Wednesday, December 28, 2011

i miss blogging

it's been a long time since i've made a post! i'm hoping that when i get better aquainted with my schedule, and have less of a commute, that i'll be able to start posting again.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

wine bar

i've been thinking more and more lately about opening my own wine bar. it would be so much more enjoyable for me as a job than my original plan of becoming a dental hygienist. after spending a lot of time with my dad recently, who is very knowledgeable in the food/restaurant industry, i've become even more excited about the idea, and much more eager to actually get it going. hopefully someday soon!

Monday, July 11, 2011

audiological update

as you may already know, archer has microtia and atresia of the (right) ear. he's had a couple hearing tests, including ABR (auditory brain-stem response) testing, but we still were not really sure what he could, and couldn't hear.

today we saw an audiologist who finally told us something. or at least, told me something i can remember. i knew that he had mild hearing loss in his good ear, but we didn't really know what that meant. so, here's what i got from our visit:
  • archer needs a CT scan of his head to see how well his ears actually developed inside
  • he doesn't really hear low pitched tones
  • because of his lack of ear canal on the right, he cannot tell which direction sounds are coming from
  • in areas with a lot of background noise, its very difficult for him to differentiate sounds
  • if the results of his previous ABR showed response to vibration, then he could possibly be eligible for a soft band baha hearing aid to gain hearing on his right side
  • intervention services in speech and language are highly recommended
so, there you have it. i'm happy to have a little more solid information about his condition. i love my little buddy, and i want him to be happy.

on a side note, archer doesn't use any words yet (he's a little behind) but if you ask him where his belly button is he'd be more than happy to show you!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

vegan pancakes


i've never really been a big pancake fan since they can tend to be a little heavy and boring, and i really dislike using eggs. (crepes, though, i love...) anyway, i decided to make some pancakes for breakfast the other morning, using a vegan recipe, and i was pleasantly surprised. here's what i cooked, adapted from this recipe:


  • 1 1/4 cups  all purpose flour
  • 2 tbs  raw sugar
  • 2 tsp  baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
  • 1 1/4 cups  water
  • 1 tbs  coconut oil*
first i whisked together all the dry ingredients, then whisked in the water, and finally whisked in the oil. the batter was very smooth and creamy looking with no lumps. then i cooked the pancakes 1 at a time in medium-sized shallow pan on medium-low heat. made 5 large pancakes.

delish.
especially topped with bananas and nutella.
(nutella is not vegan, though.)

*coconut oil is generally a solid at room temperature. at my house it stays liquid though: so hot in here! heat in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes liquid before adding it to the batter!

i need new clothes...

i couldn't sleep last night and got sucked in to online shopping at forever21.com
here are some of the things i like:

this draped dress

this cropped top


this cropped blouse
this ruffled tank

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

1 week to go!

in 7 days, i'll be back in my hometown of lake stevens, wa.
there are, however, a few pros and cons to this:

pros:
-family
-friends
-hoodies
-real clothes
-better jobs
-school
-fun outdoor activities
-gorgeous terrain

cons:
-leaving husband (for a few months) :(
-leaving beautiful, hot weather
-leaving gorgeous terrain
-leaving friends
-no more bikinis everyday
-back to pale skin

i'll miss hawaii, but i'll get over it. washy is my home.
i just hope that the few months without jason go by quickly!

lanikai beach, o'ahu - june 17th, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

only 12 days left on the island of o'ahu

i can't believe how fast the time has gone by. in less than two weeks i'll be living in the evergreen state again. i can't wait to bust out the hoodies, jeans, and closed-toe shoes! i had a good time here in hawaii, but i'm definitely ready to go back. visiting home every 6 months was nice, but not enough!
today i heard the tsunami warning sirens for the last time. i'm going to miss that sound. and also the chirping sound the geckos make when they're lurking around.
i met a few great people here that i'm going to miss so much. i hope that our friendship doesn't end here. send postcards!
i'm a little upset though, that i didn't really get very many pictures! so, if i can find my camera, i'm going to try and take a lot of pictures in the next week, so that i can remember my time here.
hawaii will always have a special place in my heart. archer was born here, jason and i re-started our life together and got married here, so this place is rather special to me.
mahalo for the good times, hawaii.

