Saturday, February 27, 2010

Room for Three

See this bed? There's definitely room for three here. Especially if one of the three is under 10 pounds and not quite two feet long...

And then there's this:

A bassinet complete with teddy bear. You know, just in case the wee one decides a solo bed is more their style.
Being safely past the 37 week mark I have entered the waiting game...I hate long waits...

Indulgence of the Chocolate Variety

I was going to post a Floor-Plan Saturday post this morning. But I don't have the mental capacity to deal with finding a plan, looking it over and posting something mildly intelligent about it. Not today.

Today is a day to talk about...Chocolate. Chocolate with a capital "C".

One of my best girlfriends introduced me to Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. I am utterly gone for this stuff. Devoted fan for life.
It's organic and really doesn't have all these creepy, crazy additives that make your skin crawl if you actually think about them. So when you eat it straight out of the jar and don't let anyone in your family come within a 10 foot radius of the stuff - you even go so far as to carve a special peanut butter-shaped cubby for it in the back of your pantry for safe keeping...ummm...nevermind. Let's just say you don't feel too guilty eating it.
Find it in the peanut butter section or the organic section of your grocery store. And smile while you drop $5 on the stuff. You'll be glad you did.

Trader Joe's is the best place for fabulous guilty pleasures. Good thing they also have non-guilty pleasures to even it all out...
I love love love a good chocolate croissant. It might be my very favorite food (I say might because Chicago style pizza is still fighting the croissant for #1). I found the frozen, bake-yourself variety at TJ's a few days ago.
You just pop one of these (maybe two?) puppies out of the box, let them sit at room temp to rise overnight. Bake them for 20 minutes - brush them with egg first to get that shine...oh, the shine...and there you have it! A hot, fresh, perfect chocolate croissant. Possibly the most perfect pastry confection that has ever existed.

And that's it. My chocolate and butter loaded indulgence post. It totally energized me even to write about these things! I think I might post that Floor-Plan post after all.

Friday, February 26, 2010

BBC Love

BBC's Masterpiece Theatre has produced a new version of Jane Austen's Emma. I know, I know, you're probably thinking, "How many takes on Emma can there possibly be?" Stop it. This is the best version of Emma I've seen yet.
Yep, better than Gwenyth's version. Blasphemy? I think not.
I think the leading actress has captured the edgy, naively conniving character of Emma to perfection. And the yet. I want each and every dress. Beautiful.

If you didn't catch it on TV already - it aired in the beginning of February - you can watch here online until March 8th. It's Friday...the perfect day to hole yourself up in your bedroom with a scone, tea and your laptop. Don't forget the clotted cream!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Baby Shopping :: Hanna Andersson & Robeez

Hanna Andersson is my very favorite baby/kids clothing company. Let me tell you, their clothes last There's something magical about these outfits - they grow with your kids. Beck had an outfit of theirs that he wore for about 8 months in his first year...that's unheard of with a baby! They grow out of clothes in about 2.2 seconds flat. He even wore a few outfits that were my little brother's from when he was a baby about 18 years before. Still bright, still fresh looking, still adorable.

Here are some of my favorites of their newer lines:

My two very favorite things:

The pilot cap - so sweet.
The Swedish Moccasin.
You need these for your baby.

Another favorite company of mine is Robeez. Although I've had more of the Target knock-offs than the actual Robeez brand and they're good too.

Girls choice:

Boys choice:

I wanted to say, these "Baby Shopping" blog posts have been much more fruitful than I ever imagined. I've already gotten some amazing gifts of BabyLegs from some adorable girlfriends (yay!!) and the promise of a Sophie the Giraffe from my sister in law.
So so fun.
Thank you, friends.
(Soon to come: An "I looooove my girlfriends" blog post.)

Smokers Cough

You know what's really lame? I've been dealing with a nasty smokers cough for the past week. It's the long, raspy, "that pregnant lady should really put away her smokes" kinda cough. Completely unattractive and, more concerning, uncomfortable.

