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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Motivation - Haven't posted about that lately...

What happened to my Motivational Mondays?

They got lost in the shuffle of this thing called "life." Life happens and gets in the way. I have been SO busy.

I have a lot going on...and I keep promising to tell you about it and I promise I will.  Someday.

In the meantime, I have a new motivational tool for you! I discovered this one myself just last night. The best time of day for me to exercise is at night. It helps me lose weight and honestly, after my daughter goes to bed is the only time I have to exercise.

And do I feel like exercising at the end of a very long day with a long commute and everything else that is going on? No. I want to sit on my butt and watch TV. Instead of doing that, I have started using my iPad to watch tv shows online while walking on the treadmill. And last night, I found the tool to a long hard work out.
Ready for this?

It's musicals. Yes, singing and dancing movies.

Last night I watched High School Musical 2 on my iPad while I walked on the treadmill. That movie is 1 hour and 45 minutes long. I walked that entire time. And everytime the music got upbeat, I cranked up my speed and/or incline. It was a GREAT workout. I got in some tv viewing, pumped up music and I worked out for almost two hours without even noticing I did it.

So my advice is to throw on a movie, do an "easy" workout like a walk or a bike ride and just go for it. And if you are watching a musical, when you feel like dancing along....increase your intensity!

Which musical should I watch next? :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Okay, One More Best Pizza Ever

There is one more best pizza ever.
It's in the middle of nowhere Vermont.

And if you ever make it there, you will wait probably about an hour to get your food.
And even if your pizza arrives luke-warm (ours did) it's still some of the best pizza I have ever had. It's a slow-food restaurant (which actually means all local, from scratch etc). If this was in Boston or NYC, it would be the place to go for the eternally hip and cool kids to "eat local".  Since it's in Vermont, it's where all the hippies, tree-huggers, farmers, bikers, tourists, grandparents and everyone else goes to eat pizza.

Seriously awesome pizza.

And oh yeah, they have beer there too. But I don't care about the beer. Anthony does.

I could write so much more about this place, but instead, I'll just link you to the website.
And hopefully Anthony will review it on his blog. (and then I will link that here)

We wished so badly there was a place like this near us.
http://www.parkerpie.com/

I bought a t-shirt last time I was there. Did I mention every time I go there it's packed?

If I could only have one restaurant's pizza for the rest of my life, it would be Parker Pie. It's seriously that good. And here is Zoe, studying the menu to see what she would like:


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Best. Pizza. Ever.

I love pizza. I'm not too picky either. But that was before I moved to an area that is severely lacking in great local pizza places. Anthony and I tried every place that won a "Best of" award. We hated them all.
A lot of generic greek pizza, and we are pretty sure they all use the same food distributor. And they all use only one cheese on their pizza. So now I'm picky about my pizza. Seriously, this used to be a staple dinner item in my home. Now I'm lucky to get pizza once a month.

My favorite chain pizza?  Hands down, it's Papa Ginos. (they made my engagement pizza!) But I really love a good local place. In my previous residence, I had a few to choose from, so I have been spoiled.

But I found a place with great pizza. Well, "place" isn't exactly the proper term. I found people that make great pizza. And unfortunately for me, they are a catering company. If I want their pizza, I either need to crash a party or stalk them to find out if they will be set up at any local farmer's markets. I was so incredibly bummed out when I found out they didn't have a pizza shop!

Everything is good about this pizza. Thin, crispy crust with just enough of a chewy center. Red sauce that is delicious, not too sweet, not too salty. And they use a mixture of cheese, not just mozzarella. I can tell this from taking just one bite of their pizza. It is very good.

They are a family-run business that use a mobile wood-fire oven. They have many options for toppings or types of pizza. I usually go for my standby favorite, pepperoni. Yes, that is right...Anthony and I don't share this pizza, so I am not forced to get cheese. He gets what he wants, I get what I want. :)

Check out their website:
http://touched-by-fire.com/pages/

And you can follow them on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touched-By-Fire/248554348510946

Want to help me stalk them?
Anyone want to throw a party and use them as the caterer?