lanikai beach - june 17, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

i got hitched

yesterday (friday, june 17th) i tied the knot with my handsome husband jason. it was a beautiful day, and a beautiful beach wedding. overall, a pretty perfect day. =) jason borrowed and put together an archway, last minute, to make the ceremony seem a little more official, it totally did. i wish my parents could have been there, but at least jason's mom was in attendance. it was so cute today when jason exclaimed that it was our one day anniversary. i love him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Archer M. Parzyk

last summer, i was patiently awaiting the arrival of my first child. june 24th was the day he was expected to arrive. i was a good little pregnant lady; went to work and all of my OB appointments via bicycle or foot, ate a healthy vegetarian diet, even went to the gym a couple times a week.
but since i live on an island in the middle of the pacific ocean, i decided to have my labor induced on june 17th, (one week early) so that my family could be there for the experience. both of the baby's grandmas were going to be coming a couple days before so that we could get everything ready, and have a little time together while i was still pregnant.
apparently my body had other ideas. at 3 PM, on june 14th, my water broke. it was really weird, and took me a minute to realize what was happening. (apparently only a small percentage of women have their labor started by a broken water.) immediately following, my contractions started, and were only about 5 minutes apart. it was time to head to the hospital!
unfortunately though, the moms were on an airplane and had no idea what was going on. when they landed, and turned on their phones, they were in for a big surprise!
at 3:10 AM on June 15th 2010, (9 days early, and after 12 hours of labor) i was finally greeted by the little being that had inhabited my belly for so long. (jason used to call him "the creature")
i can't believe my baby is ONE whole year old!
i love you archer, and i look forward to spending many more summers with you celebrating your birth. =)

archer, 9 months

Friday, June 3, 2011

toddler food

nothing is more worrisome to me lately (except maybe jason's trip) than archer's diet. he's in the stage between baby and toddler, and i am just clueless about what to feed the kid. babyfood is too bland and boring, and at this age, messy since he mostly wants to self-feed.
he's a very picky eater lately... he thinks he doesn't like certain textures, even when on the previous day, he gobbled up the exact same thing. it's mostly cheese cubes, goldfish crackers, and bread with various toppings on it for this kid.
the other night, i got him to eat halved cheese tortellinis with real acorn squash! and tonight it was grilled cheese and vegetable and tomato soup for us both. i added some plain cooked quinoa to the soup trying to make it a little heartier. it was good, and to my surprise, archer liked it better than his sandwich!
i've decided, with the help of dindinsfood.com, that it's probably going to be easiest to just prepare casseroles, or one dish meals, for archer to get most of his nutrition. i've found that when given the choice of two foods on his plate, he usually eats one, and throws the other on the floor. so let the cooking begin!
i'll think of some recipes, and then hopefully post them soon. =)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

dear archer,

 i have been enjoying our alone time together recently very much. you are my sweet, little munchkin. but in the past couple of days, i've become very aware that you have absolutely no table manners. first of all, we do not put our feet on the breakfast table. fish faces are acceptable, but only when making said face doesn't cause your breakfast to squish out of your fishy lips. you know, you'll be walking soon, and when that time comes, i fully expect that you'll have excellent etiquette.
 i'm just kidding, bubs. i love all of your little quirks. you're growing up so fast and doing so many new things all the time, it makes me kind of sad. i had a good time with you tonight, sitting on the bed in our jammies, side by side, eating cheese cubes, and watching equally cheesy television. i don't know which was better:  you sitting there happily and quietly watching with me, or you dancing to every intro theme song.
 i know someday you'll be too cool and mature to hang out with your old mom like this, so i cherish every moment i get with you.

