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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    No Nummies, Night #1...

    Well, both Jack and Liv went to sleep without their nummies last night. They've never kept them in their mouths the whole night, anyway, so I didn't think it would be too big of a deal to take them away at this point. They've only ever really used them to soothe themselves to sleep. Sure, Jack would wake up a few times looking for it, but so would Liv. It was simply a matter of taking it away and saying no more. Cold turkey.

    Jack fell asleep in 20 minutes, which proved to me he really didn't need it anymore anyway. Liv, on the other hand, had a much harder time. She tried negotiating, saying that she would really, really miss it. She tried crying and found out that it wouldn't work. One comment she made was, "Well, if you get to take away my nummy, I should get a lot of presents for this." And then she rattled off about fifteen Princess items she wants. That's typical Liv for ya...always negotiating a deal. After an hour, she still wasn't able to put herself to sleep. She tried sucking on various fingers quietly and could only look at me with the saddest eyes I've ever seen. I just kept telling her that she was a big girl now and that I knew she could do it and that it wouldn't be as hard as she thought it was going to be. Even though she couldn't fall asleep instantly like she usually does, she most certainly didn't make a fuss that would wake up her brother, which was nice. She was trying with all her might to do it.

    Since I'm writing this post while she's trying to fall asleep and it will be posted in the morning, I can't possibly predict what the nighttime will bring for either of them, nor can I tell you how long it took Liv to finally fall asleep. I left their room before she fell asleep and relied on her to soothe herself. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be as bad as I anticipate. Let's hope I'm right. And let's hope it only takes a few uncomfortable nights.

    Once they take a few days to make adjustments to the No More Nummies rule, then they can go cold turkey on the pull-ups. Yeesh.

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Just Hold Me...

    *Since I am carrying twin girls, theoretically I have three uteri (uteruses?), six ovaries, and more eggs than I'll ever know what to do with. And don't get me started on the hormones racing through my body. Yeesh.

    *Jack and Liv need to get out of pull-ups this week. They have to use the potty in order to go to preschool in a couple of months. While Jack is more than willing to pee, he won't poop in the toilet. And Liv won't do either at all.

    *The nummies (pacifiers) are being taken by the Nummy Fairy tonight. Cold turkey.

    *This is NOT going to be an easy week at all. And being six months pregnant, I don't know how I'm going to do it at all. Toileting, pacifiers, a twin pregnancy...I'm going crazy and I just can't stop crying when I think about how overwhelmed I feel. I've never felt so vulnerable in my life and no one could possibly understand or even try to.

    *I've never felt so big in my life. Despite pregnancy being a beautiful thing, I feel like an ugly fucking cow.

    *I love being pregnant, but I can't wait until this particular pregnancy is over. I'm so tired of checking for blood every time I pee. I'm so tired of worrying about all the complications and what if's involved in it. I'm so tired of wondering how the hell we're going to do this financially without killing each other and retaining our sanities. I'm so tired of being uncomfortable and it's not even close to being over yet. I'm just so tired. And no one understands. There just isn't anything easy about a twin pregnancy.

    *Nursing twins, having to go back to work before and after delivery, sleep schedules being out of whack for the whole house, Jack and Liv starting school for the first time, my unpaid maternity leave, finances and lack thereof, preschool tuition, pregnancy/delivery complications, recovery from another C-section (3rd one in four years), being of advanced maternal age with a high-risk multiple pregnancy, fear of miscarriage, getting the kids to and from school but not being able to drive for a month, having to buy a new car we can't afford just to accommodate all the children, the unwanted advice I keep getting, TWINS, in general...Shall I keep going? Is it any surprise why I feel so overwhelmed? I just don't know how or if I can do this.

    *If we didn't need my income and the health insurance that goes with it, I would suck it up and just stay home with my kids. However, that is impossible and the guilt I feel because of it eats away at me. I would love nothing more than my husband or I to be able to stay home and care for our children, but it just isn't feasible. And I hate that it can't be done.

    *I would love a drink and a smoke right now. And I can't have either. I wonder if I can have a beer at the hospital after I deliver...Ha!

    *Just hold me, people. Just hold me.

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    Activities To Avoid During Pregnancy...

    • Amusement park rides: Waterslides and other rides at amusement parks are a no-no, since a forceful landing or sudden start or stop could harm your baby. Um, yeah...I don't see myself heading to any of those anytime soon. Duh.

