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June 29, 2012

A Favorite for Friday


15 years after releasing this on Flaming Pie, it's still one of my favorite love songs.

It was written that I would love you
From the moment I opened my eyes
And the morning when I first saw you
Gave me life under calico skies.

I will hold you for as long as you like
I'll hold you for the rest of my life

Always looking for ways to love you
Never failing to fight at your side
While the angels of love protect us
From the innermost secrets we hide

I'll hold you for as long as you like
I'll hold you for the rest of my life

Long live all of us crazy soldiers
Who were born under calico skies
May we never be called to handle
All the weapons of war we despise

I'll hold you for as long as you like
I'll hold you for the rest of my life
I'll hold you for as long as you like
I'll love you for the rest of my...
For the rest of my life


-Sir Paul McCartney

June 27, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day :: 27 Weeks

Maxi skirt: Old Navy Maternity   Tank top: outdated non-maternity Old Navy





Hello, 3rd Trimester!

Baby Development

Her lungs and immune system are maturing, and if born today she would have an 85% chance of surviving (with medical assistance) as her lungs are now capable of breathing air. Her brain tissue and neurons are developing at a rapid rate. She is now about 14.5 inches long (doubled in length in the past 15 weeks) and about 2lbs. She'll be packing on the baby fat over the next few weeks, so weight gain should be a steady 1lb per week.

How's Mama? 

13 weeks from now (maybe sooner), we will be bringing home our sweet baby girl, and can I just take a moment to say holy cabooses, that is soon! It feels like every five minutes I am being asked how I am feeling, and the answer is always good! It's pretty rare that I feel crappy, and if I don't feel good, I try not to show it. I know the next 13 weeks will bring a much bigger belly, more aches and pains, and inevitably, swelling, so I am trying to enjoy this good feeling for as long as possible.

I have had some upper abdominal pain and discomfort, which I had an ultrasound for last week. I was nervous of gall stones since pregnant women can be prone, but I received the all clear that there's nothing wrong and to increase my water intake, especially now that it's hotter out. The pain I've been feeling is likely some more rapid baby growth and my belly/muscles/ribs getting stretched out. I also seem to now have carpel tunnel in my right wrist and hand, so I've been wearing a brace and icing it. There's not much else I can do there.

There are little things in the day to day that have become a bit comical to me. I groan if I drop something and have to bend over to pick it up. Mama is not so graceful. Leaning over a sink to wash hands, dishes, or fill up a pot of water is getting difficult. Shifting from one side to the other in bed? Someone please get me a forklift. Or stick me on a rotisserie, I have no shame left.

You know what's also fun? Peeing when you sneeze. Or cough. Or breathe.

As these things become my new normal, I take it in stride because I just glance at her crib, or a pair of teeny tiny leggings folded up in her dresser, and the books we've been collecting, and soon enough, it'll be a whole new ball game. There will be a living, breathing tiny person. Holy cabooses.

Sean and I are having a blast on our days off together. Chipping away at working on the nursery and taking time out to go to dinner or see a movie. We saw Brave over the weekend, and just got tickets to see Spiderman next week. We're heading into NYC this weekend to see Jim Parsons in Harvey on Broadway and celebrate Sean's birthday, which is next week. I am clinging dearly to each of these weeks we have left...these days where we can hop in the car and let 6 or 7 hours disappear without a care other than where should we go to eat? The next 5 weekends will be chock full of things to do, places to go and people to see. Lots of good stuff.

And in the in between, I remember to breathe. Take it all in. Appreciate the miracle. Anticipate the joy.'



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June 26, 2012

Gluten Free Dining :: 97Lake, West Harrison, NY

What would you do if you stumbled upon a sports cafe and restaurant that served the majority of the pub food you remember and loved sometime long ago in a land far, far away?

YOU WOULD EAT EVERYTHING.

Or you would at least try.

But first you would do a virtual kickline complete with some jazz hands and a big twirl of a finish because this place exists and you know it's going to be freaking awesome.


97Lake is a great place. Relaxed atmosphere, welcoming staff and pub food that fill you up and tastes great. Sean and I strolled in for an early dinner on Saturday and were greeted with smiles. We sat in the bar portion of the restaurant, where there are flat screen tvs playing a host of sports networks. It isn't hard to picture this place packed on a Sunday in the fall - something we look forward to experiencing!

