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Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm exhausted...

My sister and my friend TC gave me a baby shower yesterday....I think we had over 40 people attend the shower when you included spouses and kids.   And I am exhausted!

I seriously considered a sick day today so I could rest and recover.  We had so many people come and we received so many wonderful items.  We got almost everything we needed and we got loads of things that were not needed, but are VERY appreciated.  We have a small mountain of clothes for all sizes that our baby will be for the next year and half.  Maybe two years if she stays small! :)

I will post some pictures here and on the baby shower website (again, contact me if you need that URL) once I have some taken of the gifts.  I also have a few people sending me pictures from the baby shower so I can post those as well.

Thank you to everyone who came to the party, and thank you Ronja and TC for giving me the shower, and thank you to my friend Katie who helped out so much as well!

I need some sleep....but now I need to set up the baby room...

Sleep first, decorate later. :)

P.S.  I changed the links on my blog to a bright red, so if you see any text in red, it's a link you can click on.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Funny birds for your Friday

I think the one on the right wins this dance off.

Parrot Dance Off   - - - And now I will have this song in my head all day, good thing I like it!


This one has been on the internet for a while, and this is a shorter clip of it, but if you know this song....this is too hilarious.  My sister showed me this one first.  Too funny!

Parrot sings Drowning Pool

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday Words of Weight Loss

On another blog I read (Walking the Off-Beaten Path) the writer is blogging about her weight loss.  She is hoping that this will help her stay on track.  I think it will because blogging about my life AND weight loss I think was a big help for me.  It keeps you accountable but it also gives you a place to vent your frustrations when you have set backs.

Today her post is titled Wednesday Words of Weight Loss and she has answered some questions.

Even though I am not trying to lose weight at the moment, (the baby really wouldn't like that!) I wanted to join in on the fun and give my readers some questions to think about for themselves.

1. What's your favorite vegetable?
This is a tough one.  I'm allergic to vegetables (and fruit) so I will have a tough time with this.  I really like carrots (which are very sweet and full of sugar) and I do love cucumbers and tomatoes.  (Are those fruits?)  But I am allergic to those.  So probably my favorite vegetable that I am NOT allergic to would be broccoli.  I eat a LOT of broccoli.  I used to hate it.  I still kind of do.  But it does taste pretty good with red sauce and meat balls.  (one of my favorite lunches!)
Current known vegetable allergies:  carrots, celery, cucumbers, plum tomatoes, some squash, some peppers, and more but I can't remember.  How do I know if I am allergic to something?  I eat it.  If I react to it, guess I'm allergic.  Don't worry, I won't have an anaphylactic reaction.   I have what is called "Oral Allergy Syndrome".
Sometimes I will get really bad stomach aches, but most of the time the reaction is local to my mouth.  Blisters and itchiness!  fun!  (just kidding) If you click on the link and go down to the section labeled "Cross Reactions" that is pretty much a list of stuff I am allergic to.  It makes dieting and eating enough fruits and veggies a real pain in the butt.

2. Is eating out a problem for you?
It can be!  I get tempted.  I do love me a burger and fries and a Pepsi!  I try to remember to keep my portions small and to only order a water.  Try to use a goody bag and make my dollar stretch into lunch the next day.   If I go out to eat with my husband, eating out is not a problem.  He prefers restaurants that are part of the Slow Food Movement and usually high-end expensive fancy places.  Which means I am eating all natural healthy local foods and the portions are small.  But believe me, Wendys and Burger King tempt me all the time.  Bad Dani bad!!

3.  How often do your weigh yourself?
Almost every day.  I know that for some people, they would say this is too much and I am obsessing.  But before I successfully lost weight, I would try to get on the scale once a week, and then that would turn into once a month.  Now that I have successfully lost weight, I try for every day.  And if I miss a day or two, it isn't a big deal.  I don't get down on myself if I go up a pound or two either, I just look for trends.  If I have a downward trend (and I am trying to lose) then great!  If I have an upward trend then I know I have to skip Wendy's for dinner. hehehe.  Even now, while pregnant, I have been getting on the scale almost every day.
This is for a few reasons.  One, I want to make sure I don't gain too much.  Two, I want to make sure that I am actually gaining! and Three, sudden weight loss or gain can signal a problem and you need to let your doctor know.   As far as RECORDING my weight....even while losing weight, I would only record an official "weigh in" once a week.  Your weight can fluctuate so much, try not to get obsessed.  Um, like me.  Don't want to be like me.  (Fun Fact:  Now that I am pregnant, I record my weight once a month or at every doctor appointment.)

