Tuesday, October 28, 2014

And I was like, Baby, Baby, Baby ooooh!

It's Week 17! and marching band is 95% done for the year. Which is ordinarily a nice feeling anyway, but exceptionally nice this year since, you know, I'm growing a human. : )

Here's the latest and greatest:

* The most frequent question I'm currently asked is "How are you feeling?" It has surpassed "When are you due?" now that more people are aware that I'm expecting. I no longer feel sick (THANK YOU JESUS!), so the most common answers are "Tired" and "Like I have to pee."

* We find out whether Baby Z is a boy or girl on November 14th! We are super excited. : )

* Another popular question is whether I would prefer a boy or girl. My answer is, as long as the baby is healthy, I don't care. The last thing I want is for this child to come into the world already feeling like it disappointed me for being "wrong." (However, A is convinced it's a girl.)

* Registries are overwhelming. At least for our wedding I knew what we actually needed and wanted. With all the baby registry lists out there I have no idea what is actually necessary, so I've been asking recent mommy friends on Facebook for their advice.

* The best thing happened at my last evening marching practice last week. I ended field show practice and gave the kids a ten minute break before we started running parade practice. Meanwhile, parents start arriving for a Music Booster meeting. Two parents come up to me looking very concerned and say I need to come in and talk to a third parent, who is having a nervous breakdown due to her family's financial concerns. I turn around to give the band instructions before I go in AND THEY ARE ALL MISSING. So I head in to locate them and find this distraught mother. The band is still nowhere to be found and I am getting mad. Parents 1 and 2 are in the hallway telling me that the upset mom is in the cafeteria and asking me to please calm her down, so I turn in there and BAM! Lights go on, and my entire band (and some of their parents) are sitting there with a table full of two sheet cakes and snacks, and another table full of gifts!

That's right - my staff, band, and boosters threw me a baby shower. I had NO IDEA it was coming... I mean, this baby's not even halfway there!

It was such a wonderful surprise. My assistant band director, who is also a really good friend, assigned each section of the band a different "theme" to shop for - the clarinets got bath supplies, the trumpets and saxes got tons of diapers, the low brass got bibs and bottles, the color guard got all kinds of onesies and blankies, etc. It was so sweet. The kids actually liked watching me open the presents - even the boys were paying attention! And their stories about shopping for their gifts were just as precious as the gifts themselves. 

This is my giant collection of stuff from the shower. We had to stow it all in the guest room because we do not have a room cleared out for a nursery yet. We're getting there, slowly but surely, but the gifts from this shower gave us a great head start!

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but as I said... it's been busy. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things soon!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FWD: 40 Completely Random Questions About Me

Heyyyyy! I'm still around.

Today I was thinking about AOL. Remember AOL? That was pretty much my social life in junior high and high school, and then AIM carried me through college. (This was all before Facebook took over the internet.) For years of my life, one of my favorite things to do on AOL e-mail was fill out those little personal "all about you" surveys and send them to my friends and collect the ones they sent back. I PRINTED THEM OUT. I am curious if they are still stashed away somewhere in my bedroom at my parents' house... I will have to investigate sometime.

THIS TOO. This was a BIG. DEAL.

Anyway, I was trying to think of what I could do to jumpstart my blog again, and I thought I HAVE TO FIND A SURVEY.

And I did!

1. What is your occupation? I am a music teacher. 
2. What color are your socks right now? I am not wearing socks... instead my feet are under a nice soft warm blanket. : )
3. What are you listening to right now? SNL (on DVR from last night)
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Peanut Butter M&Ms...
5. Can you drive a stick shift? I can't say I have ever tried... I'm not sure it would be a good idea, because I'd probably forget I wasn't in automatic and break the car. : )
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Purple
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My mom
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I found it on the internet and I love the internet!
9. How old are you today? 27
10. Favorite drink? Right now I am really into Sprite, milk, and lemonade. 
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Ummmmmmmmmm... A used to play indoor soccer and that was pretty fun to watch. I also used to watch PSU Football regularly, but I am not so much into watching sports anymore. I don't know. 
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Since I was 12... it has been many colors!
13. Pets? The wonderful and adorable Penny!

14. Favorite food? Chocolate! I also love seafood.
15. Last movie you watched? Muppets Most Wanted. Eh.
16. Favorite Day of the year? Christmas! I am so excited... I saw Christmas decorations in the stores yesterday. I know that drives a lot of people nuts but it just made me feel happy inside.  
17. What do you do to vent? Call my mom... she patiently listens to my insanity.
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Barbies... so many Barbies... 
19. What is your favorite season? Summer
20. Hugs or kisses? Hugs 
21. Cherry or Blueberry? Cherry
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? I honestly can't remember the last time I got an e-mail from a friend, usually my e-mail box is full of ads and junk.
23. Who is most likely to respond? Whoever also feels like doing a nostalgic survey : )
24. Who is least likely to respond? People who don't know this blog exists... which is fine
25. Favorite TV show? Parks & Rec, The Office, Smash, Modern Family
26. When was the last time you cried? Oh gosh, since becoming pregnant it is a pretty frequent thing. It could be a commercial or an e-mail or a song. Embarrrrrrrassing.
27. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes, and many organizational bins.  
28. Favorite place? DISNEY WORLD.
29. Last trip you took? I went to visit my old alma mater today and met up with my friend C. 
30. Favorite smells? Delicious baking smells, or tropical scents
31. Who inspires you? My parents; my grandparents; my brother; my husband
32. What are you afraid of? Stupid ugly smelly creepy birds ughhhhh they're the worst
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheeseburgers!
34. Favorite car? I wanted a Honda CR-V the last time I bought a car but they were too expensive... I am determined to get one this time!
35. Favorite cat breed? There are cat breeds? Nope.
36. Number of keys on your key ring? I think 6, and two of them don't even work in anything : )
37. How many years at your current job? This is my fourth year (with a two-year break in the middle courtesy of budget cuts)
38. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
39. How many states have you lived in? Just the one. : )
40. Do you think you're funny? ABSOLUTELY. My job is part comedian, my kids get some of my best material! 

Keep it real!