When I can’t sleep…

I blog. Sort of. And play Words with Friends.

Why am I up at 2:30am? It’s not like I had a lot of caffeine today. On the plus side, I don’t have to be at work until 11 so I will be able to sleep in… Amelia permitting.

May is such a busy month for us; it’s been non-stop weekends since the beginning and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Eventually, I’d like to write about Easter, my promotion at work, Mother’s Day, Greg’s 33rd birthday, and other events but I don’t know when I’ll have the time (unless I stay up until 2:30am every night).

In other news, I’ve switched schools and I’m now a student of the University of Maryland! My first class begins June 1 and it’s accounting– should be easy, right?

Greg and I have enrolled Amelia into a Summer Camp of sorts. It’s a private school that offers a summer program and it sounds awesome! I hope there are a lot of opportunities for volunteers or chaperones! In addition to the summer school, Amelia is enrolled in Pre-K at the same private school. I can’t believe my baby girl is grown up!

We’re still on for the cruise in November and we’re hoping to get a trip to Ocean City, MD sometime in August before school starts.

Amelia has been asking Greg and I every week since October if we’re going back to Disney World. We tell her that we will go back one day. However, we have a plan: a surprise trip for Amelia’s 6th birthday! We’re totally going be like the Disney commercials where the kids are told once they wake up. Unfortunately, we have to wait a year and a half but that gives us enough time to save for a stay at the Polynesian or Animal Kingdom Lodge.

House hunting is coming along. We are meeting with the financial counselor in June to move on to the next step and we hope to have a home by next Spring at the latest.

So, there is a lot going on in my little world.

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Update 3.24.11

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write an update but I am always getting distracted.

Greg and I attended our homeownership introduction course last night. Of course, Greg and I interpreted what was discussed completely different from each other; but I am excite that we have the ball rolling to (hopefully) become homeowners by the end of the year.

Amelia is doing so amazing! We’re going to enroll her in a Summer School/Camp this year to get her adjusted to a school setting … because we’re going to enroll her for school this Fall! My baby girl is old enough for school! At times I thought this milestone would never get here and then it’s like it arrived too fast.

School is going well. I’m actually enjoying the current course, database administrations. It’s a little more challenging then I anticipated, but I’m holding down a solid B for my grade.

Work. There are a lot of changes coming up. First, I formally submitted my resignation notice to the part time job; April will be my last month. Second, I submitted my resume for a new position at my current full time job; this position would change my working hours from 8-5 to 11-8, and, hopefully, bring in more money.

Cruise plans are still in effect. I’ve begun the hunt for airfare and so far AirTran is offering the best rates – let’s just hope they’re still the best when we’re ready to buy!

Overall things are going well. I can honestly say that I am happy and I don’t wish things were different.

Nothing in Particular

Nothing big to talk about. Although, I am a little tickled to share that Greg had a dream last night; a dream that we had another daughter! Greg didn’t want to tell me about the dream because he knows I am suffering from BOTB. I thought it was ‘cute’ that Greg dreamed of us expanding our family. Greg denies that he wants another baby (right now), but i feel the dream is saying something else ( and I am slightly teasing him about it).

Speaking of BTOB, I have found some relief through distraction; I have begun the planning of our trip at the end of the year! Greg and I are about 90% positive this trip is going to happen and we plan on making our deposit at the end of April. However, we’re not 100% positive on which trip to choose.

Also, Greg and I have talked about planning another cruise for late 2010 or early 2011; and if we play our cards right, we plan on booking the cruise this summer!

And, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to have some sort of trip in progress to ease my BOTB … I need to have the timeline of anticipation (similar to waiting 9 months to see your baby) in my life… apparently. Or, I could be reading too much into my mind.

Tomorrow night is Michele’s wedding rehearsal and dinner AND the bachlorette (sp?)!!! it’s going to be a busy night.

Greg is getting very nervous about his first photography gig -Michele’s wedding. He’s rented a couple awesome lenses, a nice top mount flash, and he’s bought a remote trigger (which is fun to play with) all for the wedding. Greg wants to make sure he exceeds Michele expectations, which I feel he will.

I can’t believe March is pratically over! This year is flying by so quickly. I recently realized that Greg’s 31st birthday is only a few weeks away. Oh, and Easter is about 2 weeks away!