4.  What's the hardest time of day for you regarding snacking?
I try to let myself snack all day.  Small meals, small snacks.  It just worked better for me.  That way I never feel guilty about snacking.  I try to eat 75% of my food before 4pm so that I am not hungry at night.  While losing weight, dinner was more of a snack than a meal and it was my smallest meal of the day.  But sometimes the munchies hit me around 3:45pm.  I leave work at 4pm, so then I have to avoid the fast food places on my way home.  Good thing there is only one and it's a McDonalds which I don't really like anyway.

5.  Please tell me something you will do this week to be nice to yourself.
Well, I'm not sure what to do here.  Maybe I will go get a pedicure?  I'll probably just allow myself to have a really good time at the baby shower on Sunday and eat whatever I want.  Mmmmm cake!

The baby likes cake right?

Don't miss my earlier post about facebook.  Yep, still hate 'em.  And for good reasons!!!  Now they will use you for advertising and you have no choice!

Facebook again, just tacky.

Short note here, to just bring this to everyone's attention.
I will post again later.

Tacky tacky tacky...

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Facebook-to-let-advertisers-apf-1912961417.html?x=0

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Smorgasbord of Stuff

Before I started writing this post, I wasn't sure what to call it.  I decided on "Smorgasbord".  Then I had to look it up to make sure I spelled it correctly.  (it's s-m-o-r-g-a-s-b-o-r-d NOT s-m-o-r-g-a-s-b-o-a-r-d)

There are some other funny character symbols above some of the vowels, but I'm not sure how to do that in my blog post.  Maybe I can do a cut and paste from a website? 

Smörgåsbord

Hey look at that!  I was able to do it!  I found the information on Wikipedia.  Apparently, a smorgasbord is a buffet style of dinner serving multiple kinds of dishes.  This is actually my favorite type of meal and I'm not sure where the phrase came from in my childhood (maybe my Scandinavian roots?) but it is a phrase that I like to use.  And until I looked up the spelling (and thus seeing the definition) I didn't realize this is also my favorite type of meal!  Cool!

So here is your Smorgasbord of written thoughts ("stuff") from me today:

1.  Go stealth on facebook!  If you are a follower of my blog you may be familiar with my anti-facebook feelings.  Here is a great article to teach you to be stealth on facebook.  I'm actually a little tempted to go on facebook and just start stalking people while I stay under the radar and then freak my friends and family out with all of my knowledge...mwa hahahaha!  Oh wait, I'm a computer nerd.  I could probably do that without joining facebook.  MWA HA HA HA!!  (I'm kidding really...or am I?)
Here is the article:
http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/111929/stealth-mode-making-yourself-nearly-invisible-on-facebook

2  I never did tell everyone the results of my second round of tests for gestational diabetes.  I passed!  And my doctor apologized for having to "torture" me and we chatted about why I failed the first time etc.  She also told me that a new test will be coming soon and that it should hopefully result in a lot less false positives and will catch a few of the people who slip through the cracks.  The bottom line was this:  I don't eat a lot of sugar and carbs, so the drink they gave me was a shock to my system and created a spike that made it look like I couldn't process sugar, therefore a false positive.  The reality is, I don't eat those kinds of foods very often, but I don't have diabetes.  Which is why I don't eat those kinds of foods.  I know my body can't handle it.  That is a result of my PCOS

3.  My sister and my friend TC are throwing me a baby shower this weekend.  Nope, it's not a surprise.  I'm looking forward to this party.  It occurred to me that this party will be like a birthday party for me.  My closest friends and family, I get to open presents and there will be cake!  How cool is that?!
Besides that, the baby is due so close to my actual birthday, that I think we won't be doing anything for my birthday this year.  Which is fine with me.  I think I will be busy anyway.  Or distracted.  :)
If you are coming to the shower, try to carpool, parking will be tough with all of the snow.  And of course, if you are coming from far away and the weather is not cooperative for a long drive, stay home and safe!  We will see you another time.

4.  Have you guessed at my baby game yet?  Please do!  Even if you don't know me.  Someone from Australia guessed!  How cool is that?  Except it could be a friend of mine playing a joke, but I don't care.  Take more than one guess if you want.  This is loads of fun for me.
Here is the link:  
http://www.expectnet.com/games/BabyVello

Okay, I think that is it for today.  I thought today was going to be a short post, but I guess not. :)
Happy Wednesday!  Today is day one of 32 weeks.  Which means I am 8 months pregnant.  HOLY COW!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Last post about car dealerships...at least until we buy a car.

