Friday, September 30, 2005

Weight Gain



In my hapai condition I am glad to report that I have maintained my current weight. The hormone [nickname B-Dad gave when I was still in the superstitious mode] is growing and all is going well. I am a bit surprised that I haven’t tacked on the pounds, but I guess it’s still early. He’s moving around quite a bit and it takes me by surprise sometimes. Sometimes he even responds to his big brother’s voice which is exciting in itself. I think every now and then how the armadillo will react when his little brother arrives. The armadillo will probably think it’s the coolest toy he’s ever received!



I just got my Preggers ‘n Proud tees. I wore the Loving My Buddha Belly tee today and received many compliments on it. Although the assistant at the doctor’s office today asked if my shirt was a maternity tee, not that’s strange. Geesh, I would hope so. I don’t think many women would wear a shirt advertising their “buddha belly” if they were not pregnant. The tees are delightful and a great fit. I might order a couple more.



I’m also eyeing these shirts from Fortune Tee. They have long and short sleeve shirts with eye-catching phrases. I’m looking at the Sleepless Nights are in My Near Future long sleeve tee.

The armadillo is slowly getting over his cold. He’s still coughing from time to time, but otherwise doing better. The armadillo is just as fabulous as ever. Last night the armadillo was very affectionate with his mama. He gave me kisses last night! When B-Dad asked for kisses the armadillo shook his head as if saying “no”. Poor B-Dad was crushed! I love the armadillo kisses. I’d better take advantage of them now before he gets older and refuses to kiss his mama. What a sad day that will be!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

What are You Watching



The new season started a few weeks ago on the major networks. Our TIVO’s are working overtime making sure that our regular favorites and our new favorites are being recorded. Our primetime lineup includes returnees Lost, CSI, CSI Miami, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order Criminal Intent, the Apprentice, The West Wing, ER, The Amazing Race, etc … Our trial television viewing includes Surface, Invasion, Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and Reunion. We just finished watching the Stargate series [SG1 and Atlantis], the Battlestar Galactica series, the 4400, the Dead Zone, and Monk. It’s a good thing they are on a different schedule than primetime otherwise we’d have nothing to watch during the summer and winter months. Of course we’re eagerly anticipating the start of 24, which I hear will start in January. Long way off if you ask me, but I’ll wait.

If you'd like more info on these shows or others you're thinking of watching go to TV.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Smoked Ika



Now it may not sound too appetizing to you but I am eating a package of Smoked Ika [squid] Legs {thank you mom & grandma}. Oh it’s been so long since I had this. Ono! I know I don’t have to worry about saving some for B-Dad because squid legs are not exactly his cup of tea. That’s too bad. Speaking of squid I saw on the news this morning that they had a picture of a giant squid in the wild. It was gigantic. It measured approximately 26 feet long. I think I’d go into shock if I saw one of those in the water. Go to Yahoo.com for more information.

I can’t believe the weather here lately. In the past couple of weeks there’s been a temperature variance of 20 degrees. It’s in the low 90’s today but on Saturday it’s supposed to be in the mid-70’s. Then they’re expecting rain on Sunday or Monday. How weird is that?

Oh wow I can feel the baby kicking. He must either like the squid legs or telling me he hates it. We’ll see.



I love pandas. I hope pandas will be around so that my children and their generation will get to see them in the wild or in the zoo, not in photos.

I’m going to call the armadillo’s doctor tomorrow. He’s still got a mild cough and I just want to make sure that giving him cough medicine at night for over a week is still okay. Other than a cough and a runny nose he appears fine. He’s practically running and loves terrorizing the kitties. Though I’m not sure the kitties are having much fun with that. I’m glad that they are patient with the armadillo and don’t freak out too much when a screaming toddler is chasing after them.

I just looked down at my bag of smoked ika and I’m half way done. If I had that 20 foot tentacle to smoke, boy I’d have smoked ika for life! Want some?

