Anyway, here are some random pictures from 2013 so far. Somehow they almost all involve food. What can I say, my appetite is back, and there's no stopping me:
This was taken at the New Year's party we went to. It started out as a bunch of friends from high school and college in the 80s, and now includes 3 generations. I think every family represented there had at least 1 engagement, wedding, or pregnancy in 2012, so it was fun to catch up about it all. This is the only picture I got of the day: it says "2013" and I thought it was adorable.
I had a routine doctor's appointment last week. I went alone because nothing exciting was happening (no ultrasound, and my doctor doesn't check to hear the heartbeat until after 12 weeks so as not to alarm the patient since it can be a little hard to find before that point. I was 11 weeks, 3 days at the appointment, so she didn't check the heartbeat). Anyway, it was my first appointment with my actual OB. She said everything looked great. And she was so excited for me. I just love her. She is worth the 45-minute drive we will have to make to the hospital when I'm in labor. (Although after reading Callie's birth story for her daughter, driving that far makes me nervous! You should read the birth story, because it is one of the most incredible ones I've ever read!) ANYWAY, after the appointment I was just in such a good mood and SO hungry that I decided to go to Panera by myself. I have never eaten in any restaurant by myself before, so this was a first. And I loved it. I think it's something every introvert should do every once in awhile.
My mom got me this cinnamon struesel coffee cake mix for Christmas and it came with cute little cups to bake it in. I was having a rare craving for sweets one morning, so I made it and some dark hot chocolate, and nibbled and sipped while I watched Hart of Dixie on Netflix. It was basically the perfect morning. And if you haven't watched Hart of Dixie, I highly recommend it. Especially if you like cute, fluffy shows, and need a break from the intense drama in most popular shows (not that I don't love that too, but Hart of Dixie is a nice change of pace!) And also, especially if you have an obsession with all things Southern like I do. I wish Blue Bell, Alabama was a real place, and I wish I lived there! (The set of Blue Bell is the same as Stars Hollow, so you can imagine how charming it is!)
Hey look, more food! Last week I went with my cousins and aunt to visit our cousin Laura and her mom before Laura moves to Boston. It was so good to catch up with them! We ate white chicken chili there for lunch, and then I had a nagging craving for it for days. So I found a recipe on Pinterest, originally posted here. (Although after reading the comments on the recipe, I changed it and tweaked it A LOT.) Anyway, I made a big pot of it, and have been eating it for lunch for days. To be honest, I could probably eat this stuff by the shovel-full. And it's pretty healthy, too. I wonder if I will have an ongoing craving for this stuff now that my appetite is back. Tex Mex or Southwestern foods are my favorite kinds. I always gravitate toward those dishes on any menu, especially if a little spiciness is involved. Unfortunately, my husband does not share this preference, and he did not care for my chili! Oh well... more for me. Hopefully this kid will have my taste in food, so he or she can tell me how good my white chicken chili is, and I won't doubt my cooking skills. Ha!
And lastly, a break from food pictures. Ellie and Gabby have stare-downs like this at least 20 times every day. It ends with one of them pouncing on the other, and then they wrestle until Ellie lets out a painful screech, and I have to yell at Gabby to stop it. Gabby, who is a little on the obese side, is literally twice the size of Ellie, and she wins their little wrestling matches 100% of the time. I would feel bad for Ellie, but she instigates these matches about 90% of the time, so I just let her suffer the consequences. She secretly loves it.
Well, Christmas break has been wonderful, and I will miss these lazy days! But class starts on Tuesday, and my clinicals already started, so it's back to the daily grind soon. I hope to be better at blogging from now on, though, and will really try to make this a Friday tradition. So if nothing else, I'll have my Monday pregnancy updates, and my Friday Photo Dumps each week.