Saturday Productivity FTW! 

Alternate title for today’s post: Lizzy doesn’t ‘nest’ like a normal person.

So we completes two of the big things on my list before Baby E’s arrival in 5-ish weeks (holy  crap!?). We got our little garden spaces planted, and the grill has been assembled and will take its ‘maiden voyage’ tonight in the form of cooking up some brats and steak! 


SO looking forward to this thing being fired up! 


Planted: squash, two types of cucumbers, three types of tomatoes, three types of pepper and two types of peas. Here’s hoping that they decide to actually grow, because the plants look just a tad pathetic right now. Not pictured – the two pots of flowers we also planted.

You can see from the last shot that we still need to pick things up, but given that i feel like i’ve done a horticulture interns worth of work we’re taking  break. JP was kind enough to do most of the planting since i have issues gettinrg low enough to to ground now… Ah pregnancy :p

Father of the Bride

Just popping in really quick to point out that I’ve finally gotten around to updating the blog banner!  No more “in Berlin” (sadface), but I can’t say that I mind the new one.  JP is a big Hellboy fan and that’s our cake topper from way back when this whole thing started :D

Hope all of my readers are having as wonderful weather as we are today.  Now to get on with some gardening!

Friday Fives: The Rules

So I finally took the plunge and am now the owner of not just a smartphone, but an iPhone 6. As many of you know I had been thinking about going with one of the motorola phones, but in the end opted for iOS as it just seemed easier to do. So far I’m fairly happy with my choice. Heck, I’m using the darn thing to type up this post ;)

So now that I’ve joined the cult of Apple/the world of smartphone users I’ve set up some rules for myself. I thought you’d all get  kick out of them, so here it goes:

one// thou shall use it to read/listen to german – one of the things I promised JP is that when/if i got a smartphone is that i would download german newspaper and radio apps. They were actually the first ones i did download, and i’m checking the headlines and reading daily, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. I also have a dictionary to look up the tough words.

two// thou shall not facebook – this was a big one for me. I do not have any of the facebook-related apps, nor will i download them. I did add twitter, and am contemplating an instagram account for thr blog. But aside from that no more social media on the phone. Disconnecting is important.  

three// thou shall not depend on phone for navigation – not to toot my own horn too much or anything, but i have a pretty damn good sense of direction, and i’m not going to kill that by relying on a new piece of tech. Reading maps and figuring out your own directions is an important skill to have, and i figure it’s one that gives me  leg up if we suddenly find ourselves in a post- apocolyptic setting. Well that and edible plant id.

four// thou shall remember that thy phone is a tool – to quote my dear mother on the topic of many things ” it’s a tool, not a toy”. First and foremost this thing is a phone, followed by other forms of communication, then a work tool (gis, plant, and soil apps!), then german learning and blogging. 

five// and finally, thou shall not use thy phone to shut the kidlets up – we’ve all witnessed the desperate parent who hands their kid the phone or tablet. Does this mean that my kids won’t be exposed to smartphone/tablets? No. JP and i both feel that a certain level of age appropriate exposure is important. But kid apps will NOT be put on my phone. And if asked when they’re older about why mom gets to have a smartphone and they don’t it will be explained that this is a tool mommy uses for work, and i will probably quote my own mother ;)

There are a couple more rules I’ve set for myself, but these are the big five. Have you made similar rules for smartphone/tech use?

Freaky Fast February!

Hi there internet, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I swear that I blinked and all of the sudden we were a week into February, and I woke up this morning with two thoughts: 1) holy crap it’s Thursday, when did it get to be Thursday?!; and 2) Wait, how is it the 26th?! ACK! Why does February have to be a short month!?

The other big event is that on Sunday I’m officially starting the THIRD TRIMESTER.  Holy cow!  The first seemed longish because of the whole so-sick-cannot-get-out-of-bed thing, but the second has seriously WHOOSHED by!  I feel like I’m going to blink and I’ll be holding Baby E in my arms instead of feeling him/her kick the crap outta my bladder (though I have to admit that bladder kicks are SO much better than a well aimed one-two to your diaphragm!).

Let’s see, so what exactly has been going on that I haven’t been blogging about? Well, winter FINALLY caught up to us here in Bloomington, and every time it snows more than a couple millimeters it the city seems to not know what the heck they’re supposed to be doing.  I mean, it’s winter, and it’s winter in the midwest.  One would THINK that they would have snow plows on the road bright and early, but nope!  Last Saturday was the worst though — I had to take JP to a conference he was moderating for and it was slow going.  I had a prenatal massage scheduled for about 45 minutes after he got dropped off and it got canceled on me.  So Baby E and I wandered around Target until JP was done, then we returned home to finish binge watching the second season of Hannibal that we had checked out from the library.  (Still love this show, but holy crap, you know things are icky when JP can’t even look!)

