Five Things Friday

I often have an idea pop into my head that I want to write about, but it just seems too small or short for blogging. (And too long for 140 characters on Twitter.) So I just end up letting those thoughts slide by. Back in the day, when I used to post here multiple times a DAY (not just multiple times a month, which, uh, rarely happens these days), I didn’t care how short or silly or pointless whatever I had to say was, and honestly? It just felt a lot more right that way. Somewhere along the way I lost writing like that. Maybe I can get that back.

Anyway, lots of people write Tuesday Things or Seven Quick Takes, stuff like that. Short little round-ups of random thoughts. Today, Ashley posted Five Things on Friday and BAM! I decided to be a copycat. So here we go!

1. Last weekend, I went up to NYC to visit my college roommate Lara and her husband Bryan, while our other college roommate Jill and her husband Mark came into town on Sunday for a conference Mark was attending. I miss having the sort of friends around where you just veg out on a couch and eat candy and watch the Sex in the City movie. I think it’s a high school and college friend thing… for some reason, I always feel like I need to DO something with my post-college friends, and not just BE.

2. Lara and Jill are also pregnant. As was our fourth roommate Sara, until she had her baby boy over the weekend. (Another one who waited to find out the sex!) This is just weird. And awesome.

3. We’re making serious progress on the bathroom renovation. Adam did all of the demo, we hired a plumber to come install the tub because some of the pipes had to be moved around, Adam put up the drywall, he and I installed the floor tile, we hired an electrician to add a shower light (and new bar lights and a foyer light downstairs!), and we hired someone to tile the shower. We’ve still got to paint, install the vanity and mirror and toilet, and put in all the odds and ends like towel bars and TP holders. All in all, we’re likely going to come in under our original budget (i.e., my end-of-year bonus), at about 1/2 the quote we had for contracting out all the labor (which didn’t even include cost of actual items), and at about 1/4-1/5 of the quote we got from our kitchen contractors. YES! More money for…

4. OUR TRIP TO PUERTO RICO! Man, I am so excited for this! We booked a beach vacation for the second week of April. (I refuse to call it a “babymoon,” ADAM.) We’re staying in a condo right on the beach, so we can eat our breakfast and lunch there and easily head inside for lazy afternoon naps. I haven’t been to the beach since our honeymoon in Hawaii and even then, we spent most of our time actually doing stuff and not being lazy. I want a lazy vacation. If only I could be sipping margaritas.

5. I miss margaritas. I’m not a huge stickler for all the pregnancy rules. I’ve had a few sips of Adam’s beers when we’ve gone out to good beer bars and, frankly, I’m not a huge wine fan so no loss there, but there’s just something that doesn’t feel right about drinking a margarita. Especially because the good ones are kind of loaded with hard alcohol. I think our first dinner out post-baby is going to have to be for Mexican and I’m going to drink a huge-ass margarita. (Well, probably like half of it, because that’ll be enough to make me tipsy.)

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Oh, Baby!

Well, I’ve officially spilled the beans on Twitter, so I think I’m now obligated to post something here…
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Just a little light reading we’re doing these days…

Yup, I’m pregnant.

And to preemptively respond to the most common questions I’ve gotten…

When are you due? July 22.  (Funny story… I was talking with A’Dell at the Blathering and she mentioned that each year, there’s been one attendee who was pregnant and didn’t know it yet.  Turns out, she was actually talking to this year’s that someone. Crazy!)

How are you feeling? This is where you will all hate me. I have had basically zero morning sickness. I felt pretty nauseous (that is a word I always need auto-correct to help me out with) on the 6+ hour car ride home from Thanksgiving, and there was a week or so where I needed to eat some pretzels immediately upon waking up, but I haven’t actually puked. Then again, I’m just not really a puker in general. Other than getting sick a few times after drinking too much (such proud moments), I haven’t thrown up since having appendicitis in 1992. I’m sure I had a few stomach bugs before then, but I honestly don’t remember them so I’m guessing they were few and far between. (*knocks on all the wood in the surrounding area and hopes I don’t get the third-trimester morning sickness I’ve heard about, because that seems like it would be even worse than the first trimester*)

I did, however, suffer from near-debilitating exhaustion. Seriously, if everyone gets this tired in the first trimester, I have NO idea how people who already have kids to chase after or who don’t have a partner living with them to pick up some slack survive. I would basically come home from work, go straight to the couch, and then not move until bedtime. But of course, despite being so exhausted, I had a terrible time sleeping and would wake up just about every hour or so. (Not to pee, though… my bladder of steel is still holding up for me. I usually don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom until around 5 a.m.) I was able to fall back asleep pretty quickly, but I feel like none of my sleep was actually restful for those 6 weeks or so. Things are much better now… I usually only get up once or twice (which is standard for non-pregnant me), but I am having a hard time finding a comfortable position for falling asleep. I’m usually a stomach or back sleeper, so adjusting to mostly sleeping on my side has been tough. (I find I wake up on my back sometimes, but I’m not too concerned about sleeping on my back for an hour or two during the night.)

Man, pregnancy. Already taking about puking and pee and lack of sleep and the baby hasn’t even arrived. Who am I?

(These are, of course, just the physical symptoms… the emotional adjustment would be lengthy enough for its own post, should I ever get around to it.)

Are you finding out the sex? Nope. Well, I mean, we’ll find out at delivery, but not before then. This has been almost universally met with, “Why?” or “How can you do that?” or “I could never.”

