Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I have so much to be thankful for this year:
-A fairly uneventful pregnancy so far
-The most wonderful husband a girl could ask for
-A great family and in-laws
-My dream house in a neighborhood I love
-I love my job
-We live in America
-We have food on our table
-No wars on our soil
-So so much more, I am blessed
P.S. I am going to my first prenatal yoga class tonight. I am extremely inflexible, so it should be interesting!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
4 reg 16 oz. cans of French style green beans
1 1/2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/4 lb of velveeta
1 can french-fried onions
Pour 2 drained cans of beans in 9 x 13 pan
Heat velveeta and soup in a small pot on stove until the cheese melts
Salt and pepper over top of beans and add 1/2 mixture of soup and cheese and 1/2 of fried onions
Add 2 more cans of drained beans, salt and pepper and layer the rest of soup and cheese
Cook at 350 for 30 to 40 min or until golden brown
The last 5 minutes add remaining onions to crisp
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Can't wait for Thanksgiving. Despite my racing heart, I actually feel pretty good today! That is something to be thankful for!
Monday, November 19, 2007
I am still reeling in the relaxed vibe of the weekend. Friday night we had a date night and went to dinner at Macaroni Grill (PF Changs line was out the door) and then saw Lars and the Real Girl, which was such a good movie. Once you get past the initial shock of the idea that the movie will revolve around a man courting a life-sized sex doll, you find it sweet, tender, funny and interesting... and G-rated. I don't think there were any sexual undertones (other than the doll itself) nor swearing...
Saturday after Mike's 16 miler, we headed to Waco to see Grandma H. in her new care facility. It was a very nice place. It was clean and the people working there really seemed to care about Grandma. We were lucky enough to enjoy lunch in their dining room... rolls, salad, lemonade, bland chicken and vegetables and coconut angel pie for dessert. I was amazed at how many really OLD people were there. Grandma is 92 and looks great. Someone had done her makeup and her hair was all set and she'd had a manicure. We asked her if she was looking for a boyfriend and she said she was a lot better off than some of the men in there. Anyway, we had a nice visit and brought Bella into her room for a bit and Grandma tried to feed her a banana.
After Waco, we went to the lakehouse for a night. On the way, we stopped for ice cream. I still am feeling crappy with food not tasting that great to me, but must say that Blue Bell Strawberry ice cream is the exception. I've never been a big strawberry ice cream person, but theirs has big chunks of fresh strawberries. Yum! Anyway, we got to the lake house and Mike made a fire in the fireplace, heated up some leftover baked ziti, took a walk and I was seriously out by 8pm. Yesterday, we got up and enjoyed the ducks swimming in the lake over coffee, ate biscuits and jelly, sausage and eggs, endured the horrible singing and slow organ playing at church in Llano and then took the canoe out. We paddled to previously unexplored barren other side of the lake, took a nap and drove home.
I am really feeling happy about this short week. Grandma S. and my family are coming to dinner tomorrow night at our house, Wednesday we leave for the ranch for Thanksgiving with the H's and then will stop in SA for a night. I am a little bit nervous about making a pie for Thanksgiving. Baking is not my forte and I am bringing the *only* pumpkin pie to the H's celebration. No pressure.
AC: Blank... hello, Dad!
Friday, November 16, 2007
On a lighter note, I have always been the type of person that if I get annoyed enough about something that I will write a letter of complaint. Working in TV, people would call and complain ALL the time and we always listened, so I figure if I have a legitimate one, I should therefore express my first amendment right. Yes, as I have admitted before, I am a dork. Here is my email to the program manager at our local station. I'll keep you posted on any responses.
Every year, I very much enjoy listening to the Majic of
Christmas starting sometime after Thanksgiving. However, because your
station seems to play a very small list of the same songs, I very quickly stop
listening to it and truly ENJOYING IT somewhere around December 8th. Is
there a way you can tap into the literally millions of Christmas songs out there
instead of playing the same 25 songs by the same artists on repeat, 24 hours a
day for what looks like 5 weeks this year? It would really be a public
service for those of us who enjoy holiday music.
I appreciate your consideration.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I want to bid a fond, fond farewell to the anxiety and fear that I experienced in the first trimester. Up until about a week ago, I was a complete nutcase. Being tainted by a miscarriage is awful. It totally takes away the innocence of pregnancy... those days when you're dreaming of pink or blue and ribbons and strollers. Those days when you were able to trust that everything would be fine. There are a couple of mantras I learned from others that got me through this time. Repeating seemed to help:
"Today I am pregnant and I love my baby."
"I am pregnant until someone tells me otherwise."
"My past will not dictate my future."
(this is a hard one): "If the worst happens again, there's nothing I can do to stop it. And I know I will survive."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
3 eggs beaten
2 1/2 C grated zucchini with skins
1 tsp salt
Sift the dry stuff together. I didn't do this, because I don't believe in sifting and it came out fine. Get out the "grater" tool on your food processer and have fun putting 2 medium zucchinis down the chute and see them instantly get grated, or you can grate by hand. Set zucchini aside. Beat your eggs and then add each ingredient to food processor in order going down the list (adding sifted ingredients 3rd if you're a sifter). Pour mixture into greased or floured pans 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Makes 2 medium or 3 small loaves. For some reason, this tastes really good with a little butter on it.
Friday, November 09, 2007
I love food more than a lot of things.
Right now, food does not taste good to me and I hate it. I miss eating.
My current favorite food items:
- peanut butter cheese crackers
- easyMac (best invention EVER for pregnant ladies)
- melba toast (mmm, delicious melba)
Every morning after I take my shower, I am standing in my closet and have to run to the toilet. It is no fun. This happens even if I eat beforehand. But, I don't care, I am having a baby and it's worth it, but man, I wish this would go away soon. Especially before Thanksgiving. I am not sure how much I weighed before I was pregnant, but I don't think I gained any weight the first trimester. Or very little.
I am going to a design your own purse party this weekend at my neighbor's. I keep thinking of that episode of Sex in the City at the purse party where the crazy host has taken her sadness over a bad breakup into making these ugly fur and ribbon purses. Samantha gets in trouble for making out with Smith and she screams "you have ugly purses!" on her way out.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Now that everyone knows the news, I am wearing this lovely muu muu-like wrap dress today with some grey tights. I am sure in 6 months I am going to be so sick of these clothes, but for now It feels so good to be comfortable.
We had a celebratory dinner and some good "us" time at Eddie V's last night and were thankfully home by 8. I think I was passed out by 8:15. Too much anxiety and then excitement made for one tired girl. I don't think I've smiled as much as I did yesterday, ever. Although not as personal, it was pretty amazing to send out an email to basically everyone we know and see the responses come in. I brought in strawberry and vanilla Blue Bell with blueberry sauce for our department yesterday and they were really cute about hearing the news, too.
By the way, now that the news is out, I can see where my NaBloPoMo may lean a little more towards the babe... Not to forget about the books, though. My recommendation for today is The Kite Runner, which is the best book I've read in years. I am sure everyone reading this has read it, but if you haven't, it is the most wonderful story and you should read it before the movie comes out this Christmas.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
No better day to announce we are going to have a baby.
I am 12 weeks along.
The baby is due May 24.
I had an ultrasound this morning and it has arms, legs and a strong heartbeat.
This is the best news I could share. We are so excited!
It is hard to keep a secret for 3 months when it is something this exciting, but I am glad we did.
AC: Abundance (this is so true. my cup truly runneth over today)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007