Friday, January 28, 2011

The many faces of Schmoopy

What a ham! He requested that I get the camera out and take pictures while we were eating.

A scrunchie-nose only a mama could kiss.

This is what I get when I ask him for a "happy face". Kind of scary.

"Hey Baby, you know it's hard to look this cool while eating carrots."

This is his rendition of "confused face", otherwise known as "Hmmmm..."

Showing me five

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A tale of mac n' cheese

When I was growing up, I had no idea that macaroni and cheese could be made any other way than out of a box. No idea. And I was quite fond of my boxed mac n’ cheese. When I moved away from home I ate it for dinner at least twice a week. I’m not kidding. Sometimes I varied things up a bit and added some spaghetti sauce or a can of tuna fish (this in my non-vegetarian days). Sure it was economical, especially in my low-budget college days, but I actually was quite happy to continue to get my multiple times a week processed powdered macaroni fix even after I got my corporate finance job and enough money to easily afford more expensive fare.

Then I took up house with this vegan guy. Making two dinners at night was not anything I was interested in pursuing long term, so I sacrificed my boxed mac n’ cheese and started looking for an alternative we both could eat. I tried boxed vegan mac n’ “cheese”. Dreadful stuff. Not worth buying IMHO.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to discover the best vegan made-from-scratch macaroni and cashew "cheese” recipe ever. Serously. Best Ever. Obviously it doesn’t have any cheese in it. It is fabulously delicious, however, better than most macaroni and dairy cheeses I have eaten. Creamy, hearty, and I altered the recipe just enough so it meets my “30-minutes or less for dinner, start to finish” rule. I have been meaning to share the recipe, and I promise I’ll eventually get around to it.

Anyway, so about a week or so ago I was grocery shopping and decided, what the heck, I’ll buy a box of powdered processed macaroni and cheese. There are plenty of times I’m at home with SchmoopyBoy alone and could use a fast and convenient meal option.

This last Monday, I had my opportunity to try it out. The new semester began on Monday and the husband started his new photography class. I was admittedly feeling a bit lazy so a made the box of mac and cheese and a salad.

Wow, have my tastes changed. I am so spoiled by good, high quality whole foods. It was virtually inedible. Truly, absolutely awful. But being hungry, lazy, and hating to waste “food”, I forced myself to eat it. The only way I could stand it was to chop up a bunch of cherry tomatoes and include a piece of tomato in every bite.

SchmoopyBoy took one bite, made a face, declared it “yucky” and would not touch it again. He ate apples and sunflower seeds for dinner, and nibbled a bit on some bell peppers in the salad.

Maybe I shouldn’t share my fabulously delicious macaroni and cashew “cheese” recipe. It might spoil you too, rendering you unable to consume the convenient, cheap, and easy boxed mac n cheese of my youth. Wouldn’t that be a travesty?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Coded Misogyny and Institutional Prejudice

I highly recommend you get your Feminism 101 on and check out the excellently written definition and explanation of coded misogyny and institutional prejudice by Melissa over at Shakesville. It is long and academic in style, which I know some of my readers can't stand (ehem, you you know who you are) but really important information. Stuff of the eye-openning, thought-challenging nature.

Go there now! I order you! Like the super masculine authoritarian that I am! (If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, all the more reason to go read this.)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bad Poetry Friday - A Haiku (or 7) about Sleep

SchmoopyBoy and Sleep:

Why do you fight sleep?
Don't you know how great sleep is?
You'll miss it one day.

When you skip your nap
Your behavior becomes…. hmmm...
and we all are sad.

SchmoopyBoy at rest
My sweet angel, so serene
wakes up cranky. Why?

Dozing in my arms,
Baby and I are like one.
My heart is so full.

Me and Sleep:

Oh, Insomnia!
Why are you trying so hard
to make my nights suck?

Ah! How I love Sleep,
so dreamy yet elusive.
One day, you’ll be mine.

Coffee – so yummy!
Although you’re second to Sleep,
I’ll get through the day.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Badassery in 2011

Once again, I am referring to you to the fabulous and inspiring Karen of Chookooloonks for her post on 2011 as the year of badassery. I love love love her definition of badass. You must check it out.

Here’s to practicing badassery in 2011 and always!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Great Blizzard of January 2011

OK, maybe not such a great blizzard. Certainly my East Coast friends will be mocking these paltry centimeters of snow. But, hey! Snow in Vegas! How often does that happen?!

Here's my back yard with a blanket of snow.

Look what I came home to! A cute little snow person and a cute little person!