- How to darn a sock.
- How to hide collard greens in a variety of dishes: lasagna, tacos, stir-fry. For Thanksgiving, Mark actually learned how to cook them in such a way that they are palatable on their own, but I think I'll need another spring/summer of CSA produce before I can say I've learned to "like" collards.
- How to make gnocchi.
- Baking really is worth the time invested.
- The only way not to burn the bottoms of cookies in my oven is to put the top rack on the VERY top and bake them there.
- My house is never going to be completely clean. I still have to keep trying, but I need to accept this fact.
- Doing one or two loads of laundry every couple of days is more likely to keep the laundry mountain at bay than trying to do it all once a week. This also keeps bibs with baby food from developing mildew.
- Washing diapers twice a week is better because you can talk yourself out of washing the covers by hand more often.
- Every baby is different.
- If your first child sleeps like a champ, don't expect the same with the second child!
- The Durham County Public Library is awesome. So is the Durham Life and Science Museum and the free indoor playground at Southpoint Mall.
- Checking out a book you didn't plan on is just as satisfying as buying a book you didn't plan to, and a lot cheaper!
- Staying home with my kids is super fun and should be taken advantage of whenever possible!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Maternity Leave Lessons
My maternity leave comes to an end tomorrow, so I just want to share a few of the things I learned: