This is my wish list, but maybe some of you guys will also enjoy these things. Husbands, take note…
I saw this bag on A Cup of Jo (click through for a 25% coupon through December; $120 regular price). This bag is called The Catalina and it’s made by a company called Lo & Sons (family owned and run I believe).
I am leaning towards the dark grey one but they also have a light grey, a yellow/green, and a purple/grey (“thistle”).
Anyone who has known me for more than an hour knows that I love hoodies. I will wear dress pants or a dress/skirt and “ruin” the outfit with one of my favorite comfy grey hoodies. This is the latest hoodie that I’ve been eyeing:
It might be a mens but I don’t care! Grey hoodies for the win. Two of my current faves (that I already own) are…
1) Spiritual Gangster (yup it’s also a mens):
2) And a sweatshirt from Mantralogy (a record label) with a huge Ananda on the back:
But anyway, back to that wish list.
I am terrified of getting bunions though I think it might be too late. In any case, for those of us who wear (uncomfortable and/or cute) shoes too often, I found this simple sock solution made by Happy Feet:
These socks supposedly realign your toes to make up for the scrunching that happens all day long when you wear your shoes. Good reviews on Amazon.
And lastly, I want something comfy. Don’t we all this time of year?
I’ve been staring at these Madewell lounging leggings for a while…
But I can’t really bring myself to spend $60 on pajama pants.
So I tried to find some alternatives. Uniqlo has one that is similar and that I was able to find on my lunch break (I got the last pair):
They’re called Women’s Lounge Bottoms (Rib) in Flower Print ($12.90).
While I was there I grabbed a pair of Women’s Drape Bottoms ($14.90) because why not – they looked comfy!
Another good holiday gift idea is a restaurant gift card… I’ve been meaning to try this kind of interesting place in Brooklyn: Eat (in Greenpoint). They serve local organic food. They also have “silent dinners” occasionally where you eat a 4-course meal in silence. Sounds very zen.
What do you want this holiday season? Or if you already celebrated, what did you get?
Friends… wanted to share with you some updates of the past couple weeks. It’s been a good time.
The week of Thanksgiving my husband and I traveled down to Miami to visit my in-laws. We had a particularly beautiful week of weather punctuated by a few short rain showers (which were actually beautiful themselves).
We celebrated Thanksgiving with two lovely dinners. We also spend time with our friends (best man and bridesmaid at our wedding; same at theirs).
(Wish I had a pic of me and B.)
On Saturday I ended up at a figure drawing class with Bobby’s dad and sketched for three hours. I have gotten severely out of practice with my drawing but perhaps I will pick it back up.
Towards the end of the trip I ended up fighting a cold. I was able to hold it at bay until Wednesday when I ended up voiceless and exhausted by bedtime. The early Tuesday morning flight coupled with 2 long work days and a holiday party Wednesday night was just too much. I was home sick Thursday and probably should have stayed home Friday but had too much that needed to be done. I plan on resting up this weekend. My voice is still not recovered.
The holiday party was for Bobby’s company and it was at The Smith (on 3rd Ave and 11th St). We love The Smith so it was a great night. We usually go to the uptown location (on 2nd Ave and 51st St) because it’s a little less crowded, but the downtown party was fun nonetheless and it was held in a private room downstairs. Too many different appetizers, snacks, sides, and dessert dishes to list, but I got the salmon overtop of a parsnip and brussels sprout sauté as my main. Bobby got the steak and fries. Mine looked pretty much like this:
I am hopeful that our basement renovations (which have stretched on for over three months; don’t even get me started) will be finished up this weekend. At this point I am tempted to threaten to do the rest myself, at nearly 24 weeks pregnant, in an effort to get my contractor to speed it up and finish strong. We used a different guy this time than we used for our upstairs but I will not use this one again. The reduction in cost (the reason we tried someone else – upstairs guy is amazing but you pay for it) is not worth the hassle and extended time these basement renos have taken. Luckily the work is solid, but the timing is horrendous. Fingers crossed we can move back into the work zone by Sunday night. If anyone is looking for contractor recommendations in NYC I have a glowing one for the guy who renovated our first floor. If you want a very slow (but good-hearted) contractor, I have someone for you as well.
Pregnancy is flying by. I was 23 weeks this past Tuesday. I’ve gained about 14-15 pounds at this point. I can still wear most of my pre-pregnancy pants as long as I put a hairtie through the button hole… but I don’t really want to; I’d much rather live in leggings. My pre-pregnancy shirts are mostly too short, but they were too short before I was pregnant too and now it’s just more noticeable (I’m tall). So I’m loving the pregnancy shirts. I’ve bought some clothes but I’ve also received some from friends as well. There is a wonderful pregnancy community that I never knew about.
Little guy is kicking up a storm. I feel him kicking throughout the day and I think sometimes he is what wakes me up in the mornings. He starts to get going around 7am and exercises for a while before settling back down. He’s also very excitable late at night when I’m trying to go to sleep. He is usually still during mealtimes, but 30 minutes later starts moving around. I like to feel the kicks and try to guess which body part it is. I have no idea. I can see the outside of my stomach move when he kicks which I think is so cool. Bobby likes to feel the kicks as well. (I call them kicks but I guess they could be punches, jabs, or even a head or butt – who knows.)
