off i go

Oct. 12th, 2005 11:23 pm
daniwithtea: (hee)
i'm leaving to head up home in a few minutes, staying at my dad's to dog-sit. they're heading to the hospital at midnight for babymomma to be induced, so sometime in the next day (hopefully sooner than later, so everyone's sake) i'll be a big sister all over again. if anyone in the lv area will be around and wants to get together tomorrow night and possibly friday, give me a call or email, or post here. i'll probably be wandering around the farmer's market tomorrow, just because I can. :) (yum, charlie k's...)
daniwithtea: (hee)
the end is finally in sight. they plan to induce at midnight tomorrow night.

in other news, i'm eating potatoes au gratin from the caf. good, except for the fact that there's sweet potatoes mixed in with the white. now, i like sweet potatoes, but this is just weird.

Quilt Pics

Oct. 10th, 2005 12:08 am
daniwithtea: (hee)
The almost-finished baby quilt behind cut )

*whine*

Oct. 9th, 2005 11:22 pm
daniwithtea: (shrug)
well, baby-momma is having contractions (about 1 hour apart), so they decided not to induce at this time. so, still waiting. they're looking at sometime in the next 24 hours, though.

the quilt, which i'll be taking pictures of shortly, has its binding done, but still needs approx. half of the actual quilting done. I finished the binding first because I figured that'd be the harder thing to work on in a waiting room.

baby update

Oct. 4th, 2005 07:29 pm
daniwithtea: (buffy kitty)
talked to dad and my step-mom tonight. things are still holding steady. if she hasn't popped by the doc appt this thursday, they'll induce her this weekend. she thinks she's going to pop tomorrow. guess i should throw my suitcase in the car before i leave for work tomorrow, eh? i'll have my laptop with me, so i'll post as soon as there's news worth posting.
daniwithtea: (i love boobies)
i'm an unapologetic fan of the show, and here is my rundown on why this week is the "best week ever", in my little corner of the 'verse.

1. Henson Studios is making a major motion picture out of Fraggle Rock!
2. Baby sister coming soon!
3. Finally started physical therapy!
4. Grocery shopping on Monday got me twice as much food as I had planned, and I spent less than I had budgeted!
5. New haircut requires no product!
6. Eye exam tomorrow means new glasses soon, which means I can roll back the 800x600 display settings on my laptop!
7. Firefly marathon on SciFi last night, ending with an inside view of the making of Serenity!
8. I get to take guilt-free time off soon, crash in my home town, and hopefully see my beloved far-away friends like Topher, [livejournal.com profile] bunnyjadwiga, [livejournal.com profile] maziemaus, [livejournal.com profile] juergen, and Becky when I'm not fawning over new baby sis - and I won't be at work!!!!!!
9. OMFGVMSqueeeeeeee!!! (roughly translated, that's oh my fucking gods, veronica mars [tonight] - squeeeee!!!!!!!)
10. Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity! Serenity!

In other news... )
daniwithtea: (dance like no one's watching)
I just heard from my step-mom, and she said that my baby sis is healthy and should be about 6-7 lbs. when she arrives. at their last visit, the baby showed no signs of wanting to come out yet, so if there's no sign of progress by this thursday's visit, they plan to induce her next week.

squee!!!! snoopy dance!!!! big sister (again) dance!!!!

damn, i'd better finish that quilt!
daniwithtea: (strawberry)
Mer's on a date, so I have the house to myself. It's Friday, so there's four or five hours of CSI on Spike. (And they're episodes I haven't seen before!) I just had a 2-liter of Sprite and a pizza with bacon, ricotta, mushrooms, and olives delivered. I'm wearing sweats and a henley. ([livejournal.com profile] queentushy's former henley, in fact.) oh, and as a before-dinner snack, I polished off a container of Ben & Jerry's Uncanny Cashew. Veronica Mars premieres in less than two weeks, and two weeks from exactly now, I'll be in a theater watching Serenity. A week after that, my baby sister is due. Of course, Paige will probably decide to come into the world either right before or during one of the two premieres I'm so looking forward to. But I'm okay with that. I've forgiven my lil' brother for plenty of things over the years - I just might have to start early with her. :) Hmmm....I think I'll set the VCR for that Wednesday just in case.

