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Maybe, Just Maybe

they actually do like each other...

When He Could

Abner  LOVES the hose!  It makes watering the plants a hassle, not that I ever do it, but I feel for Ryan.  

Abner is no longer allowed to play with the hose like this due to his back injury so I am glad to have it on film.

Update: His back started to bother him again Friday night so we have him on one more round of pain killers and muscle relaxers that are supposed to help keep him calm...YEAH RIGHT!

...and Counting

To be completely honest I can't remember if it was April 26th or April 28th that Ryan and I had our first "date," so I have decided to alternate dates each year and figure 50% of the time I will be correct.   Last year I wrote of our first meeting and I must say that rereading it this year made me a little teary. 

I can't believe it has been four years.  FOUR YEARS.  It might not seem like a long time to some of you, but understand that up until I met Ryan my relationships lasted about as long as my houseplants, 5-10 minutes. Now here I sit four years later married with a baby on the way and it totally blows my mind. 

4 years down, 60+ to go.  And there is nobody I'd rather spend them with.

Happy Easter


Misery Loves Company

My poison oak is clearing up but it looks like someone's is just beginning.

This morning while I was returning emails I hear Ryan call from the shower...

Ryan:  "Oh no!"

Me:  "What?"

Ryan:  "I have poison oak on my dick."

I can't help but laugh.   This is going to be fun!

Afternoon Stroll

...this walk lead to the poison oak, but it was beautiful none the less


Do I really need to say more?
I suppose I do in case anyone reading isn't from this area and doesn't react to that picture by getting up and running  for the Tecnu.  What's that?  You don't even know what Tecnu is?  I'm happy for you, I really am, but do yourself a favor and take a mental picture of this plant.  3 leaves, typically shiny and sometimes tinged with red or orange.   If you ever see it, look with your eyes, not with your hands and run for the Tecnu!  I swear even looking at it can cause an outbreak. 
I am talking about poison oak and I HAVE IT.  So annoyed.  Why is it always the one who is the most cautious about not touching it that gets it?  I am boarderline crazy about staying away from the stuff due to HORRIBLE experiences as a kid; use your imagination.  Yep, I had it there too.
Thankfully this is a minor outbreak and I hope to keep it that way.  I am a bit paranoid that I touched my face, my eyes or my girly parts before I knew I was contaminated, …

I'll Just Put it On My To-Do List

As you know from previous posting, Abner has herniated a disc in his back, eaten random shit and ended up in emergency, chewed up countless objects, suffered from anaphylactic shock when receiving vaccines, thrown up on my bed,  and gotten shit stains on both my arms and my shirt.  Quite frankly, I think he owes me a drink, a pitcher.

And as if all that wasn't enough, I received a call from the vet today to check how Abner was doing and to discuss his x-rays further.  Apparently our vet had a radiologist review his films for a second opinion and while his spine looked fine, he did notice some pulmonary congestion.

Immediately I assume he has some kind of lung disease and is going to die any minute.  My heart dropped, I grew another patch of gray hair and I felt the vomit and tears welling up inside.

Luckily he assured me that this was minor, probably long gone by now and likely caused by the stress of hurting his back, vomiting and sniffing some of it back up or sniffing anything…

Santa, Is That You?

I remember watching A Baby Story or some other lame baby show on TLC a while back and this woman, who was pregnant with twins, was laughing with her husband and her belly was violently shaking up and down.  I remember just watching in amazement, my reaction somewhere between shocked and horrified. 

I thought to myself, will this happen to me when I am pregnant? 

For the record, yes, but when Santa laughs and his belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly it is cute and we sing songs about it and smile.  When I laugh and MY belly shakes like jelly I assure you, it is neither song worthy or cute.

 Gotta love those belly tattoos that were a good idea 10 years ago...when the stomach was flat

30 Weeks


Are You Afraid of the Dark?

We all have irrational fears.  Some of us are afraid of the dark while other are afraid of spiders, or heights, or carbs.  As for me? I am afraid that my belly button will leak; always have been.  Now you may be laughing, rolling your eyes, or giving your computer screen a good "what the fuck" look, but hear me out.

Your belly button was once open and attached to your umbilical cord which nourished you in the womb.  It was clamped and cut at birth and then abra cadabra it is a belly button? Where is the magician in the deliver room?  I for one am skeptical.  How the hell does it close up?  There has to be a faulty point somewhere in there, which bring me to my issue.  The pregnant belly button.

Let me just start off by apologizing to everyone reading this who has an outie.  I am going to offend you. Your belly button grosses me out.  There, I said it.  I can't even look at an outie belly button without cringing.  Then it consumes my thoughts and I can't have a conver…

It's All in the Genes

Lately I have been thinking quite a bit about what/who our future child will look like.  Curly hair or straight?  Blue eyes?  Widow's peek?  Dimples?  Red hair?  Mid-digit finger hair?  Creepy bent finger (Ryan)?  Freckles?  Attached or unattached earlobes?  Will he/she be able to curl their tongue?  Webbed toes?  A TAIL?

