Friday, 29 October 2010

Spooky!

Have any of you seen this video yet?  Jagger and I came across it last night, and it's crazy.  There could quite possibly be a rational explanation for it, but it's so weird.  I'm not saying that it actually is a time traveller (because that's crazy, right?) but it is definitely weird and worth checking out.  The guy definitely has a bit of an agenda since he's plugging his own movie, but it's still worth a look.  What do you think is going on?

 

Also, today is my birthday!  Hooray!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Mmm...chocolate milk

Some people are wine snobs, others are coffee snobs.  I suppose some people are even bottled water snobs.  Jagger and I?  We're chocolate milk snobs.  We avoid certain Tim Horton's because they don't carry our preferred brand of chocolate milk.  What can I say, we have sophisticated palates.

The top chocolate milk brand (in our opinion) is Sealtest.  As Jagger is so fond of saying, "You know it's good, because they test it on seals." 

There's just something about Sealtest chocolate milk that none of the other brands can compare.  Maybe it's because this is the brand of milk I had in school, and getting chocolate milk when I was a kid was always a big deal.  This is the brand that we hunt down at specific Tim Horton's.

In second place we have Neilson.



Neilson is an acceptable substitute for Sealtest, but is not quite as good.

Last place has to go to Beatrice.


I don't know what it is about Beatrice, but it always tastes like it's about to spoil.  I'll drink it in a pinch, but it's always a disappointment when we end up with Beatrice.

Those would be our top brands, but I'm also a big fan of Gay Lea.


I seem to only ever be able to find Gay Lea at Subway, so I have a strong connection to it because I love Subway.

I'm also a big fan of the jugs of milk at Mac's - that's the usual kind of milk that we buy.  I also love their chocolate milk, but we rarely buy a whole jug of chocolate milk.  It would go way too quickly if we did.

I love that the expiry date is stamped right on the jug, that's my favourite part of Mac's Milk.
What about you?  Are you a snob about anything weird?

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Change of a dresser

Things are slowly but surely coming together in the kid's room.  We're still not overly anxious about getting it "done".  I figure it's going to be a work in progress for quite some time, and just as long as we have a place for everything and somewhere for the kid to sleep, we're golden.

We haven't gotten a crib yet because we figure the kid won't be sleeping in it for awhile anyway (we have a basinette that I'll keep beside me for the first couple of months at least).

I did manage to snag this great duvet cover for the kid's room though - marked down to $15 at Winners no less!



I love the green with the gray walls, it's so cheery and easy-going.  We just slipped it over an old comforter and it's ready to go!

Now I'm trying to decide what colour to paint my old dresser here.  You might remember it...


This is what it looks like these days, covered in baby items after the shower on the weekend...


It's super old and has been painted a million times.  I myself have painted it three or four times already.  I moved it into the baby's room so we would have some extra storage space, and it gives us a nice spot for a lamp and stuff.

My question now is what colour to paint it?  The easy solution would be to just paint it white like the rest of the furniture.  But I think it would be more fun to paint it a bright colour.  At first, I was leaning towards yellow, but now I'm thinking purple.  I could also paint it one of the colours from my table of boxes...


But it won't be staying in the baby's room forever, at least not as a table.  Something tells me that a piece of glass on top of leather boxes is not exactly a baby-friendly piece of furniture.

Jagger thinks the orange would be fun, but I'm a little scared of orange after requiring 5 coats to paint our bathroom in the apartment.  I'm leaning towards the tealy blue box on the bottom if not purple.

My other thought it that I could paint it white for now and then pait it something more gender-specific after we have the kid and know what we're dealing with.

There's still work to be done in there - I want to line the drawers before I put the baby clothes and stuff away, and I still have to hang pictures and whatnot...I'll post more pictures when I get it all done.

What do you think?  What colour should I go with?  Something bright and bold?  Or paint it white to match the desk already in there?

Sunday, 24 October 2010

At 35 weeks - The good, the bad and the ugly

Well, here we are at a big milestone - 35 weeks down with 35 days to go.  It's hard to believe that I'm already at that point, but here's an update on all things belly related.



