Well, the end of my 10-day break is nigh, and it’s going to be hard to go back in the morning. Not just because I’ve got the start of a cold, but also because I’ve gotten a taste of freedom and domestic productivity, and it was glorious. I knocked out the vast majority of my to-do list, rearranged furniture, decluttered, and anything else I could manage before getting totally worn out.
I’m hoping to make these little weekend reviews a semi-regular thing; not every event of every weekend deserves a whole post, but we do enough that I think they merit a compilation. Without further ado, here’s the roundup of this weekend.
1 – Inventoried baby clothes (I never promised that this would be thrilling). I realized that between various gifts we had gotten, and sales items I picked up, I had no idea how many clothes we actually had. I also realized that hey, we’re pretty much to the point of needing to have things ready, so it was time to inventory and fill in the gaps. I’m still pretty sure that we’ll be taking advantage of Amazon Prime to have some things meet us at home when we get back from the hospital, but we’re off to a pretty good start.
2 – Fancy brunch recipes. Runny-yoked eggs have never been my thing, but a few weeks ago, we saw this recipe for Mollet Eggs Florentine and decided that we needed to try it. It turned out to be a really easy Friday dinner, and it was so worthwhile. A half recipe (with half the spinach) was sufficient to make both of us sigh contentedly for the rest of the evening.
3 – Cherry cobbler. Just three words: Midwinter cherry sale.
4 – 34 week baby. My doctor thought it was hilarious that my response to “How are you feeling?” was just: “Ungainly.” That pretty much sums it up, though. I feel pretty good overall, except when I try to stand up, bend over, or roll over. The doctor was also nice enough to confirm that baby’s head is exactly where it should be, which was a relief after the last one told me it was 90 degrees off. Baby’s moving around a lot, and we swear that he knows when we’re talking about him. No more hanging upside down off the couch. Also in this photo: the dress I made for Christmas that wasn’t ready until New Years.
5 – Craigslist score. We bought something off Craigslist yesterday and didn’t get murdered! I found a listing for a “like new” co-sleeper, and we were all too happy to save $100 on something that our baby may or may not even tolerate (which is what happened with the seller).
6 – NYE. I’m cheating a little bit and counting New Years Eve in with this weekend. We had a very low-key evening: cheesecake and champagne at midnight, and then we realized that the women on the ball-drop were less dressed than the chickens on PBS, and switched to watching Julia Child. Wild and crazy, here.
7 – Receiving blankets. On the list of things we have surprisingly few of was blankets. I can’t quite bring myself to pay $10 each for the ubiquitous safari animal muslin ones, but I’m also unwilling to go completely without. I picked up some flannel and muslin at the fabric store and whipped up a couple simple blankets. The flannel ones are done, and the muslin ones are pending. Lessons learned: using the pattern on the fabric as a cutting guide only works if it doesn’t have a subtle shift. Let’s just say I will not be using the grey one to teach the baby about right angles.
8 – Crepes. Breakfast this morning. In my old edition of Joy of Cooking, they’re listed as “French Pancakes,” and every time I make them, I just think of this. “Oh, thin pancakes? I love those things!”