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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blogging from my phone....neat!

I figured while I was lying around here waiting for labor to start that I would try posting to my blog from my phone. So far it isn't too bad.

Nothing new to report. :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almost Done

Thank you everyone for your feedback on yesterday's post!

I decided to buy the physical CD.  I ordered the "regular" version from Amazon (because I have free shipping) and it was the best price for the CD.  For my favorite artists, I might as well purchase the CD and then I will have the freedom of using it wherever I want.

I figured if I want those extra songs on the deluxe version, I can always buy it later.  So by the time I get out of the hospital, I'll have a gift waiting for me.  Just in time for my birthday next week. :)

Wait, what was that about hospital?  My doctor has decided that we have waited long enough for my baby to make her entrance into the world.  I will be induced tomorrow, so the baby should arrive tomorrow or Friday.  So more than likely, I'll be busy with that whole labor thing and you won't hear from me (via blog posts anyway) for a few days.  Until then....I guess you could read the archives if you are bored?  (see the Dani Did It section)

Until my next post....when I will have my whole world changed and flipped turned upside down....wait, is that a Fresh Prince of Bel Air quote?  Yep, I think it was.  I'm going to be one of those "Parents" Who Just Don't Understand.  There's a song for ya!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CD Purchase or Digitial Download? Need opinions please. :)

Dani Do It would like to purchase the new Britney Spears Album, Femme Fatale.

However, this turned out to be a lot more complicated than I thought it would.  First off, there are TWO editions of the album.  A regular edition which has 12 songs and a Deluxe (oooooh!) edition that has 4 extra songs. 

I'm not sure if I want the deluxe version or not.  I mean, what if I don't even like those 4 extra songs, is it worth it to pay more for that kind of album?

Then I face my other problem.  Do I purchase this album digitally or not?  No matter what, the songs will go on my iPod and into my iTunes.  So I really don't need the CD.  However, it is the most expensive way to get my music at this moment.  Currently the album is on sale at a few retail locations.

So do I swing over to Target?  Do I get it on Amazon where the price is lower (I do have free shipping due to my "Mom Prime" membership at the moment)?  Or do I just purchase the individual songs that I know I already like on the album?

What to do what to do......

In the past I always bought the entire album of my favorite artists.  But I am trying to cut back on "stuff".  I want to reduce my belongings, not increase them.

So what would you do?  Save a few bucks, buy the CD at a store or Amazon?
Or purchase on iTunes so you don't have extra stuff to lug around?

Or just purchase the few songs you know that you like?

Please leave thoughts in the comments section! :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Not much new.

Sorry for the late post today folks.  I have a really bad head cold.  All stuffy nose and scratchy throat, yech.  I didn't get much sleep tonight so I took a much needed nap this afternoon.

So what can I post about today?  How about this, Britney Spears new album Femme Fatale comes out tomorrow!  I have been so distracted by that whole "pregnancy" thing that I completely forgot!

Don't judge me....I'm a huge Britney Spears fan. :)  Even through the whole shaving her head incident.  Okay, so maybe I fell off the bandwagon a little bit, but I got back on.  I love her music.  I love dance music and that's what she and her team create.  Simple fun dancing music.

And she can put on a hell of a show...seen her in concert twice!
Want to listen to her new album?  I'm not sure how long this link will be good for, but check it out:
http://entimg.msn.com/i/asx/audio_streams/BritneySpears_FemmeFatale.asx

Now I just need to figure out how to get my hands on her album tomorrow...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

We decided to RAISE our goal! Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk.  Due to your generosity, Anthony and I decided to raise our fundraising goal to $500. 

We are already halfway there!

Thank you so much!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Help Dani Do It, help others with Cystic Fibrosis

What is the name of my blog?  Dani Do It!  And well, Dani has not done anything in a while.  Oh sure, my co-worker challenged me to complete all the Alphabet levels in the Labyrinth game on my new phone.  But I did that already, and he said it was too easy.  So now he wants me to complete ALL the levels.  But this is a game where I have to hold my phone level and well, I can't really do that while lying down.  Seriously, throw a challenge in front of me, I rarely back down.  And in this case, I have challenged myself...to do something I have never done before.

