Obligatory three month update/thoughts on being preggo

Dear blog readers. I have not forgotten about you. Yes, you probably forgot this blog still exists. I totally get it. I mean…I update it, at best, every couple of months with something random. But I REFUSE to let this blog die.

So let’s just address this real quick. What’s the point of this blog?  I’m not actually entertaining you with many short stories or talking about writing-related topics. I sometimes talk about my life, sometimes just go on a rant and sometimes just re-post other people’s content. So what is it you’re tuning in for? Well. The essence of me, I guess. Not good enough? Alright, well I’m going to do some long, hard thinking about how to make this a better blog. Maybe just better categorization of topics.

…or maybe it’ll just stay random. Stay tuned. Or not.


Me at 20 weeks.

So on to a really random topic. I’m pregnant.* Yep. As of this posting I’m 22 weeks along. So since I haven’t updated this in a while, I thought I would just post a quick list of things that I find interesting (for better or worse) about being pregnant.

The good

  • I can create life. So that’s pretty cool.
  • Eating, in general, is so delightful when it’s guilt free.
  • Acne? What acne? Ah, the joys of having the right hormones for the first time in my life.
  • Decorating! I love making one part of our house look all shiny and new. New paint, new fixtures, new décor, ahhh.
  • Finding out that little LeRoy is a little boy! Not knowing was excruciating. But now I can picture him just wiggling around down there.
  • Unplanned sleeping spurts. I’m all for a good nap. I’m all for passing out on the couch at 7pm for two hours, then going to bed for 9 more hours. Bring it on!
  • Ice cream. If 24 hours goes by without ice cream, I wonder if I’m seriously ill.
  • Knowing that I’ll have 12 weeks of uninterrupted leave from work.

Baby LeRoy at 20 weeks

The bad

  • Stretch marks. Need I say more?
  • Swollen feet…and this is just the beginning
  • Gaining weight. Why is added back fat necessary? Is this going to help me deliver? I really don’t think so.
  • Heart burn. You little Grinch, you. Always creeping up when I least expect it.
  • Missing my small “cans”. A lot. Never did I ever realize how much I would hate having ginormous cans. Also – see above about stretch marks.
  • Why am I crying…for no reason at all? Annoying.
  • Being overwhelmed by must-read baby books. So if I don’t do what this book instructs will I fail as a parent? EEEKKK!
  • Aches and pains – back ache, side ache, hips hurt, my jaw hurts (this may or may not be pregnancy related).
  • Interrupted sleep. Grrr. Getting up to go to the bathroom at least twice a night, wrestling for control of the covers with a nearly 100lb dog and wondering why I can’t turn off the rapid-fire thoughts in my head at 2am.
  • Tummy touching. I never knew before I was pregnant if I would be one of those people that like or hate having their stomach touched. Well, now I know. I’m certainly in the camp that’s against it. Ummm…why are you touching my body? Not to mention a lower part of my body. Shoulder pat? I can get down with that. A hug? Sure. Even a massage – go for it. But putting your hands on a part of my stomach where I’m sort of self conscious about how I look and at the same time am trying to protect that area from all sorts of danger…well that’s just a bit too close for comfort.

The ugly

  • Morning Sickness…for 10 weeks? Are you kidding me? Nothing is worse. Nothing. I guarantee even delivery won’t be worse. Even if I have to be in labor for four days, push for 2.5 hours and end up having a c-section. It will pale in comparison to having morning sickness. I promise you this.

That’s about it for now. Why only one item under “The ugly?” Well in case I didn’t explain it thoroughly enough, having morning sickness is the pits. It’s awful. It’s like being endlessly hung-over for 10 weeks…and you didn’t even have a fun night out to make it worth it! I have found nothing to be as bad as morning sickness…so far. Like I said, there is this whole delivery thing coming up in a couple of months. So that could change my tune a bit. But even still, I think I would only put that in the “bad” category.

Alright kiddos, that’s all she wrote.

Write on.

*Please let me be clear when I say I don’t want this to turn into a blog that’s all about me being pregnant. Yes, it’s weird and interesting and fun and not fun all at that same time. And yes, I could write a lot on the topic. But I have this friend who did an amazing job of documenting her experiences on HER blog. And although I can’t say that I have all of the same experiences, I do recognize that she’s a great story teller. So instead of me trying to live up to her preggo stories, I’m just going to direct you to her blog – http://zachinson-themagicnumber.blogspot.com/

 Note: Her blog is not JUST about her pregnancy, but start at the beginning, you’ll be entertained.


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20,000 words already? Oh dear.

