Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mommy Confession - Napping Taken to Heart

When I was pregnant everyone, friends, family and even the old lady in the Meijer check-out told me that when my baby slept, I should too. I remember when he actually came along I found this piece of advice annoying as hell. Perhaps it's because I had a colicky infant who didn't sleep and screamed 23 hours a day. Perhaps it was because if by chance he did sleep I had 7 minutes to determine if I wanted to 1.) sleep 2.) eat 3.) shower 4.) chores or 5.) pay bills. Sleeping was never the option I picked. Instead I usually combined 2, 4 and 5 together while getting stuff together for 3. By that point he would wake up and I would cross 1 and 3 off the list until The Husband came home or Mom came over.

But then one day, around four months, he started sleeping longer. And by longer, I mean 20 minutes. Suddenly the advice seemed brilliant. Of course one would sleep when their baby slept. This started my obsession with his napping. He needed to nap because I needed to nap. I quickly figured out the real reason why other people put their babies on sleep schedules, it wasn't for the babies, it was so they knew when they could sleep. Or so I reasoned.

So where is the confession you might ask? That I was wrong and others were right with their advice? Um, no. I was right in both situations. No my confession as a mom is I still nap when he naps. Nap time is one of my favorite parts of the day and I consider myself beyond lucky that I get to nap during the day when he lays down. So lucky I almost feel guilty when I do because The Husband doesn't get to nap. He goes to work during the day and I stay home. But not guilty enough I'm going to stop napping. Afterall, The Husband comes home, takes care of A. for about four hours and then they go to bed. Yeeeah, I'm gonna keep napping.

Napping rocks. And I think parent's every where should be given stipends in order to pay someone to come over so they can take naps.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cold-brewed Iced Coffee

When talk show hosts and financial gurus use to advise people to stop buying $4 coffees every day in order to save hundreds a year, I use to wonder, who would pay that much for coffee? Plus, gross, it isn't even that good. Until a few years ago when I had my first iced coffee and was hooked. It has become an expensive habit, one I try to be very good about by only allowing myself to buy one once a week but find myself craving it every day. Multiple times a day.

But in an attempt to save money I decided to search out a recipe to make it at home. I figured, it couldn't be that hard and would save me oodles of money. The great thing is, the recipe isn't even a recipe, it's coffee and water. Simple. The ratio however comes originally from The New York Times but I prefer Smitten Kitchen's pictures. Very beautiful. The only down fall? Besides that it isn't pretty when it's being made is now I drink gallons of this stuff. Gallons.

See? Not very appealing. But I promise, it turns into this...

Iced Coffee

2/3 cup coffee grounds
3 cups water

1 quart sized mason jar

Pour coffee grounds and then water into the mason jar. Screw on top and shake. Place mason jar in fridge overnight or longer for stronger flavor. Periodically shake the mason jar throughout the day.

Once the mixture has sat overnight, strain the mixture using a coffee pot. Assemble coffee pot like normal, with caraffe and filter in place. Slowly pour mixture through filter. Disgard grounds.

Mix with milk or creamer or however you like to make your coffee. Top with whip cream and chocolate sauce (I would say this is optional but you really should just do it).

My Thoughts: Out of pure lazyness of not wanting to clean my mixing cup, I grabbed a mason jar and discovered that it is the perfect size for a double portion of the original recipe. I just fill the coffee to past the first mark and then pour water in till it's almost full. No real measuring required and no extra things to wash.

I also think everyone else is making the straining part too complicated. I decided after trying to strain it the way it suggested the first time and determining that took too much effort, I was going to use my coffee pot. It works perfectly and is a lot less messy. By far this is one of my favorite "recipes" ever.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Six and a half years

I've worked at Target for six and a half years. Six and a half years. That is a hella long time for retail, by the way. I started when I was in college and a lot has happened since I started there. I met The Husband again (we knew each other from middle school), started dating, got engaged, married, finished school (twice), got pregnant, had a baby and bought a house. And it's worked for me, until now.

But it's time to move on. I'm going to be starting a production job in two weeks. It isn't the path I thought I'd head down but life has a way of doing that. I'm excited to start on this new path and to see where this path will take me. I know it will be good for our family and it will be good for me.