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May 25, 2013 7:24 pm

Hot Spring Highlights

Our fifth wedding anniversary was on May 24th, so we’re celebrating in Canada this weekend!

Some highlights from the hot springs:

  • Steven Segal look-alike with a gold chain necklace and nipple tattoos – one said “sweet” and the other said “sour.”
  • An adorable toddler girl with an amber teething necklace and a little pixie haircut.
  • Little boy, about age five, while happily swimming by with his mom’s help: “I’M DROWNING!”
    As Daniel and I dissolve into giggles, we hear his mom say, “It’s not nice to say that unless it’s true.” It reminded me SO much of the things I have to say to Wesley!
  • Friend Paul (a really good friend from college) was making a nationwide motorcycle trip and ended up at our house early in the week. He then met us at the hot springs this morning for a swim! It was really good to see him.
  • We Skyped with Wesley for the first time this evening and got such a kick out of it! He perked up as soon as he heard our voices. We told him about our ferry ride and how we bought him some presents, and he was pretty excited about helping Ona make some chocolate pudding before bathtime.

We need to get Wesley a passport so he can come with us next time! I think he’d have a lot of fun swimming. There are a lot of families with kids here, so I think as long as we remind him of the rules (no splashing, no running, etc.) he would do okay.

I say this every time we visit, but CANADA, I LOVE YOU. You have Shreddies cereal and Cadbury mini-eggs (available year round!) and tiny jugs of chocolate milk, and lilac bushes EVERYWHERE along the highway and it’s all so beautiful! Plus, your television commercials are way better than ours.

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November 23, 2012 11:23 pm

Family Photo

I posted this on Facebook, but I want to post it here too because I love this photo we took on Thanksgiving:

family-photo

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November 16, 2012 10:03 pm

Sleepover

Wesley is spending the night with his Nana and Papa, so Daniel and I went out to dinner by ourselves and then stopped at the store for chocolate and beer.

Now we’re watching Doctor Who.

WE LIVE DANGEROUSLY.

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Today was much better than yesterday. Wesley only napped for an hour, but he went down for his nap on the first try so I almost didn’t even care.

Last night, Daniel did bathtime (even though it was my turn, because he is the best) and I got to just read my book and veg out. And we watched Supernatural, which was AMAAAAAZIIIING. And then Daniel got up with Wesley at 7:30 this morning and let me sleep in until 8:15. So things are looking up. :)

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November 14, 2012 9:21 pm

Pumpkin Patch Pictures

While we were visiting Portland in October, we went to the Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch. After we got our pumpkins and spent some time playing on the hay bale climbing area, we posed for photos in the pumpkin cutouts.

Wesley’s face (and his HAIR) are so silly in both of them – it’s like baby Farrah Fawcett hair:

Pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin patch!

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February 14, 2011 4:04 pm

Silly Things

  • I accidentally fed Wesley bites of straight-up jam instead of baby food this weekend
    SOMEBODY (Daniel) decided to put jam in a baby food jar for some unspecified reason, and said jam looks identical to the apple-blueberry-mango food we made for Wesley. After his first few bites, I noticed the texture was… off somehow, and tasted it myself, and lo! Jam! So Wesley got some prunes + oatmeal instead.
  • I was an accidental creeper late at night
    Sometimes when I am up at night, I can’t tell if Daniel is also awake or not so I peer at his face to see whether he is awake. The other night, I was staring at his face pretty crazy-like trying to determine whether or not his eyes were open. Turns out they were, and he looked at me like I was insane and then we both burst out laughing. Whoops.
  • Wesley is apparently terrified of my feet
    I had to console him yesterday after I wiggled my toes in his presence. It visibly startled him and he burst into tears, and after a bit of trial and error I determined that he was absolutely petrified of my exposed feet. I asked him if he would prefer I put on some socks, and after doing so he was still suspicious but gave my socked-foot a poke and didn’t cry. Not sure why my feet seem so scary. Babies are weird.
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November 14, 2010 1:08 pm

Hand Turkeys

One of the great things about having a baby is getting to do silly craft projects with them.

Behold our family of hand turkeys:

Hand Turkeys

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November 1, 2010 2:38 pm

The Sickness

In stark contrast to the previous weekend, this last weekend was great! We didn’t try to do too much on Saturday, just got coffee/chai, so we could hole up at home and just hang out.

