Monday, March 31, 2014

Glamorous Pregnancy

We're nearing the final days of this pregnancy. I didn't expect glamour, but I didn't expect things so far from it either.

Case in point:

Today I was fighting back heartburn acid. I bent over to get tums (they're ever-present in my life) out of my purse, and I inadvertently burped, effectively snorting acid into my nose, which set off my eyes watering and nose running.

VERY glamorous, indeed.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Bob to Bailey: Want to go on a walk this morning?

Bailey: (wag wag oh so happy)

Bob: We could even take Mom!

Me: Mom could come with you for a little while until her feet and ankles swell up to the size of cantaloupes. 

Bob: But they're such pretty, delicate cantaloupes...!

Pregnancy is glamorous.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Distracting Baby.

Bob: I got us free opera tickets for tomorrow from a coworker.

Me: Oh that's great! I didn't feel like spending that money.

Bob: Well, I would have spent that money and gone with you had I remembered it and not been distracted.

Me: You were distracted? By what?

Bob: By you.

Me: By ME???

Bob: Yes, you and that bump. VERY distracting. Made me forget about the opera. I think it's part of your overall plan to make me not spend money. Distract Bob with the baby bump!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Final winter root vegetable harvest

The haul: 11 pounds of carrots and parsnips. The carrots are phenomenal raw-- the winter cold has made them retain sugars and they are AMAZING. The parsnips are great in stews and soups!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Yup, there's a baby in there

No amount of baggy clothing hides this now.
And supposedly black is slimming...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kitchen Redo!

Next to our fridge, there's this awkward space. It's about 3' deep and 2' wide (so very deep and narrow).

The previous owners stuck this rack in there:

A resounding GROAN, especially considering that the rack had many problems:

  • It was not stable-- it has about a 2" wobble side to side.
  • It was DEEP. You could only see about the first 6" of things you put on it, and then everything the rest of the 2.5' was lost to darkness and clutter.
  • It blocked the light. There's a light above the fridge that illuminates the entire alcove, but because of this tall rack that filled the entire nook next to the fridge, no light got down to the shelves. 
So, needless to say, the rack was useless. We used it for two things: A dog food bin that we slid in and out under the rack, and a microwave on the third shelf. The other shelves had things on them, but neither Bob nor I could give you an inventory. It was a black hole of clutter. We'd tried to organize it, but with the problems listed above, nothing worked.

So, I took the rack out. 

Then this happened:

And then this.....(!!!!)

Yes, the shelves, instead of being 3' deep, are only 15" deep. Yes, we lose the other 21 inches, but not really. Having shelves THAT DEEP isn't practical. So really, we're instead gaining 7 feet of storage that's 15" deep. We're not losing anything.

Plus, there's a HUGE area above the fridge. It's all a shelf! Previously, we hadn't been able to use much of it because things would get lost back there. Now? We can use ALL of it by just standing on a stepstool. So, all of our lesser-used appliances and such  (waffle makers, dehydrator, egg cartons, etc) are all up there and organized.

The bins are great too-- they'll be used for bulk food and dog food. 

And so, I got to fill this sucker up this weekend: 

ALL (not just some) of our canned goods fit here! The top shelf is full of things we need, but not regularly (such as coconut oil and rye flour).  We'll post an inventory on a piece of paper up there so we can easily see what's there. All of our jams, salsa, fruit, and marinara fits easily on these shelves. It also allows us to see what we have left and what we use regularly. 

Previously, all this was in our other pantry and on top of it (eyesore). Now, that pantry has nothing on top of it, AND it's half empty. This allowed us to really organize the pantry and even put some of our commonly-used appliances in there (thus clearing up cabinet/counter space). More on that in another post.

It was a productive weekend, but OH, what an improvement and good utilization of space!

Clearly, I nest through organizing? :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pie thief protection policy.

Bob bought a small pie for himself.

While he was out tonight, I stole a piece.

But how to cover my tracks?!?!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bump in the Trunk

Bob: You have a bump in the trunk (referring to the baby belly). But it's in the front... so you're kind of like an old VW.

Me: You really should just stop talking (said as I'm laughing).

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sneaky wife

Bob: While you're in the kitchen, can you bring me my nerds?

Me: Sure.

Bob: BOTH packages (assuming I'll steal one).

Me: Sure.

Bob: UNOPENED (assuming I'll bring him both but open one and eat a few).

Me: Sure.

Bob: ........ Ok, what's the catch?

Me: Nothing.

Bob: You're being completely honest?

Me: Yup.

I come back in, toss the packages at him, both of them unopened. I'm smirking.

Bob: .... what's the catch?

Me: Nothing.


Bob: You opened my Skittles and took some didn't you?

Me: Yup.

Bob: Bailey (the golden retriever, the kindest beast in the world, 90% asleep under his feet), bite her in the butt.

Intelligence in a Golden Retriever

I commented to Bob tonight that it would have been pretty funny if there had been all the TV shows around Sherlock Holmes that there are now three years ago.

Bob: Why?

Me: Because I could see us naming a dog "Sherlock"

Bob: Yea...

Me: But the dog we got three years ago was Bailey...

Bob: HA!! Yea, smart that dog is not. But that's part of his charm is his simple-minded-ness.