Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Don't Do New Year's Eve.

I know what you are thinking. What, you don't do New Years?

My Hair Dresser Vinnie said it best.

New Year's Eve is like if everyone had to to get their hair done on December 31. The catch would be that your hairdresser would be booked months in advance so you would be never be able to get an appointment. So you go to a different salon that you don't like quite as much. When you get to that salon you find out you have to pay a cover to get in and you have to pay three times as much to get their usual services. Oh, and they will only offer three things on their "menu" rather than your usual "fare."

That is exactly how things work in the restaurant industry so for that reason I boycott.

Tonight I will be curled up with a glass of champagne and my two favorite men (one being very little). Bedtime will come well before the ball drops, and the New Year will be here before I know it.

I hope those of you who do celebrate the festivities have an amazing and safe night.

See you next year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dear New England

Yep, its one of those posts.

Dear New England,

I'm not quite sure how to start this letter. You and I have been together for almost 7 years now. 7 long snow filled years. 
Usually I am pretty patient with you. Usually I able to hold off our first fight until at least February. This year you gave me my first white Christmas so I will try to remember that when we have this much needed conversation. 

What you want me to bottom line it for you?

New England, you are starting to really piss me off. Would you please make up your freaking mind already!!!

Here is an example of what I am talking about. Friday it was 30 degrees, Saturday 50 and Sunday 63. Yesterday it was 35. Today I was nearly knocked off my feet by the 40 mph wind and tomorrow it is going to snow 5 inches and with the wind chill feeling like -10 tomorrow night. 

See, this is where you start to lose me. -10 degrees. WTF. Thank god I refuse to celebrate New Years Eve (to be discussed tomorrow) because that would have absolutely ruined my night. What does a girl wear to the ball in below zero temps and a blizzard? Wellies and a puffy coat. Yeah, I don't think so.

Look I expect it to be cold. I expect it to snow. Can we just keep a little more constancy please. 

I like to know what I'm wearing for the next few months. I don't need to be digging for my Spring clothes in the middle of December only to then bury them the next day. I don't need to feel the warmth of the sun on my face only for you to spit cold wind on it the next day. I don't need to remember what it is like to go out without ten layers on me or my little man, only to be faced with the exhaustion of having to bundle up the next day.

OK? Do we have some sort of understanding? Don't remind me of how amazing you are in the Spring and Summer. It just hurts too bad. 

This time I'm willing to give you a pass. Why you ask? Because your cute little warm weather stunt gave me the perfect opportunity to wear my amazing new Vera Wang top to Saturday date night. For that you are forgiven. This time.

Let's just put this past week behind us. Let's move on. Just don't let it happen again. I just purchased My Dream Home here and given the current state of the market I don't think we will be moving anytime soon so we are really going to need to work on this. I'll try to be patient with you and you will try to keep us around 40 degrees for the next 4 months. While we are at it can you only snow on the weekend? 

Hey, just thought I'd ask.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Post Christmas Exhaustion.

Santa came, he saw, and he left this mummy absolutely exhausted! I sure most of you out there feel the exact the same way. I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and have a long and restful weekend.

 Here are some pictures of our big day. 

Looks like the little man made the "nice" list.

A present from grandpa aka Santa (this was the Christmas thorn in my environmentally friendly husband's side)

Wonder pets!

And finally a present from mommy, since I couldn't get a real brother ready by the big day I figured this was the next best thing!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Name Is Yummy Mummy and I'm a Starbucksaholic.

I just cold called 7 Starbucks stores to see if any of them will be open tomorrow (after I was amazed to find that my neighborhood store would be shut down..... all day). 

Sweet Baby Jesus on Christmas morning, the 7th one said they would be open from 7:30am-7pm (shout out to the Starbucks on Newbury between Dartmouth and Exeter). I tell you it's a Christmas miracle! Without my latte tomorrow would be a long day. The Husband (also an addict, the key to any great relationship) already volunteered to pick them up.

All I want for Christmas is a Grande Soy Latte. Thank you Santa and thank you greedy corporate coffee monsters!

To Do List...Ta Done!

By now you all know that I am a type A+ overachiever. Sometimes the really annoying kind. Annoying especially to myself when I put too much on my plate and I have to become Supermum to get it all done. The holidays, unfortunately, are no exception. It is this time of year that I always try to channel my inner Martha Stewart. 

