Did Pilgrams Eat Lobster?

  • Posted on November 22, 2007 at 9:08 pm

For the first time ever, Larry and I decided not to go to Indiana to spend Thanksgiving with our family. Instead, to save money and vacation days, we stayed in DC and had our own little private Thanksgiving. We contemplated going to a restaurant, but decided on something even better: lobster. (I’m not a huge fan of turkey anyway; I enjoy the side dishes more than the meat on Thanksgiving.)

Yesterday, we saw the seafood guys set up on the corner down the street, selling lobsters, fish and shellfish out of coolers, straight off the truck from Maine. We bought two on a whim (total weight almost six pounds!!). We named them Rod and Todd. They lived in our fridge for a day, which was kind of weird. I wanted to feed them some breakfast and give them a little bowl of water to drink, because I was worried they might die, but Larry told me not to worry about it. I would not, however, touch them. Ew.
Look What's In The Fridge
Todd and Rod in the fridge

Rod(Rhoda) and Tod(Tina)
Todd and Rod on the Counter

Where Lobsters go to Die
Where Lobsters Go to Die

Death of a Lobster
Death of a Lobster

Boiling Lobster
Boiling Lobsters

Happy Thanksgiving
The Spread: Lobsters, Clams, Polenta, Peas and Butter (P.S. those are 10 inch plates, to give you an idea of how ENORMOUS the lobsters were)
Better than Turkey
Better Than Turkey

Chocolate Pecan Pie
Dessert: Chocolate Pecan Pie

It turned out that Rod and Todd were actually Tina and Rhoda. Oops. I had Tina, and she was soooo good, probably the best lobster I’ve ever had. I’d like to make it a family tradition on Thanksgiving, but once the baby is born, we probably won’t be splurging on lobster.

20 Weeks: The Big Ultrasound

  • Posted on November 21, 2007 at 9:22 pm

It’s a girl!

I had the big ultrasound today, and my intuition was right! There’s a little girl in there! I’m so excited, and it seems so much more real now–a daughter. I wonder if she’ll be a blondie, like me.
Butt Shot


Side View

Of course, I would have been just as happy with a boy (and I would have gotten used to the soccer and baseball and basketball games). As I’ve been telling people all along when they ask, I just want the baby to be a boy or a girl, not both, not neither, and not one that wants to be the other.

I’m the oldest in my family, so having a girl first makes sense to me. Having a boy first does have it’s own advantages, though. If he has a younger sister, he can beat up any boyfriends and be that cool protective older brother. He can watch football with his dad. (But wait, can’t boys do that stuff even if they aren’t first born? hmmm…) Well, there’s no use thinking about that now! The first born is a girl. Maybe she can watch football with her dad.

Everything else is just peachy with the pregnancy so far. But I do miss wine. And sushi.

Surprise, Surprise!

  • Posted on November 15, 2007 at 6:42 pm

What’s the best way to start the day? Getting a prize in your cereal!

Wow! A Breakfast Prize!

Totally unexpected and delightful. It just fell out as Larry was pouring the cereal into his bowl. Do you remember HOW COOL it was to get the prize out of the cereal when you were a kid? I remember tipping the cereal boxes, trying to catch a glimpse of the toy inside, and reaching my arm all the way down the box to nab it before my brothers got it.

(And ahem, we do not eat children’s cereals around here. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is made with whole grains, people. It’s definitely an adult cereal.)

Wii Got It, Yeah Baby Wii Got It

  • Posted on November 11, 2007 at 7:17 pm

The day has finally come. After months and months of pining, waiting, dreaming and longing, we finally got it. The Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo Wii

Larry called Target this morning around 9 a.m., after he checked the online advertisement and realized that yes, Target was getting in Wii’s today and dang it, we didn’t check the ad last night and plan on getting up early enough so that we could arrive before the store opened. Still, at 9:12 a.m., Target had four left at that very second. Gah, he said. We’ll never make it in time. They will be gone. (Pessimist.)

