How? It was an extracurricular activity scheduled though the kitchen team at my office. I didn’t think hacking meat at 9 months pregnant sounded all that appealing - so Simon enthusiastically volunteered to go in my place.
What(did he bring home)? Samples, to be sure. Homeboy walked in with 2 sirloin pork steaks tucked under his arm. Score.
And Why (Did He Go Butchering)? Because my husband is a bad-ass! He might look all sweet with those baby-blues and baseball caps, but WATCH OUT…he will cut-you (a loin chop). Heehee.
Seigneur-terraces (French) Coffee shop dwellers who sit at tables a long time but spend little money.
Ya’arburnee (Arabic) This word is the hopeful declaration that you will die before someone you love deeply, because you cannot stand to live without them. Literally, may you bury me.
Schlimazel (Yiddish) Someone prone to bad luck. Yiddish distinguishes between the schlemiel and schlimazel, whose fates would probably be grouped under those of the klutz in other languages. The schlemiel is the traditional maladroit, who spills his coffee; the schlimazel is the one on whom it’s spilled.
Packesel (German) The packesel is the person who’s stuck carrying everyone else’s bags on a trip. Literally, a burro.
L’esprit de l’escalier (French) Literally, stairwell wit—a too-late retort thought of only after departure.
Hygge (Danish) Denmark’s mantra, hygge is the pleasant, genial, and intimate feeling associated with sitting around a fire in the winter with close friends.
Spesenritter (German) Literally, an expense knight. You’ve probably dined with a spesenritter before, the type who shows off by paying the bill on the company’s expense account.
Cavoli Riscaldati (Italian) The result of attempting to revive an unworkable relationship. Literally, reheated cabbage.
Bilita Mpash (Bantu) An amazing, pleasant dream. Not just a “good” dream; the opposite of a nightmare.
Litost (Czech) Milan Kundera described the emotion as “a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.”
Murr-ma (Waigman, language of Australia) To walk alongside the water while searching for something with your feet.
3 days ago, my grandma went into the hospital…. 2 days ago, she underwent open heart surgery.
We are not out of the woods. Not yet, at least. We need mimi to turn the corner. We need her to find her strength….
Tonight, my dad had a moment alone with his mama in the ICU. He took a break from watching the numbers on the monitors and checking the lines coming out of her chest.
"Mom, I have a secret for you…."
Mimi is still not responsive, but that didn’t stop him from leaning in close and whispering our baby-to-be’s name in her ear. Outside of our parents & siblings, she is now the only one who knows. My grandma loves a good secret.
So, come on Mimi…. You’ve got a baby to meet (any day now) and cookies to bake (hazel finished the last batch you brought) and plays to see (metamorphoses opens next month - you are going to love it) and Christmas to plan.
And your big loving family is right here, ready to help you every step of the way.
We planned to head to the lake last night, but Air Show traffic proved to be a worthy opponent….
A Sunday morning drive sounded preferable.
So here we are: 8:15 am The roads are quiet. Inside the car, we are quiet too. Wet hair & Sunglasses Sounds of Miles Davis on the stereo We have coffees in hand (and a box of donuts in the back….we’ll at Mom & Dad’s arrive bearing gifts) Hazel is happily distracted by her baggie of wheat chex. And we are making our way to Michigan.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion (we have tried a bunch of different fancy organic brands, but the classic pink bottle is my favorite. I just smells like BABY.)
Avent Soothie Pacifiers
Miracle Swaddle Blanket (I love the Aden & Anais muslin wraps for when we are out and about, but nighttime sleep calls for something a little more locked and loaded! We still have the Summer Infant SwaddleMe blankets from when Z was a newborn nugget, but I figured I would order one of the Miracle Blankets to see what all the hype was about.)
Holy cow, y’all… We are having a baby! Soon.
(Note 1: Funny how this time around, I have at least a vague clue of the stuffs & such we will need for baby’s arrival…I am no longer a neomama, am I?)
(Note 2: Thanks to the internet, I am stocking the nursery from the comfort of my breakfast nook while Hazel naps. God, I love online shopping.)
(Note 3: It is worth noting that my amazon prime subscription is unarguably the best $80 I spend all year!)
The In Between asked: Hi! I’m a college student looking for a rad tote for this upcoming school year. Most college girls carry Longchamp totes. I like them, but the corners fray from carrying heavy books, so I don’t see the point in spending $100+ on a bag that’s going to tear. Any recommendations for a quality stylish tote? Thanks! -MB
Shopping for a school bag? What a fun task.
Under $100? No problem! I can’t speak first hand to how well these bags hold-up, but they sure look fantastic!
The thing about school bags is that you need something that works on the days you are looking all cute-like for class….as well as those mornings where lululemon leggings are as good as it is going to get. You need a bag that is….Easy. Right?
With Navy being white-hot this fall and since textured bags are always in, here are 3 fall totes that I am lusting after.
I know you asked for a tote, but have you considered a backpack. Fear not - backpacks don’t have to be dorky (but it is worth noting that I carry a laptop backpack to work and it is the single most busted…but practical!…bag on the market. Here it is….Go ahead and laugh, I do everytime I catch a reflection of myself on my walk to the office.)
Here are a few backpacks I am particularly keen on: