Friday, January 24, 2020

Take 377

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Another week in the life of a woman growing wider and nesting. Am I boring you, yet? This week's episode is absolutely not Marie Kondo approved. I literally reorganized my junk drawer in our kitchen. Marie would've said something along the lines of thank it and throw it away... but alas... my name is still Mary, not Marie.
And yes. I know it will only last a week. :)
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This week, I discovered that musicians in Germany play the chord of H. Did you have any idea??
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The "January blues" have hit the social media jokes... but in our house that means we are just getting to birthday season... that's right... 2 coming up and one more in the works. We're not wallowing, here, we're gettin' ready to party! ;) Bad weather and all.
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I've learned that the best way to prep for a birthday cake that's at all intricate is to make the cake early. So, today I made our favorite chocolate sheet cake and no, I can't freeze it (Ahem Europe... not enough space), but it's in the fridge and tomorrow is frosting day and the next day is decorating day. That's right. 3 days to make a cake. haha. Now we know I'm crazy.
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Reading anything good lately? I'm making my way through One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, again... (Well, the first time was the audio book version.) It's an easy read and a great reminder to see the good in what we've been given... and even to give thanks during trials. I thought it would be a good thing to kick off 2020, and I'm glad I'm doing it. 
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I succeeded in totally filling our freezer with one lasagna and 4 other defrostable/crockpot meals... which left me not exactly in the mood to cook dinner tonight. I splurged a 4 euro bag of combined fries and fish sticks... and you know what? I kinda liked it. And most importantly? I didn't actually cook. and no one complained. #FridayatitsBest #JustAddKetchup
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The Super Bowl is always a difficult thing for a European calendar... It starts at 12:30 am... on a Monday. So, I've thought about it and the only way I'll be tuning in will be the baby's synchronized arrival... Wanna watch the Super Bowl, kiddo??

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Take 376

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I had a priority shift this week after a Monday stint of 2.5 hours of contractions... The big day wasn't Monday, but I now have cleaned (almost all) the bathrooms, packed a hospital bag (including gummy bears), visited the hospital, and made freezer meals. Oh and the plan for the other kids is in place and communicated to their school. PHEW. (Now the ideal organization of the home can continue next week... now that that's all in place.)
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In other areas of priorities... we had a small death in the family over Christmas... Our crockpot. Considering we weren't really willing to do postpartum life without one, we got a new one and it's a size smaller. So far, I'm very happy. We'll see if all my recipes fit in it... but I'm happy about it. Bring on easy throw-it-in-the-crockpot dinners until I'm back on my feet.
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I got around to a seasonally-late showing of The Christmas Story and was tickled to discover that Ming Ming from Elf is the same actor as Ralphie (Peter Billingsley). Hilarious.
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I'm basically done with organizing the top floor of our house. Here's a quick before and after of our laundry room.
And yes, these photos make me laugh. You can't really tell what I did... but I'll tell you, I can now reach all the things on the top shelf without a stool. I can pull thing box down and it has all my laundry stuff in it. I also refuse to take a "perfect with no laundry" photo... because #reallife And no, it's not Pinterest worthy LOL.
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I can't remember if I've said this before... but does it make me mean that there are some Instagram accounts where I'd prefer to follow just their feed and not their stories? Or vice versa? Is this just me??  
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In other media news... having 6 weeks off before your due date is dangerous... I'm going to be completely caught up on all my shows before this baby is born... What will I do?! Rewatch old chick flicks?! Sigh. Send recommendations. (The Crown, Mrs. Maisel, and The Morning Show are all done.)
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In my last month of pregnancy, I'd like to declare that while I found the hand controls for the radio on the steering wheel to be a bit... luxurious and unnecessary... I find them extremely helpful at my current size (huge).  

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Take 375

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I just had to drop this link here... I love New York. I love The City. And when I say "The City", it means only one place in the world. And it has the best pizza in all of the world. And yes, I love New Yorkers. (Especially my family.) And no, I didn't read the whole article... but just enough to make me smile, laugh, and deeply miss banter at Christmastime with my extended family. 
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Speaking of New York... I was mesmorized by a version of "New York New York" on an episode of The Morning Show and Shazam totally failed me. It told me it was sung by someone named Daisy Dash... and I just wasted too many minutes to mention trying to find the recording of it... Turns out it was apparently Billie Eilish... and you can hear it here (lifted from the show).

I was totally unsuccessful in finding an official recording of it.
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After individually dipping about 50 veggie sticks, I swore off this recipe... until we tasted it. So, without further ado, I give you a new loved veggie in our house: Panko Veggie Fries. Next time I make them, I'll try a "Shake 'n' Bake" method with ziplock bags to see if I can't make the process a bit easier... but it was good. Very good.
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We've searched high and low and ended up buying a new car seat all the way from California in order to attempt to fit one car seat, one high-backed booster, and one infant car seat in the back of our car. Fingers crossed that the new infant carseat we purchased gets installed smoothly this weekend! LOL. #3rdBabyProblems
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Guys, I have to tell you about waffle cookies like these. These ones say there's Syrup on the inside, but we bought a pack with caramel on the inside... and they were gone. Very quickly. They're satisfyingly chewy (not hard waffle) and sooo good.
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Just finished The Crown Season 3. I certainly won't spoil it for you, but let's just say I had a lot less fun this season... and I think it's because I simply don't like them. It's cold. The people are cruel. Maybe it's real life? Maybe it's not. But man. The Queen. *Shiver*
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Hopefully you had a great week! This week I organized our laundry room, our "stuff room" (basically where our clothes/stuff live), and the main storage closet. I also sorted through hand-me-downs for G, refilled our salt shakers, and oh yeah! I ironed our bed skirt for the first time since we received it in 2012. Should I be ashamed? No. I'm going to be proud. Gotta start somewhere! ;)

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 03, 2020

Take 374

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Maternity Leave to me! Now that we're back into our routine, I'm finding myself facing the reality: I'm not going back to work. For a year. It's hard to predict how this will make one feel... but I've been realizing that this is my first ever attempt at full-on "Stay at Home Mom" life... Kind of crazy.
Also a tale of "Learning how to do photography"... Worth the effort.
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With 2 kids in school and one month until the third kid arrives, you better believe I have goals. I have a to-do list for almost every room of the house: empty and clean that bathroom drawer, find a place to hang that mirror, organize my bedside table, dust my kitchen light fixture... You know. The important stuff.
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But I'm also realistic. My main goal? Survive and get strong physically for the next month and then push the baby out. Everything else is just a bonus. 
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Something that I'm ecstatic about is that as a working mama, I've always had a lot of wishful lists for post-bedtime and on the weekends. But realistically, I also needed that time as down time and was forever feeling torn and guilty. I have transitioned my whole Reminders List so that absolutely no items go off in the evening (except floss. Because I might be grown up, but I still need encouragement to get that tiny task done). For this morning person, I'm really happy about that. I am grateful for guilt-free relaxing evenings.
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But my first day of leave with the kids in school... I napped from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Because I'm determined to get quality sleep before the due date is here. I could literally kiss the outdoor metallic shutters that close over our bedroom windows and make it... as good as midnight at any time of day. So genius. 
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This year we watched The Grinch with Benedict Cumberbatch for the first time. It has quickly become the most requested Christmas movie here... and I'm not complaining. I've seen Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer more than a few times and let's just say... it's dated.
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How are your resolutions going? Did you make any? Last year I did a new resolution for each month and I'd like to do that again... but I'm leaving myself alone for a few months. #SeeTake1 #andTake2 #andmore #Baby!

Happy Friday!