The year 2009 is the year of weddings. One of my cousins recently eloped (did I start a trend LOL) and we recently received an invitation for the reception party, which is being held in South Carolina! I looked up airfare and it’s hella expensive for May, so my only female cousin and I are talking about doing a road trip!

There are 4 other wedding coming up in the year!

Alright, I am finally heading to bed

While the Cats away…

… the mice will play.

Sorta.

Greg and Amelia are ‘at work’ (Amelia is at the babysitters and Greg really is at work) and I have the day off (getting used to these 4 day weekends). What am I doing with a whole day to myself? Well, glad you asked:

  1. Get car emissions done (no go – apparently the state is closed; will try again tomorrow)
  2. clean and vacuum car √
  3. find water shoes(socks) √
  4. stop at the pharmacy √
  5. run to Target for Internet birthday club gift exchange (for Amelia) √
  6. laundry – in progress
  7. clean kitchen √

there are other items to add to the list that Greg and I will work on together (packing list, double check the packing list, start packing, etc) when he gets home (hopefully soon).

By the way, all the tasks that required me to run around town were completed in less than 3 hours! Awesome! And, the farthest I drove was to the pharmacy; basically, I did it all by driving 8 miles. W00t for living in the ‘city’.

It still hasn’t sunk in that Greg and I will be leaving in 2 weeks for the cruise; I just don’t feel excited yet. Well, I do in the sense that it’s two weeks away, but not in the sense that I’m going on a cruise. Greg and I still don’t know what we’re doing for Amelia’s 2nd Birthday, and we have the wedding shower next weekend (as well as my company holiday party). It’s like I’m too busy to be excited.

Also, it doesn’t help that Greg has officially gone into ‘bitch mode’. He’s warned me about how controlling and anal about travel related things he gets; I didn’t see much of it when we flew to Michigan, but it’s definitely coming out now. I don’t know if I deal with him and ‘bitch mode’ for the next two weeks… this might be a challenge.

Speaking of the cruise, Greg booked our one and only shore excursion for the trip. This is what we’re going to do while at Cozumel, Mexico at the beautiful Chankanaab National Park:

  • explore the botanical gardens
  • befriend an iguana or two
  • Play with some dolphins by: Belly ride; Handshake; Dolphin kiss; Dolphin song; Touch the dolphin
  • and, do some snorkeling

I think I am most excited about snorkeling in beautiful blue waters (and breaking in my underwater camera housing unit).  Ok, Ok… I just became a little bit excited thinking about the snorkeling….

To distract my mind, I’m going over the 8 excel spreadsheets Greg just sent me over email; and I’m not exaggerating by saying there are 8.  We have a lot of planning to do before we leave…

Well, I’m off to fix some lunch….

Busy Bee

Work has been kicking my ass this week. Yesterday I stayed until 8pm! I was going to stay again tonight but I had one of the worst days in a while and was pretty much “fuck this! I’m not staying any longer than need be”

I believe that every women I spoke with today had PMS. And, I was on the verge of loosing it and screaming a those women and telling them to “Shut the fuck UP and let me finish my sentience!!” because NO ONE would let me finish what I was trying to say because they were too busy screaming at the top of their lungs (into the phone) and cursing me out. I have never, in my life, been called a bitch so many times as I have today (or in general for that matter). It was a bad day for me.

To add to that, I had to make an appointment with the dentist because the tooth that I broke earlier this month is starting to act up. I have never had problems with my teeth prior to getting pregnant, but I’ve learned that when a women is pregnant, the baby ‘takes’ all the calcium from the mother’s body and usually the teeth are the ones most effected. Sure seems to be true for me. Needless to say, I’m petrified of this visit given my last two experiences with the dentist; so much so that I’ve requested light sedation and the dentist prescribed something for me to take before the appointment… I can’t remember the name of the drug, but whatever.. I’ll take it.

