Showing posts from July, 2008


Alex, upon hearing that the Red Sox have traded Manny: "I'll never forgive them!"
David, upon hearing me fart: "Poop!"

And 45 minutes after bedtime:
Alex, coming into my room: "I have to talk to you about something. It's just like when they traded Babe Ruth."

Dear Nugget

Your new toy is in New Jersey. Be patient.

San Francisco Pork Chops

I make these at least twice a month. We all love them. I double the sauce and make extra egg noodles and have noodles with sauce for lunch the next day.

1 tsp olive oil
4 lean boneless pork chops
4 cups egg noodles
1/4 cup apple juice
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp water

*To prepare the sauce, in a small bowl combine apple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce and pepper flakes. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chops: cook until browned, about 2 minutes each side. Pour the sauce over the chops. Reduce heat to low: cover and simmer until internal temp reaches 160 degrees. Add water if needed. While chops are simmering cook the noodles. Drain well and place on serving plates. Using tongs place pork chops over noodles; cover to keep warm. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water; stir into sauce in skillet. Cook over med heat until thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chops. Garnish …

Power Out

We lost power for about two hours last night. And since it was bedtime but David was not yet asleep he lost his night light and his beloved music. So he was awake until ten. So we were all awake until ten. And since Allan is in San Jose (do you like how I didn't whine about it this time?) it was all me. And when he woke up three hours later screaming, "Da Da!" it was all me again and I just wouldn't do. Finally he settled down after two hours of screaming/talking/singing. And an hour later he was in my bed. You wouldn't think a 26 pounder could dominate a king size bed but he positioned himself in such a way that his huge head was pressing on my spinal cord until morning. And now I'm alone with them both all day. I may resort to drugging Alex during naptime so we all can get some sleep.


When you're the mom you can have as much syrup as you want on your waffles!

Bunk Beds

We got this set of bunk beds for $450. The original owner paid over $1,000 and had them in a vacation condo. He said his kids slept in them less than twenty times.

The King & I

I took care of a big baby this weekend. He wanted to be treated like a king. He complained about absolutely everything. And since he was a 'VIP' management keep checking in on him and encouraging him. In contrast we had a mid forties single mom with advanced breast cancer that appreciated the smallest little thing that you would do for her. I hope to be more like her than the king!

Feeding Mountain Goats


I See

So this is what you do after you finish throwing an entire shelf's worth of books on the floor.


Here's my big list:
Quesadillas, spaghetti & meatballs, stuffed shells, black bean soup, cream of potato soup, chicken noodle soup, turkey cutlets with madeira sauce, roast chicken, San Francisco pork chops, seared scallops, Marlboro man sandwiches, chicken satay skewers, crab legs, pork roast, pulled pork sandwiches, fajitas, green chili enchiladas, tacos, marinated shrimp, teriyaki beef, beef stroganoff, beef stew, beef carbonnade, smothered pork chops, turkey wild rice soup, roasted cream of tomato soup, one dish chicken & rice bake, chicken cacciatore, grilled ham & swisswiches, waffles, peppery beef stirfry, chili w/cornbread, steak & chop marinated pork chops, cheeseburgers, lasagna, cinderella fantasy crepes, panfried chicken with root vegetables, swiss chicken rollups, chicken and almonds with oyster sauce, pork chop and pasta dinner, smoky corn chowder, pork lo mein, smoked gouda macaroni and cheese.

Nigeria! Garcia!

The game between Alex and David this evening is Nigeria! Alex chases David while yelling Nigeria! David runs and tries to hide. They also play the same game but with Alex yelling Garcia!


I just bought myself seven new bras and ten pairs of panties. After explaining to my sister why I'm not going to spend even ten bucks on new summer maternity clothes. My shirts are worn, outdated and ugly but I have new undies on underneath! I'll probably be wearing my new stuff for the next two years anyway.


The little flap of skin that connects his upper lip to his gum is ruptured, his two upper front teeth have red, swollen gums and the big fat bottom lip has now developed a herpes lesion. Poor kid. He's on an antibiotic and I'm giving him Tylenol because it looks so painful. And popsicles!


