It has a million buttons that all make noises, which is the best when it’s 6:30 in the morning. Thank you, Gramma! :)

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Aside from that, we have quite a few things on deck for the weekend:

  • Still have our college buddy visiting us for the weekend. The boys have plans to go out about every night, so I’m expecting some mimosa- or bloody mary-infused brunches followed by lots of naps during the day. I’m totally down with that.
  • I NEED to make a hair appointment before I take off for Pittsburgh. I hate it when my hair is in my eyes #shorthairproblems
  • Hulk found a couple more open houses to tour. As always, they look totally promising on paper. Still, I love house hunting. It’s fun to dream. I say only two weeks into serious house hunting. Let’s see where I’m at in six months!

In other updates, my back feels much better now from straining it the other night while cleaning. I iced it a few times and just took it easy. I still feel it twinge, but I’m able to stand up and sit down without much difficulty. Needless to say, I am not too keen on any heavy-duty housework in the near future.

Finally, kombucha.

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All the kombucha <3 If we do move into a house with a normal-sized kitchen, I am totally brewing it at home. Until then, my Starbucks budget is now making way for my GT’s Kombucha budget.

That’s it for now. Have a most wonderful weekend, and make it a great day!

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How Housework is Hazardous For Your Health

We have some friends coming into town today to stay with us for a few days, so last night I decided to get all motivated and tidy up the apartment a bit. You know, to give them an impression that we’re not complete slobs, which we are. Somewhere in between vacuuming the living area and scrubbing toilets I threw my back out. So now I don’t think our apartment will ever be clean again until after the little miss is born. Ugh, who knew cleaning could be so bad for your health?

Anyway, I grabbed breakfast at the cafe downstairs from my office. I’ve been trying to get into the office a little earlier lately since I’m pretty much useless by 4:00 pm. So I’ve been taking the 6:44 train and damn is that early. Plus, if I start crashing around in the kitchen to make breakfast in the morning, I’ll wake Squish up and then I have to add getting Squish ready to the day into my list of morning activities, which never fails to make me miss my train. So I’ve been doing breakfast at coffee shops or at work lately. Meh, it’s working for my schedule, less stress, and temporary, so I figure it weighs out against being less healthy and expensive.

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Sausage, egg, and cheese on a toasted english muffin and coffee. There was another coffee downed sometime in the morning, too.

For lunch the coworkers wanted to herd over to Una Mas, so I decided to be “healthy” and order the Margarita salad with chicken.

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Never again. Ugh, this was a disappointing salad. It was all lettuce with a little salsa dumped on top. The best part was the surprise tostada I found under the copious amounts of romaine lettuce that was all freshly fried and cripsy. Lesson learned; if I’m doing a salad in the future, I’m making it myself.

Also, work got a new Costco food order in, and they included little cups of grapefruit. This was so a hit-the-spot afternoon snack. This will be a thing until they’re gone.

 

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Dinner was once again onions, bell peppers, and Aidells chicken apple sausage fried together. And once again eaten with a toddler in my lap. Hulk had a work dinner, so it was just the kiddo and me. He offered to wash the floor after I threw my back out, and did a pretty decent job of it for a two year old. I am so happy that I’m procreating domestic slave laborers. I’m hoping his sister is as big of a sucker for housework as Squish is.

I’m not too sure what to do about my back. It’s my lower back, and feels like a strain. Of course, duh, I should take it easy and, like, not make it worse, but I’m hoping it’s just a little muscle thing that can spring back in a couple weeks and not something I’m going to be dealing with until the end of time. It’s nice to dream, isn’t it? Hulk has a bum back too, but the stretches he does to relieve it aren’t something I can do with my belly right now. So I’ll just pop some Tylenol, dig out the heating pad, and take a mini vacation from doing anything productive that requires physical activity. This might not be a bad thing, really.

That’s it for now, make it a great day, kids!

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I Made a Recipe I Pinned on Pinterest

I forgot to mention the best “healthy” chocolate pudding recipe ever. I stumbled across the Avocado Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe from The Fitnessista last week and, realizing that my avocados were dying a slow neglected death in the fruit bowl, pinned the recipe to try out. And get this, kids: I actually made a recipe I pinned on Pinterest. I know, right? I’ll let you marvel at that wonder while I tell you about this pudding.

I loved that it only has a few ingredients: avocado, chia seeds, cocoa powder, almond milk, honey (or your favorite sweetener), cinnamon, and love. I swapped the almond milk with our disgusting antibiotic-ridden conventional cow’s milk because that’s what we buy. I made the first “test batch” Friday night when Squish and I were feeling snacky. It’s totally enough for one grownup-size serving and one Squishy-size serving. With the avocado it gets really rich, so even though it’s marketed as a “dessert for one” I would recommend finding a friend. Or a small friend if you’re greedy and want the larger portion, as I do.

