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New Questions

1 Sep

1.  Do you think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, 2001 or did we just become more aware of the danger? How has your own life changed as a result of that day?

I do not think the world is more dangerous.  Crime rates are actually down since the 80’s and 90’s, and if anything, I would argue that the world is safer.  People are more vigilant (to the point of insanity), and security measures increased.  This isn’t always a good thing….

2. Did you think your parents were too strict when you were growing up? How about in hindsight?

My parents were not strict at all.  We certainly weren’t little hellions that ran around destroying everything, but we also weren’t angels.  In hindsight, I think that my parenting style will be similar, except that I don’t plan on using spanking as punishment.  My parents didn’t use physical punishments often, but I do remember them happening.  I personally don’t believe that spanking is a good way for MY family to deal with behavior issues.

3. Share one random but candid fact about yourself.

I have a skin condition on my inner thighs called hydradenitis supprativa.  It’s not too bad right now, but sometimes I can have a flare-up that’s pretty gross.  I get these big abscess looking things on my inner thighs, and they are very painful.  Yuck.

4. Would your nearest and dearest describe you as simple or far too complicated?

Steve would probably describe me as being happily right in the middle.

5. What is your favorite stadium or carnival food?

For carnivals, funnel cakes or corn dogs.  For stadiums, I love having nachos and a beer at baseball games.  Can’t wait to partake next summer with baby in tow!

6. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake…how many of these natural disasters have you experienced? Which event do you think would be the scariest?

The only one that I have actually physically experienced is an earthquake.  That was during my time with SCV out in California.  I’ve been in tornado watches and warnings, but never been directly hit by one.  I think all of them are really scary, depending on the scale.

7. Labor Day weekend is approaching so a work related question seems appropriate. Growing up, did your parents assign you regular chores? Were you paid for doing those chores? If you’re a parent do you assign chores to your own children? Why or why not?

We did have chores.  My brother and I were in charge of doing the dishes every night after dinner.  We also had to keep our rooms clean.  My brother was in charge of mowing the lawn (when we had one, at least).  We got a weekly allowance, but I don’t recall if it was directly linked to our chores.  My children will absolutely be expected to do chores around the house, they will live here too!  I will probably have them do the dishes after dinner, vacuum and mop floors, and they will be in charge of their own laundry when they are old enough.  I’m not sure that Steve will ever give up mowing the lawn to his kids, but they might be expected to help.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

All of my thoughts are about having this baby right now.  And with that, I’m heading up for a hot bath.


The LAST Day!

26 Aug

Today is my LAST DAY of work for the foreseeable future.  Well, I say my last day of work, but really, it’s just my last day of PAID work.  I will no longer need to get up every weekday morning and force myself into ‘good enough’ clothing and drive the 20 minutes to the office.  I will definitely still be working – on raising a human being.

It’s very strange to be entering such a different phase of life.  I truly never thought I would get to this place.  My dating life was pretty bleak, and the guys that I did date were really not marriage (or even long term relationship) worthy.  So meeting Steve at Carrabba’s on May 10, 2008, it never crossed my mind that he could possibly be ‘the one’.  How wrong I was.

Fast forward 3 years + 3 months.  We moved fairly quickly, and I moved in with him before our first anniversary.  We got engaged in January of 2010, married in August of 2010, and found out I was pregnant at the very end of 2010 (December 31st, 2010, to be exact).

It’s been an interesting ride, and I can’t imagine living my life with anyone else.  Both Steve and I have our faults, but we have learned how to live with each other.  Does he get on my last nerve sometimes?  Of course.  Do I get on his last nerve?  I’m positive that I do.   But it just doesn’t matter.  We’re a team.  He’s my husband, I am his wife.  We are in this thing together.

So while I won’t be bringing home a paycheck for the next few years, I will be doing a very important job – raising thoughtful, compassionate, productive members of society.  That’s worth the pay cut, right?

A River In Egypt

3 Aug

This is going to be a random observation post.  Yep.

