More baby news

8/29 5:23 PM – STILL nothing.¬† Went to the dr. this afternoon and everything looked fine.¬† The dr. estimated that the young master will be between 8.5 and 9 lbs.¬† Whew!¬† I am dialated to 1 centimeter.¬† I was SO disappointed for I was sure I was further than that.¬† ūüôĀ

I started the most charming little book this morning.¬† I needed a light book to take with me into the bath this morning.¬† Since Kristin Lavransdatter weights as much as this baby and Dracula isn’t exactly small either, I took The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.¬† It is absolutely the cutest book!¬† I’ve already devoured over 100 pages.¬†

Baby News

brother3.jpg8/28 9:51 am РStill nothing.  A few contractions, but nothing productive.  Sigh.

Watching Pride and Prejudice, the Firth version.  Delightful!

Since I can’t find any “little brother” shirts in my area, I’m working on making my own.¬† I’ve made 3 possibilities so far (one is pictured to the side) but I just can’t get what I want yet.¬† I think that one is my favorite so far, but something is missing.¬† Sigh.

8/27 9:38 am- Nothing yet.¬† I figured since I’ve been so quiet I should say something.¬† I’ve been taking it pretty easy, resting a lot, reading (I read over 50 pages of Kristin¬†and¬†read¬†2 chapters of¬†Dracula this weekend!!), watching movies (Under the Tuscan Sun was better than I expected, Flags of Our Fathers fantastic, and¬†Beerfest is AWFUL!),¬†and nesting some.¬† I was up 3 hours last night with contractions (and boy they hurt!), but nothing really happened except I lost some sleep.¬† I’m going to update this post as things happen, so watch this space for more news!¬† There is a full moon tomorrow ūüėČ *fingers crossed*PS: The new header is in honor of the RIP challenge.¬† That, and I was ready for something different!

Something This Way Comes

At last!!!¬† The challenge I’ve been waiting all year for!¬† I can’t tell you how excited I am for this one.¬† Last year’s challenge was excellent and this year’s is looking to be even more fun!¬† Carl, as always, has found new and exciting ways to make the challenge interesting.¬† His Perils are spicing things up and I’m still trying to decide which one too do.¬† I think I’m going to go with Peril the First, but see if I can’t fit in Peril the Second.¬†

Here is the list of books I’m going to choose from, and boy is it a big one!

  • The Hobbit by Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (reread)
  • Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
  • The Fetch by chris Humphreys
  • The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Angelica by Arthur Phillips
  • The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
  • White as Snow by Tanith Lee
  • The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reread)
  • Into the Green by Charles de Lint
  • Waifs and Strays by Charles de Lint
  • Widdershins by Charles de Lint
  • The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
  • A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Past the Size of Dreaming by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
  • The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones
  • The Naming by Alison Groggon
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (reread)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (reread)
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

and probably more I haven’t found on my shelves yet!¬† I can’t wait to get started.¬† I’ll probably have a late start, since I’m due to have this little man soon, but I’ll also have lots of time on my hands since I’m on maternity leave now!¬† Woot!¬†

Thursday Thirteen

I liked this Thursday Thirteen theme that Tanabata did today so I am totally going to steal it for me.¬† There are LOADS of things I¬†am missing lately¬†ūüėČ but I’ll keep it to thirteen.

Thirteen Things I am missing (or not) lately:

