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In 16 weeks and some odd days, I’m giving birth to a little boy, a little girl, or the world’s largest cherry. #cantstopwontstop 🍒🍒🍒

In 16 weeks and some odd days, I’m giving birth to a little boy, a little girl, or the world’s largest cherry. #cantstopwontstop 🍒🍒🍒

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This weekend, not in pictures.

You know it’s been a good one when your food groups consist of cheese boards, steak tacos and birthday cake.

This week at work was pretty stressful, but a pretty frank talk with my boss on Friday really helped to take some of the weight off.  So did the arrival of our new patio furniture, on which I had two ounces of Cotes du Rhone in the sun and it was glorious.  GLORIOUS.

We spent a lot of time with our people this weekend.  Friday night was a cheese plate crawl with my friend E and her boyfriend (Prasino, Winchester, Rootstock and a stop by Tastee Freez for an Oreo sundae on the way home).  Saturday was work catch up, home improvement, and a BBQ at our friends L and S’ house in celebration of a friend visiting from South Africa (steak tacos round 1).  Sunday was more work catch up, a World Cup party disguised as a 1st birthday party and steak tacos round 2.

Speaking of World Cup, I haven’t really gotten much into it, but I have to say, it’s really fun to watch an odd game with people who REALLY care.  Our friends are from Central and South America, and they have lots of family in Costa Rica - all ten of them at the party had on matching CR shirts.  We spent the game cheering for Los Ticos, learning new swear words in Spanish from his diminutive mother, having Skype celebrations with their family in CR, and hurriedly opening presents and cutting cake during halftime. 

It was a great weekend.  As we start the final countdown to baby (16 weeks and some odd days, wut?), it was also a good reminder to get out more!

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Love all of these outdoor rugs but on the real who is spending $800 on a rug for OUTSIDE?  Where do I find the same exact thing for like $100?

(and don’t say One Kings Lane because that’s where I found these.)

thanks for the rugsusa.com tip!  lots of great deals to be had!

Filed under $800 for something you clean with a garden hose GFY

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Finally here! Next up: a coat of weathered gray stain, rug, pillows and plants. Pergola will have to wait until next year.
ETA: furniture is from Amazon.  I was somewhat skeptical, but G and another friend had great luck with similar sets ordered from Amazon so we went for it.  We ordered from Urban Furnishings because of the great customer service reviews, which were spot on - they were awesome!

Finally here! Next up: a coat of weathered gray stain, rug, pillows and plants. Pergola will have to wait until next year.

ETA: furniture is from Amazon.  I was somewhat skeptical, but G and another friend had great luck with similar sets ordered from Amazon so we went for it.  We ordered from Urban Furnishings because of the great customer service reviews, which were spot on - they were awesome!

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gasp-shock:

All the Spring Vegetables Covered in a Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Sauce
How good is this? So good I ate leftovers as “post-cocktail nourishment” this weekend. You will end up with way more goat cheese sauce than you need (or maybe not, I don’t know your life), but it keeps in the fridge long enough to roast up another batch of leeks, yellow squash, and potatoes and saute some additional broccolini and asparagus and go to town.

Well this is delicious looking.

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All the Spring Vegetables Covered in a Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Sauce

How good is this? So good I ate leftovers as “post-cocktail nourishment” this weekend. You will end up with way more goat cheese sauce than you need (or maybe not, I don’t know your life), but it keeps in the fridge long enough to roast up another batch of leeks, yellow squash, and potatoes and saute some additional broccolini and asparagus and go to town.

Well this is delicious looking.

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On baby weight.

(I originally posted this last night, but took it down because I was really incensed and didn’t want my point to get lost.  Still holds true this morning, with some edits.).

I’ve known women whose ass looked better in a bikini 7 months pregnant with zero physical activity than mine did at the peak of marathon training.  Who ate perfectly and gained 60 pounds anyway.  Who ate like a trucker and gained less than 20.  Who had preeclampsia. Who was put on total bed rest several weeks before delivery.  Who was forced to stop all exercise because of placenta issues.  Who was eating foot-long grilled cheese sandwiches in pre-pregnancy jeans weeks postpartum.  Who took months to get back into pre-pregnancy jeans.  Who never did.

Someone else’s weight gain/loss (or lack thereof) and the reasons behind it aren’t always apparent, and they really aren’t anyone else’s business.

I’ll be completely honest: seeing the number on that scale creep up faster than I expected and into uncharted territory has been really, really hard for me.

But I’m eating really well, but not depriving myself of treats.  Drinking lots of water.  Making exercise a priority.  Getting good sleep.  I feel really good.  Great, even.

Still, that number is higher than I’d like it to be.  But given how I feel, is that really an issue?  Or is it just my insecurity because we’ve been programmed to think that gaining more than 25-30 pounds is not OK?

My doctor had the best reassurance:

You’re growing a human.  Your body is going to do what it needs to do to support that.  You do your part by putting in the best fuel possible and taking care of yourself, but don’t obsess over a number or indulging a potato chip craving.  Go by how you feel.

So I am.  I’m doing my part and I’m letting my body do the rest.  I’ve waited a really, really long time for this kid, and if I come out on the other side with a few extra stubborn pounds and a perfect, healthy baby, who cares?

