: 1 :
Jamba Juice's Pumpkin Smash smoothie is back, and if you haven't had one, oh my goodness, you should. (Unless you don't like pumpkin pie, in which case, nevermind.) If you, like us, love it so much that you could probably have one every day but don't want to spend money on one every day, then here is a pretty tasty knock-off recipe courtesy Skinny Kitchen.
- 2 cups yogurt (we love using frozen yogurt)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (fresh pumpkin is the best, of course, though canned would work)
- 1 cup soy (we use low-fat vanilla soy)
- 2 tbl. sugar
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups ice
It's yummy. Note: Jason can tell you from personal experience that should you happen to grab the similarly labelled jar of cumin instead of cinnamon, it will not be yummy. It will taste like pumpkin pie enchiladas.
: 2 :
Sometimes I wonder how much is too much when it comes to Sydney's extra-curricular activities. She has soccer practice two days a week, and then games on Saturdays. On Friday afternoons the girls have back-to-back ballet classes (Jules' class is first, then Sydney's). Now, Nutcrackerrehearsals are every Saturday until Christmas. Sydney is a mouse and bon bon again, so fortunately she won't have to learn new choreography. If she didn't enjoy both soccer and ballet, I'd take her out of them. But she does. So we'll keep at it until she decides she doesn't want to do it anymore, I guess.
: 3 :
I've been researching different methods of painting kitchen cabinets. I really want them to look nice and not crummy and cheap. I don't want the paint to chip, and I don't want the wood texture to show/feel through. I'm not going to pay someone to do it; I can do it myself. I'm just a bit nervous about it. Anyone painted cabinets before and thought they turned out good? Tips?
: 4 :
The other day, I put on some jeans that I haven't been able to wear in a couple years and remarked to Jason that they were pre-pregnancy jeans.
"Do you mean pregnancy jeans?" he asked.
"No," I replied, "PRE-pregnancy jeans."
"Aren't all jeans except pregnancy jeans pre-pregnancy jeans."
"Yes, but these are from before I was pregnant."
"Are you telling me that stores sell pre-pregnancy jeans?"
"NO. I mean, I haven't worn these jeans in a couple years and now I can because I've lost all the weight and my tummy is small again."
"That's what you should have said in the first place."
And that, people, is why women need girlfriends.
: 5 :
I am in a reading funk. I start books and then get bored of them and don't finish. I've been wanting to read something like The Thirteenth Tale, but not The Thirteenth Tale (not because I didn't love it, but because I know what happens in it). I suppose I should just re-read The Thirteenth Tale and be happy with it.
Of course, I just remembered that Andrea recommended I read some Bill Bryson (haven't read any of his stuff). So, maybe I should do that. Even though his stuff isn't even remotely close to being like The Thirteenth Tale.
: 6 :
Speaking of my sister, I miss her. I got a postcard from her last week, and it made me miss her even more. To console myself, I raided her closet at my parents' house and snagged a bunch of her clothes that she didn't take with her to Scotland. I still miss her, but at least I'm missing her in a cozy zip-up black sweater. New clothes for the win.
: 7 :
The Family Farm is in a ladybug migratory path. Last week, per their annual tradition, the ladybugs descended upon us and now we have millions of them all over the outside of our house, and (unfortunately) inside our house too. I don't actually mind ladybugs that much. They don't drive me as crazy as, say, sugar ants do. But when they start dropping on my head while I'm sleeping, that's no good. Or this morning? One crawled out of the microwave vent. Sheesh. I can't bear to kill them, so I just scoop them up and throw them outside hoping they'll smell the proverbial smoke and fly away home.
Interesting linguistic fact of the day: ladybugs are sometimes called ladybirds in the UK.
Happy Friday! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
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