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I love the smell of no smell at all

When I was in Nanaimo my parents took me out in search of an air purifier.We went to various stores, finally finding something that suited my needs at London Drugs.I got a HoneywellQuietCleanTower air purifier.It basically looks like a tower fan (you know, the long skinny kind).It feels like a fan too, since it blows air out after taking it in the other side and filtering it.I’ve only had it in use for 3 days but so far I am very pleased with the results.I don’t know if it’s just coincidence or it’s the machine doing its thing, but I haven’t smelled any cigarette smoke in here in the last 3 days it has been on.Not even a hint.And I don’t remember the last time we went one whole day without smelling it, let alone 3, so I’m thinking it is in fact the machine.I’m glad I picked the ‘quiet’ model since it sounds as loud as a fan – I wouldn’t want it any louder than what it is.Hopefully it will continue to do its job – it cost me $139.99 + tax!I think the smoker in the building should reimb…

Kicks and squirms

I woke up at 5am to a feeling of butterflies in my tummy.So at 19 weeks + 2 days, I finally know what ‘quickening’ feels like.I was so excited just to be feeling it that I laid there focusing on it – and it went on for nearly 10 minutes!It literally felt like I had butterflies flying around in my tummy, and it means that baby was being quite active. Then early this morning as I was working, I guess I moved my laptop in a bit and it was pressing (not hard but gently) against where baby is.(With the protruding belly, I’m having a bit more of a difficult time having my ‘laptop’ resting on my lap comfortably!)Well all of a sudden I started feeling a ‘tap tap tap’, sort of like the drumbeat feeling I got when James had his ear pressed against me to listen for baby and baby kicked him!I guess baby felt something and decided to kick at it.How absolutely adorable is that?!It’s so amazing, knowing this little life is growing inside me and now I finally get to feel some of the movements!This …

Beautiful Baby!

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This morning we went for our second ultrasound.I love getting to see baby!!I don’t think we get to see him/her again till very close to the due date, or maybe not till delivery.I wish I could go for U/S’s every month to see the progression! Everything seems to be going very well, nothing out of the ordinary from what they could tell us.It was really amazing to see how much baby has grown since the last U/S, on June 6th.He or she seems to be much more squished in there than before, although I guess it’s still roomier than it’s going to be in the coming months!It was so cute, baby was wiggling its little arms and legs about, and we saw him/her opening and closing its mouth!It was adorable.We saw a close up of the face and I’d have to say our baby is the cutest ever (am I biased?Maybe!)
It was really an incredible experience.We got to see baby’s little heart pumping away, at 157 beats per minute.And saw the brain, the spine – much of its skeleton.Awww!I am in love!!!!!As you can tell fro…

Wedded Bliss

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James and I had a wonderful weekend away to celebrate one year of marriage.We went to the Tigh Na Mara Resort and Spa in Parksville, BC (a short drive from Nanaimo).We got there on Saturday afternoon and checked into our ocean-view studio room, on the top floor of the Gabriola building.It was a beautiful room, with a spectacular view of the water!We got settled and took a walk around the grounds, which included a walk down to the beach.It was so quiet and serene.Lots of people staying there of course, but still quiet.It’s fairly close to main roads but you’d never know it – it feels like you’re really nestled into the woods when you’re there.
We enjoyed some drinks at the lounge (well, James did, although my white-grape-juice-and-lemon concoction was quite tasty!) as well as some appies.We also indulged in some dessert while there – the cheesecake is to die for!We spent our first night relaxing, went back to the lounge for some food later in the evening (our only qualm with the place i…

At least they were only dreams and not reality...still, a little too close for comfort

Last night I had probably the worst sleep I’ve had in AGES.I honestly don’t remember the last time it was THAT bad.I couldn’t fall asleep for the longest time, and I just tossed and turned all night.Couldn’t get my tummy comfortable, one of my arms fell asleep, and I had such horrible dreams that I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible headache.I also dreamt I was eating meat, and those dreams ALWAYS mean I am feeling very sick in ‘real’ life.Needless to say, each time I woke up I had to try to psych myself into not throwing up.The meat dream was extra horrible too – the animals we (James and I) were eating were still fully intact, looked along the lines of a large squirrel but with extremely beautiful colours (yup – fur was still there and all).I was saying how I really didn’t think I should be eating it but I was (and felt sicker with every bite).James was really upset about how the animal still ‘looked’ like an animal and I agreed it was gross but told him, “We shouldn…

