My First Jackie

Guess who signed up for the Crossfit Games.

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Yup. This girl.

Last week I was nailed with a stomach bug. It was awful; I was out of commission for three days. Now I’m slowly resurfacing back to humanity with the help of all the bone broth.

Yesterday’s workout was super hard and super fun. It was my first “named” workout, Jackie! I’m glad I didn’t start with Fran, that’s all I’m saying.

After the usual mobility and drill warm-up, our strength skill was 5×5 back squats. I was super stoked, because it’s been forever since I’ve worked a skill that’s vaguely familiar to me, and back squats are my jam, next to bench press. I settled on a weight of 35kg. I probably could have gone more, but since I was sick week I figured I would keep it simple for now.

WOD: “Jackie” for time:

  • 1000m row
  • 50 thrusters with just the bar (15kg)
  • 30 pull-ups

My time: 8:48

I was stoked at my time! At first I figured I would still be out of it from three days of not eating and being bedridden, but once we started I was just feeling it. For the pull-ups I used both the black and red bands since there were so many of them and as it was I had a hard time getting my chin over the bar toward the last few reps. But I was the first one done in my heat, which amazed me. The secret? I’ve starting drinking coffee with my pre-workout meal! It makes such a difference in my energy during the workout. There is always time for coffee.

In food-related news, I roasted radishes for the first time. And cauliflower for the 47th time.

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For the radishes, I found a recipe in this month’s issue of Oxygen and it looked interesting. Roasting radishes? They’re are a veggie where while I don’t dislike them, I just never think to buy them and eat them. But roasted, they take on sort of a potato-like consistency and loose a bit of the peppery bite that sometimes turns folks off. Super good with a couple of fried eggs cracked on top!

And now what you’ve been waiting for, kiddo updates.

Little miss is now walking! One day about a month ago, she suddenly realized that walking is, like, a thing, and way faster than crawling. So she stood up, and never looked back.

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Squish has no big updates as of late, other than his obsession with sprinkle pancakes. On weekends I make the kids paleo pancakes, the kind that’s just banana and eggs. For Valentines’s Day, I made some festive heart-shaped pancakes with red and pink sprinkles. This sprinkle introduction opened new doors to what decorations may be requested on foodstuffs, and ever meal is preceeded with “can I have sprinkles on that?” Even on hamburger night.

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And that’s it for now. Go make it a great day!

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Happy 4th Birthday, Squish!

My little man is now 4 years old! We had a big birthday bash at our home with lots of out-of-town family and friends to celebrate.

As usual, I wasn’t able to take too many good pictures since I was running around setting out napkins and such. But there were gifts, and there was cake. A very specific Thomas cake. It was a thing.
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Squish also shares his birthday with his grandpa, and since everyone lives in the Bay Area now it was an extra-special celebration!

I continue to be amazed at how awesome and special Squish is. I’m sure every parent is just a little bit biased, but Jared has such a sweet and joyful energy about him, and he gets along so well with everyone and everything. Going into his fourth year, his favorites include the color red, playing with his trains and cars, running around the house with Olive, making his little sister laugh, and hamburgers with french fries (as we say around here, “burger on top with fries” where I think “on top” means including a bun).

Happiest of birthdays to my Squish-Monster! I have a feeling that four will be a fantastic year for you.

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Hello, and happy Monday!
  
I was having serious motivation issues this morning, so big thanks to @youareluminous on “the Insta'” for the inspiration.
I can’t imagine why the severe case of the Mondays. Maybe because we picked out and decorated our Christmas tree this weekend? My inner Jingle Elf is raging with uncontrolled excitement.

  

We found a cut-your-own tree farm out near Half Moon Bay complete with all sorts of activities such as a petting zoo and train rides. I found that out of my family, only I am interested in ponies. They are my “squee” animal. Everyone has some creature or animal that makes them go, “Squee! Look at the cute pony/unicorn/banana slug!” in a high-pitched voice. So I got my squee on looking at the ponies, then we got to work selecting a tree. As usual, Squish was a very “helpful” child to bring along.

  
We found an awesome tree, then checked out the rest of the activities, with the obligatory train ride.

