Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This is it.
A self-proclaimed lover of food, I'm sorry to disappoint with my pregnancy craving. I can't even say "cravings"; it's so sad! Whenever I used to imagine myself pregnant, I would automatically think about all the cheeseburgers I would eat. You see, I love cheeseburgers. Hands down my favorite food. I used to eat so many cheeseburgers in college, that I had to limit myself to one a week. Wednesday's became "Cheeseburger Day". Since I've been pregnant, I honestly think I've had one. I'm blaming this madness on my hormones.
Monday, December 8, 2008
8 Things About Me (tagged by Dara)
8 TV Shows I Watch
1. Project Runway
2. The Office
3. Six Feet Under (even though it's ended, I'm obsessed with this show)
4. Desperate Houswives
5. Brothers & Sisters
6. America's Next Top Model
7. Top Chef
8. John & Kate Plus 8
8 Favorite Restaurants
1. Fogo de Chao
3. The Firkin
4. Iron Starr
5. Thai Palace
6. Rose Angeli's
8. ANYTHING Mexican
8 Things That Happened Today (Last 24 hours. It's only 9:00. The most I've done today is hit the snooze way to many times before going to work)
1. Ate breakfast with my mom, brother, brother's fiance, and my husband in Norman (yesterday).
2. Fed roosters with my brother.
3. Tearfully said goodbye to my husband at the airport. He's starting a 5-week rotation in OKC.
3. Flew from OKC to St. Louis to Chicago.
4. Spent a couple hours chasing down a cab (not physically, on my neighbor's phone) because I left my cell phone in the backseat. It's my only form of communication. We don't even have a house phone. It's a panicky feeling to be 28 weeks pregnant, by yourself, without a phone.
5. Iced a sprained ankle.
6. Spent an hour walking around Target aimlessly.
7. Walked into work this morning wearing tennis shoes with my dress clothes. Yes, I'm one of those women and I hated myself the whole time. I just can't risk slipping and falling.
8. Gave a presentation at work. I was trying to make some jokes, but I was the only laughing at them.
8 Things I Look Forward To
1. A two week vacation in Oklahoma. I can't wait to spend time with friends and family.
2. Road trip with my sister/ Spending time with her.
3. My brother's wedding.
4. Visiting Sonny (my mom's mom).
5. Jason finishing his last rotation in January.
6. Jason's graduation. I'm so proud of him!
7. Having a baby.
8. Watching my mother become a grandmother.
8 Things I Wish For
1. To no longer spend time worrying.
2. The continuance of a healthy, happy marriage.
3. A healthy, happy baby.
4. To learn the plan and meaning behind difficult times.
5. A snow shoveling free winter (too late, I've already shoveled once).
6. Happiness and peace within my family.
7. To live every moment, in the moment.
8. Manolo Blahnik's (yes, I had to go there).
8 People I Tag
6. Katie H.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Jason and I are planning to rent a Christmas movie to watch over Thanksgiving break. We've brainstormed a few, but we need help. What are your favorite holiday movies?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Here are the latest ultrasound pictures of baby Lash. During all of the other ultrasounds, she was so active, but during this one she was asleep. We were able to see her face really well, and it was really exciting to see how much she's developed over the last five weeks. Everything is looking really good, and both of us are healthy. I'm so thankful that everything's going well, and I pray that they will continue to do so. It's amazing how much we love her already. Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing, and I can't believe that God has given us such a wonderful gift.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It's only November 20th, and yet I've already heard Alvin and the Chipmunks singing "Christmas, Christmas Time is Here." Is it really Chipmunks? Is it here?
According to a local Chicago radio station, it is. This particular station, which began the Christmas celebration on November 10th, plays Christmas music 24-hours a day through New Year's. Is it to early for this? My visceral response is, "YES!" But then I hear the sweet voice of Bing Crosby and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It evokes wonderful feelings of being at home with family. I'm torn.
