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Posted by parsingtime on March 30, 2010

Our bed is really tall. I’m relatively short. Prior to being pregnant I would sort of balance myself on the slat and get into bed. My pregnant body is not nearly as capable and I’m embarrassed to admit that last night at 2:14am I had to wake Husband to help me into bed. I’m guessing tonight he is going to move the kitchen step stool into our bedroom.

Things I’ve run across while unpacking….Trident cinnamon gum with wrapping that makes it look like it is probably from 1990. Why would I pack gum? A postcard from Paris from a guy I used to work with saying we need to pound some drinks when he gets back. He is now an Appellate Justice.  Little Mermaid playing cards. Clothes that I wore in high school and college that look so tiny at the moment I can’t even contemplate how one leg ever even fit into them. The original Nintendo system with 20 games.  A mini replica of the Taj Mahal.  More pens and clocks from Things Remembered than I care to see.  Photos of me before I started getting my eyebrows done (very scary). A bunch of floppy disks with things like college essays written on them. Do I just chuck them? I don’t have a computer that uses floppys any more.  Notes I passed back and forth to friends in junior high.

I am definitely feeling the urge to purge. I do not want clutter! I want organized linen closets. I feel like I’m giving in already with the kid (and the hideous primary color plastic objects that will over take my house) I do not have to add to the clutter with memorabilia.

I’ve swept and mopped the entire house.  Do you suppose I can count that as my exercise for day? Because it feels like I’ve run five miles.


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I Like Grapefruit

Posted by parsingtime on March 29, 2010

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here but in real life I’ve commented that I find the new pope a little scary looking. He just doesn’t have the benevolent look that John Paul II had. I bet he isn’t happy right about now but if he knew kids were getting molested and didn’t do anything proactive about it does he really deserve to be the leader of an entire religion?

It is amazing how delighted I am in having a linen closet. You can be so organized!

First day and night in the house were good. We went out to get milk and a few snacks yesterday and ran across a roaming airstream that sells cupcakes and that’s when I knew for sure we picked a good neighborhood.

I had a doctor’s appointment today and was told I was completely on track for everything and now I have to start going every two weeks. It made it seem like we were having a baby soon or something. I’m not prepared for soon. I’m prepared for sometime in the distant future.  Like when we have a name picked out.

While we are on the topic of pregnancy I would just like to say it has given me new-found appreciation for how freaking crazy that woman in Jersey is…you know the one. The one who wants to be the fattest woman alive. I’m struggling to haul my heavier frame in and out of bed so I can’t even imagine what kind of issues she is going to have.

Okay, back to unpacking.

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Posted by parsingtime on March 25, 2010

It is unclear to me how I’m going to move into our house this weekend when every night this week has been a panic about WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER.  When does my mom get back from Vietnam again? And can she just make dinner every night and I’ll just come pick it up or better yet can she just move in as my chef? Can we get someone cheap from India who likes to cook and change diapers?

What to make for dinner is easily the question I hate answering everyday and living at home makes me realize what an inadequate cook I am. I would probably feel differently if I were actually good at it.

I didn’t even want to eat real food last night (oh, don’t worry I did for the baby, protein and lots of vegetables and did she appreciate it? She showed her appreciation by spending 2-4am knocking on my uterus much like a person knocks on walls to find the hollow areas.)…I would have liked to dip myself in a vat of chocolate pudding and sour cream cake donuts. Instead I ate watermelon and cinnamon toast crunch (my latest dessert alternative) as a before dinner snack. While I won’t define how much watermelon I ate, lets just say that my stomach and the amount I ate look very similar.

What to eat is an interesting question during pregnancy.  Do you eat healthy and keep your weight manageable for the weight loss to come or do you eat what you are craving and just figure five to ten more pounds won’t matter? I tend to be in the first camp but I really wish I were in the second mostly because I really want donuts.  And pudding.  And not all the healthy vegetables accompanying dinner.

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Our House in the Middle of Our Street

Posted by parsingtime on March 24, 2010

To give you a little sense of our house.

It isn’t huge. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths but it is certainly more space that we have ever had before. It is nice and bright.

Kitchen. We have no formal living or dining areas which is just fine with us.

Do you see the two shower heads with two temperature control switches? It’s like being at a fancy hotel. There are also two sinks which was a definite must for Husband and I.


This is of course all decorated in the minimalist style of the former owners but you get a sense for what we bought.

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Nursery Decorating Ideas?

Posted by parsingtime on March 23, 2010

Because I have no sense at all of what is considered appropriate for nursery decorations Scratch that. Because I have no interest in cutesy nursery decorations with pink animals and butterflies everywhere I have no idea how to decorate the baby room. We’ve ordered furniture but furniture is pretty neutral. Emilia sent me an email asking if I had picked colors. If you are having a girl your color is pink. And it seems the pink and brown are the color combination de jure.  Unless you want to do yellow or lavender. I don’t have colors. I don’t know how to put colors together. Is there someone I can hire to make something happen?

I know what the baby’s room won’t look like.  If your nursery looks like this, more power to you, I just can’t do it. It is not me and until Baby Time can voice an opinion it isn’t her either.

I found this rug, which is predominately pink but feels more modern. I think I like it (buyers remorse runs strong for me when it comes to decorating) but what do I do for the rest of the room? The crib bedding available at most stores definitely won’t match.

