Saturday, December 29, 2012

36 Weeks

My bowl full of jelly

How far along?  36 weeks

Total weight gain?  +30 pounds

Maternity clothes?  Well, the shirt above is not maternity, howevah, it IS an XXL.  Yes, that would be two XXs.  That's Target's junior section for ya. But when I saw this shirt I felt it needed to be filled out with a big ole belly.

Stretch marks?  No

Symptoms?  The same symptoms I've been having, just now the carpal tunnel is getting to the point that I'm losing feeling in my right hand, it just kind of tingles now.

Sleep:  The same, not great.

Best moment this week:  Besides seeing the baby again at the 36-week sonogram (which was great, don't get me wrong, just not a lot to see since it's pretty cramped in there at this point), spending Christmas with mah boo and getting to facetime with my family.

Miss anything?  My family in NC.  We were supposed to spend Christmas with them this year, but no dice since I'm on travel lockdown until this baby arrives.  But like I said, thankfully I got to at least facetime with them which almost made it felt like being there.

Movement:  Still a lot; the hubs and I have been entertaining ourselves watching my stomach contort when baby decides to start moving around.

Gender:  TBD. 

Labor Signs:  None

Belly button in or out? Out.

Exercise:  Took the week off from shuffling, not intentionally, though. Just because the weather has not been ideal and there's been so much other stuff going on with the holidays.

Looking forward to:  Some more days off from work to get more stuff done around the house and the baby's room.  Hopefully I'll have some posts soon of what I've been working on.  Stay tuned.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Our 2012 Christmas Card

I had the hardest time finding a card meant for peeps who are expecting on the usual sites:  Snapfish, Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, etc, so I decided to just make our own.  Enter PicMonkey with its collage feature. I made a 3-frame collage with our picture in the center, and their background print in the other two frames, saved that and uploaded again to the regular picture editing site to add in text and a little overlay in the corner, and voila, a Christmas Card made just for us.

Merry Christmas y'all!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

35 Weeks

How far along?  35 weeks.  Due one month from today, y'all!

Total weight gain?  +28 pounds as of 34-week appointment

Maternity clothes?  Still  a mix of maternity and non-maternity.  Haven't bought any more new clothes...yet.

Stretch marks?  No

Symptoms?  Swelling in hands and feet (we're talking borderline cankles right now), carpal tunnel, hiccurps and occasional heartburn.

Sleep:  My bladder tends to wake me up about an hour earlier than I'd like and then I have trouble falling back to sleep.

Best moment this week:  I think it might've been getting the bassinet set up in the house. Made me feel like we might actually have at least one thing prepared for what is about to happen.

Miss anything?  My ankles, see symptoms above.

Movement:  Still plenty.

Gender:  TBD. 

Labor Signs:  None

Belly button in or out? Out.

Exercise:  Still shufflin'.

Looking forward to:  Really looking forward to just getting past this week.  At work, it's felt a lot like the stress of final exams before everyone goes out on holiday break.  Plus on Friday we're going to see the Christmas lights in Hampden, always a treat and it's a week off from work after that.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

34 Weeks

Oops I'm only writing this one day before I'm 35 weeks but better late than never, right?

How far along?  34 weeks

Total weight gain?  +28 pounds

Maternity clothes?  Still making it work with a mix of maternity & non-maternity.  Trying to not buy any more new clothes the rest of the way.

Stretch marks?  None yet.

Symptoms?  More swelling, hiccurps, some heartburn, and I get more and more sore on my sides while trying to sleep.  And I still feel like a big pregnant dummy.  But other than that, not too shabby.

Sleep:  Same story, some nights are better than others, but none are great sleep-wise.

Best moment this week:  Time with family and friends in NC last weekend.

Miss anything?  After this week at work I wouldn't have minded a glass of wine or six.

Movement:  Still plenty especially after eating.  I believe I can safely say this baby is a fan of Bo-berry biscuits, just like its mom.

Gender:  TBD.

Labor Signs:  None

Belly button in or out? Still an outie.

Exercise:  Still shufflin'.

Looking forward to:  Maybe actually getting some stuff accomplished around the house this weekend.  I get a little more stressed out each day that I feel like nothing is ready or organized.

