05 June 2008

notes to self: live & learn

what i learned yesterday.

at the laundromat.
ina garten rules. i know, i know, where have i been? my cute friend mallory (who leads me to all things hip, fab and roaring with divine taste) expressed her ina delight over brunch at ruth's diner awhile back. (have you tasted their ginormous biscuits!? they are amazing light & fluffy & buttermilky indulgences. although he begged and told her we're moving, the waitress did not offer dan the recipe. shucks.) of course i'd heard of her (famous ina) and her barefoot contessa, but i never studied up on her. i realize i have totally missed the ina boat. well, girls i'm on it. and love her and her whole outlook about being a guest at your own party and making parties actually fun by staying out of the kitchen. completely refreshing. thank you, mallory. (i definitely want to try making ina's all time favorite dessert someday, when i am up for peeling apples and attempting pastry. the words food processor fitted with a steel blade scare me.)

at the bakery.
although a treat is staring at you behind the glass and it's dipped in chocolate and topped with patriotic sprinkles and terribly cute, it may be tempting, but it also may be deceivingly disgusting. how could chocolate go so wrong? i realize i should have gotten the fresh cinnamon roll loaded with cream cheese frosting instead. what was i thinking? luckily dan treated me to a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich after birthing class. which totally made up for my earlier disgusting treat faux pas.

at the mall.
stop trying on size medium shirts and thinking it won't fit completely grotesquely snug over your pop belly. stop trying on size large and thinking it won't completely drown your bust line. you are pregnant. shop at pregnant people stores where shirts are sold with ample material and little cutesy tie back strings. stop thinking you should buy normal sized outfits at the moment. and no, by all means, do not try on that normal person adorable swimsuit. even if it has a lemon motif. maybe especially because it has a lemon motif. it belongs on someone tan, long, lengthy, possibly blonde and definitely not pregnant. so, don't even go there.

on the road.
the clouds seem like whipped cream here. they blanket the big open skies. it is one of my new favorite things. but more importantly, the birds fly dangerously too low in this town. i honestly had three different encounters of feeling like i was driving into Hitchcock's movie. like these birds wanted to play that game of Chicken, you know the one you see on stupid movies like The Fast and The Furious or 2 Fast, 2 Furious or even Tokyo Drift. not that i've ever seen any of those brainless movies when i could be watching something classic like Casablanca or Gone With the Wind or Mean Girls. fortunately no birds have been hurt, yet. therefore, does that mean they win and i lose at our little game of Chicken? who is the paul walker in this scenario?

at birthing class.
(um. wow. i didn't know that, that or even that.) i also didn't know that one of the adorably unique classic charming baby names we thought was completely original and perfect has already been picked by two other mamas in the class for their babies on board. what?!! so much for originality. either this chosen name is not as fresh as heirloom tomatoes or these new mamas should be my new soulmate best friends and we can have three li'l tykes running around the playground with the same name. so i guess it's back to the drawing board. dan liked the trail mix the hospital provided, free of charge. i liked being in a room full of pregnant women wearing tops sewn with ample material.

in house.
blogging in the morning is therapeutic.
and so is color coordinating this stash of ribbon.

new day, new sun and more gorgeous clouds.

20 comments:

momquixote said...

Love today's post. Especially the clothing/swimsuit part. Ah, what a girl has to look forward to!

Michelle said...

Love reading your blog, so glad I found it. If you are living where I'm thinking you are, go see my sister at the Motherhood store in the mall. She is the manager and has chin length red hair. She's adorable and will get you totally sorted out!

Megan said...

Loved it! you are hilarious! :)

KJ said...

giggles. please warn me of the disguised-as-delicious-yet-still-gross bakery treat.

misadventuresofkellyandkelly said...

Ahh, the ever changing pregnant body. It really is kind of scary and shocking, especially the first time. Don't be afraid of a few maternity clothes to get you through. It's amazing how large we can grow. It will go back though and then you can get yummy lemon swimsuits.

Melissa Walker said...

Every time someone mentions "Paul Walker" I laugh--that is my husband, though my Paul is not the hollywood famous guy! And also, be thankful you made it this far without maternity clothes--when you have two or three, you need them after month one! Best of luck shopping!

Powell Family said...

Ina Rules! I haven't tried a recipe I didn't like. I made the Flag Cake for Memorial Day & it was a hit. Have fun with her recipes!

gab said...

Hahaha! I cannot wait for the play by play of the birth. You are planning to write one, right?

all over the map said...

you should be writing a monthly column for a young woman's magazine or something creative as such. your words about the mall experience were simply funny, true and laugh out loud reading.
it is so disappointing to see something that looks so yummy yet taste so bad. truly a let down i know!
don't feel bad either about missing the ina boat as i know of her too but have never payed attention. so thanks again for another thing i need to read and probably fall madly in like with.
xo

shinyruby2 said...

teehee perfect post to bring a smile to an otherwise average day! thanks : )

Anonymous said...

What was the baby name?

Christina said...

Looks like you've learned some great lessons, as of late! I need to give Ina more of a chance- my MIL raves about her which for some reason has given me a slight aversion. I love that Mean Girls is lumped in with Casablanca and Gone With the Wind. Your idea of the classics is similar to mine. ;) And I'm dieing to know the name now, too!

John & Jennifer Savage said...

I love to read your blog. You just have such a lovely way of writing about things! Also, hurray for Skinny Cows! (In my experience, they Always save the day). :)

Dansie Family said...

i guess i need to get on the ina train. and maternity clothes aren't as bad as they sound, especially considering what they were 6 years ago.

Who Sees the Seven... said...

What a wonderful and beautiful commentary to read this Friday morning. Two items of note: I adore that you put Mean Girls and Casablanca in the same "classic" movie category as that is how I feel about both films. Also, I recently became completely inspired by Ina Garten and all she believes in after watching her Chefography on the Food Network. If you can find it online I HIGHLY suggest watching!

love.boxes said...

Idaho has some beautiful sky!

TravelinOma said...

Shopping at the regular store pre-baby helps prepare you for shopping at the regular store post-baby. You've got a woman's body now! It will be darling and cute and tiny, but it will never be the same!

Polly said...

you are going through such a fun time right now and the way you write about it is fabulous!

i'm kelly said...

love your fun thoughts... as for names. no matter what name you choose, no matter how much thought you put into it, or how original it is, once your child is named it will pop up everywhere. trust me, i know.

Anu said...

This was so much fun to read!

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