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Hello you guys! I seem to have forgotten how to blog with everything going on around here. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Hope you all are coping okay?

Last week Things finally got to some semblance of a routine this week and I've been finally feeling better and in charge of my emotional faculties. I've taken over one of the upstairs bedrooms and set it up as my office-cum-homeschool room. In other words, the room is a big mess, but both my daughter and I are able to navigate the room fine as everything in the room has a meaning in our own brains. We're both very organized that way. I've been using a sit-stand desk for my work laptop and I'm a little glad that I got to try this system finally. When I'm not working, I'm helping the girl with her letters, numbers, or fun activities. Trust me, this is difficult but we worked through the system this week, and think we have it under control. My father-in-law watches my son during the day as the little ma…

The Sunday Salon: On being glad that May is over

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I'm glad May is over, or almost over, once this day is out. It hasn't been my most prolific reading month, which is a bummer because this month could have been better. The books I did finish were both readalong books, and both were wonderful reads. I've noticed that I seem to read almost nothing every other month and then make up for it in the following month. If that trend keeps up, maybe June may work out to be better.


The week thus far...
Anyone else liking the heat outside? It's been in the 80s all week and I am sick of it. I feel like every summer and winter, I complain about the weather. It's worse when you're pregnant because your wardrobe is already severely limited, plus I hate that maternity clothes cost double compared to regular clothes and have no utility after the delivery.

Last evening, we had our possibly last gathering with some friends before the baby arrived. We went to play a game of putt putt - 36 holes and 2.5 hours later, we were starving, thirsty, and feeling very exhilarated. Pizza and pasta sounded just the perfect meal after a game in the sun, and later some delicious icecream and a game of Taboo perfectly rounded out the night. Couple of these friends were going to be on vacation next month, and another couple will be getting posted to a different state for Air Force training. So we wanted to do something fun before everyone went their different ways.

Last weekend, we watched TomorrowLand, which was a so-so movie - somewhat cute and great for young kids but pretty predictable and not so fun with adults. I did love that a girl was the main character in this book, plus that she was very interested in science - you don't see that much anymore. Still, at the end of the movie, I was teary for no real reason other than loving the theme of the movie, which is to dream more and not to settle down for less. It was the weirdest thing ever and I tried to clear up the dewy eyes before getting out of the dark theater. I think my hormones are all over the place, especially this past week, which has been physically a very tough week for me.

Speaking of which, my whole body has been hurting this week. Every time I stand, I have to hold still for a few minutes (not seconds), and make sure my legs have enough strength to take me wherever it is I want to go to. You would think that evolutionarily, human beings would have adapted well to carrying babies without having so much discomfort. I honestly feel for those people who have to work on their feet even on their last trimester. This is the only time I am glad my work doesn't require me to be mobile at all except to head to meetings.


Today...



Other than some work I brought home, we don't have any major plans for today. We may head to watch Mad Max: Fury Road. I have not watched any of the Mad Max movies and don't know what any of them is about. But after reading about how well women are portrayed in this movie, I have been hoping to watch it. Later tonight, we'll be watching the Game of Thrones Episode 8. Much as I hate admitting this, this season has been a bummer. If Sansa Stark can get her revenge, I will probably feel much better.


The week ahead...
We need to finally hit the Purchase button on many items in our baby's shopping list. We have gone the minimal route and only plan to buy items that we think is essential. Depending on when these items arrive, we need to start setting up the bedroom and the playroom.

