Tuesday, December 30, 2008



As last time, the 2nd picture is "all sucked in", this time everything doesn't quite vanish, which I think is kind of a good thing, if the baby is big enough for me to feel movement then it should really be able to hide that well! Still not really a bump though, I mean, I know I'm not just getting a bit chubby, but there really isn't any shape to convince anyone else of that fact!

I weighed myself at the gym yesterday and I've managed to lose weight, which was a bit of a surprise as I think I've been eating plenty, though carrying so compactly does mean that my stomach is squashed, when it wouldn't usually be at this stage, or at least not so much, I feel full very quickly, so that limits the size of my meals. My dance partner commented it was pretty impressive to lose weight over the holiday season AND whilst pregnant!
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old spahetti factory

Woo Hoo, they had gluten free pasta, I was a bit worried when we decided to go there, we'd never been there before, so I had no idea whether they would have much choice of salad or anything like that, so when I found that you had the option to switch spaghetti for gluten free pasta I was really pleased and it was pretty tasty too and a pretty good price.

We ended up there because one of Andrew's friends said he was taking his boy to see trains in Seattle and he'd asked if Sausage Boy could come too, so we all decided to go, it was really good for me to get out, I hadn't been feeling great, but I wasn't feeling desparately bad either, but sitting around at home may well have sent me that way!

It was surprisingly fun watching trains, it was pretty cool to see Banana Girl getting excited about things, she's 3.5, but her napping habits and slowness to speak means sometimes it feels we haven't done all that much with her.

She has picked up a cute habit of saying Space Noodle, rather than Space Needle, which is funny and just like her habit of being able to spot planes even right in the corner of the sky, she was spotting the space needle as soon as it appeared from behind a building, sometimes leaving us hunting for what she was pointing at!

Feeling stressed

A discussion at the weekend suddenly made me doubt my birth plans, again! I'm now having to revisit the question of even if I feel good would a c-section still be a better option - and I feel that is probably a question without an answer, my combination of problems is just too unusual.

It doesn't help that I'm not feeling great physically today, it's hardly surprising as yesterday I had pilates in the morning and 2.5hrs of dancing in the evening. With the bad weather and holidays I've not done that much for a couple of weeks, so it's hardly surprising that I don't feel great, but it doesn't help my fear about the birth!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Feeling movement

I can't be entirely sure, but I think I was feeling some wiggles during church this evening, it's only a very vague fluttering sensation. Only time will tell, though this feeling is very familiar and if it isn't movement, then what on earth is it, it's in the wrong place for a muscle twitch, or gas pains.

yuck, cold!

I mean the virus type, not the weather type! All three adults (me, husband and sister), were sniffly yesterday morning, as the day went on it seemed pretty clear that at this point in time I'm worse effected. I think this is the worst cold I've had in a while!

The worst thing at this point in time is that my hip is now really hurting, I have painkillers available, but I haven't taken any in two weeks and I really want to keep that up and I was so pleased with feeling well enough and having the courage to take the step of not taking the baseline dose at regular intervals, that I really don't want to break being free of them.

I've just made myself a coffee, which is something I rarely do, recommendations about caffeine in pregnancy seem to keep changing, and I'm never quite sure if setting any given level as ok is more of a realism thing that cutting down is easier than stopping entirely, after all you can never really be sure that anything is safe. I'm getting a lot less caffeine by the fact that I've gone off tea - this is very odd for me, as my morning tea has always been such a pick me up for me. I've switched to a herbal one for pregnancy, it's basically peppermint and it's actually really nice!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thaw - or not?

Woke up to it snowing, as expected. As it started to turn to rain it also stopped falling, so though the weather forecast was pretty much guaranteeing us rain, it has actually been dry. The slight warmth has been enough to mean snow was falling in dollops of trees, but not enough for significant melting, so that fall just seemed to make everything deeper!

The main roads are pretty good, but the piles of snow at the side of them are about two foot high and getting to the main road can be treacherous!