I'm tired, and in a lot of pain, but life is good.

updates

Aug. 18th, 2005 02:28 pm
daniwithtea: (icon)
On the brown rice front: after talking to my dad, we decided to make the rice saturday morning. while shopping for the rice, we found brown basmati rice, which not only will add a little flair to this otherwise dull bland mild menu, will cook faster, or so the goddess of rice, aka [livejournal.com profile] fuzzybutchkins says.

On the baby presents front: i strayed a little from my original idea, going with 2 books (Click Clack Moo and Fox in Socks), 2 CDs of non-irritating children's music (Kenny Loggins' "Return to Pooh Corner" and the album from Tom Chapin with "Family Tree" and "This Pretty Planet" on it), and a hand-sewn sample of the fabrics for the baby quilt: tiny pink checks, tiny purple checks, and a pale yellow fabric with pink-and-purple flowers on it for the squares; white fabric with purple, green, yellow, and pink stripes for the backing; and pink baby blanket edging for the edging. Not exactly a color scheme I'd have chosen, but it matches the baby's room almost exactly. The shower itself was interesting. the Malibu (mer's car) died on the way there, so i got a nice long walk in the 95-degree humid heat home for the jetta while mer waited for the tow truck. i'll let her regale you with that story on her own lj if she so chooses. so we were an hour late to the party, where i got asked quite a few questions about where i was going to school...at the time i couldn't figure out why (was i looking particularly young that day or something?) but then i realized i was there with my "roommate", and apparently these people only had roommates in college. ah, well. we cut out early, citing the drama of the car troubles and the "long drive" and headed home, but not before getting "pocket angels" that had been blessed by some holy catholic guy as our shower favors. the irony was not lost on me that the outfit i was wearing did not have any pockets.

on work: the lease exchange (just one of the many projects this year) is coming to a close. by 5:00 tomorrow, it will be done. well, my part in it will be. to celebrate, i'm actually *taking vacation time* next week. i realized there was going to be a lull, and i'm taking advantage of it. monday and tuesday. and since mer will presumably still be temping for her mom, it will be alone time! yay! there has definitely not been enough of that in my life lately. of course, now that mer's dating someone in the same state, my alone time might increase. much happiness on that front, for a lot of reasons.

on fandom: i get my firefly dvds back tonight. i believe there will be a marathon next week when i'm off. also, i am feeling like a total squee-ish fangirl after having seen veronica and logan kiss for the first time last night. how did i miss out on all the original veronica mars goodness? why did nobody beat me with a tv guide and tell me to watch this damn show from the get-go? most importantly, why are the first season dvds coming out *after* season two starts? not fair. at all. of course, the fact that vm s2 premieres on the 28th and the serenity premiere is on the 30th make that a very good week indeed. statistically speaking, it also makes it a very good week for work to explode and for paige to be born. just sayin'.

gaydom

Jul. 30th, 2005 01:14 am
daniwithtea: (she feels everything)
this week at work we had mandatory harassment awareness training. the presentor had a chart showing all the things covered under our company's harassment policy, and went over all the things once by one. what he left off the chart was sexual orientation, which is covered in the policy. so i raised my hand to ask him why exactly he was skipping that. he pointed to me and said "yes, sir?" it wasn't until he corrected himself and said "yes, ma'am?" that i realized what he said. a strange moment, that was. the harassment training lawyer getting upset because he thought (correctly, in this case) that he spoke the wrong gender. in this situation, it was weird, because it obviously made him uncomfortable. it's amusing to me how the same gender question a few weeks ago at nolose would have been a courtesy rather than a mistake. anyway, he hemmed and hawed about how he "forgot" to add that to his board, and said a little blurb about sexual orientation, yadda yadda yadda. it pissed me off because he had done probably a dozen classes with that board before the one I attended. the other thing that pissed me off was when he made a statement - went on some length, actually - about how there are two genders: "you're either a man, or you're a woman. there's only two." But, having just outed myself to a few dozen co-workers and execs, I didn't have the balls to argue gender theory with a corporate lawyer.