Inevitably I will get annoyed. It's happened the past couple of years. There's a coworker of mine who will play the Christmas music station all-day, each and every workday. You can only hear "All I Want for Christmas is You" a few times before the annoyance sets in. I always end up feeling burnt out on Christmas music by the time Christmas actually gets here. It's so sad because I love Christmas music!
So the question I pose is this...Is it too early for the Christmas celebration to begin? Should we make it through Thanksgiving first? Am I so jaded by my coworkers 40-hour a week Christmas music marathon to see the beauty of it all? I don't know. But it looks like Christmas, Christmas time is actually here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Jason with his two grills (even though you can only see one).
The guys with the spread of food.
Meat, meat, and more meat.
The crew. Aren't the girls so cute?
I have to say that we love our neighbors. They are always bringing us food, asking us over for dinner, dropping off hand-me-down baby clothes, or stopping by to chat. We also love spending time with their girls. They are the sweetest! Yesterday, they were talking to the baby through my belly. The littlest girl said the she heard the baby talk. Apparently she said, "bah". Our baby is very advanced! Their family has become a big part of our life. We are going to miss them so much when we move.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
After a couple of days of waking up late and not running, I decided to switch up my routine and hit the gym after work. So last night I headed down to the school gym (where I work) and started my run on a treadmill. About a mile into it, I really had to use the restroom. This is not out of the norm, and I usually have to take at least two bathroom breaks during a 45-minute run. Since I wanted to save my treadmill, I put my iPod and my water bottle on the little magazine-holder-thingy to make it obvious that it was in use. I dart to the bathroom and dart back only to find about four guys hovered around my treadmill. After an explanation I came to understand that a guy (who missed my oh-so-obvious signals) stopped my machine to start his workout, until the others explained to him that it was still in use. No big deal, I explained. Then I said something I shouldn't have to the four of them.
"I'm pregnant so I have to pee a lot." The first guy turned around and walked away. The second guy had a blank stare on his face that began the minute I said "pregnant". The third guy laughed uncomfortably, and the fourth guy looked grossed out. I immediately stuck my headphones in my ears and continued to run in humiliation.
NOW, I didn't ask them to rub my feet, feel my stomach for the baby's movements, or ask them to discuss their pregnancy woes. The only thing I was looking for was a little understanding. AND, on top of that, all of these guys are in MEDICAL SCHOOL. I'm sure they've learned more about the human/female anatomy than I will ever hope (or not) to know in a lifetime. The word "pregnancy" should not freak them out.
As I was leaving, feeling like a total gross and disgusting pregnant dufus, my knight in shining armour arrived. One of Jason's classmates stopped me on my way out, and the conversations went like this:
Him: "Wow, I can't believe you're running. I guess you're trying to stay fit?"
Me: "Yeah, I'm just trying to stay as active as possible."
Him: (smiling) "You really look good up there."
Me: (smiling profusely) "Thank you."
I walked out of there feeling pretty darn good about myself. I'm sure he was referring to the fact that in spite of my bulging belly and swollen ankles, he was impressed that I was still able to lift my legs. But in my eyes, and I will continue to convince myself of this, he was telling me that I looked good. God bless him. There are still some good men out there who know how to make a swollen, and yes, pregnant lady feel good.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Yes, that's a drum. It's very important to travel with drums nowadays. Gena, I'm really sorry. I think this ended up at your house.
Friday, October 10, 2008
No, this isn't the way my belly looks now. Imagine this, plus 10 lbs., plus a beer gut, minus the beer. You now can imagine what my stomach looks like. I meant to have Jason take a picture before he left for Ft. Worth, but I forgot (more about the forgetfulness momentarily). This is a picture from when I was 19 3/4 years (maybe not exactly the correct age, but pretty darn close; I was in my freshman year of college at least). Abs, I miss you more than you know. I don't know if we'll ever be friends again, but I sure do hope so.
Now onto the intended post.....
I'm not sure if the title quote is from The Wizard of Oz or Wicked, but it doesn't matter. My life is whistling along to the tune of, "If I Only Had a Brain." Little did I know that when you get pregnant, your brain shrinks. My moment of enlightenment was when I was watching Dr. Oz on the Oprah show the other day. And I quote...
