Nov 21, 2009

Thanksgiviging Blew-up Again

The last 2 years in France we haven't had a "normal" Thanksgiving.  I mean I don't usually have a "normal" thanksgiving.  In the last 10 years, I probably had Thanksgiving dinner only a handful of times with "people", and the last time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my parents it ended in disaster.  But when you dad shows up at the Thanksgiving table that you have spent hours preparing in his underwear (without pants) and then gets upset when you turn off the Lifetime Movie that he was watching and doesn't even acknowledge all of your hard work, well maintain your cool (in this case my cool) can be difficult.  I think I nearly broke into tears.

Anyway, this year was my first Thanksgiving back, has already been disappointing...  First off, everyone I have invited already has other Thanksgiving Day plans.  Some of these people aren't even Americans, live far away from their family or have just moved here 5 minutes ago.  Already have been Thanksgiving Day plans....  So who cares --  I bought a 13lb Turkey (for the 5 people at my house) and just make everything myself and eat leftovers until Xmas. No use sulking about it.

I wonder if when I should send out the Evites next year?  Labor Day?

You are, of course, invited to my table this year.  I have plenty of turkey and stuffing to go around.

Nov 19, 2009

Did I lose 3 lbs?

For my birthday I went to the gym at the hotel for a swim.  Since I don't actually own a scale, I saw one and thought, hmmm, I wonder how much I weigh compared to right before Z was born.  I know that I must have lost some weight but I wasn't quite sure how much.  Well I was right about what I thought I was Baby Weight (BW) - 15.  Yeah!  And since I only gained about 15 lbs in pregnancy, I thought, great, back to pre-pregnancy weight.  Well, due to an unfortunate bacterial infection, I found myself at the doctors again.  And viola, I lost another 3lbs in just one month?  Really, cause I am not even trying.  I did go to the pool, twice, and have been taking the kids to their swim class twice a week, but that is hardly exercise.  Could I have really have lost 3lbs?  Well maybe.  The pants that I just bought are a little loose -- like so loose, I didn't have to unbutton them to pull them down the other day.

Maybe I did lose weight.  Now I just have to lose those stretch marks and I will look like a pre-baby woman.

Nov 2, 2009

The Other Woman's Name is Georgette.

A has started his own Levain.  Georgette is her name...  I named her because she is taken care of often with regular care.  Georgette gets hungry every couple of days, after a week of eating, she is 4 times her size, then she needs to be used.  When A uses Georgette, their time together can last almost 24 hours of mixing, proofing, kneading and attention.  The only good thing about Georgette is that in the end, she can make some pretty darn good bread.  But A can't keep up with her constant growth, can't make enough bread to get rid of her, seriously, she is taking over my kitchen.