Monday, November 13, 2006
More text and a cute baby picture
Aren't you dying to learn about my favorites?

Favorite/most helpful parenting book: sleep/naps, toddlers, babies, discipline, whatever.

I just started reading Smart Signing for Babies and Toddlers. It's a book about teaching a baby to use sign language. I'm going to give this a try with the Great Kate.

Best place to get toddler shoes that are affordable but sturdy.

Do baby shoes count? I've wanted to buy Katie some of those adorable Robeez shoes, but they cost over $30 for one little pair! My inner scrouge just cannot justify spending this much for a pair of shoes, no matter how cute the princess design is. So I found a pair of fake Robeez boots at the Big W. They are suade and have a little pink heart on them. Not quite as cute as the original, but good for a penny pincher.

Favorite shoes you wear (besides tennis shoes).

I love Clarks. They have a nerdy stylishness about them, and they are comfy, a smashing combination in my mind. I've bought several pairs of Clarks over the years. For a couple of years there, Clarks didn't make much other than clogs. Now, thank heavens, Clarks has gone back to making actual shoes again. Last fall, I bought two pairs of Clarks with cute buckles across the top. Then I got pregnant, and almost immediately the shoes became too tight to wear. I was worried that after my pregnancy, my feet would stay big and I'd never be able to wear these cute shoes. Hurrah! My feet did not stay two-sizes too big, and I'm loving these shoes today.

Favorite book you've read lately.

Goodness. I can't seem to handle fiction right now. I've been trying to finish up Mansfield Park for like six months. Sheesh. I did finish Protecting the Gift by Galvin de Becker. It's about keeping your kids safe, and it has haunted my dreams the last week or so. Scary but important.

Favorite dinner recipe.

Cooking? Last night we had one of the frozen dinners from Super Supers. It was a tasty stew, and I think I could make it on my own. It was a basic veggie stew with crushed tomato chunks, shredded chicken, and sausage slices. The secret ingredient? A cup of barbeque sauce. This gave the soup some zip. Maybe I'll whip it up on my own some time...

Favorite movie you've seen lately.

We just watched Curious George, and I thought it was delightful. Little George reminded me of Katie.

Favorite LOST character.

Never seen LOST. Though I will say that my favorite Battlestar Galactica character is Kara "Starbuck" Trace. I think it is genius that they cast a woman to play the swaggering, hot-shot pilot from the original series.

Katie wants to help finish my blog post:

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