Monday, July 30, 2007

Want. To. Sleep.

Okay, 41 estimated days of pregnancy left until my September 9th due date.  We are now at 34 weeks and while a few days of bouncing off the walls nesting has been great (My wonderful husband has even joined me in the task and cleaned off the porch! I have a porch again! Whoo hoo!), I have not been able to sleep comfortably in several nights.  The lack of sleep is also starting to affect Casey.  

As hubby put it so tactfully (feel free to send him hate mail ;-P ), my girth is starting to get in the way.  When I wake up to pee, he wakes up too.  Half the time, he asks me if I'm okay.  The other half of the time he kind of sighs, fluffs his pillows and readjusts.   I say he should try it with a squirming parasite named Jack living inside of him.   

It makes me wonder, though, if I'm uncomfortable how uncomfortable is Jack?  He gets bigger daily (the last month is an estimated half pound a week?) and while I've put on a bit of weight, I'm still roughly the same size, just stretched to capacity.  I'm complaining about being uncomfortable but he's all twisted with barely any room to move.  What I think is funny is that I have barely any room to move in bed until Casey gets up and goes to work and those couple of hours between when I have to get up and he leaves are the most comfortable hours in bed... Sigh... if only I had those right now.  I woke up with Casey's alarms and I haven't been able to get back to sleep.  I have a severe case of the dropsies, yet I can't quite seem to get to sleep.   Sigh... where's the tylenol PM when ya need it?

So, I'm going to do the only thing I can do right now... be productive. There's laundry to fold and then hopefully, naptime. Yeah.   Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions on how to get comfy, let me know. 

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: 80s Pop

Following Lovely Salome's lead, here's my Thursday Thirteen, 80's pop that I love.  Ballads, pop, cheese.  All the stuff from my childhood. Whoo hoo!

1) "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.  I still listen to and love this song.  I was a fan of it before I even saw the movie "Say Anything."  If I was ever feeling bad, I would grab the CD get in my Plymouth Horizon hatchback and drive.  

2) "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper.  Good romantic tunes.  

3) "Call Me Al" by Paul Simon. All around fun song.  Chevy Chase in the video, slap bass solo.  You can't go wrong.

4) "I've got my mind set on you."  George Harrison.  I honestly didn't know this song was by George Harrison until a couple of years ago when I saw the video for the first time.  The video cracked me up.

5) "Take on Me" A-ha.  How can you have an 80's pop list without this song on it?  The memorable music and the inventive video.  I remember watching the video on MTV with my abuelita Pepa in Panama and her clapping thinking it was one of the neatest things she had ever seen.  Abuelita Pepa was a big fan of the MTV when it first came out... which brings me to my next tune selection.

6) "Money for Nothing" Dire Straights.   I think this was the first computer animated video. A classic featuring Sting chantings "I want my MTV."  "That's the way you do it,  play your guitar on the MTV."  Perfect song for moving furniture around. Woot.

7) "Walk like an Egyptian" The Bangles.  I danced to this with three friends during my  4th grade talent show.  We dressed up as Egyptians complete with snake headdresses.  We rocked.  I actually still remember a bit of the dance we did.  "Way-oh-way-oh-oh-way-yo-oh-waaaaaayy... Walk like an Egyptian."  

8) "It's Friday, I'm in Love."  The Cure.  While I was too young to do the whole "Goth" thing when this song came out, I could still appreciate fine tunes.  Love that song!  Although, I can't listen to it without thinking about the one South Park episode where Robert Smith is mothra. 

9) "Sweet Child of Mine."  Guns 'n Roses.  Yes, I admit it, I like Guns 'n Roses.  Although, I've been banned from playing it when Casey's around because it annoys the hell out of him.  Axle is da bomb!!

10) "Puttin' on the Ritz"  I don't know who does this song but it's fun. 

11) "Walkin' on Sunshine" Katrina and the Waves.  Cuz "It's time to feel good."

12) "One More Night" Phil Collins.  I love this song.  It's a good romantic ballad. 