I'm going to try not to post too much more about car dealerships and get back to more interesting topics.  (like what?  I don't know...who reads this stuff anyway?)  But I do have one more comment about the car dealers.

Since we left the "bad" place last Wednesday, I have been called EVERY SINGLE DAY since then with messages from this guy and that guy and the sales manager, etc.  They want us back and they want us back bad.  Do they think we are stupid?  They must.  They must think they are going to get a good deal with us.  I don't think so.  Now they not only made me mad last Wednesday, but now they have annoyed me every single day.  And oh yeah, did I mention that they also emailed me?

Yesterday's message from them said they had some used vehicles just arrived (from their ripping off customers over the weekend with trade-ins?) in our price range.  They mentioned the vehicle we were interested in and they mentioned another that we said we were NOT interested in.  Yeesh.

The second dealer we visited?  The one where we had to ask for help?  Where we had to practically beg to have someone try to sell us something?   We haven't heard from them.  Nada.  I bet we won't.   I bet we won't be buying a car from them either.

In fact, I am pretty sure we will not be buying a car from either dealer.

So on to new topics!  Okay, maybe not.  This one is sort of pregnancy related.  There is a contest to meet the author of the Twilight Series.  You have to SNAIL MAIL your entry in.  I figure this knocks out 75% of the competition to win right there.  Do kids these days even know how to send something in the mail?  HA!

Anyway, I can't enter the contest because you need to be available to meet Stephenie Meyer between March 15th and April 15th.  So I can't go because I would be either ready to pop or I would have a newborn to look after.  Which is a total bummer.  So I think everyone else should enter for me....and if they win, go, tell me all about it and let me live vicariously through you.  Sound fun?

Here is the information you need:
The Twilight Saga Official Guide Contest Rules

Good luck everyone, and hey, at least me not being able to enter means one less person for you to compete with.  And for some more happy reading, go check out Allan Leverone's latest blog post.  It cracked me up!  I have a copy of his digital short stories, he is a great writer.   I hope that I can write as well and get something published someday.   That probably means I should go work on my story for Marybeth...due in 6 days....ack!

Monday, January 24, 2011

ok, at least TRY to sell us something

Anthony and I visited another car dealer this past Saturday to test drive another vehicle.  Now, we know it was Saturday and they were busy, but we didn't expect to have to ask for a sales person.

Yep. We had to ask.

We were wandering around, looking at obviously family vehicles.  We were prime for picking!  We almost left!

We went to the reception desk and asked for a sales rep so we could find out what kinds of used cars they had available in the model we were interested in.   Someone was paged to come help us, and he just wasn't enthusiastic.  He got our information, then he went to look up the information we wanted.

He came back, showed us a few vehicles, really couldn't answer our questions and then we test drove a vehicle.  He barely spoke a word to us the whole time we were in the car with him.  At least try!

We didn't like our experience at the dealership last week, but this was the opposite experience.
Maybe he had a cold.  Maybe he was hungover.  Maybe he could tell that we were not ready to buy that day and didn't want to waste his time with us.  Who knows.  But if I were a car saleswoman and someone came in with questions, I would enthusiastically answer their questions.  I would show them as many cars as I could with a few suggestions of other vehicles they might like.  I would get to know them and find out more about who they were.  And when they told me they were not ready to buy, I would say that's okay, maybe I can help you with your research.  I would do everything in my power to make sure that they came back to me when they WERE ready to buy. 

I think a good sales person would hook someone for the sale even if they weren't buying that day.  They would get to know you and feel like your "friend".  And then, you would WANT to go back and buy from them.  Just to give that nice lady a commission.

At least that's what I would do.  We have friends who are in the car market as well.  Think we can convince a dealer to get us a two for one deal?  :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow! again. and again...

My clementines come with stickers.  Today's sticker says "Party in your tummy".  Hehehe.

We have had a lot of snow this year, it's snowing again today.   I don't know the total amount, but it's a LOT!  The plows are having a hard time figuring out what to do with it all.  We are running out of room.  And guess what?  We have another storm coming next week.

I'm sorry there was no post yesterday.   Time got away from me and I was in a very rare (for these days) bad mood.  And if I had started writing yesterday I would have just written a ranting and raving post about a horrible experience Anthony and I had a car dealership. 

