eee1313: (Strictly Ballroom - Doug's breakdown)
I haven't posted in FOREVER. I'm sorry. What I should do is figure out how to get my Twitter feed to show up here every day. I know others of you do this, but I don't know how. I suck.

So let's see, what's been going on? Well, first off, I've become completely addicted to playing Neko Astume. Worse yet, I told another girl at work about it, and she told about ten people, and now there's a whole bunch of us at work who are addicted and try to share tips on how to get the rare cats to show up and how to get more fish. I think we're all just soooooo exhausted with our company that we need something fun and happy to get us through the workday. Because honestly, morale is just SHIT right now. And I miss my old boss. I hate walking past his office and seeing it all empty. We've e-mailed a few times. I hope he's doing okay.

Wow, that got sad quickly.

Okay, what else? The February holidays are coming up, which is fun. This weekend the zoo is doing a Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) celebration, which should be fun for the kids. Then there's a Superbowl party on Sunday. The next weekend is Valentine's Day, so the Scientist and I will be celebrating by attending the Winter Wine Walk that afternoon. In the evening we'll do something fun with the kids, and the next morning I've promised to take VEE out for breakfast. Of course, the Scientist and MDR will come, too. Then later in the month is the Academy Awards, so of course I'll be having local people over for that. Though this year I'm really not giving a crap about any of it other than Mad Max: Fury Road. How I would LOVE IT if that movie somehow won a bunch of awards, just because.

I am absolutely exhausted today. Last night the kids both kept me up for hours and it was terrible. I ended up sleeping on the couch for a bit, because my daughter's coughing was keeping my son awake. I spent an hour getting him back asleep and then he woke up 15 minutes later and I just could not deal with it. So I put him in bed with the Scientist and went downstairs to cool down. Once I fell asleep on the couch I ended up having this terrible nightmare about spiders everywhere (including going down my throat) and it was just terrible. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep at all and I woke up with a splitting headache. So I called in today. The kids are with their grandma as usual, and VEE has preschool right now. I asked the Scientist if I should feel guilty dropping the kids with his mom and not telling her I'm staying home to sleep, and he was like "Nope!" So there we are.

Otherwise the kids are okay. My daughter's been pretty whiny lately, which is getting old fast. She seems to run in cycles. One week she's great, then the next week she's a bratty monster. I don't get it. She's going to make one hell of a teenager. As for MDR, he's fine. He's starting to talk a bit more, which is great. He'll say "bye" and wave when someone leaves, he'll say some phrases along with his favorite books (mostly "oh no!" when we read Going on a Bear Hunt), and he's cute as a button. He still likes to throw things, though, which is no good when it's food (messy) or board books (painful).

I'm not doing much in the way of entertainment. Despite all the Oscar-bait in theaters, I have no interest in seeing most of the movies that are out right now. I did see a sneak preview of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies a few weeks ago. As someone who hates zombies, I thought it was fun. I'm looking forward to Deadpool. Otherwise I can't really even remember what I've gone to see in the past few months, which is pretty sad. Of course there was The Force Awakens, which I'd like to see again sometime. The nerds at work are constantly coming up with new theories on the characters' backstories. Heh. As for TV, we're lucky to watch anything that's not on PBS Kids or Disney Junior. We've watched some Supergirl, which I like okay. It's got some issues, but it's fun. I've missed too much of The Flash to watch without a major binge/catch-up. I think Castle comes back on next week; I hope they fix what they messed up in the first half of this season. People don't want to watch for Castle/Beckett angst. We had seven seasons of that. Can we just have them solving crimes and being fun for this (probably final) season? Man, losing their showrunner really put a dent in that one... What other TV is good? Obviously we still watch Lip Sync Battle ever week. That's probably the only show we get to watch with regularity. Some day I'll watch Jessica Jones on Netflix and a bunch of other stuff people have recommended, but for now, it's more Wild Kratts and Curious George.

Okay, I'm really exhausted now. I'm going to sleep for a bit. Y'all take care. Hopefully I won't be a stranger as much as I have been.
eee1313: (Domestically disabled)
I am currently on a staycation until the middle of next week. I took time off from work to stay home with VEE and work on her potty training. So far she's gone to the bathroom three times on her own today. Right now she's taking a nap. She didn't want to use the potty before she fell asleep. Fingers crossed, everyone.

I'm glad to be away from work. I don't know what's going on at that company, but right now morale is just awful. It's not just in the crapper, it's gone down the hole and around the trap and is heading for the sewer. It's bad. I still love what I actually DO at the office but the constant cloud of defeat that everyone seems to live under is just getting to me. I hope this time off dealing with my daughter's poopy pants helps improve my outlook on the place.

That said, I've decided on a new career path should this job every dry up: I want to be a phlebotomist and work at a blood bank. I have always been fascinated by blood donations and giving blood (even though I used to always pass out). I went to donate last week at Heartland Blood Center. OMG, these people are awesome. I haven't once passed out while donating in their care. They're fantastic. Anyway, while I was donating I was that annoying person going "What does that do? No, what does THAT do?" And the Scientist joked that I should become a phlebotomist. The woman taking my blood said that she changed careers after she got laid off from her last job -- working prepress for a printer. So she and I got a good laugh about my current job being in the same vein (no pun intended) as her previous job. Anyway, so yes, if I lose my job I think I'm going to get out of desktop publishing/design and work for a blood donation company. (PSA: my BFF is currently having twice-weekly plasma transfusions to keep her healthy. Her health issues are a reminder to me that I need to donate regularly and so should everyone else who can. Donating blood or plasma saves lives!)