Hoping to sign up for some prenatal yoga soon. I’ve pretty much given up going to regular classes because I have to modify so much and I feel kind of awkward about it. I know I shouldn’t but I do. I had a bad experience about 2 months ago: a yoga teacher at the 92Y kicked me out of her class and told me that pregnant women can’t do yoga because it’s abortive – her exact words. She was obviously crazy but it shook me up and made me uncomfortable asking teachers if they mind that I attend class. I’ve kept up a (shorter, gentler) practice at home though I could be better at doing it regularly.
Ah – and I finally started swimming. I know I had mentioned it in my last post, that I joined this new gym specifically for the pool and hadn’t been – well now I have. I do laps and I also tried Aqua Zumba. It was me and a bunch of old ladies on a Monday night and it was fun. I think I will try more aqua classes. Perfect for the pregnant lady.
Been eating out far too much in general, but I am cutting myself some slack. I made a fantastic Japanese dinner one night this week that you can check out on Instagram (who else loves Instagram and doesn’t use Facebook anymore?) and I took leftovers for lunch. That has to count for something.
One other thing to share – I got a humidifier. It’s this one on Amazon (in white). I’ve only had it a day so I don’t really know if it’s going to be helpful, but I bought it because NYC is so incredibly dry this time of year. With the heating systems and the dry air outside I feel like one of those unfortunate worms that gets stuck on the sidewalk and dried up by the sun.
That’s all for now… going to do some yoga and then enjoy this weekend. If renovations finish we’ll get our very first tree.
What are your weekend plans?
What I’ve been up to lately…
1) Working. (This is good!)
2) Exploring my new gym. I dropped my yoga studio membership (Pure Yoga) because I wanted access to more workout variety. I joined the 92Y which is actually closer to my apt. Thoughts on that:
- I miss the Pure locker rooms. Their showers were sooooo nice. 92Y has a steam room and sauna (which Pure didn’t have) but I can’t use them until after I have the babe.
- 92Y yoga is actually quite good for gym yoga. And definitely challenging enough for a pregnant lady. All the teachers but one (I will not name names but she teaches at 9am on Sundays) have been super accommodating and welcoming of my pregnant belly into their non-prenatal classes.
- I miss a couple of my favorite Pure teachers, but I’ve found some really great teachers at the 92Y… namely the Thursday morning instructor for Power Strength! It’s a 45 minute class that starts at 7:15am; it’s perfect for me to hit up before I go to work.
- Confession: One of the reasons I joined the 92Y was for the pool – I joined a month and a half ago and I still haven’t stepped foot in it.
3) Eating! Apparently. For the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy I didn’t gain a pound (despite eating more?!); in the next 9 (I’ll be 21 weeks tomorrow) I’ve put on about 10-12. Apparently I am having a big baby. He is tracking in the 90th percentile for “size” (whatever that means) as of last week’s ultrasound (unless the due date is off, which I’m pretty sure it is not). What I find weird is that I don’t think my eating habits have changed all that much from the first 12 weeks to the last 9. I wonder how much of it is water/fluid and how much of it is baby/uterus/whatever else.
First up – ice cream. I’m actually not eating a ton of sweets (oddly enough, I’ve craved sweets less since getting pregnant), but sometimes I do just need that chocolate-vanilla fix. B and I shared this a few weeks ago at Ootoya, a new restaurant down by Union Square.
This was the omelette + potatoes + muffin we shared after finding out the sex last week (BOY! Did I say that??). They forgot to put the bacon in the omelette (it was mushroom, goat cheese, and bacon) so they gave it to us on the side. Even better. At Corner Cafe outside the ultrasound office.
This is chicken dumpling soup at a new little cafe called DTUT (Downtown/Uptown). It’s a coffee shop during the day and a bar at night. Soup was decent.
And finally, here is gluten-free pizza I got for lunch with a friend last week. My stomach has reallllly been acting up lately and I’m trying to do less gluten. No gluten is too hard but less is manageable. This was from a place called Mozzarelli’s (they have regular pizza too). (By “stomach acting up” I mean digestion is even slower than normal; very annoying; very bloaty!)
4) Feeling kicks. I have been feeling pretty solid kicks for the last 2-3 weeks now. Before that it was very vague flutters. Makes me very happy. B can feel them very occasionally too.
5) Body changes. So far my arms and legs have not changed much, but boy has my middle changed! The belly is not so huge that it’s in the way that much, but I can’t lie on my back anymore (feels weird) and certain yoga poses are pretty much impossible…
20 weeks! (last week)
The whole middle is just expanding and I feel like it’s not really a rounded bump yet. Maybe my abs need to relax a bit more so he can settle down and pop (I need to do a pic of this week – 21 weeks; it’s already actually starting to pop more.)
6) Yoga changes! Which could also be due to the fact that I have been way more lax in my yoga practice so I don’t have the strength I had 5 months ago. My chaturangas are horrible and most are done on the knees. I am hoping carrying a baby around will improve my arm strength Another example: no more koundinyasana! The belly is in the way and my body just doesn’t wanna do it.
I am actually still doing handstands against the wall (but only at home; not in class) simply because they feel awesome right now. It’s so nice to get the blood flowing in the opposite direction – out of my tired feet. I can’t do legs-up-the-wall because I can’t be on my back.
I’m not doing twists – twists are a no-no after about the 12th week.
(I’ll do a whole post at some point on yoga for pregnancy, but you get the gist – it’s totally different when you have a baby in your belly.)
So that is what is up with me lately. Keeping busy and very happy. Happy Monday!