  
The kids were very enthusiastic with decorating the tree. Squish put about 7 ornaments on a single branch, and Buttercup played with the bead garland, keeping her well distracted and contentedly out of the way. Olive kept running off with ornaments to chew so I would have to chase her down and take it away only to have her steal another one (otherwise known as Best Game Ever). It ended with me giving up on a non-sentimental plastic ball ornament, which Olive and Buttercup traded off to chew on.

  
The best part came Sunday morning, which is St. Nicholas Day. I grew up Catholic, so to celebrate we would leave our shoes outside for St Nick to fill with treats and small gifts, usually a new tree ornament to commemorate the year. This year St Nick also added candy canes to the tree, and filled a holiday-themed candy dish with wrapped chocolates. St Nick should probably have been less ambitious. I woke up at about 6 in the morning to all sorts of crashing sounds. I’m still not sure exactly what happened, but Squish and Olive combined forces to strip all of the candy canes and most of the ornaments from the tree, and the chocolates from their wrapping. The candy canes were all smashed to smithereens on the hardwood floor (“it was an accident” Squish told me) and the chocolates in a pile unwrapped on the coffee table. I think Olive ate about five before I figured it out and got to them. I’m still looking for some of the ornaments, which were relocated to Squish’s Most Favorite Branch for ornament hanging (I think we’re at 11 now).

So I went and booked a 90 minute deep tissue massage that afternoon. Happy St Nicholas Day to me!

Let the holiday madness begin!

Real tree or fake tree? Have you ever done one of the cut-your-own tree farms?

Do you have any nontraditional traditions leading up to the holidays?

Go make it a great day!

Can’t Sleep, Too Excited: Holiday Edition!

Yesterday’s post was a bit on the downer side. Let’s perk things up, shall we?

I know I should “respect the bird” and hold off until at least November 27th for this, but …. I am so excited for the holidays this year. Freakishly excited for Christmas to be specific. Like, I can’t sleep I’m so excited, which means 42 days of excitement-induced sleep deprivation until my sugarplum dreams are realized. But who’s counting?

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It’s our first season in the new house, and I can’t wait to rope the kids in with all the festivities that will become our family traditions – decorations, wrapping gifts, cocoa by the fireplace, baking cookies (or non-sweet treats depending on how “Paleo” I’m feeling), and getting the tallest, most massive tree our vaulted ceiling can take. Hulk has already enforced a strict “lighting budget” on me after I detailed out my plans on how I want to decorate the front yard in Christmas lights. It’s fine if planes flying overhead mistake our house for a landing strip, right?

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Plus, if I start all the decorating and planning now, that’s less on my mind when it comes time to actually celebrating. I really want to just sit back and enjoy the holidays. Last year Buttercup was super teeny tiny, so I kept things really simple.

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Simple, yet so squishy!

So simple in fact, I just checked and I have no pictures from Christmas last year. That one was New Year’s Eve. But you get the idea.

Anyway, Before that, we were in our downtown SF apartment and there just wasn’t the space to really go all out.

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Snapchat was our decor.

So I’m pretty pumped to see what I can do this year. And it’s Olive’s first Christmas, so we must make sure to establish firm canine traditions so she knows what to expect from now on.

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We do this because we love you.

Now it’s time to inventory the tree ornaments to see what didn’t survive the move.

Go make it a great day!

Another One In the Books

This weekend, like most of America, we celebrated Halloween over here.

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Gramma made the kids’ costumes, as she is a professional costume designer and has all the sweet hookups to obtain authentic gear. Squish LOVED his “real” fireman uniform complete with boots and a tool belt. Buttercup was less enthused about having to put on her Dalmatian puppy suit, but once she was in it she was pretty snuggly. And it had a super long tail, all the better for chewing/drooling on.

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Squish came down with a touch of the flu on Thursday, so we had to skip out on a birthday party Friday night, and I wasn’t sure if trick-or-treating was on the agenda until Sunday afternoon when I was sure his mild fever wouldn’t be making a reappearance. He was a little slow, but still had a blast trick-or-treating with a pack of new neighborhood kids.

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Or Auntie ‘Manda as a “Lazy Wizard”.

Sunday was my real birthday, but Squish’s flu had caught up to everyone else so it was a chill day. We went to brunch, then Amanda and I went out for some sister gossip and mani-pedis. Then while everyone was napping I went on a six mile hike out around Lake Chabot. It did not suck.