Okay, so what else is up? I've done a bunch of laundry today. Well, I've folded a bunch of laundry. The Scientist is the one who put it all in the washer. But I feel slightly accomplished. I should go strip the sheets from our bed and do that laundry. As well as MDR's bedding. He's been wetting through his diaper and PJs every night this week. Getting up at 3 a.m. to change his crib sheets is no fun. So once VEE wakes up we're off in search of better nighttime diapers for him.

Man, my life sounds fun, doesn't it?

What else is going on? We went to see Ant-Man last night, which was enjoyable. It's not as dire as some of the latest Marvel films have seemed which is a nice change of pace. It's all getting so SERIOUS these days... It's not as funny as I was hoping for, but I liked the fact that the story hinged on a bad guy creating bad tech at his company which had to be brought down by an unlikely hero. In that regard, it reminded me a bit of the original Iron Man, with the whole Tony Stark/Obadiah Stane final fight. But the final fight in Ant-Man is the best. So, so much fun. Anyway, yes to that movie. I only have two more episodes of Daredevil to watch before we're done with the first season. And I blasted through Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in about a week (lots of late-night viewing when MDR would wake me in the middle of the night). I didn't find it as fall-down hilarious as a lot of people seem to, but I still liked it. Kimmy's whole "I won't let the world bring me down" attitude was kind of refreshing. And while I didn't think "Pinot Noir" was funny at all (seriously, I don't get the love for it), Titus is the funniest thing about the show. Between passing off Katy Perry's "Firework" as his own creation, living as a werewolf, and his unfortunate viral video at the end of the season, he's the best. And in other entertainment news, I'm also watching episodes of the latest How to Train Your Dragon series on Netflix and plan to watch the Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. I want to know how the can of vegetables begins to talk!

Anyway, I should go do something productive while my daughter is asleep. I hope you're all well.
eee1313: (She-Ra)
It's about freakin' time, but summer is FINALLY here. I don't know if I'm excited or worried. Much like [livejournal.com profile] aj, I'm not a huge fan of Chicagoland's hot, humid summers. On the other hand, it's finally pool season. Now that June is almost over, it's finally warm enough to take the kids to the pool.

Things around here have been, and will continue to be for the rest of the summer, crazy. The Scientist's youngest brother is getting married at the end of August, and so there's been a lot of wedding-related activities. The bachelor party already happened (a three-day weekend extravaganza of booze), the bachelorette party and bridal shower weekend are coming, then there's a "team-building scavenger hunt" for the entire wedding party so everyone can get to know each other before the actual wedding, and then a day of wedding favor making. Also in there I have a baby shower, MDR has a doctor appointment, there's a zoo trip with my coworker and her family, and at some point we have to go to the Ren Faire because we bought crazy-cheap tickets at C2E2. And all before the end of August. Needless to say, almost every weekend is booked.

To make things even more fun, work has been crazy for the past month or so. I had the big book to finish which turned into a nightmare because the managing editor decided to make a whole bunch of changes at the last minute. We were literally laying out pages the day before it was due to go to the printer. After that project ended, I was immediately put on another project with an even crazier deadline: a 700-page book to lay out in one month. That's creating all the art, doing the layout, sending pages through proofing/editorial/author corrections, making all the corrections, sending the pages to an outside certification group for their approval so that we can link our pages to their certification training, and prepping all the pages for PDF release so that the book can be sent to the Florida board of ed for approval for adoption. Thankfully I've been paired with my company's very best editor. He and I have done many projects before and have a really good working and personal rapport. I think that's why they put me on the project, because they knew he and I work well together and I was his best shot at getting the book done. We have one week to finish all the pages before we want to turn them over to the digital media department so they can prep the PDFs for release. Amazingly, we have everything done except the front matter, glossary, and index (the latter of which take no time to lay out). I only have two chapters' worth of corrections left to do, which I can probably complete tomorrow. So this editor and I are walking around the building like we're hot shit (cuz we are) and I'm blown away by how much the two of us accomplished with this book.

That said, because I've proven time and again that I can crank out really good quality work with few mistakes under insane deadlines, I've now been given another completely craptacular project. As I said to my boss, it's as if I'm being punished for doing good work. ::headdesk::

So what else is up? The family's doing well. Yesterday was the Scientist's birthday, which we celebrated by going to a pool party. Today we're going for a wine tasting. VEE is on her first steps to reading -- sounding out words letter by letter and figuring out what they say. Of course this takes some coaching on our part, but for a kid who's not even four yet I'm quite proud of her. Potty training, on the other hand, is a joke. I'm going to take time off later this summer to do "potty boot camp" with her, wherein I stay home for a few days on either side of a weekend and all we do is practice going to the potty every hour on the hour till she figures this out. Because she's such a tall and big kid she's almost outgrown the largest size diapers they make, plus she needs to be potty trained before preschool in the fall. So boot camp it is. As for MDRE, he's not crawling yet but he's close. He just cut his seventh tooth and we've moved him on to 2nd stage foods. He continues to be a smiley, cuddly little (big) guy and a ton of fun.