The worst part? I haven't ever taken a puff of a cig and here I sit hacking up my perfectly healthy, pink lungs.

Mostly, what I want to say is, I feel like poo. (I just wrote "poo" on my blog. Ick.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wake Up

I cannot seem to wake up.

joy tyler

Then it possible to wake up when you never really slept in the first place?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Flyboy Bachelor - Women Tell All

Quite the entertaining show tonight. Where to begin?

I think I laughed more in the one minute montage dedicated to Tenley than I have in this entire season. Here are some of the comments the girls made about her:
"Really sweet girl but she like...almost fell out of a Disney movie."
"She eats rainbows. That girl is always high." (I may or may not have conveniently edited this comment to make it more appropriate...)
"That girl is floating on twinkle toes. I think she might dream in cartoons, just sayin'."
Cracking up. They were right on.
Then there was game-player Elizabeth who actually won some points for me tonight. "Boo Elizabeth" is right.
Michelle is still quite creepy and clueless about the entire thing.
I'm glad Ali saw a little bit of her cattiness toward Vienna and made a little apology. (Although, I guess I'm a little bit "pot calling the kettle black" considering I had a lovely time Vienna-bashing last week.)
And Rozlyn. Oh my. I'm not even going to try to delve into that whole mess. It was ugly...a look she obviously takes many pains to avoid. Didn't believe a word that escaped her glossy lips.
And that's it! All we have is next week and the final rose. Are you relieved or saddened to see this season of our favorite guilty pleasure end?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Why I Love My Sister...

An online conversation with my little sis:

Mrs. B: I am feeling so much better today. Here's what I've done so far: Panera for "stones" and coffee w/ the kids, bread outlet shopping, grocery shopping, library. Seriously? I couldn't even get my bootis off the couch yesterday. Praise Him.

Sister: channing tatum & i are good medicine! i am SO glad that you're feeling better :) love ya.

Mrs. B: Channing...ahhhh...
Maybe I could name my kid after him?

Sister: ick. no. beck & channing..? sounds like trying WAY to hard.

Mrs. B: :) Okay. I'll stick with Cody.

Sister: cody wayne. perfect.

Mrs. B: puke.

Sister: it even has a girl version...dakota.

Mrs. B: dakota wynona

Sister: ooook. that's the UGLIEST. i have to go now...ew.

Mrs. B: :)

(Decode: The word "bootis" is our childhood code word for "butt."
My kids call scones "stones."
We saw Dear John this weekend, hence the Channing Tatum reference.)

Don't you just love your sister?
She's the one that just gets you.
And knows exactly what gets under your names included.

Mrs. B, Evie and Sister - December 2009

Friday, February 19, 2010

Baby Shopping :: Baby Gap & A Wrap

More sweet baby things that just make me itchy to hold my Sweet One:

Witty little onesie from Baby Gap.
Pink knit hat with ears...I love hats with ears. Also from Baby Gap.

My wonderful seamstress mother is in the process of making me a couple of wraps and slings for babywearing. I was never much of a babywearer in the past but that's because I wasn't a proud owner of a quality wrap.
The wrap above is a Moby Wrap.
She's also making me one of these.

Starbucks Blueberry Scone

Sometimes you just need one of these:

Thanking my lucky stars that I have a sister who understands that. She's on her way to me bearing a blueberry scone and grande mocha combo that I just couldn't make it without this morning.
P.S. I have a sinus infection and I'm 36 weeks pregnant. Pity me and leave a comment. xo

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ushering in Spring

With my nesting juices raging along with a cold that's got me couch-bound and miserable, I felt that a little blog revamp was in order.

Do you like? Bright and cheery.
This is me trying to usher in a little spring...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Real Life Tuesday - 18

The last Real Life Tuesday I did was in mid-December. It was Christmassy and I just can't bring myself to put a Christmassy photo on my blog in February. What's past is past...I'm not about to dredge up Christmas 2009.
There were lots of comments about not having ornaments on the bottom 1/3 of the tree because of curious children, or having interesting GI Joe "ornament" additions because of toddlers that think they have this interior decor thing down pat, of course there was the comment about having tacky Cars paper instead of gorgeous gift wrap. All good. All true. And all staying in the archives of Star-Crossed.

