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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Forrest, etc..

My cat, Forrest, got sick over the weekend and unfortunately died yesterday. We always joked about his moodiness, but I will miss him. He was one of those cats that only needed you if he wanted a cuddle to be warm, but in his way it was endearing. I feel bad for one of my other cats, Tristan, because he and Forrest were friends. They would cuddle up on the bed and spend most of the afternoon snoozing together. I wonder if he realizes that he is gone. I know he will miss him as much as we do.

One of the negative things about being pregnant is that you have to pee all the time, including the middle of the night. Sunday night on one of my late night visits to the bathroom, I managed to knock my glasses of the night stand and step on them. They are bent all to hell. I love the frames, so I am ordering a piece to replace the broken one, but in the meantime, my stinking glasses won't stay on my face. This is driving me so crazy. It should only take a few days for the piece to get here, but for me that is not soon enough.

I went for my first OB appointment yesterday. The baby is due 12/9, but since I have to have a scheduled c-section, we are looking at a delivery date of 11/29, 11/30, or 12/1. I have to have a sonogram in two weeks to confirm the date. So we will have this new baby just in time for a nice tax deduction for next year. It will definitely make for an interesting Thanksgiving and Christmas. I guess I will have to get all of my shopping done early this year.

It was a rainy weekend, but Sunday the sun managed to peek out and it was very beautiful. We had to go to a Christening down in the DC area and the flowers were in bloom and it made the drive nicer. I hate driving near DC. I did pass by the exit for Scaggsville and thought of my friends there. Sophia was pooped by the time we got home and went to bed early (and so did I, after The Sopranos).

I wish there was something more enlightening to write about, but I have been so busy being outside with Sophia that I have not been doing much else. I will say that it is nice to be outside most days. She gets tired from the fresh air and takes a nice nap and some days I do, too!

I hope that you are all well and enjoying the wonderful spring weather!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Stinking Easter Bunny...

Right now my stomach is upset. I would love to blame this on "morning sickness," but truth be told it is because I ate too much chocolate. I have been loving me some Easter candy this week. Bob and I both got an Easter basket and Sophia got two, so now there is all this stinking candy in the house calling my name.

Chocolate of course, has always been a weakness of mine. I love when you have this really smooth chocolate melting in your mouth (Lindt Lindor Truffles are quite yummy). I really just want the stuff out of the house.

I have gained a few pounds this week. I would love to blame this on pregnancy, but I can only blame it on gluttony. Stinking Easter bunny!!! And to top things off, I now have to go to the dentist tomorrow, because something has happened to one of my teeth. I can not figure out if I cracked a tooth, loosened a filling or just plain old have a cavity. All of the options are pretty shitty. I hate going to the dentist. Ever since I was a kid, I have always been susceptible to getting cavities and am having to get my teeth filled. I hate needles, so this makes things worse. Hopefully, things won't be too bad.

Well, I have complained enough. I need to just chill out and get rid of this stomach ache.

Have a great night

Saturday, April 15, 2006


When I was a kid, my parents just threw some candy into a basket on Easter morning. I was lucky though, because some kids got nothing.

I have been buying and gathering stuff for Sophia's Easter basket for close to a month. I ordered some special candy from See's Candy in San Francisco and bought her usual favorites (Swedish fish, jelly belly's and marshmallow peeps) locally. She also got some stickers, bubbles, an Easter Bunny that poops jelly beans, and this really neat fountain that spins around and squirts water for the bath tub. We also bought her a tool set, yes a tool set. I have a small set that she loves to look at so we thought it would be a good thing to get her.

Now comes the real chore. How the heck do I get all of this crap into her Easter basket??? I realized right away that her tool set would not fit into the basket, so I decided that she would receive this separately from her basket. I literally sat for about a half an hour putting stuff in and taking stuff out. I almost got to the point that I was going to just give up, but then I tried once more. Thankfully, I was able to get everything in. It is so packed that I could barely get the cellophane around it. I still think it looks like crap, but Bob said that when he was a kid, even though his mom took the time to arrange things, he never really cared how it looked. So that made me feel better.

Someday, Sophia will probably go through the same thing for her kids and then wonder if her mom went through the same thing.

As I said before, my birthday was April 5th. My mom neither called or sent me a card for my birthday. So on her birthday, April 7th, I gave her the same treatment, although I had already bought her a present. So Friday afternoon, my mom calls and wants to come down to see me (she lives in PA). I really didn't want to, because being with my mom is like watching paint dry, but I met her for dinner at a local restaurant around 5:00. We go in and sit down. She says, since your birthday was last week, here is a card. It was a very generic card. It had nothing about it being for her daughter or anything on it. On the inside she wrote belated after where it said "Happy Birthday" and then also wrote "Happy Easter." She never signed it though (Love, Mom or Fuck You, etc.). I thought that very strange. Well she is strange. For a gift I got a $20 bill tucked inside the card. Now I am not complaing about the gift, because I know that my mom cannot afford much, but I am complaining about how the gift just seemed like it was picked up on the way to meeting me for dinner. Then some strange stuff happened and my mom left the restaurant in a huff. She is so damn crazy that she probably has no idea that what she did for my birthday was bizarre. Oh well, at least I won't have to see her for a few more months.