    • Bicycling: Cycling isn't a good idea for newbies, but experienced riders may be able to continue until their second trimester, when a shifting center of gravity affects balance and can make cycling dangerous. You mean I can't compete in that triathlon I've been dying to do?

    • Contact sports: Soccer, basketball, and hockey put you at a high risk of injury from a ball or puck, a collision with another player, or a fall during play. I guess I'll have to tell my hockey teammates that I can't make tomorrow's game.

    • Downhill skiing: ACOG advises against downhill skiing anytime during pregnancy because of the risk of serious injuries and hard falls. If you choose to ski, stick to gentle slopes and be aware that you may have problems with balance as your belly expands. A safer choice is cross-country skiing, which is also much better for building cardiovascular fitness. Avoid skiing at altitudes above 6,000 feet, where there's less oxygen for you and your baby. Everyone knows the mecca of downhill skiing is Chicago. What will I do for fun now?

    • Gymnastics: Same risk of falling and increased chance of trauma to your abdomen. What about rhythm gymnastics? No? I guess I'll retire my ribbons.

    • Horseback riding: Even if you're a good rider, it's not worth risking a fall. Since I'm allergic to horses, I guess taking a handful of Benadryl before I go riding is out of the question.

    • Post-sport tubs and saunas: Soaking in hot tubs and Jacuzzis or sitting in a sauna can be dangerous to your developing baby because overheating has been linked to birth defects. And i was sooooooo looking forward to sitting in a sauna until I pass out.

    • Running: If you weren't a runner before you got pregnant, now's not the time to take it up. Otherwise, it's fine in moderation. From your second trimester on, when the risk of falling increases, you should run with caution. As with all forms of exercise, avoid becoming overheated, and drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost through sweating. Two words...ENORMOUS BOOBS...yeah, those could pretty much get in the way of my running routine. Plus, they'd give me black eyes with each landing. Not pretty.

    • Scuba diving: This is an absolute no. As you surface, air bubbles can form in your bloodstream, which can be very dangerous for both you and your growing baby. Again...the mecca of scuba diving is in Chicago...I'm so bummed about this.

    • Snowboarding: Same risk of falling and increased chance of trauma to your abdomen. See my response for skiing. Apply it to here, as well.

    • Surfing: Same risk of falling and increased chance of trauma to your abdomen. We get some killer waves in Chicago. Not being able to surf here is totally uncool.

    • Tennis: A moderately paced game of tennis is okay if you played before you became pregnant. But you may have problems with balance and sudden stops, so watch your step. Most women find that it's hard to keep up their game as their bellies get bigger in the second and third trimesters. I guess I'll postpone my doubles matches until after I deliver.

    • Waterskiing: Another activity that puts you at risk for falling and increases the chance of trauma to your abdomen. Shit...I just got new waterskis on clearance and I can't take them back. What am I going to do now?

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    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    What NOT To Stress About During Pregnancy...

    "Don't stress if you can't get everything done that you had planned each day. The baby won't know if the housework isn't done!"

    "It's okay to tell co-workers that you're not interested in their advice. Every pregnancy is different."

    "Remember, every problem has a solution, and confiding in someone who's close to you or who you think can offer help or support is a step forward. Don't be afraid to talk to your partner, OB, or midwife."

    "Don't stress about how you look. You're performing a miracle — growing a person inside of you — and that's a fantastic accomplishment."

    "If you trust your OB, let her do her job and follow her recommendations; if you don't, find a new doctor who you do trust. You should never be afraid to call your provider with big and small problems."

    "Don't stress about tough times with your partner. A baby tests any couple's relationship."

    "Don't stress about things like food or weight. Just be sensible. There's no need to give yourself an anxiety attack over the pint of ice cream you just finished. Take it as your special reward for everything you've accomplished so far in your pregnancy, and move on."

    "If you're doing everything in your power to make healthy choices, don't worry so much. Women have been having babies since well before we knew what to do and what not to do."

    "Mothers-in-law don't know everything!"

    "Don't stress too much about things in the environment you think might harm your baby, like standing too close to the microwave or pumping gas. Remember, the vast majority of babies are born healthy."

    "Don't worry about labor. It is what it is. Just educate yourself on your options, and be ready to make informed decisions. Beyond that, just take a deep breath and go for it. It's not as bad as you think it'll be."

    "Don't stress about how the baby is fending in the womb. It's a roll cage, but your baby is probably comfortable in there."

    "Every little twinge doesn't mean something is wrong."

