Happy Pi Day

March 15, 2007

Am I the only nerd who finds some intense satisfaction that today was Pi Day? I would love to have a birthday today. How cool would that be? (By the way, for non-math-nerds, pi is approximately 3.14. Today is 3/14. Got it now?)

On a totally different note, I picked tonight’s American Idol results to a t. I’m intensely proud of myself. I should have gone out on that limb and posted my predictions. I not only picked Brandon to go, but even guessed the bottom three. PJ made me laugh during the show, too. He couldn’t take his eyes off Diana Ross. Should that worry me at all? By the way, at least for today, he was every bit as talkative and eager to stand alone as the last few days with Nana here. I feel a little better about that than I did this morning.

This and That

March 9, 2007

Thanks for all the support yesterday. I’m glad no one thought I overreacted to the anonymous commenter (or you were all afraid to say so…). Sorry for the late and lame post tonight. I feel incredibly gross today. In fact, I think this is the worst it’s been so far this pregnancy. It’s a miracle I haven’t puked repeatedly all day. The day isn’t over yet, though; I still suspect I’m in for a good vomit before bed.

Oh, yeah, and you can add to the awful nausea the onset of PJ’s terrible twos. They hit with a vengeance today after he woke up from his morning nap. I have never seen him throw a tantrum like that before. I almost wish I’d recorded it and posted it on the other blog just so everyone else could enjoy this wonderful milestone. The problem was that it was so darned amusing to watch him throwing himself around in his high chair to make himself look more pathetic that I couldn’t help laughing. When he saw he wasn’t getting the sympathy he was going for, he started screaming even louder. He actually went into such hysterics that there was nothing I could do to console him–until I pulled out a piece of cheese. I hate that I rewarded his horrible behavior with his favorite food, but he had gone so far out of control that it took desperate measures to get him back. He would have kept crying until he made himself sick otherwise. So how long exactly are these terrible twos supposed to last?

By the way, who else thought, “It’s about stinkin’ time,” when they heard Antonella was finally voted off? And is it just me, or did Sanjaya look as stunned as everybody else to find himself sitting with the top twelve? I think he gave up weeks ago and is now trying to get himself voted off. Apparently all he’d have to do is try one week and that would secure his position as an ex-competitor.

Stupid People

March 6, 2007

The last few days have not gone well, morning-sickness-wise. I don’t want to get into it right now, but it explains why I haven’t blogged anything worth reading. I haven’t actually puked, but that’s about all I can say.

I kind of want to blog a good rant about people and things they do that annoy me. I also kind of want to blog about something interesting that came up in a conversation with my mother. I think the stupid people blog is going to win tonight. I’m in a whiny mood…again.

First of all, I’m so tired of people quitting blogging. I know everybody has their own right to decide when their blog stops fitting into their life. But darn it, I get attached to the blogs and the people behind them. I feel like I’ve lost a friend every time another drops off the face of the (blog)world. The worst part is that some of the ones I’ll miss the most are the ones who never even knew I read in the first place. All my pleas for them to keep blogging would just seem weird since the friendship I feel is completely one-sided. It would just seem creepy for me to delurk at that point. I guess it’s time to find some new blogs to replace the dead ones in my blogroll. Anybody know of some good ones?

Why are people so afraid of change? I’m tired of people whining about the new blogger. It’s NOT that different from the old blogger. In fact, when I switched over (months and months ago), I hardly noticed any changes right away. If I didn’t kind of like some of the new features, I could have easily kept blogging exactly like nothing had changed–except for publishing time, of course. It bugs me even more when these change-aphobes decide using the new blogger isn’t worth it and look for a new hosting site altogether. Is it really worth putting up with all new changes to avoid the one or two tiny ones in blogger? If you insist on using technology, you will have to put up with frequent changes to everything you use. That’s the nature of the world we live in now, and just get over it.

Something else that’s been driving me crazy today is the media. I was watching a local news story about a teacher who supposedly sexually assaulted a student and got the distinctive feeling that something was amiss in the whole story. Apparently the teacher was caught red-handed (or topless, as the case may be), but they don’t think the child was actually her student. While it is possible she did commit the crime she is accused of, I hate that the media has already tried and convicted her. What if the teenager she was in the car with had told her he was over eighteen? What if he was blackmailing her about something? There are any number of situations that could prove her innocence, and I hate that any teacher is suspected of child molestation simply because they work with children. Granted, this teacher’s situation is much more suspect, but my experiences with teaching have proven that it doesn’t take a topless teacher to raise suspicion. It’s wrong for any teacher to feel uncomfortable hugging a student or being alone in a classroom with one. There are some sick kids out there–and sick parents–who are more than willing to bring suspicion on a teacher’s reputation if they think it will help their grades or popularity. It is wrong for any teacher to have to live with that fear just because they have seen it happen one too many times, and once is one too many times. Hmm, I guess I’m just as annoyed with the precarious position teachers find themselves in as the way the media portrays teachers as sex-hungry child-molesters. And you wonder why I’m so adamant about not going back into teaching…

A Better Saturday

March 4, 2007

As I was lying on the couch today watching mindless Saturday TV, I was reminded of what I was doing at that time last week. I’m so, so relieved that I’m spared the worry that struck me last week. The day passed uneventfully, thank goodness. I fought nausea a little worse than usual today, but I’d rather deal with the nausea than worry I’ve lost the baby.

