A few things...
First of all, I totally decided what to do about the Daddy's birthday dilemma. I have to say... I am a genius. What is the most fun thing you can think of for a man turning 30 (who is also being forced to have this fun with a three year old girl and an eight month old baby?)
How about a three day, two night bed and breakfast vacation H E R E, staying in the Drake Guest House, which is a private, two bedroom guest house behind the main farm house. It has a kitchenette, a fireplace, porch swing and hot tub.
Are you feeling it?
We'll be staying on the grounds of a big farm with animals, a lake and 10 miles of wooded trails. There is also a small, historic town 2 miles away where we could shop or have dinner. There is plenty of fun stuff to keep the girls entertained, while simultaneously being relaxing for us, and we can even go out for a birthday dinner.
I feel like a total genius. Best birthday present ever. And there is no way I will last until the end of next month without telling him.
I also wanted to say:
I received a Stylish Blogger Award mention from both Orangie's Attic and Stitching in Circles.
I am so not stylish, for the record, but I appreciate their kindness so much. They are awesome people and awesome bloggers. Please check out both of their shops on etsy, too! Orangie's Attic and Stitching in Circles. Thank you, gorgeous women!
I guess how the award works is that you give 7 facts about yourself, and then pick a few blogs you think deserve attention.
Facts about me...
I don't follow recipes. I collect them, but I just use them as a loose set of guidelines. Sometimes, my food turns out delicious and I have no idea what I did to make it that way. Lots of time it turns out sucky.
I'm really good at building a fire.
I love to work out. I get at least an hour of cardio per day, and I strength train for at least an hour a week.
I never lose any weight because I also love to eat. I'm totally a sucker for fancy deserts and sugary things.
I've been a vegetarian for over 15 years.
I love weddings. I cry, even when the people getting married don't mean anything to me.
I'm the oldest of 4 kids.
I read a lot. I find ways to sneak reading into my day, which usually involves saying, "Uh huh..." a lot while we're playing Littlest Pet Shops.
I can't stand Littlest Pet Shops.
Summer is, by far, my favorite time of year. The hotter the better! (Unless I'm pregnant. Then the heat can go f itself.)
I don't think Helen Keller actually said any of those inspirational things.
I love the water. I love swimming in and sitting by it and being near it. Hm. I also drink like... an obscene amount of it.
That also means that I have a reputation for having to pee the most on long car trips. Oh my god, and my hot stone massage yesterday? Right in the middle of it, I had to pee! I was just laying there thinking, "Okay, she should be about halfway done... I can pee soon, just hang in there." Then I realized I was just wasting the whole massage, obsessing about not peeing myself, so I told the masseuse. She had to take all of the stones off of me, I slipped my dress on, ran barefoot, undie-less down the hallway to the bathroom, ran back, got undressed again and hopped back on the table.
I'm an aggressive driver.
I love hotels.
I'm an underachiever.
My favorite color is orange.
My favorite thing is my life.
Blogs you should take a peek at:
Positively Dating - This is my old friend's (anonymous) account of dating in NYC with a positive status. He's adorable and definitely stylish.
Farren Square - My friend Farren is amazing. She's a new mommy and she's doing a great job.
Dig This Chick and Is There Any Mommy Out There are just about my favorite blogs, but they're doing just fine on their own, i guess.