Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Busy Weekend

Keith and I had a whirlwind of a weekend! We did some housecleaning (badly needed, and still needs more work!), replaced a leaky faucet, and, oh yeah, did I mention cleaning house? That includes Miss Snowflake's room. And we picked out a name for her! :)

I tried another new dinner recipe- Chicken Cacciatore in a crock-pot. It turned out well, but next time we'll be using the boneless chicken instead of bone-in. The original recipe didn't call for cooking the chicken in the crock-pot, but I did anyway. ;)

1.5-2# of chicken, 1 red and 1 green bell pepper, a 14-oz can of tomatoes (recpie called originally for crushed but the only can sizes they had were twice what I needed, so I substituted petite diced. They worked very well.), half an onion (chopped), a couple of handfuls of mushrooms were among some of the ingredients. Threw it together and crocked it for four hours. Served over rice and yummmmmm!! (Sorry, I was too hungry to take a pic of the finished product.. LOL)

After that, we polished off our tasty grub with the classic, Puppy Chow (AKA Muddy Buddies).

Lastly, we can now see the floor in Snowflake's room. We hadn't been able to see it since our layoff back in June. ;) Little JESSICA NICOLE'S room is starting to shape up, somewhat!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Six More Weeks??

I am 22 weeks today with my kickin' little girl. 22 weeks already. Wow! It came to my realization that I have six more weeks until the THIRD trimester. There's so much to do!!! I haven't picked out a name yet (It's sooooo hard!! But I know it will come to me. Eventually.), the room isn't near ready yet. In fact I'm not even going to show a picture of it righ tnow b/c there's still so much crap in there, along with the twin-sized bed! Hmmm... I really need to get cleaning.

This stupid job search is getting in the way! Ugh! I hate selling, including the product I know best, myself. I just do. However, I did find a bunch of halfway-promising-looking stuff on CareerBuilder. (The work-in-TX search site sucks, BTW. CB, Monster, etc all provide much bigger pictures of that a job is really like, along with better company info.) I haven't heard from back from the Big Company who I interviewed with on Monday yet, but the lady who interviewed me did say it could be the end of this week/no later than next week before I heard anything back. So we'll see! While I'm confident the interview went well, I don't know- there was only one position available for hire and lots of applicants. But isn't it that way everwhere?

In miscellaneous news, during the Cowboys game this past Monday (? I think it was... my days are running together! yes, already), Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was busted on national TV picking his nose. My guess? His specialty.

I leave you, for your viewing pleasure,...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wow, what a week!

It's been quite the week in our household! Even though the house isn't as clean as it should be, considering I have been home all week, I will still call it a productive week! I have a job interview with a certain large company on Monday so I'm hoping for the best there...

But let's rewind to this past Tuesday- Keith and my second anniversary! Two years already- in one way it feels like time has flown by yet another it feels longer! lol How could that be?!?! No matter how I look at it, though, it has been two of the best years of my life. And in spite of not being able to go on our little road trip, it was still an awesome celebration. We went to Cheddar's for dinner (and I gorged on the infamous Cookie Monster for dessert), came home, danced to our wedding song then looked through our album and reminisced a bit (once I located the thing.. LOL).

I can't forget the BEAUTIFUL roses that Keith surprised me with that evening either!

Yes, our cooktop is a dinosaur, but it works!

The next day I officially hit 21 weeks prego. Just a little bit over half-baked!

This is me at 20 weeks, for comparison.

Now, 21 weeks... I swear, is it the shirt I'm wearing or am I a tiny bit bigger? :)

Yesterday and today my belly has been itching me, and I'm not gonna complain, since means stretching and growing, right? Especially with what seems to be a fairly quiet kid on board, every little bit helps. Of course, my mom tells me that I was quiet as well, so this is probably retribution for me.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Life as we know it

I am building a canoe as we speak- it has now been raining for nearly two days here! I'm not going to complain, though, as we NEED it first of all, and secondly I like this kind of weather! Rainy, wet, watery, cloudy and perhaps all electrical and thundery too. The light shows in some of these storms have been either scary or spectacular. Yesterday it was a mix of both, as I was at work and able to see the show in my periphery when the bolts actually struck something and positively glowed momentarily. Miraculously, it didn't seem to come near us in our 22-story building as far as I could tell. And we didn't have a tornado. Thank you, Lord! :)

On the other hand, my contract-to-hire job has been abruptly ended. While I'm not going to publish too many details here for obvious reasons, I am going to say that part of me feels angry (used, anyone? taken advantage of, anyone? (overtime reference) screwed over, anyone?), but part of me feels somewhat relieved. After having an elevated BP reading at the last doc's visit (with a normal reading the weeks before and after), I certainly blame the overtime for that and my lack of energy the past few weeks. My resolve this month was that if my BP was affected again like that I was going to ask for a note from the doctor to cut out the overtime. Or perhaps we could keep it to the minimum that I was led to believe, by word choice in the way it was presented to me, it was in the first place ("a little mandatory OT at the end of the month"= a couple of days, right?? I have asked around and others would have interpreted the same, especially since we're not accountants balancing books or anything like that!). I can have a clean house (well, no excuse not to! :D), I can relax, exercise like I had been and should be... the list goes on. May as well see the silver linings, right? ;)
Need the silver linings to bounce off of the bad part- Keith and I were going to go on a road trip to H-Town but we had to cancel that, needless to say. :(

I am going to try my hand at looking for WAHM jobs for the most part (of course I'm open to leads outside of the home). Just not sales please! LOL (we need a steady, reliable income source)

As I have sat typing this, little Miss Snowflake has been wiggling up a storm in her home; she must like a relaxed mommy. :) At least, I'm pretty sure the pops I'm feeling are her! LOL (Although, in the past few days I have felt movements and things that were unmistakably my daughter in there!♥♥)

Oh, here comes the rain again, watering the yard and going to force poor Keith to mow the lawn again in a few days! :D (Wait, actually two lawns since he helps with my mom's too...)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


...is just one word that can be used to describe me these days.

My new job, to put it positively, has me on my toes, and just too exhausted to get on the computer sometimes. The "Mandatory overtime" has had me running bonkers and trying to decide what to do once our Snowflake arrives in January. Hopefully I won't have to go back to work- I completely despise the idea of putting little SF in a daycare, and so does Keith. I am currently looking for a work-at-home gig that I could start out part-time with and doesn't care how many (or few) hours I work (at first, anyway).

On a more entertaining note, last week we had our 19-week appointment, big u/s and everything looks good! Baby measured (at the time) 19w 5d, approx 11 oz. (Aww! Little almost-can of soda!) in weight. The tech moved the wand around like crazy, snapping pics and taking measurements while I prayed that all was OK. And OK it turned out!

The best part? We're having a...

Look at that cute little booty! lol
...Already charming us with her good looks!
That clear money shot was difficult to obtain, though.. she kept crossing her legs before said tech could get the picture snapped and even tried to kick the wand off my belly (waay too cool!). She did provide a decent view otherwise, though...
Now, to pick a name... I always knew in my mind what a daunting task that is, but now that it's here... EEK! I never realized HOW daunting!
And WOOHOOOOOOO for being half-baked! YEAH!
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