Monday, March 31, 2008

So what have I been doing lately (if anyone cares :)

It seems some days I have a great deal of energy. Saturday for instance, I had a great workout at the gym (cardio & weights). I did some clean up, ran errands with P, did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, etc. Sunday, I was pretty useless. Did some grocery shopping and walked through Kohls. Took a 1 1/2 hour nap. P even made lunch.

Overall, I am feeling well and amazed at all kind remarks from people. There also have been many, many nosy questions from people I hardly am acquainted with as well as strangers - The most common goes like this-

Nosy: "What are going to name the baby"
Me: We're not sure yet
Nosy: What names are you considering?
Me: We are still discussing that
Nosy: Well, what names are on your long list?
Me: We don't have a list

I find the following questions prying and some bordering on offensive:
How much weight have you gained?
How long are you taking off?
Are you coming back to work?
You're really small, aren't you worried?
Was this planned?

I think how far along are you, is this your first & what is the sex are reasonable questions.

Unfortunately the baby will have to share the smallish spare bedroom. There is a double bed and dresser in there and we are going to pop a crib and hopefully changing table in there. I'd love a rocking chair, but there is just no room. I did clean out tons of junk and still have a few issues to take care of, but it is looking much, much better. I am nervous about really starting to get it fixed up, that makes it seem really final and it's a little bit scary (in a good way) that this is actually happening. There is a Moms & Tots sale my organization is holding on Saturday and I would like to pick up a few things - maybe a changing area for downstairs, a basinette, and a travel crib perhaps. We'll see.

Thanks for thinking of me............

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy Spring

Happy belated Easter. I attended Mass at a closer church (not my regular) which was so packed with people, that it wins an award for the most crowded church ever. P didn't go which it is hard to go alone on Easter. I knew when I married him that he wasn't churchy, but it still hurts to go alone on Easter. We didn't go North nor West which disappointed the families. My side of the family had boiled dinner (yuck) of which when I was a kid was my least favorite meal next to chicken legs, baked potatoes, and canned peas. It consists of boiling polish sausage, cabbage, potatos, carrots, beans in a pot and eating it. It's bland and tasteless. I think it is totally a midwestern thing because I was talking to another co-worker about it and she had the same opinion. I told my mom (again) on the phone that I hated it, and she was all defensive that "every loves it - it has potatos and carrots". THus, as nice as it would have been to see my family, that would have been a definate negative. Now that I've once again ran down my mom's cooking (believe me, my mom's cooking is 100% better than my MIL's - pie and potato salad notwithstanding).....

P and I debated going out or making dinner here. We ended up being invited to our Austrian friends home where we had ham, wine, (not me), grapes, homemade bread (yes, A made a GF loaf for me:), Brie (not me), Mozarella, homemade dip and veggies, and delicious GF cake for dessert. We ended up playing games for most the afternoon (Ra, Settlers of Catan, Carcasonne) and it was quite relaxing.

We are all very ready for Spring here. It is gray and dismal today with misty rain/snow due to start at any time.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Back Open

My blog is back open for business. It had a security breach and I had some things to fix on it.

Anyway - I'm okay - I dislike the time change though.

By the way - We're having a girl. I was dead wrong on that one!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A rant.... (my favorite)

I am going to going to go off on another rant here. And I apologize in advance. I belong to a community organization with many stay at home moms. These moms have husbands that obviously make quite a bit of money. Their houses are big and well furnished (much more than what I have) with new matching furniture, they highlight their hair and drive newer SUVs and minivans. Thus, I don't think they are hurting for money (or else they are in serious, serious debt).

I don't know if these women get bored or what, but all of them have their "at home businesses". Many of these women are very, very high pressure when they find out I work, have co-workers, and earn money. I have been invited to so many of these parties by well meaning acquintances that I just can't take any more of it. I'm thrilled someone thought enough of me to invite me, but more often a little voice inside me says you are invited so you will spend money and they will "earn free stuff" off of you.

