Thursday, February 23, 2012

11 things. Also, I steal.

So I was reading Britt's Knewlywifed blog this morning and she had participated in a fun "11 things" blogger dealio. And because I have nothing else to write about today, I decided I'd steal the idea from her even though I wasn't technically invited.

Here's to crashing bloggy parties!

11 things about myself:
1. My favorite movie is The Mummy Returns. I really don't know why. It just is.
2. I love nothing more than staying home on a Saturday night with my husband, a pizza, and a movie.
3. I have tons of clothes and shoes in my closet that haven't been worn in years yet I won't give them away because "someday I might need them".
4. I'm afraid of the ocean floor when I can't see it. I think I've watched too many Shark Weeks on Discovery.
5. I will drop any and everything in an instant for a chance to go to Disneyland. Have I mentioned on this blog that I love Disneyland?
6. I wear clothes twice sometimes before washing them which explains the pile of "clean-ish clothes" that litter the floor of our bedroom.
7. I sleep on my left side.
8. I still drive with my hand on the shifter thing-y because for years I drove a stick shift and just got in the habit of doing it, even though I drive an automatic now.
9. I love Disneyland. Did I mention that? The rides, the people watching, the ridiculously expensive junk food, the general happiness of it all. Love it.
10. I can recite movies right after I've seen them for the first time. It's a weird gift I have.
11. I can type 103 wpm if I'm not too concerned about typos but really 95 wpm if I'm writing an email at work.

And now I'm going to answer the 11 questions I stole from Britt...
1. Who is your favorite person in the world? My husband.
2. If you could take an all expenses paid vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be? Europe. Is it greedy to want an all expenses paid vacation to several countries? England, France, Germany, Italy, Greece... all of it.
3. If you could have a leading role in any major movie, which movie would it be? The Devil Wears Prada. Only because I would steal Meryl Streep's, Anne Hathaway's and Emily Blunt's entire wardrobe before we wrapped.
4. What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far in your life? Making a baby. Still in progress obvs.
5. What show/movie are you most embarassed to admit you love? Well I already admitted that The Mummy Returns is my favorite movie but I will always stop and watch an episode of the Golden Girls.
6. What is one goal that you have for 2012? Seriously? Grow stronger in my walk with the Lord. Not seriously? Try not to gain half my body weight during this pregnancy.
7. If you were a superhero, which one would you be? Ohhh... this is tough. I would be Jean Grey from X-men. Before she goes all crazy and turns into Phoenix.
8. Name one thing that you cannot live without. FOOOOOD!!!!!
9. You're going to the beach for a day but only have room in your bag for three things. What three items do you take? Water, a towel and a book. Great, now I'm sad and miss the beach.
10. What is your best tip for living on a budget or living thrifty? See what you can go without. You'd be surprised what you have in your life that isn't a "necessity". Simplify!
11. If you could spend endless amounts of money on one thing, what would it be? CLOTHES. Shoes, accessories, purses, skirts, shirts, pants, dresses, oh wonderful clothes!

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Pinterest President's Day Weekend

Things I will be doing this lovely 3-day weekend. Maybe.
  • Making plov. Our church is like 97% Russian/Ukrainian so when we have church events, we usually have some Russian food thrown in there. Both my husband and I have tried and LOVED plov (or is it palov?) Either way, I've been meaning to finally try making it on my own and with a little help from the ladies at church, I think I'm going to attempt it this weekend. Between this video and this recipe and a little google translator, I think I'll be in business. The only thing I'm concerned about is I distinctly remember chickpeas in the plov I've tried before and I'm wondering if it's a big deal to add them in... The guy in the vid seems to throw them in and nothing explodes so hopefully it'll be that easy for me.
  • Crocheting. I've currently got 3 different projects going on and my husband has officially cut me off from purchasing any more yarn until I start finishing the skeins I've purchased so far. I can't help it though!!! Yarn is so pretty...
  • Baby shower #1 for one of the 12 women in our church who is pregnant. I'm #10 or 11 in line I think... Crazy, right??
  • Making some homemade ice cream. This one might not happen but I really really REALLY want to try out the ice cream maker we got for Christmas and a lazy 3-day weekend seems like the perfect time to do that.
  • Scouring the internet and Joann's for some material to make this skirt and this dress... they look so simple right? But first I must find material and then make friends with my sewing machine. I might have to convince one of my sisters to take a trip to the garment district in downtown L.A. where stuff is SUPER cheap. Maybe if I promise them a maxi skirt in return they'll do it for me....

Well those are my plans but as always, these are subject to change. Subject to whether or not I have enough energy to attempt any of these things... Have a lovely weekend and Happy President's Day!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Claim Jumper {Inspired} Chocolate Chip Calzone

I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day but I am a fan of February 14th because it is the anniversary of my first date with my husband. So in honor of our first date anniversary, I decided last night was a good night to make a special dessert.

Once upon a time when I was in college, I went to Claim Jumper with my roommate for a dessert night. We had the Chocolate Chip Calzone and let me tell you, it was AMAAAAAAAZING.

