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With maternity leave officially a week in, and no baby, I’ve been more productive than I can remember in a long time. I cannot sit still. I guess this is partially what they call “nesting?”

Things I have done in the last week:

1. Cooking and baking like a champion… So I’ve made this – very good, super easy, but extremely cheesy and rich – beware! And these – which appear in photos as if I’ve created some very fancy holiday candies – but really are the easiest thing I’ve made so far, and if you look, I seem to state that everything I’ve made recently is easy (at 39 weeks pregnant, I’m sticking to straightforward recipes lately).

Mint oreo cookie candies

And OMG – these mushrooms – which are life changing. Jake wants them all the time now. So delicious and, you guessed it, super easy as well. Now yesterday I decided I needed to try to make rice pudding – which is a relatively newfound love for me. I can’t say I had ever tried/eaten rice pudding before maybe a year or so ago, because, let’s face it, the name itself is pretty unappealing. My brain conjures up an image of porridge – some mucky, sticky stew based desert that has a starchy grain as its main ingredient. But damn, I was missing out. I love me some rice pudding now. Especially the vanilla coconut one I made!!!! Thank you Molly Wizenberg of Orangette and Delancey fame! I got the recipe straight from her very entertaining book which I finished yesterday as well. Also from Ms Wizenberg’s book is a pork shoulder percolating in the fridge – to be slow roasted later today – it bathed overnight in a sweet-hot thyme/garlic infused rub. We will see how that turns out tonight.

And lastly, these cookies – which, in all fairness, I made like 2 weeks ago right before Thanksgiving, but I had to share because if you love pumpkin and soft cookies and chocolate (who doesn’t) then you must make these. They are the SOFTEST cookies I’ve ever made. I guess due to the oil rather than butter in the recipe. I’m learning things over here!

2. Cleaning… Oh my gosh, my house is spotless. I guess it’s good to start out that way before kids come and it’ll all go to hell.

3. Online shopping… In my defense, only for Christmas presents for others. Ok, so maybe a purchase or two for me, but mostly for others!!! Amazon Prime will be the death of me. How did I ever get by without this highly enabling, highly dangerous membership?!

4. Christmas decorating… The moment we told my parents we were house hunting last year, long before we even closed or moved in to our humble abode that I love so much, they had already started packing up all of my old things which were still taking up space in their basement. This included many things I had long since forgotten about (high school yearbooks, random souvenirs I bought abroad in college, old CDs), but also, it included the set of Christmas ornaments my grandmother has been giving me every year since I was born. I’ve amassed quite a collection in my 33 years. Along with the ornaments came a nativity set that I have vivid memories of incessantly re-arrainging in our old house in Bath, New York. I was (ok; am) a bit obsessive about organizing/arranging things. My parents used to have to punish me for changing my room around because they would come home to find my bed on the opposite wall; and I was an 80lbs, 12 year old girl. “You’ll give yourself a hernia,” they said. What a weirdo I was. So I was also obsessive about this nativity set. My brother (or sister, let’s face it, who knows) would move 1 of the pieces and the moment I noticed, I would have to move everything around again. So now that I’m the co-boss in this house, I can put anything wherever I like.

Christmas tree

 5. Labor inducing walks around the neighborhood… No further description necessary. Except that, it hasn’t worked yet. But I’ve gotten to capture some beautiful unfiltered/unedited sky colors on my iPhone. Labor inducing walks around the neighborhood

Ok, so I think it’s time for this baby to make an appearance before a) I gain 20lbs from all this food I’m making, b) I spend all of my money on more and more christmas presents, and c) my house becomes a gaudy christmas fiasco mess.

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Reading… The Dinner – psychological thriller – yes please! I was reading The Emperor of All Maladies – but needed a break with something lighthearted and fun. I’ll go back to Maladies eventually; it’s an interesting look at the history of cancer. But sometimes you just need some mindless fiction. Also starting to peruse Bringing Up Bebe and trying to understand if the French really do know how to do it. I want this kiddo to be a little adult – eating what we eat, behaving in public. Apparently, French kids do this already… Can’t say I knew that before, because let’s face it, you (I) don’t really pay attention to how people raise their kids before you have them yourself. I was never super interested in others parenting styles. At the least, Bebe seems to be an easy, funny, entertaining read so far. Much better than the dry “what to expect” and “your baby’s first year” type of books that are still sitting on our counter.  Do we really need to read these?! I feel like we will figure it out… Probably famous last words.

Feeling… This baby kick! What a crazy, surreal feeling. And seriously, how does something the size of an eggplant have that much strength?! To imagine it only getting bigger and stronger inside my belly is exciting and ominous at the same time. It always seems to want to move around when I want to close my eyes. Also feeling slightly more energetic. While I’ve managed to avoid the nausea, vomiting, and other GI ailments of pregnancy, the fatigue has intermittently hit me hard. It was mostly in the first trimester, but this past week was tough as well. How do pregnant women with children already at home do it?! I could not get off my couch and out of my bed last week…

Watching… The off beat, darkish new tv show You’re The Worst on FX. Have you seen it? It’s hilarious in a very wrong way. Also anxiously awaiting the return of Homeland – not until October – ahhhhhh.

