Friday, August 24, 2012

Cars That Go Boom: Reflections

The day after: Sleepy, Sore and Crazy Haired

When you get pregnant, you're put in this funny predicament. You're excited, anxious and thrown into a new type of responsibility and mindset. My husband and I try to stay as calm as possible throughout this whole pregnancy....but then you get a wild card. 

I was rear ended while driving yesterday afternoon, then bumped into the car in front of me.

I'm ok, baby is ok...but it was scary as hell. The impact was a pretty good one, I went forward then back in my seat pretty far, but definitely not horrible (my body didn't hit anything but the seatbelt and the seat). My phone that was in the pocket on the door flipped out, hit the dash and flew under my seat though, which was pretty confusing to me at the time, ha. The driver in front and in back were ok (mostly just looked really freaked out that I'm pregnant) and only my car and the car that rear ended me had a little damage, not much though.

I was feeling more tightening in my belly than normal afterwards, so with our midwife's advice, we headed to L&D triage and they monitored me and the little dood for a couple hours, coming up with good results and good news. I walked away with back and neck soreness and likely some pulled round ligaments, but that's it! :) I feel crazy lucky for a number of reasons...of course my brain came up with all sorts of horrible alternatives. Good thing my little guy (and my uterus for that matter) is tough!

So with all of this "excitement" I got really philosophical and reflective. Just a few nights before, I was freaking out to Joey that we've reached a point in the pregnancy where he could survive and that early labor is highly unlikely but could happen and that we needed to be prepared...blah blah blah. See, I'm the type of person that likes know the possibilities before hand, to theoretically make things a little less jolting in the future. (I've always been interested in medicine, and find comfort in more information) My husband? Not so much. He doesn't want to know what can go wrong, because it'll just make him worry more. We're just different in that way, and that's fine. What's ironic is this car accident, proved that both of our ways of coping are reasonable.

When we walked into the hospital, I had no idea where to go, I didn't know where to tell Joey to find me after parking the car, and I didn't have an answer when the triage receptionist asked me which 'clinic' I was going to. It would've been helpful to have had the hospital tour before this event, and it would've been more settling (for me) to know the most common possible outcomes. But....they don't exactly have a chapter in any pregnancy book titled, "How f***ing scary it can be when you're 25 weeks pregnant and in a car accident; What can happen and how you might feel". I recognize and respect (even before this) that you cant be prepared for everything. And this just makes this fact, that much clearer.

I always want to walk away from anything remotely unsettling with some good thoughts and perspective. So I've got...
  • Cars are really scary. They're big, can be dangerous and can cause lots of harm. But, I cant stop driving or riding in cars. Because that would be ridiculous. Fear based avoidance=not cool. And really, It's not like I'm crazy traumatized from this. Just shaken up. 
  • Being pregnant, and I can already see that having a baby, drastically effects your mental processing. I've had multiple ER trips where I've been embarrassed, or feel nervous that I'm there for nothing or that I'm wasting people's time (even though those trips saved my life or saved a limb from being much more injured). With this? I had no hesitations especially once my midwife said to go get checked out. And I have thought way harder about this accident than I would have if I didn't have a little person growing inside me.
  • You can't plan, expect, prepare or educate yourself on everything...but it is ok if you find comfort in knowing more. Because I knew some basics of what could happen, I knew what the doctor was saying when he described what they'd worry could happen, or why I'd have to look for certain symptoms and that kept me calm. So in short, Joey and I are a good match to even each other out on lots of things, this being one of them :)
  • Being in that triage room and knowing that we'd be back in 2-3 months with an entirely different feeling and outcome was crazy! It's going to go by fast!
  • I'm super happy with our baby and mama care decisions. We had great nurses, great input from our midwife group and an awesome resident doctor that checked in on us. He was kind of spazzy but funny and thorough. 
  • Lastly, I'm pretty convinced the song "The Cars That Go Boom by late 80's rap duo L'trimm is cursed. The last car accident I was in was 7 or 8 years ago. I was a passenger in the back seat while this song was playing and I got whiplash. Yesterday, I was jamming out to this song while getting ready to leave the house. Coincidence? (Probably, but I'm gonna go with...)
    I think not!
So, thank you to my baby for hanging tight, thank you to my love for being by my side whenever I need you, thank you to my mama for being a good listener, thanks to my daddy for making me giggle, thanks to Nana, Lisa and Elle for their concern and thoughts, and thank you universe for not letting yesterday turn out differently.

