Baby Names

November 4th, 2008

Here’s a little distraction from election day excitement. 

For a boy:

  • Hagrid Chewbacca (as a talisman against MPB)
  • Bran
  • Carl Agathon
  • Refrigerator
  • Dude
  • Booberry
  • George Foreman

Some names we’ve come up with for a girl:

  • Hermione Myfannwy
  • Starbuck
  • Athena
  • Blender
  • Leeloo Dallas Multipass
  • Booberry
  • George Foreman

As you might be able to tell, we’re fond of lite science fiction and fantasy, historical mythology, kitchen appliances, and the absurd.  What do you think?  Any suggestions for a really cool name that did not make our list?

37 Weeks, almost 38

October 31st, 2008

So, here’s my belly at 37 weeks:


That was only five days ago, and things have already changed… Think lower and droopier.

The baby can come any time now, as baby’s considered full term and I can deliver at the birth center between 37 and 42 weeks. Outside of that, it’d definitely be the hospital for us. Baby’s head is engaged now, and my acupuncturist and midwives are all very pleased, as are we. Baby was transverse for quite a while, and that would have been very, very bad at this point. It’s getting tight in there. I feel the baby move a lot now, which is usually exciting, sometimes only annoying. Seriously baby, you can wake me up once you’re here. I’m still feeling really good, just a little bit tired. Also, I have mega bloated sausage hands. They hurt. I have managed to knit most of another baby hat (soft flexible yarn, reasonable gauge) but I think that will be it until after the baby’s arrived. My mom used a 30% off coupon at Kohl’s and we now have a full complement of newborn and 3 month outfits (including FOUR Christmas outfits and one Thanksgiving outfit). She has also provided some lovely handknit baby socks, and I hear there are more on the way.

In less crafty news, nesting continues. The Jetta has been picked up and we are back down to two cars in the driveway. We voted. Matt and I made three lasagnas. We have curtains in the dining room, curtains ready to be hung in the living room, a kitchen that is still tidy a month after the cleaners came, a de-cluttered laundry room, 3 dozen pre-washed prefold diapers, and a fully furnished room for the baby (thanks, IKEA!):


We’re all custom decorated too, thanks to Joanna:


and her Mother-in-Law Cathy:


and Matt’s Aunt Diane:


Since the knitting is mostly over, I have some sewing plans instead. My goal is to cut out all the pieces this week, and then I can assemble (wee flannel overalls, two pairs of soft shoes, and a changing pad) whenever.

And now, onto more thank you notes. Holding a pen is harder than knitting, so I may have to resort to some typed notes. My sweet co-workers (and several nice people from my old office) threw a shower for me the week before last. It was a complete surprise and they were so generous! I have a few more notes to finish up from the other showers and then I can get cracking on the 25+ I need to write for the office.

Fur Baby

October 29th, 2008

Guess who made an appearance on Dog Art Today last week?

Pill Popper

September 22nd, 2008

So the day after my last post, I crossed nettle tea off the list. It’s a pleasant enough beverage, and is supposed to help with the hay fever. Now that the hay fever has settled down and I’ve dropped the Flonase, here is my current daily menu of medications and supplements:

  • Amoxicillin (twice daily, for a stupid UTI, after the first antibiotic didn’t work)
  • Cranberry standardized capsules (thrice daily, also for UTI)
  • Acidophilus & Probiotic Complex (2 tablets, once daily)
  • Prenatal Vitamin (once daily)
  • Fish Oil capsule (an odorless version, thank god, once daily)
  • Nettle tea (once daily)
  • Red Rasberry Leaf tea (once daily)
  • Patanol eyedrops (once daily)

If all goes well, next week I’ll drop the anitbiotics and then in another week, the probiotics.  Will probably keep up the cranberry for a while, though, just as a preventative measure.  The contractions brought on by the UTI was no picnic, but since nothing terrible happened, I can view it as a useful preview for real labor.

