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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
2:04 am
no snuggles
Husbands who, before getting in bed, do not change out of their daytime clothes that they wore to Costco and to the library, do not get snuggles. This actually grosses me out. That is all.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
3:47 pm
Oh, I still have this LJ, too!
I usually use my other LJ account, but when I was trying to remember how long I've had my account, I remembered, oh yeah, I have this account and it's been around for longer than the one I usually use. This one I've had since August 2000 when Adrian encouraged me to start a livejournal. A few months later, he died.

On a much, much, MUCH lighter note, I started this entry to comment on an entry that I made back in 2006. In 2006, Gene and I were living in Burlingame and we'd gone out to downtown San Mateo for a nice time. We stopped in at a Japanese store called Ichiban Kan and bought some powdered corn soup. So, this answers my question of the age of the corn soup in my cupboard. In 2013.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
9:50 pm
it had to be said
Dear Chili's,

If you want to make me happy on Mother's Day, please bring back the Awesome Blossom. It was my reason for going to Chili's. Without it, Chili's just isn't special. Anyone who wasn't aware that it had a million (mostly fat) calories was in deep denial. I loved it anyway, and I know many others who did, too. I even wrote a haiku about it once.


Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
1:16 am
Just 'cause I never post anymore
I'm here! It's 1:05 a.m. and I'm here! I feel like I am devolving. First I used livejournal. I'd write lengthy entries about my day, my thoughts, feelings etc. Then I started having less time and posting mostly pictures with brief descriptions. Then facebook came along and I can post one-liners and occasional pictures. Now I mostly just click through peoples' facebook photos, or check flickr for new uploads - viewing photos is more instant gratification than actually having to read something. I must be losing my language skills!

And so, since clearly I am too lazy to write anything else, here are two pictures of my kiddos. And no, I am not going to cut them so there.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
3:10 pm
fast food reviews
Being a pregnant lady, I am allowed to be a complete pig. The other day I really wanted a crispy chicken sandwich. I was appalled when I paid $4.89 + tax (rang up to over $5, faints) for my crispy chicken club sandwich. The sandwich wasn't even that great. It was pretty bland, a bit dry but with really tacky mayo and it was on oblong, yet not very long bread and seemed really small.

Today I got a spicy crispy chicken sandwich from Jack in the Box and it totally kicked McDonald's crispy chicken club's ass. It was $3.89 (I got it with cheese otherwise it's $3.59), round and seemed larger. The chicken was crispy and had flavor and a bit of spice, the lettuce was also crisp and the tomatoes were plump and red, the mayo and bun made for a nice moist sandwich.

The moral of the story is: if you must have fast food Chicken sandwich, skip McDonald's and go to Jack in the Box!

Not to mention Jack in the Box has good shakes...
Monday, July 28th, 2008
9:35 pm
Food News Flash
I discovered tonight that Jack in the Box milk shakes are decidedly better than Wendy's milkshakes. Additionally, I learned that you should never, ever attempt to ask questions about the food to the drive through employees.

Drive thru: Welcome to Wendy's how may I help you?

Me: Are your shakes made with ice cream?

Drive thru: What?

Me: Are your shakes made with ice cream?

*a minute and a half of silence*

Drive thru (different person): Welcome to Wendy's how may I help you?

Me: Are your shakes made with ice cream?

Drive thru: What?

Me: Ice cream?

Drive thru: *garble garble*

Me: Ice cream?

Drive thru: We only have iced tea.

Me: Ice cream?

Drive thru: Iced tea?


Drive thru: You want a frosty?

Me: Are the frosties made with ice cream?

Drive thru: What?

Drive thru: No just iced tea.

Me: *sighing* Okay I'll get one large strawberry frosty and one large chocolate frosty.

Drive thru: That'll be $6.91

Is this a scheme to get me to buy their sub-par shakes??
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
6:33 pm
For any of my friends who are also friends of Britt, just wanted to let you know that poor Miles has pneumonia AGAIN! Ugh. So he's being admitting into El Camino Hospital in Mountain View tonight.

On a happier note:

Friday, March 14th, 2008
12:22 pm
A shitty post: Thoughts on cats & motherhood
Disclaimer: Do not read if you're eating!

I screwed up and muttered "shit." Then it occurred to me that this was funny, because the reason I said it was because I actually had a big piece of shit on my thumb. Then I was grossed out and went to wash it off. Ahh, motherhood.

