DLJ and Luny alone?

Sunday evening DLJ and I went out to dinner. Alone. A couple.

Mom and my Aunt watched the Kidlet at home while we went to the Cheesecake Factory, DLJ’s choice. It was kinda strange. Familiar, but strange. I had a good time.

I used to think when parents went out and then instead of enjoying it kept calling home it was over worry. And maybe for many, that’s the case. I can already tell that for me, it will be just MISSING the little guy. He’s addictive. Sometimes when DLJ has him for the evening and I should be sleeping I come back down to where they are just to look at him.

Yes, when we are apart, it will be just missing his smile, his warm little body, that will do me in.

But we had a fantastic time, held hands in the car and enjoyed our night out. And Mom and Aunt T enjoyed time with him. They go back to Arizona tomorrow. Today is stellar weather so we will go for a walk with a friend and her 1 year old later in the day to enjoy the last bits of warm sunshine we get before fall and winter truly set in.

Going out was really good. We should make a point of being able to do that. What would be neat is to set something up with my friends with kids, one night a month they go out and we watch, and one night vice versa, etc. That way each of us knows our boys are in good, safe hands, taking out the worry factor, and we can otherwise enjoy some adult time out.

It never ends…

The busy Mondays!

Groceries, gotta go back to a store to return some things, drug store, gotta make beads for a customer (and if I run out of one type of glass in the process, gotta go get one more rod of it in Portland, tomorrow (my I do love living within 15 miles or so of Bullseye), swimming today.

Busy! Guess I will start with the glass and go from there.

Boathouse pasta bound.

So in 2004, somewhere, I came across a recipe called Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse Pasta Sauce.

I knew who he was in 2004, but barely, I was just about to take my first lampworking class ever. I printed it out, made the recipe, and it was darn good! Tasty!

Then I promptly lost it. I even wrote Dale’s PR wing to ask if they had a clue, and the nice woman wrote back what she believed was in it, but with no amounts, no true recipe. It was better than nothing, but I was so peeved that I had lost it. I went through all my recipe files, checked all my online places where maybe it would have originally appeared, nothing.

I just found it on the bookshelf in my old office, soon to be kidlet’s room. I’m going to immediately put it in a very safe place after making a few copies. Sheesh. I can’t believe I FOUND it. I haven’t made it for 3 years and have been wanting to all that time!!!

What a maroon.

Done by the heat of the day.

It’s supposed to get very warm today, and I have done all my “hot” tasks already, before 1 pm!

I made a bunch of strawberry jam today, using the pressure canner, from a flat of berries I bought at a farm a few miles away.  There are still plenty of berries left for ice cream, for DLJ’s smoothies, and snacking, and some to freeze for later in the year. The jars of jam are cooling now on the counter. I also put lasagna in the oven about 10 minutes ago, for dinner tonight and later in the week. The day gets warmest around here in the afternoon, so I am glad to have these things done before it starts really heating up. All that is left today is two short errands, and some writing. I will tackle the errands when the lasagna comes out, writing can be done after that.

Time is ticking down to the baby arriving! I am learning a lot from some books and friends, and am feeling confident…but also very aware I know so little. When this little guy starts getting smart, it’s going to be a lot of work, parenting, but I can also see how it can be very fulfilling to meet the challenges of not being manipulated and also helping the little guy have good confidence and self esteem. It’s going to be a bunch of trial and error, that is for sure!

Time to go lay down and take a break with a book, until the lasagna is done cooking. I am just so glad I got all the hot work done early today!

Preggo Brain.

If the calendar says the massage appt. is at 1:30, don’t go at 11:30 and sit around waiting.

I got to read up on my magazines for a about 15 min till I realized my mistake…I will go back in an hour to get my massage at the correct time.

Tomorrow I am meeting up with a Mom’s group, but I need to call to get the address for the event I am going to. Really should do that right after this post so I know it gets done!

Tonight is birthing class night #4. I expect to be more informed, more anticipating, and more hit with the gravity of this huge event afterwards, like I am every week.

I have a bunch of beads to send out today. Tomorrow is packing for camping, buying the perishable ingredients, and making some beads that have been ordered. I don’t think I will get to them today. Camping! Our last trip, I think, other than maybe going to the coast, which we meant to do again before my parents arrived, but we probably won’t. Still, when the heat of summer arrives, if any of it coincides with a weekend and it’s not right around due date, a weekend at the ocean will be very nice, we are fortunate to have it to escape to.
I’ve been doing my pelvic stretches to help the little guy get into position, but it’s really hard to NOT sit in the way you aren’t supposed to in these weeks. No bucket seats, which means riding in cars is not a good thing. I do sit on the exercise ball downstairs when hanging out with DLJ, and my desk chair is set so my knees are lower than my hips…but there’s nothing much I can do about the car seats. I will just try to consolidate my errands even more than I already do.

Today is Ankimo’s 11th birthday. She’s a strange cat who doesn’t like meat, canned cat food, or treats, so there isn’t much I can do on her special day other than give her lots of love…so that is what I am doing. Pets are like infants…they don’t need tons of stuff…just love and attention. =)
After the massage I will pre-make dinner for after class, and make the fruit salad to bring with me as our snack during class. I will do my pain management practice and take a quick walk, hopefully…but all of that is a lot to cram in about 2 hours. Before I leave I should get those beads in the mail, so I must sign off for now.


