A Random Post with No Recipe

September 11, 2013 · 17 comments

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You may have noticed things have been quiet here on the recipe-front as of late. There’s a good reason for it, and it’s not just because by the time I put at least one and possibly two kids to bed for the night the only thing I can muster up the energy to do is binge-watch Breaking Bad in an effort to catch up before the series finale (for the record, I have 5 episodes left). It’s also not because I have been having a hard time taking pictures that look enticing lately (though I have). And it’s definitely not because I’m pregnant (no way). It’s because my computer won’t turn on. The computer that houses all those not-terribly-enticing-but-still-worthy-of-being-blogged pictures. I’m not sure that I’ll ever get them back at this point, but we’ll see.

I thought rather than have the blog go dark, I’d do a more personal post, just sharing some things going on in our lives right now. Feel free to completely ignore this post if you are uninterested in the somewhat boring lives of our little family.

For the past few months we’ve been house-searching and it’s not been going the best. We’re looking in the suburbs, which we essentially know nothing about, and just haven’t found “the one.” Two houses may have been the one, but we were too late to really do anything about it, unfortunately. That said, we have gotten to see some very lovely houses, both in person and via MLS listings. I’m pretty sure there is some unwritten rule that if you live in the suburbs, every surface must be covered in wallpaper or wood paneling.

I haven’t shared any pictures of Ian since introducing him, so that must be remedied. I’m terribly biased, but he’s one of the cutest babies I know, for sure. He also smiles all.the.time. Really, he is pretty much the happiest baby ever. Thank goodness. He’s made the transition to two much easier.

Ian is going to be 6 months old soon (where does the time go?!) and we started him on solids just about a week ago. I was going to wait until he hit 6 months like we did with Z, but since he was showing all the signs and the pediatrician thought it might help curb some of his spitting up, we went ahead and introduced avocado followed by sweet potatoes at around 5.5 months. So far, so good. I apologize in advance if you are one of those people who is really disgusted by pictures of babies with food on their faces, but I’m not and, like I said, my baby is damn cute. So, here he is enjoying avocado for the first time.

Zachary is your typical 3 year old, which is to say he’s equal parts hilarious/fun and terrible. Well, maaaaaybe it’s closer to 40/60 these days. I’m sure you’ve seen the site Reasons My Son is Crying? Let’s just say we could submit plenty of things there, like, oh I don’t know, the fact that even though he won Uno, he forgot to say Uno when he had one card left? The defiance these days is through the roof, but when he’s good he’s really good and SO much fun. Recently, he’s started reading some words here and there by sounding them out, which is just really awesome to see. That little boy has been book-obsessed since he was a baby, so it excites him, too, that he is starting to read. He’s also been kicking my ass at the matching game. When I look at pictures of him, I sometimes can’t believe how big he’s gotten. Does he not look about 12 in the swing pic? Geez. Must be growing due to all the kale he steals while I’m trying to prep dinner.

 

More random stuff:

Next week, I plan on heading to the food and wine event Kouzina at the National Hellenic Museum. Is anyone else going? If so, let me know; I’d love to meet you!

Are you looking forward to the start of fall TV programs? I’m really looking forward to Sherlock, though it’s looking like that will be more of a winter premiere! I’ll also be watching the last season (finally) of How I Met Your Mother, as well as New Girl, Parks and Rec (though I am literally so upset about the departure of Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones), and a few others. The chef from a restaurant I adore (Mexique) will be on Top Chef this season, so that’s exciting too!

Would you recommend any music? I’ve been in a bit of a music funk lately. I’ve been listening to a lot of the same stuff over and over, but a few that have gotten a lot of play lately are The Head and the Heart, Divine Fits, and Dirty Projectors.  I’ve also resurrected Veruca Salt albums after getting a wee bit excited that they are reuniting (!!!) and yesterday I listened to Blur pretty much all day long, because I hadn’t listened to Blur in entirely too long. And the time in between listening to any Fiona Apple record is never very long.

I went to Target recently, and I’m in love with their Windham collection. Now, if only I could find a house to put some of these cute cabinets in. And of course this side table that I adore.

And finally, to keep this food related, some recipes I’ve bookmarked lately:

 

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Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} September 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

Great update and how is little Ian 6 months already? I swear you just had him, he is pretty freaking cute. Emilio is the king of spitting up, and stares us at while we all eat. Like maddogging style!! I’m waiting for 2 more months to start feeding him, and I hope you find a remedy for your computer! It’s like you are missing a leg or arm, or something precious in your life. Good luck!

