Monday, January 25, 2010

20 Questions

Sometimes I want to blog but my head is filled with questions instead.  Many of them are trivial, some are serious, others practically rhetorical but there they are.  I've done this once before not expecting such a great response to my random questions but it was great to get input from people on some of the questions floating around my brain.  So here are my 20 questions for today.  Answer any you want to, ask your own if you want, but thanks for letting me get them out of my head.

1.  If people bring lunches to work successfully what do you bring?

2.  Why do "quick" microwave meals have so much sodium and is there a simpler alternative?

3.  Why don't co-workers ever clean the microwave?

4.  How do I train myself to get up without hitting snooze?

5.  When do others go to bed?  (Maybe I just get too little sleep)

6.  What will Conan do now that he's left the Tonight Show?

7.  Will  Brett Favre retire now, decide to play early on, or mess with the Vikings plans until after training camp?

8.  What should we get baby goat for his first birthday?

9.  How many clothes or toys does a baby really need anyway?

10.  Is there a light, cheap, easy stroller to keep in my car so we can each have one and not transfer it constantly?

11.  Does anything lead to baby rage quite like those nose sucker thingies?

12.  Is it too much to ask for the fairies/elves/gnomes/cinderella mice to clean the apartment in the night?

13.  Should we spring for 1 year portraits?

14.  What is a good place for 1 year portraits?

15. Does anything make doing laundry easier?

16. What should we have for dinner?

17.  How do I get over my "raw-chicken-must-not-touch" phobia to learn to prepare it for healthy meals?

18.  Speaking of healthy meals what are your favorites?

19.  What is a good way to monitor your portion control?

20.  Which baby class should we do this spring - mommy and me, music or swimming?

Whew, my head at least feels clearer.  I hope you brilliant readers have some insights for me and my Monday jumbled thoughts.

22 comments:

beautyredefined said...

2. Salt is tasty, and can make lackluster microwave meals tastier.

13/14. If you come to Michigan, I'll do 1 year portraits!

19. For portion control at restaurants (like a chinese place where it's practically impossible to stop eating for instance), ask for a box immediately when you get your food. Put half of it in the box. Tada! Portion control and an extra meal.

Kate1024 said...

1. leftovers. always make leftovers. this really applies to question 2 also. you make it yourself and you have a lower sodium "quick" meal.

4. and i have a particularly hard time with this one: put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you physically must get out of bed to shut it off. also works well if you have a really annoying alarm clock (Tom wants to shoot mine every morning, and he wakes up before I do!)

13 and 14. I'm not versed in this yet, but here's what family members do: WalMart or Sears. Apparently WalMart does a pretty good job for a reasonable price. And yes, I'd do annual portraits. (and baby goat is so darned cute you almost have to just because!)

The food-related questions:
Chicken- get boneless and handle frozen when possible. it's less slippery. Otherwise just plan what you're going to do with it first so you touch it as little as possible. I cook with it constantly but I still don't like to touch it!
Subscribe to cooking light. it's not very expensive and it has terrific and healthy recipes that taste great. They always have the nutritionals with every recipe and almost always have a section of "superfast" suppers- like 20 minutes or less, start to finish.
Portion control- I suck at this, but it was a New Year's resolution and it's working. Get 2-3 sets of measuring cups and spoons and USE THEM. Measure EVERYTHING and cut your calories. I'm doing something called The Flat Belly Diet and it really works for me, but it's all about portion control. You can eat almost anything, but it starts at 1600 calories a day (I think you can start higher and scale back), but the idea is that you eat every four hours and about 400 calories every time you eat. I've done it for just over 2 weeks and I've lost almost 12 pounds- and I feel great, I have more energy, and I'm sleeping better. If you want I can photocopy some stuff from it and send it to you so you can read the premise of it and see if you want to do it. The first 4 days are kind of restrictive, but after that you can really eat almost anything. The recipes are also tasty and make servings of 4- so I actually put away the leftovers (by portion) first and plate dinner in the kitchen and then bring it to the table- so no extras. It's made a HUGE difference- and you can see results even if you don't add exercise. (i didn't for the first 2 weeks because i'm a slug. i just atarted again, though!)
I know this is way more information than you probably needed and i sound like an infomercial for this diet- but it's the one I've finally been able to see results right away and stick with it- which is saying something!!

let me know- i can send it to you soon.

