Off to the dentist (and other stuff)

I’m embarrassed to say it, but I haven’t been to the dentist for a cleaning in over 2 years *gasp* – since before Ava was born.

I grew up going to the dentist for cleanings every 6 months without fail. Mom was very good about that. It was something I kept up for the most part after I left home. I prided myself on not having a single cavity until I was in my late 20s and was shocked when it finally happened.

Anyway, my regular dental appointments were easy to keep up, that is, until I had Ava. It seems once you become a mommy, you don’t always take the time for necessary upkeep for yourself that you need to. I know I should have gone, but then there was a change in our insurance and we didn’t have coverage at *that* dentist anymore, and I just let it go from there.

Well, as a result of my lackadaisical attitude, I think I now have more than a few cavities. πŸ™

It’s not that I haven’t taken care of my teeth since then – I still brush and floss regularly – but I really think the professional cleanings make a good deal of difference.

I bring all of this up because I finally made myself an appointment and am going for a cleaning tomorrow (Tues.) morning. I’ve never been afraid of the dentist or had any worries about going there, but I admit I’m a bit afraid of what they may find tomorrow. However, I know it’s better to get in there sooner than later, before any problems I may have worsen.

I’ll keep ya posted. πŸ˜‰

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In other news, had a nice weekend here. Went back to the dairy farm on Saturday and saw the goats again. Then had a yummy lunch of Chinese food and hung out at Jody’s work (the place was empty) and played a round of pool. Jody won. :oP On Sunday I had a maternity photoshoot for a friend, which went pretty well. Didn’t do much for the rest of the day, other than spend some time outside because it was gorgeous out, but that was cool with me. Oh, and I made my own marinara sauce (yum!) using fresh tomatoes and we had pasta (that Barilla Plus brand which is really good) for dinner.

Today, after a trip to Vitamin Cottage for some groceries, I tried out a recipe for Black Bean and Sweet Potato (with Kale) Enchiladas from my “Vegetarian Mother” cookbook. Got to use up some of the veggies we got from our Door to Door organics delivery this morning. πŸ™‚ I even made my own enchilada sauce! I took some pics, but I have to admit it wasn’t as delicious as I hoped it would be. It was good, but just not *WOW* good. I may post the pics and recipe another day.

That’s all for now.

Excited about my new cookbooks

I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck in a rut lately as far as cooking is concerned. Sure, I come up with a few new interesting things to make here and there, but it takes time and thought, both of which I don’t feel like I have a lot of lately. I feel like I need more direction. While it’s fun for me to invent new recipes, lately I’d rather just flip open a book, find something with the ingredients I have, and go at it. Which is why I’m so excited about two new cookbooks I recently ordered off Amazon. πŸ™‚

The first is “Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day” which I found used for $5.72. Here’s a bit about it:

“The Moosewood Collective has had big vegetarian cookbook success with other collections. The main aim of this addition to their list is to offer much-needed help to those who need recipes for speedy preparation. Most take less than 30 minutes preparation. Recipes include stir-fries, salads, sandwiches, bean dips, soups, scones, pancakes and desserts. Almost all are vegan, with dairy products offered only as optional extras, though there is a separate section on fish and eggs. Winner of the 1995 James Beard Award for vegetarian cookbooks.”

It comes widely reviewed and recommended and I’ve heard only good things about the Moosewood collection as a whole. I’m especially interested in the recipes that don’t take long to prepare. πŸ˜‰

The second book I got is “The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook: Whole Foods To Nourish Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women – And Their Families” which I found used for $14.24. This book comes highly recommended as well. A bit about it:

Ò€œThe Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook is a cookbook especially designed to nourish vegetarian pregnant and lactating women, though the delicious meals are also excellent for serving one’s whole family. Over 300 vegetarian and vegan recipes with nutrient analysis (vitamins and minerals as well as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, and sodim) along with vegan recipes, “quick fix” meals and freezable entrees, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and egg-free options,” and more.

The reviews all seem to indicate that this cookbook will be very useful to the whole family beyond pregnancy and lactation and I’m looking forward to it.

I already checked the mail today and no books yet, but hopefully they will be here by the weekend so I can check them out and get cookin’. πŸ™‚

Fun on the farm

We met a group of friends at a goat dairy today for a free self-guided tour. We saw lots of baby goats – some who were less than a week old, pregnant goats, milking goats and the bucks.

Ava enjoyed petting and feeding all of the goats and had a grand old time. πŸ™‚ I think all of the kids enjoyed themselves and it was a fun way for us to spend the afternoon. Plus the weather was perfect. Who could’ve asked for more?

After we finished making the rounds, we sampled some cheeses and bought some chevre marinated in olive olive with garlic and spices. OMG. It’s soooo yummy.

Here are some pics from the day. (Click the pic to see it larger.)

Checking out the older baby goats.





Ava and a couple of her friends (the boys, not the goats). πŸ˜‰

Feeding the pregnant mama goats.


Ava and her buddy Creed.

He’s baaaaaack and other random stuff

I didn’t write about it earlier (for safety, etc.), but Jody was back out in California for work for much of this past week. It was hard having him gone two weeks in a row (much props to all the single parents out there), but this looks like it will be a rare occurence.

He spent most of his time at the Googleplex this week and keeps raving about the gourmet meals he ate while there. (For those of you who missed it, Jody’s company was recently acquired by Google.) They actually have gourmet chefs that work in the cafeterias on the Google campus. He was proud to say that he can’t recall being hungry the whole time he was there because there was always food to eat. I guess they joke that when you first start working there many employees gain the “Google 15” just like the “Freshman 15” in college. I can see how that would be very easy to do after all the yummy things Jody has said he ate. The thing he keeps bringing up though is some cheesecake topped with mango marmelade and damnit it all if that doesn’t get my jonesin’ for some myself. Mmmmmmm.

Now onto other random stuff…

Anyway, now that he’s back, he will be tackling the delightful necessary task of rounding up the deceased mice in the garage tomorrow. Not a fun job, but one that I gladly saved for him (and I’m so grateful that he will be doing it and not me). πŸ˜‰

I had a great photoshoot today with a 6-month-old little girl. I’m excited to start proofing it, but since Jody has been gone so much lately, I’m not spending much time on the computer this weekend so we can have some family time. πŸ™‚

This coming week should be a fun one. We are planning on going on a tour with some friends of a local dairy to see the new baby goats on Tuesday. Then Tuesday night Jody’s work is having a big party to celebrate the Google acquisition. Families are invited and I think it will be a fun time for all of us. On Wednesday we are going to try to go to a play group (if we can get our butts out of bed early enough).

Oh, Ava’s started singing song with the actual words lately. She can sing the “Happy Birthday” song. It’s not in key, but it’s so cute. πŸ™‚ She also loves to sing “Itssshh spider” (Itsy bitsy spider) and “Tinkle tinkle” (Twinkle twinkle little star) though can’t do the words to those as well as “Happy birthday.”

This time change thing is going to be a beotch to get used to, I can already tell. We’re already late to bed, late to rise kind of people and this will make us even later (which we really don’t need). Anyway, hopefully we can do some adjusting this week.

On that note, I should probably get myself to bed.