Guess who is at BlogHer ‘12 without me?! My mom is there on behalf of Estroven, a company that she is blogging for this year. We talked about going together (this is my first BlogHer in 4 years to miss, and mom joined me for two of them in the past), but I just felt that 36 weeks was a little too late to travel, so she is sending reports home via e-postcards!
She was recognized by a blog reader, Vivi, this afternoon and also by Valerie at the Land O Lakes booth! Valerie’s mom reads my mom’s blog! Hi to you both : )
I had a blog date myself this afternoon – Caroline is a reader doing business here in Cville and we met for iced coffees! She lives in Charlotte now, so we had lots to talk about : )
Iced decaf! I have been so thirsty all day (perhaps from all the walking?) but have been chugging water like crazy. This was the most thirst quenching drink I had all day!
Matt and I also met with our lawyer this afternoon to finalize all of our wills, guardianships and advanced medical directives. So glad to have these tasks complete. We realize now we should have had them done when we were married 5 years ago but are especially glad to have them before the baby comes.
I walked to and from the legal office and then to and from downtown on top of my 3 miler this morning – my legs are beat!!
Dinner tonight was with the famous Karen Monson, who treated us to Citizen Burger Bar as a thank you for all of our help with her move.
Really like this place! Great bar too with a sweet happy hour. And of course because they serve local grass-fed beef!! I would gladly pay a few more dollars for a burger made from quality ingredients.
When we sat down, we discovered that our server, Emily, was also a blog reader!! She goes to Tulane but is here for the summer. Fun times!
My only snack this afternoon was that iced coffee (thanks to a big lunch) so I was starving when we sat down.
I chowed down on this delicious burger filled with gruyere, rosemary aioli and tomato and and a fried pickle on top! I nearly finished it all, but the last 20% or so went to Matt. The fried pickle was incredible! As Karen would say, “This meal totally hit the spot.”
I learned last time we visited how good the Citizen fries were, so I didn’t sub out a side salad this time. Matt and I shared both sweet potato and regular three ways with Karen.
But I did add a salad – split this with Matt. For the greenery.
Thanks for dinner Karen!
We ended the night with a pop-in to Sweet Frog. Matt and I shared just a taste of blackberry and cake batter with some candy crunch.
And then made our merry way home. I don’t think I waddled, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if you told me I did : )
Your sweet baby is going to be here before you know and I love how you guys are being so organized and prepared. I can’t wait to hear what you name him! Not much longer…
Laura B says
That burger looks great… I’ve had fun going through your cville restaurant reviews today. My mom and I are going for an overnight tomorrow to check out UVA Law (and more importantly the town to see if I could live there for three years!). I’m excited to see a place I feel like I’ve already been from reading your blog 🙂
Fun! Hope you have a great visit! It’s a wonderful place to live
(and a great law school!)
Laura B says
I know… hoping I actually get in when I apply in the fall! If not… well I’m sure it’ll have been a nice weekend trip with my mom 🙂
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
How fun for your mom! Have heard of quite a few people going to that event – can’t wait to hear more about her experience!
Rosie @ rosalicious says
We ate at Citizen Burger Bar for the first time last Friday. You are so right — those fried pickles are to die for!
I didn’t like to think I waddled…but I was told EVERY prerg. woman waddles:)
Heather McCann says
That is so awesome that you and your Mom are both bloggers and have gone to BlogHer together. That’s really awesome!
Cait's Plate says
Aw how fun that your mom is there 🙂 I’m so jealous! Hope she has a blast.
Dinner looks amazing. I’m dying to try that place – it looks so so good!
Ha! Thanks for the shout out and photo! It was awesome to recognize you mom! Feed that baby some butter:)
🙂 Thanks for saying hi to her (and me!)
Love your blog! Best wishes to you and baby! Glad Val met your mom!
Ali @ Peaches and Football says
I’m so proud/amazed that you’ve been able to keep up with those 3 mile walks this late into your pregnancy. Great job girl! Yes, wills, etc are not fun to do but it’s great to have it all done so you aren’t worrying about it later.