Also, on the list today, I began my search for a Ob/Gyn because… I have even MORE reasons to be paranoid about being (possibly) pregnant. I know, I am such a procrastinator (and that’s all I’m going to admit to), but these new ‘symptoms’ are starting to push me. What are they? Well, for the last week and a half I’ve had severe nausea in the afternoon, usually within a half hour to an hour after eating lunch; for the past week and a half my boobs (both of them this time) have been sore and ‘feel’ different – like… fuller and they look fuller to me (Greg says he doesn’t see any difference); and the sinker is when I stand up quickly I get this sharp-ish pulling pain in my lower abdomen (more in the hip/pelvic area) and the last time I felt those was the Summer of 2006 (when I was preggers and didn’t know), and when I mentioned this to my old Ob/Gyn (because I made an appointment due to the sore boob for nearly a month – and it was time for my annual), he said it was probably due to a shift of my intestines (did loose nearly 40lbs in 5 months) brought on by my sudden movement. And, to me that made sense. Yeah… not believing it this time. So, it’s time for me to suck it up and find out once and for all.

I told Greg all of this earlier tonight (after we had sex… talk about a ‘just after’ mood killer) to gage his feelings about ‘what could be’, and … he’s cool with it (sorta). He did say that he was going to have a vasectomy once Baby #2 is born (so I don’t have to remain on birth control – and he knows how much I hate being on b/c). Then, he joked that he must have some mighty sperm or something – and I replied with something along the lines of “yeah.. and my body can resist the powers of b/c”… meh, at least he was light hearted about it. Which, I guess could be because one of his best friends, Tim and Brooke, are going to have a baby girl this fall and another co-worker of his (the one that invited us to their wedding in NY this past May) just found out she’s pregnant and due in February 2009 (she did the math and realized she got pregnant on her wedding night!); so maybe he’s getting the ‘baby bug’ or something (like he would ever admit to that… LOL).

My step-dad’s eBay sales are exceeding my expectations! He’s actually got nearly $2000 worth of bids on the items I listed for him! I still have one more to list, but I need to call him first… something I’ve been meaning to do for the last two nights.

The UPS Guy is leaving love notes again. I’ve been waiting for my Target order all week and tonight was the second night that s/he left ANOTHER stupid sticky note on the door – how anal are these people about the signature and name? Geez!

This weekend we are heading down to Mom’s and we’re going to leave Amelia with her since the babysitter is going to the Bahama’s until the 30th (babysitters daughter is in a dance competition or something). I have to finish packing Amelia clothes and toys and make sure I send all the little odds and ends down (baby Tylenol; enough diapers; de-tangler spray, etc). I’m already missing Amelia and she hasn’t left yet. These last few weeks have been … jaw dropping with Amelia’s rapid development; her verbal skills are better than those who are two or older, she’s actually begun counting objects (such as her fingers, Cheerios, etc)… it’s all so… freaky! I’m seriously blown away; yet I want more! It’s hard to explain, at least for me.

Greg and I are going to our first O’s game this Sunday. The O’s are having a “We Win, You Win 2” promotion, which is “…all fans in attendance at the 1:35 p.m. game on Sunday, July 20 against the Detroit Tigers will receive two complimentary tickets in the same seating category to any future non-prime game, if the Orioles win.” and we’re going to buy tickets in the “all you can eat” seats!

Next Wednesday night a group of us are meeting at a local restaurant for dinner and then we’re going to see the new Batman movie.

And, the last week of July we are going to Ocean City! Amelia’s first beach trip!!! I can’t wait. It’s been ages (ok, May 2005) since I swam in the Atlantic Ocean. This past Monday I bought a new bathing suit from Sears and I’ve pretty excited. Greg reserved a nice hotel room right on the Boardwalk!

We’ve got a pretty busy social calander for the remainder of the month, and I couldn’t be happier!!

Busy Bee

Work has been kicking my ass this week. Yesterday I stayed until 8pm! I was going to stay again tonight but I had one of the worst days in a while and was pretty much “fuck this! I’m not staying any longer than need be”

I believe that every women I spoke with today had PMS. And, I was on the verge of loosing it and screaming a those women and telling them to “Shut the fuck UP and let me finish my sentience!!” because NO ONE would let me finish what I was trying to say because they were too busy screaming at the top of their lungs (into the phone) and cursing me out. I have never, in my life, been called a bitch so many times as I have today (or in general for that matter). It was a bad day for me.