Anyway, that's about it for me. I hope all is well with all of you.

Sorry I don't update more often -- just finding time to sit down at the computer and hammer out an update uninterrupted is next to impossible these days. People keep asking the Scientist and I if we've seen a certain movie or watched a certain TV show. We're like, "If we can find more than two hours to ourselves during the evenings it's a miracle. But we can tell you exactly what Daniel Tiger has been up to over on PBS Kids." Every now and again we manage to watch an episode of Daredevil on Netflix, which is making me incredibly happy. I really appreciate that the creators approached the show as a crime drama first and a superhero show second. And how deliciously creepy is Kingpin? It's not as dark and foreboding as the Dark Knight side of the comic spectrum, but it's leaps and bounds more serious than a lot of comic-related shows or movies. That said, I will readily admit that I don't always like my comic shows serious; the lighthearted-yet-earnest approach to The Flash this past season totally worked for me as well. I could go on and on about comic media and how I might be getting burned out on comic movies and how knowing a studio's multi-year release schedule is taking the surprise out of things for me (TLDR-version: I'm currently more excited for DC than Marvel just because I don't know what to expect). But my kid wants me to play with her, so I'm wrapping this up.

Oh, two more things: today I'm wearing this awesome She-Ra shirt, which I love. I've already gotten compliments on it when I went out shopping.

And finally: HOORAY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY!!! I couldn't be more pleased. Love love love love love.
eee1313: (Autumn)
I went to go see Into the Woods the other day, and I have to say it's a resounding "meh" for me. Potential spoilers. )

In summation, right after I post this I'm going to head over to Amazon and see if they still sell the DVD of the Broadway performance. I had it on VHS back in the day and it WAS on Netflix but they took it down. I promised both my SIL and future SIL that the original show is much, MUCH better than the movie and has a lot more going to it, so I should try to get ahold of a copy.
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Next weekend we're having a Christmas party. I don't really think we're prepared. All of the decorations are up (save for my big china nativity) but the house needs major cleaning. I'm not sure what all food we're serving. I'm not even sure how many people are coming. This year's turnout looks to be pretty small, but that might actually make it a little easier.

My daughter is being a typical 3-year-old PITA. She won't eat her lunch, she won't take a nap, she won't follow directions. We were going to take her to the zoo this afternoon for their holiday light display, but she was being such a pain that we're not going any more. She tried to tell me that MDR was excited to go to the zoo. Nice try, kid. We're still not going because you're not being good. I know she's acting this way because she's tired and needs a nap. But if she'd only go to sleep instead of fighting us, perhaps then we might actually go. So it's her fault if it doesn't happen. Tough luck, kid.

I'm tired. This week has been hard because I've been sick since what, Tuesday? Major sinus congestion, coughing, sneezing, etc. Cut for gross stuff. ) So now I'm feeling better, which is good. My voice is still a bit goofy from too much coughing and I'm still congested, but I don't feel as if I'm going to collapse any longer, so that's good. The Scientist caught it as well, though he bounced back much faster than I did. Anyway, it's been a long week and this coming week won't be much better because of trying to get the house ready for the party. At least I can breathe now.

What else is going on? I saw Mockingjay Part 1 last week. I thought it was good. But I agree with every person who said this film consisted of middle, middle, and middle instead of a beginning, middle, and end. The entire film is setup for Part 2. If I hadn't read the books, I'd probably be pissed by this film. I also finally saw Edge of Tomorrow, or as they're now calling it on the Blu-Ray packaging, Live, Die, Repeat. Frankly, that title probably would have brought more people into the theater. I mean, come on, who doesn't want to watch a movie where Tom Cruise gets killed again and again and again? Especially when a bunch of those times are Emily Blunt putting a bullet directly in his head? But it's a good movie and I'd definitely recommend it. It's like Groundhog Day with aliens.

Anyway, that's life here. I hope you're all well.

LOL! The cat just popped a balloon accidentally. That was hilarious. Stupid cat.
eee1313: (SV - smells like hand)
Today I have the rest of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon all to myself. I'm strangely excited about this. The Scientist just took off with VEE to go to the zoo, and his mom will be going with them. I packed them all up a lunch of PB&J sandwiches, pretzel rods, apples, cheese curds, and pepper slices. Oh, and ABC animal crackers. I hope they have a nice time today. The weather is clear and crisp and lovely.

I, meanwhile, will be doing whatever I want at my own pace. I've considerably slowed down in the past week and I feel as big as a house. Seeing as how the baby is due TOMORROW and my sciatica flares up if I walk/stand too long (what a great side-effect of pregnancy), I thought skipping the zoo was a good idea. So I'm going to straighten up the house a bit, run some errands, etc.

Tomorrow is my last full day of work for 2014. I'm taking a half-day on Tuesday and am kind of glad I didn't take the whole day off as now they're doing a catered lunch for the office. As soon as I'm done eating, I'm outta there. See you in 2015, suckers! And then it's spending the rest of the day with VEE and getting the house ready. No food or drink after midnight on Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) as I'm heading to the hospital bright and early for my c-section. It's really, really surreal to think that in just a few days I'll have a son. That's just... wow.

