Off to the Great Lakes state :)

We’re heading out bright and ridiculously early Saturday (the 12th) morning to catch our 8 a.m. flight to Michigan, where we’ll be until the 19th, spending time primarily with my folks and sis (for a few days) up in Oscoda.

The weather looks to be sunny and in the 80s for the week (yay!), except for one day of possible rain. I can deal with that. :)

After flying into Detroit Metro Airport (cuz it was the cheapest [and I use the term loosely] flights we could get of the airports available to us in MI), Mom is picking us up for the four hour drive up to Oscoda. It’s going to be a loooong day of traveling. Thankfully we’ll have the rest of the week to rest and relax before the trip back home.

My parents live within a couple blocks of the Au Sable River (right pic) and Huron National Forest and within a couple miles of Lake Huron (left pic). We’re looking forward to doing lots of swimming, some nature walks, canoeing, campfires, seeing the sights and just plain relaxing.

For those of you who don’t know, I spent the first 22 years of my life in Michigan (in the Detroit area), before moving to Oklahoma for a year and a half, and eventually to Colorado – where I’ve lived for the past nearly six years now. So while I’m going back to my home state, it won’t really feel like going “home” since my parents sold the house I grew up in and moved four hours up north to Oscoda a few years ago.

Some interesting trivia about Oscoda (and surrounding areas)…
I asked my mom to check into natural or health food stores around there because I know we’ll want to pick up some things for the week. Well, there are no health food stores in Oscoda and they only have one grocery store chain (the other recently closed down), that apparently doesn’t carry any (or very little) organic food. There’s a Wal-mart Supercenter about 20 miles from there that you’d think would carry *some* organic foods, but mom checked it out and they don’t. Gah! Thankfully, I was able to track down one health food store – Marbie’s Nutrition – about 20 miles from Oscoda, so it looks like we’ll be paying ol’ Marbie a visit. ;) Though it’s probably worth putting in a call to Marbie first to make sure they carry what I need. Anyway, I know health food stores exist in other parts of Michigan. Hell, they even have Trader Joe’s. We don’t have Trader Joe’s here! But still, the longer I’m away, the more I realize Michigan is such a DIFFERENT world than Colorado.

I know we’ll have a good time with the fam, and, even though I’m whining about it, we won’t die if we eat conventional food for a week. ;) There are just a few things that I’d like to have on-hand, specifically for Ava. So we’ll do what we have to do. :)

I hope to check in once or twice while we’re there, but I’ll be on *gasp* dial-up so I’m not holding my breath for too much Internet time, which is good anyway since I hope to be enjoying the great outdoors. :) “See” y’all in a week, with some pics and fun stories from the trip.

Just for the record, I’m 26 weeks pregnant today – only 98 days left to go according to my baby-gaga ticker. Wow!! :) Baby boy has been active as all getout lately. I swear my whole stomach lurches at times.
I talked to my midwife’s back-up a couple times this evening (because my midwife is out of town) about the abdominal discomfort I was having yesterday and today and the lightheadedness and it all sounds normal. She suggests I take a calcium/magnesium supplement to help with the round ligament pain, drink more water (is that possible??), and make sure my blood sugar isn’t dropping (i.e. eat) for the lightheadedness. She was very friendly and helpful and, while I wasn’t too concerned about what was going on, I feel much better after having talked to her.

Give me a break

I just read that the Transportation Safety Administration is, as of today, prohibiting all liquids from carry-on luggage.

“The TSA issued the directive early Thursday following the arrests in the United Kingdom of several people suspected of plotting to blow up aircraft flying from the UK to the United States. The TSA has raised the national alert level to orange, indicating its belief that some sort of threat against U.S. aviation still exists.
The directive states that liquids or gels – including beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel and similar items – will not be allowed through screening checkpoints. Concessionaires on the concourses can still sell such items, but have been instructed to tell passengers that the items cannot be taken aboard a plane.”

This is particularly maddening to me sine we are flying on Saturday. So are they going to deny me, a pregnant woman who needs to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day, water on the plane? And what about babies that aren’t breastfed? Are they going to deny them formula*? I understand the need for security, but sometimes I think things are taken a bit too damn far.

Jody seems to think I could take an empty water bottle through security and fill it up from a drinking fountain once we are through. That is, provided they don’t confiscate my bottle. Who knows what the protocol is for empty containers. Oy.

Anyway, I’m just sitting here saying to myself – “what the hell?”

I don’t think we are going to Jody’s work picnic at the reservoir today. I was having some abdominal discomfort yesterday and have been feeling a bit woozy today (I have a call into my midwife), and Ava had a fever last night, so I think we’d better just stay home and rest up for our trip (and the long wait through security). ;oP

**EDITED**: Perhaps I need to edit this post to include that there’s definitely more to this than just my being inconvenienced. OBVIOUSLY, I want everyone to be safe, but I think the way the government instigates these new procedures and protocols reactionarily (is that a word?) isn’t really the best way to handle things. It’s hard to take the threat levels and increased precautions seriously when the government/media is constantly trying to cram FUD (Fear – Uncertainty – Doubt) down our throats. It only takes one time of watching the evening news or a look through the news headlines to see how much FUD is out there. So sure I’m pissed that I can’t take my own water through security, but (as with most of the things I post about), there is a LARGER issue here.

*After hearing something on the news about breast milk and formula being allowed, I found this on the Department of Homeland Security‘s website:
“The only exceptions are baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket; and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines.”