Tuesday, June 30, 2009

i want, i want, i want

1. I want one of these.

2. I want our spare room to magically clean and decorate itself into a baby's room.

3. And I want to use these colors for the baby's room.

{images from Style Carrot}

4. I want one of these at our apartment complex.

5. I want to go on a bike ride.

{Also, click here if you want to see the updated belly pics post.}

Friday, June 26, 2009

walking and snakes

I love going on lunchtime walks. Today I walked around Lake Lagunita (dry Lake Lagunita). It was warm but there was a breeze and plenty of shade, so it was nice. I saw birds, bees, squirrels, tadpoles, red dragonflies, and this little guy:

(click picture to make it bigger)

I heard a rustle in the twigs a little ways from me and I normally just assume it's a little lizard or bird. But for some reason this time I stopped and looked. I saw a tiny little flicker movement and realized it was the tongue of a snake! I was so excited. It has been years since I've seen a snake in the wild (other than the huge one I ran over in Mexico...). I was expecting it to be a little 8-incher or something, but although this little guy was skinny, he had to be about 2 feet long.

I wanted to pick him up, but I've always been the scaredy-cat of the family. I let my brothers and sisters do the initial snake pick ups and then I was happy to hold them. So I just touched his tail. :) Brave me.

What a great walk!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

first ridiculous comment

So I hear about people having to endure all kinds of rude comments from stranger, family, and friends during pregnancy. I've been spared thus far.

But tonight was the best comment yet. I was out with a few coworkers. I mentioned that I was going swimming afterward and one asked, "Do you have a maternity swimsuit?" I smiled and said, "Nope! I wear a bikini!"

As another coworker blurted, "Ha! Awesome!" and reached out to give me a high five, the questioning coworker let out a belittling laugh and said...

"What? You must look like a clown!"

Really? A clown?

I looked at her and said, "Actually, I like my body more now than I perhaps ever have. So I'm perfectly comfortable wearing a bikini with my belly."

And with that I left for the pool--bikini, belly, and all.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

weekly belly pics

Welcome to my series of growing-belly pictures. I'll update this post weekly for anyone who wants to see it. You'll notice there are no pictures of weeks 6 to 12. This is because I would have looked the same in every picture--nothing changed until week 13.

I was inspired by these cute people at Pacing the Panic Room. He is a professional photographer and she is the cutest, tiniest thing you've ever seen in your life. Good luck with your little one, guys! :)

So here is my growing belly--soon to be a growing little boy. (You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.)

Week 36
The doctor confirmed that you are head down, that you are indeed a boy (yay!), and that you have likely dropped a bit (explaining the bladder to sciatic nerve change). Maternity leave is wonderful. Just what I needed. And we spent the weekend up in Loomis for Quincee's baptism. You are going to love your cousins.

Week 35
This was my last week of work before maternity leave. It was quite busy and went by fast. You must have changed positions this week, because you suddenly stopped pushing on my bladder and started pushing on my sciatic nerve. Ouch!

Week 33 (Pictures coming)
Ashley and I went down to a small farm in Hollister to pick tomatoes. The weather was perfect. The tomatoes were yummy. And your cousin Luca was born! He is adorable. Just holding him makes us want you in our arms so badly. We just have to be patient.

Week 32
It's too hot. Christian and I escaped the heat and spent the entire day along the coast. It was a beautiful day at the beach. All the turns in the windy roads caused lots of tight braxton hicks contractions and lots of movement from you. Hope you had fun!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

anniversary weekend

To celebrate our 5th anniversary, Christian and I spent the weekend in San Francisco. It was wonderful! I'm afraid we didn't take very many pictures. The city is so familiar to us that we just didn't think to take pictures...

* Two nights at the Galleria Park Hotel. Highly recommended. So cute!

* Perfect weather for the entire weekend.

* Dinner and a Giants' game with Scott and Denise! We love them. Denise is having a little girl in August.

* The Ferry Building Farmer's Market. I stocked up on peaches, apricots, and plums for the weekend. Christian got himself a slab of green onion bread. Yummy!

* Shopping and Thai food in Union Square. The best part about staying in the city was that Christian could walk back to the hotel and take a nap while I shopped at H&M.

* Comparing baby strollers at City Kids on Clement. All this baby stuff is overwhelming.

* Hanging out with Amy, Ivan, and Diego at Chrissy Field before Diego's swimming lessons.

* Dinner at Esperpento on Mission. Jamon serrano, patatas con aioli, calamares, chocolate mousse. Yummmmm. Thanks to Amy and Ivan for the recommendation. (They went there on their first date.)

* The San Francisco Zoo with Amy, Ivan, and Diego. And the crazy grinning goat.

