Friday, January 29

Beauty Rituals Exposed

This week, Husby and I have been busy preparing for our upcoming Babymoon. We leave next weekend!

In preparation of this momentous vacation - you know, the last one you take baby-free - I’ve been shopping for the cutest maternity tankini (nearly impossible), stocking up on SPF 30, and scouring Amazon for Kindle beach reads.

The other night Husby and I were out to dinner with some friends. While the husbands talked shop, the wife and I were busy talking about some of the things I still need to get done before our trip:

H.I.T.: I still need to book an appointment for a spray tan. I can’t find one anywhere. Do you have any suggestions?

Wife: I’m not sure if there are any good places out here...

H.I.T.: I was thinking I could find something in Pretentious Town? Otherwise, I have a gift certificate to a spa that does self tans, but I’m worried it will start to rub off on our new bedding.

Wife's husband, jumps into our conversation: Don’t do a self tan! It will definitely rub off on your sheets.

The wife and I look at her husband simultaneously shocked.

Husband: Not that I know or anything...I’ve just heard.

Husby: Smooth, man. Smooth.

Just when we thought our beauty rituals were safe.

Any recommendations on a pregnancy-safe self tanner, ladies? I’d prefer something organic, but my doctor says a regular one is fine at this stage too.

Edited to add: For those of you who may not know, there are certain skin products that are unsafe for pregnancy. For example, Vitamin A supplements and derivatives should be avoided as they can cause birth defects. You can learn more about it by consulting your doctor.

Wednesday, January 27

Dumb and Dumber

Four weeks ago it happened. There was nothing I could do to prevent it. And, believe me, I tried everything.

Welcome to dumb and dumber, pregnancy edition.

I tried post-it notes, to-do lists, and reciting anything and everything no less than five times while Husby is probably not listening. Nothing works. Pregnancy brain has struck deep.

I’d tell you all the funny things I’ve forgotten, but I can’t seem to recall them right now.

Seriously.

And let’s not get into how many times I’ve been deep in conversation only to forget the word I’m looking for...this may or may not have happened repeatedly during one of Husby’s work dinners.

So while Baby H.I.T. continues to steal my Omega-3 fats, reducing my brain size, excuse me while I act like this:

Friday, January 22

Grill Crazy

As a Christmas/house-warming present from my in-laws, Husby [and I] received a grill. Obviously this gift is more for their son’s enjoyment than mine.  Initially,  I had the silly idea that this grill would actually alleviate some of my kitchen duties.

Big mistake.

Husby requests grilled items all. the. time. for dinner. You know, the ones that require a ton of prep just to make a simple marinade? And when it’s snowing or 15 degrees outside, Husby wants to grill even more!

Brining and Penzeys Spices have become my new best friends.

My favorite grill recipe so far? Beer can chicken. It’s beyond succulent and melt-in-your-mouth goodness (sort of like infinity plus one) make it perfect for football Sundays in the H.I.T. household.

H.I.T. Arsenal Recipe #13: Beer Can Chicken

1 (3-4 lbs) whole chicken, neck and giblets removed
Brining mix*
Smart Balance oil
Salt
Pepper
Penzeys Spices Bicentennial Rub
1 can Miller Lite (or any can of beer)

1. Rinse the chicken and brine, according to package directions, for about 5 hours.
2. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels, removing as much of the brine seasoning as possible from skin. Rub chicken lightly with oil, inside and out, then season with salt, pepper and Bicentennial Rub.
3. Open beer can and take a few large gulps so the can is half-full. Shot gunning is not preferred as it usually results in an empty can. Place the can on a flat surface and plunk bird cavity over the beer can (we used this handy vertical roaster). Carefully transfer the chicken to the center of your grill grate, balancing chicken with legs.
4. Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (no coals or burners on directly beneath the bird), with grill cover closed, for about 1-1/2 hours, or until internal temperature reads 180˚ F in the thigh. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

*Note: I used a store-bought brining mix from Fresh Market.

Wednesday, January 20

The One With the Shirt

Driving home from dinner:

H.I.T.: Yuck. Did you just fart?