So here it is!  My great big reveal!  I am participating (well, actually Anthony and I and soon our baby) in a walk for Cystic Fibrosis.  Since I am lying around in bed all day (I kinda feel like a cat...) I figured I should make some good use of my time.  And then yesterday I got an email from a friend about this event.  And it hit me, this is what I should do!  Bug all my friends and family.  Completely take over my blog and pester my readers!  This is the part that I will DO while lying in bed.  The second part I will DO later in May.  Read on...

I have never participated in anything like this before.  This is totally new territory for me.  I have to admit, I don't usually donate to charities.  I have a select few that at select times of the year I will donate to.  But this time, it's different.  This one hits close to home. 

So without further ado....here is my shameless blog post plug for your attention and your generosity.

Anthony and I have decided to participate in The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's annual nationwide Great Strides walk.  We have joined Team "Viver's Givers" and will participate on May 15th at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?  CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of approximately 30,000 children and adults in the US.  In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
For more information:  http://www.cff.org/great_strides/cffactsheet/

Why are Anthony and I participating in this?  Two Reasons:

1.  Anthony may be a genetic carrier for CF.  Anthony has family members who are carriers for CF.  Before I became pregnant, I had myself tested for CF to make sure I was not a carrier.  I am not.  But we have assumed that Anthony, like his family, is a carrier.

2.  Team Viver's Givers is headed by our friends Kerin and Jon Gregory, and their daughter Vivien, who has been diagnosed with CF.  For more information about Vivien:
http://www.cff.org/great_strides/KerinGregory
Be sure to check out this page, there is an adorable baby picture there. :)

Want to see an even cuter picture of Vivien?  Check out her Dad's page as well!
http://www.cff.org/great_strides/JonathanGregory

So what is it that I want exactly?  I would like you to get involved, donate or pass along this information.

Or you can choose to ignore.  Or delete my email if you got one.  Believe me, I understand that these things are not for everyone. 

But if you donate even just one dollar, you would totally make my day.
And I'm sure it would make Vivien's day as well.

There are three ways you can be involved:

1. You can contribute to our campaign and help us reach our goal of $150.  You can make a donation to us (cash or check made out to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation) and we will bring it with us on the day of the walk.   OR you can donate here on our webpage: 
http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/DanielleVello  Click on the "Click to Donate" button.

2. You can join us at Southwick's Zoo on Sunday, May 15th.  Your $20 donation on that day will let you join the walk.
http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/dsp_WalkInformation.cfm?walkid=7056
(Please let us know if you are joining, we will add you to the list of walkers for Team Viver's Givers!)

3. You can join Team Viver's Givers and raise money as well.
http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/DanielleVello click on the "Join my Team" button

Feel free to share my blog post with anyone who may be willing to support this cause.  I really appreciate all of my readers taking the time to read this today.  :)

I'll be back on Monday with more regularly scheduled types of postings....unless I'm having a baby or just feeling too lazy to write.  Typing while lying sideways in bed is very difficult!

Need more info?
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the primary sponsor of critical research that is making tremendous advances toward a cure and control for CF.  For more information about The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:
http://www.cff.org/aboutCFFoundation/

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Internet....what a great time waster!

I have successfully wasted most of my day on the internet.  On a normal day...this would be a bad thing.  On day 5 of bed rest, this is great!  It could take me a while to run out of internet....

But I have also done some reviewing of my birth and labor materials and I was able to help Anthony out with something too, so the day hasn't been completely a waste of time.  And in fact, this morning, I was inspired to do something really good.  Something for charity actually.  I have never before participated in something like this, but this one actually hits close to home for me and it seems like a great idea.  Now that I have my own child on the way, perspectives change, know what I mean?

Now at this point you are wondering what I am talking about.  More information tomorrow!  (or later today)
I will be shamelessly plugging my charitable efforts via email to my friends and family and possibly on my blog as well.  At the very least, I will let you all know what it is tomorrow.

Then I can feel like this bed rest wasn't a complete waste of time!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Kick Butts Day!

