Two random tales

Did you ever have a day when you thought you’d have been better off staying in bed?
I began to wonder that very thought today after I first cut the heel of my foot on the front door while getting ready to go run errands. Then, as I walked out to the car, I stepped half on the walkway and half on the grass and half-twisted my ankle. Thankfully I caught myself before it twisted all the way.
It was at that point that I said to Ava, “mommy needs to sit down right here in the driveway.” And I pulled out my cell phone and called Jody and contemplated whether or not I should attempt to drive after my less than graceful exit from the house. He suggested I knock on wood or a tree or something before I attempted anything else, so I did. He also reminded me that my joints are getting more loose as my pregnancy progresses. Oh yeah. How quickly we forget. I had a nasty fall while 38 weeks pregnant with Ava – slipped off a curb in the rain and went down hard on my knee. I still have nerve damage from that incident.
Anyway, I decided to go ahead with it since I really needed to get to the bank, Post Office, put gas in the car and go grocery shopping. Thankfully, it was all uneventful after that and I got done what I needed to do. :)


Have you ever wondered what happens when you set the leg of a couch down on a ketchup packet? ;)
A few weeks ago, Ava came across some ketchup packets (I assume because we got takeout one night) and was playing with them in the livingroom. I wasn’t really concerned because I didn’t figure she could open them, and I was right. However, I still should have been concerned.
You see, the tv remote had gone missing, so Jody and I were searching the room trying to track it down. He picked up one side of the couch so that I could look under it. No remote. But when he set it down, guess what was right underneath the leg??? The ketchup packet, of course!
We didn’t even notice it had exploded until a few minutes later when I saw some ketchup on the carpet. Oh no! But it got worse. We soon discovered ketchup on the carpet, couch, loveseat, rocking chair, fan, window, curtains, and wall – higher up than Jody could reach while standing on the back of the loveseat! It went EVERYWHERE!
Of course we laughed about it, but I’m still scratching my head wondering how we’re going to get those last drops of ketchup off the wall way up there. ??!!

Our trip to MI (with lots of pics)

We had a very nice trip to MI and managed to fit quite a bit into a week and still have time to relax. The many pics below (taken with my lousy point & shoot camera since I didn’t want to risk damaging my nice one) show some of the highlights from the trip.

One thing we didn’t get any pics of though was our floating trip down the Au Sable River. My parents, Jody, Ava and I had four floaty lounge-chair type things that we tied together and floated down the river. Ava sat on daddy’s lap for most of the float, then came over to join me and baby brother for the end of it. It was a lot of fun, though got a bit chilly at the end when the wind started picking up.

I also feel bad because I didn’t get any good pics of Ava playing with her grandparents, mostly because when she was occupied with them, I was off doing something else. She had a lot of fun with them though – helping water flowers, picking vegetables in the garden, going for wagon rides around the neighborhood and reading books.

Jody got to golf a couple times with my dad, which was fun for him because he never golfs, but also made him realize how much practicing he’d need to do to be any good. ;)

It was nice to spend some time with my parents and not feel rushed to go do this, that or the other thing, which is usually how our visits go because there’s always some big function planned. They seem really happy and settled in their place in Oscoda.

On our last day in MI, we travelled back down state (since we were flying out of Detroit Airport) and stopped by my aunt, uncle and cousins’ house for lunch, then briefly saw my brother at his house before getting to the airport to catch our flight home. The flight was delayed about an hour and a half – first, waiting on the flight attendants, then, after they loaded us on the plane, waiting for the pilot (doh!). But we had a safe, uneventful flight home. :)

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A perfect day (though a little windy) at Lake Huron – 8/13/06:

Going swimming in the big lake – 8/13/06:

Practicing her golf swing with daddy (though after the way he golfed this week, it should’ve been grandma or grandpa helping her!) – 8/13/06:

We had s’more at a campfire in grandma and grandpa’s backyard (grandma and Aunt Carrie in the pic too) – 8/13/06:

At Foote Dam (with grandpa) – 8/14/06:

Chasing the fishies (minnows) down at “Three Pipes” on the Au Sable River – 8/15/06:

Looking for more fishies – 8/15/06:

Being a little fishy herself – 8/15/06:

Swimming with daddy – 8/15/06:

On the beach at Negwegon State Park (a beautiful secluded beach on the way to Alpena) – 8/17/06:

Rock thrower – 8/17/06:

In her own little world, exploring the beach – 8/17/06:

Walking on the beach with mommy – 8/17/06:

Stopping to check out the view (while Ava slept in the car) – 8/17/06:

Picking blueberries (she ate most of what she picked, right off the bushes) – 8/18/06:

Ava showing off a freshly-picked blueberry – 8/18/06:

Taking a break from picking to smile with grandma – 8/18/06:

Modeling the new tutu grandma and mommy made – 8/18/06:

Our family (in front of grandma and grandpa’s house) before the drive down state to the airport – 8/19/06:

