7QT #21: hummus, books, & football season.

29 August 2014

29 August 2014
Friday seemed like it would never come this week. Praise the LORD it's finally here! Joining Jen for another week of the quickest of takes!

1.
I love hummus. I really do. I've never ventured out and made my own, but I was known in college to eat it by the boatloads. Seriously, it was my favorite snack pretty much all the time. Sabra hummus was my go-to brand. But the last time I went to the grocery store, the Athenos brand was on sale. I thought, why not? I'll give it a go. Probably should live a little while I get the chance, right?


WRONG. Wrong wrong wrong. Never again will I buy that crap. Not even CLOSE to as good as Sabra. Evil, evil hummus. It just tasted like...grossness.

Lesson learned? Don't stray from your favorites. It is never worth it.

2.
You, my dear and loyal readers, might have noticed that my blog theme has changed. The few of you that there are, at least. Dah dah dah dahhhhhhh! I have been working on it for awhile and finally changed it. After approximately a million google searches so that I had an entire browser of approximately 20 tabs saved for a full two weeks. Google is very helpful but is also a black hole of stuff like that...so I had to give up after awhile and just say, yep, this is good.

You should appreciate my hard work, all for you, my dear readers......oh, who am I kidding, I had a lot of fun doing it.

3.
Kate and I seem to have fallen into a pretty good rhythm when it comes to naps and my work schedule during the day. She used to be able to nap whenever, wherever, but she's finally big enough that she gets too distracted to just be napping next to me.

For some reason I was nervous about putting her in her crib for a nap. I don't know, new mom syndrome? I thought maybe it would make her nighttime sleeping all mixed up if she was also in her crib for at least one of her naps during the day. I was pretty much obviously wrong. The last 3 nights she's been sleeping totally fine even with sleeping in her crib for a good afternoon nap.

She's the best baby in the universe - what can I say?


4.
Most recent season of Parenthood is on Netflix now.
'Nuff said.

5.
I've been reading reading reading like crazy while nursing Kate lately. I think I've read like 4 books in the last two weeks. My favorite so far has been Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  I never thought I would call a nonfiction book fascinating and currently one of my top favorite books of all time. Since I'm terrible at summarizing books, if you haven't read it here's the official summary:
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. 
Seriously good if you want something a little non-fiction and a lot fascinating.

6.
Husker Football starts this weekend. First of all, how is it the end of August already? Second of all, YAY! I am super super excited to watch the first game of the season...and possibly more excited to dress Kate up in her Husker onesie and parade her around.

What can I say, I'm a Husker through-and-through. And count on a recap post with adorable red baby-wear in it next week for sure.

7.
Currently jonesing on this tunic and this beauty of a dress from White Plum. Gorg, no?

  


I don't think I can pull off a peplum but you know what, I can dream. And these are adorable aren't they? I might have to pull the trigger here sometimes especially on that tunic...shhh - don't tell David. David you didn't read this, right? :)

For more quick takes go visit Jen's!
HG

This too shall pass.

28 August 2014

28 August 2014
Sometimes, even when you stay at home and work with your baby girl right next to you, a new mom gets lonely. And sometimes it's hard to remember how much a blessing it is to stay home and watch your baby grow. It's hard to realize that when all you want to do is have an adult conversation with someone. And want to see something besides the four walls of your house, that you're in 24/7 because you're a one car family and your husband has to work.

When those days come, it's fun to play around with photobooth with your baby girl and realize that just like everything else, this is a season of life. And it will soon pass. And you'll miss those days, so you should try to appreciate them while they're happening.






[[please ignore our makeshift pantry behind me, and focus on the cuuuuute baby instead]]
HG

7QT #20: pet peeves, Diet Coke aversion, and GIFs galore

22 August 2014

22 August 2014
This is my 20th quick take post (how is that possible?) and I'm ready to jump right in. This will also make 4 posts in one week for me...who am I?

1.
I spent a little QT at Joann Fabric this week (see here for deets) and picked up this lovely crate/box thing to organize my girly parfums et powders on my dresser. David claims I won't be able to keep it up with all of them in there. I say CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.



It's really the little things, isn't it? Also I'm going to find our chalk and write something on there...not sure what yet.

2.
If you love Parks and Rec, you're welcome:


Caitlin sent me a link to Season 6 bloopers which includes this dancing gem of Nick Offerman. He really is a man of many wonders, isn't he?

Also, funnily enough I'm listening to Kanye West's Paranoid and this GIF is synched perfectly to it. Hilar.