To add to that, I had to make an appointment with the dentist because the tooth that I broke earlier this month is starting to act up. I have never had problems with my teeth prior to getting pregnant, but I’ve learned that when a women is pregnant, the baby ‘takes’ all the calcium from the mother’s body and usually the teeth are the ones most effected. Sure seems to be true for me. Needless to say, I’m petrified of this visit given my last two experiences with the dentist; so much so that I’ve requested light sedation and the dentist prescribed something for me to take before the appointment… I can’t remember the name of the drug, but whatever.. I’ll take it.

Also, on the list today, I began my search for a Ob/Gyn because… I have even MORE reasons to be paranoid about being (possibly) pregnant. I know, I am such a procrastinator (and that’s all I’m going to admit to), but these new ‘symptoms’ are starting to push me. What are they? Well, for the last week and a half I’ve had severe nausea in the afternoon, usually within a half hour to an hour after eating lunch; for the past week and a half my boobs (both of them this time) have been sore and ‘feel’ different – like… fuller and they look fuller to me (Greg says he doesn’t see any difference); and the sinker is when I stand up quickly I get this sharp-ish pulling pain in my lower abdomen (more in the hip/pelvic area) and the last time I felt those was the Summer of 2006 (when I was preggers and didn’t know), and when I mentioned this to my old Ob/Gyn (because I made an appointment due to the sore boob for nearly a month – and it was time for my annual), he said it was probably due to a shift of my intestines (did loose nearly 40lbs in 5 months) brought on by my sudden movement. And, to me that made sense. Yeah… not believing it this time. So, it’s time for me to suck it up and find out once and for all.

I told Greg all of this earlier tonight (after we had sex… talk about a ‘just after’ mood killer) to gage his feelings about ‘what could be’, and … he’s cool with it (sorta). He did say that he was going to have a vasectomy once Baby #2 is born (so I don’t have to remain on birth control – and he knows how much I hate being on b/c). Then, he joked that he must have some mighty sperm or something – and I replied with something along the lines of “yeah.. and my body can resist the powers of b/c”… meh, at least he was light hearted about it. Which, I guess could be because one of his best friends, Tim and Brooke, are going to have a baby girl this fall and another co-worker of his (the one that invited us to their wedding in NY this past May) just found out she’s pregnant and due in February 2009 (she did the math and realized she got pregnant on her wedding night!); so maybe he’s getting the ‘baby bug’ or something (like he would ever admit to that… LOL).

My step-dad’s eBay sales are exceeding my expectations! He’s actually got nearly $2000 worth of bids on the items I listed for him! I still have one more to list, but I need to call him first… something I’ve been meaning to do for the last two nights.

The UPS Guy is leaving love notes again. I’ve been waiting for my Target order all week and tonight was the second night that s/he left ANOTHER stupid sticky note on the door – how anal are these people about the signature and name? Geez!

This weekend we are heading down to Mom’s and we’re going to leave Amelia with her since the babysitter is going to the Bahama’s until the 30th (babysitters daughter is in a dance competition or something). I have to finish packing Amelia clothes and toys and make sure I send all the little odds and ends down (baby Tylenol; enough diapers; de-tangler spray, etc). I’m already missing Amelia and she hasn’t left yet. These last few weeks have been … jaw dropping with Amelia’s rapid development; her verbal skills are better than those who are two or older, she’s actually begun counting objects (such as her fingers, Cheerios, etc)… it’s all so… freaky! I’m seriously blown away; yet I want more! It’s hard to explain, at least for me.

Greg and I are going to our first O’s game this Sunday. The O’s are having a “We Win, You Win 2” promotion, which is “…all fans in attendance at the 1:35 p.m. game on Sunday, July 20 against the Detroit Tigers will receive two complimentary tickets in the same seating category to any future non-prime game, if the Orioles win.” and we’re going to buy tickets in the “all you can eat” seats!

Next Wednesday night a group of us are meeting at a local restaurant for dinner and then we’re going to see the new Batman movie.

And, the last week of July we are going to Ocean City! Amelia’s first beach trip!!! I can’t wait. It’s been ages (ok, May 2005) since I swam in the Atlantic Ocean. This past Monday I bought a new bathing suit from Sears and I’ve pretty excited. Greg reserved a nice hotel room right on the Boardwalk!

