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Operation Movie Date Night is in full effect, y’all!

Now to just stay awake through the whole thing.



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Friday Five: Help Wanted Edition

Happy Friday!

1.  Ladies and gentlemen – we have a tooth!  His first pearly white (front, bottom right) popped through the gum on Tuesday.  I feel like this child has been teething since birth, so to finally, FINALLY, see something come from all the drool and whining and sleeplessness is awesome!  Pictures to come, if I can get him to take his hand from his mouth for five seconds.

2.  We finally booked our New York trip(!), including tickets to see Jimmy Fallon(!!) which was like the one thing I wanted to do in the city.  Beyond that, though, I’m not exactly sure how best to maximize our time.  We’ll be there less than 72 hours and will really only have one full day for touristy stuff so I don’t want to try to cram everything into this trip.  There is so much to see and do that the whole thing is completely overwhelming.  Feel free to offer your New York City advice, suggestions, and ominous warnings.

3.  I have not been to see a movie in a movie theater since September 17, 2010, when my husband and I wasted $20 to see Grown Ups.  People, this cannot stand!  I am desperate to see the final HP movie (I missed Deathly Hallows, Part 1 thanks to bedrest/early delivery/NICU baby) but don’t have a babysitter.  I don’t even know how to go about finding a reliable, trustworthy mini-me to care for my preshus. How do normal people ever leave the house after 6:30 pm without dragging a cranky, screamy babe along? Suggestions, please.

4.  Speaking of ill-tempered children out way past their bed time, tomorrow night, we will bring along our baby as we say so long to our dear, dear friend Charles who is moving away to Philadelphia to see the world, broaden his horizons and learn some stuff about God and the Bible at seminary.  The baby won’t be the only one crying either.  Charles was one of my very first friends when I moved to town and has remained the most loyal, most considerate, most wonderful person we know.  We are super sad to see him go and we’re going to miss him like crazy.  Philly, please be kind.  Don’t be a stranger, Charlie Brown.

5. We’ve been working on helping Baby E with his speech and language development, but things aren’t going as one might hope.  Something tells me we may have a bit of a battle on our hands:

Happy Friday, everybody!  Hope you have a great weekend.


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We are at the hospital, waiting for the doctor to come in and tell us definitively that today is the day. It’s a little scary and more than a little overwhelming to think that this pregnancy is coming to a rapid end.  More to come, stay tuned.

Update: It’s 8:20 am and we have been at the hospital for about 7 hours. The doctor is doing what she can to prevent the baby from coming today. The contractions and bleeding have stopped for now. I’m completely miserable, having only slept about 25 minutes since we arrived, but I’m incredibly thankful the baby is good and strong and healthy.

Update: It’s 3:25 pm and the contractions are back though inconsistent. No bleeding but that can be brought on by contractions. Hopefully, we’ll be able to stop the contractions for good soon. We had an ultrasound that showed a beautiful, healthy baby who is probably handling this the best out of the three of us.

Update: It’s almost 10 pm and we are reaching the 24 hour mark. I am absolutely exhausted but afraid to sleep as that seems to be the time when these things happen. Still no bleeding which is good but we have learned that really doesn’t mean anything with this condition. Hopefully, we will make it through the night without another incident. The doctor is giving me something to sleep so hopefully, this is the last update of the day. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. They have been felt and are greatly appreciated.


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Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my beautiful mother’s birthday.  She is a very special lady who has played a very important role in shaping and loving me into the person I am today.  For her years of tireless work and unfailing support, I can never say thank you enough.  She is my role model, my confidante and my very best shopping partner.

Happy birthday, Mater.  I hope you always know how incredibly loved you are.

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25 Things

I’d love to eventually compile a list of 100 Things About Me, but just putting this list of twenty-five together for the Facebook meme took much more thought and effort than it probably should have.  Maybe I’ll just add to the list a little bit at a time so, for now, we’ll consider this a jumping off point.

1. I am a fairly repetitive person, meaning once I find something I like, I tend to listen/watch/eat/wear it over and over again until I am absolutely sick of it.