We decided to give it a try anyways, and jumped in the car with no make-up, no breakfast in our bellies and sleep still in the corners of our eyes. When we got to the store, we ran to the electronics section (well, not quite running, after I almost tripped on my own feet TWICE.) Larry the pessimist said “see, they’re all out. No more Wii’s.”

But wait! What’s that? Two Wii’s sitting right there! On the counter! The friendly electronics guys, my new BFFs 4ever, asked if we wanted one. OMG OMG OMG. Of course we want one! Not wanting to believe that it was true, I said “really? REALLY? We can have one of those?” They handed the box over, and said that yes, we could really have one, and that our dream has really come true. Those electronics guys, I love them. They must feel like heroes, making dreams come true every other Sunday morning. Larry was too overcome with emotion to even speak. He was blubbering, I swear. I thought for a second that he was going to cry.

Our Wii was the second to last one in the store. We shall call him Neil.

Larry thinks the baby will be a Wii genius by the age of five, if we start him/her off young. I told him that the baby would probably eat the controller long before s/he ever understands how to play.

To all our lucky friends…Wii party, very soon…

P.S. This holiday season, think of Wii.

Then Comes Grumpope* in a Baby Carriage

  • Posted on November 4, 2007 at 5:22 pm

I have a secret. I’m going to tell all of you right now.

I’m pregnant!

That’s right, knocked up, preggers, with child, expecting, got a bun in the oven.

It’s becoming fairly obvious now, and even my clients at work know, so I figured it’s time to tell the world. I’m about 18 weeks along, and my due date is April 9, 2008. That’s two days after my own birthday. I’ve even started to feel the baby move around a bit, like a fluttery spastic sensation in my belly. Everything has been going great so far, with absolutely no morning sickness or nausea of any kind. My symptoms have been mild: I have experienced the fatigue (they’re lying when they say you aren’t as tired in the second trimester) and my feet have swollen a couple of times after standing for a long time. And of course, my pants are too tight in the waist.

The BIG ULTRASOUND is scheduled for November 19, when we will receive confirmation on what I am already sure of: it’s a girl.

I’ll try not to turn this blog into a blubbering baby extravaganza. But it might turn into one anyways.

*PS. We’re calling the baby grumpope right now because it started off looking like a tadpole. Grumpope is the family frog name.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage

  • Posted on November 3, 2007 at 8:05 pm

When did you realize that you were with “the one?” This question has been on my mind lately, having just found out that three of my good friends are engaged. (Congrats to Amy, Saiful and Etaf!) I jokingly told Larry that I’m still not sure if I know he’s the one. But the real story is that one morning, a few months into the relationship, we were together and I just had a sudden feeling that I would be with him forever. It wasn’t the first moment I laid eyes on him like a Hollywood perfect romantic comedy. After a few months of being together, I knew that he was different, and he was the one. And only five years later, we were married! We lived together for three years before getting married, so I was pretty sure what I was getting into when I said “I do.”

Saiful and Etaf, newly engaged to each other, have also had a fairly long relationship (although I don’t know exactly how long they’ve been together). I know that they’ve known each other for a long time, and they are so in love and perfect for each other. Etaf is marrying her boyfriend and her best friend.

Amy’s story is the one that got me thinking. She’s been seeing Mark for seven weeks. Larry and I had dinner with them about a month ago, when we met Mark, and Amy told me that they were just getting to know each other, taking things slowly and carefully. After a few weeks of being out of town and incredibly busy at work, I emailed her to see how things were going and I learned that they got engaged this past weekend! I was speechless. I am still in shock, I think. And incredibly happy for Amy, of course. I told her that I feel like I missed a chapter in her life, it happened so quickly.

And while I never thought that Amy would fall so quickly for someone, she said that she just knew. That it feels right. So maybe it doesn’t take years, or even months, to really know. As long as you can be sure that they aren’t a serial killer and they don’t have another wife or two on the side.

To true love and happiness.