Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Worn by a confident senior in the halls of my high school.
Gasp, is what I thought. What a lovely girl, in entirely too much stretchy fabric. And she must be chilly with the lack of sleeves.
I say let's stay away from nightdress type clothes for the season, okay girls? I know, this pregnant momma probably could pull it off, since the baby bump would add some interesting shape to the other wise unshapely dress.
I for one will leave the shapeless stretchiness to the Modelquins.
What an old man. Wait, those are happy wrinkles!
Monday, March 30, 2009
I don't at all feel like a poser this week... I can proudly post the apron icon because I wore an apron while cooking. For real. It was like I was a for real kitchen goddess.
Well, yes, I do love drama and characterization and costumes, but in this case, an apron was necessitated. The big bulge on my abdomen kept getting splashes from the sink on it, and bits of cooking materials, so I rounded up a Christmas gift I'd gotten but never used.
Here's the Menu Plan:
Sunday dinner - Roast Turkey, roasted Parmesan Asparagus, Baked Sweet
Potatoes, Sage Stove Top Stuffing, Pillsbury's Breadsticks, Homemade Baked
Apples. (Glazed Carrots were on the menu... but scorched. Bummer!)
Monday dinner - BBQ Shredded Turkey on Whole Wheat Buns, Baked
Potatoes (make the soup in the crock pot for tomorrow)
Tuesday dinner - Turkey Noodle Soup, French Bread
Wednesday dinner - its LOST night... so we'll order in pizza or make home
Thursday - left over night!
Friday - Dinner in STJ
Husby takes leftovers in lunch every day, that is one reason why I make extra veggies when really, we didn't have to have that many different ones this week. I am hoping that I'll feel well enough for some sweet potato and asparagus for lunch tomorrow! (its been lots of Chex Mix and toast for me).
Oooh, I almost forgot the other thing I made for us: Key Lime Pie Bars! Good grief. They are amazing! Super duper rich, I can only have 2 fork fulls at a time. BUT whammo good!
I might post some of the recipes later this week, if you're up for it.
So I will!
1) Comment. If you don't want me to publish your name or something, I won't! Just mention that and I will respect your wish.
2) Send me an email. Bethanyhaid at gmail dot com.
But don't... continue to lurk... unless you love anonymity or stalkerhood (or if you are an ex-bf that still has feelings for me but you want to never tell me, so as to keep my current happy household and life currently happy and livable!)
My guess is that 11 people will respond. I think another 5 or 6 will try to, but that they won't understand how to get a google username (ahem, MIL!). And then I think I have about 6 friends who are a little bit lazy and just won't do it. Because its not their Internet-type thing!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I spent about 20 minutes learning the ropes of the program and entering basic info - birth dates, occupations, etc. It was simple to use. I put off entering the actual forms and data until after dinner, and worked from about 8:30 pm until 10 pm getting all of the program completed. I was pretty meticulous and checked my work, so I could have been done sooner. I was pleased with the user-friendly set up of the program - it seemed as if I were online less than I actually was. No, no... I am not saying it was fun! Forms and numbers and tax law are not fun... not for me!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The albums are mostly a beach, real estate, and flora tour of NW Florida. The first album is here and the second album is here.
I realized its been quite awhile since I've uploaded pictures to facebook. Its been even longer since I've ordered some from shutterfly! I'm been somewhat apathetic about my photography lately. I really like going into nature and seeing neat things, and I also love to capture people's expressions and life moments. BUT... there was an issue with rechargeable batteries not recharging and me forgetting to transfer the card from the camera to computer and back again.
I tried to add many captions to the photos, and most come off as if I am selling the neighborhoods to you, or else teaching you a little plant taxonomy.
I noticed there is a significant lack of PEOPLE in the pictures. Its hard when you go on vacation to the same place many years in a row... I just don't need more group photos at Pineapple Willy's or in front of a gigantic condo. I was alone for most of the picture taking, so its sort of boring to just photograph yourself! Maybe when Baby Haid is here I'll have a renewed interest in people picture taking!
