Wordless Wednesday: #thirdtrimesterproblems


Friday Fives: Podcasting

Some are old,
Some are new,
Some are fiction,
Some are true.

I used to listen almost exclusively to audio books while commuting — post the start of motherhood I’ve found that I don’t have the listening stamina for staying awake to listen to a book — I needed SOMETHING else, so I turned to the world of podcasts.

Here are five of my current favorites, in no particular order – some are Catholic-y, some are geeky, I enjoy them all 🙂

one// The Catholic Hipster 
If you remember a while back, I posted that Tommy nominated me for the 2017 Catholic Hipster Mom award.  A couple months prior to this I had found Tommy and Sarah’s twitter handles and started binging on older episodes of the hipstercast – and really really enjoyed it.

two// Lore
I’m a lover of weird stories and happenings.  I grew up in mining towns all over Nevada, some of which had sites that were supposedly haunted and/or had really weird things tied to them, well, and I grew up outside of the Nevada Test Site and we drove passed the turn to the ET Highway each time we hopped over to visit my grandparents.  I only discovered Lore a couple weeks ago, but have been slowly working my way through the archives and enjoying every single episode!  I’m hoping the series picked up by Amazon proves to be just as awesome.

three// Up and Vanished
A friend of mine turned me onto UAV back in January and I binged hard to get caught up.  I did listen to Serial when NPR put it out, but was kind of “eh” about it.  UAV I’ve been really enjoying, especially (and frustratingly) as it’s now dealing with going into an active investigation!

four// The Catholic Feminist 
I have to thank Catholic Twitter for turning me onto this one.  I saw it in passing and decided to look it up, and am very happy I did.  I don’t consider myself a feminist in the sense that most women these days do — probably more in lines with what great women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Susan B. Anthony would have considered themselves feminists in a way — I’m a woman, I believe I’m strong, but I don’t hate men.  I firmly believe that I am my husband’s compliment and I don’t feel oppressed by the Church nor the patriarchy.  Though, there are times were I’ll stop and be like “should I feel that way”? *grin*

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five// Stuff You Should Know
My mom wouldn’t be surprised to find out I listen to this — I’ve loved finding out seemingly useless information most of my life.  SYSK is awesome because the episodes are about random and interesting stuff like beer, Route 66 and tickling.  Plus, you never know when all of this random information will be useful 😉

So dear readers — there you go.  Now you know some of what I put into my brain on a regular basis while commuting, working and doing dishes.  Have a podcast you think I should check out?  Leave the name and link in the comments 😀

Wordless Wednesday (and a poll!): Who Wore It Better? 



Motherhood Right Now…

… is parenting a NOW two-year old.

… is being woken up several times during the night because SOMEONE has issues with your bladder having the gaul to infringe on their space.

… is tiny hands clutching your face so you can be given a kiss.

… is feeling the baby snuggle up to big brother when we’re reading stories at bedtime.

… is having discussions about trucks and trains and planes ad nauseum day in and day out.

… is still dealing with mild morning sickness 25-weeks in. 

… is never knowing if I’ll be greeted by an excited “hi mommy” or angry “no mommy” when I get home from work, because toddler emotions are complicated.

… is craving oddball things one minute, only to feel repulsed by them once I taste them.

… is staring at long eyelashes as someone drifts off to sleep.

… is enjoying the little pokes and nudges from Le Bump throughout my workday.

… is listening to toddler songs in the backseat of the car.

… is fretting over a name for the new little one because it feels like the next 15 weeks will zip by.

… is trying to soak in all of the precious moments of having only one child air-side.

… is having a toddler randomly run up to hug my belly and give it a hug and kiss.

… is tantrums. They happen. Handling them with patience and grace is hard at times though.

… is feeling the baby jump every week the Host is elevated at Mass weekly.

… is Bernhard randomly asking with deep concern where JP or I are when he doesn’t see us walk out of the room. “Where mommy?” “Where daddy?”

… is aches and pains from pregnancy.

… is tickling and giggles.

… is the most wonderful vocation in the world to have, even if it’s a hard one.

… is knowing that this new baby is coming into a loving family with a great big brother and an awesome father, and being excited for all of us to meet.


Wordless Wednesday: Weekend Adventures


Up In Indiana: Nashville and Brown County State Park

Saturday afternoon we decided randomly to make the drive to Nashville Indiana for ice cream. This pregnant lady had a hankering for something from The Chocolate Moose, so off we went. It was also an excuse to let a certain teething toddler monster continue to sleep in his car seat and avoid attempting to transfer him.

The drive out SR 46 west of Bloomington is always lovely. JP and I have made the trip a couple times, but have never actually explored Nashville, despite it being a mere 20-minute drive, so after we grabbed a couple shakes we decided to drive into town and walk around a bit. And the “bit” turned into a couple hours, resulting in is grabbing dinner.

After dinner when we were headed back to the car Bernhard very grumpily declared “no! Stay” — really all we did was walk around and window shop a bit, but apparently he had thought that was awesome, and wanted to do more! If that review from an almost two-year old doesn’t  you, the  I don’t know what will.

So, yes, more little trips to Nashville will be happening. We stuck to the main downtown shopping area, but it looked like there were lots of things to do – including a marionette show, which at one point was apparently considered a lewd activity in Indiana.  And depending on timing of family visits JP and I just *may* try to sneak away to one of the hotels or BnB’s overnight this summer… hint-hint 😉

On the way back to Bloomington we decides to swing through a bit of Brown County State Park. We wanted to get lay of the land in hopes that we can camp a night or two this summer.

We barely scratched the surface of the park, but of my goodness it’s stunning! I can’t wait to see the fall colors this year there. Fingers crossed we get a decent season too, last year was so warm it was meh at best.

Bernhard was most in love with checking out Lake Ogle, and being encouraged to play in a giant puddle. Ah, toddler life!

It was a much needed quick get-a-way for us from the chaos that Bloomington turns into the last weekend in April and first few of May with the influx of SO many people for graduation. The only thing was we really should have just done Nashville or BCSP – Bernhard was a touch overly tires by the time we got home. Whoops! Despite bedtime being a bit goofy, JP and I have actually felt more refreshed this week. So win-win there.

Now to figure out what to do this weekend!


Wordless Wednesday: Le Bump Shot (21w)