i love you,
  mom

Friday, May 6, 2011

circus peanuts

as a vegetarian who is also nursing a child, i decided it's probably a good idea for me to start taking some protein supplements again. just so i make sure my child and i are both getting what we need. on top of a healthy diet of course, but with an almost toddler around, sometimes it's hard to remember to eat, or what you ate!

so every morning, i've been having an orange-banana protein shake. i thought it was pretty tasty for a protein shake, and now i'm a little dissapointed. i still like that i'm getting an extra 14 grams of protein, and some extra vitamins, but it's what jason said that made it kind of awkward. i made him one of my "smoothies" and the first thing he said was that it tastes like a circus peanut! you know, those puffy, stale, orange, peanut-shaped candies. so now in the morning instead of thinking, "this is a good, healthy smoothie," i think, "i feel like i'm drinking liquid circus peanut, aka, liquid sugar." oh well, i'm not going to let that deter me.

so here's what i drink:


1 scoop of banana flavored spiru-tein
+
8 ounces of orange juice
=
martina's morning circus peanut






yum.

also, i was thinking, this will probably help me out with operation 6 strand. so, we'll see how it goes!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

the "tuno" sandwich

i used to LOVE tuna sandwiches. but now that i'm a vegetarian, tuna is a no-no. enter the tuno sandwich. it tastes pretty much just like tuna. at least i think it does.. i don't know, it's been 3 years since i've tasted the real stuff. anyway, here's the recipe i made.


1  15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2  tbs. vegenaise
1/2  tsp. mustard
1/2 a dill pickle, chopped
to taste:
johnny salt
paprika
onion powder
celery salt
*up to 1/4 tsp. combined

mash the garbanzo beans with a potato masher or fork until pasty. stir in vegenaise and mustard. add pickles and seasonings to taste. makes about 4 servings.

nutrition facts:
(without bread)
138 calories
6 grams protein
6 grams fat

so, obviously not a whole lot of protein in the sandwich, so i just use a hearty bread. today i used 2 slices that were each 5 grams of protein!

Archer likes it too!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

peanut butter cups

so last night i had a major craving for peanut butter cups. i could hardly sleep through all the mouth watering. then i got to thinking, that i actually had a massive amount of peanut butter in my cupboard thanks to WIC. so, this afternoon, archer and i set out on a journey to the vegetarian store to purchase some chocolate chips . i got a little bit of carob for jason too.
we were ready, but needed a recipe. about a month ago, elizabeth from delightfully tacky posted her recipe for chocolate peanut butter cups and i decided to use that as a starting point.
ingredients i used:
1  cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(i also got about 1/4 cup of carob chips)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar

*the recipe calls for confectioner's sugar, but i didn't have any, so i just ground up some raw turbinado sugar (dry) in my magic bullet. i suggest using confectioner's sugar to avoid grittyness, or, if you're going my route, GRIND GRIND GRIND and then when you think its powdery enough, GRIND some more.


first, i mixed the peanut butter and sugar together in a small bowl and set aside. *i didn't quite use 1/4 cup of sugar, and it still seemed a litte excessive. you could probably try using half that amount and it would still be tasty.
then, since i didn't have paper muffin liners, i oiled the basins in a muffin pan.
next, i heated 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips in the microwave, and then spooned the melted chocolate into the pan. make sure you bring the chocolate up high on the sides or else you'll just be making peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches.
after 6 of the wells were filled (and 2 with the carob) i spooned in the peanut butter.
finally, i heated the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and spread it on top of the peanut butter.
they then went into the fridge to cool.

they need to be COMPLETELY cooled before you can remove them from the pan. just sticking a knife down along the side pops them out pretty good. also, my peanut butter was a bit gritty from the sugar. i suggest not letting the first scoop of chocolate cool before placing the peanut butter and second scoop of chocolate so that the layers of chocolate can melt together a little better. my cups came out a little like sandwiches and the filling oozed out when i bit down, but still they were still SO delicious.

