Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Minor Successes

Last night's plan to divide the babies up was a smashing success! In this smashing success we all got a small amount of sleep! At one point I slept for more than one hour consecutively!

Tomato Salad with Rice Vinegar and Basil

After a long day of baby-minding, and napping, I snapped to work in getting dinner together starting with a tomato salad with a yellow tomato from the Greenmarket, red tomato from the farm share, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, and my mother's basil.

Rigatoni with Garlic, Summer Squash, Basil, Onion, Broccoli, and Cauliflower

For the main dish I cooked up some garlic, onion, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower and cauliflower then tossed in some cooked rigatoni with fresh basil.

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

For a drink I poured this Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery. After having their Wildeman Farmhouse Ale I was anxious to try another of their brews and this was was nice. It was a slightly chalky-tasting IPA which went nicely with tonight's light dinner.

Sisters and Brothers and Drinks

For the ladies I made Aperol Spritzes, a drink that was on Jen's list of drinks she wanted to have after she gave birth. It had been such a long time since I made this that we had to look up the ingredients which sent Lisa and I walking to the wine store in town to pick up some Prosecco. The drink was met with a warm response from Jen's sisters.

The babies' response was more tepid. Once they figured out we were taking a ten minute break to have dinner they both started fussing until we attended to their needs which seemed to be nothing more than holding them and making sure we were not enjoying an uninterrupted meal.

With the success of last night I'm excited to try these new sleeping arrangements again this evening. However, if there is one thing I've learned so far it's that what works today does not necessarily work tomorrow. With all the fussing they've done at various points throughout today I'm sure things could change pretty quickly overnight. Especially after we treat them to another bath this evening.

I've also learned that things are much easier with two live-in helpers.

Go figure.

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