    "No matter what decisions you make, someone will always disagree. Try not to let the negative comments upset you, and if you're really worried about something, talk with your doctor or a nonjudgmental friend."

    "There's no such thing as a stupid question, especially for first-time mothers. Being pregnant and birthing a child are unique experiences, and a woman will never know what it's all about until she's actually done it herself."

    "It's okay if you don't have everything ready for your baby. Newborns don't need a whole lot in the beginning."

    "When I accepted heartburn, back pain, lack of sleep, and moodiness as a normal part of pregnancy, they didn't seem to bother me as much anymore."

    "If you're worried about being a good mom, you probably have nothing to worry about. My husband keeps telling me that bad mothers don't worry about whether or not they'll be good moms."

    "I had never really been around children, and I made mistakes, but as long as you love your baby and are careful with the important stuff, you can't harm him or her with small mistakes. You'll soon get comfortable with the routine."

    "Don't stress too much over all the "rules" pregnant women now have. A bath warmer than lukewarm won't lead to disaster. If you accidentally eat a soft cheese you're not sure is safe, there's no use worrying after the fact. Our mothers had fewer restrictions than we do, and we turned out fine."

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    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Good To Be Home...

    We had a great vacation in the Northwoods this year, as usual. It was busy and tiring, but we made it there and back safely.

    I am exhausted. And now, I consider the rest of this week and weekend to be a vacation from my vacation. Anyone who has ever traveled with young children understands exactly what I mean.

    It's good to be back.

    Saturday, June 20, 2009

    Fuck Secrets...

    We're having twin girls!

    Fuck secrets! Hubby didn't want to know, but I did, so I found out at my ultrasound yesterday (which was a fiasco I'll save for another post). When I got home, he said it wasn't fair that I knew and he didn't. He wanted to know, after all, so I told him. And then we told the rest of the world.

    Twin girls. Wow. I'm still trying to process that. Jack is my only son and Liv will get to pass on her Princess crown and dresses, if we can ever pry them out of her grasp.

    Twin girls. And all is well. Happy, healthy, extremely active babies that measure exactly where they're supposed to for their age. What more could I ask for?

    And now, folks, I'm going on vacation to the Northwoods (Minocqua, WI). I'll see you next Thursday.

    Twin girls. Wow.

    Friday, June 19, 2009

    20 Weeks & 5 Days...

    I'm all babies.
    Only 15 weeks & 2 days to go. Ha!
    I was just about this size when I had Liv one month prematurely.

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Who Knew?...

    Who knew this alternative way of peeling potatoes was this easy? Check it out.

    And just how did Dawn Wells from "Gilligan's Island" make it into that video? She's known this about peeling potatoes all this time and is just now sharing it? Grrrrrrrr.

    And now back to packing for vacation for the family and me...We're leaving Saturday morning and I've got to get some shit done. It seems as though every time I turn around, I'm adding one more item to the ever-growing list of Must Bring's.

    Gah.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    I Feel Big...

    I am so very pregnant. I'm pretty sure I was this size when Liv was born a month prematurely. And I've got to make it to October 1st to get to 36 weeks? Um, okay.

    I'm all belly. All of it. Mah belly. Oh, and my boobs, too. That reminds me...I need to post another picture soon, right? Yeah, yeah. I'll get to it as soon as I can find a camera big enough to fit all of me into one shot.

    I know the middle trimester is supposed to be the most exciting, but I'm sooooooooo tired still. Perhaps that's because I need more rest. Ha! YOU try resting with two daredevil preschoolers in YOUR house and tell me how that works out for ya.

    Round. Just draw a circle and that is me.

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    It's Only Been One Day...

    So far, I've been on summer vacation for one day and already I'm exhausted. I've come to realize that there won't be anything easy about being the vessel for these twins while I'm running around after Jack (4) and Liv (3).

    Both kids are testing me to the nth degree, to see what I'll put up with and what I won't. And the process of it all is tiring. I must say the girl is worse than the boy when it comes to stuff like this. It's not like I thought it was going to be easy, but I honestly thought they'd let me sit down at least once without having to worry about who got into the knives, who found the matches, or who was playing with broken glass. You think I'm kidding, don't you?

    It's only been one day. Nevertheless, I am dreading the rest of this summer, if it's going to be anything like yesterday was. Ugh.

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    Hurry Up...

    I have my routine OB appointment on Friday at 11am and my 20-week ultrasound on Friday at 1pm. I wish that day would get here quickly. You KNOW why. If the babies cooperate, I get to see their genders.

