WHEN IT'S THIS COLD OUT


the high today was 25 and the high tomorrow will be 23. we are slowly, slowly but surely, turning into icicles. so here's some stuff and things! geez january. 

huck likes sleeping in his stroller when it's freezing out so i like to try and find silly things to do once all the errands are run and i still need to stay out longer. like try on maxi skirts i have zero intention of buying and then answering emails in the dressing room. 
my favorite part of stroller naps is when huck starts to stir and for those few minutes he's between sleeping and waking and he's floppy and warm and cuddly. it's like stroller nap newborn time travel.
when it's this cold out i end up cooking more. my bum appreciates this. i might be the only human in existence who loses weight in the winter and gains in the summer. this is one of my favorite speedy winter meals. warm quinoa, bitter arugula, roasted beets, some goat cheese, and a little newman's own olive oil + balsamic vinegar dressing drizzled on top. BAM.  
huck digs the quinoa because huck is a quinoa artist. you should have seen the floor after this, what a masterpiece! will you look at that sense of humor. this boy is just the goofiest. also he looks thirteen in these photos, i know, what is this crap.

p.s.
my sweater is from madewell

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  1. Okay, that fluffy white sweater?

    DUUUUUUUUDE.

    Coveting! It's all kinds of cute.

    As for the cabin fever? Shooo...SHOOO! (Fie on you, cabin fever...FIE, I SAY!)

    If you didn't watch it while it was on TV, please, in the name of all that is good and holy, watch Friday Night Lights. It is THE BEST. And Coach Taylor is yummy. (There, I said it.)

    Your dressing room visits are the shiz -- productive much?! :-)

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  2. Ditto above re: your white (Swiss-dot?) sweater

    and ditto cabin fever. North of Boston here and it is ug. lee.

    For winter comfort I am re-re-re-reading the second half of the Little House books, i.e. The Long Winter through First Four Years. Man alive they do my soul good. That Laura! I'm proud to share a name with her. We bought my almost-two-year-old an easel for Christmas and are getting a lot of mileage out of crayons, shapes, and "luck-ors" (colors).

    We'll all make it. Stay warm! Keep posting pictures! You look awesome and Huck does and you make me at least want to put on lipstick.

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  3. We've got a windchill of -38 tonight and tomorrow morning! I really like your white sweater with the pom poms and Huck should really open up an etsy shop, he looks like quite the artistic genius with that adorable striped shirt and all :)

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  4. i like your rambling posts! it's been in the negative degrees here in the U.P. of MI.. I need some tips too! hm let's see, I've been thrifting, reading fashion mags + blogs, college studying, and tv shows that include The Bachelor, The Carrie Diaries, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.. and all of my favorite old movies. baking/cooking too of course :)

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  5. Try Once Upon a Time on Netflix.. I'm addicted!!

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  6. My favorite thing to do in the winter is spruce up the house! Take on some projects! Paint a wall or a dresser or even a canvas. Distress something or stain something or hang some shiz on the walls! Today I painted some thick grey stripes on my white curtains. It sucked up my entire day and was HIGHLY satisfying!

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  7. That dish looks divine! I love simple but delicious food combos. x

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  8. Also YES to Friday night lights. YES. Coach Taylor be still my soul.

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  9. A spendy, but good way to change things up a bit in these cold winter days is to get a hotel room for a day! New scenery! Maybe a different part of the city then you're used to always being in! New shops to waste time in while you wait for Huck to finish his stroller nap! Big sqooshy beds to bounce on! Pay per view movies! Room service! And the list goes on....

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  10. I agree, try friday night lights!! it is super.

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  11. Check out Doc Martin on netflix. it's a great little show, and will make you dream of going to cornwall

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  12. Def down with the FNL - you will be thinking in a Texan accent after the first ep. Also, just read a book by JoJo Moyes called "The Girl You Left Behind" I had trouble putting it down.

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  13. Also, I think your new eyebrows deserve a post of their own! So good!

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  14. ^ love doc martin! and i do dream of going to port wenn (isaac). one of my favorite musicians lives in cornwall and played at a local port isaac pub last year, right on the water. i live in richmond, va and was dyyyying to go. *sad face*

    re: the summer gain, i hear you. my winter appetite is lacking, whereas i get soo hungry in the summer.