3.
A short list of things that annoy me:
          Internet issues - why why why always when I'm in the middle of an important email?
          Facebook Messenger - no, I refuse to download you, stupid app. what are you even for?
          Scum on shower curtains - there is a bunch of soap all around you, all the time! how are you getting soooo dirty?

4.
My mom's birthday is this weekend, so as a birthday present I converted some of her old home movies to DVD instead of VHS, since they no longer own a VCR. I was hoping to transfer some of us as little kids and some of her as a little kid, but somehow our VHS's (VHSes? old school lingo and I don't know the correct way to write that) got mixed up and I accidentally gave the lady 6 hours of old TV shows instead of us as adorable little kids.

Whoops. Hoping I can find them somewhere else at our house to transfer them eventually!

5.
One of the weirdest changes post-pregnancy has been my new aversion towards Diet Coke. DC and I used to be BFFs.
I think I've used this exact image on this blog before to illustrate my Diet Coke obsession.
Oh well.

But now I literally can't even drink the stuff. I tried it again probably twice since Kate's been born, and I can't stomach it. It's not even that it tastes the same but I just don't like it - it's like my taste buds have changed and it has a different flavor now entirely.

I am not super upset about it, but I just find it a really weird symptom. Any other mamas had a favorite drink or food suddenly taste disgusting to you after having a baby?

6.
Can't go a whole post on the day before Doctor Who comes back without mentioning that DOCTOR WHO COMES BACK TOMORROW!

I am so flippin' excited. Nerding out over here! It's been way too long since the last episode premiered. Plus, I've never lived through a changing-of-the-Doctors as a full-fledged fan. When I got into DW, Matt Smith was already the Doctor. So this is a new experience for me as a Whovian!

I'm stoked.


7.
This weekend is going to be nice and hopefully relaxing - we've got some house projects to work on, a haircut scheduled for me (yay!), some laundry/cleaning to do, and my mom's bday party. What do you have planned for the weekend?

Linking up with Jen as per always - check out hers for more quick takes!
HG

What a beautiful baby!

21 August 2014

21 August 2014
I get that compliment all the time when Kate and I are out and about.


Last night at JoAnn Fabric the lady cutting my fabrics and I had a good 10 minute conversation about the appeal of babies. She was by far the nicest employee I've ever met at that store. Most of the time the cutting ladies are so mean and condescending when you ask them questions that I've been emotionally scarred by it. Seriously. Maybe it's just the one in Lincoln but I swear they are trying to keep sewing an exclusive club most of the time, not willing to even consider that your question about the amount of fabric you need is worth their time.

But I digress.

This lovely lady and I talked about Kate, who was sleeping peacefully in her car seat perched precariously on top of their weird-shaped carts. And then we talked about her 4 grandkids, all of whom were to her, "sadly out of the baby stage."

And it made me realize - I've really been taking this adorable baby stage for granted so far.

Especially in the last few weeks, Kate's been much more alert - her eyesight is catching up and she can finally see far enough away to be engaged with the world around her. She laughs and coos all the time. I wake up to her cooing in the middle of the night - not crying, mind you, cooing - to let me know that she's hungry. (And it's only one wake up, by the way. Magic. Baby.) And again in the morning it's all smiles when she's ready to get up for the day.

She has a perfectly happy little temperament most of the time. She's also not mobile quite yet so it's easy to entertain her. Stick her in her Bumbo on top of my desk and she's happy looking at me or playing with her toes for practically a full hour. I can sit her on our bed or on the floor and walk away for a few minutes, and she just stays there. And she loooooves ceiling fans too. Wowza. If we had one in every room it would be her dream world, I tell you. Free babysitting for the win!

I think when I was pregnant I spent a lot of time looking into the future. Wanting to be done with being pregnant, wanting to meet the baby, wanting to be able to see my feet again. And that's human nature. We're never content just where we are - one of our greatest qualities when it comes to the search for holiness. But the conversation last night with the JoAnn's lady made me realize I need to appreciate this baby time in Kateri's life while it's here.

I'll never get to go back to this time in her life. Sure, I'll have pictures and videos but I need to soak it in now. Thank you, JoAnn's lady, for reminding me. I'll spend some extra time cuddling with her today and soaking in her beautiful baby smell today, just for you.
HG

House projects update!

19 August 2014

19 August 2014
Life around the Gokie house has been a little crazy lately. I was thinking to myself that this coming weekend was going to be the first free weekend we've had since Kate was born...and then I remembered that it's my mom's birthday on Sunday. So much for that plan. But compared to some of the past few weekends, it's gonna be a breeze -- hopefully with nice-ish weather, cause David and I have some house projects to get going on.

