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Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Here's a quick rundown on the status of "Gary" from the doctor:
- At 34 weeks and 2 days I am measuring 36.5 weeks. That's still only two ahead.
- Baby's heart rate is stable at 140 beats per minute.
- Doctor predicts that the baby will make it to 38 weeks as long as my bp is stable (no toxemia) and my sugars stay "normal" (90-120 range).
- I only gained 1 lb. over the last two weeks...bringing us to a grand total of 28 lbs.
- Stretch marks are ugly...very ugly.
At the Ultrasound however, we got a little bit different story:
- No pictures of "Gary" today. Why? He's too big. They couldn't get a clear shot because: 1) he's dropped considerably and has "assumed the position" of getting the heck out of dodge and 2) He's huge.
- How big? Let's try 7 lbs. big. What should he weigh? At 34 weeks he should weigh at most, 5 lbs. and be about 19 inches long. We don't know if he's huge because of the diabetes or genetics. We won't know that until he's born, but it looks like naming him Henry and calling him Hank the Tank might not be such a bad idea.
- "Gary" is in the 80th percentile in size, his head is huge and his legs are long. That right there makes the decision for a c-section worth it.
- "Gary" has fat rolls, under his arms and very chubby cheeks. Through the ultrasound video we could see the layers of fat that are forming around his body.
- Right now, "Gary" is the size of a baby at 38 weeks gestation, not 34.
What does all this mean you may be asking? Ross and I have no idea. Basically, it means that the kid will be born soon and hopefully before the 10 lb mark. I told Ross the other day that "Gary" was starting to feel very heavy and I was right.
Since there are no pictures of "Gary" from today's photo session (Though we did bring a VHS tape and recorded the ultrasound if you are interested in watching a giant fat baby) I've posted the only picture I've taken of me throughout the entire process...to prove to certain peopel (Craig) that this whole baby thing isn't a figment of my imagination.
Thank you to Cindy and her family for hosting and to everyone who came. I had a great night and am just so grateful and lucky.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I liked a lot of the pictures, but the little postcard I Photoshopped was my favorite. Haley didn't like it too much. What do you think? (click on the picture to see it full size on my flickr account.)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Christmas Eve was spent at Grandma Huber's house with a very nice dinner and program. This year Grandma asked me to bring my camera to document the plethora of presents under her tree, the coffee table, in the dining room..pretty much everywhere. When you buy gifts for like, 60 people, things can get a little crazy. After pictures and food, mom and the little chillins prepared a nice program reading from Luke:2, intertwined with some musical numbers with Haley as maestro on the piano. Perhaps the sing-along after, with all made up and improvised verses was a little more entertaining however.
By the time Christmas day was over, it felt like we had run a marathon. Ross and I got our sorry heads out of bed around 7:00, got ready, opened our presents and headed to my parentals house to greet Willie and his exuberance early in the morning. We opened gifts with my family then headed to aunt Karen's house for brunch and a gift exchange. By the time we got settled at Karen's, it was time to move on because Haley and James had places to be. We rushed back to the units house, watched James open his gifts, packed up and headed to Grandma Hubers for more food, fun, and gifts galore. We finally left as daylight was fading and headed to Ross mom and dad's house, even though they weren't there, to play with the dog. Well, for Ross to play with the dog and me have the animal jump on my lap and stick it's rank butt in my face. After Ross got his fill of puppy and gave the dog a bath, we finally headed home for the night to sit and stare at all the gifts we received and so Ross could watch Monday Night Football.
I went to bed at 8:30...Gary and I were exhausted, well I was exhausted. Gary was just gearing up for a night full of flips, summersaults, and vigorous attempts to escape his internal world and get a taste of the outside.
This morning when we awoke from our long winters nap, the house was still a disaster, with gifts floating all over the living room. We'll dig ourselves out eventually.