We got safely too church, before DH had a silly moment and said he'd "just" park here, indicating a pile of snow, I yelled no, but it was too late, we were stuck. It turns out a church car park is a good place to get stuck as though we'd stupidly forgotten to switch our spade between cars, there were quite a lot of spades and men giving the car a shove quite quickly. We weren't the only ones though, DH stayed out to help and it was at least half an hour after the service started before all the cars had been unstuck. It was a relief for us to find that a large, high clearance vehicle didn't make you immune as a Ford Explorer got stuck right next to us!

Service was a bit bizarre, probably made me the most homesick for a while, as it was the opposite of any carol service in the UK, suddenly I longed to be at Eden, where they do basically do the traditional service of nine lessons and carols, though they do have some modern readings too sometimes. Afterwards, mince pies are served, usually they are contributed by many people mostly homemade, but some bought so it can be an odd mix and I remember if there are any left after everyone has been served, hunting down the ones that look like they have good pastry and plenty of mince!

I was starting to wonder if we'd been better off staying at home and listening to carols from Kings on the radio! Thankfully getting out the car park was rather better than getting in and we went to a sushi restaurant for dinner. Since going wheat free, restaurant dining has been less appealing with choices somewhat restricted, but sushi turned out to be a good thing, there are a fair few things fried in batter, but it was really an opportunity to try new things, which I did and enjoyed it. I think as time goes by I'm getting more into sushi, I'm starting to believe what they tell you about kids, that you have to taste something quite a few times to get used to the taste. The kids were eating pretty well too and trying new things, so it was fun for everyone.

Stockings have been hung, some Christmas dinner prep has been done, so now it's time to watch the rest of a Vicar of Dibley Christmas special that we hadn't seen since it was first broadcast after we left the UK.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

not feeling so good now

We ventured out again in the snow, in theory it should have been a bit warmer than yesterday, but maybe we have wind or something. The plan was to walk to Trader Joes, which is about a mile, we only got to the top of the driveway before deciding not to.

I did however manage to buy something for DH that I hadn't managed to get yesterday (daren't say more as he might read this!).

I had my scarf wrapped around my neck and lower face, but I've come back in with aching face and neck and the start of a headache.

More snow is forecast this evening and tomorrow, up to 6 inches! So taking the philosophy of using the car only if it is essential, then we're not going anywhere anytime soon! That's including the Christmas Eve service at church.

Monday, December 22, 2008

15 weeks, compare and contrast

They do say all pregnancies are different and here I am at 15 weeks, reflecting on how different this is - when you have a girl and a boy, the natural tendency is to associate certain things with boy pregnancies and others with girl pregnancies. On that basis, I'm having an alien!

Sickness has been wierd, there was a point when things were really bad, almost daily vomiting, I've never had that before, I felt very nauseous with DS, but was only sick twice the whole pregnancy and not in the first trimester. With DD it was more frequent, but never anywhere near daily. Thankfully it passed, though it did cause some worry as it was very early for it to stop.

Tiredness, you'd think this would be bad with narcolepsy and not on meds, but actually I'm mostly better than I was before I got pregnant and didn't take my meds one day. I also do seem to have picked up in the last 3 weeks or so, which is also early for me, it marks the classic 12 week point, but with DS it was 21 weeks before I started to bloom a bit.

Size, I think I'm destined to be smaller with each pregnancy, we flew to Korea just before Christmas when I was pregnant 2nd time around, I'm pretty sure I was bigger than I am now. I remember last time that being small didn't equate to feeling small, but I feel pretty good now, I only really notice when I'm lieing on my side, when suddenly things fall out!

Pain, wow, this is amazing, I have to put it down in part to going wheat free, I was definitely improving anyway, but the improvement since then has been amazing, to the extent I've basically stopped taking painkillers, other than the occasional paracetamol. This is fantastic, I'm hopeful that things will continue to go well, but either way, I'm positive. I have been feeling twinges in my symphysis pubis in the past few days, but only after being on my feet for a long time, 2 winters ago, when I wasn't even pregnant I didn't cope well with wintery conditions, this time, the conditions are way worse, but it's a none issue.