Currently in the works include: a special secret woodworking project for a gift and finishing up the basement windows (more on that in a bit). We'd also like to get some more organization in the attic, buy a couch for our makeshift man cave in the basement, and start refinishing the dining room table.

After we finished the nursery, we took a break from home projects. Obviously a big influence in that department was Baby Kate, but I for one have missed spending a lot of time at Menards and getting stuff done around the house. Plus a project like redoing that entire room took us 4 months of solid work, so we were a little burnt out.

To be fair, since she's been born we reorganized the basement, added a for-real laundry area, and done some yard-work improvements. But nothing major. And the bug (the home improvement one) is biting again.

Now - the basement windows. Previously they looked like this:



I'm not sure what type of window that is besides "old". They were drafty, they don't open unless you've got biceps of steel, and they were slowly peeling away from the exterior cement walls. To be fair, we're pretty sure they're original in our 1930 home so that's a good 80-odd years on a single set of windows. But they were begging to be updated.

Also, please ignore the still-hanging plastic that we used to try and insulate the windows last winter. Didn't work, hence window-replacing-project.

The new windows look like this!



Problem was, we got to this stage about a month before Kate was born, and then decided to leave the rest for later. They were mostly installed - wood framing done, window in and functional, and a first layer of insulation/foam stuff installed. But definitely not finished. We really needed to completely seal them from the outside still, with more caulk and insulation, and then finish by painting the exposed wood and the cement blocks that got chipped during demolition.

Last night David decided to work on one and try and get it completed...and then we ran out of caulk. Oops. So a trip to Menards is in order for tonight so we can get going on finishing the rest of them. The windows stood up to the strong thunderstorms we had this summer, but comparatively, they haven't really been tested. We figured it was a good idea to get them done soon, because with the crazy Nebraska winters, we could be looking at a blizzard in about 2 weeks.

Not that it happens often, but it's possible.

Hopefully in the next week or two, we'll get them all cranked out and done. David is in charge of this sort of thing, although we're both really newbies at this home improvement stuff, it's our favorite joint past-time. And once the windows are done, there are plenty of other things to do! We have lofty dreams of knocking out a wall and expanding our kitchen, verifiably redoing the layout of our entire house...exciting stuff, isn't it??

Ahh, the joys of homeowning.
HG

Dreams of a wanna-be-millionaire

18 August 2014

18 August 2014
What would you do if you won the lottery?

David and I ask this question to ourselves a lot. It's a fun discussion to have when we're out on a date, dreaming of future plans and funny things we could do if we won.

Of course, the odds of winning a jackpot that's really worth anything is about 1 in 176 million. Aka, it ain't gonna happen for us in this lifetime. I think it's probably more likely that David becomes a professional soccer player and I publish the great American novel, both within the next 10 years.

Once again...ain't. gonna. happen. Although that would be pretty sweet either way.

But on a rainy day, it's still fun to dream.
So if we won the lottery, here's what I'd dream of doing.

1. Take a nice long vacation

I can't decide quite where I'd go, but first things first - I'd take a couple weeks off of work, and take me and Kate and David to a nice resort.

Since it's been so hot here recently, I'm thinking someplace like Switzerland or Iceland. How amazing does this place in Iceland look?


I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights so lottery winning seems like a good time, right?

2. Go on a shopping spree

Anyone who knows me in real life (cough cough David cough cough) knows I'd be itching to drive all over town and spend some moolah on a new wardrobe (or five). If I won the lottery I wouldn't feel so bad about splurging on trendy items like palazzo pants and a kimono and maybe a jumper or two. Something like these?


Obviously I'm not going high quality on these clothes (aka Forever21 and Tar-to-the-jay). But it would be fun, wouldn't it?

3. Go out for a nice dinner

I really love me some good food. There's nothing quite like the idea of going out to a fancy restaurant and ordering whatever I want, for as long as I want. Appz and zerts, for real. (Does anyone do that on a regular basis? I can't imagine the luxury of that.)

I'm thinking margs, a nice big juicy steak, and some chocolate cake.



What a great dream, right?
I can't help it. And once again, I know I'm not going to win the lottery. But it's fun to think about.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
HG

7QT #19: blog themes, Doctor Who, & numbers

14 August 2014

14 August 2014
Best day of the week - it's Friday! Linking up with Jen @ the funnest party a Friday could have. Internet-wise, that is.

1.
If you like wonderful crime shows, brotherly love, and math that will fly miles above your head but make you feel like you could maybe in some bizarre alternate universe actually like math, you should be watching Numb3rs.