Everything on the menu is gluten free. If you want something non-gluten free, you have to ask for it. But the pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, pretzel bites, french fries, onion rings - anything you could possibly want - is first and foremost gluten free. 

Here's a peek at what we noshed on.

Our appetizers: The Potato "Shirts vs." Skins and soft pretzel bites with mustard and cheese dipping sauces



For me: The "Ricky Henderson" Sliders   For Sean: The "Philly Fanatic" Cheesesteak and a Redbridge beer
We knew it would be a bad idea, but we had to try dessert. A "Chipwich" for Sean (cookie and ice cream sandwich), and homemade cookies and cream ice cream for me - topped with sprinkles.

We are thrilled to have found a place like 97Lake. It's a bit off the beaten path for us, but well worth the ride to enjoy the food and atmosphere every now and then. 


"The idea for 97Lake came from my love of sports, food and a good cold beer - three things that go well together. I believed it was possible to recreate a "Cheers" like environment for both kids and adults; we hope you find it here at 97Lake." - Alan, founder and owner

We think he did a great job creating such a place. 

97 Lake St.
West Harrison, NY 10604




June 21, 2012

Two Date Nights

Two dates in one week? I feel so spoiled.

These dates weren't anything grand or out of the ordinary, but they were special. They were us. We're always happy to spend time together, whether it's a spontaneous dinner date or sitting on the couch watching a movie. Being with the right person, you don't need anything more than that togetherness. It's that easy.

People talk about getting comfortable in a relationship like it's a bad thing, but I love comfort. There's no hiding, no games. We are who we are and we accept each other for every little bit, for better or for worse.

There's a lot of laughter, and we still hold hands. 

The clock is ticking and there are only so many more opportunities we'll have to see a quiet Sunday matinee or get PF Chang's on a Tuesday night, all by ourselves. So I'll take it. I'll toast to these dates with a sweating glass of ginger ale, and smile because I seriously have the best husband a lady like me could hope for.

June 20, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day :: 26 Weeks



Wowza, it is hot out there this morning! It's days like this I am grateful for air conditioning at work, at home and in my car. I would like the swelling to stick to my belly, thankyouverymuch.

I'm going to keep this one generic this week since there isn't much going on and I'll be honest, my brain is running on empty this week. 

Baby's Growth She is now about 14 inches long from head to heel and 1 and 2/3 lbs. She is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, developing her lungs and preparing her for her first gulp of air. Her hearing is further developing and she can now hear not only my voice, but also those around me.

How far along? 26 weeks

Weight gain/loss: Up 17 total as of my last appointment.

Feeling: Mostly good, but definitely feeling worn out a lot quicker. I need to make sure I let myself relax, especially on the weekends when I usually want to go-go-go.

Maternity clothes? Some of my looser tops are now too short and stop at an awkward point on my belly. I have been wearing long comfy dresses almost every day.

Sleep: Mostly good as well. I wake up twice every night because I have to pee, but I'm able to get some good solid chunks in there.

Food cravings: I've just been more hungry in general, so I've been eating more frequently throughout the day. I'm trying to get more fruits and veggies in the mix for this reason. I could probably eat an entire watermelon every day. My belly looks like I eat a watermelon every day.

View from above


Movement? Lots of kicks, most frequently in the afternoon and at night, but I've been feeling them consistently all day, every day.

What I miss? Sleeping on my belly.

Best moment this week: Getting to see Sean's parents on Father's Day for brunch, and having two date nights with my husband so far.

What I'm looking forward to: The crib is arriving by Friday, so we'll be able to really make some progress on Baby Girl's room in the next couple weeks.

Next Appointment: Not until July 6 for my regular checkup, but I will likely be going for an abdominal ultrasound this week. I've had some discomfort and pain in the upper right area of my stomach, so they'll be checking for gall stones or to see what is causing the pain. It's been bothersome for a couple weeks, and I chalked it up to my organs squishing up and discomfort due to eating, but it's turned rather painful this week. Here's hoping it's nothing serious!


June 15, 2012

99 Days

So, this was brought to my attention this morning...



See that? 99 days!

Yowza. This calls for a little celebration.




Tough As Nails

My dad is a great man.

He enjoys the simple things in life...a great margarita...a quiet summer's night sitting on the back deck, watching the sun set and the birds flying home...time with friends, and time with family...

I know him as a man who is equal parts gruff, tough, comedian and a teddy bear.