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  15. hah - i am one of those who loves these rambling posts! to be honest...i would take cabin fever over my boss every day. and i love what i do. so try to enjoy it a bit, document it for me, and buy that maxi skirt (when it goes on sale, natch).

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  16. just take a trip to LA. it's 80+ degrees here. (Blech!)
    or Friday Night Lights.

    http://www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

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  17. Make brownies in an attempt to warm up your apt with oven heat...at least that's what I'm doing lol! Stay warm!

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  18. I am the queen of time-wasting. However, I've never had to do it with a two-year-old....props. Here are my suggestions: 1. bake a bunch of sugar cookies, get the kiddo to help decorate with sprinkles, and donate to a church or shelter near you. Can also repeat this suggestion with easy bread (no-knead recips) and "decorate" by adding nuts, raisins, and oats. 2. Upload family photos onto crayola.com to turn them into coloring pages, print, and have Huck make a coloring book out of his family. 3. Bathtime in the middle of the day with shaving cream tinted colors to paint on the tiles. Just for fun. 4. I know you said museums are done-zo, but how about the MTA Transit museum? 5. Go to the Brooklyn Ikea for a full day of play, food, and dream shopping.

    Hope those suggestions help.

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  19. Do you ever take Huck to the public library? I'm not from NY, but I'm sure they've got to have a library? How could NYC not have one or 5? And children's sections of public libraries are pretty much adorable with a capital A! Tiny (often colorful)chairs and tables, wonderful books, possible story ladies, and sometimes even play equipment or special reading spots.

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  20. Watch Scandal! It's wonderful.

    When did your Huck get so big!?! I've added your lovely Holbrook clan to my prayer list, sending baby thoughts your way!

    P.S. I want Huck's shoes.

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  21. I know what you mean. It's not quite as cold here, but just above freezing every day still stinks. Especially when it rains, too, which is most of the time. BUT, that beet and quinoa meal looks so yummy! I used to haaaaaate beets, but after my last pregnancy I've been sort of in love with them.
    Huck is adorable, of course.:-)

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  22. Love Love Love your sweater!

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  23. I go to every thrift store known to man, collecting bags of those plastic balls a la the Chuck E. Cheese of yesteryear, then go home, inflate the kiddie pool, and fill it to the brim with balls. Or their pop-up tent. Or their cardboard playhouse. Your fabulous teepee would work, too! Then I shove my children into their newfound ball pit and pray they stay in there long enough for me to blog trawl.

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  24. I had to look up what 25 Fahrenheit is (I know, I know)... and while I hate to be the 'Oh, you think THAT'S cold person' (because, yes, we do all hate that person), it is -4 to -13 most of the last week or so here in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) *and that's in fahrenheit*. I would killllll for your temperatures. And to be in New York! Oh, where there is so much to do! Here we are plugging in our cars so that they might start, and hesitating walking a block because frost bite sucks. And all that. I digress. I do feel for you, but man. Wasn't Idaho cold?

    In other news, I freaking LOVE the sweater you are wearing. Maybe my favourite thing ever at the moment.

    And the change room experience? I think it is a universal experience. A lovely universal experience.

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  25. I'm not even going to tell you what the temp is here in LA but let's just say it doesn't feel like winter. But when I can't think of anywhere to go with my 2-year-old, we bake cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

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  26. Meanwhile it Australia it's been around 46c (that's about 115F) and to hot to contemplate leaving the house!

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  27. The cabin fever is killing me too! I've taken my son to the library seven thousand times in the past month. Bring on spring!

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  28. I feel you. I was inside all day with my 20 month old son, not because it's cold out (actually it was a beautiful, sunny 70 degree Southern California day), but because we're sick with colds and I don't want to spread germs. We colored, read every truck book, watched every Elmo DVD, baked banana bread, and I even had time to go through the photos on my phone (while the little boy took a nap on me) and and erase (no more photo storage) all of the very lovely and absolutely necessary dressing room pictures of myself. Those are my favorite. That said, I know you don't know me and I don't actually know you, but can I say this without being totally awkward - you look gorgeous in the Instagram dressing room picture.
    - Laura

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  29. Natalie...
    I feel your pain (sort of?). The high today in Idaho Falls was like 9*, and with windchill it felt like a high of -1*. We're praying for something closer to the 30s, truth be told. I've been watching The Vicar of Dibley on Netflix these days, and quite enjoying it, since it's too cold to be outside...

