Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Newlywed Advice

Since I am no longer a newlywed as of yesterday, I suppose I'm now qualified to give advice to other newlyweds.

Katie is hosting a link-up to celebrate her second wedding anniversary. So here is my contribution:

1. Don't expect your spouse to change
If Peter and I had gone into our marriage thinking he would eventually stop being obsessed with sports and I would eventually stop being obsessed with cats, we both would have been very disappointed.
I know that's a silly example, but I've seen many of my friends become disappointed when they realize that their spouse didn't become more responsible/considerate/ambitious/educated/sociable/hard-working/etc. after they got married.
I am so grateful that Peter accepts me as I am. And, since Peter is glorious in every way, it is easy for me to do the same.

2. Don't be surprised when your spouse does change
Peter has changed in two ways since we got married.
First, he's much so much cleaner now than when he lived in his bachelor pad. What a pleasant surprise for me!
Second, after I got pregnant he told me he didn't like hyphenated last names.
I kept my maiden name when we got married and I just assumed that our baby would have both our last names.
Fortunately, since I love hyphenated last names, I had an easy solution.
I decided to hyphenate my last name so I will share part of my name with Peter and our baby.
And, as an added bonus, we've now escaped the logistical issue of fitting 15 letters onto the back of a hockey/football/soccer/basketball/rugby/lacrosse/baseball jersey if our baby is lucky enough to inherit Peter's athletic ability. That would have been a challenge!

Monday, July 30, 2012

First Anniversary

A year ago today I married my best friend. I am so lucky to be Peter's wife!

Even though this year didn't turn out how we had planned, our team has never been stronger.

Here is our year in numbers:

Cats: 3 (Thankfully, the same number as when we got married.)
Jobs lost: 2 (one each)
Jobs gained: 1 1/2 (both Peter's)
Houses sold: 1 1/2 (the same home)
Houses bought: 1
Inter-provincial moves: 1
Written-off cars: 1 (Our car broke down the same day we were laid off and a week after we fixed the transmission. Worst timing ever!)
Glorious mini vans: 1
Days spent apart: ~40 (Way too many!)
Provinces visited: 7 (We both lived in Ontario and B.C. and visited Manitoba and Quebec. Peter covered the CIS Basketball Championship in Nova Scotia and drove through Alberta and Saskatchewan.)
Other countries visited: 1 (We went to Washington in November.)
Pregnancies: 2 (One ended sadly in October.)
Years of law school completed: 1 (One more to go.)
Visits from family: 4 (Peter's brother visited a lot during the school year, Peter's mother visited in February, my father visited in May and my sister visited in July.)
Visits to family: 2 (We visited Peter's immediate family in Winnipeg in August and his extended family in Toronto in April.)
Sports games: ~44 (2 football, ~4 baseball, ~8 hockey, ~30 basketball. Can you tell Peter loves sports?)

Here are some glorious photos of our wedding:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

32 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: Squash. The Internet didn't say what kind of squash so I picked a photo of one that looks large and delicious.

Maternity clothes: I'm excited I can wear more of my maternity clothes now that I'm staying in my parents' air conditioned house and I'm no longer boiling hot all the time.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Not great. The good thing about not sleeping is that I get to have breakfast with my Dad who wakes up at 5 a.m.

Best moment this week: Reuniting with Peter. Our cats surviving the journey from Ontario. The move going smoothly. Seeing our new house. So many things. 

Miss anything: My Ottawa friends.

Movement: Lots. Sometimes the baby kicks my ribs so hard they hurt!

Cravings: None.

Sickness: None.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: Just the sore ribs from the baby kicking.

Belly button: Still in, but it looks different.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Happy.

Looking forward to: Moving into our new house.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Tale of Three Cats

Once upon a time there were three cats.

"My name is Mango," said the orange tabby. "I'm so happy to be back in B.C. My life is purr-fect and nothing bad will ever happen again."

"My name is Lola," said the tortoiseshell. "I'm so happy to see Peter again. My life is purr-fect and nothing bad will ever happen again."

"My name is Big Papi," said the black cat. "I'm so happy to be finished travelling. My life is purr-fect and nothing bad will ever happen again."

