Quote of the Moment

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

So, What are You Having?

I have come to the conclusion that the best decision I have made with this pregnancy is not finding out the gender. I am so excited to meet this little person and I love the joy on peoples faces after they ask "so, what are you having?" They actually get excited and I usually get a "good for you" or "I couldn't do it, but what a great surprise".

I feel like a kid on Christams Eve.

Oh, and I have been showered with the cutest citrus colored outfits. Not knowing your babies gender is a sure fire way to get super cute chocolate brown and baby blue/lime green outfits.

I can't wait for my Christmas Day!!!!

Oooohh, the Count Down is On!

On Monday, my midwife estimated I will be giving birth sometime in the next week and a half. I am a little weirded out that it could be any day, but I am ready. Oh, and the other estimate is that our child is more than likely going to be an 8 lb minimum. Darn Ry and his giant baby genes!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Peter the Cat

My pup is weird. He thinks he is a cat, he climbs on tables and sleeps on the edge of chairs. These two pictures are the latest instalment in his feline identity crisis.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

McLovin and Company

I just watched Superbad...I haven't laughed that hard in very long time. A rarity in comedic movies, the previews are the least funny part of the movie. I recommend this raunchy comedy to anyone that wants to laugh with out thinking to hard!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Gabrielle Reece: My Pregnant Idol

I have always been a fan of Gabrielle Reece. Since I was in junior high I have looked up to the "Amazon Women" that was beautiful and a killer athlete. Her entire career her height has made her strong...that has helped me become comfortable in my skin. I remember reading her book "Big Girl in the Middle" as soon as it came out and I owe her words for why I stand strait and comfortably have a husband that is shorter than me.

Now, I look up to her as a mother. Reece is 5 months pregnant with her second child and she looks great!

I came home from work today and my husband informed me that the shape of my pregnant body reminds him of Gabrielle...it must be the 6+ feet of torso that we have in common(I resemble a basketball under my shirt). He came across Reece on the Today show discussing her new prenancy fitness program and is working as a part-time correspondant. She has been sharing her fitness advice on how to stay fit each trimester.

As I count down my last eight weeks I am proud that I worked out the entire pregnancy and I can't wait to start running again (my goal is to run a 5k by March). It is quite a motivation to see strong and dominant women like Gabby Reece balancing family, career and keeping her body healthy. I feel like feeling good and staying athletic during pregnancy leads to a healthy mommy. I hope her DVD's come out by the time I have by next baby.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Halloween and Motherhood

I LOVE Halloween. It is and always has been my favorite holiday. I have always dressed up and I am bummed that I will be too pregnant to throw a party this year (read up on my cross dressing dog). Even if I go early, my baby will be no more than a week old on Halloween so my plans will not go into action until Halloween 08'. But I have them.

For next year I am already going to commit to this adorable costume. I am so ready to be the mom that shows up in full costume and walks the kids to each house. I will probably "pretend" that I am holding my bag for a smaller child...ahhh free candy.

Peter the Poodle has Found His Costume

I may get this costume for my dog. I am as big as a house and I love Halloween so I think someone has to represent this season. Would I be damaging my male dog if I force him to cross dress?

Two and a half Months...

As the summer ends I have two and a half months left IF I go 40 weeks ( I am crossing my fingers for October 31st). At this point I feel like I will never give birth, but once school starts back up I have a feeling it might actually get here a lot faster than I realize-good!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Post Secret Mini Movie and Book...

I am still addicted. The new book is out and there is a new mini movie on the blog. I check it every Sunday and this week is full (as always) of touching stuff.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I Have Been Told it is Today's Kids Grease...

I don't know what possessed him to leave it on, but after channel surfing for quite some time (my very large and 31 years old) husband stopped at the Disney Channel and High School Musical had just started. We sat and watched the entire thing! This event occured a few weeks ago.

Though I blush when I publicly admit this, I found it actually very entertaining. It is only recently that I let it slip out that we watched the entire movie, and to my surprise a room full of sane adults aged 21-50 said they too had secretly watched the movie and thought it reminded them of Grease.

I traditionally use being a high school teacher as an excuse for "researching" immature and teen related fads, that is purely why I watch a crap load of MTV (can the Hills be any more addicting?). This excuse makes me feel less guilty about watching mindless things and it makes me look like I care about my job (which I do and it actually helps to know what is going on in their worlds), but I honestly am entertained by the same things 14-19 year olds enjoy.