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Randi September 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Your kids are super cute! Good luck house hunting, I know how frustrating it can be!

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Urban Wife September 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

You’re right, Ian is pretty darn cute. :) Hope you get the computer situation worked out soon.

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Erin September 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Loved this post even more than the food ones ;) (because I don’t seem to be motivated to cook lately) I SO hope you find something soon!! I don’t know anything about the burbs in Chicago (other than I had friends who lived in Northbrook and Glenview and Evanston) but here it seems far more likely to encounter paneling and wallpaper in the city :) We have a bit of paneling in our new house but it’s not nearly as bad as the entire bedrooms that were covered in the stuff in the city. We have some in our current house in our kitchen and I can verify that it looks pretty good painted!! But then you have to actually…. paint it. Or hire someone to do it.

I hope you can get your photos back, and maybe get a shiny new computer – that’s always more fun than fixing the old to me ;) (as long as you can get your stuff off it!!)

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mrsblocko September 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Your kids are super cute! They are growing so fast. Crazy how that works!
I live in the burbs and we have zero wallpaper or paneling. Wait, I take that back. We had paneling when we bought our house but tore that icky stuff out before we moved in.

One thing to be aware of is to make sure you double check your school district you are told the house is in. The first house we bought, we were lied to. We were right on the border of a great school district and a horrible one. We thought that we couldn’t have kids so it wasn’t an issue, until…surprise. After our daughter was born we decided to downsize so it wound up working out in the end. I have no idea what suburbs you are looking in, but this was very far Western Chicago Suburbs.

Happy house hunting, and I hope you can get your computer dilemma sorted out as well!

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elly September 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

That’s terrible you were lied to! We’ve pretty much exclusively been looking in suburbs with a good school system (one of the huge reasons we’re moving to begin with).

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Jill September 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It seems like just last year that you announced your pregnancy with Zachary. I’m now wondering where the last three years went!?! As far as music goes, there is a public radio station that you might like and it might give you some music ideas. It is called The Current. You can stream it thruthe TuneIn Radio app and it is also available on the MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) app. http://www.thecurrent.org/ Good luck house hunting and computer file retrieval!

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elly September 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for the rec!

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Salvina September 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Great post! I don’t understand wood paneling….so tacky! Wishing you much luck in house hunting; keep positive, the perfect home for your family is out there!

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Lisa September 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Hi there! Love the post about your kids. I have a 3 yr old and an almost 1 yr old. Anyhow music recommendations- I’ve been getting into The National, kind of dreary weepy music. Also Kodaline is pretty good, although I feel like their stuff isn’t entirely consistent. And of course my staples these days are Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men and Florence and the Machine. Based on your picks I think you might like some of the above.
Happy house hunting! We are moving in a few weeks…I hate to warn you but with little ones it’s a tad stressful. Yikes!!

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Kelsey September 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Your boys are beyond cute. I just can’t believe they’re so big already!

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Joanne September 12, 2013 at 5:30 am

well I’m glad to hear you’re doing okay! Though I do hope that computer problem gets fixed soon!!

The boys are getting so big and are so adorable. I love their huge eyes!

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Kate September 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

You’ll never guess whose computer died in June of this year….twinsies for life!

Also, not that Z isn’t adorable, but seeing pictures of Ian makes me want to hold an itty bitty baby so badly! And he’s not even that itty bitty, just itty-bittier than mine.

SO excited for Sherlock. We finally got caught up, just in time!

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elly September 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Holding itty bitty babies is the best, and Ian likes to snuggle. The second ones seem to be easier than the first, soooo…just sayin’.

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Meg September 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I’m gonna second that vote about The Current. I really didn’t know what I had when I was living in Minnesota. I’ve been jamming to the newest Vampire Weekend and City and Colour albums. Also check out Say Hi, Infinity Shred and Alabama Shakes.

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Susan Salzman October 1, 2013 at 6:12 am

For some new music, the Billy Jonas Band for both adult and children’s listening pleasure. His stuff for kids is crazy fun and not annoying to adult ears, though be prepared for his offbeat percussion methods rubbing off on your 3 year old! He has videos, too. Billy’s even performed at the White House Egg Roll. His adult music is beautiful, funny, and infectious. I dare you to not do a little wiggly dance while listening to “One”! Check out YouTube for Billy Jonas, Terri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Paul Thorn, Mary Gautier (go-SHAY), and Tab Benoit (ben-WAH)(“Shelter Me”). That should be varied and different enough for you.

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Steph in Lex October 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Try The Civil Wars and Over the Rhine. Both fantastic groups!

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