I think it’s been OVER A YEAR since my last ICYMI. I’m hoping to get back into these more regularly. Shall we . . .
Hi Guys. It’s been awhile. I’ve got some post ideas percolating (like FINALLY doing a Malta post after we’ve gone three times now), but I’m trying to type fast while the boys are entertained in the other room.
It’s been ages since I did this so I figured we could catch up on anything you might have missed.
We’ve been here almost seven weeks. W00t! It’s true what they say: time flies when you’re trying to figure things out in a foreign country. For fun, here are some stats and updates on previously discussed topics.
Cappuccinos enjoyed (Melissa): 3
Cappuccinos enjoyed (James): eleventy billion Ok, it just feels that way. But I think he gets 2/day at work.
Restaurants sat in as a family: 2 We did go to one 2x. We’ll try to increase this number, but tough because most places don’t open until 1900 or 1930. We have done pizza and panini take out.
Date Nights: 2 This should be four, but we’ve have had babysitter cancellation. We’re currently trying to find more sitters.
Exotic Takeout Delivered: 1! After I mentioned a lack of options, I discovered justeat.it. For you law-firmians, this is very similar to seamless. They have plenty of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Thai places listed. The knock is that most places don’t open until late which means delivery is pretty late. I don’t think it could be here in time for a family dinner, but we may use it as an at-home date night after the kids are in bed.
Days of whole30: 9ish After declaring my plans, I was going strong with only one accidental goof. (I put some premade pesto on veggies before remembering, duh, parmesan.) I was proud that I made it through a weekend. But then last night we ordered sushi and I went a little crazy with some off-plan rice and soy sauce. This is definitely not the way the program is supposed to work. If you give it a try, I encourage you to really stick with it for 30 days. I think I had a different mindset knowing that I might allow myself to wrap up early. It has been a really helpful reset, and I’ve made it through the feel-crappy-early-days. I’m sticking with it again for now, but might stop based on any weekend travel plans. For example, it just would seem all kinds of wrong to go to Tuscany and not have a little wine.
Markets visited: 2 One vegetable and one antique.
Parks visited: 3 We’ve made it to Villa Borghese, Villa Ada, and Villa Torlonia.
Playgrounds visited: 5 We’ve been to two in Borghese, one in Ada, and two in our neighborhood. If there is a playground, Henry will find it. And immediately head to the swings.
Trips outside Rome: 0 😦 But we just booked our trip to Germany for this December! We’re going to see the Christmas markets in Munich and Nuremberg. Excited to cross something off the travel wish list. We may see about something close by this holiday weekend as well. The rest of our stuff gets here Friday (holla!), so there will definitely be plenty of unpacking to keep us busy.
Runs: 1 I’m embarrassed to say just the one at this point. I resolved here to do more exercise, and this still needs work. I did pilates two mornings, but Mac has been uncooperative with his sleeping. This means I might be dealing with him in the morning or just more tired from being up. I am trying to be more deliberate about going for walks. Which has the added strength training benefit of pushing a large stroller or carrying an 18 pounder.
Suckers given to Henry: 2 He added another to his count of freebies.
Visitors: 0 But we have people coming in December and April!
Gelato eaten: too much to count