Moving on.
To elephants.
In Your Dreams:

In Real Life...
Leave your Real Life comments - as witty as you dare - and I promise to pick my favorite(s) and post them the next time Real Life Tuesday rolls around.
photo credit: elisabeth toll
check out her site, it's really cool.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Flyboy Bachelor - Episode Seven

Welp...last week I bombed out on my Bachelor post. For good reason, friends. I would have written a terribly cynical, insulting recap of the women (cough...Vienna...cough...Ali...) so I decided to keep my mouth shut.

In the words of Thumper, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
Not taking good old T's advice this week...

Gia - I could see the departure coming. There just wasn't the same depth of connection between she and Jake. I wish she didn't wear the tiara. The End.

Ali's phone call - Scripted much, anyone? This whole Ali/Jake phenom totally strikes me as planned from start to finish. I've also heard from this very trusted source (who heard from another very trusted source) that Ali is planned as the next Bachelorette. Gag me with a broken spoon.

Tenley - Still cute. Still cheesey. Still apple pie. (Reference to last week: I so knew her family's home would be Americana decor! I knew it!) Still my favorite. Still waaaay better than Vienna Sausage.

Vienna - The girl makes me cringe. Her fashion (mis) sense. Her "hair." (or shall I say, "her" hair?) Her weird teeny-bopper way of speaking. Her eyes...what is wrong there?!
Second reference to last week: Did you see her family? Major ick. How in the world did Jake take her father seriously with 18 inches of glasses between his eyes and her dad's? They were so trash-ola. 100%.
But, he likes her. She's his girl. I don't get it.

And one last visual to cap off your seventh episode of The Bachelor.

What Tenley does on the beach:

What Vienna does on the beach:
Next up: Women Tell All. I think I'll go buy one of those creepy stress reliever balls for next Monday night; 'cause Lord knows I can't down a glass of wine to mellow me out.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Troublesome Tenant: Petition for Early Eviction

I did not want to be the Miserable, Complaining Pregnant Lady. I also did not want to be the Growing a Gargantuan Baby, Teetering on 50 Pound Weight-Gain, Emotional Basket Case Pregnant Lady. Sometimes life just doesn't turn out as planned, does it?

So, here I am: Cashing in my chips. This is my one gripe-a-thon pregnancy post. Soak it up, people, it wont be happening again. Because I honestly do feel absolutely blessed to be carrying this child. But, great balls of fire, I am finished.
(Note: I planned on writing this post a week or so from my due date. I am writing a full four weeks before I expected. Nice.)

Petition for Early Eviction:
It is the belief of the Landlord that the Tenant has severely outgrown it's space.
Tenant has ignored repeated requests to:
  • stop disruptive and painful movement from the hours of 9pm - 6am
  • refrain from using Landlord's bladder as a trampoline
  • get off Landlord's sciatic nerve
  • quit swiveling massive head (thank you, Mr. B.) on Landlord's pelvic bones
  • cease using Tenant's stomach as a punching bag - causing nausea & inability to eat craved foods

Tenant has also caused:

  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • inability of Landlord to hoist self from the couch
  • sleeplessness
  • stretchmarks
  • severe cravings of chocolate, tuna fish, navel oranges, waffles and potato chips
  • frightening outbursts of rage and/or sobbing
  • the required use of unflattering, elastic waisted sweatpants
  • repeated inquiries from others as to the length remaining in lease - 5 weeks - followed by piteous looks and shakes of the head
  • swelling causing the inability to wear wedding ring or normal shoes
  • decrease in range of motion
  • fear of scales
  • loss of energy
  • loss of humor
  • loss of memory and normal brain function
  • loss of self-esteem
  • loss of social graces
  • loss of general nice-ness

(Disclaimer: I have hosted tenants in the past. Never has the list of complaints been this lengthy at this point in the tenant's residency. I am not a wimp. This tenant is an uncooperative, large person that must evacuate the premises in a timely manner.)