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  30. I spent all of my winter break watching Friday Night Lights on netflix. HIGHLY recommended to fix that itchy cabin fever.

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  31. I rearrange furniture and make funny cell phone videos with my crazed preschooler. Tents. Pillow fights. Songs and dances. Clean out closets, plan outfits, coordinate clothes with the kids, make cards for family with his scribble art, set up the train tracks then destroy them like Godzilla. Kids do love destruction. :)

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  32. Hahahaha love the last sentence, "scrub the toilet". Anyways you can try doing a new project? Like growing a little indoor garden in your apartment or having a new goldfish as a pet? Haha, sorry for the bad suggestions. :/

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  33. Start reading East of Eden and The Fault in our Stars.

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  34. Maybe a little exercise clip to get your circulation going? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na9ZZ4ZjVa8. The laughs alone are totally worth it.

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  35. Three words: Friday Night Lights

    Two more: Breaking Bad

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  36. Three words: Friday Night Lights

    Two more: Breaking Bad

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  37. I'm in Jersey, and like you it's bitter cold here. In laws were here from Utah recently and they said it was in the single digits back home, so I don't feel too bad! Don't think taking the kid outside for too long is wise. My three year old got cold being outside for ten minutes! I think that was a record.

    Can't afford to be cooped up in the house because I have three daughters I have to drive to church for young women & faith in God.

    I did stay in all day, and watched a lifetime movie. Probably should have spent those two hours finishing Les Miserables, but that's a mother book!

    anyway...enjoy the rest of the week, color coordinate your clothes in the closet, experience more yummy recipes of your own, call an old friend, and keep sharing. You are just too cute! Your boy is growing up way too fast...tell him to stop it!

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  38. 1. No - not everyone takes pictures of themselves in dressing rooms. That's ridiculous. YOu seem to have a strange need to photograph yourself in every reflective surface you cross. Narcissist?
    2. You can TELL that you've quit washing your hair
    3. Huck is adorable- but you dress him in ridiculous clothes

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    2. Yikes...tell us how you really feel.
      Natalie...I love your blog and all your pics!! Keep it up.

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    3. It's her blog - hence, the pictures of her. Sheesh. I am confused why you would come to her blog to read it if you don't enjoy it ... hmmmm.

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    4. Huck's clothes are ridiculous? I guess she should just dress him in t-shirts with cartoon characters on the front since that is the epitome of class and style.

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    5. Also, I think her hair looks AMAZING lately. I think in the beginning you could tell in some pics about the no washing thing, but I think once you get past a certain point where your hair gets used to it, it looks even better than when you used to wash it normally. Your hair looks great Natalie! Actually, I was thinking you should do a whole post about all your hair care details (how often you wash it? if you use shampoo everytime or at all? conditioner? etc etc.).

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  39. Oh girl I feel you. Across the Atlantic the weather is very similar. I'm trying to meet up with a ton of girlfriends, cook a lot like you, go for walks (all bundled up) and watch a lot of TV ;) . Of course I don't have kids so I can't help you out there.

    Also the comment above here from renee is so very helpful. Read in sarcasm font.

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  40. I here you about this winter itch. I'm over it, let's move on, we get it... springtime please? I like to knit but I recently started to listen to some audiobooks while knitting and I'm hooked! If you get the right narrator it's really such a treat having someone read you a story, it's like being a kid all over again! I'm also doing a 40-day yoga challenge which is a nice (indoor) distraction :) http://hellobougeotte.blogspot.fr/2013/01/40-days-gumby-movement.html

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  41. Do you have a mother baby playgroup? That was key when my kids were little. It's funny, because now that my kids are grown, I haven't been in touch with any of the moms and my kids don't even remember the group, but for those days when being outside was impossible, having other moms around was what kept me sane. I live in Boston and I sought out indoor play spaces whenever possible, too, like the children's museum, science museum, aquarium, library during children's hours, etc.