I need one of those HGTV people to come and make my house happen.

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Time Marches On

Posted by parsingtime on March 22, 2010

I am currently sitting in my new home while listening to the wood floor guys do their wood floor thing while dealing with my water bill and changing the address on a gazillion things.

Baby Time is spending the morning kicking the crap out of whatever organ resides on my right hand side. Dear Baby, I have not forgotten you are there. I do not need a reminder every 12 seconds. I also signed up for infant CPR, childbirth and newborn care classes today and sent Husband outlook scheduling invites because that’s how we roll.

I have the feeling that my thirties are going to be really different than my twenties.

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Update on Maternity Clothes

Posted by parsingtime on March 19, 2010

So maternity clothes shopping still sucks but I have found a solution! I’ve bought maternity pants. I have two pairs of jeans, a pair of cargo pants, a pair of capris and a pair of nice black pants. All these things were bought on sale and are functional. There is no beauty in maternity. Only frumpy. I also have several borrowed dresses (Stephen’s wedding is coming up, please belly do not grow out of the borrowed dresses) and skirts with elastic waists. Thanks Kelly!

As for tops. The styles these days (loose tops, cowl neck, spacious tops with those bands on the bottom,  tops that require belts to look cute etc) are pretty functional for the with child set. I bought several inexpensive t-shirts from Old Navy with bands on the bottom (room to grow but the band at the bottom keeps it from looking like a mumu), and then hoofed it over to Ann Taylor Loft and bought several of cute tops from there. I did pay full price for several of them (which pains me) but they looked nice (as nice as less frumpy can look) and I was able to buy smalls so the shirts still fit on my shoulders while making room for Baby Time.  They are the kind of tops that most people would tuck in on wear with a belt so it doesn’t look too loose and flowy on their 100lb frames but for those of us with 15lbs of baby/uterus sitting on their hips it is perfect.

I would have taken photos and given you a little mini fashion show but there is no one here to take the photos. Plus I have to go meet the wood floor guy and give him a check so he can start on the floors. We got the sellers to come down on price to fix the floors but it still pains me to have to write a check when the check we wrote last week for our down payment is still fresh in my mind!

PS – I’m at week 25 and I feel like this pregnancy has slowed to a snail’s pace. Also pregnancy is a full ten months and I’d like to stab whoever started perpetuating that little nine month myth.

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Dessert Bar

Posted by parsingtime on March 18, 2010

I’m dealing with the cable guy, while Husband is enjoying this.

He did send this photo saying he was thinking of me….he knows me well enough to know my eyes would be as round as saucers at the sight of a chocolate fountain and a dessert bar. He also told me the fruit is incredible where he is and given my love of good fruit I’m even more envious (and confused since he isn’t exactly in a fruit bearing country).

I miss the big lug.

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Posted by parsingtime on March 17, 2010

I have sucker written on my face. I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy glow (or lack of in my case) or if I’ve always had sucker written on my face.

A few weeks ago Husband’s car needed servicing and when I took it in the car people tried to sell me on $2000 worth of work on the car. I went somewhere else.

Today the locksmith took 6 hours to change four locks. He told me it would take an hour. He kept disappearing to his office for things he had forgotten. When he finally came back at 5:30 I stood over him making sure my new white doors stayed white and he told me I looked like stern 5th grade teacher.  I told him I was planning to smack him. I told him stern was too mild a word for what I was feeling and that he should  try being six months pregnant, packing food for three hours and spending six hours sitting on a lawn chair seething while waiting for the lock smith.  I did not pay the full bill and he didn’t even argue because he knew that I was capable of driving his little screwdriver into his leg.

I am not a sucker.  I would also like to whine once more that I wish my parents or Husband were home this week….I am of course completely capable of taking care of all the things that need to be taken care of but it would be so much nicer if I had someone available to complain to in person or at least bounce questions off of.

And at this particular moment after receiving numerous murderous emails/calls from me, Random, Emilia and Kelly are also wishing my family was in town. Thanks to Kelly for a delicious dinner and chocolate cake. Definitely what I needed after an unpleasant day.

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GQ not Good Housekeeping

Posted by parsingtime on March 16, 2010

Reille Hunter is repulsed by her photos in GQ magazine.

Speaking on ABC’s The View, co-host Barbara Walters said she had talked to Hunter, 45, on Monday morning, and that Hunter had “cried for two hours” upon seeing the images and deemed them “repulsive.”

Hunter trusted the photographer, Mark Seliger, to take classy photos, according to Walters. But several of them show Hunter lounging around in only a collared white dress shirt and no pants. “I went with the flow,” Walters quoted Hunter as saying.

Oh Reille, you stupid stupid girl. You were taking photos for GQ magazine not Good Housekeeping (also the no pants thing with a photographer present should have been a tip-off). I have no sympathy for you because really you should have known better.  Also, affairs with people running for president never work out.

A change of subject to say that I got 9 hours of the best sleep I’ve had in months last night. And yesterday despite being a tad lonely involved deliveries of flowers, mini eggs, invites to dinner and massage gift certificates amongst other things (I have really wonderful friends). If 30 means getting excellent sleep, which let’s be honest, given my current knocked up situation it won’t, but if it did I would consider it a winner of a year.

Thirty, FTW!

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