Thursday, December 22, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to everyone!
Merry Christmas to all of you out there who celebrate Christmas!
Have an enjoyable time and be sure to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

POSTED BY KAT AT 12/22/2005 03:04:00 PM | 0 COMMENTS

Monday, December 19, 2005


How to Get a Tan in the Middle of Winter

The hubs and I just got back from a short holiday to Miami. We initially planned this trip in late October, but then Hurricane Wilma hit and we had to reschedule our flight plans twice. So we reschedule for this weekend and succesfully flew out this past Friday and got back in tonight. We stayed at my parents' condo which thankfully had no structural damage whatsoever from the hurricane. All the adjacent highrises near our condo had several windows blown out. Luckily, the only damage to the condo was water damage and mold to my parent's bed and bedroom walls. Otherwise, nothing was broken.

The hubs and I had a great time relaxing in the 80-degree weather. It was a welcome change from the 15-degree weather we have here in the East Coast. In Miami, we had the chance to unwind, relax in the pool, sunbathe and even get slight tans! We ate tons of food, hung out together, and had a great time --just the two of us. This is probably out last trip together alone for a good while!

All I Want for Christmas is....You!

I can't believe Christmas Eve is only 4 days away! I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. I only need to buy one more thing for one special person, but other than that, all I need to do is wrap presents. The hubs is asking what I want to Christmas, but our little holiday together is nice enough. I told him we can just go on a baby clothes shopping spree as my present, but he knows that I like to open something up on Christmas day. So here's a list of things I would be more than happy to get for Christmas:

  • Anything from our baby registries at Buy Buy Baby and Target (I really don't need anything, but the baby certainly does! And I'm getting slightly worried that we may not be able to get the essentials.. e.g., car seat, stroller, changing table, etc.)
  • Anything from my Amazon Wish List
  • Gift certificates for Barnes and Noble; Starbucks; and Amazon are always appreciated.
  • Gift certificate to Bliss or Salon Spa 5 (I am in need of a prenatal or post-natal massage for my achy back! A nice facial would also be superb!)
  • National Amusements Movie Theater Passes for the hubs & I
  • Diapers for the baby (it's never too early to stock up)
  • Ok...I'm also trying to save up for a Walkmill. I've begged my parents and the hubs to help chip in but they just brush me off! I figured I can use it to help me shape up after the baby in the comfort of my own home. So for those who are interested, I am currently trying to save up funds to buy a Walkmill. Let me know if you want to contribute =).

But the only thing I'm really praying for this Christmas is that we are blessed with a healthy, happy baby when the time comes!

POSTED BY KAT AT 12/19/2005 10:46:00 PM | 0 COMMENTS

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Pregnancy Progress and Other Potpourri

Third Trimester: I am officially 7 months pregnant. Only 2 full months and a few weeks to go until the kid pops out! I’ve gotten much, much bigger and gained a lot of weight since my last picture. I usually take a picture during the half-way mark of each month, but neglected to take a photo when I was 6.5 months pregnant. Oh well. In any case, I think you can see the difference between the first picture and the second picture.

5.5 Months Preggo
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7 Months Preggo

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3D Ultrasound: I got suckered into getting a 3D/4D ultrasound. Okay “suckered” isn’t the exact word –more like, I followed the trend-du-jour for soon-to-be parents and plunked down some cash to see what our little bunny may look like. I got it done at A Womb with a View and it was pretty neat. A 3D ultrasound is actually just like a normal 2D ultrasound, except that they use a computer program to "fill in the blanks" and add volume to create a 3D image. It was a cool experience altogether. We got some images of the little bunny, however, the baby kept his hands (and even a foot) in front of his face for the entire time! So we don’t have any full facial images. They even gave me juice and moved me around to try to entice the kiddo to move, but I think he’s just camera shy! I told the hubs I thought the baby looked like him. (I have a feeling the little bunny will end looking like the hubs!) In reality, however, most of the babies all kinda looked alike since they use the same program to create volume and add dimension. The 3D package comes with a video of the whole procedure, plus a CD with all the 3D images. You also had the option of finding out the s*x of your baby, but we opted to remain in the dark (you'll notice I use "he" for the baby but we really don't know). The video they gave us though has the information in it! All we have to do is watch! We’ll see…if I get really desperate, we’ll pop it in the VCR on Christmas Day as a “gift” to us. Here are some 3D images:

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Maternity Leave and Financial Woes: I’m planning on taking a 6-month leave from work during the third or last week of February since I am due on March 2nd. Of course, I’ll ultimately have to see how I’m feeling at that point, but I did want to work up to the last possible minute so I can earn money. I’m already feeling the “financial crunch” and I haven’t even left yet. As I mentioned before in my blog, my goal this year was to finish off my credit card debt once and for all. Alas, I haven’t quite made it yet and when I stop working, I won’t have any money at all to pay it off! I’d love to just buy baby stuff and decorate the nursery, but I have to worry about my bills which sucks. I will be out of an income for approximately 4 months or so (maybe longer if I decide to take more time off). The hubs at least will take care of the household bills, but I am worried about how to take care of my personal finances when I’m out of a job! *Sigh* At least I have the baby to look forward to!