  1. I am not missing the heat!¬† Oh my goodness but it’s hot!¬† Triple digits today.¬† Thank God for the cold front that is supposed to come through this weekend!!!
  2. Pregnancy.¬† Or, rather, NOT BEING PREGNANT! I don’t so much mind the pregnancy as all the comments I get when I walk down the hall at work.¬† I don’t know what it is, but all of a sudden everyone is my best friend and asking questions or making comments they really have no business making.¬† “I’m only having one baby!”¬† “Yes, I am pretty big.”¬† “I’m due in September and no, it’s really NOT that far away.”¬† “Yes, it is hot and it is making miserable, thank you for reminding me.” Grrrrr….
  3. I miss regular clothes.  I miss non-pregnancy clothes.  I want to be able to wear my cute shoes again.  I want to be able to button a pair of pants again! 
  4. Speaking of shoes, I want to be able to see (and touch!) my feet again!  I miss my feet!
  5. I miss baths.¬† I love to take baths, especially nice cool ones in the summer.¬† It’s my best reading place too.¬† But I can’t get up out of the bathtub without help anymore!¬† ūüôĀ But don’t worry, I am showering, giggle.
  6. My grandma.  As time comes nearer for the baby to get here, I miss being able to talk to her about it.
  7. Gardening.¬† Growing up I used to help my grandpa with the garden. I had a special board on the tractor just for me and my tiny¬†butt.¬†¬†The garden¬†wasn’t small either; we’re talking tomatoes, corn, green beans, vidalia onions, cucumbers (I love a cucumber right out of the garden, with nothing but salt on it, YUM!), watermelon, cabbage, turnips, turnip greens…¬† I love the smell of freshly turned red dirt.¬† I love the smell of tomato plants.¬† Now is about the time to start harvesting things and I¬†even miss snapping the green¬†beans and helping Mama can them.¬† I even miss the awful smell the house would get when she would make pickles.¬†¬†Great.¬† Now I feel homesick.¬† I’ll have to post a picture of me riding with my Papa on the tractor.¬† I look just like the girl kiddo and am all of 4 years old.
  8. I miss school.¬† With all the kids gearing up for back-to-school, I am finding how much I miss doing that myself.¬† I loved buying new pencils, notebooks, backpacks, and more.¬† Maybe I’ll go buy myself some anyway.¬†
  9. I miss getting the new syllabi too.  The anticipant of getting all those new books and learning new things.  Can you tell I was a total geek?  I just loved school.
  10. I miss caffeine.¬† I was never a heavy drinker of the stuff, but I like to have one every now and then.¬† Especially Dr. Pepper.¬† How I long for a Dr. Pepper.¬† But since caffeine does weirdo things to my heart rate when I’m pregnant, I’ve tried to avoid¬† it.¬† I’d like¬†a really cold Coke from the fountain please!
  11. I never thought I’d say it, but I miss my oil skin.¬† This baby has dried me up like sandpaper and I am SO not used to being dry.¬† And I am not a big lover of lotions.¬† Although, someone gave me this fantastic almond honey lotion stuff that is fantastic!¬† It smells divine and isn’t greasy at all.¬† It just goes right in and disappears.¬† I love it!
  12. I miss being able to brush my teeth and not get sick.
  13. I miss going to the bathroom alone.¬† Little Miss thinks she has to go with me every. Single. Time. I. GO.¬† And when you’re drinking about 100 fluid ounces of water a day, you go.¬† A LOT.¬† It gets annoying.

So there you have it.¬† Maybe next week I’ll try to do a list of good things.¬† Counteract the karma.¬†

I got it

The hand, foot and mouth thing the kiddo had last week.¬† I have it.¬† ūüôĀ¬† I feel okay, but I am not loving these little beastly bumps on my hands and feet.¬† Especially the feet.¬† As you can imagine, I have to walk on them, and little painful bumps are not condusive to walking.¬† Not to mention the extra 35 lbs (give or take) I’m carrying around.¬†

Tomorrow is my last day at work and I’m SO excited about that.¬† I also only have a little over 3 weeks (3 weeks people!!!) until the new kiddo gets here and I am SO nervous about that.¬† I just want to get it over with already!!! My reading is petering out, because all I can think of is all the things I need to get done before he gets here.¬† At least I’ll be off work for awhile before, hopefully I get all this nesting done.¬† I’m afraid I’m going to have to set aside Kristin Lavransdatter (which very sad for me, as it is VERY good and I’m already 60+ pages into it, but too much for my tired little brain) for the moment.¬† And definitely set aside Storyville.¬† The writing is horrible!¬† Which is a shame, as it is an excellent premise for a book.¬† The writer and his two kids set out on a road trip to some of the strangest named cities/towns/hamlets in America to find out exactly WHY they have such strange names.¬† But it’s written in a very stream of¬†conscious, vernacular style that is just trying my patience.¬† I have a feeling a lot of YA, childrens, romance fluff reads are in my future.¬† At least until the new kiddo gets here.¬†

The air conditioner is fixed, for now.¬† Sad news is it probably won’t last much longer.¬† The thing is 25 years old and seriously needs to be replaced.¬† Huzzah!¬† I’m. So. Happy. About. That.¬† (Not!)¬† But at least the house is somewhat cooler!! Wahoo!

