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Two Million Light Years

I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night, so with the grace of someone dumping her purse out onto the table, I’ll just say: here’s some stuff that’s been happening over here.

Scott and I watched the movie Interstellar.  By “watched it” I mean our eyeballs were technically exposed to it.  We had to press play and pause about 235 times on account of the baby.  It’s hard to say if I liked it since I saw it in 118 increments, but I can tell you that it’ll be the last time I watch a movie about outer space with a physicist.  He kept saying things like OH PLEASE. THEIR SPACESHIP HAS NO RADIATION SHIELDING! and IF THAT PLANET REALLY HAD SUPERGRAVITY THEIR LEG BONES WOULD BE SHATTERED.  Then Matthew McConnaughey made it to Saturn in under 20 minutes on half a tank of gas, and words escaped Scott completely.  He just sat there looking like he’d swallowed a bad oyster.

blackberry 1b In related news, going anywhere with Christopher takes two million light years.  First I change his diaper.  Then I feed him and pat him on the back until he burps like he’s just had a Philly cheese steak.  Then I have to catch his hands, which dart about like little fish, and pull them through the sleeves of a sweater.  Then I check the diaper bag to make sure it actually has diapers in it and not–as it did recently–a highlighter, a grocery list, and a handful of Reese’s cups.  When I finally step out the door I’m like Caesar crossing the Rubicon, except I’m wearing slippers and I have toothpaste on my face.

blackberry 4bI have two public service announcements to make.  First, I’d like to remind everyone to brush up on their idioms.  I was at the gas station today when I heard a woman say into her phone “WELL SHE’S NOT EXACTLY A SHRIEKING VIOLET, SHARON.”

Second, do not to try to iron burlap.  I bought a couple yards of it to use as a tragically hip table cloth, but it had wrinkles in it so I ironed it on the steam setting.  Now my house smells like a wet barn.

blackberry 5bEver since I wrote about elf salami, Scott has been coming up with other dishes that he hopes we don’t order by accident.  They include: tuna malts, scab rangoon, leaf bourgignon.  On a related note, a horny seabird would be a stud puffin.

blackberry 6bThat’s about it, stud puffins!  Here’s a recipe for a quick fresh blackberry sauce that I like to put over ice cream and yogurt:

Blackberry sauce for ice cream or yogurt {Download & Print Recipe}
by eggton


12 oz. blackberries

2 Tbsp. sugar (or more, to taste)

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)


Whiz half of the blackberries in a blender with the sugar and lemon juice.  Strain through a thin-meshed sieve into a bowl, using a spoon to press all the juice through.  Discard the seeds remaining in the sieve.  Taste and adjust sugar and lemon as you see fit.  Add the remaining whole blackberries, or serve those alongside.


seymour 4.28Thunder 4.30Wishing you a lazy Sunday full of couch naps.

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  1. sue ellen #

    snoozing pups…. hope everyone had a Sunday snooze at your place. About the luggage one must carry when there is a wee one involved….. just keep the trunk of the car packed at all times ! I actually thought ‘diaper bags’ need wheels ~~~
    Please kiss Christopher’s baby toes for me ~~ love those little ‘pinkies’ ♥

    May 3, 2015
  2. I hope everyone in your house snoozed long enough for you to enjoy that perfect bowl of ice cream 🙂

    May 3, 2015
  3. Cindy #

    I will say that Scott comes by this honestly, or at least genetically: equally bad decision to sit through “The Towering Inferno” with an architectural engineer unless you really WANTED to know whether gravity brakes were a thing

    May 3, 2015
  4. Ahahha, the puns the puns! I’m as bad as Scott – but not a physicist. Tried to watch the first episode of The 100 today, and my derisive snorts put himself right off it. That, and even he could see it was truly awful.

    May 3, 2015
  5. You’re getting out of the house? A millionty points to you x

    May 3, 2015
  6. Ah the joys of parenthood. You have brought back many memories. I notice that your recipe is a very simplified one.

    May 3, 2015
  7. Your husband is a total card. And I mean that in a good way. The blackberry recipe sounds amazing.

    May 3, 2015
  8. jenny_o #

    I so love your writing. I’m glad you are getting out with baby, even if it’s hard. Love the stream of observations and puns and doggy pictures.

    May 3, 2015
  9. Precious photos, cute post! I can’t get the pictures of shrieking violets over my mind.

    May 3, 2015
  10. Oh man. I remember those days. (And that’s why my approach became to basically never leave the house.) ALSO, I mess up the idiom about “money not being an object.” (I usually say option.) (Just now I had to google it to see if which was right and which was wrong.) Finally, we watched Interstellar, basically in its entirety, and came to some similar conclusions. xoxox

    May 4, 2015
  11. I liked the smeary part of the blueberry sauce, though I imagine that looked a little too much like one of Christopher’s Philly Cheese belches (or maybe more the other end).

