Archive | October, 2005

DVR Rules

25 Oct

We just got Dish Satellite TV a few weeks ago, and I’m loving it! The DVR recording is an awesome feature… I can now catch Oprah and Sex and the City EVERY DAY! Woo! Last night, as I was making dinner, then subsequently chicken salad and cranberry bread (it was a full-on cooking frenzy), I had my own personal Sex and the City marathon.

What did I do before I could pause live TV and record so easily? That’s right, I missed stuff and watched way too many commercials!

Weekend Update

24 Oct

This weekend, I…

  • Went out to dinner with JB at The Grill, a hip and more upscale restaurant. We had a little table in a corner that required us to sit next to each other, which was fun and romantic.
  • Aerated and fertilized our lawn (yawn).
  • Went on a lovely hike with some friends to view the Fall colors on the Aspens. Unfortunately, when I whipped out the camera to get pictures for all of you, I realized I had forgotten the memory card. Took some great mental pictures.
  • Discovered that hiking was rough on my loosening ligaments, as it did a number on my hips. Have never had my hips hurt before.
  • Watched in horror as my stretch marks went from little pink dots to three inch long stretch marks over the course of two nights. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!
  • Had girls night out with my sister-in-law, niece, and a friend. Ate yummy Thai food, and chatted the evening away.
  • Did more work around the house on Sunday, and cooked a kick-butt supper of bbq pork ribs and garlic mashed potatoes. Yum!

It’s starting to dawn on me just how much I love the area that we’re now living in. It is really close to incredible hiking, and is also so much closer to family and friends. I actually have a social life on the weekends again! Woo!

Your Mental Image of the Day

20 Oct

What’s funnier than a pregnant woman doing kick boxing?!

I’ll tell you, it’s a pregnant woman doing salsa dancing.

I am not kidding! I went to my normal kick boxing class last night. I was happy to see another pregnant woman in there. The instructor even made a comment about that woman, saying, “baby likes it”! I felt a bit humbled. You see, that woman was skinny and had a well defined bump. I, on the other hand, look like I have a brand new spare tire and a pot belly. I still don’t feel like I look obviously pregnant, just super chubby, which isn’t good for my body image!

Any way, 30 minutes into the class, the instructor said we were going to change gears. I noticed the other pregnant woman leaving at that point. At the time, I thought, hmph, I can finish a class at least! What I didn’t know is that she was being ever so wise.

Because, next thing I knew, the class had done a complete 180, and we were being led through a salsa routine.

I’m white, if you haven’t noticed, and I totally dance like it. I may be able to follow along with all of the steps, but it really doesn’t look like I’m salsa dancing, because I can’t seem to get that seductive hip motion incorporated with my steps.

And let me tell you, it was even uglier as I tried to do this in my pregnant body… *cringe*

Oh, well, I still got a pretty good workout. I’m not sure if I can convince myself to go back to that class, though.

My American Idol

19 Oct

Back on October 2, my brother, Greg, completed the Nissan Xterra USA Championship triathlon. The course, which is considered the toughest and most scenic in the Nissan Xterra Championship Series, combined a 1 mile swim in Lake Tahoe (which was 60 degrees and had white caps the day of the race), a 22 mile mountain bike ride that clumbs 2,500 feet in the Sierras, and a 6.2 mile run.

Greg said that something like 50 swimmers were pulled out of the water that day because the water was so rough. But not my brother, the man who did this race with a cold and a touch of the stomach flu (hence, he didn’t eat anything the morning of the race).

Wow. Pure insanity, but the man is a machine. I mean, regular triathlons are tough, but this one adds in extreme mountain biking and trail running. I’m amazed.

Pics of my bro below… What’s next, Greg? The Ironman?!



This part of the course was so steep that it was mandatory to walk your bike:


And here he is running across the finish line, with Jack cheering him on:


Date Night Was A Success

17 Oct

I mentioned last week that I had declared Date Night on Saturday. Between the moving and JB’s overtime and his band, there hasn’t been any quality time for us. I had begun telling him how much I missed him, but that wasn’t doing any good.

So, I asked my husband out on a date for Saturday night, and wouldn’t give him the slightest clue as to what we were doing.

I had planned to take him to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant, but house projects got in the way, and I decided to make scallops and pasta at home instead.

Of course, tearing the man away from his yard projects was like pulling teeth, making us very late to our first destination, the Siena Spa.

That’s right, I got us a couples’ massage. I swear every time I go to get a massage, I’m running late and end up stressing myself out over it.

Anyway, the massages were nice, despite the fact that JB was missing the masseuse from his last massage there, and I made the mistake of saying I could lay on my belly no problem. “I sleep on my belly every night still!” I proudly proclaimed. What I hadn’t realized is that when I sleep, I’m laying a bit on my side with the support of a pillow. During my massage, with my ankles bolstered up, I felt a ton of pressure on my chest, making it hard for me to breathe.

And of course, I was too shy to say anything about it. I walked into the massage with a sore lower back, and thanks to laying on my belly (completely not their fault), I left with a sore upper back. Oh well, lesson learned for next time!

Anyway, after our massages, we then headed to The Chocolate Bar, a place I’ve been wanting to try for ages. It is a cool little bar that combines the atmosphere of a bar, cafe, and a candy shop. We both got white chocolate drinks (his cold and alcoholic, mine hot and non-alcoholic) and truffles.

From there, we went to 3rd Street Blues, where we were delighted to find the band that played at our wedding reception as the band of the evening, Uncle Funkle. We sat and listened to a set of theirs, which was way more mellow than what they played at our reception, but still very enjoyable. Once they went on break, we strolled along the Truckee River Riverwalk until we came to EJ’s Jazz Cafe.

