Friday, August 31, 2007
About 6 weeks ago Rachael and I decided to give canning dill pickles a try. We had ample amount of cucumbers from the farm, so we gave it our best effort. We were quite proud of ourselves when it was all done. I did not have a blog at the time or I would have blogged about it, but Rachael blogged about it, even put our recipe on the blog. If only she knew then what she knows now, she wouldn't have done that! I hope nobody actually took our recipe and used it. It definitely needs some tweaking. I found the recipe online at work, and a coworker suggested we use apple cider vinegar instead of the white vinegar the recipe called for. She seemed like an experienced canner so I figured I should trust her. Turns out she was wrong, even though she still swears that's what she always uses.
After a couple weeks we opened a jar to try the pickles and sadly we were not impressed, they tasted a lot like apple cider vinegar and not much like dill and garlic. This was very disappointing seeing as we had canned 40 quarts! But we decided to give it more time, apparently you are supposed to let them sit for 6 weeks before eating. The other night at work I was talking about the pickles and telling the lady who suggested the vinegar change that I thought that was a mistake and she suggested I bring in a jar and let everyone try them and decide if they are any good, now that it's been 6 weeks. The verdict: Not that bad, can still taste the cider vinegar but not nearly as much and we didn't use enough dill and garlic so there isn't a strong flavor to them. But they are crispy! I don't think I'll have to throw them out, but they're certainly nothing to brag about. And next year we will probably try again, but will use white vinegar and add a lot more garlic and dill. Actually I think I will steal my brother-in-laws recipe, he made sun dill pickles and they turned out awesome.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Then I decided to go into VS and buy some new pajamas since that is the most comfortable thing to wear these days, and seeing as I sleep a lot, it seemed like a good idea. And it was, other than the sales lady who wouldn't leave me alone, telling me all about the Angels card I just had to have. I got a very cute PJ set. Drawstring is so great.
I also couldn't help but notice scrubs, pj's, and maternity clothes have a lot of similarities. They all have either elastic waistbands or drawstring, they are either plain or wild prints and colors (sort of like wallpaper) that you'd never think of wearing in public. And they're not very flattering. But it's not all bad, their best feature is that they're quite comfortable.
Oh, and guess what I got in the mail today? My baby bedding! That was fast, they said 2-3 weeks, and I don't think it's even been one. I guess I better hurry up with the painting. I have the downstairs room almost painted. I have to do it in stages because there is only one small window in there and the fumes get pretty strong.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Phone conversations from earlier today:
Todd: I'm basically done working, where are you?
Me: Just dropping off Kristen and Kate from swimming.
Todd: Come home soon and we'll go eat.
Me: I've been home for a while, what are you doing? When are you coming home?
Todd: I'm done working, just talking with Ronnie in the shop. Are you in a hurry to go eat?
Me: No, but I might fall asleep if you take too long.
Todd: Okay, be there in a little bit.
Me: Are you coming home tonight or what?
Todd: Yeah, I'm still in the shop talking with Ronnie, Lisa and my dad. Do you have anything you can cook for dinner?
Me: leftovers. (lucky for him we were using the walkie talkie feature and I was on speaker phone or he might have gotten a different response from me)
Todd finally comes home at 9:30pm.
Me: thanks to you I will be up all night, I fell asleep for 2 hours waiting for you to come home.
Todd: I thought you said you wanted to take a nap.
Mrs. Grass chicken noodle soup. (No, I wasn't punishing him for coming home late, he requested it.)
To bed, surprisingly I fell asleep.
Todd still sleeping. Me, wide awake! Ugh!
I can blame him for this one don't you think? If he had come home like he said he was, I wouldn't have fallen asleep and then would likely be sleeping now. I'm quite sure it's definitely his fault.
On a lighter note, did you happen to notice the counter on the top of my blog?
Only 100 days to go!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I can't wait to start painting and decorating. I'll be sure and show some pictures when it's done.
By the way, the ebayer who was selling the PBK tractor bedding for a ridiculous amount of $$ actually got a buyer.
Last night it also stormed, I was at work and actually just walking towards the exit doors to check out the storm when the power went out and the ER went black. I was a bit freaked out by the complete blackness but the doctor remained calm and slowly started counting. He only got to 5 before the generator kicked in, but it felt like forever. Thankfully we only had 2 patients at the time, and they were not nearly as concerned by the power outage as I was. But every other time I have been in a hospital when the power goes out, the generator kicks in instantly so you only see the lights flicker. The 5 seconds of darkness made me think the generator might not kick in at all. Anyway, the power outage also messed up the A/C and the temperature started to rise and it got very hot and muggy in no time at all. And the fire alarm started malfunctioning, it kept going off. Thankfully it only took a couple hours to fix the problems and everything was back to normal.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Even though my MIL and her cousin offered to buy it for me, which was very thoughtful, I just can't justify spending that much of anybody's money on baby bedding. Plus my sister Rachael has assured me that we can do something very cute with the something blue bedding I had picked out. And now that I think about it, if I were to splurge and spend $500 on baby bedding, I would probably get this sock monkey one from posh tots.
