Day 2

May. 3rd, 2013 09:29 am
 Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)

How to make me a fancy coffee

Get out the Aeropress and make sure you have all the pieces.
Fill electric kettle and turn on. (
Let water come to a boil and then sit and cool a bit while doing other tasks. Ideal temp is approximately 180 degrees.)
Fill an oversize mug with 10oz of whole milk. Microwave for 1m 30s on 80% power.
Put paper filter in bottom piece of Aeropress. Screw onto top piece.
Measure two scoops of espresso ground coffee in to the top of the Aeropress.
Remove milk from microwave.
Set Aeropress on top of mug of warm milk. 
Pour water from the kettle into top of Aeropress, wetting all grounds and filling to the 2 mark. 
Stir gently with fancy t-shape stirrer for a count of 10.
Wet end of Aeropress plunger under the faucet.
Insert plunger into Aeropress and press slowly and steadily. There will be a moderate to significant push back as the water attempts to move through the grounds. Maintain steady pressure and you will eventually hear air escaping from the bottom of the Aeropress and the plunger will sink to the bottom easily. 
Bring entire Aeropress unit to sink, flip over and unscrew bottom piece. The paper filter will stick to the grounds. Turn press back over to allow all drips to fall in the sink.
Bring Aeropress to food waste bucket and depress plunger fully. This will eject the puck of used coffee grounds and paper filter.
Rinse any remaining grounds from bottom of plunger.
Scoop, t-shaped stirrer and filter holder bottom piece will all fit back into the top of the Aeropress.
Stir espresso with milk and serve. 

(Or go to Starbucks and get me a venti whole milk latte. Better yet, bring me back a maple latte from Arabica.)

Day 1

May. 2nd, 2013 01:17 pm
 Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)

Let's begin in the middle, shall we? I am currently a mother of three boys, wife and part-time Sephora Girl. I drive people places, schedule stuff, buy food, cook food, etc. Motherhood is chock full of etc. Before all of this, I was a kid in Maine, in Chicago, back in Maine, chatty and brainy with a late edition of sporty in high school and college. Then, I was a college dropout twice, a diagnosed crazy person and a daily newspaper page layout designer. I met a boy, married him and moved to NoVA. I was a full-time Sephora manager until I got on the Mommy track. I dig the Mommy track, it moves at my speed, the company is entertaining and there is plenty of time to play Candy Crush. 

I used to write easily, with nary a thought. Now, not so much. Time to flex those muscles again!
 Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don't have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you're most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill. 
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day - this could be "a photo an hour" if you'd like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you've learned that school won't teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory
Pat left for Germany

K= McDonald's happy meal at 4pm, pretzel at Dulles Town Center
E= Pretzel at Dulles Town Center 

M= General Tso's Surprise and brown rice from Sunflower
 K+E= Macaroni and cheese from a box
P= Bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Frostee (Wendy's)
M= Chicken sandwich (Wendy's)
Viva Vienna
Lots of eating at odd times
the boys ate plenty and didn't really have 'dinner' when we got home

P= Leftovers
M= Trader Joe's potstickers and chedder beer bread 
All= French chicken in a pot, au jus, boiled potatos with butter & parsley, asparagus and peas 
K+E= Leftover macaroni and cheese
P+M= Omelets with ham, asparagus and cheddar 
P+K+E= Chicken drumettes, peas
M= Smoked turkey sandwich and chips from Panera via Sephora 
P+K+E= Pasta with italian sausage & tomato sauce, berry smash cake & chocolate pudding

M= Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe in Reston Shrimp wrapped in cheese and bacon & magaritas 
All: Whole wheat buttermilk pancakes with fresh blueberries 
Emmett's half birthday (which we will celebrate Tuesday since I was work tonight)

P+K+E= Trader Joe's frozen pizza, animal cracker
M=  Trader Joe's lobster bisque and GORP
All= Mac & cheese (homemade) 
M+P= Ham steak, asparagus, sweet potoato
E = Ham steak
K = Jam sandwich (?) 
Takeout from Sunflower
P=Amazing Mushroom Plate
M+K= General Tso's Surprise
E= Colorful Lo Mein 
P+K+E= Leftover pasta
M= Black Bean, Bacon & Cilantro Soup from the caterer lady at the Oakton market and pork potstickers
P= Pork potstickers 
K+E= Leftover mac 'n' cheese
M+P= Pasta with lemon-garlic-basil shrimp and fresh asparagus
K+E= Pasta with butter
M+P+K+E= Blueberry whole wheat pancakes with blueberry syrup or maple syrup 
K+E=Yogurt, plain or  with raspberry jam
M+P= Potsticker pockets and strawberry rhubarb crisp

M+P+K+E= Burger and fries at Five Guys 

Happy Mother's Day

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