Time to say good-bye to grandma and grandpa before we fly home to CO (at the airport in Detroit) – 8/19/06:

It’s good to be home (I confess I missed my bed and body pillow), though we’re not settled back into our groove yet. Ava and I went to a grape jelly canning “party” this morning at a friend’s house. I’d never canned anything myself before so it was cool to see how it’s all done and I’m excited to taste the jar of jelly we brought home. :)

I can’t believe that I’ll be 28 weeks along this week!! I’m really getting close to the end and I don’t feel ready at all. I have both a midwife appointment and acupuncturist appointment this week. I’m also going to look into seeing a chiropractor a time or two before baby boy comes to make sure I’m well-aligned. I’ve never been before, but I know it certainly can’t hurt.

In other news, my sister is all moved into her apartment just a few miles from our house. :) We’ve seen her more times in the past few days than we have in the last year I think! She goes for her school (3rd year law) orientation tomorrow.

Well, the kiddo is going down for a nap, and I have things to do, so that’s all for now.

We’re home!

Just a quick post to say we are home safe and sound. We had a very nice time in MI and I will be posting more about our trip and some pics later. :)
Have lots of unpacking, laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping (cuz our fridge is EMP-TY!) to do today. TTFN.

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.”

On pins and needles

OK, so I wasn’t really on pins and needles, but I needed a catchy title. ;)

I went for my first acupuncture appointment on Monday. I read up a bit on acupuncture beforehand so I had an idea what to expect, but the doctor (an MD who practices in natural medicine and acupuncture) did a wonderful job of explaining things to me as well.

After we talked a bit about what I was there to see her for – liver support to prevent a recurrence of HELLP syndrome, heartburn (which I’ve been having a lot of lately), and stress, she had me lie on the table with supports under my back and legs (since I am pregnant) so I was sitting more in a V than flat on my back. She felt my pulses in my wrists and explained that in Chinese medicine they listen to a lot more than just how many beats per minute. She also explained that what acupuncture does is balance the Qi (“Chee”) or energy force in the body. She said that because I was pregnant, she would avoid using some of the common acu-points because we do NOT want to move Qi down through my pelvis at this time. She said if I was at term and baby wasn’t coming, then that’s when they use the acupuncture to move the Qi through the pelvis, but certainly not at this point in my pregnancy. That was interesting to know.

Then she wiped with alcohol the spots on my body where the needles (which are sterile and disposable and very, very thin) would go in, and began inserting them. She put a couple in my feet, one in each ankle and knee (on the sides), one in my chest (for the heartburn – which she said is “rebellious Qi going in the wrong direction”), a couple in my neck and about four in each ear. The ears contain a spot for each part of the body, so in my ears she treated my nervous system, liver, kidneys and lungs.

It was pretty cool. I felt a slight pinch with a couple of the needles going in (which is what she said to expect), but didn’t even feel most of them being inserted. By the way, the depth of the insertions varies from 6 to 12 millimeters into the muscle tissue, so they aren’t going in far AT ALL. And once they were in, I could no longer feel them (which is to be expected – there should be no pain involved) and really just felt relaxed.

She left me alone with the needles in for 20 minutes, and said although there’s nothing specific I needed to do to help with the treatment, if I wanted to do some meditation or visualization involving boosting my immune system, I could. Mostly I just closed my eyes and practiced my relaxation breathing (for Hypnobirthing), while focusing on having a healthy body. Baby boy was moving around a lot for the first 10 minutes or so, but then he settled down. I could see how it’d be really easy to just fall asleep while the needles are in because it is quite relaxing.

After the 20 minutes were up, she came back in and asked me how I was feeling. Then removed each of the needles.

She said she’d like to see me every week, though I may only go every other week since Jody has to take time off from work to watch Ava while I go.

Anyway, it was an interesting and good experience. Let me know if any of you have any questions. I do recommend that anyone who is wanting to go while pregnant make sure their acupuncturist has treated pregnant women in the past so they avoid the acu-points that move Qi through the pelvis. Don’t want any of these babies coming before they are fully cooked. ;)

In other news, the case of the missing funds has been solved. Hooray! I know I should balance my ledger every month, but (eep!) I haven’t been. So I pulled out our bank statements for the past two months and found about six items I’d never deducted from the ledger. A-ha! The lightbulb goes on! Sucks that we are out that money, but I’m glad that I know why now.
Yesterday afternoon, since Jody had the day off, he, Ava and I drove up to “Ned” (Nederland) in the mountains. It was beautiful up there. We went to the park that we always go to when visiting Ned and Ava had a grand old time on the playground, looking at the fish pond and checking out the dam and reservoir. It was a fun afternoon and nice to get out into nature.

Tomorrow Ava and I have an API meeting to attend in the morning. And on Thursday, Jody’s work (Google) is having a family picnic at a local reservoir (or lake to those of you who don’t live in CO). That should be fun. :)