Thursday, November 18, 2010

To Scan or Not to Scan... That is the Question

The new Advanced Imaging Technology has some people's feathers in a ruffle with the invasion on privacy. Me? In regards to "personal space" and invasion of privacy it really doesn't bother me.

But I do get a little skeptical with ANY type of technology and being pregnant... OK, you caught me I still use my cell phone regularly, BUT I try not to put my laptop directly on my lap or belly, and I definitely run and hide when the microwave is on.

You could argue both ways- TSA said it was safe and there are so many other "worse" things out there that my in-utero baby is exposed to OR you could said do you really want to risk that "one time"

So I think as I jump on the plane tomorrow I  think I might ask for the heavy duty pat down, who knows could be fun, haha! And if any woman or man thinks they are getting their hands between my bra and back; between my boobs, between my boobs and belly; and under my belly, I say go ahead... try.. GOOD LUCK cause I can't haha!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Morning Fav

Trader Joe's Cheese Selection!

Trader Joe's has a really great cheese selection (at least at our local Ardmore Market). And they are really pretty reasonably priced as far as "nice" cheeses go.

They have the basics- cheddar, mozzarella, goat, havarti, gouda, etc. but then they also have these fun Stilton Blue Cheese's, and my personal fav, which I cannot remember the name!!

BUT MY FAV T.J. cheese is this softer cheese with cranberry in it! It is SO amazing on any type of cracker. I hate that I cannot remember the name, BUT you will recognize it right away, it's cut like the blue cheese (in a bigger triangular wedge), but it has pieces of cranberry in it to add a little flavor!

Quote of the Day

I stole this from a facebook friend, but I just thought it was too great not to share:

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. - Herm Albright

I really like this quote as I am firm believer that attitude is everything! It is really hard to be positive sometimes! And on the flip side I think a "not-so positive moment" is definitely  healthy every once in awhile. But let's be honest no one likes a full time complainer; it's exhausting and personally not very uplifting to be around! In certain situations I think it's better to really try and take a step back and see the positive side of things, which is really hard to do, but great practice! 

Now I fully recognize that I am not a "Positive Patty" or a "Happy Hannah" 24-7, but I really do try (even if it's in the privacy of my own home or giving myself a pep-talk.. yes that does happen often) to keep a positive attitude as much as I can! 
My sister in-law is a very positive person, so when she calls and says "OK I just need to vent for a minute" or something to that affect I tend to listen more clearly and take it more seriously because I know that she really needs to get it out!!! I love that!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prejudice Parent?

I should probably keep this to myself, but it's just too "typical" to not share it with you!

So as I am in countdown mode with my final weeks (I just started my 3rd trimester)... I'm trying to go through my checklists, etc. to make sure I am not "forgetting" anything! Sign up for birthing class, check; Find a pediatrician, looking; Setting up nursery (slowly but surely), check!

After Baby comes I have a few short weeks (depending on the arrival date) with my little lover before I go back to coaching... yes it's a little crazy, BUT I truly love and want to do this and I think getting out for 2-3 hrs a day will be good for me, make me a better Mommy, and appreciate what I have to come home to!

This means finding a babysitter!! I'm going to wait until the New Year to go into full mode to find someone (or some people) as it's a little too soon now, but I don't wait too long as I don't want to find myself in a jam. So I found myself looking through "Sitter City"... plugged in all my important criteria:

Has a background check
Has experience with newborns/infants
Within a close radius
Has own transportation
Will come to my  house

And then once I have narrowed my search to 1,300 "qualified" babysitters (haha) I noticed after a little while I was going  by their picture!!!! I mean I literally noticed my clicking pattern was on the "cute" profiles! Am I choosing a babysitter or a new bff? haha Oh Lordy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Morning Fav

Morning  Fav: MORNING GLORY!

So I went to see Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton, last night. It was really cute! Not sure if it's my "motherly" instincts but Harrison Ford keeps getting more and more attractive! Very stunning for an "older" look... I think they call that distinguished!

It was a romantic comedy- that definitely had kept me laughing (and my face hidden behind my scarf at times). There was a little romance but nothing too sappy or over the top. But Rachel's love interest (Patrick Wilson?) is definitely sort a cute too.

The only "annoying" thing was Rachel's characters bangs getting in the way from time to time :)

Otherwise a cute movie to get out and see... if you feel like spending $11/pp!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2007 CT Triple Murder

WOW... watching the Today Show this morning and they did a segment on the Petit family (mom and 2 daughters; dad Dr. Petit survived) that was killed in Connecticut by Steven Hayes when he invaded their home.

First off, what a heinous crime. But what I think is interesting is how the jury decided to sentence him to death... i.e. giving him the death penalty vs. life in prison.

I don't feel strongly one way or another about the death penalty- I'm not strongly for nor against. But what's interesting is I bet the majority of the time these criminals probably feel "relieved" when they receive the death penalty vs. life in prison. In this particular case, Steven's attorney even said [Steven] is relieved that he received the death penalty and this is what he wanted.

I'm not saying this is the case, but you hear of this a lot- that the criminals feel relief... is this so that they don't have to live a life filled with regret and remorse (even they even are capable of those emotions). If so, do we give them "an easy way out"?

