Thursday, July 31, 2008

Reason # 793...

why William is my favorite:

Last night when I was freaking out that I didn't have anything to wear today that fit (my clothes too small/maternity clothes too big), he did a load of laundry at 10:00pm so that I would have something to wear.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Have you ever...

I recently got this in an email, but am too lazy to forward it on... I've adapted it for blogging purposes. If you do it, leave a comment and let me know.

Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not. Answer the questions at the end. This is for your entire life!

  • (X)-Gone on a blind date

  • (X)-Skipped school

  • ( )-Watched someone die

  • (X)-Been to Canada

  • (X)-Been to Mexico

  • (X)-Been to Florida

  • (X)-Been on a plane

  • (X)-Been lost

  • (X)-Been to Washington,DC

  • (X)-Swam in the ocean

  • (X)-Cried yourself to sleep

  • ( )-Played cops and robbers

  • (X)-Recently colored with crayons

  • (X)-Sang Karaoke

  • (X)-Paid for a meal with coins only

  • (X)-Done something you told yourself you wouldn't

  • (X)-Made prank phone calls

  • ( )-Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose

  • (X)-Caught a snowflake on your tongue

  • (X)-Danced in the rain

  • ( )-Written a letter to Santa Claus

  • (X)-Been kissed under the mistletoe

  • (X)-Watched the sunrise with someone you care about

  • (X)-Blown bubbles

  • (X)-Gone ice-skating

  • ( )-Been skinny dipping outdoors

  • ( )-Gone to the movies by yourself

  • (X)Got a speeding ticket

  • 1.Any nicknames? Squeah, Schmeah, Bob, Babe

  • 2.Favorite drink? Water with lemons

  • 3.Mother's name? Cathy

  • 4.Tattoo? No

  • 5.Body Piercing? Ears

  • 6.How much do you love your job? Not much.

  • 7.Birthplace? Roosevelt, Utah

  • 8.Ever been to Africa? Sadly, No.

  • 9.Ever eaten cookies for dinner? I'm sure I have.

  • 10.Ever been on TV? Not that I know of. Unless you count Jazz Band concerts in junior high that used to play on the local cable channel.

  • 11.Ever steal any traffic sign? No

  • 12.Ever been in a car accident? Yes

  • 13.Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? Now? 4-door. I've driven both in the past.

  • 14.Favorite salad dressing? This is a tough call. It really depends on my mood. Especially these days.

  • 15.Favorite pie? Apple or peach. Unless its Thanksgiving, then pumpkin.

  • 16.Favorite number? I appreciate all numbers equally. For their intrinsic value.

  • 17.Favorite movie? I can't pick just one. Pass.

  • 18.Favorite holiday? Christmas

  • 19.Favorite Dessert? Any chocolate thing. Or the above mentioned pies.

  • 20.Favorite food? I do not play favorites with food.

  • 21.Favorite day of the week? Saturday. Especially when nothing is planned.

  • 22.Favorite brand of Body wash? Dove. But I use the bar soap.

  • 23.Favorite toothpaste? Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening

  • 24.Favorite smell? Husband. And husband's pillow.

  • 25.What do you do to relax? Sleep. Go figure.

  • 26.How do you see yourself in 10 years? What do you mean, how? 'Cause, I've never seen myself in 10 years. Besides, I've given up on those kinds of expectations. Its never what you expect. I'm sure I'll be happy if I choose to be.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Reflexive Pronoun

I have decided to start using this blog as a sounding board, since there are often things I need to vent about, and I don't have a forum in which to do it. And it will help me to blog more often, hopefully.

First, the reflexive pronoun. This may seem like a stupid thing to be annoyed by to some people, but people should take it a little more seriously. The following are examples of reflexive pronouns: myself, himself, herself, themselves, yourself, etc. The term reflexive refers to its function: it "reflects" the subject of the sentence, or the most immediate antecedent. I will give you an example in a moment. A lot of people use the reflexive pronoun because they think it is "proper" or makes them sound smarter, but to those who understand the proper usage, it only makes those who use it incorrectly sound stupid.