* And I found 2 pairs of maternity jeans. Finally! (I can once again wear jeans. Relief.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

to-do lists

You know what? I am awesome at making to-do lists. In fact, I made a nice looong to-do list at work today.

The only problem is actually doing the things on the to-do list. Can't I just check off the items without having to do them? You know all I really want to do is make the list and then check off the boxes.




Thursday, June 18, 2009

being productive

I'm being productive at work. No really, I am. So I'm writing a quick blog post. That makes sense, doesn't it?

Our wedding's birthday:
Today is our 5th anniversary! Happy Anniversary, love!! We both admitted to each other last night that we hadn't gotten each other anything, and we were both completely okay with that. I mean, we are spending the weekend in San Francisco and I kind of think that getting a hotel and hanging out for the weekend is better than some last-minute gift, right? I can't wait. So I wasn't expecting to celebrate at all today, but around noon he showed up at my work and surprised me with a plant (yep--he knows I love plants) and took me to lunch! What a great surprise! I love my husband.

Christian is willing our car to die:

Christian drives our Acura. The lovely '93 acura we got from Ian and Kitty. That car is built to last. Despite the fact that it rattles when you drive, the doors don't seal closed which makes for very loud trips, the front bumper isn't completely attached due to a little mishap by Christian, the paint is peeling off, the seats are torn up, and it sometimes has trouble starting, the car just keeps going. I get to drive the Passat, which is luxurious in comparison. Christian, on the other hand, drives (and hates with a passion) the Acura. As he drove me back to my office today he said, "I wish this would just die so we could get a new car." I got a text from him 30 minutes later: "The A/C just stopped working in the Acura." Darn. The A/C in the Acura was the best thing about it--it put the Passat A/C to shame. I think Christian is willing the Acura to die...

My back isn't being very nice:
This is the reason I ended up writing this post. Here I am being productive. In the middle of my productivity, I realized I needed to know to which advisor one of our students is assigned. My advising list is hanging on my cubicle wall just in front of my face. But to get to it I need to reach and stand up halfway. I don't want to. My back hurt from about noon yesterday until about 10am today. It was not fun. I sat on the couch all evening because I couldn't bring myself to actually do anything. I was pretty miserable. After going away for over 3 hours, the back ache just came back and the last thing I want to do is stand up to get that blasted list off my cubicle wall. I know--lazy, lazy. So now that I've procrastinated long enough to write a blog post, I'll tough it out and get the list. Ready. Arrrrrg. Oh look! I didn't even have to stand up! Ha! Got it...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Christian went to Alabama for 2 weeks and I joined him for the second week so we could hang out with our wonderful friends, the Derbys. And I must admit--I thought the Hunstville area was beautiful! (No, not planning to move there.) The last 2 times I was there was for only a couple days at a time and we really didn't venture any farther than their house and Home Depot, but this time I got to see Huntsville when it was green and warm (I didn't mind the humidity and LOVED the thunderstorms) and even got to visit the hilly side of the city. The rest of the pictures are posted on our smugmug page.

* I had visitors during my three-hour layover in Salt Lake! My mom (who happened to be in Salt Lake), Aunt Sally, Ryan, Bonnie, and Bonnie's 2-week old baby, Ella. So fun to see them! I loved Ella! She makes me want my baby right now!

* Yummy food at Landry's. Can I have another Bananas Foster, please?

* Christian went white water rafting in Tennessee with Mike and Meghan. I was jealous.

* Christian, Mike, and the boys went off-roading. Got a little stuck. Then found a couple displaced fish in the mud and put them back in the creek.

* I spent some time at the pool with Jennifer and the boys. The baby needed a tan.

* Christian and I took an excursion to Chattanooga, TN. Rode the carousel, resisted running through the fountains with all the little kids, listened to the frogs at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, visited the aquarium (see the rest of my pics to see some HUGE river and lake fish--scary!), made our own soft-serve creations at The Ice Cream Show, and took at nap next to Nickajack Lake on the way home.

* Jennifer, Meghan, and I spent a few hours at the spa. Massages, nails, ahhhhh. I could actually hear the thunder outside during my massage. It was almost as if it were programed into the relaxing music. Heavenly.

* Saw the movie "Up." I cried like a baby. No really--I was practically sobbing. Those pregnancy hormones are finally kicking in.

* Hung out at the Bridge Street Mall where Christian showed us his mad hula hoop skills. The hula hoop was huge.

* Went to the Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain. A man caught a big catfish using raw bacon! Grant and Finn caught sticks and sea weed. Jennifer killed a HUGE black and blue wasp. She was brave. :)

What a beautiful place! I definitely need to travel more in the US. We have a lot of amazing landscape and I haven't seen enough of it. Thanks, Derbys, for having us at your house!