Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rufio's Still Cool

I haven't written about Rufio in a while. I guess it's all the focus on house projects and impending baby. He's taking it all very well. I read this list that I wrote last year, and thought I'd write a little update.

1. Rufio is afraid of cardboard. A year ago our brother-in-law put a cardboard box over Rufio. Ever since that trauma, Rufio has been afraid of cardboard. It works really well if he's getting over-hyper, because we can just wave cardboard (it has to be bigger than him) near his face, and he runs away to safety.

It was especially funny when we were unpacking the nursery furniture. He was torn between hanging out in the bedroom with us and running for his life.

He's braving the cardboard to hang out with us and munch on bits of plastic and wood, but if any of those pieces started moving aggressively toward him, he'd be gone in a flash!

2. Rufio's cow has digressed - if that was even possible.

Fresh cow versus Rufio's cow last summer

Rufio's cow today. No more signage. The flash makes it look cleaner than it really is. 

3. Rufio waits for me to eat before he asks to be pet. He watches me eat my snack on the couch. Then at the moment I put my empty plate on the coffee table, he walks over and plops down in my lap. I must have inadvertently taught him to leave me alone when I'm eating, because he's good about keeping his distance.

4. Rufio LOVES vanilla ice cream. A few months ago we got a puppy cup at Jeremiah's Italian Ice. We gave him half one night and the other half the next night. 

Here's Rufio refusing to give up the empty paper cup. Zane had to hold him still to take the picture, because he was being so protective of it. 

5. I taught Rufio to jump up on my leg when I put his leash on, so I don't have to bend over with my big belly. This is a true test of his intelligence, because Zane has him sit to put on the leash. Rufio has to discern which one of us is going to put on his leash and then take the appropriate stance. He's good at it. It's not hard to discern, because it's always the person holding the leash. It's those little things, you know. 

That's all for now. We still love our little muffin cakes, and we can't wait to see how he does with Daisy. I think we might try to video tape their first introduction. I'm convinced that he'll love her. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Wind Premiere: It Actually Happened!

Sunday marked the first time I've seen myself on the big screen. Pretty fun and nerve-racking! Luckily, I can honestly say that I'm proud of this film, so it was fun to watch the showing on Sunday at the Enzian. 

The filmmakers lined up for a Q&A after the films were screened. 

Me with the ballot. Really, all the films were great, so it was hard to make star decisions. 

My fan club! So glad they came out!!

Some of the cast and crew who hung around for picture afterwards. 

Great times! The Wind has been entered into several other film festivals, so I'll keep you posted on what happens in the next few months!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chrome Chair Re-do

This chair used to be my grandma's. She had two of them, and I loved them as a kid. Somehow I inherited this in college or when we first got married. It's been our sewing chair and spare chair for the dining room that we also use to stand on while painting walls. It's been through the ringer.

It was time for an upgrade.


I unscrewed the seat from the base and went to work.

Nice spray of white primer/paint.

Removal of gross pleather, paint-covered seat cushion. 

Surprise underneath gross pleather was stained burlap!

To recover the seat, I used large piece of fabric from the same slip cover that I used to make the top half of the sewing room valance

I neglected to take pictures of my dad helping me staple the new fabric to the chair base. After we stapled it, we used an awl to mark all the screw holes. How many of you have ever used an awl? Yeah, I thought so. 

The project sat around for weeks, because I had plans to scotch-guard the seat, but I just gave up on that plan. I was also waiting to polyurethane the base at the same time I sprayed down the bookshelf

Tonight I screwed the seat back into the base, so finally, months later, ta-da!


The only thing keeping this sewing/guest room from being finished is all the baby stuff that's now lounging on the dresser, desk and bed.

Also one wall has some crazy decorations on it, that my friends suggested was maybe a bit tacky. I blame that on pregnancy. I can't discern between tacky and cool right now. I think it had something to do with the dragon painting on display. I know it's weird, but I've come to love it.