There won't be a lot of opportunity to eat their pizza, I need to take advantage of every chance I get!

And I do have favorites in other states, I'm just choosing to brag about this one. Disagree with my choice of best? Please let me know your favorite so I can try it. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pizza Engagement!

Before you start today's post, remember yesterday's about grain?  Just to remind you, grain is important for pizza and apparently for zombies as well. Are you confused? Check out yesterday's post. :) And then check out the grain on my friend Lana's blog:  http://walkingtheoff-beatenpath.blogspot.com/2012/05/wordless-wednesday-whats-growing-on.html

There are some cute animals pictures there as well!

And now back to our topic this week, pizza.

Did you know that my husband proposed to me with a pepperoni pizza?
I'm sure many of my readers have already heard this story, but maybe some of new readers have never heard it? I looked through my past blog posts and I don't think I have ever blogged about it, so here goes!

(I love re-telling this story anyway...and it's about pizza, so it goes with my theme!)
 
One quick note before the story begins: Anthony hates pepperoni on his pizza and it's pretty much all I want on my pizza, so we usually compromise and always get plain cheese.
 
Sunday, June 29, 2008:
A typical Sunday would be Anthony working at his second job and I would usually be cleaning around the condo, getting laundry done, etc.  I usually had dinner ready for Anthony when he got home. On this particular Sunday, I was not feeling well and had been really sick the night before. Anthony mentioned that instead of me cooking dinner, he was in the mood for pizza anyway. Since pizza is my favorite food, he knew that I would not refuse (even though I didn't feel well). I volunteered to pick up the pizza but Anthony said not to worry about it and that he would pick it up. (I didn't suspect a thing.)
 
Anthony brings home the pizza later that night and since I didn't eat all day, I was pretty hungry. He puts the box down on the counter and I immediately open it up to grab a slice. The first thing I see is that there is a topping on our pizza:
"You got the wrong pizza!"
"I did?"
"Yes, it has pepperoni on it.....wait a minute, there's a message...Does this say what I think it says?!"
"Yes, yes it does."
 
 
Now, if he had said in response to my question: "Why, what does it say?" I would have closed the box and told him we had someone else's pizza. But we had the right pizza, and it spelled out in pepperonis "Will You Marry Me?"

At this point the tears started and I was shaking...he put a small ring box on the counter next to the pizza and told me how much he loved me and how he didn't want to spend his life with anyone else. And of course, I said yes!

And the best part?  
He ate the pizza....he really loves me if he would eat pizza he didn't like, just because it was my favorite.  :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

You need grain.

You need grain to make pizza dough. So therefore today's post is totally pizza relevant.

Check out today's woot shirt. I am specifically posting this for my farmer friends.
LOVE this shirt.
http://shirt.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=23579

It gave me a big smile this morning. And pizza makes me smile too.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pizza!

This week I am going to blog all about pizza. Mostly it's because I love pizza. Secondly because it's a topic to keep me busy and writing this week.

What made me think writing about pizza was a good topic?
Story Time!

This past weekend we were in upstate New York for a wedding. Late night, a pizza was ordered for those of us who maybe needed a snack after imbibing a little too much. I grabbed a slice, took a bite....and oh heaven! It was really REALLY good pizza. I was very impressed. When you find a place that delivers late at night, your quality options are limited, so the quality of this pizza was very impressive.

It also impressed me because I am unfortunately living in an area that is lacking in good pizza. My expectations have been lowered. I don't even crave pizza anymore because I haven't found one that I like yet. It was inconceivable to me that I would move somewhere that didn't have an amazing neighborhood pizza place.

On our very long drive home yesterday, we stopped in Utica, NY. We went to a pizza/sub shop just off the highway. They had pizza available, by the slice. It looked good. And guess what? It was good!

At that point I had to wonder if it was even possible to get bad pizza in New York.

I seriously considered buying a whole pizza to take home. But that darn diet thing got in the way, well, not really the diet, but the fact that my deadline is seriously looming and I'm pretty sure I gained a whole bunch of weight drinking and eating this past weekend. :)

More pizza stories coming!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

phew...busy!