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It’s been a while since I hiked that much, I think since our Alaska trip (which I’m still procrastinating on finishing the recap on. Only been two months, so whatever). Given that we are so close to some great day hike trails, I really need to take advantage of the great outdoors more often.

I’m pretty pumped about turning 33 this year. Normally I’m pretty “meh” about birthdays, but this year feels different. I’m pretty confident this is going to be a great year for me. Mostly because last week I decided that I was done with therapy. Yahoo! I’ve talked about it here and there, and I’ll probably put together an “ask-me-anything” type post on it one of these days, but I’ve been going to therapy for my postpartum depression since March. Lately I’ve felt that I have turned a corner, and decided to take the proverbial training wheels off and ride my own cognitive bike. While I may go back to therapy in the future if I need it, it feels pretty good to feel like I’ve made progress, and have the time and headspace to start working on other stuff now. Like blogging! And maybe exercise. Or I could do the laundry. The possibilities are endless!

That’s it for now. Go make it a great day!

Easter Festivus and Equinox Love

We had a nice little Easter festivus over the weekend. Squish participated in his first egg hunt where he was an active egg hunter, and not just cluelessly following my prompts to the hidden eggs. Actually, by the time I realized he was up and got out of bed myself, he had found most of the eggs and already plowed through half of his chocolate bunny. I’m glad he’s so resourceful and self-sufficient.

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Buttercup was less hopeful, but she enjoyed the shiny colorfulness of the plastic eggs.

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And my paleo pancake Easter brunch earned a two-Squishy-thumbs up from the most discerning food critic at my table.

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In addition to managing Easter Bunny activites, I did get a couple of good workouts in. Saturday was Gym Rat Day, where I got my squat on. Then Sunday I braved the grey, rainy morning for a Couch-to-5k workout.

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Week 5, bitchez! I’m now 1 mile shy of completing a 5k.

Then in the afternoon I finally cashed in my birthday gift certificate to Kabuki Springs & Spa for a massage and soak in the baths. This is the best spa in SF, I swear. I had an amazing, relaxing Swedish massage that felt awesome on my post-run legs. Then I soaked in the bath house and steam room and drank copious amounts of cucumber-infused water. I headed home in a fog of post-spa bliss.

Meanwhile, my membership at Equinox is finally processed, so I’m a “real” member now! Woot. I tried to get a non-blurry picture of my pass, but it wasn’t happening this morning pre-coffee.

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I had submitted my application over a month ago, right before my last trip to Pittsburgh. Every time I’d go to the club hoping I was finally processed and in the system, I wasn’t. They were cool about it and let me work out anyway, but it was kind of annoying to give my whole story to the front desk person every time (I’m not trying to scam a free gym membership, really!) Finally I asked who I could talk to to get my status escalated, and Jamal hooked me up. Thank you, Jamal!

Speaking of Equinox, I. Love. This. Gym. It has so much stuff, my mind was blown my first day. I just wandered around for about 20 minutes, trying to soak it all in. Any workout you want to do, they probably have the gear for it. And it’s really clean, too, and they have Kiehl’s body products in the locker room. It’s starting to become my most favorite place in the world.

Time to go try and take over the world again. Go make it a great day!

The Blackest of Fridays

Wow, that post title sounds depressing. And all I’m trying to do is stimulate the economy like a good little consumer. Does anyone else think we should just retire “Black Friday” to “Black Weekend” or even “Black Week”?

Anyway, this has kind of been my world lately, as you may have guessed:

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Sweet little smooshy face.

Mercedes has been doing fantastic. This is definitely easier the second time around! She is a great eater, and only lost about 5% of her body weight at her 3-day checkup, with no sign of jaundice which is fantastic. Infants normally lose about 8% of their birth weight the first few days, due to water loss and all of the digestive systems firing up, and sometimes develop jaundice since they’re not eating enough to flush it all out. I know Squish dropped to 10% loss and we really had to watch him, so his little sis is well ahead of the weight gain curve. Makes momma proud.

She’s also doing a great job of sleeping at night. Last night she was up at 1:00, 4:00, and then I woke her at 8:00 for a feeding. This will all change in a couple weeks I’m sure, but for now I’m loving what we call the “coma baby” stage!

Squish is adjusting to his new role as big brother. It helps that my mom is here to help out and give him a distraction.

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Proud Gramma! Bribery with toy trains works, too.