enjoy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

30 days of pictures - recap

i guess it was fun. in the beginning i was excited, in the middle it was a little boring, and at the end, it was kind of a chore.glad it's over, and now i can go back to blogging easier about whatever the heck i want! also, since my "d" and "c" keys (and sometimes "e") are pretty much broken, it made it even harder. i just hope now i can think of things to talk about (other than just archer.=P )

Thursday, April 7, 2011

30 - a picture of someone you miss

that's macy gray. when i was 19 years old i adopted her from PAWS. she was the first dog i owned as an adult and was my best friend for 4 years. when i became pregnant, she knew somehow and insisted on always sleeping near my belly. then when i decided to make the move to hawaii, i gave her away to someone who needed her. i still needed her, but i also needed to devote my time to my unborn child (also, we weren't allowed to have a dog in our home.) she now lives happily with an old woman who spoils her rotten and has much room to run around and play. i still keep in contact with her new family, and they periodically send me pictures of her. i even have visitation rights. =)

29 - a picture that can always make you smile

i know that i just took this picture, but i know that it will continue to make me smile forever. those are my favorite two boys ever. and it was so sweet when i took this picture. archer had a high fever and was very fussy, and i went into the kitchen to get him some cold water in his sippy cup. when i came back less than 2 minutes later, he was sleeping on his daddy's shoulder. i immediately had to take a photo. one of the sweetest moments ever.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

28 - a picture of something you're afraid of

just like a little kid, i'm afraid of the dark. i can't see where i'm going or what is hiding in the darkness. freaks me out. it used to be so bad that i'd have to leave a trail of lights on in my house from room to room. but now little archer and his midnight hungriness make me face my fear every day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

27 - a picture of you and a family member

that's me and my dad. i think that's pretty obvious though, since we look so much alike. love you dad. wish i got to see you more often.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

25 - a picture of your day


that's dave behind the bar. this is what i do now on the weekends. host for a few hours, and then sit in in the bar i work at, and bs while i'm waiting for my food. not a bad gig. =)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

24 - a picture of something you wish you could change

i see a sweet, docile, doe-eyed, animal here. others just see dinner. i just don't see why it's ok to kill and slice up these beautiful, living, breathing creatures to eat it. they have thoughts and feelings, and feel pain, just like we do. not to mention its not very good for your body. there are plenty of other sources of protein and vitamins out there. if some of the largest, strongest animals out there (horses, cows, gorillas, pandas.. just to name a few) can survive on plant-based diets, then so can we. i've only been a vegetarian for about 3 years, and before i made the switch, i still felt weird about eating meat, especially red meat. i wish more people would go veg, or at least try it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

23 - a picture of your favorite book

this book changed my life. one day, about 3 years ago, when i was waiting to talk with the redmond red robin about going to work there, i went to borders and picked up this book. i read 70 pages of it there in the store. it did a great job of just getting down to the point on many reasons why you should and shouldn't eat certain things. never again have i consumed a piece of meat. and i feel great about that. i even lost 20 pounds after i learned a decent, non junk food diet. my fiancé has even adopted a "flexitarian" diet, and i'm so proud of him. (basically, he only eats meat once in a while, like, when we go out to dinner.) i've even decided to raise archer as a vegetarian, and i'm so thankful that i have jason's support. we'll let archer decide on his own if he wants to eat meat when he's an appropriate age.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

22 - a picture of something you wish you were better at

i wish that i had the balls to get up and rock out on stage. i sing at home all the time, but i'm not very good. it would still be pretty cool though i think. get the crowd pumped up, and give it my all. i sang karaoke once, but that didn't count. =)