Blogging in three different places is going to be tough!  I need better time management.  And a calendar with a to-do list to make sure I get the writing done.

Wait, did she say THREE blogs?  Yes.
I now blog here at Dani Do It.

And also at www.askthemotherboard.com and at Eustace Consulting: http://www.eustaceconsulting.com/category/blog/.

And did you know I have a super secret blog too?  I actually haven't touched that one in a while.  I should probably decide if I am going to continue it or not.  Busy busy!  And this is just my hobby.  Not my job.

Speaking of job...changes are coming.  I'll tell you more about it in another post.
Soon!  I promise.  (Don't you just hate secrets?!)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

I had a wonderful Mother's Day...all day long, I did whatever I felt like doing.  And it was nice. :)

I slept in (sort of, Zoe had other ideas and even though Dada got up with her, she did a lot of talking!).
I got a pedicure.  Probably the quickest one I have ever had.  I don't know if I would go back to that same location.  But I did thoroughly enjoy the massage chair.
I went out for lunch with Anthony and Zoe.  We had pizza.  We totally stalked my favorite pizza in Southern NH.  They are a catering company and occasionally will set up at a farm.  So I either need to crash fancy events or find them on a random farm.  We found them and the pizza was just as good as we remembered it being from last year.

I went shopping and bought some new clothes.  I also got some toys for the nieces and nephews for Christmas (Disney store had a sale!!!).  I went to the tea store and bought some amazing strawberry herbal tea.  I made a big pitcher of it last night for Anthony, hopefully there is some left when I get home.  He seemed to really like the tea. :)

And I went to the movies by myself.  In fact, I spent most of the day by myself.  I felt FREE!  Well, sort of.  I still had a guilty pit in my stomach because I wasn't at home getting things done or cleaning or taking care of Zoe.  But it was really nice to just get a little time to myself.  I'm one of those people that actually enjoys some alone time.

The movie I saw was Mirror Mirror.  It was the only one I could see...the movie theater had a promotion for mom's to go to the movies for free (and get popcorn!) but it was only certain films that you could see.  I enjoyed the movie, I had low expectations and of course I loved it.  I really love bad movies. :)

And Lily Collins was just gorgeous.  I couldn't take my eyes off of her.  I hope she is just as beautiful on the inside.  I can't wait to see what else she does in the future.

All in all.. a good day.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My new blog.

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. I have a new blog! Don't worry, I will still keep updating here about my life. But I will also be writing here: www.askthemotherboard.com Please check it out when you have a moment. I will add the RSS feed soon and you can also follow on all the usual social media networks. :) Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Baby Socks

 

Baby socks.

So tiny and cute.  So innocent.

Why am I writing about them?  Because they triggered a thought that I hadn't had in a long time.

It's been a year, but every once in a while I still get this pit in my stomach and then a thought:
"Whoa, this is permanent.  This baby isn't going anywhere and you need to take care of her for the rest of her life."
And my heart does a flip and it pounds for a few seconds.

Then I calm down and all is fine.  This happened frequently in the first two months of her life and I wish I had talked about it more.  I had times where I second-guessed my decision to have a baby!

And all I could feel was guilt and shame.  I had the most beautiful, healthy, and VERY easy to care for little girl.  There were women who couldn't have babies...who was I to be so selfish and wish for an easier time or wish for less responsibility?

But that was real.  And it does happen.  It's not all sunshine and roses and I think it needs to be talked about so that the next time it's someone's turn to become a mama, they know that what they are feeling is totally normal.  Baby blues, post-partum, they are both real.  But it's so hard for the woman going through these emotions and feelings to see what they are going through.

I know I didn't realize my feelings until after the fact.  And I was way too ashamed to talk about it in the moment.

So there it is.  I have had moments of regret and wishing for my old life back.  And every once in a while that feeling will still surface.  Like when I switched the laundry over from the washer to the dryer and one little sock fell on the floor.  And when I looked at it, all I could think was "whoa, this is real."