While wasting away my morning on the internet, I found the most interesting things.

If you are a blogger....THANK YOU FOR WRITING!   This is a great form of entertainment, especially if it opens my eyes to new things.

On one blog I read about this group that recently performed in Boston.  I tried really hard to listen to this music group, Crystal Castles, but I'm not sure yet.  It's odd sort of electric-sounding music.  The first song I listened to I really didn't like, but I am glad I checked out a few of the other videos.  We shall see.

But I mean, the name of the group is CRYSTAL CASTLES!  That is where She-Ra lives.  I had to check it out.  (there is still a part of me that wants to be She-Ra when I grow up.)

On msn today I found a link to a search about Kick Butts Day.  This was interesting, who doesn't want to kick some butt?   But it wasn't the kind of kicking butt I thought it would be.
Here is the link:
http://specials.msn.com/A-List/Lifestyle/Its-Kick-Butts-Day.aspx?cp-documentid=28094818

Apparently it's for those who are trying to quit smoking.  So if you are trying, good luck!  Keep it up.  If you have been successful, Happy Kick Butts day to you!

Did you know it's also Chip and Dip Day?  That sounds more fun to me...though I don't really eat chips and dips.  But some tortilla chips and guacamole sound good right about now....Anyone want to visit me and bring some? hehe.

Actually in all seriousness, Anthony has to meet a client for work tonight and I wouldn't mind some entertainment.  I was thinking about watching Eclipse.  I got it for Christmas and haven't watched it yet, that might be a good thing for tonight.

Want some more entertainment? I love Disney movies and my sister sent me a link to this youtube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp1BYzIVi0U&feature=player_embedded#at=11

This guy is very talented!  I do love me some Disney and some talented vocal stylings!
Here is his website:
http://nickpitera.blogspot.com/

Check out his Halloween Costume:
http://nickpitera.blogspot.com/2010/11/toy-story-3-ken-for-halloween.html

And that's it for today.  My sister brought me some DVD's to watch, so I am going to start those up this afternoon.  If I get bored, I may get back on the interwebs and find some more interesting things for you.

Oops, one more.  :)  Check out Alarm Clock War's blog, kitty naptime!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bed Rest and No Longer Working

Hey everyone -

Sorry about no post yesterday.  I have been ordered to bed rest and typing is difficult.  This is because bed rest for me doesn't mean lounging around propped up with pillows.  It means I have to lay horizontal on my side.  Which makes doing things difficult.  Like typing.  Ever try to prop a laptop sideways?  It isn't easy!

So I will try to keep updating as much as I can, but the posts may get sparse as I get closer to delivery time.

My appointment last Friday showed I had elevated blood pressure.  This was only while I was sitting up.  If I lie down, the blood pressure goes back to normal.  This can be a sign of toxemia. (Definition can be found here.)   We went through the whole normal visit and basically decided that my body still was showing no signs of being ready for labor, but the elevated blood pressure was a concern.  My doctor had me lie on my side, and my blood pressure went right back to normal.  So she told me I could go to work that day, but that I was to be on bed rest all weekend and to prepare my boss that I might be done working.   I got bloodwork done to test for toxemia.

My next appointment was for Monday where we would see if Friday's blood pressure problem was just a fluke.

Yesterday I had my appointment and my blood pressure was still elevated (exact same issue, vertical, it's high, lying down, it's normal.)  My blood work came back perfect so I do NOT have toxemia.  However, my doctor was concerned about the blood pressure. Basically if the baby looks to be under stress because of the blood pressure, they want to get her out.  So more tests for this morning....Tuesday.   She also ordered me back to bed (weee!) and told me I was done working.

I made phone calls to necessary work people, called family members and went back home to lie on my side.  My hips are killing me!  And I am a little bored.  We don't have cable and Anthony works from home now, so I can't really bug him and watch TV in the living room.

I do want to say this though....he is doing a GREAT job taking care of me.  I am very lucky my husband is a good cook.  The house has stayed relatively clean too...though I am tempted to do some cleaning every time I get up to go to the bathroom.....

