Friday, June 30, 2006

Lots to Post

Lots to post about. We've been very busy and it's been interesting.

We finally picked up Phoebe's ice skates on Wednesday afternoon. It took awhile for the final fitting, screw the blades in their final resting place, sharpen blades, and get us out the door. Since by the time we left it was rush hour, I decided to take some back roads home instead of main routes. Unfortunately I haven't learned what roads on the way to our new house flood after 8 days straight of rain (at least), we couldn't get home easily. The one-lane covered bridge we usually use was closed as the Brandywine creek was wayyyyy high. So I turned a different way and figured I'd take Route 1 into Kennett. I'm thinking "It's Route 1, big road. It'll be fine." Wrong! It was closed. So I turn back into some different back roads, finally made it over the Brandywine Creek and then got stymied again with high water on the other side of the creek. I'm turning around with a few other people and start talking to two old guys at a vegetable stand in the middle of no where. First words out of them, "So you have an outboard motor on that Mercedes?" I said that would be nice. They asked if I knew how to get where I was going and I said I figured the only way was to go back into Delaware. They said if I just waited an hour the water would recede, but I said I really had to be somewhere and needed to get to Kennett Square. They saw Phoebe in the back seat, cute as can be of course, and this is what he said, "OK. Here's what you do... see that small puddle up ahead.... turn left there, go past the farmhouse, past the barn, and you'll end up at the other end of this big puddle you need to get around." I asked, "Isn't that someone's property?" He said, "Yup, mine." I pressed my hands together in a prayer fashion and thanked him profusely. That is the only way we were able to get home, by going through someone's farm.

We got to Phoebe's ice skating class that evening late because of our excessive detours to get home in the first place, but she was able to have practice time on her new skates. She fell pretty hard once and one of the teachers brought her off the ice. She was crying really hard and we put some ice on her knee. She broke open one of the scabs on her knee from a bad fall she had a few days ago on the driveway and it was bleeding again. I was trying to make her laugh about falling on her butt next time, but that mine has more padding than hers, but I got a little laugh and more crying. The teacher that helped her off the ice, showed us where some bandaids were if we wanted them. Phoebe asked me how I would get a bandaid on considering she had tights on. I told her we would go into the ladies room, take down her tights and then put the bandaid on. All of a sudden she stopped crying and said, "Let's put the bandaid on and I'll go skating again." What a trooper.

The last update I have time for right now is that I started treatments today to get rid of my varicose veins in my legs. I got them while I was pregnant and it always bothered me that I work out, stay in shape, but have these nasty looking things on the back of my right knee. I find myself looking at 18-year-old girls in their little shorts thinking, "Man I wish the back of my knees looked like that!" Hopefully after these bruises go down, I can stare at my own legs and be amazed too.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Decided not to pick up Phoebe's ice skates yesterday. It would've required me to leave work way too early. I'll find out if they are ready for Saturday morning, and we can pick them up before she needs to be at a birthday party in that area at 11:30 Saturday morning.

She did great at ice skating class, even with the rental skates. She was really tentative at first but after awhile she remembered what she knows. She had a hard time remembering how to do swizzles, but then after the practice time at the end she could do them with no problem and very smooth and fast. Her new teacher, Sarah, came over to say hi to me. That's the first time one of these teachers have ever done that, so I like her already. Not that I don't like the teachers, but they don't seem to take time to make small talk with the parents. It's a really small class this summer, so Phoebe should do well. There are five kids signed up, but only three (including Phoebe) came to class this week.

I'm having a great day at work today. Getting lots of stuff done and I'm working on a documenting our biggest process and I'm really enjoying it. Hopefully, I'll get a lot of stuff done at home tonight. Tom's in Virginia today, and I'm sure he'll be home late. I'm going to try to get some cleaning done and cleaning up some papers in the study. Need to get a bit more organized in there.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I wish they would finish Phoebe's damn ice skates already! They are being customized and were supposed to be ready last Thursday. We went there and they said they weren't ready yet, so then the phone calls commenced. I won't even think of driving out that way until they are really ready. I called Friday, not ready yet. I called today (as they were closed Monday), not ready yet. They said they will be ready tomorrow, but that's when I needed them. She has her first ice skating class for this session tomorrow night at 6:30 PM. Tom will be out of town, so I need to go home to release the dog before we go to U of DE for her class. That means now I have to leave extra early in order to pick up her skates, drive home, take care of dog, feed kid, and drive to skating rink for class by 6:30. It takes a 1/2 hour to drive there from our house, so I have to leave a little before 6 PM. It'll take me 1/2 to take care of the dog and feed Phoebe dinner (and that's being optimistic), so I have to be home by 5:15 PM. It takes 40 minutes in rush hour to drive from the store that has the ice skates so we'll have to leave there by 4:30 PM. It'll be about 45 minutes to have her try these on and make sure they are fitted properly, so that's 3:45 that I'll have to be at the store to begin the fitting. It takes me 20 minutes to get there from her school so that's 3:15 to pick her up, and 15 minutes for me to get to her school from my office. So I have to leave work at 3 PM tomorrow instead of 4 PM. Aaacckkkk! I really wish they had them done last Thursday, or even today.