13) "Girls just wanna have fun" Cyndi Lauper.  Another song that should be on any gal's list o 80's tunes.  That and I absolutely love Ms. Lauper's poofy skirts.  I remember my best friend's sister would wear this poofy, multicolored crinolin's under her skirt.  Oh, and did I mention that I went to a catholic school growing up?

There you have it... my list. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Flitter flitter!

I was nesting again today.  I rearranged the living room furniture and proceeded to vacuum, sweep and mop the floor three times.  I also took stuff out of the entertainment center and and proceeded to dust and wipe down all of the electronics, and take a Q-Tip and wipe in all the nooks and crannies in the X-Box, TV, and Game Cube.  The living room has been deep cleaned.  You could eat sushi off these floors.  It smells more fresh now than when we moved into our house!  Amazing!  Now, let's see if we can't keep it this way for a while...

How Cool Is This?

I took this photo at 11:55 PM, Friday July 19,  just before we did the drawing for the grand prize of our raffle.  The House Elf Clothing Drive that I organized was a major success.  We ended up raising $324.52 in cash and the South Bend Center for the Homeless drove away with 4 truckloads of clothes!  

Monday, July 23, 2007


I have finished the new Harry Potter.  Life can now proceed normally.  Well, for me anyway.  Casey, on the other hand, is completely addicted and is currently sitting on the porch reading "The Half-Blood Prince."  After that, he is bound and determined to read "The Deathly Hallows." I get to tease him as mercilessly as he teased me back in 2005 when I was reading HBP.   

Speaking of which, he just stepped inside and said "I HAVE REVALATIONS!  But, I have more reading to do..."  I could not help but giggle. 

I now know how the series ends.  I am satisfied and happy and wanting to talk with someone about it.  I think tomorrow I will attempt to set up a girls night in with Brooke, Katie and Keri with some chocolate fondue (that sounds ultra tasty) and have some Potter Chat. Yeah.  That sounds fun. 

Casey took the MacBook with him to work today so I was unable to post any pics (seeing as they're all on the mac).  Hopefully, he'll leave it here tomorrow and I can post stuff. Woot.

Too soon?

I heard today that Manuel Noriega, former Panamanian general and all around bad guy, is being released from prison on September 9. This is news to me because my mom's side of the family is Panamanian. I have tons of family that still live in Panama and I have been to Panama several times. Somewhere in my mom's house there are pictures that my aunt took from when the U.S. went into Panama and dropped bombs on the airport where Noriega kept his private plane (they are scary pictures, but kind of cool nonetheless).

France wants to extradite him, people say return him to Panama. The general concensus in my family is that he either a) needs to stay behind bars somewhere in the world for the rest of his natural life or b) return him to Panama because he'll probably be assassinated either upon or shortly after his return. I agree and say good riddance either way. I also think for all of the shit the evil bastard put the country of Panama through, he's getting out of jail way too soon. I have to admit, though, it takes balls to land a plane in the middle of a busy Florida highway even if you are trafficking drugs.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Short Update

I'm going to make this one quick because I really want to just vegitate and read the new Harry Potter book.  I'll do a longer update probably monday.  Here's how my weekend went:

1) Friday was the House Elf Clothing Drive.  It was incredible.  We recieved 4 1/2 TRUCKLOADS of clothes and about $400 in cash.  The South Bend Center for the Homeless was really impressed and extremely greatful for all of our hard work.  I'm just amazed at how many people came and participated.  Lots of people were there for the Harry Potter release, but lots of people were also there to help out.  I'm awestruck.  

2) Saturday we went to the Elkhart County Fair. Lots of fun was had and lots of walking was done.  My ankles were swollen and feet were not too happy but I had an absolute blast.   Lily is starting to look at the bigger rides.  She said that the scrambler looked like fun.  She's definitely getting more and more brave.   

3) Today (Sunday) we slept in until noon.  It was much needed by the entire family.  When I got up I read up to Chapter 11 in the new Harry Potter, took a bath and then started rearranging furniture and cleaning.  That whole nesting instinct was rearing it's productive head yet again.  Casey worked on the basement.  Hopefully sometime this week we'll start cleaning out the attic, too.  I also managed to get some grocery shopping done.  We were desperately low on basics and Lily needed stuff to pack in a lunch tomorrow when she starts zoo camp.  So, yeah, it's been a productive if not tiring day. 

