Monday, April 30, 2012

Preggers: Week 20


-How far along are you: 20 Weeks, 2nd Trimester

-Total Weigh Gain: 18lbs. According to me. And that is all that matters.

-Fruit/Veggie of the week: Cantaloupe

-How are you sleeping: This week has been awful. I've been really sick with cold-like symptoms. After a trip to The Women's Pavilion's ER (which was uh-maz-ing) it turns out that it is all due to Post Nasal Drip which has caused cobblestoning in the back of my throat which has cause an uncontrollable cough. So sleep has been out of the question.

-Weird Dreams of the week:
     -Dreams would require sleep...

-Stretch Marks: Still none. :)

-Symptoms: No real pregnancy symptoms. The second trimester is treating me pretty good. 

-Fetal Movement: Ok. I'm getting fussy about this. I'm not entirely sure that I'm feeling movement. My digestive system has always been boisterous. There has always been lots of gurgling, growling, bubbles, etc. So I'm feeling this thumping feeling which could be attributed to movement but it could also be my intestinal track throwing a fit. There is this girl on Facebook that is all up in my business (a whoooole 'nother problem with pregnancy) who is also pregnant who swears that she felt her baby move at 17 weeks. On the one hand I'm jealous, on the other hand there is no way that she felt the baby move that early. So I don't know. Maybe I'm feeling movement, maybe I'm not, but I'm not going to get excited until I know.

-Food Cravings: Annoyingly absent. Trying to find something to eat has become a thirty minute discussion in my house.

-Anything making you queasy: The medication for my sore throat. The doctor prescribed me with something called "Magic Mouthwash". I can't make this up. It is a mixture of lidocaine, benadryl, and an antacid. You gargle it, then swallow it. It numbs your throat to make eating and swallowing easier. Unfortunately, it also numbs the entrance to your stomach which leads to severe indigestion if you lay horizontal. :)

-Innie or Outie: Still 100% Innie

-Emotions: I've been too sick to have emotions lol

-Missing anything: The ability to take medication freely. Yeah. Btw, Robitussin is basically sugar water. "Studies have kind of shown us that Robitussin does about as much as jello to help sore throats and coughs." <- Doctor's words. 

-Best Moment of the Week: Mid-pregnancy ultrasound! We found out that we are having a boy! Thank goodness!


-Milestones: Finding out the gender. :)

Preggers: Week 19



-How far along are you: 19 Weeks, 2nd Trimester

-Total Weigh Gain: 15lbs. ? I think? My doctor and I have different view on this. :)

-Fruit/Veggie of the week: Mango!

-How are you sleeping: Pretty good, I'm flopping around a lot but luckily I only have to have one potty break a night. 
-Weird Dreams of the week:
     -I dreamed that my friend Michael finally got lasik eye surgery in Malibu...we live in Houston. 
     -I dreamed that I forgot I was pregnant and had a cigarette. eek! 

-Stretch Marks: No! Thank goodness!

-Symptoms: I've had a couple sleepy moments and my tummy itches LIKE CRAZY! Barry has a theory that my maternity pants are the real culprit for the itchy tummy. He thinks the high stretchy band is pulling at the little  peach fuzz on my stomach. At first I thought he was crazy...but I stopped wearing maternity pants for a couple of days and the itching went away, when I wore the pants again the itching came back. 
-Movement: None, I think. *le sigh*
-Food Cravings: I find myself eating enchiladas more but I wouldn't label it a craving. I'm still eating half melted ice at night. :)

-Anything making you queasy: Not really, I still don't care for the smell of meat.
-Innie or Outie: Still 100% Innie

-Emotions: I'm doing pretty steady on the emotions. Sometimes I have low patience and I get a bit snippy but I haven't had any wild roller coaster rides this week. 

-Missing anything: Margaritas...and crawfish...and alcohol in general. This is my second favorite part of the year (summer being the most favorite) and I can't do any of the things I normally do - sun, sand, bikini and beer. 

-Best Moment of the Week: I think I felt the baby move, but I was laying in bed...and I'm pretty sure I was asleep so I'm not entirely sure I didn't dream it lol
-Milestones: None, really. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Instafriday!