Ross and I received some very lovely and thoughtful gifts and even though I said no baby stuff, we got some of that, too and it was great! We even got a Gary for "Gary" (Pictures of that later). Ross gave me a gift I had been asking for for months...a new compact digital camera. Our hundred year old 2 mp broke and has been replaced. Yeah! I love cameras.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Next week I am going out with Haley and James to shoot their engagement/announcement photo. We had a dry run on Sunday that didn't turn out too well...it seems that there was a third party in the picture. The big kid, almost taller than Haley, with the cheesy smile. I think that he might think that he gets to be in the picture. Sorry kiddo....you can come, but just harass and embarrass from the sidelines.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
If you are interested in my pics from the party, click on the link below. I had an idea that it might be fun to use Photo Booth to document the night and I was right. Even the grandparentals got in on the action.
Now, if anyone asks you what the difference is between Christmas and Chanukah you will know what and how to answer!
1. Christmas is one day, same day every year, December 25. Jews also love December 25th. It's another paid day off work. We go to the movies and out for Chinese food. Chanukah is 8 days. It starts the evening of the 24th of Kislev, whenever that falls. No one is ever sure. Jews never know until a non-Jewish friend asks when Chanukah starts, forcing us to consult a calendar so we don't look like idiots. We all have the same calendar, provided free with a donation from the World Jewish Congress, the kosher butcher, the local Sinai Memorial Chapel or a Jewish funeral home.
2. Christmas is a major holiday. Chanukah is a minor holiday with the same theme as most Jewish holidays. They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat.
3. Christians get wonderful presents such as jewelry, perfume, stereos, etc. Jews get practical presents such as underwear, socks or the collected works of the Rambam, which looks impressive on the bookshelf.
4. There is only one way to spell Christmas. No one can decide how to spell Chanukah, Chanukkah, Chanukka, Channukah, Hanukah, Hannukah, etc.
5. Christmas is a time of great pressure for husbands and boyfriends. Their partners expect special gifts. Jewish men are relieved of that burden. No one expects a diamond ring on Chanukah.
6. Christmas brings enormous electric bills. Candles are used for Chanukah. Not only are we spared enormous electric bills, but we get to feel good about not contributing to the energy crisis.
7. Christmas carols are beautiful...Silent Night, Come All Ye Faithful. Chanukah songs are about dreidels made from clay or having a party and dancing the hora. Of course, we are secretly pleased that many of the beautiful carols were composed and written by our tribal brethren. And don't Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond sing them beautifully?
8. A home preparing for Christmas smells wonderful. The sweet smell of cookies and cakes baking. Happy people are gathered around in festive moods. A home preparing for Chanukah smells of oil, potatoes and onions. The home, as always, is full of loud people all talking at once.
9. Christian women have fun baking Christmas cookies. Jewish women burn their eyes and cut their hands grating potatoes and onions for latkes on Chanukah. Another reminder of our suffering through the ages.
10. Parents deliver presents to their children during Christmas. Jewish parents have no qualms about withholding a gift on any of the eight nights.
11. The players in the Christmas story have easy to pronounce names such as Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The players in the Chanukah story are
12. In recent years, Christmas has become more and more commercialized. The same holds true for Chanukah, even though it is a minor holiday. It makes sense. How could we market a major holiday such as Yom Kippur? Forget about celebrating. Think observing. Come to synagogue, starve yourself for 27 hours, become one with your dehydrated soul, beat your chest, confess your sins, a guaranteed good time for you and your family. Tickets a mere $200 per person. Better stick with Chanukah!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Yesterday, Ross and I attended (because he had to set up the stake center) the satellite broadcats of the "South Jordan, Utah Temple" groundbreaking. I had never been witness to such an event before and it was very interesting.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Ross and I are not going to the party to watch the band. I figured that the fam. and the grandparentals was enough to stare at her whilst playing some Ozzy. Instead, I think that we'll just crash out at home. It's been a long week for the both of us. Between work and other commitments and this whole "baby" thing, I've completely run out of steam. Yesterday, I had a doctor's appointment and it was very disappointing. "Gary" and I have been overachievers for the last 8 months in weight gain, size, measurements, health problems, etc. and it seems that we are evening out. My blood pressure was good, the blood sugars are under control and Gary seems to be "average" right now. I only gained two pounds and measured 34/5 centimeters which means that I haven't grown any (even though I feel 28.6 pounds heavier) in 2 weeks. To the doctor, that is a good sign...to me it means that January 15 might turn into the actual due date of February 7 and that stressed me out to no end. The doc had put the 15th as D-day into my head months ago and I've pretty much settled on it. Well, as everything progresses "normally"...it looks like early isn't as realistic as I thought. Suck! So, after the appointment I was a little disappointed. I'm better now, but I wasn't the nicest person for a while last night. Sorry Ross! Part of my problem could be these ankles. They hurt. The other night they were super swollen and as Ross and I were working on some projects in the office, I decided to document the swollen-osity. Ross' is the hairy ankle in the middle and represents what mine used to look like, w/o the hair.