    And then I'm going to keep it a secret from everyone, even my husband (he doesn't want to know anyway). It'll be just my little secret from the rest of the world. That is, of course, if I don't change my mind. Heh.

    Then, on Saturday, we leave for our yearly vacation to the Northwoods. It should be relaxing and fun, I hope.

    I just want Friday to get here...NOW. Aside from the sexes of the babies, I just want to know that everything is okay still.

    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    Hey, Troll...Yeah, I'm Talking To You...

    Have you ever really, really wanted to say this to someone? Well, go ahead and do it. What have you got to lose?

    Saturday, June 13, 2009

    Colors & Their Meanings...

    I read some information about colors and their meanings and found it to be fascinating. Much of this, I didn't know. Perhaps you will learn something, as well.

    Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. But today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.

    Black
    Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.

    White
    Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

    Red
    The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.

    The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

    Blue
    The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

    Green
    Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

    Yellow
    Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

    Purple
    The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

    Brown
    Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

    Colors of the Flag
    In the U.S. flag, white stands for purity and innocence. Red represents valor and hardiness, while blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. The stars represent the heavens and all the good that people strive for, while the stripes emulate the sun's rays.

    Food for Thought
    While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.

    Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.

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    Friday, June 12, 2009

    Ahhhhhhhhhh...

    The last day of school is finally here! I thought it would never come. Now, the REAL work begins! Third trimester, here I come!

    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    Meetings, Meetings, Meetings...

    Just one more day and I'm free. Shall I do a happy dance? Judging by how VERY pregnant I am, I bet you'll be able to feel it.

    No need to call USGS. It's just me.

    Summer break never smelled so sweet. It's the one thing that will get me through these all-day end-of-the-year meetings.

    Did you feel that? Yup, that's me dancing.

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    It's More Than Just Hump Day To Me...

    Today is our eighth-grade students' graduation. It's a day to rejoice for many of my students. I am very happy for them as they begin their journey toward more responsibility, greater deadlines, and maturity.

    Tomorrow is a day of meetings and Friday is the day all of the students show up for an hour for their paperwork and goodbyes.

    And then...it's a much-needed summer break for all of us. The light at the end of the tunnel? Oh, yeah...it's shining brightly and I couldn't be happier. It's been a very difficult school year and I am glad to put it to rest.

    Now, it's time to watch my belly REALLY grow. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tuesday, June 09, 2009

    All For Crossing Into Forbidden Territory...

    This news is absolutely insane, but not shocking, since it IS North Korea. My heart goes out to the family members of these women who were just doing their job, but accidentally stepped into the "wrong" territory. The sentence seems way too harsh; the punishment most definitely does NOT fit the crime.

    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation's confrontation with the United States.

    The Obama administration said it would pursue "all possible channels" to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV media venture.

    There are fears Pyongyang is using the women as bargaining chips as the U.N. debates a new resolution to punish the country for its defiant May 25 atomic test and as North Korea seeks to draw Washington into direct negotiations.

    Washington's former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson called the sentencing part of "a high-stakes poker game" being played by North Korea. He said on NBC's Today show that he thinks negotiations for their "humanitarian release" can begin now that the legal process has been completed. Other South Korean analysts also said they expect the two to be freed following negotiations.

    The journalists were found guilty of committing a "grave crime" against North Korea and of illegally entering the country, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

    North Korean guards arrested Ling and Lee near the China-North Korean border on March 17. The two were reporting about the trafficking of North Korean women at the time of their arrest, and it's unclear if they strayed into the North or were grabbed by aggressive border guards who crossed into China. A cameraman and their local guide escaped.

    The Central Court in Pyongyang sentenced each to 12 years of "reform through labor" in a North Korean prison after a five-day trial, KCNA said in a terse, two-line report that provided no further details. A Korean-language version said they were convicted of "hostility toward the Korean people."

    The ruling — nearly three months after their arrest on March 17 — comes amid soaring tensions fueled by North Korea's nuclear test last month and signs it is preparing for a long-range missile test. On Monday, North Korea warned fishing boats to stay away from the east coast, Japan's coast guard said, raising concerns more missile tests are being planned.

    Over the weekend, President Barack Obama used strong language on North Korea's nuclear stance and said his administration did not intend "to continue a policy of rewarding provocation."

