Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Note to others looking for future gifts for me... you can't go wrong with little satchels like this, especially in Amy Butler fabric.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Or because with pregnancy, remembering trivia for Jeopardy! has become fairly impossible.
Or because we don't have cable, and the program is up against two shows I can't stand - Deal or No Deal: 30 Minute Extra Cheesy Edition and Shouldn't-be-on-in-daylight-times-Family Guy.
But, those are just excuses. Really, I watch because...
- I love Vanna's prom dresses, however age-inappropriate they are.
- I think Pat is a huge dork, but he sure pulls off the spray tan and Hawaiian shirts.
- I usually guess the puzzle about six letters ahead of the puzzle solver.
- I think they are running out of ideas for their phrases... like for example: Around the House... Email account? Stale Potato Chips? what kind of phrases are those???
- I also know that you don't guess the typical CMD I for your letters in the bonus round. You've got to be way more clever and select less common letters, because you are guaranteed to get a bizarre puzzle to solve, and you don't want to miss the pair of Miatas for the prize!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We're talking BAD.
Don't waste your money bad.
So bad I usually give up and just horse around.
Or try to see the most bizarre shot I can do to jump over the water trap.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
For practical purposes, its nice to know if the package will arrive on a rainy day so you can check to see if its been tucked under a mat or round the corner of your house.
If you've ordered a fabulous new dress, its also helpful to planning your wardrobe for the rest of the week based around when the new item will arrive.
Or if you are shipping a gift you know when to expect an elated phone call from a friend who loved the package.
Of course, most technology I really love isn't practical. Its fun for me in some way. Knowing that my order will arrive from a shipping point in X amount of hours is sort of like a Christmas countdown. I can think about my little (or big!!) package being scanned and loaded onto a truck that will traverse the Rocky Mountains.
Its also sort of fun to see the UPS guy. We always have the same one, and he totally knows me after this summer. We've gotten so many online purchases and gifts in the mail (baby related, my online shopping boredom related, Husby's hobby related) that he knows how to pronounce our last name correctly as well as snippets of information (how long until the baby arrives, our hometown sports teams, that I enjoy swimming and thus order swimsuits from LandsEnd.com).
Thanks, Inventor of Track Package Feature. You rock!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I had some mashed potatoes at Ruby Tuesday recently, and since we've been experiencing downpour after rain shower, it just felt like Baked Potato Soup should come from my kitchen. Should be enjoyed by me. Should be made, even if in segments with naps in between.
Thus, the Baked Potato Soup appearance in summer. Rare occurrence around here! I also made a BLT using leftover biscuits, tomato, and bacon (duh) since Husby needs some meat with nearly every meal.
I researched a few recipes, since its summer time and hasn't been soup cooking weather for awhile. Here's one of the recipes that I sort of used, but didn't do the dill weed, and here's a whole slew of recipes for potato soup that I used for basic research purposes.
I was proud of myself for one super summertime energy saver... I used the slow cooker to bake the potatoes! I didn't even know that was possible, until a google search brought up a few results.
After giving 6 large potatoes a good scrubbing, I put them in my slow cooker for about 3 hours on high, and then a turned it off and let them rest for about two more hours. The result was a steamed potato, not unlike ones done in the microwave.
I found additional recipes that have the potatoes wrapped in foil or greased with oil, but I didn't try those. This worked out really, really well! I think if I used the low heat setting, I could leave them overnight or through most of a work day.
I have no pictures of my tasty soup, because it was gone all too quickly.
In fact, the large portion I set aside to freeze for another week was WASTED because I left the container on the counter overnight. Major bummer! I even called my chef sister and asked her to consult her chef friends about the possibility of salvaging this delicious delight. All bets were off. Boo.
Have you heard about this product?
Its a miracle treatment, pretty non-invasive. Def. better than having allergy meds fog up my day!
Here's a little You Tube video to demonstrate the product... because its really hard to explain. And really a weird thing to do.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Overall, I enjoyed this book a bit more than Confessions of a Shopaholic because I felt more sympathy/empathy towards the mess that Becky gets herself into this time. I enjoyed it more than most Meg Cabot books, but less than Kinsella's Remember Me? that I read earlier this month.
She is a smart girl, but perhaps more than that, she is very perceptive. When she had the opportunity to watch a kids' dance class, she brought a camera and took some footage. She was thoughtful enough to share it with the world on her blog.
I've GOT to share it with you. The kids are so cheerful and silly while they dance. Click on this link to see the movie!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By a pineapple that smells strongly of its own scent when you smell its base.
Hack off the top.
