Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Birthday Dinner

We had an early birthday celebration for John-David tonight
at a quaint Maryland restaurant.
I don’t eat the crab cakes but
I’m told they are amazing.
One in our party said the best of her life.





Very quaint down home restaurant,
two crab cakes, fried okra, and green beans.






Foot on table almost
the entire meal.













Three men and a baby.

Sarah Who?

Ok.
I am trying really
really
r.e.a.l.l.y

super
hard not to espouse my
political views here.
Can you imagine how hard this is for me?
But I know I’m not the only who said Sarah who?
That is why I thought this was so funny.



Op-Ed Columnist
Vice in Go-Go Boots?
By MAUREEN DOWD

Published: August 31, 2008
Imagine my delight when the hokey chick flick came out on the campaign trail, a Cinderella story so preposterous it’s hard to believe it’s not premiering on Lifetime.

Confidential to Those Who Partake in Tank Tops

I can see your bra straps when they are white, black or nude.
And I don’t want to see, I promise.
Don’t even think that a foundation garment with clear straps
makes it acceptable.
The person who invented clear straps has been taken out behind the shed…

Friday, August 29, 2008

Market Rain

Heavy rain at Friday Farmer’s Market time
but
Faris joined us tonight so
he stayed in the car with Luke while I made the rounds.


































Our farmers were happy to be out in the much needed rain.
Last week Faris said I didn't get enough fruit.

My Prize This Week:
16 Peaches
6 Nectarines
8 Plums
8 Asian Pears
4 Eggplants
3 pints cherry tomatoes
2 boxes tomatoes (for my week of BLTpalozza)
4 scones
1 loaf of bread
1 bunch of flowers

Bacon

I was a vegetarian for years.
Something like 11 or 12 years.
I gave it up for the splendor of
Bacon and Barbeque Ribs.
So imagine my delight this morning…
Luke’s first bacon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Day of School, Sort Of

We visited Lindy in her classroom today.
School starts next week and
Lindy was busy getting her classroom ready.






















































classroom photo credit, Asst. Principal Melissa





I was a little howshouldisaythis
taken aback/stunned/amazed/embarrassed
at how many of her colleagues look at the blog.
Really, people, I pretend you don’t read this
silly blog
but amgrateful that you do.

We also had a scrumptious lunch at a greek place.
My mom went on and ON and ON and ON
about how good the grilled chicken salad was.
It totally lived up to the hype.













China

I’m still thinking about the awesome Olympic show China put on but to be honest I don’t know what to make of it. How do I square my understanding of the role China wants/is playing on the international stage with the way I know they treat the weakest of their society or the way they brutally treat anyone who dares speak out or the obvious censorship? My understanding of China isn’t super deep or well polished but I know a little. So I was thrilled to read Tom Friedman’s column today. Always happy to have his thoughts to ponder.

Op-Ed Columnist
A Biblical Seven Years
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: August 27, 2008
As snapshots go, the one China presented through the Olympics was enormously powerful — and it’s one that Americans need to reflect upon this election season.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Scrunching of the Nose

This new scrunching up
his nose and going nyeh nyeh
is my new favorite thing.
Thank goodness he does it a lot.

video

Dot System

Some of you readers might remember
how brilliant I think the dot system in India is.
The color of the dot on the head indicates your
status (i.e. married, not married and so on).
I’ve always thought we should have something similar:
A green dot for an available single person
A black dot for bad seed single people
A red dot for married people
A purple dot for those who play on the other team
A yellow dot for people in transition
You get the drift, right?
It would be superhelpful I know!
How about a green bean seed for underage?


Less Than Four Bucks

In no particular order

I paid $3.44 a gallon for gas today. Isn’t it funny that I think that is cheap? I remember when it was 89 cents a gallon…um…a long time ago.

I’ve never really been a TJ Max/Ross/Marshall shopper but there is a TJ Max near other stores I sometimes frequent so I stop in on occasion to check out the children’s merchandise. I had NO IDEA that they sold books. I got some superawsome children’s books for $3.99 a piece.