In other news, my kid has been falling asleep early the past few nights which has resulted in catching up on TV shows. I finally watched the last episode of The Musketeers and we also caught the first episode of The Flash. Seeing as how I know nothing about the Flash other than what I've seen on the Justice League TV show, I'm going into this as a total n00b. Which is kind of fun, honestly. But it's still weird to hear the Flash speak and have it not be Rosenbaum. Much like it's wrong to watch any animated Batman and it NOT be Kevin Conroy. Anyway, I digress. Back to media. Last night I was feeling out of sorts, just uncomfortable and awkward, and the Scientist suggested we watch a movie. Nothing sounded good until he mentioned The Rocketeer, which I've never seen before. So we put that in (despite his having seen it 30+ times) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's directed by the same guy who directed the first Captain America movie, and it has that same nostalgic, glossy, big-hearted feel. I can't believe I'd never seen it before.

So yeah, that's what's up around these parts. I hope you're all doing well. If I don't post again for a while, I'm sure you can all guess why. Till then, take care, people!
eee1313: (Rejected spoon)
About two hours ago we got back from a quick trip to see my parents. We figured if we didn't go to visit them soon, we may not have a chance to go until the baby arrives. Due to major traffic issues, we didn't leave until after 8 on Friday night, and we left late this morning to beat the traffic/construction issues back home. It was a really nice visit with my parents and VEE seemed to have a good time. So now we're home and I'm trying to figure out what needs to be done around the house.

VEE's "big girl bed" has been ordered and will be ready for pickup on Tuesday. That means I have to move more stuff from her bedroom to the playroom. In the meantime, there's a bunch of stuff in the playroom that needs to go... somewhere. The front side of the crib is here and will need to go back on (we converted it down to a toddler bed for VEE), there's a fold-down table that we're going to try to sell on Craigslist, and two chairs (one wooden, one a plush desk chair) that also need to go. Where is this stuff going to fit? Oy vey. We have too much stuff.

And then there's all my music. I need to get rid of my CD collection. Perhaps I'll try ripping a lot of the music to the computer and then see if Disc Replay will buy any of this stuff. Hey, any money is good money, right? Well, not blood money, but you know what I mean.

I need to get back to work. And we need to go shopping. And I need to get gas. Man, there's just not enough time in the day. Or not enough time in the days off.

Oh, in other news, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy on Wednesday night and totally loved it. Just too much fun. And Chris Pratt really is like a human version of a golden retriever. You just want to ruffle his hair and feed him treats and rub his belly. And Groot! OMG, Groot is the best. ::draws hearts:: Who knew a sentient tree-being with a three-word vocabulary would steal the show? Fabulous.

Hi, LJ!

Aug. 3rd, 2014 09:52 pm
eee1313: (Zoolander - jitterbug)
Once again, I've let way too much time go between updates. I'm sorry about that. As always, I've been reading but not commenting. But hi to all of you who are still here!

Life has been very busy the past few weeks. Cut for length. )

Anyway, that's been life around these parts.
eee1313: (Hunca Munca)
I figured it's about time for a real update, so here I am.

I am officially in my third trimester of pregnancy. It feels very strange to have physical limitations due to my belly. It's getting hard to bend certain ways, I lose my balance putting on pants while standing up, and picking things up off the floor is a pain. Lord help me if I actually sit on the floor. Getting up from that low is not graceful at all (as if I ever were graceful?). But my nesting instincts are starting to kick in. I want to get the house prepared. Next week [livejournal.com profile] aj's parents are coming to take the bed from our guest room, and then I'll be able to turn it into the playroom. All of the toys and books from VEE's bedroom will move in there and then we'll have to get her a bed of her own and put the crib back together before the baby arrives. Last weekend we went to IKEA and we got VEE this duvet for when she gets her big-girl bed. I think the Scientist thinks I'm nuts for buying bedding for a bed that doesn't exist yet, but it's one more thing I can mentally check off my list of stuff to do before the baby comes.

My sister will be in town next weekend with her family, which will be great. I can't remember the last time I saw all of them. We Skype occasionally, but not enough. VEE is so excited to see her cousins in person. [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl will be bringing us boxes of baby clothes from when her boys were little, so with the bed gone from the guest room I'll have a place to store them temporarily. The Scientist is going to repaint/refurbish a dresser that we got off Craigslist which will go into the kids' room and will hold all of VEE's stuff. Then the baby's clothes will go in the big dresser that we're currently using. I have three boxes of baby clothes that I'll be giving to [livejournal.com profile] fava_bean for her daughter, so that's more stuff that will be gone from our house. Phew!

Otherwise things are going well. This summer has been really nice, outside of the PLAGUE OF MOSQUITOES we have near my house. Honestly, I don't remember when they've been this numerous. I got bit on my face, right by my eyes. Not good, mosquitoes, not good! But otherwise it's been a nice summer. Uncommonly mild lately, which means no trips to the pool. Ah well. This weekend is another pool party, so we'll see if we can win another prize. Heh. There haven't been many zoo trips lately, but we'll be going with [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and her clan in a few weeks, as well as again in August for a member breakfast.