We’ve got a pretty busy social calander for the remainder of the month, and I couldn’t be happier!!

Random Talk

We’ve done some major shopping this week.

On Thursday Greg bought (ordered) a new lens for the camera:

Wide Angle lens

I’ll let the website describe the lens:

Fix the Canon EF 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Ultra-wide Zoom Lens to your camera and capture high-quality close-up shots. This lens combines a lightweight and compact design with a 1:3.5-4.5 aperture to deliver high-performance for your Canon EOS SLR digital camera systems. It boasts three aspherical elements and a Super Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element to give you enhanced image quality for a true cinematic experience. In addition, a ring-type USM means fast and silent AF along with full-time manual focus. With close-focusing of up to 0.79 feet and an inner focusing system, this USM lens offers precision focusing for versatile and easy subject selection.” Basically, it’s a wide angle lens. We’re going to be able to include more of the subject and surroundings in the picture – perfect for our cruise in just over six months!

It’s not a cheap lens (gotta spend money to make money), by any means (but it is cheaper than some of the others out there), but we feel this is, more or less, an investment as we’re planning on selling our pictures one day (we’ve already looked into the sites/groups that you can post your pictures for sale) and have joined a few organizations to get our foot in the door.

That lens was Greg’s wish list item; my wish list item (and better be our next lens purchase) is for a macro lens! Except, Greg fears that I will never let him have the DSLR back since I am a macro whore.

Greg was just telling me (as we were reviewing some of my pictures from last weeks trip to the park) that I “think like a photographer; you see the shot in your mind before you take the picture.” rather than “point and shoot”, which he says he’s guilty of. Hearing compliments like that, from Greg (and a lot of other friends/family, but more importantly Greg) make me feel really good; like I have this really cool ability that isn’t easily aquired by everyone else (such as other peoples ability to write their emotions so others can feel what they’re feeling – just by words); like, I have a talent! And, honestly, feedback like that drives me to really want to learn about photography more and how I can improve my ‘talent’. My only set-back is my learning skills; I’m one of those people that learn best by actually doing, rather than just reading. I need to physically do the lesson, which someone showing me how it’s done, in order for the information to retain. I can read a book, but that only gives comprehension to what I am doing, it doesn’t show me what I am doing.

It was a hot and humid day today and we were going to go to the park but decided to run our usual errands and call it a day. Instead we decided to go out to lunch, which is something we haven’t done in a long time (well, since Greg’s birthday) and then head over to Books-A-Million for some reading material/self help books. Can you believe we spent just under $100 at the bookstore?! Greg and I love bookstores and can easily spend days in them! If it were possible, we would have a wedding registry at a bookstore. Anyway, we bought The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises (so we can read up on the ports of call, the cruise lines, and a whole shit-load of other things about the Caribbean), the Canon EOS 40D Digital Field Guide (so we can learn more about the 40D), and, for me, Photoshop Elements 5.0 for Dummies (in hopes of learning the full potential that PS offers). We also bought a few small things for Amelia (a color and texture book and another stuffed bear) and a birthday card for Jay. After the bookstore we ran over to the Super Wal-Mart for some baby needs and a few groceries. Then we came home and just relaxed as we watched the O’s vs. Nat’s game.

July is looking to be another busy month for us – which is fine by me; the sooner time flies, the closer we get to our cruise (which I am really starting to get excited about). We have a few birthday parties to attend, then there’s the week the babysitter is going to be on vacation, so my Mom is going to watch Amelia, and at the end of the month we still might be going to Ocean City, MD (nothign definate).

Earlier this week, I was casually talking with the Babysitter (upcoming ceremony and the reception and how I’ve been thinking about a part time job) and she informed me of LiveOps. LiveOps is a virtual call center that you work from home! So, I checked out the website and I meet all the requierments but one: landline phone; which is easy to resolve. I talked, briefly, to Greg about it (after researching the company’s website) and I’m borderline considering ‘applying’. It’s convienent to ‘work’; the calls I would receive (from my understanding) would be those from info-mercials (and things of that sort) and just place the order; it’s all scripted; and you get paid by the minute (that you’re actually on the phone). It seems pretty simple and worth looking in to.

Well, it’s well past midnight and we have a busy day tomorrow… err, later in the day. Signing off.