Anthony had heard an advertised deal for a vehicle that we are interested in, so we went down to test drive the car and find out what pricing looked like.  BIG mistake.  They played every trick in the book.   Want to learn the tricks?  My eyes were opened up yesterday.  My parents recommended a website to me and I feel like I am now chock full of knowledge and won't be repeating any of my mistakes from Wed night.

You will want to read this article:  Confessions of a Car Salesman.  Make sure you read through the entire series and click on the update of the article too.  Even though this was written in 2001, believe me, EVERYTHING that they tried to get customers to buy a vehicle in this article....the dealer we went to tried it on us.  So the article is still very relevant and up to date.

For now, Anthony and I are still looking at cars and used cars as well.  We want to find something that won't drain out our savings account, won't be too much of a monthly burden to us and will be safe for the new wee little one joining the family.  And it needs to fit all of our stuff.  We are looking at compact SUVs and wagons.

Fun fun fun.  I have to admit though, I will really miss my car when I have to give it up.  I have had it almost 8 years now and it has just over 181,000 miles.  It's been good to me, but I guess I will have to pass it on.  I'm thinking some lucky teenager out there will probably get it to beat up on for a year or two.  (sigh)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Girl Scout Cookies...the ultimate temptation!

It's that time of year again.  For those of you that know girls in Brownies or Girl Scouts you know exactly what I am talking about.  If you don't, chances are one of your co-workers has a daughter selling cookies.  And we all want the cookies!

Have you ever looked at the nutrition information on these things?  If you haven't and you are not on a diet, DON'T LOOK!  You will regret it.   If you are on a diet, take a look, and then try to figure out how you are going to eat only one or two of these in a day...or a week.  Seriously, if you are really good, and you freeze them, they can last that long.  Maybe.  I tend to binge on these things.  And then I eat way too many and then I feel sick.  I do the same thing with candy corn.  (though I avoided it this past Halloween, was feeling too icky from pregnancy to even think about eating candy corn this year.)

But this year is different.  This year I am not on a diet.  And I am pregnant.  Does this mean I can eat the cookies?  Sure, but I still need to limit myself.  What I won't have to go with them this year?  The GUILT.

Girl Scout cookies for me always came with a side of guilt, but not this year.  This year I will limit how many I eat.  I have had practice already due to the diet last year and my pregnancy should help keep the demons at bay.  After all, my baby will probably love girl scout cookies, but she doesn't need to think that the food she will be eating will be just cookies.  Cookies are a treat.  Girl Scout cookies are a very special treat.

I'm pretty excited.  I just hope they come in before I am back to my diet...they always seem to take forever to arrive!  Mmmm...thin mints and peanut butter patties!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More snow!

We have another winter storm here in my area.  It took me just over 2 hours to get to work today.  (Normally about 50 minutes with no traffic.)   How long did it take for YOU to get to work today?

Again, I should be moody today, but I'm just not.  Things like being stuck at a stand still on the highway with bad weather whipping around my car would normally put me in a bad mood, but nope, none here!  My kitchen is currently a mess, I didn't get much sleep last night and I think the baby is tap dancing on my bladder today.  But still, no bad mood.

How great is that?  I do hope that this "good mood" sticks with me even after I have the baby.  I think it's much better for my mental health and physical health.  And way easier for the people who have to be around me too!

Remember that novel I am going to write for my friend this month?   I finally have my idea!  And maybe a story and a plot even!  Now I just need to lay out all the foundation work and then begin writing.  It will be a challenge to finish it before the end of the month, but I will be doing my best.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

This isn't actually how I feel, though I very well could have felt this way today.

You see, I'm a football fan.  And specifically I'm a New England Patriots fan.

grumble, grumble, grumble, stupid grumble Jets grumble.

All I have to say is GO BEARS!!!

Yep, out of the last 4 teams going into next week's playoff games, my next vote goes to Da Bears.  So today I really could have felt like today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, but to be honest, I'm still in a good mood.  Must be those pregnancy hormones.

Regardless, I am happy that I am happy.

If you are unhappy and having a terrible, horrible....okay, you get it.  If you are having a bad day, maybe you should read this book.

And to quote myself from last night: "Oh no, does this mean I have to root for the Steelers?!"