2. In spite of the above, one of my biggest pet peeves is repeating myself.  I’m warning you – ask me to say something I just said one more time and I’ll have to restrain myself from clawing at your face.  Ask me twice and all gloves are off.

3. Reese’s peanut butter cups have always been my favorite candy.  I didn’t think I could ever meet anyone who loved them more.  And then I met my husband. 

4. I’m pretty good with directions and can generally find my way anywhere if I’ve been there once.  Hindering this remarkable ability is my struggle with knowing my left from my right.

5. I tend to make very emotional decisions based almost exclusively on my gut instinct at the time.  This works out for me about 75% of the time.  Let’s not talk about the other 25%.

6. I love taking pictures and I think I’m pretty good at it.

7. Having my picture taken, on the other hand, is unbelievably unpleasant.

8.  I have only lived in three cities my whole life, all of them in Florida. 

9. In my opinion, whistling is one of the worst sounds on the planet.

10. I suffer from social anxiety but only when faced with small groups of people.  This makes networking and finding new friends extremely difficult.

11. Put me on a stage in front of hundreds, however, and you’ll watch me come alive.

12. I was a “vegetarian” for five years in high school but really hated vegetables.  I lived almost exclusively on fake meat, green beans and pasta.

13. Until recently, I worked with a man who looked EXACTLY like Milton from the movie Office Space.  Right down to the greasy comb over and ginormous glasses.

14. Ebin and I love taking road-trips and exploring new places.  Our current dream vacation is a cross country drive thru middle America.

15. When I was younger, I wanted to have five children.  As a grown woman, um…not so much.

16. Words I would never use to describe myself: athletic, graceful, stealthy or subtle.

17. I fear I might be developing cankles.  If this is the case, I might as well cut off my feet.

18. I once flew home to Jacksonville straight through a tropical storm.  In a tiny commuter plane.  With propellers.  It was absolutely terrifying and the closest I have ever been to becoming source material for a movie of the week.

19. Ebin and I have exactly the same sense of humor.  Together, we have the comedic IQ of a twelve year old boy.

20. For example, my first thought whenever anyone asks where something might be is always, “Up your butt.” 

21. I am thinking of training our dog Gus to be a therapy dog because I’m pretty sure he was brought onto this planet to make people smile.  He’s a lover and a giver.

22. My husband will tell you I have a freakishly keen sense of hearing.  And smell.  He will not tell you how he knows this.

23. I love people watching and listening in on other people’s really dramatic personal conversations. 

24. Almost three years ago, an upstairs neighbor was shot and killed behind my apartment.  We later found out that he had enough crack in his apartment to supply half of this city.  This single event will forever tarnish my view of Jacksonville.

25. I knew I would marry Ebin within 30 minutes of seeing him at a friend’s wedding.  It only took him three years to reach the same conclusion.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

A few weeks ago, my very best friend, April, got married.  We’ve been friends for almost 20 years and watching her marry the man of her dreams was suprisingly emotional.  As I walked down the aisle, a lifetime of memories flashed before me and I couldn’t help but get a little teary.  It was all so beautiful and I was honored to have been a part of her special day.

Congratulations April and Adam! 

To see the whole set from the weekend, click on the photo.

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White Knuckled Drive

White Knuckled Drive, originally uploaded by Mandy P..

Jacksonville has no less than five major bridges connecting the neighborhoods of this vast city. I cross two of them twice a day as I commute back and forth to home and work. Heavy construction up and down I-95 have made driving my usual route a bit of a hazard and I lovingly call the barrier-lined, 15 mile stretch north of downtown “the death trap.”

The events yesterday in Minnesota certainly made the drive today seem more perilous, especially as one of the crossings happens to be under some major construction.  I already had a phobia of bridges and I’m afraid this tragedy has done nothing but justify my once seemingly irrational fears.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of everyone affected by last night’s bridge collapse. The heart of every Jacksonville commuter goes out to you.

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