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas! It seemed December just crept up on us! I wasn't feeling very "Christmassy" until we got some snow last Friday. We got about 6-8 inches in the morning and I took off work because the hubs was worried about me driving. By the time the snow stopped falling, it was about 11 am. The hubs told me not to shovel and just stay put but I had to shovel all the snow in order to get my car out (the hubs shovelled in the morning, but when the snow stopped, it looked like he didn't go anything!) So I shovelled away and it took me a good hour to dig my car out, shovel the driveway and sidewalk, and put some salt on the ground. I did a pretty good job, though my back hurt like a mother later that night! But I didn't mind getting some physical activity.

This past weekend, I picked out a tree, decorated the tree and the house, and began the whole Christmas experience. I addressed and sent out a majority of our Christmas cards, bought a few presents (mostly on-line), and packed up gifts that need to be sent out. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I enjoy it a lot. I'm even hosting Christmas dinner this year with both our families coming over to our little home. I can't wait! And just think, come next year, I can't believe we'll be parents!

Our tree (partially decorated)
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Have a good week folks!
POSTED BY KAT AT 12/11/2005 05:16:00 PM | 0 COMMENTS

Monday, December 5, 2005

A Wedding, Harry Potter, and Rock-and-Roll

Tales from a Wanna-Be Rock Star: This past weekend was pretty cool. My weekend started Thursday night when my band played CBGBs. We were initially scheduled to play at 10:30 pm, but we got bumped down to midnight when they added another band. CBGB's is a well-known venue in NYC (and the rest of the country) for rock music. The venue itself garnered much attention these past few months because their lease was expiring and they would be forced to shut down. A lot of bands came out to try to save CBGB’s. However, they still don’t have a lease at this point and it’s open on a day-to-day basis.

I’m very happy to be able to say that we played at CBGB’s despite a less-than-stellar performance. First off, we haven’t practiced as a group since our last gig on Nov. 10th. So that’s almost a whole month of no practice. Secondly, CBGB’s requires you to bring your own equipment (though they do have a PA system, mikes, cabinets, etc.) Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of high-tech gear. So we brought in our cheapo 50-watt amps and hoped for the best. The other bands before us had towers, cabinet heads, cool equipment and the whole-nine! Oh well. Lastly, the band right before us, 'Rebel Scum' was really impressive. They played great music that is sort of in the same vein as Bloc Party, Radiohead, and Oasis, etc. They were quite polished and musically accomplished. What I hated the most was that they were all still in high school! The only reason they got into CBGB’s was because they were the band! I am so jealous of them! I felt our band paled in comparison. Boo!

On a positive note, we weren’t booed off the stage and a lot of our friends came out. The hubs even made it to the show despite the fact that we didn’t go one until almost 1 am! (He couldn’t go the last time). It was also my first time on an elevated stage with lighting and everything. I did feel like a rock star –though a reluctant one at that. I need to work on my stage presence and learn to feel more comfortable. I did feel comfortable towards the end, but I’d like to be more of a rocker and dance around (although it’s not easy to move around and play guitar when you’re almost 7 months pregnant!). The hubs took the following pics. You can also click here for a quick movie clip (don't know if it'll work though... I'm not very tech-savvy!)

On Stage
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Outside Snapshot
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Our next gig is on December 30th –this is my last gig before I go on “maternity leave” from the band.

Harry Potter: I finally saw Goblet of Fire this past Saturday. The hubs was nice enough to accompany me because he knows I’m such a big fan. I saw a digital projection of the film and the effects were great. Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about the movie. I don’t think it came out as seamlessly as Prisoner of Azkaban. I do keep in mind the fact that Goblet is a longer story and that things had to be cut out due to necessity. While I was entertained, I don’t think it captured all the fine nuances of the book because of the cuts they made. While still faithful to the book, I thought the movie moved too briskly and jaggedly to try to get at all the major events in the story. I would’ve liked to see Winky and Dobby; Sirius with more than a cameo; and at least see a glimpse of the Quidditch World Cup game! But the movie was cool and exciting nonetheless. I loved the Yuletide Ball scene, the dragon challenge, Viktor Krum (hotness!), Cedric Diggory (hotness!), the scene at the graveyard, Madame Maxine, and Rita Skeeter (hilarious!). All the characters came to life for me, and I loved watching the whole thing unfold.

Wedding: I went to my friend Monique’s wedding last night. It was the first wedding I have been to in which I skipped out on the ceremony. I always make it a point to go to the ceremony because that is the whole point of a wedding. However, we just weren’t able to make the afternoon ceremony. I did enjoy the reception though. Monique and I went to law school together, but we didn’t get to know each other until we became law clerks at the same courthouse. She and I hung out with 5 other chicas and we keep in touch even though our clerkships ended in 2003. We had a blast at her wedding. I ate tons of food (including 2 servings of the bananas foster dessert!), danced away with my friends and the hubs, and momentarily forgot that it was a Sunday night!

Lawclerk Reunion
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With Chris and Jill
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With the Hubs
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POSTED BY KAT AT 12/05/2005 08:59:00 PM | 0 COMMENTS

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