It's a crime drama starring these two brothers, Don and Charlie Epps. Don is a FBI agent and Charlie is his adorable younger brother, a math professor at Cal Sci who helps Don with his investigations using MATH. It's like all your favorite dreams come true in a television show.

It aired from like 2005 to 2010 so you can watch the entire show on Netflix. Right? RIGHT? If you haven't seen it before, go check it out (if you're in the mood to binge a show...which I always am).

2.
Okay, so I'm suuuuuper indecisive and flighty when it comes to blog themes. I know, I know, there's nothing more annoying than somebody who changes their appearances all the time. But I can't help it! I've had this theme for only like 6 months and I'm already itching to change it up. What say you? Do you hate hate hate it when somebody switches their theme all the time?

I'm trying to make sense of my basic HTML coding and attempting to work up my own blog theme from it. Who knows - I might get discouraged and fail completely, so you wouldn't have anything to worry about. But if you have something to say, air it out. I'm all virtual-ears.

3.
///gratuitous picture of my adorable daughter because this is my blog and I do what I want///

x-large because x-tracute

4.
Our best couple-with-a-new-baby-friends are moving away this weekend. (Cue sad music - think world's saddest violin.) wah wah. They had a daughter just 3 weeks after we did, and we've been friends with them for a long time (the mom, Ashley, and I have been friends since we were in 4th grade!) and we are sad to see them go.

I'm a little worried that we're going to have a hard time filling their place. Anyone seen How I Met Your Mother's storyline of how Lily & Marshall are trying to find a couple to "date"? We are going to be in that boat here very quickly and I'm a little nervous.

Obviously we have other couples who are friends, but none quite as close as these two. Any tips on how to find and keep these sorts of friends?? I'm all ears.

5.
Even though I'm gradually building muscle and endurance from doing P90X, my joints and such still are feeling pretty wibbly sometimes. And it's not necessarily when I work out - it's when I get up from standing, or I kneel down to play with Kate, or at random times like that. I never had this before having Kate and I do realize that you get joint-loosening stuff all up in you when you're pregnant, because duh, birth.

But is that normal for post-pregnancy bodies this far after having said baby? I don't want to google it because I am terrified of what I'll find. Just curious if other mamas had experience with it postpartum.

6.
Ohhhh speaking of wibbly - as in, wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff....DOCTOR WHO COMES BACK AUGUST 23.



Yep, I'm that excited.
New doctor? Thoughts, you Whovians out there (ahem CAITLIN ahem)???
I can't wait!

7.
I should really get back to work because yep, writing this in advance still means I'm procrastinating something else. Although I am waiting for an email to continue a project, I could probably be doing something else.

Til next time, lovelies - check out more at ConversionDiary!
HG


Style thoughts

12 August 2014

12 August 2014
Man, shopping postpartum is really rough.

Before I had Kate, I was so excited to wear clothes that were non-maternity. Especially near the end where the only things that fit me was this uniform of gym shorts and these tees from Motherhood Maternity, I was basically ecstatic to get to wear something different once Kate was here:

What a professional uniform, right?
Of course, even before I started showing I had dreams that I'd look like this when I was pregnant, the whole time...


HA.
Ha-freaking-ha.
I maybe looked like this for approximately .02 seconds during my entire pregnancy. For anyone who's reading this who hasn't been pregnant - you will feel fat, for almost the entire time you're pregnant, no matter how normal or average you actually are. Just accept it and know that it's worth it to have the ability to grow a freaking human being.

Back to present day non-pregnant-shopping.
I was super excited to start to wear all the things I've been pinning on Pinterest lately. (Why oh why did I have to discover the women's fashion tag on Pinterest?? especially around 8 months preggo?) I also missed buttons. And zippers. And things that had some sort of real structure. And wearing a belt.

Stuff like this:

or this:

or even this:



And then I actually had Kate, and realized that I have a real postpartum body and a small style budget (aka like a $0 budget).

Now, don't get me wrong - I had heard from plenty a source that shopping wasn't going to be fun after I had a baby. I was somewhat mentally prepared, but the reality of life is always different than the conceptual. Isn't it always?

So I've survived with a few clearance purchases from Target and the Gap (my two go-to stores no matter my body state) when it came to transitioning back from preggo clothes. Summer clothes, however, are lots less of an investment than winter clothes are. I know I've got some time before I have to be wearing jackets & scarves everywhere, but I'd like to keep my collection of plaid flannels and comfy warm jeans that I've built up over the years.

