Scarlet would like me to start my weekend wrap-up showing you three things about these past few days:
Look who tried beets! They were a disgusting success.
Look whose bald spot is growing back in full force! Even a week or two ago, if her hair was up, the whole bottom layer was just peach fuzz. I’m so happy! I’m so sad that I care this much about my daughter’s hair….this needs to be addressed before she’s old enough to understand it.
Look who decided Han Solo was worthy of her attention! He has been her housemate for nine months now so it was about time.
In other news, Scarlet also discovered one of the most important truths of this life: Everything (or mostly everything) tastes better with cheese on top. In our efforts to fatten up our active, calorie-burning baby, we have introduced a small amount of cheese into her diet. Wow. Remind me to add a sound file of her twenty minute long, “Mmmmmmmm!” sessions.
On a related note, she’s been taking double the time to eat her meals that it used to take her? Why? My friend Melissa offered the best suggestion yet – she’s teething and it might feel good to hold food on her gums. For nine months now, it’s been a household joke of ours to blame any crankiness or tears on teething. I think I always knew I’d just know when it was the real thing and, my friends, it’s the real thing. She’s been holding food in her mouth, crying in the middle of the night (a rarity), she had a small fever, and most importantly – there are FOUR white bulges on the front of her gums. I’ve been told it could be a matter of minutes or a matter of a couple of weeks. Stay tuned – you’ll hear about it here first. (or on Facebook)
On an unrelated note, I went on a journey yesterday to buy a pair of flattering jeans for the first time in two years. I have only bought maternity jeans since then!! This had to be remedied. I am so sick of my in-between-two-sizes-frame either squeezing into low rise jeans from my days of having no hips, or wearing large jeans that hide my body. More on that later, though. After an unsuccessful visit to our horrid local mall in Holyoke (“these people are more Jersey than Jersey” –can’t remember who quoted that), I decided to take the long way home and discover the nearby town of Holyoke. While there were nice mountains, parks and old mansions, what most grabbed my attention was a monk standing on the side of the street. He was dressed in full garb in brilliant magenta colors. He was also staring at the sky while listening to an iPod. It was..curious. I just figured that maybe monks keep up with the times and are able to bring their chants anywhere they want in a portable device. Or else…maybe he was listening to Miley Cyrus?
On a related note again, I’m using my iPod in a manner it’s never been used. I have a ton of music on there and I usually skip ahead to what I most feel like listening to. Yesterday I started a new program where I can only listen to songs I would not know how to hum if given the title. It’s my own music and I’d love to explore it fully.
We’ve been doing a lot of Spring cleaning and it feels so good. One of our missions is baby-proofing. Now that Scarlet army crawls or rolls her way around the world, we knew it was time when we realized she could crawl into our bookshelves and scatter or eat our beloved books:
Her innocent, “Who, me?” face:
She also figured out that she’s big enough to sit in her own rocking chair:
Stormy curled up next to her to hear some stories.
Now onto the (mostly local) plugs of the weekend! I assure you no one is paying me to talk about any of this:
Hillside Pizza. Wow. They started in South Deerfield and also opened a store in Hadley last Spring. I know this is weird, but I don’t really like pizza that much. It’s never been my first choice for lunch or dinner…until now. We had it Friday night and I almost couldn’t stand how good it was. We usually have it in Hadley but had it in S. Deerfield and I wonder if it makes a difference getting the original. When I was pregnant and not feeling so hot, their pizza whet my appetite. Oh man. All organic and local ingredients, high quality cheese, a crust that you actually want to eat and not leave on your plate…And they will put on any toppings you ask for if they have it. We especially like carrots and turkey sausage. I can’t even think about it right now…
Chunks of Energy. For some reason the adding links function never works for me here. It’s http://www.chunksofenergy.com if you want to manually copy and paste. As they say, it’s basically just organic and vegan energy bars cut into bite-sized chunks. You can buy them online or at health food stores. I don’t usually like energy bars but these are really creative and there’s a flavor for every taste. And I happened to meet the creator and owner of this product and he’s the type of person who makes you feel as good as his products do. Good times! I keep them on my desk at work since I work above a movie theater filled with sugary snacks and popcorn. These make me feel a lot fuller longer.
Nordstrom and Vigoss Jeans. I finally found a Nordstrom less than an hour away but I had to suffer the perils of Connecticut driving to get there. Once I got there, it was like coming home again! It had been years for me! Nothing beats Nordstrom and their colorful shoe selection, affordable BP section, and Espresso bar with a much overdue iced caramel latte with whip. In decaf, of course. As I wrote above about my endless search for jeans that fit after baby, I went overboard and bought three pairs of Vigoss jeans in three different styles. You gotta do what works. Now I won’t look so silly in my either teenager or “mom” jeans. I can finally keep it real.
Butterfly. We have a neighbor who cooks authentic Chinese food. She brings it to all of our potlucks and when we finally asked if there were any places in our area to get “real” Chinese food, she pointed us to Butterfly in Hadley. Holy crap it’s good. We went there tonight. I’m not a food critic so let’s just say it’s amazing in all aspects.
That about covers it. Thanks for reading this far! Are you bored?