We found a delightful jazz quartet playing in EJ’s, and it made for a very romantic atmosphere. Mission accomplished — we once again felt like newlyweds instead of roommates doing a lot of house chores.

On Sunday, I had to surrender JB back to the house projects and band practice, but I learned my lesson… Complaining that we don’t get enough time together isn’t enough… Taking charge and declaring Date Night works!

Perhaps we’ll have to do a repeat this weekend, but this time JB has to plan the night!

The Vanity Project

17 Oct

Multiple times in the last week, I’d be listening to Internet Radio and hear a song that sounds remarkably like the Barenaked Ladies, one of my favorite bands from my days of living in Michigan.

But I would check the artist, and see The Vanity Project listed. I had never heard of that group, but decided I liked them enough to Google them.

And much to my surprise, I discovered that The Vanity Project is the lead singer of Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page. I may have to buy this CD… I had really missed the Barenaked Ladies, and now, it looks as if I can still relive their former glory through The Vanity Project.

Baby Update: 22 Weeks

14 Oct

I don’t have much to say today, so I guess I’ll just give you all a pregnancy update.

Things are going well. So far, it has been a completely normal and healthy pregnancy. I’m getting bigger, and a few strangers have even commented on my pregnancy.

In fact, I forgot to mention two occurances while I was in NYC.

1. My sister-in-law, CB, and I were eating breakfast at a little Ma and Pop breakfast shop. We were waiting for the bill, and the waiter told us that the couple that had been sitting next to us had paid our bill. I was in the back of the booth with my suitcases blocking my exit, so CB went running out of the restaurant to catch these people and thank them. They told her, “it was for the baby”, which really warmed my heart.

2. We were at a Turkish restaurant just outside of Times Square. You order your food at the counter, and the man cutting the rotisserie meat said to me (in his lovely Turkish accent), “you pregnant?” I told him I was, and he turned to CB, saying, “you mark my words — that baby is a boy.”

“No it’s not.” I said, matter of factly.
“Yes it is.” He retorted.
“No really, it’s not. I know it’s a girl.”
“Oh,” he then cut off a sample of meat, and said, “this is for your baby.” He later called me back to the counter to give my baby another sample of meat.

And they say New Yorkers are rude! Most of the people I met were nice, except for the cabbie that engaged me in a shouting match at the airport at 6:00 am. (It’s a long story, of which I don’t care to rehash.)

Anyway, I’ve been feeling good, and maintaining my workouts. This week, I’ve done kickboxing (don’t worry, it’s an approved workout!), weights and biking. This weekend, I’m hoping to get a nice hike in through the changing Aspen trees. I’ve noticed my endurance taking a major hit, but overall I still feel strong and healthy.

I now feel the baby move very regularly, which is a fun, yet still foreign feeling. She seems to move most when I’m completely still. I have made her move once by jiggling my belly a bit, though.

My main craving is sweets, but namely chocolate. I try to pacify this with a small taste of really good chocolate every day. Even so, I was afraid to get on the scale today for my weekly weigh in. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get the courage to do so.

We’re settling into our new home nicely, although there are still a lot of boxes to be dealt with. We spent last weekend getting the garage organized (which included building Joel’s drum studio in one of the garage spaces). Now, my Trans Am is happy to have a garage space once again.

I think I’m starting to get a bit of mild acid reflux. It’s not bad at all right now, just a mild discomfort in my throat, followed by (you guessed it) burps. Luckily, Tums seems to do the trick right now.

As for this weekend, tonight I am babysitting my niece, Kacey, and tomorrow night, I’ve declared “date night” with JB, and I have a night full of surprises for him. Between the move, and him working a lot of overtime, we haven’t had much quality time together, so I’m out to remedy that.

Here is an update from BabyCenter on our little one:

How your baby’s growing: Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn, checking in at 10.9 inches and almost 1 pound. Her skin will continue to appear wrinkled until she gains enough weight to fill it out, and the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her head and body is now visible. Her lips are becoming more distinct, and the first signs of teeth are appearing as buds beneath her gum line. Her eyes are developed, though the iris (the colored part of the eye) still lacks pigment. Eyelids and eyebrows are in place, and her pancreas, essential for hormone production, is developing steadily.

How your life’s changing: You may start to notice stretch marks on your skin as your abdomen expands to accommodate your growing baby. Some pregnant women never get stretch marks, but at least half do. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color), and they become more apparent as pregnancy progresses. They can appear not only on your tummy, but also on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. Lotions won’t prevent or eliminate them, but they help with any itching. Also, you may no longer be an “innie” — your navel is flat and may soon pop out. It will revert to its usual shape after birth.

Another interesting skin quirk you may notice during pregnancy is something called vascular spiders. These are little areas of raised, reddish skin, with tiny branches. Commonly found on the face, neck, upper chest, and arms, they’re caused by the higher levels of estrogen in pregnancy, and they usually disappear after delivery.

I have to admit that stretch marks are starting on my belly, despite my dedication to rubbing stretch mark cream on it twice a day. As for vascular spiders, I’m not sure if those are spider veins or not, but I have quite a harvest of spider veins on my legs, and I’m sure I’m only going to get more.

As for my belly button, I would be willing to bet it will never go flat or pop out. The doctor that tied my umbilical chord did quite a job, as I have possibly the world’s deepest innie belly button. It is now a bit less deep, and a bit wider, but nonetheless, I think I’ll still have a distinct innie at 9 months prego.

Enough rambling for the day. Enjoy your weekend!