Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baby day is tomorrow!

The difference between my last pregnancy and this pregnancy is that with Ariana, I was getting things set up a couple months in advance, even though I have the date I'm going to give birth basically from my first appointment. This pregnancy, we go to the hospital tomorrow morning, so today I thought, "Maybe I should pack a hospital bag. Oh, look! Newborn clothes! I should ask Chris to grab that box when he gets home from work so we can have an outfit for our baby."

So I guess by the end of today I should be prepared, at least with a hospital bag and some snacks. I have tried really hard not to remember how hard it is to have a newborn, and only focus on how squishy and tiny she will be. There are so many different factors at play, all over again - will she be gassy? Will my milk come in okay? Will she have to be in the NICU? And a million other tiny things that separate one newborn from the next. I'm sure some things will come along and I'll be shocked that I forgot it, but there's really no preparing for things that you don't know will happen or not.

So wish us luck! We are very excited and I bet Ariana will just love being an older sister.

(Oh and don't worry, with all this prep time, we still don't have a name.)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

South Korea's got Seoul

*Oooh we're going to South Korea? They didn't even prep us for our first big adventure! Wahoo!!

*I want to know what his wrist tattoo says.

*"Korea? I don't even have a kimono!"

*"I don't have to share a lot of things at home. Like my boyfriend." LOL Nikki is killing me.

*The producers really need to come up with some more creative questions. It's really boring to hear, season after season, "I was SO excited to see [this season's bachelor(ette)]!" "I hate having to share him/her." "I didn't know it was going to be this hard! [sobsobsob]." WE KNOW.

*"I kinda want to crap my pants." You better go before you go onstage then.

*Lezbehonest - the fans aren't there to watch a no-name American girl dance. They're at the show to watch their favorite group perform. It'll be ok.

*I just realized JP picked all the more fun loving girls for this date, but no one he's complimented on being classy or elegant or anything. On purpose?

*"The fans are all excited even though they don't know who we are!" Do you think, maybe, they know who the other Koreans on stage are?

*"I want this feeling to last for...forever." I want these girls to take relationship classes, or remember old relationships, and learn that the "honeymoon phase" lasts 18-24 months. Soooooooo that's going to be disappointing.

*Oh good. They're videoing him showering. What an awkward thing for that cameraman.

*Did he just say Sharleen is his favorite one right now? Yowza!

*"I'd be lying if I said right now that this is the man I love." THANK YOU. She can seem aloof, or even snobby, but she at least has her head on straight about all this.

*I wonder if Sharleen really said their conversations were dull? That's bad news bears.

*"He is more fun than expected." Maybe she changed her mind.

*"I don't want the early stages of any relationship have to do with the fact that I'm an opera singer." ....ok....You might be dating too many performance men.

*If she's worried about singing for him this early in the relationship, what about all the strangers she sings for while performing? I definitely don't mean to be critical on this, but I'm sincerely curious.

*Look at her! Being genuinely interested in him. How sweet. Most of the questions the girls ask seem forced but she seems like she's actually put a lot of thought into what she wants to know about him.

*"How many kids do you want?" -JP "Me?" -Sharleen. Well, you're on an one-on-one, sooooo......probably you, yes. Definitely means she doesn't want to answer.

*Is JP's heart breaking???

*I gotta say I'm surprised he gave her the rose after she basically admitted to not wanting kids. Does she know he has one already?

*"Where is Juan Pablo?" Wouldn't it be hilarious if a date was some giant game of Where's Waldo? "Where's Pablo?"

*Every time I see Kelly (Dog Lover) I think of a Barbie or a Bratz doll. She has those big, light eyes with darker skin and her features are just so prominent.

*Renee! GET IT!!!

*"AH! What is it??!!" I think it' BETTER RUN QUICK!!!

*Hahahaha fish pedicure?? That's a thing?! I want one!! (But I promise not to scream like a crazy when I stick my feet in the water.)

*I'm glad they changed from their day-casual outfits to night-casual outfits. I think that will make a big difference.

*He picked Renee first! Woohoo!

*She seems like the kind of girl that might need more one-on-one time to open up.

*Good for him for taking a step back. That's very respectable.