Monday, November 8, 2010

DIY- Kitchen Renovations

And let the games begin.............

OK so it is time, the kitchen renovations have begun... back to my other blog.. patience is a virtue, right??

I am so glad we are doing this before Baby comes! So far Kyle has done a great job on the demolition!

And the majority of our supplies are already in house:
1. New appliance.. CHECK
2. New Cabinets... CHECK

And all the other stuff is ordered and SUPPOSE to come in the timely fashion of when it should be installed and/or implemented!

As long as the kitchen is done BEFORE (and not one or two days hehe) Christmas I am good to go!!!

Here are a few pictures of the demolition:
(I'll upload the "Before's" so you can see the step-by-step process!)

Friday and Saturday afternoon Kyle tore down the cabinets, knocked down 1 wall, opened up another wall, tore up the floor, and still  managed to keep the house looking clean AND keeping our fridge and stove in tact for cooking and cleaning... IMPRESSIVE! 

Patience is a Virtue

OK so it's official I am now "cool" enough to go to the doctor every 2 weeks! Or maybe it's not about being "cool" as it is being in  my 3rd trimester! Gooooo ME and Bam Bam! haha!

Sorry I am in total baby-mode again! I just celebrated one of my bf's baby showers this past weekend and it was a blast! She got the greatest gifts, looked gorgeous- glowing from head to belly, to cute TB boots :), and was surrounded by friends and family who just wanted to dote on her every move!! Pregnancy looks great on her! She is in the two months stretch- yay! I love having someone right in front of me telling me "what I can expect" and not "what to do". It's so great  to have someone to go through this with! And each time I reach the spot she was telling me about- 12 week ultra sound, 20 week ultra sound, glucose test, upgrading to 2x/month check ups, I just feel so proud... like "part of the club"!

Baby furniture is due to arrive for both of us this week- how exciting!!!

I am just so in love with my baby I cannot wait to meet him/her!!! Like they always say.. "patience is a virtue"... "good things come to those who wait"..I know I know.. but in the words of Veruca Salt (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).. "I WANT IT NOWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I  just can't wait to...
1. See what child birth is all about (yes I am scared to bits)
2. See if it's a boy or girl
3. Try and breast feed
4. See Kyle's face when he finds out what it is
5. See Kyle hold him/her for the first time
6. Hold him/her for the first time
7. NAME him/her (OK baby COULD BE name-less for a few hours or days.. that is OK)
8. Hold Baby... did I already mention that???
9. Bring Baby home and just love him/her
10. Panic about am I doing things right from the day he/she is born until I die.. and then probably from above (fingers crossed) after that, haha!!!!

Another Fav

I'll  be honest..... the easiest and most reliable for me to answer your question: "What time is it?" is by clicking on my phone, BUT I'll 9 times out of 10 I'll have my watch (GORGEOUS gold Michael Kors) on!

A watch to me, and many others, is a solid accessory. Some like to rely on one and some like to  have a ton! I say.. to each their own!

If you are in the market for a fashionable, classic looking watch.... I say this is a great find:
Tortoise Style Watch:


3. Different but classy...

And of course MY FAV.. My Watch:

Fashion Police


I tend to think that my friends, for the most part, have a great sense of fashion! I love seeing, whether it is "dress up" or "down" attire, what they are going to show up in.. and MOST IMPORTANTLY  their accessories! I LOVE accessories, especially because it is truly something I "struggle" with!

My high school friends got together for a friend's baby shower (yay) this weekend and I couldn't help but notice the cute little accessory on her wrist..... I'm not sure what designer it exactly was, but I have had my eye on a similar style/replica for awhile now... they are just so classy!!

The thick LEATHER cuff

Some examples:
Hermes Cuff:

A few different options from my friends' fab blog "fthisorfthat":

Tory's Cuffs:

Morning Fav

Haven't done this in awhile....

This year I was on my "A" game when it came to my fall wardrobe.. I started early! But heck I was ready for fall clothes in July!!

I ordered these in July and they didn't come until the end of September, but it was just in time!

They are the UGG "Jillian" Riding boot (click on "Title" above to go to link) in Dark Chocolate! These boots are SO comfortable (all lined with the "Ugg wool"), stylish, supportive, and go with almost anything- dressing up or down!

Other Favs

Leather Boots:

Leather Short boots/ or "clog like" (in black) :

Pick Me Up

OK so we could all probably agree that it has gotten quite frigid this past week/weekend. It's so common to hear people complain or comment on the weather... all winter people tend to remark on how chilly and cold it is and they cannot wait for summer, but when summer roles around it ends up being, ironically, "too hot"!!!

I tend to like fall more and more each season that passes! I mean put me on a beach with a cold one in my hand (well not this past summer) and I'll take that ANY DAY!!!! But, there is just something so fun about dressing up in boots and matching (or not) scarves! I love popping in and out of the cold- it truly is a good pick me up! My morning walks have become less and less now that we have our new fence, but I truly enjoy my 10-minute walks around the block with Harley in the AM or mid-afternoon when I need a good "slap in the face"- that cold air and wind really is refreshing!