    May 4, 2015
  12. I left the house the other day with toothpaste on my shoe… well, i hope it was toothpaste.

    May 7, 2015
  13. Most Sharons are sticklers for idioms, so you can rest assured that the gas station lady was firmly corrected on the other end of the line. I would say you could even sleep like a baby, but…we all know better.

    May 13, 2015
  14. I’m inspired! We picked some blackberries at a local farm that I will have to do this with. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    July 2, 2015
  15. I have to admit, I prefer the term “shrieking violet” to the actual one. It’s got a very “Feed me, Seymour” feel to it.

    July 22, 2015
  16. That looks so yummy yet easy to make! I just started a personal blog and wrote my first post about breakfast at home, your photos are inspiring, especially food styling!

    July 26, 2015
  17. Thanks for a beautiful Post 🙂 Great Recipe
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    July 31, 2015
  18. Cherie Premeaux #

    Miss you…….and, hope you and your family are well!!

    September 19, 2015
    • Hellllllllo my long lost reader friend!

      We are great. We are busy. I underestimated what it would be like working full time and having a kid. It’s nutty. I get in bed and instead of planning what to write about here, I fall asleep. I miss it, though, so so much! We are going on a vacation soon (Costa Rica!) sans baby. I’m going to bring a notebook. 🙂

      ps. He’s 7 months old! Aieee! Will post a photo soon.

      September 19, 2015
      • jenny_o #

        It’s nice to see your reply and know all is well.

        You are working full-time? My hat is off to you! Years (many years) ago, when we started to contemplate a family, I was taking a professional designation by correspondence course. I kept thinking it was no biggie if the baby happened before the final course was done. When I realized what it was like actually having a baby (much later) and what life would have been like had the baby arrived earlier, it kind of made my hair stand on end like Einstein with a fork in an electrical outlet. How could I have been so wrong?? Babies are time-consuming little critters!

        Best of luck as you navigate this time in your lives. Babies do grow up, and although it doesn’t seem it at the time, they grow up fast.

        September 22, 2015
        • Jenny,
          I just read this comment again, and you are so right. They grow up so fast. Tonight Christopher saw me dip a polenta fry into a cup of marinara sauce, and he took his little fist and grabbed onto his own poleta fritter and dunked his in, too. I wanted to cry. We are going to have so much fun, he and I!! (And Scott. 🙂 Miss you! Kat

          January 29, 2016
      • Anna F. #

        Yes, glad to know you’re all well and just, as might be expected, busy.

        October 1, 2015
  19. I enjoyed going through your blog….Thanks1!

    October 7, 2015
  20. I tried the blackberries with yogurt and ice cream. It was so yummy. The best thing that I loved is that it’s very healthy for me.


    October 14, 2015
  21. It must be fate that made me click over to your site tonight, because I just bought some burlap earlier today and was wondering whether it would be possible to iron it. Thanks for the warning!

    October 17, 2015
  22. Hmm this looks delicious! So well balanced and I love your photographs!
    Thank you! Love Katie

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    October 31, 2015
  23. Tonia #

    I so, so miss your writing–especially now that I am four weeks away from having my first child and your honest, hilarious take on the whole thing has a whole new meaning to me. 🙂 Hope life is good in Chi-town. ❤

    January 14, 2016
    • Tonia–how did it go???? Tell me everything (ha! Like you have time!) What was it like? Are you doing okay?

      I can honestly say that Christopher is 11 months now and a few months ago IT GOT AWESOME. The beginning was not what I thought it was going to be. I struggled. But it got so much better. Everybody told me it would, but that didn’t help because I didn’t know WHEN it would get better and it seemed like it would be hard forever. Here’s what I think: It gets better when they can sit up. They start getting a real personality then.

      By the way, I had a WORLD of pain (literally) breast-feeding. I stopped and he has happily been on formula since week 2. If you need to talk in that regard, send me your cell and I’ll call or text. xoxo

      January 29, 2016
      • Tonia #

        Stopping by to say hi and to let you know that my little gal PJ is almost 11 months now, and you were SO RIGHT…it got fun right around the time she started sitting up, and then it got downright awesome at about 9.5 months and has stayed awesome ever since.

        Like you, I had a rough time with breastfeeding. PJ’s little mouth was just too little to get a great latch, so there was lots of pinching and swearing and finally I resorted to a nipple-shield (which, if you didn’t know about those, you NEED to get one if you have another baby! Life-saving little magical pieces of nipple-shaped silicone.)