No, no I don't.  I can refuse to support any team and do what I did when I was too young to be interested in football.  Watch the Super Bowl for the commercials!  (and watch the newest episode of Glee right after!)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Belly Picture update

Lucky readers, I have decided to update with a belly picture.  I still have my "bigger" days and small days.  For whatever reason yesterday I just looked like I had an extra big lunch and Wednesday and today I look much bigger.  That's just the way the body works.

However, last Friday, when we were at Universal Studios, I must have been having a big belly day.  Or at least a moment and it was captured on film.  The best part of hanging out with my family is that everyone loves to take pictures.  At the end of a day or an event, we can just trade pictures and we get lots of great photos.  Well, Anthony and I have been kind of lazy about picture taking, but we will try to get better.  We plan on purchasing a new camera for the baby's arrival anyway, so I'm sure many more pictures will be coming soon.

At first, I didn't notice that I was in the background of my "skinny photo":


 Here I am!  (here is the zoomed in version):

 Whoa, what did that lady have for lunch?

 Apparently there is a baby in there.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures!  I will also be posting this to our baby website.  What's this?  A website for the baby?  Actually, it's more of a website with information about the baby shower that my sister and my friend TC are throwing for me. (thanks guys!)  I created a website for them to help share information with family and friends.   If you want to know the website, send me a comment or an email and I will send you the link.

In the meantime...want to take guesses at the baby statistics?   Here is a fun website:
http://www.expectnet.com/games/BabyVello

Have fun guessing!  Let's see who can guess the closest date of when the baby is actually born! 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So how was our Florida trip?

We had a great time in Florida.  We flew down on Wednesday and we were back home by Sunday afternoon.

Which was perfect for watching playoff football!  (which we did...all afternoon.  I probably should have done laundry, but I just didn't feel like it.  Instead the laundry got done yesterday when I had to work from home due to all the snow, we got about 2 feet, Oscar LOVES it.)

We spent most of our trip just hanging out and visiting with my parents and other relatives that live down there (plus my grandmother who "lives" there for a month or so every winter every year).  On Friday we went to Universal Studios and went to the Harry Potter theme park.  Saturday we went to a Mario Andretti (is that the right name?) Go-Kart place where the guys raced some 40mph go-karts.

So onto my review of the Harry Potter theme park.  My first piece of advice?  If you can stand the wait....please WAIT before you go.  It was PACKED.  There were lines just to get into a store to buy stuff.  Seriously.  It was very crowded and I think in a few years, once the excitement has worn off, that maybe it will be more enjoyable.  My second piece of advice is to go with other Harry Potter fans.  It's hard for people that are not into Harry Potter to understand why you might just want to stand there and soak it all in.

We enjoyed the butterbeer (very sweet, make sure you split one) and the shops and store fronts were just like being in the movie.  There were a lot of details that I'm sure I missed, so I am looking forward to going back again.  Which I will be doing in about 6-10 years when my baby is old enough to enjoy the park and hopefully wants to go because she likes Harry Potter as much as I do.  Walking in the castle was amazing...though it was a VERY long wait outside and then once we were inside, the line moved way too quickly.  I felt that there must have been a bottleneck somewhere that forced us along way too quickly inside the castle.  I wanted to wait an hour inside the castle...not outside.  All the cool stuff (Dumbledore's office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts room, the sorting hat, the portrait hall, etc) was inside. 
The ride itself was okay, but was way too jerky and quick moving to really enjoy everything you were seeing, again, I felt like it was rushed.  It might have been that we waited so long to get in that it just seemed quick, but I think other people agreed with me.

There are a few stores to visit in the Harry Potter theme park, but each one had a line to get in with the exception of one.  If you want to skip the lines, there is a souvenir store near the entrance of the park that has a lot of the stuff that you might want to get in the other stores in this one store.  And it isn't crowded.  And there is no line to get in.   So if you want, you can skip the lines and go to this store.  But I do recommend going into the stores, as they were all unique and special as well.  The reason the stores had such huge lines was because the stores themselves are small, just like "the real life stores" in the movies.  You can also visit the Universal Studios website to get an idea of what each store offers.  They have an online store for purchasing items as well.
The stores were Zonko's, Honeydukes, Dervish and Banges, Ollivanders, Owl Post and Filch's Emporium.  All the stores have different items as well, so you will want to visit each one.  A few of the stores are connected, so make sure you explore every corner before you decide to check out.  :)

The line for Ollivander's wasn't as long as the Castle line (The Forbidden Journey) but it was worth it to see a wand choose a wizard, the actor portraying Ollivander was VERY good.  If I go back and I don't have a child with me, I will probably skip this "show" but if I have a child with me, we are waiting in line, where I will push them to the front and tell them to put on their biggest cutest smile to be chosen.  And yes, I will definitely purchase that wand for them. :)  (or my Dad will, since he was excited to get a wand this time, but I told him let's wait until we can bring a child with us.)

