Miscellaneous Ramblings

That moment …

… when you can’t help but laugh because your husband didn’t use “the shield.”

Boy mommy’s should understand what that is 🙂

Oh it’s been one heck of a week around our house. I’m on jury duty during the month of April and it is going to be one mess of a month. I can only hope that I will get called soon and be sat on a jury so I can be done. It’s hard when you’re a part-time stay-at-home-mom. And your babysitters are an hour away in the town where you work. But, Kentucky doesn’t seem to care a lick about that situation. I just want to get it over with so they won’t call me for another couple of years. By then it will be much easier with Garrett … of course by then I could have another little one too, you never know.

I finished a really good review book this week, “Evidence of Life” by Barbara Taylor Sissel. I CAN’T WAIT to share my thoughts on it with you. It was such a great book. I could gush for a long time about it, but you’ll have to wait until 4/11 to read my review. I hate when I finish a good book and I can’t immediately share my thoughts with you guys. I’m not a very patient person.

We booked our trip to Vegas over my birthday. Woo! Last year was the first year in ages that I stayed at home over my birthday and while I enjoyed it because Garrett was a teeny tiny baby, I am ready for a weekend getaway with my husband. Bonus is that my brother-in-law and his fiancee are going with us, we’ve never been out to Vegas with another couple our age, so we are looking really forward to having a blast. The bad news is that I only have 3 months to get my body into swimsuit shape. … Round is a shape, right? Ugh. I never have to worry about bikinis again, Garrett leaving me with a lower stomach full of stretch marks took care of that … but I need to lose about 20 pounds (I’ve got a lot more than that to lose, that’s just my goal for July). Either way, I’m really looking forward to the trip!

I can’t hardly believe that I’m already thinking about Garrett’s first birthday. When did my baby become not such a baby anymore? It’s really sad. My mom said that this is the point when she started to get the itch for another child (sadly, I was an only, they were never able to conceive again), and I will say that I have the itch, but it’s definitely not strong enough to even consider it right now. I’m kind of looking forward to having him be a little more self-sufficient for a little while longer before I jump back into another pregnancy and have to start the infant stage all over again. Besides, this year is busy busy – I’ve got Vegas planned, two weddings to attend this fall as well as our 10 year high school reunion … I have no intention of being pregnant during any of that. My clock ain’t ticking yet 🙂

I found out a few weeks ago that a good childhood friend lost her 4 year old son. He had health issues from the day he was born, but to know that she had to bury her son. It just pains me so much to even think about it. I definitely hugged Garrett a little tighter the night I heard the news. I reconnected with her sister on Facebook this week, and she gave me her cell phone number, but I haven’t been able to work up the courage to call or text her yet. What do I say to her? I know I shouldn’t be so selfish, but I’m just at such a loss at to what to say to her … I don’t want to put her into hysterics or anything, but I want her to know that I’m here and thinking about her. It’s a fine line I have never had to walk before – I’ve never known someone who lost their child other than miscarriages. Definitely going to be a hard phone call to make, but it’s one I need to do sooner rather than later.

Well I’ve rambled a lot longer than I had anticipated. And Garrett has napped a lot longer than I anticipated too 🙂

I guess have a good weekend and wish me luck with the jury duty, lol.

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Recipes

RECIPE: Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo (4 servings)

  • 4 oz.  Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3/4 cup  milk
  • 1/4 cup  (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp.  white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp.  garlic powder
  • 8 oz.  fettuccine, cooked, drained
  • 1/8 tsp.  ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Mix cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, butter, white pepper and garlic powder in medium saucepan; cook on low heat until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended.
  2. Toss with hot fettuccine. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Recipe Source: Kraft Recipes

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Personal Review: I am like a fettuccine alfredo addict! Seriously. It is my absolute favorite pasta, ever.

I have been making this recipe since I was a junior in college in my very first apartment! It’s not necessarily “the best” alfredo sauce I’ve ever had, but I like it because it’s an easy meal to put together on a weeknight. I always add a smidge more parmesan cheese to this recipe, and I never measure out the garlic powder or white pepper.  And I omit the nutmeg.

I highly recommend adding more parmesan cheese than the directions call for. Since this recipe doesn’t use whipping cream, the extra cheese adds much more flavor to the sauce.