Friday, December 7, 2012

33 Weeks

Go Tar Heels!  Women's Soccer National Champs

How far along?  33 weeks

Total weight gain?  +26 pounds as of the 32 week appointment

Maternity clothes?  Even the longer shirts that I've bought in a larger size are starting to not be long enough.  The one above is an XL and it's getting close to not cutting it.  Leggings are currently my BFF.

Stretch marks?  None yet.

Symptoms?  Here's a new one:  pregnancy carpal tunnel.  My hands have been in serious pain the past week after writing 40 thank you cards plus long hours at work.  And I still have swelling in my hands and feet and the ever-present hiccurps.

Sleep:  The same, not so great.  Some nights are better than others..

Best moment this week:  Dinner with the Highlandtown Emerald Society and Auxillary

Miss anything?  Wearing my real rings.  Most of the time now, my fingers are too swollen for my rings to fit, so I've been rocking a fake set from Kohl's for the past couple weeks.

Movement:  Mostly after eating and definitely more cramped.  My ribs are painin' this week.

Gender:  TBD.  

Labor Signs:  None

Belly button in or out?  I must've been kidding myself last week thinking it was flattening out. If I can see it through some shirts, then it's still an outie.

Exercise:  Still keeping up with my shuffling, pushups and dips routine...hills seem to get a bit tougher each week but I just tell myself they can't be harder than labor.

Looking forward to:  North Carolina again this weekend for an old and dear friend's wedding!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

32 Weeks

How far along?  32 weeks.  How in the world did I get to be 8 months pregnant??  Actually, on second thought, don't answer that..

Total weight gain?  +26 pounds (Yes somehow I gained 6 pounds in two weeks.  I blame the fact that I was wearing boots on the scale and had a full bladder)

Maternity clothes?  Leggings, jeggings, jeans (one pair) and sweater dresses.  Starting to discover that some of my longer pre-pregnancy sweaters still fit, thanks goodness.

Stretch marks?  None yet.

Symptoms?  Hiccurps are still a constant presence in my life, however the heartburn hasn't been quite as bad, swelling (wearing my rings less and less), mood swings (sorry Hubs :( ), and symptoms that Lord I hope are just pregnancy brain, otherwise I'm just losing it.

Sleep:  Still not so great, but now I find myself passing out pretty early after long days at work.

Best moment this week:  There's no way I can pick just one between the time I got to spend with the fam and good friends.
 Lots of great moments that I miss already.

Miss anything?  Being able to fit between tight spaces.  Out at lunch last week with a new coworker, I tried walking around one side of a table closest to the wall and I could not get through at all.  I had to turn around and walk around the other side of the table. Needless to say it was a bit embarrassing  and even though it was needless, I did actually say "This is embarassing."

Movement:  A lot but now it seems to be a bit more cramped in there.  In a meeting today I could actually see my stomach moving and wondered if anyone else noticed.

Gender:  TBD.  

Labor Signs:  None

Belly button in or out?  My outle is starting to flatten out, as if the rest of my stomach is finally catching up to it.

Exercise:  Shuffling, pushups and dips.  Still gotta try to fit in some yoga.

Looking forward to:  Dinner with good friends we don't get to see too often tonight, i
nfant care class this weekend so we can (at least sort of) feel like we know what we're doing, and the Ravens-Steelers game on Sunday.

Friday, November 23, 2012

What I'm Thankful For...

It's the little things really.

Hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving!!!  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

31 Weeks

How far along?  31 weeks.  Due date is exactly 2 months from today.  That is cray.

Total weight gain?  +20 pounds as of 30 week appt

Maternity clothes?  Had a pregnancy reality check last week when it was a really cold day and I tried putting on my puffer coat for the first time this season.  Womp womp.  So I broke down and bought a maternity one from Old Navy, basically getting the cheapest one I could find considering I really should only need it for a month or two.  

Stretch marks?  None yet.

Symptoms?  Hiccurps (my word, look it up) like a mo fo, and heartburn seems to be getting worse.  I bought Tums for the first time in my life. I guess this is going to be a hairy baby, not surprising.  Swelling in my hands is getting more frequent, too.  I think it might be time to break down and buy some faux wedding rings because my school ring has been my substitute on days when my real rings don't fit, and I'm afraid it makes me look like an unwed teen mom.

Sleep:  Thinking it's not going to get any better any time soon.  I think the soreness in my hips wakes me up more than my bladder does.  Even the pillow between the knees trick isn't working as well anymore.

