A Healthy Dose of Parents

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Whenever I get cranky for an extended period* of time, Matt asks me one of  three questions:

  1. When was the last time you worked out?
  2. Are you having “lady” problems?**
  3. Did I do something wrong?***

If none of these things seem to be the reason of my crankiness, Matt knows that it is probably time for some Brethauer family bonding.

“Take two days with your parents/sister and call me in the morning.”

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So this weekend, as Matt leave for the land of the Golden Dome and Touch Down Jesus to cheer on his overrated beloved football team, my parents were called in to do some damage control.  While I had seen my parents relatively recently at a family get-together in Pennsylvania, I think the problem was that they hadn’t come to visit me since Matt and I moved to New Jersey. I found it very unsettling that (1) my parents didn’t have a good mental image of me in my new apartment and (2) they couldn’t give accurate opinions on furniture placement, rug patterns or dining room chair styles.

Well, thankfully, my parents came to visit me this weekend to address these concerns.

We had a great weekend that included a few of the following highlights:

  • We volunteered with Coalition for the Homeless and distributed hundreds of meals to New Yorkers in need.

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  • Celebrated Oktoberfest with a beer and pretzel at Pilsner Haus

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  • Remembered why it is great to be an American in Liberty State Park

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It was a great weekend that began with a NH gift basket: REAL maple syrup from the homeland, tomatoes from their local farm and homemade cookies. It ended with hugs and promises to return (hopefully soon)! It was just what the doctor my loving husband ordered.

 

 

*I had to include this descriptor because, as most of you know, I can get cranky often. The biggest triggers of my short-term crankiness are when I am tired or hungry. And forget it when I am both. Hangry Molly comes out and she is not pleasant.

** Sorry if this is TMI, but it wouldn’t seem realistic if I didn’t include it.

*** No honey, you never do anything that upsets me. Oh wait… we are trying to keep this realistic.

Falling in Love with Fall

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Sunday was the first day of Fall, my absolute favorite season. There is nothing better a beautiful fall day and a pumpkin latte. Fall is really the only season where a vest makes sense, pumpkin beer is on tap at nearly ever bar and you see more football jerseys than any other article of clothing.

Since it is officially a new season, what better way to start fresh then with a Fall To-Do List. Check out some of the things I want to do this Fall, and let me know what you are looking forward to.

Fall To-Dos:

  1. Make three new soups. I am thinking thai pumpkin soup, white velvet soup, and sweet potato soup with spicy jalapeno
  2. Go apple picking (Matt, don’t let me down) and make (1) apple sauce, (2) an apple pie with a perfect, Martha Stewart-esk, lattice crust and (3) deep fried apple pie bites
  3. Host a pre-football game brunch at our new apartment
  4. Run the New York City Marathon on November 3rd (well, I guess it is official now… I announced it on the blog, I’ve got to do it!)
  5. Carve a pumpkin
  6. Visit my sister in VA
  7. Volunteer with at least 4 different Robin Hood funded programs.
  8. Buy our very first REAL Christmas tree. and because we have 15′ high ceilings in our new apartment, I’ll be eyeing a big one!
  9. Make these bedside tables: For Me, For Matt
  10. Go on a Hike. I hear Bear Mountain is good but welcome other suggestions!

National Cheeseburger Day

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

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In honor of the holiday, Matt and I planned to have some delicious burgers on the grill. Unfortunately, when we I unwrapped the patties, which had been in the freeze for a few weeks, they looked like this:

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Now, the jury is still out on whether or not these were actually bad. They didn’t smell bad, and most times, I will eat pretty much anything as long as it doesn’t smell horrible. Not surprisingly, Matt has other, much higher standards. Prince Englehardt won’t eat anything that isn’t right out of the package. This includes day old left overs or anything that has been put in the freezer. The Princess had her issues with a pea. This Prince has his “old” food.

Needless to say the slight grey edges of the meat were just too much for him. I will say, one time Matt got horrible food poisoning after eating a meal I looked for him (we think it was from ground beef). For a few hours, I was slightly concerned that I might have killed my husband. So… I can understand his sensitivity.

Thankfully, I went to the grocery store on Monday and stocked up on some frozen dinners (the one thing besides ice cream that Matt will eat that comes out of the freezer) so now we have having this:

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Not quite the National Cheeseburger celebration I had hoped for. We’ll just think of this as a dry run for National Frozen Food Day (I think it falls right after “National Bad Housewife Day”).

 

So What’s Going on the World These Days?

A few weeks ago Matt and I started watching HBO’s The Newsroom. We had watched one or two episodes when it first came out but we just couldn’t’ get into in. But then after finishing a few other series on demand/netflix (The Tudors, The Good Wife and The Walking Dead all completed in a few weeks of binge watching) we were looking for another show to fill our evenings, particularly during the week since all of our regular TV shows (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk and Game of Thrones) are all on Sundays. So a few weeks ago we started watching Newsroom again.

