Monday, January 25, 2010

hello OC

i'm in anaheim for a giant trade show. i've driven past disneyland like 16 times already. it is SO SO good to be back in california...even though it's freezing cold here. just seeing the palm trees makes me happy.

except i've been crazy busy with this show, and then when i get back to my hotel all i want to do is read this book, so i'm uncharacteristically WAY out of my regular internet habits. i just checked my google reader and i have like 878 unread posts. oy. since everyone else is blogging, i thought i would too.

days at the show are long and i talk to a lot of people. and the fact that i have this baby inside me kinda wipes me out, so i try to take breaks as much as possible. mostly i hang out with this girl and do marketing stuff. blah blah blah. oh and did i mention i love being in california? except that i'm not so familiar with the OC and last night we traveled on every single freeway in the region just trying to find an in n out.

other highlights: south coast plaza. blowing off a night at d-land to see tracy & jolee. the fact that my parents are driving down to have dinner with me tomorrow. and all the free candy at the show.

that's all. be home soon with those elusive bump pictures :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

well, it's not a girl

it's a boy!!!

uh, to say i was surprised would be an understatement. b and i went in last night for an early ultrasound [i'm 16.5 weeks, but my MIL works at an obgyn office and they said they'd test me early] and the entire day i was sure it was a girl. since i got pregnant i've been planning on it being a girl. shoot, since i was BORN i've been thinking i'd have a girl first.

but, the ultrasound quickly showed that was NOT the case. i freaked a little bit, but now that i've had 24 hours to readjust my thinking i'm starting to get excited about it. [also got some help in this area from some wonderful emails from friends w/ know who you are and thank you! :) ] now if only i could come up with some boy names i like....

b is thrilled to have a little mini-me, of course. i on the other hand am feeling shafted because there are SO many more cute girl things out there than boy things [clothes, headbands, accessories, etc etc]. but i am determined to find things i like for our little guy.

to celebrate, we went out to dinner at sweet tomatoes [aka souplantation for all you californians]. i had won two free passes there from a twitter contest they did [WOO! i love winning things!!] and i was so so excited to use them as that restaurant is my one true love.

however, turns out my stomach has shrunk or is already getting squished because i only ate ONE serving of everything [my average is 3] and i thought my gut was going to EXPLODE. seriously. i could barely move and had to lay down for four hours after eating. wow. please remind me to monitor my portions for the duration of the pregnancy.

and sorry! i had a picture of the newly formed bump -- i swear, my stomach has popped out in just the past four days, so i actually look pregnant now and not just like i drink a lot of beer -- but b took the camera to seattle. BOO. you'll have to wait a week for a good photo.

that is all. hooray for boys! (?)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

gotta love g chat

b is hilarious. we regularly converse via g chat or instant messenger while i'm at work all day, and lately he has been full of priceless gems.

me: how was chuck last night?
Brandon: it was great
i cried a little
me: lol
Brandon: got emotional
missed LA

me: awwww
stupid utah
Brandon: my man crush on zachary levi came back
me: hahahah
you are WAY too into that show
Brandon: i know
it's everything i want to be

[see: b's GIANT obsession with the tv show chuck...although he hates reliving the botched chance he had to become real-life BFFs with zachary levi]

Brandon: btw, kiffin means to smoke pot in german
[see: our favorite college football team, USC, set to hire some jerk named lane kiffin as the new head coach...RIP pete carroll]

i like him.

p.s. yesterday was my half birthday. no cupcakes were involved :(

Thursday, January 7, 2010

about food.

i gotta say, for trying to be a healthy person, this baby thing has thrown me for a loop in no area more than my diet. i've always been the empty-your-plate type of girl, game for trying different cuisines and ethnic foods, but wow. lately i'm like a two-year-old who doesn't want anything but her white bread.

hello carbs! mmm. all i want these days is bread, pasta, waffles or rice. up till now my appetite closed down after one piece of toast, but lately it has been wanting all the carbs it can get. [did i just eat an entire loaf of pillsbury garlic toast? yes i did.]

major shout out to annie's organic white cheddar mac & cheese. don't think i could live without that stuff right now. saltine crackers are great too, by themselves or with my new peanut butter & nutella dipping. eggo waffles. great harvest bread samples with butter and honey. now if you'll excuse me i need to toast a waffle before going back to work.

p.s. i am completely against meat. and most vegetables. and yes, sometimes even cookies make me gag. tragic.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

welcome to january

2010, huh? i decided not to make any official resolutions this year; instead, i'm going for more of a "lifestyle enhancement." just try to eat healthy [which may be tough, because all i want to eat lately are french fries or waffles -- not together, though that would probably be good too], exercise where possible, save money and get ready for this baby. much more relaxing than trying to stick to strict resolutions.

biggest event so far of 2010: b's beard. he decided to grow it out over his christmas break; at first i wasn't sure how i felt about the beard, but i ended up liking it. until he shaved it into a goatee [that lasted six hours...i hated it] and then into a mustache, "just to see what it looks like." the mustache lasted four minutes. he gets to have a beard or nothing. those are his only options.

nothing else new. back to work for me, back to school for b, still freezing cold outside. no bump, just some weird dreams and even weirder cravings.

however, i watched a cuh-razy movie last night called the cove. it's a documentary about where they get the dolphins for sea world and other parks around the world. basically japanese fisherman hunt thousands of dolphins near the town of taijii -- they send the good ones to the theme parks, and kill the rest to sell their meat.

this movie was bananas. i've been thinking about it all day. they did such a good job informing about this sad subject, and most of the movie is about a team of researchers trying to get illegal footage of what is going on in this secret cove [obviously, the local japanese government is way against people finding out what's happening, so they try to keep photographers away] -- it was so suspenseful! like a real-life spy movie. except a spy movie where you cry.

i could probably talk about the cove for days, but i'll just say this: i thought it was such an interesting, thought-provoking movie -- though it did seem to be a little propaganda-ish. sure, i love dolphins, but isn't this questionable fishing behavior just as bad as what goes on in the cow, chicken, pig, etc. industries? freaks me out. this world is a crazy place.

but i DO love dolphins. they've always been one of my faves. and after watching the movie, i feel a little guilty for doing this in 2006:

highly recommend the movie. go watch it and tell me what you think :)