good fortune

January 15, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

this morning was unknowingly our 500th post on this blog, that’s roughly 100 posts a year. here are a few interesting (to us) facts about our blog from last year: we had 9200 views, from 56 countries. our busiest day last year we had 977 views. we posted 172 times last year. our most popular post was this one.
11848408864_246aa9182a_oin honor of the good fortune of having people read the blog for so long and following along with our journey, i thought i’d share the fortunes we provided in homemade fortune cookies during our 4th annual cocktail party last saturday. the theme of our party was good luck and we were lucky to have so many friends join us. in addition to the fortune cookies, we made this cake with a penny inside and had clay wishbones for folks to pull.

here are the fortunes:
It is already too late to find the pants you were looking for.
He who knows he has enough is rich.
He who expects no gratitude shall never be disappointed.
A new pair of shoes will do you a world of good.
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.
A thrilling time is in your future.
It takes courage to admit fault.
Cocktails don’t pour themselves. Time to go get another round for everyone.
Listen to everyone – ideas come from everywhere.
Don’t forget your towel.
Remember to share good fortune as well as bad with your friends.
Every exit is an entrance to new experiences.
You are almost there.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
[insert fortune here]
Help! I’m being held prisoner in a Chinese bakery!
You have unusual equipment for success, use it properly.
Ignore previous fortunes.
The road to riches is paved with homework.
The rubber bands are pointing in the right direction.
Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life.
The wine stain will come out.
Now is the time to make circles with mints, do not haste any longer.
Whatever it is you’ve been doing – keep doing it.
You have the greatest power living in you, so everything that is coming against you is not enough to take you down.
Turns out, you’re not gluten intolerant.
Don’t just spend time, invest it.
You are the best dancer in the room tonight – go for it.
Someone has googled you recently.
You can be trusted to keep a secret.
The fortune you seek is in another fortune cookie.
You will be hungry again in one hour.
Zach needs another drink.
You will die alone and poorly dressed.
Zelda isn’t going to tuck herself into bed: get going.
You will find great happiness in the snack cupboard.
If dogs won’t lick you, there may be a problem.
You will finish knitting those socks that are sitting at the bottom of your project basket.
Did you make sure the lights were out before you left?
You will read this and say, “I could come up with a better fortune than that!”
There is a cookie calling your name.
Your favorite cookies will go on sale in your supermarket next week.
There is a tincture in your future.
Those shoes? In public? Really?
Bob needs a hug.
Do not eat [whatever you just ate].

an ambitious agenda of eating and some seeing

December 20, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on an ambitious agenda of eating and some seeing

Thurs Dec 19
Lunch at Kingfish –
6:00 – Celebration in the Oaks
Toup’s Meatery –
Fri Dec 20
10:00 – Teddybear Tea at The Roosevelt
Afternoon – Zelda snoozes and we wander the garden district/magazine st.
Nirvana (Indian) –

Sat Dec 21
Vietnamese farmer’s market – 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd., New Orleans, LA
Dargo’s (Seafood) for dinner –
Lights at Metairie

Sun Dec 22
10:45 – La Petite Grocery Brunch – 4238 Magazine Street – fancy bloody mary with crab claw, crab beignets
5:30 – Concert at St. Louis Cathedral (?)
Gates at 6:30 – Caroling at 7:00 – Caroling at St. Louis Cathedral
Dinner = snack or street food

Mon Dec 23
5:30 – Boucherie (Creole) – 8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans

Tues Dec 24
12:00 – Hit the road westward to Baton Rougue
Dinner in Baton Rouge or area
Bonfires on the levee, Lutcher, LA, 7pm – 1hr drive

Wed Dec 25
12:30 – Airport

Additional food to try
Drive-through daiquiri, Pralines, Shrimp or Fish Po Boys

happy meals at home

June 20, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on happy meals at home

we try to cook at home a majority of the time and as far as we can tell zelda enjoys her meal times with us. she certainly eats them and often with a smile.  we try to make it fun and have her participate in the process even though we have some rules like “put your napkin in your lap” “we only make one dinner” and “you can’t leave the table until everyone is done eating.” oh yes, and “only one chocolate lady bug per day.” i think we turn out tasty food that gives zelda a variety and based on what i’ve seen at restaurants our offerings certainly beat the kiddie menu (even at some nicer places) most days.  and yes, we often have cake.

weekend mashup

May 20, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on weekend mashup

despite the snow, which continued to fall and accumulate through saturday, we had a great weekend. friday was dinner with friends where we ate these delicious tacos, had cake and pie (yep, both!) and played some games.

saturday was low key with the exception of going for a walk where we snagged a walking stick for zelda from the woods. it’s since been customized. 20130520-150030.jpg we also started in on yarn extensions and beads for zelda, which necessitated a late-ish run to get more beads. pop zelda in her pjs when it gets close to bed time and she’s happy to go wherever.
20130520-150302.jpg sunday was sunny and like the snow never fell. the kids’ garden, which was planted, survived. the rest of the plants spent some time outside to begin the process of hardening them off again. we also worked on zelda’s hair some more, plus took lots of breaks for a walk and bike ride. actually, the hair didn’t get finished until this afternoon. i really hope this holds until our trip to dallas in early june, or at least until we meet up in dallas since i’ll be away the week before for work and papa will be on his own with little z (and all her hair).
20130520-150200.jpg and going back a little farther in time, here are some cute pictures of zelda taking darby for a walk last week.
Photo May 14, 7 24 10 PM.jpgPhoto May 14, 7 26 12 PM.jpg
also, in case you haven’t looked in a while, flickr updated its layout.  i like how you can view lots of photos on a single page.  it’s pretty close to flipping through a photo album.  here’s where you can find me and zach if you want to check it out.

pudding and hair

March 1, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on pudding and hair



thankfully the two weren’t combined too much. zelda had a great time during dessert the other night sampling a little chocolate ganache and lemon curd for the macarons we made last weekend.

also in lieu of free hair friday, we have whatever the opposite of that would be. zelda wore her hair mostly free all week, so last night we started the process of putting in yarn extensions and beads. many hours later with many breaks for zelda and three broken beaders, some hot chocolate, which is what’s all over her shirt in the pictures, a new to her toy, papa’s help and lots of episodes of curious george, we’re done. whew! zelda is down for a nap, which doesn’t sound like too bad of an idea. we’re hoping these last at least two weeks if not three. i think we can all use a long break from doing hair.








zach caught some great pics of this long process by setting the camera up to snap a pic every thirty seconds. we did this at christmas and it’s a great way to capture what’s happening without it being intrusive or occupying much needed extra hands.