Stream of Consciousness, Monday Style
1. So I discovered a Weight Watchers dream food this weekend: SkinnyGirl California Red Wine. I’m a fan of Bethenny Frankel (in particular her SkinnyGirl line of cocktails, not her RHWONY role or her advice about dieting). I tasted her SkinnyGirl red wine for the first time this past weekend, and it was delicious. If you had handed me a glass from a differently labeled bottle I would never ever have guessed it was only 100 calories for a 5 oz. glass. Bethenny, I raise my glass to you – well done!
2. I’ve had a lot of interest in my Blog about the book 50 Shades of Grey. In fact I’m still getting emails about it (thanks for all your comments and feedback!). I came across another blogger who tackled 50 Shades and the movie Magic Mike in the same post. I think she had some interesting things to say, but I was especially interested in the links she compiled at the end of her post for further reading. If the subject matter interests you, take a look at Melissa Jenna’s blog post “50 Shades of Magic Mike”.
3. So how have y’all liked the triple digit temps most of the U.S. has been experiencing of late? When it’s too hot to hang out at the POOL with your babies you know there’s something wrong with the temp, right? Whew! Saturday we had 106 here in Northern Virginia. Sunday was only a balmy 100. Felt almost cool enough to open the windows, but the Hubs would prefer I wait a few more days to try that. One thing that has helped keep my bear cubs cool the past few weeks is an awesome contraption the boys’ “PopPop” gave us for Christmas last year: a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I’m sure the Zoku is pricey because it’s sold at Brookstone, but it would be an excellent gift suggestion for any family who lives elsewhere than the North or South Poles. Zoku freezes popsicles in 7-9 minutes right there on the kitchen counter. This summer I’ve been pureeing ripe fruit and freezing it into pops for both Mark and Luke. Their favorite so far seems to be frozen watermelon pops. Messy, sometimes even super messy, but so refreshing and fun for cooling off on a summer evening. Check out my happy bear cub with this watermelon pop below.
4. The hand-foot-mouth virus appears to be running rampant this summer, all up and down the Eastern seaboard. I’ve talked to friends in Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and here in Virginia and it seems to be everywhere. I’ve heard from several moms that a prime breeding ground for the virus is community/public pools. In fact most of my girlfriends who’s families have gotten it this summer think it originated at their community pool. My wise and wonderful neighbor whose five children currently have hand-foot-mouth attributes their very mild cases to the fact she significantly upped their Vitamin C and Ecchinacea doses after they were exposed. I’m upping my own family’s VC and Echinacea doses this month, avoiding the public pool as much as possible, and breathing a little extra prayer the bear cubs are spared…
5. Did you hear about the crazy freak storm that hit the East Coast last weekend and knocked power out for millions of hot and sweaty people? We were amongst the lucky million who lost power. It was another balmy 100 degree day like this one. So thankful to the crew that restored our home’s power only 24 hours after we lost it. I know many in Maryland and New Jersey were without power for a week! Small emergency situations like losing power in dangerouly hot weather are sometimes good reminders of the need for family preparedness. The storm has sparked much fruitful conversation and planning in our home this week about better preparing our family for true emergency and disaster situations. My father is a “pro” at family survival post-disaster, after living through the 2004 Hurricane Charley in southwest Florida. He recommended that Pete and I consider a generator that can run the major appliances in our home during a significant (and long) power outtage. He said Honda generators are the top of the line because Honda makes the best motors. However, he has discovered that Northern Tool makes a generic generator that has a Honda motor in it, so you get the best motor but don’t have to pay the top price for the same quality. Pete and I have started saving for a good-size generator. I think it’s going to be a wise emergency preparedness step for our little family. If you’re interested in hearing more about our emergency family preparedness adventures, definitely leave a comment and I’ll share updates in a later stream of consciousness.
6. Another monumental discovery from this past weekend: Greek frozen yogurt. This stuff is amazing! The Hubs and I enjoyed a pint of the vanilla flavor made by Ciao Bella. It was fat free and only 130 calories per serving. I paired it with a Weight Watchers recipe for bananas foster for our Saturday night dessert. Beg, plead, whine, bribe, email, text, leave a comment, and I can be pursuaded to share the recipe (Only 5 WW points per serving, dark rum, frozen yogurt, and deliciousness included).
7. The best news of all (in fact perhaps the best news ever): Baby Bear cut his first two teeth this past week! Woohoo! Can I get a glory halleluia?!! His teething adventures with these first two chompers took way longer to come in than Mark’s did. It’s been a painful month or so around here. Da Mama is thrilled by the prospect of more sleep at night, and this little man is thrilled with the watermelon pop stickiness smeared all over him.
Have a wonderful week friends!