Wednesday, March 27, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: States


How many U.S. state names end with the letter a?

21. In alphabetical order: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia.

Congratulations to La for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: States

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How many U.S. state names end with the letter a?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hump Day Humor: The Internet Party

My favorite is Google.



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Fairy Tales


In what language was the oldest known written version of the Cinderella story told?

Chinese, circa A.D. 850. Scholars believe the fairy tale dates back to ancient Greco-Egyptian times and was passed along orally through the centuries. In the written Chinese version, the heroine, Yeh-hsien, wins the prince with the help of a magical golden-eyed fish instead of a fairy godmother.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Fairy Tales

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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In what language was the oldest known written version of the Cinderella story told?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Flotsam

Some miscellaneous thoughts that I can't really flesh out into full blog posts of their own. Some pregnancy related, some not.

- As this pregnancy comes to an end, I am feeling so many different emotions. But one that stands out right now is anxiety. Over how the whole labor/delivery is going to go down (because let's face it deep down I know I'll be fine and get through it but not knowing just how I'm going to feel makes me nervous). But mostly it's the not knowing when. It's like I have a ticking bomb in my belly, but someone forgot to put the countdown timer in a place where I can see it. The timer is counting down, but I have no idea how much time I have to choose between the red and blue wires and so I stand there frozen with indecision, holding a pair of wire cutters and sweating profusely.
 
- Google announced that it is getting rid of Google Reader, which gives me the sads as that's how I read all the blogs that I read. And I read a lot. According to some articles, this likely spells the end of Feedburner as well. Feedburner is what I use for this ole blog's RSS feed. So I'm going to be looking into other options. But for now, if you subscribe via Feedburner, should be fine. You can also subscribe via email if you want.
 
- I miss my shoes. TOMS have really been great for my swollen feet, but I miss my heels.

- Last week I got a jury summons in the mail. For April 5th, three days after my due date. Since I have no idea when this bundle of joy is going to launch herself into the world, I obviously can't commit to showing up for jury duty. I requested, and was granted, a postponement of fulfilling my civic duty because there's no way they were going to deny a 9-month pregnant woman. Although they had no way of knowing that I am pregnant and close to delivering, I find the timing of the summons hilarious.
 
- Am I going to be able to accomplish anything aside from taking care of Nugget during my maternity leave? Sweet grilled cheebus I hope so.
 
Don't tell John, but I'm considering repainting our bedroom. Don't get me wrong, I still like the blue (it's such an improvement over the brown it used to be). But part of me yearns for something a little more dramatic. I don't plan to do anything about it any time soon. Just an option I'm turning over in my head.
 
- I wish I had more energy to clean my house right now. It's driving me crazy, and I really just want to clean everything in sight. But just thinking about it exhausts me and makes my back hurt.
 
I keep getting asked when my last day at work is going to be. I don't know because I'm working up until she gets here. And I HATE not knowing. Any bets on when the Nugget train starts pulling out of the station?
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hump Day Humor: Presidential Reunion



ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Authors


Who was the first author to hit one million in Kindle e-book sales?

The late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson, in 2010, with his three bestsellers: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next.

Congratulations to HeidiG for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Authors

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Who was the first author to hit one million in Kindle e-book sales?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pregnancy Surprises

Between movies and TV usually showing pregnant women with the same pregnancy symptoms and other women I know who have had babies, I felt prepared for some of what would come with being pregnant... morning sickness, exhaustion in the first trimester, sore boobs, the constant peeing, nesting, food cravings and the swollen feet and general difficulty in getting around in the third trimester. 

(Some of these I experienced more than others. My morning sickness only lasted a few weeks and was really easy to get over by eating a handful of crackers. And I never really had any food cravings. At least nothing weird. I did crave more sweets than I normally eat, but that was it.)

But there were a few things that took me by surprise.

The round ligament pain that forced me to stop running early in the second trimester, then went away but has now come back with a vengeance in these last few weeks. It's nearly impossible to roll over in bed without pain. Plus, I have to sit all the way up just to move from one side to the other.
The indigestion I had in the first trimester.

The almost constant running of my nose and subsequent snoring that John definitely does not appreciate.

The carpal tunnel (!) in my hands. Apparently, the way I sleep with my hands curled into my body and the extra fluid is putting more pressure on some important nerves in my hands/wrists, which means my hands feel very stiff whenever I get up for one of my hundred nighttime trips to the bathroom.

It just confirms what everyone says... every pregnancy is different. What one woman experiences is not necessarily what another will.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sliding Home

Holy shit, you guys. In less than a month, I am going to make a tiny human appear out of my girlie bits like magic. A tiny human that I grew using only my body (with some initial help from John). I mean one second she won't be here. And then POOF. She's there. MAGIC

Can we pause for a second to reflect on how mind-blowingly awesome that is? I mean when I look down at my belly - because that's all I see now when I look down - it is so surreal to think that all that separates the world and Nugget is some skin and tissue.

I'm definitely in the uncomfortable part of pregnancy that comes with the third trimester. More and more people have been asking me if I'm ready for her to be here. If I'm ready for it to be over. I am, and I'm not. I mean I can't wait for her to be here so I can stop wondering what she looks like, if she has John's smile, etc. But I've also enjoyed being pregnant and carrying her with me wherever I go. Some days when I'm driving to work, I stroke my stomach and talk to her in the mornings.

What I'm trying to say is that while I'd much rather she be here so we can watch her grow up and discover the world, I'm going to miss the time we've spent sharing the same body. It sounds weird when I say it out loud (especially considering how much I miss being able to do all the things I used to able to do like run) but after everything we went through last year, the last thing I wanted to do was take being pregnant for granted. And I haven't. Part of me is going to miss it. But it probably won't be long until I do reach that point of okay, Nugget... it's time to come out.

The only major thing we have left to do is get the car seat bases installed in our cars because I don't think either of us wants to have to worry about it when I'm in the hospital. There are some minor things we need to do in the nursery, like get stuff on the walls, but it's nothing that will hinder our ability to care for Nugget when she gets here.

When Nugget is here and the nursery is finished, I'll be sharing pictures. I can't show anything before she gets here because her name will be on one wall as part of a really cool craft project I'm working on. I know it's not fair to tease, but I'm so excited about it. It's turning out better than I thought it would.
 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which finger is fractured twice as often as any other?
 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Love List, the Pregnancy Edition

35 weeks (such a terrible picture)
- Body butter to fight belly itchiness
- Warm (not hot) baths with epsom salts added to reduce swelling, ease back pain and generally relax
- Foot rubs
- TOMS shoes because they don't constrict my swollen feet as much as other flats
- Watching my belly jump when Nugget gets the hiccups [every day]
- Maternity support belt to help ease lower back pain
- Bar Method (this one is not exclusive to pregnancy; I just love Bar Method)
- Heating pad for when my lower back really hurts
- My body pillow for more comfortable sleeping
- Pre-natal massages

What are you loving this Friday?