I will post photos from the trip periodically on the sight and write a little story to go with them. This morning I'll pen a whole passel of posts and schedule them to publish through the next month.
Here is one photo to see before you go to the facebook albums and scope out all the beach appeal pictures. It is a quiet little low laying area outside of my friends' apartment complex.
The pine forests are characteristic of the area, as are the water retention basins, which prevent the area from being a swamp. I know they are man-made, but they are influenced by the topography of the land. I like to picture little crocodiles cruising across the pond. I haven't seen any yet, which is a good thing for the neighborhood pets!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
While I agree its nice to celebrate a new baby, its definitely not okay to decorate every little nook and cranny with baby ducks or fake plastic babies. Ew.
I think I'll pass on all showers that involve "guess what strange brown substance is really in the diaper" or "guess how much weight the mother has gained" or involves gory and nightmare-inducing stories about terrible labor. Ew, ew, ew.
However, the genuine support from friends and family is nice. Cake is very nice. Gift cards to shop on the baby registry are also nice.
How about doing things differently, like Baeik -il, the 100 Days Party of South Korea. In this culture, they don't have any baby parties until the baby is 100 days old. At this time, there is a huge family celebration. Lots of food, fun, and presents for baby. Here is a description of another cool event in the party, in which the baby selects his or her own future.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm having a Floriday. A Floriweek, actually. I've had the opportunity to read, relax, walk on the beach, photograph nature, laugh and reconnect with a BFF, create a fantasy DWTS bracket with said BFF, eat my favorite PCB foods, drive around the area without maps or driving directions, window shop, and build up my flip-flop calluses!
All of the above have provided great fodder for writing. I am so glad to have this lovely experience to enrich my soul, as well as to add more thoughts for me to pen.
I visited the shoppe "Jake on the Beach" today, which is a Life is Good retailer. I really appreciated the positive messages printed across each T-Shirt.
I am so lucky to have supportive relationships in my life, each of which enrich my life and make it better. I am fortunate to have a job and to have opportunities for other jobs, and because we live within our means, we have no worries about getting behind in our mortgages. This baby has stayed and thrived for five months, which is GOOD.
I didn't need a T-Shirt shop to remind me that things are going well. In fact, I have been counting my blessings pretty regularly. Its helped me to fight off anxiety and negative thoughts.
And another good thing... all of this blogging has improved my spelling! I've had many posts in a row that come back as "no misspellings found". Whoohoo!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- I might be totally prepared for a newborn. Its all common sense...
- Newborns don't seem to be hard work.
- Is this a collection of random facts from the Internet?
- Can it really be this cut and dry?
- If there's a normal range for a baby, and the normal range seems to be so big that it could encompass what I'd call abnormal... is that still qualifying as normal?
- Why was this the top ranked baby book on three websites?
- Seriously, who learned something from this? A ten year old?
Because I do not want to disrespect the authors, who are current pediatricians and perhaps are publishing the most common questions their patients ask them, I probably won't say any more.
Well... just this. It took only a weekend to read. I was sure glad that it resold on amazon in only 2 hours, because it wasn't worth another re-read or even asking dear husband to read.
Next baby book to read: Its a Baby Boy! The Unique Wonder and Special Nature of Your Son from Pregnancy to Two Years. I am not expecting much after the first read. There is a cute baby on the cover, so I can probably work up a little excitement for it.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I really REALLY like this daily affirmation, though I find its hard in those tough circumstances to realize/remember that I do have the option to choose happiness. I am still learning how to step back from an emotionally charged situation to take a breath and get back on the right track.
Its not that I have to be surrounded by people, or that I am uncomfortable being by myself. It is more inside my comfort zone to travel with a buddy or to experience the world with another person. That's one reason why I love being married to Mr. Haid... he's my full time companion!