Best moment this week:  I don't know if it was the best but a nice moment this week was at Target when a complete stranger told me how cute she thought I was dressed.  I was thinking like, "Yeah, still go it."

Miss anything?  Having any sort of control of my emotions.  After a rough day at work yesterday, I started feeling bad for myself and overwhelmed and I could not stop crying to save my life.  I realize how blessed I am and most of the time I'm really happy about that fact, but I still have my moments. 

Movement:  Still tons.

Gender:  TBD.  

Labor Signs:  None

Belly button in or out?  Still trying to be an innie, but mostly an outie.

Exercise:  Still shufflin, just not LMFAO style (i.e. every day).  More like 3 times a week.  I try to also throw in push-ups (until my belly hits the floor) and dips almost every day.

Looking forward to:  NORTH CAROLINA!!!  Leaving tonight and I cannot wait!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Is This What Nesting Looks Like?

Last weekend, I needed to go to Target for two main reasons:  1) return some things 2) buy thank you cards.  I don't know what happened and I might've blacked out for a little while there, but when I got home my trunk looked like this:

I had bought out half of their Home Organization department and there was not a single thank you card in sight. Oopsies.  I think this must be what they mean by nesting (and let's also throw pregnancy brain in there while we're at it).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Engaged vs Pregnant

It wasn't too long ago (actually about 15 months ago to be exact) that I was an engaged lady rather than a married and pregnant one.  Something I'm sure every engaged woman has noticed is that once someone finds out about your new relationship status, a pattern in the questions you get asked soon emerges.

Well now that I'm pregnant (and it shows) I've noticed there is a very similar pattern of go-to standard pregnancy questions and conversation.  So much so that I thought it worth a side-by-side comparison:

Both very exciting times, and people very excited for you, but this is a totally different world, that is fo sho!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Weeks

How far along?  30 weeks.  Holy crap, y'all, we are in the 30s.  S is getting real.

Total weight gain?  +20 pounds 

Maternity clothes?  Again the top above is regular (non-maternity) tunic from LOFT, also wearing regular leggings, Old Navy maternity jeggings, and one pair of jeans that still fit (I looked at the label and the sizing said "Curvy".  Curvy indeed).  

Stretch marks?  None yet; I've been staying lotioned up since week 7 which seems to be working.

Symptoms?  Still plenty of hybrid burb/hiccups (which I've decided to call "hiccurps" going forward), which are usually accompanied by heartburn.  Fingers and feet starting to swell on occasion now.

Sleep:  Not so great this week.  I'm starting to get up more than once to use the bathroom each night and it takes me so long to fall back asleep once I wake up.  Especially once my mind starts racing about all the organizing I want to do in the house.

Best moment this week:  Breaking it down on the dance floor at the wedding this past weekend with the hubs.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel about dancing with zero cocktails and carrying around an extra 20 l-bs, but once we got out there I forgot I was preggo and we had a blast.

Miss anything?  We got a flyer in the mail for a sushi place and it made me want to order up a couple of rainbow rolls, stat.  I guess I could get tempura or something but I figure I've made it this far, might as well wait a couple more months.

Movement:  Still moving like crazy, especially after eating.  I could actually see my belly contorting after a fun-sized bag of peanut butter m&ms (post-Halloween sale at the drug store right now: 75% off!  Holla)  The doctor said I have an anterior placenta, which would make it harder to feel movement, but that has not been the case for me at all.

Gender:  TBD.  Though last night I dreamt it was a boy, hmm.

Labor Signs:  Nope

Belly button in or out?  Maybe 20% of it is still in, but let's be honest, it's an outie.

Exercise:  Still going on a 3 mile shuffle a couple times a week.  Didn't make it to prenatal yoga yet, considering just buying a DVD to try at home.

Looking forward to:  Actually having no plans at all this weekend, which means we can get some stuff done around the house and maybe finally buy nursery furniture.  But I'm REALLY looking forward to going home to NC next week to see my fam and friends. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

29 Weeks

I've seen other peeps do this and thought it's cute and a nice diary to keep, so I'm giving it a try myself.  If boring/irrelevant to you, please ignore and we won't speak of it again.

How far along?  29 weeks

Total weight gain?  +18 pounds as of 26 week appointment (I'm refusing to get on the scale between appointments)

Maternity clothes?  Mostly yes at this point.  Although a few weeks ago LOFT was having one of their 40% off everything sales sales so I bought a few of their extra long/tunic tops (like the one above).  It's hard for me to invest in clothes I'm only going to wear a few months, so I thought this could be one alternative.  I've also found that a pre-pregnancy sweater dress can work nicely as a maternity sweater.