I'm ready for sleep...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Taking a cheese fry break...

This Friday is my big House Elf Clothing Drive, which means this week I'm running around double checking that any last minute details are taken care of.  I made up some flyers for the band and have been peppering the town with them this morning and afternoon. I also managed to find a really cool Harry Potter table cover for our table, I picked up the raffle tickets, and picked up a poster board so I can make a poster to hang on the front of our table.  I'm really really excited about the whole thing!  U93, one of the local radio stations, has been playing promos for us for a few weeks now and my partner in crime, Jed, sent out the final press release yesterday.   I know that the local newpaper is going to be there to do a story on the entire event and two of the local television stations have expressed an interest in doing a story, too.  Exciting!

It feels really good to be doing something good for the community, too.  The Center for the Homeless was really excited to get involved as well.  There is so much stuff they need!  I feel all warm and fuzzy being able to help out.   And I also feel good knowing that I'm setting a really good example for Lily.    

I would love to write more, but I've got a full schedule and my cheesy fries are done.  I'll keep everyone posted on the clothing drive and if anything, you'll see pics from the clothing drive and concert sometime this weekend. 

Friday, July 13, 2007

Why am I awake again??

I am currently listening to a Poison remake of the song "What I like about you" on VH-1.  Don't ask me why.  I'm awake and that's about all I know.  Oh, and this morning I've had a slew of good tunes stuck in my head, too.  I'm taking it as a good sign for the day.  1) It's Friday.  2) Tunes in my head include the likes of Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse.  3) I slept pretty good last night despite having to get up 3 times to pee.   The sleeping thing is definitely a good thing.  Although, I'm a bit upset about the fact that I'm awake at such an early time. 
I had a strange dream last night that was
 borderline realistic.  It gave me a good idea, though.  In the dream, I was having issues with the tape deck in my car, which I actually am having.  Apparently, the Toyota Matrix has a notoriously difficult and uncompatible with tape adapters.  So, in my dream I was looking at FM transmitters and I couldn't find an unused radio station.  I ended up unplugging the antenna and got the thing to work.   Ah, if only it were that easy. 

When I finally got out of bed (after badgering Casey to ge up and out of bed several 
times), I trudged downstairs, went to the bathroom, and found out that I was rocking a wicked faux hawk.   Yep, me, punk rock.  It looks more pompador than mohawk in the pic, but damn was it amusing to wake up and see.   My hair is still in a bit of shock from cutting it the other day and I think it's still waaaaaaay to short, but come next week when it heats up again, I'm willing to bed I won't be complaining. 

I'm also in need of color (when I can see about an inch of grey at the roots, it's time for color) and I'm trying to decide what color to go.  I don't know if I want to stick with the espresso brown color or if I want to do something a little different.  Maybe I'll throw in some highlights? Dunno.  I have to say that I'm quite pleased with my eyebrows, though.  Debi always does such an awesome job with my eyebrows.  It's hard to find someone who won't butcher your eyebrows. 

So, I'm off.  I think I'll be productive this morning and try and work on the never ending pile of laundry.  Whee fun.  Luv the never ending pile of laundry.  In 3 hours, I pick up Lily...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Insert appropriate zombie noise here.

Sleeping last night started out perfectly fine.  I went to bed at 11:30.  A little late for me, but with Lily not feeling well, I snuck in a nap with her during the afternoon (under the guise of cuddling) so I wasn't horribly tired yesterday.  

I fell asleep quite easily after reading a couple of chapters of "Life, The Universe and Everything" (by Douglas Adams) and even squeezed in some more cuddle time with Lily as I drifted off to dreamland.   Then, around 1:30AM, I woke up.  Lily was still in bed with me and I heard video game sounds coming from downstairs.  I rolled out of bed (something that is getting increasingly difficult) and headed for the bathroom, ducking my head into the computer room as I went, telling Casey to come to bed that it was 1:30AM.   I went back upstairs and managed to get Lily back to her room and then tried to get myself comfortable once again.  Not an easy task to do. 

