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June 9, 2011

Disney Adventure — Firsts, Flashmobs, and Fantasyland

Thursday evening the hubs, J and I set out for Disneyland.  We hadn’t gotten to go in a few months, and though she had visited before (proof:

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this was the first time she was big enough to go on anything and potentially enjoy it.  Stephen wanted to take her on the carousel, so that was our first stop.  I was not completely convinced that she would be allowed to ride, but was quickly proven wrong.  We found a horse and strapped her on and started documenting her first ride with all the thoroughness of a moon landing.  I remember when I was young and would ride the carousel thinking that it must be no fun for the adults who had to tend to their kids instead of getting to ride.

How wrong I was.  We probably had more fun than she did.  It was so precious.

Next up was a trip on Small World, which is something of a sensory overload for a seven month old, I think.  She sort of like it.  Sort of.

A rare mom-baby photo.  Usually I wield the camera.

Earlier, when we had arrived at the park, we could see there was some sort of media event going on, but I didn’t do my due diligence beforehand, so we didn’t know quite what.  Had I done any research I would have known Thursday was the opening day of the new “Mickey’s Soundsational Summer” Parade and they were having a huge sort of VIP opening for it.

Lots of media guys.

Normally we’re not huge parade-watchers, but my sister’s boyfriend’s mom was involved in a flashmob which opened the parade (we knew there was going to be a flashmob, we just didn’t realize what it was for).

Finally the flashmob began.  They faux-interrupted a speech.

 

Don’t they make you want to dance?  Between this and the return of So You Think You Can Dance, I’m one step-ball-change away from signing up for jazz class.

By the time the flashmob was over, I was SO stoked to see the parade, which ended up being pretty great (not surprising, given it was Disneyland).  The floats are themed to look like pop-up picture books, and were really gorgeous.

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April 14, 2011

Reminder

Because I am blessed beyond belief and sometimes I forget that, too.

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March 16, 2011

Birthday Dinner

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Photo credit:  The Pioneer Woman

Today is my hubs’s birthday.  He is 3 cubed and he is psyched about it.  He got a composter for his birthday (yes, I am that romantic) and we are having  possibly definitely the best steak and sauce/side combo ever for dinner.  It’s going to be legendary.  PW is not messing around.  I wouldn’t lie to you.  It is spectacular and if you haven’t made it I implore you to do so.  I don’t even like blue cheese and I could put this stuff on my ice cream, it’s that good.

Try it.  Trust.

PS- Where would you be without me to guide you to these little known sites like “YouTube” and “Pioneer Woman”?

March 14, 2011

Buckwheat Pancakes

Okay listen. I’m perhaps the least qualified person on the planet to start doing cooking tutorials, but I was making buckwheat pancakes for the hubs yesterday morning, and I thought just in case anyone needed some pancake tips, I might help. Let’s begin.

Here’s what you’ll need (this picture is minus the buttermilk, which is being created on the opposite counter.  Did you know that if you mix together one cup of milk with one tablespoon of vinegar and let it sit a few minutes you make buttermilk?  Fun fact.):

The green egg isn’t required, but it is fun.  And never you mind what the wine is for.  That’s neither here nor there.

In a medium bowl whisk the dry ingredients together, then set those aside.

Beat together the egg and molasses, then add in the melted butter and buttermilk.  Now add the wet to the dry and whisk together.

More after the jump…

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March 11, 2011

Stumble

I definitely fell down during my lunch run today.  There I am, huffing and puffing along, and –this is the weird part– I actually thought to myself “wouldn’t it be funny if I fell down and skinned my knees?  It would be just like when I was 8.”  Note to my fellow runners/klutzes: don’t think things like that while you’re running.  You will will them into being.  Just like Oprah says (does she say that?  Seems like something she would say).

My toe clipped the edge of something (an uneven sidewalk, my other shoe, a stray piece of grass, air … we’ll never know) and I skidded, palms-first, onto the sidewalk. Thankfully, a car blew by right at that moment, so I know my finest moment will forever live in the memory of that passerby.   I popped back up oh-so-casually: nothing wrong here, I’m good at running!  And kept jogging, hands now festively adorned with blood and bits of sidewalk.

The moral of the story?  Oh, you want a moral?  Um, avoid trippy things?  Wait, no: think positively!  Or maybe it’s just that I wanted an excuse to post this sweet note I got from the hubs reminding me to deposit a check I’ve been carrying around for a month and also, of the important stuff:

 

Who cares about falling?  That guy’s great.