Anyway, here’s Squish’s bowl. I topped it with crushed nuts and coconut because it’s fancy and I like the crunch.

Yeah, Gina’s pictures are way better than mine. When I have a late-night chocolate craving and a toddler by my side jumping around yelling, “pudding! Pudding!” I have no patience to even fake good photography. You should just go to her site and check it out.

Other news on the food front, yesterday I had a pumpkin cream cheese muffin on the train for breakfast. It got a little smooshed in my backpack. It was more like a pumpkin cream cheese muffin puck.

At work I had second breakfast of an english muffin with peanut butter and jelly, and an orange.

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We’ve had those oranges in the employee kitchen for a couple of weeks now. Oranges just don’t die.

Lunch was unusual. I wasn’t particularly craving anything, so I opted for lazy and went to the deli downstairs. My new rule if I don’t crave a certain thing is to choose the healthiest option available, so I grabbed a salad. And I found out they have kombucha for sale. This, I tell you, is a life-changer and I am going to spend so much money on kombucha.

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I’d never had the Mystic Mango flavor of GT’s kombucha before, and although it was tasty there was a lot of mango puree that sort of got sludgy. I probably won’t buy it again for texture alone.

Then I saw that they had loaded baked potatoes, and went for it. Potato craving satisfied.

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My feet were getting rather puffy and swollen after work, and I was feeling sort of blah. So I skipped walking to the train station and took the shuttle instead. Which ended up being a fabulous idea. While I waited on the bench for the shuttle, I stuck my feet in the grass. It’s good to stay grounded when you can.

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Ohh, puffy preggo legs.

Another exciting development, I made dinner! I was actually conscious and on my feet long enough when I returned home from work to make dinner. All I did was throw some Aidells chicken apple sausage, bell peppers, and onions in a pan with some butter. Then I ate it at the computer with Squish in my lap. Because that’s how we do it around here. And then I went to bed.

Have you ever successfully made a recipe or craft from Pinterest? Or is Pinterest dumb and not your thing?

 

 

 

 

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Over the Weekend

Good morning!

I prepared a baby update over the weekend, but I haven’t finished it yet. I hope I can knock it off before the baby comes. Ha.

Over the weekend, Squish learned how to steam milk with the frother. We now have another latte addict in the family.

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Bringing back the milk ‘stache.

Over the weekend Hulk and I went to some open houses to start getting a feel for the housing market in SF. We saw a couple of cute ones, but none that won us over. I remember that house hunting took nearly a year the first time we bought a house, so I’m just enjoying the process of looking and dreaming. Our lease is up in December, so we’ll probably move to a cheaper apartment in the city while we continue to house hunt. Of course, the lease is up AFTER my due date. You know, because nothing is more practical or fun than moving with an infant.

Over the weekend we went to a cool new brunch spot that just opened in SOMA called The Pink Elephant. Their deal is a do-it-yourself bottomless mimosa bar. They had an assortment of freshly squeezed juices like watermelon, mango, honeydew, and raspberry lemonade. The food was pretty good and the service really friendly and accommodating. The best part was the ambiance and vibe. It had a real hipster-y, alternative feel with great music and decor, fitting to start off some Sunday Funday action. The pricing was a bit more than I would be comfortable with to go there as a habit ($15 for entrees, $19 for the mimosa bar) but I can see us going back with friends visiting from out of town or special occasions that require more than one mimosa.

Over the weekend, I also took naps. All the naps #bringingnapback. Hulk would bring Squish down to the pool and I would pass out in the sweet relief of having the apartment to myself for a couple hours. Pregnancy + full time job with commute + toddler mommy is exhausting.

What did you do over the weekend?

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Baby Steps

Lately I’ve been reminding myself that it’s okay to feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon, and it’s not possible to be perfect all the time. I’ve been having all kinds of minor health symptoms that are indicative to the way I’ve chosen to eat over the last few months (lots of refined carbs, take-out food, and few veggies) and it is starting to catch up with me. And that’s okay. It’s not permanent. It’s not forever. But the thought of doing a 180 and eating squeaky clean was daunting. Super clean eating takes time and prep, and I am not particularly motivated to jump into that wagon just yet. But I can take baby steps.

I can have a scone and latte for breakfast while I blast out to catch my train,

 

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But follow it up with a “salad in a feeding trough” for lunch.

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This is my most favorite salad ever, by the way: mixed baby greens and spinach, tuna, egg, bell pepper, and goat cheese with olive oil.