Stretch marks?  None yet

Symptoms?  In the past, when I'd see heartburn commercials, I always wondered what that felt like and would I even know if I was having it?  Now I know, when you have it you'll know it and it feels exactly like it's name, dummy!  I also have this weird hybrid hiccup and burp.  Not cute.

Sleep:  So glad I got my nice memory foam pillow back yesterday (I left my original one behind after a vacay to Hilton Head last month).  Made a huge difference in my sleep last night, a side sleeper needs a nice sturdy pillow to keep the neck aligned properly.  Also trying to use a pillow between my legs since I found out that it can help take pressure off of my hips which get sore so easily lately.  I'm getting tired really early this week, but I'm guess that daylight savings has something to do with that.

Best moment this week:  The extremely touching and very fun Baby-Q/Shower thrown by the hub's family for us.  I have the best in-laws ever, plus my parents and sister made the trip up from NC to be there for us too.

Miss anything?  A good night's sleep.  Would love to sleep completely through the night again (I've had to get up at least once a night since about 8 weeks in), but i guess that's not happening for a while.

Movement:  this baby likes to MOVE.  It goes crazy especially after I have something to eat.  Definitely getting some kicks in the ribs these days, too.

Gender:  ???

Labor Signs:  Nope

Belly button in or out?  Looking more like an outie than an innie lately.

Looking forward to:  My first preggo wedding on Saturday, really hoping the maternity cocktail dress I bought still fits.  SPOILER ALERT:  I doesn't.  So sad...but now I know not to buy a maternity dress 3 months before an event.  Lesson learned.

Exercise:  I don't call it jogging, it's really more of a shuffle that I'm doing in my current state.  So I've been going out shuffling a few mornings a week, which is one of the pluses of daylight savings, it's light out again in the mornings.  Hoping to try some prenatal yoga next week, because childbirth class this past Sunday made labor sound like one really long Bikram class to me.

Friday, November 2, 2012

What I've been up to lately...

Yep, I've got a bun in the proverbial oven, y'all. Now that I'm in my 3rd trimester, the cat is pretty much out of the bag because let's face it, these days it's looking more like I've swallowed a bowling ball than just had a big lunch.  So that (mostly) explains my 5 month THC hiatus...I've just been working on a very big project, completion due around January 20th.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Preakn' Out

Ahh, Pimlico, Home of the Preakness.  It's where I, along with 121,308 of my closet friends, spent last Saturday and it was a fabulous day.

Like I mentioned before, we pulled a Jeffersons a couple years ago and moved on up to the Grandstand seats.

I got to rock the look I put together last week, and see my boo in his seersucker suit for the first time since our wedding.

Thank you fascinator for not squeezing my melon-sized head
I love all of the energy of being at Pimlico and the fanfare that goes along with the race.  This year it included a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales (and dalmatian).

A very patriotic parachuter, which I of course loved

And what we all agreed was the coolest part of the day, a fly-over by a Stealth Bomber

But I really adored seeing everyone in their Preakness finest

The girls
Mad props to pregnant Pam for being such a trooper.

The boys

Group picture, sans Doc

Obligatory Preakness cat picture

And I was a big fan of our seats that were only a few rows back from the rail; we got to see all the Preakness action.

The start

The second time around:

Amazing how much distance I'll Have Another made up in the final yards.  It was crazy being there in person and hearing the record-breaking crowd go absolutely bonkers for this horse.

We'll all be pulling for him to be saying I'll Have at the Belmont next weekend (had to do it).  But seriously, it would be awesome to say we were there when the first Triple Crown winner in Lord knows how many years (I could look it up but I'm too lazy), won the Preakness.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes, I'm one of those people who loves their birthday and today is mine.  I just love birthdays in general though, and celebrating them.  There could be some stranger in a restaurant, and while the wait staff sings their birthday song, I'll be singing and clapping right along with them. And then there's the cake.  Mmm...cake.