None the less, I can now say that I no longer role my eyes when I pass the High School Musical t-shirts in the windows of Limited Too, and I really want to see the remake of Hairspray (dreamy Zak Efron is staring as Link). My question is, if I am this susceptible to teen movies...what the heck is going to happen to me when I have this baby? I swear right now I will never watch Hanna Montana (though it is scary that I even know that it exists!)

And a pathetic P.S.- High School Musical 2 premieres Friday August 17th

Friday, August 03, 2007

Let's Dish!...the verdict

Let's Dish! was great! We both had a lot of fun and because we signed up for a lunch time slot we had lunch prepared for us for free. It was a great balsamic and pesto pizza.

Along with our main dishes we also got to pick from prepped side dishes, I am excited to heat up the Parmesan string beans tonight and I think the almond glazed asparagus sounds great for Sunday evening. I think what I like best (besides seeing Ryan in an apron and smiling) was portion control. The dishes are so healthy and it is nice to actually portion out our food. We are both looking forward to the Septembers menu (we still have money on the gift card too!!!) and trying this again.

In all, I rate this experience as a fun afternoon with my husband and a nice way to shock myself back into cooking. I get lazy during the summer and it is a nice transition...especially since I do not have to clean anything up or do the prep work ( I HATE to chop onion or garlic!)

Word on the street (the street is the cute older couple that was there the same time as us) is that there is a similar sort of shop going into Levis Commons in Perrysburg. I will have to do a little research on that one.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Trying out the "Let's Dish!"

For Christmas my mother-in-law got my husband and me a gift certificate for this newer little place to the area called Let's Dish! The concept is pretty cool, you go online, schedule a time, pick out your pre-determined menu and then register/pay. At the scheduled appointment you get to put together all the yummy meals you picked out, take them home, and freeze them until you are ready to devour them.

It seemed like a perfect gift that was originally intended to help out during the winter months while I coached basketball and Ry and I were never together to make dinner. Well, almost 8 months later and we have finally made our appointment and we are going tomorrow afternoon! I am excited and a little apprehensive. This could be awesome and a great (not to mention affordable-the meals price out to about $3.44 a serving) time saver or it could be a hot mess.

I will keep everyone posted!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Book Nerd and Proud

I always make a summer reading list and I usually finish somewhere between 5-6 of those books. This is my first summer in forever that I am not taking grad glasses so I have a bit more energy to do "recreational" reading. I am proudly ahead of my old game plan. My eyes are tired, but here is what I have devoured in two months...

Life of Pi -Yann Martel (Whitmer Summer book Club :))
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows-JK Rowling (It is okay, I wasn't overly impressed)

Baby Laughs -Jenny McCarthy ( I strongly recommend Belly Laughs as well, Jenny McCarthy is hilarious! She has an entertaining way of filling you in on all the disgusting things that everyone else is embarrassed to tell you about your body during pregnancy, and bringing home a newborn)

The Lovely Bones-Alice Sebold (Exceptional, now they are making it into a movie with Ryan Gosling slated as Jack Salmon...interesting)

What is the What -Dave Eggers (I adore Dave Eggers, I would like to re-read one of my all time favorite books A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius)

Catcher in the Rye-Salinger (this is a re-read for the fall semester, I am pretty sure I have most of it memorized by now, geesh)

The Best Amercian Nonrequired Reading-2005 ed. Dave Eggers

And the Sea is Never Full-Memoirs of Ellie Wiesel
Children Playing Before A Statue of Hercules - David Sedaris
Ulysse by James Joyce
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius -(re-read)Dave Eggers
The Best American Nonrequired Reading-2004 ed. Dave Eggers

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

24 weeks and counting

That is 6 months for those who are not obsessively counting each week and the major developments in a normal pregnancy.

This is the 20 week ultra sound and we are not finding out the gender. I have found that most people look at me with sadness when I say "we are not finding out" like I am the worst person in the world. I just really want the surprise, I don't get Santa anymore...I need something. The looks and comments are at least kinder than when I tell them I planning on fully natural labor and cloth diapers. Opinions during pregnancy fly faster and heavier than while planning a wedding, apparently I am a disillusioned hippy.

I am over it.

The Zen of Nesting

It is the return of the slacker blogger... I have found the last few months have been super hectic, but I need to blog a bit to catch up. I am sure there were TONS of people sad to not read my words daily (insert sarcasm).

