I've been in meetings since January 1st, I think, and Tuesday we went to Disneyland. I took Buddy to the dentist this morning and I'm not gonna lie. That shit was cute. She didn't cry, she didn't have any cavities, and they cleaned her tiny teeth. I credit her Dad entirely because he brushes her pearly whites every night. She does them herself in the morning, so I guess she should get some credit, too.
I just read this sentence and it super depressed me:
A report released Wednesday from Standard & Poor's questioned how sustainable California's recovery is, warning that the budget could be dramatically hurt if the stock market shifts from gains to losses because about half of the state's revenue comes from the wealthiest 1 percent in California, theLos Angeles Timesreports. Half of the state's revenue comes from the wealthiest 1percent. That's crazy, right? *** In other news, here's a #tbt picture because let's face it, that's why you're really here: This TBT is dedicated to Gabby who's 27th birthday it is today. Don't ask me how she is 27 when we were in kindergarten together, but it just is okay? When you go to Junior High School together and you make it through that mess, you will literally be friends for the rest of your lives. Mark me on this my friends. Here's our Jr High ID pictures. Why do I have them? Nobody knows.
I was looking back at January 2010 in my blog to see what was on my mind because I was pretty much exactly this far along with Buddy at the same time. Anyways, I had a headache then and I do now. haha.
But I also found this haiku which I thought was pretty neat:
Met tiny Ethan yesterday. You know, Nancy's wee little baby. Dreamt about my own. Babe said, "What did he look like?" Me: "It was a girl." Tiny with black hair. Spent the first night in her car seat. I didn't sleep.
I'm not gonna lie - it's pretty much all good. I'm feeling good, Buddy is doing good, Babe seems okay (I mean he's good. He has a lot of work. Like a lot, a lot. But he seems okay.), my work is going well. It's not hot here. Yeah. It's good.
This coffee is good. It's a Starbucks Christmas Blend which I thought was a thing of the past but it appears the Starbucks in my building was holding on to some for the winter months.
My hair is good.
A lot, right? Like this thing in France. That's bad. The Boko Haram massacre. That's bad. Traffic. It's bad.
The furious rage that I feel when I think about people who choose not to vaccinate their children. I turn into a psychopath. I want to punch people in the throat. When I read stuff like this about the measles outbreak at Disneyland and I think about the scores of selfish assholes who choose not to vaccinate their children based on faulty science and what that means for poor Violet the cancer kid who's wish was to go meet Mickey Mouse :
Then there are the children who have weakened immune systems or cannot medically be vaccinated. After all, Disneyland is the place where wishes come true – quite literally for kids granted wishes through organizations such as the Make a Wish Foundation. According to their website, Disney is involved in granting nearly 7,000 of the foundation’s 14,000 wishes each year. Although most of those children go to Walt Disney World, a substantial number head to the West Coast: the third most requested destination is Los Angeles and Orange County, and the foundation’s first official wish kid went to Disneyland. What if a child such as Violet, who visited Disneyland with eye cancer, hops on the same Dumbo or Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train car after an intentionally unvaccinated child with measles?
Ang watched Buddy overnight on Saturday so Babe and I could go to his crazy work party in San Jose. It was a flashlight tour of the Winchester Mystery House which was pretty spooky. Here's a pic she took of Buddy before bed and I love it to pieces.
Before we took of Saturday I got Buddy ready for a beeday party which her Auntie took her to. I think she looks very well put together here!
And here's a pic we sent Buddy so she wouldn't forget us.
·1 large bunch Swiss or rainbow chard,
washed, dried with the ribs removed, chopped and set aside
·1 large or 2 medium onions, diced (I JUST USED HALF OF A LARGE ONION)
·3-4 large cloves of garlic, minced or
·3-4 carrots, sliced
·2 cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and
·Half a bunch of fresh basil, rinsed,
dried and chopped
·Handful of fresh oregano, rinsed, dried
and chopped (I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SO USED A LITTLE BIT OF DRIED OREGANO)
·1 lb organic pork sausage, uncased (try
to buy from a farmer near you) (I JUST BOUGHT JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE FROM RALPH'S. I BOUGHT SPICY AND MILD AND USED HALF OF EACH.)
·1 quart of pureed or chopped tomatoes
·1 quart of vegetable stock (I USED CHICKEN STOCK)
·However many Parmesan or Romano rinds you
can rustle up (I ONLY HAD ONE)
·A few tsps chopped fresh parsley for
garnish (optional) (I DIDN'T HAVE THIS. BESIDES, BABE HATES FRESH PARSLEY)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional) (CHEESE IS NEVER OPTIONAL)
·2 Tbsps olive oil
·Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper,
1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in
a large soup pot. Add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes until they begin to
become transparent then add the garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes until the
garlic becomes fragrant.
2. Add the chard ribs and carrots and
saute for another 3-4 minutes. Clear some space in the middle of all those
vegetables and toss the sausage in. Cook, stirring frequently and kind of
chopping it up with the spoon or spatula to cut the meat up into manageable
chunks. Saute until the meat is browned.
3. Add the tomato and vegetable stock
along with the Parmesan rinds and half of the basil and oregano and bring to a
boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chard
leaves, the beans and the rest of the herbs, stir, then add salt and pepper,
taste it and adjust as needed. Cook for another 10-15 minutes then serve,
topped with a sprinkling of fresh parsley and a lot of fresh, grated Parmesan.
Should be a good year. Last year was pretty badass.
Yesterday, as I was sorting through the many, many bags of maternity clothes I have acquired over the last couple of years it really hit me that we've got another little baby coming soon! It's not like I was in denial or anything, I just can't believe our little family of three is going to be our little family of four.