Yesterday Tim the refrigerator repairman came to, you know, fix our fridge.
While I was in the living room with Z & Fee & Aneta & Mama & El & Mrs. H (who stopped by with a treat for the baby), Simon was in the kitchen with Tim talking about freon or coils or something refrigeratory…
When Tim said to Simon:
You sure have a lot of girls in there.
Yes sir… He does. There is no shortage of lovely ladies in my husband’s life or home. But it is worth noting, his girls are all very big football fans. Lucky man :)
My mom just called. She was excited, talking all fast-like She came-up with a theme for her Thanksgiving tablescape and it is kind of the cutest thing I have ever heard: Party On Pilgrim! Among other things, she is going to put sunglasses on the turkey.
Speaking of poultry… Our freezer broke. I can’t talk about it. Actually, yes, I can. It is times like this that being a home owner suuuuucks. The Refrigerator repair man is coming out tomorrow to take a look at it (I had no idea who to call, but then I saw a sticker inside the fridge that said: For repairs call… That was actually quite helpful) In additional to the cost of the repair, I had to throw out so much food…including a whole turkey. It made me sick to my stomach to see the amount of spoiled meat I pitched. But not as sick as if we were to eat it, I suppose.
Speaking of being homeowners… We just refinanced our house. Interest rates were like .25% lower than what we locked in at when we bought the place. It wasn’t hard to do and didn’t cost us anything…so it was a pretty easy decision. REFINANCING. God, that just sounds so grown-up.
Speaking of being grown-up… My brother cut his hair. He had been sporting a ponytail for the past couple of months, but got a more professional, more grown-up cut last night. I am a fan of this decision. So are my parents, I am sure.
Speaking of haircuts… Hazel also got her haircut his week. It was her first! (Long overdue, I must say. Her hair was looking a little Javier-Bardemish a la No Country for Old Men.)
Thanks to the Thomas the Tank Engine stylist chair (and the screen playing “Finding Nemo” right in front of her), homegirl got her hair trimmed without losing an ear or anything.
The Before (or during, I suppose)
The After (This went down on election Tuesday. Hazel’s patriotic sweater was no accident.)
And speaking of Stuffs & Such….what’s new with you? Pray tell!
“I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but according to statistics, there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 childbirths, and 42 million hugs occurring today throughout the United States. Also today, there will be at least 4 people that will win the multimillion dollar lotteries, 600 people will get promotions at work, and 3,000 people will lose their virginity. There will also be 600 dogs adopted, 35,000 balloons sold, and 800,000 skittles eaten. Plus, the words “I love you” will be said over 9 million times. So again, I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but just smile, because according to statistics, it should actually be a really nice day.”—(via whatare-you-waitingfor)
When starting this little blog 4 years ago, I never could have guessed how many incredible people would be brought into my life through this platform.
Over the past few weeks, I have had 3 lovely dates with 3 different bloggers all named Emily.
Pelligrino Date with Emily - Em In NYC Emily was in town rooting for her friend who ran the marathon and made some time to swing by my home for some sparkling water. Our quick visit turned into an extended afternoon gab-fest. We literally just could not stop talking. It is such a happy thing when you have IRL chemistry with one of your tumblr crushes.
So warm. So fun. I really think she ought to move to Chicago.
Coffee Date with Emily - Profashional Emily and I have been buddies for a couple of years now as we are in the same chi-town tumblr brunch club turned book club. If I had to point to a tumblr who most closely shares my aesthetic - it would hands-down be her. From restaurants to high heels to pony tails, when I read through her blog I go a little overboard with the like button….
So when she took a personal friday and asked if Fee & I wanted to meet up for coffee, of course I was in!
A shared sandwich and lovely conversation at Heritage General made for a positively wonderful Friday afternoon.
This mama-to-be made a special trip to Chicago for a stroller handover and some diaper-bag shopping. We had a great visit despite the fact I my hands full with our girls (Wednesday mornings are a hectic time in the H household). Emily couldn’t have been sweeter… Reading to Hazel when Z took her hand and shoved a book in it and holding Felix as I cleaned up a diaper-disaster.