*"So you like to...pretend to dance...." hahahahha I like Andi's spunk.

*Hands at his sides while "dancing" with Lauren? Not interested.

*"Ok I'm going to be Clare and you be Juan Pablo." LOL Role playing.

*For him being impressed with a girl like Sharleen who has "monde," Clare's over-the-top pride at eating octopus is probably not that impressive to him.

*She told him she didn't want to kiss earlier and then acted like she was going to be all over him in front of the girls? Interesting....

**rolls eyes* at the kissing scene. Not AS respectable.

*"Aye aye aye" will he pick Andi? Nah, he probably says that all the time.

*He did pick her!

*Didn't he pick Renee first at the last rose ceremony too? She's totally getting a 1-on-1 next week.

*I really like Elise's dress - the green with gold underneath? That's cute.

*The walk of shame! They all just stand back and watch? Aca-awkward.

*YIKES. Next week! Any bets that Clare goes home? Kinda looks like it! Does she sneak in to his room and they sleep together? Probably not that far but I have so many thoughts running through my head!! What's going to happen??? Well I'm at least glad that Renee and Andi look like they're getting private dates. Those two seem great.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A pool cocktail party??

*I like Renee a lot. She's the classy one of the group.

*Cassandra: let's do some math. If you are 21, have a two year old, and are a former NBA dancer, how old were you when you were a dancer? How long was that your profession?

*How is "Dog Lover" an acceptable profession? Really, you couldn't come up with anything better?

*Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person my age who's lost a parent, and then I watch the Bachelor and don't feel special anymore :( They must select for these things.

*Yacht jumping already?? We usually don't get that treat until a couple months in! What a treat!

*Totally thought he wasn't going to give Cassandra a rose. Am I alone in this?

*LOL I just saw that the rating for this show is "L" for language. No sexuality? Really?

*I think when the girls go on group dates they forget the laws of probability. 10 girls:1 Rose = not everyone gets a rose.

*Interestingly, he gave it to the girl he connected with AND didn't kiss.

*"On a scale of 1-Terrified, my terrified meter is like, goin' off the charts."

*The upside down kiss was sweet, but the music totally ruined it for me. Way too much.

*"I think if we could jump off a bridge together, we could pretty much get through anything."

*"You never let a man see you without your face on." LOL good luck honey.

*Hey cameramen - I think I could do with less shots of the girls' breasts. You know it's primarily women who watch this show, right? We don't care to see all that.

*Any man who goes on the Bachelor has to have the patience of a god. Seriously.

*Are they going to stand at the rose ceremony in their swimsuits?

*Nope! Thank goodness.

*That's a lot of tears in the preview coming from a girl we haven't seen yet.

*Know who I want to see more of? Renee. But not in the consoling-the-other-girls setting anymore. Let's get her on a 1-on-1. She is awesome.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Juan Pablo: Week 2

I know this is a few days late, but here were my thoughts while watching this week's Bachelor.

*They need to calm it down with all the intense music on the first date, or they aren't going to have anything left to play when he actually proposes.

*"This is the best first date I've ever been on." I bet of ABC funded my dates, they'd be the "best ever" too.

*"I'm hoping this is literally the tip of the iceberg." I know she thinks she was being clever, since their date was in the snow, snow is cold, icebergs are cold, yatta yatta, buuuuuuut still not a correct use for "literally." (Though let's cut her some slack, we've literally all been there :) )

*I wonder if the hippie will "forget" her bikini tops on the poolside group dates.

*I forgot why the dog was there until I saw it walking around the mansion and remembered a girl had brought it. If she can bring her puppy, could the single moms bring their kids? J/W

*Kat reminds me of Blake Lively.

*Wow. Putting the rose in front of thousands? There's no better guarantee that she would have gotten it.

*"I think it's either a photo shoot or eating cheese. I'm good at both, so....."

*Thanks Lucy for reminding us that your breasts are your only asset.

*Seriously? Just wear cardboard?

*I wondered how long it would take one of them to figure out to switch with Lucy.

*The girls he really likes he keeps complimenting as classy or elegant or something like that. I think he'll definitely end up with one of the more mature ones.