    Not to sound too melodramatic, but cherish even the boring days. My kids are now grown and I'm an empty nester. It's crazy, because they were little for about 2 seconds and now they're gone. I'm lucky that they live close by and I get to see them, but oh, how I miss the days when they snuggled in my neck and I could breathe in their sleepy warmth. They are now taller than me and I have to reach up to them for hugs!

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  42. if you are a fan of Downton, see if you can catch BBC's The Paradise or ITV's Mr Selfridge from over here in the UK. They will NOT disappoint.

    i do the same killing time while little one naps - how do they know when they are home?? the eyes just ping open the instant we arrive at the front door. it's like magic or something.

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  43. Me and my 2yr old {well, he's 2 in 2 weeks} are dying of boredom right now. We walk everywhere as well, and when it is 25 degree's you can't spend a ton of time outdoors. We have cabin fever so bad right now. My son was actually crying at the front door the other he wanted to go out. So we went for a walk but he was frozen when we got back. Literally frozen. Awful.

    So, I think I might just have to take the train to some new cities this next week. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling need to be seen. I'll wrap my son up in a cocoon just to get out. I'm hating this winter! The Scottish rain is better than this....

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  44. It's -5 in Wisconsin right now, so don't even talk to me about 23 degrees! That's balmy. We went to the museum, but you're right, you can only do that so many times. My 3 year old and 1 year old love pillow forts/couch jumping/cushion obstacle courses. That's how I burn off their energy. That and grocery store runs. Good luck!

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  45. I've been stuck at home the past couple of days with a sickie. BUT, the warm sleepy snuggles have definitely been worth it! And I looove your sweater!

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  46. Catch up on Portlandia or rewatch Arrested Development. Also good for the Felicity Porter fans out there, Running Wilde.

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  47. !!!New Costume Drama about the birth of Selfridges Department store in London 1906 Can you access British TV?... I think you will love it if you like Downton. x

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  48. Your weather would be a warm break from what we have right now... 5 whoppin' degrees in Buffalo, NY. Awful! My husband and I just finished watching "How I Met Your Mother" from start to finish on Netflix. Always good for a laugh. We're now onto "Rules of Engagement" which isn't quite so good, but it's mindless and somewhat entertaining, so it works. If you REALLY want something to get addicted to, though, I'm going to have to recommend Pretty Little Liars. It's juvenile, and sometimes silly, but also seriously thrilling and intense!

    PS: Huck is so stinkin cute. Also... if you need a baby fix, check out my blog or Instagram ;) I am the queen of shamelessly swamping newsfeeds with pictures of my little peanut!

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  49. Downton and Homeland are definitely my winter addictions :).

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  50. ugh cold weather stinks. I feel ya.

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  51. Hello,
    I'm a french girl who lives in Paris. I follow your blog since 6 months and I totally love it!!
    My winter addictions are also to surf on blogs, watch Downton abbey, read magazines and books with a delicious cup of tea.

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  52. ooooh, do i have netflix recommendations! (thanks to the bar and such) friday night lights, doctor who, pretty little liars, revenge, hart of dixie, and of course, battlestar galactica. enjoy.

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  53. It has been so cold here, like highs of 10. I'm freezing to death and can't wait for a good thaw. I tend to feel claustrophobic in the winter. I guess that is the same as cabin fever. It is too cold to go anywhere...I read, I blog, I clean, I cook and watch HGTV.

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  54. We just got a blast of major cold weather and a nice snow here in Germany, only now it's turning to that horrible slush that makes leaving the house practically painful. I do a lot of manicures when I'm stuck indoors, as well as cooking. Unfortunately, my bum doesn't fare so well since I cook mostly creamy, fatty dinners and do lots of baking. This recipe is one of my cold-weather favorites: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/10588/Pork-And-Apple-Hot-Pot.html (mashed potatoes are a must!). The whole apartment smells like heaven and the only feelings of stir-craziness you experience are from waiting to pull it out of the oven and stuff it in your face.

    Also, just posted about it on my blog today, but I'm reading a massive book called The Terror, about an Arctic expedition in the 1800s where their ships get trapped in the ice and they are stalked by this unknown beast. It's a little scary but the descriptions of the intensely cold weather make me feel so much better about being warm and indoors - and still having all my fingers and toes!

