Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

01/31/08 Ahhh!!! I’m as big as a house!!! January 31, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 4:53 pm

Ok, maybe not literally but really my belly is getting HUGE. Even my co-workers commented about it today. I feel like it takes a crane to just roll over in bed or get up off of the sofa.

Does anyone have any great ideas for dinner? I realise it’s quarter to 5 and I’m going home in 15 minutes but I have no clue what to make for two hungry teenagers, let alone Thomas and me. I’d be happy with hot dogs and salad. They’ll be with us until Tuesday morning so I could use ideas for Friday, Saturday, and Monday too.

My birthday is on Sunday. My mom is making tacos. I will be eating happily. If you’re in the Eugene area, come over at 5pm. There will be cake too … chocolate of course 🙂 My MIL insists on buying cakes from Safeway. I prefer making my own cake. I won this year!

We’ve been toying with buying a new vehicle. It needs to hold 6 people, two of whom are in car seats. It would be nice if the back could hold a real ice chest too (ie, I’d like a wee bit of storage). I absolutely DO NOT want a mini-van! The only problem is the SUV’s are gas hogs. And we get back to the brain pretzel from yesterday. I love Toyota’s. Thomas loves Ford’s. Do we buy American or Japanese? I’d like a hybrid but you can’t them them off road. If we replace Thomas’ vehicle it will NEED to go off road. Yet another decision I cannot make. I may drive my Camry until it implodes. I love my Camry.


01/30/08 Sustainability, buying local, and more … January 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:53 pm

If you haven’t checked out the movie attached to my blast, you really should. It’s a great 20 minute production on where stuff comes from and where it goes. Click here to see it. It brings up a lot of conflict for me. Convenience vs. buying local and buying local vs. a global economy. I don’t know how to reconcile all of this in my head. The grocery store (more specifically Wal-Mart) is a very convenient place to shop however a lot, if not all, of the food there comes from very far away. Buying local entails going to the Farmer’s Market that is only open for a certain number of hours and one of them has no parking. Also in January who knows if it is even running. Then there’s the buying local or supporting the global economy. We can’t just be separatists and say to hell with the rest of the world. One of the ways I read about to stop such rampant immigration (ie illegal) is to improve the economies in other countries. To do this we need to buy their goods and/or services. This means we have to spend fuel to get those goods here. It’s a whole brain pretzel and I don’t know what is right.

In other news, I am now Bob the Builder because Christopher just put his Bob the Builder hat on me. Also, my doctor’s appointment yesterday went fine. Sarah’s heartbeat is fine and so is my blood pressure. I have another appointment on Friday morning.


01/28/08 My Pregnancy 35 Weeks (3 days late) & Snow Day January 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:07 pm

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew). Because it’s so snug in your womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete – she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

I don’t like honeydew melon :-\ And we all know she’s far exceeded 5 1/4lbs. One week from today and we’ll know if she’s coming sooner rather than later.

It snowed here big time yesterday. I think the newspaper said we got 8 inches of the white stuff. We normally only get about an inch at any given time so this was a big deal! So naturally I worked from home today. We still have a snow advisory through tonight but I’ve only seen a few flakes fall today. I think our back yard actually got up to 40 degrees for an hour or two. It’s back down to 34 degrees.


01/24/08 Who’s got the Tequila and Salt? January 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 7:43 am

JJJJJJJ Tequila and Salt JJJJJJJ

This should probably be taped
to your bathroom mirror
where one could read it every day.
You may not realize it,
but it’s 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world
that you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world
love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you
is because they want to
be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone,
even if they don’t
like you.

5. Every night,
SOMEONE thinks about you
before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever,
something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world
has turned its back on you
take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received.
Forget about the rude remarks.

If you are a loving friend,
send this to everyone,
including the one that sent it to you.
If you get it back, then they really do love you.

And always remember….
when life hands you Lemons,
ask for Tequila and Salt and call me over!

Good friends are like stars……..
You don’t always see them,
But you know they are always there.

‘Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though
Sometimes It’s Hell in the Hallway’

I would rather have one rose and a kind word
from a friend while I’m here
than a whole truck load when I’m gone.

Forward to all your friends.
And don’t tell me you’re too busy for this..
Don’t you know the phrase
‘stop and smell the flowers’?

See how many ‘bouquets’ you end up with!

Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keeps You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,

But Only
God keeps You Going


01/21/08 Baby update January 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 12:40 pm

I had an ultrasound this morning and Sarah is already 6 lbs 10 ozs! At that rate of growth she’d be about 15 lbs at week 39. Needless to say she won’t be percolating for that long. I have been told to plan on a delivery during the week of 2/4. I have another ultrasound scheduled for that morning and all things should be decided then. I also have to start having the non-stress tests twice a week to make sure her heartbeat is good. So I have that on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the ultrasound pictures Sarah has a LOT of hair. One little lock was a centimetre and a half long! She’s now in a breach position, bummer. And again she didn’t cooperate so we could see her face. We saw her girl parts, her feet and her hands. At one point she made a motion that looked like she was moving the hair out of her face. Oh what a girl!

Tonight I will try to get Christopher’s 1/2 birthday picture up on the previous blog post and an ultrasound picture to go with this one.

[edit] Added picture.


01/20/08 Christopher’s Half Birthday January 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 3:51 pm

You may think I’m nuts for caring, but when you have a half birthday twin as I do (my sister) then half birthdays are rather fun. Well Sarah wasn’t born today (and presuming she’s not born in the next 8 hours) so they’re both out of luck. But I think they still need to celebrate them. At this young an age they develop so much in 6 months. So I’m going to go make cupcakes for the sleeping monkey and we’ll have a mini-party tonight just for him.

And speaking of birthdays, yesterday was Julie’s birthday. Happy Birthday Julie!

[edit] Added picture.


01/19/08 My Pregnancy 34 weeks January 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 7:42 am

Only 5 weeks to go!!!

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which she’ll need to regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Well she was 4lbs 12ozs 2 weeks ago, so I imagine she’s much bigger by now. I’ll know on Monday.