"My name is Jesse," said the dog. "I smell something unusual. I wonder what is upstairs."

"Ahh! A dog!" screamed Big Papi. "I have never seen a dog before! Hiss hiss hiss!"

And they all lived unhappily ever after.

The end.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (12)

1. On my journey to Prince George on Wednesday, my plane stopped in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. When I arrived in Edmonton from Winnipeg, I asked a flight attendant if someone could check that Big Papi and Lola were still safely stored in cargo. She said she would ask the pilot. About 10 minutes later, the pilot came to my seat and showed me a photo on his iPhone of the two cats sitting in their cages looking calm and adorable. I was so thrilled to see them. WestJet is the best!

2. My cats coped way better on the plane than I thought they were going to. Mango was with me in the cabin and was quiet the entire time. The person sitting beside me said he didn't even know there was a cat stored under my seat until we landed. When we picked up Lola and Big Papi in Prince George, they were calm and relaxed. I was pleasantly surprised.

3. Yesterday, I ate yogurt with berries from my parents' garden for lunch. They were amazing.

4. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers came from behind last night to win their first game by one point. Peter was thrilled! The Bombers are now 1-4 but, as Peter pointed out, the B.C. Lions were 0-5 to start last year and they still won the Grey Cup. I joined Peter to watch the second half of the game. I'm very bad at football because I always forget the rules and names of the positions. At least I'm enthusiastic!

5. Remember when I said I planned ahead for Peter's birthday this year? I just realized the scrapbook I made him is packed up in the moving truck with the rest of our belongings. I won't get it back until Aug. 18 . . . seven days too late. I feel like such a failure! Thankfully I bought him another little gift that is on its way here right now. I'm vowing right now to clean up my act for his 32nd birthday in 2013. 

6. Peter and I met at work four years ago during the Beijing Olympics. He was working in the sports department so his boss assigned him to the 4 a.m. to noon shift to deal with the time difference. I worked days my first week so our shifts overlapped for a few hours. I remember thinking he was very handsome!

7. Here is the cutest note ever from my Dad:

More quick takes here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday (12)

Today I am thankful for:

• Arriving in Prince George safely with all three cats.
• Seeing Peter again. A month is way too long to be separated.
• All Peter's hard work organizing everything in Prince George. In the last month, he started a new job, bought us a house, transferred our vehicle, registered us with a doctor and did so many more things. He's the greatest.
• My parents for letting us stay here for three weeks until we move into our new house.
• Our house being completely sold.
My sister for packing up almost my entire house.
• My girlfriend for driving all the way from Toronto to visit me before I left.
• My neighbour for keeping my flowers watered until the new owner moves into our Ottawa home next month.
• All my Ottawa friends. I miss them already.

In B.C.

One tired pregnant lady and three stressed-out cats arrived in B.C. last night safely. I'll write more later in the day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

House Sale Finally Finalized

Thirty-five days after our house went on the market, our sale has finally been finalized!

The conditions were supposed to be removed last Friday but the buyer's lawyer needed a few days to look over the condo status certificate so the date was pushed back until yesterday. Then the other realtor had an issue with the condo that was finally resolved last night.

I am so relieved.

The house-buying process also seems to be moving along. Our mortgage was approved and the home inspection went well.

In other glorious news, our house is completely packed aside from the things Laura and I will need today.

Paws crossed, everything seems to be falling into place.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Random Things

• We've had another issue with the house sale. It hasn't fallen through yet, but we could still use your prayers and fingers and cat paws crossed. I am really hoping this will all be finalized soon.

• Here is an actual conversation from earlier this week:
Carolynne: If anything else goes wrong in my life, I'm thinking of writing a book called The Year Everything Went Wrong.
Laura: How about The Year the Universe Took a Gigantic Dump on my Life?
Carolynne: And the chapter that just ended could be called Hot, Fat and Alone.
Laura: And the chapter now could be called Hippie to the Rescue: My cat smells like patchouli, there's tofu in my fridge, but at least my shit got packed.

• My sister and I look very similar aside from the dreadlocks, piercings and tattoos (hers) and the enormous belly (mine).
On Saturday, my former boss and his family came over to visit.
Here is a conversation Laura had with his 11-year-old daughter:
Laura: Hi! You must be Carolynne's friends. I'm her sister.
Boss' daughter: Oh! I was going to say, "Carolynne has really changed her look!"

• Peter has two beats at his new job: health and the Enbridge pipeline controversy. Here is a story he wrote about the pipeline that includes a glorious reference to drunken, fighting apes.

• Here is a glorious photo of me, Laura and my friend Linda this weekend. (I am developing a knack for hiding my enormous belly in photos.)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

31 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: Pineapple. Mmmm!

Maternity clothes: I still have a few non-maternity clothes in my rotation. I'm optimistic I will still be able to fit into them nine weeks from now, but we will see.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad.

Best moment this week: Packing up our house. Getting to see so many of my friends. Spending time with my sister.

Miss anything: Peter! Three more days until our reunion.

Movement: Our baby is kicking more often and more aggressively, especially in the ribs.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: I haven't felt great this week. I think it is due to the heat and my lack of sleep.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: I'm starting to slow down. I'm having a harder time standing up when I'm sitting on the floor and walking up stairs.

Belly button: Still in.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Next week should be a better week.

Looking forward to: The end of this moving process.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (11)

1. My Dad's twin brother and his wife got married when I was about eight months old. I wore a beautiful green dress to their wedding that my Mom kept to give to my daughter. Now their oldest son is getting married when our baby will be (you guessed it!) eight months old. Maybe this is a sign we're having a little girl?

2. Don is my first cousin to get married and I am so excited already. I absolutely love weddings.

3. I had my last doctor's appointment in Ottawa on Tuesday. The receptionist printed out my medical record to take to B.C. My favourite part of my record was where my doctor checked off that he had no "parenting concerns" with me or Peter. 

4. Our first wedding anniversary is on July 30. My sister and sister-in-law Andrea are celebrating their second anniversary two days later on Aug. 1 and my parents are celebrating their 32nd on Aug. 2. I think my brother should get married on July 31 so we can all have back-to-back-to-back-to-back anniversaries. We've likely got a few years to wait until my brother gets married since he's only 24. 

5. My sister is vegan so I took her to a vegan buffet for lunch. The restaurant even had vegan chocolate cheesecake! (I don't know how you make chocolate cheesecake without chocolate or cheese, but they managed.) She was very excited. 

6. My sister, brother and I all got audited this year. This is Laura's first time, but I've been audited the past two years and Paul's been audited the past three years. Peter thinks the government will audit me every year that I'm in law school because I'm claiming so many tuition credits. 

7. Here, here and here are some excellent articles Peter wrote this week. I'm so proud of him!

More quick takes here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday (11)

Today I am thankful for:

• Peter and all his hard work finding and buying us a house. He is such a great husband!
• Our conditional sale. God willing, the conditions will be removed tomorrow.
• My sister who travelled all the way from B.C. to help me pack.
• My girlfriend who is driving up from Toronto this weekend to help me pack.
• Another great doctor's appointment and hearing yet again that the baby is developing normally.
• Mango's safe return
• My parents for offering to let us stay with them for three weeks until we take possession of our new house.
• My easy pregnancy. I'll be seven months on Saturday and I'm still feeling great.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Random Things

• Our latest and hopefully last buyer looked at our house on June 24. At that time we had another bid, so all the other showings were cancelled. We knew we had a showing scheduled for Sunday while we were at mass and we couldn't confirm whether it had been cancelled so we made sure the place was clean and tidy before we left. When we got home, nothing had been moved and the lights hadn't been turned off so we thought the showing had been cancelled. Thankfully it wasn't!

• We had rain on Sunday for the first time in forever . . . I think it was before Peter left Ottawa. Now we've had rain three times during the past three days.

• I'm getting much better at giving Big Papi her medicine. The first few times I ended up squirting it all over her face and then she kicked me in the stomach. Neither of us were pleased.

• I am on track to run out of cat food, vinegar, milk and toilet paper by the time I leave next week. I'm happy I will have less to move and give away.

• One of my jerkface neighbours reported my awesome neighbour's awesome cats for violating condo rules and now they aren't allowed to come to visit anymore. Cats are not allowed on unsupervised patrols in our neighbourhood. They have to be in our yards or on a leash. Fortunately, no one reported Mango during her Sunday night escapade

• One of my friends said my belly made me look like a right-angle triangle. That is a pretty accurate description.

• Laura and I went to the wave pool on Monday. I had forgotten how awesome wave pools are. We bobbed up and down with all the little kids until Laura got seasick and we had to leave and swim in the grown-up pool.

• I am leaving Ottawa in a week. I'm so excited to see Peter again!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mango: Lost and Found

Our cats have a history of escaping, but usually they just run around the backyard. That changed Sunday night.

At about 10 p.m., Laura and I were chatting in the living room with the sliding door open to try to cool down the house.

Lola, our smartest cat, opened the screen door while we weren't looking and all three cats escaped.

I grabbed Lola first because she was sitting on the doorstep. She always stays close to home and she's not very fast.

I was most worried about Big Papi because she's a runner and gets scared easily. Plus, she's black and hard to see in the dark. Fortunately, she was still in our yard so I corralled her under the patio table.

Then Laura and I went to look for Mango and she had disappeared.

At first I wasn't worried. Aside from visiting our neighbour's house, Mango has never strayed far. As well, when I lived in Gatineau, Que., someone broke into my condo when I was at work. Even though they smashed the door down and left it wide open, Mango stayed inside.

But then I checked our yard, our neighbour's yard and the area behind the townhouse complex and I couldn't find her.

For the next 30 minutes, Laura and I hunted all over for Mango. I even searched down the corridor between the two hedges that separate the townhouse complexes where I'm usually too scared to walk alone in the dark at night.  I thought I saw her in our neighbour's front yard, but it turned out to be a grey tabby. I also saw two other cats on patrol.

I was distraught. I called Peter and started to cry on the phone.

Then, when I was talking to him, I saw a flash of orange. I hung up and confirmed that it was, in fact, Mango. She was about a block from our house hiding in a hedge in another townhouse unit.

She was understandably terrified and wouldn't let me pick her up so I tried to herd her back to our house. She ran ahead of me and went back into our yard. I scooped her up, carried her inside and called Peter to tell him the good news.

I am so relieved. And we are never leaving our sliding door open again.

Here is a photo of Mango for you to enjoy:

Monday, July 16, 2012

More House News

We bought a house!

We take possession of the new place on Aug. 16.

Peter went to see the place on Friday after we got the great news about our house.

He called me afterwards and he was so excited. This was strange because, unlike me, Peter is not very excitable. He's always very calm and rational.

Anyway, we made an offer on the house on Saturday, they made a counter-offer, we made another counter-offer, they made another counter-offer and we accepted. The last two counter-offers were made over a period of 30 minutes at 1 a.m. Ottawa time so I kept falling asleep in between Peter's calls and text messages.

I'm so grateful for Peter for finding us a home and dealing with all the house-buying logistics. He is such a hard worker. I'm so lucky to have him on my team.

The house is about an eight-minute commute from Peter's work. On the main floor, it has a kitchen, dining area, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms. Downstairs, there is an office that could be converted into a third bedroom, another bathroom and a recreation room. It has a big backyard and covered parking. Here are some photos.

The conditions on our sale are removed on Friday so please keep the prayers coming and your fingers and cat paws crossed until then.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

30 Weeks

I'm so excited to be three-quarters finished my pregnancy. I can't wait to meet our baby!

Inanimate comparison: Cucumber. I don't really understand this comparison, so let's move on.

Maternity clothes: Because it's so hot, I end up wearing the same few outfits every day. But I still have a few non-maternity clothes in my rotation.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Not great this week.

Best moment this week: Selling our house! Also, my sister coming to visit. She arrived late last night. I am so grateful that she took time off work and flew across the country to help me.

Miss anything: Peter. Ten more days until we're reunited.

Movement: Lots of kicking, especially at night and after I eat.

Cravings: None. I haven't been that hungry lately either.

