June 18, 2018

Weekend Dog Pictures 6/18

 Another weekend gone. I'm fine with that, though. This is the weirdest thing I may have ever said: I'm not a huge weekend fan. I always feel a sense of relief on Mondays, when business can resume as usual. Sure, it was always hard during the school year but, right now, weekends are for working on the house in Colorado (Scott there, me in Wyoming) and that's harder than going to work if you ask me.

Here's some dog pictures:


We noticed Jett was missing some fur off of his chin and wondered what had happened. Then, we remembered how he had jumped out of the truck and face-planted onto the sidewalk the week before. I don't know what's worse: us not checking him out when that happened, or me being one-on-one with Jett for a week and not noticing.


They chose a quite inconvenient nap spot while I was trying to cook and bake on Saturday.


My favorite trail because it has two bathrooms on the 3-4 mile stretch. 




I'm not sure what this was about. 


Scout really hates being just with me on the weekends. 

This week...I have 4 appointments (nails, doctor, vet, some class at the hospital) over 3 days. I also need to try to get a library card  here because I got word that my Colorado Springs one is expiring (who has heard of such a thing???). Also, just trying to check things off the baby checklist...which seems to involve picking up a lot of random items at the store and hanging a lot of things on the walls. 

Other than that, I'm just trying to keep up with organizing a new life in a new town and with my workouts (which now have to happen in the morning or I feel way too heartburn-y at the end of the day).

Scout tries his best to get in my way and usually sploots down, dramatically, on my mat as soon as I attempt to start yoga or Pilates. 



June 15, 2018

5 Friday Things.

1. There was a huge hail storm in Colorado Springs on Tuesday night. Luckily, our house and property were spared (this time), but it destroyed thousands of cars and properties in Fountain.

But no worries! The Fountain Police Department *won't* fine you for your broken windshield for two weeks. They're giving you a "grace period".




I hate Colorado Springs so much...your ability to not be fined hundreds of dollars is based on your ability to get your car into a repair shop and navigate insurance claims before everyone else. This goes back to the fact that Colorado claims they can't make money in any other way. 


2. We have lilac bushes everywhere in Laramie. That's something I've really missed, so it's nice having two in our yard, even if their bloom ended this week. As well as, there is a particular summer smell in the air and it's the same smell that floated around in Alaska in the summer. Definitely some kind of plant or tree but since my sense of smell is "like a dog's" right now (according to Scott), I notice it ten-fold.

3. This weekend, I'm making and freezing a double batch of this beef vegetable soup. I have no idea what I'll feel like eating post-baby, but Scott loves this, so having dinner in the freezer has to be helpful, right?


4.  Scott told me he was sick of CFA and I kind of agree. I like their lemonade and tea but their food is usually just something I get every few weeks out of convenience. We don't have one nearby anyway. So maybe that's good. 





5. I don't see the appeal of La Croix anymore. 




Here's to a weekend of quality dog time...




June 14, 2018

(Moving) Stuff and Things

I feel like I've done so many posts like this before...I mean, just search "moving" on this blog and there you'll have the information on the 5 moves we've done (all but one was a DIY move) in the last 9 years. (And by this time next year, it'll have been 6 moves.)

The logistics of this particular move have been difficult because a big part of it is condensing and sorting kitchen and bathroom things and furniture that Scott has been using in Wyoming versus what we've had in Colorado. I found this egg poacher in a drawer (we have some limited kitchen storage in Wyoming) and I asked if he used it:






He said yes. I said okay. He said The dogs drink milk out of it sometimes.



That doesn't count (right?). 

+Scott initially took our older Keurig with him to Wyoming. It'd been in his office on base, and I'd had a traumatic experience ("traumatic" used loosely) back when we got a new one. The more time I spent in Wyoming, the more I realized how much better I liked the old Keurig (from 2011). It works so much BETTER. It holds more water. It heats up more quickly. It brews more efficiently. Therefore, we will keep the old Keurig out for use and put the new one away for now. Sure, it's not as pretty, but form and function go a long way in this case. 

+An acquaintance of Scott's gave us a pillow as a housewarming gift. It's red, white, blue and has a buffalo on it so it's very Wyoming-ish. Thoughtful? Sure. 