I’m not eating perfect, but I really don’t want to be right now. It sound stupid, but it stresses me out. I’d rather just feel free to eat what I want rather than be stuck with “can eat” and “can’t eat” lists. When I’m less pregnant and there’s less going on with life I know I can buckle down again if I so choose. But for now, I’m enjoying my mini vacation from food dogma and just rolling with life. Plus, this way I stress less and can sleep more, which is always a good thing.

And for funsies, I found this on Facebook and texted it to almost everyone I knew yesterday. Doesn’t it get you all fired up for a new day?

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Make it a great day, kids.

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August Goals Review

It’s September already! Okay, it’s been September for a couple of days now, but I can’t seem to shake that bright, shiny, new-month feeling. Anyway, time to review my goals I set for August:

  1. Work out 4 days a week
  2. Daily blog post
  3. Sleep/nap more – 8 hours/night

Eww. Do I have to? Because I kind of, you know, didn’t do them again. Well, I certainly did my part on #3, the whole sleeping thing. Good grief, all the sleep. If I didn’t have to actively be at work or forcibly take care of another human, I’m pretty much in bed or laying on the couch. I get an A+ for sleep. Even if I do wake up 1,000,000 a night and wake up more tired than when I went to bed. My goal was quantity, not quality.

Anyway, I also crapped out on working out, mostly to make way for more sleep. But I’ve figured out an ingenious way around my whole boo-the-gym attitude. I have stopped riding my bike to the train station, and instead am now taking the Caltrain shuttle from the station to the business park in the morning, then walking the 1.5 miles from the office to the train station in the evening. It’s about a half hour walk, so this way I am guaranteed to get SOME activity in during the day. Then I pepper the week with sporatic squats, push-ups, and the occasional prenatal yoga (which I’ve been able to hit up here and there and I am LOVING it!) either at Satori Yoga in downtown SF or from a podcast. I do feel better, even though I still want all the sleep.

I felt really weird about blogging lately, because I’ve been so lazy and eating so crappily. But as I mentioned yesterday, you can’t present the good without also paying tribute to the bad. I’m struggling with giving myself a break and letting me just embrace the fact that this is the one point in my life where I am allowed to be lazy. Once the little miss comes (in just a couple of short months! Eek!) I’ll have my fair share of running around again. Until then, it’s time to order some more Indian take-out and watch another season of Archer in one sitting.

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As of Lately

As of lately, I feel on some strange “survival mode” holding pattern. I’ve pretty much abandoned my paleo lifestyle for “convenience” foods – lots of restaurant take-out and coffee shop breakfasts. I just don’t want to cook. I don’t want to stand, really. When I get home, all I want to do is lay down. As a result, I feel like life hasn’t been very blog-worthy lately. But over the long weekend I told myself that I wouldn’t be doing my blog justice by only writing about what I think is “good” content. Life isn’t always rainbows, responsible choices, and freshly prepared kale salad. Sometimes there’s moo-shu pork and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies along with binge-watching Season 5 of “Archer.” Which is pretty much how my weekend went.

Saturday morning I got up early to head to Napa and help my sister and her boyfriend with their post-earthquake cleanup efforts. They’re fine and their house wasn’t damaged from the 6.0 earthquake last weekend, but pretty much all of their possessions ended up on the floor. They had most of it under control, but it’s hard to really get things done during the week when one has to go to work and stuff. We unearthed the last of the living room and repaired some bookshelves, and a good time was had by all. Plus, Amanda gave me a bag of hand-me-down baby girl clothes she got from a friend for me. Score. Then I went home and slept the rest of the afternoon away.

Sunday I had a strange possession to go for a walk as soon as I awoke. So I went on a nice hour-long jaunt around my old running route to AT&T park and back. Then I decided to honor my wild nesting craving top clean and organize Squish’s room, so I went through all of his clothes, toys, and books to comb out all the too small and too broken stuff. I also figured out where to stash all the baby stuff until the Little Miss comes.

Squish helped.

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Then we hit the pool to enjoy the super unusually warm SF weather. Squish swam in circles for over an hour, he absolutely loves the pool. Once the sun hid behind the tall buildings we headed back in for some Chinese take-out and to watch all of Season 1 of “You’re the Worst,” which is a hilarious adult comedy on FX I highly recommend. Sort of “New Girl” meets “Friends with Benefits.”