Preggers 'n Proud



It’s a bummer I didn’t know about these fabulous maternity tees when I was pregnant with the armadillo. These days there are a great number of stylish designers out there. I ordered a couple of shirts from Preggers ‘n Proud recently. I ordered the Buddha Belly and Blossoming Belly tees. Now I can look hip while walking around with an expanding belly. I’ll post an update about these tees when I receive them … hopefully that will be soon!


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

2 Chix



I’m eyeing these tees from 2 Chix. I love the designs and some of them are amusing but I’m just hesitant on the price. It’s $38.00 each for the tees. Ouch! But they are trendy though. If you want to see more designs visit 2 Chix’s website.



I was teasing B-Dad about getting him this tee. He laughed but I don't think he would wear it. Bummer!


Monday, September 26, 2005

Car Shopping


Toyota Sequoia Limited


Infiniti QX56


Lexus LX

With the second baby on the way we are in need of a bigger car. We went car “browsing” this past weekend. I want to get a bigger SUV than what we have now. We’re looking into an SUV that will seat 7-8. The three models we looked at were the Toyota Sequoia, Infiniti QX56, and the Lexus LX. We saw the Infiniti QX56 first. It’s a lovely luxury car but unfortunately the 3rd row seat had too little head room. B-Dad, who is 6’ tall couldn’t sit up straight. Therefore anyone over 5’9” would not be able to utilize the 3rd row. That’s a waste of seats. The car drove nicely and the luxury features were fabulous, but we can’t consider this car if the 3rd row will not be utilized. The next car we looked at was the Lexus LX. I was more turned off from the dealership than the car. No one came to help us or ask us any questions. Do we look poor? It shouldn’t matter even if we did. That left a sour taste in my mouth so I just wanted to leave. But we did catch a look at the price tag, and whew … in my opinion too much money for that car. The last car we saw was the Toyota Sequoia Limited. In my opinion that was the best out of the three. B-Dad could sit in the 3rd row which was a plus. They were offering special features such as DVD player, GPS, rearview camera, etc … Also the price was more reasonable than the Lexus, much more reasonable. It’s too bad about the Infiniti and its 3rd row seating. There’s not much difference in pricing between the Sequoia and the QX56. We would have probably gone with the Infiniti. Oh well. I’m not sure if we’re going to look at any other models. I’m not a mini-van type so I’ve scratched that option off. I like the sliding doors feature but we would like to have a car with 4WD so that we could drive to Tahoe or Reno when we wanted to. I think we’re going to revisit the car search this weekend again and go back to Toyota, possibly.

The armadillo is still getting over his cold. I’m still debating on Gymboree class. I hate to keep out for 2 weeks in a row but I don’t want the other mommies giving me a stink eye in case the armadillo coughs or sneezes.

BTW I’m on the “Difficult” category for the Sudoku puzzles. I’ve done about 120 puzzles already. Wow! Um, this doesn’t mean that I have a lot of free time during the day, so don’t think I’m not busy. Haha.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

It's Painful


Photo taken from Yahoo Sports


It’s such a letdown to have your favorite football team for as long as you can remember lose a game. It’s excruciating to see that team lose when that team was leading for over 90% of the game. Then to have the opposing team come from behind is even worse. Before you start feeling sorry for me I was rooting for the team that came from behind and won. Oh what a game! I almost paused the last 3 minutes so that I wouldn’t have to sit through the game and wait till it was over so I could fast forward to the end. I was stressing and nervous. Luckily they were able to pull through it to victory. Whew! Well I don’t want to add more salt to the armadillo’s Grandpa’s wound so I’ll stop here. But if you’re curious about the game highlights go to Yahoo Sports.