In other news, I was able cancel my work trip to glorious Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and now I get don’t have to spend any more nights away from Matt.  Yay!

So you think you’re a foodie?

September 3rd, 2008

Something from Aubrey.

The rules:

1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3. Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4. Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanous
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (maybe- that horrendous French cheese Eileen got last summer was unlabelled)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (both, but not at the same time)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/€80/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips (unfortunately)
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (accidentally)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears, and funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (does plain ol’bunny rabbit count?)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (it was estate, even)
100. Snake

Not too shabby…

I do have more baby stuff to show off, since I never finished the week o’junk, but, eh, I’ll get around to it.

Wednesday: Sockies!

August 20th, 2008

Doggy Update:  Toaster is still at the hospital.  No more runs, but a few more pukies.

Now back to our regular programing:


These socks are from a pattern by Miriam Felton I found for free on her website. I don’t expect you to recognize the yarn, but it’s left over from the first pair of socks I ever knit. Matt and the baby will have matching feet!  Well, sorta matching.

Tuesday: The Fur Baby

August 19th, 2008

Week of knitting fun is on hold for one day.  Following about 24 hours of sad doggy drama, poor little Toaster was admitted to the “hospital” with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.  It was sad and scary and gross, and our sweet, obnoxious fur baby will probably be in veterinary custody until Thursday.  It’s very quiet here without him.

Monday: Baby Bibs O’Love

August 18th, 2008

These aren’t for warm-keeping, but for mess-containing.


“Kitchen cotton” bibs (a mix of Peaches & Creme and Sugar’n Cream…I feel so rebellious!), pattern from Mason Dixon Knitting. They still need buttons, but, eh, there’s no hurry. I have a plastic snowman full of navy blue buttons that I got for, like, 50 cents at some time in the past. That should work.

Judging by the state of our many cotton dishrags, these will not age well. Since I made’em, I have stumbled up on a pattern suggesting super wash wool for baby bibs. Less likely to fade, more water resistant (won’t wick moisture through to baby’s clothes), and just as machine-washable. That’s some smart thinking, right there!

Sunday: Baby Sweater

August 17th, 2008

Soooo, last weekend we went to Ocean City with some friends. Here’s proof:


No, no one was on the other end of the line. Yes, we had fun. Until we got stuck in traffic on the way home. Yes, we saw the truck that went of the bridge. Now, on with the shizz-ow…

Woooo, a whole WEEK of baby crap, coming your way! Like I said, I’ve been knitting for the little baby who currently has no purpose other than to pummel my internal organs for twenty minutes, every hour and a half or so. We have just entered the third trimester here, folks! Nesting instinct kicking in, in 3, 2, …


Yes, that is my belly.

This cute little sweater is made out of some Reynolds Blossom that I got at All About Yarn. It’s a Reynolds pattern, too. The size is 3-6 months, but it’s roomy and the sleeves roll up, so I figure on a longer period of wear than that. But it was simple to knit, inexpensive, and machine washable. What more could I ask for?

So, it’s been kinda busy around here…

July 30th, 2008

Twitter’s been about all I can handle lately.  Within the last two weeks (in order of occurence), we had the living room, dining room, and hallway painted, the front door lock broke, my step-grandfather passed away, Toaster had to spend the day at the vet in case he had a reaction to his rabies shot (as he has in the past) while I spent the day with my Gramma, we attended the viewing, we missed Matt’s Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary, we started attending birth classes, our AC stopped working so we had to pack up Toaster and spend the night next door, we attended the funeral, I flew to Minneapolis for work for 5 days, the replacement front door lock broke, the AC got fixed, I flew home, we swapped cars because I can’t get in and out of the MINI anymore, we had a prenatal appointment with the practice’s new midwife (she’s cool, even if she does crochet), and last night hosted a committee meeting that ended up going until 11 pm.

Despite all that, we seem to be doing fine.  A little tired, but fine.  Also, there was plenty of coping-through-yarn, so maybe later this week I’ll manage to show you what got finished.