Emma said...

8. I love the Twilight Turtle. Not really another toy to play with--more of a night light for a kid's room. They find the constellations fascinating!

Emma said...

Oops. I forgot to link to the turtle: http://www.cloudb.com/ssandf/turtle.html

Melinda said...

I gave my answers to your questions on my blog! :-D

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Monkeymama said...

I always like these posts. :) Reminds me of the random thoughts posts from the MN board.

5. Too late! We watched parts of Conan all last week and are going to try to get into bed by 10:30 this week.

10. I really need a new stroller too! Let me know if you find a good one.

11. They are horrible, aren't they. And you are just trying to help!

13/14. I still get portraits because I like the backdrop and lighting of a studio portrait. In our house there is always something that is standing out in back or the light is weird. My plan is to get a birthday portrait until they are old enough for school pictures, except we did both for Becky this year because Joe was afraid of the photographer. She helped break the ice and then the photos were too cute to not buy a couple. We liked the prices at JC Penny and had mostly good experiences. We tried Target twice - once was great, once wasn't. We tried Portrait Innovations once and had a good experience, but it is more pricey.

Molly Guthrey Millett said...

Have you discovered the Target portrait studios? They don't have them out in Oregon, which makes me realize how very lucky I was back in the Midwest. No sitting fees, cheap portrait sheets, great quality.

Marie said...

1. Lean Cusine or fresh salads or sandwhiches.

2. No clue.

3. Isn't that disgusting?

4. Good one. . .our little one has made the alarm clock non-existent.

5.9:00pm or earlier (I do love my sleep).

6. I hope he goes away.

7. I sure hope he decides to play again. Last night was so sad, plus, he does have a two year contract.

8. Boxes that stack (try Herberger's). Happy First!

9. Enough so that you aren't doing laundry every day.

10. Target, fifteen dollars. You know, the ones that we used to put our dolls in?

11. Nope.

12. Of course not - if they come to your house, can you send them to mine?

13. Absolutely.

14. No idea - in small town Moorhead, we have a local photographer and we love her.


15. Sorting it correctly and keeping up with it each day so it doesn't pile up. Easier said than done!

16. Spaghetti. Quick and easy.

17. Latex gloves?

18. Beef roast, veggies and potatoes.

19. Ummmm. . .you are asking the wrong person. Food scale? Weight watchers? I do both. . .

20. Hmmm. . .what does your gut tell you?

Loved this post, Liz! How fun!

darcie said...

1) always make enough (when I DO cook) for leftovers
5) never early enough-EVER!
8) A picture of the 3 of you together-seriously-he has enough and won't know the difference
9) See #8
10) What about a cheap umbrella stroller with a basket underneath? He's big enough now for those -
13) yes-but find a photog that will give a disc of ALL pics for a decent price-(or just take a bunch yourself with your own camera-they don't have to be professional)
20) Swimming. While the others are fun-swimming is not just recreation-it's a life saver in some instances...get him used to the water early so he can learn to swim at a young age...it's important. trust me.

scrubmama said...

Re: 1-year pics, this place looks awesome (and it's in Mpls). Hopefully she will post the next mini-session times soon.

http://blog.jmphotomn.com/february-21-2010-mini-sessions/

Anonymous said...

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Denise said...

For lunch, on Mondays I bring a large bag of salad mix and baby carrots and just keep them in the fridge and use them for the week. Then I supplement with a piece of fruit.

I got a food scale as a present and I use it all the time to measure what I eat. I was surprised as how much I was eating before I started measuring! I write everything down too - even my m&ms. :) Its seems annoying at first, but it helps. Once you do it for a few month, you start to recognize what a portion should be.

Soupy said...