I just strongly believe that everyone should get very special treatment for their birthday and I love that there are companies out there who feel the same way. I figured I share some of the birthday deals I've received this month, so others can get the birthday props they deserve, too:

25% off at Amaryllis Jewelry
10% back in rewards at Office Depot
Double A+ rewards from Airtran
Saving on booking vacations at Delta Vacations
FREE gift from Sephora
FREE drink from Dunkin Donuts
FREE class from Bikram Yoga Baltimore
FREE class from Bikram Yoga Raleigh
10% off any products and services from Zina's Day Spa

There's also a much more comprehensive list of birthday deals here.  Evidently I could eat for free all day today by hitting up Denny's, Fuddruckers, Baskin Robbins, and Famous Dave's but I think I'll pass as I would like to be around to celebrate my next birthday, too.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Preparing for Preakness

With the Preakness coming up this weekend, some may wonder how it's any different from the Kentucky Derby, and since I've been to the race a few times now, allow me to explain.  They both have grandstands where folks dress up in their finest and sip cocktails while watching the horses race by, but unlike the Derby, the Preakness has an infield party featuring a Maroon 5 and Wiz Kalifa concert and a half-man, half-horse, and possibly alcoholic mascot named Kegasus.

I liken the Preakness to a tuxedo t-shirt, it wants to be formal but it's here to party.  And that is why I love it, but also (and mostly) because it was at this race that I met my boo so many moons ago.

Back when we first met, we were slumming it in the infield but have since moved up to the grandstand seats for the past few years.  Both vantages have their virtues but I'm glad that we now class it up a bit, especially because I get to dress the part.

Tonight I'm going shopping with a couple friends to outfit ourselves for Saturday, so my mind has been, ahem, racing with ideas.

 A lot of ladies like to go the Maryland flag/Black Eyed Susan themed route in the spirit of the race
And last year I saw a few fellow race-goers rocking with the black and white look, and I have to say it looks quite chic

Preakness Possibility 3
White Seersucker Dress  (Similar here),  Michael Kors Jet Set Zip Tote, super cute Horse Bit BengalLanvin Sunglasses,  Pedro Garcia Wedges
However the hubs is wearing his tan seersucker suit and I'd like to wear something more complimentary plus my head is roughly the size of a prize-winning watermelon so finding a hat that fits can be quite a challenge.

To save myself some hat-trying-on grief I already took it upon myself to buy a fascinator which tends to be more forgiving to us big-headed ladies, so I am going to be building my outfit around that.  Here's one option:

But since I already spent a tad too much on my headware (didn't realize my order was in GBP and not USD until I already purchased it, oopsies), I don't think a new dress is really in the budget.  I probably will follow the sage advice of fellow Tar Heels, Meredith & Gwyneth, and shop my closet instead.

Now if I only spent as much time researching the horses as I do on what I'm wearing.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Oh, the (Brunch) Possibilities

This Mother's Day, to avoid the crowds and add that extra bit of homemade love for the hubs' mom, we'll be hosting brunch at our house with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Last night, we discussed what should be on the menu, and while we haven't made any final decisions as of yet, there are all kinds of fantastic brunchy possibilities.

I am loving the idea of bite-sized anything for some reason, like these Egg, Bacon and Toast cups from Kayotic Kitchen:

And these mini quiches from the Kitchn.

Or the cutest little darned pancakes I've ever seen.
So cute I could just eat them up, literally
I do love a basket of breakfast breads at brunch, too, and we could make it even more special by adding a trio of flavored butters, like this strawberry butter from Half Baked

It's nice to have some fresh fruit at the table as well, to help offset all of that buttery, eggy, bacony goodness, and I think this spin on the fruit salad is a cool way to mix it up
Who doesn't love food on a stick?
Or we could even add some veggies to the mix, like these Zucchini Rounds from Health Magazine

But this also counts as a vegetable, right??

Bloody Mary with Old Bay
Old Bay = mandatory
I think yes.  Cheers to all the moms out there!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

House Guest Prep

When you have guests like L&B coming to visit, you do not want to disappoint, so in order to make sure I was properly prepped, I did my research y'all.  I turned to a couple experts like Martha and Carolyne Roehm, as well as about half a dozen google searches.

In all the tips I read, there were definitely some common themes, so here's a summary of what learned to make Chez Tar Heel as close to the Four Seasons as possible.

Tips to Prepare for House Guests:
  • Make your guest room feel like a nice hotel room by adding the amenities you've found yourself appreciating from your travels, like bottles of water with drinking glasses or some fresh cut flowers in a small vase.