By the way, my mom is so unstable that I have decided that I am not going to tell her I am pregnant. She was not happy for me the first time and barely pays attention to Sophia, so it is probably no big deal to her anyway. When I was in labor with Sophia and in the hospital, my mom found out and came in. This would not have been so bad, if she did not weird me out. She stood at my bedside and just stared at me. I finally had to tell her that there was a seat across the room that she could sit in. She makes me so uncomfortable.

Now don't get me wrong, there is someplace deep down inside of me that loves my mom, but it is so buried that only a major excavation could dig it out. I know that she has worked hard her entire life and that she has made many sacrifices for me. I am pretty sure that her parents wanted her to get an abortion when she got pregnant with me at 17, so she has given me life at least twice. My mom was a single mom in the early 70's when it was much harder to be a single mom. It is hard when I think about all that I want for Sophia and then think about my mom. I wonder if she ever dreamed for me or was she simply just passing the time until I was old enough to be out of her hair, I hope it was the first, but somehow that is very hard for me to imagine. I wonder if Sophia will feel the same of me as I do about my own mother. I hope not, because most things that I do in life, I strive to do differently than my mother, starting with how her Easter candy is placed in her basket. I hope that she will someday look back and realize that I think of her in all things that I do.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter. Now get out there and eat some candy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


So I was tagged, here are my answers...

Four Jobs I've Had
1. Nanny - just like Mary Poppins
2. Waitress - Pizza Hut Slut
3. Drinking Water Tester - Dirty job, but not bad
4. Greenhouse Worker - Nice, but not when it's hot

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over
1. Fargo - I have seen this movie so many times and it never fails to make me laugh.
2. The Wedding Singer - What can I say, I was in middle and high school during the 80's
3. Star Wars - Bob and I have seen this a million times
4. The Big Lebowski - Another great Coen Brother's film

Four Places I Have Lived
1. St. Thomas, PA
2. Reisterstown, MD
3. Chambersburg, PA
4. Westminster, MD

Four TV Shows I Love
1. Homicide
2. Law & Order
3. Sopranos
4. Miami Vice
5. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
I really don't watch that much TV now, so most of these shows, I have liked in the past.

Four Places I Have Vacationed
1. Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Okay, but probably would vist another island, if I went back.
2. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada - Beautiful, driving up the Niagara Parkway is awesome
3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Beautiful water and warm, capitol city, Santa Domingo is wonderful
4. South Florida (Miami, The Keys, The Dry Tortugas, The Everglades)- The bomb!!

Four of my Favorite Dishes
1. Mexican Food (Hard to choose a favorite)
2. Yellow Tail Rolls - Sushi
3. Provolone Cheese Sub
4. Vegetarian Egg Rolls
By the way, never ask pregant woman for her favorite foods.

Four Sites I Visit Daily
1. Volcano Live - I love volcanos!
2. Eagle Cam - right now the babies are fluffly and will probably leave the nest in the next 3-4 weeks. It is cool to think about the fact that this next is probably four feet across.
3. National Hurricane Center - I am a total weather geek. I check this during Hurricane Season and NOAA the rest of the time
4. all of my blogs

Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now
1. Snorkeling in the Carribbean
2. Talking with my Grandmother.
3. Watching Sophia play.
4. Taking a nap

Four People I Am Tagging (only got 3)
1. Metal Mark
2. Christy TN
3. Bob

Tag you guys are it!!!

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Sorry for my absence, but I actually do have some pretty good excuses.

First, yesterday was my 36th birthday. I am now officially closer to 40 than I am to 30. I thought it would be harder than it was since each year my birthday seems to be a major downer. Thankfully, I have some friends and family who treated me really nice and so I have been celebrating.

Second, I just found out last week that we are going to have another baby. I have been feeling kind of yucky, so I have been sleeping a good bit. It is still very early, but we are excited and I actually think Sophia is, too! We told my in-laws the other night and they were so happy, because they had gotten to the point that they thought Sophia was going to be their only grandchild. This is it though, I am getting too old for this pregnancy stuff. Besides any more than two and there will be not college funds.

So be happy for me, because for a change, I am happy for me.

So there is just a short update on me. I hope that you all are well.

Take it easy!