1.Lunches: I buy big bags of baby spinich and mixed romaine lettuce. I portion it out into tupperware, and add (to the sides) cut up cucumbers, tomotoes, broccoili, or whatever. Add sprinkle of sunflower seeds. then, I add deli meat- usually turkey (lean meat) and chop it up. Voila- a healthy and filling salad for lunch. For sides, I buy single serving (frozen packs ) of veggies- this week it's frozen singles of brussel sprouts. Yum w/pepper. I cannot do micro meals anymore- the sodium is outrageous.
Otherwise, I eat leftovers. We portion it out after dinner.

5. I have to go to bed between 9-9:30, or earlier if possible. I cannot make it til 10 EVER. Getting up at 5:45 is still very hard, and I usualy hit snooze.

7. I hope he doesn't make any decisions and keeps his mouth SHUT. LOL.

8. Hmmm. Books are great, I'll have to think on this...........Keifer loved the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Kitchen (they also have the Laugh and learn farm now, or house). LOVED IT.

13/14 - Yep. We did. We just do the yearly ones. We feel it's worth it, we also did a family potrait along with it. We did them at Flash! at the mall, but they are pricy. I 've heard great things about Target in Savage.

19. I ditto the weighing your food or using cups- I read labels (portion size) all the time.

20. I def. say MUSIC -he loves it! You'll both love it! Music is so awesome!

Becky B said...

I left a big comment on another post of yours about bringing lunch to work. So for this one I'm just going to answer the question about raw chicken.

I rarely cook chicken because of my aversion to raw chicken. It freaks me out. Sometimes I think it might not be so bad if I have something between my hand and the chicken. Like maybe some plastic gloves like they use in restaurants sometimes. Maybe that's something you can try, too!

Dee Ann said...

I love your blog, and your questions ...
1. grapefruit, tuna with boiled eggs, veggies with dip, leftovers from the weekend on Mon/Tues
2. not sure why, but if you limit yourself to one a week, it's probably ok (unless you have high bp to begin with)
3. laziness and/or poor upbrigning
5. if completely under my control, I'll be in bed by 9 for a 6 a.m. wake up
7. He'll play
9. About half the toys you have/want to buy him.
10. Get a cheap umbrella one for short jaunts.
11. The worst baby rage we saw was when one aspect of development was out of sync with another - realizing he wants something out of his reach and not being able to move himself to get it; having emotions but no words to describe them; and pretty much the entire year from about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2.
19. First, make sure you know how many servings of each category you are allowing yourself each day. Then, there are some simple guidelines: one cup of leafy greens or 1/2 cup of other veggies is a serving; one small piece of fruit, 1/2 cup of cut-up fruit or 1/4 cup of berries is a serving; one protein = one egg, or meat the size of a deck of cards; an ounce of cheese is roughly the size of the last joint of your thumb. Meaaure everything to begin with and eventually you'll be able to eyeball it.

recoveringprocrastinator said...

1. Leftovers. Pack them in single serve containers after the first meal, rather than a big container that you will have to take stuff out of in the morning.

5. Way too late. But 10:30 would be a good goal for me.

9. way less than they have

10. yes! I'll check the brand on mine and get back to you.

13. Yes

14. Target. Seriously.

15. Nudity?

simplicity said...

I wish I had time to answer all 20 but I'll answer a few that I can tonight.
#5: We stay up way too late! Usually 11ish. Every single morning I say we need to go to bed earlier and then night comes and we stay up!
#8 Shoes. Just a good pair of walking shoes. You have the rest of his life to buy fun and exciting gifts, and you set his expectations. Go simple!
#10 babies r us sells an umbrella stroller for $20, super convenient!
#13/#14: I'm a big picture person (3mo, 6mo, 9mo, 12mo, 18 mo, 2yr, 3yr so on) JCPenney's has great coupons and do a great job.
#20: Do mommy and me AND swim if you can but if you can only do one, do mommy and me.

Soupy said...

another bday idea
I"m getting this for K2
The kids at my job LOVE THIS toy!

it makes fun noises :)

http://www.amazon.com/Parents-PM9181J-Shapes-and-Sounds/dp/B000HCYTKI

Rebecca said...

1. If people bring lunches to work successfully what do you bring? Leftovers from dinner the night before - we make extra-large dinners so we'll have enough.