Jett is terrified of it. He barks at it and runs away from it. He's kind of a baby (Scott called him an 'idiot and a baby' once, and it's the perfect description, really, but I think he's just too smart for us when it really comes down to it.) 

Scout doesn't even notice the pillow. 

Even after I put it in a giant storage tub, Jett would bark at the box and sniff around it suspiciously. 


Into the storage unit it goes. Hope this coworker never comes over for dinner.

+Centurylink has been a nightmare to deal with lately. I called a few weeks ago to have the internet service shut-off at our Colorado house scheduled for this week. Over the weekend, I started thinking that I didn't know how I would get the return label for our modem (it wasn't emailed to me) so I decided I would ask how I was getting it. The chat specialist tried to tell me that service had never existed at my house and then she just closed out the chat before I could even respond.


I called on Monday morning and spoke with a very competent individual named Roberto who actually answered my question, so I appreciate that. 

+Most days, I've noticed that daily life revolves around dog walks for me. So not much has changed over the last few summers. The biggest change is that I drive them 2-5 minutes (depending) to the nearest trail or park, instead of just heading out to the field. I could surely walk them to a few of these trails but putting them on a leash and crossing roads is stressful when I can't really run to keep up with them. And/or, it's just a lot of extra work. It's easier to throw them in the back of the RAV4. 


Now, this set-up will change when we put in the carseat (and then we'll just use the truck to transport the dogs, mostly, because I doubt I'll be taking dogs + baby anywhere by myself), but if you have a small SUV, put the seats down in the back, put up one of these fancy barriers (similar to what I have and your dog will hate you forever, promise), and put a fitted sheet over the flat seat backs. This does wonders for cleanliness. 
And after 5 moves in 9ish years, we have no shortage of extra bedding and fitted sheets. 

June 12, 2018

May Books


Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
This was classified as middle-grade, but I'd put it was YA, just because there were a few disturbing parts that actually made me, an adult, gasp a little. I wouldn't hand this to anyone under the age of 12. (Spoilers in white: a young girl gets hit in the eye with a rock and loses her eye, another girl falls down a well and is impaled on a pipe on the way down.)
Overall, it was fine. I have such a difficult time ranking books for middle-grade because they just are what they are to me. I either see them as something I want to read aloud to kids or something I don't. I probably wouldn't read this aloud, but I would hand it to a middle-school student who likes historical fiction.
Essentially, a small town in western Pennsylvania after WWII. There's an outcast, a bully, and a main character who is attempting to do the right thing.

Let Me Lie by Clare MacKintosh C
Eh. This wasn't awesome. I loved I Let You Go because it was well-written, suspenseful, twisty, and had characters I wanted to root for and characters I wanted to hate. Let Me Lie was well-written but the one big twist was enough...it kept throwing in little twists along the way. And I didn't love the characters or hate the characters. It was kind of forgettable, overall. Read I Let You Go if you haven't already.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell B+
Gretchen Rubin talks about this book a lot. It's YA historical fiction, taking place right after WWII. I liked it and read it in just a few days. It's a story about a teenage girl, her mom, and her stepdad in the aftermath of WWII. They take a trip to Florida, there's a hurricane, they meet some interesting people, etc. There's a conspiracy of sort happening. It's just a good book. I would say a teenager would like it, but I truly appreciated that it was about what happens after someone returns from fighting in a war, not about just the war.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker A
This presents as YA and almost middle-grade-ish because it's about a 6th grader. Do not hand it to a kid. It's definitely for adults.
This was SO good. Like, just so, so good.
Essentially, the main character is reflecting back on what her life was like growing up in southern California when a catastrophic event happened when she was 11 years old. It's a bit sci-fi in a way, but I think anyone would like it. Basically, the rotation of the Earth slows and all kinds of horrible things ensue.
I heard about this on Book Riot's All the Backlist podcast. I *usually* listen to their podcast All the Books every week and I *usually* am completely uninterested in all of their suggestions (but I keep listening). This, on the other hand, seemed interesting and I'm glad I picked it up at the library.

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman A-
This was a quick read and very entertaining. I enjoyed the pace and the fact that it was so different from what I've experienced as a teacher. As the teacher, I've always had to do all of these things because room moms haven't existed at my schools. I just thought it was a great, fast-paced realistic fiction story. Perfect for a summer day (and I read it in two days so you could easily do it in one by the pool or on the beach, I bet).

