Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Road Trip: Whitehead Style


My sister has been with me for the past couple of days, and it's been so great to have her here. She's been on the Pac Rim trip with OC for the past three months and it' so good to have her back! We are spending the next couple of days driving to Oklahoma and I'm really looking forward to it. Nothing but the road, a rental car, some movies, my swollen ankles and two Whitehead girls who are profoundly great with directions*.   It started snowing today, and we're expected to get about 4 inches of snow tonight. I love the Midwest* and I can't wait to shovel my car out tomorrow morning*. I'm also excited about the fact that the roads are so bad that I had to miss my hair appointment tonight*. 
I'm hoping that the weather will be kind to us throughout our drive. Please say a little prayer for us as we travel. Looking forward to seeing ya'll in Oklahoma! 

*Please insert sarcasm.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One is the lonliest craving


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

My First Tag

This is good, this is very good. I've been so behind lately with the whole blogging thing. There will be more to come.

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
2. Charleston's
3. The Firkin
4. Iron Starr
5. Thai Palace
6. Rose Angeli's
7. Chili'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
1. Holly
2. Lynn
3. April
4. Myra
5. Marcy
6. Katie H.
7. Jill
8. Tams

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Suggestions please!

After very little debate, we finally made our decision. We went with a movie that we don't ever watch. While we love, Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf, etc., we watch them all the time...year round I would say. So this year we're watching Little Women. I L-O-V-E this movie, and Jason is in L-O-V-E with Winona Ryder. Win-win.


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

Sweet, Little Poser



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. 
Oh, and she's definitely a girl! The ultrasound tech was able to tell because she wasn't being very modest. But I guess there's not too many wardrobe choices in there...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ya'll ready for this?


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

Week 25: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes


If I could have a theme song with this post it would be David Bowie's "Changes". I feel like over the past couple of weeks I've been entertaining the fact that I might be pregnant. Now I'm convinced. I actually feel pregnant. I huff and puff when I walk up the stairs, I huff and puff when I get up from any sort of comfortable seating, and I huff and puff when I lean or bend over. But the fun part is, I feel the baby move quite a bit. I love her little hiccups and sometimes I swear she's moving furniture around in there. Maybe it's all the reality shows I watch that she has absorbed. I think she's been inspired by Top Design to make her space a little more feng shui, hence, the moving furniture. If she comes out saying "auf wiedersehen, mwah, mwah," we'll know I've been watching too much Project Runway too.

I can't believe that I've been pregnant for six months, and I can't believe that we are going to meet her in a few short months. I go between feeling overjoyed and terrified. That's normal, right? I can't believe they're going to let us bring a baby home. I feel so unprepared, but I know that we'll be able to figure it out. I'm right, right? In spite of the anxiety I feel at times, I'm so thankful. I wouldn't change it for anything. I can't wait to meet the little one.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Smoke-lahoma

Jason did some major BBQ-ing yesterday. It's one of his favorite things, which coincides with a day full of football. Yay... Jason woke up really early, got all of his gear and the food prepared, and the grilling bonanza commenced. We invited our neighbors to join in, and they added a delicious brisket into the mix. Ironically enough, the rub they used to flavor the brisket is a recipe called "Smoke-lahoma", so of course it was delicious. Here's the laundry list of grilled foods: brisket, pork loin, ribs, and jalapeno poppers. Since our menu was a little protein heavy, I made mashed potatoes, lemony biscuits, and gooey-chocolate cake. It was quite the feast, and it was very filling. I swore off food forever. Too bad that promise only lasted a few hours...

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

New Thanksgiving Tradition

Jason and I have spent the last two years in Chicago, alone over Thanksgiving. It may sound like I'm complaining, but I'm not! It's actually given us a chance to start making our own Thanksgiving traditions. Last year, we decided not to attempt a turkey (I'm scared to make turkey for some reason), and we went for the beef tenderloin instead. This is the recipe that we tried, and it is absolutely the best! I cannot tell you how good it is! Okay, I'll calm down. I'm getting annoyed with my use of the exclamation point. 
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to our new cooking tradition, the Thanksgiving Beef Tender. Even if you don't make this for your own Thanksgiving, I would highly suggest giving it a try sometime. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
2 pounds beef tenderloin (the butt end), tied with kitchen string
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
Special equipment: heavy duty aluminum foil

Instructions:
Prepare a heavy baking dish that is as close to the size of the beef tenderloin as possible by making an aluminum foil "basket" for it to sit in. It is very important to use heavy duty aluminum foil. Place 2 or 3 pieces of foil into the dish and put the beef tenderloin on top of it, leaving enough hanging over the edges of the dish to really wrap up the meat.