I'm back from Minot. I knew I was home when I bought a 20 ounce bottle of soda in the airport and it cost $2.30! It was a short but very very nice stay. I got in more quality time with my family than when I bring the boys for a week. And I hit all my favorite places to eat. Allan and the boys missed me, especially Nugget. David fell against our desk and cut his lip in one place and three places inside his mouth yesterday so Allan had to take him to the ER to get dermabonding. HIs poor little lip is swollen, I'll have to post a picture. Other than that they had a nice man's weekend. As you can imagine I've got at least ten hours of work to do to put my life back in order so g'bye for now.

Live From Logan

My flight was delayed three hours last night because somebody clogged both toilets on the plane. Really clogged them. Major mechanical clogs. I suspect tomato borne salmonella. So they sent me home with first class tickets for today and $150 voucher. Not bad. And the boys were in bed when I got home and still there when I left. I'm very early because I asked Allan when I should leave, his flights are usually 0800 mine is 0855 and I take less time to get ready in the morning. Anyway, if all goes well I'll be having Taco Johns for lunch.


I'm leaving tomorrow. Which means I'll be having a #1 at Taco Johns by 1am central time. With a side of nacho cheese. I just tried to order myself a Taco Johns Tshirt but luckily the gift shop was down.


The amnio was normal. And it's a boy.


The maternity underwear I am wearing are so big I bet they weigh more than the baby.

No News

I called the office a half an hour ago and my OB was at the hospital so they paged him for me. He's probably delivering a baby. So I'll wait. Tap tap.

Just the Way You Are

We love this baby whether it's a boy or a girl, with 46 or 47 chromosomes. We're prepared for a trip to Italy or Holland. And today we'll know. It makes all those needlesticks worth it since I'm such a planner. I'll update live here as soon as I know.

New Budget Update

After our first week he had $4 left and he paid for all three male human haircuts. I had -$16 because the evil temptresses at work ordered chinese food and I dipped into next week's cash. And Allan paid for our ice cream out on Friday which should have technically come from my pot. And he picked up a can of tomato paste on the way home from work so I owe him a dollar. I'm the petty one. And I took some quarters off his dresser. I'm saving for Taco Johns! We saved $17 on gas so I transferred that right into savings. And I got a lead on some used bunk beds for sale. Not too shabby for week number one.

Four Sticks Later

I got stuck four times today. First with the amnio needle through the skin. Then through my uterus which was worse than the skin. Then I had to get my blood drawn for a type and screen so I could get rhogam since I'm Rh negative and the amnio could have caused the baby's blood to mix with mine. Then the rhogam right in the ass. Whew! It wasn't as bad as I thought and I could see on the ultrasound that the needle was very far away from the baby. The fluid looked like urine. I told my doctor that I've only seen amniotic fluid running down my legs but he didn't laugh.

Now we wait. But, like the hungry restaurant patron who has ordered his food this waiting is better than the first waiting. I think.


This is what I want on my belly after the amnio.

Pork Chop and Pasta Dinner

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 bone-in pork chops
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
½ tsp dried rosemary
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
8 ounces fettuccine
*Brown chops in oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, rosemary, pepper, and red pepper. Reduce heat to low. Simmer partially covered until chops are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Cook noodles. Remove chops from heat and stir in vinegar. Salt to taste. Serve over drained pasta.

*I made this for dinner last night and had leftover pasta and sauce for lunch-YUM! It's also good with the green spinach fettuccine.

Push Present

Some women want jewelry when they give birth. Flowers, chocolate, perfume. I want a 1/3 pound medium Fuddrucker's hamburger with swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms with a side of onion rings. And a large Dr. Pepper. Thankyouverymuch.