Final room shots to come.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Starving Preggers in the Drive-Thru

Lately I've started feeling a little nausea again. It's mostly when Daisy's moving around a lot, but sometimes I get to feeling sick if I haven't eaten in a while. It made me remember my first trimester hunger attacks, when I'd feel fine one moment, and then the next moment I felt like I was about to die of nausea and starvation.

Here's a fond memory of a hunger attack from December:

I was driving back from dropping friends at the airport when the hunger attack hit me. I scarfed down the few pretzels I had with me, but it wasn't enough.

I weighed my options: Wait until I get home and die along the way or go to McDonalds. I chose the latter.

I pulled into the drive thru behind an old red buick. I knew exactly what I was going to get - a $1 McDouble. I rolled down my window, antsy to get to the ordering box. That's when I overheard this conversation between the old man in the buick and the lady on the headset.

Old Man: "I'd like the burger."
McDonalds Girl: "Do you want hamburger, cheeseburger or McDouble?" (Granted she said this super fast).
Old Man: "I'd like the burger."
McDonalds Girl: "Do you want a hamburger, cheeseburger or McDouble?" (A bit slower.)
Old Man: "What?"
McDonalds Girl: "Do you want a hamburger, cheeseburger or McDouble?"
Old Man: "What's the difference?"

Few minutes of this type of conversation passed. I groaned with hunger and antsiness.

McDonalds Girl: "Just pull ahead to the first window."
Old Man moves his car two inches, then stops: "What?"
McDonalds Girl: "Pull ahead to the first window."
Old Man moves a little farther, then stops: "What did you say?"

I wanted to yell out my window, "She said, 'Go to the first window!!'"

Instead, I waited for him to move along on his own. In a matter of seconds, I placed my order, paid, and found myself waiting behind him again at the second window. After they passed him his food, he looked back at the lady and said, "Where's my drink?"

He did not order a drink! I listened to his order, and there was never any mention of a drink.

McDonalds Girl: "Oh, did you have a coke?"
Old Man: "No, strawberry milkshake."

Oh Brother! Mama Mia! Oy Vey! Seriously?!

When finally he pulled away, the McDonalds girl held my bag out the window and gave me a "Wow, I'm sorry that guy was so old and senile" smile.

Then I ate the entire burger in the two seconds it took to drive out of the parking lot. I thanked God for access to fast food, and forgave the old man for taking forever. Someday that might be me not knowing the difference between cheeseburgers and hamburbers, and I too will need forgiveness from the starving preggers behind me in the drive thru.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Baby Daisy - LOA

Wednesday afternoon, Zane and I visited a birth center. I had been pretty anxious about delivering in a hospital ever since I saw The Business of Being Born. I think my hospital is way more open to natural deliveries than the ones in the documentary, but I didn't want to risk arguing with the medical staff in the middle of labor.

Plus, I want to be able to drink water during labor. I don't think ice chips are gonna cut it.

So here we are, five weeks from my due date, making the switch. I've had a really healthy pregnancy and the birth center is 600 yards from a hospital in case of emergency. We loved the midwife, insurance covers it, and my anxiety about my labor and delivery has gone away. We'll see if it comes back when contractions start!

We walked in and Zane said, "This looks like a bed and breakfast." No joke. Calm, neutral colors. Antique furniture. Whirlpool jacuzzis in the labor rooms. It's totally like a bed and breakfast. Except they don't give you breakfast; they give you a baby.

After our consultation, the midwife checked Daisy's heartbeat, felt around my belly and said she was LOA, a good position for delivery.

I did some research and found this page on fetal positions. It gives more information about how the LOA position is good for the onstart of labor, if you're interested in that sort of thing.
A little visual of how Daisy's chilling out in my belly.