So my appointment this morning, my blood pressure is still high when I am sitting up and normal when I am lying down.  Baby's heart rate is great and does what it's supposed to do when she is stimulated (meaning we had to poke my belly to get her to move around).  The ultrasound had a test and she got an 8 out of 8 (perfect score! whiz kid already!) and they made a guess at the baby's weight (they say 7.5 pounds).  We also got to find out she is definitely a she and everything else inside looks great.  Because everything looks great, we do not need to "hurry" and get the baby out.  She is comfortable and my elevated blood pressure doesn't seem to be effecting her at all.

Turns out, we are both very healthy.  Which is great....except have you ever been forced into bed when you were not sick???  yech!  I'm lucky though, this happened to me at the very end.  I feel for women who had to do bed rest their entire pregnancy.  :(

So what's the plan?  Well, after tomorrow, I will be considered "overdue".  My next appointment is Friday, and we will decide then how much longer we will wait or if we will induce next week.

And based upon everything I have posted today.....care to take another guess at the baby stats?

http://www.expectnet.com/games/BabyVello

Friday, March 18, 2011

Funny Friday

Last night Anthony and I were on the couch watching some episodes of 30 Rock.  Our baby decided that this was a great time to have a dance party inside of me.  I put Anthony's hand on my belly so he could get an idea of what is going on in there.  He said "wow, she's really moving in there!".

Yes, yes she is.  For those who have never carried a baby, here is what I am experiencing.  Imagine if you will, a tiny human baby.  Picture how much they jerk around and wave their limbs.  Then imagine that happening INSIDE of you.  Without any room to actually move.  Inevitably they are going to punch and kick your intestines, lungs, ribs and stomach.  Fun right?

So here is where I get graphic.  Skip this paragraph if you don't want to know.  I warned you.  Skip to next paragraph now.  My baby is upside down, so here is what I experience.  Imagine a tiny little fist punching your bladder, colon and (if you have some) your female bits.  This feels ten times worse if you have to go to the bathroom.  Also, all the pressure down there?  You are being squished, you have to go to the bathroom ALL THE TIME.  Then imagine the baby wants to roll over and your small and large intestine and anything else in the way gets pushed around while that happens.  Then of course since she is upside down, I get nice sharp kicks to the ribs and she likes to play hackey sack with my stomach.  Sound fun?  Sometimes it's funny.  Other times I am gasping out loud in pain and at the shock of it.

Ok, end of more graphic details.  Believe me, that could have been much worse, I kept it clean. :)

So Anthony still has his hand on my stomach and the baby is dancing around and he says (in a little pretend-baby voice):  "Let me out! Let me out!"

I laughed so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants.  Which is something pregnant women do as well.  If we laugh too hard or sneeze and we are unprepared....woosh!  (and I will admit....this happened to me once.  I was putting away some tupperware a few months ago and I was squatting next to the cabinet and I sneezed and then had to go change....it was pretty hilarious actually...so go ahead...laugh. :))

Everyone have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's the Final Countdown!

It's the final countdown!
The final countdown.
oh, oh...

You can thank me for having that song in your head now.  And if you want to listen to it, you may travel here to the official Youtube video:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw

I have less than a week until my due date, six days to go!  So it's the final countdown and I have had that song in my head all morning, so now you can too.  In fact, I need to get this song for my iTunes if I don't have it already.  Then I can add it to my list of songs that I may potentially listen to during labor.  (Anyone else do this?)  They (the people teaching my class and every book and blog and website I have read) recommend having some music to listen to during labor to soothe you.  I think for myself,  I would want to listen to the same music I listen to during kickboxing.   I keep hearing that it's called "labor" for a reason, so if it's going to be a bunch of work, I would rather listen to something that keeps my heart pumping.

So speaking of labor, I experienced false labor yesterday.  At least I *think* I did.  I had contractions (Braxton-Hicks) all day and evening yesterday.  I didn't panic because I had read about it and my doctor told me about it and all my classes and all my friends.  (How's that for a run-on sentence?)  But they were not that far apart and they didn't seem to be stopping, plus I had some mild cramping.  It did make me momentarily panic, but I remembered what the doctor said.   She told me that if I lie down, or change positions they might stop.  And she also told me that if I could sleep through it, it wasn't labor.  So Oscar and I settled in to the couch and I fell asleep.  And they stopped.  Phew!