To end the whiny post on a more positive note, I finally did some holiday decorating. After mucho harassment from Willie, Mom, and even Grandma, I bought a "tree" at target. It is small, silver and sparkle-y and I made a "shrine" for the holidays. So it's done, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future won't get me, and a blah humbug to all.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Well, the next year, I decided to get a new mentor (one that actually knew something about history, not art like Mentor #1) and I had her help. Unfortunately for me, I chose to cut corners and rely on my natural intelect and test taking ability. Big mistake because guess what...I failed a second time around. Idiot! Failed a second time.
After much deliberation I decided to try for a third and final time. I was nervous and had a bad track record to rely on. But, I got my scores today and I PASSED with flying colors. Yeah me! I am not as big of a moron as I thought I was and now I get to have the title of "master teacher" for the next 12 years...that's when my certification expires.
I just wanted to share.
Monday, December 11, 2006
The Pathetic News Anchor hair of this morning and afternoon
The shorter, sleeker, and a little less "late breaking news story" hair of this afternoon.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The funny thing is...all the kids in the league are11-12 years old but Willie's team is so big. They just tower over all the other kids. Dad definately put together a winning bunch. Here are a few pictures to check out if you are interested. If you want, more, I can tell you where to get them.
Is this type of score fair? It is to the winning team.
He shoots and I think he scored. If not, he got all the offensive rebounds and somebody scored.
Giant amongst his age group. They really are ALL 11!
Friday, December 08, 2006
- at lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point at a hair dryer at passing cars. see if they slow down.
- page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice.
- every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
- put your garbage can on your desk and label it "in".
- put decaf in the coffee Maker for 3 weeks and once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addicitons, switch to expresson.
- finish all your sentences with "in accordance with the prophecy"
- dont use any punctuation
- as often as possible, skip rather than walk
- order diet water with a serious face whenever you go out to work
- specifiy at the window that your drive in order is "to go"
- sing along at the opera
- five days in advance, tell you friends that you cannot attend their party because you are not in the mood.
- when leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling, "Run for your lives, they're loose."
- tell your children over dinner, "due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."
- speak a foreign language, even if you don't know what you are saying.
It was my mom, but that wasn't the purpose of the phone call. She called because Willie had something important to tell me. However, after some major prompting to speak from my mom, he couldn't quite spit it out and there was quite the dramatic interchange between Mom and Willie ("tell her"..."no you tell her", etc.). Mom finally told Willie that it was his job to tell me what it was that was so important and Willie said, "I can't because I'll start to cry again"....at that point, I got a little concerned.
The boy that is the cutest little brother ever finally spit it out, very quickly (and then my mom had to clairfy because I wasn't quite sure I got what he said), but he told me.."If you don't get a Christmas tree then all the bad ghosts will get you and you might die" (Or something to that effect).
Obvoiusly, I was a little confused, until Mom told me that Willie is reading Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" for school and they just got through the Ghost of Christmas Past last night and apparently it not only scared the crap out of him (probally because he realized there are still two ghosts to go) but, he came to the conclusion that if his scrooge of a sister doesn't get her act together and get a Christmas tree and some holiday spirit soon, then there may be trouble in river city.