He has imparted wisdom on me for the past 28.5 years that has stuck with me, like an orange (or a glass of orange juice) will cure any ailment, and that when you get in the car, you have to watch out for the idiots. There are lots of idiots, and defensive driving will save your life. 

The most important thing he taught me, however, is to be "tough as nails". Anytime I helped him around the house and hammered a finger, with tears forming in my eyes, he'd tell me "Be tough as nails, Shanny." Mean girls picking on you in middle school? Chin up, Shanny, you're tough as nails. You fell off your bike again? And again? And again? I bet it didn't hurt, because you're tough as nails. You're going to learn how to use power tools because you need to be tough as nails. Didn't get the lead in the play? That's fine, you're tough as nails and will shine in the part you got.

Any pain, heartache or disappointment is merely temporary when you're tough as nails.

It's such a simple phrase, one that he used on a near-daily basis, and it sticks with me today. It's not a commandment. It's a simple encouragement. Perhaps it's a better way of saying "Get over it." Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and don't let anything, big or small, make you hurt for longer than it needs to. It's ok to cry or hang on to someone or something for support, just as long as when the tears are wiped away or it's time let go, you know you'll be ok. You have the confidence. You have the strength. You're tough as nails.

Photo by Melissa Robotti Photography


It's the best gift my dad has ever given me, and one that I hope I can pass on to my daughter.

Be tough as nails.

Happy Birthday and Happy Father's Day to the best dad a girl could have. I hope you're sitting by the pool sipping a cold one. You deserve it more than anyone I know.

June 14, 2012

Pinterest Meal: Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet

For every 20 "pins" I have of cupcakes, DIY popsicles and boozy yet refreshing looking drinks on my Om Nom Nom board, I have one or two dinner meals that I actually end up trying. Sean has been working really hard to get into an exercise and healthy eating routine, so Tuesday night we tried a meal that looked light, filling, and tasty.

I pinned this from my mother-in-law, and I highly recommend it!

via
Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet
Copied from ReadySetEat .

1 tbsp canola oil
1.5 cups of zucchini, quartered lengthwise and then sliced
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 (15oz) can of black beans
1 (14.5oz) can of Hunt's Fireroasted Diced Tomatoes with garlic, undrained
3/4 cup water
1 cup instant white rice
1/2 cup shredded cheddar and monterey jack blend

Directions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, undrained tomatoes, and water, and increase heat and bring to a boil.

Add rice and stir well. Cover and then remove from heat and let stand until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with cheese and serve hot.

What I did differently...

I skipped the water and instant white rice. I cooked 1 cup of brown rice in my rice maker and added it in the end. I did not measure out the zucchini or bell pepper either, I just added an entire zucchini and bell pepper. More veggies never hurt, right?

This was a very filling meal and there was plenty for leftovers for the next two days between the two of us. There are a lot of flavors, so I only added a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!


June 13, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day at 25 Weeks



I'm not gonna lie, this is getting more and more real, and a little scary. Ok, very scary. We have 14.5 weeks left, tops, and there's still a lot to do. I am a big fan of lists, so here's my not very detailed list of things we have left to do:

  • Sign up for and take childbirthing class
  • Sign up for and take breastfeeding class
  • Sign up for hospital tour (I think this goes with the classes)
  • Pick a pediatrician
  • Start touring daycares (sad face)
  • Start thinking about birth plan (1. Get to hospital. 2. Have a healthy baby...)
  • Start thinking about packing a hospital bag of essentials
  • Train someone at work to do my job - yay?

Fun stuff to do/look forward to:

  • Maternity shoot in July
  • Shower back home in July
  • Setting up and decorating the nursery
  • Sewing baby quilt
  • Eating ice cream and watching the belly get huge in August
  • Experiment with baby food maker and veggies and fruits from farmer's market
Not a crazy list, right? 





25 Week Development

Baby is about 13.5 inches from head to heel now, and about 1.5 pounds. She is gaining more weight now, and her wrinkly skin is filling out and making her look more like a newborn. Her hair (if she has any) is now colored and textured. If only we could see if we have a curly haired ginger on our hands!

Musings of a pregnant lady...

