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I have a cold, and I feel like death. Vertigo hit me for a couple of hours a few days ago, and I had the sweats and nausea. My body hasn’t been good to me, though it is nice to see a number on the scale I haven’t seen in a while. 

Now, I’m trying not to sneeze on the babies, and remember to sanitize my hands frequently. Because what’s worse than a sick baby? Two sick babies. So far, aside from what appears to be teething symptoms in my daughter (because she tried to gnaw off my finger with her gums), and sudden fussiness at night before bedtime for my littlest boy, they appear to be well. They are rolling onto their bellies! I have to remember not compare their milestones to their brothers’, because to be fair, the latter had more time in the womb. So rolling at 5 1/2 months? I’ll take it. 

I would tell you more about the babies, but I’m saving that for Through The Lens Thursday because the prompt is CUTE. 

So I’ll tell you about the fried ice cream I had on Sunday, date night (yes, I’ll talk about that too in a minute). I like ice cream, I like fried things, so when I saw fried ice cream on the menu, I said, WHY NOT. 

fried ice cream

This is why not. You cannot roll a scoop of ice cream in a piece of stale bread, crumb that, and drop it into a very hot fryer. What you get is a very hard, icy scoop of vanilla ice cream, packed in a thick, doughy fried piece of bread. It tastes exactly like it sounds. I was cheated of a good dessert on date night. 

It was our second date night in as many weeks. Such luxury, and it is thanks to our friends and neighbors, who had the boys over for a playdate, while my in laws looked after the twins. Two hours sans children = meal out wherever we like that’s not too far away so we don’t spend too much time in the car, and if need be, get home in 10 minutes. I like to think we looked like a couple of carefree newlyweds, not tired parents of four young kids. 

Hah! Who am I kidding? We totally looked like tired parents of four young kids who looked slightly crazy-eyed at the fact that we were sitting down for a meal cooked by someone else, while it was still hot, and not having to wipe someone’s mouth, or pick up water bottles off the floor, or referee the inevitable fight over who gets the blue crayon. 

Yay date night! We didn’t take selfies because we were too busy eating and talking. But we did take pictures of our food. Don’t ask why, because I don’t know the answer.

Oh hey! I’ve been nominated for an award, or at least this good ol’blog is. It’s the 2015 Bloggies, an annual weblog award, nominated and voted for by the public. It’s been around since 2001, before any of us started a blog (right?). I’m up for Best Asian Blog, so it’d be awesome if you can head over there to vote. And while you are, consider voting for my friends A Lady in France (Best European Blog) and Life With Roozle (Best LGBT Blog). All you have to do is scroll down, click on your chosen blogs, and submit. You’ll have to verify your vote via email. That’s it! A one-time vote, which is why I’m comfortable asking here, because generally, asking for votes to win something is not my cup of tea. But I don’t want to do disservice to my many friends who nominated me in the first place. 

Aaaand . . .  that is the stuff I wanted to tell you guys, old school blogging style. See you on Thursday for some cute. Here’s a preview.

hand holding

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • March 3, 2015 Lindsay Klein

    No selfies = even better date night:) Food evidence is always inspiring too! xo

  • Fried ice cream sounds so good, but now I’ve seen the picture I think I will pass…
    Congratulations on the nomination! I’m off now to cast my vote!
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  • March 3, 2015 tracy

    I hope you feel better soon. And YAY for dates! xo
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  • March 3, 2015 Kerstin

    i haThe it when a dessert does not turn out as expected! But yay for date night! And you bet I will vote for you! xox
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  • March 3, 2015 Greta

    Yay for date nights!!! I’m so happy you two got to get out together, alone. That’s fantastic. And I have had good fried ice cream. It does exist. I’m sorry you were let down…there’s no excuse for bad desserts!
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  • March 3, 2015 Susi

    I love fried ice cream but it has to be made right. Sorry that you had a yucky dessert on a ,ugh deserved date night. Can’t believe how big the twins are getting and can’t wait to see more of their cute on Thursday! Feel better!
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  • March 4, 2015 Christy

    Those two keep getting cuter and cuter! What a disappointment about the fried ice cream- it sounds amazing! How lovely that you were able to get some alone time with your husband. It feels special and somewhat strange when we have couple time away from our dog 🙂
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  • March 4, 2015 alexandra

    Of course I vote for you!

  • March 4, 2015 My Inner Chick

    Enjoy the moment. Forget the selfies! Good for you!
    Congrats on your award.
    Also, the photo of the babies above is FABULOUS. xx
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  • March 4, 2015 janice

    Ohmygosh, that picture is cute!! Now I can’t NOT check back Thursday. So adorabubble. Hope you feel better soon, Alison! Also, fried ice cream, when it’s made right, is soooooo good. Too bad your experience with it wasn’t up to par…I LOVE it when it’s done well.
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  • March 4, 2015 Shell

    Oh, I love your twins holding hands! Adorable!

    My husband and I are terrible at taking pics together, though we’ll take pics of our food. Go figure.
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  • March 4, 2015 Natalie

    Yay for date night! I’m so proud of you! And that’s no good for bring cheated on dessert 🙁 I hope you feel better soon! Some cuties at the end of this post 🙂
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  • March 4, 2015 Elaine A.

    Sorry, I had to laugh at your “two sick babies” quip. I do hope you’re better soon! I’m so glad you have been getting some alone time with your man, that’s awesome! But yeah, the dessert thing is kind of a bummer. Oh well, guess that means y’all have to go out again and try something better! 😀

  • March 4, 2015 tove maren

    Yeah for date night – even if you are tired, not feeling it or leave screaming kids at home… it’s always refreshing to get out a little bit. I love the picture of the twins holding hands – they are adorable! Stay strong mama – and healthy… I hope you feel better. Congrats on your nomination!!!
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  • March 4, 2015 Kimberly

    Ugh I’m sorry that you’re spinning right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round….so not only is that song probably going to be stuck in your head all day, that will be stuck in mine. Dammit!
    Even though you had bread ice cream, I think I would have probably ate it because it’s ice cream. Don’t judge me.
    Congrats on the nomination. I’m on my way to vote!
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  • March 5, 2015 Jack

    Cheated of dessert? Well I have to admit that resonates with me. There are few things I dislike more than expecting to eat something that looks exceptional only to find out it is awful.

  • March 5, 2015 Nina

    Oooooh, fried ice cream and cute on the horizon. Yes!

    And congrats on the award!
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  • March 5, 2015 Tamara

    Yes that photo. Totally cute!
    I tried to have two date nights last week but Des barfed through both of them, so alas, no date night.
    Maybe this weekend but no fried ice cream for me!
    Really hope you feel better. Colds are rampant around here, but somehow I thought that tropical climates were spared. Silly me!
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  • March 6, 2015 Amy

    Those babies are so squishy and cute. Hope you are feeling better!
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  • March 6, 2015 Becky Holland

    Super cute babies. I love how they are holding hands. I hope you are feeling better. I love date nights!
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  • March 7, 2015 Julia

    Hooray for date night!
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  • March 7, 2015 Arnebya

    Yay for date night and more yay for baby hand holding. I truly cannot get enough of it. Sick sucks; I hope everyone is on the mend.
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