Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things I Will Refuse To Do When I'm Pregnant

Found here. PS never type "prego" into google. EVER.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an announcement, despite the rumors that arise every now and then.

After reading a lot of blogs lately, I feel like everyone and their mom is pregnant. I'm really not jealous... okay, well part of me is, but right now I am focusing on my bachelors degree. Kill me. AND it is not the right time... Kill us?

Anyways... I digress...

The reason for this post is to make a general list of all of the things pregnant women say that kind of freak me out.

The Top 5 Things Pregnant Women Say That They Shouldn't

Prego... okay people. Prego is an overpriced jar of tomato sauce, not another nickname for your current state of reproduction.

Pregs. What is that? Sounds way too close to the word pegs. YOU ARE PREGNANT PEOPLE. Say it with me... PREGNANT.

Tum-Tum. I'm sorry, just because you are carrying a child does not mean you have to talk like one.

Wee-One. Okay when you call your unborn baby "wee-one." I think of midgets, not fetuses.


The Sickness. Initially, I thought this was a one woman effort. Then I began hearing it in multiple location around the blogosphere and in Rexburg. You experience morning sickness, not the sickness. When you say "the sickness" I think of typhoid fever not the unfortunate side effect your pregnancy. Plus, it is really awkward when no one knows your pregnant, they just think you are chubby and you say "Oh boy, the sickness is coming on." Part of me thinks, "Run! She's gonna explode!" The other part of me thinks, "This lady is nutso."

The Top Three Things Pregnant Women Do That They Shouldn't

Make others touch their belly. Very rarely do I want to feel someone else's baby kick. In fact it has occurred twice in my life. Once was my baby sister.

Describe in detail how they are unable to have a normal bowel movement cycle. One syllable for you... EW. I have 8 people in my life who I am willing to discuss how that whole thing is going. 5 are family and the other is a freaky awesome friendship that I have with three different girls. We talk about everything. Honestly, when I'm reading your blog, which used to be about fashion, I REALLY do not care to read about how when you poop it is an accomplishment.

Use the excuse of "eating for two." Correction, you are eating for one and a very small fetus. Honestly, you only need about 500 extra calories a day to sustain the baby in the last trimester, NOT THE FIRST. Don't make me hate you because you are bragging about the extra burger, fries, and Dr. Pepper you got to have because you are "eating for two."

That is all for now.

Noelle, if you are reading this I love you dearly and it is not about you. Haha. I will gladly touch your bump or laugh about the weird things that happen to your body every day until baby boy is born.

Now really, that is all.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Whatever You Are, Be A Good One

Photo found here.

Abraham Lincoln immortalized the words, "Whatever you are, be a good one," as the quote has been published time and time again. Tonight it is that lovely string of words that flows through my head. Today as I sat in church, I asked myself, "Who am I? What do I represent? Do I represent whatever it is well?" As I quickly began listing all of my various labels (Mormon, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Employee, Student), good ole Abe's words began to cross my mind. Am I a "good one" in regards to all of my labels and definitions. At the age of 21, I can honestly say that I'm still figuring out who I am. Luckily, I know what I stand for and do not feel I have not been hypocritical in regards to those beliefs for the last three years. When I graduated high school and moved to Idaho for school, I told myself there would be no double fronts here. I would be consistently the same person, whether I was in class, at church, amongst friends, or even alone. There would be no hypocrisy or talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Sometimes this is hard, but as we move into a new year, a new start, I am striving to be a better me in all aspects. I am striving to ask myself everyday is what I am doing consistent with being a good ______? And if it is, kudos for me. If not, it's time to reevaluate. It is impossible to perfect. That is something I learned post-high school as well; however, it is possible to be a little better everyday. And that is something I firmly believe.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Review: A Long Way From Chicago

Hi Bloggy Friends! So I fell behind on posting book reviews. So here is book review number 2. It's on Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago.

Pages: 192
Published: September 1998
Genre/Themes: Children’s/YA historical fiction

Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel, two city kids, spend the summers in rural Illinois with their grandmother in the summers annually. This book follows their various summer vacation journeys. Grandma is nothing than less than a fireball and has a hilarious personality. She is a fighter. Some of their journeys and adventures include: finding a corpse, Grandma fights the Cowgill boys who were terrorizing the town, strong arms a banker into returning money that is not rightfully his, she even shoots a shotgun in her own living room. Over the years, the adventures with Grandma become more and more crazy and entertaining—they never know what Grandma will do next.
            The book is set in the Great Depression era and could easily be used to talk about rural America, the world wars, or even Chicago gangsters.
            This book is hilarious and very entertaining. Older kids and Young Adults will love this book.

Rating: ****
Recommended Ages: 9-13 (Adults will enjoy it, too.)