It did make me think though...my worst fear throughout this whole thing?  That I will skip labor and just go straight into delivering the baby with no warning.  That I won't be like most first time mamas who labor for hours (or days) and then give birth.   My co-worker forwarded me this CNN article this morning: 
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/02/18/delivering.baby.levs/index.html?iref=obinsite

After reading this article, I felt more calm.  And it was a nice reminder about the baby getting oxygen through the umbilical cord.  (I had been taught that, but I forgot.)  And I realized that if my greatest nightmare came true...I don't have to panic.  I'll be too busy.  Anthony will have to panic.  :)

Which of course he won't, because he is the calmest, most rational person I know.

And in relation to my post yesterday, here is an article from Yahoo about the dogs in Japan and it confirms that the dogs were rescued and brought to a shelter.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/dog-in-japan-stays-by-the-side-of-its-ailing-friend-in-the-rubble

(and thanks goes out to the blogger who found that before me and allowed me to post something before Yahoo, which makes me feel like a cool kid. :) )

The final countdown is more real to me today than it has been in the past few weeks.  Today is my last day working in our main office location.  Starting tomorrow, until the baby arrives, I will be working in one of our remote offices that is located closer to the hospital.  While I am out on maternity leave, our office is being renovated.  This means cubes are coming down, carpet is being ripped up, walls painted, etc.  This also means that everyone's cubes and desks have to be packed up.  EVERYTHING.  Not even a paperclip can be left behind.

So as I prepare for my maternity leave, my cube has been emptied.  My personal items have been brought home.  I have handed off work to those who will be doing the work while I am out.  Projects are being wrapped up and completed.  And my boss teases me that I may not come back to work after the baby is born.  I really feel like I am leaving and "will things ever be the same again?  It's the final countdown!"

Well, if I have anything to say about it, ....to quote the Terminator:  "I'll be back."   :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A more sympathetic post.

Did I say I was going to go back to my happy posting?  I can't just yet.

I read a post on a new blog I started reading and I felt the need to share.  I'm trying hard not to cry as I type this.  Of course there are MANY humans suffering as well.   They need assistance as well.  But there is just something about dogs that gets to me.  My mom calls me the dog whisperer.  I'm pretty sure I was a dog in a former life.  Either way, there is just something about me and dogs.

This video has now gone viral, but here is the YouTube link.  If you love dogs, and you might cry, don't watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3TM9GL2iLI

From what I have read on the interwebs, both dogs were rescued.  (If you can't make it through the whole video, the dog that appears to be (maybe) dead is actually just hurt.)

Now I want to go home and hug my dog.

If my day gets better or happier, I'll try to post something happy later.
In the meantime, let's hope that the situation in Japan gets better soon.  And in Libya.  And in the Middle East. And in Haiti.  And in Africa.  And in Mexico.

Yep, suffering everywhere all over the world and all I can do is complain I missed Glee last night.
Not feeling too great about myself at the moment.  :(

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ditto

This post may not be popular.  I usually like to keep my ramblings nice and fun.  However, I am starting to get annoyed with some of the "Send Japan money now!" stuff I am seeing over the web.  I almost titled this post "Japan Doesn't Need Your Money" but then I found an article that already says it.  And says things in a much more eloquent manner than I could.

Here is the article here:
http://www.slate.com/id/2288243/?from=rss

Want some more information about how the earthquake and tsunami may impact us here?
http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/from-gas-to-gadgets-japan%27s-disaster-means-higher-prices-536027.html

Basically, here is my opinion.  Japan is not a third world country.  They are quite successful.  In fact, the good ol' USA owes Japan money.  I think in the billions.  I think it's great that we have the man power and resources to help them out at this time, but I would hope that some government official somewhere is tallying the cost to our country to send them help.  And I believe that total cost should come off the top of what we owe to Japan.

We scratch their back, they scratch ours.  It makes sense to me.   I am definitely not saying that we shouldn't help.  Japan is a great country and a strong ally.  I am just saying that we need to be fair and make sure we are not taken advantage of.