Slice its scales off down the sides.
Don't worry about coring it... you can cut around that part after grilling.
Slice the pineapple into hamburger-sized pieces and place on the grill.
Dependign on grill temperature and amount of burn you prefer, heat the pineapple thoroughly.
Enjoy this sweet treat!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On Sunday morning, we all went to Immaculate Conception Church. There was a fundraiser for the parish elementary school. Our family can't resist a good junk sale. Especially one with treasures like this!!
For a mere dollar, you could fill up a bag with as many different goodies as you chose.
Coffee mugs as far as the eye could see.
Loads of old tellys. Did they work? Hard to say. At least one had a mysterious, missing power switch.
Novelty books and videos, which make great gifts.
We filled up a baby bath tub (which we actually do intend to use for our infant!) with dollar goodies, which included numerous classic country and country Christmas cassette tapes, many children's books, a grease splatter cover, a few pieces of two small juice glasses that are identical to ones my parents have, and the Dancin' Grannies exercise tape. All for one dollar!!
I also bought a large green glass platter and two green glass bowls which match other green glass kitchenware I've procured from antique shops, auctions, and gifts. Though the platter was only $3 and the bowls $0.50.
Monday, July 20, 2009
From the kitchen... I'm making some more of the Portage Parmentier. Its so delicious. I think I'll keep some in the fridge and have that instead of hospital food! Its the ultimate comfort.
I am wearing... ha! I changed into PJs for a nap today, and the slip dress is so soft and doesn't touch my belly too much I don't want to change back into "real" clothes! However, I've been wearing the heck out of my most expensive preggo outfits - the ones I really love - because who knows when/if they'll see the light of summer again!
I am reading... Julie/Julia. I want to finish before I see the movie!
I am remembering... still not remembering... must have a list if I want anything to get done!
I am creating... my iTunes playlists ... I've got "calm labor" and "pumped UP labor" lists.
I am praying... for peace.
Around the house... Still need to vacuum!
A few plans for the rest of the week... attend Husby's softball games, go to last OB appointment, read, relax, find a pool to swim in, have a baby.
A picture thought to share with you:
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Everyone keeps asking, which is thoughtful... but, keep those prayers for a peaceful, hope filled labor and safe delivery coming.
At the very latest, we'll head to the hospital NEXT Sunday night at 7 pm for the Cytotec treatment.
I pouted to Husby, "Ugh! I am so hungry and so NOT hungry at the same time."
He asked thoughtfully, "What would make you feel better?".
I considered my options and said, "Fried zucchini. I would love some of that."
Tonight we invited some neighbors over for BBQ on our patio, and guess what? They are bringing FRIED ZUCCHINI! What are the chances?
Basic recipe for fried zuccs:
- Beaten eggs
- Salt and pepper
- Fine dry bread crumbs (my parents just used flour!)
- Oil for deep frying
Slice zucchini into "coins". Mix beaten eggs with a small amount of milk and season to taste with salt and pepper. Dip zucchini in egg batter and then in crumbs/flour. Heat oil and add zucchini. Fry until golden.
I looked online, and found other alternatives... such as adding Parmesan cheese to the mixture, baking in the oven, and using Japanese panko breadcrumbs. Since our guests are bringing them over, I can't really suggest the modifications... but the next time I made it, I probably do them in the oven similarly to the Eggplant recipe I have.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I still give it two thumbs up!
- thinly sliced leeks (3-4 large leeks)
2 quarts (4 cups) of water
kosher salt to taste
4 T. softened butter or 4-6 T. whipping cream
After slicing the leeks, soak them in a large bowl of water for a few minutes to remove the dirt and grit. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the leeks, place them in a large pot with the potatoes, water and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 - 50 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Julia instructions are to mash the vegetables with a fork, or to run the vegetables through a food mill. She specifically says to NOT run the soup through a blender, stating that the consistency would be too similar to baby food. I do not have a food mill, but I do have different sized sieves (colanders with micro-tiny holes). I strained the soup through this, leaving some small chunks.
Now, taste the soup for seasoning, adding more salt if needed. At this point, you can set aside the soup until you are ready to serve it. When ready to serve, reheat to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the cream or butter (I used real, salted butter).
We had a bit of leftover sweet corn which I added to one of the bowls of soup. Pretty tasty!
I was really tempted to add an onion or garlic clove, but I didn't ... they would have tasted delicious in this soup, but I wanted to maintain INTEGRITY to the recipe. I never follow recipes, but today I did!
- Ice Tea Maker
- Apple Slicer/Corer
- Melon Baller
- Compost container for food scraps
- Mr. Klean Magic Eraser - gets burn on goo off of skillets!