  • Denial?  Nah, not me.  It has recently come to my attention that I could go into labor at ANY MOMENT.  Literally.  My water could break in the next 5 seconds, thus beginning the process of bringing my baby girl into the world.  The thing is, I don’t want to get my hopes up.  Every single person in my family thinks I will go late.  My Mom has the latest date, she picked September 12th.  TEN DAYS LATE.  Are they TRYING to discourage me?  Ugh.
  • I calculated last night that Michelle Duggar (aka Clown Car Vagina Lady) has been pregnant for approximately 14 YEARS of her life.  I’m struggling to make it through 9 months.  And I’m already dreading being pregnant again, even though we are planning at least a year before the next one.  How in the world does she think that being pregnant is enjoyable?  Am I missing something?
  • While I would never actually have more than 2 (MAYBE 3) kids, I do admire the Duggars and the way they have raised their children.  They’re brainwashed drones, but at least they respect themselves and their bodies, unlike the vast majority of children and teens that are on television these days.  I don’t think any parent in their right mind would say, ‘I hope my daughter turns out just like one of those Jersey Shore kids’.  But they WOULD possibly say, ‘I hope my daughter turns out like one of those Duggar kids’.
  • My feet have started swelling.  I thought I would be able to avoid the swelling.
  • I’m starting to doubt my birth plan.  I’m thinking of going as long as I can and then just asking for the epidural.  Maybe I can make it all the way through, maybe I can’t.  I’m scared.  Anxious.  Ugh.  If I do end up having a c-section, I don’t want general anesthesia.  Why does this have to be so complicated?
  • If I do get an epidural, will I be disappointed in myself?  Will I ruin my chances at breastfeeding?
  • I find myself caring less and less about drum corps.  In past seasons, I would have been livid about SCV scoring so badly.  This season?  Eh.  Maybe I’m just getting used to them sucking it up in the 6-8 slots…..  Sad day.
  • The amount of discomfort I am feeling gets worse as the day winds to an end.  I wake up in the morning feeling pretty darn good – by 2pm I’m starting to fade.  By 7pm I’m a walking zombie.
  • I’m sick of people telling me to “get sleep while you can”.  I sleep a normal amount, and I wake up when I’m rested.  There is no humanly possible way to “store up” sleep.  Just because I sleep a bit more now doesn’t mean I’ll be better off when the baby comes.  I KNOW that it will be a rough couple of months when baby girl arrives in terms of sleep – sleeping more now isn’t going to change that ONE IOTA.
  • I ordered a massage tool for use during labor (and hopefully after as well!) online because I couldn’t find one in any store I’ve tried.  Is that weird?  It seems like a fairly common item….
  • My best friend’s baby shower is scheduled for September 18th.  Which is all fine and dandy, but am I really going to want to take a 1-2 week old to a big party full of people and foreign germs?  I’m thinking probably not…..
  • I’m trying to find an awesome puzzle to work on in the early stages of my labor.  This is easier said than done.  I find a lot of puzzles to be silly or have a bad photograph as their basis.  Maybe I’m just being picky.
  • Baby girl doesn’t have as much room in there to move around, but she definitely still gets in some strong kicks and punches.  She has also decided that ramming her head up against my bladder is just a really, REALLY fun game.
  • I have 354 accrued sick and vacation hours right now.  That means that I will continue getting paid after baby girl is born for 11-12 weeks.  At full pay.  Love it.


Life Planner

1 Aug

By no means do I think one can actually plan their entire life.  Just give it a try, I’ll be over here sipping a cocktail and laughing at your failure.

BUT – I do need a life planner.  That is, a calendar that I can plan my life by.  At work I use Outlook and it’s great.  Has all of my important dates, meetings, appointments, and it even gives me handy pop-up reminders.  Technically, I could set this up at home…. but I rarely turn on my computer at home.  And I think that once this baby comes, turning on the computer and updating my calendar will be the last thing on my mind.  So, the time has come to switch back to a good old fashioned journal-type calendar/organizer.

I used this type of calendar religiously in college.  I like writing things down.  I like having lists that I can cross things off.  It makes me feel more accomplished.  I’ve tried using my iPhone as a calendar, but I just don’t like it….. Not sure why, to tell you the truth.

So I just ordered a planner that seems to be very popular.  It’s a little on the expensive side, but I really want something that can fit perfectly in my purse and really become a part of my daily routine.  The screen shots of this particular planner seem to fit my specifications exactly.  Which is saying a lot, because I am SUPER picky when it comes to calendars.

Now the long wait to get my planner in the mail…..

A Day in the Life….

21 Jul

Since my days will soon be VERY different from what they are now….

6:45am – Steve’s first alarm goes off.  Snooze.

