Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What you'll get:
DwellStudio Blossom Giraffe Stuffed Animal Pillow
How you can win it:
As many readers know, we live in San Francisco and are having twin boys. This means quarters are tight but baby goods are necessary. Leave a comment with a tip on designing in tight quarters for a chance to win this DwellStudio pillow (design ideas are not limited to baby design needs).
The giveaway ends at 9pm PT on Friday, July 3rd. The winner will be announced no later than Monday, July 6th.
The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
About the company behind this giveaway:
Bedding Sets.com, part of CSN Stores, offers a wide variety of bedding for children and adults.
Here's the magic recipe:
- 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 cup New Mexican chili powder
- 16 ounces chicken stock
- 10 ounces tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
- 1 onion, chopped
- 10 corn tortillas
- 1 cup sour cream, for garnish
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make sauce: In a saucepan heat 3 tablespoons oil, add flour and cook, whisking, 1 minute. Add chili powder and cook 30 seconds. Stir in stock, tomato puree, oregano and cumin and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until flavors are well-blended. Season to taste with salt.
Combine cheese, chicken and onion for filling. Heat remaining 1/2 cup oil in a skillet until hot. Using tongs dip in tortillas, one at a time, to soften, and drain on paper towels. Dip each tortilla in sauce. On a plate fill with a generous spoonful of filling and roll up; place enchilada seam-side down in a baking dish and repeat until all ingredients are used up. Top with remaining sauce. Bake 30 minutes. To serve, top with sour cream and scallions.
I know there are some creative cooks out there ... help please!
- Organic chicken breast with skin no bone
- 1 jabanero pepper (seeds removed)
- 1 turnip
- 1 celery root
- 1 squash
- Handful barley
- 1 can organic white beans
- Cover chicken breast with water in a large pan
- Add barley
- Bring to boil - then, turn down to simmer
- Add jabanero
- After 5min, add turnip and celery root
- After 5 more min, add squash and white beans
- Simmer for 10 min
- Take chicken out and remove skin and break up chicken
Monday, June 29, 2009
Normal price of trainer: $329 (although it's on sale at Amazon.comfor $260 right now)
Price marked on used trainer: $120
Price I paid: $63 (all the cash in my wallet!)
Plus, the clerk threw in the CycleOps Stackable Climbing Block and hub skewer free! BAM - love it.
After testing the trainer (while enjoying a nice look at my shoes (the overflow from our closet are in the living room) and "The Devil Wears Prada"I know it was money very well spent.
Last week Matt found the platinum of margarita mixes for me - Tommy's Drink Mix. This mix is PERFECT for a virgin margarita (sub sparkling water for the tequilla) after a long hot day. Because there isn't much sugar and it's light on the juice index, this hasn't been effecting my GD by spiking my blood sugar too much. Here are the deets:
- Hand-picked, subtly sweet 100% fresh-squeezed slightly tart, aromatic limes
- Organic Agave nectar
- Purified water
- Touch of organic cane sugar
I think in tech, there's definitely an unspoken "uniform" - you look the part much like in running. If a man showed up to work (again, in tech - advertising, architecture, etc. all different ballgames entirely) in fitted grey slacks with a purple shirt (picture Euro style), they wouldn't be part of the unspoken "club." On the running note, if a runner showed up to the starting line in long shorts and Velcro high-tops, they would still get the runner's courtesy, but definitely not be in the "club."
Women in tech, on the other hand, get to spice it up more. There's still definitely a theme, but we do get to have more fun. My preg version of the unspoken "uniform" is a black dress (stretchy), cardigan (cozy), heals (won't go without), and necklace - I add color where I can.
Post preg, I'll go back to the basics - pencil pants, long white blouse, blazer, heals (my boss says I gravitate to tranny shoes ... as long as I can keep up with the boys in them, I'll sport 'em), and chunky necklace. I might have to do the black on black or black on grey for a while to hide the "no I'm not pregnant anymore" belly - but I'll cross that (fashion) bridge when I get there.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We continue to be amazed by our wonderful generous friends. Last week, Leanne surprised us with some awesome books and onsies to help tell the boys apart. This week, Matt's work threw him a shower (and I love that he got to ... had to be the center of attention - it's a little awkward feeling) where Tracy (a crafty-woman extraordinaire) made a diaper cake and the office stocked us up on all the necessities.
Last weekend Matt went to San Diego for a family get together (I'm not allowed to fly and can't sit in a car for longer than 10-min, so I unfortunately missed it). His cousin relayed the funniest thinking during dinner - he thought that babies were born knowing how to swim because "they're swimming around in the belly" and that they come out breathing because the "belly itself was mostly filled with air - hence the roundness." Love it ... not quite, but good thought.
In case you were curious, per Baby Center, here's what's going on in there:
"How your baby's growing:Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight."