Monday was Labor Day, so we all slept in and I made bacon and eggs for breakfast. Then my friend and I met to grab coffee and peruse the bookstore at the Ferry building. At home everyone else napped while I got caught up re-reading “The Golden Compass.” I love that series. We found out some friends were having a pool party, so we hit up the pool again for the weekend, and Squish once again spent a happy hour swimming in circles and charming all the ladies. Then we and a huge seafood dinner at our neighbor’s apartment. Seared scallops, shrimp, and mussels in white wine sauce. I gorged and fell asleep happy.

That’s my weekend recap. I hope you also had a relaxing long weekend, or at least a relaxing weekend if it wasn’t a long one for you.

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Oh Heyyy! [WIAW #7]

I thought is break out of my radio silence with a What I Ate Wednesday Link-Up. It’s been a flurry of activity the past two weeks. Travel, earthquakes, and lots of baby- and Squishy-related activity have peppered the calendar. More about all that later so I can catch ya up, but for now, the Wednesday’s eats:

Whole milk latte while waiting for my train:

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Plus a blueberry bagel with cream cheese while on said train:

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At work I needed another pick-me-up. Nespresso American with a splash of milk, to the rescue!

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Then I responsibly snacked on an almost-ripe pear,

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Before digging into a plate of nachos bigger than my head for lunch.

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Side note, did you know there are mobile nail salons? How awesome is that!

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We were invited to share a pot roast dinner with our neighbor. I completely forgot I was doing a WIAW, so there are no photos of the delicious pot roast and arugula salad we had. It was delectable.

And that’s it. Thank you again to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

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Another Random Day

Good morning! I’ve been sick this week, so I’ve been foregoing posting in favor of extra naps. I’m sure you support this decision, and #bringingnapback.

Sunday I participated in a birthday party for one of my besties. It was a “derby-style” theme at Iron Horse Winery. They make some fantastic bubbly, btw. Anyway, we all got to wear pretty dresses and hats. I love pretty dresses and hats. Sometimes in my darkest hours I curse Jackie Kennedy for encouraging hats to go out of style for ladies. I don’t know f this is an accurate historical reference or not, but somewhere I heard that ladies wore hats until Jackie O became a fashion icon and didn’t seem to care for them. So now we don’t do hats, and my bad hair days are that much more difficult as a result. Whatever, look, cupcakes!

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Yes, the cupcakes are wearing hats, too. I picked the pink sparkly one, which we dubbed the “princess” cupcake. Seemed appropriate.

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Like I said, I’ve been sick. Nothing life-threatening, just a summer cold. Which just should not happen, but I have been burning the candle at both ends lately. A friend recommended I drink tea made of garlic, or one of turmeric and honey. So Hulk, being a dutiful husband, made me a garlic-tumeric-honey tea. And I was desperate enough to attempt to escape my symptoms so I drank it.

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It was surprisingly not horrible. I think he used lots of honey.

Squish really likes “popcorn and movie” nights. Can’t handle the cute.

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I’ve had early meetings this week. Which means I need to take the early train in, and have discovered it’s now DARK outside in the morning again. Wtf? I forgot that, you know, summer eventually goes away. I love bright and early mornings. Well, no matter, soon Daylight Savings will be back to disrupt the natural order of things again, and I’ll complain a lot about it since I have absolutely no control over it. Yet another reason to move to Arizona. That makes one.

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Time to go and try to be awesome in spite of sniffles. Make it a great day!

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Vacation Mode is Over

What, it’s Monday already? The weekend sure went by fast, despite the whole vacation thing last week. I’m definitely still in vacation mode over here.

I had to get to work super early this morning (so much for “vacation mode”), so I snacked once I got to work on a leftover apple and Justin’s Almond Butter packet.

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And lots of tea. I have a bit of a sore throat, and some black tea with honey felt soothing.

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All gone!

After a couple hours I was feeling snacky, so when some of my desk buddies suggested heading to the cafe across the street, I tagged along for a coffee and a blueberry muffin.

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Maybe I should make “Muffin Mondays” a thing? It’s just the right kind of pick-me-up to start off the work week.

Also, put in copious amounts of half and half and cinnamon in my americano. This is the right way to do it, I tell ya.

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It’s like angels dancing in my mouth.

Lunch was an Italian sandwich, pop chips, and water. I didn’t take a picture because I was eating through a lunch meeting with other people and it was weird. Okay, and I forgot. You caught me.

When I got home, Hulk and I met a new friend at La Boulanger for dinner. I had the warm goat cheese salad, and a few pickles from their condiment bar. Again, dining with a new friend made picture taking weird. And I forgot again. Ha.

I decided to take a rest day, since I didn’t have much time after dinner and I’m still feeling sick from the weekend. Sore throat and kind of cold-y should NOT be happening in August, but, well, here we are.

Anyway, those are the updates from today. Exciting, I know. Hope you had a most wonderful day!

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