Rub the garlic over the entire tenderloin and season really, really well with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the butter pieces evenly over the beef. Drizzle with Worcestershire and lime juice. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Adjust the oven rack to the highest point and preheat the broiler. (I used to sauce pan to place underneath the baking dish to prop up the beef closer to the broiler). Place the pan right underneath the broiler and broil for about 8-10 minutes. (It will look like the flames are burning or touching the meat, but that is fine). Carefully pull the pan out and turn the meat over. Broil for about another 5-7 minutes or until cooked to desired doneness. (When the meat is done under the flame, it will look like it is burned, but it's not). Wrap it up very tightly in the foil and let it stand to cook inside the foil on the kitchen counter for about another 1.5 hours.

Whisk together the sour cream and horseradish and season with salt and pepper. Slice the meat and serve with sour cream mixture on the side.

Enjoy!

I must give credit where credit is due. This is a recipe from Bobby Flay's wife, Stephanie March. It's name is "Kathy Baker's Beef Tender".

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What you can expect

Last night Jason and I made the 50-minute trek to Palatine, IL (aka, "The middle of nowhere") to pick up our newly repaired camera at the UPS place. I'm so excited to have it back!! So in the next few days, expect a blogging/photography explosion. We have a lot to catch up on, people!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'll just hold it next time.

Normally I work out in the mornings, but I've been going through this weird phase lately of forgetting to set my alarm clock. So I've been waking up on my own with plenty of time to get dressed for work, but not enough time to work out. (Can you make Freudian slips through your actions?)

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

Wish I had a camera for this...

I've been walking around all morning with a glob of oatmeal stuck to my chest...really close to my collarbone. Not on my shirt, but on my skin. I'm a mess, and obviously so ravenous that I don't have the patience to make the connection between my mouth and food.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Break out the Stilettos, Baby

I had my 20-week ultrasound last Friday, and as I mentioned in my earlier post, I was hoping for the definitive answer to whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Well, so far I've had 3 out of 3 answers stating that it's more than likely a girl. So for the time being or until we know otherwise, we're having a girl!! Let me insert that if we find out we're having a boy, we will still be overjoyed. The only problem being that the poor thing might get a little confused as to why his clothes are pink and very girly.

Here are a few pictures of the ultrasound. I know this looks like every other ultrasound picture out there, but it's exciting all the same!

She was very active during the ultrasound...doing flips, extending her legs, playing with her ears and nose. Just what every future parent wants to see. Towards the end of the ultrasound, I think she wanted her privacy, because she continuously kept doing the "talk to the hand" motion; over and over. We were cracking up. Here's a picture of that sweet little hand. I'm sure this is a sign of things to come.



And for the podiatrist in all of us, a picture of her feet.
Just on a side note. I had a little mishap with my camera, and it is currently being fixed. Thank goodness for the warranty! I have some great pictures from the weekend with my mom, and I'll post them as soon as I get my camera back. In the meantime, I might take a little blog hiatus until I feel inspiration to post something without pictures. Have a great week!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 20- Debbi's here!


This is how I found my mother when I came home from work today. The contents of my pantry strewn across my kitchen counter, basement cleaned, clothes in the laundry...and did I mention I only worked a half-day? This woman can accomplish in a few hours what takes me days to do. She's amazing!! It has been the best thing having her here. I can't tell you how happy it makes me. It's good to be a kid again.

We had a great day today. She went with me to Babies R Us and took me grocery shopping. She's now in the kitchen making taco soup, pot roast, her famous noodles, mashed potatoes, and TWO desserts for my birthday tomorrow. Gooey chocolate cake and cherry pie. I'm a lucky girl.

I have my 20 week ultrasound tomorrow, and I'm very excited. We know what we're having, but I'm a little scared to reveal the gender on my blog. What if the baby was hiding something or something was protruding that shouldn't have been? Anyway, I'm looking to get the "second opinion" tomorrow. Stay tuned. Here's my 20 week picture.





Wednesday, October 15, 2008

See ya!

This picture can only mean one thing. Jason's leaving again...Well actually, he already left. This post is a little belated, but better late then never. For the next four weeks he is doing a rotation in Ft. Worth. I love to watch him pack because he's one of the fastest and most efficient packers I've ever met. He can fit more stuff into a car; it's really amazing. Case and point, this picture.


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.