New Budget Plan

Last January I went all Dave Ramsey and started a strict budget, paid off our remaining student loan and started piling up cash to complete our emergency fund and save for a new car. Allan was sort of on board and since I do most of the household shopping and spending it was doable for awhile. Then he started his spring Home Depot runs and I got tired of adjusting the budget three times a week. Well, let's be honest, I got tired of feeling restrained too and I fell off the wagon. But we're both back on with a vengeance. Here's our simple new budget plan: $400 a week divvied up to spend on gas, groceries, eating out, clothes, etc. Everything except regular bills and charitable giving. And it is in cash which is SOOOO much harder to spend and so much more finite than even the debit card. I went into the grocery store with cash and came out with so little but I was so pleased to only have to hand over three twenties instead of the usual six. Of course it's Wedne…

Butternut Squash Puree

I made this. In July. And it was just as good as it was in November. So good, I ate the leftovers for lunch. Sorry, honey.

Minot: Food

Thursday dinner: Airport Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express or Legal Seafood to Go. Decisions!
Thursday midnight snack: Taco Johns-1 or 2 tacos, large potato ole's with a side of nacho cheese
Friday breakfast: Mom's bacon, eggs and Sweetheart white bread toast loaded with real butter
Friday lunch: Mi Mexico new fabulous Mexican restaurant
Friday dinner: Sammy's Pizza
Saturday dinner: Fair Food-footlong corndog on a stick, fried cheese curds, $4 lemonade with real floating lemon
Sunday lunch: Happy Joe's canadian bacon pizza
Monday lunch: Big boy-pizza burger flying saucer style, onion rings, purple cow to drink

***Somehow manage to squeeze in more Taco Johns and Mom's chicken and knefla with gravy. And perhaps because I'm pregnant a vegetable or two.

More Potty Success

We had another poop on the potty on Saturday and last night he refused to get into the bathtub and was saying "potty" again. It sounds more like "Paw EE" though. Allan held him over the big toilet and he peed. We both had to clap and then find Alex to tell him. Yah, David!

Until Then

My amnio is scheduled for 7/11 and then it will take two weeks to get the results. I'm going to try my best to focus on other things until we have something concrete to worry about. I don't want to become the most highly google educated down syndrome expert just yet.

One in Six

My doctor's office just called. I had a blood test to screen for genetic disorders and it came back with an increased risk of down syndrome. Depending on which due date they use it's either 1:6 or 1:46. The first due date is based on what the baby measures both on an early ultrasound at 8 weeks which is highly accurate and at my last u/s and the second is based on last period only and I have irregular periods. The reassuring thing is that the ultrasound of the heart was normal and a lot of down's babies have heart defects. I'm going to have an amniocentesis as soon as possible and that will tell us with 100% certainty. The risk of an amnio is 1/200 women miscarry afterwards. But I want to know even if we end up doing absolutely nothing about it.

She's Gone

Last night I had to make supper and do the dishes. This morning when David woke up I had to go and get him and get up for the day. Today at the grocery store when the cashier tells me how much my groceries cost I'm going to have to break out my wallet, dust it off and pay up. I miss you, Mom!

But I look good since she bought me a fabulous new concealer that I was too cheap to buy myself.


Today I'm taking the ND folks to the Rainforest Cafe and then to the airport. Then I'm coming home, cleaning my house and sighing a big sigh of relief. No offense, ND folks but I'm sick of ya.

Yesterday in the car David kept grunting and saying poop. I brought him in the house, ran downstairs to get the potty chair and set him on it. He pooped! I know it's way too early and it was just a lucky catch but it's a start! Of course, he'll probably regress once the baby comes home.

Allan wants you all to know that he is the photographer behind the blogger. And he is. Mostly.

My Mom bought Nugget a Furminator and I removed a medium cat sized ball of fur from his coat. He looks like a shadow of his former self and I'm thrilled to think that there is less of him to spread around. I have found dog hair in the most, um, odd and unwelcome places.



Here are more pictures of Jameson's visit. Canobie Lake Park, Hampton Beach, Chuck E Cheese and Other

Me: Lardo, Cod, Him: Salad, Cod

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Week of 29 June 2008

House Cured Pork Lardo on a Garlic Crostino
Insalata Verde
Green Salad
Risotto alla Milanese
Creamy Saffron Risotto finished with Parmigiano Reggiano

Coniglio Ripieno
Roasted Rabbit Saddle stuffed with Green Olives and Bread Crumbs
Merluzzo in Crosta
Broiled Cod Filet with an Herb and Bread Crumb Crust