Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nugget Month 8

Dear Willa,

You adjusted to your first full month of formula with no problems, which is what I expected. I had a little harder time with it than I had thought I would. But after a week or so, I was fine.




This month you had your first stomach bug. Unfortunately, you got it the day before Halloween, and you still weren't feeling super great on Halloween itself. Of course, you passed your bug to me, and then Daddy got it so the holiday was pretty much a waste. I felt bad when I checked Facebook the day after Halloween and saw all the pictures of kids dressed up, and I realized I did not have a picture of you in your first Halloween costume. So a couple days later when we were all feeling much better, we put your costume on you so I could at least get a picture or two of you as a jack-o-lantern for your baby book.


 
 

A couple months ago, your Grandpa and Grandma brought back from Illinois your great-grandma Willa's christening dress. This dress was hand embroidered by your great-great-great-grandma and is about 100 years old. So it is very special. For your baptism this month, this dress is what I wanted you to wear. Luckily, the dress had been preserved well, and once I got it cleaned, it was absolutely beautiful. Many people commented on your dress, and everyone who heard the history all agreed that it was a special thing that you got to wear the same dress for your baptism that your namesake wore for hers.


 
 

Last week your daycare had a little Thanksgiving lunch and invited all the parents. Since Halloween was a bust, this was my first school party as a parent. To say I was excited would be an understatement. I really loved getting to come see you in the middle of the day and have lunch with you. I hope it's something I never get tired of. I remember my parents visiting me at school when I was little to have lunch with me. It's one thing on a list of many I've looked forward to doing as a parent.


 
 

We've started giving you puffs and yogurt melts, and you LOVE feeding yourself. Though the sippy cup continues to be more toy than vessel to get liquid in your mouth. 


 

You continue to expand your range of exploration, crawling over to Cooper's water bowl so you can splash around in it. Or sitting up at the coffee table and pulling every single thing off its shelf. It's really quite fun to watch you. Especially when you look so proud of yourself.


 
 

Love,
Momma

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Dogs

When it comes to hybrid dogs, what breeds are crossed to create a Chiweenie? How about a Cock-A-Mo? Or a Scoodle?

Chiweenie is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund; a Cock-A-Mo, between an American Eskimo and a Cocker Spaniel; and a Scoodle, between a Poodle and a Scottish Terrier. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Dogs

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer, or best guess, and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

When it comes to hybrid dogs, what breeds are crossed to create a Chiweenie? How about a Cock-A-Mo? Or a Scoodle?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Review: In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

It's 1933, and Roosevelt has just named a new ambassador to Germany: William Dodd, a history professor from Chicago. Dodd takes his wife, son and progressive daughter with him to Berlin. Over the next year, violence against Jews escalates, Americans are attacked for not showing proper deference to Hitler, and new laws are written. Dodd is in a precarious position as all the State Department is concerned with is that Germany pays its debts to America. Martha, Dodd's daughter, initially is infatuated Nazi Germany, and her love life takes on a life of its own as she is not discriminating of who she takes for a lover, one of them being the Gestapo head Rudolf Diels. 

This is now the third book of Larson's I have read. While I enjoyed both The Devil in the White City and Isaac's Storm, this one is now my favorite. Larson always tells two stories in one book, one of which is usually drier and a little harder to get through. In this book though, the "dry" story is the politics of 1930s Berlin, which you could only find boring if you weren't the least bit intrigued as to how the world managed to look past the hints at Hitler's character and ambition and were deluded into thinking the Nazi Party was good leadership for Germany.

The exhilarating side of the book was of course Martha's numerous love affairs because she had so many, and no one seemed to care about what she did. She did what she wanted, with whom she wanted, whenever she wanted, even flirting with the idea of joining the KGB.

If you like Larson's books or if you like WWII or European history, you should read this book.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Next month - The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

What popular appetizer bears a common Mexican nickname?

Nachos. They're named for maitre d' Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, who created the quick snack for a group of Texas women at a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico, in 1943 when he couldn't find his chef. One of the women dubbed the dish Nacho's Especiales, a name that evolved into just plain nachos.

Congratulations Laird Rixford for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Food

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

What popular appetizer bears a common Mexican nickname?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Wine

What animal is pictured on bottles of Yellow Tail wine?

A wallaby - a yellow-footed rock wallaby, to be exact. The wallaby is a marsupial native to Australia that is smaller than its cousin, the kangaroo. Yellow Tail wine is made in Australia.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Wine

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

What animal is pictured on bottles of Yellow Tail wine?