The Good
  • I am still feeling really good.  I really can't complain.  I'm definitely not one of those "Oh I've never felt better in my life!  I love being pregnant!" kind of people, but I still feel good.
  • I'm still sleeping remarkably well.  Sure, I have a rough night like anyone, but for the most part, I don't have to get up in the night and if I do, it's only once.
  • It's getting close to the end and everything is looking good as far as what the doctors are telling me - not much longer now.
  • Being pregnant apparently gives you a licence to look like shit at any and all times.  Because of this, if I put in the slightest effort (say, I finish blow drying my hair) it's compliments galore!  Hooray for me for looking like a human being and not looking like I just rolled out of bed.
  • I'm starting to embrace nap time.  I've never been much of a napper, but lately odds are pretty good that I'll be snoring away on the couch from about 5:30-6:30.
  • Some people say that pregnancy makes your hair grow like crazy, but I've had the opposite.  I've been finding my hair is growing more slowly - especially my eyebrows and leg hair.  Is that an overshare?  It's been a nice bonus.
The Bad
  • I miss my old self.  I miss feeling like myself.  I miss my old clothes.  I miss my old body.  I know things will never be quite the same again, but I miss me and can't wait to be back in a version of me that is somewhat similar to the old version.
  • It's getting harder to get around.  I'm lucky that my belly isn't very far out so I don't have a hard time sitting at a desk or in the car or anything, but it's still hard to move around and pick things up and whatnot.
  • I've put on more weight than is recommended, and no one can seem to tell.  I'm not shy about how much weight I've gained (so far I'm at about 50 lbs).  It's just a number, and I can handle it.  It's frustrating when people say that it doesn't look like I've gained much weight though, when I have.  I'm just one of those "pregnant all over" people.
  • I miss beer.  There, I said it.  I was never a beer drinker until about 2 years ago when I started to slowly develop a taste for it, and now there's nothing I miss more.  I can't wait to be able to have an actual beer instead of just smelling Jagger's beer when he has one.

The Ugly
  • I finally got stretch marks.  I was doing so well, then they crept up on me.  I can't complain though, they're the super fine ones and they're low on my belly.  Worst case scenario - they will be covered by bikini bottoms, but they're most likely going to fade quickly.
  • I'm a really bad snorer now.  Poor Jagger has to put up with me sawing away every night.  Oh well.
  • Veins!  I've always been a veiny person, but this has gotten ridiculous.  
I shouldn't complain, things have been pretty easy so far.  We'll see how it goes for the rest of the ride here.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Grilled Pork Chops with Spiked Potato Salad

We didn't end up getting around to cooking this recipe, but I've got it sitting here waiting to be posted so I figured I would share it in case it strikes anyone's fancy!  Enjoy!

Grilled Pork Chops with Spiked Potato Salad

Serves: 4  Prep: 20 min  Grill: 15 min

6 baking potatoes (about 2 pounds) pelled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup jarred horseradish
1/4 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems discarded
1 granny smith apple, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
four 1 inch thick pork chops

1. Preheat a grill to medium-high.  In a pot, combine the potatoes and enough salted water to cover by 1 inch; cover and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and simmer until fork-tender, about 5 minutes.  Drain in a colander, rinse with cold water and shake to remove any excess water.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, horseradish and parsley.  Stir in the apple, onion and clelery; season with salt and pepper.  Stir in the potatoes and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, gently stir to combine, then refrigerate.
3. Drizzle the pork chops with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill, turning once, for about 12 minutes for medium.  Serve with the potato salad.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Too Cute Not to Share

As I get closer to that magic number of 40 weeks (I'm at about 34 1/2 right now) I've stopped wondering so much about whether the baby is a boy or a girl and have begun wondering more about what the baby will look like.  Namely; how cute is the kid going to be?  It's shallow, I know. 

The kid had better be cute though, because their cousin is pretty much the cutest darn thing I've ever seen.

Here's the Blair cub at about 4 1/2 months old.