Monday, March 28, 2011

21 - a picture of something you wish you could forget

this one is a weird one for me. why on earth would i want to keep a picture of something that i don't want to remember anymore? i thought about this one a lot... and mostly drew blanks. what is something i want to forget, but am ok with bringing up for the sake of this post? because the only things i really want to forget are secretive, and i don't want to share my secrets..
i've got it.



i wish i could forget that day when jason and i were driving and saw an oncoming car hit a deer on the highway by my house. the poor thing, got hit by a car going 60 mph, flew 20 feet in the air, landed on the ground, and hobbled into the bushes nearby. the worst part was, i saw the deer on the side of the road and knew it was going to happen, but there was nothing i could do about it except watch, and not hit it with my own car. that was the most devastating thing i've ever witnessed in my entire life.
thanks, 30 day challenge, for making me relive this.

20 - a picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

someday i'd love to travel to spain. i always hear good things about the place. but first, i must learn the language. i keep forgetting that jason got me rosetta stone. i need to get back to using that....

Friday, March 25, 2011

19 - a picture of when you were little

that is me sometime in 1986. not sure how old i was here. just a few months probably. how on earth did they get me to pose and stay like that? archer would have never gone for that.

18 - a picture of your biggest insecurity

... or should i say insecuritIES. i'm totally insecure with my boobs! i mean, look at those melons. when you're only 5'2" an weigh 110 pounds, you don't really need to naturally grow double d's. they just make me feel fat, and i'm not really sure how that happens when you're a size 0. i'm totally getting a boob job when i'm done having children.
(marisol looks beautiful though!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

17 - a picture of someone who has made a huge impact on your life recently


that would be this guy! becoming someone's mother impacts your life like nothing else does. he's my little buddy, and i'm so glad i have him in my life. he hasn't even been on this earth for a year, but he's definitely changed me. i look forward to watching him grow!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

16 - picture of someone who inspires you

this picture is like 4 or 5 years old. its a picture of my favorite little brother and i somewhere in washington. he is the raddest kid ever. plays the guitar, bass, and drums. i wish i had just one ounce of the talent he has! you're awesome diego, keep rockin' it!

Monday, March 21, 2011

15 - a picture of something you want to do before you die

for some reason i really, really want to restore an old VW bus. they are so awesome. not only do i want to restore it, but then i want to road trip it around the states with my family. :) i used to have a vw rabbit that i was in love with, and i just know that i'd feel right owning one of these too.

a short girl's best friend

a short girl can never have too many heels. but i've found that wedges are definitely the way to go. when you're as short as i am, flats just seem to make you look shorter, and also, a little like a child. i love the way pumps look but they are not foot friendly for long periods of time. so, wedges it is. especially because you can kind of "camouflage" wedges under a pair of flared pants so they look more like a normal (flat) shoe, giving the illusion of more height.
i'd love to have a pair of each of these shoes!

big buddha echo
canvas wedge loafer

Sunday, March 20, 2011

14 - a picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

i met jason when i was 12 years old. i've known him more than half my life! we've both had our separate ups and downs, but somehow always gravitated toward each other again. and i'm so glad. he's very loving and generous to me, and i don't know what i'd do without him.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

13 - a picture of your favorite band

my fave band of the moment is the yeah yeah yeahs. and they have been for probably the last two years. i love that chicks voice, and her confidence. and the two dudes in the band, look pretty geeky, but at least they still rock out.

12 - a picture of something you love


this one was a toughie. i love a lot of things! ultimately i have decided on my ring. i love it, and it also symbolizes my love for jason! corny, i know. but i'm ok with that.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