Picture from Google of the Chocolate Chip Calzone served at Claim Jumper
So last night I decided to recreate it for my husband. It was seriously so easy, my culinary challenged sisters could easily handle it. :)

Here's my guesstimate of what I used:
  • 1 cup of pre-made pizza dough
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of marshmallows
  • Whipped cream
  • Vanilla bean ice cream
The dessert from CJ has white chocolate chips in it as well except that for some reason the only white chocolate chips I could find were like $5 for a bag so I just stuck to normal semi-sweet chocolate chips. Also you can see they drizzle chocolate syrup and powdered sugar on top but again, I'm on a budget here and we don't have time for those frivolities. But feel free to add it if you have it!

I rolled out the pizza dough to a circle, filled half with chocolate chips and marshmallows and then folded it over (just like a calzone) and pinched the edges. Baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or until the top was golden-brown). Cut into slices and serve with whipped cream, ice cream and a few more chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

I don't have to tell you how delicious it was but I will anyway: it was DELICIOUS.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sorry. But also not.

This weekend turned out to be more fun than I expected. I got most of the things done on my list (except the exercise) and still managed to sneak in a nap (or three).

I know I said I'd try to not turn this into a pregnancy blog but it's already creeping towards "baby blog" and when you're having a baby, you'll understand. So I'm sorry. If you're not a mom, stop reading and I promise I'll have something more fun for you in 25 years or so when my child is grown up and will no longer dominate this blog.

Almost all of my conversations with my husband lately have started like this "So I was reading reviews on this stroller" or "I saw this carseat and I think after researching it's the one I want" so on a trip to Target to get some essentials, I decided to steer him past the stroller and car seat display to just check and see what they had.

Turns out my husband is pretty excited about getting a good stroller. We saw one that included a car seat that I had put in my list of top 5 so he pulled it down off of the display and then "tested" it. This involved him running up and down the aisle and turning quickly and sharply around the corners. I imagine he thinks I'll be doing some kind of army base camp training with our baby in tow but whatevs, I let him have his fun because it meant that he was showing interest in something I've been obsessing over for like a month now.

The hard thing with reviews is that there is always someone who's had a bad experience. It's very difficult to weed through the whiny people and see if there's a pattern of something breaking or being difficult or whatever. But being there with the strollers in the Target aisle really helped me get the feel of the weight and whether it really was easy to break down with one-hand (and yes, my husband required me to pretend I was holding a baby while I folded a stroller).

Oh and it took both of us pulling handles and pushing buttons and banging it on the floor to figure out how to release a car seat from it's base. We eventually figured it out though. Good thing we did it now instead of just getting frustrated and toting our child around with the base still attached to the carseat.

We might as well be wearing signs that say "THIS IS OUR FIRST CHILD. OBVIOUSLY."

At any rate, this is my list of top 5 strollers. I know you're all going to LOVE it. Especially you single ladies.

1. Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini $200: This is the one I've had my eye on from the very beginning and as strollers go, it seems to be in a good price range. I LOVE the color but it's sold out everywhere so hopefully in the next 6 months they start making it again. The cons? All the accessories are sold separately (and not cheaply) and I have yet to test one out in the store. Plus it's not a jogging stroller. HAHAHAHAHAHA.... Sorry I just imagined myself actually jogging. That's it.
2. The BOB 2011 Revolution SE $500: This one is a bit more pricey but after seeing it demonstrated in person (before I even knew I was pregnant) we were convinced that we wanted this stroller. (It helped that the dad demonstrating it was REALLY excited about it.) Even if we didn't have a baby. Conveniently within a week, I found out I was pregnant!

3. Origami Power Folding Stoller $900: This one is outrageously expensive (coming in at a whopping $900) BUT it folds by itself at the push of a button, charges your phone and itself while you are pushing it and has pathway lights on the front. Totally uneccessary (as my husband pointed out: we could just tie flashlights to the stroller) but I can still pretend like this one might be an option.

4. Signature Series by Graco Trekko 3-Wheel Travel System Stroller $300: I hadn't given this one much thought because it had so many bad reviews, but after surviving my husband's rigorous testing, I decided to throw it on the list. Plus it saves us a little bit of money by buying both stroller and carseat together.

5. Bugaboo Cameleon +$1,500: This one is also outrageously expensive but I've seen several moms strolling this around church and it seems to be pretty popular. But yeah we're not going to pay $1,500 (after you buy all the accessories) for a stroller especially since my husband says if we buy a $1,500 stroller for baby then he's going to buy his $5,000 camera that he's been wanting. (I don't know where we're getting all this money from but it's another one to pretend about)
So there you have it. Decisions, decisions. Oh wait, I forgot the one my husband wanted to buy.

Especially for Kids Umbrella Stroller: Coming in at a steep price of $20. I think I cringed a little bit when he suggested this "money saver". Partly because I knew he was joking and partly because I hoped he was joking.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Friday!

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments! We are really excited for this new little life to totally flip ours upside down! I'll do my best not to turn this into a pregnancy blog but if it happens, well, it'll only go on for another 6-7 months and then it will turn into a baby blog.