My sweet husband before he left. I just have to say how proud of him I am. I know that he has done this for us, and I am so grateful. School has been really difficult, but it's been worth it. Moving away has shaped our marriage in ways that never would've happened otherwise. God knew it was exactly what we needed. I can't believe that we've almost made it to graduation. I can't wait to see what's in store.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Week 19 3/4- It's time to see the Wizard now


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

Promised myself I would never do this


What is it, you may ask? When I was still living at home, it would drive me crazy when my mom would fill up the soap dispenser with water to make that last little bit of soap accessible. Why? Not knowing any better, I purely thought it was cheap. Why couldn't you just buy new soap? Why try to use it all??
Now I get it. Groceries are expensive and I want to get every last drop out of everything we buy. I'm turning into my mother.

Monday, October 6, 2008

I just had to scream.

I'm so excited because we are getting one of these. There are not too many things here that bring the comforts of home, food-wise that is. We don't have Sonic, Taco Bueno, Braum's, or Chick-fil-a. The one place we go when we're homesick is Bahama Breeze, but I hear there's not one of those in Oklahoma anymore.

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

Martha Stewart, I'm Not

I love this time of year. The air feels crisp and the leaves are starting to change. Fall is definitely my favorite season to decorate for. I had a small budget to spend on decorations this year, so I hit Walmart, Michael's, and our local farmer's market. Here's what I came up with.

The centerpiece for the dining room: The basket is from Walmart, the garland from Michael's, and the gourds and pumpkins from the farmer's market.

Another view.

The front porch. Everything came from Walmart except the gourds and the mums. Can you believe the scarecrows were only $3 each? So cute!

Up close.

This is my favorite find. I love this cat, even if it's eyes are a little close together.


I'm no Martha Stewart, but that's okay. I had so much fun decorating for my favorite time of the year.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nights in Rodanthe....Early Bird Style

I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to post a picture from the movie, but it didn't work. Sorry if it's not as interesting. 

I had a tough day at work yesterday...make that a really tough week. I came home and I was completely exhausted, emotionally and physically. Jason and I had discussed going to a movie later that night, but when he saw my state, he knew a movie would immediately cheer me up. So instead of going to the 7:45 flick, we made it to the 5:00 show. To be extra nice, he forewent his movie choice of "Tropic Thunder" for my choice, "Nights in Rodanthe." When we got to the theatre, I had the irking feeling that we chose the wrong movie. We were younger than everyone in the audience by at least thirty years. Not that I don't love that crowd, I do! I just took it as a bit of an omen. This movie was long, overly dramatic, and really sad. It was so cheesy that tears weren't even necessary on my part, but what can I say, I'm pregnant.  I literally sat there and bawled for about 30 minutes (yes, the sad part went on for over 30 minutes). My eight pounds lighter, non-pregnant self floated above me and was mocking me. No matter how much I hated myself for crying, I could not stop it. Oh well, at least I had an excuse for the tears. 

To make matters worse, there were three 13-year old girls that snuck in after the movie started. Not a movie for kids!! I could hear their internal dialogue so clearly. "This isn't anything like 'The Notebook'! Trust me, I was thinking the exact same thing. 

My husband sat through the whole thing, the bawling, the cheesy movie, and the early bird special just to make me happy. Very sweet. But next time, I'll go with his movie choice.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I'm so excited


...and I just can't hide it. No, I'm not hopped up on caffeine pills, Jessie Spano; I just cannot wait for the season premiere of The Office tonight!!! I can't wait. I can't wait. I can't wait.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Benefits of Running While Pregnant

I've been doing research (and by research I mean searching the web) about running while pregnant. Basically I just want to learn about the benefits of running and I'm looking for inspiration to continue training. Also, I want to have some ammunition when someone inevitably says, "Should you be doing that?" I can say, "Why, yes. You wouldn't believe what this does for the placenta! " Can you imagine that poor person's face?

Anyway, I found this great sight called Running Skirts. They have this great page devoted to pregnancy running with the best pictures of women running 5K's, half-marathons, and marathons, of course while pregnant. Very inspirational! I wanted to post the benefits, because I thought it was very interesting. I know this may be boring to most, but it is very encouraging to me. And as always, I encourage all of you to exercise...pregnant or not. The benefits far out way the difficulties. Here's what I found!