Yesterday at breakfast the cat hit an all-time low. While I was feeding Derek, the 20-year old cat had a drawn-out pooing session in the corner right behind Derek's high chair. Unfortunately, since this is where its owners allow it to do its business I felt pretty helpless to do anything about it! After several minutes of butt-quivering resulting in - well, I'll save the details for later - the cat waddled out in front of us and as it walked, its rear started pulsating again and it had full-body shivers until it had a diarrhea speckled pee on the floor. Then the cat walked back over behind Derek's chair and did loud wretching gurgling vomiting of mushy brown-yellow stuff three separate times. Sometime between the vomiting and the peeing, the cat also managed to take a big dump behind my chair.

Hurray for Derek sleeping out of my arms today! I must go take care of some things now.
Friday, January 4th, 2008
2:39 pm
here goes! Most boring post ever. Sorry.
Happy New Year!

I decided I have time to make a post since Derek is taking one of his VERY rare long naps. He'll probably wake up halfway through, of course.

Today my car swam with a school of other cars up El Camino. It was interesting. I tried to back up when I noticed the newly formed lake, but there were too many other cars inching up behind me so I had no choice. Fortunately my car made it through alright.

It's 2:40 but it seems like it's 6 or 7 at night already it's so dark. I am afraid to take the garbage out because I got soaked just running out to get my coffee out of the car this morning! Derek thinks the weather is entertaining, at least. It means we're stuck inside all day, which makes it more difficult to do fun things with Derek.

Gene and I are taking all of our DVDs out of their cases and consolidating them into large binders. Then we're going to store the cases in the basement. Our place is so small that having the entire house lined with shelves of DVDs isn't really working out for us anymore. Oh, I am wondering if any of my friends out there have my copy of Dead Alive or THe Usual Suspects? I think that I loaned them along with some other DVDs to someone a looooong time ago, but I don't remember who. Those are two of my favorites, so I'm hoping to get them back! I really want to create a nice environment for Derek to play and move around in, so we are also trying to get Purrl to move into the upstairs area of the house with Gene's parents so that we can re-claim and clean the room that she lives in.

Anyway, a couple more cute picturesCollapse )
Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
11:03 pm
Pregnancy/Birth survey
'Cause Brittany asked me to. And I'm not cutting it, so there!


2. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS?: Shock and joy.


4. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT?: Gene and I had been hanging out until late at my parents' house with some friends. Right before we left to go back to Burlingame I went to the bathroom to pee, and when I sat down I opened the little cabinet in front of the toilet I noticed a pregnancy test inside. So I decided to use it, just for the heck of it, because I thought I was going to get my period any day, but it was late.

5. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?: Gene was waiting in the room outside the bathroom so that we could go home. I asked him to come look at something. I showed him the stick and I said "Does it look like there's another line?" He agreed that there was, and then he said, "What the f_?!" He was surprised (but we were trying).

6. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX?: Yes. I think it's sort of silly not to.

7. WHAT WAS YOUR DUE DATE?: Based on my period it was March 29, but based on the first ultrasound it was March 24, and that is also more in line with when I believe it would have been based on my cycle.

8.DID YOU DELIVER EARLY OR LATE?: Labor started at around midnight on March 24, but Derek wasn't born until March 26, so according to my calculations he was late. According to the hospital he was 3 days early.

9. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS?: Yup, up until at least five months. I threw up many times at my office. I'd usually get sick on the car ride to work every morning and have to hold back the urge to vomit once I arrived at work.

10. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE?: I don't think I craved anything, really. There were things that really grossed me out, though, that normally don't. Up until the very end of the pregnancy I found beef to be incredibly disgusting.

11. WHO IRRITATED YOU THE MOST?: My boss, haha. People at my office.



14. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?: Yes. We had to have weekly ultrasounds to look at Derek's left lung. Also, after I went into labor they thought I was developing pre-eclampsia because my blood pressure was high.

15. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH?: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

16. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR?: I'm not really sure. I was in labor from about midnight on March 24 until Derek was born at 6:34 p.m. on March 26.


18. WHO WATCHED?: Gene, the nurse, the doctor and whatever other random medical personnel were in the room.


20. DID YOU TAKE MEDS TO GET RID OF THE PAIN?: Yes. My blood pressure was getting worse because of the head-exploding pain of contractions with pitocin, so I got an epidural. It was lovely.