I Never by Laura Hopper B-
This was compared to Forever by Judy Blume, and said to be inspired by it as well. Forever is one of my very favorites (a strange admission), so I grabbed this from the library. It's YA but errs on the adult side of things. Some of it was cringe-worthy, as it is YA, but a lot of it is a modern version of Forever. Again, something you could read in a day or two while relaxing in the summer.

Good-Bye Stranger by Rebecca Stead D
As much as I adored First Light and When You Reach Me, this middle-grade/YA book by Stead was not good. It was a bit more YA than middle-grade, so I'd keep it to high-schoolers, not younger readers.
However, I also wouldn't recommend it. Her books usually have some sort of twist in them but I couldn't find it in this. I listened to the last couple of chapters twice (this was on the Overdrive app, for free, thank goodness) and I feel like I STILL don't know what happened at the end. There were too many narrators, too much past vs. present, too many possibilities...I literally don't even know where the title came from. Don't read it.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert C-
Ugh. So the first half of this book was fantastically done. It was like a more messed-up version of Once Upon a Time. The next quarter was iffy...I kept expecting it to get better again. The last quarter/third, I skimmed. It was terrible. Other people brought up problems with characters, narration, even race....I didn't see/care about that. It was just this make-believe land of confusion and it was very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish. By the end, I didn't care and knew I wouldn't be reading the sequel. This is why I don't do fairy tale books.
However, I'll give it a passing grade because I really did like the first half. If you like fairy tale books, you may like the second half too.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John-Mandel C-
I tried this a few years ago on the Overdrive app and couldn't get into it so I returned the audio version. When I was browsing for something to listen to while I packed and cleaned, I gave it another shot. It was okay. I don't think it was life-changing. I would've been more into hearing about the virus and the global ramifications and less about a few of the characters. There were way too many characters and storylines and time-jumps and oh well.

Tried but didn't get very far:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I never felt super-invested in it. I quit about 2 hours in.  I still want to read Sourdough, though.

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
They lost me 10 minutes in with the goat-skinning. Nope.


What was the best book you read in May???



Linking up with Jana and Steph!

June 11, 2018

Weekending...6/11

...but not like *really* weekending because I'm a full time dog-mom now and this is my life.





And let's say that I realized I actually don't sleep in the summer because Jett is up at the crack of dawn, literally poking me with his paw because he wants to go outside and then Scout starts whining because he wants to eat. It's been a long few days without Scott here and I think I'll be ready for a baby at this rate. 


This needed to be washed anyway, so I might as well let them sleep on it.




Anyway. I wrote a whole post about it that I didn't publish (because hormones and traumatic and all that), but Scott and I decided that I should just stay in Laramie with the dogs while he deals with Colorado on the weekends. The mental toll of going back and forth is just too much for me and I'm slightly useless when it comes to remodeling anything right now.

I've been working on getting the house together and walking the dogs twice a day and attempting to do some freezer/batch cooking and just generally chipping away at my to-do list.

This was the first weekend I spent here with the dogs...

Since we don't have all of our furniture here, we have two queen beds that are normally our guest beds. One has been a laundry basket/gun rack for the last 6ish months. My goal this weekend was to make the master bedroom actually be serviceable as a bedroom so I can stop living out of a suitcase/laundry basket.

Where we've been sleeping is actually a guest room, so now we have options, which is super exciting. The master bedroom is also right next to the baby's room, and I assume that'll be a better location to actually sleep in, rather than on the other side of the house.


While I don't want any baby to be born at 35 weeks on purpose, I know that the longer he takes, the less chance I'll have of being productive in the meantime, so let's cross our fingers for 39-40 weeks, okay?

Linking up with Biana!



June 8, 2018

I'm aware...

...that we generally do not have good luck. It really started the minute Scott and I met. His car broke down a week later and his motorcycle not soon after that. He bought a truck and nearly totaled it by hitting a deer a week later. Since then, it's been up and down and up and down and the last year or so has been particularly rough.