Today I learned the hard way that snow and an active 16 month old can make even the simplest of tasks an absolute nightmare. Somehow we made it through and I am looking forward to a quiet Christmas Eve with The Husband, the Little Man, and a giant glass of Prosecco (or two...who am kidding, or three). 

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a continuing Happy Hanukkah. I hope you all have safe travels and that you get everything you wished for. 

Monday, December 22, 2008

Date Night.

Saturday night The Husband and I had our first date night in 20 months. I know exactly what you are thinking. How did we let it get this bad?

It's not like we haven't had nights out, they just haven't been nights out alone. Together and alone. One of us either watched the little man while to other goes out with friends, or we go our when we have friends or family visiting. Never by ourselves.

I'm pretty sure this is just a sign of our laziness than it is of anything else. Usually a great Saturday involves a pizza, some beers, and a movie. It just takes so much effort, and money (Boston sitters don't come cheap) that we just don't ever plan anything.Well times have changed! Like I said, we went out Saturday and it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Sure we froze our asses off in the snow, but it was so fun just to go out as adults; baby free adults. 

We went to one of my favorite restaurants B&G Oysters, in Boston's South End. The food is always so so, but the oysters are to die for. Oysters happen to be my absolute favorite food so the restaurant was my pick. Throw in the two glasses of wine, and it really was the perfect night (short of the fact that I really froze my ass off). Never mind that we were home watching Law and Order at 9:45. The fact that we got a little dressed up and went out was a definite step in the right direction.

We had so much fun that we booked another night this coming Saturday, and then the Saturday two weeks from now. I know we are some crazy kids! This weekend is The Husband's pick so he of course chose some hole in the wall Tibetan place around the corner from our house. However......wait for it........after that we are going to see a movie. In the theater. I know, I just blew your mind. 

I have been dying to see so many movies that are out that I couldn't even pick one if I tried. Luckily since it's The Husband's night, he decided for me and we are going to see Milk. This was on the top of my list so win, win!

I never thought we would be one of those couples that would have to schedule a "date night,"but then again I never knew what it would be like to have a 16 month old either. For me knowing that every possible Saturday will be set aside for us just to spend time reconnecting is something to really look forward to. I love that we will be trading off "nights" to ensure that each of us gets to do exactly what we want. 

I have a feeling if things keep going this way we won't have any problem making baby number two! If that doesn't work we have a 1 week trip to Maui in March (sans little man) which should do the trick!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

And It Snowed, and Snowed, and Snowed.

and snowed, and snowed, and snowed............and it's still snowing! 

Luckily we found a way to pass the time.......

Friday, December 19, 2008

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

Up here in Boston we are smack dab in the middle of our first snowstorm (blizzard) of the year, and couldn't love it more. We are supposed to get 12-14 inches of snow and that means that my dream of a white Christmas will be coming true this year. For now the schools are closed, most people are home from work, and I am snuggled up on my sofa with a big cup of Hot Chocolate. Could life be any better?

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow..........

This is the view out my window, and it's only been 2 1/2 hours! 16 more to go. I think we may be pulling the sled to Starbucks tomorrow!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yummy Gift Idea.

There are two things I love more than life; my little man and Starbucks coffee. This yummy gift idea combines these two loves. When I get my coffee I always use personal mug. I love it for three reasons. One, it is better for the environment,  two it keeps your drink hot or cold no matter what the temperature is outside, and three it keeps it from spilling all over your outfit as you walk (or your new Burberry trench if you are as lucky as me).

A few months ago I was so excited when I saw that Starbucks was now carrying a line of personal mugs that could be, well personalized. I immediately raced home and created an amazing mug covered in pics of my little man. This idea soon caught on and I made another mug for my sister. 

I realized that I must be on to something when I saw all my other yummy mummies making about a dozen mugs for themselves and for their families (the perfect stocking stuffer). I'm not kidding when I say dozens.....really at this point Starbucks should be giving some commission on these things. 

Since I am never one to hold anything back from you all, I figured you should be in on this too! These really are a great gift, you can do pictures of anything and you can totally mix them up.

There are two tricks to making the perfect mug, however. The first is after you make your collage you should color copy it as the pictures won't fit in if there is any overlapping. The second is to make multiple copies and give them as well so if any water gets in they can just swap them out. 

If you throw a charged up Starbucks card inside you can have the best gift for even the pickiest of people on your list.