I'm in the midst of P90x and I'm feeling the results already - my shirts and jeans already fit a little better, and I'm only on day 30. Which is awesome just to be able to move my body again without dragging an enormous belly along with me. Never thought I would say I missed the ability to do a jumping jack or a push up but man, I did.

But I've been thinking about this transition period, and realized that that's exactly what it is - a transition. Let's be honest, as women our bodies are always changing. But this is an instance where our bodies are really transitioning - trying to figure out all the new hormones, missing the absence of some that were there before, learning how to feed a human being, and trying to get back to what it was before.

Knowing that it is a transition is so helpful when I get discouraged trying to shop for clothes. It might not be the most fun right now, but it's not permanent. Nothing is permanent. Best to just go with the flow, you know?



And while I ride this wave of transition out, I'll be dreaming of cute outfits (^^^^) and an unlimited budget. Don't blame me for it, okay?
HG

7QT #18: vacation, Whole30?, and a happy baby.

11 August 2014

11 August 2014
This past week/two weeks was a whirlwind of a wedding, travel, more travel, a class reunion (on D's part), and surprisingly a lot of introspection and life-examining, at least on my part. I was busy trying to sleep or while away the hours on Friday so I didn't link up with Jen then but I can do it now, right?

1. 
Mountains are great.



Like I mentioned, David and Kate and I were on vacation with my family this last week to southern Colorado. And although it was quite a difference experience with a 2-month old in tow, it was still a relaxing and nice getaway from the Nebraska humidity & non-mountain-ness.

We've gone many a place for family vacation - Maine, Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, and of course Colorado time and time again. As the closest mountain range within driving distance of Lincoln, it seems as though we go there just about every other year. And I never get tired of the mountains. Every time we go back, I feel like a little kid again seeing them for the first time. If you grew up around mountains, I don't think you'll ever understand the feeling of living in a state almost as flat as a pancake for your whole life and then seeing mountains for the first time. It's incredible and one of my fondest memories of my childhood.

Every time we go back to Colorado, I get to feel that feeling again - and it's wonderful. I hope Kate and all my other future children will have a similar experience someday...although I don't think hers is going to be from this trip.

2. 
Soooo...I majorly fell off the P90X bandwagon over vacation. I had such high hopes for working out even when we were gone, even to the point of bringing my weights, bands, and DVDs with me. Yet, not a single P90X video was played. Wah wah.

I did get some activity in, of course - hiking and plenty of walking, hard to avoid in CO - but I'm motivated and ready to get back to working out. Just by missing those days I had way less energy and just felt bleh most of the time, which was amazing to recognize. (It probably didn't help that we had a table full of snacks that was not neglected one little bit.)

3.
I'm thinking of jumping on the Whole30 bandwagon. Jenny has sang its praises many a time now, and even though I'm doing P90X I feel like a lot of my un-success (not a word but roll with it) and dropping off the bandwagon has to do with my food choices.

raising cane's I'm pretty sure is NOT Whole30 compliant...big deterrent.

There are times when I eat healthy, and times when I majorly do not. I'm thinking this drastic change might be a good way to spark a more long-term change in my diet for the better. But, then I look at their grocery list and think, we don't have that kind of money to spend on groceries, how can I even do this without eating eggs for every single meal? So, I'm asking y'all - have you done Whole30 or know anyone else who has? Likes/dislikes? Should I do it? Dish!

4.
Onto a much more somber note, I can't help but mention the tragedies occurring in Iraq right now. Pray, pray, pray for all of those involved - victims, now-martyrs, refugees, American soldiers & military, and yes, even the perpetrators. Pray. It's not all you can do, but it is one of the best things you can do.

5.
I feel like (fingers crossed, knock on wood, all that jazz) Kate is finally getting into her groove as a baby. She's sleeping and eating on a more normal schedule, and is becoming more content and happy as a baby as a whole.

She's also getting even more adorable every day...or at least I think so. What about you?


6.
What show should David and I watch next? He just finished watching Twin Peaks, and we're about halfway through How I Met Your Mother. I've seen a lot of shows and am wanting something a little different to spice our minimal socializing lives up. Got any suggestions?

7.
This week is back to work for both of us, which is never fun after a vacation. I'll be posting a full recap of our trip (lucky lucky you!) here any day now so watch your feeds for that. I'm also eventually going to get to part 2 of our engagement story (started that ages ago, whoops) as well as some more journaling and like posts. I've got big plans for blogging this month - if I'm not starting school I might as well do some sort of writing for some reason, right?

Peace out, y'all.
HG

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