A few days ago, my wife and I were watching Big Brother. One of the contestants that was on the chopping block won the power of veto. In the veto ceremony, it is required for him to have the other contestant on the block to say something about using the veto on him or her. When the guy asked that person to speak for herself (notice the proper use of the reflexive because it calls back to the closest antecedent "that person"), he said, "Why should I use the power of veto on yourself?" Blatant misuse of the reflexive "yourself" because the only antecedent in the sentence is "I," but "I" and "yourself" don't go together. The correct usage in this case in the accusative, or object case "you."

Most often, the reflexive is misused with "myself." People will say, "He is not as good at baseball as myself." It should be "as I am." Myself should only be used to "reflect" back to the subject. In this last example, the the subject is "he." The proper use of the reflexive "myself" would be the following: "I like myself." Never say, "He/She and myself," or "He/She talked to myself." Use "I" and "me," respectively. Please, too many people are sounding dumb when they think they are sounding smart.

That is all.

Things that have happened...

I realized yesterday that I haven't blogged in two weeks. I don't usually go that long, and its not even as though nothing has happened. Its actually be kinda eventful. I'm just... lazy.

Some good news is that I think I'm feeling better these days. I'm still sick, but I think I've found the right balance of medication and supplements to keep myself feeling more even throughout the day. The biggest problem I have any more is fatigue. Well, and sometimes when I forget to take my medication and remember it when I start throwing up again. I try not to forget.

Some not as good news is that last Friday, after a perfectly normal day of work wherein everyone behaved normally and no one said anything out of the ordinary, I got a call after work from the temp agency that found me that job. They said they had just received a call from the place and they didn't need my help anymore. It came as quite the surprise since the position had originally been temp to permanent. And even more of surprise since nobody at the job actually said anything to me. Super awkward. And unprofessional. I understand that business was slow and the economy sucks, and making lay offs is sometimes what you gotta do. But a heads up would have been nice.

Better news than that is that it only took the temp agency two days to find me something else. Now, this is a temp job - only for a few weeks. BUT, it pays more than the last one and twice as many hours. Essentially, a few weeks at this temp job will make the same money as a couple of months at the other job. So, there will be much less stress if I have a harder time finding something after that ends. As long as I have money to buy baby stuff...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A setback...

So, I've been sick, as you know if you've been reading the blog. I've been mildly worried about how sick I've been because I've been loosing weight (almost ten pounds in the month of June). I say mildly worried because loosing weight in the first trimester is not really that big of a deal. The amount that I lost is out of the ordinary, but I wasn't worried about that because in the first month that I was pregnant, before the hyperemesis really set in, I actually gained more weight than I wanted to. I was actually kinda freaked out about it at the time, because I didn't change my eating patterns, so didn't know what to do about it. And I didn't want to be the pregnant lady that gained 90 pounds. My midwife assured me it wasn't a big deal and was probably due to constipation, which is worse for some women in the first trimester. I've lost everything I gained though, and gaining too much weight couldn't be the farthest thing from my mind now. I actually wonder now if my body knew what was ahead for me and was preparing itself in that first month.

On to the point: Now that I've moved into the second trimester I've started to get worried about the lack of gaining weight, because this is when its supposed to start happening. At the very least two or three pounds a month. And I've tried so hard to eat more calories! Last week I had a victory with gaining a pound! I'd never been so happy to see the scale go up.

And then... this week I lost two pounds. I feel despondent about it.

And I do recognize that pregnancy has created this weird alternate universe in which I am upset about loosing weight and desire to gain it. Whatever.

And as long as I'm going to bring up constipation, I want to mention that the Zofran, which I love because it keeps me from throwing up all the time, makes me even more constipated than I was in early pregnancy. Its... a problem.


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