Just don't go looking for a mug in downtown Boston, I think my mummies snagged them all up!

Not Pregnant.

And I'm not pregnant. Totally bummed. Hopefully next month.

Thanks again for all your good wishes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree.

This weekend yummy mummy celebrated her very favorite part of the Christmas Season. Of course it's the picking out and the decorating of the Yummy Mummy family Christmas tree. I must say having the little man made this process much more difficult but also a lot more fun. 

Here are some pics of the beginning of the Christmas madness.

PW Day 8.

Nada, zilch, zero. Negative test, but nothing to indicate that I'm not pregnant (if you know what I mean) so again, nada.

Here's to tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

PW 08' Day 6.

Yep, still negative. Still no indication that I'm not preggars. I'm thinking tomorrow is the day.

Happy Thoughts Please.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Celebrity Facebook Stalking.

I found something to take my mind off of the whole pregnant/not pregnant thing. It's completely random and a total waste of time, but at the same time I'm having so much fun. I'm thinking the title of this post gave it away, but in case you haven't guessed by new obsession is:

Getting celebrities to "friend" me on Facebook.

This is how the whole thing happened. I love facebook. Love finding old friends, love reconnecting...yada yada yada. Now that I am pretty much "friends" with pretty much everyone who I have ever met (only about 110, sad I know) the fun of facebook has lost its initial excitement. That was until I friended an old friend from High School who happens to be friends with 2 C/D list celebs. I was curious to see what would happen if I sent them a friend request.

As expected, within the hour, I too was friends with Jason Lee (the actor) and Sal Masakela (TV personality). I actually know Sal from back in the day, but he never would have remembered me. Now that I am their friends they have opened me up to their 800 plus friends (each) some of whom are B/C list celebs themselves. Just for fun I have sent out some requests to see what happens. 

On another front a friend of mine from back in the day is related to none other than LO from "The Hills." I sent out a request to her and I'm wondering how long it will take me to infiltrate the entire cast. Soon I could be getting updates on Justin Bobby's status, or writing on Spencer and Heidi's wall. A girl could only dream (insert sarcastic tone here).

Clearly my being friends with pseudo celebrities is only an indication of their own narcissism, but what fun!

I keep you posted on how far to the top of the celebrity food chain I get. I'm not resting until I am friends with at least one person from Beverly Hills 90210. I'll even settle for someone from the new season. 

And Day 5......

Still negative. Still waiting. Bought 2 more tests for the next 2 days. 

Off to Yoga to try to get my mind on something else. I'll be giving you a real post later.

Don't you dare uncross those fingers!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

And Day 4.

Still negative. Still Sick. Still tired as hell. 

Tomorrow we will officially be within the 4 day range so hopefully we will be getting some good news soon.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

PW 08' Day 3

Took a test this morning. Still Negative.

At this point there are two possibilities.

1) I'm pregnant and it's still too early to show up.

2) I have mono AND a tape worm.

I'll be taking another test first thing in the morning!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Pregnancy Watch 08' Day 2

Almost. too. tired. to. type.....

Events of the day.

7am- Took Pregnancy Test
7:30- Negative result
8:30- Made little man cinnamon raisin toast. Made myself 3 pieces.
9:30- Wanted to desperately take a nap but I had contractors here so I yawned my way through the morning.
10:00- Ate second half of soy cracker box from yesterday, would have eaten the whole thing.
10:10- Still hungry ate 2 things of string cheese.
12:30 Went to yoga. Nauseous, I barely made it through class.
1:45- Awoken by Yoga teacher, apparently I fell asleep while we were supposed to be meditating. He kindly asked me to leave.
2:00- Went to get Christmas cookie makings for tomorrow's party. Saw ramen noodles. HAD TO HAVE THEM.
3:00- Inhaled noodles. And 2 chunks cookie dough. And then one more. And then I licked the chocolate from the bowl. 
4:00- Waiting for cookies to cool so I can smother them in the chilled chocolate. Considering eating another. 
4:30- Going to pass out until the little man wakes up. Hopefully at least 45 minutes.