on a slight tangent from that, there is the matter of my forthcoming sister, and her uber-catholic relatives. quick recap: my dad's wife's family has their religion shoved so far up their asses that until a few weeks ago they were refusing to acknowledge their grandchild, because she was conceived out of wedlock. that has changed, and i'm glad for my dad's wife's sake. now maternal grandma-to-be is throwing the baby shower. i got the invitation in the mail, and it was addressed only to me. not wanting to fuck things up between baby-mom and baby-grandma inadvertently, i called my dad and asked if [livejournal.com profile] fuzzybutchkins was invited to the shower or not. he said that yes, she was invited, and that he and baby-mom want us both to be there, but that we are just to be "friends" at the shower. my dad made it very clear that this was not a reflection on what he and his wife think, and i truly believe that. he says they haven't told her parents yet because for the time being, what they don't know won't hurt them. i asked him if he realized that they were going to have to know eventually, and he said yes, but that could wait. in a way, i understand this. i do. i want baby-mom to have a good relationship with her family, because they're important to her. a happy mommy makes for a happy baby, and that baby is my sister, damnit, so she'd better be happy. so when i called baby-grandma to rsvp, i told her that "my dad said i could bring my roommate". i felt like i was back in college. and i need to remember to call my relatives that will be there, so they know that we're just "roommates" that day. but part of me wants to scream, "what the fuck?!" this is my kid sister we're talking about here, and i will never be anyone other than who i am to her. she will never know mer as my rommate. she'll know her as her sister out-law, or whatever better term we come up with by the time the kid has concepts for such things. come the holidays, am i going to have to spend a few uncomfortable hours pretending i'm somebody else? yeah, it'll take a couple years before paige gets the concept. but after a few years of showing up to everything with the same "roommate", i have a sneaking suspicion that her parents might figure it out. and so all my fears about the back-and-forth of what this kid's going to have to listen to growing up have come back to smack me upside the head, just as i'm crashing down off a week lived entirely on adrenaline, long hours, and yoghurt smoothies. fuck.

tomorrow (or, more accurately, today) and Sunday, we're going away to mer's parents' place at the shore, where i can smoke like a chimney, curse like a sailor, lose myself in a book, and be the fat dyke that i am.
daniwithtea: (she feels everything)
okay, so my dad and his wife need nothing for the baby, they say. but when i said "books", my dad lept and said "yes! books! buy books for the baby! books!" i never took my father for such a book hound, but hey - this kid's going to be getting books from me for the rest of her life; I might as well start now. so i ask you, dear readers (and a certain librarian who i'm sure will have some faboo suggestions): what are some good books I can start off my baby sister's collection with? keep in mind that the maternal grandparents are uber-catholics, so i should probably stay away from the "books for kids with gay family members" reading list, at least for now.

Here's what I have so far:
So What's It Like To Be A Cat? by Karla Kuskin - a very cute book I saw at the store tonight.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin - I adore Click, Clack, Moo (even have my own copy), and now there's a sequel! whee!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - doesn't every kid have a copy of this book?
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss - again, doesn't every kid have this? If not, they should.
Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer - a very cute book that I used to own but I believe went the way of my former nephew's book collection

Some of these books I'll end up getting her for the holidays, like Robert Sabuda's The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up, which yes, I realize is a completely inappropriate gift for a baby, but she's my baby sister, damnit, and I'll give her what I want to.

And while I recognize that I have many years to fill her bookshelves, I'd like to get her library started off right. We're leaving in the morning to go into hiding until Sunday, but I plan to order these when I get back so they get here in time for the shower in two weeks. So please fill me in! Also, if anyone knows of a good source for kids' books online (other than the mega-sites), please let me know.

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