Seriously, what could be cuter?  That should fulfill your daily dose of cuteness today.  In fact, you might have overdosed.  Avoid any baby animals for the rest of the day or you might explode.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Polygamy


Jagger and I seem to be watching a lot of polygamist TV lately.  It started with TLC's Sister Wives (which is fascinating) then that of course made us want to start watching Big Love.  So, we've been spending a lot of time watching these shows and pondering the polygamist life.  Which of course leads to wonderful conversations like this -

Jagger - "Do you think you would ever want to take another husband?"
Me - "Hell no.  What on earth would I want with another husband?  You're more than enough, dear."
J - "But then you could have a husband who's handy."
M - Suddenly taking a keen interest in this conversation.  "A handy husband?  Hmm...there's a thought."
J - "And I could be your...um...I don't know, I guess I'm a pretty useless husband."
M - "Well..."
J - "Don't worry though, I wouldn't ever be able to handle more than one wife."
M - "Yes, dear.  I know.  I'm not worried."

Ah hypothetical conversations.  While I don't agree with polygamy, the idea of having a husband who is handy, one who cooks, and one who makes lots of money does sound pretty nice.  But only if I don't have to live with them all.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

"If the fire didn't kill them, the gasoline did"

So Jagger and I were outside yesterday doing some yard work.  Just as we were about finished, I was heading into the house to get something when I turned around to ask Jagger something first.  As I turned, this is what I suddenly noticed in our maple tree out front.


Holy shit.

It's the biggest hive/nest I've ever seen.  What is it that builds in trees?  Hornets?  Wasps?  Bees?  I don't know, but we had to get rid of it.  My sister is allergic to bees, and the idea of that thing staying up there until next summer was not an option.

I don't know how we missed it all summer, but it was so hot that I was basically just dashing in and out the front door to get to the air conditioning.  If I was heading out for a leisurely stroll, I would wait until it was dark and cool out, so I guess we just missed it.


Seriously, this thing was bigger than a basketball.


So, we took it down to get it burned.  Luckily, since it's October and our nights have been pretty cold, the bees were not active at all and we didn't have to worry about being stung.


I was still a bit worried while we were taking it down though.

Next step was to burn the bastards.


As it burned, we could see that the inside was full of larvae, not what we wanted to see come to life in the summer when we've got a baby running around.



Eventually, we just had the combs left to burn and that wasn't happening quickly enough, so we decided to add a little fuel to the fire.  Because that's the safest way to get rid of anything.






Like Jagger said, if the fire didn't kill them, the gasoline did.

This is the second hive we've found this summer.  Jagger found a small one a couple of months ago in our shed.  This one was pretty epic though.

I think my favourite part was when Jagger asked if I was going to put it up on the blog.  "Of course, why do you think I'm following you around making a video of the whole thing?"  Silly man, it's all for the blog now!

It made for an interesting Saturday.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Clicky Links

