by Wander Woman on Mar.04, 2014
My all-time fave food truck threw an uber lovely supper party in a vintage rental warehouse…
Hearty, elegant food and all-you-can-drink libations set amidst glowing candles, weathered wood and whimsical, swoony furniture.
Plus, a souvenir shot as a parting gift…
A dreamy and delicious night.
by Wander Woman on Feb.25, 2014
I’m not a pizza lover, but this pizza made me grinny.
It’s a simple pie: Bacon marmalade, mozzarella, gorgonzola, topped with a pile of arugula, carried on a doughy-crispy sourdough crust.
The little rustic pizza den that made this pie (and also a pretty incredible banana cream pie) is our neighbor in the country. I think evening jogs with a quick pie pitstop are in our future…
by Wander Woman on Feb.18, 2014
Wowza, my Peewee turned four months old last week!
This little monkey does all sorts of amazing things: She almost rolls over. (97% there! Too funny—her Lola says Jassy is just “screwin’ around” and needs to hurry up and turn over already.)
Other achievements: She lightly grips her bottle when being fed; smiles and squeals and entertains herself; sucks her thumbs to soothe herself to sleep; touches her toes; and sits in her Bumbo and watches us eat dinner. (I’ll post about her first bites of rice cereal in a few. I was irresistibly excited for that first!)
And here’s the biggie: She sometimes sleeps through the night! I’m talking 8 hours in a single stretch.
Whoa, man, I’m loving all the changes that happen as baby gets older.
On a side note, Jas has her strawberry onesie on backward in the shot above. (This is what happens when you task your hubs with costume and photography while you’re away for a day. You get an A- for effort, babe!)
Here’s Jasper Rae, all chubby, 15 pounds of her, NOT wearing her strawberry outfit backward…
by Wander Woman on Feb.12, 2014
Ran across this gold metal Art Deco-y dresser at a salvage yard, and I was smitten!
Sadly, it had already been sold, but it gives me hope that someday soon I’ll find the sculpted, shiny dresser our bedroom aches for.
by Wander Woman on Feb.04, 2014
Sometimes really neat things happen at work.
This was one of those times.
My work team and I masterminded a photo shoot for some new dishes and sauces our company chef created for clients. After painstakingly styling and capturing each dish, we got to devour every last (albeit cold) bite!
These are just the quick and dirty shots taken on my iPhone. The profesh ones are a thousand times better, of course.
I always thought it’d be bad-ass to work for a gourmet food magazine or in Bobby Flay’s test kitchen.
A couple times a year, I get my wish…
by Wander Woman on Jan.28, 2014
Yesterday was my hiz’s birthday.
It was his first birthday as a papa and we celebrated accordingly: Instead of throwing a wild, drunken party, we kicked back at home with our midget daughter and ate a cheap meal at a nearby diner… because we didn’t feel like driving into downtown, because we’re all battling the same cold, because my hiz just returned from a trip abroad and had no desire to do anything other than absolutely nothing.
So happy birthday, hizzy! You’ve always been a crazily loving and attentive partner, and as a father, you are even more heart-melting and selfless.
I’m blessed to have you for a thousand reasons: blessed that you share midnight feeding duties so I can have a longer stretch of sleep; that you finagled a work schedule that’s Jassy-friendly; that you never get impatient or frustrated when it comes to our baby; that you discovered her favorite way to be rocked when she’s fussy; that you still take the time to say sweet nothings and grin at me like I’m your new girlfriend, instead of your ball-and-chain baby machine.
I am filled with all-consuming love for you every day, especially on your birthday, and especially now that you’re our daughter’s daddy.
by Wander Woman on Jan.20, 2014
Jassy Rae’s favorite activity?
And grabbing her hair by the fistful. She must know she’s a lucky little duck to have a huge head of hair. She can’t seem to keep her hands off it!
This past weekend Daddy was out of town and Lola (my mom) got sick with the flu, so Jas and I spent the whole weekend together, just us two. We hiked at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, lunched al fresco like ladies of leisure, and stalked the aisles of plant nurseries, looking for trees to fill our enormous backyard.
Admittedly, Jassy slept through most of these activites, but occasionally she’d wake up, look around, stretch her arms and coo, before nodding off to her milky dreamland.
Yep, I love my soft, tiny sidekick.
She’s a crazy little thing, and this new life she gave us—as her parents—is pretty groovy. We’re growing into it, and I gotta say, I love it more with each passing day.
There’s something special about spending your hours and minutes doing nothing—and doing everything—with your baby.
by Wander Woman on Jan.14, 2014
This little girl can do so much: Stuff her hands in her mouth, “talk” for hours on end (especially in the middle of the night!), grab a rattle, hold her head up on her own, and cough at will—just because she feels like it. She can’t roll over yet, but I feel like it’s coming any day now.
At the moment, we’re battling Jasper Rae’s first cold. Let me tell you, nothing is sadder than seeing your baby sniffle and cough. Hopefully this cold blows over soon…
And here’s a quick shot of Jassy’s nursery. We’re not quite finished decorating it. Plus, a few items that would ordinarily be in the nursery are in our bedroom instead (Jassy’s temporary digs, just until she starts sleeping through the night). I’ll post better shots once the nursery is finished… when she’s 10 or so.
by Wander Woman on Dec.31, 2013
This was a good year!
My hiz and I birthed a human and have managed to keep her alive. What an accomplishment!
I return to work after the New Year (I took the full 12 weeks of maternity leave). So, of course, my 2014 resolution—if you believe in such silly, arbitrary proclamations of self-betterment—is to balance being a mama with a career. And to also be a good wife/partner, friend, daughter, and whatever other roles I play in the coming year.
These last couple months have been a doozy for me—learning how to care for a baby and fighting the psychotic ups and downs that accompany pushing out a babe. As hard as it has been physically and psychologically, I keep in mind that we’re lucky to have our little monkey, Jassy Rae, and that every new mom has a difficult time adjusting to motherhood.
So salut to a healthy, happy New Year! …And sending good energy and prayers to a friend who lost her sister to cancer just before Christmas. May love and fizzy, warm memories help you heal in 2014. xoxx