I am so happy to announce that Heritage Knitting is now accepting credit cards!
This little beauty was free, the app is free, the accounting is free. You only have to
pay for a 2.75% fee for each transaction which is not much at all compared to 
other credit card companies. I am so excited about this, I can now take credit cards
at craft fairs which will hopefully boost my sales!


I had a moment of weakness. Don't judge me.


I made this little contraption while dreaming about tubing the river. :)
It slings around your neck so that your hands are free to paddle or do 
whatever.  I will be selling these as soon as I really figure out how to properly
attach the lanyard to the beer coozie.


We went to our neighborhood chinese restaurant for date night. We discovered
that in addition to the regular american chinese menu they had an authentic chinese
food menu. Barry ordered this meal, shredded beef with thai pepper and cilantro and
OMG was it amazing! It was so FRESH! No heavy sauces, no crazy flavor additions, just
the goodness of natural flavor. And then Barry ate this little orange thing thinking it was
a carrot...it wasn't a carrot. It was a thai pepper. His lunge for water was h i s t e r i c a l!!!
I felt bad for laughing but it was so funny!

I had more photos from this week but Blogger is being weird and not letting me load them.
Hopefully next week will have more photos. 

-Ri


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Craft Show Booth Layout

As some of you may know, I have a few craft shows coming up. Barry and I
have decided that while Etsy is a great source of supplemental income, it is not
enough for me to survive on. The fact is, I have superior products. I use awesome 
yarn and I don't do shortcuts. Unfortunately, I can't convey that information on Etsy. 
I can't tell people that my baby blankets are better because I use a smaller hook and
I crochet (and knit) super tight, I have to show them. And since I can't tell 
customers that my product is superior, I can't charge (and expect to sell) a 
higher price.

I fully intend on keeping open my etsy shop, I just wont use it as my main
income. I hope that I will start to be able to do a festival or craft show a
month, in the beginning, and slowly work my way up. 

So! I have been working very hard on my booth setup. The last craft shows I
have been to have been mediocre. I have made my booth fee back plus a little profit
but I didn't make much money because I didn't have a really cool booth. 
That's gonna change! 


This is my plan!

And here is some of my inspiration:

Thank you Pinterest!


I plan on using something like this to hang up some of my smaller items just for
visual interest. 

You can find a tutorial on how to make this at Homeroad.



Photo courtesy of : Mary Judy

This is where I got the idea for an L Shaped booth!


Photo courtesy of : Dirty Laundry (this is a great
blog post with craft show tips!)

One of my real goals this year is to try and add height to my booth.
I have repainted a teeny tiny bookcase to show my washcloths.

Hopefully this year with the combination of a new booth layout,
waaaay more inventory than I have ever had before, and my new capability
of taking credit cards I will be able to make more money!

Yay!

-Ri


Friday, April 13, 2012

Date Night Ideas



I think that it is so incredibly important, as a couple, to have
date nights. I, unfortunately, lack creativity on the planning aspect
of date night. So I did what every woman in america would do...
I asked Pinterest.


1. Have a Fondue night
2. Travel from home: "visit" France (get baguettes, wine, cheese, etc)
3. Read a book to one another
4. Bake cookies together
5. Watch the sunrise, then make breakfast together
6. Attend a local soccer game
7. Watch an entire season of your fav TV show
8. Go for a long drive
9. Planetarium
10. Art gallery

11. Play board games
12. Movie
13. Visit garage sales
14. Do a volunteer activity
15. Go dancing
16. Dress up and have a "Just Dance 3" Dance Off
17. Do a crafty project together
18. Ride go-carts
19. Fly Kites
20. Have a carpet picnic

21. Go to an arcade
22. Play Frisbee Golf
23. Go kayaking
24. Go ice skating
25. Visit the pumpkin farm
26. Go to a forest preserve
27. Go to Theater Under the Stars performance
28. Visit a place listed in an entertainment book
29. Bike riding
30. Volunteer at a homeless shelter

31. Bowling
32. Haunted house
33. Out for coffee
34. Visit a flea market
35. Play bingo
36. Go to an opera
37. Go skating in a Roller Rink
38. Visit another city
39. Go to a Jazz/Piano Lounge
40. See an NBA game

41. Play in the batting cages
42. Vegas anyone?
43. Go stargazing
44. Visit a psychic
45. Have lunch at a trendy new restaurant
46. Grab a fish fry
47. Grab a pint at an Irish pub
48. Chinese food and DVDs – the perfect mix
49. Go to a local fair or carnival
50. Take a factory tour

