Thanks again to Travis,
Laura, and Andrea for the dinner! It was great to see everyone. Manuel
you shoulda come up for it!
We don't leave until Friday, but I already have a list of things to do before
we leave, and I'm already a bit stressed about it. Although I'm pretty sure
this happens every year. I just need to get organized.
(10 weeks pregnant now!)
think I'm just gonna leave December up as one page, since we're leaving
for Florida soon. Yep. It's
time for Floridaagain.
And Sean's going again this year! It makes such a difference when
he's there. And just in case you think we're crazy for going on a
vacation while we're broke, remember that my Grandparents always pay
for this trip - plus Sean's job stopped Friday and doesn't pick up
again until Jan 2nd, and I don't start working until Jan 3rd*, AND
we booked the tickets last February before we had a clue as to where
we'd be living or what we'd be doing. Which means that we're flying
out of Seattle (I didn't know if we'd be in Vancouver yet) - which
adds another half-day of traveling, but oh well.
* Pending hire by 10th Ave Starbucks and OMG if that doesn't happen
then I have much bigger problems than I thought.
BTW did you know you can't work at both Motherhood Maternity and Thyme
Maternity at the same time? It's a breach of trust. MATERNITY
CLOTHES. BIG SECRETS. I'm choosing Thyme because their discount
is 50%, Motherhood's is 30% after three months.
So the plan is Starbucks
full-time M-F and Thyme on Saturdays, if all goes as planned. HEH. Jon was here this weekend to
take Sean to a Canucks game, which was awesome. I also went to a Christmas
party that same night - pics are on Flickr.
Special thanks to Diane
& Morrie Mayfield for the baby gift. BABY GIFT!! GAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHHHHH!
clothes are getting tight - not enough to panic quite yet, but enough
to go ahead and spend part of my gift certificate at Motherhood Maternity
from Mom. Or so I thought. Maternity clothes are NOT messing around.
Unless you have a big protruding belly, you look like you are wearing
an XXL dress over your pants. The sales girl suggested that I try
on the pregnancy pillow (provided in each dressing room) and then
suddenly the clothes fit. I said "This is nice, but I'm looking
for clothes for the near future, not the end of my pregnancy."
And she responded "The pillow represents six months."
Oh. Oh Dear GOD.
Meanwhile, my seal-barking cough that I've inherited from Sean is
now forcing Sean to sleep in the second bedroom. Which is a total
rip-off because I've slept next to him for the past sixteen SNORING
years. The cough is so bad it makes me gag, AND it makes my head pound
to the point that I have my head in a football clutch while coughing.
I was making dinner and I was in the middle of like five different
things and I had a coughing spell that made me PEE. I DID NOT HAVE
THE TIME FOR THIS.
Last night I decided
to call the Nurse Hotline from my old insurance company in Seattle, since
BC Med doesn't seem to have one, and the 18-year-old boy on the
phone said I could safely take Robitussin DM. So off to the store we went,
me in my Nike sweatshirt from my senior year in high school (that would
be 1988) and no bra and unwashed hair and we had the pharmacist at Safeway
look up the warnings for Robitussin DM and pregnancy. Apparently there was
a study and they had pregnant women take mass doses of the main ingredient
(whatever it is) and the only problem they found were partial limbs.
Other than that, though, no problems. Sean starts walking away saying "Okay,
our kid's gonna have limbs" and that's when I read the dosage
they were giving these women, which was enough to basically have psychedelic
hallucinations throughout the whole nine months. My dosage would be, you
know, enough to erase maybe like 1 IQ point. I WAS WILLING TO TAKE THAT
ONE IQ POINT. THAT IS NOT THE SAME AS A LIMB.
Besides, any time something goes wrong in my kid's life, they can blame
me and the Robitussin.
Kinda sucky, though - I'm still barking/coughing/clutching my head/hopefully
no longer peeing. So I'm not even sure if it was worth it.
Speaking of sucky - I am still looking for work but I had a couple more
leads today. Please stop sending me e-mails about how I can make money.
It's not just the money. I need a legitimate job that takes out taxes and
employment insurance, so I may take parental leave once the baby is born.
I will need 600 hours paid into the EI for me to take the paid leave. And
for some strange reason, there is a HUGE number of employers who pay cash
I do appreciate all the Cheer Up e-mails. Thanks, you guys.
haven't posted because nothing is happening. I had yet another job
interview today but she called a half-hour before the interview to
cancel, since her car was in the shop, and now the interview won't
happen until Friday. This is unbelievable. What I thought would be
a week of unemployment is turning into a month.
Sean is still sick and depressed about money so now he hardly speaks
and we just sorta hang out the house not talking since neither of
us can go do anything. Yayy! Baby! This is exactly how I dreamed it
would be, with an ultrasound in silence with not even a grin at the
This is so fun!
Maybe if we all just think about it at the same time Is there some way we can all band together to stop Andie MacDowell
from being famous?
dear friend Maggi
in Seattle sent me a surprise gift and I received it today - two books
that I had on my Amazon wishlist. It couldn't have come at a more
welcome time, as times are tight right now, and we don't see any signs
of things letting up until after January. Sean's construction job
ends next week, and there's no more work until January. And I'm still
unemployed. If it wasn't so cold I'd be barefoot and pregnant. Tomorrow
I'm applying at Starbucks after I hear what sort of schedule I may
get at Motherhood Maternity. It's like one step forward, two
Probably not that exciting to those of you who live in areas that
actually get snow regularly, but pretty exciting in Vancouver and
Seattle, when it does happen. Oddly, the snow melted everywhere
by that night, which was.. Monday? Tuesday? But our back yard is still
covered in snow. It's clear everywhere until you get to our block.
Sean and Pete completed phase three of who-knows for the kitchen,
pictures on Flickr. I still have a dishwasher covered in foam and
a strawboard hunk of wood for a countertop. But the dishwasher is
hooked up and running! Baby steps!
SIX VIALS of my blood
Mom & I, 1974
I had my first midwife
appointment last week but we didn't do anything but talk about a birth plan.
I have an ultrasound scheduled for Wednesday, December 21st. At that time
we'll be able to see and hear the heart beating. Later on I was sent to
a lab to give a bunch of blood for many tests. Results back in a week.
I also had a job interview at Motherhood Maternity (!!) and if it's only
part-time by January then I will also have to work somewhere else part-time,
so I'm thinkin' Starbucks. Who woulda ever thought that I'd be right back
where I was? At least it'll be fun.
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Mom, who is going to be an awesome