I already knew she was sitting like this, because my last ultrasound showed her head down, which meant that the big bulge I felt in my belly was her butt. One way she moves is by straightening her legs, placing her feet in my right hip and her butt into the "air" or toward the top, left side of my uterus. My belly gets all wonky and misshapen when she does it. She's pretty strong! Sometimes I feel like she's trying to get her feet between my hip bone and the skin around it.

When it feels like there are two butts, I realize I'm having a Braxton Hicks contraction. At first it's like, "What is she doing?" Then I notice that my whole belly is hard and smaller than usual. No pain yet with those.

Praise the Lord for one more great thing about this pregnancy. We've been so blessed by a healthy baby and healthy mom. She's head down and ready to go. Natural birth shouldn't be a problem at all.

Five weeks until my due date!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I Love My Aunt Picture Frame

A few weeks ago was my sister's birthday, and I ordered her gift too late to give it to her at her party. I didn't want to come empty handed, so I thought, "I'll throw together a cute decoupaged frame!" I thought I'd take a page out of her book and grabbed two frames from my empty frame collection. 

Decoupaging isn't my strong suit. I failed in so many ways. 

I finally got the paper to stick a little bit, but it still peeled on the corners, so I hot-glued some rick rack for stability and silk daisies for style (ha) and called it a day. It was supposed to be an afternoon project but turned into a multiple-day project. 

I gave one frame to my sister on her birthday and sent the other frame over to China with my parents for my other sister. They're the aunts that Daisy already loves. 

The frames definitely look like Daisy made them herself, but whatever. I wanted to share some of my lesser proud craft moments. Not everything turns out pinterest-worthy or even remotely like I originally planned. In fact, I produce very few pinterest-worthy projects. Since these frames will hold pictures of a child, I think the child-like design is appropriate. 

The frames were salvageable, but there are projects that I just pitch completely

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Planting More Daisies: Garden Update

My coworkers threw me a baby shower, which was so sweet. Along with being showered with love and baby gifts, I got eight plants! Four pink Gerber daisies and four yellow something-else daisies.

Since it's blazin' hot right now in Central Florida, I got Zane to help me plant them after the sun went down Monday night. It was hard to see by the light of the dim porch light, but I crossed my fingers that they were getting planted okay.

Tuesday morning, I walked out the front door to this beautiful view (phone pictures):

We moved the Amaryllis plants over next to the pineapple (thank you, Lydia, for your idea there!). Zane planted the pink Gerbers in the back. This garden is so hodge-podge and unplanned, but it still manages to look pretty.

These plants have done well with very little attention. There's an HOA-owned sprinkler that waters them every other day. I only water with the hose if they look wilty.

I just have to manage the weeds. I used this homemade weedkiller a few weeks ago, and it worked really well. I didn't add the lemon, and I only made a small amount, guessing at the measurements. The vinegar and dish soap was enough by itself. I even sprayed weeds that were close to my good plants, and the good plants didn't die. But I was careful to only let the vinegar get on the bad plants.

Florida weeds are so resilient. It's horrible.

Seeing pretty flowers like this outside my front door makes all of the work worth it! Here's a quick three-picture transition of this garden from March until now:
The Jungle Book
New plants and mulch after the garden overhaul in early March.
This picture is a little fuzzy...but look, thriving plants! Look how well they've grown 2.5 months!
The two little blue plants in the front totally exploded!

I love my little flower garden.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Wind Premiere: Rescheduled!

Sunday was supposed to be the premiere of The Wind at the Enzian. I posted about it a few weeks ago. I got all dressed up, and Zane and I skipped church and showed up at the theater, and behold! the sound was not working.

The theater closed all showings for that day. 

But most of the cast was already there, so we made the most of it...

...and took some group pictures,... DVD copies,...

...and did cast interviews! Here's a short clip of Zane asking our director Al an interview question. 

All the cast interviews will be on the final DVD release. This is just a teaser to get you to come to the rescheduled premiere. 

Zane was my arm candy/photographer/videographer, but I forgot to get a picture of us while we were there, so here we are in the kitchen after the premiere that didn't happen. 