I'm due to see my cardiologist in January, I'm not too worried about that, but it would be silly not to ask if she has any delivery concerns. As I understand things the main risk seems to be IUGR, not delivery, but it's not a high risk and I don't think that can really change my risk much anyway, already being considered higher than normal risk due to it having happened before. However we talked to our midwives about this and they are happy to do appointments with just one of them if we do have any concerns in the 3rd trimester, I firmly believe that the monitoring of an experienced midwife is as good, if not better than serial ultrasounds, though ultrasounds definitely have a role after diagnosis, though more to check on the blood flow, not get further data on size.

It still feels too soon to do any real baby oriented organisation, I'm trying, though not very sucessfully so far to try and get life in general more organised, I may be feeling an awful lot better, but unfortunately I still do have trigger activities for pain, anything bending forwards is one, so folding laundry is a real killer - not good having just got back from holiday!

coming down with something

I feel really bad, we went to see a new baby yesterday and it's obvious this morning that Sausage Boy and I are coming down with something. We're blaming my sister bringing foreign germs. We washed her hands and I didn't touch the baby, we just gazed at him, though not for too long as he was asleep. Fingers crossed we didn't get too close to anyone and spread this thing around further.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

winter dramas

We have SNOW, quite a lot of it, the most I've seen outside of a ski resort in years. That was before another layer fell today!

Friends of ours had a baby 9 days ago (just before her due date, she'd been hoping to last an extra day and thus finish her "month" at work, she's an ER doctor and works shifts and by choosing them carefully, finishing December would have given her an extra month off!), we'd agreed to take them a meal today. Meal was cooked and ready to go, snow is falling, but DH has safely manouvered the car and we can see that traffic is moving fine along the main road. Thankfully I remembered to say "stick the spade in the boot".

We get lulled into a false sense of security as driving towards them, the roads were better, the main road by us was in worse condition than the fairly minor through street that passes their neighbourhood, this surprised me as whether there is any truth in it or not, I've always thought of their area as more affected by weather.

We'd not been to their house before and turning off the through street we were going too slowly, not realising there was a hill. Decide to park the car and walk as it's only a block or so. However foolishly, we park the car up hill of another car as downhill of it would be borderline too close to the junction.

Have a nice walk to there house, Sausage Boy really enjoying himself jumping in snow drifts. Go into the house, baby is fast asleep and happy and mum and dad are up and awake and seeming happy to chat (I'm always torn on this one, I remember some lonely spots in those early days and was glad for a chat, but there were moments I didn't want it too and it can be hard to tell).

I glance out of the window and the snow seems to have stopped, but by the time we get moving, the snow has started up again and it's pretty heavy, to be honest, even without the new snow, I don't think we'd have had the traction to reverse uphill, so the spade turns out to be handy, we get digging (or rather DH does the digging, I do a bit of sweeping and I think I had small effect). It was slow as despite attempts to have a clear spot and get momentum going backwards eventually we did need to clear the entire track going backwards, as we work, about 4 more cars got stuck nearby! After working away alone for about 40 minutes and being everso close to getting out, suddenly it appears the other people around give up on getting there own cars out and decide to "help", we were so close to getting out that this really amounted to no help, just lots of people feeling good, which is fine. I was pretty impressed with my manouver out of the space, particularly as I had several people telling me what to do! To be fair, they were all correct, but not information I was unaware of!

Thankfully after that we got home safely, the last main road was pretty bad, but whilst there was large volumes of snow, it was only a thin top layer that was untouched and there was grit somewhere in the mix. Earlier in the day we'd seen a car getting stuck turning into our drive, so I had to balance slowing down to get a look to see if there was anyone in the way (stuck or otherwise, we have neighbours with funny ideas about parking), but once I could see it was clear getting up enough speed to get through the snow drift, it worked out fine and the only hurdle to clear was getting into the garage - which also went really well, it's uphill and we hadn't cleared the snow, I was pretty impressed with my judgement there!

It feels like we have acheived so little today, basically cooking, wrapping the gift for the baby and delivering the food! I also feel totally unprepared for Christmas, with relatives all in different countries, we end up receiving gift cards, or money transfers and doing all the present buying and wrapping ourselves, I meant to order things on Thursday when we should have been home, it's now Sunday evening and nothing has been done. I'm hoping we can get to Target over the next few days and at least get something!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

All here safely!

