Sigh.

So today I had an awesome lunch with some pretty fabulous ex-coworkers. And it’s true, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There was a time I was cut for the corporate world, for the ladder climbing, back stabbing, lonely road to the top. But atlas the birth of my first daughter changed all that, the fact the company was outsourcing work made me realize it was only a matter of time. Today at lunch reminded me of the great people left behind, the people that made my daily commute worth it and so I say to you- hang in there people of corporate America your day will come when you walk away or rise to the top. Your day will come.
I have taken away great experience and heart and I am stronger in my new role than I would have been had I not had the corp experience. Maybe it’s a female thing that happens when one becomes a mother but nothing else mattered once she was here. A job was a job a river was a river and an ocean was still big. I learned so much more about myself than I ever would have.

For that I thank the experience of the corporate world and the years I was housed there (12) and I say thank goodness for the next chapter.

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Homemade baby food.

Someone sped up the clock. I can’t believe Lola is now 4 and a half months old. She started eating Rice Cereal about a month ago. This weekend, I made her first batch of her first real puree food. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way to do baby food and I wanted to share with all the other moms out there. While it’s lovely to have the fancy baby food processor, a simple household blender will do the job.

1. Start with clean washed fresh vegetable. I started with spinach but you can do whatever you like, the process is the same give or take boiling and steaming times. Fill a pot with water and use a steamer basket to separate the water from the spinach.

2. Boil on high for about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Drain spinach. Put into household blender and puree. Sometimes I add some of the water that is left over in the pot rather than lemon juice. This food literally has no flavor added, no salt, no pepper, nada. It is the most pure just spinach.

3. Blending only takes a few minutes, the thickness needs to be between applesauce and water since I add rice cereal to my baby’s food at meal time.

4. Once blended, pull out the ice cube trays and start filling. When you have a tray filled, cover it with plastic wrap.

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5. This is preparing the cubes to be frozen and later thawed for the meal. These cubes can last up to three months when properly stored. With my first daughter I made food once a month, it was healthier, easier and more affordable than store bought puree. And the best part is I knew EXACTLY what was in it. Next cover with foil.

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6. Freeze for 24 hours.

7. Remove after 24 hrs and store in Freezer safe Ziplock bags, I like these and I double bag them and date them.

ImageTo prepare the feeding, I take 1-2 cubes and use defrost on my microwave. Then I heat for 10 second increments until it’s warm, stirring during heating so I don’t get hot spots. Then I add desired cereal ands it’s chow time.

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I heart my smartphone.

More than half the people in this waiting room are using a smartphone accessing playing games, reading emails, accessing websites, changing Facebook status to “waiting” and even texting. If they are like me they are doing all of it simultaneously and without thinking. I’m catching up on emails and reading posts in my news feed as I write a to do list and this blog. Just kidding—sort of. I am the queen of multi-tasking Image or so I thought a million years ago when it was introduced to me in school and on my first day at the Tampa Tribune. But as I look around to these people in the dr. office waiting room 8 out of 15 of them are doing this very ting-engaing in the cyber world in the sky. Some of them sit here as singles, some have a partner or child with them. But the irony is we are all just sitting and yet Im able to start and finish a list, an email, pin a photo, read something from the news, whatever all at my fingertips while I wait and it is literally blowing my mind, I can’t turn it off, I don’t know how and would I want to? Anyway today’s rant is about just that.. I don’t know what I’d do without my smartphone.

Feeling nostalgic.

I stopped keeping tabs on when or how long it’s been since I had grandparents that were living because it dawned on me a few years ago that they are still alive. Not in the flesh form, but in the spirit of me. I do things/say things/think things and they are all things I learned by watching/hearing/experiencing my grandparents do. My Papa — pictured in the photo below, said this was his best birthday ever. Who knew, it would be his last one. I find that to be absolutely eerie but in the same token, absolutely uplifting that I was privileged enough to be there for it and many birthdays before that. Best bday Ever_Pa

He had eaten some Baskin Robbins birthday treats, hence the green lips. He was silly and irrational and I miss him, but he taught me about standing up for myself and to have a thick skin. I wear his memory often.

My Gammy —pictured below, lives on each time I kiss my girls. This photo taken when I was just a little nugget, grossed me out for years because she kissed me on the lips. I said I would NEVER do this with my girls, and here I am today, I can’t get enough of their lips and lips smacking kisses. She would be proud as she loved a good kiss from us grandkids.

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And finally my Nana, just the way I remember her —pictured below. She lives on in me when I think about being challenged. Her memory makes me think what is a challenge anyway? She saw more change in this world and in a lifetime that no one will probably ever see again in terms of technological advances, war, hate crimes against blacks, women, gays.. pretty much everyone except men at that time. The challenges she faced for over 80 years pale in comparison to what I will face, what my children will face… 1923 not only had prohibition still, it was the year there was sound in a film in a public place, sounds folks! Not to mention Albert Einstein was still alive! At 80, she could use email and had played a few games on my iPhone. Astounding lifetime of change.

My NanaAnyway — today’s post is for them. I miss them — but I remind myself — part of them is in me.