Thursday Things

Last Thursday I mentioned the things I wanted to be when I grew up…
Well, I may not have become a truck driver, but I have made many long distance road trips. I may not be a professional photographer, but I love to take pictures. And I may not have joined the Peace Corp or moved to China to teach ESL, but I have traveled the world AND taught at a community college.
I guess it is all about perspective. 


Daniel will often ask me ridiculous questions that involve numbers and I have an uncanny ability to almost always guess the right answer.

Perhaps this is why my second highest score on the ACT in high school was in Science Reasoning {my highest was in Math}. Then I went to college and studied Art. What’s up with that?


I think striped sweaters on babies are incredibly adorable. So are striped socks. And onesies. I think I must have an affinity for stripes.


Daniel and I have been watching Top Gear (UK) on Netflix. 

We recently watched the episode where they have to drive out of the jungles of Bolivia, across the Andes to the Chilean coast

There were several moments that reminded me of Papua New Guinea. 

Daniel and I reminisced about our experience of being in a Landcruiser with Andy Scott back in January of 2005. 

As Andy drove us across a particular bridge near Drima, he was telling us that he had only fallen through that particular bridge once… when he was with my Grandpa… 20 years before. 

As he finished the story, the Landcruiser suddenly started falling. 

My heart was in my throat. 

Thank goodness in PNG they make bridges with 3 beams… the chassis of our vehicle was sitting on the middle beam. 

We all got out and with the help from men from the village and a winch (attached to a very small tree) the vehicle made it across. No harm. No foul.

Thanks Top Gear for the walk down memory lane!


Thursday Things

I like to eat cornflakes with vanilla ice cream. It’s like an ice cream cone you eat with a spoon.

Daniel and I have a habit of quoting lyrics to songs whenever we hear certain words.
For example… Someone says, “stop” which is followed by one of us saying, “collaborate, and listen. Ice is back with my brand new invention…” 
Now that we have a baby, we sometimes quote lyrics to baby songs. In public. Not cool.
When I was in the fourth grade I wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up. When I was in Jr. High I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. In college I wanted join the Peace Corp and travel the world or go to China and teach English as a second language. What happened? I didn’t come even remotely close to doing any of those things.

I find chopping vegetables to be therapeutic. Grating cheese, not so therapeutic.

Lately I have really been wanting to go mountain biking. Not sure how to work that around having a baby. The closest places I know to go are in Chattanooga and Huntsville {somehow I thinking biking in wildlife management areas around here would be frowned upon}. Also there is the whole having to feed my child every couple of hours… I guess I will have to wait for now.

I have been trying to persuade Daniel to sign up for this year’s Muddy Buddy race in Nashville. He is not crazy about the idea of getting a bike really muddy!?!?!

Thursday Things: 3 Products We Regularly Used for Jack (0-3 Months)

Every time I try to make Granola, I burn it. every.time.

Cloth diapers really are saving us a boat load of money. Jack is 3 months old and we have only spent $100 on disposable diapers. Woo-hoo.

My nephew should enter the world sometime in the next 24 hours. Jack will have a little boy cousin who is 3 months younger than him. We can’t wait to meet Levi.

I am not cooking as much as I used to, but I still manage to knock out 3 meals a week – we are eating more leftovers these days. 

I am almost done knitting Jack’s baby blanket. Unfortunately Walmart is out of my yarn and I only need 1 ball of yarn to finish. Not sure what I will do if they are no longer selling said yarn…

After 3 months of being a mom, my top three products for baby are:
    • The Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Newborn Sleeper – Jack is still sleeping in our bedroom and this is perfect for night time as well as naps.
    • My Kindle Fire – it plays Pandora (we like the Lullabye and Family Folk Song Stations) and it is great for reading books or perusing the internet when I am nursing Jack.
    • An elastic hair band for my wrist. This is how I track what side to nurse Jack on… pretty high tech 🙂 I just move the elastic band back and forth to each wrist. It is the easiest way for me to keep track (especially in the middle of the night when I am tired). If you are into techie things, I have heard good things about the Baby Connect ap for iPhone.

    A typical day: Jack and Sophie napping on the couch while I work on freelance projects.