My fave team will be in the area because they’ll be playing the Raiders next Sunday. I’m tempted to find out where their training camp will be. I think I’ll do a search later to see if they will be nearby. Who knows, maybe the armadillo and I will pay a visit if it’s open to fans. Too bad my man Mr. Aikman won’t be there.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Whew I can breath easy now. We got the results of our amniocentesis and everything looks good. I tried not to think about it too much because I didn’t want to get stressed. B-Dad’s response was “I told you everything was okay”. How can one be so optimistic? I’m not sure if he does that so I won’t panic because he knows I can be a worry wart. Yes I do tend to over-worry at times. B-Dad finds it amusing at times. Now I can move on with this pregnancy and actually say that we’re having a baby. Now I can actually think about keeping the due date month free from scheduling, etc … Slowly but surely I’ll get on track.

The armadillo is still recovering from his “I didn’t catch it from Gymboree” cold. Ha ha, it’s a joke between me and my “sista”. The armadillo is in the coughing stage with a runny nose here and there. Personally I hate the coughing stage. It’s so hard to sleep with hacking every 10 minutes. Fortunately the armadillo’s cough/cold medicine works pretty well for him. I’m hoping he’ll recover soon so he can get back to his Gymboree classes next week.



Have you tried these yet? Of course B-Dad and I have. They are pretty good if you’re not looking for high quality baked goods. It seriously takes a few minutes to make and all you need is a microwave and water. Of course I saw these at Target.

Got any big plans this weekend? Nothing exciting planned here. I’m just assuming that B-Dad is working AGAIN. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he’s not. But I don’t ask, I just wait till he says something. I don’t want to jinx it.



Do you need another diaper bag? Baby Bella is offering 25% off their diaper bag collection. They carry Fleurville, Oi Oi, JP Lizzy and Kecci. Visit their website and make sure you do before the 26th because the sale will expire. I am so tempted but sigh it’s not that I really need another bag I just want it. I’m drooling over the Fleurville tote shown above. Did I mention that I REALLY want it? Just checking …

Yoga Mamas -- A Fab Book Find



I finished reading this book last week and loved it. Thrifty Mama over at the Daily Stroll recommended this book and it was a great read. Here’s a description from Amazon.com … “They're pregnant. They're glamorous. They're blissfully balanced. Or maybe that's all just a pose... Laura is pregnant. She is stressed. She is exhausted. So she takes a deep, yogic breath, forgets about her husband, leaves her cramped apartment...and joins the Prada-clad celebrities and socialites at the most elite yoga center in the city. She figures she is a few tax brackets too short of fitting in. But she finds herself befriended by four huge-hearted, fabulously pregnant women who prove her wrong. Soon they are exchanging birthing plans and baby names and dirty secrets about their significant others. Everything is falling into place. Until she discovers one of them has a secret so big it just might burst their blissful yoga bubble.”

If you’re the type that enjoys a funny and poignant mommy/mommy-to-be book, then Yoga Mamas is for you. Go to Amazon.com to pick up your copy!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

So Kawaii



This photo porvided by the National Zoo shows the 10-week-old male giant panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 where he received his sixth health exam. The cub, born on July 9, now weighs 9.57 pounds and is 22.51 inches long.

He's so precious!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

It's a Boy




I love this maternity tee from Zoe B Maternity. It takes the guess work out of guessing, and it removes the need for strangers that for the life of me needs to know what I'm having. I always find it bizarre when complete strangers ask me what the sex of the baby is. As if they have some sort of vested interest.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Armadillo Has a Cold




The poor armadillo is under the weather. It seems that he caught a cold. It's not too bad. The armadillo has the sniffles, sneezing, and a little cough. We had to skip Gymboree class today. Don't want to spread the germs around to the armadillo's buddies. That wouldn't be Gymboree-friendly.

My armadillo is very smart. He's starting to catch on to his bedtime routine and is putting up a little resistance when he knows it's time to go in the crib. We always end with the same story, "Goodnight Moon". Time to mix it up his nene stories. A couple times when I'm reading the book, he'll shake his head "no". As if to tell us "I'm not ready for bedtime yet.". Therefore we had to switch up the books. I no longer end with "Goodnight Moon". Just tonight he didn't want me to kiss him good night. He knew it was close to time to putting him in his crib so he didn't want me to kiss him. That boy is smart!