We left home for Lambert airport at 3:45 am. What an early rise! My husband was kind enough to drive me before work (talk about a long day!). Its emotional for me to be at airports. I was tired, nervous, and saddened to leave husby for a week. I get stressed out trying to remember where I put my plane ticket and figuring out where my gate will be. Perhaps the pregnancy hormones were to blame, because I was tearful and clingy.
Then Brave Girl returned and went through security, waited in lines, and confidently boarded the planes. I was brave during the take offs and landings (though I really hate when the plane is just "driving" around the runway at slow speeds). I waited in line at the rental car station and got a GOOD deal on a rental. Then I calmly drove from the airport to my destination city, about 60 miles away. Like it was no big deal.
Really, it was a big deal for me. I proved to myself that I am capable.
Ooo! I also had lunch at a beach side cafe alone and didn't feel self conscious. I parked at the beach and sat and watched the waves.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven.
Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to communicate effectively.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
- Fuel up the Jeep check
- Charge up phone, iPod check
- Pack chargers
- Check-in online check
- Get house keys from friend
- Print driving directions check
- Go to bank, get some cash
- Call for rental car
- Scour the house for SPF
- Last load of laundry
- Suitcase: summer shampoo and hair care, hair dryer, makeup, razor, swimsuit, vitamins/medications, swimcover up, flip flops, athletic shoes, socks and undies, tank tops, capris, sweatshirt, PJs, jeans, beach bag, hair brush, dress,
- Carry on: snacks, lip balm, IDs, $$, book, iPod, phone, ticket, driving directions, sunglasses, light jacket
- Set alarm clock for 3:45 am
What else??? Shoulda done this sooner!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I'd be an eye makeup artist. Probably, I'd be a regular makeup artist, too. I'd be able to have all sorts of brushes, colors, products. It would be so much fun. Sort of like Jillian Dempsy for Avon.
My dream places of work would be backstage at a huge event - like for The Bachelor, Miss America Pageant, that sort of thing. Of course, they'd ask me to coordinate wardrobe with makeup, so I'd get to rummage through sparkles and textures. I would get to feel like Pat Field for a day!
As they present on Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Xeroderma Pigmentosa, Galactosemia, and a variety of other chromosomal disorders, I was struck by how lucky we all are. Most of these disorders have been already tested for in this pregnancy, so I know the baby isn't born with them. Other disorders, like Huntington's Disease and achondroplasia, are familial disorders, so our child doesn't have a chance to inherit them.
As my preacher has said, if you think you have nothing to be thankful about, open up a medical textbook. As you thumb through it say, "Lord, thank you for sparing me from that" after each time. But for the grace of God I'd be living with Rett's Syndrome or something.
How fortunate we are, especially when we become more informed of how different things could actually be.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I think Baby Haid is also healthy. He moves so much from 3 - 7 pm, and then again occasionally when I am laying down on the couch or in bed. He's like Hey! I'm here! Don't forget about me!
And I am not forgetting about him. Only 131 days until the estimated delivery date!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I've been thinking of what songs are moving for me, which lyrics are significant. I realized that there is also part of me that identifies with the singer and her passion.
Which leads me to my I wish...
I wish I could belt out a song like Whitney Houston. I watched her perform this tonight on a David Forrester special. I am guilty of coveting her confident, strong voice.
I now know that my pregnancy size is not 14B, 16 C, 18 C, 18 D, 18DD, 16DD.
My size could be 14DD (whoa!) or 16D (another whoa!)
Friday, March 13, 2009
Business or pleasure, you ask? Both.
Business - making contacts with future employers, completing applications, and a resume frenzy.
Pleasure - ordering some spring maternity wear from Oldnavy.com and 2 friendly emails.
But for now... I need some nourishment, some sunlight, some physical activity beyond my fingertips. I think I'll make some lunch, do some errands, and some housework. Maybe even go wild and watch an episode of STAC!