Here’s the thing. I totally, 100% understand why most people want to know ahead of time. For most of them, it is not about wanting it to be a boy or a girl, or needing to plan a nursery that perfect shade of blue, or buying a pink baby carrier. It’s because there is already so much anxiety and there are so many unknowns, that most people want to know this one concrete thing ahead of time. It helps them adjust, makes it seem more real. I totally get that.

And you’d think that being the type of person who often has a hard time adjusting to change, that I would fall into this camp of needing to know the sex of the baby ahead of time. But I am also one of those weird people that really, really, really likes surprises. (Well, good ones.) I never once went searching to find out what my parents bought me for Christmas, I didn’t want to have any idea when a proposal was actually coming when we got engaged (which is why Adam’s proposal was so perfect for me, even if there was no ring at the time), I don’t even want to know where Adam’s taking me for my birthday dinner until I show up. And I think a brand new baby is going to be the BEST kind of surprise… I’m kind of giddy thinking about the “It’s a _____!” moment in the delivery room.

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Goals for 2013

I know we’re already a week into the new year and I’m not really sure that goals is the right word for here (resolutions? aspirations? to-do list?), but here we go… 15 things I’m hoping to get done in 2013.

1. Redo the upstairs bathroom.

2. Figure out how to do a container vegetable garden.

3. Put some art/photos up on the walls… living room, hallway, bedroom… anywhere!

4. Read 12 books. (I feel like this number is pretty lame for most people, but I rarely make the time to read and the list of books I want to read keeps getting longer and longer. One a month seems like a good start without being too overwhelming.)

5. Do more yoga. I’m not really one for yoga classes, but I have several DVDs that I actually really enjoy. I think I’d like to start getting up and doing yoga in the mornings before work a few times a week.

6. Take a beach vacation. Hopefully Jamaica, but Puerto Rico is an option if we can’t get our passports renewed in time.

7. Focus at work.  I get my job done and I do it well, but I know that there are all kinds of opportunities out there that I’m just letting pass me by. This is the year I want to stop coasting and really start making things happening and taking the next step in my career.

8. Take advantage of living in DC.  There are so many awesome things to do around here, but we rarely do any of it unless we have visitors in town. Tops on my list… the re-done National Museum of American History.

9. Look into taking up our awkward deck and putting in a stone patio. (This may end up being a project for next year, but I want to at least see how much time and money this is going to involve.)

10. Look into moving the sliding glass door to the backyard to the dining room. (Again, likely a project for next year, so just want to look into this for now.)

11. Make photobooks — honeymoon, 2011 and 2012 yearbooks.

12. Decide whether we want to make our own wedding album or pay our photographer to do it. Then get it done.

13. Declutter and donate/sell/toss items we don’t use… especially those that have stayed in boxes since we’ve moved.

14. Figure out a cleaning schedule. Related: decide whether we want to hire a cleaning service.

15. Go to bed earlier.

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December Goals…

December is always so hectic, but I LOVE the holiday season so I try to fit in some time to do a few special things each year. This is our first December in our house, so I’m especially looking forward to doing some seasonal decorating (some Christmas, some Hanukkah, some just winter that can stay up for a while). It’s a little hard to get into the spirit when it’s going to be 6o degrees on December 2nd, but here we go…

  • Make fruitcake. My grandparents have had this on their Christmas list for the past few years and last year I claimed it and made it from scratch. It was such a hit that when their list came out yesterday, it said: “Attn: Stephanie – Fruit Cake.” Ha! I’d already purchased all the ingredients before I even received that email!
  • Go to Zoolights
  • Hang Christmas lights outside. This is the first time we get to do this. Yay!
  • Go through our decorations and decorate inside. We’re not going to have a tree this year. Adam doesn’t really want one, although probably wouldn’t fight me on it if I really did. I prefer artificial trees, but we just don’t have place to store one right now. So, we’re just skipping the tree altogether. I did buy some (artificial and reusable) garland to hang over the fireplace and I’m going to go through the rest of my bin to see what we should keep, what we should toss, and what I still want to buy.
  • Host a holiday game night. Basically a regular game night, but with cookies and a hot cocoa or sundae bar, and Christmas music playing in the background.
  • Plan and go on our annual “holidate.” Instead of giving each other gifts, Adam and I usually pick a night in December to go out to a fancy dinner and maybe a show of some sort. Still need to do some research on whether there’s anything we want to see and hope that we can still get a good reservation somewhere.
  • Watch Elf. It seems kind of silly that such a new Christmas movie is one of my favorites, but it cracks me up so much. (“I like to whisper too!”)
  • Take a walk through our neighborhood to see Christmas lights. Our neighborhood association actually gives out a prize for the best decorated house, so I am really hoping the neighborhood gets into it. I can see us bundling up with some travel mugs full of hot cocoa and taking a stroll around the neighborhood after dinner one night.
  • Paint some winter-themed art for above the fireplace. I did this for the fall and now need to come up with something for winter. I already have an idea in mind… just need to execute.
  • Have a quiet night (or several) playing a game next to the fireplace with some hot cocoa or tea. We did this at the B&B we stayed at on vacation (if you substitute “Ben & Jerry’s” for “hot cocoa or tea”) and it was so nice and relaxing. I am so excited to have a fireplace!

(I actually started making this list a week or so ago, but it turns out we’re going to be knocking out the first 3-4 of these items this weekend, since it is so warm out.)

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