Eating… Everything. Except alcohol and sushi and deli meat. Yes, still drinking (limited) caffeine and eating soft (pasteurized) cheese, and poached eggs. Did a bit of research with the help of some obgyn friends – turns out, there’s not a ton of data/medical literature backing all of these things up that you aren’t supposed to eat. So I’m doing everything in moderation. Otherwise, I haven’t had any weird cravings, and I seem to just eat the same way I was eating pre-preggers. I was really hoping I’d have a strange food fetish. Nope. I still want cheese, milk, pizza and chocolate gelato. Yeah, I’m super healthy… Although I have been forcing myself to eat more fruit – almost 1 serving daily! Massive improvement for me.

Celebrating…And Studying… 1 full year of being post-residency work. Can’t believe I’ve been an attending physician for over 365 days. I’m a little less terrified driving to work everyday, and feel a ton more secure in my practice. But there are still difficult days. And hopefully in a little more than a month, I’ll be fully board certified. One. More. Test. (It never ends)! Oral boards late September, then (as long as I pass) I’m done test-taking for 10 years!

Reminiscing… About our fun trip to Nashville a few months ago. I was going through old photos on my camera and came across these. I can’t believe I haven’t posted photos since before April! We explored the little shops of Leipers Fork. Went to the eclectic hangout that is Pinewood Social ~ a bar, restaurant and bowling alley – with amazing non-alcoholic drinks!!! Went for a hike – Nashville is beautiful! And of course, played with our doggies – they became best buds.  We also ate like royalty, had the best ramen of my life, and went on a brewery tour (obviously). Missing our Nashville friends terribly.

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Reading… Finished The Interestings. Overall, eh. It was well written, very character driven. I wouldn’t read it again, but I’m glad I did, and it was worth getting through it. But parts of it were a little slow, and I felt like the book just sort of ended. As if there could have been another chapter. Next up: trying to get the nerve to start this book – supposed to be a phenomenal read, but it’s a bit daunting to start this large of a non-fiction book. I’m usually a fiction only lover and needs to be relatively fast paced. But I’m going to try it because it comes so highly recommended.

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Theme searching… My mom (who is one of about 2 people who read this, and hence, I should make her happy) told me she missed seeing the lemons on the top of my blog. So I decided to try to find a new theme to re-incorporate the lemons! Think I’ve found one I like. It’s insane how much free blog support there is out there. I find it really fun to change up the look and try to create a sleek aesthetic for the page. Blogging is still relatively new to me, even though my first post was (!gasp!) in December 2010!  Wow.

Zillowing… Is that a word? It should be. It’s equally addicting as it is punishing. I find a new house in our budget, add it to my favorites, and receive an email the next day that a sale is pending on it. Anyone have an affordable 3+ bed, 2+ bath house in northern Virginia or southern Maryland they want to sell us???

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Reading…  The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer – a pretty…interesting novel so far.  😉

The Interestings

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About halfway in, and has managed to keep my attention over the past few nights.  Written from the third person perspective and jumps around chronologically which usually I find distracts from the story and characters, but so far has made me put the thing down.  Will keep you updated.  Also (work) reading the Annals of Emergency Medicine – and when my new issue arrived I was super excited to see my former co-residents and colleagues at Boston Medical Center with a major publication!!  Congrats to Scott Dresden, Megan Leo, Alison Sullivan, and Kristin Carmody (among others) for this awesome achievement!

Online yoga…  Scheduling time to go to a yoga studio can be tricky; practicing yoga in the comfort of your own home can be a convenient alternative.  It’s also an additional challenge to do yoga as your dog is trying to lick your sweat and curiously sniffs at every new pose that you do (arrrrgghhhhh – but he’s so cute doing it!)  Not to mention the price point of the online videos vs joining a studio!  (Although I’m dying to try this place).  So until I’ve saved my pennies for that studio, I’m in a trial period of the yogaglo community (free for 15 days FYI) and I’ve done a couple classes.  I’m still trying to find the more athletic, power based videos – the practices that make you sweat (and not just because you’re doing hot yoga ;).  I did one video by Stephanie Snyder and liked the athleticism of it.  Anyone tried this website?  Any specific instructor or class suggestions?

Googling…  An attempt to locate more details on the amazing old camera my sister got me for my birthday.  She found it in an antique store in Florida and the clerk wasn’t familiar with its origins.  I’m wondering if I could get it to work.  If only I could figure out how to open the damn thing… The internet seems to think I have this camera – The Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 – circa 1946.

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Kodak Brownie six-20 – now I just need film!