Willie, thanks for caring and always looking out for me. I'll see what I can do about the tree.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
There is this guy who wears black every day. Black plants and black button down shirts / mock turtle necks / or polos. It is very odd.
Is he a goth?
Is he in mourning?
Is it a fashion statement?
I don't understand, but I did notice that his screen saver is is 'star trek' themed. Better all black than a 'one-sie' Captian Kirk.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I think that racism is such an interesting topic to talk about in modern day society. It seems that we see it everyday and in light of recent situations involving, as Gladwell mentions, Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, etc. it seems like our society is starting to revisit the race issue in America...even if it is a little leary of the topic.
Issues of race have always fascinated me. Throughout history, it seems that race and religion are the intense human factors involved in all conflicts, celebrations, and other important and significant occassions we study, revel and revile. As a former history teacher, I always beleive the adage that we study history to learn from it's mistakes to prevent us from repeating them in the future. A quick look at the US government will show us that this isn't the case, but still...haven't we learned anything from the rough course of US and world history? We learned many times over that genocide is bad, but doesn't it still happen every day all over the world? Where is the lesson, compasion, emotion, and will to fight it? Do we really just not care as long as it isn't in our front yard?
Are we a racist nation? Does everyone harbor a deep rooted hatred for those not like them? Or, do we live in a world where everyone is so concerned about what they say and who they say it to that we don't know which direction to head in anymore and can't start the dialogue to solve the problem? Or at least be comfortable talking about it in the first place.
I'll be the first to admit that there have been situations in my life where I have, for whatever reason, felt like the minority, picked on a little, or even nervous in my surroundings. Isn't that a good thing? Shouldn't I learn from those experiences and become a better more accepting person? I think that I should and know that I have.
For me, the bigger issue is that it seems like we now have a culture that doesn't feel bad for doing wrong. In the news we see celebrities, politicians, actors, athletes, even the most common and lowly individual...none of them ever apologize for breaking the law, saying something inappropriate or cheating on their wife. They just "apologize" because they are sorry that they got caught...not that they did something wrong or broke the law. Honestly, I think that is a bigger issue. I watched Michael Richards "apologize" on David Letterman's show for his remarks at the Laugh Factory. It wasn't an apology....it was just a, "oh crap I screwed up and got caught on film and my career is over."
This is an interesting soapbox for me to get on in the realm of my little blog about nothing, but I guess these are things I really spend a lot of time thinking about. Maybe it is because I am weeks away from being a parent and I've been hit with the, "bringing a baby into the big bad world syndrome" or maybe it's just my nature to worry too much about all the kids in Africa dying of AIDS and there isn't anything anyone can do about it. Too much thinking about the world starts to make my head spin and my stomach ache, but, there has to be a way to make things better, right? Besides moving to the middle of no-where, creating my own fuel, living "green" and raising free range chickens?
Saturday, December 02, 2006
The boy had a good game getting some nice rebounds, a couple buckets and 1 free throw. Willie, if you are reading this remember..."free throws win and loose games" and you had better start hitting yours or you'll be practicing outside in the snow.
If your interested in some pics from today's game, just click on the photo link.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
1 - Utah fans should be asking the question, "where has this team been all year?" As someone who watched / listened to every game for both teams all year, you have to be disappointed. Where was that passion and energy against UNM, AFA, WYO, and Boise St.? Face it. Utah is a home team and cannot play well on the road....either way, props to them for actually challenging the Cougars.
2 - The might have fallen. From an undefeated BCS team a mere two years ago, the Utes have reverted back to the role of little brother / spoiler. A good season is not based upon whether you beat BYU or not, it should be measured in Wins, Conference Titles, and Bowl Appearances. What happened to that attitude (among fans, coaches, and players)?
3 - I know that most fans in this state of both schools are total tools. Most did not even attend the school that the root for and furthermore, most are fans of the school and not of the sport. This is most clearly exhibited by attendance at Rice-Eccles. If you truly support your team - go to all home games, not just the last game of the season.