- Furi Mincing Tool
- I decided to think some more and add to this...
Note: Mom, maybe we did have these and I never helped in the kitchen enough to know!
Second Ultrasound for Ava, late June 2007
Perhaps the 20th ultrasound done on Baby H, mid July, 2009
Its a tough place to be in, emotionally and physically. I don't know how to express exactly what I feel, what I need, or what I want. I feel sort of like I am just riding the waves of the emotions, not really getting anywhere. Should I still be grieving during a time of anticipated job? Should I focus all positive energy towards this healthy birth and downplay the the other experiences?
I am in a tough place tonight.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I keep ice cream in the freezer now, which feels like living on the edge! It also saves me from the compulsion of "I have to go to DQ right now for ...." because I know I can have just a bit now, or later, or whenever. So I don't obsess. Which is a good thing!
Lately, this has been my "Later at night - I don't want to get heart burn - must take some sort of food with my Nexium - its so dang hot" treat.
Edy's Slow Churned Vanilla Bean with Nestles Mini Morsels poured on top and mixed thoroughly. This should be a flavor!
I hate those skanky chocolate flakes some ice creams do. Just give it up. They aren't chocolate. They are waxy, brown things. Ew.
I also must have some crunch to my ice cream, otherwise, its juts not worth it. That's why I keep chocolate chips in the freezer... not because I ever bake cookies. Just for treats such as this.
Close follow up to my favorite treat, when I need less substance but still the cold: Pop Ice!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We found out its a "known issue" with our make and model of laptop. Suck! In fact, the company extended the warranty because there are so many problems. Thus, we are shipping it to get it repaired, which may mean getting an entire new hard drive.
I've been backing up all the files, a REALLY tedious and dull job, and scheduling blog posts until we're back and connected to the world wide web.
Don't worry... we'll borrow a laptop for the delivery to upload photos of the new baby! Unless, of course, the computer technician makes quicker work than I do!
Its a little more detailed and cheerful that last night's. I was depressed after the appointment, which is no mood to do any sort of writing. Instead, I moped around, shopped for cleaning products at Lowe's (but didn't actually clean anything!), yelled at Husby, and then asked him for forgiveness.
Tonight has got to be awesome in comparison. Especially for my bathroom, which is crying out for organization and a thorough clean!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I treated myself to a Tall Light Blend Mocha Frap (with the chocolate drizzle and whip, despite it being low-fat). It was heavenly! Starbucks aka Fivebucks will be a luxury from now on I am sure. Not because I won't need the caffeine, but because I can't fork over five bucks all the time! I think that chapter of my life - the one that saw me running to Memorial Union to get a frap while I studied or spent time with MU friends - is closing. Goodbye, frappy Mrs. Haid. (I guess I wasn't Mrs. Haid then... I was Ms. Douglas. So I guess that curtain closed four years ago!)
However, after a particularly rigorous aqua fitness class, I'd say that my shin splints are way worse than the labor pains. So annoying and painful that I'd ask for an epidural IMMEDIATELY to relieve the pressure on my tibia. Oh yeah, and the baby's head pressure. But mostly the exercise induced fatigue!
Something I've noticed just this week is how much more friendly black women are to me while I am pregnant. More friendly than other race women. More friendly to me than when I was not not pregnant (or visibly so). Especially African American women who are older than 40. They stop me in the store to chat or take a very long time ringing up my order or providing some other form of customer service (banking or other clerk jobs). The only exceptions are L&D nurses... I've been running into them at various places in the community, too, and they've been little rays of sunshine as well.
Though its only 9 pm, I'm super exhausted. So is Husby. I hope that we turn in early and cuddle or read. Or that he suggests a back massage (giving, in this wish) and I can read more of Shopaholic and Sister.
There is a website called Diapers.com which sells lots of infant and parenting products, usually with super fast free shipping and bulk pricing. It often has sales, has pretty good customer review sections to help you be more informed with your purchase, and offers more selection on some items than Walmart or a drugstore.
When you sign up, you get an automatic 10 percent off your first purchase when you use the code 10percent, and you also can get an additional 10 dollars off your order if you use the promotional code BETH8072. Plus the free shipping.
I think this website has pretty fair prices, but definitely leans heavily towards plastic diapers and disposable other baby goods. It was helpful for me to read the different reviews for nursing products, as well as some of the baby gear products. It does ship just as quickly as a site I find more useful - CottonBabies - so I bet there is a store in St. Louis that ships the products. For both stores, I've placed an order on one afternoon and received the parcel by the very next day.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Yeah, the website is chock-full-o-resources, but I love having a paper copy, too.