That said... I have nothing new to blog about today. In the excitement to tell my family about the baby, I forgot to take pictures of the scarves I made (insert you rolling your eyes here). Shocker? Nah not really...

Well... life is hectic. Last weekend was spent spring cleaning our apartment because it had gotten that bad. We have had something to do almost every night this week except for last night (so my husband took me on an impromptu date - which I always love). The busy-ness will continue through this weekend and let me just tell you, it's not really fun stuff. Sorting through tax papers, looking for a house/job, and trying to squeeze in cleaning and exercise.

Is it a surprise that I've gone to bed at 9 pm almost every night?


Wait, actually last night I went to bed at 8:20. Literally fell asleep trying to read/prepare for our High School Group discussions.

Oh, and it's not like I'm waking up at 4 in the morning or anything. I've been full on getting 9+ hours of sleep every night.

They say in your first trimester you're super tired all the time (on top of all the nausea and morning sickness that you're also supposed to experience) but I think I just assumed that no morning sickness = no pregnancy symptoms at all! Which isn't really the case.

I'm terribly sorry for the missing fun posts but to be honest, I don't consider doing 6 loads of laundry something that needs to be posted about. Unless you think it's "fun" to wash dishes, do laundry and calculate federal taxes paid in the year 2011, in which case, let me know and I'll bore you to death with my escapades in cleaning bathtubs and vaccuuming floors. (I never really know how to spell vaccuum.)

But you know what I'm thankful for? My husband. He really is the very best husband in the whole wide world and he really does make it more fun for me to have to do all these non-fun things. Like promising me a dinner date for all the *ahem* hard work I'm doing growing this baby. He really is the best.

Even when I force him to go to Disneyland with me.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Smaller versions of adults

Can I just tell you guys how awkward it is to say that you're pregnant? The words just don't seem to flow out of my mouth very well. And all of the alternatives seem way too cheesy. "We're expecting a little bundle of joy!" or "I've got a bun in the oven if ya know what I mean!" just seems like something a terrible actress on a terrible movie with a terrible script might say.

Let me rewind a bit... we've known since New Year's Eve but because we had already planned to see my family at the end of January, we decided to wait and tell them in person which meant waiting to tell everyone since we wanted our families to know first.

Keeping a secret that big for a month is REALLY difficult. I almost blew it a few times. But we managed to keep it (mostly) a secret and the night before we flew to LA to tell my fam, we told Brian's family.
My mom screamed and totally disregarded the scarf that I had made and wrapped up with the ultrasound pic. I think she was a little more excited about the grandkid than the scarf. My older sister didn't get it even though the pic was on my parent's refrigerator and then even after looking at it for a few minutes FINALLY went "Ohhhhh..." and then hugged me and cried. My little sister screamed and then demanded to know why I didn't tell her right after I found out. (I told you she's been asking and asking and asking and asking me if I'm pregnant yet...) Oh and my dad started planning the treehouse he's going to build for his not-so-imaginary grandkid who probably won't even be able to use it for awhile.

Telling them was so much fun and SUCH a relief. So NOW I finally get to tell you guys... it's harder than you think when you write a blog that's just your thoughts and all your thoughts happen to be about a little baby growing in your belly and you're not allowed to share those thoughts. Suddenly it's much more difficult to write blog posts so forgive me.

So far (all moms: prepare to hate me):
  • no morning sickness, vomiting or nausea. I know! I've heard horror stories and even my NP says it's very rare to not have any of those with a first pregnancy but here I am enjoying every bit of this pregnancy so far!
  • I haven't gained any weight but none of my pants fit (evidently your uterus doubles in size so it turns out it wasn't all that junk I ate over Christmas) so I bet you can guess what I did...
  • I bought a bunch of maternity clothes from Old Navy! And... I'm sending 3/4 of it back. Those pictures are very deceiving and I was extremely disappointed with how everything fit (seems way too huge now but it looks like in a few months it wouldn't even fit over a bulging belly).
  • I'm 11.5 weeks. I thought when we went to our doctor's appointment 2 weeks ago that she was going to say 6-7 weeks but turns out I'm farther along than I thought.
  • We saw the baby move. It was weird.
  • We heard it's heartbeat. It was fast.
  • We are REALLY trusting the Lord for a lot of things including this baby's health and salvation, a job for my husband and hopefully even a house. But God knows exactly what we need and He's taken very good care of us this far so no reason to doubt Him now!
  • I have yet to take any belly pics or Week ## pics but maybe I'll get around to that in a few months when I actually start to show. We all know how good I am at remembering to take pictures... :) Right now it just looks like I ate too much food. Cute, right?
  • My parents are already spoiling this grandchild by offering to buy it any and everything it needs (which will come in handy when we are needing a $500 stroller).
  • I've fainted nearly several times looking at the prices for baby stuff. Seriously. They are making a KILLING off of baby gear.
  • I've registered for this diaper bag that I thought was a purse that turned out to be a diaper bag and now I have an excuse to own it.
  • I'm finally starting to pin baby things on Pinterest. (Or repin the things that I had to disguise under other things but were really baby things...)
  • I still can't really believe that someone is growing inside me. Weird.