You know how it goes, we're all the same.  You sit down at the computer and run through that familiar list of favourites.  If you're like me, you just can't function until you've checked out all those favourites to read what's what.  Here's what my daily run down of websites looks like.
  • First and foremost - Facebook.  Definitely not the only time I check it over the course of a day either.
  • My favourites list is in alphabetical order (not my choice, the computer's choice) so here we go - 1000 Awesome Things If you haven't checked out this blog before, you should.  It's so great, filled with lots of little things to make you smile.  They also have a book available now, check it out here.
  • Average Cats the opposite site of I Can Haz Cheezburger (more on that later).  It's not updated very often anymore, but it's always worth a look.
  • Daily Alice - this is one of Princess Lasertron's blogs (more on her later too), the one focused on her daughter, Alice.  It's completely adorable and I always love her pictures.
  • Five Blondes - I've mentioned this blog here before.  It's a great blog written by 5 sisters about all kinds of things.  I've gotten some cute ideas from their blog.
  • Freshly Picked - This is a new blog I've picked up.  It's got lots of great ideas, and I'm in love with the baby moccasins she has.
  • Further Dispatches - Jorge Garcia's blog.  I love that it has quick, short posts.  He doesn't update it as often these days as he used to, but it's always entertaining.
  • P.S. - I Made This - I see it.  I like it.  I make it.  That's a philosophy I can get behind.
  • Kent and Michaela - This is an offshoot to the Five Blondes blog.  This one is maintained by one of the blondes (Michaela) and her husband.  It's super cute how they will both post and then run a poll on which blog was more entertaining.
  • I Can Haz Cheezburger - What can I say?  Cats are funny.  I also slip over and check out Failbook, which is endlessly entertaining.
  • Words By Alison - Formerly New Life As New Wife.  A cute Toronto blog about a girl and her rockstar husband.
  • Nik at Nite - I must admit, since Lost has been over, I haven't been commenting as much on this blog.  I'm still a faithful reader though!
  • Princess Lasertron - I am in love with her felt flowers, awesome dresses and amazing photography.  One of my favourite blogs.
  • Redblog - This one's a skimmer, but it's good for movie reviews and news.
  • Service is Central - If you're in Ottawa and want to know the hot places to eat, this is the blog to check out.  A friend from high school maintains it, and it's always a great read.
  • Stamp With Stacey - A friend's blog all about her amazing work with Stampin' Up!  She's got awesome ideas and designed my wedding invitations, so you know she's awesome.
  • Tasty Tangents - Tasty indeed.  This is my friend Amanda's blog and it's awesome.  The pictures always make me hungry though!
  • The Creative Junkie - This blog is hilarious.  The posts can be a bit long, but they're totally, totally worth the read.
Once I get through those links, I have to get serious and check out my news.  Need to be informed on the world.
  • Entertainment Weekly - I check this site pretty constantly throughout the day.  I love reading the recaps of TV shows and all the entertainment news.  Michael Ausiello is leaving soon, so once he's gone I'll have to add whatever website he goes to on my list. 
  • London Free Press - I prefer to read the local paper online rather than checking out the CBC or CNN or something.  We get the paper at home too, so it's a careful balance of reading the paper at home and reading online.  I also have to check out my friend Dan's blog on the Free Press - Cool Blog Name To Come.
At this point, I usually have to go back and check Facebook again because I'm an addict.

After another compulsive visit to Facebook, I check Blogger here and read the blogs I follow.  You can find links to those right over there on the right-hand side of the blog.  This is usually when I'll post my own blog if I have one going up that day.  If I post a blog, I of course have to immediately go back to Facebook to post the link.

The last two sites I check usually happen later on in the day.
  • Young House Love - I am obsessed with this blog.  Just ask poor Jagger, who has to put up with me talking about it like I actually know them.  For example, "Oh my gosh!  Younghouselove are selling their house!"  Because I say it like it's all one word.  They have so many amazing ideas for home improvements and general house prettification.  I can't wait to see what they come up with when they move to their new house! 
  • You Are My Fave - I usually check this blog right after I check in at YHL because when I start typing http://www.younghouselove.com/, it starts to autocorrect to http://www.youaremyfave.com/.  I love all the little things she posts, and have found lots of great blogs and etsy vendors through her.
So, there you go.  That's what I go through in general on any given morning.  What about you?  Any websites you just can't start your day without?

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Cloth Diaper Decisions...

You may remember some time ago when I posted about wanting to use cloth diapers when the kid got here.  We're still looking forward to using cloth diapers as much as possible, and I think we've come to a decision about what brands/tactics we want to use with the cloth diapers.

After much thought and research, we've decided to primarily use the Apple Cheeks cloth diapers.

It was really important to us both that we not only have cloth diapers that are versatile and easy to use, but also that they are Canadian made.  Apple Cheeks checks those boxes and they're super cute.



It's a cover/insert system that allows you to use super-soft bamboo or hemp inserts inside of the cute, colourful diaper cover.  That way, when you do change the kid, you only have to wash the inserts most of the time and can continue to reuse the covers.  There is a pocket if you want to use it for an extra soaker and end up washing the whole system, but it's not required.

The covers are really versatile too - I was really surprised that the size ones will fit from 7 to 20 pounds, and the size twos will fit from 18 to 35 pounds.  They have waist extenders too to help you get the most life out of your diapers.

Also, if you wanted to try disposable inserts, they will fit with gDiapers liners, giving you lots of options!

Our plan is to start out with disposable diapers for probably the first month or so while the baby is small (hopefully) and while the umbilical cord heals.  After that, we want to commit to using cloth diapers while we're at home and only use disposable diapers when we're going to be out for a long time somewhere. 

