7 Quick Takes: Boys, endless eating, detoxing, a baby swing, and dystopian teen lit
March 28, 2014
What? Too many and varied topics in one meager quick takes header? Yeah, maybe. . .
1. But I stayed out till 10 o’clock feasting my eyes on the visually assaulting and sensory-overlaoding ‘Divergent,’ and found myself shoveling salty, unbuttered popcorn into my mouth in a mindless cycle of dig/grab/stuff while the screen exploded in violent, rapid-firing images in front of me. The movie was good, and pretty faithful to the book, but my sister and I both experienced the odd phenomenon of ‘dystopian drift,’ for lack of a better explanation, where every end-timesy novel we’d read in the past couple years melded together in our brains, rendering the storyline of the film both surprising and kind of confusing.
At several points I was really concerned with where Katniss was hiding in all the wreckage of the bombed-out Chicago skyline, and I also couldn’t quiet the nagging fear that this was all supposed to be taking place in the Pacific Northwest, and that nobody was supposed to be touching anyone else.
Moral of the story: I probably need to dabble in other literary genres. But Divergent was good! Go see it.
2. My boys are skinny and on the short side, but they eat like ravenous animals. Joey in particular is like, 32 lbs and the shortest (well, and youngest with a September b-day) in his class but he begs food like an angry line backer on a Sunday afternoon. I can’t remember where I read this concept, but I allow them free access to ‘cranky cheese’ in a drawer in the fridge – either Baby Bells or string cheeses – in the hopes that their blood sugar levels will stay relatively stable between meals. They don’t. And, they beg for food and milk all day long, and on the days where I wearily acquiesce, they proceed to boycott their dinners, screaming about how unappetizing everything is.
Then, for his piece de resistance, Joey cries hunger at bedtime. Every night. And begs for food because ‘his tummy hurts all around’ and he is ‘really, really hungry.’ And because I’m a sucker, and because how can a mother refuse to feed her skinny child, I give him milk. Or a mouthful of peanut butter. Sleep, rinse, repeat.
Any thoughts? He was actually a much better eater when he was gluten-free (and that’s another story for another post). Now he’s a picky, bossy 3.5 year beggar. Who orders ‘cappuccinos’ (a steamed milk, courtesy of our espresso machine) many mornings of the week.
3. Speaking of raising male wolves, any suggestions on how to pry them off my ankles for large portions of the day? I read this fascinating piece in the Atlantic earlier this week, and then Michelle’s wonderful post on being a Little House on the Prairie Mom, but I can’t seem to convince them to leave me alone. Unless I’m trying to get them into the car and then, you know.
By the by, our backyard looks eerily like the ‘adventure playground’ featured in the Atlantic article. Complete with abandoned plastic bottles, piles of dangerous looking wood, and perhaps the occasional nail. So man up, boys!
4. Screen time. I had a great conversation with an acquaintance at an Annunciation party this week (envious of our social life?) about how she cut her two boys off from screens, cold turkey, and they turned into amazing readers and creative little souls almost overnight. Almost. Anyway, we’re on day 3 and it’s kind of killing me, but we’ve had no Curious George nor any Daniel Tiger in our house for 72 hours and counting…we’ll see how long mommy can hold out.
My main motivation for limiting the little monsters’ time in front of the laptop is mainly because Joey acts like a crack fiend when his show is over. Even when he senses the story arc beginning its descent towards denouement, he starts jonesing for his next hit and bargaining with me for ‘just one more, just one more.’ It’s sick. And I’m over it. I may be afforded 20 minutes of quiet for a private shower and blowout, but I pay dearly for it in the form of back talk, whining, fighting, and crying the rest of the afternoon. I hate it. So we’re experimenting with life in 1994. Wish us luck.
5. I had a couple requests for the pesto recipe I mentioned in Wednesday’s post, so here it is, loosely adapted from this one:
-3 cups loosely-packed fresh basil (de-stemmed) -1/2 cup (ish) fresh parmesan chess -3-4 tablespoons extra virgin Italian olive oil -1-2 cloves crushed garlic -1/2 cup raw almonds -2 tbs fresh lemon juice -sea salt and pepper to taste
Dump it all in the food ninja or your food processor of choice and blend away. I have to make it in batches because my ninja is teeny, but eventually the whole batch fits in there. It’s just a process of getting the basil condensed. This stuff is delicious and potent and a little bit goes a long way when tossed with pasta or basted over chicken or spread on sandwiches. It keeps in the fridge for 4 days…at least that’s the longest we’ve ever had it on hand. 🙂 I’ve heard you can spoon it into ice cube trays and freeze it and then pop the cubes out and keep them in a baggie in the freezer. Again, we’ve just never had leftovers…
6. I’m a terrible mother, and I just pushed both birdies from the nest into the backyard so “Mommy could finish her work.” And here I sit, ‘working’ … also, Genevieve has this swing and I love it. And she sleeps in it kind of a lot. And has a flat spot on the back of her head. Am I the worst mother, truly?
7. I’m starting Arbonne’s 30 day detox Monday, (hopefully, if it arrives soon enough. And my bff is a consultant, so I did not pay that price for it.) and I’m really excited to blog it all out for accountability purposes. And because people can never get enough of reading about stupid things other people are doing to lose weight and get healthy, right?
Anyway, after seeing myself on camera (I guest-hosted Heroic Media News this week and I’ll return again next week – the show should be live on EWTN by late April) in the edited footage, I had a mini actual panic attack. And I know I’m only 13 weeks out from Evie’s birth. And and and…it’s still hard as hell to see yourself looking like a complete stranger because of how your body has been ravaged by childbirth. Always hard. Hopefully I’ll see some results aaaaand I’ll have a fun giveaway up on the blog at the end of it.
Now off to Jen’s with you, and a very happy weekend.