4 - Both teams could make legitimated complaints about the officiating in the game. There were calls (or on-calls) that went against both teams. Don't blame your team's loss on the refs. Blame Resident DA Mtn West Commissioner Criag Thompson. As far as pass interference calls go, get a clue. Defenders must play the ball and not the man. Over the past 3 years, I have seen more than my fair share of PI calls on Cougar DBs. If you do not turn around (this is for you Steve Tate and for your Joe Jianonni) you will get flagged every time. If you as a fan do not understand this rule, re-read bullet point #4 and watch some games once in a while.
5 - Jo. Beck is the man. He was thrown into a terrible situation in his first couple of years. He fought through it and never complained. Class guy who made the most of his potential and proved all of the doubters wrong. He played his best when his team needed him with the game on the line. Kudos. To all of the Utah fans that may mock him for showing emotion and crying in a press conference 3 years ago need to look at their head coach and his tears following the game on Saturday. Don't be hypocrites. Sport is a great venue to show passion and emotion and people should not be criticized for it.
6 - Andy Ludwig is the luckiest man alive. Dude got pounded every day all season long for their anemic offense and he gets bailed out by Jo. Beck improvisation on Gary Anderson's defense. All of you Utah fans that are calling for Anderson's head are morons. One play does not a season make. Had called a blitz (like the play before), Beck would have gotten the ball to Harline over the top (you cannot stop that play two times in a row). Where was all of this criticism when Utah gave up a huge lead in the second half to UNM? How about the two first half blow outs to WYO and Boise St? Further evidence that the BYU game was the only game that Utah fans watched.
In conclusion, it was a great game and I am glad that my team came out on top and that I get to mock all of the Utards. Have fun in Ft. Worth with our sloppy seconds. Just like TCU, we gave you the blueprint on how to beat Tulsa (and we softened them up for you).
Look at the bright side, Utah fan, you always have basketball season!
here's some random-ness for you:
- took me 2 hours to drive to work today because of the snow. yuck!
- my blood pressure is always higher at the dr. office than at home. I don't think that they beleive my home read-outs. I do.
- after today's dr. appt. I am still measuring 4 weeks ahead of schedule.
- did I mention it took me 2 hours to get to work?
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Here's the cool thing...when I went to Jonas' website on Friday to look up his e-mail address, I came across this:
On the front page of Jonas' website, is a picture he took at MY WEDDING! I thought it was super cool, a sign perhaps. Upon further investigation, this photo from my wedding was submitted into a contest and won! How cool is that?
It's nice to know that my feet, as well as Ross and Haley's, and cousin Hans' bored face are worth more than a great memory...they won a prize. If you are interested, visit Jonas and his very cool photographs at his website Feel the Photo .
Monday, November 27, 2006
Anyway, things are looking good and "gary" may not be a giant after all, at least not a TANK giant, just a "Manute Bol" kind of giant. He seems to have very long arms and legs, but his weight is right on, about 3.5 pounds. Good. I don't want to carry around a 10 pounder if I don't have to and at this point, maybe I won't. However, he is definately squished and if he tries to stretch out, it seems that his feet hit me around my collar bone. Not quite, but you get the idea.
Today's photo's aren't that great, either, but, what is a ultrasound technician to do when the subject won't hold still? I'll tell you...give us blurry pictures. Here they are anyway.
Good luck making out a face in this one. Ross and I had a hard time, too.
This is one of gary's arms. You can't really see a body connected to it, but his hand is definately clenched in a fist. Ross and I have figured for some time that the kid wants out...NOW! so maybe this is his attempt to show us future rebellion.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Today is the Utah/byu game. Ross is having a party with all his zoobie alumnist boyfriends. I am hanging out with Mom and Haley doing wedding planning. We must be separated on days like this.
I got up early this morning to paint "gary's" room. I got two coats (sp?) finished before my back gave out and my feet hurt to bad and my blood sugar dropped me into coma range. There is still a lot to do this afternoon...after the big game, but it is a good start.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Lemon Yellow Sample
Ross working hard removing dead caulk (I worked hard today too, there just isn't any photographic evidence.)