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  55. I've read a few incredible books as of late - Nora Ephron's "I Remember Nothing' and 'I Feel Bad About My Neck', as well as Steve Martin's 'An Object of Beauty'.

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  56. Hmmm. I'm thinking. We usually stick to the Natural History museum or CMOM or venture to BK and go to that kids museum... If you're up to traveling there, I'd also try out the train museum or did you go there as well? How about the movies? They have mom/kids hour. I'm in Manhattan via the Bx as well so I feel your pain. We have a car so even a trip to the supermarket feels like the "most amazing adventure EVER" to my kids. I feel your pain though. It is brutally cold and yep I totally used fitting rooms to nurse my son till I said screw this hiding and just started doing it in the open sans cover. Oh the scandal. LOL.

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  57. Watch Sherlocke on Netflix - Benedict Cumberbatch is so awesome. Check out Where'd You Go, Bernadette? It's a new book and really fun. Put Huck in the bath and let him fingerpaint. I did that with my two kids after the hurricane. they had a blast. it was a huge mess but relatively easy to clean up.

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  58. Oh man, The West Wing is on Netflix now.

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  59. Here is my Netflix lineup

    a) Freaks & Geeks (!!)
    b) Funny Face
    c) Blue Valentine
    d) Paper Moon (it's incredibly well done and witty)
    e) Like Crazy (if you are feeling angsty, but DO NOT watch it after Blue Valentine... you'll be a mess)

    I won't bore you with a longer list. Good luck keeping busy! You should do some DIY crafts and share them with us! :)

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  60. cabin fever really does happen! Huck looks cute as always. My blog

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  61. I'm reading Outliers and it is a fascinating read! Also, crocheting or knitting is a good thing to pick up when you're bored :)

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  62. I can't be of help with suggestions for entertaining the little guy (although I feel you on the temps...my walk from York to the 86th St. subway stop this morning was coooooold!) A Netflix suggestion, though, which I indulged in on my day off this past Monday, is Vampire Diaries. Total CW fare but super satisfying because there are about a million episodes and three seasons available, so you won't run out anytime soon.

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  63. Snuggle up under the covers and start watching a new series or crack open that book that has been collecting dust on the bookshelf since the first day it was brought home. :) You can beat that cabin fever! I believe it!

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  64. personally i've been having this THING with the west wing on netflix lately....i recommend checking it out. it took me about 4 episodes before i really got hooked but MAN ALIVE i can't put it down. i mean turn it off. you know!

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  65. If Pushing Daisies is still on Netflix, do it! Narrated by Jim Dale!!

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  66. I've been reading this blog for, well FOREVER. Few things to do during the ridic NY winter week: read (always down to reread something funny; say Tina Fey's bossypants) , tv (Downton Abbey, Parenthood, New Girl), and eat home cooked meals for sure! Either way, love the blog - it's part of my daily readings so THANKS! PS: Love the sweater, love the booties - perfect cold-weather wear!

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  67. Don't even! It hasn't been ABOVE 20 degrees here in the last TWENTY days!!! Every morning we're in the negatives until about 11a. My boots are rimmed with road salt, permanently. Old Office episodes and popcorn are keeping me busy most nights. Mother and Son canvass painting? Sew? Play dates n' dress up? Good luck.

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  68. We live in Hawaii so I'm not going to say what exactly the temperature is here right now, BUT it does get nasty windy here in the winter times. Being the spoilt little weather brats that we are there is lots of grumbling about the low temps and windy days (you know like "my lips are chapped from all this wind!")


    One other thing I like to do in the winter time is day dream about all the little business I would like to start, then going and opening etsy stores, reserving blog names and designing them without launching them. Oh yes I do this often! My husband says I should start a business selling business ideas, but then they wouldn't be mine and we all know they are multimillion dollar success stories just waiting to happen.

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  69. I hear ya sister--cabin fever is the worst. After spending the entire weekend inside on Monday when we had the day off, my husband and I were desperate for somewhere to go with our 2 year old--so we took her to our local animal shelter. Sort of like the zoo, but free and indoors! She loved it! Not sure if you have one close to you, but even a pet store would do the trick I think.
    Love your blog!