Sickness: None.

Gender: I'm no longer convinced we're having a girl.

Labour signs: I think I may have had my first Braxton Hicks this week, but I'm not sure.

Symptoms: The weirdest thing happened this week. I was walking out of our bedroom and one of my legs went weak. It didn't hurt and it only lasted for a few seconds. According to the Internet, this pregnancy symptom is not uncommon and happens when the baby presses on the sciatic nerve. I was very grateful I didn't fall down and that it hasn't happened since.

Belly button: Still in.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: A little of both. I'm very happy that Laura is here.

Looking forward to: My reunion with Peter in 10 days.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Best News

We conditionally sold our house!

I am trying not to get too excited because of what happened last time, but I'm still the happiest cat in Ottawa right now.

The conditions will be removed on Friday and, if all goes according to plan, the sale closes on Aug. 16.

Thanks to everyone for praying and keeping your fingers and cat paws crossed for us.

In non-related news, here are some photos of twin baby panthers.

Seven Quick Takes (10)

1. Here is an actual conversation I had with my Dad the other day:
Carolynne: What are you doing today, Dad?
Dad: I'm digging thistles out of the lawn. I don't want any grandchildren to prick their feet.

The cute part about this conversation is that my Dad doesn't actually have any grandchildren. I'm having my parents' first grandchild in September and my siblings won't be having kids for another few years yet. 
My Dad is really planning ahead.

2. Aside from a few photos on my camera in B.C., my scrapbooks are now up-to-date. I try to make one for Peter for his birthday and Christmas each year. I've only failed once!

3. Big Papi is on the mend. Thank goodness for antibiotics! She was extremely well-behaved in the car and at the vet. I was shocked and pleased. This bodes well for her incredible journey coming up later this month.

4. I always feel relieved when our friends have babies and don't use our baby names. I'm even relieved when celebrities don't use our baby names because people often copy them and I don't want our children to have trendy names. Fortunately, Penelope Scotland did not make our shortlist. 

5. Apparently the patron saint to help you sell your home is St. Joseph. Now I know who to direct my prayers to!

6. When I was walking home from the bank yesterday, the Google Streetview car passed me. The website takes about a year to update so get excited for July 2013 when you can see a picture of me with a blurred face, walking slowly, wearing bright pink and looking extra pregnant.

7. An American law professor wrote a glorious law review article analyzing Jay-Z's "99 Problems." I know absolutely nothing about American criminal procedure (in fact, I barely know anything about Canadian criminal procedure because I'm not specializing in criminal law), but the article is still hilarious.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday (10)

Today I am thankful for:

• My sister coming to help me pack. I am so incredibly grateful that she is willing to take time off work and spend the money to fly to Ottawa to help me out.
• Peter's job. I will never take work for granted again!
• My girlfriend for helping me take Big Papi to the vet on Tuesday.
• Our active and growing baby. I can't wait to meet him or her in just over 10 weeks!
• My glorious and hilarious maternity bathing suit. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Random Photos

I have writer's block today, so here are some glorious photos I have saved on my computer (in a folder appropriately called "Glorious Photos"). About 90 per cent of the folder is photos of my cats and other peoples' cats, but I'll spare you those ones.

Me modelling the Vancouver Canucks snuggie Peter bought me for a gift.

Me and my former boss with pictures his children drew.

Me pretending to be Roberto Luongo on my parents' ice rink.

My Dad's family (minus me, my brother Paul and my cousin Andrew) at my grandparents' property on the Sunshine Coast.

An aerial view of my parents' home when the river flooded in 2007. It looks like they have a moat.

My sister Laura and sister-in-law Andrea snowboarding.

My mother and sister on the top of Mount Pope.

My parents skiing and wearing matching outfits.

My brother fighting forest fires.

Me and Peter posing in the rain. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Random Things

• I just booked my flight to B.C. I am leaving on July 25 and I am extremely excited. Initially, I was planning to stay here until we sold our house. But that process is taking a while.

• I was planning to fly Air Canada because that airline has more connecting flights and takes less time to get from Ottawa to Prince George. But Air Canada was going to charge me more to fly just the cats than WestJet charged me to fly all four of us. I saved almost 50 per cent!