    Verdicts issued by North Korea's highest court are final and cannot be appealed, said Choi Eun-suk, a North Korean law expert at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at South Korea's Kyungnam University. He said North Korea's penal code calls for transferring them to prison within 10 days.

    The United States, which does not have diplomatic ties with Pyongyang, was "deeply concerned" about the reported verdict, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in Washington. He said officials would "engage in all possible channels" to win the reporters' release.

    At the White House on Monday, deputy spokesman William Burton said in a statement: "The president is deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release."

    The families of Lee, 36, and Ling, 32 had no immediate comment, spokeswoman Alanna Zahn said from New York. Gore also had no comment, spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said.

    Lee is Korean-American and speaks Korean, but it is not clear how well. She lives in California with her husband and 4-year-old daughter Hannah. Ling is Chinese-American and a native of California. Her sister is National Geographic "Explorer" TV journalist Lisa Ling.

    Kim Yong-hyun, a professor at Seoul's Dongguk University, said the 12-year sentence — the maximum allowed under North Korean law — may have been a reaction to recent "hard-line" threats by the U.S., including possible sanctions and putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    But he predicted the journalists' eventual release following diplomatic negotiations.

    "The sentence doesn't mean much because the issue will be resolved diplomatically in the end," Kim said.

    Just weeks after arresting the women, North Korea launched a multistage rocket over Japan in defiance of international calls for restraint. The U.S. and others called the launch a cover for a long-range missile test, and the U.N. Security Council condemned the move.

    The U.N. censure enraged Pyongyang. North Korea abandoned nuclear disarmament talks, threatened to restart its atomic program and vowed to conduct nuclear and long-range missile tests if the Security Council failed to apologize.

    The North followed through with its threat and staged its second-ever underground nuclear test. U.S. officials say the North appears to be preparing another long-range missile test at a west coast launch pad.

    Some analysts called the arrest of the Americans a timely "bonanza" for Pyongyang as the impoverished regime prepares to negotiate for aid and other concessions to resolve the tense standoff over its nuclear defiance.

    "North Korea refused to release them ahead of a court ruling because such a move could be seen as capitulating to the United States," said Hajime Izumi, professor of international relations and an expert on North Korea at the University of Shizuoka in Japan.

    But now, "North Korea may release them on humanitarian grounds and demand the U.S. provide humanitarian aid in return," he said. "North Korea will certainly use the reporters as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the United States."

    Their release could come through a post-negotiation political pardon, said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean Studies.

    The sentence is "a terrible shock for all those who have repeatedly insisted on their innocence," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement, noting that North Korea is ranked as Asia's worst country for press freedom.

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists urged South Korea, Japan, Russia and the U.S., the five countries involved in the stalled disarmament talks with North Korea, to work for the journalists' release."

    The sentencing comes a month after Iran released Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who had been sentenced to eight years in prison for on a charge of spying for the United States. An appeals court reduced that to a two-year suspended sentence and she was freed May 11.

    Little is known about prison conditions in North Korea. But Rev. Chun Ki-won, a South Korean missionary who helped arrange the journalists' trip to China, said inmates in North Korean labor camps frequently face beatings and other inhumane treatment while being forced to engage in harsh labor such as logging and construction work.

    Chun, however, predicted the North would send the journalists to a labor camp.

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    Monday, June 08, 2009

    Tick, Tock...

    This is my last week of work before summer break begins. NO ONE is happier about this than ME! This school year has felt like an eternity. I'm more than happy to put it to rest.

    I'll be home for a week. I see my OB on the 19th and also get my 20-week ultrasound done that day, too. Then, on the 20th, we leave for our vacation in the Northwoods. It'll be hectic and fun. Plus, it'll be the last vacation we go on with just two children and the dog (using one car). Next year, it'll be FOUR children and a dog (using two cars). Yeesh.

    So, I'm really looking forward to this week being over. I know, I know...it's only just begun. I'm hoping it doesn't drag as slowly as the entire school year has. I need a break and I'm getting it just before the twins arrive.

    Come early October, I'm going to be busy with four kids under four years old. I need this summer to last a loooooooong time.

    Sunday, June 07, 2009

    Solve My Dilemma...

    My car just turned 17,000 miles. It's five years old. (You can stop laughing now. Yeah, I don't have far to go to get to where I need to be.) I only have room for two carseats in it, so I'm going to have to get a bigger car. The problem is that I need a car that I can fit four carseats in that ISN'T A MINIVAN (I'm still too cool for one of those, thankyouverymuch.). Plus, I realize that if I buy a used car, it'll probably have more miles on it than what I'm trading in, which sucks.

