Archive for February, 2008

Oh, Miami

Early this week I was in Miami for a conference. The conference was great. The traveling was not. We had four flights scheduled (we had all connecting flights) and missed three of them. Sucky as it was, I did learn two things.

1. Never fly American. Besides the various mechanical problems that caused us to miss our flights, they charge for everything from any food on the plane (even on long flights) to curbside check-in. I get that they’ve had a tough time since 9/11, but come on. Mama needs a snack on a 2.5 hour flight.

2. Pay more for direct flights. However much it costs.

Anyway, our hotel was a few minutes from South Beach, so we went there the last day because we had some time before our flight home. I got the worst sunburn of my life from sitting outside for an hour with no sunscreen. The burn on my legs shocked my OB. Apparently, your skin is more sensitive when you are pregnant. I must have somehow missed this fact, although I don’t know how seeing as I read every pregnancy book on the market. At this point, the worst part is that the burn has made my lower legs and feet swell, so it’s kind of hard to walk. And wear shoes that aren’t flip flops.

I took pictures, because I figure any medical condition that shocks a doctor is worth remembering. I’m just trying to decide whether or not posting them would be gross.

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This week, the baby is as long as an English hothouse cucumber! (google it)

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I’m bad about taking pictures, but some of you have asked about belly pictures and I feel I should be taking those anyway. Here’s one from 23 weeks.


Anyway, onto my Craigslist score. And the fact I’m as happy about this as I am means I am getting very old. But whatever, that’s life.

The most famous (and possibly highest-quality) glider brand out there is Dutalier. These cost at the cheapest $3-400, but they go up to the thousands. A glider, for the uninitiated, is like a rocking chair, but it glides back and forth on ball bearings and has a lot smoother motion than a rocker. They are great for nursing babies.

Dutalier gliders are hot commodities on Craiglist and they’re usually gone within several hours of posting. I know this because I’ve tried to get many of them without success, until today. I found one for $100, in great condition, in a nice, neutral color, AND with wood that matches our baby furniture. Mason went to get it after work today. I was more excited about this than I’ve been in a long time. Now all we have to do is get a bookshelf and the nursery furniture is set.

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This week, my baby weighs as much as a rutabaga.

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My new favorite Web site

You all need to check out Stumble Upon. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s like a search engine that helps you find Web sites you haven’t heard about that fit your interests. All you do is sign up and select from a list of interests. Once you’ve registered, you’ll get a new toolbar at the top of your browser. You click the “Stumble!” button and a random Web site pops up. You can “rate” the site by clicking “I like it” or the thumbs-down button. You can “favorite” sites to look at later.

It’s really addictive and I’ve found some cool stuff.

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This week, my baby is as long as an ear of corn (from head to butt).

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So I’m reading Real Simple today, which is generally a reasonable magazine. There’s an article on personalized stationery. I’m halfway interested, so I’m not paying a whole lot of attention. Until I see this:

Little Fish Birth Announcements: $600 for 100

Are you kidding? Maybe if they gave birth for me. And then if my insurance paid for it. But $6 per announcement? Similarly, there were:

Business cards by William Arthur: $406 for 100

But the kicker (yes, it gets worse):

Folded note cards by Crane and Co.: $878 for 50

Now, I’m no math genius, but my trusty calculator breaks that down to about $17.50 per card. For blank, folded note cards.

I don’t even know what else to say.

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