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Thursday, February 28, 2013

27 Weeks and Counting....

One of my best friends, who lives in a different state than I do, kindly reminded me that she would like to see a new photo.  By coincidence, another friend who I work with, caught me in our shared kitchenette and asked me to wait.  She ran back to her room to return with a sticker stating "organic," placing it on my belly and had me pose.  Today after work, I took a few more shots using the setting sunlight. Yes, I used photoshop, the really blurry is natural.  :)  Me at 27 weeks, baby is 3 lbs already!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday Tunes- Cravings?

Yes, there are certain foods that I have been craving but I haven't really had any weird cravings.  No pickles and ice cream or apple juice and fried chicken.  I did have some cravings occasionally, for instance, last Saturday when we went to Whole Foods I spotted from far away onion rings. We just HAD to get them and we were making pizza for dinner. Hmmmm...   I also remember when we bought our mattress, I kept looking at In and Out burger.  I made Nigel stop and get me a shake and fries. Oh, they were so good!  And in the beginning of the pregnancy I was craving Mexican about twice a week.  But now not much.  Though one of the kids in my class asked why I have cereal with berries every day.....

Monday, February 25, 2013

And the Winner Is.....

Ok, I really enjoy watching what the stars wear for the Oscars. This year, the flow-y long gowns were reminiscent of old Hollywood when Barbara Stanwyck, Norma Shearer, and Myrna Loy were the big screen goddesses.  Here are some of my favorites from last night's Oscars.

Was anyone else surprised when they heard Helen Hunt's dress came from H & M?  Why can't I find something this cool when I go there??!!

Just like her Mum said, business up front but party in the back.  This was a fabulous dress and loved the backwards necklace.

But for me, the winner was Jennifer Lawrence's Dior gown. She looked simply beautiful and elegant, just what you want to see at the Oscars.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Two of Us - (formerlyTogetherness)

You live in the same house but still have a hard time doing things together- one is always running errands or someone has to do some extra work over the weekend.  One of my goals before the baby comes is to do more things together- just Nigel and me.  Well those plans didn't quite work out this weekend but we did do a lot together and I have to say, I had a lot of fun.  Saturday we worked on taxes- yippee.  I hate taxes, luckily Nigel is good at them. (think of a toddler falling on the ground when they don't get what they want, that's me) The crossword puzzle.  Then we went to the grocery stores.  I say stores because I usually need to stop at many places because one place does not have everything we need. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods were the two where we made stops.  Making his and her pizzas for dinner followed our trip.  Can you guess who made each pizza?  Sunday, we made breakfast  (Nigel heated up the quiche I made yesterday and I had whole grain banana pancakes). Okay two different breakfasts but the point is we ate together.  Later, we ran to IKEA (unsuccessful trip) and Costco.  Then to top off our trip we headed to Cold Stone.  Though ideas for doing something together may not always go how you want, you still enjoy the little moments, the talks and just being together.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

What Would the Flowers Say?

Ahhh, flowers! It seems that I've been surrounded by their beauty forever but it was not until I was older that my appreciation for them grew. When I was little I had entered a flower arrangement into some contest, I think it was at our church.  I don't remember how I submitted the arrangement but I put a bunch of Pansies into my Charlie Brown thermos. I also remember my Great Grandfather taking me out into his garden and telling me the different names of flowers (Pansies were one of his favorites).  My Grandfather had a love of Hydrangeas, our house back at the Cape has several varieties (mainly traditional blue) but last year my husband and I added a green and white variety when we got married.  Even when we walk around the block with kids from work or when I use to babysit (eons ago) I will often point out flowers to the children.  I often head to flower tours when I have time to see what plants other people find attractive and long for a true English garden.  I envy the flower arrangements on the TV show Downton Abbey.  Oh, to be able to just go outside and cut my own flowers.  It's never too late to stop and smell the roses.

My wedding bouquet that I picked that morning using flowers from our garden.

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

And I Quote!......

Many people know about Pinterest.  I tend to call it "pin interest" while others call it "pinterest." Either way, it can be very addicting.  This site has everything, instead of bookmarking an entire site you have the freedom to mark exactly what you want and place it onto a "board."  One of my boards appears to be very popular- "Quotes to Live By."  Not sure why but this board has many followers.  Here are some of the more favorite pins.

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These may not be popular but are some of my favorites:

Source: via Kerry on Pinterest

And the all time favorite post is......

Source: via Kerry on Pinterest

There are others that I like, some that I have up on Facebook but not here. What is your favorite quote? Kerry

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

(not sure why the font is not changing... :-(   )

Happy Valentine's Day. (silence)  Yes, this is not my favorite holiday. I mean, come on people!  We only expect our loved ones to declare their love one day out of 365? We should love and honor our loved ones whether they be friends, family or your significant other every day, not just one day. But I do have to say, as this is our first Valentine's it was quite nice to be surprised with a dozen roses, LAST NIGHT :)  But I'll get a little gushy for all of you who do love this day.  This was the reading we (OK, I chose) when Nigel and I eloped last year. It was very fitting getting married on the Cape surrounded by Wompanog country; an Apache Wedding 

Now you will feel no storms,
for each of you will be shelter to the other. 
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness,
for each of you is companion to the other,
You are two persons,
but there is one life before you, and one home.
Turn together to look at the road you traveled,
to reach this---the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you into the past.
Look to the future that lies ahead.
A long and winding, adventure-filled road,
whose every turn means discovery,
new hopes, new joys, new laughter,
and a few shared tears.
May happiness be your companion,
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead;
And through all the years to come.
Go this day to your dwelling place
and enter into your days together.
May your days be good and long
upon the earth.
Your adventure has just begun!

I did make Nigel a special dinner- Nigella's pork ribs, proper British chips and veggies. 

And for dessert: mini apple pies (the ready made pie crust I used burns very easily) 

Here are some photos I took and made a card for my husband. 

I hope everyone enjoyed the day in their own way.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Perks of Marrying a Brit

One of the perks of being married to a true Brit, is that I get to have authentic British cooking any time. Yes, I actually love British food.  The times that I have been to England, I have never had a bad meal.  Everything we ate was always delicious.  The downside is that my wonderful husband is the SLOWEST cook in the world.  I truly can't figure out why but once he is done with a meal, the wait was worth it.  He has cooked for my family and we've asked even asked him to start around 4:00 in the afternoon so we could eat by 8:00 pm. Love you, honey!! (I know he reads these) Anyway, one of my favorite meals that he makes is his Shepard's Pie. Now I don't know if you know this, but I don't eat red meat which proved a challenge to him.  But he faced this in true British fashion.  He kindly came up with the most fantastic version of this British classic just for me.

He takes dark and light ground turkey meat, mixes it with ground pork.  YUM!!  He then adds various veggies and makes a delicious mouth-watering gravy using some British thing.  He adds some secret ingredients which I'm sure I can talk him into letting me tell people.  He then tops the whole thing with a mixture of sweet and regular potatoes and yams.  Very tasty!  Last, he adds a sprinkling of cheese to the potato mixture.  Bakes the whole thing until it bubbles. The end result: a delicious, red meat-free version of a true British classic.  Thank you Nigel!!!  

Seen here with proper British chips and mushy peas.  Yes, they are good. Every time I eat this, the baby starts dancing :)  


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