There is a lot of research about the safety and benefits of running during pregnancy for both mom and baby, some of these include:

Healthier Moms:
-Regular exercise during pregnancy builds stamina and prepares & strengthens muscles and body for delivery
-Running during pregnancy reduces fatigue, nausea and constipation 
-Maternity exercise has been proven to help prevent gestational diabetes
-Maternity fitness contributes to shorter labor & less delivery complications
-Fit mommies have fewer c-sections
-Running moms also experience less lower back pain
-Moms to be who exercise also have less swelling of extremities

Happier Moms:
-Regular exercise and/or running promotes well being a less postpartum depression
-Pregnancy fitness regimens lead to quick recoveries & return to pre-pregnancy weight
-A fit mom has less anxiety & stress related to pregnancy
-Better sleep, less insomnia

Yummy Mummies:
-Running during pregnancy prevents excessive weight gain
-Cardio exercise during pregnancy increases blood flow to skin = healthy glow
-Pregnant running improves posture & appearance
-It just makes you look & feel better!
-A regular moderate running program leads to increased energy in the first and second trimesters
-Maintaining fitness during pregnancy helps moms regain pre-pregnancy body quicker
-Running and other moderate impact exercise leads to less development of varicose veins

Happier Babies:
-A regular pregnancy fitness regimen better prepares baby for transition from womb
-Pregnancy running increases blood circulation & placental efficiency
-Running while pregnant also increases newborn baby's capacity to self calm & self quiet

Healthier Babies:
-Regular exercise decreases baby fat without decreasing normal growth
-Cardio fitness leads to increased blood flow from placenta which supplies nutrition & oxygen to the fetus

Smarter Babies:
-Mommies who run have increased fetal movements, which studies have shown leads to quicker development of oral skills

Thursday, September 18, 2008

16 1/2 Week Update


Yes, I'm pulling out the 1/2. I'm like a little kid who wants to get their birthday exactly right.
It's definitely time for a Baby-Lash update. Everything is going really well. I feel better and better everyday, and it helps now that Jason is back home. I have him here for three more weeks before he's off to Ft. Worth for a month. Glamorous life, I know. My belly's starting to get a little bit bigger, and safety pins have become my friend. My regular clothes are still fitting, but my work pants are a little tight in the waist. The safety pins are holding it all together right now. Again, what a glamorous life. By the way, I must apologize for the pictures of me with no makeup and in my workout clothes. For some reason, I only think to take belly pictures after a workout.
I must say that this pregnancy thing is starting to grow (pun intented) on me. This is probably the most peaceful and calm I have felt in my entire life. It's funny how that calmness is so beautifully juxtaposed against the stress of my day to day life--being away from the comforts of home, stressful job, husband away... I guess I feel like this was just meant to be. This is God's plan and I'm learning not to fight it. The one quote that I have posted everywhere in my life (at work, at home, tattooed on my arm...not really) is something that I found the day after I found out I was pregnant, and it is just so beautiful.
Wherever you are, the world will rise up to meet you.
For me, this is really powerful and infinitely true. We are always given the tools, the situations, and the people we need to make it through anything. That is peace.
Totally off the subject, but I need some solicited advice. What prenatal vitamins did you all take during pregnancy? All the brands I have tried make me puke. So much for peace.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Best Valentine's Day Ever




No, it's not Valentines' Day, but I have to tell my favorite Valentine's Day story. By the way, this story isn't totally random, just sort of. Let me explain my train of thought. We are babysitting my friend's dog, Bailey, while my friend and her husband are out of town. I love it when animal's names are human names, especially when one such dog's name is Abby...


Valentine's Day about 5 years ago. I hate Valentine's Day...even when there's someone to celebrate with. I was living with Jayna at the time and we decided to have some people over to have a non-traditional, non-celebratory sort of celebration for the dreaded day. We were inviting a bunch of people, and we decided to invite Jason. He had just gotten off the road and he was really tired, but I thought I could entice him with an exciting piece of news. We had a girl for him to meet!! (You have to understand at this point, Jason and I were strictly friends. In fact, I think my boyfriend at the time was at this charade too.) I explained that the girl was short and petite, with dark hair and dark eyes; just his type...oh, and her name was Abby. A little while later, Jason shows up, freshly shaven, showered, and looking mighty handsome for his new date. He looks at Jayna and me, giving us the "where is she?" eyes. At that moment, Jayna opens up a kennel, and out pops a petite, dark-haired, dark-eyed dog. Abby actually belonged to Jayna's parents and she was babysitting for the weekend. Mean, I know. But Jason had a really good sense of humor about it. I feel bad even writing about this story, but it really was funny. I need to go home and bake him some cookies or something. Poor guy! I put him through so much.