We've got family coming tomorrow, so I do need to make myself and our house presentable. So... goodbye little laptop. Gmail, I promise to check you this afternoon!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
My abs working normally.
Having a $2 beer at Dan's summer softball games.
The taste of wine. Any, all.
Pants that button.
Only feeling tired if I've actually done some physical, strenuous labor.
Swimsuit season workout.
My (small) beautiful bras.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My job is secure. I am a valued employee.
He supports any decision I make, and urges me to put my family's needs first.
Geez, I've got a big decision to make!
Do I continue to teach in a public school setting, a job I am good at and like, or do I venture into a world I don't think I do want, SAHM, or... is there some sort of fusion? Some other option?
Clarification: I do, indeed, have to make my choice soon. I'll have to return my teacher contract in a few short weeks. I would be out some money and have a "bad mark on my record" if I took the maternity leave offered by the district and then suddenly resigned because I changed my mind.
ALSO... I have some ideas about happy medium that are in the works, but I feel compelled to NOT discuss them until I've made my choice and had a discussion with my current employer.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I recently finished a lovely tale, of which I wanted to review and share with you!
From the author's website:
High on the side of rocky Mount Eskel, far from the valleys where gardens are green and lush, where lowlanders make laws, Miri’s family has lived forever,
pounding a living from the stone of the mountain itself.
For as long as she can remember, Miri has dreamed of working alongside the other villagers in the quarries of her beloved mountainside. But Miri has never been allowed to work there, perhaps, she thinks, because she is so small.Then word comes from the valley that the king's priests have divined Mount Eskel to be the home of the prince’s bride-to-be—the next princess. The prince himself will travel to the village to choose her, but first all eligible girls must attend a makeshift mountain academy to prepare themselves for royal lowlander life.
At the school, Miri soon finds herself confronted by bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicting desires to be chosen by the prince. Yet when danger comes to the academy and threatens all their lives, it is Miri, named for a tiny mountain flower, who must find a way to save her classmates—and the one chance to leave the mountain each of them is determined to secure as her own.
I bought this book last fall upon the recommendation of a dear friend and fellow adolescent literature aficionado. I opened the first chapter several times, but for some reason, was not automatically pulled into the story. One day I realized why I wasn't ever starting the book with the intention to read it... I judged the book by the title and the character's names. I thought that it would be a silly, too-familiar princessy book, and I was turned off by the fantasy names like Katar, Marda, Miri, and Peder.
It had been a long time since I read a "just for fun" novel, so I started to read this book again during the last week of February. The pace of the book is calm, relaxing, and the text is often lyrical. Several times, I put the book down to reflect on the author's word choice. How lovely.
I thoroughly enjoyed the author's adult literature Austenland, and I am looking forward to reading her new adult book The Actor and the Housewife, as well as checking out her other famous adolescent stories Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days.
I would love to teach a literature circle unit on this book to a class of 10-13 year olds. I think girls would like it best, however, there are few themes of romance to deter male readers. I think the life lessons of integrity, self-discovery, teamwork, love of learning, overcoming adversity, and appreciation of diversity are the key points of this tale. I felt a bit inspired, even as a 26 year old, to adhere to my conscience and strive for my personal best. What a great message to share with older elementary students!
Tuesday - Me: Parent- teacher conference food, Him: Frozen Pizza
Wednesday - Me: Parent-teacher conferences food, Him: leftover Shrimp Scampi with Pasta, tomato, and artichoke
Thursday - Schzechuan asparagus and marinated chicken
Friday - TBD
Snacks - Chocolate chip cookies
I love to read cookbooks. Usually, I browse through the table of contents or flip through the pages first. This is sort of how I read a magazine, but definitely not how I read fiction or non-fiction (I realize that cookbooks are non-fiction, but I think of them more as instruction manuals).
The photographs were wonderful, especially the ones of the tarts. I've never made a tart before, but if I do, I will make the summer plum tart. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water!
