Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random thoughts (teaching college, books and movies, and baby vs ribs)

Random thoughts, in no particular order.

Teaching College: 

I just got back from teaching a couple of math classes over at UVU this morning. I'm substitute-teaching a few classes this week for someone I know. It's a lot of fun and I enjoy it, which is good considering teaching math is what I've invested the last 6+ years of my life in.

This morning and last night I had some anxiety about it though. Want to know what I was most anxious about? FINDING A FREAKING PARKING PLACE. Lol. As soon as I got there and got a spot and wasn't late or anything, I was good to go! :)

Ribs vs Baby:

If I were carrying this baby any higher he would be living in my throat. That is a bizarre picture. Don't try to picture it. Anyway, my ribs are seriously taking a beating lol. They're so bruised that if I touch them from the outside they hurt, and one rib in particular is popping in and out of place so much (when a certain baby wedges his bum against it and pushes with all his might) that I'm slightly concerned it might not stay in place one of these days.

I was talking to my neighbor today and he said his mother in law carried one of her babies as high as I am, and by the end the baby broke a few of her ribs. Holy cow. *crosses fingers that I've had enough calcium*

Summer ending: 

Truth be told, my life does not look a whole lot different with the change in semesters, or the change from summer to fall. My schedule is the same (work, thesis, keep the house running, tutor, try to get enough sleep, and more work and more thesis). I'm done with all my classes so that's what's happening.

Bryan's schedule, however, will be even busier (if that's possible). The weather is cooling off which really is a godsend for those of us who are 8 months pregnant, and we have a baby coming that we'll need to fit into our schedule, but as of right this moment it doesn't feel so much like anything is changing with school starting this/next week.

Books I finished recently:

The Happiest Baby on the Block. It made me feel far more prepared to have a newborn and know what to do when it's super fussy and I have no idea why. (He talks about the 5 S's. Google it if you want. It makes sense to me.) Whether or not it works 100% of the time, at least now I feel slightly more prepared. I think before my only tool would have been to feed it or say "what in the world is the matter?!" lol. This is a really quick read and DEFINITELY worth reading.

The Alchemist: I'm not sure how I've never read this before, but it was also a quick read. It was very good and quite profound. It seemed like a concise statement on the meaning of life and what it means to try to reach your potential. Worth reading for sure.

Movies we've watched recently:

Non-Stop: We redboxed (now a verb, says I) this movie a few weeks ago. It was actually pretty entertaining and not totally predictable (which is always a plus). It has Liam Neeson (who's always pretty good) and a few other people I like pretty well (like Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Dockery). I think it was definitely worth watching but not necessarily a movie that I feel compelled to go buy or anything.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: I think this is based on a Tom Clancy novel. I really enjoyed it actually. I think there could have been a little more character development (it wasn't totally lacking though). I also think there could have been a bit more plot development in a few places without being excessive at all. But, all things considered, I really enjoyed it. It has a pretty awesome cast (Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, and Kenneth Branagh) which made it even more likable. I liked this one better than Non-Stop.

Gravity: I saved this one for last for a few reasons. First, we watched it most recently. Second, I liked it best of the three I've mentioned here. Third, it is incredibly deserving of the many Oscars it won. Fourth, I can't believe it took me this long to see it. :) Anyway, it is pretty amazing. It's a profound and concise statement about the meaning of life. It's one of those movies that sometimes you have to remind yourself to breath during, and then when it ends you sort of just sit there and think and don't have anything to say to do it justice. Very well done. Sandra Bullock nailed it. Definitely worth watching. Definitely one I think I'll buy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

30 weeks and the Ogden Temple Openhouse

It's been a while since I've done any sort of baby update, so here it goes!

How far along: 30 4/7 weeks today.

We really shouldn't wait until last thing of the day to take these pictures... I look like I'm falling asleep! PS my belly is getting huge. 

Symptoms: Besides the normal stuff (acne and aches and pains and getting sore and tired more quickly) I've been dealing with ever-worsening sciatic nerve pain. It's the pits (as grandma would say). Oh well. What do you do.