Friday, August 29, 2008

So long, farewell


I won't miss you at all Chicago! The next few days will be bliss.

Monday, August 25, 2008

GIRL!...

"...Those hips will never go back down."

Thank you for all of your terrifying comments random people. I'm scared enough as it is.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lunchables Madness

I was at the grocery store today, which is very exciting because the past two months of shopping trips have consisted of vomiting, queasiness, and feeling faint. I swear that the food had eyes and were taunting me to eat them. I still get a little wobbly around the meat section, but I'm getting better.

While strolling through the aisles, there was a product that was like a bright and shining beacon--Lunchables. I was pulled into the section like a magnet and stood there and stared at all of the options. I chose and turkey and cheese lunchable and made a beeline for the checkout stands. While the cashier was checking me out, I asked her to leave the lunchable out so that I could keep it in my purse (like you would gum or water); she looked at me like I was a little weird, but I couldn't care less. While eating my stackable snack in the car, a few things dawned on me. A.) I probably shouldn't be eating the turkey meat, but I figured that it wasn't real turkey meat anyway, B.) I hadn't had a lunchable since I was in elementary school, on a field trip at the zoo, and C.) I was eating a lunchable in my car. What is happening to me? 

Friday, August 22, 2008

Love This


Can I tell you how happy this makes me? All of my "Notebook" fantasies are becoming a reality again.  You two are birds, you belong together.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A small, but growing update

I have a little announcement to share with all of you out there in the blogosphere. For most of you who read my blog, this won't come as much of a shock because you already know the news. And actually there are only like 5, maybe 6 people (my friends who already know) who read my blog, so I guess I won't truly be shocking anyone. So here it goes... Since there aren't enough Lashley's in this world, Jason and I have decided to make our contribution. We are expecting a baby.

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.

6 weeks




12 weeks



Thursday, August 14, 2008

First Schnitzel & Sheryl Crow


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.
After dinner, we headed over to the concert. I must say that after going to the Coldplay concert a few weeks prior, I was shocked by the differences between the two. Coldplay played to a packed house. There was not an empty chair...even during the opening acts. There had to have been at least 20,000 people there and it was quite an intense crowd. Hence, Sheryl Crow. When we walked in about 15 minutes before she played, let me just say that we didn't have any trouble finding our seats on the floor. NO ONE was there. There were like two die-hard James Blunt fans (her opening act) who were on their feet singing "You're Beautiful" like it was the best song ever written. People slowly began trickling in and the crowd was quite interesting. It was mainly comprised of older couples...not that that's a problem, it was a very layed back atmosphere. Quite nice. I remember saying to Jason, "This is more my scene. " The only problem is that it seems like Jason and I have the worst luck with the people who sit (or stand) in front of us. Since we were on the floor at both concerts, we didn't have that stadium slant to give us a little height boost. You have to find your little window where you can kind of see, and pray that nothing disturbs your view. At Sheryl Crow, there was a drunk couple (she was probably 20, he was probably 52 and very pervy) who made out the entire time. It messes up your window! Finally after knocking over their chairs and getting in a drunken fight, they left about half-way through. At Coldplay, there was this girl who decided that since she was so special, she could stand up in her chair to get a better view. I could hear the squeaky dialogue in her head, and it went something like this, "I'm so teeny-tiny and cute that I can stand up on this chair and it won't block anyone's view. Why is that girl (me) shooting me really bad looks? I'm the only person in this whole world that matters."
Needless to say, Sheryl Crow was amazing. She did not miss a beat. Even Jason, who can be a little musically critical was impressed. Overall it was a wonderful concert with a wide range of her hits. Plus I must add that we were able to get very close to the stage, and she doesn't look a day over 25. She's really beautiful...and tiny. It was a great evening, and I have to thank my sweet husband who probably didn't really want to see Sheryl Crow, but went anyway and made it a great evening.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Representin' at the Olympics


"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me twice — you can't get fooled again."
-- President Bush

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

When can I go to the gym?


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

It's me. I'm the bobblehead!




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

Top of my list

I am so excited because Jason and I are going to see Coldplay tonight! It will be my first time to see them (Jason's second time) and I've been like a kid waiting for Christmas. I can finally begin checking people off my list.