Monday, June 22, 2009
The money saver? Shop at Trader Joes, not Whole Foods. Hurting for organic produce? Farmer's Markets and farms in Marin are a perfect solution. Now if I could only follow my own advice ...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Positives of training on the elliptical:
- Low impact - read, no damage to knees
- Easy to "zone" to - the elliptical is the best TV watching cardio machine at the gym
- Can control resistance and climb much like a treadmill
- It's just not the same as running! I wouldn't be comfortable training solely on the elliptical and then entering a trail race - if running a race it's important to train on the terrain you're running on
- I don't buy the calorie count - I love seeing the numbers climb, and I'm sure they're close, but without knowing VO2 capabilities, height, weight, etc. I don't understand how burn can be calculated
- Good for the booty, not so much for the calves - running gives awesome legs (I think), the elliptical gives a high bum, tight thighs, but only soso calves
- Hot dogs
- Small toys - anything that can fit through a roll of toilet paper
- Is the scene safe? If yes:
- Is the baby responsive?
- Hold face down (hold the head but don't cover the face)
- 5 slaps to the back (surprisingly harder than you think you would need to for a baby)
- Turn over - still holding with head towards the ground
- 5 pushes to the front near the breast bone with 2 fingers (3 for a petite woman or if holding a big baby)
- Yell for help! Tell someone to call 911 and come back
- Check to see if the airway is open
- Check to see if the baby is breathing (look, listen, feel)
- Turn on side and monitor
- 2 breaths covering mouth and nose (if it's an older child, hold the nose)
- 30 pushes to the front near the breast bone with 2 fingers (3 for a petite woman or if holding a big baby)
- Repeat for 5 cycles before calling 911 if alone
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- They're "big" - it's true - they have big personalities
- They do what they're passionate about - true success comes from loving what you do and doing what you love
- They set goals and are OK with changing goals as they go
So here's my short list:
- Raise two happy, healthy, smart boys and show them the world
- Have a garden - my dad has the best green thumb, I hope some rubbed off!
- Live with Matt and boys in another big city (country?) for at least 1-year (Vancouver, Boston, NYC, Washington, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam...)
- Run the Boston marathon - this is on the calendar for 2010
- Do an iron man
- Run the Great Wall of China marathon
- Run the NYC marathon
- Write a book - I have two outlines ... now to write ...
- Write a children's book - a "page" I hope to take from my brilliant writing mom's book (heh - get the play on words? Writing...)
- Go to a black tie ball
- Go to a museum or art gallery opening
- Go to Death Valley
- Go to the Grand Canyon
- Read the top 10 books every written
- Get published in a magazine
All the oddities aside, I'm feeling quite lucky to have the best husband, awesome friends, and still have energy (although it's dwindling). This week in spin the teacher cheered when I walked in - total motivation; I may be spinning on a much lower gear with my knees out to the side, but whatever - it feels great!
Per Baby Center, here's what's going on in there (side note - all the fruit analogies baby sites use for baby size are starting to get difficult to read - not only can I not look at a melon the same anymore, but I'm having fruit withdrawal as the GD limits the amount I can eat):
"How your baby's growing:Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A while back I blogged on my home gym setup. Now I'd like to add a bike trainer to round out the cardio kick I oh-so-love. Bicycling magazine has a great lineup of trainers:
- Blackburn Trakstand Ultra Indoor Bicycle Trainer$207-300
- Kreitler Kompact 3.0in Roller Set$338-445 Kreitler $164-168
- Elite Crono Primo Fluid Elastogel Wireless Indoor Bicycle Trainer $525-621
- Giant Cyclotron Auto II $250
- ACTION TRAINER MINOURA VFS150G-R MAG$261-290
- Tacx Satori Trainer with Gel Roller$308-394
- Nashbar Watt Master Fluid Trainer$290-360
I found the Bell Motivator Mag Indoor Bicycle Traineron Amazon which has great ratings but I'm hoping to get even cheaper! Yes, you guessed it, my next few days/weeks will be spent Craigslist.com haunting and checking in with bike training clinics for used trainers. Wish me shopping luck!
- Weekly nonstress tests
- Every other week regular midwife check-ins
- Every other week dietitian check-ins
- Monthly ultrasounds
I need to preface this with I don't know exactly what the numbers mean but the nurse practitioner said that I was in the normal range - normal is perfect for me!
You can learn more about nonstress tests on BabyCenter.com.
Monday, June 15, 2009
During my last swim I enjoyed a funny kid encounter. After sliding (very awkwardly I'll let you know) into the pool, the woman in the lane next to me said "wow, you are pregnant! Very very very pregnant!" (Yes, I know - thanks a lot for the reminder ...) Then she turned to her daughter who I'm assuming is 3 and said "Look at the ladies big bump honey." At this the daughter kept dipping under water to look at my stomach then emerging smiling. Dunk, smile, dunk, smile - you get the routine. When I finally kicked off the little girl started swimming along side me staring at the belly.