Anyway, it’s time to stuff our faces and nap, as soon as we’re done staring down this bunny. Eat and sleep: it’s not just for Thanksgiving thing anymore!

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Make it a great day!

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.

What I Wish I Was Eating–Independence Day Version

Ahh! It’s a holiday! I *may* have prepped this post on the plane last night so I could sleep in today. Wait, no I didn’t. That would be planning ahead and stuff, and since I was on a plane until 1:00 am this morning, well, things just didn’t happen. So I slept in. That’s what holidays are for, right? Well, except for Christmas. You have to wake up early to greet the Santa presents for Christmas. But all other holidays, snooze away.

Anyway, I’m still not sure what our plans for the day’s festivities are. At least, I don’t know, but Hulk does. He is our social engagement coordinator, after all. So at some point I’m sure we shall be whisked off to a barbecue or backyard party or maybe a boat ride or something. In the meantime, Pinterest shall help me dream of what we’ll eat today! That sounds like fun, too!

Here’s all the food porn I’ve pinned for the day’s dietary dreaming:

Starting with some fine, tasty beverages,

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Can’t go wrong with bubbles. And the little star toppers are a festive touch.

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Not quite 4th of July, but still looks refreshing for a summer picnic.

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There we go! I’m loving the “layered” look.

Then we move on to the pre-meal time snackies. Because you need to eat something first to make you more hungry to eat more.

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A festive fruit plate. Even I think I could do this one and not screw it up!

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Fruit kebabs! Argh, too much cute!

And then, let the grilling begin. I love me a good barbecue!

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Ribs! Oh, yes. That has to happen.

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We used to grill shrimp all the time in a brandy-sugar marinade. Maybe we need to bring this tradition back this year?

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And the classics. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Can’t go wrong with that.

And don’t forget the sides!

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Citrus-fennel cole slaw! I love slaw, especially with fun, new ingredients.

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Grilled avocado! Um, yes, please!

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And of course grilled corn on the cob. It just wouldn’t be summer without it.

Still have room left? No? Ah, well, jump up and down a few times, because here comes dessert:

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Are these the cutest or what? I think they’re either tarts or cheesecake. Either way, I love the layers and the blueberry garnish.

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Some decorated rice krispie treats on a stick, for the kiddos (and when I say kiddos, I mean me).

Finally, what is an American holiday without some American pie?

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Even better when they’re hand pies! Perfect, saves on cutting, and I don’t have to share!

Enjoy your day, I hope it’s not too foggy to see fireworks where you’re at, and if you’re not celebrating the 4th, have a most wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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More Catching Up

What is up?

We are now back to mobile blogging! I don’t love using the WordPress app on my iPhone to blog, but since I’ve been driving to work more than taking the train I’ve lost my prime blogging time. So, we do what we can with what we have, to paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt, I think.

So, yeah, I’ve sort of given up on the train for now. Turns out that adding a half hour to my commute each way turned it from totally do-able to totally exhausting. Even though I dislike driving, at least I know it shouldn’t take more than an hour to get home, as long as there’s no major traffic issues. Plus, it’s kind of nice to wear what I want and leave when I want.

We had a super nice weekend and Mother’s Day over here. San Francisco weather was very cooperative. Saturday I got a sorta-Mother’s Day gift: a new bed! Hulk and I have been going back and forth forever about upgrading to a king-sized mattress, and finally decided to pull the trigger last week. We found our exact same bed frame in a king size on Amazon, and that was just a cherry on top. The mattress came over the weekend. Squish was very excited to “help” set everything up.

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Don’t mind the disaster of a desk back there. I’ve kind of giving up on keeping things picked up anymore.

The best part? My leg has been relatively pain-free since we started sleeping on the mattress. At PT yesterday my therapist said that my muscles were so relaxed, it was a huge gain from last week. Months of pain, and all I needed is some routine self-massage and a new mattress. At least I know now, right?

Sunday some friends came over to celebrate Mother’s Day. Their daughter is Squish’s age, so the dads took the kiddos to the park and pool while my mom friend and I treated ourselves to mani-pedis and some swimsuit shopping. Then we ordered pizza and watched movies for dinner. Definitely the best Mother’s Day I’ve celebrated for myself yet.

Make it a great week, I hope I can check in a bit more often as time allows!