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  70. i have cabin fever too and so go out for walks coffee, unneeded shopping trips--i even don't get all my food shopping in one go because it gives me an excuse to get out and about. and then people look at me and my two month old baby like i am a bad mother and should stay inside with her--oh well.

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  71. I lose weight in the winter, too! Why oh why is that? Too weird, and incredibly inconvenient when it comes to swimsuit shopping.

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  72. I know your plight all too well :-) Here are my suggestions: 1/to echo the above commenter on the NYPL--try the main branch, they have a great kiddy section and if it's not freezing, there's ice skating and a carousel right outside in Bryant Park though I'm sure you know all about that. THere's a Starbucks down Sixth Avenue that leads to a public indoor "garden" that's a great place for a stroller nap with wi-fi and all. Also, I'm prejudiced (just finished my degree there and helped on the catalogue) but what about Bard Graduate Center on West 86th street? THey have an exhibit now on the Circus and The City until February 3rd. It'll be great fun for both of you and it's not so museum-like. I also second the commenter who suggested the Brooklyn Ikea. When my twins were small, that would be our outing for the day. Best of luck!

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  73. the high this past monday in minneapolis was -2. you're lucky by comparison! enjoy!

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  74. that is looking good. i shall have to cook it up!

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  75. Ps You look like, who's that lady? Ali Mcgraw....lately, anyhow.

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  76. have you done a hair post? Not about not washing(i'm already WAY on board with that)...but what you use to style? I would love to read about it!

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  77. oh i hear you! these long dreary days where is gets dark before 5 pm, they kill me. usually by February i am ready to flee to hawaii!

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  78. I like the Children's Museum of Manhattan, City Treehouse in Chelsea (it has a water play thing that's so cool but it's a million dollars to get in), and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden because the hot hot dry desert room and the hot hot sticky tropical room! And the YMCA with all those swim and baby yoga and tumbly classes - you don't have to be a member. Last night I had a dream I was going on a Caribbean cruise, that's what I really need...

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  79. Good series to check out on Netflix : Community, 30 Rock, Firefly, Arrested Development, BBC Sherlock

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  80. GUH watch Bones from the beginning.

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  81. Hart of Dixie on Netflix. Ya Rachel Bilson's acting sort of stinks, but she's super cute, and has the BEST clothes. Plus Hart of Dixie is a "fun, happy, silly" show. I couldn't get into Friday Night Lights (I tried, sorry).

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  82. nat what color are hucks eyes? i love that he got brandon's coloring and your looks! i'm hoping baby girl inside me has a similar genetic choosing....(hubby's a redhead with brown eyes, i'm brown haired with hazel eyes.)

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  83. It really is TOO cold outside. Hard for these babies of ours.

    Some ladies in our ward have started a Music Time for kids. They get together and sing songs, do finger plays, read stories. Stuff like that. Maybe you should start a weekly group!

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  84. cabin fever and baby fever all rolled into one is no fun at all (i'm with ya there sister)! we need to think warm, happy, baby thoughts. also BBC Sherlock is actually pretty entertaining (although a bit short)!

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  85. Rearranging the furniture always makes me feel better (it's like a brand new room!)

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  86. Love that black and white picture of you and baby. Very cute.

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  87. where did you get the hi top mocs?!

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  88. Try the Forsyte Saga on Netflix. Its Downton without the kitchen staff but still really good!

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  89. The Paradise (BBC mini-series), it's really good!

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  90. Dude, my weight fluctuation follows the same pattern as yours. Fatty in the summer, svelte in the winter. Not ideal.
    -Caitlyn

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  91. Not to say you're EVER fat! No no! Just me. :)

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  92. Hi! Your post reminded me of how, when my boy was a toddler and it was too yucky to go out, I'd put him into the bathtub in his diaper with a whole array of finger paints. It was glorious art, hands, elbows, feet, even his belly once.

    Of course, I took pictures of his Van Goghish art and love them still. (Of course, I'm allowed to think they're brilliant since I'm his mom.)

    Thanks for reminding me of what we did then. Now, ten years later, it's much different.

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