Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Big News

So, the big news is: I’m having a baby! I can’t keep it a secret any longer! I’m 16.5 weeks and starting to feel (and apparently look as my well-intentioned neighbor pointed out) bigger. No need to do the math, kids, I’m due March 5th and we will not learn the gender of the baby on purpose. It’s crazy to think about the fact that I am growing a person. What is really fun about this time in my life is that I have some dear friends who are also pregnant with due dates close to mine which makes me feel more able to ask strange questions or blab on and on about things a non-pregnant person might not really care (or want to) hear about. I met up with a friend at a pre-natal yoga class last week. I asked that friend about the pain in my bum (seemingly not where the average bum pain exists in pregnant people).

Dave has been fantastic through these first few months, dealing first with my panic attacks when I wonder if the baby is ok and then/now my random questions such as if we’ll ever vacation again as well as adding some lovely loud laughter when, perhaps, a spot of chocolate makes its way onto the maternity pants. Similar laughter when a pizza box made a spot on my maternity pants. I love those loud laughs, even if it is at my expense.

So that’s the big news. I probably won’t post any bare belly picture, and was going to today except the photos are awful. It is not cute and baby-like, but instead like I’m packing on the lbs. But the doctors assure me there is a baby in there.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Master Bathroom Before and After

So, we've got another project checked off our to-do list. It is thrilling to have another 'new' room. And it is another way of making our house feel more OURS. And while the contractor did suggest it would only take 2-3 days, I knew it would take more like 2-3 weeks. It ended up being a 3 week long project and we are very pleased with the results. So here are some photos:

BEFORE:


AFTER:


BEFORE:
AFTER:


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Home Goods StyleScope Test

So Katie over on www.Marriageconfessions.com/confessions had a link to take a test to determine your style according to HomeGoods. Now, I must say, the 'style' of my husband's and my house isn't really MY style, it's OUR style. And that's ok...I guess.

When we originally moved in together, trying to blend our furniture together and give his dark brown gorgeous leather couch and chair a little flair, we went out searching for throw pillows. We searched high and low and could not decide on anything. We went to Kohls, Bed Bath and Beyond, HomeGoods, Linens & Things- I mean everwhere- Sears, JC Penny. It was exhausting and I must admit, at one point I wondered why this process was so hard? And would EVERYTHING in our just-blossoming relationship be this hard? I still think we passed up the best idea, which was green and brown throw pillows and a brown and green platter that I wanted to hang on the wall like abstract art (found at HomeGoods). Dave politely rolled his eyes and walked away from me. We still joke about hanging a platter on the wall. And ended up going with various shades of orange throw pillows. But the green platter was, by far, the better idea.

Since then, our shopping/our style has gotten a LOT easier. We are practically professionals at picking out furniture, bedding, paint colors, etc. We are not afraid of color, especially on our walls, but the rest of our stuff is pretty bland and unadventurous- perhaps why it is so easy to choose furniture. In fact, all of our furniture, except for the ugly chair (see below) is some shade of bland brown. It sounds boring but with the wall colors and accessories (and throw pillows) it just works.


So I took the stylescope quiz and my style is "Elegant Classic". I'm not so sure that's MY style, but perhaps it is OUR style. I do consider the stuff we have as classic (or boring/timeless). The suggestion the quiz gave me is to work with color. Perhaps that's correct but we do have a shockingly bright green kitchen (with timeless dark brown cupboards and speckled granite countertops). We do have mustard and burgandy dining room with a wine theme (and a dark brown dining table and wine rack) and an orange tv room (with dark brown leather furniture and tv table) and orange throw pillows. We do have a guest room with a lovely colorful quilt and "fairy garden" green walls.

I'm not sure if 'elegant' really defines my style. Except for the ugly chair, my/our style is bland with a tad of colorful expression. But, I love Homegoods and I love to dream up rooms while I'm in Homegoods. I would LOVE an area rug for our living room (Dave does not want an area rug and fights me on this whenever I bring it up) or some fun accessories and furniture to start decorating our soon-to-be baby's room...

Friday, September 11, 2009

An upgrade...

So, I traded in my beloved car, Peter:


the 2000 Dodge Neon, the car I bought this very day, 6 years ago, the day I got my acceptance letter to work for my current employer. The day, in my opinion, I officially became a Connecticut citizen. I moved from San Francisco with an absurd amount of debt, no job, no car and some hopes of beginning my suburban life. That car had been through some rough times with me, has been smashed up two times keeping me safe and sound and never gave me any problems. It was a big part of my life and while it is not a popular or sexy car, I really loved that car.

But, times they are a changin' and with those changing times, an automobile upgrade was in order. Dave and I have both talked about how our cars are probably two of the least sexy cars out there. Neither had power locks or windows, Dave's doesn't even have a cassette, let alone a CD player and together our cars probably weighed about 1000 pounds (not really, but come on, his car is made out of plastic!) Ok, back to the (ahem, I mean MY) new car.

So I picked up this car, currently unnamed, yesterday, after crying at the dealership for my loss of Peter, and the people at the dealership wondering what the hell was wrong with me, I mean, come on, look at the upgrade, but there is a special place in my heart for Peter. But looking forward... ok, here is my new, perky, car:

And, the profile view:


This has some of the features I was interested in paying for (remote engine starter) and some I wasn't willing to pay for but the deal was too good to be true (backup warning indicators). It has power locks and windows, a GIANT sunroof, all wheel drive, seat warmers and the little buttons on the steering wheel to change the radio volume and channels (how cool!).

This feels like a very safe car and it drives really nice and looks grown up. Now why do I feel so guilty for leaving poor Peter alone with those people, forever?! I hope he goes to a good home where someone loves him at least half as much as I did.