1. So! We are officially a Suburban Family of Dorks, as we traded in our 2001 Honda Civic on Saturday for a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan. I wish I had a better picture to show you of our actual car, but it’s been raining since we got it and hovering around 40 degrees, so no way am I standing outside and taking pictures of it. But I do have these of the girls enjoying it the day we picked it up at the dealership.
And this is a shot of our last trip as a family in the trusty (yet kinda stinky and squeaky) Civic. I bought that car myself- my very first car- when I was just 22 years old. I had just graduated from college, ready to start my first job, and only had about $32 in my checking account that day. That car was a good car.
But the NEW VAN? Has two tv screens, a backup camera, a heated steering wheel, I can sync my phone to the computer in the dashboard, and doesn’t even need a KEY TO START IT. The Civic had… a tape player. So. We made a slight upgrade, I’d say.
2. After a very rough couple of months for me dealing with work and early pregnancy fun, I finally launched a few sites and MAN DOES IT FEEL GOOD to have them finished. They’d been hanging around since late spring/early summer when our lives kind of exploded into a mess of hospitals and medical stuff, so crossing them off my list and moving on is a refreshing feeling. I have a few potential new projects on the horizon that should carry me into the spring up until the baby is born, and then… some time “off” (in quotes because HAAAAAAAAAAAA)
3. I sat last night, listening to the wind and rain howling outside, with candles and flashlights ready to go. I read through my Twitter stream and gasped at pictures of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath and just hoped we’d be okay. Because nobody really knew what might happen in our area! Thankfully, we woke up this morning to quiet skies (still raining, but no more wind) and we still had power. But I know SO MANY are not as lucky, and we are thinking about them all.
4. Sometime in the next few months, there will be some big changes in our house. The girls will be sharing a room once the baby arrives, so we’ll be combining their things and moving some toys and you’d better BELIEVE there will be some purging happening. I told Dan the other day that I’ll be kicking them all out of the house one of these days very soon so I can have a few hours to clean out and organize and pack away and sort and donate IN PEACE (also, in secret, so there is no protesting over keeping that broken toy that NOBODY HAS PICKED UP FOR SIX MONTHS) My hope is that once we get bunk beds for the girls’ room (!!), we can also make space for a lot of the toys to end up in there and I can maybe get some of my living room back. At least for a while- another year or so until Baby #3 is actually playing with things. I’ll take what I can get!
5. Halloween has been postponed in our area because of the crazy weather (snow expected tomorrow, what in the WHAT??) So trick or treat is now this Saturday instead of tomorrow. But we’ve had plenty of Halloween fun so far! Last week, we were invited to a Halloween Costume Party hosted by our local grocery store chain, Giant Eagle and the girls had a blast! There was pizza and a magic show and pumpkin painting and a balloon animal guy and a lady dressed like Cinderella which just made Audrey’s LIFE. She was obsessed with her all night.
Then this weekend, Maggie and I went to a costume party at my cousin’s house and Dan’s parents came over for Steeler football and pumpkin carving!
So you know- even with Trick or Treat postponed for a while, we’re pretty full on festive activities around here!
6. I fell last week at work. Something about high heels and deep cuffs on pants and me in a hurry and things getting tangled up… and down I went. My belly was fine (THANK GOODNESS) but my knees and my elbow and my bloody/scraped pinky were not so much fine. And for two days, my entire body was achy and stiff. The fall itself was bad enough (nobody actually SAW me fall, but two ladies hurried out of their office to see what the commotion was so that was slightly embarrassing!) but the entire day was just lame. It started with tantrums from the girls on the way to the bus stop, almost tripping down the stairs on the way to the garage (FORESHADOWING!), running late because of a train stop, then falling flat on my face in the hallway in public. I sobbed and laugh-cried in the car on the way to pick Maggie up from school because I felt dumb and I hurt and I was mildly scared at what COULD have happened (SIXTEEN WEEKS PREGNANT AND YOU FALL ON YOUR FACE, YOU IDIOT!!), then worked that afternoon, then Dan brought me a giant burrito for dinner. Just ONE OF THOSE DAYS, MAN.
7. Just over a week from now, I’ll be on my way to New Orleans for The Blathering. SO! EXCITED!