April 13, 2016

Aiden says


Aiden: Is bro a bad word?
Me: Er... no.
[Aiden proceeds to say it to start or end every sentence for days]

Aiden: Por favor. 
Me: That's awesome!  What does that mean?
Aiden: That means "can I have something"?

Aiden: What's your name, Harry?

[loading the car after the grocery store]
Aiden: I want to hold the popcorn bag. 
Me: Ok but no more eating any.  We had all our treats.
Aiden: Ok
Aiden: ...
Aiden: Hey mom? Don't look back when you drive. 

[Every kid that gets within 20 feet of him]
Aiden: Do you want to play with me?!?
[said with enthusiasm, 2 inches from their face]

My friend: What kind of tea is that?
[Aiden takes a sip of my tea and thinks]
Aiden: Mom tea.

[Feeling my belly when the baby kicks]
Aiden: Do it again!

[Watching me puke from morning sickness]
Aiden: Do it again!

Aiden: Can I do [some xyz thing].
Me: Let me think about it. 
Aiden: I'll think about it.  
Aiden: We can! I thinked about it!
  
Aiden: Cago means hand. Because that's the word for Spanish. 

[In the bath]
Aiden: Where is the bubble's home?

Aiden: Why it's raining? 
[x1000 during the 5 minute drive to school one morning when it rained.]

[When the snow is melting]
Aiden: Do we still live in Montana?
[because that was always my answer to "Why is it snowing?"]

Aiden: There are bad guys in Belgium.  Daddy said so.

Aiden: I said a stupid word.  In my dream.

[Almost anything I say]
Aiden: Why?

[running repeatedly at the automatic door at the grocery store]
Aiden: Look!  It's scared of me! 

February 15, 2016

House Bits

So we moved!  Can't remember if I've mentioned that :/  Anyway, there's a lot more to it but I'm not sure I'm done processing it.  Suffice to say it's turning out pretty stellar, one reason being we love our house.

There's a saying that the first 80% of a project takes 20% of the time and the remaining 20% takes 80% of the time.  I think that's right about where we are with house stuff.  We've made killer progress since moving in 3 or 4 months ago and, while it is essentially our dream home and in no way a fixer-upper, it did need a bit of adjustments to become "ours."  For example, the previous owner had an unnatural affinity towards green.  No joke, there were at least half a dozen different shades of green on the walls plus green-ish floors and the outside is 2 shades of green.  So there was that, plus we moved from a two bedroom apartment, essentially doubling our square footage.  Luckily we haven't needed to buy too much with regards to furniture but are still adjusting to the extra space.

Anyway, I'd love to do a room-by-room tour when we get things totally settled but here are some spaces I'm starting to really like.










January 19, 2016

The Greatest Veggie Sandwich in the World


I'm the kind of person that will order the veggie pizza or sandwich or salad at the most meat-centric, red-blooded, gun-toting, truck-driving, hippie-scoffing restaurant ever.  You know the kind- where you have to hunt for the one thing without meat and they only put it on there because they think they have to, where it stands out like the token ethnic model in a toothpaste commercial.  And I don't do it because I'm a vegetarian, just 'cause I'm in the mood, I guess

I don't know why I keep doing it; it's a character flaw.  Even though I'm in the mood for the thing, it always ends up being a huge disappointment- tasteless frozen or canned veggies over some generic carb or drowned in ranch.  In my head, I'm imagining the best case scenario; this amazing salad I had at a raw restaurant in NYC or my mom's veggie pizza or the usually at the build-your-own sandwich bar in my work cafeteria.

The line is always long there so you gotta be committed to the wait or go crazy early/late.  But it's worth it.  As I might have mentioned, I'm not on site anymore so whenever I go back, I embrace my inner weirdo and get it 4 days in a row.  At home, I've had to improvise.  And while it's not exact, it is sufficient.

Ok lets get started:


You need:
Ciabatta
Provolone
Pepperoncini
Avocado
Tomato
Salt and Pepper
Lettuce
Onion
Egg

I hope I don't have to tell you- quality is paramount, particularly with the tomato and bread.  The onion has to be really thinly sliced and, if you're feeling crazy, you can add roasted mushrooms or red peppers.  We have to freeze bread or it'll go bad but toasting it works fine.  Provolone cheese works best but I only had manchago, red onion works best but I only had yellow (are you sensing the theme?  I'm not prepared).  Also, you can add a fried egg if you're into that (and you should be- it's delicious).


This is not the greatest veggie sandwich in the world.  This is merely a tribute.