Where there’s a will, there’s a walk

Today I had this very profound thought:  The only predictable thing about a baby is his/her unpredictability.  Pretty deep, eh?  This comes after one very long, very difficult night.  I should have known that his early bedtime yesterday was too good to be true!  He was consistently up from the time I hit “Publish” to 10:30 pm.  Then he was up consistently between midnight and 2:30 am.  He slept solidly until 5:00 am when a new cycle of non-sleeping began.   One of my new favourite hobbies is cataloguing Henry’s sleep times and then reflecting on the great amounts of self-pity and exhaustion I now feel.

Henry is now asleep, but I am not jinxing anything by even entertaining the thought he’ll be asleep for a few solid hours.  Because of this realization, I am currently drinking a glass of wine.

Can you buy wine in bulk?

Today the weather finally warmed up enough to go for a walk!  I’ve mentioned this before, but my day is greatly improved when I get a nice, one-hour long walk in there!  Hubby comes with me and we take turns pushing the stroller.  We stopped in for lunch at the Jacket Potato Cafe, a restaurant that specializes in jacket potatoes (aka “baked potatoes”).  Hubby had one and he said it was just “ok”.  I had the red lentil soup.  The service was great, but I wasn’t too impressed.

We also noticed a new bakery that opened in our ‘hood!  This is incredibly exciting since this is the first bakery that is within walking distance.  Oh, fresh-baked carbs.  I love you more than wine!  We bought two Creamcheese brownies (vegan?  vegan who?) and brought them home to enjoy with freshly brewed coffee.  Perfection!

Being able to get out and about gets me VERY excited for spring and summer.  Henry loves to go for walks and I am fortunate enough to live in an area with many interesting places to go.  I wonder what other (carb-focused) adventures we will get up to this year?

Will walk for carbs (especially if they look like these).

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February 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm 8 comments

Steak for dinner

Tonight we had steak for dinner!

And by steak, I mean Spicy Chocolate Tofu that looks peculiarly like steak (or so says Husband!  I think he tried to convince himself he was really eating steak with a sweet barbecue sauce on it, but I’m not sure how successful this trick of conscience worked out for him).

I have a folder in my email with all sorts of emails I’ve sent myself over the years with links to recipes I’ve wanted to try.  This one has been kicking around since August 9th, 2010, but only now am I making it!  Other recipes in this folder include “Homemade Almond Milk”, “Greek Watermelon Barley Salad”, and “Cinnamon Walnut Bread”.  Sounds good, no?

I highly recommend this tofu recipe.  It is quite sweet so I recommend pairing it with veggies.  I served it with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed carrots and broccoli.

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Today was another sunny day, but too cold to go for a walk.  I was bummed because a walk (especially to Starbucks!) really brightens the day up.  By the time we are home, it’s time to make dinner and then get Henry ready for bed soon after.

He’s in bed as I type this.  It’s 7:09 pm and this is the earliest he’s ever gone to bed!  I was trying to watch The Business of Being Born on Netflix (we just signed up yesterday and I am on my third documentary already!), but he was just too fussy to stand it.  He wasn’t hungry, he wouldn’t sit in his bouncy chair, he wouldn’t nibble on his ringley, and he wouldn’t lay on his back and kick his legs.  When all else fails, I either strip him naked and let him hang out on the floor (my little nudist!) (let’s hope this is temporary!) or I do the bath/nursing/bed routine and hope he falls asleep.  So far, so good.  I should probably knock on wood, though.

Speaking of Henry, he has the same swing as Celine Dion’s twin boys!  I noticed this while participating in my favourite Stay-At-Home-Mom activity, that is, watching Oprah.

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Fisher Price: The Great Democratizer

I figure if they are good enough for multi-million dollar, world-renowned Celine Dion then I suppose they are good enough for my little boy.  Now if only our identical swings also matched our identical houses…

A lot of people are critical of Celine Dion, but I think she is amazing.

How amazing?  Just check out this video to see.

February 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm 14 comments

Today’s Inspiration

I love to hear stories about people 65+ years of age who defy expectations about what senior citizens are “supposed” to be like.  Stories of people earning college degrees, traveling the world, getting married etc. well into their 80s and 90s are completely inspiring.  For a bit of inspiration, I invite you to watch this short news clip of a 95-year old female sprinter who took up the sport of running at the age of 67.