Sleep: I get so tired that when I can finally get comfortable I sleep hard. I need way more sleep than I get some nights just because we're so busy, but I feel like that's just how life is so whatever. I take a nap here and there if I can.

Exercise and being healthy and all that: I'm still doing water aerobics and I try to do a yoga video or barre video once in a while. I have been busy enough with various things that I do a lot of walking and stuff too. I'm counting it. :) I'm also trying to do all my exercise homework from my birth class (kegels, squats, pelvic tilts, all that) to make sure I'm ready, but sometimes I forget.

I still have a really hard time getting in enough green vegetables. I need to be better about that. Also, some days it's really hard for me to get enough protein. I'm getting better at it but we usually eat meat like as a part of a dish or something, not like as the main part of the meal, and I eat such small meals now anyway that it sorta makes it hard. So, the goal this week is to do better at both of those. :)

I do not have a hard time getting enough calcium. You see, tums and I are good friends, and I also have been thoroughly enjoying a big bowl of fresh peaches with a scoop of creamery vanilla ice cream on top. YUM.

Movement: Seriously, my belly moves so much that it's CREEPY sometimes. It'll be way lopsided one way, and then seconds later the whole thing looks like it's having an earthquake and it'll be totally lopsided the other way. This kid is a mover, big time.

On the name front: Squirmy Wormy. That just may be his name. My brother suggested Quackadilly Blip, so that's on the list too ha ha. (I'm 99% sure we won't choose a name until he's born. There's just nothing compelling us to commit to one right now since we're not sure about any of them.)

Ultrasound: We had another ultrasound yesterday just to check things out, and everything looks great! He is head down and loves to hang out on my right side (my liver and ribs could have told you that).

His head is measuring a week or so ahead, but the rest of his body is measuring basically right on now so we may just have a large-headed child. Based on their measurements yesterday he is most likely almost 4 pounds. Wow! It's crazy to me to think that some babies are born at full term (or close to it) only a pound or two more than this. Since he's supposed to gain about a half pound a week until he's born I highly doubt that'll be the case for us ha ha. If he's born right on his due date he should be about double what he weighs now. Yeah, not one of these little 6 pounders. :)

Temple open house:

The Ogden Temple was remodeled and it's open this month for walk throughs for anybody who would like to go through it and see it. We went up with Bryan's family on Saturday. That's the temple that Bryan's parents were married in so that was fun.

I had a really hard time with the heat and sun that day so pardon my zombie-like appearance ha ha.

PS, if my belly was any higher up it would be in my throat. No wonder I am barely in maternity bottoms at all. Sheesh!

Great picture Jeff! (Jeffrey took this one.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You're only given a little spark of madness...

Yesterday Bryan and I were out running errands and mom texted me that Robin Williams had died.

She texted me a few details as she heard it on the news and stuff.


What a sad thing.

There have been a lot of "famous" people lately who have done things like this, but this one feels different to me.

Maybe it's because Robin Williams was like a staple of my childhood.

Maybe it's because when I think of him I think of the Genie and Mrs Doubtfire and Jumanji and Hook.

I think about the first time I saw him standing up on that desk in Dead Poet's Society when Mr Rich showed it to us in high school.


The saddest thing to me is to know that he suffered from devastating depression.

I think sometimes when "normal people" have depression it's easy to think things like "well yeah all those money problem they're having would be really tough to get through!"

or "I know this is a huge struggle for her, but if she could just get herself up and dressed and out the door every day I know it would help."

or whatever...


But to see such an incredibly successful person (who in many minds had everything to live for) suffer so tragically from this disease really highlights that it's just that- a disease.

It's not just about being overwhelmed by day to day problems or whatever. It's a disease.

And it's sad.

And I hope that maybe Robin Williams' passing will remind us of that...

... and remind us that we really never know what someone else is going through, so to just be a little more patient with those around us.

This article is worth reading... Robin Williams: Finding the Silver Lining

I keep thinking of this poem... I analyzed it in Mr Rich's class back in 11th grade, but I've never forgotten it.

We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
       We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
       We wear the mask!