• As an added bonus, WestJet is letting me take Mango in the cabin with me. Big Papi and Lola will travel in cargo. I picked Mango because she loves to travel and she won't bother the other passengers. The other two, sadly, will probably cry most of the way.

• The WestJet "superagent" said I could put Big Papi and Lola in the same cage to travel in cargo together. Although they do get along better now, I know the fur would fly.

• Sadly, our open house was not particularly successful. Only four groups came. Two were just looky-loos and the others were looking for something more modern. I'm trying not to get discouraged.

• Peter is turning 31 in August. Last year, I didn't have his gift ready in time for his birthday because I was so distracted by our wedding and his birthday was during our honeymoon. I felt like a complete failure as a wife. So this year I ordered one of his gifts more than a month in advance and I'm hoping to finish the other gift this week.

• Peter wrote an awesome series of articles last week on a oncologist who resigned after he was investigated for using non-approved treatments. Peter is such a great reporter!

• Three notable things happened on my shopping trip to Thyme Maternity on Sunday. First, I realized this was the first time I had bought maternity clothes. I was so blessed to receive tons of hand-me-downs from one of my girlfriends and one of my mother's girlfriends. Second, the store was at a huge shopping complex near my house that I didn't know existed. Aside from getting groceries at Costco, I very rarely shop. Third, I used a gift certificate from my wonderful mother-in-law to buy myself a bathing suit. I look so funny in my new bathing suit with my enormous belly and regular-sized body. I could not stop laughing at myself in the changing room.

• I know I talk about this a lot, but I can't get over how amazing the summer weather is here in Ottawa. It is sunny and hot every day. I can't remember the last time it rained.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Second-Best News Ever

I usually don't blog twice in one day because, although my life has been pretty tumultuous lately, I'm just not interesting enough to justify two posts a day.

But today I got the second-best news ever and I had to share immediately.

(To clarify, the first-best news ever would be our house selling, which hasn't happened yet.)

So here is the second-best news ever: My sister Laura is coming to Ottawa to help me pack up our house.

I started to cry tears of happiness when she told me. I don't think she realizes how much this means to me.


I had a very hard week after Peter left for B.C. 

It was similar to the first week after we were laid off because I moped around and cried every day. Again, I knew things would work out eventually, but the short term seemed very bleak.

Until a few months ago, I was a full-time employee, a full-time student and a full-time wife. I felt happiest when I was successful at school, productive at work and had lots of time to spend with Peter. 

Then over eight weeks, I finished school, lost my job and my husband moved away.

One thing I found particularly hard was that everyone expected me to be happy. Of course, I was thrilled that Peter found a job and excited to live closer to my family. But I was having a hard time dealing with all our challenges.

We've gone from two incomes to one. We just finished our home renovations and now we have to sell our house. As well, Prince George doesn't have a law school, so Peter and I are going to have to live apart for at least eight months so I can finish my degree. 

I know these problems are minor compared to what others are facing, but at the time they seemed insurmountable. 

Fortunately, I'm feeling much better now. I've also had some time to think about the things that I can do to stay happy since I'm not working or going to school. Some of them don't come naturally to me, which is why I think this new self-awareness is helpful. Now that I know what I need to do, I can force myself to do it.

• Being social. I don't want to spend time with other people when I'm feeling upset, but I always feel better when I do.

• Being productive. The main thing that got me through the first week after Peter left was working on my memos and feeling that sense of accomplishment.

• Eating healthy food and exercising. The latter is harder for me.

• Being creative. I'm not naturally creative like my mother and sister, but I love making scrapbooks. 

• Having a clean and tidy house. Fortunately, I love cleaning and tidying.

• Enjoying my hobbies. Reading, blogging and doing crosswords make me especially happy.

• Focusing on the positive. This sounds really cheesy, but it works. I do have so much to be thankful for. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

29 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: Acorn squash. I have no idea how big an acorn squash is so I'll have to trust the Internet again.

Maternity clothes: I just discovered I can still fit into one of my loose-fitting non-maternity sundresses. I'm happy to have more clothing variety for the super-hot weather.