We arrived home at 10 past 4 Friday morning! It was actually quite reasonable driving home at that time as we didn't have to share the road with anyone, but no new snow had fallen since the evening. The worst bit was a section of freeway between I405/I90 interchange and the next junction eastwards, fortunately we only saw one other car in that section.

We were glad for the gazebo covering our deck as the short journey between the garage and the back door would have been very cold and wet in the shoes we were wearing!

Friday was clear, no melting, but no further snow, my sister's flight actually got in early, though it took her a while to get through customs and immigration.

We had to head out to buy food today, unless we wanted to leave on some slightly random things in tins! The car park at the supermarket was horrendous, hard to find a space and some very crazy driving, there were several people who seemed to think the rules of the road didn't apply to them!

I'd intended to make christmas cake before we left as it does really need time to develop the flavour, but it didn't happen, so we set to work doing that - I stupidly set my sister to the task of lining the pan, apparently she never watch our mum do this, so attempt one was a disaster. So was attempt two by DH, though at least that paper was still useable for me to finally do it myself!

I bought gluten free bread mix at the supermarket, but after putting everything in the bread mixer found that the wiring to the start button must have got fried as all the other buttons worked, but start was something it would not do. Which now means I have bread busy rising, but an oven at a low temperature with a fruit cake in it, not quite sure how I'm going to get my way out of that one!

I've decided to make Monte Cristo sandwiches for dinner, we first had them in Korea, they don't seem that common a menu item, but they appeared on a few in Las Vegas, but given the wheat free thing, I couldn't have them, I've never been a big bread eater anyway, but this is the thing that has tipped me into attempting gluten free bread!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

leaving tonight - we hope!

Apparently the snowfall in Las Vegas breaks the all time record for amount of snow in December - at 3 inches! So it's understandable that they weren't prepared, but it was weather that wouldn't have closed most airports other than for the hour or so of complete whiteout.

It appears the main reason for closure was shortage of deicer, we met people who had been onboard planes, in a ground queue to go through the deicing process, but they ran out after a handful of planes!

We originally could only get rebooked for Friday, but after spending the night at the Flamingo, we called this morning and got booked on the last flight today - all flights to Seattle today seem to be running late, so it really will be late, they are currently saying 10:05pm. We are at the airport as there was only so much wandering around we could do.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Las Vegas - SNOW - flight cancelled

Well it's been a bit of a saga, a rare winter storm hit Las Vegas this afternoon, we had no idea at the stage we checked out of our hotel this morning, so of course when it hit, we're in our rental car, luggage and all!

Knowing how traffic can clog up quickly, but how rarely airports actually close, we headed to the airport. At check-in, even though later on we realised already flights weren't leaving, they reassured us things may be late, but would still happen.

However not long after getting to the gate area, our flight was cancelled, Andrew queued and surprisingly quickly we were rebooked on a flight that the plan was sat at the airport for and would go as soon as it got clearance. Our bags were already unchecked though, so Andrew had to do the long round trip to baggage claim and then to recheck them.

Things were looking hopefully as the snow had stopped, visibility was way better and things were obviously melting, but then it started to come down again and eventually they announced the flight would not be taking off tonight.

Andrew is now stood in line to rebook, hopefully on the first flight tomorrow, things didn't seem to be all that busy today, but maybe the original rebooking was so easy because the smart people had already rebooked for tomorrow, so who knows!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

this made me laugh


Word usage, of course pregnant women can eat peanuts, they don't suddenly lose the ability to pick them up and eat them the second they become pregnant, as I was actually doing when I saw the article title!

Friday, December 12, 2008

fake tan

One of those things about competitive dancing that I don't like is fake tan - I've nothing against getting dressed up and showing off, though it's not that normal for me in general. This comp is the first time I've actually got full details from our coach as to exactly which products and how to use them - I got a product called Pro Tan from a health store that seems to in reality be a store for body builders!

It's got a much higher percentage of the relevant chemicals than drug store fake tans - it's also got some colour in it so you can see where you are putting it. It's quite a thin liquid that you spray onto a foam brush to apply. It took a fair amount of time 30-45 minutes to do my whole body and required help to do the hard to reach parts, at first I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw, but as I got my whole body done it started to look ok, fake, but ok! However it will develop overnight and I've been instructed to do at least two, if not three coats!