    I'll be on maternity leave for a while, so I can't really afford a car payment, whether it's a used car or a new one. I'll have to bite the bullet, though, and buy a car that can accommodate my growing family. I would rather buy a foreign car; the Honda Pilot is what I like. The 2009 model seats eight standard. Plus, I'd be trading in my Honda CRV. I know American cars are cheaper, but there's more maintenance involved than with foreign cars.

    I'm so stuck. And I'm avoiding making any decisions right now, but I really need to figure out sometime soon how I'm going to cart my defensive line around. There's no easy fix for this situation.

    Any ideas?

    Saturday, June 06, 2009

    She Was The Best...


    Yesterday, my brother took his beloved dog, Little (8 years old), in for surgery on a mass that was inside her ribcage. Bloodwork showed that it wasn't cancer, but could've been a broken rib that had healed, was calcified, and sticking out. Unfortunately, a blood clot traveled to her lung after surgery and she left this world abruptly.

    Little was the best dog ever. I trusted her with my children's lives and valued her gentleness, her playfulness, and her protective qualities. She will be missed and mourned by the entire family. Little was not simply a dog; she was The Best Dog That Ever Lived. You can read about her here, too, because she deserves your time.

    We will miss you so very much, Little.

    Friday, June 05, 2009

    One More Friday To Go...

    After today, I have one more Friday left of work until summer vacation begins. No one is happier about this than me this year. I get to grow bigger and bigger with the twins in the privacy of my own home without any of the added stresses that work places on me. I get to enjoy Jack and Liv while they are at their peak years of curiousity (ages 3 and 4), knowing that it's the last summer I'll ever have just the two of them. We'll be able to do so much together, investigating all the bugs and worms they find in the yard, eating what we're growing right out of the pots, and lounging around to our hearts' content.

    One more Friday to go and the whole summer is mine to enjoy. September is far, far off. And the closer I get to October 1st, the closer I get to these babies being born. So, I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this summer before my priorities and responsibilities undergo a major shift. It'll be the last summer I'm a Mom of Two because next summer, I'll be a Mom of Four.

    I'm calling it the Summer of Jack and Livie and what a great summer it will be.

    Thursday, June 04, 2009

    Great Quotes About Mothers...

    "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

    "God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." -- Jewish proverb

    "Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." -- Lin Yutang

    "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." -- Honore' de Balzac (1799-1850)

    "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." -- George Washington (1732-1799)

    "By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1907- )

    "The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

    "Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

    "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

    "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." --Author Unknown


    Care to add anymore?

    Wednesday, June 03, 2009

    What Will They Think Of Next?...

    If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can read it much better. I can't believe that kids are using this shit (pun intended) to get high. I suppose it's cheap because they can make it with their own bodies, but seriously...what the fuck?

    Tuesday, June 02, 2009

    The Hungry Years...

    I love Ramen noodles. Clearly, I'm not facing my "hungry years," as in my younger years past. The good old days of scraping for money for rent at the bottom of every purse I owned and checking the couch for enough quarters for quarter beer night are long gone. However, I have never outgrown my love for Ramen noodles. And I am discovering many interesting recipes that use them.
    What food did you eat a lot of during your "hungry years?" My foods were Ramen noodles and leftover Taco Bell (bought in bulk so I could eat it for days right out of the fridge).

    These days, I can do without the Taco Bell, but the Ramen noodles have become a comfort food for me, in a way. They remind me of how far I've come.

    Monday, June 01, 2009

    Ghetto Spaghetti Carbonara...

    I wasn't feeling industrious enough to make spaghetti carbonara from scratch last night, so I tried something new. It turned out great!

    I took leftover cooked spaghetti noodles, leftover cooked bacon from breakfast, enough butter to choke on, and an insane amount of parmesan cheese. I stuck the noodles and butter in the microwave while I cut up my bacon with scissors in a coffee cup (it's easier that way). Then I mixed the teeny tiny pieces of bacon with the noodles/butter mixture and nuked it some more. When I took it out of the microwave, I added a shitload of parmesan cheese and voila!

    Ghetto Spaghetti Carbonara was born. In my kitchen. Out of sheer laziness and exhaustion from too much time and energy gardening all day. And I didn't share it, either. Heh.

    I love when culinary risks turn out well. My belly thanked me with four little feet kicking away.