Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bloody Stumps

I reached a new milestone in my pregnancy. My foot was so swollen, I couldn't get my shoe on. I had to settle for wearing sneakers with my dress pants today. I am mortified.

Another thing no one tells you. Swollen feet and cankles (ankles the size of calves) are not comfortable. They don't bend as well and I can't feel them as well either. I guess this is why pregnant women waddle.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm lucky when it comes to Jury Duty

So Steve mentioned briefly that my jury duty which was supposed to happen December 22, was cancelled on Monday due to snow. I called to find out about Tuesday, December 23rd and found out that everyone who had been called to jury duty had been excused. That saved me a 1.5 hour commute (on a good day). Yippee!!

The only other time I have been called to jury duty, I was told on my summons that the case was expected to last 10 weeks. I had broken out in hives the day before and really did not want to go (I think I'm allergic to dyes and perfumes in laundry detergent). Anyway, like a good citizen, I went to serve my time only to be told the case has been settled and to go home.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Seattle is NOT supposed to look like this.

The pictures somehow were placed in reverse chronological order. So far, we have recieved 9.5-inches of snow at our house this weekend and add that to the 3-inches left over from Thursday and we have over a foot of snow on the ground at our house. Pluse, it's snowing again. Usually, that would be fine. But, Seattle had NO snow plows, de-icer, or salt for the roads. Basically, the city has shut down. Our offices are closed tomorrow and Kelly's jury duty has been cancelled. (She was summoned for jury duty starting tomorrow).
It's crazy! We're getting tired of sitting in our house. I am finding out that I am not a home body. We attempted to go on a walk, but we don't have the proper snow gear so it quickly became miserable.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Cookies

Kelly and I were talking over the weekend how it didn't really feel like Christmastime (yes, it's one word...look it up ). I have been working all kinds of crazy hours at the office for the past few weeks and we felt like Christmas was going to pass us by. Well, I finally finished my project at work and had some free time again to spend at home.
I think it finally felt like Christmas to me yesterday (Sunday) when we visited a member of our congregation at her house. We talked about our Christmas plans, the spirit of Christmas, and how serving others brings us joy. She told us about her family in Nigeria who have absolutely nothing and how she recently sent a little bit of money to them so they could buy some rice (rice is a staple food, but it has become too expensive for most Nigerians).
I began to see how much Kelly and I have, and how little we need. An overwhelming feeling of grattitude for my warm house, my food, my job, and my family grew inside of me and it felt like Christmas.

Wintery Weekend

After a relatively mild November, winter showed up this weekend. It snowed this weekend and it has been pretty cold since. It doesn't snow that much in Seattle and when it does, it only snows a few inches. Oh, except in 2004 when we got 12-inches in the city. Anyway, Saturday night's snow shower was really pretty and we enjoyed watching the snow fall around our neighborhood.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Urban Craft Uprising

Last weekend I went to the Urban Craft Uprising held at the Seattle Center (here is the website with links from the vendors http://www.urbancraftuprising.com/). It was amazing! I was so overwhelmed by so much neat stuff that I didn't end up purchasing anything. It is not often that you find a craft fair where you like or are drawn to pretty much everything (no tea cozies from grandmother). One day, I hope to have a booth there.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What's the 411 on diapers

As Steve and I prepare for the arrival of our little mathlete, one thought keeps coming up that we should stock up on diapers and wipes. Unfortunately, having never been a mother before, I have no idea what are good brands and what brands I should stay away from.

I am asking all mothers (and fathers) what are good diapers? Are there preferences depending on if you are having a boy or a girl? Do types of wipes matter? What other household products did you find you used often but never thought to buy at the beginning?