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December 24, 2009

End of the Year Meme

I don’t do many of these anymore, but I’ve done this meme for many years. So here goes.

End of Year Survey!

— What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Got married, went to Maui, got pregnant. I think that’s about it, but I would say those are pretty significant!

— Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never really make any resolutions. Next year, though, I just want to survive this pregnancy and see our baby born healthy!

— Did anyone close to you give birth?
Many people I know gave birth this year (I’m at that age), but no one I’m super close to.

— Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

— What countries did you visit?
None. 😦

— What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A baby? Okay, I guess I have a baby right now, but one outside my womb would be great.

— What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 1: day I got married. September 11: day of my last period, which is the day we start counting how old baby is.

— What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting knocked up. We were told, like most couples, it could take up to a year to conceive, but we did it in only a month. I’m rather proud of that.

— What was your biggest failure?
Nothing all that dire. I could definitely have more patience while pregnant.

— Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really. I wasn’t sick all that often. Go me!

— What was the best thing you bought?
A PS3 for our first-year anniversary this holiday season. It’s a to the we to the some!

— Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband is fantastic. I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the first trimester without him. He has stepped up to the plate in so many ways, from handling cleaning the house, to feeding the cats 24/7, to bringing me food and water when I’m feeling nauseous. He’s my hero.

— Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one depressed me, per say. But there are certainly people I’d be happy not to hang with again.

— Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage and saving up for medical bills.

— What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting married. Finding out we were pregnant when I secretly already instinctively knew. I’m kind of a broken record here, right?

— What song will always remind you of 2009?
Something from our wedding, perhaps. There are songs that stick out to me from that night.

— Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Happier!
b) thinner or fatter?
Totally fatter with baby.
c) richer or poorer?
About the same, but instead of saving for a wedding, we’re now saving for a baby.

— What do you wish you’d done more of?
Traveling. I’m hoping to go to Miami next year.

— What do you wish you’d done less of?
Throwing up.

— How will you be spending Christmas?
In Florence Christmas Eve and Christmas with my family, then the day after Christmas with Dave’s family.

— Did you fall in love in 2009?
I’m totally in love with this baby inside me. I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or a girl!

— What was your favorite TV program?
LOST happened this year, right? Glee was something refreshing to see, too.

— Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate is such a strong word. But if there are any people I disliked last year, I still dislike them this year. Don’t believe there are any new dislikes to be had.

— What was the best book you read?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, hands down.

— What was your greatest musical discovery?
This was a year of little music for me. I’m not a big music person to begin with, but there just wasn’t any one artist that I latched onto.

— What did you want and get?
A baby.

— What did you want and not get?
A new house. That’s always my long-standing wish, but it shall have to wait a while!

— What was your favorite film of this year?
Iron Man. Was that this year?

— What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 28 a few weeks ago. My mum surprised me by coming in from out of town and spending the day with me. Had lunch with my parents and husband. I had to work all that evening, but the night with my hubby was nice.

— What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting a full time job. It’s kind of a long-term goal. I really don’t want to have to buy private health insurance for the rest of my life.

— How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Maternity shirts can be so cute. I’m glad I have a reason to go a bit bulky.

— What kept you sane?
My husband.

— Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Johnny Depp, as always.

— What political issue stirred you the most?
Health care. Dave and I will be directly affected by this thing.

— Who did you miss?
Friends I don’t see nearly often enough. Peeps from grad school.

— Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm, no new friends!

— Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
If you want something, you have to make an effort to get it.

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November 24, 2009

let’s talk about food

So, I’m pregnant.  Beyond the tons of other symptoms I’m having, there’s also a constant want for food.  I’m usually somewhere between starving and not hungry, and never full.  Tomorrow, my hubby and I journey to my parents’ house to partake in the usual Thanksgiving feast.  For weeks now I’ve really not thought of much else besides eating turkey.  The craving is so strong it’s almost painful.

My family is a very food-oriented family.  I’m not particularly fond of cooking myself, but I certainly love to eat when the food is good.  My family has super strong holiday tranditions, specifically those dealing with food.

My Thanksgiving feast will look like this:

1. Turkey, of course.  There will be a traditional herb-roasted turkey, and the past few years they’ve also done a smoked turkey outside.  The smoked turkey is delicious, but smoking doesn’t go well with my stomach, so I’ll focus my attentions to the herbed turkey.

2. Yellow squash and chicken stuffing.  My grandmother makes this every year.  I get my own individual stuffing because I hate onions, so she makes me a dish without onions.  I love my granny!

3. Green beans.  Nothing fancy, usually with tomatoes.

4. Egg gravy.  This sounds so gross, and I’m really not sure how my grandmother makes it.  It’s so unbelievably delicious and goes perfectly with turkey and stuffing.

5. Mac and cheese.  Made for my husband who’s not a fan of turkey.  Or stuffing.  Poor thing.

6. Rolls.  There are some frozen ones you can buy that are my favorite rolls in the world.

7. Cranberry sauce.  I don’t care for cranberries unless they’re in juice form, but there will be something cranberry-related for everyone else.

8. This year, Dave and I are making a chocolate silk pie.  Here’s hoping it turns out good.

9. Mum might make New York-style cheesecake, which was my preference.  My brother has asked for honey bun cake (which sounds gross, in my opinion).  Let’s see who wins.

That’s our Thanksgiving meal.  I love to eat the leftovers for the next week and a half.  This wait is just driving me crazy.

