Archive for March, 2018

Um . . . Winner!

Well, I totally nailed it with the Big Mouth Pasta order. We dug Into the gnocchi and its accompanying tomato sauce (Aaron shaved some delightful cheese on top – it was vegan, as sent.)

I really wish I’d ordered 800,000 of these gnocchi meals. Now, you literalists, knock it off. I get that that wouldn’t have been possible. Blah, blah. But I hope Big Mouth Pasta can continue to do these glorious pastas for home. Pop ups are so cool, but the chance to enjoy delicious, locally-made food at home? Crazeamaze! And this is holy yum. I mean, I’ll be dreaming of this for a long time.

In sum, ordering local, premade meals is a total hit so far.

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New year, a little late

I’ve made a new vow to myself to try to make things easier on me and those around me. And to not apologize for it so much (I was about to start out by saying, “I know my life isn’t so hard, but it feels like . . . blah blah blah. But I’m not going to do that.).

To that end, I’m trying a few new things. Some self-care. This is taking a couple of forms at the moment. The big one is letting go of the idea that taking the easy route is somehow bad. Yes, we can forage for dinner from the ingredients in the fridge, but we can also order in and that’s a-ok. Yes, I can go to the store and buy some flowers, but ordering a monthly subscription of flowers from Bouqs has already made us so much happier than any flowers from Trader Joe’s ever did. And the smaller ones are doing things like making my bed more often than not, doing a little gentle yoga most days, and trying to say no more often. Well, that last one isn’t small. But it’s a very big work in progress.

And then I’m trying to make things a little easier on AO. Although he loves to cook and is the best chef I know, there is never enough time in the day for him to get to all of the cooking projects done that he wants to do. And he often ends up being very hard on himself for being too tired to have an interest in making meals every night. So, I thought we should try something new that could give him a well-earned break and maybe even allow me to help out in this area. I mean, we all know that I’m not going to actually cook cook, but I can probably handle putting things on a plate or following a recipe with pre-measured ingredients. Maybe. We’ll see.

So, to that end, this week we have pasta meals coming from Big Mouth Pasta and next week we are trying out a four-week subscription to Pasture and Plenty. I love that these are both local businesses and that the ordering processes couldn’t have been easier. I’m really excited to see how this works for us and I feel really liberated at letting go of the idea that we have to do this all for ourselves. Because there’s no medal for doing it all.

Stay tuned to hear about the meal stuff!

Yowsers

Been awhile, eh?

Well, not much is new. Work is a drag, winter continues, and my left contact lens is driving me bananas.

Oh! But one thing is very new. We toured Molly’s soon-to-be elementary school yesterday and I thought I’d get all weepy emotional, but I surprised myself. I got so excited for her and for all of us. Oh, le sigh. I can’t WAIT!

And neither can Mollybear! After the tour, she and her Woodland friend with whom she was touring took their own spin around the playground. As they were pumping furiously on the swings, her friend declared, “This is where I go to school now! I don’t go to Woodland Montessori anymore!”

And Molly echoed, “Yeah! We’re almost first graders now!!”


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This photo doesn’t wholly capture how annoying it was to put up with this medicine cabinet for four years. It infringed on the already tiny amount of space we had in our en-suite bath. So, on Friday, something amazing happened. #recessthatcabinet #brassisback #allthingsbrass #potterybarn #bathroomupgrade #happyinteriors
Aaron as hodag. #hodag #hodaginmadison #publicart #rhinelandercreature #madisonmakingsmiles #madisonwi #cityofmadison
I did not see this one coming. # # # I said something about how he should knock off the bananas #Brewers insults and he shot back . . . with this. #milwaukeebrewers #gobrewers #turninguptheheat #wisconsin #sconnielove #katokaelinblockedme #katokaelin #blockedontwitter
Miss you, Dad. #oneyear
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There was a day when she learned to #dab and she didn’t tell me. And she just pulled it out at some friends’ house one night, like it was the most natural thing. And while I couldn’t stop laughing, I realized I was witnessing another example of what will be only more big steps away from me and the life I thought the three of us had together. And I know that is beautiful and how it should be. But catching myself, watching that moment, finding it in a photograph? It takes my breath away at how fleeting and transient and amazing this all is. Molly, you are my #everything. I’m better because of you. Being your mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me. By far. And I lived in Italy! #parenting #whyivoteblue #fallinwisconsin #moments #passageoftime #itgoestoofast

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