We didn't get to eat at The Three Broomsticks, but I did get to peek in, and it looked really cool.  (next time! Definitely!)  I did get some postcards and stationary and I had them stamped with the Hogsmeade postal stamp.  Very cool. :)

Of course there is a lot more, but I can't remember it all now.  If you have questions, feel free to ask!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

They call it Wordless Wednesday

 All taken at Universal Studios, Florida.

Oooh...blue frizzy hair!
HOGWARTS!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

update needed, I know. :)

It has been a while since my last update.  Anthony and I had a small quick vacation to Florida last week.

We went to Universal Studios and got to see the Harry Potter theme park.

It was awesome.  Updates coming soon. With pictures!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Who are your Mom Role Models?

I read a great post yesterday about fictional moms that new moms like to look up to.   And it got me thinking about how many different types of moms we are influenced by in our lives.   I think we are influenced the most by our own mothers (or mother figure in your life) and then grandmothers and aunts and friend's moms from there.

I never really thought about fictional mothers.  Anyway, I thought it was an interesting article and I enjoyed reading the comments on the article as well.  I was curious, does anyone have a favorite fictional mom?  I want to think about this some more and if I come up with some for myself, I will write about it soon in my blog.

The post I read can be found here.  The website is Offbeat Mama.  I don't think I'm an Offbeat Mama, but I also don't think I'm an ONbeat Mama (words I stole from that website).  I think I'm a Mid-Beat Mama.  Or I can just call myself a Hot Mama.  :)

Anthony calls me his Baby Mama.  hehe.

Anyway, I enjoy reading that website.   If you have a good "Mom" website please share in the comments!
Also, if you have a mom who has influenced you, real or fictional, I would be curious to hear all about it.

Every once in a while, it just hits me.  I'm going to be a mom.   That means I get to say "Because I said so."
HA! :)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Glucose Test Round 2

So I didn't "pass" my gestational diabetes test that I mentioned in last week's post.

That means yesterday I had to do the second more detailed test and I wasn't feeling well all day, so I didn't post an update.  I'm sorry about that, I do know that I have a few readers who like me to update every day. :)
(I'm specifically talking about my sister.)

The second test for gestational diabetes is similar to the first test, but has a lot more blood drawn, more fasting and more specific instructions for what to eat beforehand.  I won't get into details because I am sure there are many resources on the internet that can explain it a lot better than I can.   Besides that, every office and doctor has their own methods I'm sure.  

Regardless, for me, this test went about as well as it did last week.   Since I knew ahead of time that I might get um, let's call it "cranky" after fasting, I was well prepared to keep my mood light on Monday morning. :)  I think I succeeded.   I also prepared the night before a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat immediately after the test.  I mentally prepared myself and hoped for the best.  I basically had the exact same reaction about 30 minutes after drinking the glucose stuff.  I just felt very sick and whatever was in me, I wanted it OUT.
(I have been told I will feel the same way about the baby in a few months. :))

Luckily, as the test went on (3 hours!) I did start to feel better.  The only bad part was for the rest of the day I felt nauseous and hungry at the same time.  It was very similar to how I felt in my first trimester.

But seriously...I still say the meanest thing you can do to a pregnant woman is tell her she can't eat.  Then make her drink a disgustingly sweet sugar drink and then draw blood out of her.  And in this second case, FOUR vials.  So I have fasted, feel gross and now you want to draw blood.  How exactly is this good for me or for the baby?

Okay, okay so I know that these tests are necessary for our health and blah blah blah.  I still want to whine about it.  It has been the worst experience of my pregnancy so far.  Which means I have been very lucky.  I really have had a very pleasant experience.  (so far)

I will try to update with a belly picture soon, because the past 2-3 weeks I have actually sprouted what looks like a pregnant belly.  Tomorrow's post will be about a topic that was inspired by another blog.

Oh, and it's January, which means I promised my friend Marybeth that I would write a book.  Four days into January, I haven't written anything yet.  It's still pretty much in my head.  I guess I better get started. :)