Another test tomorrow. I'll be posting the results. Thanks again for all your good wishes!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pregnancy Watch 08'

I figure I have about 4-7 days until I know whether or not I am officially knocked up. Until then I plan on turning my blog into a vigil where we can all patiently (ya right!) wait. Here is my list of updated symptoms.
  1. Still can't stop eating. Like CANNOT STOP EATING. Here is what I consumed today. One decaf (for baby's sake) peppermint soy mocha. 2 pieces cinnamon sugar toast. One HUGE bowl of pasta covered in mozzarella and basil with tomato sauce. 1/2 bag white cheddar soy chips, and 2 chocolate chip cookies. Oh yea, and it's only 4:30pm. I CANNOT STOP. If I am not preggars I am going to have some serious hell to pay in the gym next month.
  2. Looking fuller. Especially in my belly. Yes, this likely has to do with the massive amount of food I'm consuming, but I sear it is lower than that. Like my uterus is bigger if that is even possible this early. 
  3. I am freaking exhausted. I have not been able to stay up past 9 for the last week and am continuing to pass out on the couch.
  4. Boobs have jumped almost a cup size. Always a good thing. 
  5. Skin is a hormonal hot mess. I have a pimple under my eyebrow the size of my eye. Who even knew there were pores there?
  6. I still am looking at nurseries. Pink nurseries.
  7. Yesterday afternoon, and again this morning I was crazy nauseous. Always a good sign.
Never being one to patiently wait (understatement of the year) I have of course taken pregnancy tests. I bought a four pack on sale and I am hoping not to have to go back for more. I took one yesterday and today and both were negative. I know it's too early so I may skip tomorrow and start up again this weekend.

I of course will be keeping you updated....................................

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lucky Number Seven

Inspired by That Girl, my oversees sister from another mother, here is Yummy Mummy's Lucky Seven. Now I know I'm supposed to focus my festive seven, but given that I've got baby on the brain I'm thinking I can take some artistic freedom.

7 Things I've Been Doing Instead of Preparing for Christmas.
  1. Shopping for nurseries even though baby status is still unknown.
  2. Yelling at my contractors who are still working in my apartment on a daily basis.
  3. Reading all of your blogs and loving the Christmas posts.
  4. Trying to plan a vacation for January when the thought of flying with the little man makes me want to vomit.
  5. Obsessing about whether I purchased the right pair of glasses.
  6. Trying to teach the little man who is boss. I keep telling myself I am bigger, I am stronger, and damnit I am smarter, I will not let a 15 month old beat me.
  7. Taking pregnancy tests. With the little man I took 6. Baby #2, 11. As of now I have only taken one. Negative of course, but it is still a week early.
7 Christmas Wishes.
  1. That everyone stops losing their homes.
  2. That Barak Obama does everything he said he would do.
  3. That I will be a less stressful mommy in the New Year.
  4. That I am able to maintain healthy friendships and relationships.
  5. That I am knocked up. (duh)
  6. That I finish my book. Yep, still stuck in Chapter 2.
  7. That the little man decides that yes, I am the boss. (I think I probably have a better chance of finishing the book).
7 People/ Couples I Would Invite For Christmas Dinner.
  1. My sister Holly. We had her here all summer and I miss the crap out of her.
  2. A babysitter to run after the little man. 
  3. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin and kids (come on wouldn't you want to spend the night with them?)
  4. Kirby from lipstick jungle (please I dream about the guy every night so I might as well feed him).
  5. Martha Stewart (someone has to cook).
  6. Brad and Angie (they seem to be very fertile, I'm hoping they would have some tips).
  7. Emily Giffin and Hubby (to help me figure out how to get this damn book published).
7 Favorite Christmas Movies.
  1. Love Actually
  2. the Holiday
  3. Miracle on 34th Street (new and old)
  4. You've Got Mail (not really a Holiday movie but has Christmas scenes)
  5. August Rush (ditto)
  6. Home Alone
  7. Family Man
7 Reasons I Not So Secretly Want a Girl.
  1. The clothes are so much better. Has anyone seen true religion jeans in a size 2. So adorable!
  2. Boys are wild. Especially ones who climb. We've already got one, I'm all set.
  3. I love pink.
  4. My boy may eventually love another woman more than me, most girls won't.
  5. I would love a little blond carbon copy of myself.
  6. Her big brother would be there to keep her in check.
  7. Did I mention I love pink?
7 Reasons Why I Would be So OK With a Boy.
  1. 2 brothers would be too cute. I could refer to them as "the boys."
  2. We already have everything for boys.
  3. It would be such a space saver to have them share a room.
  4. The little man would have someone to play rough with other than me.
  5. My husband really wants another boy.
  6. We have the best name picked out (clearly as referenced above.)
  7. Boys are usually bigger which means you lose more weight faster (I know, not really but since I really want a girl I am at a loss for number 7).
7 Things I Want For Christmas (since I already got the trench I have to be creative here).
  1. The little man to say I love you.
  2. The little man to say please.
  3. And thank you while we are at it.
  4. To sleep in on Sundays.
  5. A new set of pots and pans.
  6. My new glasses (tbd in a detail full post)
  7. um did I mention a baby?
I don't have 7 other bloggers since most have already been tagged but please feel free to share any of your lucky seven here!