It is a slow day today, but I am getting things done.

Some computer work, a new catloaf for Anais to eat, lunch for me. I will make some beads this afternoon and go for a walk for exercise. And do a load of light laundry. DLJ has a user’s group tonight in downtown Portland so it’s a night alone till he arrives. Tomorrow is our second Birthing From Within Class, and it’s Dad night, the instructor said she had some Daddy info on deck, so that should be good for DLJ.

It’s cloudy, I’d like a sunny day but it’s better for the garden this way. I need to have some salad for dinner to keep up with our lettuce down there, it’s growing so well. I am looking forward to the broccoli!

I should clean off this desk.

And get out of my pyjama bottoms! I need to drop some stuff off at the recycling center sometime this week as well, to clear out the garage a little more.
I am definitely looking forward to my walk later. I try to walk everyday with DLJ or R., a friend who is also pregnant. I enjoy my time with her very much, I hope once we both have our kidlets we can continue the walking.

Late start.

The phone rang really early this morning, and we didn’t get back to sleep until after DLJ’s alarm went off. So we slept after that.:P

He’s eating breakfast and it is nice to have him around a little later than usual. By the time the garbage truck comes around, he is usually gone.

Another busy day. I have got to get inventory listed today for my show next weekend at the Portland Convention Center, the Glass Guild Exhibition. This will probably be my last show for some time, at least until maybe next spring or summer (she said optimistically). I will still be making glass when I can once the baby arrives and things get vaguely in a routine…but the first year will definitely be a slowdown and more reliant on regular customers and online sales vs. shows. I do have some beads going without me to a large show in Vegas, so that will be some nice exposure even without my being there.

So far we are keeping up with the garden, but the rain hasn’t stopped yet, that is when it gets more difficult. Our hydrangeas are just not placed correctly (thank you, previous owners) and they burn most summers at some point. I  have been moving the rest of our soil into a holding area on the front yard until we get the yard removed. I also might work on getting part of the drip system in place, so that we can get it working without the timer, at least, by the time the rains stop for the summer.

Last night we had pork spareribs finished off on the grill, I had put them in a dry rub and roasted them for 1.5 hours before DLJ got home. It was our first time doing ribs, and I think they came out really well! It wasn’t Reo’s Ribs, for sure (a good rib place nearby), but it was pretty close and a lot less $$$. =)

This weekend we are going to Tacoma to a wedding reception of one of my oldest friends, from back in the Jersey Days. Old time readers might recognize the name Horticultural Guy. Peter. He got married on a Disney cruise in the past month and is having the party now for those of us who didn’t go on the cruise with him and his lovely wife. We are staying in a B&B the one night we are up there, so that should be a little treat. Any recs. on things to do in Tacoma on a Sunday morning/early afternoon, before we go back down to Portland?

Friday, \/\/00t!

I just cleaned the dishes, emptied the dishwasher, started to refill it, scrubbed the counters down and fed Anais. If I have time later today I will mop the floor in there.

Hopefully I will also sort the recycling and clean off the dining room table.

My roof now is covered in plywood and tar paper. Yesterday the old tile roof and the cedar shake below came down, Monday the new shingles will go up. The guys are supposed to come today to plop in a solatube in the guest bathroom, but they aren’t here yet.

I have a midwife n’ ultrasound appt. around 1 pm. I hope that all goes well and the news is good. This is, hopefully, my last ultrasound that I have.

It’s a cloudy but nice day today, so I will pack up some orders and hopefully also have time to get back in the studio this afternoon after the appointments. I also need to go to the store after the appointments and gather the goodies to make pad thai to take to a friend’s for dinner. I  have never made it myself, but I found a pretty good authentic recipe online that got good reviews, so I will give it a try. I am also going to try to get sticky rice from Uwajimaya to try once again to make coconut rice over the weekend, the chewy stuff you get as desert in Thai restaurants… I love it but never had the right kind of rice at home.

So it’s yet another busy day. I will also level off the soil in the veggie beds, now that they are full, take a photo of the leftover soil to see if a coworker of DLJ’s wants it, and take a walk, hopefully. That might be too much for one day.

One of my yellow onions has started to sprout. Any idea if it will make more onions if I plant it? I know garlic does not… you gotta get garlic specifically as seed garlic….

Off by a day.

It feels like a Friday to me, even though it’s only Thursday. I am not sure why.

It will be time to go down to the studio soon, once World Have Your Say is done on NPR. It’s a good program, but listening to a bunch of people argue isn’t my cuppa while at the torch. I could bring the iPod down with me, I suppose.

It’s partly sunny here today but chilly. Still, I will go for a walk once my studio work is done. I think fro now until 11 I will make a batch of red cabbage slaw to go with dinner.

Some days I get up and after I say goodbye to DLJ I want to go back to bed, but I never do. There is always so much to be done! I don’t even know what our plans are this weekend…more getting the house in order, probably, DLJ has started moving his things down to his office, now that the new flooring is in. The living room will be a living room again. I have a lot of stuff to list on Craigslist. I am not sure when I will have time to deal with that, maybe early next week.

I also have some glass things I want to try out…but I need to get through my orders first! Maybe I will add a little extra time onto the end of today’s session for some play.

March is flying by.