  • Yesterday, I scraped the icing off a cupcake at work....and ate the icing. 
  • Sean and I settled into the couch last night to watch Superman II, and before the opening credits rolled, I burst into tears at a Christopher Reeves dedication. 
  • The dress I'm wearing today is a bit too boobalicious. I probably should have worn a tank top underneath. 
  • I love being woken up in the middle of the night from kicks. I try to spoon Sean so he'll get kicked in the back. Hasn't worked yet. 
  • Watching Mad Men last week (***spoiler alert!***), I was more horrified by the realization that Baby Girl and I will have to have the "Becoming a Woman" talk than the character that hung himself in his office.
  • Every time I drop something and have to bend over, I groan. It's going to be a long summer. 
  • I wear a lot of long dresses now because shaving my legs is getting to be a pain in the a--.
And last but not least, I was so excited to receive a package on Monday containing all the fabric I picked out to make baby girl's quilt! I got 1/2 a yard of each, and am planning on making 4" square patchwork. I am not a quilter by any means, but I'm really excited to work on this over the summer. I'll definitely post some updates as I go!

Loki was a big fan of the colors. I think he's going through that toddler "Mine!" stage, though. 





These fabrics were ordered through Fabric.com from Michael Miller, Apple of My Eye, Stella Bukhara, and Flock lines.

June 7, 2012

The Loki Saga

Last month we went through 3 weeks of pure hell with our kitty, and my hope is that this can bring what we went through to light and hopefully help other cat owners someday (although I hope no one has to deal with what we did). This is long, so please bear with me. All information in this post has been gathered from various sources online and from our vet. I am in no way an expert on animal medical care, so I mostly speak from my own experience.








The background: Loki is a male cat, just under 2 years old. In early April, we noticed he was straining to pee one day, and took him to the vet. He was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, which we were told can be common in male cats. We were given medicine and told to keep an eye on him. He seemed fine and back to normal within a couple days.

On May 7, Sean noticed he was straining to pee again and hanging out by his litter box. This is not normal behavior for a cat, so he took him back to the vet. They diagnosed him with FLUTD, or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Common in male cats, this disease can cause a cat's urinary tract to "block", which results in straining, painful urination, or the inability to urinate at all. If unnoticed or untreated for several hours or a day, the cat's bladder will harden with urine and the cat can go into kidney failure and die. It is common in male cats because their urethra is longer and smaller than a female cat's, making it easier for a blockage to occur. A female cat's urethra is shorter and easier to pass debris that would cause a blockage (crystals or stones).

What causes a blockage? Here's what I wish I knew from the day we brought Loki home: Cats are not thirsty creatures. They don't rush to the water bowl like a dog, slurping up water several times a day. They may like running water from a sink or have the occasional drink, but cats by nature depend on their food consumption, namely wet food, for hydration. I had a cat growing up and we always fed her a combination of wet and dry food. She lived to be 17. I knew no different, and for the past year and a half, fed Loki a serving of dry food in the morning and wet food in the evening. If we went away for a weekend, we left a big bowl of dry for him to access. In my mind, we weren't doing anything wrong, just feeding our cat. What we didn't know is that we were slowly dehydrating him, causing his urine pH to change and crystalize, which eventually led to this blockage ordeal.

After the vet sent us home that Monday with more meds and a new prescription diet, we figured we'd be fine. His diet would adjust and in a few days he'd be back to normal. That night, I was getting ready for bed and noticed he was lying in the hall outside his litter box. I went to check on him and pet him and he let out a low miserable growl. He was clearly in pain. Sean took him to the emergency animal hospital down the road. I went to bed. I knew in my heart something was wrong, but hoped it was nothing. Sean came home two hours later, devastated. Loki had blocked, he couldn't pee and would need a catheter. The animal hospital quoted us an outrageous price for this treatment and advised that he would likely need surgery to correct the problem, costing us upwards of at least $3000.

Holy crap.

We cried and cried and tried to wrap our heads around it. We couldn't make the worst decision because we knew we needed to give him a chance to get better. At that point, all we knew was money was tight trying to save for the baby, and we thought Loki might die. We opted for the less expensive "drive by" catheter and decided to take him back to our vet in the morning. They treated him and we brought him home at 4am, and we slept on the couch so we could be near him, since he had a hard cone and was disoriented.

