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The Rundown


October 17, 2016

img_9974Making: apple cake (I snapped the baking process if you care to follow along — chelseac7off)

Cooking: Ina’s mac and cheese this week. It’d better be delicious.

Drinking: water, because I’m a responsible pregnant lady.

Reading: No Bad Kids — Toddler Discipline Without Shame. I actually just finished this and really liked it.

Wanting: this pumpkin loaf! Gotta find some pumpkin around here though…

Looking: at warm clothes for P and the baby. I feel very unprepared for “real” winter.

Eating: apple cake… in like an hour.

Wishing: that this apple cake baked a little quicker.

Enjoying: the new lights we bought over the weekend at IKEA. Our apartment isn’t such a dark, depressing cave now.

Loving: the local chocolate. Tony’s Chocolonely is going to be the death of me (or really just the death of my moderate pregnancy weight gain).

Hoping: to book our tickets back to California for Christmas this week!

Needing: to figure out dinner. Ugh, everyday.

Smelling: fall spices! I made a scent on the stove and now the whole apartment smells wonderful all the time. (In case you’re curious, I used orange peels, whole cloves, a cinnamon stick, half an apple, a knob of ginger, and some whole allspice berries.)

Feeling: pregnant

Wearing: maternity jeans that are constantly falling down. I’m a mess.

Watching: Stranger Things with KC (I know, I know, we’re so behind). Ummm it’s kind of totally creepy.

Bookmarking: new fiction to read. I really need to get back into the groove of reading every night (and not just parenting stuff!) Send along your recommendations if you have any!

The Rundown


June 17, 2016


Making: stovetop mochas for breakfast (and isn’t that little pot cute? It’s IKEA!)

Cooking: roast chicken tonight. It’s going to be a regular thing in these parts since I need the bones for stock. They don’t sell stock here, only bouillon, apparently. And I’m not super down with MSG…

Drinking: all the Euro beers! Blondes, Tripels, Goldens, all of it.

Reading: the Dutch utilities websites. Google Translate is a godsend, but not exactly foolproof.

Wanting: Prim to take a nice long nap so I can veg out for a bit. Moving = going up and down the stairs 400 times a day.

Looking: forward to Father’s Day this weekend! Or I guess I should say, “Vaderdag.”

Eating: Lu Petit Ecolier (because they’re so cheap here!)

Wishing: that someone could come and steam clean the floors and the couch for me.

Enjoying: using the Bugaboo again. The Yoyo is awesome for travel, but the Cameleon is made for these cobblestone streets!

Loving: our new place! It definitely has its quirks, but it’s so charming and lovely, and it’s so nice to be home.

Hoping: to hit up Albert Cuypmarkt this weekend for some flowers and fresh fish. (We live less than two blocks from the market!)

Needing: to do laundry. Per usual. Ugh.

Smelling: Ecover cleaning products, because I went a little crazy in the cleaning aisle at Marqt.

Feeling: HAPPY.

Wearing: different clothes, because after two whole months I was finally reunited with the rest of my wardrobe! But let’s be real, it’s still jeans and a t-shirt because I’m boring.

Watching: US TV via my crafty VPN network.

Bookmarking: recipes for beef stock. Looks like I’m gonna have to find a butcher who sells beef bones around here…

The Rundown


May 17, 2016

img_8377Making: a mess, because I’m packing — we move to Amsterdam tomorrow! (holycrap)

Cooking: nothing. I’m just assembling snacks for the plane!

Drinking: a mom beer in the afternoon, since I’ve got a long break between nursing sessions.

Reading: the kid-show section of Amazon Prime, because all the rules go out the window when trying to keep a baby (toddler? OMG) quiet on an international flight.

Wanting: to sleep on our flight tomorrow night, but let’s be real — that’s probably not going to happen.

Looking: forward to being settled in our very own place… soon.

Eating: Mexican food, See’s candy, avocados, all the California treats.

Wishing: that the flight to Amsterdam was a bit shorter.

Enjoying: sleeping through the night. Guys, it’s a game-changer.

Loving: all of Prim’s babbling. All of her little nonsense conversations are just too adorable.

Hoping: to find a perfect apartment in Amsterdam (quickly!)

Needing: to do laundry, wash my hair, get organized, stop stressing. All the things.

Smelling: Prim’s sweet baby-smell.

Feeling: excited to move, sad to leave, ALL THE EMOTIONS.

Wearing: the comfiest and most adorable sun dresses from Old Navy (that I got sooo much on sale. Whoop whoop!)

Watching: Game of Thrones, and wondering whether I even like it, even though I’ve watched all the seasons. It’s so depressing!