So here’s my update to the NaNoWriMo thing. I have an idea of what I would like to write. Somewhat of a plan. And it seems meaningful and something I could pursue in the long run. Awesome, right? Well, I got the email today saying that if you’ve been staying on track, you should be done writing about 20,000 words in the next couple of days.

So how far am I? Zero words. UGH! I know, I feel like I’m not giving this a real shot. I feel like this is another one of those great ideas that’s just going to fall by the wayside and I’ll look back and think “Hmm, I wish I would have done that NaNoWriMo thing.” I don’t want that to happen. And I have intentions of writing, I really do. But November hit me at a really crazy time in my life. Lots of travel. Crazy work stuff. Big life events and what not. I know – excuses, excuses.

But until the last day in November hits, I’m not going to say that all is lost. And even if I don’t get to the goal of 50,000 words, it will be still be a success in my mind if I have started writing something and I have a plan to keep moving forward.

This week is when I would like to start the writing. Life got a little less hectic. Things are going smoothly at work. I don’t have any big plans for the weekend. Laundry is done. Nothing is stopping me…except for me and procrastination. But what I’m writing about has a deadline. Seriously, it has to be done before June. Sooner if possible, so that’s even more motivation for me to start it now.

So what is it I’m writing? Ah, not yet. I can’t reveal that until I’m good and satisfied with the progress I’m making.

Stay tuned and Write on.

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NaNoWriMo – Let the fun begin…in 20 days

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo…get it?).  This is great information, because sometimes as a writer you need a little pressure. Okay, for me there needs to be a LOT of pressure and a huge time crunch. I’m sorry, it’s just the way I am.

So when this website – www.nanowrimo.org came along and said, “Hey you! Yeah. You! I see you just sitting on the couch there. I know you’re trying to pretend you’re super busy, but let’s face it. There is a lot of good TV on right now and you are glued to the couch!” …I was a bit embarrassed. Because you see, this website is all about helping you write a novel in November. 30 days of creative writing. 30 days of dealing with and pushing through writer’s block. 30 days to think “what the heck did I get myself into.” So I signed up in September and I’m just starting to get the reminders.

Jamie – NaNoWriMo is 20 days away. Have you thought about what you’re going to write?

In all honesty? No. I haven’t. I’m hoping I’ll just be fueled by pure inspiration with some good ol’ perspiration (but not too much). Why haven’t I thought about this yet? Because there is a lot of good TV on right now. But in my defense, I’m also trying to knit a couple of baby blankets. And while that seems highly entertaining, it really only occupies the smallest fraction of a thought process. Knit. Pearl. Knit. Pearl. Repeat. For 150 stitches on 200 or so rows.

Riveting, right? Well, it allows you to do two things. Get through a neat project AND stay up to date on your favorite shows. But yes, that does mean that some things have taken a back seat. One of which is any creative writing that I would like to get done.  But I have to be done with my latest knitting project by early November. Which means I can take a month off to do something to get back into the swing of things.

So NaNoWriMo it is!

And in case you’re wondering, they’re not using the term “Novel” loosely. They define it as 50,000 words. This blog post is a little more than 431. And it took me 15 minutes. If I keep up this pace I can do this in 31 hours. So 30 days sounds like an okay time frame. As long as I do an hour a night. And don’t procrastinate!

I’m not going to be posting my drafts up here, but I hope to post updates. Trials, tribulations, bouts of pure genius. So stay tuned.

Write on.

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What REALLY Happened to the Human Race – A Short Story

The following is a history lesson for my future offspring:

My name is George Christopher and there are two things in this world that I know to be true.

  1. I hate cilantro.
  2. I will miss Belgian wheat beer, dearly.

In a 2015 post-apocalyptic world, I wish I could be certain of more than this. But that doesn’t seem to be a possibility anymore. Black is white. Up is down. Right is Left. And what’s left is nothing. There is nothing left.
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“Those” People – A Short Story

This shouldn’t have happened. They must have gotten the wrong address. But no, there it was. Just sitting on her bed like it belonged on the pile of mail that she had collected from earlier. It was addressed to her, Margaret Holmes of 872 Cherry Lane. There was no mistaking it. The question now was, what to do with it?
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Goin With the Flow…

I’m not gonna lie, there hasn’t been a lot of writing happening over here, lately. So here is what I have been up to.
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Fresh Air and an Ugly Backyard

I’ve got one week left of the unemployment life, and then it’s off to start my new job. I was supposed to start today, but I guess my background check was taking too long, so the start date had to be pushed back. Why was the background check taking so long? Well, if you know me, you know I have a CRAZY, sordid past. Continue reading

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