I will say that the best stroke of luck we've had is a healthy pregnancy, a so-far healthy baby, and no complications on that end of things, medically. (Though, Scott has been in Colorado a lot while I'm in Wyoming and he did ask me if I thought I'd be able to drive myself to the hospital if need be...so there's that.)

Everything else has completely fallen apart multiple times in the last 14 months or so. (August, April, etc.)



While in Wyoming the other day, in the middle of a Colorado House Crisis of some sort (I'm going to start just referring to this debacle as "CHC" from here on out because we get hit with something else every day), tornado sirens went off, which was a little unsettling. We have no basement, so the crawl space it was and the dogs weren't having that easily. When we saw that it was predicted to hit town in 30 minutes, we just got in the truck and left, driving in an adjacent direction toward the mountains. The dogs got a walk by a lake and we didn't even see a raindrop.


All this to say that with all the upheaval and the (stupid) Blogger commenting issue, I've definitely been a bit MIA, despite having time on my hands.

Things I did this week:

1. Got a $14 Great Clips haircut.
2. Went to a 34 week doctor's appointment.
3. Finished as much of the baby's room as I could without Scott here to help me hang things up.
4. Organized the kitchen. It's too small but whatever.
5. Read a book that I was, sadly, not that impressed with.
6. Watched season 4 of Younger while I attempted to organize our clothes and closets.
7. Fought with Jett over bed/pillow space in the middle of the night**.

So really, I'm just doing what I normally do and I plan to have this house organized by Sunday*. Wish me luck.

*It's worth saying that half of our furniture is in Colorado and will probably stay there for the time being, so I really am trying to reorganize our daily life and it's slightly stressful.
**This is also why Jett and I fight over bed space: We're making due with a queen bed for now.



June 5, 2018

March/April/May: What to do in the classroom



The end of one school year is the perfect time to figure out what you want to work for the next year. You can try out new systems, techniques, and routines, just to get a feel for how they work with an actual group of kids you already know. Starting with something new for you, with a new group of kids in August, is stressful and unfamiliar. For example, flexible seating. You want to try it out before you introduce it as "the way we'll do things" because you could end up hating it or you could see some major or minor tweaks that need to be made right away.

Here's a few of my go-to activities for the end of the year...

24 March Madness Bracket
Every year, I teach the kids how to play 24 and let them practice for part of math most days. It's a great center activity. We practice in January, February, and March and then, in April, I run a one or two day challenge with a bracket and the winner gets their own set of 24 cards. It always goes that most of the class will really enjoy this, especially those higher-level math kids. I always make it optional, though. Not everyone enjoys it.



Little House on the Prairie
I show this movie in 10 minute snippets most years. The kids really look forward to it each day. I'm shocked how into it they get: yelling at the characters, shouting out predictions, and screaming (actually screaming) in frustration when I turn it off each day. This actually ties in really well with our curriculum on homesteading and what people had to deal with. I read them certain chapters from the books but this movie really ties it all together for them. They have said things like "I never knew I liked history!" and it makes my heart swell. This year, the kids were particularly emotionally attached to it. They adored the part where Pa made Ma a rocking chair as a surprise and shouted at me when I turned it off because "she was just about to sit down!!!".

I started this in Missouri because the second-graders there actually read the book as part of the curriculum.



A weak attempt at flexible seating.  
Back in April, I let the kids sit on the floor or stand if they wanted to. I never trained them in this (you must train if you're going to use flexible seating), and just let them do what they wanted in regards to their chair. By mid-day, I completely regretted my decision but was like Whatever, it's one day and they were SUCH good kids that it didn't really matter. I would not recommend this strategy if you have "not good" kids.
At the end of the day I told them I hoped they had enjoyed their day of freedom because they would be using their chairs again tomorrow. Some were disappointed but I noticed that they slowly, one by one, went to get their chairs and were choosing to sit in them, at their desks for the last 20 minutes of the day.
I think they honestly just appreciated the option and it was fascinating to notice which kids never gave up their chairs in the first place. (Note: it was the most well-behaved kids and the kids with straight As and Bs who never gave up their chairs.)
Of course, my controlling nature came back the next day and when someone asked if they could sit on the floor I told them they could sit on the floor next door in another classroom and spend the day there (this is typically a punishment) and that ended the conversation.