But seriously, as for the title of this post, I did learn a few tricks and tips about baking cookies from this website.
First tip - for cookies that have gotten too crispy, the culprit is a too-hot oven. The remedy is storing them in a sealed container with a piece of bread or slice of apple. I had Toll house Break-n-Bake cookies today, and popped them in after I baked potatoes... in a too hot oven. They didn't come out moist and chewy. So I am trying this bread in the bucket remedy now!
Second tip - you can freeze cookies for 3 months. I never thought about this.
Third tip - cookie sheets shouldn't have edges or sides. They might have one slightly raised lip, but the ones with shallow edges are actually called Jelly Roll pans. Interesting! Apparently, the raised sides alter the temperature of metal sheet, making the cookies heat unevenly.
Its been actual ages since I've made homemade cookies. I don't keep a fully stocked baking pantry, and so running out of the correct type of flour is my excuse for occasionally buying those tasty pre-made cookie dough ones. Oh, and I just love the Pillsbury ones with colorful holiday shapes. Its hard for me to pass them up! When I have the girls over for some occasion, I usually buy a box. Its a rare day to have any left to bake! (right Amy? Elegan? You two were the last ones over for that batch! haha).
If/when I make that plum tart, I'll let you know how the recipe stacks up!
UPDATE: Slice of bread with too hard cookies worked marvels! Actually, I put two slices of bread in, which made them a little too crispy. So as a quick fix for this quick fix, I left the lid of the container open over night.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
- Shopping for clothes to wear on my trip to FL... which is now only two weekends away! Yes, this includes a bathing suit. Ah! What a unique situation!
- How I've spent too much time watching junk TV. Celebrity Apprentice, Howie Do It... all total wastes of my time but for some reason, seemed like a good use of resources at the time
- An amazing shrimp scampi with creamy tomato and artichoke pasta that I created... virtually recipe free!
- Visiting Hermann
- New baby h photographs - which are so strikingly human - and are initiating mother bonding I didn't know I had
- First wave of robins spotted in Ashland, MO on Feb 27 and research
- Hair color and cut on Feb 28 - by the fabulous Kara, unbelievable price
- 6 inches of snow when I visited my family
- Best Chinese food ever
- Pregnancy Workout DVD that kicked my butt
- LOST mid-season perspectives
- Want to keep researching and writing about non-chemical contraceptives, but am having a hard time
- Want to start researching how to make baby food
- finish my posts about pregnancy book reviews
- start post about pregnancy products I love or don't love
- career move updates
- my perceptions of plane rides and traveling alone
- tips about baking cookies I learned from a cookie cook book
- teaching genetics to 10th graders - insights, what to do differently next year
- pregnancy and eating disorder recovery research I did - put it into a coherent form
- post a few old pictures and describe memories about them
- how to sell my slightly messed up iPod
- the Ryan Adams concert I went to on Feb 26
- missing my girlfriends
- plans for updating house - guest room, baby room
- reorganizing bathroom space, spice rack, cooking supplies
- I love these sandals from Lands End
- noticeable lack of photography
- the tulips and crocuses sprouting in my yard
- benevolence committee I am on at my church
Well, that's all I want to write about for now. But yeah, I've been mentally blogging since last Tuesday, and so I'd expect a plethora of posts coming up... once they are all written down
Friday, March 6, 2009
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."
And he replied, "Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!"
-- Minnie Louise Haskins
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I am feeling more and more movement. Today it felt like constant bubbling, without ANY jabs or twinges. That was nice! Husby still can't feel the movement externally, though I think by the end of the month he will be able to.
So, this is approaching 20 weeks, half way there point. I feel relieved not to have had a miscarriage, but I feel a little scared still, because now the miscarriage would be called a still birth, and that is a scary, creepy word. NO - there's no significant risk for a problem with the baby. I am just worried and am mentally preparing myself so I don't fall apart. It could happen. To me, to any pregnant person. Death just happens.