I managed to fall asleep again, but only until about 3:30, when I woke up with some major indigestion and a major urge to pee once again (despite peeing at 1:30).  So, downstairs I went, bathroom first and then I grabbed a couple of tums off the counter.   Then, I trudged back upstairs, crawled back into bed and tried to fall back asleep.   Not so easy this time around.  

I tossed and turned and itched and scratched and sighed and felt very near to crying until around 5AM. Not fun at all.  I finally dozed off, waking up when Casey got out of bed but I rolled over and went back to sleep. Ah, sleep good.  And then, I woke up with one of the cats trying to tear apart Lily's tent and this was at 7:47AM.   Up again, not happy, throw stuff at the cat, go downstairs, let dogs out, feed cats, and have breakfast.  Awake, awake, awake.  

So, now I go about my day.  I am waking Lily up in a couple of minutes to have breakfast, do some homework and then off to swimming lessons at 10:30.  I definitely think I'll be taking a nap today.  Or maybe I should just suck up the tired and stay awake so I sleep better tonight.  Hmmmmm.... 

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Last year my dad and step-mom went to Hawaii.  At least, I think it was last year.  Maybe it was two years ago...  ANYWHO, they went to Hawaii.  Like most parents when they take a trip without the kids, they brought back presents.   Lily got a neat little doll complete with grass skirt and coconut bra.  I got a muumuu

I tried it on the day my dad brought it to me and it was huge. This giant extra large hanging dress that served no other purpose than to make someone look ten times larger than they actually are.  Never mind the fact that it was probably one of the most comfortable and soft garments that I have ever donned, it was huge!   Long story short, I wore it one other time when I wasn't feeling well and just needed something to throw on.  Other than that, it stayed hung up in my closet gathering dust... until this past week. 

I was searching for something comfortable to wear that wouldn't stick to my skin (it's been incredibly hot lately, doubly so for a very pregnant me).  Insert me scowering closet for something comfy and finding the muumuu.  Hmmmm....  I pulled it out, put it on and I was happy and most comfortable. Whee fun happy Jess.

So, now during the evenings I've been taking a bath, throwing on the muumuu, chowing down on ice chips and tums, praying that Jackson gets out of my ribcage and thuroughly enjoying the fact that despite looking and feeling like a whale in blue and white hawaiian floral print.

Absolutely beautiful

Today is absolutely gorgeous!  The current temperature is 71 degrees, there's a nice breeze blowing and I haven't been this comfortable (temp. wise) in a few weeks.  This is definitely a nice change from the 92 degrees and high humidity we've been having.  The best part? It's going to stick around for a few days! Yeah!

Unfortunately, Lily isn't feeling that good today.  She felt warm yesterday, but she seemed okay but this morning she was very clingey (and is still very clingey) and just wants to be loved on.  She still feels warm, but I don't think she's running a fever.  I think it may be a case of too much pool water swallowed, making her feel completely yucky.  And, for the amount of chlorine smell that is in the pool area, I could totally see it making someone feel sick if they swallowed to much pool water. 

I did, however, manage to go get my hair cut today.  I was getting quite shaggy and not in the good way.  I ended up having it chopped all off again. It's shorter than it was last time and while I do like it, I feel a bit like a boy.  I came home, took a bath (to get rid of those itchy hairs that weren't cleared off my neck), styled my hair and put on make-up.  I feel much better now, but still think my hair is a bit too short.  Thankfully, it grows pretty fast.  

Jack has been quite active today.  He's been rolling and punching and kicking on and off since about 8:00 this morning.  Normally, he has a schedule where he's "awake" from like 8AM to about 9AM and then a period of calm until I have a snack around 11 and then he's awake after I have lunch from about 1-2PM and then calm until dinner time.   Now, I say calm but every so often I'll feel a punch or a kick.  I think it's him reminding me that he's still here.  This morning, Lily had her head laying next to my stomach (we were sitting on the couch) and Jack kicked her in the cheek.  She thought that was pretty funny.  She then blew a raspberry on my stomach and Jack kicked again.   I'm glad she finds it funny now, because in 5 years she'll be a teenager and Jack will be 5 and she'll just be annoyed by him. 

