Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fill in the blank

I may be posting this just to break the habit of not posting... But I am determined to say something honest: I hope that this baby routine settles in and I start to squeeze in time for legitimate writing and blogging.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

5 Beautiful Things -- Peacocks

This post is inspired by a little thing on my wishlist for the baby's room:

3 Sprouts Storage Box Peacock at Target



These are the little peacock thank you notes I picked up for shower gifts at Barnes and Noble:


Proud Peacock (10 cards/10 envelopes) Graphique de France Boxed Thank You Cards

Here are some other pretty peacocks I wouldn't mind having:


Boho Boutique™ Peacock Area Rug at Target



Peacock with endless tail Print on Vintage Dictionary Book altered art dictionary page illustration book print peacock art


Double Peacocks Necklace - Art Nouveau Made in USA stamping


Friday, April 12, 2013

Pack it up, pack it up, pack it up!

We are moving to a new house in exactly two weeks, and I've finally accepted that I have to pack about 100 boxes in that time. (To be fair, Nick will do the majority, but I will complain the most and take the most credit.)  I've been given many warnings of "Don't overdo it," "No heavy lifting," and "You have to think of the baby." No problem!  I need more encouragement to actually start this task than to avoid it!  I've been successfully avoiding it for weeks.

I did some research on finding motivation to pack up the house. Isn't internet research the procrastinator's best friend? My favorite bits of advice (useful enough to write down) were obvious, but they filled up a page in my notebook and helped me waste a little time. The real motivator is designating my rewards for each little bit of packing: filling one box, filling a garbage bag, filling a bag for donation, and filling a box of books to sell.

Happily, I packed one box just now, and I am now being rewarded with an episode of Game of Thrones. See -- I'm not afraid to take it slow.

My greatest hope is to purge a lot of clutter and not take anything useless to the new house. I know this will present me with many sentimental dilemmas, like the following:

My brother gave me this No Fear t-shirt in high school. I think he had one that said "WILL RACE FOR FOOD." You can tell it's ragged, but you can't see how frayed and unwearable it is. I had to make the choice to put it in the garbage bag or the fabric scrap bag. At first I thought I would just take a picture and toss it, but no!  It's saved, maybe for another 20 years.

I have a feeling it will end up framed in my baby's room, signaling the trouble we are all facing this coming 20 years.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Diabetic and pregnant

I feel like I have an opportunity to demystify and unscarify one of my biggest concerns about this endeavor: being diabetic and pregnant.

I won’t begin to try to explain the difference between Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes, or the risks they cause in pregnancy. It is enough to say I have Type 2, and have been schooled for years by my endocrinologist I would need insulin if I got pregnant. I was only 3.5 weeks when I saw the Dr. and started insulin.

My diabetes has always been fairly well controlled, and I’ve been rather relaxed about it – taking my medicine, but eating what I feel like and not checking my blood sugar consistently. That changed in an instant. Now I check my blood sugar seven times a day and inject insulin four times a day. I have to really think about what I’m eating because I can see immediately what effect it has. If I’m doing my job, my blood sugar stays within the target range all day long, which I can only know by testing every time I’m supposed to.

Here’s the thing I did not anticipate about this big lifestyle change: it wasn’t hard. It has been something I could control -- a good thing I could do for myself and the Fig – in a crazy sea of uncertain circumstances. I know I am merely at the beginning of this job, and blood sugar control will become more important (and possibly more difficult) as the months go by. However, I know now the unfortunate combination of diabetes and pregnancy is not necessarily devastating. That said, I'm sure it is hard for a lot of women, especially those who have trouble with blood sugar control or those who slammed with the reality of gestational diabetes when they haven't had to worry about it before.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Guess what? THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Nick and I chose today to lift the embargo on the juiciest, most game-changing information in our lives:

WE ARE HAVING A BABY BEYER!!!

For weeks I have been barely able to speak to anyone, because what would I talk about if not this? Yes, the axis of the earth shifted to be centered directly through my womb. (For a tiny taste of what we were going through before EVERYTHING CHANGED you can read some private blogging I did here: annaseggdrop.blogspot.com )

So, with way more than a little effort on the part of at least a dozen people, the miracle of life occurred inside me, and revealed itself through many home pregnancy tests, blood tests, and panic attacks.  At six weeks, we saw a heartbeat, which did not make Nick cry. (Allergies. Dry air.) At eight weeks, ultrasound showed an indecipherable peanut, and I could even hear the heartbeat. Now at 10 weeks (pictured above), we are all still cool, staying strong on a diet primarily made up of saltines and diet ginger ale.

This will be no surprise to anyone who knows him, but Nick deserves a lot of credit for somehow becoming even more patient than he was before. He has made it so there’s almost nothing for me to wish for or worry about.  I wonder if he has realized yet that our child could be as neurotic as I am.

Current size: Fig ;)
Due date: Oct. 22

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What am I reading? Poser

Poser: My life in twenty-three yoga poses

Claire Dederer


I picked this book up from the clearance table at Book People, Austin, TX. (By the way, Nick and I will drive to Austin just to go to Book People and the record store across the street.  We are hardcore book/record tourists.)

This was a spontaneous purchase, a book I had heard of when it first came out and vaguely considered reading.  It proved to be one of those genuinely entertaining hipster memoirs that some of us like to think we can relate to.  Even though some of us are not freelancing moms obsessed with yoga in the great northwest. 

For sure, this book is not about yoga.  I love yoga, but nothing here inspired me to do it any harder or more often.  Really, yoga is just a device for Dederer to tie together stories of her childhood, maturing as an adult, and finding home. I think I use the word "compelling" a lot to describe books I like, but to me that feature is so important to the enjoyment of reading.  I got through Poser super fast not long after buying it because I couldn't wait to read more.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

5 Beautiful Things: Dining tables

Nick and I are in the market for our first grown-up dining room table. I imagined something dark, heavy, and rustic (anything by George Nakashima). Nick would prefer "modern". Could we really find something to agree on? Well, yes, we agree on this unattainably obscure style in Atomic Ranch Magazine:





















My challenge is to find a similar affordable option. I've found similar, but affordable is still up for grabs. Here are 5 awesome tables I would think twice about if they were suddenly 75% off.

1) Nuevo Nico Dining Table





















2) Modloft Astor Dining Table













3) Terra Dining Table





















4) Minguren II Table













5) Tahoe Dining Table