Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Vacation

Back in February, I mentioned that Mr. G and I had started considering locations for our anniversary trip in June. In years past, we've vacationed in Daytona Beach and California

After finding out I was pregnant though, we decided to pick somewhere within driving distance. Not only will it be cheaper, but it's good for peace of mind because the thought of flying makes me a little uneasy. (I had to take a ferry ride for work a few weeks ago and it couldn't end fast enough.) 

Coincidently, one of my friends at work was raving about her vacation last year and how she can't wait to go back this year. Of course my ears pricked up and I asked her a million questions, then brought home her suggestion to Mr. G, who loved it. We've booked our stay in June to St. Michaels, Maryland - a small town on the bay. 
We're excited! They have walking trails along the water, lots of seafood for Mr. G, museums, kayaking tours, and the place we're staying has a pool :) I'm undecided about buying a maternity swimsuit - I don't want to spend the money if I don't need to, and my bikini bottoms are low enough to sit under my bump for now . . I'll have to wait and see how much I grow.

Soo looking forward to getting away and relaxing! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Plus One More Giraffe

Yes, it's crazy - I'm pregnant. Ahhh!

I was feeling off the last week of February. Mr. G and I agreed I'd take a pregnancy test on Saturday morning (our work schedules don't mesh any more so we're only both home and awake at the same time on weekends). I saw that second pink line and immediately sank to floor, head in my heads. It was such a shock!

Mr. G was surprised (and I think a little overwhelmed too though he'd never admit it) - he drove to the store for another brand of test, and all told I took 5 that morning. Ha! 

We just stared at all those positive tests and each other. Then we moved on to elation + surprise. :)
a bump!
I still kind of can't believe it. It's hard to wrap your head around! I've toyed with the idea that perhaps our infertility diagnosis was inaccurate but it doesn't really matter. Sometime this fall, we'll have a baby! (I'm officially due November 1st, but not holding my breath.)

The first trimester was rough. The secret for me was 10 hours of sleep a night and forgiving myself for eating nothing but carbs and dairy all day, every day. Maybe that means I'll have a baby that loves cheese and sleep? :)

At any rate, I'm feeling more like myself these days (holding on to that 8 o'clock bedtime, though) and glad I can enjoy this pregnancy and all the fun stuff still to come -
 the ultrasound coming up next month, feeling the baby move! Yay! 

Life is good!  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Mr. G and I are amused by our cats all the time. And sometimes, we just look at each other and shake our heads because their antics make that much sense. But Monkey in particular seems to copy every strange thing she sees another cat doing.

This spring's been a blustery one (the word blustery always reminds me of Winnie the Pooh) and after our front mat was blown into the bushes two days in a row, we brought it inside to wait for calmer weather. Dottie was immediately drawn to it and happily scratched it and lounged on it for a bit. 

When she was done, Monkey had to follow with an inspection of her own.

Dottie loves bags - so does Monkey.



Oh, Capone likes to sleep on the back of this couch? Monkey'll do the same.

Dottie loves to relax on my yoga mat. Monkey gave it whirl too.

Here's one of her original ideas. Play with the bathmat by putting both paws underneath! Hmm.
Do your pets copy each other? 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tax Refund

When we got our tax refund last March, we put my portion toward our mortgage debt and my husband's portion toward our California vacation. Both money well spent. This year we're spending all of it (plus a little more) on new floors for our upstairs. 
In less trafficked places the carpet still looks decent. But the hallway and our bedroom look particularly worn - and of course the corners, which Monkey tore up her first two months here rather than one of the scratching posts. 

We really love the hardwood floors we have downstairs so that was our first thought for upstairs. It would be cheaper to replace the carpet (about half the price) but the tax refund made us more willing to pay the extra. Plus the hardwood should last much longer than carpet ever would and I think it's easier to keep clean (especially for our family members with allergies). 

The installation should be an interesting process with three cats in the mix! We're very excited for the end result though :)

What kind of floors do you have?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Reading Round Up: Jan & Feb

This is a long one. Thanks, winter!

Tons of good books on this list, though - I have end-of-year best book lists to thank for that. 


A Moment Comes - This book takes places during the partition of India in 1947, which I knew nothing about prior to reading. I really appreciated the book's messages about acceptance, tolerance, and patience. Definitely not your typical YA romance (I assumed it would be based on the description). 


Though just to be clear, I don't have any problems with typical YA romance. You'll find several further down this list ;)


Spousonomics - Looking at common marriage issues (like sharing chores) as an economist. Some parts were fascinating, others not so much.


About Alice - A husband's tribute to his late wife. I listened to this on audio based on Jessica's recommendation and ended up teary eyed in a grocery store parking lot finishing it. Super sweet.  


Open Road Summer - A throughly enjoyable YA romance. Of course it takes place during the summer while they're on the road for a concert series, so that was nice to imagine while it was snowing outside. 


One Plus One - By the author of Me Before You. I really liked this! A very different sort of love story involving a single mom, her children, and their dog on a road trip with a man she cleans for.


Big Little Lies - The best book I've read so far this year. The sarcasm and wit in this story made me laugh out loud MANY times (I need a Madeline in my life), and combined with the mystery of what actually happened at the fundraiser, made me never want to put this down. 


Along for the Ride - Another easy-breezy summer romance. Whose heart wouldn't melt for a teenage boy who can swaddle a baby?


The Right Word - This was out on display in my library because it won a lot of awards so I had to see what the hype was about. A cool book about Roget, the man who wrote Roget's Thesaurus. 


Beyond Magenta - A chronicle of several transgender teens and their growing up and/or coming-of-age process(es). Much of this was difficult for me to read. I think the reactions of other people to the teens in the book were the most shocking parts. And, it's real life - so things are not tied up in a neat bow at the end. 


Lola and the Boy Next Door - There's a special place in my heart for Lola since she and I share a love for tutus. This was a sequel where reading the first book first isn't strictly necessary and I think this one is a little better than the first. (The third book rocks too.)
Me, wearing a tutu last Halloween

Everything Leads to You - This one brought back a lot of wonderful memories from California last summer. It's an awesome slow-building romance and a little bit of mystery too.

Fully Fertile - I could probably write an entire post just on this book and the impact it had on my life. It was so refreshing and comforting to read a book from someone (several someones, actually) who struggled with infertility. At certain points it was like they were reading my mind because I could relate completely to what they felt and experienced. 


The Girl on the Train - I am one of those weirdos who imagines the lives of strangers that I see out and about. So a book about a woman who creates personas for people living by the train tracks and gets involved in a police investigation based off of what she notices out the train window seemed right up my alley. Lots of awful characters in this one, which drove me crazy. But I think a lot of people enjoyed this book because of the twist - and I figured it out way early so it was just an okay read.


Donner Dinner Party - A graphic novel about the Donner Party (they tried to take a shortcut while traveling west across the US and it didn't end well). Boys who hate reading but love gruesome history would probably love this. 


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - Another children's book that I was duped into reading because of my library's display cases! It's a sweet story about an imaginary friend who just can't wait for his turn to be picked by a child.

The World According to Humphrey - If you've ever wanted to read a hamster's diary, here's your chance!


Yes Please - I just love Amy! Let me tell you why. 1. Amy used to be a waitress and mentioned that one of the benefits was leaving work at work - until you wake up in the middle of the night and remember you forgot to give table 7 ranch dressing. This happened to me (more than once, ha!) but my waitress friends thought I was the oddest thing when I told these kinds of stories. It's always nice to find out you're not the only one! 2. I adore her mantra - "Good for her, not for me." 3. Parks & Recreation


Whew!

Read any good books lately?
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