2. Why do "quick" microwave meals have so much sodium and is there a simpler alternative? Alternative - not eat the microwave meals. See #1 for a replacement idea.

3. Why don't co-workers ever clean the microwave? Because they know someone else will.

4. How do I train myself to get up without hitting snooze? You can't. Just keep hitting snooze.

5. When do others go to bed? (Maybe I just get too little sleep) 9:00

6. What will Conan do now that he's left the Tonight Show? Hopefully have a new show on another network that will destroy Leno.

7. Will Brett Favre retire now, decide to play early on, or mess with the Vikings plans until after training camp? He will officially be undecided until he no longer has to go to traning camp, at which point he'll decide to play again next year. He can't not play again after a season like this. Besides, the guy loves his job. He won't quit until he's too injured to play.

8. What should we get baby goat for his first birthday? A cake, a party, and one awesome toy.

9. How many clothes or toys does a baby really need anyway? If you think you have too much, you do.

10. Is there a light, cheap, easy stroller to keep in my car so we can each have one and not transfer it constantly? I've seen one - my friend has it. I'm trying to find out the brand so I can get it myself.

11. Does anything lead to baby rage quite like those nose sucker thingies? eye drops

12. Is it too much to ask for the fairies/elves/gnomes/cinderella mice to clean the apartment in the night? Nope. Stupid bastards keep ignoring me, too.

13. Should we spring for 1 year portraits? Depends on the photographer.

14. What is a good place for 1 year portraits? Depends on what you are looking for - posed or natural?

15. Does anything make doing laundry easier? Having someone do it for you.

16. What should we have for dinner? Homemade mac-n-cheese with broccoli in it.

17. How do I get over my "raw-chicken-must-not-touch" phobia to learn to prepare it for healthy meals? Eat a piece of raw chicken. You won't die, and your fear will be gone.

18. Speaking of healthy meals what are your favorites? Anything made with fresh ingredients.

19. What is a good way to monitor your portion control? Eat your fruits and veggies as an appetizer.

20. Which baby class should we do this spring - mommy and me, music or swimming? Swimming - those lessons are fun and has a safety lesson that is needed.

(oh, that was fun, Liz!)

Kate said...

I'll just answer the ones I can. The others....beats me!

5. I have insomnia so I maintain a strict bedtime/wakeup routine to try and keep my body on a good sleep schedule. 10pm bed, 7am wakeup. I'm lucky if I sleep even half that time, but it does help me.

8. More love, more power, more of you in his life.

9. Not as many as most people have. Esp. clothes. They grow out of them too quickly! That's why I LOVE thrift stores!! Do you use them??

10. The umbrella ones. Yes. Do it.

11. Oh Liz. Just you wait.

13/14. Just use your own camera. Cheaper. Better.

17. Yes, you can. Use the inexpensive hard white cutting boards and mark one 'chicken'. Then when you want to use chicken, use JUST that board and when you're done, drop it in the washer. Squirt a little dish soap on your hands and wash them, then run them over the faucet to remove any bacteria. Keep a container of the bleach rags on hand to wipe down countertops etc when you're done. And relax too. Just be mindful of what you're doing.

18. Beans and rice. Vegetable soup.

19. Use a smaller plate and learn proper sizing. Eat slower and more mindfully. Put your fork down after a few bites and drink some water.

20. Anything that you do together will be perfect. Even if it's just taking a walk.

The Marketing Mama said...

Hey Liz! Fun post!

5. I go to bed between 11 and 1 a.m., on weeknights I try really hard to be in bed before midnight.

8. If you don't have a college savings account for him yet, start one. He won't know the difference re: a toy. Or get him a $5 toy. But start the account.


11. are you a pro at how to use the nose bulb thing yet? It took me a while to figure out how to get maximum suck-age. You have to actually close off the other nostril with your other hand, and squeeze the bulb before you put it up the nostril.... have you done it that way? Works much better!

17. Did you know you are supposed to rinse chicken? Yeah, um, I didn't know that until like maybe a year ago? So when you take it out of the fridge, that should be the first thing you do before you cook it. Honestly? It's much better and less slimy and gross after you rinse it off!