Thursday, November 23, 2006
To make a very long story short, last night, in the parking lot of Chili's before they went to the Barenaked Ladies concert, James asked Haley to marry him. Yeah! My sister is getting married. And, she has asked Moi to be the wedding planner, even though she thinks that she has veto rights! Little does she know that mom and I will take over. Backyard Barbeque, here we come!
They have tentatively set the date for March 9, 2007 and are waiting for me to be not quite so fat after "gary" is born. What a nice sister. Just last night as Ross and I were driving home from running errands I told him that if my sister ever got married, I had found the perfect dress to wear to her wedding and today...she tells me the exciting news! Not that I am psychic or anything, but I thought it was a pretty cool coincidence.
I think it's very cool. I'm so excited that I just can't hide it...(you can finish the song for me and the pointer sisters!).
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
- Ordered new glasses today.
- Ross spent the night playing Tiger Woods Golf with Willie. They have a video game date for Friday (I beleive the entire day) as well.
- Found out that my mom's neighbors daughter-in-law, who is due around the same time as me, has gained 90 pounds. Can you beleive that?! 90 big ones. Makes my 21 sound fantastic.
- My belly button has almost disappeared. It's gross. I hope that it comes back.
- Ross found the fingernail clippers that have been lost under the passenger seat of my car for weeks. I was very appreciative.
- Sat in the car tonight watching Ross in a video game store, forever, trading out old play station games for new ones. He was the lesser of the nerds in the store, but still....I'm not to sure what to think abou it all.
Question: Where do you draw the line between a poor basketball team or a poorly coached basketball team? I know that my Utes are not playing the type of basketball they are capable of, because they have very brief glimmers of "better-than-average-ness" on the court. However, when your center cannot and will not catch the ball, but bats it away as if it is a disease, and your coach (Coach Aletti) does 5 man substitutions like he is coaching hockey, who do you call bad?
Anyway, they lost last night to Colorado. Colorado got beat last week by 40 points, to Air Force.
It's going to be a rough season. Good thing we bought the cheap seats.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Today, I guilted Ross into coming to work and helping me. Yes, I did it on a Saturday and yes, it was the Saturday of the big football game (Michigan and Ohio i think). Anyway, I had 20 people at various degress of struggle that were desperate for help and even on a day when my ankles weren't swollen and my stupid stomach wasn't getting in the way I would need help. Regardless, as I was helping one of the women in my camera class said to me as I was helping her, "your husband is really cute."
I guess it is Ross' weekend.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
we're going to not have turkey
we're going to have rat noodles and dog gravy.mmm...mmm...good.
quel heure est-il? la-bas? what timw is it?
do you ever see Lauren at school?
have you decided on a name for good old Jamal? or Frederick or Shawn or Byron or Vladamir or Dimitri or Jean-Jaques or Luc or Mattieu or Shae or Ro or Jake or Billy or Justin or Austin or Stetson or Carl or Martin or Marc or Sterling or Dane or Dana or something else.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I had some official work business while I was there, but I also just wanted to spend some time hanging out in a school. Sometimes, I miss teaching kids. But, when I sit in a room full of goofy 9th graders for 90 minutes, the desire to hang with kids dissipates a bit. These kids though amusing, made me tired. One girl asked if the "France Class" was going to France this year. I couldn't help but stifle a laugh. One boy had major issues with a ruler as well. He couldn't seem to keep the ruler or his hands to himself. That would drive me nuts. These kids, goofy as they were, also helped me to see, once again, how hard teachers, in this case Haley, have to work to keep kids interested, engaged, and get them excited about learning.
While there in my official capacity, I took pictures...I also killed a spider crawling on the desk.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I am completely open to suggestion but, I've already saved a few on blogger, stupid as they may be. Here they are in no particular order. Let me know what you think.