As a complement to the Apple Cheeks, I found another great Canadian company that makes some really nice All In One style cloth diapers - Omaiki

I don't know what it is about Quebec, but they love cloth diapers apparently!

These all in ones are also made of super-soft bamboo and will be great to have a couple on hand for those days when we really want the easy of use of a really good all in one.  They're a bit pricier than the Apple Cheeks, so that's another reason why we want to keep the Apple Cheeks as our primary source and just have two or three Omaikis around for those just in case times.  Again, the Omaikis have a great size to them - they estimate 8 to 35 pounds.

So, that's the plan.  Are we still crazy for wanting to do cloth?  Maybe, but I think we'll be all right.  I want to start out somewhat slow and not go crazy getting a whole bunch of diapers right off the bat to see how we do, but I think the combination of being committed to the idea and the fact that it's going to be winter will make the transition easy.  Knowing that it's not hot out and we don't have to spend time in the heat should make it easier to hang out inside with cloth diapers.  And when it does get to be summer time, both companies have a great selection of swim diapers (Omaiki even has some with little frills on the bum - adorable!)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

About those new TV shows...

So here are my thoughts on the new crop of TV shows this season.  This is after having watched at least two episodes to try and give them a fair shake.

Lone Star - Oh Lone Star.  You only lasted two episodes, it's such a travesty.  I really enjoyed this show, and I think it could have really found an audience if it had only been given more of a chance.  Not the first time Fox has prematurely cancelled something.

My Generation - This one kind of deserved to be cancelled after two episodes.  The characters were not believable at all and I didn't connect with any of them.  The drama was some how both over the top and completely predictable.  So long.

The Defenders - Although this one isn't all that different from many other legal shows, I find it rather entertaining.  I love Vegas and I think it will provide some fun plotlines in the future.  I can't help it, I just find Jerry O'Connell so darn entertaining.

Undercovers - I'm still pretty meh on this show.  I want to like it so much more than I do, but I just can't seem to get into it.  So far, it seems to follow the same formula for each show - they get their mission, she seduces someone, husband saves her, they foil the plan.  I don't know, I'll give it another couple of weeks and see if that makes any difference.

The Whole Truth - This show is okay, but not my favourite.  If I had to pick between it and The Defenders, I would definitely go with The Defenders.  This one just seems like more of a show that I could only watch when they were doing some sort of extra-special episode rather than every episode.  Sounds like the ratings aren't so good for this one though, so it might not be around much longer.

Detroit 1-8-7 - Again, I want to like this show more than I actually do.  I love Michael Imperioli's character, but I haven't quite fallen in love with it yet.  I think it could still find its legs though, so I'll keep it in the rotation.

Hawaii Five-0 - I'm still not totally sold on this show.  It's definitely fun, but is it fun enough to keep me coming back every week?  Mondays have definitely not become "Hawaii Five-O night" yet, but Scott Caan and the theme song are entertaining enough to keep me coming back for a couple more weeks.

Running Wilde - I still have high hopes for this show.  The pilot was decent enough for a pilot (I find they're usually pretty meh as a rule, especially for comedies) but I found the second episodes to be disappointing.  We'll see where it goes from here, but I'm still in.

Blue Bloods - This show is pretty good, almost more like a movie than a show.  I haven't totally fallen for it, but it's nice to have something on on a Friday night, so I'll keep it around.

Sister Wives - Holy crap, have you seen this show?  It's fascinating.  I can't get over how interesting it is.    Polygamy is definitely not something I agree with, but the way these people live just blows my mind.

Chase - The first episode was okay, but the second episode really didn't hold my interest.  I think I'm pulling the plug on future viewing of this one.

The Event - This one has managed to hold my interest.  I'm not totally in love with it yet, but I'm intrigued enough to keep watching for a few more weeks and see where it goes.

Mike and Molly - I was out after one episode.  Too many fat jokes for me.  I think this show would have been much better if they could have just had the main characters as overweight people without constantly reminding us that they are overweight and therefore "not the norm".  Meh.

Bleep My Dad Says - Watched one episode, or at least most of one episode.  Such a waste of time.  It really seems like CBS did this just to say they did the first TV show inspired by a Twitter feed.  Lame.

