Healthy fast food?

I recently came across this Rocky Mountain News article about a restaurant called “V.G. Burgers” on Kleo’s blog and I said, “Hey! We just ate there on Friday!”

V.G. Burgers is a new fast food restaurant in Boulder, CO, with an entirely vegetarian and almost entirely organic menu. In fact, 90% or more of the food is vegan.

I have a few friends (both vegan and not) who’ve eaten there lately and liked it, so when we found ourselves in Boulder Friday night, I said we should give it a try. Ava got the classic burger, Jody got the sunflower burger and I tried the falafel/hummus burger, all with (baked) fries. The food was good, though I wish we would’ve added something like guac or salsa to our burgers, because they were a bit on the dry side. The shakes, however, were delicious. We tried three different varieties – soymilk vanilla, hemp chocolate and chocolate peanut butter – and shared them between the three of us. The chocolate peanut butter was our favorite. :)

It was nice to find a fast food place with healthy (and vegetarian) food. Oh, and most, if not all, of their utensils, cups, plates, etc. are biodegradable (made from potato!). I hope the idea catches on elsewhere.

Help with WordPress

Anyone know why I would suddenly stop receiving email notification when I get a comment? I have the box checked to email me whenever someone leaves a comment, but a couple days ago I stopped getting emails even though I’ve received new comments. Ideas? I’ve tried looking it up on the WordPress site, but didn’t get anywhere.


By the way, with the weather being somewhat nice lately (though snow is expected tomorrow – bah!), we’ve gone to the park the past three days. I haven’t been spending much time on the computer, so no new posts of any relevance.

We’re going to go play a friend’s house this afternoon, then pick Jody up from work and maybe go out to dinner. Then tomorrow we’ve got a 3-year-old’s birthday party to attend at a place called “BounceTown.”  Should be a good time for Ava. :)

Look, ma – no hands!

Hands-free nursing while walking. Sounds like some sort of acrobatic act you might expect to see at the circus, no?

They (the folks at Moby Wrap, that is) said it could be done, but I had yet to attempt it myself until yesterday.

With the weather finally warming up a bit and the snow melting, the kids and I went out for a walk yesterday. I honestly don’t pay much attention to the clock when it comes to nursing Julian – I practice “on-demand feeding.” So when Ava said she wanted to go for a walk, I thought it *might* be getting close to the time that he’d be hungry again, but I wasn’t sure. I figured we’d play it by ear. So I plopped him into the Moby, Ava and I got our coats on (Julian fits inside mine while in the Moby), and off we went.

It didn’t take long for him to start crying and I knew I either needed to plop down on the cold sidewalk and feed him, go home and feed him or figure out a way to nurse him while in the Moby. It took a bit of crazy maneuvering on my part, but I finally nudged him low enough so I could hoist my boob up into his mouth. He was happy to be fed, I was geeked that I did it, and Ava was delighted to get to continue playing outside. Success!

I didn’t actually follow the tips they give on the Moby site for nursing in the wrap, which may have worked a bit better. I just loosened the wrap so I could scoot Julian down on my chest a bit lower. It worked just fine, though I’m sure it looked a bit odd while I was getting him situated. ;)

We passed a few folks on our walk and even stopped to talk with a man who had a very friendly golden retriever named Kody and no one was the wiser that the bundle zipped up inside my coat was happily blissed out on mama’s milk. :)

my photography blog

Because I didn’t feel like I had enough going on, I started a photography blog. OK, so I’m just kidding about the not having enough going on part, but I did want to start a blog where I can post *just* photos – nothing else – so I’m not crowding this blog with my day-to-day pics. I only have a couple on there from yesterday and plan to update it as I take more pictures, but I hope to add some of my old favorites as well.

Don’t worry, I’ll still post pics here now and then too. :)

Nine years ago…

Feb. 20 marks the ninth anniversary of me and Jody’s first meeting in person. Of course we knew each other via the Internet for about 1 1/2 years beforehand, but it wasn’t until Feb. 20, 1998, that we met face-to-face.

I lived in MI. He lived in OK. So, while we wanted to get together, we couldn’t just meet up at the local Starbucks for a cup of coffee. (Wait, did Starbucks even exist back then?)

A lot has happened in those nine years. First I moved to OK and we later got engaged. In 2000 we moved to CO and bought our first home. We got married in 2001 and we’ve since had two amazing children.

It hasn’t all been roses though. We’ve made our fair share of mistakes along the way (the most costly being the purchase of a timeshare which we’ve since sold, taking a huge loss), but we’ve learned a LOT. I think we’ve grown up a lot over the years and really settled into who we are both as parents and people.

I’m thankful for Jody for a number of reasons, but one thing that really stands out to me is what a wonderful father he is. He has nearly endless patience, is able to play just like a child, and has a huge heart.

Dish Duty Father and Son

Pictures taken yesterday – 2/19/07.

I also love (and feel very fortunate) that he and I are on the same page for pretty much everything to do with parenting – from breastfeeding to cloth diapering to delayed/selectively vaxing to discipline. When I first started thinking about having a homebirth for our second child, he was supportive. Of course he first wanted to know that it was safe both for me and the baby, but after we talked to our midwife and both felt very comfortable with her abilities and with just how safe a homebirth really is, he was on board 100%.

I’m thankful that he loves me for me and supports me in following my dreams and pursuing my passions.

Happy 9 years, Jody. I love you.