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
Mmm…your dinner looks so good!
Go Mom! And Mom-in-Law!
Is it fun to be recognized? There was a lady on a billboard by my house advertising a local gym. I recognized her at Target and worked up the courage for an “Hey, are you…?”. She was as tickled as I was! You seem so easy going and sweet I bet no one hesitates to say hi when they see you 🙂 Must be a blast!
Haha that’s fun!
[email protected] for the Soul says
Rosemary Aioli sounds fantastic! I’m so curious to try something unique like that. And it’s so cute that pregnant moms waddle! I know I definitely will when that day comes. 🙂
Kath, what are some health benefits of grass-fed beef? Does it have more omega-3s in it? Thanks!
It’s lower in fat and calories (because the goal isn’t to fatten up the cow) and yes, much higher in omega-3s. The quality of life of the animal is also a big distinguishing factor. This site has some more info with cited research: http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/grass-fed-natural-beef.asp
That burger looks goooood – loving all that melted cheese!
Claire K says
Emily, your server tonight, is my friend and sorority sister at Tulane! I was so surprised and happy to see her beautiful face today on your blog and can’t believe what a small world it is. If she is even half as good of a server as she is as funny, I bet you had wonderful service!
Also, I’m driving down to New Orleans in August and I’ve put Great Harvest Bakery as a destination stop!
Oh how fun!
BlogHer 2013, baby! (literally, baby!)
🙂 I hope so!
Bea @ The Bea's Knees says
Blackberry and cake batter with crumbs sounds like an awesome way to end dinner!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
I love how active you’ve been able to stay through your pregnancy! I think it’s really impressive! I would imagine your legs and feet are a bit beat.
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
That burger looks so good! I definitely appreciate restaurants who offer grass-fed beef
Krissy @ Shiawase Life says
Your mom is so cute 🙂
I hope to go to Charlottesville this fall for a football game. I’d love to try one of those burgers!
Speaking of burgers…my friend bought me some No Bull burgers after I kept raving about how good they look on your blog. I love them. How do you normally cook them? I’ve only done them on the grill, but I wonder if they’d be better on the stove? Thanks!
I do them in a skillet on the stove. Medium heat and 4 minutes per side at the recommendation of the No Bull team.
Hi! Long time fan, first time commentor! I was just wondering, for the banana split oatmeal, do u still use your banana method to make the oats themselves? Or do make plain oats? And if plain oats, then how do you make them? (liquid to oats ratio, stovetop or microwave, etc…)
Hey Mary, boy I haven’t made those in ages. I left the banana out, but I made the oatmeal the same as my standard recipe on my Tribute To Oatmeal page – just no banana.
Julia H. @ Going Gulia says
GEEZ that burger looks incredible. I’m actually going to Charlottesville in a few weeks (my best friend goes to UVA & I’m helping her move into her apartment), so I might have to hit this place up 🙂
Susanna @ Tastelling.com says
I don’t usually like burgers but that one looks delicious! And I didn’t know you can fry pickles. But I guess frying stuff is quite normal in US..
You have the pregnancy glow! I hope you are having fun at BlogHer.
Grass-fed burgers are way better tasting then regular burgers! I would definitely pay a few dollars more for grass-fed burgers.
Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See says
Fro yo + fries + burgers = the best way to spend a summer evening 🙂
My only complaint with Sweet Frog is that they seem to be the sole user of styrofoam cups in the entire self-serve fro yo industry. Don’t worry–everyone waddles out of those shops 🙂
I think waddling after a good meal is totally acceptable – pregnant or not!
Yay – good for you for getting all that legal stuff in order. As the daughter of an estate planning attorney and paralegal in the same field by profession, this was one of the first things my husband and I did when we found out we were due this September (man…August already!). Its hard to think about some of those “what-if’s” at such a young age, but I wish more of us Gen Y-er’s would have the foresight to get it done! Its such a huge relief to know that your child will be in good hands should, God forbid, anything were to happen to you two. High Five!