No Ordinary Family -  The show might not be perfect, but it's fun.  I'm really enjoying it, and I wish I had that super-metabolism that the mom has...

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Diaper Bag Success!

Remember this post?  Where I painstakingly went through all the reasons why I didn't want a "real" diaper bag?

Well, it turns out I don't listen to my own advice. 

I was talking to my mom about finding the perfect non-diaper bag diaper bag to which she exasperatedly replied, "What's wrong with you girls?  Why don't you want something that will actually hold a bottle?!"  My sister uses an American Eagle tote bag as a diaper bag, and apparently it's some huge pet peeve of my mom's for some reason.

So, I considered my mom's advice and took a longer look at those "real" diaper bags. 

I found a diaper bag, and I love it.  Which is a weird thing to say, I admit.  It's true though.

What did I end up deciding on?

 Everyone, I would like you to meet my Skip Hop Dash.  It's awesome.

It has 11 pockets, magnetic closures (no noisy velcro to wake up baby and irritate everyone!), a clip for my keys, eash to reach pockets for cups and Blackberries and everything else I might need...

Plus, it basically looks like a normal messenger bag, and not some frou-frou diaper bag.

The part that really sold me though?


The strap has special clips so you can hang the bag on the handlebar of your stroller.  How awesome is that?  I had no idea such a thing existed.  And the thought of having the bag right there in front of me instead of jammed into the basket under the stroller totally sold me on the bag.

Who knew that one day I would get so excited about a diaper bag?

Even though it comes in lots of great colours, I ended up going with the standard grey.  I like grey, and it matches the car seat (not that I care about that) and it's masculine enough that Jagger shouldn't have a problem toting it around himself.

So, there you go.  It only took about 30 minutes of discussion at Cheeky Monkey to finally decide on a bag.  They recognize me in there now, I don't know if that's a good thing or not.  Of course, I think they recognize me at my local Quizno's as well, which is probably worse.

Hunting down the perfect diaper bag...

Those of you who read my blog pretty regularly have no doubt noticed that I tend to get an idea in my head and then go off on a huge Google-filled hunt for the perfect specimen, completely overthinking the entire process.  Well, this post shouldn't be of any surprise to you then.

I'm looking for the perfect diaper bag.  Something that isn't too diaper baggy.  Something that's easy to clean, easy to carry, holds lots of stuff and looks decent.  I'm the one carrying the bag around, not the kid.  I hate it when diaper bags seem to have been designed to match the baby and not the grown up who has to drag the stupid thing around.

So really, what I've decided is that I'm looking for a new purse.  But a multi-purpose purse.  Diaper purse.

You might remember from this blog that I am already a big purse person.  That's still the current purse I'm using.  I would consider continuing to use it as a diaper bag, since I love it, but the liner is ripped and the leather is starting to come apart and it doesn't have enough compartments for a diaper bag. 

Here's what I'm looking for in a new bag -
  • Compartments.  I want to make sure there's lots of pockets (preferably outside ones) so I can find my keys and cell phone without ripping the entire bag apart.
  • Easy to clean.  I'm leaning towards something in a canvas right now, something I could just toss in the washing machine when it inevitably becomes covered in vomit, be it from me or the baby.
  • Options.  I would like it to be able to be worn cross-body to keep my hands free, but also have the option of just going over my shoulder if need be.
  • Large and in charge.  I'm that person who likes to carry everything with them.  I like to have a book and a notebook and pens and one of everything on hand.  This will no doubt only become worse when the kid gets here and I have to cart all their junk around too.
  • Pretty, but not too girly.  I don't want it to be something that Jagger will refuse to carry.
  • Easy to close, but not necessary to close.  I don't want to have to fight with a zipper to close the thing, and I don't want it to have to be closed all the time.
  • Reasonably priced.  Seriously, some of these diaper bags are stupid expensive.  If you think I'm spending $100 + on a diaper bag, you're mistaken.
Here's what I've been looking at so far:

Denim Tote from the Gap

I like that it's an easy to clean fabric and has outside pockets and the price is definitely right.  However, I think that when it's full it would be really hard to keep it on my shoulder with those short stumpy little straps.

