31 Things for March (Because I am a Bum)

by - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

So, I have basically given up on blogging regularly, and based on my numbers, you have all given up as well. The downside is I am losng the accurate record of my life, so at least for March, we will swtch the daily 3 for a monthly 31. As I've said, little baby and two jobs is no joke. Throw in a bunch of (awesome) visitors, and you have my March. But the Baby gets cuter every day, so who can complain?

Second caveat- These are especially personal/ makes me seem completely uninvested in the outside world, but this is just an illusion created by my inability to take screenshots/ remember when that one thing happened. Not a great excuse, but alas. The act of writing a blog about my daily life is already narcissistic, so I guess I will just own that. 

1. Mr Gyro Addiction- Wow this picture looks gross, but it is easily in our top ten Seattle restaurants. Just a hole in the wall and barely enough room for anyone to sit, but we have noticed they remember some people's orders. Someday, we will be those customers.

2. Transforming the Guest Room- We tried to step up our guest room before all the company showed up so it didn't just look like the room where all our spare furniture went to watch me walk on the treadmill. Even if that is the truth. Our solution? Paint it all the same color and buy 3 throw pillows. And it worked! We also had the opportunity to conquer our fear of the Home Depot lumber section. Eeep. Operation Guest Snazz semi-completed (we are going to learn to do that headboard they do on every home improvement show ever... but that is for another day).

3. Chicken Pot Pie- We did our own. Delicious, and I think we have plans to make the next one even better. This may seem like nothing, but looking back on the month, I feel grateful that we are still conquering projects and trying new recipes and setting goals, big and small. Having an infant is no joke, so the small victory of a chicken pot pie feels encouraging now.

4. Our One Year Anniversary in the Seattle- I really think we are in a great place for us, and I feel excited about how much we have accomplished here in one year. We started a new family tradition- sandwiches on the living room floor, and we plotted our next twelve months.

5. The World's Slowest Lunch- We went to Mixturas on Aurora for Peruvian food, and we wanted to love it so much. Peru has great food, and we enjoyed some ridiculously good Peruvian in San Francisco, but apparently the Peruvian spirit doesn't travel this far up North. Mixturas may be good- the Papas a la Huacaina tasted great, but it was the slowest meal we ever had in our life. There was literally one guy working, so he took orders, and then went and made the whole thing before taking the next ones. We were an hour and a half in before he asked us, but we felt so bad for him, and we were determined. We had a great time anyway, but it took the whole afternoon.

6. Here comes the Sun- Doo doo doo doo. We are out and walking and seeing the world again.

7. Ben and Jerry's- Specifically, we are walking to Ben and Jerry's. And we are seeing Ben and Jerry's. Yay to the start of spring! Also, all their packaging is compostable. Get your shit together, everybody else.

8. Deloreon Clubs- I support that this exists. I remain even more tickled that enough of these exist to demand a regional qualifier. Also, I love that this was part of the Irish Cultural festival at Seattle Center.

9. Happy Visits- I really love the Boy's Aunt and cousin, but I never spent more than a few hours at a time with them before. In short, we could have run out of things to talk about, but Shileys never run out of topics, and I love hearing all their juice. New insight- one of the best parts of marrying someone is a whole new world of gossip to get caught up on. 12 years in, and I still hear some dramas I haven't heard before. I loved their visit and introducing them to the tiny Gentleman.

10. Taking people up the Space Needle- I actually really like it up there, and  I get to breastfeed way up in the air. I'm like one of those mom pigs on her side while all the baby pigs fight for nipple, except I am also flying.

11. Being super wrong- I fought the Boy that the monorail came to the mall. Then sitting in a mall corner, seemingly flashing only my infant son, a car of monorail riders came right past the window. Nothing like eating your words and flashing your nipples. Character building.

12. Zara- Wow, there are places in this world that make me feel epically uncool, and this would be one of them.

13. St. Patrick's Day Food- I have never really gotten into this holiday, but we hosted PEPS that day, and it was fun to come up with theme food. We made a rainbow fruit salad, and everything else was green (green snickerdoodles, spinach roll ups, pesto pasta salad, etc). Also, we served a bunch of beer and cider, because nothing says religious holiday like drinking. I got silly hats too, because that is the secret to all hosting success, but they didn't make it in time. The infants were deeply offended.