I have to admit that once you're on the dance floor, untanned actually looks white and ghostly and tan looks good - but I'm jealous of those people who racially don't need to do this because they are already a colour that looks good!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Las Vegas

We left Sea-Tac late afternoon yesterday and arrived in the evening, all in all it was a smooth journey, we used a park and ride very close to the airport that was cheaper than one we've previously used and it seemed very fast, check-in was speedy too. We'd purposefully left enough time to get something to eat before we got on the plane, which ended up being Burger King, so I got to sample burger without the bun!

On the plane the air hostesses were really sweet, particularly with Banana Girl who was in the aisle seat, they'd even learnt her name and drink preferences by the end of the flight - when Sausage Boy asked to visit the pilot, who must have been in a very good mood as he let them both sit in the co-pilots seat and answered loads of questions.

Thw worst bit was arriving at the hotel, we stood at the front of the check-in queue with no one attending to us and a rapidly growing queue behind us, they eventually checked in and assigned us a room, I didn't realise until we got there that it was in a completely different part of the hotel to where we booked, so it was a long trek. However it has what we call "airport view", much to the delight of the children who have unbelievable tolerance for standing at the window counting planes taking off!

At the entrances to the hotels I've noticed signs saying under 21s are not allowed in the gambling areas, this rule must either have some very strange definition of this, or not be inforced at all as it would actually have been impossible to even get from the plane to the baggage collection without passing very close to the machines, let alone move around the hotel.

We popped down to the competion check-in/ticket desk and found out that kids were half price, though they then took pity on us and decided that such little kids really shouldn't have to pay and wondered off to find someone with the authority to ok that, which they did! Which means they all get to come Saturday evening, we also found my Saturday evening admission was included, which is a useful saving of $40, I still have to pay $20 for each daytime though. Turned out programs were $25, steep, but they kindly let me look through it to see how many were entered in each of our heats, then I decided to buy one anyway! We are the only couple entered in most of our events, this is a competition mostly aimed at amateurs who dance with a professional, so we will dance at the same time as male amateurs with their teachers (usually) who are at the same level, which for one dance includes the wife of our standard teacher. For a couple of dances there are some other amateur couples, but in older age categories. Apparently this doesn't give us first place automatically, they can still mark us 2nd if we, say, are very out of time with the music, I don't take much pleasure in places that mean nothing, but it may well be a positive thing in taking the pressure off.

For the Latin events we are doing, at open level, there are 9 couples in one and 12 in the other, being Silver when Open is above Gold, nothing is expected of us. It seems like you can't win either way, we were encouraged to enter these because of the likely lack of competition, but now we have the pressure of wanting to fit in, honestly, I think if we present ourselves and feel confident we will be fine. I'm renting a costume for this as costume rules are strict in syllabus events and for this I get to put everything on display! At a minimum we will dance 5 dances in a row, if we qualify for the finals they are straight afterwards, so it could be 10 in a row!

Andrew decided to take the kids to the library whilst I chilled out a bit, my hip was pretty achy after 5 or so hours wondering around. I just called them and the kids sounded really happy, but they are going to be pretty late back, I hope this means they might fall asleep more easily, but it's past nine and we still have to get dinner!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Heard the heartbeat!

We saw the midwife today and listened to the baby's heartbeat! Everything seems to be fine, other than that Sausage Girl now thinks we are having a dog not a baby, as the sound is rather like a "woof woof" sound!

After my paranoia, I was feeling more confident today as the past couple of days I've felt like I "popped", it's not popping that suddenly makes things obvious, in fact when I'm standing with good posture it pretty much vanishes, but I can now easily feel when I move that there is something there!

We're off to Las Vegas tomorrow, which also marks a 1/4 of this pregnancy, we'll have known for 9 weeks, which seems both very short and very long all at the same time. 8th October feels a very long time ago!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Right now I want to do nothing but go to bed, but I'm acutely aware that if I go to bed now, I'll regret it at 5am, or maybe sooner. I hate lieing awake in the early hours, I also hate getting up to a dark, quiet, cold house. So that means I have to force myself to stay up for another hour or so.

