Monthly Archives: September 2005

A special visitor

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Next week, if things go according to plan, our household will go from two people to three.
No, we’re not inducing Bean five weeks ahead of time. My mom’s coming!

One of the benefits of Katrina is that my mom got bored enough with her spare time that she put classes on hold for the semester and is coming for two months, ensuring that she’ll be here for the birth of her first grandchild.

I already felt that Katrina would figure into the family lore of the start of this next generation, but now I know it will. “Tell me again, MamanJan, how you came all the way to Hawaii so you could be there when I was born….”

The pampering for me won’t suck, either. My only regret is that there’s not more room in my stomach (or rather, for my stomach) for the food I want my mother to cook for me.

The shift

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This past Saturday, as we sat in a beautiful setting, enjoying a yummy meal, I was talking with Sam about the beauty of biology – how pregnancy is designed to become so increasingly uncomfortable toward the end that it makes a woman willing to go through the pain and discomfort of childbirth. At least that’s my take on it, watching friends and family go through the process. Everything goes along just fine and then there’s a sudden shift, when the woman just wants to be done with this whole pregnancy thing.

I almost, almost, achieved that shift this weekend. It was so hot and humid, with no trade winds. If Sam slightly touched me, I snapped at him about how it was just too hot for that. Me, a woman who, eight months ago, couldn’t get enough of my hubby’s body heat to warm my ice-cold hands and feet. Now my feet feel like I’m on fire.

But I avoided the shift, just barely, by sitting in the living room with my feet in a tub of cold water, eating a chocolate popsicle (calcium!), fan on me. And with a trip to the beach. And with the sweet embrace of air conditioning at Border’s. It’s enough to make a girl happy to come to work on Monday, to sit in the artificially cooled environment. This is why I’m working until I go into labor.

A question for my fellow LOST fans

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I was just examining a photograph in an MSNBC/Newsweek article about LOST and my eye was drawn to the woman on the far right. Who is she? At first I thought her to be Kate, but she’s in the left half of the picture. Doesn’t look quite like the crazy French woman. Or Michelle Rodriguez, who is joining the cast.

So my OCD self had to compare the picture to the cast listed on the LOST website. It, like the picture, has thirteen people. But Walt is missing from the Banyan tree group photo. And the cast bio page has only four women, not five.

A hint of what is to come? A tickler to make us wonder? A cast member I’ve forgotten? Random tourist who got too close to the photo shoot? What do you think?