1. I love boxes--of all sizes, colors, decorations. I think I have this fantasy of being able to organize every little knick-knack I own into boxes. Does this say something fundamentally deeper about me???
2. But I actually don't like knick-knacks. I hate clutter. It makes me cringe.
3. I am a lover of travel, and have managed to do a good bit of it. I've been to: England, Scotland, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Grand Caymen, Haiti, Jamaica, and a bunch of U.S. spots too. I can't pick a favorite though--it depends on my mood.
4. I have always thought that if there were a tragedy and I lost the people I loved, that I would sell all my belongings and go live in Ecuador in the middle of the rainforest. It was the one place in my travels that calmed my heart to a complete AHHH...
5. I am half granola and half yuppie. I like wine bars and I like hiking in the woods.
6. I LOVE books--mostly fiction, but some nonfiction too. My favorite book is probably Life of Pi. I have read it over and over again and can always find something new in it.
7. I am madly, deeply, utterly thankful to have married my husband. He actually does complete me.
8. I have been playing the piano since I was 8. I cannot imagine my life without it. It is my Prozac.
9. My favorite composer is Chopin.
10. I am horrible at sports. I was always one of the last to be picked for sports teams in grade school. I used to cry about it. I'm past it now, thank you very much.
11. I am terrified and ecstatic about having a baby in five short months.
12. I am worried that I am going to be the "mean" parent and Rich is going to get off being the nice one.
13. I love food. And I love reading restaurant reviews.
14. I laugh a lot. People have told me that they like being around me because I make them feel funny. Until they realize that I laugh at everything.
15. I cry a lot too. Just not usually in public.
16. I am pretty good at managing money. I design spreadsheets and pie charts and all of that stuff for our personal finances. It's funny--I've been doing it for years, even when I was in college and didn't really have a lot in the "income" column.
17. I don't really have any blood relatives other than my mother. Everyone else is on the other side of the world and I don't know them well. I have plenty of other non-blood family here, so it's all good.
18. My mother is French. She moved to the U.S. just before I was born. And she just became a U.S. citizen two years ago, which was very exciting for her!
19. My favorite color is red.
20. I lived in the rural South for a few years as a kid. We had a Book-Mobile that used to come around from the local library. I would check out as many books as we were allowed, climb a tree and find a perfect spot to read. I miss that!
21. On a similar note, I used to catch tadpoles using my tea set. Is that not the utter definition of a tomboy?
22. I love science. And learning. I will be a lifelong nerd and I'm okay with it.
23. I am obsessed with paper. Handmade, colorful, stacks of crisp paper. It's really strange I know. But when I found an old stationary shop in London, I thought I was in heaven.
24. I am at a good place in life with love, friendships, and family. That makes me scared.
25. I have been sitting by my phone for the last two hours waiting for THE PHONE CALL to let me know if I am laid off or not. And I just got the call--I'm still employed! Whew! I am happy and yet sad for my friends who won't be getting good news.
We had our 19 week ultrasound this morning and got to see our little one again. It is amazing to see all of their little body parts--heart, kidneys, spine, and the cutest little feet!
She was being quite stubborn for us, turning away from the ultrasound wand and being generally uncooperative! She laid on her belly, with her legs bent into a scrunched up little position and her bottom sticking out, as if to say, "Leave me alone!" And I'm sure we will hear that one day in person! Later she had the hiccups and we saw her little stomach jumping on the screen with each one...So cute! She's about 10 ounces, which is just right for her age (so they tell us).
Our ultrasound tech asked us if we wanted to know the sex, and we said YES! She took her time, zooming in and getting a good look, and finally said, "It's a GIRL!"
We are excited for a healthy baby, girl or boy--so YAY!
We will go back for another look in 2 weeks to take some other measurements since she was dodging the paparazzi today and refusing to get all of her photos taken!
I have been in sales meetings this week--part of our regular annual meetings, but leaving this time was bittersweet. We are having massive layoffs at work that are coming in the next couple weeks--and we knew when we were leaving that it would be the last time we would be together as a team. There wasn't a dry eye in the room as we said our goodbyes.
I'm stressed about my situation--being 5 months pregnant and without a job does not seem appealing to me to say the least--but I'm also sad that the people who I've enjoyed working with for the last 5 years are in jeopardy. It's nothing new in the corporate world lately, but it's unsettling still.
So now I am on a 2 week countdown... I will know my status on January 30th. Here's to hoping for continued employment!