Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pregnancy is strange

Being pregnant, my body is changing.

My boobs have gotten bigger. (YAY, GIRLS!)

My stomach has gotten bigger. (YAY, BABY!)

My ass has gotten bigger. (YA..wait, what???)

And yet, despite all of this, and despite that fact that I’m fairly certain amniotic fluid and mammary glands weight more than fat…

Somehow I have lost 7 pounds since becoming pregnant.

*scratches head*

How does that work?

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Books, glorious books!

10 days ago: I was volunteering in the deaf-education classroom of a teacher I really admire and mentioned that while her students all read a book (almost) every day, it often seemed to be above their level and thus wasn’t doing them a lot of good. She agreed, and said she’s tried to have a system in place but the kids don’t follow her system and she didn’t know what else to do nor have the time to implement a new system. I suggested a computer program which uses trade books but ranks them by level, and then lets the kids take a test on what they read. She was excited and asked me to look into it. I was excited and did as soon as I got home.

10 days ago…a few hours later: I e-mailed her with a free system I had found like I described, but I didn’t think it was the big one I was familiar with. After another hour of searching I e-mailed her again when I found the big one I was familiar with: Accelerated Reader. (I know it’s not a perfect system, but in her situation for her kids it seemed like it would be helpful). She e-mailed back she had heard of it and would look into if her school had it available.

7 days ago: I spent all weekend bouncing up and down with the prospect of reorganizing books! Using numbers! Books! Organizing! Numbers! Dream come freaking true!

5 days ago: I e-mailed again to ask if her school had the AR system, and beg her to let me ask if she would like to use their ranking system, even if she couldn’t use their tests, to level her books.  She replied they didn’t but she’d love to implement the leveling system if I was up for it. I threw a happy party.

4 days ago: I went out of my way to go to Staples to select the perfect labels for the project. I then spent much of the evening guesstimating how many of each number I would need, aligning a printing template perfectly and testing out fonts and sizes, and printing out labels.

3 days ago: I showed up bright and early and worked with the kids….and then when they went for group work rather than observing and helping I grabbed bins of books and started joyfully labeling them. After labeling about 300 or so I pulled them from their bins and reorganized them all by number. I re-sorted them into bins, made new labels for the bins to identify which numbers were in each bin, and made personalized cards for the students telling each of them which levels of books they were allowed to read (based on reading tests they had recently been given). I stayed almost the full school day (instead of leaving at lunch like I normally do) gleefully doing this. I then went home because I had not eaten all day and baby was not. happy. about this. After eating I fretted the rest of the evening because I had not brought any books home to continue working on them and I could not get the darn books out of my mind.

2 days ago: I obsessed all day about the dang books. I decided to go back on Friday to work in the room and pick up books for the weekend.

1 day ago: After loading 4 reuseable bags with books (Note: heavy!) and hauling them out to my car I hurried through my homework so I could spend the rest of the evening labeling books.

Today: Still joyfully labeling books. This is the best. Project. Ever.

I have a problem.

That problem is named Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


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Laugh and dance

I love songs that make me laugh. Not songs done by comedians and the like. But when a song is clever? It earns my admiration. Here are some of my favorites (Fair warning, all of these songs are country. But give them a chance, they are awesome!):

Girls Lie Too – Terri Clark

I’m sorry, but this music video wins because it features Captain Jack Sparrow. Not to mention it is happy and dancey and makes me giggle every time, even though I can’t really relate to most of the specifics.

“We don’t care how much money you make
What you drive or what you weigh
Size don’t matter anyway
Girls lie, too!”

Ticks – Brad Paisley

This may be the  most romantic song ever. Though I’ll admit it seems less so since I’ve seen actual ticks.

“And I’d like to check you for ticks.

I know the perfect little path
Out in these woods I used to hunt
Don’t worry babe I’ve got your back
And I’ve also got your front
Now, I’d hate to waste a night like this
I’ll keep you safe you wait and see
The only thing allowed to crawl all over you when we get there is me.”

Online – Brad Paisley

Anyone with an online presence can appreciate this one!

“I work down at the Pizza Pit
And I drive an old Hyundai
I still live with my mom and dad
I’m 5 foot 3 and overweight
I’m a scifi fanatic
A mild asthmatic
And I’ve never been to second base
But there’s whole ‘nother me
That you need to see
Go checkout MySpace

‘Cause online I’m out in Hollywood
I’m 6 foot 5 and I look damn good”

What are some of your favorites?

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Damn you, Twilight.

The hubby and I FINALLY fully agreed on a name we both really like! Which has been next to impossible. Yay!

Unfortunately, we only discovered we agreed upon it when I mentioned it to lament the fact that we could never use it. I was saying it was sad, because I loved the name, and hubby’s eyes got real big because, for the first time ever, his response was, “Really?? I love that name, too!”

Too bad that name is Isabella.

In other words, the number one most popular name in the United States.

Damn you, Twilight.

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What is this “energy” of which you speak?

This week has been killer.

Daylight savings

+ Pregnancy fatigue

+ Chronic fatigue syndrome

+ My appetite coming back

–  My ability to eat coming back

+ A major paper/project due every day this week



My school work has slipped because I’ve been so worn out. So has my teaching. And my patience.

But I’m getting through. And sometimes, that’s all you need to count it as success.

(On that note, sorry my posts of late are short. Now you know why. At least I’m posting!)

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Silly morning sickness

I think *knock wood* that my morning sickness is finally starting to go away.

Why? My appetite is coming back. I am starving much of the time.

Unfortunately, most food is still not appealing.

Also unfortunately, eating still makes me sick.

So right now I’m in the positing of being desperate for food….while feeling absolutely sick from the food I ate an hour ago, making eating far from appealing.

And interesting conundrum.

And totally worth it for baby!!

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Let’s get it started!

This video makes me giggle a ridiculous amount. I’m not entirely sure why. But I love this woman and her husband. And giggling.

“You boys brought this on yourselves!”

Also? That woman? Is a freaking rock star. So few twin pregnancies make it to term, let alone 6 days “overdue,” and even fewer are delivered vaginally! Go her!


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Pregnancy dreams

The past week I have been getting less than restful sleep due to a plethora of stress dreams. I think they were triggered by nervousness about telling the world we’re pregnant, and now they won’t leave. Pregnancy, however, has made them different than my standard stress dream fare of being endlessly chased. And last night, my brain got creative.

I dreamed that I went through labor and delivery, which was stressful for various reasons despite being somehow painless. And then, at the end, I gave birth to a little girl!


There is something wrong with me.

But hey, at least I was disappointed it was a puppy instead of a human baby.

(And not only because I wanted to take her shopping for girly clothes but I knew people would look at me funny for bringing a puppy into the store and holding up clothes to her which WASN’T FAIR since I gave birth to her!!)

(It was a long dream.)

But don’t worry, after laughing for quite awhile my hubby has 100% bet the farm guaranteed me that the child I am carrying inside me is not a puppy.

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