However, being the indecisive person that I am, I will probably wait until Aug 23, when the ebay auction ends, and see if the tractor bedding sells or not. If it doesn't maybe she will relist it for a more reasonable price.
Whoever would have thought picking out baby bedding could be so hard. Is this what it's going to be like when I pick out a car seat, a stroller, bottles, pacifiers? I mean really how do you ever decide which one is the best? Having a baby is getting very complicated.
Monday, August 20, 2007
The bedding takes 6 weeks to ship, I think they must make it after you order it. So that gives me time to repaint the extra bedroom in the basement so I can move my guest room down there, and then I can start on the nursery. I had this great plan to tell Todd that I shouldn't paint since I'm pregnant, even though my doctors office already said it was okay. Todd wasn't there so he didn't know that, and it seems believable. But now that I have just helped my sister Rachael paint her playroom, I don't think I'm going to get out of painting my own rooms. Especially since my sister is just the sort of person qualified to state whether or not it's safe to paint when your pregnant. So much for that idea. I guess I better get started. Good thing I have lots of sisters, I'm going to need some help, especially on the artsy and creative parts.
Of course I do work tonight, so I should have some down time around 4am to surf the web. I may just do one more quick look to make sure there isn't something out there I missed. But I'm pretty sure I will be going with the something blue. I will post pictures of our progress once we get started. Thanks to everyone who voted on the bedding poll.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
We met up with Jack at the fair so I could take him home, and he fell and hurt his knee. So we made a stop at the first aid tent on the way out.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
- I can no longer wear any of my pre-pregnancy pants anymore. Except scrubs. I'm so glad I get to wear scrubs to work. As much as I love to shop, I haven't been that interested in buying clothes that are only wearable for a few months. It just seems like such a waste of money. So if you see me wearing the same things over and over, that's why.
- It's nearly impossible to sleep on my stomach, which is really annoying since that is my preferred position of sleep. I still try, but it's just not that comfortable anymore.
- My stomach has grown 7 inches in 6 months, and I've gained 15lbs. (4 pounds ahead of the schedule I set for myself when I first got pregnant) Oh well, I look at it the way I did the marathon I ran. I didn't care how long it took me, I just wanted to finish and say I ran the whole 26.2 miles. Then if I ever run another one I can try for a good finishing time.
Thanks to everyone who voted for the baby bedding options. Unfortunately there isn't much of a stand out winner. I'll leave it up for a bit longer, and maybe that will change. My MIL has a determined cousin who still thinks she can find the PBK tractor bedding that is no longer available. She's been calling around to all the PBK outlet stores and checking to see if they get any in. I'm doubtful she'll find it, but it would be my first choice if it were available, so keep looking Sandy, I'm holding out for a while to make a choice in case you find one.
I'm working on a list of names, maybe that will be my next poll. It's very hard to pick a boy name. We had both agreed on a girl name, well sort of, I liked Isabel and Todd liked Isabella. But for the most part we agreed. Now that we know it's a boy we can't seem to come up with something we both really like. Good thing we still have a few months to figure that one out.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The first one was a lady who asked me when I was due, I said December. She said "Oh I know someone who is due in December. She's a lot smaller than you are though." She tells me this just as I am about to stick an IV in her arm. Not smart lady! I said gee thanks, that was really nice of you to say. Of course I said this with only a hint of sarcasm, since I was at work and all. She immediately realized what she said and tried to fix it by saying "Oh I didn't mean anything offensive by that, I just meant that she was very small before she got pregnant." Oh, that makes me feel so much better, thanks for clarifying! (Of course I didn't actually say that.)
So later on during the night, or actually early this morning a 16 year old girl comes in who was assaulted by her boyfriend. She asks me if I am expecting. I tell her yes. (Duh? at this point it's sort of a rhetorical question, esp after the other patient told me how big I was.) She then proceeds to tell me how hard it is going to be, way harder than I think, life will never be the same... etc..etc.... Wait is this 16 year old girl really giving me advice on having a baby? I soon find out that yes she is, and yes she is talking from experience, she had a baby when she was just 15 years old. Poor girl, no wonder it's hard, your still a kid yourself, and clearly not in a good living situation.
I always imagined when I was growing up that I'd be done having kids by the time I was 30. Of course back then 30 seemed really old! It doesn't so much anymore, thankfully. Anyway, here I am 30 and just now having my first baby. I guess I should count my blessings, it sure beats being 30 and having my first baby already in drivers ed.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
So what is there to do at 3am? Online shopping of course. Currently I've been looking at different options for the nursery. Originally I wanted to do a tractor theme since we live on a farm and all. It makes the most sense. I found a really cute bedding set from PBK but unfortunately it is no longer in stock. Bummer. A Jungle/Safari theme is another idea. PBK has a cute one too. Or just something blue. Gap has an animal set I like, and I just realized it's on sale, hmm maybe I should snatch it up. I guess if I change my mind I can always sell it on ebay for twice the price which is what people are doing with the PBK tractor bedding. Feel free to let me know which one you like the best, I can't decide.