6:55am – Another alarm.  Another snooze.

7:05am – Another alarm.  This one generally gets at least one of us up and moving.

7:10am – Up, bathroom time, shower if needed (I love working in an office where nobody sees me and it doesn’t matter that I don’t wear makeup!), brush teeth, get dressed, laugh at the dogs while they do their morning routine.

7:25am – Let dogs out for potty break.  Get lunch packed up and ready to go.

7:35am – Dogs back in, lock them up in “prison”, aka Steve’s office.  Head out the door!

7:40am – If the highway is clear, straight shot to work.  If not, take back roads and still manage to make it to work on time.  I love my short commute!

8:00am – In office.  Work.  Check emails.  Work.  Read blogs.  Work.

9:30am – Snack time!  I keep a drawer loaded with my favorite snacks.

11:00am – Lunch time.  I like to eat early.

12:30pm – Second snack.  Generally much smaller than first snack.

2:00pm – Power down, head out the door.  Six hour days are fantastic.

2:30pm – Home!  Let dogs out, clean up lunch pail from the day, have another snack (notice a trend here?), do some relaxing.

3:30pm – Here is where I generally try and sneak in my afternoon nap.  This is definitely a new addition to my schedule since I got pregnant.  I just can’t seem to make it to the end of the day without fatigue taking over.

4:30pm – Up, clean up around the house, get ready for Steve to come home.

5:15pm – Steve home!  YAY!  Although, he’s been in a bad mood lately coming home from work.  Boo.

6:30pm – If I’m making dinner, I try and start around now.  Steve and I take turns cooking, which is a nice arrangement.  He makes dinner much later than I do, because he likes to work out before starting the meal.

7:30pm – Dinner!  I know that we SHOULD sit at the table to eat and talk to each other like civilized human beings, but…. we’re just not civilized human beings.  We eat sitting on the couch, and usually watch Jeopardy! or a cooking show.  Together, we make a very good team for Jeopardy.  Steve gets a lot of the history, geography, and science questions right.  I get a lot of the music, art, pop culture, and medical questions right.

8:30pm – Clean up the kitchen.  Steve likes to insist that he cleans the kitchen just as often as I do, but it’s just not true.  I don’t mind cleaning it, since I HATE mopping the floors and he doesn’t mind doing that.  I also can’t stand waking up in the morning and coming down to a dirty kitchen.  That’s like death.  Awful, terrible death.

9:00pm – Head upstairs for the evening.  This is when the dogs start begging and barking and pleading.  So we give them treats, and half the time Sherman doesn’t even want his….. so why the heck is he begging for something he doesn’t actually want?  Weirdo.

9:45pm – I generally settle in for a night and arrange my pillows after doing some reading or tv watching.  Yes, we have a tv in our bedroom.  No, I don’t particularly like that fact.  Yes, Steve will apparently die if there isn’t a 48″ flat screen in his bedroom.  So, I live with it.  Usually at this time, right after I’ve finally gotten settled and all my pillows in the right place, I have to pee.  So I go to the bathroom, and then start the arranging process all over again.  The joys of pregnancy.

10:15pm – Sleep.  Beautiful, wonderful sleep.

Someday I’ll have to write a post about the pillow arranging process.  Seriously, it’s a page turner.

Baby Girls!

14 Jul

On Monday of this week, my best friend had her anatomy/gender ultrasound.  To announce the gender to family and friends, she and her husband baked a cake that was either pink or blue on the inside, and had the two grandmothers slice into the cake at a small party.  And…. it’s a GIRL!  I’m so excited that my little Baby A will have a friend so close in age to play with and grow up with.

I have been friends with Laura since I was 4 years old.  We were next door neighbors and decided that because we have the same first name, we were destined to be best friends.  Fast forward 26 years, and here we are.  Both having baby girls, they’ll be about 3 months apart in age.

B is for Bored

11 Jul

Tell me about the shirt you’re wearing?
Sage green maternity shirt from Old Navy that doesn’t actually fit, but I’m 32 weeks pregnant and just don’t care anymore.

What’s currently bothering you?
Being at work.  Ever.  I’m ready to have the babe so I don’t have to work for a while.  And yes, I know that raising a child is work.

What do you currently hear?
Coldplay.  My Pandora isn’t working today, sad panda.