During pregnancy, Dr. Oz says a woman's brain shrinks by about 8 percent. "You don't lose cells. The cells get smaller," he says. "It might be because you're focused on one thing, but the good news is after you give birth, your brain begins to rewire quickly. … Your brain actually gets more powerful than before you got pregnant."
This past week has been especially brainless for me. I walk into the kitchen, and I forget what I went in there for. I'm sure it was for food, but I can't remember exactly what I wanted. I trail off mid-sentence and I forget what I'm talking about. I forget words; simple words at that. For instance, I continuously call strollers, roller coasters. Freudian slip? I don't think so. The baby is sucking my brains out.
So my plea is this. If you see me walking around, clueless and daydreaming, with a dash of abashment streaking across my face, please do the following. Hand me my ruby red slippers, tell me to grab Toto (to which I'm sure I'll reply, "I don't have a cat") and tell me to follow the yellow brick road. I'll happily oblige, skipping through the daydream singing, "We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful"...what's the rest of that song?
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is such great news. I nearly jumped out of the car when I saw the sign. I can't wait to get the Fiesta Spud and Jason really wants the Big Beef sandwich. It's the simple things in life people!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Now I had this whole elaborate plan of how I was going to post the exciting news, but while I was lying awake at 3 this morning, I changed that plan. I've decided to just go ahead and do like a FAQ's section and post some pictures of my belly. Before I start giving the details, I must warn you. My maternal instinct is only like a quarter-tank full at this point, so if I say something inappropriate or un-motherly I apologize now. Also, you must know that no matter what I say, I do have perspective on things. Even though I may not always have the best attitude about things, I'm very, very thankful.
So here are the typical questions I've been asked so far, and the answers I give (most of the time):
How far along are you/When are you due? I'm twelve weeks along and my due date is March 1st.
How are you feeling (with a grimaced expression)? I've definitely had all of the pregnancy symptoms. I don't need to explain, you know what they are. I must say that I am feeling better and I'm actually able to somewhat function in my life. But I'm tired all the time. I was on the couch last night, and I spent forty minutes trying to convince myself to put my dinner plate in the dishwasher. In the end, I decided it could wait until the morning. I'm still holding out hope for that day when I wake up and feel like a new person. That should be around the corner, right? Please? Help me!
Is Jason excited? Yes. He is beside himself. I've never seen him so happy or excited. When I took the positive pregnancy test, I was not that excited. In fact, there were tears, weeping on the floor, and lots of panicking. He is the one who grabbed me and assured me that we could do this. The shear joy on his face was enough to turn my mind around. I knew that we could do it. Throughout everything so far, he has been so supportive and loving. I haven't been the nicest person in the world to him (blaming the hormones), but he has been nothing but wonderful.
Are you still running? I think it's funny that I get asked this question, but I guess enough people in my life know that I love to run. The answer is yes (doctor approved), but I'm not running the same distance and I am much, much slower. I was training fervently for the marathon, but it got to the point where I was too exhausted to run as much. With much dismay, I decided to forego the marathon this year, but I will run in one the Fall after the baby is born. At this point I'm just trying to run 15-20 miles each week. Some weeks I do great, and some I don't. I've had to learn to really listen to my body and take it easy when I need to.