I just looked at the calendar and realised how little time I have to get organised before heading to Las Vegas on Wednesday. Monday evening is taken up by dancing and Tuesday afternoon is taken up by appointments. That should be plenty of time, but as always, stuff expands to fill the available space and there an awful lot of things on the ought to do list, but not on the absolutely necessary list, I'll regret it when I get back if none of those get done!

One thing I really don't have time to do is stand in line at the post office. I've decided that if it comes to the crunch, the I can take the bits and bobs to finish the photo albums I'm making for various relatives with us and work on them whilst we're there. I've no idea what the last posting date is, but if I get them in the post on Friday, it can't go desparately wrong.

I am however coming to the conclusion that Christmas cards will not happen. Given the number we get and the variability in whom they come from, I figure we're not the only ones with this approach to life! I can attempt to convince family members that their photo album in fact IS a christmas card, just with a year round theme!

Winter fun!

Each winter, someone puts an ice rink under a large marquee at the local park. We went for the first time last year, when they only had boots that went down to size 11, just about tolerable for Sausage Boy, enormous and heavy for Banana Girl. However they still seemed to enjoy it and after some fun rollerskating a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good idea to make sure we didn't wait until the last few days of the season to go, so we headed there this morning - someone has had a brainwave and made small skaes with double blades available for hire, they were sooooo cut in a size 8, I should have taken a picture of them not on her feet!

I'm sure some doctors would have a fit at the idea of a pregnant woman going ice skating, why take unnecessary risk they would say. Well, I went last year 2 months after hip surgery, that was probably a lot more risky, I chose to take that risk, so this time it was a no brainer. As I first stepped out on the ice, I discovered I was inclined to push of my left leg (the one which had surgery) and balance on my right leg. There is no obvious difference in strength between them when looking at large movements, but when I asked my PT a couple of months back, apparently fine muscle control takes longer to return and requires specific work, at 13 months post surgery it's obvious when doing something like ice skating that I still need to work on this. I could manage fine, I just had to think about it, I ended up making myself skate full laps only pushing with my right leg, so getting a reasonable chunk of time balancing on my left leg.

Unfortunately Sausage Boy managed to fall and twist in an awkward way and catch the inside of his lip with his tooth, he had a good cry and it was obvious that it really was painful as it quickly swelled up quite a lot. We asked for ice, but the had none (oh, the irony!), but I hit on the solution of buying a can of drink, so we let him choose and he spent a while holding a can of apple juice to his lip. At first he didn't want to go back out on the ice, but I hit on the suggestion that this was ok, but we would be coming again in future and he would be quite free to watch if he wanted to, which instantly had him back on the ice!

Rather frustratingly since this afternoon I've been feeling rather nauseous and it's a version I find particularly unpleasant where the sensation is in your mouth, rather than your stomach, it really does feel right on the edge of where you're about to lose it. Usually when it gets to this point it means I have to find a bathroom, FAST!

how not to stay wheat free!

I'd been doing well, I'd done 7.5 days and it was no big deal, it included eating out and making careful choices. Then last night we had a dancing show, which had buffet food, every single item but the veggie tray contained wheat and I only realised once I'd put a couple of things on my plate. Oops. I decided this would be my trial, I'd been feeling better, would this make me feel worse? Yes and I think some of that remains today, back to wheat free living for me!

Friday, December 5, 2008

is it the wheat or not?

Who knows, but I've done almost a week completely wheat free and I do feel better, I've not suddenly got masses of energy, but my body does seem to be at least keeping up with my brain. Afternoons are still hard, I do need to get some rest, but it's the getting going again after I've had some rest that seems to be tricky, but that's in my head!

Other things that wheat might effect seem to be moving more smoothly ;-).

Wheat free baking has been fun, so far I've only done pastry and given that's not something I'm very experienced at anyway, it's hard to tell if it's the type of flour that is making the difference. Just at this moment I have a batch of 24 mince pies in the oven, this time with brown rice flour!

