Learning cloth diapering techniques at @Luludew

Learning cloth diapering techniques at @Luludew

Suck it polar vortex!

Suck it polar vortex!

Possibly buying this just for the jar (at Ralphs)

Possibly buying this just for the jar (at Ralphs)

Sausage antics (at Elephant)

Sausage antics (at Elephant)

Pick up this week’s @laweekly to see a cool ad from my delicious client in Ktown.  (at Dong Il Jang)

Pick up this week’s @laweekly to see a cool ad from my delicious client in Ktown. (at Dong Il Jang)

[FATTRACTIVE] 3/01/2014 10:18:00 PM

Last year, I won eye lash extensions from a lady who had a booth at a
bridal trade show. I liked them enough to pay her for a second set around
the time of my wedding and then again 6 months later (today). The process
takes about an hour and a half because she applies individual fake lashes
to each existing natural lash. She says that a lot of her clients choose to
sleep, but I don’t see how that’s possible with how much she gabs. Today,
we talked mostly about pregnancy and parenthood. Most of my conversations
these days are about pregnancy and parenthood just as how most of my
conversations were about weddings and bridal matters in the months leading
up to my nuptials. Clearly, I instigate the topic both because I am trying
to learn as much as possible and also because I inspire people to remember
and share their own experiences in this situation. The lady who does my
lashes (K) has a daughter by adoption and never carried a baby to term, so
she was less interested in commiserating with various ailments I am
currently surviving. Her adoption story, though, captivated me and made the
2 hour session breeze by like a good film. She had tried to adopt through
an agency with at least three different mothers. Two of them decided after
delivering to keep the child while the third strung her along for several
months and then disappeared. K says she thinks the latter was using K for
emotional support. They spoke daily on the phone, which cost K $400/month,
and K visited the mother in Texas (from California) on occasion. K concedes
that she was too involved in her life. Later, K’s husband S told the woman
who cuts his hair that they were looking to adopt. That woman put them in
touch with a family friend of hers who wanted to find a better home for her
second child, a girl. The child’s father was, at the time, being sentenced
for beating her first child (who was only four months old and blind) into a
coma. The little girl was five months old by the time the adoption
realized. She is now twelve years old. K made sure that her daughter
understood from the getgo that she is adopted but still struggles with how
much information to give the girl about her father. K had written the
girl’s father in prison to request that he write the girl to tell her about
himself, and his letter was full of stories reflecting a life full of
remorseless crime. K has not given the girl this letter, yet. Parenting is
hard for a lot of reasons. But one of the big questions that I’m struggling
with right now is how much truth do you give over time and when.
Thankfully, I don’t have any big family secrets to hide (yet!) … other
than the story about that time I danced on stage at a nightclub for money.
Maybe I’ll save that one for when my kid is old enough to read this blog.

On that Homer Simpson tip #nyfw #27weeks

On that Homer Simpson tip #nyfw #27weeks

Tags: nyfw 27weeks

The Ex-boyfriend Cookbook has the easiest best recipes. Behold: Milo Burda’s Amazing Bean Soup

The Ex-boyfriend Cookbook has the easiest best recipes. Behold: Milo Burda’s Amazing Bean Soup

Classy pregnant lady alert #26weeks

Classy pregnant lady alert #26weeks

Tags: 26weeks

Apply twice daily from the start of the second trimester for the illusion that you won’t be ravaged with stretch marks after this is all over.

Apply twice daily from the start of the second trimester for the illusion that you won’t be ravaged with stretch marks after this is all over.

Do these stripes make me look fat? Or is it the creature doubling in size in my belly

Do these stripes make me look fat? Or is it the creature doubling in size in my belly

Learning that newborns are basically repulsive. (at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center)

Learning that newborns are basically repulsive. (at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center)

Practicing diaper changing strategies. Also, practicing acceptance if the baby doesn’t look the way we expect.

Practicing diaper changing strategies. Also, practicing acceptance if the baby doesn’t look the way we expect.

Still life with prenatal multi softgel with DHA

Still life with prenatal multi softgel with DHA

One of the perks of my job is discovering and sampling gems around LA @almondmilkLA

One of the perks of my job is discovering and sampling gems around LA @almondmilkLA