Read-a-thon.
Every year, during the last week of school (when we have a lot of down time), I give the kids their end-of-the-year gift of a new book and we all just read for about an hour. They can sit where they want and eat a snack and it's just very relaxing. I read too, and tell them "Shh, I'm reading" if they try to talk to me or each other. They appreciate this, I've noticed. A teacher I worked with in Alaska did this as an all-day event but I've noticed that 1-2 hours works well for 10 year olds.

Have the kids help you tear everything down. (Note: This backfired on me one year when a student who was taking down trimmer in the hallway accidentally pulled the fire alarm.)
This year, I decided to leave my trimmer and paper up: I wasn't taking the trimmer with me, and I thought ripping it down and wrapping it up would be more unnecessary work if I were just going to leave it for the new teacher. Especially if the new teacher is brand new, it would be helpful (I think) to see how things were previously set up. The hands-down hardest part of moving into a new classroom is figuring out where furniture should go and what the walls should look like. Giving her/him a idea might be my idea of being helpful? Or I could be one of those deluded veteran teachers who is really just giving them more work to do...
But kids can help you pull things off walls, remove staples, organize supplies, carry out recycling, wipe down desks/chairs/furniture with Lysol wipes/etc. And they love it.

Purge and take stock.
This is especially pertinent to you if you're leaving the profession or moving to a new place where you're not familiar with what you may need or not need. I used to hold onto materials dearly. Then I realized that if I found these resources online once, I can find them again, and I don't need to tote a filing cabinet's worth of original copies with me.

I condensed a 4-drawer filing cabinet to this:


I condensed four shelves of books to this.



And then I had two boxes of decorations and a couple of crates of things I've bought myself, like novel sets, in the last couple of years.

Again, I don't know when I'll get back to teaching and, when I do, I don't know what I'll actually be teaching. No need to pack and haul everything. When I left Alaska, I had to start over in Missouri because I was teaching a different grade level. When I moved to Colorado, I had to start over because I was teaching a different grade level. ...you get the idea.

However, even if you're staying in the same classroom for the next year, it's a good idea to go through everything at least twice in a school year. Usually sometime in the winter and then again before school is over; you'll know what you want to keep/change/adjust, so just organize it before the new year's planning begins.

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I don't have an eloquent way to end this post, as I have no planning/prep/etc to say is forthcoming as a new school year begins. (See: Resigning from my teaching job.) I do plan to continue compiling a lot of my teaching ideas into an ebook that I've been working on for a few years now.

However, the takeaways I've gotten from ending school years are:

1. Purge what you don't need and didn't use that year.
2. Organize what you know you'll need for next year.
3. Prep ahead and get materials/copies/supplies ready for the first week of school if you can. I was able to do this in Alaska and also in Colorado, when I knew I'd be in the same room and same grade level the following year.

HAPPY.SUMMER.



June 4, 2018

Monday funnies.

Hey, I don't have to go to work anymore! But here's a few funny things. As it is, I do have to drive to Wyoming today and my weekend really just involved cleaning dog vomit out of my car, reading a few not-so-awesome books, and packing up dishes. I'm pretty glad to see Monday actually.


It's not exams and papers and it's not updating playlists, but you get the idea.

This made me LOL. I wish I'd ordered a pizza last night. 




"Cheers"


May 31, 2018

2nd Trimester Recap

28 Weeks.

+Weird symptoms: Dry skin and congestion.

Basically, my back was constantly itchy. I get congested at night because all the extra hormones cause extra mucous production and blood flow in the sinuses.

Also, itchy feet. Isn't that weird? I've gotten into the habit of using a Gold Bond spray every time I put socks on.

+Shortness of breath is a real thing and they had given me an inhaler back at like 10 weeks. Because of the altitude here, people tend to need them. I started using it on and off around 26 weeks.

+I started telling people at work. I finally told my students after I had my 21 week anatomy scan. I'm SO glad I waited that long. They lost their minds. They were clapping and cheering and they told everyone they saw all day long. I really didn't expect that, but I'm soooo grateful for this sweet group of kids. I got comments like, You and your baby have a good lunch! every. single. day. and How old is the baby now? I'm sort of sad they'll never actually meet him and I won't get to see them next year. In the end, I know this was the school year I needed as I've gone through this because they were so caring and empathetic.