Oh, if you are my sister with red hair, don't order it for yourself. (Sorry blonde sister and other friends whom I wanted to order this for you, too - I could only order one subscription...)
This morning's purchase... Soothies, Medela Quick Clean bags (per Abby's suggestion!), Indian Prefolds (already have the Chinese style) and Medium Bummis SWW (aleady have coves in newborn and small size, so I'm planning way ahead), Aden and Anais muslin wraps (love the one that Ann bought in dino print), Nellie's Laundry Soda, and a few random prefolds I wanted to try from this company.
I did have a few other orders placed in shopping bags scattered around the world wide web, but I
I know that I'll really have to curb this coming up SOON. I am going to be in charge of Haid Family Finances soon, and there just isn't a budget for Online Shopping (yet, anyway... I do have some job prospects coming up... I could maybe fund some of my wishes... ). I'm also going to try to steer us back on track with our Dave Ramsey-ultra-money-saving-plush-retirement plan... and I bet Dave would tell me to get out of the house and find a new hobby! (What do you think, Chrissy?)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I kind of know things I want to bring. Kind of.
I've read Whitney's blog; she's a girl who's been about 6 weeks ahead of me throughout pregnancy. Its been great because she freaks out about things like me, too. And is into theme-y things, like nurseries. Here's the list of recommendations she asked for for hospital bag packing and other topics. Then a few months later she forgot what she asked (SO much like me) and got another list of tips for packing.
So... is there something you'd recommend I pack that you don't think I'll think about?
PS... I already have been thinking of charging up my iPod, camera batteries, and phone...
PPS... I feel super stressed about this, this whole thing. Ah!!!
This cutting board is Kitchen Aid. At the time I was chopping the cilantro, I'd already used the wooden one that comes with it when I chopped the chicken, and was too lazy to disinfect it!
I have only cut myself with it once, this month actually, as I was being a bit careless and going super quick to prepare for a catered meal. The blade was so sharp that I didn't feel pain at first! I think the sharpness is an asset, though there is no real blade cover to protect oneself from the blades when you are cleaning or storing the product. So, I guess this product sounds a little dangerous, what with 2 really sharp blades, but honestly, I've cut myself nearly every time I go to chop veggies when I use a regular large knife, so this has saved me MANY band aids and lots of time!
The other negative thing I've experienced is the distance between the two blades is a perfect place for potatoes and onions to wedge into. Its difficult to get them out! I've solved this problem by cutting the veggie into a slightly different shaped chunk to prevent it from becoming lodged in between the very sharp knives.
I'd recommend this as a purchase for a gift for someone who enjoys cooking or kitchen gadgets and is low on kitchen storage. I think its pretty affordable, and you can find it online at many websites, such as this one. Stores that carry Rachael Ray kitchen products often have this.
They are very trendy these days, so much so that the hospital I will use actually gives a form to all clients. I felt a little surprised, because the midwife-y model books I'd been reading on birth have intimated that hospitals don't like moms to have a game plan and often coerce one into a patient-model of care.
So, I've been thinking A LOT of what I'd like my birth plan to be. As a rule, I like to have big things planned out... at least big picture planned... so I can envision what will happen, how I can react, what everything will look like, and how I can cope with changes. I know that this birth planning isn't like wedding planning. Or dinner planning. Or vacation planning.
Birth plans must be flexible and are due to revision by the health care team and by myself, if what I had planned just won't happen flawlessly due to emergency health issues or preferences I might have.
Since I haven't been in a L and D situation, its pretty tough to fill out a birth plan. I don't know exactly what I will want. Luckily, the Discovery Health Channel and numerous birthing books have given me examples of births and I feel like I have read or seen most scenarios. Back when we had our free cable trial, I DVRed Birth Day, A Baby Story, I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant, Deliver Me, and some scary emergency room birth shows. Husby made me delete them after I had spent weeks on the couch, gaping, and using words like Cytotec, meconium, and HELLP syndrome in regular conversations, as if they were common delivery words.
So... I've got two birth plans... Birth Plan A (A for All Kinds of Interventions ) and Birth Plan B (B for Bring It On, I'm Brave).
I'll share those with you sometime soon.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I've been disconnected from my laptop for over a day. Which wasn't horrible, or anything.
I did have some questions I wanted to ask Google, such as this one and this one and this one. I also had a few bloggy ideas I wanted to jot down and put into my saved posts bin to sort out another day...
But, it wasn't bad or anything being w/o laptop time.