The premiere has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, May 27 at 1:00pm at the Enzian.

Please come out if you can! Now that I have seen the film, I can tell you it's a really great short film. The cinematography and music are amazing. I was super impressed. I love seeing the final product of artistic collaboration!

And before you ask - I'm not showing my copy of the DVD to anyone until after the premiere, because I want you all to see it on the big screen and support us at the Enzian!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Murder Mystery!

Last night my sister and bro-in-law threw a mystery dinner party. I have to say, I've always wanted to do one of these, but have never had the chance. 

My only problem was that my character was Scottish, and I had a really hard time getting the accent down. Therefore I didn't speak up as much as I could have.

We had fun solving the mystery of the death of the vineyard owner in 1997 Napa Valley California. 

Thanks, Lyd and Kevin for hosting this fun night!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Daisy's Bookshelf - Right Side Painting

You guys remember the post last month of Daisy's purple bookshelf? Here's a shot of the left side painting that I did:

Finished this side panel on April 17.

I finally finished painting the other side. It took me much longer than the first side, because I lost motivation. Sitting on the floor is super uncomfortable, and I just didn't care for a while. Then one day, I said, "Deb, finish this thing before that baby comes or you'll never do it!" I couldn't stand the thought of having a half-painted bookshelf.

Here's the photo progression of the other side: 
I learned from the other side that painting a white base was the best way to get sharp colors.

Rufio always chills out right next to me when I'm working on projects. 

I decided that this looked more like a turkey than a peacock, so...

I went green. 

This is the part that sat unfinished for the longest period of time, because I wasn't sure where to go from here.
This picture was taken on April 24.

This picture was taken on May 19, making nearly a month of stalling from the last addition.

Today, after I did a thousand other things, I sat down and thought, "Just add dots, Deb." I'm not completely satisfied with the flowers in the corners, but I really don't care anymore. The whole project has taken about two months from when I first spray painted the bookshelf purple to when I'll seal it with polyurethane, which hopefully will happen before June!


At one point I considered painting a canvas for Daisy's room. No way, Jose. My creativity is at a low right now. I just hung pictures in the guest room, and I think I've lost my edge. It looks kinda wonky in there. I'll share it with you after I get some second opinions from family members. 

Hopefully we'll be getting our crib and dresser this week too, so next weekend we can set up the furniture. We're getting closer!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Happy Mother's Day

Sunday was a really happy day for me. In the past Mother's Day was rough, as is the case with many women dealing with infertility. I think that Mother's Day will always be a day of mixed feelings, because I'm still aware of others' pain on that day - whether through loss, infertility, estrangement, or otherwise deferred hope. This year I have hope, which made the day much sweeter.

My coworker brought me flowers at work on Friday in honor of my first Mother's Day. That was a special surprise!

Still smiling at me on Tuesday morning.

Sunday was so pleasant. Zane gave me an incredibly sweet Mother's Day card before I even got out of bed. It made me cry. It was about being his wife and partner and sharing his dreams. It was really sweet.

Our church used to have a tradition of handing out roses to mothers. This year there were roses to take after the service if you wanted one, no ceremonies attached. I was kind of glad, since it seemed to isolate the non-moms (or maybe it was just me).

After the service Zane asked if I wanted a rose, and I said, "Oh, I don't know..." (not sure if I qualified). Our friend was standing there and insisted that I deserve one, so Zane grabbed one for me. Later I thanked him and said, "I really did want one but didn't want to say it." I tried to be all humble and unassuming, but it was nice to be included in the mom thing.

The sermon was on Ruth, specifically Naomi's journey through bitterness. I totally related. I wondered how different my reaction to the sermon would have been a year ago, when I might have said, "I know I'm bitter. I don't care!"

It's a good sermon. You should give it a listen if you have a chance.

The rest of the day was really low-key. We met up with Zane's family for dinner at Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney. Zane and I got there a little early and sat by a fountain to watch all the tourists.