BTW, I just want to mention to that someone who's a little paranoid of Gymboree germs ... the armadillo hasn't been to Gymboree since last week Tuesday so he couldn't have gotten this from his class.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Na Na Na



The armadillo has been spouting off sentence babbles lately. It’s so adorable to listen to him babble for a couple minutes. I can’t hear any “words” but it’s funny to hear all of the different sounds and syllables. His favorite syllable of the month is "na na na". He's also started saying "ma ma ma". Now if he can only associate "ma ma" with me! Sometimes he can’t say a certain sound and he ends up flubbing it along with all this drool flowing out. The armadillo is getting primed and ready to start talking for sure. How exciting!

What’s also thrilling is that I’m definitely starting to feel the baby move. I didn’t think I would at this point, but it feels like movement. Unless I have chronic gas problems, which in that case would be hazardous to everyone’s health. The other night the baby kicked so hard that the book I was reading on my tummy went up along with the kick. He sure is active! I think the baby knows I’m writing about him because he’s moving around a lot right now.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Did I Mention ...



That I got to touch a dolphin while in San Diego? It was at Sea World. That was great. Of course we paid $4.00 for 4 fish to feed the dolphins, but I think touching a dolphin was worth the $4.00. What annoyed me were the people who didn’t pay for feeder fish and was touching MY dolphin. See the picture above? That little boy kept edging in next to me [I’m the one w/the big head and green shirt], trying to touch the dolphin that the trainer called over for me. It was kind of the trainers to bring the dolphins over to the people who bought fish, but then you have these “freeloaders” trying to get in on your dolphin action. Well that’s my rant this week.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Feet Fetish

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The funniest thing happened to me yesterday while browsing at my favorite store Target. The armadillo and I were cruising through the shoe section. I was looking for some fab Puma look-a-likes but no such luck. Turning the corner a man came up to us and said “This is not a pick-up line because I know you have a kid, but I just wanted to let you know that you have the sexiest feet I’ve every seen.”. Okay, try not to laugh too hard. I was flabbergasted! I looked at my feet and told the man “Thank you”. No one has ever told me that before. I never thought my feet were anything to brag about but apparently this man did. I told B-Dad that story and he busted out laughing. I considered putting a picture of my feet on this blog but feared there were those of you that wouldn’t agree with that man’s opinion so I nixed the idea. It appears that maybe this man has a foot fetish thus why he was in the shoe section. How amusing!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Good Times Forever



To curb my domination of the TIVO recorder upstairs B-Dad has graciously bought for me all five seasons of the show “Good Times”. What an excellent surprise! I guess B-Dad was tired of seeing the lists of “Good Times” episodes on our TIVO. The same goes for the series Roseanne. B-Dad bought me the first season on DVD. Unfortunately it’s the only season out on DVD as I’m sure he would have bought me the entire set if it was available.

I saw this picture on Yahoo today. Thought it was pretty funny.


"U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14. "

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It's Official ... I'm Hapai

I am pregnant with our second child. I believe I'm currently about 20 weeks. I’m not obsessed with this one as I was with the armadillo. I guess it’s because my day is full of chasing the armadillo around so I frequently forget that I'm carrying a child in me. I'm the superstitious type as well. I don’t believe in saying anything until after the first trimester. If I had my way I probably wouldn’t say anything till after the baby’s born. Surprise! But that’s not being realistic. What would I tell people about my burgeoning belly? …. “Um, I got really bad gas …” That won’t fly for sure, as well as I’m sure I’d just be isolating myself for the next five months.

I’m pretty sure I can feel the baby moving. It’s a weird feeling. It is times like that when the baby shifts that I remember I’m expecting. It’s very exciting!