+I changed a few things related to my diet as well:

Adding full-fat dairy. Do you know how hard it is to find 2% or full-fat yogurt that has some flavor? I didn't want to go the plain yogurt route because I didn't want to have to mix a lot in for flavor. I just wanted something with protein and calcium and low-ish sugar.

No artificial sweeteners. I usually avoid them, but I made it pretty intentional.

Intentional fruits and vegetables. I don't love vegetables and fruit is something I eat because I know I'm supposed to, not because I "crave" it. Unless it's watermelon or strawberries, I could take it or leave it.  I'm really trying to incorporate a vitamin A, a vitamin C, and a folate source each day, in addition to whatever else I may eat.
Usually this is resolved with a spinach smoothie with pineapple and mango and almond milk, plus a clementine or orange.

In addition to my prenatal vitamin, I added in an iron pill every couple of days. I knew my lack of eating meat would affect my nutrient intake if I didn't consider it.

Aversions continued: I didn't eat any meat I cooked myself, aside from the occasional chicken sausage or bacon. Once in a while, I'd have some Chick-fil-a tenders/nuggets or get something with chicken at a restaurant if it sounded good. I can't remember the last time I had red meat. Veggie burgers made me want to gag. Indian food was a big turnoff, I think, because I ate it (seemingly) a lot when I was pregnant but before I found out I was pregnant...like weeks 1-6...which is the same thing that happened with the veggie burgers. Also, I started really hating my vitamins. So I switched to ones that tasted good no matter what. And candy. My sweet tooth was still non-existent for the first chunk of the second trimester but it came back around the beginning of April. I tried to ignore it and that didn't really work out well. By the beginning of the 3rd trimester, my diet was completely back to normal: smoothies, salads, sweets, less soda, unforced water-drinking, etc.

+Somewhere between 14 and 15 weeks, I started feeling fluttering...This was welcome and a relief but so much changes week to week that when the fluttering stopped, it made me nervous. Eventually I started feeling real kicking, but there was a huge stretch between 16 and 21 weeks where I didn't have a doctor's appointment. Did I buy a fetal heart monitor? Yes, I did. But I only used it once a week or so for that month and then I felt better after I had the anatomy scan. Plus, the kicking became much more regular.

+Heartburn. Seems to happen every day at some point. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat or when, but more like how fast I eat it? Like it can happen with oatmeal or it can happen with pizza. A few Tums takes it away, but sometimes I don't feel like digging out the Tums, and it goes away on its own. Toward the end of the 2nd trimester, I just always had some in my bag.

+Ligament pain. Week 22 was particularly rough with ligament pain. It went away after a few days. But it was 24/7. I could not get comfortable, couldn't really walk easily, couldn't do Pilates or yoga comfortably. Other people I've talked to said it hurt for a little bit each day and then they were fine. Mine was around the clock but when it went away, it was gone. 

+Exercise. I focused a lot on Pilates in the 1st trimester. But in the last few months, I've really honed in on the yoga. I do 15-20 minutes most days, and still do 15-20 of Pilates most days as well. I walk a mile or two outside each day. I wasn't doing a lot of true cardio before getting pregnant, so I just opted to leave that out for now. With weight gain, I'm on track, so I'm just focusing on what I know works for me. 

+At my 28 week appointment, I got the rhogam shot, which they apologized for having to give me. I wanted to laugh because I gave myself dozens of injections last year (and we only did ONE round of IVF compared to how many some people do) and they made a really big deal about one shot. 

+I had one more appointment in Colorado last week, and then, because I switched my insurance to Wyoming (and a civilian hospital), I also had a second 32-week appointment there. There's no base in Laramie so they put me with the local hospital. Tricare gets reallllllly strict about moving/switching after 34 weeks, so I had to make this a priority and I'm certainly still going to take advantage of whatever "free" healthcare they'll give me.  However, I blessedly was able to get into a doctor and see the hospital and transfer my records and all that. It wasn't the least stressful thing ever but it did all work out. I am absolutely thrilled with the hospital and the doctor and, seriously, this all came together, and having a hospital 5 minutes away is much more convenient than 40 minutes away. Coming from military care (and the hospital on Ft. Carson is actually a really good one), I'm still in awe of some things: I didn't have to scan a card to check in or wait for numbers to be called; there are only OBs, not midwives; my doctor told me that she and her partner-doctor work very hard on scheduling to make sure one will be on-call, but I may end up with a doctor I haven't had (from the other clinic in town) if they are unavailable. It was almost like a pre-apology, just in case one or both were out of town or something when it's time to actually have a baby. 