Instagraming by the fountain.

After dinner we walked around. It was gorgeous weather: breezy, cool and not humid. We were privileged[?] to see this guy, who apparently is a local legend. He was decked-out in a similar yellow outfit when we saw him though. We felt mixed feelings of entertainment and awkwardness.

What else could you possibly wish for on a Mother's Day?

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Bridesmaid Box

My friend Heather is getting married this year and asked me to be on of her bridesmaids! She said she'd be sending me a box soon, and guess what? I got it today. It's so cool that I had to share it with you guys.

Bridesmaid goodie box!!

Heather sent out these cute boxes to all her bridesmaids. It's stocked with everything we need to know about leading up to and the actual wedding day, including a sweet personal note, swatches of the wedding colors, and a fabric sample to help us match the color when we're shopping for our dresses.

I love this idea! She created a cute wedding-program-esque instruction/information packet for us. I loved reading through this, and I love the effort she put into making her bridesmaids feel loved. 

My camera captures this pretty poorly. Her colors are deep purple and light green. So pretty. 

You can also check out her blog! Her life is fun; you should read about it. I may have been mentioned in this hilarious post.

Her bridesmaids are pretty spread out in different cities across the country, so this was a great way to connect us and keep us in the loop. Coolest way to communicate with your bridesmaids ever! This is a great idea for all you future brides. Can't wait to celebrate her wedding day! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Third Trimester Slump

I had a super increase of energy in the second trimester, but the third trimester has me back in drained-mode. Most days I get home from work and just sit on the couch staring at the wall. My motivation for everything is gone.

I think, "Man, I wish she would just come already." But that's not necessarily true. I have stuff to do before she gets here, I just don't care about doing them right now.

Today I wrote out an entire blog post complaining about how pop music is all about break-ups. Then I read it over and thought, "Wow, Deborah. This is what you have to share with the world?" I chose not to post it, but I'll give you an excerpt, since I took all the time to write it out in the first place:

Adele's song about her old lover was okay, but every time I hear it, I think, "Look, lady, he's married and moved on. You need to move on too, and leave him alone. Telling your old lover who's married to someone else that you're still in love with him is only formula for disaster, either home-wrecking or heartbreak. Just let it go."

I'll save you from having to read the other six paragraphs I composed about this topic. They're rubbish.

Daisy's bookshelf sits mid-project. I started painting the left side, but lost my motivation. I have a couple other projects waiting to be finished too. I haven't picked up the second Game of Thrones book in several days, even though I'm pretty curious about what's going on with the characters. We've been busy with social things, but still, my motivation for productivity has waned.

It's everything I've got to keep the laundry and dishes clean. The bathrooms are suffering.

Whenever that nesting instinct kicks in, you'll know. I'll probably have several blog posts about projects and thoughts that are more blog-worthy than break-up songs. But seriously, while we're on the topic of break-up songs, "You know the bed feels warmer sleeping here alone..." um...well then, why did you even start dating in the first place if you like being single so much? Tell me, Kelly!

I'm going back to staring at the wall now.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Birth Classes: Worth It?

A few months ago I posted on FB a question for mothers: "How important are childbirth classes? I much of that information can I learn on my own online and through asking other moms?" I got a huge variety of responses from those who took them, didn't take them, delivered naturally, with meds, via c-section. They said everything from waste of money to totally worth it. Basically, asking around didn't help me make the decision for myself.

The true decision-maker was during a moment of panic at the beginning of my third trimester, when I realized how soon Daisy would be arriving and that "I dunno nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!" I decided I needed classes, and I wanted Zane there too. (500 points for that reference.)

I researched different classes and opted for a three-week course through our hospital, which included an elective one-night course (choose one: natural childbirth, c-sections, or epidurals).