Therapy post. Sappy maybe, but I'm pregnant. So deal.

EDIT: Ooo, I almost forgot, a special thanks to Junior (the owner of our little mini-mart on the corner) who knew I was kind of down (right after it happened) and told me a joke involving an expressway toll and Viagra. I needed that! :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza

I feel as though we've hit sort of a breakfast and dinner rut, so I've started a weekly menu to try to work from. It doesn't always go as planned, (I either get cravings or Joey has a last minute rehearsal) but it's made for some awesome food and variety. 

I also think I've entered sort of a neurotic nesting phase where I'm going crazy cleaning and baking.
 I. can't. stop. baking.
So, I'm going to use my new obsession for good. I'm going to appreciate the new recipe finds and inspirations, and share them here. Or at least document them here. Here's a breakfast pizza that turned out great!

Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza

I started this recipe with a basic gluten free pizza crust from The Gluten-Free Kitchen. I made a double batch of crust one night, so that this breakfast would be easy to prep a couple of days later. Dinner and breakfast prep in one night = quick, easy, perfect. 


You'll need...

1 tbs.........Active Dry Yeast
3/4 cup.........Milk-Room Temp (You can substitute a non-dairy alternative)
1/2 cup.........Potato Starch
3/4 cup.........Cornstarch
1 tbs.........Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp.........Baking Soda
1 tsp.........Baking Powder
1/2 tsp.........Salt
1/4 cup.........Shortening (I use Spectrum brand organic shortening)

-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
-Stir yeast into room temperature milk to dissolve. 

 -Add the shortening and dry ingredients and mix.
-While still mixing, slowly, add the milk/yeast to the dry ingredients/shortening.

-This dough does not need to rise, nor does it require kneading so I like to roll the dough out right onto the baking pan or stone.
-If you're making this crust for now, this is where you'll add a sauce and your favorite toppings. 
-If you're making this crust for later, you'll bake and I like to take this as an opportunity to infuse the crust with some delicious flavor. For this breakfast pizza, I added: Olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, salt pepper and tomato slices.
-Place in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the crust has a nice golden tone, and your toppings are fully cooked.  (Keep an eye on it, my oven is quick and only takes 15 min.)


You can do anything on your breakfast pizza. I for example, love cheese and bacon and gooey eggs. Others, may not be as excited about meat, gooey-ness or dairy, so have fun with it! Here's what I did..

I started with just a tiny bit of leftover tomato sauce to add some moisture, follow by grated Asiago cheese and spinach.

Next, sliced potatoes and fresh chopped cayenne pepper, with half the seeds removed. I really don't like using the microwave, but sometimes I get lazy, so before adding the potatoes to the crust, I threw them in a bowl and cook for 5 minutes since potatoes love to take FOREVER to cook. You can skip the microwave by cutting and boiling them though if you're more hardcore than me.

To finish, I added raw eggs, pre-cooked and chopped bacon, and lots of shredded Mozzarella and Asiago cheese....popped it into the oven for 15-20 minutes (until eggs were fully baked) and voila. 
You have a beautiful golden, veggie/bacon/cheesy concoction. Yum. 

Eat up!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bishop Hill, IL

Quick Photo Post


Who knew there were so many different types of barbed wire...

Lamajamal (reason for the trip)


 Awesome, random find on the way home. Maria's Italian Restaurant with Gluten Free pasta and pizza!

My exciting findings while on the car ride home.
I love Altoids even more now.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pierogi Fest

We went to Pierogi Fest and it was as awesome as one would expect it to be. I mean, what more could you ask for? They had sausage, chocolate covered bacon, fresh squeezed lemonade, polka, accordions, mist tents and of course, pierogies; cooked as many ways possible and stuffed with amazing goodness. I wish I could've eaten them all...but gluten-free pierogies haven't made their way to festivals quite yet. But...I did eat the hell out of sauerkraut and smokes sausage.

He doesn't know what to do with his hands...

 They worked hard to make everything Pierogi themed. 

Crowd watching the dunk-a-nun game. Repressed angst towards Catholic School much?

 Thank you Whiting, IN for the best festival ever.