Comments

Vasilly said…
Awww. I hope you feel better soon. Being pregnant in the summer is no joke. Have you invested in maxi dresses? You can use them after the baby's born. I bought a ton during this pregnancy along with some long skirts. You can pair them with a dressy shirt for work.
JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing said…
Your night out sounds like fun, and I hope you feel better soon. Luckily, my babies were born in February and April, so no summer pregnancies for me. Take care!
Athira / Aths said…
I was never a fan of maxi dresses, but last week I bought one and wore it for the first time today. Totally in love with them now. I plan to go and buy a few more this week and they should solve my problem for now. :-)
Athira / Aths said…
February and April are great months to be born in. I wanted an April baby but of course babies have different plans.
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
My guys loved the Mad Max movie. How much longer until the baby's arrival? It'll be here before you know it. Vance was born in July and I wore a lot of dresses when I was pregnant - I thought they were cooler.
Delia (Postcards from Asia) said…
Ah, the heat is no joke. We're dealing with it now here as well. I think every year it gets hotter.
Maxi dresses are great, I love them. Add a belt and a short fitted jacket and you should be able to wear them after baby.
I loved the Mad Max movie and like you, I haven't seen the other before this one. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, it's packed with action scenes. I'd say it's definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
I feel lukewarm towards Tomorrowland, it doesn't really appeal to me but I like what you said about the overall message you took away from watching it. I might give it a try but that's a big maybe.
Care said…
Thanks so much for reading Flowers with me. AND I'm glad that Dept of Speculation was intriguing for you. I love sending on books - and this one IS interesting and moving. May June be lovely lovely LOVELY for you.
Bryan G. Robinson said…
So what did you think of the new Mad Max movie?
Ti Reed said…
That standing this is your pelvis doing its thing. All of the loose ligaments are GREAT for baby but not for mom when she is trying to get up or walk from sitting. Kids. Phffft. Already causing you angst. LOL.

Haven't seen Tomorrowland but it's getting lukewarm reviews. I don't Disney did a lot to market it either. It's like, they knew it was going to be ho hum.

The Teen saw Mad Max and said it was one of the best movies he's EVER seen. That's saying a lot.

I am not happy about the heat that has hit California. With this drought I feel like one of those characters in a dystopian novel about water wars. What shall my name be? Don't mind me, I am a little sleep deprived and I get chatty when that happens.
Sorry to hear about the heat -- send it my way! It's been chilly for May/June where I am and I really want things to warm up before we go to the lake in a few weeks.
Sorry about the heat! We're having an unexpected cool front (meaning it hasn't broken 90 this week even though it is the START OF JUNE), so even though it's still pretty hot, I'm trying to feel grateful for small mercies.

Enjoy Mad Max if you go! It was repeatedly described to me as "a sensory assault" so I've decided to wait until it comes out on DVD.
literaryfeline said…
Eighties is lovely weather in my part of the country. :-) I do hope the weather cools off for you some so you are more comfortable though. I imagine the shift from cold to hot doesn't help, especially when you are limited in what you can wear.


I've been wondering about Tomorrowland. I am not sure I will see it in the theater.


Going minimalist with the baby stuff is probably wise until you know exactly what you will need.


I hope you have a great week and that you aren't too uncomfortable. This is the part of pregnancy when you start wishing you were on the other side . . .
Athira / Aths said…
6 more weeks today! Of course, baby could be early or late. I'm beginning to invest in dresses - it's hard wearing jeans in summer.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I am beginning to love maxi dresses. :-) They are so cozy and comfy.


I love that the Mad Max movie was packed with action scenes from the beginning to the end. It was just perfect. If you do watch Tomorrowland, let me know what you think of it. I wouldn't go to the theater to watch it though.
Athira / Aths said…
Loved it! It was packed with action scenes from the beginning to the end. Plus, the characters have a good amount of personality and depth and are not just pawns to move the story forward. If you plan to see it, you should go soon!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I hope June is great for you as well. I didn't read too many books in May but the ones I did read were wonderful.
Athira / Aths said…
LOL, very true - we haven't even seen our baby yet and already she's making her presence know very well. :-)


Yes, Mad Max is awesome! I loved the movie - didn't think I would.


This summer is certainly much hotter than previous years. And I feel for you guys in California - haven't you been through a really long drought by now? It's terrible - everything we expected to happen with all the climate change dialogue going on and not a thing to do yet en masse because no one wants to admit that there is a problem.
Athira / Aths said…
Wow, that weather sounds perfect to me. I do hope it warms up for you soon - that will be ideal weather for your lake trip.
Athira / Aths said…
Loved Mad Max! Plenty of action all through the end and never a dull moment. :-)
Athira / Aths said…
Yes! I am beginning to wish that. I'm telling myself "just few more weeks". Almost there, really.

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