Monday, January 25, 2010

Feel-good posting

Depending on what article you read, many in the media will have you believe that, statistically speaking, today is the most depressing day of the year.

Someone actually did the research, taking into account that there's little to look forward to right now, what with Christmas and New Year's already nearly a month past and having left us with nothing but the credit card bills.

And while it seems like I always have something to complain about, I'm instead going to turn today around and dedicate this post to things that make me happy...

Happy Post #1 - SmallMouth04 doing a cover of Eric Church's Carolina

While I've already expressed my love for Jamey Johnson, Eric Chruch is another of my favourites who just doesn't get the recognition or radio-play he deserves. But it is reassuring to know that there are others who appreciate his music like I do. (So much so, that they're more than happy to post videos of themselves performing Eric Church's music......)

Happy Post #2 - Real Housewives of Orange County

I know I've mentioned it before, but it's worth repeating: this show actually makes me feel better about myself. Sort of.

There are times when the behaviour of these women and the people around them just infuriates me...... but, overall, I walk away from this show with an overwhelming urge to improve myself.

(I know I'll never look like any of them, and I'll never have the financial freedom that they enjoy, but at least they give me something to aim for!)

Happy Post #3 - Zac Brown Band

Their current release is Highway 20 Ride, which is a beautifully touching song and video, but their video for Toes will always crack me up. I love that these guys don't always take themselves too seriously.

Happy Post #4 - Russell Hantz from Survivor

I know. I know!

This man comes across as a total jerk with an overflowing barrel of arrogance to boot, and yet I find him so highly entertaining.

It's a bizarre phenomenom, really. In real life, I would hate this guy. But on Survivor? I was rooting for him to win it all, and I'm thrilled to know that he'll be back in a few weeks for the next Survivor installment.

*Sigh* It must be the southern accent that makes his jack ass-tendencies seem charming.

Happy Post #4 - Laughing babies

I DARE YOU to not laugh while watching this video!

Happy Post #5 - Winter is almost over

It's TRUE! With January winding down, that means we only have two months left of bitter snow and cold to endure before we can once again go outdoors without bundling up.

Now THAT is something we can all look forward to.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

To smile or not

My husband and I purchased a house last month and, given that I had to visit a Registries office today to renew my vehicle registration, I thought it the perfect time to update our address info on our driver's licenses as well.

Except for the fact that they required me to take another picture.

Why? Because I'm smiling in my current license photo, which is now something that is, uhhh, frowned upon.

Upon hearing this news, I refused to update my license today and will instead have to go back to do so on a later date. You know, when I've actually brushed my hair. (In my defense, we had just come from a morning run... in the cold wind and snow.... where I was wearing a toque but no make-up.....)


But what really gets me is that people can drastically change their appearances via a new hairstyle or colour ....or by gaining/losing weight ....or getting botox injections or a nose job and growing unruly amounts of facial hair so that they look nothing like their driver's license or passport photos..... but good Lord, if I smile in my photo, apparently no one will recognize me!

Where is the logic in that??

My husband argues that this is Big Brother's way of maintaining some sort of control over us. They can't do anything about me colouring my hair, so they'll instead enforce that we all be equal in our facial expressions.


Now I'm tempted to wait until I've delivered and have lost all this baby weight before updating my photo..... but of course I can't because the law says I need to do this within 14 days of moving.

But, seriously, do I really want to have this look imortalized on my license for the next several years??

If I can't smile, I guess I'll be giving them a smirk instead.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Meet Defiant

After much anticipation, I finally had a thorough abdominal ultrasound done today.

The last few months have been stressful, simply because I'm convinced that I'm already the worst mother ever and that I'm doing everything wrong during this pregnancy. ("What do you mean I'm not supposed to be eating bacon??")

I'm sure I drove the ultrasound tech crazy; right off the bat she told me she was just taking pictures and couldn't comment on anything, so if I have concerns I'll have to wait to talk to the doctor after the results are in.

Right. Like I have the patience to wait four days before asking any questions, haha.

So during the procedure I was just laying there, trying to read her face for some sort of reaction toward what she saw.... but she was expressionless.

So of course I started asking some stuff, you know, all casual and whatever..... and she wouldn't budge. She was so sweet and so patient with me, and all she would say was, "That's a really good question..... for your doctor."

I thought I could break her, but it just didn't work.

I admit I was also disappointed today because we weren't able to determine the gender. It appears that I'm carrying a very uncooperative child who was barely moving at all during the scan -- and although that was good for taking pictures/measurements of it's organs, it didn't allow us any view to indicate whether it's a boy or girl. (But I'm convinced it's a boy..... just a hunch I have.)

But for now I'm calling it Defiant, which is a nice gender-neutral name.

(Seriously, doesn't this kid realize who it's mother is?? I don't think I can go on referring to it as an "it" until June.....)