Based on her interaction with my nuggets, I have no doubt that this one is going to be a pretty spectacular mama!
Having said that, next time Emily is in town - I am getting a babysitter so we can enjoy some grown-up time.
Good job internets…keep the awesome Emilys coming!
Counting Crows | Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End
When Hazel was born, my mama started “Joy of the Day.” She sends out a photo & inspirational quote every day. Her distribution list has grown and her emails have provided both joy and inspiration to many inboxes over the past year and a half.
In the spirit of “Joy”, one of my exceptionally neat uncles has started “Song of the Week.” He unearths new to me music and provides a little context about each song.
I found this jam/description in my email this morning. It is a good one.
Counting Crows Song: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End Year: 2008
This was performed live on the Howard Stern Show on Monday, October 22, 2012. I think it’s always risky to cover a Beatles song. This medley has been covered very rarely. What I think makes this recording unique is that this is not merely a cover of a famous song but, rather, it’s an interpretation. Enjoy.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
Felix She is an easy baby. Already full of smiles (way more toothless grins than we got out of Hazel at this age).
We have yet to have a crying spell that couldn’t be remedied by a feeding, diaper change or bicycle kicks. Baby Jackpot!
She naps easily and anywhere. And is typically just fine laying on her baby pillow with a paci when Hazel is in need of tending to.
Felix has slept through the night, but it is not yet a regular thing.
We are diligent about her bedtime routine. 7:00 - she gets her nighttime bath when Hazel does. Sometimes we wash her in the sink, but more often Z, Fee & I hop in the “big tub” and all get clean together. 8:00 - Last feeding of the night. A 5 oz pumped bottle and sometimes I will nurse to “top her off.” The goal is to get her nice and full. Then somewhere between 8:30 and 9:30, she falls asleep and we take her up to her crib.
Most nights she is up for one middle-of-the-night feeding, usually around 3am and it lasts about an hour. We are trying to expedite these feedings, but given the fact she is consistently logging 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep, I am hopeful that we are on our way to full nights of sleep sooner than later. As far as newborn sleep patterns go, I can’t complain.
I know babies are inherently sweet, but this nugget of ours seems exceptionally so. She really is a doll.
Hazel Hazel had a breakthrough. 2 more teeth up top. I’m not going to sugarcoat it…teething is brutal. High temp, diaper rash, and 4am wake-ups (which is so not like her) But, like clockwork, the moment the tooth cuts through her gums - our adorable girl returns. I am thankful her chompers are in. It was a testy 2 weeks.
She continues to love up on her sister though. Yesterday she tried to hoist Felix in the air a la baby Simba in “Circle of Life.”
Oh, and she is reading. I mean, not actually….but don’t try to tell her that. She now sits with her books and reads out loud for literally HOURS on end. She has the same set of (nonsense) words that she chants page after page. Teach & Preach, sister!
More than anything though, I enjoy her company so immensely.
Emily Happy. Loving every inch of Mat Leave but somehow I am not dreading the thought of going back to work in Feb.
Additionally, I am without a voice. I mean, I literally have had NO voice for going on 4 weeks now. I think it is a combination of allergies and exhaustion. I feel fine but am rather sick of croaking my way through every conversation.
It is not raspy-sexy…it is raspy-old-manish. Shrug.
Simon God he loves his girls. He is also really engaged at work, it seems. Sometimes when I see him walk out of the house in his suit I am struck by how lawyerly he seems. It’s a great look on him.
I am proud of him. It feels like just yesterday he was a 1L, 2L, studying for the bar, getting sworn in. And here he is now - an Attorney. Hot.
Also, his boss got some stickers in a junk mailer and rather than tossing them out, she brought them in for Simon to give to Hazel. Thoughtful, right?
A good person to work for…a good place for my husband.
And that is what is going on in my world right now. Who knows what next week will bring.
Happy Friday. Hope things in your home are happy as well.