New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2011

I don’t think I’ve ever made New Year’s resolutions. It has always seemed so forced and I know very few people who actually follow through but I think the problem is always too much pressure. I don’t need more pressure, just some reminders. If I don’t do them, eh, so what. So here they are:

  • Work on my skin: My skin is not very good right now. It is pale and red and dry and oily all at the same time. I need to find a better skin care regime
  • Get my teeth in shape: When I was pregnant, I flossed my teeth almost every day. It’s time to get back to that.
  • Eat more on the weekends: I don’t eat enough on the weekends and in response, my weight is going down to an unhealthy level.
  • Exercise sometimes: I know this is everyone’s goal, but it makes me feel good to exercise. I want to go for a walk with my husband once a week, and do Wii Fit Yoga once a week.

I think I will tackle one at a time. I’ve already been working on my teeth, so I think I will try for my skin next. I have heard good things about using olive oil so I’ll try that first.

Oh, So Cute!

October 12th, 2010

It’s hard to know what to write. Emmie is such a good baby that it’s hard to complain. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I’m a great mom (as witnessed this morning when I was flying down the street because I had forgotten to give the daycare the bottle nipples) but I do pretty well. Mostly, I want to write about how cute she is and all the funny things she does. I don’t have pictures of these things but I’m going to try to tell you about them anyway. These are all things that other babies probably do, too, but they’re still cute!

  • When she was younger, and sometimes even now, she would get so excited about eating that she would bang her face on the breast.

  • When I make munching noises, she opens her mouth wide like she’s going to swallow me. Sometimes she does this to other people, too.
  • She will get herself all worked up for food that she won’t notice it’s already in her mouth.
  • She sleeps with both hands behind or above her head and her legs splayed out.
  • Sometimes she will whimper and cry softly in her sleep. Olinga says she’s having bad dreams about the birth.
  • She loves to stand. All the time. Since she can’t do it by herself, it can be a little wearing on the arms.
  • She has ridiculously sensitive skin. I have started rubbing her down with vaseline every night and morning in addition to her diaper cream and cortisone for her neck and other creases. She is so shiny and greasy afterwards that it’s hard to get her dressed.
  • She LOVES to get her diaper changed. It’s her favorite. She smiles and laughs and moves her legs around until it’s impossible to get the diaper and cream on her.

For pictures, you can check out this site my mom set up:
I haven’t updated it recently but it has pictures from our trip to Portland, OR in September. I can’t imbed the pictures from Shutterfly here so I may be referring to the site if I continue posting.

Should I write up the story of her birth? I like to read those but I don’t know if everyone does. Also, it might be a little icky.

Welcome to the world

July 10th, 2010

Here is Emmanuelle Elaine Abbott:

She was born (2 weeks early) on June 17, 2010. 7 lbs 1oz.

Dear Mom,

February 2nd, 2010

I’m sorry I ever teased you for having to pee every 2 hours. I now understand.

Love, Sarah

My first pattern

January 13th, 2010

In all the baby hoopla I had forgotten my first creation:


I guess it’s a little fitting but at the time my passenger was just a hope.

I’ve been knitting these baby mitts for years but didn’t publish the pattern until September. A woman at Stitches gave me some of her gorgeous sock yarn to use for the pattern.  Here is her site: The Craft’s Meow

If you’re a knitter you can download the pattern on Ravelry for free here (even if you’re not a member): Baby Mitts

Click on the pictures for the Ravelry page. Someone else has already made them! I must confess I take great pride whenever someone favorites them. It makes me feel like a knitting celebrity.


Indescribable Joy

January 5th, 2010

I haven’t written because really only one thing is going on and it’s big. So big that everything else seemed unimportant. I wanted to make an announcement with a picture but didn’t get the picture uploaded and the longer I waited, the bigger it is. My belly, that is. Yes, we’re having a baby. Due date June 30, 2010. There is a lot to say, but really in the end, there is a person growing inside me and nothing tops that.

We are hoping to know the sex in Feb. You can find me on Facebook if you want to see what the tiny being looked like in November.

Everything from scratch

September 21st, 2009

I made cabbage soup yesterday. It really turned out as a vegetable soup because I kept throwing in random veggies that I had left over like potatoes and bell peppers. The recipe called for stewed tomatoes but all I had were fresh so I popped open The Joy of Cooking and made my own stewed tomatoes. I’m starting to feel like an old hand at this. It’s not even that I feel like I need to make everything from scratch, I just don’t have canned things on hand most of the time. It once took me an hour to find a peach cobbler recipe using actual peaches instead of canned.

After I ate my first bowl of soup, I decided that it needed barley. I didn’t have any so I didn’t add it but I think it’s cool that I am thinking of things like that. I’m really looking forward to having a kitchen that has a better layout*. Our new kitchen won’t be much bigger but it has an open layout and an island.

It also has a gas stove, which is worrisome with O’s lack of the sense of smell. Yet another thing that would never have occurred to me had I not married a anosmic man. He says he will use our little hotplate since he doesn’t do much cooking.

*We’re moving on Friday. I haven’t blogged about it because things are changing daily and, really, I figured it would be boring. Maybe that’s why I don’t post enough – the fear of boring my readers. Of course, the same post up for 2 weeks is also boring!

Apparently It’s a Big Deal?

September 11th, 2009

I’m turning 30 today. People keep asking me about my plans but I just want to have nice dinner with my love and maybe watch a movie.  I guess I’m supposed to be evaluating my first 3 decades and celebrating this milestone with a big blowout but I’m not feeling it. Maybe it’s because of the move (better apartment), maybe it because I won’t see my family, maybe it’s that work has been overwhelming (not in a bad way) or maybe it’s the day it falls on.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been calling myself 30 for a year. It always sounds like a lie when I say I’m 29. 29 is the fake age that over-30s call themselves.

So, I’m 30. And I won’t be taken for 30 until I’m 40. Maybe then I won’t get asked if I’m old enough to fly alone*.

*I had forgotten my id so they had to put me through uber security at the airport. I was 25 at the time. I think you have to be 14 to fly alone.

Sewing Achievement

August 18th, 2009

I think everyone who sews has to make a bag and an apron at some point. Here is my apron:


The fabric is from fabric my sister and I used to make barbie and American Girl clothes when we were young. I didn’t have enough for the entire apron so I had to fudge. It’s not very attractive but it’s done right and the pocket is adorable and sewn on perfectly. I made it so that when I get home from work and don’t feel like changing I won’t get my fancy* clothes dirty from cooking.

*Fancy is a relative term these days. I’ve realized that a t-shirt over a skirt and low heels is considered professional in my department.

Meals of Corn

August 10th, 2009

I took pictures of things I cooked on 2 different days and realized there is a theme. See if you can pick up on it:

CornCorn Bread

Yes, corn. Lots of corn.

The corn on the cob is from my CSA box and was amazingly delicious. I tried to buy some at the farmer’s market, too, but they were all out by the time I got there. I took a picture so you could see the weird mutant corn. It looked like 2 cobs had grown together. Weird.

I make a pan of cornbread several times a week. The recipe I use has no sugar or yeast so I can eat as much as I want. This picture shows it after O has had a bowlful (he eats it in milk). That particular one lasted 1.5 days.

I still have some random vegetables left over that I wasn’t sure what to do with. Now I think I’m going to make a cucumber dip and cut up the yellow pepper and cauliflower and just have them around at work for snacks. I sometimes get hungry around 10am and need a snack.