Fireworks and fire alarms

Tonight was the first fireworks for the Celebration of Lights.It was Canada’s turn.When we lived in the west end we used to go to pretty much every show since we literally had to walk one block down from our apartment to the water.We could race back home immediately after and beat all the crowds.Since 300,000 people or more are expected at each show, it really means something if you can beat the crowds!!!Now we’re on CoalHarbour side…and while it wouldn’t take long to get to our old spot for watching (probably about 15 minutes), I honestly can’t be bothered.I’ve been called a ‘fireworks snob’ by James and those who I’ve talked to about this…but seriously, I’ve seen a LOT of fireworks and while I do love them, I have my own idea of what constitutes a spectacular show and they seem to be hard to come by.Disneyland is hard to beat I guess, I was spoiled early on with an amazing lights display!I just prefer a show where there are a million different colours all at once in the sky, rather …

A trip down Memory Lane

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Just as this time this year is a special time for us (because of what’s growing in my belly!), this time last year was a truly magical time in our lives – as we were about to be married.It’s times like these when I am reminiscing on the events that led up to our big day (I got to wondering what I was doing this very day a year ago, with just 4 days till the wedding) that remind me of how my laptop died on me 2 days before our big day…and how I hadn’t backed anything up for nearly a year…It’s such a shame, as I was writing almost daily in my private journal, as well as regularly on my blog for that entire time period where all was lost (and wouldn’t you know I permanently erased that blog about 2 weeks before my computer crashed!For some reason I was meant to lose all that data I guess).It really is too bad, and while yes I did learn a lesson (PERFORM BACKUPS OFTEN! – I just did a big backup the other day in fact!) I also feel as though I lost a part of myself in that whole debacle.Luc…

Time to smell the roses

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Until recently, if I was out and about I always walked really fast.I was always the passer of other pedestrians, not the passee.Not that I didn’t ever stop to smell the occasional flower, but generally speaking I saw myself as on a mission and getting from point A to point B was top priority.Plus I saw it as a great means of exercise – the faster I walked the more I exerted myself, and the more I exerted myself the better the workout. This afternoon, on my way home from running a few errands, I found myself as the passee for the first time since I can remember.I get short of breath rather easily these days, which I’ve read is normal but still, it forces me to slow down.Which is probably a good thing, as baby doesn’t really need to move around at top speed!It’s just different for me.I’m not used to sauntering along, but I have to say it’s actually rather pleasant.I get to see more and I get to relax a bit as I’m walking.There are times when I have to find somewhere to sit part way thr…

Daily Ramblings

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Suddenly this afternoon, completely out of the blue, I started craving a vanilla cupcake with white icing and sprinkled with coconut.How’s that for random?I have no idea where the craving came from, it literally just sprang into my taste buds and told me I MUST have it.Strange how hormones can even play tricks on the taste buds! Did I satisfy the craving?Yes and no.I didn’t get the cupcake – though I plan to at some point this week so as to avoid obsessing over it!We do live relatively close to Cupcakes so there’s no reason NOT to get one!But tonight neither James nor I felt like going to crowded Denman Street so instead we went to White Spot for dessert.James had a coffee and blueberry pie, I had a tea and hot fudge brownie.Mmmm was the brownie ever good, but sooo filling.I couldn’t eat the whole thing, but with what I did have (and the 2 cups of tea) my stretchy maternity pants were feeling pretty tight!On the way back home, I could feel a few slight baby kicks.Must have been fro…

Written late last night

I can’t sleep.Insomnia’s the worst when you know you have to work the next day.But I can’t help it, if I could sleep I would but I just can’t get there yet.I got into bed and James said, “I want to hear baby!” so he put his ear up to my belly and a few seconds later came two hard kicks, I kid you not!It was like a drum beat on Daddy’s ear!It was the most amazing thing ever.I’ve felt twinges and what I believe to be baby doing somersaults but I’ve never felt anything as hard and obvious as these two kicks!They weren’t painful, just like a drum beat, like a hard tap from the inside out.James and I just laid there smiling at each other, in awe of our little growing baby.I can’t stop thinking about how cute it was!I suddenly realized, while laying there thinking about baby, how hungry I was.I didn’t want to eat a lot given how late it was already and the fact that I should be trying to sleep, but I needed something.So I got up and ate a piece of cheese.I got back into bed, cuddled James f…