We started with the the natural childbirth class. The first thing they did was show us a video of women experiencing contractions. I almost cried. I had never seen ACTUAL people in that much pain. Actors cannot recreate labor pains! I didn't want to look dumb, so I didn't cry, but I was afraid for myself and for them!

Zane didn't know a thing about labor, but I realized neither did I!

We learned relaxation techniques and birthing ball positions for all the stages of labor. It was worth our time to learn techniques and see that women can do it naturally. By the end, we were much more confident and excited about delivery. Zane's going to be an awesome labor partner.

We had our first of the three regular classes this week: "The Gift of Motherhood." I'm writing this post before we've taken all three classes, but so far I say the classes are worth it.

Zane had fun with the empathy belly.

Some reasons why I like the classes:

  • I think it's invaluable to know the stages of labor and what happens a woman's body. 
  • It was nice to be able to ask the maternity nurse/teacher questions. 
  • The tour of the hospital was good for knowing where to go when the time comes. 
  • It motivated me to write a birth plan of what I'd like to occur, even if happens differently. 
  • It motivated me to have conversations about labor with friends who have kids. 
  • It gave us more confidence and positive anticipation of delivery.
  • It was good to practice breathing and coaching, because realistically, Zane and I wouldn't just do that on our own time.

In fact, Zane and I probably wouldn't have discussed any of this stuff at home. When we're home, we're doing house things. The classes got us out of the house and in the right environment to focus, learn and prepare for delivery.

Most importantly - the classes put Zane and me on the same page.

I feel confident that Zane and I will do much better in labor than we would have if we had just read a book, watched a film online, or did nothing. They've been good for us, so yep, I recommend them.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Longing for the West

With summer coming, Zane and I have been reminiscing about our southwest U.S. road trip two years ago. We're longing for another chance to get out west, where it's big and beautiful. Florida is awesome, and I love living here, but the western states are just incredible. Maybe I feel that way because I was born on this side of the country, so the west new and different for me. Bottom line: we're itching to go on another major trip.

Sedona, Arizona.
We totally creeped a picture of this insane mansion. But, seriously, check out the western landscape. Amazing!

Of course, we're also super excited to be adding to our family this summer, which is what we'd rather do than travel. Maybe next year we'll go somewhere with one year-old Daisy. We'll see.

If you didn't get to read about our summer 2010 road trip, you can catch up here! It was amazing!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Wind Premiere at FilmSlam

It's time for the premiere of The Wind!


If you saw the trailers I posted last month and are now dying to see the film, this is your chance! The Wind will be playing on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 1:00pm sharp at the Enzian in Winter Park as part of FilmSlam. It's $5.00/person to see The Wind and a collection of other short indie films.

"[FilmSlam] empowers audience members to select each month’s winner, who then advances to participate in Enzian’s Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase" (quote from FilmSlam website). Come out and support our film!

Here's the link to the facebook event.

I'll be there at noon with the rest of the cast and crew. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Maternity Photo Shoot

Sunday afternoon we did a photoshoot outside my grandma's house with Leah from LoveTree Photography. We had a really good time and got some great photos!

31 weeks

I wasn't sure about doing maternity photos, especially during the time that I was feeling kind of insecure about my appearance. I wasn't sure that I wanted to remember myself looking chubby.

However, I've felt much better in the last couple weeks - prettier and more excited about my pregnant body. I thought I would hate the third trimester, but my belly popping out and getting bigger has actually made me feel cuter. I can't understand it, but so far, the third trimester has been my favorite. No nausea and no more awkward middle stage.

I feel vain talking about my appearance like this, but I'm sure you understand what it's like to worry about how you look.

I didn't want to regret not taking maternity photos, especially if this is my only pregnancy. I want to experience all the rites-of-passage that I've watched so many other parents experience. I researched a few photographer friends' maternity sessions and decided to ask Leah to do the shoot for us. She was able to fit us into her busy schedule, and I'm so happy that it worked out.

Follow the link to her blog to see more shots of our fun afternoon! She does great work and is great to work with!