There is just too much to imagine.

I remember taking a biology class that taught a good bit of genetics research and from what I remember, not much, and what I have recently read on the internet, which by the way I have come to have a love/hate relationship with.  I love Google when it tells me what I want to hear, like it is normal to be brain dead.  But I hate it when it tells me that just because I didn't feel the baby move for an hour it could be dead; Google, I think we need to see a counselor before this baby comes. 

Anyway, what I have come up with so far is that it is genetically impossible for our child to have brown eyes, it will have unattached ear…

An Edit is in Order

From now on Webster Dictionary should read:

Naughty [naw-tee]:
–adjective,-ti·er,-ti·est.1.disobedient;mischievous(usedespeciallyinspeakingtooraboutchildren or Abner):Weren'twenaughtynottoeatourspinach? or Wasn't I naughty to knock mom's wedding ring off of the bedside table and make her think I ate it and that she would have to riffle through my shit for a week looking for it? 2.improper,tasteless,indecorous,orindecent:anaughtyword or passing gas when there is company present. 3.Obsolete. wicked;evil. Origin: 1350–1400;MiddleEnglish;seenaugh, t September 23, 2008; Fallbrook, California

naugh·ti·ly,adverb naugh·ti·ness,noun
1.willful,wayward,misbehaving, Abner


Like Mother, Like Son

I have been a bit preoccupied with Abner this week, trying to keep him as quiet as possible and pain free.  OK fine, I have been totally obsessing and it has taken over the small amount of functioning brain space I had left and smashed it like a watermelon flying off of the fifth floor.  I admit it, sit down for this confession, I am feeling overwhelmed.  That leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I think the reason I am feeling this way is because I blame myself for him getting injured in the first place.  I knew he wasn't supposed to jump on and off of the bed but for some reason, because he could do it so effortlessly, I let him do it.  I always had a little feeling that I let him play too rough, but he loved it so much that I let him do it and now he is left confused and it is all my fault.

He doesn't understand why he can't jump up on the bed tonight when he could a few nights ago.  Or why I took away his lookout chair in the front window, or why he doesn't get to go fo…

Rinse Before Eating

A concept I never quite understood.  Well, that is not entirely accurate.  I understand the concept, I just don't see how rinsing something in water is going to clean it. 

This may surprise some of you and/or make you not want to eat at my house, but I do not "wash" my fruits and vegetables before eating them.  GASP!  I mean, if there is dirt or something obvious I will give it a wipe down with a clean towel, and of course I rinse the sand out of leeks, but I fail to see how a rinse of water cleans anything.  

Take an apple for example.  If this apple is organic it may have some dust that can easily be wiped off with a towel or your shirt and if this apple is not organic then it is coated in a wax film to make is pretty and appealing that the market that water will not rinse away.  So, unless you are going to bust out the scrub brush and soap to clean your apple, what's the point? 

Same goes for most all other vegetables.  I understand that multiple sets of hands ha…

A Classic Beauty

What?  I'm not supposed to be on the quilt?

28 Weeks

Time is Flying and I am growing by the minute!

The Patient

Resting comfortably after his x-rays.  I wish I could say the same for myself.  Mama needs a cocktail and a little bit of what he is having.

The x-rays confirmed the herniated disc and that he has potential to have back problems his entire life.  It is really hard to hear seeing as he is only 2 years old, but whatever it takes, we'll do it.  Like keeping him calm for a week.  Um, Dr. have you ever tried to pick up a watermelon covered in oil or perhaps wrestle a wild pig in the mud?  No?  Then you have no idea what you are asking of us!

In all seriousness though, I will be making ever effort possible to see that he heals as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Even if it means tying his ass to the bed.

Just Put It On My Tab

Yesterday morning started out alright, I woke up bright and early to get my blood glucose test done and it was pretty uneventful.  A sweet drink, an hour wait and a phlebotomist that messed up and had to poke both arms later I was back home.  That is when the real fun started.

Can you sense my scarsm?

I got home at 8:30 and was greeted by the dogs in a typical squirming fashion.  Then, about 5 minutes later I noticed Abner acting a bit strange.  To be honest, I thought he had a boner.  Yes, a boner.  You see, sometimes when he gets excited he gets a little hard on and it scares him so he just sits there and shakes.  Ryan usually steps in and holds him still while giving him a pep talk about how it happens to all of us and so on and so forth; but it wasn't a boner.

He continued to act a bit strange, wandering around and shaking a little bit and just looking flat uncomfortable.  I offered him breakfast and when he refused I assumed he must have eaten something yesterday (typical) an…