Weekend plans

Well, I hope your weekend will be better than mine.¬†¬†My very grumpy¬†kiddo has *voice drops to a whisper*¬†Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease.¬†¬†I hope, hope, hope I can get some reading time in, but more than likely I’ll be comforting my sick, very, very, very, very¬†grumpy, 3-year-old.¬†¬† I am optimistic that we’re over the worst part though.¬†

Did I mention she’s very grumpy?

And, of course, we get to celebrate our 7th anniversary on Sunday!¬† We already exchanged presents because we are big dorks who just Can. Not. Wait. I think I already said that I got him the Ultimate Matrix Collection on HD DVD.¬† Well, he got me the special 50th anniversary edition of The Lord of the Rings, which is absolutely gorgeous, and the special edition of The Hobbit.¬† I have coveted both for quite some time so you can imagine my excitement.¬†¬† I’ll have to read them very soon.¬† I’ve read The Hobbit before, but I’ve never read The Lord of the Rings.

I’m such a loser.

I also have a new addiction.¬† I have always loved word games and puzzles.¬† Now, I have discovered a website that is dedicated to one of my most favorite word games; cryptograms!!!¬† Cryptograms¬†are SO much fun!!!¬† I just can’t stop playing.¬† It’s very bad.

In my hands

I finally have Eclipse in my hot little hands!¬† Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend!¬† Woot!

Went to the doc yesterday and everything looks good.¬† Sounds like he wants me out of work soon, which works for me!¬† It also sounds like Wesley is going to be at least 8 pounds, if not a little more.¬† Ellie was too, so I’m not surprised.¬†¬† And, I guess you can see from the change in my header, that I definitely have babes on the brain!

It’s another scorching hot day here again today.¬† And our air conditioner still isn’t putting out very much cold air.¬† Miserable!¬† The house was 78 last night.¬† Unexceptable!!¬† Must call repair man!

I’m seeing that a lot of people must be thinking about the RIP challenge coming up soon.¬† I’m getting a lot of hits on posts from last year.¬† I’ve been thinking about it too and hope I can participate!¬† I’ll be out of work, but I’ll also have a newborn to worry about.¬† I’ve already started thinking about which books to read, so I’ll hopefully be ready.¬†


Guess what?!?!

I read over 100 pages of an actual BOOK yesterday!!!¬† All is right with the world again!¬† Is it just me, or do you feel weird if you don’t read something for a few days?¬† I didn’t pick up a book all weekend and by yesterday I was feeling desperate.¬† Luckily I had a book in my bag, so I took it out at lunch time and devoured about 40 pages.¬† Then I read about 60 more last night while the hubby watched stupid wrestling.¬† I hate wrestling.¬†

Just saying.

But oh, I feel so much better!¬† And the book, it’s soooooo good too.¬† It’s one I’m reading for Estella, part for review, part for author interview.¬† I’m so excited about it too, because it is by one of my favorite YA authors.¬†

My anniversary (7 years, omg!) is Sunday.¬† I had to tell the hubby what I wanted, but I’m getting something good.¬† I’ll post pics Sunday.¬† I got him The Ultimate Matrix Collection on HD DVD.¬† He’s been wanting that for awhile.¬† And, if I can find the energy, I may fix a special supper.¬† Or we might just go out!¬† Again, if I find the energy.¬† 4 weeks 6 days to go and I’m really feeling it.¬† So exhausted.¬† And sooooo damn hot!¬† It’s supposed to be 98 today (heat index of 100-105 though) and it’s SO “NC” freaking humid.¬† Yes, we have our own brand of humidity.¬† You can cut it with a dull spoon.¬† To make it all the more smashdorable,¬†something is wrong with our air conditioner.¬† It’s “working” but not well enough.¬† The unit is probably older than (or at least as¬†old as) I am (I’m 29), so I’m just praying it doesn’t die before the summer is out.¬†

That would be a catastrophe. 

On a bittersweet note; today would have been my dad’s 47 birthday. Happy Birthday Daddy!