All Baking and No Eating Makes Nicole Go Something Something

Happy Monday, I say from my perch on the office chair with a big coffee next to me. It’s Day…I don’t know how many days it’s been painfully cold but suffice it to say it was an indoorsy kind of weekend. Jake came down with a cold – probably because I’d JUST finished saying how lucky we’ve been and how we haven’t even had a cold in the house since late September – and so the boys did not even go to karate class on Saturday. Quiet weekend indeed. I baked some cookies in honour of Valentine’s Day.


SOME cookies. Eighty four, to be exact. Sadly, they are almost exclusively made of butter so I cannot eat them.

I also shot a couple of videos for Yummy Mummy Club:


The video on how to make quinoa as a breakfast cereal is right here. I’m wearing the apron my mom bought me for Christmas, from a lingerie store. The last video I shot I wore my old cupcake apron and my mom’s feelings were VERY HURT that I wasn’t featuring my lingerie apron. See Mom? I’m wearing it! I just like to switch things up a little.

Speaking of lingerie, I had a post all planned about thongs, but it will have to wait a day or two because my dear friend Kimberly from Make Mommy Go Something Something tagged me in a meme! And it’s Meme Monday so really, what could be better? NOTHING, that’s what!

1) If Jane had 3 apples and John had 78 nails, how many layers of clothing are you wearing (how is the weather in your neck of the woods?)?

Well, Kimberly, I am currently wearing jeans, a turtleneck, a huge sweater, and I’m sitting in front of a space heater because it’s OMG MY FACE HURTS cold outside. It’s the kind of cold that I always think “That’ll wake you up in the morning!” when I drop the kids off at school. Seriously. Every time. Oh, and I’m wearing my favourite thigh high thick grey socks OVER my jeans and fuzzy slippers.


I’m bringing sexy back…to the store for a refund.

2. What is keeping you sane during these long winter months?

Honestly, I’m at the point where I can’t remember what grass looks like. I’ve probably already lost my sanity. Oh! But I’ve been on a Margaret Atwood binge lately. Last night I picked up Cat’s Eye and remembered how hard it is to put down. *yawn* Which means I stayed up until 9:30 last night reading. 9:30! Clearly I HAVE lost my sanity!

3. If you were on a boat with a box of chocolate and your Mother In Law, who would you throw overboard?

What kind of chocolate? I kid, I kid. My mother-in-law has been knitting up a storm for me this winter and honestly, it’s made a huge difference in my quality of life. So far I’ve amassed six scarves and four pairs of legwarmers – plus she is currently working on an infinity scarf for me. To add to the sweetness, she sends them to me all wrapped up in ribbons with a note that says “Custom Made For Nicole”. Cute! So I’ll toss the chocolate and keep my mother in law and her knitting needles.



4. What’s in your underwear drawer besides underwear?

I have so many of those bra inserts that come in yoga tops. I don’t like wearing the inserts, but yet I feel like I MIGHT want to some day. I like to keep my options open. So I have about forty of those inserts taking up valuable panty space…I should go throw them out RIGHT NOW. I won’t, but I should. WHAT IF I NEED THEM?

5. Do you trust yourself with sharp objects near your face? (as in, do you pluck your own eyebrows? Do you have any eyebrow horror stories?)

I do pluck my own eyebrows because if I had to wait 4-6 weeks to get waxed, it would be a nightmare. I’d look like Martin Scorcese crossed with Frida Kahlo. It would not be a good look for me. And here’s a secret…I also pluck my upper lip. I KNOW. The feminine mystique takes quite a beating as we age, doesn’t it? Now, my husband has seen me give birth – twice – and yet I will not allow him in the room if I’m plucking my upper lip because I want to keep the romance alive, people. Feeling like your wife might look like a 70s rocker or possibly Magnum PI without the help of a tweezer is probably not conducive to romantic thoughts.

6. I am terrified of dead bodies, spiders, and the dentist. What are you scared of?

Moths. Good lord I just typed “moths” and I think I had heart palpitations. Either that or I’ve had too much coffee. THIS is what happens when I stay up until 9:30 on a Sunday night!

7. Does your husband cut up the back of your legs with his long toenails when you sleep?

Um, no. No he doesn’t.

All right, it’s my turn to think of seven questions and tag seven people but you know, I like Kimberly’s questions, except for the toenail one. I’ll keep those and add the last question: are you wearing nail polish? And if so, what colour? (I have red on my toenails and pale pink on my fingernails, FYI). I tag the following wonderful bloggers:

Hannah from Hodgepodge and Strawberries

Allison from Bibliomama

Sarah from No Whey, Mama

Swistle from Swistle

Lynn from Turtlehead

Alex from I Don’t Blog

Peady from Tempered With Kindness

You don’t have to be a blogger to answer these questions – feel free to comment on any of the above. Have fun! Happy Meme Monday! xo


  1. Okay this was fun. I totally agree with you on the moths. There was a movie once – I have no idea what the name of it was – but there was a scene where a women is swarmed by moths. Freaks me out just thinking about it. And get this – it wasn’t even a horror or anything!

  2. 1) Weather has finally settled down to a steady -5 ish. Which I love. Not too cold, not above freezing. Slippers and soft cozy blankets are my favorite snuggle thing for the winter.
    2) Sane? Absolutely nothing. I’m broke, I’m crazy busy at work, working overtime, no horse…closest to keeping sanity is barn chore time. The cows are m e l l o w.
    4)In my underwear drawer is an old picture I stole of Mart when we were first dating. Some old valentine cards he gave me, old huge belt buckles and a very very old film point and shoot camera.
    5)I do trust myself, but I don’t pluck anything.
    6)Dead things make me curious to the point where I’d like to do autopsies. Thunder scares me.
    7)My husband allows me to put my cold toes behind his knees to warm them. He keeps his toes to himself like a good boy.
    8)I don’t wear fingernail polish. It feels funny. Like i have something stuck to my fingers that won’t let go.

  3. I answered your questions on my own blog, except for the toenail one. It made me think of (surprise, surprise) the Simpsons episode where Homer & Marge go on a marriage retreat with Reverend & Helen Lovejoy, and they ask Marge to tell them everything about Homer that upsets her.

    After hours of talking, she finishes with “and his toenails are too long… and yellow…”.

  4. I am wearing leggings under corduroys, a cotton sweater over a t-shirt, and two pairs of socks (inner cotton, outer wool) inside lined crocs and I am also sitting next to a space heater. Our heat went out for the third time in three weeks. It’s around freezing outside, which would be zero for you, I suppose. The temperature in the house was only about ten degrees higher (away from the heater), but now it’s fixed and slowly warming.

    Cat’s Eye is my other favorite MA novel, btw. I have taught it, and Alias Grace.

    • You have taught Cat’s Eye? It’s an amazing book. One of my favourite parts is when she’s collecting silver paper from cigarettes…then she throws them away because she couldn’t do anything worthwhile with it. So powerful.

  5. All right, I’m game!

  6. Ahhhh! I love this! Those socks are so awesome, where in the world did you get them??

    Can I still play a day late??

  7. I love these questions I might have to steal these and answer them on my blog!

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