I'm curious, does anyone know....when we have a disaster here, does any other country send their people and supplies and resources to help us out?   If they owe us money, do we take that off the top?

Maybe I seem cold.  Maybe I seem unsympathetic....but I believe in taking care of the people at home before we take care of other countries.  I would rather see the homeless off the streets in my neighboring city.  That is where I would like to donate my hard-earned income.

I did not donate to Japan.  I did not donate to Haiti.  I did not donate to any other country.

I have donated to the American Red Cross when Katrina hit our country.
Start here, fix us, then help others.

If we have the resources to help others, great. But we owe Japan a lot of money. 

Bottom line is...if you are going to donate, make sure you donate in a way that is helpful and doesn't rebuild mansions (see the first article).

Regardless of my stance on donations, I send well wishes to the people of Japan.  I do feel badly when natural disasters hit anyone.  (Mother Earth trying to give us a hint?  Everyone recycle! hug a tree!)

Ok, end of serious and potentially polarizing post.  I promise tomorrow will be more fun.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Pi Day!

Hey everyone...have a happy 3.14159 day!   What is this?  A day dedicated to pie?  Not pie, but pi.  Although plenty of people will celebrate their Pi Day with pie.  Here is a link for you, Pi Day.

Okay, that is as much nerd-i-ness as I feel like showing today.  (there's plenty more, I'm just not showing it.)

I have the song White Knuckles in my head today.  Remember the dog music video from my post last Friday?  If you haven't checked it out yet, you are definitely missing out.  Take a few minutes today and watch the videos if you can, definitely worth a few minutes of your day.

One more random comment...and then on to my post for today!  Good news for those of us who love the "Throwback" sodas.  PepsiCo has decided to make Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback permanent additions to their line of sodas.  YES!  I am so excited.  I will never drink the other kind of Pepsi ever again.  For me, it's now Pepsi Throwback or nothing.  Yep, you heard it here folks.  From now on, I only drink my soda with real sugar.  (which means Mexi-Coke is still on the menu as well.)

And....on to what I planned on posting about today in the first place.  Well, actually I was going to post about Japan and what is going on over there, but there is plenty to read in the news.  Instead, I will keep my news local.  Very local.

Remember my post about Raining Babies?  I wrote about it way back in October 2010.  I actually corrected it saying that it was raining pregnant women who were going to have babies in the spring.  Well, spring is right around the corner.  I believe the first day of spring this year will be on Sunday, March 20th.  Well...the babies have started arriving.

Here is my original list:
S - 1/17/2011 (boy)
K - 3/2/2011 (boy)
A - 3/7/2011(boy)
D - 3/23/2011   me.   :)
T - 3/24/2011 (girl)
A - 4/7/2011 (not finding out until the birth day)
S - 5/4/2011 (boy, maybe, it's early)
K - 5/14/2011 (not finding out until the birth day)

Here is an update:
S - due 1/17, born on 1/17 a boy as expected.
K - due 3/2, born on 3/9 a boy as expected.
A - due 3/7, born on 3/12 a boy as expected.
D - me...due in 9 days, still waiting. :)
T - due 3/24 (or was it 23rd?) anyway, same as me....BORN 3/13 a girl as expected.

I think this means I'm next!!!  AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

And an update on the other babies:
A - due 4/7,  looks like she might go earlier.
S - due 5/4, also might go earlier than expected, was told "You know you are having a big baby right?"
K - due 5/14, looks like a c-section will be scheduled sooner than this date.

There is a very good chance that my baby may have four other friends all born within a month of each other.
That's pretty cool.

And scary.  I'm not sure I'm ready yet.  Baby can stay put.  You hear that baby?  Stay put for now. :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fun links Friday!

I have some more fun links for you, courtesy of my co-worker.  We were discussing music this morning (and American Idol...he thinks I should give it another chance, I'm not so sure) and he told me about these videos.

These are all links to music videos (a dying art I'm afraid!) by one group called "OK GO".  I'll be honest, I wasn't listening to their music.  I still don't know if their music is any good.  But I do know that I want to watch more of their videos.

