1. Have you hit up Starbucks for your favorite holiday drink yet (I did notice the red cups the day after Halloween... that should have been my hint to find that radio station)? Mine is the egg nog latte, but I get it with chai tea instead of coffee and it is heaven. We had this conversation on twitter the other day though, about how it's important to tell your barista that you don't want your four dollar drink diluted down with half a cup of water. Apparently this is standard procedure in some Starbucks. Anyways, you should try this, and if you want your barista to ask you if you used to work for Starbucks like mine did, the proper order is grande no water egg nog chai latte. YUM.
2. I am currently obsessed with sending greeting cards from Tiny Prints. Did you know that you can send just one personalized (with photos, etc) birthday/holiday/thank you/whatever card? You create it and then they send it straight to your recipient. For some reason I find it prohibitively difficult to go to the store, buy a card, fill out the card, find the address, look for a stamp, buy another whole book of stamps because I can't remember where I put the last book I bought, and then mail the card. Tiny Prints cards are normally $3.99 each, but I signed up for an annual membership for $5.99 which included 3 free cards and then made each card I send only $2.99. That is less than Hallmark, cuter, and I can do it all without
3. That list of posts I could be writing? There's one in there about sleep that I've had as a draft since maybe August. I'm hesitant to keep writing it because I don't know how helpful it will be to anyone. This baby sleep thing changes SO often. Just as I'm figuring out something that works, the whole game is different. Also on the should-I-bother list is a post about what I'm feeding Finn. I'm making his food, but it's so simple that I don't know if it's even worth writing about. Cook food. Put in blender. Feed to baby. Do you care? You tell me. (Then again I googled how to make avocado baby food before I first fed one to Finn. Turns out it is as easy as you think it is.)
4. Here is what I would like to be bringing to Thanksgiving dinner this year:
5. Believe it or not, since having a baby I have gotten way more organized about cooking dinner. I do this magical thing called "meal planning" which is really just code for showing up at the grocery store with half a clue about what you're going to be buying. I have a list now, and I'm all business in there when I have Finn with me, so there is no more aimlessly walking up and down the aisles for an hour and coming home with only milk, refrigerated Christmas cookie dough, and a box of Indian food (but somehow spending $134 anyways). It's amazing how we are actually saving money AND eating better since I've started doing this.
5a. Notice how I didn't say I was cooking though? Here is our division of labor: I dream up an amazing dinner (aka search on Pinterest for something that looks good), make a list, and buy the ingredients. Hubs cooks (and wins husband of the year award).
6. I've been trying to come up with a Christmas wish list, but everything I'm pining for is a totally lame mom-gift that's not even really for me. Exhibit A, I'm really trying to resist putting a baby carrier stuff sack on my list. Not that that isn't a genius invention, but how lamesauce am I and how did I get here? Is there anything awesome on your Christmas list this year? Can you let me know what it is? Maybe I want it too and also I can pretend that I have non-Mom interests.
6b. We have the Beco Gemini carrier now that Finn is too heavy for the Bjorn (not technically but too heavy for my shoulders with the Bjorn) and we LOVE it. (My excitement over yet another baby product could also be Exhibit B of how I'm pretty lamesauce these days.)
7. I feel the need to end this list on a non-Mom related note. I have a long overdue hair appointment scheduled for Saturday and I can't decide if I want to get back to my old bright blonde self or embrace my inner brunette (although there is no way I'll be going as dark as I did during the brunette experiment of 2009). Opinions?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Don't forget to wear your stretchy pants!