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25 Oct

Hi world 🙂

Good to see you again. I’m back. For real this time. So get ready for a little TMI coming your way. I don’t really feel like it’s TMI, but I have heard from a certain friend of Michael’s that the contents of my blog are a tad bit explicit. All the talk about uteri and cervices (I finally learned the plural forms of these words. Horray for literacy!) made him a little squeamish, apparently. But until I’m pregnant again I don’t really see any conversation about either of those organs happening, so feel free to read away. Either way, I’m going to start writing regularly again.

He's been relentless in his attempts to find his way to our shoes...

James has been relentless in his attempts to fight his way to our shoes… Not one of his toys carries the same allure as dirty, sweaty leather shoe against the gums, apparently.

To catch you up on what’s been going on for the past 5 months, here’s what you need to know:

1. James started sleeping and life got a LOT better

2. We moved back to Utah for a few months while Michael took the CPA exam (and PASSED!), but we’re back in the Seattle area now

3. James is fully mobile. Heaven help us all.

That pretty much covers it.

He even tried to go THROUGH my blockade and got high-centered. I let him squirm for a little to make sure the lesson sunk in.

He even tried to go THROUGH my blockade and got high-centered. I let him squirm here for a while to let the lesson sink in.

These days I feel like a sheepdog herding one very determined, slobbery sheep. Usually he confines his play to our living room, but other times he makes a mad break for the toilet. Or, as I like to call it, the Holy Grail. He’s only gotten close one time, and I managed to stop him right before his little tongue started licking the porcelain furiously. Ever since, he lurks outside the bathroom door, pawing at it like a hungry puppy.

I can tell that he’s dangerously close to walking, at which point it is only a matter of time before he’s stacking chairs and looking for knives, finally achieving his goal of drinking from the toilet bowl, and breaking out of our apartment to roam, stark naked, around the parking lot. When I complain to my mom about this, she has the strangest reaction. Instead of concern, she sounds oddly (and alarmingly) amused. I have a theory that grandparents love grandchildren not because they are adorable, but because they are their children’s personal, unrelenting tormentors. Like built-in revenge for the 18 (plus) years of suffering we put them through. They’re sick people, grandparents.

All in a day's work... He clears shelves, escapes diaper changes, and empties laundry baskets like a boss.

All in a day’s work… He clears shelves, escapes diaper changes (okay, I guess this picture could count as explicit. Sorry Seth!), and empties laundry baskets like a boss.

Since it’s usually dark by t he time Michael gets home, James has been my running buddy for the past few months. It’s hard work pushing that jogging stroller when it’s loaded down with 20 lbs. of blubber, but I like to think that it’s getting me in better shape. We have yet to see whether or not this is actually true though…

We're both pretty tired by the time we get done.

We’re both pretty tired by the time we get done.

Also, if you’re in the mood for a really, really good book, check out Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong. I love to read books about running, but when it comes to the bunch, runners aren’t generally the best writers out there. Entertaining? Yes. Appreciative of well-conceived prose? Not so much. But this book is grrrreat. I’ve been recommending it to everybody I talk to. And I didn’t realize it until I got halfway through, but the author is Lance Armstrong’s ex-wife. Kind of weird, huh? I just love her though. This book made me want to move to Austin and be her best friend.

Anyway, I need to go corral my baby… he’s probably found an interesting-looking electrical socket to explore or something exciting like that.

GO COUGS!!

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I made kale.

21 Oct

Okay, I really hate to say this, but I think kale might just be unsalvageable for me. I might just have to give up on it. I’m a little sad because I had such high hopes for it, but guess what. It’s just gross.

And I say that after trying really hard to find a way to like it. Sorry kids, I will be taking a loosely permanent vacation from kale effective immediately.

Take a look at my fully-documented journey with kale this week:

Steamed Kale

I chopped. I wilted. I steamed.
And then I puked.

To be clear, I think the puking was pregnancy-related, but it still happened. And for that I blame the vegetable. If you’re curious, I used this recipe, which sounded really tasty at the time, but… well, you know the gory details. Bonus? It made my apartment smell disgusting for a full 24 hours.

Aside from my quest to become a lover of all veggies, I might have made a friend! After we met, we started talking about healthy food and turns out that been a 100% organic chick for the past three years. What? I know. She’s so cool. I’m gonna learn all of her ways.

I’ve also been reading like a maniac. Harry Potter? Of course. Well, I’ve been listening to Harry Potter, but I’ve been reading this book:

Run Like a Mother

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Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–And Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

As per the fact that I will be a mother in less than 4 months, I decided that this book was a necessity. And it has gotten me so excited about running after the baby comes!

Meanwhile, my C210K plan managed to get a little off-track (illness, you know). So I just skipped ahead a few weeks and life is now great. All of a sudden I love running again!

When I’m on a run, there are 2 parts that I really hate: the warm-up and the last mile. I realized that the reason I was hating my workouts was because that was all I was getting. Skipping up to the 4 mile runs has been so.much.better. I actually like it again and can remember why I love running so much!

Also, something exciting happened this week.

Official Ballot

I ♥ democracy.

Our official ballots came! Michael and I read through the whole voter’s pamphlet (read: I read through the entire packet and then gave him the condensed version) and then voted. So awesome. The last presidential debate is tomorrow. Can you believe it? Election season is the bomb.