Not to end on a downer, I'll say this: Less than a day until seeing the baby is a really nice feeling. Sometimes I wish I could get a little camera installed in there, like a web cam, so I could stay in touch. Or perhaps install a plexi-glass viewing panel so I can constantly be aware. Sort of like those MU dairy cows with a glass window... know what I mean? maybe not... its a Missouri thing.
I feel really sorry for those girls in the same room who heard it. Gross-out.
On the plus-side, it might be an effective birth control method.
I think I can... I think I can... I think I can...
No, I wasn't aware of these facts! I fellow frustrated teacher gave me the scoop this morning! So far, I've only been counting down til Spring Break! --- which is only 2 more weekends until I am in Florida!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I was able to grocery shop AND prepare dinner tonight! AND prepare a dessert! AND prep tomorrow night's dinner! AND do one load of laundry! AND empty the dish washer. AND begin to reorganize our lazy susan cabinet.
HURRAY! Health and energy level are two blessings I'll count tonight when I thank the good Lord!
Here's Meal Plan Monday... yes, its been months since one.
MONDAY - French Bread Pizza with Baby Belllas and extra cheese
TUESDAY - Broccoli and Beef with homemade Bulgogi marinade
WEDNESDAY - ? LOST night... which may mean eating at our good friends' house, or making a little something here, like Nachos with homemade salsa (almost the last frozen from the summer)
THURSDAY - Roasted potatoes, mushrooms, onions and a Chicken dish (to be determined)
FRIDAY - maybe leaving town, otherwise - finding a VFW Fish Fry!
I've prepared a LUSCIOUS BLACKBERRY COBBLER for desserts (or my breakfasts...)
And here is a simplified version of the recipe *found using the key terms: blackberry, cobbler, easy* at recipezaar.com.
Melt stick of real butter in a baking dish in the oven. Mix together 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 cup sugar, one cup of milk. Pour this mix over the melted butter, but don't stir. Pour blackberries (thawed, from your mom's garden) on top, but don't stir. Dust the top with sugar, and then put in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees F. Eat with ice cream (or Cool Whip!).
Note: This is a true cobbler, as apposed to the more commonly found "cobbler" which resembles a large, square blackberry pie. Both are delicious.
I love ordering books online after reading a few reviews. I also enjoy having "suggestions" to peruse. I think my library membership would be even more effective if its website could keep track of your checkouts and recommend a few books. Or if there were ways to read reviews of books before you checked them out. Yes, I love public libraries... but there is something very different in owning your own copy of a book.
Sometimes I order new when I've got over $25 in books and the shipping total for used would be more. Often I do order used. Even oftener I sell books on amazon.com that just didn't rock my world or that I don't think I could gift to a friend.
Recently I made an order from other sellers and from amazon.com.
Here are the three books that arrived today:
- Institute, The Guiran. It's a Baby Boy!: The Unique Wonders and Special Nature of Your Son From Pregnancy to Two Years
- Huggins, Kathleen. The Nursing Mother's Companion: Revised Edition
- Jana, Laura. Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality
And here are the titles that will arrive this week:
- Pantley, Elizabeth. Perfect Parenting
- Pantley, Elizabeth. Gentle Baby Care : No-cry, No-fuss, No-worry--Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby
As you can tell, there is a theme to this latest resource list! My friend Laura mentioned that she wished she'd read more parenting books, rather than just pregnancy books. I took this advice to heart. This time around, I revisited the books on pregnancy I'd bought 2 years ago, and read one additional. (I have a post started about these resources... reviews, recommendations, etc. based on the dozens of prego books I've read). When my husband asked if there was any book he should read about pregnancy or babies, I jumped at the chance to restock our bedside table library. I think I'll have him read the Heading Home... book first, and I'll read the Its a Boy! title first.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
-- Langston Hughes
This an excerpt from another poem I memorized as an elementary student. I am so glad that my first grade teacher and my gifted teacher selected great poems!