P.S. I saw a black knockoff of my kicking Tano bag at TJ Max.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Spicy Night

Confession: Faris and I love the Olympics and ate most of our dinners in front of the TV during the last two weeks.

Tonight we were back at the table. To celebrate I made a new dish, Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage from America’s Test Kitchen Fast and Fresh Recipe Card issue (on newsstands until September 29). Can you say yummy one dish spicy easy meal?! Kind of reminds me of my friend Rachel’s Special Pasta.











Should I try zucchini "pasta" next? I’ve got fresh zucchini in the fridge…

Confidential to Rachel

Thank you. Thank you. They are marvelous and you are extraordinary.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Flo


We have had the Flo for months.
You NEED one too.
You put it on your bath faucet
and it makes the water come
out sort of like a waterfall.
It is fabulous.
Luke loves it.
I love it.
Now go get yourself one.

I May Call On You, Tidy Up Your Home

A few weeks ago I made a mommy friend
but
didn’t have a sleek way to convey my
email at the time of departure.
I reluctantly scribbled something
on the back of one of Faris’ business cards,
irked I no longer had fancy business cards
of my very own.
No longer.
I have calling cards!!
Which make me feel like
a woman in society
in a Jane Austen novel
in the social mecca town of Bath.
I got mine on Etsy.
Lots and lots to choose from.


P.S. I dug out my business card holder and dropped it in my purse, not diaper bag!

Mush, Papa Joe!


The town next door has its annual festival
along the Bay this weekend.

Papa Joe talking to a vendor man
and
pushing His Majesty with bug netting in full force.

Market

I L.O.V.E. the Friday night Farmer’s Market.
Everything always sells out.
I go early to get a good spot in the bread line.
(Our weekend breakfast consists of the yummy scones,
not as yummy as the ham and cheese scone in NYC though.)
















Next week I promise to take pictures of
1. the tomatoes to the left
2. the flowers on the stroller and behind luke
3. the crazyridiculous bread and the line it commands.
4. the peaches

H2O

Thursday's water bottle delivery.
Ridiculous amount of fun.























Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Fun

Friends came for a visit today
and we walked, ate, and splashed in the pool.

Wednesday Walk

A Wednesday evening family walk
included a yummy stop at Taste Freeze.
















This bird (not our usual bird friend) was itchy.

Mr. Fix It

Lindy and Papa Joe came on Tuesday.
Papa Joe fixed the crotchety kitchen light switch.





















Monday, August 18, 2008

Home Invasion

Home Invader= Caterpillar
I am A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
I rid my home of this creature.

Darling creature in natural habitat.
Not so darling in my home.
I believe the home invader came from a sack of corn
purchased for my onetruelove who loves
summer corn.

Confidential to my onetruelove: Upon your return home the sack of corn is on the balcony waiting for you to handle creepy crawly situation.

Sunday Walking



Luke and I went for an e.a.r.l.y
Sunday morning walk before church.










We saw the usual fishers.
We saw this guy on our evening walk too.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Yum!

By now you are familiar with my love of summer tomatoes.
So imagine my giddy delight when flipping through my Barefoot Contessa cookbook and found a summer pasta recipe.
Around 1pm this afternoon I took my three pints of farmer market red, orange and yellow cherry tomatoes and tossed them with ½ cup of olive oil, garlic, basil, salt, and crushed red pepper. At dinner time I cooked up some whole wheat pasta and then tossed it with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
Can you say YUM!!

Happenings #615284

Thursday brought us special visitors.
Luke climbed the stairs at Tata and Cedo’s house
with able assistance from Dylan and Uncle Nader
(Little Luke can take the staircase all by himself but needs the just in case you decide to sit down or turn around support!)

















And there was some fishing from our pier…
…just an hour or two before storm knocked out power for hours!




















A lovely woman upstairs is an excellent cake decorator
And she graciously shared her talent with a few women in our building.
My organic lemon cake with half blueberry and half strawberry filling.