I am in the middle of painting the babies room (dealing with horrible back pain...this is becoming a blast) and Ry is knee deep in finishing the basement (dry wall is up, paint is next!). The house is in utter disarray and I have a joint 50th birthday party to throw here for my parents on Saturday-yikes! In the short, I am loving being pregnant (2nd trimester is waaaayyy better than 1st and I am dealing with the back pain) and nesting my butt off. The books do not lie, I can't sit still and I am juggling easily 8 projects all at once. Ahhh, what a relaxing summer.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I Love Shrek and This was Fun

Check out the Shrek 3 activity site. I had a little fun of my own dressing up Gingy for the beach. I suggest printing it out.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Suddenly I Realized This is Real...

I am afraid I might be "that mom". Yup, I framed my first ultra sound (thanks to the wonderful favor from Caroline Girl's wedding shower) and showed it to just about everyone at work that made eye contact with me. It is so exciting, I did not think I would get this worked up.

The coolest thing is hearing the heartbeat-surreal stuff! Oh, and contrary to my poor husbands initial thought...that is the umbilical cord sticking up (we don't have a boy... yet). I think this wild ride is about to get crazy!

Friday, March 16, 2007


I am going the guess that in the next nine months the topics that appear on my blog will change dramatically. Yeah, baby feet in my house by November!!!!

Great Idea Turtle...

My buddy TurtleParade posted pictures of her wedding bouquet and it made me remember my own flowers. Though it was over a year ago, my flowers are still one of my favorite parts of the day (besides marrying the man of my dreams of course). I loved the combo of roses, gardinia delphinium and fresh herbs. Lavender and rosemary on a July day smell sooooo good.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Let's Hear it For My Girls...

My basketball team is still undefeated! I am very proud to be taking my girls into the league tourney as the #1 seed. I just keep soaking it in. There really is something great about setting up a solid offense, laying out your defense and then seeing your team execute it exactly as you planned- I am a very happy coach right now.

Monday, February 26, 2007

My Posts have Been All "Fluff" Lately...

but I sure do love these delicious Easter concoctions. Oooohh, and Jelly Beans!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I Love This Juice!!!

Hands down, best juice ever! My two favorites are the Apple and Red Machine and I love the way I feel after I drink them. Ry is now obsessed with Pomegranate and it is pleasant to finally see him all about an organic juice instead of 6 Cokes a day.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Design Your Own Mental Breakdown...

Britney has me thinking, what would I do if I had a breakdown...a real public breakdown?

I like to think that I would walk into a crowded public facility in my pajamas with chocolate all over my face and demand that everyone kisses my fat ass (I would also insert multiple expletives that would make my mother blush). It just seems like the coolest thing to do when you loose your mind is scream at all the people that proper society forces you to treat civilly . I think shaving my head takes too much thinking and not enough entertainment, I would just start screaming and then run off. I am not trying to poke fun at mental illness, I REALLY think this is what I would do. I am open to suggestions.

Why is this on CNN?

Now I enjoy the sick secret entertainment that I receive from the lives of famous people. I act rather pious and pretend I am above it, but I flip through People and watch E! like a decent portion of celeb addicted Americans. It is a cheap and harmless escape from my boring life and I know where to look for my fix.

Yet, I have been wondering why the hell has CNN started covering the death of Anna Nicole and Brit's new breakdown like it is fast breaking news is Iraq? Seriously, I never imagined I would hear Wolf Blitzen speak of Britney Spears seriously or Anna Nicole Smith casually. Odd, and perhaps a great let down for hard news. Last time I checked there has been some "serious" stuff going down in the world (we are still at war right?) and somehow it seems (insert sarcastic tone) slightly odd to be this concerned with what sort of rehab facility Brit is in or who will get baby Danilynn. I am going to scratch my head on this one for awhile.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

My Little Pony and Friends

I LOVED My Little Pony! Here is my favorite:

Apple Jacks...she actually smelled like apples.
Also, I found the funnest little game...I scored 9 out of 12, I either really know My Little Pony's (weird) or I really know porn star names (even weirder) See how you do here.

Yeah, This is How I Rolled Back in the Day

Barf...Who are They Interviewing?

Check this article out...I beg to differ. Well, unless it is this guys sweat.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Thriller at my Wedding... It Would Have Looked Great!

Check this clip out it is hilarious. My maid of honor and I had joked around while sipping adult beverages a few month before my own wedding that the honor attendant and my husband learn this dance. My husband loves "old" Michael Jackson so it would not be completely out of character. Instead we had a good friend dress up as MJ and it was cute. These people put WAY more time into their reception entertainment then we did. http://us.video.aol.com/video.index.adp?pmmsid=1838945

Amy, I am willing to learn for you!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Why Are We Fascinated With People Like This?