American Eagle Utility Tote

Again, I like that it's canvas and it seems to be a good size.  My sister has been using a big tote from American Eagle as her diaper bag and it seems to be working out.  However, this bag can't be worn cross-body and it doesn't have any outside pockets.

Good old etsy.com always has some pretty options.

Here's a bag I've been drooling over for about a year from Moop.

I love pretty much all of their bags.  I just don't know if I'm ready to pony up $133 for a canvas bag.  So pretty though...

So far, this bag is the frontrunner from Kinies.  It's basically the same as the Moop one, but at a much more comfortable price.


Here's a view of the inside too - looks like there would be lots of room for my crap and the kid's crap.

What do you think?  Do I "need" and actual diaper bag for some reason, or would I be fine with just a nice, big practical bag?

Monday, 11 October 2010

Cabbage and Potato Frittata with Bacon

Cabbage and Potato Frittata with Bacon

This seems like a great recipe, but I wouldn't really know.  It was easy and fast to make, but after one bite I realized that I no longer like eggs.  Curse you, pregnancy.  Jagger enjoyed it though, and I hope you do too!


Serves: 4  Prep:  15 min  Cook: 30 min

10 eggs
salt and pepper
8 slices bacon
2 baking potatoes (about 10 ounces), peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
sour cream, for serving
1 scallion, thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  In a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes; drain on paper towels.  Crumble the bacon.  Reserve 3 tablespoons bacon fat in the pan and discard the rest.
2. Add the potatoes and carrots t the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cabbage and onion, seasonw ith salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
3. Stir the eggs into the vegetables.  Cook until the edges begin to set but the center is runny, about 3 minutes.  Transfer to the oven and bake until the eggs are set in the centre and the edges are golden-brown, about 10 minutes.  Invert the frittata onto a large plate, then reinvert onto a serving platter; cut into wedges.  Serve with the sour cream, bacon and scallion.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Opening the Time Capsule

This is what I've been looking forward to most about our anniversary - finally getting to read the predictions and wishes from our Time Capsule Guest Book!  You may remember this post where I talked about assembling it before the wedding.  (Fun fact - that post gets more hits than any other post on this blog.  I hope other people are trying the same idea!)

The basic idea was there were four types of cards, "In One Year..." "In Five Years..." "In Ten Years..." and "In Twenty-Five Years..." and our guests were encouraged to write down their predictions for who we would be and where we would be, how many kids we might have, and just general congratulations on our anniversary.

I was overwhelmed by the response to this - I was so excited to see the time capsule jam packed with cards!

 All of the cards out of the box.

All of the "In One Year..." Cards
It was so hard all year not to peek at any of the cards, but we managed.  Here are some of our favourites. 

I'll say right now - I predicted on the wedding day that there would be at least one "In One Year..." card that predicted we would already be divorced, because those are the kinds of friends we have.  Surprisingly, I was mistaken.  We did get the following hilarious gems though!

 I have no idea who this is, but I'm determined to find out.  I want that $5!


 We laughed so hard at this.  So wonderfully random.

 I'm especially intrigued as to why this one was written on the back of the card.  I don't know who it's from either.

 Hooray for Pig Latin!

 Does this mean we're going to be on Dancing With the Stars?  Or just watching it?

Heart with love.

I was surprised by how many people didn't sign the cards, it made it even more fun trying to figure out who said what.  We also got some very sweet ones - and one completely accurate prediction!


 Well, we got the honeymoon in, but that was about it for our travelling.


 I love the addition about me being "all domestic".

 Ding ding ding!



 This one is from our friend, Lisa.  It's also very accurate - Jagger definitely has more cravings than I do!

 Yup!

 Also very accurate!

It could be a little girl, we'll find out in about 7 weeks!  This is from my friend Amanda, who is expecting her second little pork chop in a few weeks.  I didn't end up being another Desperate Housewife of Douglas Line, but I would still like to!

We had so much fun opening the time capsule this morning - it was like Christmas!  Even though we kept things pretty low key for our anniversary (it's the paper anniversary, so we just bought each other a book) this was definitely something we were looking forward to.  I wish I could have done cards for every year so we would always be able to do this, but we won't be cracking the time capsule open again until our 5th anniversary.

Thank you so much for everyone who took the time at our wedding to write us a card for today!