One thing that's stunk about this summer is a distinct lack of movies I'm interested in seeing. We saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 a few weeks ago, and that's been about it. I have zero interest in Transformers 4, Dinobots or not. Though I feel badly for the Scientist, as he wanted to go. I thought he'd go see it with his brother, but they weren't able to find a time to go together. I've heard good things about the new Planet of the Apes movie (directed by the Felicity guy who's not JJ Abrams!), but I never saw the first so there you are. Right now Guardians of the Galaxy is the movie I'm most looking forward to seeing, specifically because I have no freaking clue what to expect and it looks totally whacked out and cracktastic. And I'm all for Hollywood making movies that aren't the usual cookie-cutter, by-the-books films that we've been seeing so much of lately. So yes, please give me a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree and green Zoe Saldana and Bright Abbott from Everwood looking like a DGAF antihero in space. YES. I am all over that, because it's NUTS.

Man, I'm rambling.

That's really all I've got. I hope you're all doing well.

Catching up

Jun. 8th, 2014 05:09 pm
eee1313: (SWINTON)
Yesterday I had friends over for a pre-birthday lunch/hangout. [livejournal.com profile] aj came in from the city (thank you!) and at the end of the afternoon I drove her back to the train station. As she got on, a woman got off who looked so much like SWINTON I couldn't believe it. Except she had the front part of her hair dyed pale pink, was wearing flip-flops, and rode off on a bicycle. Not that I doubt SWINTON would ride a bicycle, but not in flip-flops nor in the west suburbs of Chicago. Still, an almost-SWINTON spotting made me smile.

Things at work have been super-bonkers this past week. My bro-worker is on vacation, so I've been covering for his projects. He was also managing our temp, which meant that all last week I had to manage her workflow on top of his work, on top of my work. At the beginning of the week I was seriously going nuts; I had no idea which end was up by the end of the day. But thankfully by Friday it was all old hat and much calmer.

My cat is currently chewing on her back toenails. She does this every six months or so, and whenever I catch her doing it I have to laugh.

Today the Scientist and his sister J went out to north-central Illinois to pick up wine from a winery there. (It's really good stuff, so we're members. This means every six months we have to drive 1½ hours one way to pick up our box.) So while they were out, VEE and I went to the library. She got some look-and-find picture books, two Disney fairy books, and one about polar bears. Then she and I went to the outlet mall in the far west suburbs so I could hit up the maternity store for new pants. It appears that my work pants have shrunk considerably since I last wore them, and I end up feeling like Pregnant!Urkel while I'm on the job. So I went to see if I could find anything that fit. Between needing tall AND plus size, finding maternity pants that fit is a bitch. Thankfully I found one pair (red-lined, no less), so I'm going to see if they have them in other colors online and buy them ASAP. Because Pregnant!Urkel is not a good look for me. VEE was a good girl the whole trip and even helped me pick out a new shirt (buy one, get one free). So that's pretty awesome.

Cut so you don't have to read about my daughter's sickness unless you want. )

What else is going on? Next weekend is Father's Day, so I have plans for the three of us to celebrate. Then later this month we'll be going up to the Wisconsin Dells for a long weekend with the Scientist's family. I'm also going to see Queen + Adam Lambert, which I'm totally looking forward to because he's pretty much the only person who could potentially fill in for Freddie Mercury and make it work. Then come July we have our friends' son's birthday party, which VEE is very excited about. (She got an invitation and everything, which is super-cool for a two-year-old.) I'll get to see [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and her family, which will be great since I can't remember the last time I saw her. So my summer is already starting to fill up, which is nice.

That's about all I can think of right now regarding the state of me. I hope you're all doing well!
eee1313: (Squirrel Nutkin)
I honestly can't tell you how glad I am that spring is finally here. To say this winter was brutal is an understatement. Even for us tough Chicagoans who view winter as a yearly "character growth" opportunity had it with this winter. So I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to have a few days where it was warm enough for short sleeves and no jacket. Hooray! Of course, a cold front blew in early this afternoon and it's been raining ever since, but after all "April showers bring May flowers." And our flowers are starting to come up, which makes me very happy.

Things have been good around here. VEE has thoroughly enjoyed the past few weekends. First there was an Easter Bunny visit and egg hunt/free-for-all at church last weekend. She dressed up in a pretty navy blue with flowers dress of her own choosing and then wore her bunny eared headband. Then this weekend was the Easter Bunny party at our association clubhouse, to which she wore a yellow dress with flowers and her bunny ears again. Both times the Easter Bunny was very excited to see another child with pointy ears, which made VEE very pleased with herself. Next weekend there's yet another egg hunt (sponsored by our local Lions Club) and then Easter itself. Hopefully she won't fuss about wearing her pink smocked dress on Easter Sunday, as it has a matching pink hat that her grandparents gave to her. We'll see.

Yesterday we also went to the zoo again. It was lovely weather; sunny and warm but with a nice breeze to keep anyone from getting hot. I'm sure the crowd was crazy earlier since the weather was so good. Thankfully we didn't get there until nearly 2:30, so a lot of people had already left. VEE was very happy to see her beloved clownfish in the "seas" exhibit.

Today I met with an old high school friend for brunch. She only lives a mile away, but she's always insanely busy so we only see each other about once per year. It turns out she's also a zoo member, so we may end up doing a zoo trip with her now and again. That would be nice.