November 5, 2009

5 things that make me really happy right now

1. I’m pregnant.  It was so quick and amazingly easy and I feel so so so thankful that it was.  Baby is eight weeks old and doing fabulously.  I’m achy and breaking out and nauseous, but that’s ok!

2. The kittens are leaving our home one by one.  I’m not particularly happy that they’re leaving, but I am very happy that they’re healthy and going to the best homes we could find.  We even found a home for mama cat.  So I’m just exciting for them and greatful it’s been easy to accomplish.

3. The weather.  It’s just chilly enough for a jacket, but warm enough with the sun that I don’t feel that cold.  We’ve had so many cloudless skies this week, and with the trees turning colors, the view outside just makes me grin all silly-like.

4. My husband.  He’s already been amazing with this pregnancy, stepping up to take over when I can’t.  I can’t wait to see him holding our son or daughter for the first time.

5. NANOWRIMO is going on right now.  I wish I could’ve participated, but I love seeing others get inspired to put some words down on paper.  Even if the writing industry thinks it evil (and really, I just think they need to loosen up a bit).

September 30, 2009

crazy in this world of mine

I have not been blogging as much as I had promised myself. Not for lack of topics or even for lack of time; rather, for a supreme lack of mental compacity.

I’ve been up to a lot.

1. Work. We’re quickly approaching midterms. I told myself that I wouldn’t wait until the last minute to grade this semester, and while that’s going pretty well, it does mean that I have grading to do every day instead of piles of grading to do over a few days. I guess that’s better, but it does leave me not wanting to do much but read or plop down in front of the TV.

2. Kitties. The kittens are doing great, except for the fact that we discovered Mr Fuzzy Pants is instead a Ms Fuzzy Pants. Whoops. They have their eyes open and they can stand up on all four paws. They are terribly awesome. So instead of sitting in front of a computer for hours on end, I kind of just want to go into the office and sit and watch kittens play around. More pictures upcoming on the Flickr page later this week.

3. Party season. This party season has begun. This time of year always seems to be super busy, doing things with friends and family. I believe we have one free weekend this month. So when I do get some free time, I’m more likely to spend it with my husband than typing on here.

4. Ch-ch-changes. They are upon us. That’s about all I can say right now!

Yes, I have tons of excuses and really none of them are that great. But I’m still here and ready to be back to blogging!

September 15, 2009

Kitties, kitties everywhere!

Here’s a blog post not related at all to what I normally blog about.  There has been a bit of a lack of blogging lately, but I’ve been a bit preoccupied with something else…

About a week and a half ago, on a Thursday, I stepped outside to get something out of my car when a kitty ran out from under our deck chairs.  I figured she was just a stray, but she didn’t keep running; she stopped on the driveway, sat down, and howled.  Full on, super vocal howling.  She kept on and on; I went inside and I could still hear her.

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The husband came home soon after, and she was still there.  He knealt down and she ran right over to him, wanting pets.  So I came out and rubbed her head and looked her over, and thought, oh no.

“Hon, does she look pregnant to you?”

Sure enough, she was pregnant.  We went inside to see if she would eventually wander off… she never did.

A week ago, the day after Labor Day, we took her to the vet.  Besides some fleas and being underweight, she had a clean bill of health.  The vet gave us a large crate to keep her in as we waited for her to give birth (to control where she’d pop out the babies).  We put her in our office, away from our other two kitties.

We woke up Saturday morning to this:

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Five little kittens.  From left to right: Great White Stripe (girl), Gray (boy), Blackie (girl), Fuzzy-pants (boy), and Paws (girl).

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They’re all healthy and doing well.  Krystal has been a great mama.  All around, she’s a fantastic cat.  She’s well socialized and cuddly; all she wants is to be petted and maybe get a little lap time.  However, we’ll definitely be trying to find homes for them once they’re fully weaned.

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I doubt we’ll charge any kind of adoption fee, but there are some charges we’d like the people who adopt these adorable kittens to follow.

1. Please please please please spay or neuter your kitten.  We won’t adopt Krystal out without spaying her ourselves (she’s been through enough).  However, the kittens can’t be spayed/neutered until a bit later in life.  We’re in this mess because someone was irresponsible enough not to spay Krys.  Even if you plan on keeping them indoors, what happens if they get out just once?  More kittens.

2. Keep them indoors.  These kittens will never have known the outside world.  What’s going to happen when you shut out one of these poor kitties?  Like their mama, they’re going to want human companionship.  What’s the point of having a cat if you hardly ever see it?  We tried leaving Krys out for a few days, until we got a checkup at the vet, and she was obviously unhappy out there.  Indoor cats live, on average, much longer than outdoor cats.  Plus, these kittens will be able to procreate before they’re old enough to get spayed/neutered.  Please don’t put more unwanted kittens out there.

3. Don’t declaw them.  Declawing basically means cutting off the ends of their toes.  Would you like for someone to cut off the ends of your fingers?  Cats have claws – be aware of this and don’t adopt a kitten if you can’t handle it.  As long as you get a scratching post, your furniture should be fine.  Keeping their nails trimmed will help as well.

4. Don’t abandon them.  If you find that one of these kittens has gotten pregnant (your fault) or you simply don’t want them anymore (again, your fault), contact us about taking them back.  We’d rather have to find another home for them than find out that one of these kittens had a hard life because of your actions.

Having a kitty is a responsibility.  It’s not a stuffed animal to just look at.  It needs food, litter, and lots of attention.  Krystal was dumped because her owners didn’t take care of her properly.

If you’d like to adopt a kitty, they should be weaned in another six to eight weeks!  You can see more pictures of the kittens and the mama here (updated weekly).