The next day (4 hours later) we went to the vet as soon as they opened. They said we would need to monitor him closely to make sure he's peeing, and if he wasn't, to bring him back. We brought him back twice that day, even though he was peeing, since it was strained. They checked his bladder and it seemed he was peeing enough to keep his bladder small. Meanwhile, Loki was lethargic, lying in the bathroom or in the hall near his box. I took the rest of the day off to be home with him. We were optimistic that the new wet food diet would help him and maybe in a day or so he'd start showing signs of improvement. In the meantime, he spent Tuesday straining to pee, and then lying down and letting whatever pee he could just leak out. It wasn't pretty, but we tried to keep him comfortable and clean him up. It was clear he was uncomfortable and it just broke my heart. I wanted my crazy cat back.

On Wednesday, Sean was home in the morning, so I went home at lunchtime to check on Loki. He did the usual routine of trying to pee and then lying down and leaking, except this time I noticed there was blood. And not just a little. I scooped up the poor thing and off we went to the vet. There he was admitted for the next 9 days, hooked up to a catheter, on IV fluids, and put on painkillers, muscle relaxers and antibiotics. Any time they took him off the catheter (or he'd pull it out himself) in hopes that he would normalize, he would block again. It was determined that he was prone to this and the only option for him would be to have surgery. Through the kindness and help of our vet, they offered to do it at a much lower price than the animal hospital had quoted, giving our little bug a chance at life that he otherwise would not have had, and giving us a huge break from the anxiety we were feeling over the bills we would be left with.

The procedure is called perineal urethrostomy. It involves the removal of the cat's penis, and re-routing of the urethra to a new opening closer to the anus. In short, it's a sex change operation. The urethra is widened and shortened, allowing debris to pass from the bladder and ease urination. It is very much a last resort, but we are certain this procedure saved Loki's life. Only being 2 years old, it was pretty much guaranteed that he would block repeatedly over the course of his life, requiring a catheter and costing us a lot of money out of pocket. With this surgery and diet change, we're optimistic that he will be all set for life. If this had happened while we were away for a weekend, we could have come home to a dead cat.

They performed the surgery on Friday the 18th, and we were able to pick him up that Sunday to bring him home. He had a cone for 2 weeks and we helped him re-learn how to use his litter box, using paper litter to avoid dust and infection. This past weekend he had a followup appointment and his incisions had healed. The cone came off on Sunday and he gave himself the bath to end all baths. He has been bounding around the apartment like he did pre-saga, and we love having our little guy back to normal.

I hope if you read this and have a cat, it maybe sheds (ha!) a little light on signs to look for so you don't have to go through the same thing we did. Make sure your cat has clean, fresh water every day, and if you can afford it, a water fountain which will keep them interested in drinking. Wet food is key. If your cat is on a mostly dry diet, now is the time to make some adjustments and make sure they're eating more wet food than dry. It might cost a bit more money, but these little animals depend on us to take care of them, and it will hopefully save you worry, tears and money to take care of their health on a daily basis.

June 6, 2012

Hump Day Bump Day at 24 Weeks

Happy Viability Week!





Starting this week, Baby Girl will increasingly have a better and better chance of survival outside the womb with medical assistance, until 37 weeks when we get to be full term. This is a huge milestone to get to, but we also want to make sure she cooks in there for as long as possible.

This week, reality is kind of setting in. I've been waiting to get through all of my scheduled weddings and saying "I just need to get to June" to really start buckling down, getting the nursery ready, interviewing pediatricians. Well, now it's June. Crap. We have a lot to do in 3 months. Knowing full well that she could come at any time, I'm starting to feel the kick in the butt to get going with some things.

My belly is getting more and more firm, the kicks are getting stronger and more frequent, and I'm feeling amazing. I think actually feeling her kick now makes me feel beautiful, like what's happening really is the most amazing thing in the world. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Sean's eyes light up as Baby Girl gives him a good thump. It's pure magic.

Baby Girl is about 12 inches long now and a little over a pound. She'll gain about a half a pound this week alone! Her tiny body will start filling out each week, and space will start getting crowded. She may start using my ribs to practice leg presses. Her ears are developed and she can hear and react to noises outside the womb.




Speaking of hearing development...

Now that she can hear and start familiarizing with our voices and the noises in my every day life, we have a few exciting things we're going to start doing.

1. Mama's watching her potty mouth. Yes, I can swear like a sailor from time to time. I am constantly apologizing to my belly.

2. Reading to Baby Girl. Instead of buying clothes for BG's wardrobe, we're going to start each picking out a children's book every week and reading it to her at night. She'll hear our voices more, hear the stories we love, and by the time she's born she'll have the start of a great little treasury of books!