Is it sad that my favorite time of day is late at night when I sneak into PJ’s room to scoop him up from wherever he’s collapsed in an exhausted heap on the floor, moving him gently back to his bed while he snuggles into me? Sometimes he’s just a sweeter baby when he’s sleeping. It makes me want to cuddle up next to him on the floor and hold him close in a way he’d never let me hold him if he knew what was happening.

I hate that I totally forgot on Thursday to give my predictions for who would get kicked off American Idol or to whine about the results yesterday. I have a whole Americal Idol post that needs writing, but I don’t want to get into it tonight. If I have nothing more crucial to mention tomorrow, I’ll probably get into it then. I have some interesting theories about how the voting works. I’m likely one of the few people who wasn’t completely surprised at the outcome on Thursday, even if I was bothered by it.

Random Jumbled Thoughts

February 22, 2007

Where to even start?

1. My mom and I discussed my MIL the other day. I was surprised that she has had a lot of the exact same thoughts about her that I have, even the worry that she might try to get custody of PJ. I wasn’t that scared until I found out that other people thought that too. Now my entire life is about proving I am an adequate mother, morning sickness or not. Isn’t that an awful way to live? I’ve toned down my other blog tons, only blogging on my best days, when I will only say positive things. I need to do whatever I can to keep from giving her ammunition against me. It makes me awfully glad to have this site where I can say what I actually feel, not some super-edited version of the truth.

2. As my comments have greatly increased over the last few days (thanks, guys!), I have been reminded of my own comment-slacking. I’m obviously shy enough that you probably wouldn’t expect me to go around leaving comments everywhere all the time, but I’ve gotten really bad about it, rarely leaving any comments anywhere. I think part of it is just that I don’t feel up to writing something most of the time I’m checking blogs. I’m going to make an effort to comment a bit more often now, but please don’t be offended when I don’t. I’m still reading and enjoying, I promise!

3. Grey’s Anatomy is on tonight! Ican’twait. Ican’twait. Ican’twait.

4. I totally intended to make today’s post all about American Idol from the last two nights, but life got in the way last night and I was only able to half-watch the show. I saw enough to give a relatively educated opinion as to who would get voted off tonight, though. For the guys, I’m guessing Sundance and Blake, although I have about three more in mind who are just about as likely to go. It was a tough call because they sucked as a whole. The girls surprised me with how many of them were good performers. Amy and Antonella are going, though, at least based on talent. Antonella had no business making it this far in the first place, but as the judges pointed out, she is hot. She might get more votes than she deserves because of that. I also formed a much better opinion of who will probably win. LaKisha is this year’s Ruben. Barring anything bizarre happening, she’s a shoo-in to win. Maybe next week I’ll have a better idea who I think will come in second. I’m down to about three or four possibilities. I might also give a more detailed explanation of why I think so. I do have sound reasoning behind my guesses (I’m way too left-brained not to) and wish I felt like going into all of it today.

5. As more and more of you are jumping on the youyou bandwagon (and please jump–I love reading them!), I’m finding that the most flattering ones tend to be the ones that say how much they love reading your blog, especially if it’s because it’s funny. And I realized that I have no chance for those. I’ve always thought of myself as a funny person, but it never comes out in my writing. I’ve tried a few times to write something amusing, and once or twice it actually worked, but in general my posts are much too serious. I think from now on I’m going to make a concerted effort to inject more humor into my posts. Of course, if I do, you may find my writing deteriorates even more. It may just reek of trying too hard. We’ll see. I just hate that because of the way I write, you tend to get a very one-sided view of my personality. I’m funny in real life! I promise! I don’t always just whine and complain (not usually).

6. And how’s this for a segue? You may have noticed I’ve been trying awfully hard not to just whine and complain lately. I don’t want this blog to be a chronicle of my morning sickness. I can’t just abandon the topic altogether because it’s kind of the focus of my life right now, but I am more than a puke machine and you deserve to read about what else is going on in my life. Even if it’s just TV. Is my one-post-a-week about the baby a little more tolerable? If anything monumental happens, of course I’ll break that rule. But otherwise, you can count on my not-so-subtle references to it in almost every other post during the week to get your fill of hearing about it. Is that fair?

7. I’ve had a good Confession Thursday post writing itself in my mind for a while now, but I felt compelled to get all these other random topics on “paper” first. That means I’ll probably cheat and do a Confession Friday tomorrow, as long as Grey’s tonight doesn’t require a post of its own tomorrow. Stay tuned. That ought to be good fun to see how I try to put humor into a Confession Thursday/Friday post.