In the words of the late, great dc Talk,
"Time is ticking away. Tick, tick, ticking away."

photo credit: flickr member john carleton

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

May be more aptly named "One Word Wednesday."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Baby Shopping :: BabyLegs

I {heart} BabyLegs.

Sweet one-size-fits-most legwarmers for babies and toddlers. Baby B. needs a few. I never had them with Beck and Evie - I just wasn't aware of them...what a loss...

Love the giraffe print for a boy:

And the rainbows for a girl:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Baby B. Tweets

I've been brainstorming about how to keep all my friends/family updated about Baby B. The days leading up to the birth, the big day itself and some fun details following. I don't want to be posting all the gory details on Facebook or blogging it or tweeting it all over the universe to old college friends and acquaintances and all manner of strange, nosy folk...mostly...I don't want boys (gasp!) reading about the state of things "down there."

Catching my drift?

But I really like the idea of keeping a few, interested, approved, girls updated on my moment by moment progress. we have BabyBTweets. Yup. Baby B. has a twitter account. Welcome to 2010.

If you're interested in following our escapades, click right ^ there. And you'll probably be approved. (Unless you creep me out...)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Baby Shopping :: Land of Nod

Baby B should arrive in a matter of 6 weeks. (If it's longer than that I might just die...I want my funeral to be a party, so have cake, okay?)

I've been in and out of fabric shops with my mom - cooing over this cute fabric and that. Dreaming up possible color schemes and assembling the oh-so-important baby blankie. I've also been Internet shopping. I visited Land of Nod, one of my favorite online children's boutiques and here are some of my finds.

Wish List:

Sophie the Giraffe
My sweet nephew, Baby J, has this teether. He L O V E S it. So do I. Vintage, frenchy charm.
Striped Hat & Booties Set

Playful World Animal Dolls
At 45$ a pop I'm not expecting to buy these goodies. But they sure are cute.

Natural Fit Onepiece and Hat
I love love love a new baby in white (or cream).

It's a Jungle up There Mobile

Babushka Blanket

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I didn't sleep last night.
Someone kept me up with their water aerobics all through the night.
And then, the toss-and-turn inducing back ache began.
And sleep was just a mirage on the horizon.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Flyboy Bachelor - Episode Five

Sigh of relief. Things are looking up. Up, up, up. No one was unbearably annoying. No one had a complete breakdown. No one asked outright for a kiss and been utterly shut down. Life is good on The Bachelor.

Tenley & Jake

These two seem like the most natural match to me. She's sweet, he's genuine, there's chemistry and depth. Some of the questions they asked one another on their 1 on 1 date were really good. I was absolutely impressed with both of their answers.

Ali & Jake
I'm still totally annoyed with and turned off by Ali. Although she skipped the 'mom' bit this week, her little Vienna speech about "it's not personal" and "we're just so different" was gag-worthy. Didn't believe it for a second.
Also, the boots with the blue dress? Hideous. Shoulda asked the 'Wardrobe Consultant' for a little advice.

Jake & Vienna Question: What is it that he sees in this girl? What? Mr. B. said (yes, he watches with me occasionally) that maybe he sees his absolute opposite in her and that's what's drawing him. Pushy, presumptuous, outspoken, tasteless...sounds good.

Jake & Gia
I'm actually starting to really like these two together. Part of me is a little surprised that she's not just another pretty face. (Admitting: she's a stinkin' swimsuit model...I was sorta hoping she was brainless.) But her family looked a little "scary New Yorker" in the previews for next week, so we shall see...
Corey. Sweet girl. Good morals (yay). Just less chemistry than desired. I wasn't surprised with his choice.
Here's a confession I've got for ya:
I've read I know what's going to happen. I know who he picks and I'm puzzled. I wont write it here in case you're anti-spoiler...which I usually am but my blood pressure can't handle the insanity of The Bachelor so I read ahead. Don't judge.