* LOL. Victoria.

*"I probably should apologize." "I'm mortified (sweet smile)." "I guess I could have acted a little more adult." LOL this girl kills me.

*Cassandra (Trey's mom) is for sure getting a 1-on-1 next week.

*I expected Amy L's exit to be way more emotional. Way to keep it classy, girlfriend!!

I miss having my girls to watch it with! It's not nearly as satisfying to giggle at silly girls by myself. Comment if you watched it and tell me what you thought!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The scary first apartment

Well, we've officially been in our apartment for a week, and what a doozy it has been. Really, the whole month has been a little out of control, but we made it and are settling down here in Houston in our two bedroom apartment. I personally still can't believe we're here permanently. I'll be totally honest, it's really hard to consider that this is for real and we aren't going back to Utah. I miss it soooo much. But in order to distract myself from that sadness, I'll recap some of the more interesting things that have happened so far.

We found our apartment online about a month and a half ago and had our deposit down and everything. Not knowing much about the area, but knowing we needed a place ASAP, we got this one knowing it was close to the apartment of Chris' co-worker who also has a small family and seemed to like the area. We had been staying with Chris' sister in Fort Worth up until Christmas Day, so the morning after was Chris' first day at work. I dropped him off and then made my way to our new apartment to check in.

The managers were nice and explained everything, handed over my keys and Ariana and I made our way to the apartment. First of all - when we told people we were moving here, the reactions were always something about how blasted hot it gets and that there are cockroaches everywhere. (Thanks for all that uplifting support, BTW.) So we expected things to be muggy and buggy. So I get up to our apartment, after three of the longest weeks of my life, and it's on the third floor and I'm carrying Ariana and her pack n' play so that she can take a nap while I carry things from the car to the apartment. Did I mention it's on the third floor? We chose that specifically because it's cheaper and we don't mind living up high, but I'm not supposed to be lifting much anyway so I was pushing it pretty hard.

When we get up there and walk inside, my first impression was that it's kinda dark but about what I expected. I start walking around the rooms and suddenly, in the kitchen, I saw three roaches on the floor, though only one was alive. So I keep my eyes open a little wider and walk around more of the place. Sure enough, after I make my way through the whole apartment, I found not one, not two, but three DOZEN cockroaches out and about, some dead, some alive.

This was not ok. I was prepared to have to deal with bugs more than usual, but not at my first impression of our new place. I'd even have been ok waiting a while to get in so that management could clean up and spray for bugs before we brought things inside. (We knew they sprayed weekly for bugs before moving in, hence a lot of my surprise at seeing so many.) But I definitely expected them to take care of the situation.

To my surprise, they went above and beyond my expectations. I called the office and the manager sounded genuinely surprised that there were so many roaches inside. She put me on hold, and then came back and asked if it would be ok if they showed me a different apartment to live in, because having bugs in there was unacceptable and not something I should have to deal with. Score! Of course I said yes, and so the other manager came to show me two other places, both with slightly bigger floor plans and one with upgraded carpet and a couple other things that was on the first floor. Rent wouldn't change or anything, either. (Apparently, here, rent is decided by the floor you live on, square footage, length of lease, closeness to the clubhouse and complex amenities, among other things. It's pretty involved.)

So now we're in a bigger apartment on the first floor with better carpet and nicer appliances. The apartments still aren't what I expected - I don't need fancy things, but they are a little over-advertised. They boast to have all these upgrades, but you can tell the upgrades are done cheap and only for the most basic aesthetic purposes, not to really make the apartment a better place. It's not a huge deal, but something I would have taken into consideration had I had the opportunity to see the apartment in person firsthand. We've still seen a few cockroaches but it hasn't been awful, and we are definitely motivated to keep things clean because of that. And when we see them, we can call and have them come spray for us so it's not a huge issue.

So that's our first big story. Our apartment is alright, but I'll be honest, I want to get into a house ASAP. I've been looking online at listings nonstop, basically since we moved in. I want our own place, and I tell myself that if we're in a place I know I can't get out of, maybe it will feel more like home? Like I need to accept that we're here instead of being in denial. I don't know. We'll see.