Until someone texted me and asked if the baby was here because I wasn't available online for FB, email, chats, blog posts...
So, to clear it up... I am still with child.
I'd like to prove it to you, but I can't figure out how to operate the webcam. I think its messed up along with the wireless... so I'll have to take a for-realsies photo tomorrow.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- I just edited my underwear drawer (yes, again, I did it in the 5th month...) to fit my growing needs (haha). I am hoping to avoid the sad feeling of putting on too small a pair or thinking, "Really? Should a mom-to-be wear THAT?"
- My naps can come earlier in the day. Today, around 10:30 am. Until about 1 pm.
- Giving up trying to sleep in. Giving up trying to go to bed at a regular time. Sleep is an elusive minx.
- Bought a cheesecake. A mixed chocolate variety one. Planning to eat a piece a day.
- Realize I'm fighting a losing battle against abdomen skin disfiguration. I've been faithful with Palmer's lotions and potions, but now I see that my skin just can't grow fast enough or be elastic enough for this big baby.
- Accepted the fact that I have stretch marks forming (and two that are CLEARLY formed) on the underside of my belly, but delight in the fact that I can only see them if I am looking in a mirror that includes my lower torso. So happy they aren't on the top of the belly!
- No longer squirm when people ask inappropriate bodily function questions at inappropriate times. I say, "Yeah, I just don't feel comfortable talking to you about that." Or else I give some other extraneous detail to make THEM feel uncomfortable.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Taken July 4, 2009
Also, I think I usually look nervous in the preggo photos that are taken of me... like... how will this look? So I am always making a scardy or anxious face. Not the case for this photo!
- Weekly visits to the OB that include non-stress tests, blood pressure monitoring, and ultrasounds on a baby who REALLY looks like a baby, not just a bean or alien or something.
- Buy a whole cheesecake - the chocolate medley kind - and eat what you want. Put the rest in the freezer and have some to celebrate when you have a baby.
- Buy things off Craigslist for baby. They'll throw in all kinds of freebies since they want to get rid of it. Its like a yard sale coming packaged in a trash bag right to you.
- Sleep on the couch and wake up only during the interesting parts of Oprah.
- You don't have to talk or joke or be amazing with people. If you are like a zombie, you are still treated normally and doted upon.
- Someone might cheer for you when you are taking a walk around your neighborhood. Or clap. True story.
- Go buy something that fits you. I fuchsia shorts and a grape shirt, both are the Target Champion brand that wick away the massive amount of sweat I have, and cover up my new XL size. Just going to the store to get it feels like a shopping spree because it takes so much longer to walk from the car to the clothes and back again.
I was quite pleased with this book. I checked it out on Thursday, hoping to find a calm, funny, frivolous read to distract me from annoying contractions, my swollen extremities, and general sleep difficulties plaguing my pregnant self.
This book has a pretty familiar tune... girl with a crappy life and physical flaws in appearance wakes up from a car crash with amnesia. She wakes up with a perfect lfe and no physical flaws. She is shocked to discover she has a storybook life - hottie for a husband, a magazine style home, and an executive position. She can't remember how she attained this lifestyle, and is thus forced to solve the puzzle of her past.
I know, sounds like a made for TV movie. Well, if it were a made-for TV movie, I'd watch this one! The author's style is light and fresh and uses less predictable action to advance the plot. I preferred the main character to Kinsella's hugely famous Rebecca Bloomwood (portrayed by Amy Adams in the film). I think I'd cast the role of Lexi Smart to a mid 90s Julia Roberts or perhaps a quirkier actress, like Ann Hathaway.
This book exceeded my expectations because it also was a happy story and made me feel like a happy reader. While not a piece of prize literature, I'd give this an A for a summer beach read... considerably higher than other frivolous books I've read this summer!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Here's a little movie of my family's Independence Day activities.
Usually, we spend the 4th in different towns doing different activities, or we have a BBQ. We did something different this year... wehad never gone as a family to Springfield, so we did. My mom arranged it all, which was really kind of her. We stayed at an interesting resort hotel and sat in the special box seats at the town's minor league game. The weather was mild, around 80 degrees, and the rain held off until after the firework show. The best parts of the weekend were the funny jokes, the REALLY good fireworks. and swimming. The all you could eat nachos were pretty good, too!
I will miss her, especially because she'll be gone during the delivery of Baby H, and she would have really spoiled me with all kinds of treats! I am excited for her to have such a BIG experience during the summer of her grad school years.
I hope her career will be inspired by this trip and that India will be inspired by her!
I'm praying for your safety, comfort, and experiences!