3. Music. Music gives me life. It's so powerful and I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't hear or appreciate the beautiful gift that is music. I started compiling a playlist of favorite songs to play for my belly and once she's born. Here's a small sampling of what's on the playlist:

Tonight, Tonight Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of the Smashing Pumpkins
Blackbird The Beatles
Angel Standing By Jewel
Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Don McLean
Calico Skies Paul McCartney
Slumber My Darling Alison Krauss
Colors/Dance George Winston
Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly
Goodnight Sweetheart Brown Derbies
Sunshine on My Shoulders John Denver
Sleep, Baby Mine Alison Krauss
Bubbly Colbie Caillat
Golden Slumbers Ben Folds
Lullaby Billy Joel
You Are My Sunshine Sara Gazarek
Forever Young Matthew Morrison/Glee Cast
America Simon and Garfunkel
Let it Be The Beatles
Fly Me to the Moon Frank Sinatra
Blessed Be Your Name Matt Redman
Upside Down Jack Johnson
Put on a Happy Face Dick van Dyke
You Are My Only One James Taylor
The Wind Cat Stevens
Lullaby of Broadway Doris Day
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

And I'm happy to report that we've returned to normalcy here at home, cone free and happy as a clam.




June 5, 2012

Dining Out: Q Barbecue in Port Chester

"The meal is over when you're full. The meal is over when you hate yourself." - Louis CK, comedian

I am reminded of this quote when I eat at Q. Here's why: Tasty barbecue + epic portions = want to keep eating forever against better judgement.

Q is a hole in the wall "good food fast" kind of place. I am reminded of places like Five Guys and Chipotle, where you order at the counter, and before you know it, your orange tray of food is placed in front of you and there's no turning back. You just want to eat all the things!

A meal will cost you a bit more than a chain restaurant, but the quality is well worth the price. The servings are heaping and you'll be licking your fingers wanting to taste every last morsel. Fare like pulled pork, barbecue chicken, ribs, brisket and sausage will please any taste. There are plates that will give you a choice of one or two meats with two sides of your choice (baked beans, cheesy corn, coleslaw, potato salad or collard greens), "Q Specialties" like Texas No-Bean Chili and Q Fries loaded with Chopped Brisket and Cheese...not for the faint of heart.

Barbecue chicken topped with 1/2 an avocado and thick strips of bacon.









And you might want to bring some Tums.

Even the drink options are wonderful. Rather than your standard fountain soda, you have a choice of root beer float, pink lemonade, Boylan's Bottled Soda, or iced tea (sweet or unsweetened) served in a take home mason jar.

Boylan Root Beer sweetened with cane sugar- delicious!




The service is quick and easy. It's the kind of place you can be in and out in 30 minutes, or you can take your time letting the meat settle in your stomach between bites of fresh slaw and sips of lemonade. There is also a bar if that's more your style. Butcher paper lines each table to collect the inevitable mess and crayons are supplied for artists young and old to create masterpieces as they await their meal. A hand washing station is set up to the side of the dining area for easy cleanup of sticky fingers - brilliant!

I'd recommend Q to anyone looking for a hearty meal. Like I said, it's not cheap, but it's worth the price if you're in the neighborhood looking for something more than a cheeseburger and coke. When GF options are limited, it's nice to know there are places where you can get great quality food.

Q Authentic Barbecue
112 Main St.
Port Chester, NY
1.914.933.RIBS



June 1, 2012

They're Going to be Parents?!

As Sean and I were watching one of the last episodes of this season's How I Met Your Mother, we both busted up laughing over a sequence reviewing moments featuring Marshall and Lily, soon to be parents, doing crazy stuff when they were younger. As the screen freezes at the height of the absurdity, Ted, the narrator, poses the question "These people are going to be parents?!"

It's hilarious, really, that Sean and I will be responsible for another human being. We both thought of pictures of us on Facebook, not our finest moments, that our child will someday see and either laugh at or shake her head while tsk-tsking the fact that she is stuck with us. Especially in this digital age where our lives are literally played out on Facebook, this blog, Twitter....there is simply no hiding the fact that we are freaks.

100% sober. Yup, I am just THAT cool.




But, we certainly enjoy the life we're living. We turned out all right, and hopefully our kids will, too.

Photo Credit: Melissa Robotti Photography


And we can only hope to pass on a little bit of that crazy to our kid. The world would be so incredibly boring if we didn't.