April 29, 2015

Te Amo Sleepy Time

Sometimes I really can't believe how late I used to stay up.  On any random week night I would stay up until 11, sometimes midnight.  And on the weekends I would often stay up until 1:30 or so just because I could.

No more.

These days I go to bed no later than 10pm.  Preferably by 9:30.  Simply put: I gotsta get my Zzzz's.  To get my solid 8 hours, taking into account Jack's 6:30 wake up time, the 3-4 times per night that Rosie wakes me up with her collar bling, and my own bathroom breaks, I need to be in a full REM cycle by no later than 10.

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Obviously that means dinner and general life maintenance have to be done earlier than pre-baby days.  I usually have dinner on the (TV) dinner table by 7 right when Jack goes to sleep.

So you can imagine my horror last weekend when Grant made me wait until 8 o'clock to go out to dinner with his friends.  I seriously felt like I was being abused.  I was only going to be getting my entree by the time I am usually having my pre-bedtime dark chocolate square!

We also had someone over for dinner a few weeks ago and when the conversation was still going after 9pm, Grant and I both got so panicky that we nervously drank an entire bottle of $5 wine that he bought while we were chatting.  We paid for that handsomely the next day.

Sure, maybe I need to loosen up a bit.  But instead, maybe group dinners and TV shows need to start coming on at 5:30 or 6.  Did you ever think about that?!

It's funny how priorities change.  My post-5pm concerns used to be 1) Do I have enough wine to last me through the night? 2) Do I have at least 4 hours of entertainment on my DVR? 3) Is my luscious fleece blanket out of the dryer?

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Now they are: 1) Is my baby going to stay asleep? 2) Did I lock the doors? 3) Buy bye.

April 23, 2015

Having a ball

I am so glad I just found my giant medicine ball in the closet. 
 

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While it never did get me that 6 pack I was dreaming of, it did entertain my child for at least 3 segments of 20 seconds or more. And for that, I will be forever grateful.


April 16, 2015

Easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Enchiladas

I am always looking for seriously easy and delicious recipes these days.  Particularly ones that I can make while Jack naps because cooking while he is awake is NOT an option.  I am in constant fear that a splatter of hotness will land on his cute little face and no amount of delicioso is worth that!
 
This recipe is so good and easy. 
 
The only thing I did differently was to add a little bit of sour cream to the filling because it looked like it needed a little more moisture.  And I used chicken breasts.
 
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ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • One 7-ounce can mild fire roasted green chilies, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • One 28-ounce can green enchilada sauce
  • Eight 8-inch flour tortilla (sometimes marked as soft taco size)
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  • From your pantry:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

directions

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick spray.

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add chicken thighs and sear for 4 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

Add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan and stir up any browned bits. Pour in the enchilada sauce and bring to a low simmer. Add the chicken back to the pan along with any juices that may have accumulated on the plate.

Cover with a lid, turn to medium-low and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Remove chicken to a plate and cool. Shred with two forks or roughly chop. Stir in chilies.

Add 1/3 cup filling to each tortilla and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Roll tightly and place seam-side down in the prepared casserole dish.

Pour sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for 5 more minutes, until sauce and cheese is bubbling.

 
You can't beat a yummy, easy, Mexican meal any day.  Enjoy!

April 14, 2015

An Apple a Day

Recently I started paying $0.99 per month to Apple, in theory for more iCloud storage, but really it was so they would stop alerting me twice a day about my lack of capacity remaining. 
 
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Yes, I am a sucker.  But also, if the price for getting Apple to shut the hell up is 99 cents per month, then I'll pay it.
 
And I highly doubt I'm the only one.  Proving once again that the evil Apple geniuses know exactly what they are doing.
 
Can you even imagine, assuming there are another million people out there who did the same thing that I did, getting over $1,000,000 just for annoying people to the point of paying you to stop?? 
 
Besides over kissing Jack and asking Grant too many questions, which I'm definitely not getting paid for, I can't think of my money making annoying habit.  But I'm sure I have one just waiting to take to the bank!

April 07, 2015

Got Milk?

The first time I really, truly realized I was a mom, even after a full year of diapers, being tired literally all of the time, and looking like Sir Frumps A Lot, was the first time I bought a gallon of whole milk. 

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I just kept thinking, "I'm the mom.  Of a boy.  This is really real."

And it is amazing.  And so, so messy.