Fluffy Ramblings and a Bump

15 April 2015

I started my last draft with a plan to go full fluff, but then things got heavy. I cried while I wrote it. I think posts no longer qualify as fluff once someone starts crying.

So I paused it. Went on a date with Ben & Jerry's, and now I'm back.

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I've been combing the archives of this little lady recently. She's like the cutest ever, and she's about to have her first baby, and she's just so delightfully stalk-able, so go forth.

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I've been experimenting with DIY shampoo again. (Ah. This life. Riveting!) It's actually a terrible time to experiment because during pregnancy my hair and scalp get super dry, so it's hard to tell what's causing what, but I'm on a castille soap/honey kick right now, and I'm moderately pleased with it.

I've also finally made some epsom salt spray - I used this recipe  - and don't you know I went the chamomile/lemon route because I'm always Hail Marying for highlights. Results: not in. My spray bottle kept getting clogged and leaking and the concoction would run down my arms, and I don't wash my hair regularly, so I can't experiment very easily with how much to use. Long story short: I'm basically Mrs. Paul Mitchell.

I'll probably just throw in the beach towel and buy some, but not before it sits in my Amazon cart for a couple weeks and I go through several cycles of buyer's guilt before I've even purchased it.

We all have our neuroses I suppose.

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You want to know a fluffy secret I don't think I've ever shared? You want to talk more exemplary hygiene?

I don't shave my legs. Except for the very rare occasion, I haven't shaved in the last five years.

And this isn't like a hippy, crunchy thing. I'm not some kind of hairy feminist.

I got some waxing done when I was a blushing bride and went on a razor-free honeymoon, and after six weeks of hairless underarms, I was like: I'm never shaving again. So now I mostly epilate. Yes. It hurts. An Italian friend first introduced me to epilating. At about eight hairs in, I swore I'd never do it again. But once I'd had a couple waxes, it didn't hurt near as much, and now that I'm a few years in, I don't even flinch. And then I'm golden and hair-free for 6-8 weeks. Are there any other epiladies out there?

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I'm trying to cut back on the amount of meat we eat. Since I've been sick with Baby 3, our food budget has been off the hook. I haven't been cooking ($$) and Jacob's been doing all the grocery shopping ($$$). So we're trying to venture back into the wide world of legumes, but as I make this valiant effort, I'm noticing that all my bean recipes are very wintery. So I'd love any recommendations you could send my way!

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Lucy June talks a lot about my parents' animals. Their cat, Izzy, who scratched her (Izzy! ouch! Izzy! Hurting!) and also their dog, Beau. When we were at their house last, my parents tried to teach her how to give the dog commands, so now she randomly walks around our house lisping: "Shit, Beau! Shit! Shit, Beau!"

I know it won't last long. Good things never do.

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And as titularly promised, here we are pushing 19 weeks.
On Friday we head to Boston, to watch my dad run the marathon. I'm so proud of him and excited to see ducklings and haunt lots of quaint coffee shops.

And that's all for now.

26 comments :

  1. I have never heard of epilating! Intriguing.

    You are looking great and I hope you are starting to feel the same way. Have a wonderful time in Boston :)

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  2. Epilate: so. Much. Pain.

    You are such a beautiful mama!

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  3. The Thinking Cup on Tremont! It's Stumptown coffee, you can get pour over, right on the Common. Have fun - and you look wonderful. Serious bump envy over here.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation!!!!

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  4. Here's one of the lentil recipes I've been gobbling: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/lemony-lentil-and-chickpea-salad-with-radish-and-herbs/
    the goat cheese and avocado are required, though.

    Also lentils with the pickled slaw from insta (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/06/pickled-vegetable-sandwich-slaw/) and goat cheese and some other veg... these have been getting through lunches excellently.

    Some other veggie summer faves:
    http://www.thugkitchen.com/tucson_tempeh_salad
    http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/06/chopped-salad-with-feta-lime-and-mint/

    I've also messed with this one, but I always end up changing it and forgetting what I changed: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/avocado-salad-recipe.html

    Excited to try these two also:
    http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/03/baked-chickpeas-with-pita-chips-and-yogurt/
    http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/03/red-bean-and-green-grain-taco-bowl/

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  5. I'm so intrigued by this epilating. I've had "down there" waxes for at least a decade, but still shave everywhere else. I hate shaving and I'm so bad at it. I did some research after reading your post (that's how intrigued I was) and its recommended to get waxed first before epilating, which it sounds like you did. How many waxes did you get before you attempted it on your own?

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    1. Honestly, only once, but I could barely epilate where I hadn't already waxed. I think I even started epilating my legs before I'd ever waxed them, and I just gritted my teeth and got through it. So definitely wax if you can before you start epilating. But once you're used to it, it's so much less hassle just to epilate. Epilating my armpits only takes minutes, and it just barely prickles at this point.

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    2. I think you just sold me. I'll report back whenever Amazon not-Prime fulfills my order. :)

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  6. So where are we going to meet when you come to Boston? Hmmmmm?

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    1. I didn't realize you were so close to Boston! I have so little concept of what is where up there!

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  7. So fascinated... Do you have sensitive skin? It seems like ppl with sensitive skin can't do anything but use a razor and even then be super careful.. I wonder if epilating is the answer for ppl who can't handle waxing...

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    1. I would say trauma-wise it's similar to waxing. But I would also say I have sensitive skin. I ALWAYS got ingrown hairs in my underarms from shaving, and now I RARELY get them. The first time I had my underarms done I had them "sugared" instead of waxed. There are also so many varieties of wax to use for various skin/hair types.

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  8. I've never heard of epilating. Intrigued ...

    Lucy June saying lisping/cursing/commanding is too good.

    And you know I love that little lady!

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  9. This made my day! Thanks Kate :) The blog-stalking-love is very much mutual!

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  10. Your bump is so little! I'm pretty sure I looked like that the minute I found out I was pregnant. Have a great time in Boston! It's one of my favorite cities!

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  11. Kate! I'm an "epilady" and so proud of it. I can't remember the last time I shaved. Your blog is hilarious and your bump is adorable! ~Phi

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  12. I read this when you first posted but never posted. Epilate. I have never heard of it..but immediate thoughts were, OUCH! But you look all kinds of lovely! Cutest baby bump! Love it and hope your trip to Boston was smooth and sweet!

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  13. I can get behind making your own shampoo (which, I totally need to look into!) but HOLD THE PHONE, no shaving?!?!? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat... how does that work?!

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  14. Ah! Deep down I so wanted it to be a hairy feminist crunchy hippy thing! I'm petrified but intrigued.

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  15. Yep, I am an Epilady too ;-) My mom actually epilates her legs for as long as I can think of so naturally when I was a teenager getting aware of my dark haired legs I went the epilate route - I do shave my armpits though because I can't bring myself to epilate this sensible area. But I have to say I can't go the promised 6 weeks without re-epilating. My leghair is dark and quite coarse so in the summer when I am showing my legs regularly I have to epilate every week.

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  16. I have never heard of epilating, but you might have just changed my life forever! I'm off to look at budget and see how quickly I can afford this. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Just wanted to say a quick hi, as I've recently discovered your blog, and then realized I'm friends with your sister-in-law! Nice to see another UD person on the inter webs ;)

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