We have a baby! Pigeon.
So I guess that makes us grandparents. We couldn’t be prouder.
No, wait, we could:
Cute, right? In this next one, I am proud not only because it features Frida’s first bike ride:
…but also because I appear to have redeemed myself in the Home Haircut department:
In case you were wondering what type of learner Frida is, she’s an OMTttR learner.
She’s doing a beautiful job on the bike, and she absolutely loves it, but it would be a lot easier on my nerves if she’d keep her tongue safely in her closed mouth.
This coming Tuesday, we’ll find out if the fourth-floor fecundity extends to mammals. I have morning sickness and a headache, but both can be traced back to the enormous amount of chili and dizzying number of almond-syrup sodas I ingested over the course of our 10-hour-long going away party this weekend (this open house approach is a perfect idea for adults, as the guests come in small groups and you get to actually talk to everyone rather than just shout into a crowd, but it’s a little rough on the children’s nap schedules!) In case you, too, would like to confuse the symptoms of potential early pregnancy with the after-effects of too many booze-free mocktails, here’s the recipe for Italian Sodas (which are not, apparently, Italian at all. Huh.)
- put a few ice cubes in a glass
- pour 1 Tbs Monin Almond Syrup over ice
- add cold sparkling water almost to the top of the glass
- pur 1 Tbs cream over the soda
- stir or swirl
This is good with any high-quality flavored syrup, but delicious with almond. Note that many coffee shops have a selection of Monin syrups – they’re what flavored lattes are usually flavored with – so if you want to try one without committing to a whole bottle of syrup, you can probably hassle your local barista into making one for you if they’re not on the menu already.
The packing is going slowly; I’m still in the making-pretzels-to-use-up-the-open-carton-of-baking-soda stage.
Martha Stewart is hyper-organized and I used her pretzel recipe, so I think we’re all set for the move.
ps. apologies for ignoring any comments in the last few months. The backlog of mostly-spam comments now tops half a million (!!), so I might need to rethink my by-hand, individual approach to comment approval. Feel free to shoot me an email, though: betsyrosenbaum at gmail dot com.