Archive for April, 2014

My Retroactive To Do List for Saturday

I often find myself wishing I had (unrealistically) gotten more things “done” each day. It’s times like these that make me appreciate the retroactive to do list format I picked up from Jenn and Teresa. My list today:

1. Nurse Lincoln.
2. Practice yoga for the first time in weeks.
3. Stretch, plank, and raise hips to sky.
4. Have brunch at Ma’ono in West Seattle with friends.
5. Try to best fried chicken of my life (plus biscuits, gravy, etc.)
6. Nurse Lincoln, stroll him to sleep.
7. Get pedicures (more importantly, leg massage) with Jules.
8. Nurse Lincoln, play in living room.
9. Stroll down Pike and buy birthday present for Tita Z.
10. Wake up Ryan and play with Lincoln.
11. Invite girls over and watch Frozen on Xbox.
12. Feed Lincoln oatmeal and get it everywhere.
13. Eat leftover bao.
14. Nurse Lincoln.
15. Bathe Lincoln.
16. Nurse Lincoln.
17. Clean bottles and tidy living room.
18. Find glasses.
19. IM with cousin.
20. Write a blog post.

Stabat Mater

At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.
O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.
Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.
Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

A Perfect Sunday Morning

Awaken to the sound of babbling baby, earlier than desired. Take advantage of early wake-up and walk down the Hill with Angie and Ryan (Lincoln in stroller) to the highly-acclaimed Crumble and Flake. Marvel at sunshine in Seattle. File into small bakery and order all the things. Croissants with dark chocolate. Kouign amann, similar to croissants but made with salted butter, rolled in sugar, and baked until the outside is caramelized and filled with dark chocolate ganache. Fall in love with said Kouign amann. Goat cheese and apricot jam danish, scones, and croissants to go! Discover a Seattle Parklet and enjoy pastries in the sun. Decide these croissants are the best in the world. Go back in and order more. See dear friend Casey randomly walk out of patisserie. Laugh at the improbability (or probability) of us all being at the same bakery on a Saturday morning vying for the same Kouign amann. Trade a Kouign-amann for a lavender scone, appreciate the serendipity of this morning, and walk back up the Hill together.


Photo by crystalmartel

Find new Mexican restaurant Mezcalaria Oaxaca and stop in for brunch. Again sun pouring into the floor to ceiling windows. Walls covered with great Mexican photography and shadow boxes filled with small Catholic knickknacks reminiscent of household shrines.  Try chomparado while Ryan and Angie enjoy cafe de olla. Everyone orders heuvos. Leche de madre for Lincoln. Say goodbye to Casey and continue to walk back up the Hill. Swing by the Broadway Farmer’s Market (finally!). We’ve been meaning to do this for years. More sunshine. Order ginger iced tea. Buy absinthe-infused caramels, mushroom ravioli, grass-fed beef, sweet Italian pork sausage, resist temptation for more pastries. Stroll back home by noon.

Happy Tuesday

I know it’s now spring but it’s still so surreal coming home to sunshine. Lincoln was particularly boisterous and bouncy which was fun. Ryan insisted it was fajitas night and Lincoln’s titas joined us for dinner. They even made a fresh strawberry pie for dessert! Afterward, baby went to bed bathed and fed and I finished up work.

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