It's Breakfast for Dinner! In which we try new things and write about them. Maybe they initially sound strange but turn out to be great, much like eating breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast for Dinner

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Navel disaster and other third trimester musings

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Things have gotten really real. I'm into my final trimester, and my body and surroundings reflect it: my belly button is nearly gone as the sides close in on each other, I'm really slowing down, and sleeping is officially an adventure. My seasonal allergies are partly to blame, but the pain in my lower back and hips, coupled with my frequent trips to the bathroom, make anything more than three hours of uninterrupted sleep pure bliss. I wouldn't want it any other way. My ...

Bottles, and diapers and baby monitors, oh my!

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, September 11, 2014

So my husband and I have finally completed our baby registeries. Admittedly, we were a bit hesitant to do them because it felt weird signing up for items you want people to buy you and your baby. I know registeries are common, and we had no problem doing them for our wedding, but I guess we just felt bad asking for bottles and diapers for a child we decided to have. Don't be ridiculous, people said to us, others want to get stuff for you. Take the opportunity to select items you ...

Hand-me-downs are hands-down the best

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, August 28, 2014

My husband told his co-workers we were having a girl. Good, one said. She had things to pass on. A few days later, I got a call to swing by his work. This happened... Then this... After several nights of laundry, we are beyond thankful for the bouncy chair, THREE BOXES of little girl clothes, bag of shoes and bag of blankets we were given. Apparently, passing baby stuff to other people is a thing people do. (There's a matching pair of patriotic jelly ...

Welcome to Broncos country

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, August 18, 2014

It was with excitement and apprehension that I agreed to judge the Palisade Peach Festival Recipe Contest on Saturday, Aug. 16. On the one hand, YUM! I've judged this competition for several years now, and it's never a bad idea to eat a bunch of homemade goods before 9:30 a.m. On the other hand, YIKES! Would it be too much sugar for the little one to handle? She has started kicking or punching – a lot – and sugar really gets her going. Obviously, my taste buds ...

And the cupcake says….

By Melinda Mawdsley
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Several months ago, it came to my attention that learning the gender of an unborn child is a big deal. Enough of a deal, in fact, that my husband and I were “strongly encouraged” to find out what we were having so people could start planning their lives. They needed to turn it into a guessing game. They (Rachel) needed to know if they (she) could knit a strawberry hat for the baby to wear when leaving the hospital. They needed to know what color frosting to put in ...

Happiness is having a good neck pillow

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, July 28, 2014

I'd like to, in no particular order, introduce you to my new best friends. My neck pillow. Originally purchased for a loooong Amtrak ride to visit family in the Midwest, this pillow has morphed into a regular companion at night. I can't sleep on my stomach or back for safety reasons and sometimes I get tired of sleeping on my side. This pillow allows me to sit upright against a stack of pillows to read, watch TV or sleep without hurting my neck. I may have laughed at ...

Meet our new (used) baby swing

By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Don't buy anything, at least not anything new, "they" said. Not yet. It'll be difficult, "they" added. Baby stuff is so cute. You'll go to Target for contact solution but will leave with a bunch of blue or pink clothes, while also forgetting contact solution because pregnant women forget everything. (It's true. I forgot to put on deoderant like a month ago.) Fine, I agreed. I won't buy anything, at least not anything new. And this swing ...

My first, first trimester

By Melinda Mawdsley
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Here is what I knew about pregnancy before it happened to me. 1. You will probably have morning sickness. 2. You will have to get new clothes. 3. You will have weird cravings. 4. You will be emotional. 5. It ends with a baby. In other words, I didn't know much, and, admittedly, I still don't know much. It's just that now I'm pregnant for the first time so I'm interested in learning more every day. Here's what I can report after my first trimester: 1. No ...

We reject that rose, “The Bachelor”

By Rachel Sauer
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Melinda: We are breaking up with “The Bachelor.” We reject Juan Pablo's rose, ABC and everyone else associated with the show now. This season has stunk from the beginning, but that's not why we're bailing. Rachel will take over to explain why after the events that unfolded Monday, Feb. 3. Rachel: I would like to write in all-caps LIKE THIS. THAT'S HOW APPALLED I AM. I FEEL LIKE YELLING. J.Pabs and the harem went to Vietnam this week, and I think it ...

A little bit of Seoul, and a lot of eye rolling

By Rachel Sauer
Friday, January 31, 2014

The low point came, I think, when I screeched “You don't deserve Korea!” at my TV. I can't remember what it was in response to — probably when one of the interchangeable “ladies” had a spaz about eating a tiny piece of octopus — but Melinda was very soothing. “Have a cookie,” she advised. So I did. It had come to this, to self-medicating with baked goods. I know Melinda feels bad that this, my introduction to “The ...

The international dates start soon…so there’s that

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, January 24, 2014

I feel terrible. After talking Rachel into finally watching a season of “The Bachelor” with me, ABC throws up this dud. I don’t mean to be rude, but from an entertainment standpoint, this season of “The Bachelor” is the worst ever. Seriously, the depth of some of these women’s conversations makes my ears hurt. Juan Pablo isn't better. This week, Rachel and I settled in to finally start learning these women’s names and more about ...

Welcome to SLC; now put on your glow sticks

By Melinda Mawdsley
Saturday, January 18, 2014

This week, colleague Matt Meyer asked me a simple question: “Why do women watch ‘The Bachelor’?” I didn’t have an immediate answer. It wasn’t until I was listening to a podcast about an unrelated topic when I realized my answer:   I was joking, but the more I thought about it the more I realized “The Bachelor” and pro wrestling are similar, and that played out perfectly in Week 2 on Monday, Jan. 13. The episode started with ...

We accept your rose, Juan Pablo

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, January 13, 2014

Rachel is well-read and well-cultured. She cans jam, knits sweaters and uses large words comfortably in daily settings. But she had never seen "The Bachelor."     On Monday, Jan. 6, Rachel had this and other revelations during the season premiere of “The Bachelor,” which I talked her into watching, so I could live tweet her thoughts about seeing dozens of women fight for the attention of one man on national TV, while crying about how much they ...

It was ‘like picking a favorite child’

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rachel and I were intrigued. The envelope we received this week from Marya in Grand Junction was particularly thick. We got our answer as to why when we opened it and found four brackets inside, including one from California. And that wasn’t the only bracket we received from out of state but more on that later. On to some of this week's reader highlights: - Bev from Montrose simply wrote, “Great Contest.” Thanks, Bev. We just wanted people to have fun. Glad ...

Thanks for the note with hearts and more thoughts from Round 1

By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Note: Rachel took the day off, leaving me to write alone, which means two things. 1. This post will have no big words. 2. I can write whatever I want. Rachel and I disagree a lot. No seriously, like all the time. We do, however, share a mutual love of debating and getting notes from readers, particularly when it comes with hearts. (Thanks, Caroline) That’s what makes bracket challenges so fun. It combines debating with our love of getting mail. Before we put the bracket ...

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