This first video is one of their most popular songs/videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA  

This one is just  SO cool.  How long do you think it took for them to get this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

And this last one....makes me want to make my own music video starring my dog and a few others that I could train to do some cool stuff.  Too bad I'm not a musician.  Any rock stars out there want to make a video with me?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs  

I did take my co-workers advice and I started doing some web searches for videos of the current American Idol contestants.  I am VERY impressed with some of their singing.  I still think I would rather skip the show.  I'll just get the results the next day on the internet and then look at the videos of the singing online. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

American Idol

short post today.

I watched American Idol for the first time ever last night.  I did this because I wanted to see one particular person sing, I think he has an amazing voice.  (I do like those deep singing voices, especially for country tunes)

However, I don't think I can watch this show again.  I HATE listening to the judges.  This show was two hours long and I barely got to hear the contestants sing.  I don't get it, I would rather have less chatter from the host and judges and more singing by the contestants.

So that's it for my post today.  I watched American Idol.  I still don't like it.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Occasionally I really want a "Wordless Wednesday".   This is where a blogger will post pictures instead of some writing.  Today I do have pictures for you, but I also feel like "talking", so you get both.

First up, the pictures.  That way if you don't want to read my ramblings, you can just get the cute pictures.  Yes, it's another belly picture, but not the traditional belly pictures.  I have pictures of Oscar cuddling with the baby for the first time.  At least that's how it looked from my point of view.  :)  These pictures were taken last week.


Awww!  How cute!

So what did I want to talk about?  My sister and I went to the movies last night.  I thought it was really nice of her to go with me, because she wasn't particularly interested in seeing the movie and there was no way my husband was going to go see it with me.  I felt the need to see this movie in the theatre because I know that once the baby arrives, it will be a loooooong time before I get to go to the movies again.

It was also really really really nice of her to go with me because this movie got terrible, really bad reviews.  So I kept telling her it was going to be awful.  And I prepared myself for the worst.

Want to know something about me?  I LOVE bad movies!!!  I thoroughly enjoy movies that make other people cringe.  Most of the time I can get something out of these bad movies and what I get is usually all I want out of a movie anyway.  A temporary escape from reality that brings me to a happy place.  I don't want to think.  I don't want my heart racing.  I don't want to be scared or excited.  I want to be calm and happy.  Disney movies, fairy tales and romantic comedies are usually a good bet for me.  The way I love to watch a bad movie?  Knowing ahead of time that other people thought it was awful, I lower my expectations and then I usually end up liking it...because I expected the worst.

Once I saw a movie that everyone hyped up for me, told me it was one of the best movies they had ever seen.  I got really excited to watch it....and then I hated it. Please, don't throw anything at me, but I really didn't like "Good Will Hunting" and I'm a Damon/Affleck fan all the way!  (sorry to those who like that movie.)

So the movie we saw last night was Beastly.  Because we were prepared for a really bad movie...I'm happy to report that we both really enjoyed the movie.  I can't speak for my sister...but I LOVED it.  Great movie, it was exactly what I wanted.  Plus it was bargain Tuesday at the movies, so we got tickets for only $6.  (Only $6???  I remember when a movie was $4!)  I know, I know...now I sound like our parents or grandparents.  But hey, I'm almost a parent, I think that means I can start complaining about the cost of things.
Like the price of gas these days?  OUCH!  I won't be traveling much if this is the price of gas. :(
Still cheaper than flying though.  Even those prices are gouging us lately.

Anyway....back to the subject.  I love bad movies, I can recommend a whole bunch of great bad movies.  There have been very few that I couldn't sit through.  But if you ever want a bad movie recommendation, I'm your gal!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Great Day today....keep the e-reader comments coming!

Hey everyone - I'm having a very good productive day at work today.  I'm just in a really great mood.
I love all the feedback I am getting about the opinions on e-readers.

I'm curious, anyone using a tablet or ipad or other device for e-reading?  I would love more feedback!

Monday, March 07, 2011

E-Reader or not to e-reader...that is the question!

