Oh, Mila

'Tis the season for band concerts and dance recitals and basically the end of the school year is the best/worst. In every way. It's chaotic and eventful but rewarding and THAT'S MY BAAAAY-BEEEE.

What I'm saying is suddenly the kid formerly known as "burgh baby" is, well ... this.

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That happened fast, no?

Since it is the time of year when we spend a lot of time celebrating the growth and skills Alexis has gained, Mila has spent a lot of time sitting back and watching. She will get her turn eventually, but for now she's Alexis' biggest fan and an observer at all of the things.

She was FANTASTIC through Alexis' band concert.

She was AMAZING during the last track meet of the season.

She was PERFECTION through a dance reci ... no she wasn't. She was ... not perfection.

Alexis' dance recitals are three hours long. They are a well-oiled machine and a wonder of organization, but even when you strip away the fluff, you're still left with three hours of dancing. It's a lot, no matter how you look at it. Mila truly loves watching dance recitals ... for a while.

She was really very good for the first hour. She made it quite a while fully paying attention, often turning to ask if she could "do that dance" when she's bigger. I think her requests were mostly based on costumes and music choice, but who knows. She may very well end up liking dance as much as her sister does.

The second hour she was ... okay. A little wiggly and a lot squirmy, but that's well within the range of acceptable in the grand scheme of things. She became absolutely enthralled when somebody accidentally pulled a fire alarm and caused the whole place to evacuate (adding half an hour to the already significant three hours ... THANKS, JERK), but then we went back to sitting quietly.

It was really very quiet.

Silent, even.

Between dances, at a moment when silence reigned supreme over the theatre, a little voice blasted, "OKAY, THIS IS BORING NOW. I'M BORED. CAN WE LEAVE?'



Greek Salad Dressing

Reposted from 2013 because were you outside today? OMG. WEATHER!


I'm turning into one of THOSE people. I used to read food labels to confirm that things that seemed like they should be meat-free actually were meat-free. For example, you'd be shocked how often "powdered cooked chicken" shows up in things. And don't get me started on castoreum. For the record, it's a very special level of gross that comes from beavers (do NOT google it). Now I've started reading food labels to verify they are meat-free AND to see if I can pronounce all of the things.

The castoreum is related to the pronunciation thing, by the way. When I don't know what something is in a food, it always turns out to be something that ruins my day.

(You googled it, didn't you? I told you not to!) (I'm sorry.)

The more lables I read, the more I end up making things from scratch. I suppose it's not really a bad thing, but man. MAN.

Now I've become one of those people who makes salad dressings from scratch.

Even more disconcerting, I've become one of those people who make salad dressings from scratch and who will swear to you that it's worth the ten seconds it takes. SERIOUSLY. From scratch tastes a zillion times better and it's so easy!


This Greek Dressing recipe is one that I've had around for over a decade. I got it from a family member, except that I never knew what quantities were supposed to be in it. I've always just sort of made it up as I go, but for you I figured out the quantities. That is how you know I adore you. Yes, you. And YOU.

You can adapt the recipe by halving it or doubling it or whatever makes you happy. If you want to take your happy to the next level, pair a Greek Salad with Paella. Trust me on this.

Greek Salad Dressing

1 cup light virgin olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons dijon mustard (great recipe here)

1. Put everything in a jar, put a lid on it, and shake. And shake. And shake. It's like any other oil-based dressing and needs to be shaken right before use. You don't need to refrigerate it, by the way.

2. Be in awe of how easy that was and how much better that dressing tastes than any other you've ever had.

3. Forget all about that castoreum debacle.


Well, I Feel Old