  • Leave fresh towels out on the bed so there is no need for your guests to go searching for them.  I didn't get around to this myself, but you can make the towels look even more special by tying them up in some twill or placing in a decorative bag or basket.

  • Keep a good reading light next to the bed.  There's nothing worse than turning off the main light in a strange room and then trying to navigate your way to the bed in the dark.  A good alarm clock and a box of tissues nearby are also essentials.

  • Your guests probably won't feel welcome if they feel like they are staying in your home's storage unit.  Clear out the clutter and leave out welcoming touches like a selection of books and shared photos, or even their favorite brand of mineral water.

  • During our honeymoon in Greece, I loved how each place we stayed at set out a bowl of fresh fruit, so I did the same.  Fresh baked cookies or other local fare would work nicely as well.

  • Even if you are using the guest room closet as your own overflow space, make it as neat as possible and clear out some room for your guests so there is ample room to hang their own items.  Leave at least one empty drawer in the bureau for them to use as well.  One tip I saw suggested leaving the guest towels in a drawer so when you take them out to set out for your visitors, you automatically have that storage space to leave them as well.

  • Set out a luggage rack so no one feels the need to be placing their dirty bags on those fresh linens you just laid out.  We don't currently have a rack so I just left a storage ottoman at the end of the bed that bags could be set on.  

  • Make sure there are plenty of pillows and blankets provided on the bed.  That way your guest can adjust their sleeping space to their needs.   
  • Don't put anyone in an awkward situation.  Stock the bathroom with plenty of supplies so that there is never a need to ask for more.  And always leave a fresh bar of soap.  If I was smart like my mom, I would save the hotel toiletries that I never use during my travels, and then I would be able to leave them out for guests, again adding to that hotel-like comfort.

Not only will your guests appreciate all of your effort but you will also get a lot of satisfaction out knowing what you've done has made them feel welcome.

I'm still waiting for the Trip Advisor review, but L&B did seem to be big fans of everything we did.  

Now, who wants to come visit next? *

*Cannot guarantee all amenities pictured above will be provided during said visit, but I'll do my best.

Getting my link on:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Derby de Mayo

On Saturday there were decisions to be made.  Like how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day all at once.  You know, important stuff.

So what was my solution?

Eat guacamole while watching the race of course.

 And I also might have sung "Cinco de Mayo" to the tune of La Cucaracha while making said guac.  I was feeling festive, okay.

Anyhuways, there are more guacomole recipes out there than hairs on my head (and that's a lot, trust), and everyone seems to have their fav, but this one is mine:

Cinco de Guaco 
modified from Food Network

3 Ripe Haas Avocados
2 limes, juiced
1/2 tsp Cumin (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
dash of Texas Pete
1 slice of a large Red Onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

Slice and scoop out avocado meat from rind, save one pit for later.  Combine lime juice with avocados, and mix.  Add cumin, sea salt, cayenne and Texas Pete and mash together, leaving some chunks of avocado intact.  Add onion, garlic, tomatoes and mix together.  Place reserved pit in middle of guac (some say this keeps it from turning brown).

And the most difficult step of this recipe:  Set aside at room temperature for one hour before serving.  (This may or may not have happened on Saturday or 75% of the other times I have made this.)

Why must you taunt me with your deliciousness??

Personally, I could eat this stuff with a day-old rice cake and still finish it in one sitting, but these are my preferred method of guacamole delivery:

Hopefully available at a super market near you.

Not your typical chip, but oh so good.  

I'll Have Another indeed.

Getting my link on:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Weekend Preview

There's so much going on this weekend, especially in Baltimore, it's going to be hard to pick one thing to do.

Festival Season problems.

For starters, on Saturday, there's the Kinetic Sculpture Race, where vehicles made to look like just about everything under the sun propelled by nothing other than human strength race their way through both the harbor and the rest of town.

These things are quite a sight to behold, y'all.
The Kentucky Derby is also on Saturday, and to help get into the Triple Crown Spirit, there's a viewing party at Pimlico, home of the Preakness.


And FlowerMart is this weekend, which I've always wanted to go to, but have not yet made it in my 5 years here.


Not to mention, Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, an event in itself.

So what's it going to be for me?  Well, only one thing is for sure, I'm getting my hair did Saturday morning. (Trust me, it counts as an event).

That and the most important event of all going on this weekend (no offense, Cinco de Mayo), these two are coming to visit:

Photo by Rachel Barker
I love me some L&B.