Yesterday, once Wesley went down for his morning nap, he slept for THREE HOURS. This is… unusual. Lately he’s been napping for shorter lengths, 45 minutes or an hour, so I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. I ended up writing a bunch of stuff in his baby book and putting a million photos into a photo album, as well as clean up the sewing mess from Halloween and taking a shower.

He was hot when he woke up, but he often is. I didn’t think too much of it until I talked to Daniel at the end of his shift and he said Wesley probably had a fever since he was pretty sure he had one – he just felt “off” all day and felt freezing cold but was burning up. I took Wesley’s temperature and, sure enough, 101.4. Poor little bub.

Daniel came home from work and looked DREADFUL. He kept falling asleep on the couch (at 7pm!) so I sent him to bed, put Wesley to sleep, got some stuff ready for work and went to bed myself.

Today, Daniel is still dreadful and is having someone cover his shift. We kept Wesley home from daycare to recover and not infect others, but OMG. Remind me never to do this again. Solo parenting a sick baby while working from home while your compatriot is napping it off in the other room is NO FUN AT ALL. DO NOT RECOMMEND.

It’s a good thing they are both cute.

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July 26, 2010 4:42 pm

Reason #943 Why I Love My Husband

This afternoon, on the phone with Daniel. He just finished telling me that Wesley’s Nana Tami and Papa Dave have taken him to the music store and wouldn’t be home when I got home from work:

Me: “Awh dang. Well… hm. I guess I can… partition my milk in peace?”

Daniel: “Hahaha!”

Me: “Thrilling, right? I didn’t get as much today as I usually do.”

Daniel: “Awh. We can have oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow.”

Regardless whether it helps or not, I just love that he knew to offer.

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March 5, 2010 11:15 am

34 Weeks

Baby Appointment

Dr’s appointment yesterday didn’t offer a lot of great news – my blood pressure is elevated (140/90, up from 140/76 two weeks ago) so they want me to come back in Monday for another blood pressure check just to make sure it’s not continuing to go up.

I don’t seem to be spilling any protein in my urine or having any hand/face swelling or dizziness, so I don’t think I have preeclampsia, but they want to err on the safe side. Right now, I’m hoping for two things:

  1. Blood pressure either stays the same or goes down. I really, really don’t want it to go up. This also contributes quite a bit (I think, anyway) to the foot swelling so any improvement here would be welcome.
  2. I continue to not have protein in my urine. The midwife mentioned something about maybe doing a 24-hour sample collect, where you have to keep all your urine for 24 hours in a jug and then bring it in so they can test it. DO NOT WANT.

I keep joking with Daniel that he’s going to start feeding me only salads and gruel to try to keep my BP down. Somehow I get the impression that he is considering it.

They also wheeled in a terrifically ancient-looking ultrasound machine to verify Baby’s position, because at this point, they really should be head-down to prepare for labor. Just to be difficult, Baby was transverse. Argh.

Daniel gave him a pep talk to try to get him to turn, and I’ve been hanging out in Cat Cow to try to give him a bit more room. I have basically no torso so I don’t blame him for stretching out sideways across my tummy, but HEY. BABY. There is this thing called “birth” we have to go through, and best to not make it more difficult than necessary for the both of us. Head: down. Now.

Breastfeeding Class

This went well. I was surprised to discover that I knew several of the points the instructor made just from reading so many parenting blogs over the years. Internet win! We got a book to refer to and lots of handouts, and we practiced some nursing positions with plastic baby dolls.

I made the class giggle during introductions because we were supposed to mention a concern or fear we had regarding breastfeeding and I said I was afraid my boobs would suffocate my baby. And then I turned bright pink, because HELLO, the only person in this room I know is my husband and now I have basically just said hi! My name is Meggan and I have ridiculously large boobs, nice to meet you.

Sleep

I actually haven’t been doing too poorly in the sleep department, but apparently poor Daniel is being woken up by my outrageously loud breathing and/or snoring. :blush: Whoops. My nose gets kind of snuffly in the evenings so by the time I go to bed I can’t breathe through my nose very well and I guess I make a lot of noise? Occasionally I’ll wake up to him elbowing me but that’s about all I remember.

Lucky

I just wanted to mention how much I lucked out with Daniel as my husband. He will volunteer to squish my feet if they are painful, he does all our laundry and dishes, handles a lot of the grocery shopping, makes me dinner, and is great about cleaning the apartment.

He is excited about preparing for Baby and wasn’t a bum about going to classes or participating once we were there. This past weekend he told me he’s looking forward to carrying Baby around in a sling, and if I hadn’t already been sitting I would have keeled over from the cuteness.