orecchino

for those of you who don't already know. my son has microtia and aural atresia of the right ear. basically, his right ear didn't completely develop so it's small, has a different shape, and he has no ear canal. when he was born, and they placed him on my lap, after looking at his darling face, that was the first thing i noticed. my stomach sank. i feel so bad that i got so freaked out about it, because after that, i wondered what else was wrong with my child. turns out, he's pretty dang perfect.
for the first few months of his life, i was so paranoid that everyone was staring at his little ear, and that i'd have to explain it to everyone. people don't really seem to notice all that much anymore, and i'm much more comfortable talking about it. we know he can hear with his left ear, but we're still not sure about the right. we don't even know if he has all the proper parts in there! when he's a little older, we'll find out.
so, archer has been teething recently, getting his top central incisors, and he'll hold his normal ear when he's in pain. i gave him a bath the other night, and to avoid getting water in there (i don't want him getting an infection to add to his teething pain) i asked jason to get me a cotton ball. he brought me two. it kind of made me sad. i don't think he knew what i was using it for, or if he did, i'm sure it was just an extra, but it was sad to me that archer only had one ear that needed protection.
long story short, archer has permanent conductive hearing loss in his right ear, and mild mixed media hearing loss in his left. i know this makes him unique though, so i don't usually get upset about it. we even kind of want him to have a mohawk to showcase the little cuteness. we want him to be comfortable with it, and proud of it, just like we are.
i think it looks kinda like a goldfish cracker stuck to the side of his head. =)

11 - a picture of something you hate

i am absolutely freaked out by cockroaches. they are everywhere in hawaii too. when it's dry, they kind of retreat, but if you go walking down the street after it has rained, they are running wild all over the sidewalks. probably once every month we get a cockroach intruder in our condo. jason always has to come to my rescue. i can handle the baby ones, but the adults make scream like a little girl and i go jumping to higher ground. (ie: a chair or counter) i can't wait to get back to washington, where cockroaches still exist, but in much smaller quantities. (not looking forward to the massive spiders though. ugh!)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

10 - a picture of the person you do the most messed up things with

i don't really do "messed up" things... especially now that i'm a mom. but, i have partied pretty good. that's ali on the left. king of parties and fast cars. and marisol on the right. we're always getting into trouble. (we even randomly went to free tattoo day once!) this picture was from our vegas trip in november of 09. it was actually a pretty laid back weekend for marisol and i, since i was 2 months pregnant. so this trip was kind of like our last hoorah. ali has a baby now too, so i guess we'll all just have to graduate (or demote - however you want to look at it) to badass birthday parties for our babies. =)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

9 - a picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

a little cliché, i know, but this is my mom. she's been around for me my entire life, so obviously she's the one who has gotten me through the most. she's always there when i need her. i've been through a few major life altering obstacles, and she has stuck with me and never judged me. love you mom!

Monday, March 14, 2011

8 - a picture that makes you laugh

i don't know who this baby is, but whoever did this to it, is a genius. why didn't i think of doing this to archer? i mean, i would swaddle him up when he was tiny and he'd resemble a burrito, but i never took so far and added lettuce, tomato, and a mustache! super cute baby.

7 - a picture of your most treasured item

this is my bicycle. when i moved to hawaii, i left my car behind. i needed some type of transportation. a bike was perfect. kailua is so tiny and laid back, that a car is completely unnecessary. for me at least. (it is nice to have jason's truck around though if i ever need it) i ride this thing everywhere. i would even ride it to work when i was 9 months pregnant. people thought i was nuts. they were probably right. pretty sure i was even riding this thing earlier in the day when i went into labor with my son. i love my bike, and unlike my car, i won't be leaving it behind when i move.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

6 - a picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

i love kim kardashian. i'd love to have a day in her life. wake up beautiful, go have pictures taken of myself for oodles of money. go shopping with my oodles of money. also, she owns a candy shop in vegas, so i'm totally jealous of that. just one day i'd like to know what its like to have a ton of big, awesome, beautiful hair.