What else is going on... Work is bonkers, but I'd rather not talk about that.

I'm finally starting to show, pregnancy-wise. As of yesterday I put on my big-paneled pregnancy jeans (so comfortable, OMG) and a maternity shirt, and my belly's definitely changing. I feel much firmer than before, which is weird. Tomorrow I go to the doctor for a check-up and to get the results of the genetic testing (looking for trisomy 13, 18, and 21, aka Down Syndrome). Hopefully all will be well there. I may finally be feeling better, otherwise. I'm able to eat more, which is good seeing as how I was basically eating cereal and juice in the morning, snacking on fruit during the day, eating a small lunch, and then barely choking down a few bites of dinner. Thank God the first trimester is over. TERRIBLE.

So yeah, that's the news around here. Oh, and I saw Captain America: Winter Soldier and loved it. I wanted to go see Noah and Divergent, though I never got around to either of those.

Now I have to go out and try to find new shoes for work. I just want a pair of nice, comfortable day-to-day shoes. It seems all they sell out there these days are flats and wedges. I want neither. Why won't loafers come back into style? Even the name is applicable to my lifestyle: loafer. Oh well.

'Sup?

Mar. 15th, 2014 07:39 pm
eee1313: (Cheeky monkey!)
How's everyone doing? I hope you're all well. Or, if you weren't well the last time you posted, I hope you're doing better. I DO read everyone's posts, I just don't reply to most of them. But I am here, so keep posting!

Things are fine in my world. I just had a nice long Skype chat with my sister, [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl. Her boys got online and started showing their toys to VEE, who in turn showed her toys to them. Seeing as how the cousins get together twice a year if we're lucky, I'm very glad that we're able to Skype. Now that we have a tablet it's super-easy to do so. I think I'll give my parents the webcam that I got a few years ago so that they can get in on the Skype action as well.

Later this week [livejournal.com profile] fava_bean comes home for spring break, as well as her baby shower. Wheeeeee! It'll be good to see her again.

I now have a kid in my lap and am typing one handed so I can keep her from falling off my leg. She's watching Disney on Ice on YouTube. God bless the people who videotape everything so we can watch it for free. Earlier today it was parades from Walt Disney World. Way to help me save on airfare, hotel costs, and park tickets, Internet! (Though we do have a plan for any and all kids when it comes to those parks. The rules are 1) the kids have to be able-bodied enough to walk the parks themselves, 2) they have to be tall enough to ride all the rides, and 3) they have to be old enough to remember it and appreciate how much money it cost us.)

What else is up? Reviews are coming at work. There's a new form we all have to fill out. It has questions on it like "what did you hope to accomplish this past year that didn't happen?" Yikes, way to set us up to fail. There's also a question about where we'd like to be in two years. I asked my boss if I can be a smartass and write ïdependently wealthy so I never have to work again." He said if he were the only one reading it, I could say I wanted to be prima ballerina for the Bolshoi. However, no one higher up the food chain has a sense of humor so I should probably refrain. Poo.

I am so far behind on TV that I barely even watch anything these days. The final episodes of HIMYM are happening, so I try to watch that. Elementary sometimes. Not so much with NCIS since they brought in the Bishop character. Ugh. She just seems so shoehorned in. If it made any sense why Gibbs would want her on the team, then maybe I'd be on board. But it just smacks of "we need a female character -- let's make her quirky!" Ugh. I have seen a bunch of movies: The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, 3 Days to Kill, Monuments Men, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit that I can remember. God bless free movies at my local theater on Wednesday nights. And God bless my in-laws for watching VEE so we can get date night every week or two.

That's really it for now. I need to get some dinner. Have a good weekend, everyone.
eee1313: (Sesame Street Fever)
The kid woke up about a half hour ago, calling for me. I found her half-asleep, running from room to room and asking to sleep with us. She was still asleep enough that I had to physically lead her around because while she could make it through doorways, she wasn't recognizing what room she was actually in. And now I'm wide awake. Boooooooo.

Yesterday was my sister-in-law J's birthday celebration. We went out for all-you-can-eat sushi at this place she loves. Holy good God, it was the slowest service I've had at a sushi place in ages. It took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to be properly fed. They'd bring out one roll for the group of us, then we'd wait 20 minutes for the next one. Ugh. I'm never going THERE again. After that it was off to Lynfred Winery, where she's a member. We got a few bottles of wine for the group of us and then went to the members' tasting room, which I'd never been in before. I hope to never go there again, because it's a tiny room with no soundproofing and we were all shouting to hear one another. It was like being in a bar. That said, the company and the wine was good. We ended up buying only one bottle for ourselves. After that was a screening of American Hustle, which the Scientist isn't interested in seeing. So he stayed home with VEE while I went to the movies with J and all of her friends. It was a good movie. Best movie of the year? I don't know about that, but it was certainly good and entertaining. I spent a lot of time wondering how much double-stick tape was applied to Amy Adams' breasts to keep her shirts from falling open and exposing her. Anyway, despite my griping about the slow sushi service and the loud winery, I had a good time yesterday.

