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I made two serious food-related mom errors this week.

First, I had the bright idea to add beets to our baby food (apple-blueberry-beet-cinnamon puree, anyone?).  Introduce your baby to a variety of foods as early as possible, they said.  Eat the rainbow, they said.  Let your child explore the food with his or her hands, they said.  Well, besides the fact that he LOVED beets, both the bebe and my food processor (and everything else within an eight foot radius) looked like part of a murder scene.  It was really just a well-played game of “what can we stain today?” -including his cheeks!

Second, (because hello, multitasking), I ate a chocolate croissant in my car.  Flakes of croissant everywhere. Flakes of chocolate drizzle everywhere.  The aforementioned flakes are exactly the same type of chocolate that melts immediately into your lap, under your legs, into your seat belt, and into that faux leather skirt around your shifter.  Ahem.

Luckily, the week is over and it has been redeemed.  See, I bought this fabulous 100 year old dendritic moss agate ring off etsy a little while ago.  I loved the stone, but found it uncomfortable to wear and hard to stack.  Buyers remorse set in rather quickly.  Resize it? Send it for a quick rhodium dip?  Nothing seemed like the right fix.

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Then, I had the bright idea to flip the stone to an east-west setting and it is perfect.  I debated the wisdom of messing with such an old ring, but decided it wasn’t worth having if I wasn’t going to wear it (am I becoming a fatalist?).  After getting over some initial apprehension at my request, the kind folks at Herzog fixed it right up and got it back to me in just a few days.  Tah-dah!

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Windchill

I’ve recently discovered that the news’ weather forecasts’ percentages don’t mean what I thought they meant.  They don’t mean that there is a 40% chance of rain on Wednesday.  They mean that 40% of their viewers should experience rain on Wednesday…I think.

Windchill calculations are also apparently just as confusing.  Each country gets to set their own version of the windchill factor, based on cold it “feels” outside, and it all started with some folks seeing how fast water bottles would freeze in Antarctica before WW2.  Regardless, it was COLD this morning with a “windchill of -1.”  Cold.  So cold that Jack Frost made a visit recently, and  I love finding his designs on old windows – graphic, dendritic, and blooming all at the same time:

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Almost December

You guys, December starts tomorrow.  Christmas is basically next week.  I ordered my Christmas cards before Halloween.  How could I not when we had such a gosh darn adorable photo to use?  Bah.  However, I will wait until 12/1 rolls around to drop the cards off at the post office – a November post mark would be frowned upon in most circles.

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Anyway, Christmas got me thinking about all of the things I like, specifically all of the delicious foods I could crush in their entirety.  I’m talking about things I could eat WHOLE in one sitting (serving sizes be damned).

In no particular order:

  1. Baguette.  Or any fresh loaf of bread, really.
  2. Entire cinnamon crumb coffee cake from Servatii’s.  The powdered sugar catastrophe that would result is no bother.
  3. Bag of Kremer’s Market toffee…right before I go to the dentist.
  4. Pint of Graeter’s chocolate-almond-coconut-chip icecream.  Ask me about when they stopped serving this by the scoop – Graeter’s was dead to me for a long time.
  5. Did I already mention a loaf of bread?
  6. Bag of Garden Salsa Sun Chips. Done.
  7. Pan of the Husband’s cheesy scrambled eggs.
  8. The largest order of pancakes at any restaurant.

Turns out, I could pretty much live on chocolate and bread alone.

 

…and a few more lovelies from our session with Juli, for good measure.

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How much is too much?

I’m just over here stress-eating trail mix and chasing it with a homemade iced-half-vanilla-skim-decaf-latte-with-bendy-straw.  My afternoon snack game had to be strong to keep me from watching the meaningless early poll results roll in.  Of course I voted today, and, yes, it was a family affair which was exciting and depressing.  This is the most insulting election in which I’ve had the privilege to participate (can we end sentences with prepositions yet?).  I just hope the results get accepted quickly.  Let’s rip the band aid off – I won’t survive another hanging chad situation, i.e., Russia hacked the election this year.  -sigh-

Come wake me from my sugar coma when this is over…I’m looking forward to being able to talk to my friends and family again soon.  And, really, how much trail mix is too much?  Please send help. Or a chip clip.

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Travel Thursday: Lucerne, Sailboats and Swans

LOVELY Lucerne was the third stop on our trip.  The first half of our stay in Lucerne included exploring the waterfront city’s iconic bridge, giddily getting a room in the historic Hotel de Alpes with a view of said bridge, and pounding lots of pavement.  Our walking took us up to an old fort in the city with some questionable staircases, which we were happy to tackle once we got to the top of the towers and saw the postcard (truly, could’ve been on postcards!) views of the lake.  As is always my mission on trips, we eventually got on a boat and took a guided tour of the lake – the water is so blue and so clear, the swans (swans! not ducks – such a fairy tale) looked like they simply hovered over the lake bed.  Very neat.

 

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These are all views from our room! Ta-dah.

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Note the distinct lack of trash in their water, too.  No litterbugs here.

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