        As prepared as I thought I was for the incredible transmogrification into parenthood, I was still completely blindsided by the sheer effort involved. For months I kept being surprised by the realization that THIS IS MY LIFE NOW. All day every day, forever. And yet, not. Because it all changes so fast, every day is both the same and different.

        Anyway, month 11 is the bomb-diggity and I just wanted to say that. 🙂 Wishing Christopher a happy almost-SECOND birthday! (Wowza!)

        January 12, 2017
        • Hellllooooo Tonia! You are so kind to come back here and write this update. I haven’t had a chance to write because it takes forever for me to write a post and I don’t just want to write something dumb. But I miss this!

          That’s amazing about PJ being 11 months old! What are you going to do for her first birthday? Are you going to have a party? I was one of those people who was like HELL NO am I going to say “no presents, please” on the invitation for Christopher’s first birthday, He got so many toys that day and it was better than any Christmas I’ve ever had. Things are different now–the toys have mated and had like 800 plastic offspring. It’s out of control.

          I did try a nipple shield at one point, but maybe too early on. It didn’t help much because no milk was coming out–it was like one drop every 15 seconds even after my milk fully came in and I was pumping. Oh man I shudder to think of those days. though my friend was telling me about better attachments to the pump that fit to you and aren’t so. . . conical. I didn’t know about them at the time and regret it!

          How is PJ sleeping?

          I hear you on “this is my life now.” We’ll never be able to go back and enjoy the things we used to enjoy in the same way that we enjoyed them. For example, we are on vacation in San Francisco and we took Christopher to a nice restaurant–The Slanted Door–and my cocktail was good, but I wasn’t dressed up the way I would have been on a date with Scott in the pre-baby days, and yet the whole thing was mind-blowing because Christopher ate the THINNEST cellophane noodles, one at a time with his fingertips, for like 30 minutes while saying “could be hot!!” to the candle in the middle of the table. It was hilarious.

          It sounds like you are well. I’m so thankful you stopped by again. xoxo

          January 21, 2017
          • Hahaha….I chuckled out-loud at your description of your dinner at The Slanted Door. Yep. We just got back from our first trip anywhere as a threesome–Los Angeles (yes, we are insane. WTF were we thinking. Also, how does anyone seriously live there/drive anywhere around there ever) and Joshua Tree (amazing. Loved it. Could live there if it didn’t require occasional interaction with Los Angeles) and the whole thing was filled with moments like that. Traveling with a baby is both insane and magical, often at the same exact time. We have gotten really good at scarfing down our food at restaurants in 0.2 seconds and leaving before PJ can make a scene. She does this thing where she feels the need to imitate and then “rise above” whatever ambient noise is happening in any given place. She does a really good airplane sound, you should hear it. 😐

            Her birthday party is going to be small, just 70 or so friends and family and their children and pets, with zero presents (except for toys, handmade toys, plastic toys, wooden toys, toys that light up, toys that make sounds, definitely musical toys, and bath toys). My main anxiety these days is getting her eating solid food well enough without choking so that she can eat-smash a slice of birthday cake on her big day, which is a tradition in my family. Girlfriend sucks at eating real food though. Such a baby!

            January 30, 2017
  24. Seaelleff #

    I miss you, Katherine Eggton — but love reading back through your posts.. and recipes, and that will do fine for now. Hope all is well at your house with your sweet family. Happy 2016!

    January 26, 2016
    • What a lovely note to get this week. I miss this place too! I didn’t mean to stop cold turkey like that, and I am coming back! It’s just so hard to find the time with working and having the baby (and commuting 1.5 hours each way to work everyday!) When I get an extra 2 minutes of free time I tend to use it to. . . go to the bathroom. Or read the email from my mom that’s been sitting in my inbox for 4 days. How are YOOOUUUUU?? Happy 2016 right back. Christopher’s first birthday is on the 15th and I happen to have the day off for President’s Day! Then we’re having a party for him the next weekend. It’s grilled cheese-themed! I can’t decide whether to make a bunch of different grilled cheeses in advance or do a make-your-own grilled cheese bar instead. But given what I said above about how much free time we have over here, chances are I will throw a pack of Singles at my friends and say “here! Microwave a slice on a cracker if you like! I forgot to buy bread!” xoxo

      January 29, 2016
  25. I was weeding out the dead blogs from my Reader this morning, and just couldn’t delete you. I miss the dogs. I miss the recipes I’ll never try. I miss your goofiness.
    Yes, there is a baby and work and a thousand others parts of life demanding your time. Sigh. I’ll wait.

    June 30, 2016

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