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For some reason, this time it stuck. After watching a few episodes back-to-back, Matt and I looked at each other and thought “man, I wish there was something like this in real life – you know, where you can find out what’s going on in the world on a nightly basis.” Half joking/half serious, that led us to make a very tough decision.

Since I graduated college and entered the real world — well, more importantly, got a TV in my bedroom, I’ve been a die hard Today Show fan. As soon as I get out of the shower, I put on NBC and spend the next 30-60 minutes with my good friend Matt Lauer and whomever his lady-of-the moment is, be it Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry (briefly) or now, Savannah Guthrie. Sadly, over the years, the show has lost its focus and covers more gossip than news. So, ladies and gentleman… the Englehauer household has made the decision to switch our morning programming to MSNBC (pause for conservatives to freak out and tell me it is super liberal).

Matt tried to convince me that FOX would be a good choice, since it is so “fair and balanced. ” I laughed in him face. We decided to give MSNBC a try – this way we aren’t entirely abandoning the NBC family. But we’ll see how it goes – in an ideal world we would be watching ACN and Will McAvoy.

In another effort to be more connected to the news of the real world (well, that’s not entirely fair, since The Newsroom does cover “real” news – it is just slightly dated) I’ve also been trying to make more of an effort to read the news online. My parents were die hard newspaper readers, flipping through two papers every morning with their coffee. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit this trait. Thankfully, I found a site that helps a bit with my inability to understand intellectual journalism; the Skimm.

By signing up for this service, I receive a daily email that summarizes what’s going on in the news in a fun way. Their style of writing/reporting probably isn’t for everyone; but for some, it totally works. I am pretty sure Neal Sampat is the digital genius behind this site.

The Magic is Gone

Sorry Grandpa, this one is probably going to go way over your head*

 

I’m not sure what was a bigger let down…

Finding out that Milli Vanilli was a fraud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or finding out that this amazing video:

Was a Jimmy Kimmel set up:

Thanks Jimmy, you just revealed that Santa isn’t real and now Christmas is ruined.

 

* Last weekend, Matt and I went to Pennsylvania for a family get together. It was so much fun to hang out with my parents, aunt and uncle, Abby and my grandfather. While there, my 94 year old grandfather, who is a regular blog reader and VIP commenter, mentioned that some of my blog posts” just go over his head”. I’m assuming this will be one of them, since twerking probably doesn’t happen much in the senior citizen social scene. But who knows, maybe I am wrong ;)

 

Never Forget

Each year on 9/11 we stop for a moment to take a breath not just to think about what happened in 2001, but all that has happened since then.  I am confident that we are living in a better country and a better world today. I will continue to believe in the American spirit and continue to honor the freedoms that so many people gave their lives to protect. Thank you to the men and women who serve our country and remind us that we are truly privileged to live in a country that values its people.

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“In all we do every day, in our attention to the micro as well as the macro, we strive to make New York City a better place. We work to help those who are without in our own city and, in so doing, serve as a model for what can be done elsewhere. In that way and in many other ways, each of us as individuals and collectively as Robin Hood, honor the memory of 9/11 and the spirit of what has been done since. This is a part of what it is to Be Robin Hood.”

– Emary Aronson, Managing Director, Robin Hood Relief Fund

Affleck for Gotham

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”

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I know I am late to the game here but I have to say, I am psyched that Ben Affleck is going to play batman. I know, I am definitely in the minority here but let me explain why.

Everyone loves to hate on Ben. And I just think it is unfair. Sure, he’s made some bad decisions in his life, like this and this. But who hasn’t make mistakes. I mean, two other guys were tricked into marrying J Lo too (and it looks like another guy is about to take the plunge soon). So although it is easy to make fun of Ben, we shouldn’t forget the great things he has to offer.

He has one of the best bromances in all of Hollywood with Matt Damon. Their friendship goes all the way back to Boston Little League and we should never forget this:

And who knows, maybe Matt will join as Robin.

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And even though he did date J Lo, it gave us Bennifer, which was definitely one of the first celeb couple nicknames. Which basically means, that his one back decision resulted in a bunch of good ones, like: Brangelina and Kimye. So thank you Ben Affleck for ruining your reputation to give us years of name-blending fun.

And for some reason, people love to criticize Ben for dating J Lo. but everyone seems to forget this relationship… not too shabby Ben.

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I mean, she’s been with Ironman and now Batman? That just seems right.

And who doesn’t love Jennifer Garner?

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Oh, you? Well you have no soul. She is as American and wholesome as apple pie.

And let’s look back at the top movies Ben has done: Good WIll Hunting and The Town. What do they both have in common? A Boston accent. And let’s be serious, a Bostonian Batman? That would be wicked pissa.

So I am going to go out there on a limb and say that I am a fan of this decision. Just don’t remind me of this post if this happens again.