When was the last time you had your hair cut?
April?  Maybe?  I’m awful about this, and my stylist moved.  Thus, I need a new stylist.  Thus, I’m putting it off.

When were you last outside?
8am, coming to work.  It looked like it might be stormy today.

Are you wearing shorts?
No, I wish.  Khaki pants.  Also maternity.  Also don’t fit properly.

Does the thought of marriage scare you?
Yes.  I mean, no.  I married the right guy, and that’s all that matters.

What are you doing today?
Working (or just pretending to work), napping, going to a gender reveal party.

Look to your left, what is there?
Water bottle, lotion, kleenex, picture of Steve and I from Estes, picture of Sandy girl.

What time did you go to sleep last night?
9:30 or so.  I was tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired.

When is your Birthday?
July 29th.  Imma be 30!

The way to win your heart?
Bacon.  Coach purses.  Frosty from Wendy’s.

What are you going​ to do this weeke​nd?
You mean the weekend that is still 4 freaking days away???  Going to our second childbirth class, grocery shopping.  Might stop by Bed Bath and Beyond, I don’t know, we might not have time….

Were you happy when you woke up today?
Neutral.  Could have used another hour of sleep, but wasn’t angry about it either.

Have you ever crawled through a window?
Yes – yay for the teenage years!

Would you ever donate blood?
I have donated on several occasions.

Has anyone ever mistaken you for a family member?
Definitely not.

Do you have reason to smile right now?
Baby is kicking up a storm.  Might be time to give her some lunch….

What do you do when you’re stressed out?
Sleep.  Vent to Steve or my Mom.  Take a walk with Laura.

Would you honestly say you’d risk your life for someone else?
For Steve, without a doubt.  Also my bambino, even though she’s not born yet.

Do you open up to people easily?
I would say so….

Has anyone upset you in the last week?
I’m pregnant, everyone and everything upsets me.  The hormones!!!!!

What is the last pill you swallowed?
Prenatal vitamin last night.

What was the first thing you thought this morning?
I could use another hour of sleep.

Who do you blame for your bad mood today?

Where is the person you like right now?
At work.  There’s also another person I like in my uterus.  Ha.

What was the first thing you did this morning?
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.  I’m pregnant, what do you think?!?!

Do you care of what people think of you?
Not really.  I know a few of my family members don’t care for me, but I don’t really care for them…. life goes on.

Who was the last person you took a picture with?
The ladies in my family at my awesome baby shower.

What are you looking forward to right now?
September.  I want to meet the bambino!

Do you miss someo​ne?
All my SCV friends.  This time of year it’s always my SCV friends.

Does your crush like you?
I certainly hope so, since he married me.

If you could go back in time and change something would you?
Yes.  If I could tuuuuuuuuuurn back time!

Do you hate smokers?
I don’t hate the person, but I hate smoke.  Gross.

Ever had a near death experience?
Not really.

Something you do a lot?
These days?  Nap.

Last person you cried in front of?
Steve.  Poor guy.

Have you ever been to a tanning bed?
Yes, unfortunately.  I learned my lesson and have embraced my pale-ness.

Does anyone hate you for no reason?
They probably have their reasons, doesn’t make them correct.

Have you ever kissed someone whose name starts with the letter J?
Yep.  Last boyfriend before my love.

What are you stressed out about?
Pushing a BABY out of my who-ha.

What was your favourite grade?
I didn’t really enjoy school all that much – college was awesome though.

When is the next time you’ll see your best friend(s)?
Tonight!  We get to find out if her bambino is a girl or a boy.

Are any of your friends pregnant?
I think like 4 of my friends are pregnant right now.  It’s just that time in life, I guess.

Favourite number?

Ever been in love?
Absolutely.  Fall more in love with each passing day.

Are you wearing make-up?
Nope.  I sit in a windowless office and don’t interact with anyone face to face the entire day, what’s the point of makeup?

What were you doing at 11:30 last night?

What’s the last thing you said and to who?
To Laura: “See you tonight.”

Do you sleep on your stomach?
God I wish.  When not growing a parasite, I sleep almost exclusively on my stomach.  I miss it terribly.

What do you hear?
“You were an island to discover.”  Ahhhh, Coldplay.

Are you ticklish?
Yes.  Very.  Steve finds this to be endlessly amusing.

Last time you saw fireworks, with who & where?
One week ago, at Laura and Gary’s house.