The semester is plodding along for JP, and my new job is still bright shiny and awesome.  My boss has been great about working with me when I need to be in Bloomington for appointments or just need to work from home because I’m so damn tired (which I did today since I worked a freaking 14 hour day thanks to some public meetings).  I really feel like I’m at the company I need to be at. :)

Let’s see… anything else? Oh! on the geekery front we finally got around to backing a couple kickstarter campaigns. Exploding Kittens is finished (and holy crap did they finish with a bang!) and JP is SUPER excited about Renaissance Wars (which you should totally get in on!).  We’ve also been looking into possibly adding the DnD 5th edition to our library, but since we already own a few of the 3.5 books its a hard call… though the character sheet is SO much more streamlined… we’ll see!

Anywho, I could keep going on and on and droning on about little things here and there, but I’m going to call it quits here tonight.  For one thing, I need to go get JP from campus, and two we’re out of bananas! So I’ll see you around (and more frequently, I promise!) internet!

Friday Fives: Thus Far I’ve Learned…

Hey everyone.  So most of my more recent posts have been about pregnancy and Baby E coming, and this one will be too.  BUT fear not, the normal geeky tone of the blog will be returning soon :)

As I sit here I’ve been thinking about all the odd things that I’ve experienced since we got the little positive back in September.

one// Your body is not your own, and EVERYONE thinks it’s their business. The latest and greatest thing is people asking if I’ve gotten a flu shot.  I have NEVER been asked about that prior to gestation, but for some reason I’ve been asked by at least a dozen people in the last two weeks.  It sort of blows my mind that anyone thinks that is ok to ask, I mean aren’t health issues a private matter?  Would you ask some random person on the street about things like that?  The more fun aspect of this is that I’m renting out my womb to Baby E, and SOMEONE has been really active in the last couple weeks.  Loving ever minute of it :)

two// Food is my worst enemy and best friend. This of course depends on the day.  During the first trimester I didn’t want anything to do with food because there was a VERY high chance that it would come right back up.  Aaaand since I way over did it with ginger flavored things I still can’t even smell them without the old gag reflex rearing it’s ugly head.  The most “interesting” thing has been that I’ll be eating something and then from somewhere in left field I just can’t take another bite or I risk being sick.  Most recently it was the salad mix I was taking for lunches.  But then the flipside is that there are days where I can’t seem to get enough food into my body.  When JP was in TX there was one night where I inhaled about 12 clementines before I felt like I had enough.

three// What’s in a name? JP and I have decided that we’re going to stop telling people our ideas for baby names.  The reason?  Well there’s the fun aspect and excitement of surprise, but more so it has to do with reactions that people have.  Names are something everyone has an opinion on, and what I feel like most people miss is that parents really do make an effort to give their child a good name.  I know we are.  And chances are if we actually settle one one name (very unlikely) before the baby’s arrival I’m going to be protective and possessive about it.  For me it’s a privacy thing for Baby E.

four// Pink or Blue? This is probably the first question I’ve gotten from people when we’ve announced Baby E’s arrival.  Do we know if we’re having a boy or a girl?  Do we have a preference?  The answer to both is no.  I had my anatomy scan yesterday morning to make sure the little one is developing well, and as I’ve told people, we’re going to verify that I’m carrying a human and not a dinosaur or xenomorph!  Also, similar to the name I have some very strong mama bear feelings about telling people.  Yes, part of it is a fear of being stuck with a WHOLE bunch of gendered gifts (we’re planning on multiple babies people!), but more it’s about protecting Baby E’s privacy.  I know not everyone agrees with my view, but it’s there and like I said, I have never strong mama bear feelings about it.

five// Inner peace.  I’m a chronic planner.  I can also be a HUGE stress case.  Travel with me anywhere and this will become very apparent.  I’m also the type (I blame my mom for this) where if I’m not 5 minutes early somewhere I’m running late.  Basically I like to be in control of my life as much as I can be.  One of the things that being pregnant has really hit on for me is that I am NOT in control.  First there was the scary trip to the ER at 7 weeks (cue panic attack) where I saw Baby E’s heartbeat, then there was the weeks of morning sickness, and then there’s the non-control of things like my bladder and hunger.  I feel like the further along I get into this whole gestation thing the more at peace I’m becoming with not being 100% in control (though is anyone really?), and I’m ok with that.  I actually never thought that would be me, and chances are I’ll still be on time most of the time after the kidlets come, but it really has changed how I look at the world.  Yes, I fully realize how cheesy that sounds ;)

Ok, internet.  That’s all for today.  Thanks for indulging me :)