Oh Honestly Annabelle
Livin' in the Boonies
What about prom? (For all you "Pretty in Pink" fans out there)
Have Camera Will Shoot
Outnumbered I am
I suppose by sharing these few ideas 1) everyone now knows that I am not creative AT ALL and 2) I'm dumb? Anyway, I need inspiration so feel free to share some.
Friday, November 10, 2006
I will readily admit that I haven't ever had many friends and it seems that many of the friends I have had in my life haven't been the best. They have either moved away (every good friend in elementary school and a couple in jr. high), or only wanted to be my friend when it was convenient and they didn't have a better offer (post high school and during teaching). Outside of my mom, dad, sister, and brother, my circle of friends was always pretty small. Once I met Ross did all that dumb dating stuff and got married, I realized that I added another permanent friend to my short roster, and like my sister...he didn't have too many options to escape.
Now, I feel that I am at a point in my life that I actually have some people who I would call friends. The girls in my book club, people that I work with, and reconnecting with friends from 7th grade. I actually feel like there are people in the world besides my mom and sister who want to talk to me, and are interested in what I have to say as well as people who want me to be their "listener". I like it and think it's cool.
Last night a person whom I hope I can call a "friend" came over to borrow some cake pans. She ended up staying and talking to me for over an hour. That was the best. I had a great time talking to her, hope she enjoyed her stay and am happy that she wants to talk to be and be my friend, too.
It sometimes feels like all I do is whine and feel sorry for myself. It's so wonderful sometimes to be able to talk to someone about nothing in particular, laugh, and have a nice evening at home with a guest.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Grandma: So, I hear you have a test, what subject?
Grandma: I like science, what part of biology are you studying?
James: Cell Division
Grandma: Oh good, I was great at cell division. I've got 8 kids after all.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Me: Yes, yes it is.
Alex: Sweet. Thank you cousin.
Me: No prob bob. How are you? Did you hear the news about Brittney and K-fed?
Alex: I am great and yet Joe (at work) so tragically informed me about the bombshell split...so sad...
Me: Yes. Tragedy. I am in mourning. Don't know what to do.
Alex: All there is left to do is.....End our lives! Oh the humanity!
Me: I think I will choose life. Have a good day!
Alex: You too.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Call it my new found "mothering" instinct or a guilty conscience but while sitting at my computer waiting to log in, I felt terrible. I could afford to give an old haggard lady a buck fifty to take the bus back to wherever she was supposed to be couldn't I? She was obviously out of place at the University and seemed very lost and confused. So, the guilt got to me and I decided to take my diet coke stash in my desk drawer and give it to her.
I walked to the door of my building and looked. She was still there. I walked out of the building to the cross walk...she was in the process of asking and being denied by two other people. Then, I sucked it up, walked across the street and gave her the $1.50 she had asked me for almost 10 minutes earlier. She said "thank you" to me several times and, with the few teeth she had in her mouth, blew me a kiss in the air and said "thank you" again. I felt good.
Once I got back to my building I just stood and watched. She was still standing where she had been when I gave her the money, waiting, I assumed, to ask the next person for $1.50 in bus fare.
I'll hope instead she was just asking for directions about which bus to take back home.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Here is my list:
- laundry done and almost entirely put away
- put clean sheets on my bed (this does get done every two weeks so don't think it hasn't been done for months)
- summer shoes in storage
- cleaned my bedroom and dusted bookshelves
- blogged twice
- vaccummed spaces that haven't seen such suction power in months
- attended 2 little league football games and took almost 100 pictures
- put all the dishes away
- returned purchases to their stores of origin
- taught primary, even an extra class because their teacher didn't show up.
- maintained good blood sugar numbers all weekend even after eating cherry dump cake (the best ever) with dinner tonight.
It may not look like much but trust me, it is.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
After that, Ross and I ran a few errands, went to dinner at my FAVORITE place to eat, the Rio Grande (pork enchilada....yummy) and then headed up to the season opener exhibiton basketball game between the Runnin' Utes and some Canadian team whose mascot was a badger.
What kind of sound does a badger make? If you know, I'm curious.