Don't worry, there are good times too.  Like when I pick her up this afternoon from daycare and she crawls towards me as fast as she can, shrieking with joy the whole time.  And then I pick her up, and she burrows her face in my neck and I inhale her special scent...and I can feel every muscle in my body relax and a smile comes on my face without me even knowing it.

Regardless of my "baby socks" feelings, I obviously have no regrets.  Children are angels sent to us to remind adults to experience the joy of life.  The joy of just being.

Happy Friday everyone...and next time someone (meaning my mom and sister) want to buy Zoe some clothes, can we get socks OTHER than pink or white?   ;)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Kids are expensive.

Everyone already knows this.  And everyone also says "don't wait until you are ready (financially or otherwise) because then you will never have them.  (which I also agree with.)

And this is all true.  But every year they decide to do a story on how much it costs to raise one child.
I do believe that more children get a little less expensive since you can reuse a bunch of stuff.

But these things don't help anyone trying to decide if they are going to have children or not, or if they will have more children.  And then we wonder why we have a decline in population?  I'm not surprised at all.

Reading articles like this, a fairly smart person might say "no way, that's too expensive, I can't afford that."

Or in this age of selfishness, we might say, no way, I want a better life for ME.

It's a good thing margaritas taste so good and making babies is so much fun.  With articles like this on the yahoo front page we may not have any kids future at all.  Yeesh.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/inflation-life-cost-raising-child-145736881.html

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I know, I know...

I owe my readers a post.

Lots going on, too much in my head to write it down right now.
But soon I will tell you all about the zoo! :)

Friday, May 04, 2012

Letting go.

If you are a parent or a sensitive person, you may want to get the tissues out for this one.

This week, for the first time, we put Zoe in daycare full time and I started to learn for the first time what it will mean to "let my child go".  Someday she will go to school and grow up and move away, but this was my first step.  I have been so fortunate to be home with her as much as I was able to.  But it's time for her to get more socialization and play time.

And I really don't like it.

But something I like to talk about on this blog is perspective. And from my perspective this week, I am totally selfish.  I only have to let go and have her go to daycare full time.  I still get to pick her up this afternoon and hold her tight and play with her until bedtime.

Other parents are not so lucky as me.

You may have heard the news this week about Baby Avery, the baby with the bucket list?  She passed away this week.  I had just started following her blog and hearing about her passing made me cry so hard.
You can read about it here:
http://articles.cnn.com/2012-05-01/us/us_texas-baby-bucket-list_1_genetic-disorder-blog-entries?_s=PM:US

Her blog was written in her voice and it chronicled all the things she wanted to do before she left this world:
http://averycan.blogspot.com/

Her parents had to let her go, even before she left.  They must be some of the strongest human beings on this planet.  In a weekend where we have The Avenger's Movie coming out, I think we can agree that the parents of sick children (those children can be grown up or still babies!) are probably the strongest super heroes of all.

This is my last post (for this year) about my walk for Cystic Fibrosis, to help out my friends who's little girl has CF.  My friends are Super Heroes.  Baby Avery's parents are Super Heroes.

Want to be a Super Hero?  You can donate to Baby Avery's cause through her blog or you can donate to my walk for Cystic Fibrosis.  (All of my donors will get a picture of Zoe at the zoo!)
http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/DanielleVello

Can't donate?  Try to volunteer your time or help spread the word about these Super Hero Moms and Dads and Grandparents and family members who are trying to raise money to find cures....so that way other parents won't need to be Super Heroes and learn to let go.

I'm sorry to end the week on such a sad note....lift yourself up and feel better.  Spread the word to help out!

My original post about all of this:
http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2012/03/cystic-fibrosis-great-strides-walk-at.html

See you all next week where I will start previewing an exciting project I have been working on.



Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - One Year Ago



Awww.....I actually blogged about this last year too, you can read about it here:
http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-baby-crack-addiction.html

Okay okay, so it was almost a year ago.  I'm sharing this with you to say that if you donate to my Cystic Fibrosis walk, I'll give you more of the above. :)  Yes, I'm totally withholding her Zoo pictures unless you donated. :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A long and happy marriage.

No time to post anything too good today, so for now I will share this video.

Too cute, my sister showed me this one: