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I Have a New Addiction

So, at the local market, there is a very sweet, very beautiful older lady (which I have to say is rare in Moldova… women here just don’t have gobs of money to spend on anti-aging stuff like women in America) who has a booth full of used aprons imported from Germany.  I stop every time I pass by and chat with her while I look through the piles of beautiful vintage patterns and designs.

Here’s the thing, for a long time I thought that the full aprons were 50 lei (which is currently $4.32), and had only bought one.  It was a justified purchase because I am a messy cook and didn’t want to get the one I made dirty because it’s more for cuteness than for work.

It's a little wrinkled from being in the drawer.

It wasn’t until today when I offered her 40 lei for another one that I figured out that they are actually 15 lei ($1.30) for a full apron and only 10 lei ($0.86) for a half apron!  Wow!  (In my defense, 15 and 50 sound very similar in Romanian, just like they do in English.)  So of course I bought two.  Another full apron for cooking:

Seriously... look at that gorgeous pattern and piping!

And a half apron for cleaning.  It’s hard to tell in a picture, but this one has two pleats under the waist band on each hip, which gives it nice shape, and it has two huge, deep pockets on the front.  Perfect for toting random things from room to room while I clean:

Half apron

A great half-apron for cleaning.

And, because I know it’s hard to see in the above picture, I took a close-up picture of the red apron to show you what REALLY sold me on this one:

Sailboats and windmills! How am I supposed to resist that??

Oh my… now that I know they are so cheap, I don’t think I’m going to be able to stop myself!



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Attention All Pregnant Ladies!

I just finished the most amazing book and I just had to pass the word on to all of my pregnant friends.

Henci Goer’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth is an absolute MUST READ for any woman who is pregnant or hoping to get pregnant.  Some of you may know that I am planning a natural childbirth, but this is NOT a natural childbirth book, it is, as her website states, an “Informed Choice in Childbirth” book.

In the book, Goer discusses the pros and cons, risks and benefits to many of the typical options that face women when it comes to childbirth: Cesarean section, breech birth, induction, IVs during labor, failure to progress, epidurals and narcotics, episiotomy, labor support, choosing a caregiver and birthplace, and more.

I can’t say it enough… if you read nothing else during your pregnancy, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

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Video- Why I Didn’t Make the Olympics

What’s more funny than watching other people injure themselves?  C’mon, you know that’s the only thing that’s kept America’s Funniest Home Videos on the air for so many years!

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