At whole foods, I bought some tea for expectant mothers, it's a blend, including red raspberry leaf, but also peppermint and a few other bits and bobs, I'm loving drinking it in the mornings, I used to drink English tea with milk, but for some unknown reason I've really gone off it this pregnancy, but I don't really go for any other hot drink, at least not first thing in the morning. But I've been really enjoying sipping this tea!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


After I got home tonight, DH announced he'd sent me an email, I was bemused and he pulled up his sent items and this is the picture that appeared, along with the text 'This evening, Sausage girl spontaneously decided that gymnastics should not be restricted to her class on Friday mornings, but should be practised with gay abandon in the most unsafe of environments’. That says it all!
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house tasks

Ok, I'm finally putting pen to paper and writing a list of the things we need to get done in the house

* change all the heating thermostats (depending on how we decided to do this determines whether we can do this ourselves, or if we need to get an electrician)

* convert both showers to shower heads on hoses (fixed heads are never a good idea imho)

* remove shower screen from bathroom and replace with a curtain

* get kitchen tap fixed

* get some kind of organiser for our shower

* install shelves anywhere (or most places) there is space (we'll probably get a carpenter to do this, we put up large shelves in a study in the UK and it was a big job, we have 2 or 3 places we need 2/3 long shelves)

* get carpets professionally cleaned and consider replacing them (the entire upstairs has pale carpets, not good for the kind of use we give them)

* install hooks near laundry area

It's a long list! I don't think either of us are that great about figuring out how to make a house functional space wise. Our house is basically twice the size of what we had in England, but it really doesn't feel like it. This doesn't make much sense as we have barely increased the amount of furniture, literally we've bought bunk beds for Nathanael (which coincided with dismantling the cot, so it barely counts), I bought a table/storage unit for quilting, it's at a height so you can stand and cut at it and then just a couple of weeks ago, I bought a book case. The children also have a toy kitchen that is large enough to count as furniture, but we did also remove other large toys.

I think this house is not so well laid out as our other one is, part by design and part because we very carefully bought furniture to fit the last one and have moved it here. I particularly feel our lounge area is poorly used space, because downstairs is open plan, one side of it is essentially a corridor and that wall has a coat cupboard and a wet bar. Another wall is taken up with two large windows and a fireplace. We have an upright piano in there, which is so out of tune it's painful to play (must add that to my list). We have the inevitable TV, which is just sat on an old table (my grandparents had it when they got married, 53 years ago), it only now occurs to me that there is a big chunk of space there that could be used way more effectively, I must look into that.

I'm very concious that we'll have to really think how we use space if we're not to all feel on top of each other for the next few years, currently the kids have most of there toys downstairs and there are only a very few items that Nathanael has to store our of reach of Ada, that is going to change, soon almost everything will have to be out of reach, which probably means rearranging things to have more toys in their bedroom, which means we'll have to investigate storage options as currently there is only clothes storage.

This is all seeming rather overwhelming!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

resting heart rate = 148

Which is not good and explains why my chest hurts, I assumed it was because I'm coughing a lot, time to take some pills I think (apparently medication is safer than my heart rate being this high).

I just realised...

...that if I want to send things to grandparents for Christmas, I actually have to do it in the next few days.

Hmmm, I may have to be a bit less ambitious. Photos are desired, particularly by great grandparents who haven't seen the kids for over two years.

Due to my various laptop traumas over the past year I've been very behind on downloading and organising photos. Our cameras habit of resetting it's date means most of our photos claim to have been taken in January 2005 and in downloading them, they seem to lose the ordering they have on the camera, so everything is interleaved. I've got them vaguely organised now, which means I can upload them somewere and get a whole lot printed out, all of which takes very little time, then I'll have to get off my backside and actually do something with them.

The worst bit of all will be going to the post office, for some reason, our local post office is almost always queuing out the door and it's worse at holiday times, I've still not found any time of day when you can go and reliably expect to not queue for ages.

So far so good...

This wheat free thing seems to be working, though if you spend the entire afternoon eating popcorn, it doesn't really matter what it contains, you are going to feel full!

Shopping is a bit more time consuming as I can't just throw anything in, but I went to Whole Foods today and got a couple of packets of wheatfree biscuits and plenty of rice cakes, so I should always have something simple on hand.

The unfortunate side effect of going to Whole Foods is they sell a local brand of caramel popcorn that is very yummy, but I've now eaten too much of it.

I'm at almost 4 days now!