Iced to resemble a drum.
Not bad for my first time.
(I forgot the pretzle sticks for the drum sticks)














Here are two things I learned: a toothpick is a cake decorator’s best tool and my SaSa is a cake decorating SUPER mastermind (I’m specifically remembering a R2D2 cake for John-David.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happenings

Yesterday I made a quick sprint to the
horrible mall.
(Yes, I officially hate the mall.)
Lindy joined me for the trip.




















Luke went from a size three foot to size five.
Our first pair of Stride Rite shoes.
Perfect for the Fall season.














Our area has been blessed with
unusually mild weather so we have been
walking up a storm.

Soundtrack

A sample of our life soundtrack...

at least this season of life.



video

The Score


Luke 1

Mommy 0






Monday, August 11, 2008

Things I Have a Crush On

Crocodile Creek playground balls
specifically our
blue solar system ball
and
red dinosaur ball
because
1. They are PVC free
2. They are super cute for playground balls
but mostly because
3. F & L roll the ball to each other














Our new Mable Labels with a cute turtle icon.Keep your fingers crossed the really are dishwasher/microwave/uv resistant.
(Truth, I am not loving that my bag tags have one side with Luke's name and the other advertising mable labels.)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Games

I l.o.v.e. the Olympics.
China’s Opening Ceremony = Totally Spectacular

Um.
I was just wondering about a thing or two.
(1) Attire
Beach Volleyball.
Men's Team














Women's Team














Why such a difference in attire?
Same for gymnastics.

(2) If the events happened yesterday can you please just show them already? I’m tired. America is freaking tired. I don’t want to stay up so late.

Lovely Things This Week

Wednesday
My Little Mom staring as Luke’s
(1)personal assistant
so that I can enjoy a peaceful
morning bible study
and
(2) swim associate.















Thursday
A sweet afternoon nap.















My mother-in-law as
loving playmate
while I accomplished housework
sans
sweet baby at my feet.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Do You Own One of These?











It’s a Swiffer WetJet.
I ♥ my WetJet.*
It is great for in-between cleaning fairy mop sessions.

If you have one and didn’t sing the praises of it to me
I’m officially mad at you.

If you don’t have one
…well…
you are most welcome for this product alert.

*My name is Camille and I approved this endorsement. It is not paid or supported in anyway by Swiffer or it’s parent company.

P.S. I found lots of new products to love over the last month!! Are you ready for fun and fabulous pieces of flair to clutter your life with?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Found

Moving to the middleofnowhere has been a difficult transition for me (and to be honest it still is). I’ve been working hard on having an open mind and proactively looking for good things about our location.

I’ve found one.

Finally.

The fresh picked that day produce available in the aforementioned middleofnowhere is nothing less than
amazing
spectacular
and
delicious.

For example, the lady with purple fingers on the side of the road. She picks her dirt, grit and chemical free blackberries in the morning and is on the side of the road in her red and white truck by 11:30am. 12noon if she is picking in the back of the patch.

I didn’t know what real blackberries tasted like until I had these.

I’m understanding more and more how the grocery store has ruined produce for us. We don’t know the sweetness of a true strawberry or the meltyjuicyness of a tomato (preferably still warm from the sun).

I confessed to the lady with purple fingers on the side of the road that last week I ate an entire container in one day. Without hesitation and in all seriousness she asked me if I’d then had diarrhea (gasp!). I shrieked on the inside. Never ever is it ever permissible to talk about potty business in polite company. I would go so far as to say that the only person you should be discussing your potty business with is your doctor. I promise no one else cares. The only leniency on potty business talk would be about small (and I mean small) children and then only to family or other mothers whose children you would be willing to change a stinky diaper for.

What happens at the potty stays at the potty.
Pass it on.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hey, Stranger

I’m back.

I thought I’d ease back to the blogging thing with another public service announcement.*
Perhaps you saw the John McCain ad with Britney and Paris? Or at least you heard the flap about it.
It was yucky, I don’t care which way you lean on the political spectrum.
So enjoy this rebuttal from Ms. Paris Hilton herself.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die



*I consider alerting you to Chick-fli-a Cow Appreciation Day a public service, don’t you?!