I was used to seeing a different midwife at every appointment. Military wives usually show up at L&D, ready to have a baby, and get who they get. I have a friend who scheduled a c-section so she could have her favorite doctor. This pseudo-civilian life is so foreign to me at this point. 

32 weeks. And the usual mess in the background.

Now that I'm into the 3rd trimester (33 weeks), here's hoping things stay "easy". I mean, the baby has a name, a room, some essentials and non-essentials, etc. It's really, at this point, just making sure we're actually moved into the house and being settled before he has a chance of coming along.

(Also, it'd be really nice if our Colorado house would sell as well. Thoughts and prayers appreciated on that. It should be on the market in a few weeks.)

May 30, 2018

What's Up Wednesday (a first for me)

Fun fact: I've meant to try this link-up every month for the last year or so. I can never remember when it is (last Wednesday of the month, not that hard) and I can never get it together to actually write the post if it does cross my mind or I see a bunch of posts from other bloggers on the day of (again, not a huge challenge in the grand scheme of things).



What we're eating this week...
I'm working on stocking the fridge/pantry in Wyoming and cleaning out our Colorado pantry at the same time. Dinners are going to be easy...homemade flatbread pizzas, grilled cheese, salads, with the occasional burger or fish thrown in for Scott, etc. Moving is not the time to get too creative.

What I'm reminiscing about...
I was thinking about the last time we moved. Not to Colorado. To Missouri from Alaska. It was so blessedly uncomplicated and I had no idea at the time.

What I'm loving...
The hospital and doctor I managed to be set up with in Wyoming. It was an absolute stressor on me in the last few months, knowing I had to change my insurance and get to another doctor and transfer my records. However, it worked out. Since there is no base in our new town, I had to make a transition to civilian care and that was something I haven't done/seen in about ten years. I had no idea how it would even work, but so far, so good.

What we've been up to...
Trying to finish the porch, landscaping, and basement of the Colorado house so we can get it on the market. It sucks every second out of every weekend, and most Mondays and Fridays too.

What I'm dreading....
The next few weeks, even though I'm DONE with work, are bound to be a bit stressful and back-and-forth. I'm really just hoping that by the end of June, I'm officially settled in Wyoming and really just waiting for a baby to be born.

What I'm working on...
Organizing and (strategically) planning out our house in Wyoming. I think it'll take up most of June for me. Good thing I'm unemployed now.

What I'm excited about...
Being settled!

What I'm watching/reading...
I'm watching season 2 of Riverdale (eh, it's okay right now) and I'm hoping to catch up on The Bachelorette premiere. I'm going unspoiled for the first time in two years, but it's impossible to avoid all spoilers, so I've seen snippets of the final four, but I don't have names committed to memory. As much as I enjoy Reality Steve, I'm trying to avoid him.
I'm reading The Hazelwood and I go back and forth on LOVING it, and then not loving it by wondering if I'm really reading a fairy tale book because it's incredibly unlike me.

What I'm listening to...
I've been listening to Station Eleven (for free on the Overdrive app) but I swear I may be the only person in the world who's not completely impressed by it?
Also, Bachelor podcasts are back this week and that makes me happy. I love listening to nonsense when I drive.

What I'm wearing...
Well, I'm down to like 15 articles of clothing. Mostly just gym shorts and tank tops/tshirts. It's interesting that I don't feel "big" until I attempt to get dressed.

I "splurged" on these sandals from Famous Footwear (can we call $29 sandals a splurge?) and I love them.



What I'm doing this weekend...
Heading back to Colorado to pack up the rest of what I'll need in Wyoming. Basically everything that won't be in the house when they do pictures for the listing.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
GETTING settled.

What else is new...
Everything is new. New house, new town, unemployed, new baby coming...so many life changes at once. Plus, we get to live the civilian life for bit longer with Scott in school so this "active-duty, while not actually active-duty" thing is paying off.

Linking up!