OMG SO ADORABLE.

He turns 25 on Sunday and I am so pleased that I’ve gotten to share the last 9-ish years with him. Love you, Danbob!

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July 1, 2009 8:25 pm

Scavenger Hunt

Yesterday, Daniel told me he bought us some M&Ms for dessert, and then asked if I wanted a treasure map to find it. We laughed about that for a bit, because really, how sad would a treasure map be for finding a bag of M&Ms in a decently-sized apartment? All you’d have to do is put “X marks the spot” and DONE! No fun at all. So he asked if I wanted a scavenger hunt instead and I nearly fainted with excitement.

Little-known fact about me: I ADORE SCAVENGER HUNTS. My mom used to make them for me when was little, and I love the fun of figuring out the riddles in the clues and running back and forth to find the next clue.

Daniel got started writing out the clues, and in about ten minutes he had me throw a random shirt over my head to block out my view so he could hide the clues. I was reading a book in the living room at the time. Amazingly, I didn’t hear him open any of the doors he hid clues behind. (Apparently I get really engrossed in my books.)

Photos of the clues and their answers ahead…
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June 18, 2009 8:25 pm

Things making me happy today

  • Scene: Yesterday evening. I am in the kitchen talking to Daniel. I happen to be wearing gray jammie-pants, dark gray tee, and his light gray sweatshirt.
    Daniel: You are awfully monochromatic.
    Me: Oh, ha, I–
    Daniel: “By the power of GREYSCALE!”
  • Our friends’ save-the-date that came in the mail today:
    Brian & Manda
  • Impromptu crafts, especially ones that involve Harry Potter:
    Crown
    (This is one of several. I don’t want to share them all just yet!)
  • My birthday coming up on Sunday. Woo! I will be 24. And yes, my birthday this year IS Harry Potter themed, hence the crafts I am so spectacularly excited about. And the pumpkin pasties (as in, “Two pumpkin pasties please!” -Cho Chang) Daniel is currently making, and the butterbeer recipe I perfected yesterday.
  • Our lovely visit with Daniel’s mom and sister this past weekend, wherein we ate a lot of wonderful food, celebrated Gretchen’s 30th birthday, had dinner for Kerri’s birthday, and generally had a very good time. Daniel’s mom brought our Christmas present with her, which was a hand-painted basket (she’s a basketmaker) painted with coffee! Rad!
    Coffee Basket

Now, back to cleaning the apartment. I don’t usually think of myself as a very messy person, but YOW does the living room get filled with junk when I am not looking. Sweatshirts everywhere, half-finished craft projects all over, and piles of things waiting to be sorted…

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May 29, 2009 12:37 pm

One Year

Reception Yes, yes, it’s true: our first wedding anniversary was on Sunday, May 24th! I really can’t believe it’s been a year already. It has gone by so fast!

I didn’t post about it the day of because we were in Newport, Oregon, hanging out on the (not-so-warm, very windy) beach and watching copious amounts of HGTV and I was coming down with a cold, but I wanted to commemorate the event here.

We stayed in this funny little Bed & Breakfast in Nye Beach that Daniel secretly picked out because it had a turret room! I love turrets and always wanted my bedroom to be one when I was younger, so it was a super-sweet idea. The lady who ran the B&B was a little nutty and once we got in the room, we realized that even though there was a bathtub, there wasn’t a shower, which would have been fine except the lady had mentioned the bathtub faucet was weird and kind of broken. So… we sponge bathed and washed our hair in the sink! HAHAHA. Oh man. I’m of the opinion that if something sucks, at least it makes for a good story. Hee.

The tub was this hilarious mauvey-purple color with forest green tiles and there were dragon stencils on the wall. I SO WISH I had remembered to take photos of the bathroom because it was hilarious. Daniel felt bad that the room wasn’t 100% awesome but I got a kick out of it anyway and loved the turret.

We visited the beach but didn’t find any awesome shells or jellyfish or anything. We also checked out the Yaquina Head Lighthouse (super windy) and saw some pelicans, and ended up going to see Angels & Demons at the local movie theater. (I could dedicate a whole post to how I thought the movie was great right up until the “Fire” scene where it all went downhill in a non-canonical fiery blaze, but I will resist.)

I came down with a cold on Sunday and Daniel succumbed a few days later, so we are still trying to recover. (Doesn’t that always happen when you go on vacation? Ugh. I think your body finally gives out once you relax and all the germs get invited in.) That said, overall we had a very good time.