The weather didn't cooperate this weekend, so I didn't get a sticker put on my car yet.  But hopefully sometime soon.  When I woke up this morning it was 54 degrees outside, nice and balmy!  (but raining)  Now I hear it's in the 30's and it's going to be in the teens tonight.  Brrrr!

On to our topic of the day!  I am resistant to technology.  Coming from a tech geek and computer support person like myself, this would definitely seem strange.  But for me, it's about waiting for that perfect item to come along.  Something that will combine everything I need into one device.

We are starting to get close.  But that's another topic for another day.

One type of technology that I have been really resisting is an e-reader.  I love my books.  I like the smell of the paper and the feeling of holding one in my hand.   My sister (who doesn't read!) got an e-reader before I did.  This is how resistant I am to this.  And I read 2-3 books a week easily (when I am trying).

I also have a large book collection.  I have a collection of books at my parents house and I have a collection that lives with me as well.  With the addition of a baby and the need to share our space, Anthony and I are trying to purge some of our belongings.  An obvious place to start would be my large book collection.  (And my toy collection, but I'll post about that another day.)  The books take up a lot of space.  And they are very heavy (something to consider when moving!).  Even though I collect a lot of books by my favorite authors, I usually only read some of them once.  On occasion I have re-read a few and there are a few rare ones that I will re-read over and over again.  So last night I started sorting through the books.  This was incredibly difficult for me.  It was emotional.  I didn't want to let go of my stuff.  It did make it a little easier to tell myself that I was simply sorting them into a yard sale pile and wasn't going to be getting rid of them right away.

But seriously, I have an emotional attachment to my books!

I mentioned to Anthony how hard it was for me to sort through my books and just choose my favorites to keep.  I forget which one of us said this next (baby brain!) but then the following statement was made:  "You know, if you had an e-reader, you could keep all of your books and they would be very easy to move and wouldn't take up any space."

And it occurred to me, I want to keep all my books and maybe I can do it with an e-reader.  I just wish there was a way I could transfer all my books to my e-reader without having to buy them all over again!

So maybe....just maybe,  I am considering an e-reader. 

I would love recommendations, please leave your ideas in the comments. :)

Friday, March 04, 2011

Anonymous Driver on the Road

Someone commented on my blog this morning, they were referring to my "rant" the other day about health insurance.  Funny thing is, I could go on again about that today.

But instead, I want to keep today's post nice and light.

I have discovered that I am now nearly invisible on the road.  Or anonymous.  Nobody knows who I am anymore.  See,  I used to drive this bright yellow Chevy.  It was cute and sporty.  There weren't too many like it on the road, so if you saw one in an area where I was, chances were, it was me.  Now I drive a blue SUV that looks like everyone else.

This morning I was driving down the road to work.  (really it was a major highway)  I checked my rear view mirror and I saw a silver car that was the same make as my sisters.  I wondered briefly to myself if she had a sunroof because this car did as well.   Then I noticed the driver looked like a cute blonde.  My sister just so happens to be a cute blonde.  My sister also takes the same route as I do for work most of the time, so it isn't unusual for us to be on the road at the same time.

I decided to change lanes to give the driver a chance to pull up next to me.  As I did I noticed her license plate and recognizing a few letters, I was pretty sure it was her.   As the driver pulled up next to me, completely ignoring me (good job keeping your eyes on the road,  I probably should have done the same!) I realized that it WAS my sister.  I grinned like an idiot and waved.

She kept ignoring me and then passed me.

So I called her cell phone.  She cheerfully answered and I said "You don't know my car on the road anymore!" and she responded with "Oh!  Can you see me?  Where are you?"

I told her that she had just passed me and she said "oh yeah, I didn't realize that was you at all, all I knew was that there was an SUV in front of me with tinted windows and I hate that!"

We both thought it was pretty funny.

And I decided that if the weather is nice this weekend, I am going to ask my husband to put that sticker on my car.  We purchased a sticker for my car.  The one sticker it will have.  We got it to match the sticker on his car.   I'd give you a few more details about our cars and the stickers, but I wouldn't want anyone to recognize me.

I kinda like being an Anonymous Driver.