As for today, I have no idea what we're up to. Frankly, we should stay home and clean the house. I'd like to get a little shopping done for myself. But at the same time, it's supposed to get up to 42° today, so we COULD take the kid to the zoo for the first time in a month. She's been craving a zoo trip for weeks now. Oh, I just remembered that we're supposed to Skype with [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and her family today. Perhaps we won't go the zoo... I dunno. I should to some laundry and try to clean up the house a bit.

Anyway, that's really all I've got. Sorry I'm dull this morning.

Snow!

Dec. 8th, 2013 09:38 pm
eee1313: (Golden Compass)
For some reason I'm utterly and completely exhausted tonight. It's not even 9:30 and I just want to curl up and crawl into bed. Yes, I stayed up way too late last night watching another Twilight movie with my sisters-in-law, but I didn't expect it to wipe me out this much. I'm so tired.

This morning I woke up and snow was falling, and it's been falling for most of the day. There was a respite while we were at my in-laws' for dinner, but of course it picked up as we were leaving and the Scientist had just cleaned off his car. The point is that I'm absolutely loving this snow. It's the soft, powdery kind that's crap for making snowmen but is absolutely beautiful. All of the trees have a light dusting of white and anywhere there are Christmas lights up there's just that extra lovely glow to it all. I'm glad the forecast is cold all week, because hopefully that will mean this snow will stick around. Nothing is more disappointing than having snow fall and then melt the next day. I just want there to be snow for the holiday...

Today we went out shopping and ran some errands. Dropped some stuff off at Goodwill, picked up road salt at Sam's, got fancy cheese at Trader Joe's and sugar free candies for my boss from See's. VEE passed out on the drive from Sam's to See's, so she ended up being carried around that store and slept in the grocery cart at Trader Joe's. Of course right now she's wide awake but fighting sleep. I left her curled up in her dad's lap, so hopefully by now she's konked out for the night.

What else is going on? I got my latest project at work off to the printer on Friday afternoon. Hooray! That's one more project done. Of course, this means I have no idea what I'll be doing at work tomorrow, as my backup project's author hasn't delivered new manuscript in over a month. Honest to God, we need something in our contracts saying these people will be deducted royalties for each month they fall behind. WHATEVER. I really don't care about work for these next two weeks. I'm just putting in my time until the holidays hit. I'm quite excited for Christmas this year. Can you tell? ;)

Anyway, that's really all I've got. I want to let those of you here on LJ know that I really do read your posts even if I don't comment much these days. Trying to use the computer at home is hard because the kid always wants to hijack it to watch Sesame Street, so I try not to use the computer or tablet while she's around. So at best, I get to read your posts on my phone's little screen (and Swyping out a reply is much harder than you'd think). The point is, I am keeping up with you whether I've replied to your posts or not, and I'm glad you're all still around. Someone recently referred to LJ as a "wasteland," and that's not far from the truth. But I barely use Twitter at all and Facebook is the devil incarnate IMO, so here I am and here I'll stay. Please keep posting. I like reading about your lives on my work breaks. :)



PS - Eclipse sucked.
eee1313: (Zoolander - jitterbug)
Tonight my sister-in-law J came over to watch The Sound of Music live on TV. I was expecting Carrie Underwood to crash and burn in a spectacular fashion. Honestly, she really wasn't bad at the singing. (My sister and I were texting throughout, and on the "Lonely Goatherd" song I said Carrie was doing quite well. [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl replied something like "Of course she is -- it's yodeling." HA!) Of course, everyone else acted circles around poor Carrie. She was high school drama club acting while everyone else was legit acting. Even Bill Moyer came out looking better than poor Carrie, who was just so WOODEN. (Let us not even compare the singing of Audra McDonald or the woman who played Elsa Schrader to the others, as they were far superior. Audra especially -- get it? Har har har.) That said, I must applaud Carrie on trying to even do this in the first place. It's a thankless job to take on such an iconic role as one made famous by Julie Andrews, it's hard to do live productions when you're not an actor, and it's got to be completely nerve-wracking knowing that it's broadcast to every TV in America and everyone watching is just waiting for you to fail. So A for effort, Carrie. C- on acting, but a solid B to B+ on the singing itself. Everyone else, though, was really quite good. And HOORAY for keeping in the Max and Elsa songs! That makes me happy.

Other media-related things that make me happy: Catching Fire. The Scientist and I went to go see it last night, and hot damn if that isn't one hell of a good movie. I thought they did a really, really good job keeping to the book. The casting was fantastic, the effects were great, and even though I knew what was coming and who was going to get it, the movie still kept me on the edge of my seat. The Scientist hasn't read the books, but he came out of this one with far, far fewer questions than he did the first. (In fact, I think he came out with zero questions. He said he was going to ask me about something afterward, and when I queried him after the movie was over he said he'd figured it out.) Jennifer Lawrence came off as rather wooden in the first movie, but here I think she embodied Katniss much more than before. However, that might also be because I've seen so much more of Jennifer on TV acting like a complete screwball, so when she buckles down to be all intense as Katniss it's much more obvious that she's actually acting and not just being one-note. Katniss is, IMO, much more complicated in the second book/movie than she is in the first. I'm really looking forward to what they're going to do with Mockingjay, but I have no idea how they can translate the book to film without an R rating. That will be interesting.

In other news, my Christmas tree is complete. Hooray!