Well, I'm off.  Lily is calling me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Gratuitous Pregnancy & Family Update

1) Pregnancy and Jack is going very well.  Other than tweaking my back yesterday, I have managed to get decent sleep, despite being highly uncomfortable.  I took a nap on Monday and I have a feeling that the naps will get more prevalent during these last two months.  

2) My new favorite accessory: a cup of crushed ice.  I will fill up a cup with ice and then just enough of some tasty beverage (I'm quite fond of ice tea, water and lemonade these days) to kind of melt the ice to smaller pieces of ice but not so small as they completely vanish.  Yeah.  I'm silly, I know.  I go through at least 10 glasses a day.  It's no wonder that I have to pee every couple of hours.   Other pregnancy cravings as of late:  Cookie Crisp cereal, baby carrots (they must be baby carrots, not carrots cut into tini-tiny pieces, BABY carrots) and strawberries.  

3) Lily started swimming lessons on Monday.  She's in a class wish older kids (she's the youngest and the oldest in her class is a 12 year old).  The first day she came home somewhat discouraged at the fact that she was the shortest one of the group.  The thing is, she's also the youngest of the group.  I had to explain to her that she IS going to grow, it's just going to take time and in a year or two she's going to be just as big as the other kids eventually.  

4) After much coercing, Lily jumped off the diving board at swimming lessons today. I am incredibly proud of her for it, too.  She has been making leaps and bounds (no pun intended) as far as doing things on her own and being brave is concerned.  She's also doing really well as far as staying on her schedule and doing her chores and getting her ready for second grade is concerned.  I'm really proud of her progress.

5) The heat is really getting to me lately.  I don't want to move much and I've been freezing Casey out of the house.  I can't wait for fall at this point.  And this winter won't be too bad because I'll be inside all the time with Jack.  

So yeah, that's my update.  Not much else going on. 

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Eight Random Facts...

My awesomely cool sis-in-law, Carrie, has "tagged" me to write 8 random tidbits about myself.  Oddly enough, I was tagged by some friends on myspace to do the same thing.  I think I've got like 64 things I've got to write now.  BUT, I think what I'm going to do is just do Carrie's meme.  Maybe I'll tag some people, maybe I won't.  I have no idea yet.  If you get a random email from me saying "Tag" then yeah.  You're tagged.  In the meantime, though... Here ya go, 8 Random things about me:

1) I love to clean the bathroom.  I'm slightly obsessed with it, in fact.  It doesn't matter that my bathroom is relatively small and if there is any kind of mess in it, you can't walk in there, it's just I like a clean bathroom.  

2) I don't like it when people ask me what my favorite movie is.  I find it to be a very difficult question and a slightly annoying question as well.  There are so many good movies out there that I couldn't possibly narrow it down to just one.  

3) I love to cook... but only when I'm in the mood.  If I'm not in the mood, all bets are off. 

4) I don't like watermelon.  When I was little, my grandpa would grow them off of his front porch (he lived out in the boonies) and he and my parents would always try and get me to try it.  I would always say "I'm too little to eat watermelon."  Eventually, that excuse stopped working and I tried it.  I found it to be terribly overrated.

5) I seem to have the random ability to pull useless trivia facts out of my brain.  Unfortunately, the trivia tends to be along the realm of pop culture and nothing else.

6) When I was about 4 years old, I decided I wanted to pretend to be ghost and put a towel over my head (despite my parents constantly telling me "Don't walk around with a towel over your head!").  It lead to me running into my sandbox (which was more of a sand gazebo) and splitting open my chin.  I had to have several stiches and I have a scar on chin, just under my lip. 

7) I can watch absolutely crap movies if I'm totally bored and not have a problem with the fact they're complete crap. 

8) When I first met Casey (my hubby), sophomore year of high school and we started "going out", I wrote in my journal that I thought that the two of us were "in for the long haul."   Oddly enough, my future sis-in-law said something to the effect of that if she ever heard anything about her brother, that I would most definitely be involved.  I remember actually laughing so hard, I fell on the ground... I would say who would have predicted it, but apparently both Carrie and I did. 

So yeah, there are my eight random facts.  I have no idea who I'm tagging and stuff, so yeah.  I must now go and get my hubby some smokes and give him a driving lesson.