Thursday, January 31, 2008

History in the Making

We just finished watching the debate between Hilary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. For the record, I am an Obama Mama, through and through. But I also feel that Sen. Clinton also has a lot to offer our country, so I was excited to watch them both discuss the important issues tonight. By this time next year, we will hopefully either have our first African American president or our first female president! There are rumors and speculation that Al Gore will endorse Sen. Obama, I think that would secure the nomination. Now, a Obama/ Gore ticket...wouldn't that be a dream come true? It feels good to be hopeful for our country again.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Family Photo

These are rare, so I thought I'd post one up!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Seriously, how cute are these?

And could I get away with wearing one at 34?

a rough day

Today just isn't working out for me. The kids were crabby this morning, which really is understandable after an exciting birthday yesterday. I get, I really do, but it's still hard. Then I went to buy some supplies for the guitar cake I'm making tonight, bought two bags of powdered sugar, and of course one of them had a hole so everything else I bought, including a black shirt, is covered in powdered sugar. Still no big deal, right? On the way home, people were honking their horns at me and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. At the light I rolled down my window and a man in the car next to me yelled that my tire was flat. Great, I pulled into the next parking lot and sure enough, flat as a pancake. Still I kept my cool, drove slowly, and got home. I decided to get it fixed tomorrow when Nate would be home so I wouldn't have to drag the kids out. So Luka hasn't had a nap, Cas is stuffing everything he can find into his mouth, and I have a ton of things I need to do before the party tomorrow. I've become better at handling stress, but today I just feel defeated.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Three Years Old

Today my son Luka turns three years old. I can't believe how fast he is growing up, right before my eyes. Three years ago today I was so scared of giving birth, and had no idea what to expect from the little person who would be coming home with me. I read a book by Jon Kabat Zinn where he says that our children are like little zen masters who one day parachute into our living rooms. I have learned so much from my son in these three short years. The gratefulness I feel for having such a beautiful little soul in my life is overwhelming. Happy birthday, Luka!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chickpea Cutlets and Brobee

First, the cutlets...These are genius. It feels kind of weird to make the inaugural post on this blog about mashed chickpeas shaped into cutlets, but the blog title is "Peek Into the Mundane", after all.

The recipe is from "Veganomicon" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. We're having them for dinner tonight with mushroom gravy, mushroom risotto and some sauteed veggies. I think the trick might be to lighty pan-fry them first and then bake. For some reason I have been trying to perfect these things since I got the cookbook for Christmas. It's sort of a culinary quest...

My other "fun" project for today is the Brobee pillow I'm trying to make for Luka. I know it would be much easier if I used my sewing machine (but I'd have to learn how to use it first) but there is something strangely satisfying about sewing a project by hand. I'll work on that when the kids are off to bed!

Tomorrow I will be baking cupcakes for Luka's third birthday and also trying to figure out how to fashion a guitar cake for his birthday party. The cake decorating is a major undertaking for a not-so-crafty girl like myself, so I really hope it turns out good. If it does, I'll post a picture.