Stretch marks: None. The cat scratches are also gone.

Sleep: Great at night, but the heat is making it hard to nap during the day.

Best moment this week: Peter starting his new job. I'm so proud of him! Also, getting my nails done with my friends Robyn and Kim. Here is a photo of me showing off my nails and pretending to be a cat at the same time:

Miss anything: Peter! Peter! Peter!

Movement: Lots of rib-kicking.

Cravings: I was craving salad on Friday so I had one salad for breakfast and another one for dinner. What a strange thing to crave!

Sickness: None.

Gender: Still a surprise. I'm so glad we're waiting until the baby is born to find out. It is so exciting.

Labour signs: None. Apparently most women start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions around this time, but I haven't felt them yet.

Symptoms: None other than my enormous belly.

Belly button: Still in.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Much happier than last week.

Looking forward to: Seeing Peter. Someone buying our house.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blog Makeover

The New Photo
My new photo is of family of three loons that live near Peter's family's cottage in Northwestern Ontario.

My mother-in-law took the photo last August when Peter and I were leaving to go back to Ottawa after our honeymoon. After we told her about the baby this spring, she sent us a copy of the photo because it represented our growing family.

I love loons because they make the best noises and they remind me of our childhood camping trips. Once my sister and I found an abandoned loon egg and we tried to rehabilitate it by building a nest and keeping it warm by the campfire. We wanted to take it home and see if it hatched, but my Dad wisely convinced us to leave it at the campsite.

The New Name
My new name comes from a speech Peter's then-boss gave at work before we left for our wedding.

He called everyone in the office into the centre of the newsroom to congratulate us on "becoming a team of two." I know he was trying to make a sports joke for Peter's benefit, but he never actually mentioned the wedding in his speech.

Because several people had recently been hired and the summer interns had just arrived, a bunch of people listening didn't actually know Peter and I were getting married. They were all very confused.

A year later, we're excited for the arrival of the third member of our team.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (9)

1. I just changed by blog name and header. I've been wanting to change them for a while, but I didn't think I could make a new header without PhotoShop. (I used to have access to PhotoShop on my old work computer.) The Internet told me I could use Picasa, so I tried that program. It's not quite as useful as PhotoShop, but it did the trick. Both the name and the photo have great stories behind them, which I will write about tomorrow. 

2. Our realtor is throwing an open house here on Sunday. I hope Mango makes lots of new friends and helps to sell our house.

3. Now that I've finished my memos, I'm creating legal citation quizzes for another professor. The first-year students will do the quizzes next year as part of the new legal research course. I'm having so much fun. I spent five hours on Wednesday writing three quizzes and I loved every minute of it.

4. The first article Peter wrote at his new job was about spanking. His Twitter friends teased him that he was "beginning with a bang" and "hitting the shelves." 

5. The priest at our former parish has been charged with fraud, theft and money laundering. I was devastated when he was accused of stealing church money last year. This week's charges, however, were not a surprise.

6. Yesterday was my last book club meeting. I may start one in Prince George after I make some friends, but hopefully I can just find one that I can join.

7. Peter is going to look at five houses in Prince George tomorrow. Sadly, we can't bid on any of them until we sell this house.

More quick takes here

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday (9)

Today I am thankful for:

• Peter getting to Prince George safely.
• Peter's new job. He's already written five stories and he's writing three more today. I'm so proud of him.
• My father, sister and sister-in-law for being so welcoming to Peter.
• Another potential buyer coming to look at the house this evening. 
• Being able to drive my girlfriend's car while she's on vacation. It's so nice to have access to a vehicle again.
• Feeling so much better than last week
• Our very active and growing baby.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


So far we only know one thing for sure about our baby . . . he or she will have blue eyes.

According to my high school biology class and the Internet, if both parents have blue eyes, their children will also have blue eyes.

Here are other dominant genetic traits that the baby could inherit, according to the Internet:

• Widow's peak (Peter has one, I don't.)
• Detached earlobes (I have them, Peter doesn't.)
• A rolling tongue (I have one, Peter doesn't.)
• Freckles (I have them, Peter doesn't.)
• Normal vision (Peter has it, I don't.)
• Dark hair (Peter has it, I don't.)
• No cleft chin (Neither of us have one.)
• No dimples (Neither of us have them.)

