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Normal Things

After the craziness that was last week, I was hoping for a really normal week this week. So far, that’s just what it has been! I can’t begin explain how thankful I am for that.

Baby at playground

There have been visits to the park and the library, family walks around the block, snacks on the couch before bed, meals cooked, loaves of bread baked, hugs from church family, and piles of laundry folded. The everyday tasks of life have felt especially comforting this week.

I have some good news to share. Jimmy doesn’t have H. pylori! He had a followup appointment after his hospital stay and it sounds like his gastritis is due to stress. We’re praying the medication he’s taking can heal his stomach, and that he can take the stress down a notch or twoΒ ten so he doesn’t end up in the same situation! He’ll probably have another endoscopy in late February or early March to check on things, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Other normal things around the Zottola house include: reading and reading and reading. Sadie is slightly obsessed with books, and I love it! I picked up this adorable book below from the library and we have read it about ten billion times.

Babies Love Valentines

I’ve also began what I’ve dubbed as “Operation Winter Feet,” which is just me making an effort to put cream on my dry, cracked heels. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme, and it seems to be doing the trick!

Bread baking has been happening, as always.

Sourdough bread

I want to bake some cookies, too. Maybe tonight if I get a chance. I’m thinking of making hamantaschen even though I’m not Jewish, nor is it Purim. They just sound really tasty and I have this cookbookΒ (<–affiliate link), so that’s that!

Sadie seems to be healing from her double ear infection and hasn’t had any fevers since Friday! Just lots of ear tugging and crankiness. I’d be cranky if my ears hurt, so I can’t blame her one bit. She’s slowly getting back to her normal, silly self and I’m so thankful!

Baby laying on floor

Tell me about your week!

Currently: January 2020

Happy New Year! I hope 2020 is a blessed year for each and every person who visits this little corner of the internet. Does anyone have any big plans for the year? I want to hear all about them if so πŸ™‚

Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Stack of books

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Current books So. Many. Books! I’m reading Ephesians in the Bible and have quite a random conglomeration of books on our bookshelf. Cookbooks to fuel my baking/sourdough addiction: Flour Water Salt Yeast, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, and Modern Jewish Baker.

My sister read Parenting by The Book and had is sent to me (Thanks, Hannah!), my dad is having me read this commercial real estate book for work, and I’m almost finished with Stones for Bread.

Currently looking forward to Gardening. I know, its only January. I just miss our garden so much! I’m already dreaming of what we’re going to plant this year.

Current project Joining the National Marrow Donor Program. I got this random feeling that I should donate bone marrow, so I signed up to be a donor in case I’m a match for someone! I sent in my cheek swab kit and should be an official member in a few weeks.

Current drink Death Wish Coffee. What a name, right? Apparently it’s some of the strongest coffee out there. It’s smooth and tasty, and I’ll take all the extra caffeine I can get.

Death Wish Coffee

I think it’s funny that I drink it in a cocker spaniel mug. I guess that kind of negates the hard core factor of drinking it πŸ˜‰

Current fun Planning family nights. Jimmy, Sadie, and I had a family night once in November and December and enjoyed a special meal and activities and decided to make it a monthly tradition! Maybe for January’s family night we’ll take Sadie for a sled ride on a local trail if we have snow!

Current question What do you go through more of: shampoo or conditioner? I’m pretty sure I go through about three bottles of conditioner per bottle of shampoo. Or do you use them evenly and I’m just weird?

Current beauty product Mackenzie mentioned Invisibobble hair ties and I had to try ’em! The verdict? I may never go back to regular hair ties again.

Currently baking Everything, all the time. Still baking sourdough almost daily, the cupcakes and cake I did for a birthday party went well, and I tried out a new cookie recipe! I’ll have to do a separate baking post because I have about 800 pictures to share πŸ™‚

Red and blue cupcakes

Tell me something current in your life!