So that's pretty much it for right now. I have a couple of pictures below. The first picture is when I was six weeks along, and the second picture is of me this morning. And yes, I'm taking my own picture, so please excuse the up-close armpit shot. One more thing, Jason's in Oklahoma for four weeks (more details later) and so I'm holding up the fort here in Chicago. Keep us in your prayers.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Last Friday, Jason was sweet enough to take me to see Sheryl Crow in concert. After commuting for 3 hours that day (Jason not me), we made the hour drive to Milwaukee in enough time to enjoy a great dinner before the concert. We'd been hearing about this highly acclaimed German restaurant and decided to give it a try. Not to mention, I've been hearing about schnitzel from anyone and everyone who has ever had it. The dinner was very good. Who would have thought that a breaded piece of pork with lemon would taste so good? The picture to the right is the best I could get of the restaurant. I was a little embarrassed to use the flash and I'm in desperate need of some camera lessons.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I most definitely have Olympic fever...it's all that we've been watching at home. While I love the actual events themselves, I really enjoy hearing the personal stories of all the athletes. I sat on the couch the other night with tears pouring down my face when they did a story about Michael Phelps and his mother. So sweet! I am also really inspired by Dara Torres. I cannot believe that this woman is 41-years old and competing (competitively I might add) with women half her age. The first time they flashed a picture of her in a bikini, Jason and I looked at each other in disbelief. What a body! Granted, she trains all the time, but my goodness, she looks incredible. It makes you want to stop eating that brownie and find the nearest pool to swim laps. If this woman doesn't give you enough inspiration to hit the gym, I don't know what will.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I'm a huge fan of "The Office" and of the character, Dwight Schrute. I don't know if it can get any better than his character. I heard a great interview with Rainn Wilson on NPR yesterday and I thought I would share. The interview is about his childhood and early acting years. It's very interesting.
Here's the link. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93060074
One of my favorite Dwight quotes:
"I have been Michael’s number two guy for about 5 years. And we make a great team. We’re like one of those classic famous teams. He’s like Mozart and I’m like...Mozart's friend. No. I’m like Butch Cassidy and Michael is like...Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart? You’re gonna get a bullet in your head courtesy of Butch Cassidy."
Oh....I almost forgot! Coldplay was INCREDIBLE!!! I was so impressed with them. They played a good mix of their old songs and new songs. They were actually filming live footage for their next video, which was really cool. When the video comes out look for me. I'm the girl in the white shirt.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Here's my list of top concerts I want to see:
The Arcade Fire
and my guilty pleasure, Sheryl Crow (I'm going to her concert in August)
I wouldn't kick 'em out of bed for eating crackers list:
The Flaming Lips
If you don't already know how dorky I am, I will show you my true colors. In preparation for the concert tonight, I have been listening to all of the Coldplay albums for the past couple of months non-stop. This morning during my run, I listened to samplings of all the songs. I want to be prepared in case they need me to fill in tonight...and by they, I mean Coldplay, and by Coldplay, I mean Chris Martin.
Another side note, since I'm rambling anyway, I would highly advise against taking a swig of Pepto Bismol before running. I was trying to abate the damage done by the beans I had eaten the night before, but I think it added fuel to the flame. World War III was occuring in my very own stomach. I still don't know who won...It definitely wasn't me.
Monday, July 21, 2008
"That's my maiden name."
After a couple of apologies, I assured her that it was no big deal. It's funny when you get caught saying something you shouldn't. It's like the time I was at the zoo with Jason and we were looking at the monkey exhibit...my most favorite animal. There was a monkey who was missing a limb and I stupidly said, without first surveying the people around me, "Look he doesn't have an arm! He's like NEMO!!!" Jason nearly punched me because I didn't see a particular person standing a few feet away. (Don't worry, he didn't hear) To be quite honest, this kind of thing happens to me all the time.
I miss that last name. The laughter, the zit jokes, the prank calls asking for Mr. Blackhead or Ms. Pimple. The jokes are endless.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Does anybody else watch Jon & Kate Plus 8? I just started watching this show and I'm completely hooked. I usually don't watch TLC except for What Not to Wear, and I'll sometimes watch Little People, Big World, except I'll usually turn it off before an episode finishes because the dad really bugs me.... But anyway, I think this show is fascinating. If you haven't seen an episode, I highly suggest it.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This post is the sequel to: http://myblogmlashley.blogspot.com/2008/05/why-i-love-my-job.html
I'm doing some filing and I here from down the hallway, "Rubella-ella-ella..." He's back!! I walk down to the unprompted performance, and he's singing his hit tune to a co-worker of mine. After the first chorus, I hear her laugh and say, "That's good!" To which he replies, "No there's more." He sings the whole thing again, while I'm in my office, tears rolling down my face and choking back the laughter. I'm pretty certain he's "Rubella" drive-bying everyone at the University.