Monday, April 30, 2012

Nona says the darndest things

This weekend I went along with my mom on her weekly visit to see my Nona.
As far back as I can remember, she has always tried to force feed me.
It has gotten progressively worse since I have gotten older and now has reached its ultimate capacity with pregnancy.

Now that I am in my third trimester, my stomach has gotten considerably smaller from being squished by all other organs.
I can’t eat nearly what I did earlier and even prior to being pregnant.
I have mini meals and then basically feel starved in between.

After arriving at Nona’s house, she offered me coffee, but I already had my decaf Starbucks.
She said, “Well, then some cookies to go with it”.
I said “No, I  already ate breakfast.”
 She tried to push a slice of bread or how about some bologna?
“No… I am fine, thanks.”
She says “ Alright……” 
Five minutes pass, she asks if I would like a glass of milk.  
“No, I am fine and if I need anything, I will get it myself!” I reply.
She turns up her nose and wanders off.

We go to the grocery store where anything I touch or look at she asks if I need.
“No, Nona, I am just looking while you shop.”
She convinces me to get a pie for dessert though.
I said “ Only if you will eat some too! “  
She agrees .

Once we get back home she starts making lunch.
During which she offers me more cookies.
I have a few.
She tries to give me coffee, After refusing twice, I appease her by  taking a glass of milk.

We sit down to eat lunch and she hounds me that I need to eat more.
I am eating like “a little bird” she says.
 I tell her, “I am full already, my stomach is small right now.”
This doesn’t phase her, “ No, you are eating for two, you should eat more!
The baby is hungry!
Here have some more!

I tell her “No, I am full, why don’t you believe me? I am 28, I know when I am full!” She is relentless and growls under her breath.
I'm all  “Nona, I really can’t eat anymore right now, when I burp, I throw up a little in my mouth”
She looks at me and without pause ,says
 “ Yeah, me too, it’s alright

As soon as I finish what is on my plate.
She says “ You want some pie?”  
“Yes, I will have some pie.”
“ Do you want some ice cream?”
“ No thank you.”
“ What’s wrong? Don’t you like ice cream?”
“ Yes, I do, but I will just have some pie.”
“ Well, why not with ice cream? Ice cream is good on pie!”
“Yes, Nona , it is ,but I will just have milk.”
She turns her nose up in disgust and gets the pie.

As soon as I am barely finished eating my slice, she says “ Have another slice”
I am still swallowing!
“ No, one piece is fine” .
” No it’s not, don’t you want some more?
You should have another slice.”  
So I make a compromise with her and ask if instead it would be alright if I took home a piece for later.
She says fine, but when I pack it up, she wants to know why I don’t take 2 pieces and how about 1 for Steve too.
I tell her Steve isn’t home, I just need one slice.
Plus, “You promised you would eat the pie too! If I take 3 pieces, it will all be gone.

 “Fine”, she says…
“But do you want some ice cream before you go?”

Friday, April 20, 2012

Here comes the bride

Happy Wedding to Miss Ayers!

I hope your wedding day tomorrow is perfect and everything you always dreamed it would be.
You got lucky on this one, as I am pregnant and unable to drink alcoholic beverages at the occasion.
Thus sparing you a drunken, slurred, embarrassing speech.
At your our next wedding, you might not be so lucky!
Did anyone try the fish!?
Mazel Tov!

Us in High School

As California Roomies

And beyond!

The happy couple!

Monday, April 9, 2012

cheese please

It occurred my friends and me that we needed to have a get together that involved cheese.
So we planned a cheese day.
Each  person was required to bring two cheeses to the party.
One of their favorites and one they haven't tried before.

Along with an array of wines and champagnes (and pear cider for me)
we spent a few hours in the middle of a Saturday stuffing our faces with cheese.
This was pretty much the best idea ever.

Ethel's Rhodie in full bloom

The spread

What's a girl's day without glamour shots?!

There's a baby in there

Oh yeah and we decided to all wear Easter hats.
Because when you are eating fine curds and whey you need to look your best.

Marinated fresh Mozzarella 

The healthier stuff

Prego photo

The whirling durvish

Crackers and chocolate covers fruits

I even got out the glass plates and linen napkins!

This Truffle Cheese was delicious....but I'm not suppose to eat soft cheeses while pregnant.
I had to try it though, and it was sooooo good.

Jamaican Jerk & Roasted Garlic Cheddar

Prosciutto & Mozzarella  

Smoked Monterrey,Cougar Gold, Wasabi Horseradish

I finally got to use my huge slab of marble for something!

What's better than fried cheese?!

All the girls

Chive Cheesy Beer Dip,Goat Brie, and Triple cream

We need to do this biweekly.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Vanity Makeover - Eat your heart out Pinterest

Let's start at the beginning.
Flash back to 6th grade:
I had been begging my parents to buy me a vanity for my bedroom and desperately wanted to get rid of my "kid" desk.

Kid desk

I wanted something girly like this

But my parents argued there wasn't enough storage or space for things like....homework.
And since I was like 10 years old, I wasn't exactly wearing make up.
They had a valid point, but I continued looking for the perfect vanity at every garage sale my dad drug me to.

Finally I found this treasure.
A nice big desk, full of drawers and a huge mirror.
 It was the best of both words.
Plus it was old.
I have always had a thing for antiques.

It lived in my bedroom all my life and was painted white.
I sat at it every morning and did my hair and make up before high school.
Until I started college and decided it would look better painted hot pink.
Not sure what I was thinking...

Since moving into my house with only one, yes, one bathroom in it, this vanity has been a life saver. 
I have been able to always have a place to get ready for my day and avoided the fight over the sink.
Now that the upstairs is ready for furniture, we moved my vanity up there.
I had planed to paint it back to its neutral white to match the bed. 
Steve suggested we paint it something brighter.
"We need a POP of color" he said.
Well, dear husband, be careful what you wish for!

My inspiration

With a touch of this

And we ended up with this!

We used Glidden in Grecian Green High Gloss Trim paint.

And one of Ethel's old lace curtains I found in the basement and a high gloss charcoal spray paint on the sides.

It was super easy to do. 
After painting the green and letting it set for a day, we taped off the edges around the sides and then I cut out a section of lace to lay flat in the center area.
We stood the desk on it's side so I could spray directly down onto it and the lace layed flatter that way.
I did one good solid coat of spray at a 90 degree angle and let it dry completely for about 10 min.
Then pulled off the painters tape and lifted off the lace!
Easy as Pie!

I ordered this little acrylic beauty to set on top of it to hold all my makeup too!
Can't wait for it to get here.
It will look much better than my old Rubbermaid storage I had everything in.

The prayer factory

You might remember this vintage metal shrine that I bought a few months ago at Ruffles & Rust.

I had great things planned for it.
It just took me a while to get around to them all.

Some inspiration:

First it needed some paint.
Then some accessories.
Then the perfect picture in the frame.

A few crystals.

Lastly, some little statues to fill the shelves.

The best part?
It lights up.

I had to make a compromise with Steve in order to hang it up though,
since it is really not his style at all.
(Believe it or not, he doesn't like tacky stuff!)
Or so he thinks...
He acquired an old German light up beer sign that he thought needed to be hung up as well.
That's pretty tacky in my opinion.
But, bring on the black velvet paintings, I love it all!

Here is the finished wall in the stairway
(to Heaven)

Now I have a night light for the 4 times I get up to pee in the middle of the night too!
Fashion AND function!