I do think it's time to buy more Benadryl.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Yesterday while making a quick trip to the bank (minding my own business) I had a very near collision with a semi truck (some dude) that decided he didn't need to stop at the stop sign before turning onto the main road (that came out of nowhere). I had to quickly swerve into the oncoming traffic lane just to avoid hitting him. Luckily there was no one coming towards me in the other lane. I had brought my dog Brewster along for the ride and when I swerved the car sharply he flew from the passenger seat into my lap and in the process somehow knocked the car into neutral. I then couldn't drive and didn't know why but luckily the car was still moving so I steered off to the shoulder until I realized what had happened. The whole thing was very scary.
After telling Todd the story he was quick to ask me how fast I was driving and warn me that I need to be a more cautious driver now that I am carrying his baby. (but I wasn't doing anything wrong! I was just minding my own business when some dude out of nowhere got in my way!) I have to assume he was relieved that I was not hurt because he forgot to mention that part. But none the less he made a very good point, because usually I am talking on my cell phone, messing with my GPS or scrolling through my ipod not fully paying attention to my driving. I'm just very thankful that this time I was paying attention and managed to react quickly.
So the lesson learned from this whole experience is MIND EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS WHEN DRIVING! And put down the cell phone or whatever else your doing and pay attention, because others may not be. AND WATCH OUT FOR THAT DUDE!!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Due to my sister Rachael's wet disaster in her basement yesterday I decided to help her out by taking the kids off her hands for the afternoon. So after only 4 short hours of sleep (I worked night shift the night before) I picked up the kids for what I thought would be a few hours. I considered taking them to the beach, but it was way too hot and humid to be at the beach without a cooler full of cold drinks and water. And honestly, I wasn't sure I could actually handle all 4 kids by myself at the beach. Luckily my friend Michelle offered up her pool for us to use. I was happy to accept and off we went. Michelle's daughter Olivia joined us at the pool where we all played for several hours. I wish I had brought my camera because the kids were doing cartwheels into the pool. It was very cute, and you'll never guess which one was the instigator. JACK, the boy who never does anything even remotely scary.
Eventually the kids tired of the pool and we were off to get ice cream, Ben had gotten picked up and taken home for a nap. We decided to bring Olivia along with us since they were all playing so nicely. I figured if you have 3 whats one more, Right? I normally don't let kids eat in my car if at all avoidable, but since none of them thought to wear shoes I had no choice. Thankfully they were all very careful and no ice cream got on the seats. (My threatening to never let them eat in my car again if they spilled must have worked.)
Then we were off to my house to play a little Nintendo Wii. Bowling and baseball was a big hit, tennis was not so fun for them. I did manage to snap a few pictures of them playing. Unfortunately, the pictures don't show the cute dance they would do when they bowled a strike!
Jack, Kirsten and Olivia had the most fun playing the Wii!
Katya (monkey girl) on the other hand had much more fun climbing on my elliptical machine. Sadly that is the most use that thing has had in a few months, it needed a good dusting off.
We then went upstairs and the kids did some coloring while I made them dinner. Luckily when I was at Walmart last week they had a special on crayons for 20 cents a box and markers 79 cents a box. I decided it couldn't hurt to have them on hand. Good thing too because it was the only kid thing I had in my house for them to do. I have some very lovely pictures from all of them. Just no place to put them since my refrigerator isn't magnetic.
Olivia and Kirsten were the only takers on the fresh sweet corn from the garden. The other 2 didn't know what they were missing.
Eventually after dinner I rounded them all up and took them home. I was beat! 7 hours of babysitting and non stop playing wore me out. When I dropped them off at home Rachael and Derrick were still working on their basement and Francie was over helping them. It was such a mess I decided playing with kids all day (as exhausting as it was) was much better than helping them clean their wet smelly basement.
I also realized that my house is not very kid friendly. I have some adjustments to make. First of all I have no hand railings on the stairs. When our house was remodelled last year they took them off to paint and I thought it looked better without them. So far this has not been a problem for Todd and I, but for some reason kids can't seem to walk up and down stairs without holding onto something. So I may have to rethink the hand rails or get some really good washable paint. Also I have a candy drawer in my kitchen that is just too easy for kids to access and they can't seem to keep their hands out of it. I can't say I blame them, I have a hard time myself sometimes, but none the less I may have to rethink that one.
I meant to post this yesterday, but it took me a very long time to figure out how to put pictures on my blog in a timely manner. I don't have high speed Internet just a Sprint wireless card, its slightly faster than dial up, but for some reason loaded pictures very very slow. Today I tried putting the pictures on photobucket from my computer and then pulling them from there. It works much faster. I think I'm starting to get the hang of this thing now. I had no idea how hard blogging can be.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I expect to have lots to blog about in about 4 months, because as you probably already know, Todd and I are expecting our first baby in December. In the mean time I can always talk about being pregnant, I'm sure if you've ever been pregnant you know what I mean by this. With a baby growing inside you its hard not to think about it all the time. But while I'm pregnant life still goes on, I'm still working full time in the ER, Todd's farm season is at its peak, and it's summer so there is always something to do (and now blog about).