Archive for July, 2009

smoky afternoon.


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no sleep.

Sleep is not my friend right now. I’m exhausted, but I just can’t seem to drift off. I go through periods like this, sometimes accompanied by nightmares–although not this time around, at least not yet.  I’m up until 2 or 3, sometimes even later, then try to drag myself up when my alarm goes off at 6:45 in the morning. It’s tough, although once I actually fall asleep I’m usually out. Not last night, though. I was up off and on all night long.

Yesterday morning I woke up in a panic because I looked at my clock and freaked out because I had managed to snooze for an entire hour and was late for work. I jumped up and rushed about pulling clothes on and trying to get ready. Then it dawned on me that Firefly should have been home by then. After a brief moment of panic about that, I looked at the clock again and realized that it wasn’t even 7 yet. I must have actually woken with my alarm the first time.

This morning it took everything I have to drag myself up.

Maybe my body is trying to prepare me for the sheer exhaustion of having a newborn to care for. Which I’m sure is worse, but still.

Maybe I’ll be able to sleep tonight. But I’m not holding my breath.

fishing spot.


working out and furnishing.

I went to the gym by myself today, even though I really didn’t want to. But I feel good, and I’m glad I decided to go since I missed yesterday. I’m planning to go again tomorrow even though Bean won’t be since Badger is having surgery. A couple of friends of mine joined up yesterday and are going again tomorrow around the same time I’ll be there, so I won’t be totally on my own which is nice. Although I must say that I kind of enjoyed going by myself and just going through everything on my own today–I wouldn’t want to do it every time, but it was nice nonetheless.

After I came home do you know what we did? We went back out. And bought the crib and dresser for the nursery. It’s our first big baby purchase! So exciting (although it will probably be less so once we start putting the crib together). They let us use a 10% off coupon on the crib on top of the 25% off the dresser for buying the crib in the first place which was fabulous. Still not cheap, but I can’t say I’ve ever really been so happy about spending that kind of money on furniture. Or on anything really.

Sadly, though, it didn’t all fit into our vehicle at once, so we had to load up the crib, take it home and drop it off, then go back for the dresser–which is still in the back of my car. So if anyone wants to come over and help me get it out you’re more than welcome. Firefly isn’t supposed to lift really heavy things and…well, it’s pretty heavy. Well over the limit the doctor set, anyway. Luckily the store is only a couple of minutes away from the house so it didn’t take long to make two trips, and since we were out and running short on time we decided to grab a bite while we were out.

big things happening here.

We had a productive day today. My dad came over to finish the moulding in the bathroom. All the wood in the bathroom is done now, so we are almost, almost completely done. There is a little more trim that will go up around the door into the bathroom, but on the bedroom side. Most of it we can’t finish until the wall is done, which Bean is supposed to be coming over to finish. We’ll see if that happens.

Firefly left us there to finish the moulding while she met with the lawyer to start the process of establishing a co-parenting agreement, which is the best we can do here. We have the drafts and we’ve looked over them together, although there are a few technical changes that need to be made and we won’t be able to finalize most of it until he’s actually here. But it’s a start, and another thing off of my list. We’ll need to set up an appointment with another lawyer to draw up new wills once he’s here, too.

I didn’t make it to the gym today since we were working on things pretty late, and once it gets past a certain time I don’t like to go because it gets so busy. I’m planning to make it up tomorrow since Firefly has an appointment with the chiropractor.

Oh, and you know what we did yesterday? We found the crib and dresser we want. I think we’re going to try to go get it this week because they’re having a special where you get 25% off the dresser if you buy a crib. It will be our first big baby purchase. So exciting! Yay! And because we’re almost done with the bathroom, we might actually be able to really do something with it soon.

our weekend.

Friday was a nice night at the campground. We got there before anyone else, so we got first pick of tent spots which was nice. Dee and Pia showed up with another friend of ours about half an hour after us, so we all set up our gear and just hung out waiting for other people to show up. We had a lovely campfire and stayed up late, and for the first time in a long time we weren’t one of the last people up–in fact, we were awoken a few times by some of the late revelry.

Yesterday we got up pretty early and the group got ready to go. We walked up to the front of the grounds with everyone so that we could pay for our site and they could head off on the river. Firefly said she thought the hardest part of the trip would be not drinking while everyone else was, but actually it turned out to be watching everyone else head out on the bus for the drop-off point. The only consolation was that they had to deal with heavy downpours.

After they left we headed out to get some breakfast and bait, then headed to the lake for some fishing. It rained off and on all morning, and around 1 in the afternoon it looked like this:


A torrential downpour soon followed. We gave up on fishing and headed to the antique mall/flea market nearby to dry off and wander around. And get some ice cream, of course.

When we got back to the campsite a few of our friends had made it back–but only because they bailed out less than halfway through, they were so cold and the weather was so bad. It was still raining heavily off and on, so we tried to stay dry under the canopy we had set up the night before. Once the rain tapered off we fished the river at our campsite and watched for our friends until Firefly got hungry and I lost my bobber.

We decided to go out for dinner since we had no idea when we would be able to get a fire going. The evening cleared up nicely in the end, so we did get to have a couple of s’mores. And I found this little guy hanging out behind our car:


I found him when I happened to catch him in my flashlight beam. I’m amazed this picture came out as well as it did, considering it was taken around 9:45 pm.

Anyway, this morning we got everything packed up and all headed out for a group breakfast before hitting the road. We got everything unloaded and then headed right back out again to go watch the softball game. Now we’re tired girls, and are very happy neither of us has to work. Yay!

help a kid out.

Okay, so I’m not normally one to post things like this, but a friend of mine is doing a Blogathon for a great cause so I’m passing some info on:

On Saturday, July 25, my online friend She will be blogging every 1/2 hour for 24 hours to raise money for Band of Parents, a charity that funds research & treatments for kids with Neuroblastoma cancer. The American Cancer Society does not give ANY federal funds for research of NB because there are “ONLY” 650 new cases of NB each year.
Therefore, for the 4th year in a row, She is raising money for these amazing kids. Even $5 will go a long way to helping them achieve a longer life.
You may sponsor She through the Blogathon website (you’ll be prompted to donate at the end of the ‘thon), or donate directly to Band of Parents. You can follow along with the Blogathon here on She’s website. Thank you for considering donating for this worthy cause!

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