Here's my list of top concerts I want to see:
Coldplay
Sting
U2
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:
Patty Griffin
The Flaming Lips
Ryan Adams
Ray Lamontagne
Damien Rice

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

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it

I don't want to give too many details away, just to protect the innocent, but I just have to tell this story. For one reason or another (again I must remain vague) I was looking through a list of names with another person, and we started to go through the W's when I saw the name Whitehead. I pointed and made a surprised noise. You just don't see that name very often. The person I was with said, "yeah, that is an interesting name. I would hate to be stuck with that last name." She proceeds to tell me other funny last names that she would hate to be stuck with. I tried to laugh, but I was kind of dumb-struck. "What's wrong?" she said.

"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

Sappy, Sappy Mess




Jason took me out on a date Saturday night to our favorite restaurant in Lake Forest. They have my favorite cheeseburger, and you know I love a good cheeseburger! We had such a wonderful night...they have the most beautiful patio and the weather was perfect. While we were eating, a group of 30-something, impeccably dressed ladies came in and were seated at the table next to us. I couldn't help but smile at them; they were having such a good time. A little while later, Jason said to me, "That's going to be you and your friends in ten years." I started laughing while agreeing with him, and then, inevitably, the tears started coming. It was one of those cries where I was trying to cover up my face with my hair so that no one would see. Eventually, I just had to stoop over the table and look the other way. Needless to say, I miss my friends!! And yes, that will be us in ten years.
Girls, I could not find a group picture of us! We need to take an updated picture in November.

Monday, July 14, 2008

TV Watching


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

Just call me "Kitty"


I have issues. Please let me explain...
The past four days have been glorious; no work, no schedule, lots of naps, good nights sleep. We also did a lot of organizing and cleaning, which I immensely enjoyed. One small problem (triggered by the organization overhaul, I believe), has seeped into my life. When the slightest thing is found out of place, I clean or put it away accordingly and immediately. Not such a bad thing, right? Well no, except for the fact that over the course of four days, I have managed to successfully "put away" my husband's keys (as they are normally out of place) in my purse on five different occasions. This is definitely not where they belong. Why am I doing this? I have absolutely no idea. I have no recollection of putting his keys in my purse, and when he wasn't able to find his keys I helped him search high and low. We've literally torn closets apart over this issue. By the third time he couldn't find his keys, we became wiser (and more frustrated) and went directly to the black-hole known as my purse.
This morning after lecturing him on the fact that he should keep his keys on his person at all times, I went to unlock my car with HIS KEYS. I know, I am absolutely going insane. It doesn't help that he called me this morning asked if I had his Student ID. It's in my purse!!! I proceeded to tell him that I'm like a cat who hides their owner's keys and other personal belongings. Pretty soon I'm going to start pooping in his shoes. He'd better watch out.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Don't spray for bugs


On my run yesterday, I was trotting along, and I must have been breathing pretty hard, because I sucked a bug (the picture is my dramatic recollection of the thing) straight up my nose. It went so far up my nose that I couldn't blow it out. My only option was to suck it into my mouth and spit it out. So I've decided to open a new business. Instead of spraying for bugs, just hire me. I can run circles around your house and breathe really heavily until all the bugs have been exterminated by my nose. More about the business later. I have to go throw up now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Why I Love My Job, Part Deux

Two posts in one day. I know I'm a dork, but I absolutely cannot resist.

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.

Go Ahead and Make My Day


So my co-worker told me today that I am the most organized person she knows. You don't know what a compliment that was for me! By the way I felt, you would've thought she told me I won a million dollars or that I looked like Heidi Klum or something. I love organization. Jason says I'm a bit obsessive and compulsive (not to be confused with obsessive-compulsive), but in a very obsessively normal way. I think he's just trying to make me and himself feel better. So if you ever want to make my day, you have two options. You can tell me that you're impressed with my organizational skills and/or you can say that I look like Heidi Klum. Either one.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Gotta Love the Cubs

I'm not a huge sports fan. I don't even pretend to be a sports fan. Now there are moments when I slightly get into OU football, and it's merely due to the fact that I won't see my husband and friends during football season if I don't hang out around the TV. I'm usually reading magazines or browsing the internet, but I'm there, and I feel somewhat involved if I'm in the vicinity.
Then the Cubs came along. I went to one game and I was hooked. The atmosphere, the hot dogs, the view of the city; it really is perfection. My loyalty has grown this season and I now follow them fervently. In fact--and you will need to brace yourself for this--I planned Jason's and my Sunday evening around the Cubs/White Sox game. My husband has never been so proud of me. I don't even think he was this proud or happy on our wedding day. In the end I may have watched only four, three, two, okay I watched one inning; and I may have secretly wanted to wear a pink Cubs shirt a la Jessica Simpson, but I know my loyalty, and it definitely lies with the Cubs.