I think it’s really sad that some women can’t cut themselves or other women some slack in the pregnancy and postpartum weight department.  There is already so much daily pressure to be thin and pretty in our society, it shouldn’t be so while you are caring for a passenger.  A pregnant and postpartum body is supporting an entire other life, which is a pretty beautiful and amazing (and for sure, unglamorous at times) thing.

I’m by no means advocating using the “eating for two” excuse to justify not taking proper care of yourself or to go on a 40 week junk food binge.  But if you hold the opinion that someone who gains more than the “recommended” 25-30 pounds or fails to lose it like immediately is a fat, lazy asshole, well, that kind of makes YOU an asshole.

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Week in Food 6.23 and last week follow up

So last week I didn’t do anything I planned because work really stressed me out and it was far better for my sanity to just come home to pizza delivery or meet friends for delicious patio tacos.  Back at it this week.

Monday: pasta and sauce with ground beef, mushrooms, onions and spinach (to use up half a jar of sauce and some odd veggies)

Tuesday: M at basketball, some good intention of making myself a full and actual healthy dinner, perhaps a salad of some sort, abandoned in favor of cheese and crackers and ice cream.  (Honesty.)

Wednesday: The house favorite black bean tacos and grilled corn

Thursday: Last week’s abandoned scallops and snap peas.

Friday: Either crockpot pulled pork sandwiches if I get my shit together, or a homemade pizza (because the baby will not be denied).

Last Week:

Monday: pasta salad with grilled chicken, fresh mozz and veggies, tossed with the leftover carrot top pesto from this recipe: Roasted carrots with carrot top pesto.  This was a good way to use up some stuff and make a superfast dinner, and it made plenty for lunches for the rest of the week.

Rest of the week: A joke. Pizza. Tacos.  Repeat.  Delicious.

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Crowdsourcing hairdyers

So my cheapo $30 Revlon hairdryer that I’ve had for 10+ years finally croaked this morning. 

I know the technology has improved since I last purchased a dryer, so talk to me about yours.  Do the spensy ones really dry your hair faster/are they worth the price?  I’m not opposed to spending more than $30 on a new one, but it better be magical and go the distance.

What do you use, and do you love it? 

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It’s not officially summer until there’s been tacos on the Big Star patio.

It’s not officially summer until there’s been tacos on the Big Star patio.

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I know there are several other Tumblr moms-to-be out there, so I thought I would share these great Athleta linen shorts that are cute and growing belly friendly.  They are short but not too short and cut slightly wider in the leg opening for a more flattering fit.

These would also be awesome for the non-pregnant set, as the soft waistband rolls down to a cute drawstring and would be perfectly non-constricting if you were to, oh, I don’t know, see how many burgers you could eat at Roscoe Village Burger Fest or sit on a patio drinking beers in 90 degree heat and high humidity without having your waistband digging into your stomach.  Not that I have big plans for these shorts next summer or anything.

I ordered a size up from my normal size.  The only caution is that the white is totally see through, so go with one of the darker colors.

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RIP Coobah

This was one of my very favorite places in my old neighborhood, and they make my single hands-down favorite summer cocktail EVER, the Uva Caribe - a delicious concoction of light rum, pineapple, club soda, muddled grapes and lime.  The ideal patio pounder on a hot day, we would frequently stop in for “brunch” aka 3 Uvas on the patio before 1 pm. 

The Uva Caribe is so beloved by my group of friends that I have already had two email discussions regarding this loss as of 8:30 this morning. 

I’m super bummed that I won’t get to enjoy one last real “brunch” before they close, so everyone in Chicago head there immediately and have two (or eight) and pour a little out for your homie. 

(The dinner menu is also really delish, so it’s not only about the booze!)

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I made this version of the good old banana pudding with Nilla wafers for Father’s Day dessert.  It was super good, and making your own vanilla pudding is only slightly more difficult than making it from a box.  The meringue topping in place of whipped cream really took it over the top. 

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[I may have let mine go a tad too long.  But not bad for a first try, right?]

Highly recommend!

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Week in Food 6.16 and last week’s review

I really enjoyed getting back in the kitchen last week.  Planning out dinner and prepping some things ahead of time keeps us on track and allows M to start putting dinner together if I get a late start home or hit the gym.  Here’s what’s cooking this week:

Monday: pasta salad with grilled chicken, fresh mozz and veggies, tossed with the leftover carrot top pesto from last week (see below).

Tuesday: out

Wednesday: scallops with snap peas from this month’s Cooking Light (if it’s good I’ll find and link the recipe next week)

Thursday: grilled pork chops and the return of a favorite - the tomato stack with avocado and corn.

Friday: TBD.

Recipes from last week:

Grilled portobello mushroom caps.  I used the portobello burger marinade from Skinnytaste to marinate the mushroom caps, which was awesome.  Next time I will probably do slightly less vinegar and more rosemary.

Grilled fish with tzatziki.  G’s tzatziki recipe is the move.

London Broil.  One of my always favorites, the leftover steak is great for tacos, salads, quesadillas, etc.

Roasted carrots with carrot top pesto.  The pesto was really good and only slightly earthy, which was a surprise to me.  This is a pretty genius way to make a large volume of pesto without raiding an entire basil plant.

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