51. Go antiquing
52. Go out for drinks
53. Visit a winery
54. Attend a painting class
55. Wii Game Night
56. Go for a carriage ride
57. Visit the tourist spots in your hometown
58. Do a Theme Night
59. Take a walk – around a lake, in the moonlight, by the river, on the beach
60. Go to an ethnic festival
62. Play 20 Questions (questions for married couples here)
61. Play with the kids' legos
63. Have a "sleepover". Drag your mattress into the livingroom and  do sleepover stuffs.
64. Visit the zoo
65. Go see a local band
66. Day-Road Trip!
67. Go camping
68. Go hiking
69. Go rock climbing
70. Play croquet

71. Attend a farmer’s market
72. Miniature Golf
73. Try out a new cuisine
75. Take in a community theater performance
74. Go strawberry picking or visit an apple orchard
76. Attend a live, outdoor music night in your town
77. Go see fireworks
78. Do a puzzle together
79. Go to a pub crawl
80. Do a ghost tour

81. Dress up super fancy, go have dinner as if you're going to the opera...then come back home. :)
82. Go to the Drive In
83. Go to an Air Show
84. Go to a car show
85. Go the a racetrack
86. Laser Tag
87. Build and Fly a model rocket
88. Build and shoot a potato gun awwee yeah!
89. Feed ducks/seagulls

Houston Specific:

-Visit Moody Gardens
-Visit Johnson Space Center
-Visit the Houston Zoo
-Visit the Houston Botanical Gardens
-Visit the Kemah Boardwalk
-Visit Splashtown
-Visit Old Town Spring
-Take the Houston Ship Channel Tour
-Watch the Waugh Bat Colony at Sunset
-Visit the Waterwall
-Visit the Miller Outdoor Theater


Inspiration for this post comes from:
...and some of it I actually came up with. :)


annnd you should probably check out The Dating Divas. I could spend HOOUUURRRS on this site. :)

I can't wait to get started on all this!!!

-Ri

InstaFriday



This week has been all about making soap satchels to
fill up my display for the Hall Elementary Spring Fling.



This is a book my mother read to me when I was a child.
As a grown up I've decided...that Gus is most definitely gay lol

I fully intend on reading this to my baby and teaching them
tolerance the same way a learned...by a gay ghost. :)



I freaking love water tumblers. I bought this on etsy from 
BusyBeeGifts and I adore it. It is double-insulated so it doesn't
sweat and I was able to personalize it to reflect my personality.

Best $15 I've spent so far. 




Let's face it. I like beer. And when you're preggers...
you can't have beer. 

But! Glory and Hallelujah, Barry informed me
that there is a thing as non-alcoholic beer.

*GASP*

I've had St. Pauli's Girl and O'Douls and so far I'm
loving the O'Douls. It's like having a Dos Equiis without the
al-ki-hal. It has saved my summer. I fully intend on having a taste test
of all the non-alcoholic beers out there to find my favorite.

:) 

-Ri


Monday, April 9, 2012

InstaFriday





Boo-butt! He sleeps with us at night and in the morning
it is so hard to make the bed when he looks so stinkin' cute!



Our dogs are not territorial in the least bit, but they do like
their own space so when I woke up to this the other day my heart
melted just a bit. And then they woke up and ran all over
the house and the moment was over.



None of my cravings have been nutritious so far
so I was ecstatic to find that I adore edamame.






This was my work project for the day. Sorting gel, joy of joys.

-Ri


Sunday, April 1, 2012

InstaFriday


Ok, I know it has been a while since my last insta-friday post,
you'll have to forgive me...I'm growing a baby. :)



Well, my nesting has officially begun. With cooking. Feast 
your eyes (hehe) on cheesy grits, crock pot enchiladas, and 
breakfast sandwiches!

This is the second batch. We have a stand alone freezer and it is
almost full. Yeah. 



Craving of the day!



This is what I was doing this time last year and I'm selfish enough
to say that I miss it terribly. 

Mostly the beer...and the pool. ;)

But, HOPEFULLY I'll make oodles of money at the Hall Elementary
Spring Fling and the Texas Music Festival and I'll be able to buy another
quick-set pool for this year.

Fingers crossed!

-Ri

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