Setting up house for baby

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I was laying in bed this afternoon, half sleeping, half thinking about all the re-arranging we’re going to have to do to make room for baby. We live in a 595 sq ft one bedroom apartment.We have a LOT of stuff.We downsized a fair bit before moving here, and we’ve only been here about 4 months so we haven’t accumulated a whole lot more since then.I’m pretty good at ‘making room’ where it would appear there isn’t any, as we’ve been used to living in a relatively small space for a few years.But there’s only so much I can do to squeeze things in!In the next few months we’ll be dismantling our ‘office’ which is a very small room – not sure of the exact square footage but it fits a desk, a chair and a bookshelf at the moment.The selling feature of this room when the managers were showing us the suite was that it can ‘be an office’ OR ‘a storage room’.So essentially it’s a walk-in storage closet.But it’s what we have so we have to make the most of it.Our desk will be taken apart, the legs st…

Fruit blocks

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Just when I thought I'd seen it all...

I discovered this:

Yup, they're square watermelons. And yes, you read the sign right. They cost $99 EACH! One hundred dollars for a piece of deformed fruit. Any takers?

It doesn't even look appetizing, I mean, is the inside supposed to be kind of white like that?
For $99 smackers, I don't imagine they wanted to cut open a second one for their display, hoping for something that looked a little juicier :S My gawd...Even with these pictures as proof, I still can't quite believe it to be true.

Who in their right mind would pay such a ridiculous amount of money for such a thing? I mean really...

My first thought was, 'Only in Coal Harbour' but seriously...who HAS this kind of dough? It's so expensive just to live here and this is how they choose to spend their 'pocket money'?! All I can say is, WOW.

I wonder if they'll have triangular pumpkins come October?


Today's the day the teddy bear's have their picnic

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Today was our picnic day. After going to the farmer's market and picking up a few things there and at Safeway, we prepared a nice picnic (veggie sandwiches, cold pasta, wasabi peas, chips and EXTREMELY DELICIOUS strawberries) and set off for Granville Island on the aquabus.
It was baby's first picnic =) We found a nice shady spot under a tree (as seen above) and had our lunch. It was so good - we were both starving by the time we got there. It was wonderful enjoying the breeze and the pretty view of the water...and laying down on the picnic blanket to look up at the leaves and the blue sky...so relaxing!
We had a whole bunch of little bubble blowers leftover from our wedding (I came across them while cleaning out a box the other day) so I brought one along, and it was great fun for both of us! Can't wait till we can get one of those giant bubble blowers to play with once baby is old enough!
Then we decided to go check out Granville Island's kid market. Just to see w…

Please, no hard feelings...

Lindsay wrote:

First and foremost, I've gotten the impression that your internet relationship with me is over [although I'm unsure why], so I'm not even sure if I should be leaving comments on your blog anymore. I hope you don't take offense.

I found the posts between you and Trista regarding vegetarianism quite inspiring, so cheers to you guys. However, I read this entry when I got home from work this morning and was so disturbed that I developed a migraine. I am now high on a Codeine/ IB Profen cocktail.

From one passionate woman to another, I totally commend you on sticking to your beliefs and not bending for anyone or anything. I wish more people had that kind of strong will. I also understand your anger. However, the hatred and judgment in this post is bothersome.

You've made some extremely strong statements about the people who work in this industry, including meat eaters in general. I agree, there are some all around fucked up people out there: people who tort…

TGIF!

Finally got through the majority of Earthlings – had to turn away at some points but for the most part watched the whole thing.It really affected me, I’ll say that much.I’m glad I’m vegetarian, and equally as glad that I cut leather out of my wardrobe some years ago.Beyond that, I think we all know how I feel already!!As well as stirring up many emotions, the film reminded me just how much I truly love animals and want to help them in some way throughout my life.I plan on taking our child(ren) to farms and other places animals can be found, so that they become familiar with them and will be animal lovers too.I just cherish them, they are such innocent creatures who are so easy to love!I don’t know how or in what way exactly but I think when I go back to work once baby is a bit older, I want to work with animals in some way.We’ll see how feasible that becomes but it’s my dream.I have to just start focusing on the good for the time being, not allowing myself to get caught up in all the …