Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The C Word

If you read regularly, you may remember this post and this one from almost a year ago. Sadly, we've learned that when a pup gets one mast cell tumor, they are pretty likely to get another. This is just what we found on one of our B-man's front paws about a week ago. I immediately knew it was that nasty "c" word that seems to affect so many people's worlds. Cancer.

Per our vet, labs are common targets for mast cell tumors. PSA...check out your dogs regularly and pay attention to their bodies! These things are relatively easy to take off but they are aggressive. Below is what the latest one looked like.

Through chatting with our vet (we LOVE Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital) and doing our own research, we have learned that mast cell tumors are associated with allergic reactions. Buster is a historically allergic dog - his eyes stay red, he has sensitive skin, gets yeast infections in his paws a couple times a year and battles ear infections. So, pay special mind if your pup is sensitive like ours! Buster will likely be on Benadryl regularly from here on out.

Buster went in for surgery today and we are expecting the best!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

28 Weeks (Almost a Week Late!)

Well, it's official...we have entered the third trimester! Time continues to fly by, and I'm starting to need it to slow down a little bit! We still have so much to do to prepare for this baby girl, but I know we will get there. We just can't wait to hold her!

My 28 week check up included the glucose test and a quick heart beat check. Hopefully I pass the glucose test because I don't want to drink that stuff again! I really have been super impressed with my doctor's efficiency. It is greatly appreciated, as trying to get to the doctor every 4 weeks (and starting now every 2 weeks) within a busy work week is somewhat challenging. They had me in there, chugging super sweet Gatorade-tasting stuff and then getting checked out by the doctor before having blood drawn.

EB is about 2 and 1/4 pounds, or the size of a Chinese cabbage per BabyCenter (which, who in world knows what a Chinese cabbage is?!), about 14.8 inches head to toe. She can now blink her eyes and she kicks and rolls with the best of 'em.

I've gained 17 pounds (!!!!), still feeling pretty good although I am having some leg cramps at night and Braxton Hicks every once in a while. I've been blessed with an amazing pregnancy to date - I'm loving every second of it!

Other baby-related updates... (1) nursery is still very much in the works, but of course I'll share a room tour when it's closer to the finished product. (2) We think we've found a wonderful nanny to care for the baby when I go back to work. This is such a huge relief to have someone lined up! (3) We met with a great pediatrician, just trying to determine if the location is convenient enough for busy lifestyles.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Football Season Translates to Events

It's been a fortunate year to personally have two huge events at the Georgia Dome. This is one of my favorite venues in Atlanta to work in. Mainly because of the jaw-dropping effect it has on its guests, but also because the staff are so incredibly nice to work with. That makes my job so much more fun and enjoyable!

The below are pictures, compliments of Ross DeLoach with Northlight Photography, of the event - 600 guests, reception style menu with games and entertainment like Armchair Quarterbacks, a rock wall, giant Jenga, End Zone Obstacle Course, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce ball and a live band. It was a fantastic event and I loved my laid-back client! She just wanted the guests to have fun, end of story. And they sure did.

Stadium snacks like popcorn and pretzels gave it a true game day feel. We used the concession bars they use during Falcons games which added so much to the atmosphere.

Flattered to be the first group to use the venue's new is SO much better than it used to be.

The guest's arrival experience was unbelievable. We literally had people filming with their phones as they walked in the stadium greeted by a drumline flanked by mascots, smog and flashing lights. Our staff couldn't stop smiling at the excitement on these folks' faces!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Creme

Since we moved into our new house a little over a week ago, I haven't done a whole lot of cooking. My parents were here for about 5 days and my mom was an angel and had dinner on the table every night. If only I were that good!

A colleague gave the girls in my office this recipe for fish tacos and I tried them out last night. Delicious and healthy!

For the crema, you'll need:
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons fat-free mayo (I used Duke's Light Mayo)
  • 3 Tablespoons reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lime rind
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (I keep minced garlic in the fridge for quick use)
For the tacos, you'll need:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds red snapper fillets (I used tilapia)
  • 8 (6 inch) tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Combine all of the ingredients for the crema and set aside.

Combine cumin, coriander, paprika, red pepper, salt and garlic powder. Sprinkle the mixture on the fish. Place the fish on some parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for about 9 minutes or until done.

Put fish in a bowl and flake it into pieces. Heat tortillas, fill each tortilla with fish, 1/4 cup cabbage and 1 tablespoon of the crema. I also added Monterrey jack cheese to ours.

Pretty good for a quick and healthy meal!