Saturday Coffee Digest: Week 41

How is it possible that we’re almost halfway through October already? Time, man. It keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ into the future.

What I Read

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. I wasn’t sold at first, but I’m really enjoying the book now that I’m a bit further into it. I’m trying to finish it up by today, but I doubt that will happen.
  • The Story Grid, just bits and pieces when I get the chance. It’s been a busy week with somewhat irregular naps on the baby’s part.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring. I’m listening to this one on audiobook and have I said this before? I’m sort of feeling meh about it. It feels very sacrelig to say, but Tolkien takes forever to get into the story and spends an awful lot of time unnecessarily describing every single stupid hobbit meal and the songs they sing (every verse! every! verse!). It also feels like Frodo isn’t capable of making a single move without messing up and relying on someone else. Which was actually my main beef with the final fight scene in Return of the King (the movie). Still, I’m determined to read the entire trilogy, so I won’t let the hangups stop me.

What I Ate

  • Broccoli Parmesan Fritters from Smitten Kitchen. Yum. Even Ambrose enjoyed them!
  • Channa Masala with chapati. This isn’t the exact recipe I made, but the recipe writer is the same and so I’m sure it’s similar.
  • Kusherie, from the More-With-Less Cookbook.

What I Watched

  • The Barkley Marathons. We’ve been watching our way through this with dinner and it’s just fascinating. It’s a 100 (but more like 120) mile ultra marathon in the hills of Tennessee that is absolutely grueling, needs to be completed in under 60 hours, has only had 10 finishers in all the years…anyway, it’s a fun film. A very different marathon than most!

What I Wrote

  • Eek, I’ve been a bit negligent with trying to read through the Story Grid. It seems like my writing productivity goes down when my life productivity goes up. Ah, well. Chipping away bit by bit. I’ve started story gridding the lit-fic piece, so at least there’s that.

What I Accomplished

  • Made some more purees — apple-mint that goes well with yogurt and ricotta, and I also made up a pumpkin spice one that I plan to eat with yogurt. Oh! And I made some banana-applesauce-egg-oat-spice pancakes that Ambrose enjoys chowing on.
  • I’ve started heart rate training again, woo woo. (I had to abandon it once I got pregnant because the little peanut messed everything up. It was actually probably the first sign of pregnancy, only I didn’t realize it.) Unfortunately, I can’t do it with the stroller because it messes everything up. So I’ve been doing dark runs at around 7:30, when baby is in bed. Luckily our neighborhood is very safe!
  • On Tuesday I did four loads of laundry (including diapers, which go through two wash cycles) and put everything away AND got the sheets onto both beds. So that’s pretty huge.
  • I also managed to re-organize the freezers and go through the dead stuff in the fridge. Yeah! Organization!

Baby Stuff

  • Early Intervention found a possible delay in social-emotional — one of the evaluations said yes, the other said no. So a third evaluator came out on Thursday to give a “tiebreaker” evaluation. She didn’t have her scoring book on her, but she said she was pretty confident that he wouldn’t qualify. Super! In the meantime I’m working on teaching Ambrose baby tricks like clapping, pat-a-cake, high-five, and whatever else I can think of. He’s about to begin his mimicking phase, and I’m so excited.
  • Crawling has begun! Ambrose took his first real crawling steps on Monday, his 9 month birthday. He’s still not super accomplished at it, and prefers to drop down into his more efficient army crawl to really go places.
  • Pulling up has also begun! (We really worked Ambrose hard on Saturday.) It’s so fun to see him play on the Pikler triangle and get to the second shelves of his toy area.

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