A Couple of Goodbyes

It’s my last day in Pittsburgh for a while. It’s doing its best to make me feel bad for leaving. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week. It’s nice to be in a place where there’s a Fall. The Bay Area doesn’t really get Fall-y. It just gets hot and then cool and then the rains start (at least, they’re supposted to. I’m looking at you, Biggest-California-Draught-In-History). I wish I was out here a month later, because the trees changing color will look spectacular.

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I had my usual hotel breakfast before heading out. Eggs, fruit, oatmeal with the fixings, and a yogurt to change it up.

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Walking to the office is always pretty.

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We ordered Thai take-out for lunch. I went simple with a chicken red curry that came with the saddest side salad I have ever experienced.

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There is only so much you can do with shredded carrot and four leaves of iceberg.

I was having really annoying pains all day, so I ended up cutting out a little early. I don’t know if I was dehydrated or what, but even though I’ve been getting Braxton-Hicks (“practice” contractions) for a while now, my uterus decided that yesterday was the day to dive head-first into a new “get in shape” program. There was little I could do to make myself comfortable except lay down, so I went back to the hotel and worked laying on the bed while snacking on popcorn. Yay, comfort foods!

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I’m looking forward to flying back home today and being with my little family. It’s been a busy and rough week. One of my besties, Lindsay lost her sister in a tragic car accident.  According to the news story, she was walking in a parking lot with her daughter when a woman lost control of her car and was headed right for them. The mother pushed her daughter out of the way, sacrificing her own life. I had not had the opportunity to meet Colleen, but if she was anything like her sister she was a fantastic, happy, big-hearted, strong person who made this world a better place. My heart breaks for their family. There is a fund set up to help with funeral expenses and provide some support for Colleen’s daughter. If you have an opportunity and the means, please consider a donation to these good people: http://www.gofundme.com/ewuv6g.

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Go give someone a hug, and make it a great day, kids!

SoCal Family-palooza, Part 1

Hello! Everyone is taking some downtime this morning from the family adventures so far, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up on all the SoCal craziness that’s been happening around here. Also, I’m experimenting with Photobucket to save/archive my pictures. I have no idea what the best way is to import them into WordPress, but since I have about 2000+ photos now loaded, I had better figure it out. Oh, and they all need to be organized and tagged, too. Project!

We arrived in San Diego in one piece Saturday afternoon.

As soon as we got to the house, Squish made quick work of playing with his cousin’s toy trains. Run all the trains!

Sunday morning Hulk and I found a cute coffee shop in Fallbrook, the Fallbrook Coffee Company.

Hulk doesn’t take kindly to my blogging crap before he’s had caffeine.

I had a hard time deciding if I wanted straight up coffee, or something more indulgent. But since it was about 80 degrees already, I opted for an iced coffee.

Hulk feels much better once properly caffeinated. Preferably with a super-extra-jumbo-large coffee.

And then we beached. All the beach.

This was the only picture I took, since I was afraid of my phone ending up buried in the sand. But, you know, it’s a beach. With sun and stuff.

Time to rally the troops and find some more adventures. Make it a great day!

Any family vacations this summer?

If you blog, what do you use to store/edit your photos? After using Photobucket for this post, I am a fan! Super easy to edit and import stuff.

More Catching Up

What is up?

We are now back to mobile blogging! I don’t love using the WordPress app on my iPhone to blog, but since I’ve been driving to work more than taking the train I’ve lost my prime blogging time. So, we do what we can with what we have, to paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt, I think.

So, yeah, I’ve sort of given up on the train for now. Turns out that adding a half hour to my commute each way turned it from totally do-able to totally exhausting. Even though I dislike driving, at least I know it shouldn’t take more than an hour to get home, as long as there’s no major traffic issues. Plus, it’s kind of nice to wear what I want and leave when I want.

We had a super nice weekend and Mother’s Day over here. San Francisco weather was very cooperative. Saturday I got a sorta-Mother’s Day gift: a new bed! Hulk and I have been going back and forth forever about upgrading to a king-sized mattress, and finally decided to pull the trigger last week. We found our exact same bed frame in a king size on Amazon, and that was just a cherry on top. The mattress came over the weekend. Squish was very excited to “help” set everything up.

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Don’t mind the disaster of a desk back there. I’ve kind of giving up on keeping things picked up anymore.

The best part? My leg has been relatively pain-free since we started sleeping on the mattress. At PT yesterday my therapist said that my muscles were so relaxed, it was a huge gain from last week. Months of pain, and all I needed is some routine self-massage and a new mattress. At least I know now, right?

Sunday some friends came over to celebrate Mother’s Day. Their daughter is Squish’s age, so the dads took the kiddos to the park and pool while my mom friend and I treated ourselves to mani-pedis and some swimsuit shopping. Then we ordered pizza and watched movies for dinner. Definitely the best Mother’s Day I’ve celebrated for myself yet.

Make it a great week, I hope I can check in a bit more often as time allows!