14. Introducing my Son to my Brother and Sister in Law for the First Time- So happy and exciting a moment, even if we were running late and he puked on us both (you can guess who I meant by "he" this time). BBG is lucky to have so many people who love him so much.

15. The Best Weekend Ever- Ok, maybe an overstatement, but it was truly great for all sorts of reasons. Life is really good and filled with miracles, and that weekend just makes me smile to even think about.

16. Sleeping in our Dining Room- You know you have a full house, when. Everyone should invest in a semi-good air mattress. Because even a good one is horrible, so the bad ones are just the floor. 

17. Blueberry pancakes- Add a small spoon full of brown sugar, a pinch of cream of tartar, and a ton of cinnamon. That is my key to a delicious pancake. 

18. Uptown Funk- Like everyone else, we are obsessed with this song. Even BBG likes it.

19. This picture- It may not seem like much to the rest of the world, but I love it. Because someone else is doing my dishes. I kid! These two together, chatting and working together could have been enough to make the whole weekend great. But seriously, everyone feel free to come and help me with Dish Mountain.

20. Vader- Darth takes care of birthdays in this house. I also have a picture of my mom blowing out the candles that would have been enough to make the whole weekend the best of the year. I messed up the frosting, but it's sugar, so people didn't complain.

21. Finally figuring out the simple way to find parking at Pike's Market- Go up to Second Ave. This is the key to happiness. If all else fails, park at Target.

22. Tulip Season in Washington- Gah, they are all amazing. The color and variety of the tulips lights up the whole space. It feels like the world waking up. The market on a Saturday afternoon seemed packed, so tourist season must be underway. Still, I am glad we went.

23. Lowell's Third Floor- A perfect place to bring guests to take a break from the crowds. I think the Greek place next door has better food, but Lowell's is still delicious and wins for a great view. I am going to track down the Pink Door next.

24. The Cheese Store across from the Market and the Food Store Right at the End- You can watch them make the cheese at one and buy fresh (and delicious) pesto and pasta at the other. We bought fancy cheeses at both places, because we had fancy cheese and cracker guests two weeks in a row. The cheeses were delicious, though I don't get the cracker thing.

25. Elmer Fudd snap bracelets- It fits around my baby's cankles. It really classes up the place.

26. Dinner out with our Realtors- Random but the Divas (yes, that is their name, and they are ridiculously awesome at what they do, so they can call themselves whatever they want) were so sweet and brought us gifts for the baby and remembered some very specific things about us (someone is keeping notecards or something). In the total chaos of March, this is one of the things on our schedule I really felt glad we did, if only to hear their Italy stories (I can listen to other people's travel tales all day).

27. Ray's- Watch out Ivar's, I found a new favorite seafood place (because all you need to do is make some seared scallops to win my heart). This staple in Ballard was our best discovery from our third weekend of hosting in a row. The Boy's cousin Matt is quite the foodie, so we tried some new things, and I loved this place. It feels fancy, but I think you can shake off the fussiness. I think it may actually be a better place to go to for lunch, because I imagine the view would also be beautiful. We will return to this one.

29. George Lucas as a Fashion Designer- We also took Matt to the EMP to see their new exhibit of all the Star Wars costumes. The design of the show was AWESOME, intricate, and fun. You could really appreciate the texture of the costumes (jedi capes almost look like they are made out of sweaters). But best of all, the show perfectly epitomizes why people should limit how much money they give to George Lucas. Because he decides he is a fashion designer. But he doesn't know what he is doing, so it comes off like what a little boy would come up with if he had to design a dress. Just a bunch of overwrought, super worked nonsense. The Natalie Portman collection of WTF dominates the space, but you can still see a lot of cool stuff, so I highly recommend it.

30. Returning to my High School Haircut, just in time for my birthday- I wanted a bob and bangs, but what I got is the hair you have when you start saying you need a haircut. Why did the woman decide to give up on me? I imagine I don't want to know, but between the extra chub and the unbrushed shapeless hair, I am very reminiscent of Barbara circa 2003. Throw a pseudo-clever t-shirt on me and we will travel back in time.

31. The Cliche Yet Totally Tremendous Feeling of Hearing Your Baby Laugh- Yeah, it's the best. Can't be topped. 

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