I'll report back in September with the results. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Random Things

• Peter just finished his first day of work at the Prince George Citizen and now he's meeting with a realtor to find us a new home. He is the best!

• We have another potential buyer coming to look at our house tomorrow. 

• I had a cat-filled day today. Mango, Big Papi and Lola hang out with me all the time now that Peter's in Prince George. Plus, I am cat-sitting my girlfriend's two cats this week. (Just to clarify, they are staying at her house. Five cats in one small home is insane even for this crazy cat lady.) Also today, our neighbour's cat came over to harass Mango through the window and I saw another neighbourhood cat on patrol. 

• I finished my memos on the ethics of expert witnesses and submitted them to my professor this morning. They took me 64 hours to research and write. I'm so thrilled to be done.

• The only good thing about living apart from Peter is that I can buy skim milk again. (Milk is the only thing he's picky about.)

• I love reading, I love libraries and I love eBooks, but I hate bookstores. I had to buy The Sisters Brothers from Chapters for my book club this month and I was not pleased. The book was misfiled so it took me more than 30 minutes to find it and then it cost twice as much as the eBook. 

• My mother and brother are in Berlin on vacation right now and my poor brother is sick. 

• I just watched the Full House re-run of Jesse and Becky's wedding and it was glorious. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook (1)

Outside my window...the weather is sunny and hot and the flowers are blooming.

I am thinking...of all the things I'm going to miss about Ottawa.

I am thankful...that Peter arrived in Calgary safely last night. He's driving through the Rockies right now.

In the kitchen...are a lot of vegetables my girlfriend gave me before she left for her vacation this morning.

I am wearing...a tee-shirt and my only pair of maternity shorts. I'm trying to stay cool in the 30 C heat.

I am creating...nothing at the moment. But I have big plans for scrapbooking later in the week when my memos are finished.

I am going...to Toronto to visit my girlfriends in two weeks if our house is sold by then. If not, I have to stay here.

I am wondering...why our cats are scared of the vacuum but not thunder or fireworks.

I am reading...The Sisters Brothers for my book club on Thursday.

I am hoping...Peter has a great first day at his new job tomorrow. I'm so proud of him!

I am looking forward to...the baby. I can't wait to meet him or her. Right now I'm not worried about labour because I'm so excited.

I am learning...about the ethics of expert witnesses. I have finished two memos for my professor and I'm almost finished the last one.

Around the house...everything is clean and tidy and ready for potential buyers.

I am pondering...what the next few months will bring. Hopefully we will sell our house, buy a new house and get settled before the baby comes.

A favourite quote for today..."It's always darkest before the dawn." These past couple of months have been a challenge, but I am confident wonderful things are on the horizon.

One of my favourite things...is chatting to my sister, which I did for an hour today.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Finishing my memos and beginning to pack.

A peek into my day...Our friend emailed us this picture this morning and another friend replied, "clearly they spelled Carolynne wrong."

More daybooks here.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

28 Weeks

Inanimate comparison: Eggplant. Hopefully the baby is less purple. I peeked ahead and the most hilarious comparison is coming up in Week 33.

Maternity clothes: Like the last two weeks, I can still fit into my leggings and shorts if they fit below my belly.

Stretch marks: I thought I might have one but it was just a cat scratch from Mango. I've never had a stretch mark before, which may explain why I have trouble distinguishing them from cat scratches.

Sleep: Not too bad.

Best moment this week: Going for a walk with one of my girlfriends and going for dinner with another.

Miss anything: Peter!

Movement: At least six kicks every two hours.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: None.

Gender: Still a surprise. I'm becoming less convinced the baby is a girl.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: Occasional leg cramps. Being slow at walking.

Belly button: Still in.

Wedding rings: Still on. They were tight to begin with so I'm surprised they haven't become tighter.

Happy or moody: Hmmm . . . hopefully next week is a better week.

Looking forward to: Seeing Peter again.