Here’s to many more years of giggling about stylistically inappropriate dragon stencils!

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May 6, 2009 8:00 pm

An Event Apart

Yes, the rumors are true: I was finally able to attend An Event Apart! There are so many wonderful things to say about this conference, but I will try to be reasonably brief.

Point #1: It is totally worth the money.

Since I was lucky enough to have my workplace pay my way to SXSW this year, I was therefore ineligible to have them pay my way to AEA. So… I used my tax return money. :blush: Daniel was kind enough to not be upset about this (YES, I cleared it with him beforehand, and apparently you can write educational expenses like this off on your taxes anyway) and I brought him along for the ride. He didn’t go to the conference, but got a nice little vacation in Seattle whereupon he managed to hit EIGHT DIFFERENT COFFEESHOPS in one day. That’s got to be a record.

Point #2: The swag rocks.

Most webby-type conferences seem to give you a huge, hideous tote bag plastered with some sponsor you’ve either never heard of or don’t particularly care about, and the tote bag is filled with postcards from other sponsors or vendors whom you also do not care about. It’s really wasteful (I just recycled all the postcards) and kind of annoying. You know what An Event Apart gave out? USEFUL THINGS.

I received:

A tasteful laptop bag:
An Event Apart Laptop Bag

A classy pen:
An Event Apart Pen

A nice little notebook:
AEA Field Notes Notebook (Front)

And a much-needed USB hub:
AEA USB Hub

THINGS THAT ARE USEFUL. And pretty! With a nice logo on them that I am not embarrassed to carry around!

Point #3: Everything is thought out

It was obvious that all the speakers spent a ton of time on their presentations. This was not a hit-and-miss, “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of conference – every single session was awesome.

I think AEA does a great job of picking people that are super relevant to the industry and that have a ton of knowledge to impart. They were all passionate about the industry and about what they do. It showed.

Overall, I was super impressed with the quality and thoughfulness throughout the conference. It’s only two days, but they cram stuff in and it’s all worthwhile. Plus, there are parties:

eROI crew at AEAphoto from dondondon

…and one of my co-workers won an iPod Touch. Jealous!

Conclusion

If your workplace supports learning and furthering your creative endeavors and is willing to pay your way, this is totally a conference to hit. There are ones coming up later this year in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. If they are not-so-willing, you might try writing a letter to the person in charge and suggest that they consider sending one or two people from the company as a way to keep on top of the industry and schmooze with other professionals. It will make you smarter and may therefore garner your company some more dollars, if they are concerned about that.

If you are saving your money for it and are not sure if you really want to spend a zillion dollars on it, DO IT. It is so worth it. It’s definitely a whirlwind experience (I didn’t feel like I got a lot of downtime) but you will come away incredibly inspired with new tips, tricks, and techniques that you can then use to become better at what you do. And who wouldn’t want that?

If anybody has any questions about a particular session or about attending the conference in general, just ask them in the comments and I’ll respond. I’m still giddy with excitement.

Edited to add: Jeeze, so giddy I forgot to mention that I got to meet both Jeffrey Zeldman (success!) and Eric Meyer (yay!). If THAT doesn’t convince you that AEA was awesome, I dont know what will.

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February 27, 2009 10:14 am

Lurking in the Dark

Daniel scared me half to death this morning. I had fallen asleep in the living room (Yes, again. If you have any suggestions on how to quit this horrible habit, I will be MORE THAN HAPPY to hear them. It is embarrassing how often I fail to come to bed in a given week.) but my internal alarm clock is pretty good, so I was awake on time.

I rolled off the couch and noticed that our front door had been left unlocked all night. We live in a secured building, so really the only people that could have intruded would be our two downstairs neighbors but I still do not like to leave the door unlocked while I am sleeping. So I locked the door.

I made my way through the living room and as I was about to step into the kitchen, I heard a voice from the darkness growl, “HELLO, I–”

And I screamed.

It was more of a “WHOOOOooOOoOO!!! YOU SCARED ME HALF TO DEATH WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING UP?” but I screamed nonetheless. I couldn’t see Daniel in the dark and he was standing at the other end of the kitchen, right after I had told myself that despite leaving the door unlocked all night, we probably did not have any intruders.

Turns out he had kindly turned the alarm on for me even though I had not actually made it to bed, and had been snoozing the alarm without me even in the room for more than a half-hour. Whoops.

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