Utah won, 90 something to 50 something. Ross was well behaved.
Time for bed. That means I have been awake today for almost 17 hours today. Yeah me!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
How much weight did you gain in the last four weeks? Me? 9 pounds.
Just goes to show what a giant baby (Who, after yesterday's doctors appointment, is predicted to very big and arriving around the middle of January), a 1000 a day increase in calories (per the request of the Diabetes Center because I wasn't eating enough or gaining enough weight for them), and a completely famished girl who no longer cares about body image (well, cares but can't do a whole lot about it at the moment) can do for weight gain.
How long can being very tall hide the fact that you are becoming very fat?
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
- Still definitely a boy
- 2lb, 6 oz (approximate)
- Too long to measure (which means he is about 12 inches long, but all scrunched up because there isn't any more room to stretch out)
- Head is big (so was mine when I was a baby...still is says my mom) and brain looks good
- Heart is beating around 134 bpm
- Feet are huge (Poor guy, takes after his dad)
- Due date has been changed to January 31, 2006 (bumped up a week because the kid is already an over-achiever)
The following are a few pictures from yesterday's photo session.
The profile shot
Big Foot himself
If you concentrate, you can make out a face
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
If you want more information, you can get it HERE or you can get it HERE . They both eventually lead to the same place.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Me: I forgot to tell you, but he is starting to "wake-up" around 3:30 in the morning and guess what, that is when I wake-up, too.
Monday, October 23, 2006
There is a woman in my building at work that has nasty public restroom habits. How do I know this? Well, we seem to be on the same time schedule and 6 out of 10 times I go to use the bathroom, she is coming out or heading in. I've become familiar with her patterns and she, to put it nicely, doesn't hold back and does not courtesy flush...ever! (Sorry mom for being gross!)
So, as my class ended today I headed in a desperation sprint to the restroom. As I walked in, I knew that she was there because of three distinct clues: 1) odor, 2) orthopedic shoes, 3) voice. Voice you ask? Yes, she was talking on her cell phone whilst doing her private business. Anywhoo, as I was wrapping up, she continued to talk on her cell phone and apparently ran into a few problems. The conversation I picked up on went something like this..."Did you notice that I cleared out all the [grunting and straining] grrr boxes?" There were a couple further statements of a similar strain (get it?) but I was too overwhelmed to listen. I washed my hands and headed out the door as quickly as possible.
I don't know why these situations happen when I am around but, they do. When will I ever learn?
Sunday, October 22, 2006
As our yard deadline fast approaches, we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. The pavers are nearly finshed, more shrubbery has been planted, and all we really have left is a few rows of pavers, drip lines, planting and bark (ruf! ruf!).
Here are a few pics from the weekend of work and helpers. Thanks again!
Friday, October 20, 2006
I decided to avoid the freeway and drive down state street, with the thought that the first place I found for food, on my side of the road, would be lunch. That happened to be an Arby's. I drove into the drive thru lane, checked my blood sugar and shot up in the car so I would be ready to chow down. Here is where I started to run into problems. The drive thru required that I exit west bound on 1700 South. Fine, I thought, I'll just take 17th to 3rd West and hop on the freeway at 21st South. Well, once I got to 3rd west it was too crowded and I didn't want to wait. This caused me to veer out of the left turn lane and keep going down 17th until 9th West, where I knew I could once again get on the freeway. While driving on 9th West I did everything right until I got on the ramp to get me to the freeway.
Now, I knew the exit I needed...I-15 South/Las Vegas. Even though I knew that, I stayed in the far right lane, for Northbound I-15 and 9th South. ARG! ^#(@&*%*&^@# I AM SO STUPID! I got on the wrong ramp and headed back into downtown, where at this time, I had already been trying to escape for nearly 30 minutes. Lucily, it didn't all end badly. I managed to get off on 1300 South, go right under the freeway and loop back on. I did make it home in once piece and was so embarassed and exhausted by my adventure, I slept for 3 hours.
People tell me this will just get worse. I can't wait.