Well I’d better wrap this up as my body is fatigued and I need a nap. … By the way … we’re having a boy. In the immortal words of my beloved niece … “Oh no another boy!”.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

B-Dad's Sudoku Update

Well I hate to admit it, but B-Dad completed the puzzle last night. I am impressed! It was a puzzle in the most difficult category of the book. I haven't moved to that category yet. It's looks too intimidating for me right now. Back to my "moderate" level puzzles!

Target Pink

Support a great cause with Target Pink! 100% of all net profits from the Target Pink collection will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is committed to inhibiting breast cancer and to finding a cure in our lifetime.

There are tons of fabulous items featured in the Target Pink anthology. The items below are just a few of what I’d like to add to my ongoing list of Target purchases. Don’t forget that these items can be found on Target.com’s Red Hot Shop or Target.com’s Target Pink section so you don't have to be near a Target store to contribute!



Target Pink Mini Tote


Target Pink Stationery Set



Target Pink Cashmere Flip Flop Slippers


Target Pink Cashmere Scarf - Light Pink

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Another Sudoku Addict



I am able to post tonight thanks to B-Dad. I’m not stuck with my pencil and my nose in the middle of my Sudoku book. You want to know why? It’s because B-Dad has decided to try his hand at these puzzles. He was curious as to why I couldn’t put the book down so I gave him a quick tutorial this afternoon. Lo and behold, since he is a man, he decided to try one. But not the easy ones mind you … the super challenging ones. I’m referring to the 16x16 grid. Oh boy! So of course I dared him that he couldn’t finish the puzzle by tonight. That drove him to obsession city! If it wasn’t for B-Dad there would not have been a post tonight. Lucky you! Ha ha!

As for my update with the Sudoku puzzles I have completed over fifty puzzles. I’m still in the “moderate” category but I believe I’ll be moving up the difficulty level soon.

I’m telling you if you haven’t yet tried a Sudoku puzzle I highly suggest it. It’s fun, mind-stimulating and sort of addicting. Pick up a book, a newspaper or go online for a puzzle and have fun!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Martini Lounge



I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as one of the writers at the Martini Lounge. The Martini Lounge is an online community for women which feature women writers and artists from all backgrounds. Every month the Martini Lounge offers discussions on varying topics from health to politics to fashion.

I adore writing on The Armadillo Tales and at the same time, I’m looking forward to contributing to the Martini Lounge. I’ll be sure to update this blog as to when my articles are published.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

No More Milkshakes

No more milkshakes from Fatburger for me! Ugh, dairy always does it to me, gives me an upset stomach. I don’t know what it was about this particular one, but it threw me for a loop. I’ve had other milkshakes before and never had this reaction. It’s appalling that something so scrumptious can throw my body off like that. Make mental note: no more shakes from Fatburger … doggone it!

The “I can make roses out of toilet paper” housecleaner came today. It’s remarkable what one can do with toilet paper. I think I’ll save the rose for B-Dad and put it on his pillow tonight!

My latest Sudoku update … I’m still working on the “moderate” category puzzles. I just can’t stop!

Today is Target Thursday and can you believe that I just bought one item for $9.99?! It wasn’t that hard not to go overboard. For some reason this Target store didn’t have the selection of items I was looking for. But there are always other Targets nearby!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

So You Think You Can Dance



The armadillo does. Tonight the armadillo was in the mood for dancing. Every time he heard a bit of music the armadillo would shake his arms all the while sporting a gigantic smile. We had that show, “So You Think You Can Dance” on the television and the armadillo was mesmerized. He enjoyed dancing to the variety of music they were playing. He is just so totally delightful to watch.

As for my Sudoku quest I’ve now completed over 30 puzzles and have moved up to the “moderate” category. I can’t stop! I’m going to start another puzzle before I got to bed.

Hello my name is Mommy and I’m a Sudoku-holic …

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sudoku -- I'm Hooked!