Monday, December 8, 2008

5 Signs I Might Be Pregnant.

I must preface this post with the disclaimer that I am the girl who cries pregnancy wolf. Every month I am convinced that I am pregnant. Even when it is a mathematical impossibility (we all have heard about the Virgin Mary haven't we?) I still keeps my fingers crossed until I am really sure it didn't happen. That being said I am sure that this month is different (yes, honey I know you have heard this before). Since I won't know for about 7 days all I can do is wait. Wait and eat (see numbers 5, 4, and 1).

These are the reasons I am convinced I am preggars.

5. I cannot eat enough. Seriously. Maybe I am just really really hungry this month but I am amazed at the calories I have been pounding. Cut to me today prior to Yoga where the instructor catches me shoving white cheddar soy crisps down my throat. Yep, that kind of hungry.

4. My face looks fuller. Yes, I realize this may have something to do with the fact that I am consuming my body weight in food each day, but I am definitely looking a bit more round.

3. I am sooooooooo tired. I have fallen asleep the past two nights on the sofa. This only happens when I am knocked up. However, the Husband did force me to watch a boxing show and a show about whaling so that may have had something to do with it. In addition, I have had the strangest dreams. Like weird, didn't we go to high school, I haven't seen you in 15 years dreams. I'm either on the pregnancy train or I have to stop checking my Facebook page every hour.

2. I cannot stop looking at Nurseries online. This becomes my obsession whenever I am pregnant. I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking at the websites and mentally planning the next bedroom for my little one. Today I spent an hour deciding what pink (yes pink) curtains I would put in a girl's room. Yes, I have a son. Clearly I have the fever and clearly I want a girl even though I keep saying I want a boy.

1. I am craving buffalo chicken wings and red licorice. Two things I only crave when I am pregnant. In fact right now I am wiping the buffalo sauce off the keys. Yes, after I dragged the little man out in the sub zero temps to Whole Foods I couldn't wait to inhale my half dozen wings until I got done typing. I of course am going to follow up this nutritious meal with a bag of licorice. Go big or go home I say.

Keep you fingers crossed for me (and your toes, arms, legs) and I promise to let you know as soon as we find out one way or another.

Hello Mommy Brain.

I am almost embarrassed to share this story with you. 


Yesterday my back hurt. All morning long, it was bothering me. I couldn't figure out what was wrong. Every time I would sit down I would get this shooting pain up my spine. What the hell I thought? Could I have possibly overdone it in Friday's killer Yoga class? Did I pinch a nerve? Why is this only happening when I sit down? This was my inner dialouge throughout the morning.

Then I began to seriously question whether I should even go to my usual Sunday Pilates class. The Husband was aching for some lab time and I really needed a break from the little man so I decided to drag my arse to the gym. During the drive there my back began to hurt again. I realized that it wasn't so much a shooting pain in my lower back as it was a constant pinching. This is not good I thought to myself. 

I finally made it to the gym and ran in a few minutes before class started. I thought maybe some mat time would help to get out whatever was bugging me. I laid on my back and began rolling like a ball and OMG the pain was back. Now I was getting annoyed. I finally reached down thinking maybe there was a tag in my new yoga pants that could have been the culprit. Could i really have forgotten to remove it? This was a definite possibility. There was no tag, but do you know what had been hiding in the waistband of my pants all morning?

A freaking Binky. 

I must have taken it away from the little man and given that there are no pockets in my pants I stuck it in my waistband where he couldn't get it. Every time I sat down the rubber would pinch my skin.

Yes, I am an idiot. Hello Mommy Brain. It has been awhile since you last visited (see car accidents #1 and #2). At least this time I didn't need a trip to the repair shop. 


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