if dreams were lightning & thunder was desire, this old house would have burnt down a long time ago.

some random thoughts-

every single time i walk into a grocery store or drug store, i instantly have to go tinkle.
this also happens at places like blockbuster and the library.
and the worst is when i walk in the door when i get home.
most days, i'm pretty sure i won't make it to the bathroom...but i always do.
well, almost always.


also, i am very very interested in taking up yoga.
i love how every time i tell max to do something, i turn it into a song.
one of these days i'm going to go home to dan and start singing "wash, wash, wash the dishes...wash, wash, wash the dishes!" on accident, and i will find myself turned out onto the streets of brooklyn with nothing but a bottle of palmolive.

i also love how when i do sing these songs, Max is there to follow up my big finale with a giant "YAAAAYYYY!!!" and claps, to let me know i did a good job singing, like i do for him.

today i'm having a much more positive day than the ones i've been having in the past.

last night i stopped by my friend rachel's house to pick up two entire bags of handmedowns she had for me. i. love. handmedowns. especially hers. and my boss's.
almost all of the amazing sweaters i now own, and now two coats (complete with toggles and hoods!), have come from one of the two of these super-generous ladies.

so today i am sporting a lime green crewneck sweater that looks like something people tie around their shoulders in cape cod to play tennis or drink tea or whatever it is rich people do (lord knows i have NO idea.)
something about this bright color has brightened my spirits significantly.

also, i got new jeans this weekend.
one pair from target for 30 bucks, that are straight cut and high-waisted (think belly button, aka audrey hepburn style) and indigo wash.
the other i got for 15 bucks at daffy's and are my new favorite pair of jeans EVER.
so, feeling fabulous (and skinny!) definitely helps make my days sweeter.

now let's just see if it makes work go by faster...fingers crossed!

in other news, i'm ridiculously excited about this weekends Souperbowl Party.
Can't wait to post pictures! Just need to find myself a Cardinals tshirt. hmm...
oh, also.

i officially changed my last name with social security on friday.
it only took me ten months. no big deal.

sincerely,
MRS. VON ERCK.
i decided to make a cooking blog, since i never update my just katie blog.
consider that one dead.
i'm way more excited about this.

you can get the link from my profile, or follow this:
http://domestikatiemakesamess.blogspot.com

i'm going to be posting my recipes and cooking endeavors there, complete with pictures and reviews by the mister.

i'm really excited about this!
so i made these cupcakes.

Crystal Light® Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temp
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 packets Crystal Light® On The Go Raspberry Lemonade mix
zest of one lemon

Frosting
4 oz. Neufch√Ętel cheese (or cream cheese), at room temp
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons water
1 packet Crystal Light® On The Go Raspberry Lemonade mix

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a small bowl, whisk or sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and lemon zest with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs one at a time, beating on high speed for 30 seconds between each addition. Scrape sides of the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula.
5. In a measuring cup, combine milk and lemonade. Mix well.
6. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. (You should have 3 additions of flour and 2 additions of milk.) Mix just until flour is incorporated.
7. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (a few crumbs are fine). Cool on a wire rack. When cupcakes are completely cool, make the frosting.
8. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on high speed for 20 seconds. Slowly add confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined.
9. In a small measuring cup, mix water and lemonade until completely dissolved. Add lemonade mixture to the large bowl. Beat on high speed until frosting is thick and creamy.


AND THEY WERE AMAZING.
they are a delightful light pink color, so i'm going to make more when we go upstate for a couple's weekend over valentine's day.
i'll be sure to take pictures.
also, i'm going to try a healthier version of the recipe, for those of you who are trying to be health-conscious this year.
i got the recipe from a blog called howtoeatacupcake.net, which posts tons of unique baking recipes every week. fun!

i'm really getting into this wife thing.

also, husband did the laundry for me this weekend.
he is certifiably the best man alive.
my spirit feels so joyful when i watch the faces of everyone as they watch the inauguration.

i can't wait to tell my children about this day.




everytime i picture michelle's heart as she stands by her husband, my eyes well up.

what a beautiful, beautiful year.
i got max to take a tiny poop on the toilet today.

when i flushed it, he yelled, "bye bye, poop!"

i loved it.



in other news, he has a fever so i have to take him up to the doctor this afternoon.
it's -5 outside.
it's a mile up york ave.
sigh.
i just want to declare this:


if dan and i won the lottery, we would start trying to have a baby tomorrow.


i wish more than anything that we were in a place where we could provide for one.
we have their names picked out and everything.


until then...i'll just have to take care of everyone else's babies.
sigh.
this weekend dan and i are going to our friend's place up in peekskill.
i plan on wearing my slippers all weekend long.
also, i plan on making some of my killer caramel corn, which i have yet to name (ideas?) and watching a lot of great movies.
also also, it would be nice to get a jump on some of my scrapbooking. it has been so long, and my creative juices are flowing to the point of bursting.
i'm very grateful to martin luther king jr. for making the world a better place, and in doing so, earning us all a day of rest. way to go, marty. you are missed.

in other news, both boys are sleeping, the heat is cranked while snows swirls fancily outside the window, and i'm watching law & order and eating hershey's kisses. this afternoon is not so bad.

i wish i had a british accent. or australian.
i'm wearing mismatched ski socks.
i'm trying to ever so sweetly remind myself that in a few years, my husband will be a doctor and all of these aburdly early mornings and ridiculously long days filled with trekking other people's children in a giant double stroller all over the city in subzero temps will be worth it.
because i'll be able to stay home.
when i wake up absurdly early, it'll be to dress my own beautiful children for school and kiss my husband goodbye as he heads to work. it'll be to sit by the window with a mug of coffee and homemade scones with jam before heading into my workshop to knit or scrapbook or make beautiful things to sell to people who love to buy beautiful things.
when my days are ridiculously long, my time will still be spent on my family, on my children, with my dog and my husband.
when i do any trekking, it'll be a city that doesn't have the ability to make me feel like i'm drowning in a sea of irritated people and LITTER.
no matter how bad my days will be on occasion, i'll still be right where i want to be, and that will make all the difference in the world.

for my own sanity, i'm going to try to fall back in love with new york, as we're still here for another year and a half.
but new york better start being a little nicer to me, or i'm going to slam my giant front door in its mean old face.

so much for not complaining.
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