Bookmarking: ways to watch US shows overseas. Because guys, I need to keep up with Outlander!

The Rundown


April 12, 2016

img_8084-2Making: piles of stuff, because the movers are here today — packing all of our stuff to be shipped to the Netherlands!

Cooking: Kodiak Cakes. I bought the box at Costco a few weeks back on a whim and I totally can’t get enough! I mean healthier pancakes — what’s not to like?

Drinking: water (but I wish it was all the beer in the land because moving is stressfullllll)

Reading: the f-ing fix-it ticket I got courtesy of the officer who decided to pull me over for doing 38 in a 35 and then “let me go” with a citation for lack of proof of current insurance. And obviously I have insurance, but it’s not a violation you can just get signed off by any random police officer — it has to be signed off by the court, and according to the court it takes 6 weeks to A YEAR to get the ticket into the system so that it’s even correctable, which means I’ll be dealing with it AFTER moving out of the country. Sooooo… cool. (And I’m all for cops and stuff, but 38 in a 35, really?? Can we please go deal with some REAL issues? I mean, my God.)

Wanting: to punch someone in the face + all the massages

Looking: forward to being less stressed… soonish.

Eating: See’s candy from my birthday. Put all the caramels into my mouth.

Wishing: I didn’t have a stupid ticket to deal with on top of all of this moving-out-of-the-country nonsense.

Enjoying: having our move just around the corner! It’s a lot to worry about, but I’m really excited to start this new chapter.

Loving: KC for being so easy-going about everything. While I’m spinning myself into a giant tangle of stress, KC is there being totally chill about everything. Thank God I married him.

Hoping: to relax soon.

Needing: to wash my hair. As usual, but ugh somuchwork.

Smelling: citronella from Penny’s anti-bark collar, which works sort of.

Feeling: tired, stressed, and totally annoyed with traffic cops.

Wearing: a super-limited wardrobe because everything we’re bringing to the Netherlands is being packed up and shipped, which means we’re living out of a suitcase for the next 6+ weeks.

Watching: Season 2 of Outlander via our Starz add-on subscription through Amazon Prime. (It’s like the best $9 I’ve ever spent, basically.)

Bookmarking: all the tips for flying with infants. And all the cocktails you can order on a plane.

The Rundown


March 17, 2016

img_7683^^ snapchat filter photoshop FTW ^^ (because sometimes you need that kind of self-esteem boost 😉 )

Making: big giant life decisions. Adulthood is so stressful.

Cooking: beef stew this weekend! Because the rain is coming back, guys. I love it.

Drinking: session beers. Or as I call them, “mom beers” — because low alcohol content means it doesn’t impact my breastfeeding schedule. This and this are my go-to’s.

Reading: this article and feeling all the things.

Wanting: some new sweaters, because I inadvertently donated all of mine in the great postpartum clothes-purge. I think this will probably be my next purchase.

Looking: at umbrella strollers. I told KC that if I could combine this with this I’d be in heaven. (KC did an insane amount of research and ended up deciding we should get this one — which he found on sale. What an awesome decision marrying him was.)

Eating: sushi! Well, not yet, but I have some plans for this weekend.

Wishing: for some stability for a little while. We still live with KC’s parents and our living situation is going to be up in the air for at least another few months. Sometimes the whole “living in limbo” thing is tough — especially for fun type-A people like me.

Enjoying: date nights! One of the biggest pluses to living with KC’s parents is getting to take advantage of the free babysitting and zipping out for dinner together on a regular basis.

Loving: Snapchat’s new filter that makes you look amazing. (Um, FYI, that ^^ is the Snapchat filter version of my face. I def don’t look like that in real life — especially after a full day of working and chasing a 10 month old around. Not even a little.)

Hoping: to sleep in a little this weekend. Between work, teething, and daylight savings happening last weekend, mama is tiiiiiired.

Needing: a new swimsuit. Good thing I just ordered $600-worth of one-pieces from here. I know I’ll end up returning pretty much all of them, but I’m secretly hoping that this one is really cute on (because think of all the sunscreen I could save! And also, #momsuit)

Smelling: coffee, because Starbucks is taking a solid chunk of my paycheck these days.

Feeling: anxious, excited (see above re: big life decisions.)

Wearing: these basic T’s. The bottom stitch drives me a little nuts because the hem tends to flip up, but the fabric and fit more than make up for this little annoyance.

Watching: Cooked on Netflix. Cooking + documentary — sign me up.

Bookmarking: birthday cake recipes! For Prim’s first birthday party.