Husby: No, why?

H.I.T.: Because the car smells like farts.

[Husby is silent.]

H.I.T.: Well if it wasn’t you then it’s definitely your shirt.

Husby: Right, because that’s where they come from.

Tuesday, January 19

When Husby Is Away, The Girls Will Play

This week, Husby is leaving to go on a business trip.

There will be plenty of this:



(minus the champagne)

While listening to this:



Indulging in Sookie on our:





And buying plenty of this:

Baby's First Day on the Boat


How does your week look?

Thursday, January 14

Martha, Martha, Martha

Surprise, surprise! I’m at the Martha Stewart blogging show today...blogging live of course.
I promised I wasn’t pressured in any way, shape or form to blog live. No pressure at all. Not one little bit. No one holding a knife to my throat or baby belly...

Despite the
harassmentsuggestion to blog live, it’s pretty cool to offer you bloggies an exclusive look at all things Martha.

And if she doesn’t offer any good subjects, there’s always my beer chicken recipe.

My favorite part of the show so far - The Whatever Girls. Least favorite part - Jeff Blumenkrantz. He’s cooking his way through Martha’s Cooking School cookbook.
Julie and Julia anyone? I swear I said that before Alexis did...

But what I’m most excited about is giving you ladies the popular Pad Thai recipe from foodie blogger Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim.
Hey, I’m pregnant and Pad Thai sounds delicious right about now - even if it is only 10 o’clock in the morning.This recipe can be found in her new cookbook, The Foodie Handbook: The (Almost) Definitive Guide to Gastronomy or on Martha’s site here.

I know what I’m having for lunch...

p.s. The show is LIVE right now. Tune in and watch! I’m the one with the Apple computer :)

p.p.s. Despite my sarcasm, I chose to write this post. Blogging live or publishing a post was not a pre-requisite to being in the audience. @Afarsun can back me up.

Thursday, January 7

The One With the Excuse

Driving in the car, Husby burps:


[H.I.T. glares at Husby]

Husby: Burping!

H.I.T.: Excuse me…

Husby: Ahem…Excuse you.

H.I.T.: [sighs] What am I going to do with you?

Husby: Procreate and have another one!

Wednesday, January 6

Welcome to Type A Pregnancy 101

Want to know what kept me awake for hours last night?
Planning Baby H.I.T.'s nursery theme.

Because we all know planning a nursery is more important than putting away Christmas decorations, making dinner (yes, we went out for Mexican last night), showering (what?! don't judge), sleeping or anything else that might threaten to take your attention away from nursery planning for one teeny tiny minute.

That means you too, Husby. Sorry. That's just how it is for this pregnant Momma.

For everyone else, nesting begins in the third trimester. For this Type A pregnancy gal, it began at the start of month six. And don't get me started on shower ideas...I may or may not have begun designing an invitation. What?! I needed thank you notes and everything has to match...

Welcome to Type A Pregnancy 101.

Tuesday, January 5

Lessons Learned in 2010

A New Year, a new decade and plenty of chaos fun times here at the H.I.T. household. Here are just a few of the lessons learned thus far:


1. It’s OK to eat alone. Someone will always chat you up*, and if not, that’s why we have Kindles.

2. Motion sickness bags have a variety of uses - most importantly, writing down new blogs to check out.

3. Maternal instincts kick in as early as 23 weeks. Let’s just say if my baby is currently the size of a piece of paper, this lioness mom takes paperweights very seriously.

4. After a weeklong vacation, expect to have no less than three problems awaiting you at home. And yes, the wind can blow a mailbox straight into your neighbor’s yard.

5. Elf on a shelf is a load of bull dinky. I was fully expecting him to work his magic and take down all those pesky beautiful Christmas decorations while we were away. No such luck.


What lessons have you learned?

*Note: I met the most fabulous person during lunch with Husby (we chatted her up since she was solo). Turns out she is working on a cookbook! Don’t worry ladies, I’ll be reaching out to her shortly. She promised a recipe for crack almond brittle that was addictive to-die-for.

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