Even worse is the pressure to have a party at my house, invite all my co-workers. "You can earn free stuff". I think asking my co-workers to subsidize my purchases from some at home business is disrespectful, insulting, and ricidulous. Many of these 'organizers' do not pick up on hints that I am not interested in having a party and that I have too much going on right now. Once I have to be firm with them - I am cut off. They no longer make an effort to be friendly or seem to want to be my friend so badly. It hurts. But I guess I'm glad I knew beforehand. I try to limit myself to attending two parties per year because it is expensive, and I really don't need any more stuff. Plus, most of the stuff I've gotten at these parties (with the exception of Tastefully Simple and Pampered Chef) ends up being over expensive junk that sits in my drawer. This past year I have been invited and/or pressured to host the following parties (yes, I kept track):

Silpada Jewelry Parties - 2
Creative Memories Scrapbooking -4
Stamping Parties - 2
Cookie Lee Jewelry Party - 2
Arbonne - 2
Tastefully Simple - 3
Body Shop - 2
Pampered Chef - 2
Some sort of Handbag party - 2
Partylite Candles - 1
Jockey clothing line - 4
Lia Sophia Jewelry - 2 (I went to one because it was a good friend, was highly pressured by the saleslady and went home with crummy jewelry which was expensive and I hated)
Mary Kay - 3
Longaberger baskets - 1
Taste of Home Entertaining - 2
Southern Living - 1

I'm done now :)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

80's Quiz

I miss the 80's.


1. How old were you in 1980?

2. How old were you in 1989?

3. Were you a Toys R' US Kid?
NO - we rarely got to go there, the nearest was 3 hours away and then it was too expensive. I wanted to be though.

4. Did you watch Transformers?

5. Did you see E.T. on the big screen?
Yes. The line was around an entire city block.

6. Did you own a Lite Bright?
YES - love it to this day.

7. Who is your Favorite Golden Girl?
Dorothy. She is so cynical

8. When someone says " Who you gonna call?" you think.

9. What was/were your favorite toy(S?
Strawberry Shortcake Dolls, Atari, Dolly Pops, Legos

10. Did you have a Pogo Ball?
11. Did you listen to New Kids on the Block?
Uhmm... Yes... o o o o o o hangin' tough.

12. What New Kid did you have a crush on?
None really.

13. Did you play M.A.S.H?

14. Did you watch The Care Bears?

15. Did you have Jelly bracelets?

16. Did you have a charm necklace and/or bracelet?

17. Did you own a glo-worm?

18. Did you ever own a slap bracelet?

19. The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles?
Sixteen Candles... still one of the best movies every made.

20. Did you have a crazy hair style?
NO... mostly too damn short.

21. What was your first bike?
a blue second hand banana seat Schwinn with the tall handlebars

22. Name one thing you still own from your childhood?
my Strawberry Shortcake dolls

23. Did you have a Cabbage Patch Kid?
No I wanted one really badly but they were too much $$$$

24. Did you dress like Madonna?
I tried. I'm sure it was a lame imitation.

25. Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake?
SS definately....

26. Did you watch Miami Vice?

27. Did you own a pair of Jelly Shoes?
YES - they hurt my feet. I see they are now back.

28. Did you own a Trapper Keeper?
Oh yes.... big, bulky, and the corners tore your bookbag up. It was green and had kittens on it.

29. Atari or Nintendo?

30. Did you play Pac-Man?
YES. My sister was a champ at Ms. Pac Man.

31.Which was better:
NINTENDO had better graphics
32. What movie scared you the most

33. Did you try to dance like Michael Jackson?
Didn't everyone?

34. What Is The First Thing That Comes To Mind When You Hear "Flux Capacitor"?
I love that movie.

35. What other colors did Pepsi come in?
clear - I liked that and maybe red?

36. Roger Rabbit Or Howard The Duck?
They both stank and I never watched either.

37. Did you ever beg your parents to have your school picture taken with a friend?
Uhmmmm no?

38. Do you know what the Ninja Rap is?

39. Do you know why people cringe when they hear the word BUCKNER?
no not a clue

40. Can you name the family members from National Lampoons Vacation movies?

41. WallyWorld or Europe?
Europe.. so funny. The roundabout part is true.

42. What was your favorite movie from the 80's?
Probably Back to the Future

43. Who puts baby in the Corner?