I feel for any family that loses a loved one, so my heart goes out to those attached to Anna Nicole Smith but...why as a society does her death make top news? Why does Britney's divorce and Tom Cruise's sexuality entertain? I ask this as someone that is drawn in, often beyond her own self control, to E! or People.

We are a crazy species!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Oh Myspace!

Is Myspace over?

I think it may be for me, I just discovered my mid-life crisis- reject of a sister- in -law(and ALL of her super cool "gal-pals") have pages. They obviously keep them well updated which makes them even cooler.

I have also started getting an over abundance of messages from my students just to give me a "shout out" or see "whatz up, LOL". This always makes me feel weird and like my privacy has been invaded.

Yeah, I think I am all but over this cool computer fad. Hell, I can barely keep up my blog.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Man, as a 6th grader I loved this show. Funny shirt, I love Urbanoutfitters.

Oh Donna...

Here is a random bit of information: I have started the new semester andI have come across the 8th high school student in 2 years to tell me that I remind them of Donna from That 70's Show. They claim it is my voice, my personality and my manerisms. I don't really see it. I like Donna and I think she is funny/pretty so I will take the compliment, but it has me thinking.

Over the years I have been told at least 20 seperate times that I remind someone of their sister, best friend, cousin, chick they went to school with, boss or aunt. I have also been told I remind them of Jodi Foster, Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) and Gweneth Paltrow- I all of those both ridiculous and extremely flattering.

I wonder, what is it about me that makes so many people think of someone else. Do I have such a universal look and personality that I could be anyone OR do I just make people feel comfortable enough that they feel like they already know me. It is weird and I really wonder if other people get the "do you know who you remind of...." or "do you have a sister named 'so and so' because you look so much alike".


Saturday, January 27, 2007

Found...it's a Pretty Cool Find

So I found this interesting post on PostSecret and I realized I do this. Naturally, this new site I found is VERY entertaining. It is called Found, check it out.

*That is the most times I have ever written "found" at one time.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I am Loving This Album

I just bought Evanescence, The Open Door. It is so beautiful and errie, I am not sure how it has taken me this long to enjoy Evanescance but... it is certainly not leaving my CD player anytime soon.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Oh, Gheesh! Mean Girls Strike Again.

Why is it so hard for people to discipline their children and would this have happened if the group of girls weren't cute, popular and connected to the authority?

For more read the article. This is why I do not talk with the my players parents about issues until the girls come to me first.

Aaaagggghhhh! It's Snowzilla!

I am not sure who has more free time, the people who built Snowzilla, the people gawking, or the people complaining about it. Either way, check out this semi-interesting article: Alaska Snowman Has Some Neighbors Fuming

**On a side note, I am mad that I can't even build a mini-snowman...where is all the freaking snow?

Friday, January 05, 2007

He is my Favorite so it Works Out Well

You Are Fozzie Bear

"Wocka! Wocka!"
You're the life of the party, and you love making people crack up.
If only your routine didn't always bomb!
You may find more groans than laughs, but always keep the jokes coming.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Young@ Heart

Young@ Heart sing 'Fix You' by Coldplay

I stumbled across this amazing group and there story touched my heart. I am a huge Coldplay fan and Fix You is my favorite off of X's&Y's. I thought this clip would make me laugh but it brought a tear to my eye and made me smile. You find beauty in the oddest places.

Check out their story here!

Think Twice, Tattoo Once...

I have two tattoos, I love them (well one is crooked so I half love it) and they both have deep meaning. I think tattoos can be a great way to artisiticly express a memory, a feeling or an opinion. Some people do not have the same philosophy. Nothing, I repeat, nothing beats these horrible ideas that clearly are the result of alcohol or stupidity. I am sure glad I didn't put Jordan Knight on my butt when I was in 6th grade.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Dirty, but HILARIOUS!

My family spent Christmas day watching the funniest SNL in ages. Justin Timberlake hosted and my brother DVR'd it, but it was my dad that just kept replaying it over and over.

There is nothing like your 49 year old father singing a song about d*ck$ in a box while cutting the Christmas ham.

Justin Timberlake did a fantastic job hosting the show and this song will get in your head and never leave...and you feel so dirty singing it.

I feel like the Color Me Badd hair cuts make the whole video.

Sorry for putting something sort of vulgar on my blog, but it just makes me giggle.

Just One of Those Days...

Back to School, Back to School...Ohhhh, Back to School!

Nothing like the first day back after a winter break to make you feel like poo. I swear, some days I think I am suppose to be Chris Angel, Adam Sandler and Mother Frickin' Theresa all at once. I will be in bed by 9pm tonight!