Friday, March 11, 2011

5 - a picture of your favorite memory

for today, i couldn't come up with a photo. i mean, i can't just go around photographing every second of my life. although, that would be pretty cool. so for today, i chose a song instead. because this song triggers some pretty great warm feelings and memories.

where is my mind - pixies

whenever i hear this song, i start daydreaming. i go back to december 09, in lake stevens, when i was driving in my white volkswagen rabbit with jason and this song playing. both of us in our pajamas. somewhere on this day i realized that we were in love again. even though it was cold and snowy then, in this moment, i felt warm and secure. one of the best days of my life. :)

well, here's a picture of the lake in the winter that i found on the internet. i miss that place.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

4 - a picture of a habit you wish you didn't have

as you can see by the picture here, i pick my nose. i've even employed my fiancé to help me. i don't know if its because i have kind of a big nose, but, i just can't help myself. i don't do it in public or anything. and i'm not one of those people you see in their car at a stoplight scratching their brain. i think maybe i need a 12 step program. i can see it now... "hello, my name is martina, and i'm a nosepicaholic."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

flippin' the bird to the birds

in the past week i've been trying really hard to get into better shape. i'm in decent shape already, but i could use some improvement. anyway, i've gone jogging a few days the past week, and i've been feeling great. so this evening, after the rain, archer and i went for a jog. unfortunately, i only got halfway to my destination thanks to a slight mishap. i got shit on by a bird. right on the head and chest... it's one of the most disgusting feelings in the world. i asked archer if i could barrow one of his wipes. but i still felt scuzzy and turned around and went home. i immediately showered.
then i got to remembering, this isn't the first time this has happened to me. it isn't the 2nd or 3rd time either. this is the 4th time - in my adult life, that i can remember - that i have been the target of a bird's butt. the first time i was driving my mom's car, and i had my window cracked a couple of inches for fresh air, and somehow, a birdpoop hit the steering wheel, dead center. it was an unexplainable phenomenon. the second time i was driving down 45th in the u-district of seattle. i had been stopped at a red light, and just as i began down the hill, about 7 birds moved their bowels into my sunroof. the third time, i was riding my bicycle to work when it happened. i had to call in late so i could go home and change.
i've heard that being the subject of a bird bomb is good luck. i better get at least one really big prize for this! until then, f*you birds. thanks for pooping on my parade.

since sliced bread

throughout pregnancy, you are subject to all sorts of advice, even when its not warranted. "make sure you do this... absolutely do NOT do that... etc." thanks for the advice, person-i've-never-met. they tell you raising children is hard, blah blah blah. i'm not saying it's easy, but it's not as hard as everyone was trying to make it sound. c'mon people, you're not protecting me.
but no one tells you how hard it is going to be to start feeding your child whole foods. i find this to be completely terrifying. my son is a pro at baby cereals, pureed fruits and veggies, and even the cheerio. but anything else i feed him, i get so nervous that he's going to choke to death. i get a cold sweat going on as i watch my child like a vulture and reach for the water cup at the slightest inkling of cough or gag face.
today we had half a piece of whole wheat bread for the first time, crusts cut off, cut into tiny little cubes. he thought it was awesome. i thought i was going to have a coronary. i probably scared the poop out of him with my crazy, wide-eyed stare on my face. i'd be scared if i were him. i hope he doesn't have nightmares... his dad on the other hand, would probably give him an entire slice of bread whole to munch on, and think nothing of it. sometimes i admire his techniques, but i'm too wimpy to try them.
anyway, a word to new or expecting moms; congratulations! being a mom is the best job i've ever had. with it comes risk, and with risk comes beautiful rewards. =)

3 - a picture of the cast from your favorite show

i realize that it was probably the mother in me that got me started watching a sitcom called "modern family" but this show is seriously hilarious. and i think this photo adequately depicts how delightfully dysfunctional this extended family is. it has a little bit of everything on the show, and it's so relatable in many different ways.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2 - a picture of you and someone you've been close with for a while

this is marisol. she's my soulmate. well, friend soul mate. i've known her for about 5 years and i don't know where i'd be without her. i love her. too bad we live 3000 miles away from each other now. i wish we were both living in seattle again. those were the times. maybe someday we'll be reunited there.