I can't say I was too annoyed - it's good to see kids eager to learn about their surroundings, and I'm getting used to the big comments. It was just odd - somehow I replaced Nemo as the underwater wonder and became the kicking and floating bump.
The test was made up of the following:
- Vo2 max testing - mine was calculated at 56.6 ml/kg-min which put me in the 99th percentile compared to other women 20-29
- Body composition - I was measured and weighed (and the funny part is there's no "pregnancy" option on the test output so I was measured as a "normal" woman) - I came in at 147 lbs, 125.8 lbs of lean body mass, 21.2 lbs of fat, and a 14.4% body fat
- Blood pressure and stress testing - this was measured just as any blood pressure test at a drug store - mine came in at 120 Systolic and 88 Diastolic - my Systolic is actually a bit high putting me in the "prehypertension-normal" range, but the tester said the boys could contribute to that
- Strength and flexibility evaluation - I stood on a scale and tried to pull up a weight using my legs, core, back, and arms - I came in average here (bummer - gotta do more curls) - this tells me I need to do more core work (now I'm sticking to plank, but when the boys come I'll ramp it up)
- Identification of risk factors - this was a questionnaire and I came out in the "Good" to "Excellent" ranges - the lower scores were on caffeine (I do love my coffee) and the higher scores were on eating my fruits/veg and drinking water
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday Emily, Rob, Matt and I made our way up Mt. Tam to enjoy the Mt. Play and a picnic. This year's play was the Man of La Mancha and was excellent! Truly, I can't imagine a better Saturday than sitting in a mountainside enjoying live theater, friends, and good food.
Rob and Emily:
View from the top:
Today Leanne and I made our way around the North Beach festival. Luckily we made it out early before the streets turned into a giant frat party.
After the festival I hiked over Telegraph Hill for some much needed spa and gym time.
All in all, a great weekend! I'm ready for another.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I enjoyed outfit validation when I checked in and the girl working reg complimented both the bump and outfit (gold star for her!).
Here are the deets:
- Black cashmere sweater dress: comfy and perfect for toning down the mass bumpage - there's a cute one at Net-a-porter.com (love that site!) but I wore a White and Warren one I got on Gilt.com
- Leggings: still fit and look great with almost everything - lots of companies offer cute ones, here are some from Miss Selfridge (a site similar to H&M)
- Messenger bag: this is more for getting to and from the conference to hold business cards and my notebook (I didn't lug the laptop - instead I opted for a backup on a memory stick) - mine is a Tumi that I got from work, but here's a much less expensive cute option from Moxsie
- Knee high black boots: they may not look comfortable, but they are - I'm still living in heals - here's a cute knock-off pair of LVs from Amiclubwear
- Glasses: these aren't so much a fashion statement as a necessity - I got lasik 8-years ago but my eyes are slipping so when I need to see a projected screen, I dawn my Oliver Peoples - here are a cute pair of Oliver Peoples inspired glasses
Friday, June 5, 2009
"Whoa - your stomach got here a good few seconds before you!"
Maybe I should enter a race - win by a belly? Maybe not.
The boys are moving constantly now, and I love it! "Baby B" still seems to like doing flips and "Baby A" just kind of bobs up and down - he also gets the hiccups which is odd to say the least.
Per Baby Center, here's what's going on in there:
"By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth."
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Just some of the many beautiful flowers on the hill:
A nice "cool down" after spin:
The towers seen from the top of the hill (Coit and Transamerica):
So this tasty Tuesday is not so sweet, but still delicious ...
New favorite breakfast? Greek yogurt - specifically Fage. This is great with granola, fruit (but not too much), sugar free jam, and on it's own.
Bottom line - YUM!
If anyone else is facing GD, here's a handy food list someone sent me:
Obviously, doctor knows best, and I'm off to see a maternity diabetes dietitian tomorrow. Here's a good site for extra GD research, too: http://www.diabeticmommy.com/
Monday, June 1, 2009
This weekend marked my last shower (don't worry, not the skip and I'll stink kind - the other kind) and it also marked the decorating of the boys' room. Ryan and Meghan, my two fav interior designers, came over to help with the cause. It's crazy walking by the room and seeing two cribs set up... the countdown begins - 4-6 weeks and I'll be happy.
While I don't recommend bargaining all the time, it's a buyers technique that I think is A-OK in the right circumstance.
Intro: women's fashion store going out of business (bittersweet - they're keeping their 2nd location). The want: a leather stool to go with my new $25 desk (thanks Craigslist.com). The ask: cheap! The conversation:
Me: How much is this chair?
Me: How about $35 and I pay with credit card and pay the 4% credit card charge?
Retailer: How about cash?
Me: I don't have that much ...
(Luckily, one of my girlfriends piped in saying I could borrow cash)
Me: Well, I think I can make it work. (Looking in girlfriends wallet - where did she get all those $20s?!). Oop - it looks like she doesn't have that much - how about $30?
Sold to the fast talking buyer!