You know I will be calling them before I leave the office, because if I get there and they still aren't ready, I'll have a fit that I left work early for her to still rent skates tomorrow night. Let's all keep our fingers crossed!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Lots of updates. First off, I feel like I'm going crazy. I have a serious earworm going on today. "More Than a Woman" by the Bee Gees. Don't ask. I heard it on the radio this morning, and I can't get it out of my head.

We had a great family night last night. Every year, we go to an Italian Festival at one of the churches in Wilmington, and last night was our night to go this year. We all had such a good time. Phoebe rode lots of kiddie rides. I think this is the last year for the kiddie ones. She's looking longingly at the big kid rides this year. I'm sure she can handle it next year. After the rides we got a bite to eat. We each got a different sandwich: Tom, sausage & peppers, Phoebe, meatball, me, porketta. To eat dinner, all the tables were really crowded, so we sat across from some people we didn't know. They laughed as much as we did watching Phoebe try to open her mouth wide enough to fit this meatball sandwich. She ate 3/4s of it, and it was an adult size sandwich. We all had plenty of room for dessert and shared cotton candy, lemon water ice, and funnel cake. We were on our way to the car, when we passed some of the entertainment and they were getting kids and adults together to dance. They were doing the chicken dance and Phoebe asked if she could join in. It was so cute. But then we got roped into it too when they started doing some more traditional Italian dances. I thought I was going to cry when at the end they played tarantella. My Nonni Trini used to hum that tune to me all the time. For that song, they gave the kids tamborines to shake and one of the leaders asked me to dance! Phoebe asked me later why I danced with a stranger!

Well, I'm going to pick up a refill of my Chinese herbs on the way home today. I haven't taken them in awhile, but even Tom had mentioned it might be a good idea. I'm picking up a new basal thermometer on the way home tonight too, so I'll be updating my temp chart starting tomorrow again.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Things are very wierd in JIML. I saw what I thought was a wild cat (the dangerous big kind) the other night when I was bringing the dog out. We ran back in pretty fast. The strange thing is that the next morning I was really questioning my senses the night before. I thought I saw an animal the size of our yellow lab running from the neighbors yard into part of our yard where the water basin is (we have 2 acres of land, pretty big, so it was still quite far away), but I could've swore it looked more like a large cat and I thought it roared at me! Although it sounded like a cross between a roar and a meow.

Now, let's preface this with that I've been very tired this week. I've been trying to get more sleep, but I'm still really tired. I've been like a walking zombie all week. I'm just tired all day. I rally every now and then, but in general it's sheer exhaustion. I think it's PMS. I need to get back on the Chinese herbs to make this PMS crap go away.

Another wierd thing happened this week. There have been symbols of hope for me actually getting pregnant. Go figure. First was this post from The Infertile Gourmet about spiders as fertility symbols. That night I was watering the new plants in the front of the house and there were spiders EVERYWHERE! The immediate next day, my mom calls and said she went to this fortune teller she goes to and she told her two things about me:
  1. I just finished a big chapter in my life. (Duh, I think that was buying and selling our primary residence.)
  2. I would get pregnant before Christmas this year (WHATTTT!!!!!!)

Now the day before this all started, I was thinking about looking at a new personal protocol of going back on the Chinese herbs, but then also including Pre-Seed and progesterone cream for next month. Maybe this means if I do these things I was thinking about they will work? If I wasn't researching these things, would these signs have showed up?

I'm very much looking forward to a non-weird weekend. Tom will not be in school this weekend, so we'll get to spend lots of quality time together. Can't wait!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I love our new neighborhood! We get to see the coolest stuff! Last night, I was watering the plants in front of the house and a horse was walking down our street! There was a teenage girl riding him. I ran in the house to get Phoebe and the girl waited for us and let us pet him. His name was Cisco and she was Megan. They live on the farm around the corner from our house. They have five horses and one pony.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Dirty Little Sea Crab

We've been really busy at our house over the weekend. I took Friday off and ran lots of errands. Tom had school Friday and Saturday. Saturday I cleaned the house and did the bills. We went out to dinner Saturday night to celebrate the sale of the old house. Sunday we put the weight system together. Lots of pulleys to remember how the cables all went around them. Tom and I fought because he was all cranky. We fixed it all Monday night talking while I made dinner and Phoebe was out playing with her friends. I understand where he's coming from, but really, really hate when he gets all cranky and then I'm not happy to be around him anymore. But like I said we're OK now. I know it's stress. I just need to keep reminding him how to take a chill pill and have fun.

Funny thing happened the other day with Phoebe. You know how sometimes you think the people singing a song are saying something, and it's really something completely different? Oh, that's just me? Well now it's Phoebe too. We were listening to the radio and the song "Dirty Little Secret" came on. Phoebe starts singing "I'll give you my dirty little sea crab." I guess that's the Little Mermaid version of the song!