I just picked up this book today and I've done over 20 puzzles in an hour!! I am so addicted! If you haven't heard of this Japanese puzzle game, read this quick synopsis found at Amazon.com:

Book Description
A big, new, original puzzle collection featuring the hot new puzzle craze, already running daily on the crossword pages of USA Today, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, and many more to come.

"Crossword lovers, move over!"—USA Today. "Fiendishly addictive."—Time. Everyone can enjoy them. You don't need to be a math whiz to solve them. You need only a pencil to play.

What are they? Logic puzzles that just happen to use numbers. All you do is fill in a grid so that every row, column, and 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9...and there's only one solution to each puzzle!

The Big Book of Su Doku #1 features 200 brand new puzzles, arranged in increasing order of difficulty, from the easiest "Mini Su Doku" puzzles up to the new 12 x 12 "Super Su Doku." It also contains tips and basic rules to get you started.

My lovely mother introduced this to me while we were browsing at a book store last week. I thought it would be fun to see what these puzzles were like. The book is right in that you don't have to be a math genius to figure these out. Thank goodness or I'd still be on puzzle #1. You just need a little logic and to remember to use the tips and rules when you're stuck.

I highly suggest picking up a copy of the Sudoku books available to get your addiction started!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Where's the Azguard?



The grandparents left early this morning. The armadillo and I miss them already. It hit me when I realized that it was just the armadillo and I today after B-Dad left for work. There was no one else to play with the armadillo. There was no one else to talk to the armadillo. There was no one else to watch the armadillo in case I needed a bathroom break. I miss them.

I realized one thing this morning as the armadillo and I got ready to go out. I hate to admit it but I get lonely. Sure I have the armadillo to spend time with, but there’s no one to have conversations with. I miss the adult dialogues. I miss having company around. With B-Dad working so much the past few months it’s been just me and the armadillo. It’s partly my fault I’ll admit. I could get in contact with a few people and schedule lunch or go shopping. But sometimes I don’t feel comfortable with that. I like to be on a schedule. With the grandparents it’s painless to keep to a schedule, but with others I feel as if it wouldn’t fly that easily. For example, the grandparents and I could all go to Target and I could browse at my leisure. I don’t feel obligated to stick with them and have to glance at items I have no interest in. I guess it’s something having to do with family comfort. There’s no pressure to accommodate someone else the way you would with your “friends”.

If I could think out of the box that would make this separation easier, I wish that we as humans had the Azguard transporter technology found on the series Stargate SG-1. With just a push of a crystal I could either beam the grandparents here or we could be beamed to them. Oh how life would be if we had such a device. I’ve even contemplated going back to Hawaii with them for a little vacation with the armadillo since B-Dad is working so much. But regrettably I have an appointment this Friday I have to keep so going for a few days wouldn’t make much sense. It’s also crossed my mind to go back home every couple of months for a couple of weeks to see my family. Sorry to say that with my current condition it’s going to get more and more complex to fly so that option is not possible. Do I sound pathetic? I hope not.

All things considered I am blissful that they were able to come and visit. Even though B-Dad had to work most of the time, I felt that they enjoyed their vacation. They got to spend time with the armadillo and he loved it. We all went shopping and picked up some fabulous stuff, much to Grandpappy’s chagrin. That quick trip to San Diego was a fantastic getaway. I’m hoping that we can all do this again … and soon!

Hey maybe we can break our record of visiting four separate Target stores … right Grandpappy?!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Calling All Slaves to Target



If you’re a big fan of Target like I am pick up one of the fab apparel items from Café Press. Visit this link to see more stylish items with our “Red Cart Romance” print and support the Slave to Target blog.


And don't forget your canine buddy as well!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Help Hurricane Katrina's Other Victims



The Red Cross is there for the people and of course we have the ASPCA for the pets. All you fellow pet-lovers out there, click the link above for more info as to how you can help. To help support the Red Cross visit this link. Let's get together and lend a hand!

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