Friday, June 27, 2014

Seven Quick Takes

First time trying this whole linkup with Jen thing for Seven Quick Takes so, let's get rolling!

1. It was Joel's birthday yesterday, and we celebrated with steaks and board games at my sister Francine's house with her family. I wrapped up dessert with a creation of my own. I combined my favorite parts of different ice cream cake recipes, and this is the masterpiece that I came up with:

In order from bottom layer to top layer:
Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches
Vanilla ice cream
Crushed Oreos
Vanilla ice cream
Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches
Chocolate syrup

Needless to say, it was a big hit. I am just about the laziest cook in the world, so it takes quite a bit to apply myself and actually follow through on a recipe. Baking isn't really my style (though I used to be able to make a mean apple pie... from scratch, mind you) because I never could get the measurements exactly right and then the whole end product was always just a little off. Ice cream cake was the way to go. After all, it's summer and the cake looks super bomb ass awesome sliced open (featured here).

2. Speaking of summer, school is out for this teacher's aid! I'm still teaching supper school a few mornings for a couple more weeks throughout the season, but for the most part I am home free. The idea of getting a part time job was tossed around, mainly as something to keep me busy other than chores, but we live in a somewhat vacation-y spot during the summer so a lot of the temp stuff is filled by high school and college kids for the season. Also: there aren't very many employers looking to hire an 8-month pregnant woman who's just looking for something to keep busy. If anyone has it's-summer-and-I'm-mostly-jobless-and-sick-of-just-chores-and-enjoying-calm-time-before-baby-comes project ideas, let me know!

3.  I finally watched Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" this week. I'd been hearing it was a classic, but I had never given it a second thought. Then I discovered the huge (and surprisingly good) movie rental section at our local library, and brought it home. So worth it! I appreciated the suspense - gore formula. Good job, Alfred.

4. Another great find at the library: rental video games. My husband is the gamer in our little family and I'm more of the TV show girl, but I can handle the kid's games. Hence my rental of Lego Lord of the Rings. Awesomeness ensued. I've been a huge LOTR fan since the first movie came out (tried reading the books but didn't have the attention span and I don't want to movies to be ruined). I've never dressed up, but I did take a life-size cutout of Legolas to a Sadie Hawkins dance in a high school with a group of girlfriends. And I own the Idiot's Guide to Middle Earth. Be jealous.

5. My must read (listen) this month: Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me." Very funny, and I bought the audio book, so hearing the narrative in her voice was a fun touch. The Office and The Mindy Project are both witty and clever shows of which I am a big fan.

6. I was inspired by Jenny to get on board with tracking my steps with the Pacer phone app, and it's great accountability for staying in shape. I'm pushing myself to walk a little more each day than I did the day before, and although I can't see much of a difference yet (still gaining for baby and I just got the app 5 days ago) I already feel so much better. I'm more motivated, energetic (with the exception of surprise nap attacks), and my mood has improved. Maybe there's something to this whole "fresh air and exercise are good for you" thing after all.

7. Here is Mommy (and baby) at 32 weeks. Time to pack the hospital bag before too long!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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