This gives me hope that I will take up running one of these days.  I’ve got 38 years or so to make up my mind! 😉

February 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

A Better Day

Well, our plumbing problem was easily (temporarily) fixed.  The plumber guy just plunged one of the pipes from outside and managed to clear the back-up that was causing all of the flooding.  But he says that we should replace the exit pipe from our house since it’s old and outdated (shaped like a U?) with a newer one (with a straight shape).  Cost?  About $1700.  Man oh man!  This home ownership thing can be the pits.  However, because we successfully completed an energy audit and should be getting about $3000 back from the government, it won’t be as much of a strain on the wallet (Still bites, though!).   And so it goes…

But I am writing this morning because:

1.  Henry slept great!  I made a conscience effort to make sure he ate a good, double-sided (if you know what I mean!), 20-minute meal every time he woke up, so he slept in three hour intervals and didn’t fuss after I put him down each time.  There is such a huge difference between sleeping every 2 hours and sleeping every 3!  He gets up every morning around 7 am, regardless of how much sleep he gets, but he just laid there cooing to himself.  When I looked into his bassinet, I got a huge smile.  And that, my friends, is why I had a kid!  lol

2.  I am drinking caffeinated coffee.  Oh, glorious and wonderful caffeinated coffee.

3.  I had a mango for breakfast!  Is there anything better in life than a perfectly ripe, fresh mango?

I had it along with a slice of Vegan Banana Bread.  I highly recommend this recipe!  I made the following substitutions:

– I replaced 1/2 a cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour

– I used 1/2 a cup of granulated sugar instead of 3/4 cup

Next time I’ll try replacing a full cup with whole wheat flour and maybe using even less sugar.

I haven’t been following my dairy-free stint very well.  You know that bag of Smart Food popcorn that husband bought for the Super Bowl but was left uneaten?  Um, I can verify with 100% confidence that it is no longer uneaten.  Oops!  There is also cream in my cup of coffee this morning.  I really need to get some soy creamer!  BABY STEPS.

We are off to visit friends this afternoon and Hubby’s side of the family this evening.  A busy day, but I’m excited to get out of the house!  Plus I like to show off my cute kid.

 

February 19, 2011 at 8:27 am 8 comments

Blogcation

Life has been, uh, different this past week!

1.  Henry is teething.  I am so glad he is going to have teeth to enjoy the world’s bounty of delicious food, but dang does it ever suck!

2.  We’ve been hit with a gorgeous week of temperate weather (which you saw I benefitted from!) but this has also meant a back-up of glorious-smelling sewage water from our basement drain.  We’ve got an emergency plumber coming in an hour with an initial fee of $300.  Who knows what other fees will be racked on top of that!?

3.  I had decaf this morning instead of my regular coffee and I am disturbed by how much this has affected my day’s temperament.  Teething baby and backed-up basement drain aside, I just don’t feel like my usual contented self.  I have had some caffeinated coffee since then, but I think it was too little, too late!

Because of these reasons, I haven’t been my usual blogging self.  Hopefully I will be back soon!  Thank you for your patience 🙂

Future Plumber

 

February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

The Great Escape

Sorry I never wrote yesterday!  I just haven’t been much in the blogging mood as usual.  Now that my Week of Vegan Eating is over, I don’t feel like I have much to talk about!  However, today was the first day that we put Henry in his stroller and went for a walk.  We’re at the beginning of a stream of temperate weather (for February in Toronto, anyway!) so I wanted to take advantage.

It was WONDERFUL.

We were just going to go for a short jaunt, but Henry fell asleep so we decided to keep going.  We live about a 20 minute walk away from Starbucks, so that became our ultimate destination.

If you know anything about me, you know that I love Starbucks!  It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you see a Starbucks you can depend on a delicious cup of coffee.  During our honeymoon in France, I had a memorable cup of Starbucks coffee before going into Versailles!  I also remember a particularly delicious cup experienced at the airport in Glasgow, Scotland.  As frugal as I am, during all my years of working in mid-town Toronto, rarely a day went by that I didn’t order a Tall Bold!

To be able to walk to Starbucks with a happy Henry was huge!  I love that I can walk since we are a one-car family.  That Henry was happy and loves his stroller is another bonus.  It was a good day!

Henry likes to sit back with a cup of coffee and catch up on his cloth books

I ordered an Americano from Starbs because I think I am going to lay off the dairy for a while.  I didn’t think my Week of Vegan Eating really affected Henry, but now that I’m back on the dairy, I recognize a difference.  For one, the redness on his tushy disappeared last week for the first time in weeks and weeks, only to return yesterday!  For two, even though he wakes every 2.5 hours, he always fell right back to sleep last week after eating.  Since Monday, he has been more finicky, waking up 10 or 15 minutes after I put him down (and have just reached that delicious point when I am ALMOST asleep).  So I will finish this week without consuming dairy and see how his butt does.  I have never changed my diet to affect someone’s butt!  Wait, that is a lie.  I have often changed my diet to decrease the size of MY butt, but have never been successful 😉

February 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm 12 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hubby and I don’t put much thought or effort into Valentine’s Day.  I had a coworker who once said that she and her husband never did anything for Valentine’s Day because every day felt like Valentine’s Day.  After throwing up a little bit, I decided I would never say anything like that.  However, I get what she means about not doing anything for Valentine’s Day because gifts of affection and words of endearment are never in short supply.

Today, though, has been a memorable V-day because:

1.  Henry slept for SIX STRAIGHT HOURS, something that has never occurred before!

I always love him, but I love him extra when he lets me sleep!

2.  Hubby took me out for lunch buffet!

To say I went crazy is an understatement

3.  I survived my Week of Vegan Eating and am back to eating cheese, glorious cheese.

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And one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is that this means the Easter chocolate is coming soon!

 

February 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm 9 comments

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