Friday Free-For-All – 04/19/19

Friday Free-For-All

Woohoo, spring break! Ben’s break begins today, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The last few weeks have been a bit of a slog for both of us, and we’re ready to have some family time. Also, ALL OF THE PROJECTS. We need to get our garden prep going and take care of some stuff around the house that we’ve been neglecting.

Sleep training, round two. We’re also planning to use this break as an opportunity to try to give up overnight feeds with Vera. At her age, it’s not at all necessary, but it’s become a habit that is messing with our sleep and driving me a bit crazy. I haven’t had a night of uninterrupted sleep for almost 10 months and it’s wearing on me. I’m not at all looking forward to the process, but I’m looking forward to the results.

My husband is a cookie gobbler. I bake a lot, because homemade treats are cheaper and generally better tasting than store bought. Recently, I had to start dividing up cookies into “mine” and “yours” batches, because otherwise Ben ended up eating twice as many cookie as I did, and I was not happy about it. Seriously. That man can eat four enormous cookies in one go, whereas I like to make mine last a bit longer. So now we have separate containers.

My race is three weeks away. I’m getting very excited to race again. Unfortunately, fundraising is going a bit slower this year than in years past. A large portion of donations used to come from my work colleagues, and now that I’m not working anymore, well, those donations aren’t happening. I still have time, and I still have some family who are planning to contribute, but I don’t think I’m going to hit $1000 this year. If by chance you feel moved to contribute, the link to my fundraising page is here.

Do you have a spouse who eats a disproportionate amount of treats?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/15/19

Friday Free-For-All

Our Friday is off to a rough start. First, Vera woke up at 4:20 and was fussing. I was trying to let her settle herself back to sleep, but than an ENORMOUS crack of thunder scared the poor babe half to death. Upon visiting her in her room, I realized she had a very dirty diaper, hence the crying. So I changed her and fed her and did something we haven’t done in months: I brought her back to bed with me. And get this: we slept in until 8:30! That never happens! So now our schedule for the day is totally out of whack.

Anybody else feeling pretty gobsmacked by Daylight Saving Time? I’m loving having more daylight hours, but losing that hour of sleep sucked. Thankfully, Vera’s schedule hasn’t been too disrupted. We actually used DST to our advantage. For a while we’ve been meaning to shift Vera’s bedtime a bit later so it didn’t interfere with our dinner time. So basically, DST accomplished that for us. We put her to bed at what would have been her normal time, but what is now an hour later. Woot!

Our run of bad car luck continues. Ben caught a rock to the windshield of his truck the other day, and now it has a nice big crack. OK, Universe, we’ve had enough car trouble lately, can you PLEASE lay off?!

If you are looking for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have one. The “Consummate Chocolate Chip Cookie, Revisited” from Smitten Kitchen is hands down the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever made. Big, dense, crispy outside and moist inside. Yum, yum, YUM! I’ve made the recipe once a week for the last three weeks because the cookies just keep disappearing somehow, I don’t understand it…

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Do you bake regularly? What’s your favorite recipe?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 01/27/17

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Tomorrow is going to be a jam-packed day! First up, cookie baking with Jaska, Penelope, Sabrina Joy, and Linzy. Jaska, Sabrina Joy and I used to have an annual cookie-baking date, but it’s been THREE YEARS since we last did it. Far, far too long! This will most likely be an all day thing, and will yield lots of tasty results. Then, it’s my friend Maria’s LulaRoe launch party, and then my friend Ian’s birthday celebration. It will likely be a long day, but a good one, too.

Ben’s hand seems to be healing fine. Thank you all for your concern this week. As far as hitting one’s finger with an axe goes, Ben’s situation was ideal. No nerve damage, no tendon damage, and thankfully so far, no infection. It was a deep cut, but because we got nearly immediate attention, he’ll right as rain very soon.

My in-laws are home from the Bahamas. They’d been gone for over a week, and while it was fun for Ben and me to have the house to ourselves, we also had to take care of all the animals by ourselves, which was kind of a pain. Now, we’re back to our normal morning and evening routine. Speaking of the Bahamas…

One month from today, we will be in Eleuthera. I honestly could not possibly be more excited. With everything that’s been going on lately, I need a nice long break. I need sun, sand, and ocean. I need staying up late and sleeping late, sunsets over the water, reading all day, and eating and drinking whatever I want, whenever I want. I have a countdown on my phone, and I look at it every day. Cannot. Wait.

Do you have any fun vacations or trips coming up? Tell me all about it!