22.DID YOUR CHILD HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS?: He was examined by a neo-natal team at birth and scored well on his apgar. He was breathing perfectly. However, he does still have the thing with his lung.

23.WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER?: Derek Oliver Warren

24. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY?: 5 months 1 week

Saturday, August 25th, 2007
2:59 am
A wah post
Sitting up with sick Derek in the bathroom with the hot water running for steam. Every time I tried putting him back down to bed he would fuss again after a couple of minutes. I don't know how much sleep I'll get tonight! Wah. I think this laptop is about to run out of batteries and I can't find the power cord. So soon I will have to find another form of entertainment.
Monday, August 6th, 2007
12:37 am
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
12:38 am
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
8:27 pm
Gene and I just ordered this camera as our anniversary gift to each other http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665089207. We read a lot of reviews and looked at a lot of other cameras and for the price (we actually got it from a different site at a lower price) this one seems to be most what we are looking for and the best deal. It's just 1 megapixel more than our current camera but is much better quality and has a better lens with 15x optical zoom. Our current camera has decided it's not going to be able to tell whether the batteries have juice or not and is simply going to assume they are empty, and that it will have a 5-10 second delay on all photos, even with the fast memory card. We figure it is important to have a decent camera so that we can take lots of good pictures of the babers!

Here are some photos of Mr. Babers with our crappy camera.

Derek!Collapse )
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
2:45 pm
Poor Gene!
It's Gene's THIRTIETH (30!) birthday today and he's completely miserable. He's been up since 2:30a.m. with horrible nausea and is just now finally getting some sleep.

Derek also decided he would get up at 2:00a.m. and didn't really feel like going back to sleep. Then he decided to projectile vomit on the rug for some reason, but afterwards was completely smiling and happy. It seems like it must be related to what's going on with Gene, but Gene thinks that he has food poisoning so I don't really know.

Needless to say we are all pretty miserable running on very little sleep, and we don't get to do anything fun for Gene's birthday! At least Derek seems to be normal and happy today, and hasn't been running a fever or anything, though I'm still really confused by his vomiting. I am currently having a brief break while Joe is watching Derek.

Oh well...Happy Birthday Gene, my wonderful husband! I will try to make it as happy as possible!
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
2:02 pm
don't take 101 freeway near Woodside!
Fortunately Gene and I had waited to head down to Redwood City/Palo Alto since we would have taken 101, but we just heard from Brittany and my mom that 101 is closed at Woodside both N and S because a big rig exploded and there are injuries and fatalities so they're landing helicopters on the freeway! Eek!
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
5:41 pm
Tracy and Jason came over the other night and brought us pearl tea from Verde! Then we ewnt to Trader Joe's and got food and came back to our house and ate. Then we played Mario Party 7 and I only marginally beat everyone, instead of anhilating them all. It was fun. It has been a long time since we had people over, so that was nice.
Monday, May 7th, 2007
1:44 pm
Scharffenberger chocolate caramel freddo w/ whipped cream & chocolate shavings and caramel on top from Peet's rocks! Yay for finding old Peet's gift cards with money on them!

Tom & Jason came over and visited me & Gene & Derek at my parents' the other night, which was cool. For the most part we're in Burlingame but we'd love to have people over - just give us a call if you want to hang out! Also if anyone wants to come bearing food and/or pearl tea that's cool too. Sometimes it can be hard for us to get out!
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
2:21 pm
For Dora
Dora - Sorry I didn't get a chance to post the other day. I know you were bored! Here are a couple pictures of Derek for you!

Derek & his daddy

Derek looking a tad disgruntled in his carseat

He turned one month old 2 days ago! Crazy!
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
10:50 pm
So I just noticed that people have been commenting on photos on my Flickr account. I really only use it to post stuff on livejournal so I don't hang around on Flickr enough to notice these things. Not a TON of comments but probably about 25 comments throughout my pictures from mostly people who I don't think I know (or maybe I do and don't realize it?). Which doesn't creep me out at all...I think it's kind of cool. But weird that I just noticed! I had accidentally left a picture up there with my giant 39 weeks pregnant belly picture and that had 9 comments on it. How funny!
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