And changing topics completely, I find I'm quite shocked about Nelson Mandela's death. They guy was 95 and in failing health; it was going to happen sooner or later. But it's still sad to see such an important figure pass on. I hope others remember how committed he was to ensuring equality and try to continue stopping bigotry and repression when they see it.
eee1313: (Pancake orgy)
Earlier this week the Scientist and I went to see Thor: The Dark World. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was much more entertaining than the first movie, and I liked the first movie. Spoilery talk (but not really) so skip if you haven't seen it. )

In other news, I'm going to a pancakes and mimosa party today. Woooooo, pancakes! Who doesn't love pancakes? That's really all I have on my roster for this weekened, which is kind of a relief. It's been so busy for the past few weekends that it will be nice just to relax around the house.

Whoa

Sep. 6th, 2013 10:22 am
eee1313: (NBX - Jack & Zero)
I just read in EW that the 20th anniversary edition of The Nightmare Before Christmas has been released. TWENTY YEARS?!?!? It's been TWENTY YEARS? Hot damn, I suddenly feel really old.
eee1313: (Iron Giant)
Yesterday we took VEE to the library and she got her own card. Now that she has a card, she can be signed up for programs. She's now enrolled in the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" challenge. It can be 1000 different books or one book 1000 times. It doesn't master, just so long as someone reads them to her. So starting yesterday we're ticking them all off. She's at 9 already.

I've also joined Goodreads so that I can track books we've read prior to her joining the program. This way even if we don't hit the goal before she starts school, I'll have a better idea of just how much she's read. I'm also tracking what I'm reading, too. Anyone else on Goodreads?

And in other news, we finally got to see Pacific Rim tonight. Giant monsters vs giant robots! How can you go wrong? I enjoyed it. Nothing taxing on the brain, but it sure was pretty!
eee1313: (Batman Begins - Chicago)
So everyone is freaking out that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the new "Superman vs. Batman" movie. OK, I get the concern, but really people, do you have to be so MEAN? Especially you, Richard Dreyfuss. I assume he read for Alfred. Talking smack publicly about your potential costar is just shitty, and sorry but you haven't done crap in years. At least Affleck has Oscar-winning films under his belt within the past decade.

Sure, Affleck screwed the pooch on "Daredevil." Just because he had one bad superhero movie doesn't mean they all will be. Remember how everyone loved Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and then "The Green Lantern" sucked? Besides, look at Affleck's recent acting gigs: "The Town" and "Argo" were fine, if not good performances. Sure, he directed himself in those, but he was actually REALLY good in "Hollywoodland." I'd be more concerned with the director & screenwriter. You can't make a good movie from a bad screenplay or if there's an idiot at the helm.

And finally, remember way back when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman in the very first movie? No one thought he'd be good, and looked how that turned out.

In summation: the fanboys should stop wetting themselves, amd they certainly shouldn't be so rude. I know that's the usual Internet fanboy M.O., but COME ON.
eee1313: (Justando)
Every time I hear the Justin Timberlake song "Mirrors," I could swear he sings about "a hand in a pocket full of soap." He sings this twice in the song near the beginning, about two lines before the chorus kicks in. This is driving me nuts.

I have a pass for 8 free movie tickets which I need to use before the month runs out. I don't have 8 friends who live nearby who can take advantage of free tickets with me. And I can only use the pass Sunday-Thursday, and not on the first weekend of a movie's release. Boo-urns.

HAWKS WIN THE STANLEY CUP!!! HAWKS WIN THE STANLEY CUP!!! Chicago has a team to be proud of again! Wooooooooooooo Hawks!

We took VEE to the pool for the first time this past weekend as our association was having a pool party. She didn't really understand what the kiddie wading pool was for and just sort of stood there in the water. She tipped over once and was very surprised by it. We bought her a pair of water wings so that should she fall over again the next time we take her, she won't go under as easily.

At said pool party, we won a talking Sulley from Monsters University. She doesn't really know what to make of him, either.

I got a backup pair of shoes for [livejournal.com profile] fava_bean's wedding. Despite the fact that these shoes look fantastic and are probably the most sturdy heels I've ever worn, they run a half size small which means that I can't wear them for much longer than the wedding ceremony itself. Which is sad, because these shoes have an absolute TON of cushioning and would be great if only my foot were a half size smaller. (And no, I can't get a new pair because I'm already wearing the biggest size they make.) So I got these in taupe as a backup pair (they only had that color or black). I saw online that they also come in teal, which could be perfect, but then reviews were all "teal is green, not teal!" So never mind that idea. Besides, I'll wear the nude/taupe again.

My sister gave me Daft Punk's Random Access Memories for my birthday, and I finally got around to listening to it. That was totally not the album I was expecting. It's not bad in the least, but not as dancey-poppy as some of their past, more accessible, music. I was REALLY surprised to learn that so much of the music isn't sampled but is played by live musicians. And the roster of guests is crazy -- Nigel Rodgers, Julian Casablancas from the Strokes, Panda Bear from Animal Collective, Pharrell Williams, and freaking Paul Williams. (Side note: I was always creeped out by Paul Williams as a kid. I don't care that he wrote "The Rainbow Connection," there's still something freaky about the guy.)

And it's now past five in the morning, so I should probably go back to bed.

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