May 29, 2009

Mr. T

Our avid blog readers already know that we went to the Cubs game on Memorial Day. Unfortunately it was freezing and the Cubs lost. Luckily there was a saving grace - Mr. mo-freakin’ T! He was invited to throw the first pitch then led the crowd in singing “Take me out to the ball game…..” in the 7th inning. Quality!

I love Mr. T! I love him so much that I wish he would have kicked Rocky’s @ss, and I’m a big Rocky fan! Needless to say, I went to bed with a smile on my face that night.

Meg mentioned that I had a funny story from the game. Well, I don’t. I almost had a funny story to tell – but luckily there was a big black security guard that made me think twice about something I was contemplating.

First, I should give a little background to those of you who don’t know me well – those who do can skip to the next paragraph. For some unknown reason I find not only humor, but actual joy in making people uncomfortable. Nothing too crazy, just little things like bumping into somebody in the locker room when I’m naked…..sometimes more than once. Friends most likely have experienced this. Thanks to the creepy factor, family members probably have not. Now that you know this about me you can read on.

The men’s restrooms at Wrigley Field have trough urinals. I have provided a picture for those who don’t know what those are.

Now these toilets do not reflect the setup of what is found at Wrigley Field. There you have troughs facing each other with a 4 foot barrier wall in between. At the tip of the troughs is another round trough. I commissioned a highly regarded artist to create the following diagram, which will give you an idea of the layout.

---Toliet--- l---\

======= l---- <---sink

---Toliet--- l---/

It is important to note that the round trough, which is the sink, is an exact replica of the toilets with the exception of the round shape. It is the same height and color. In order to turn the water on there is a foot pedal which confuses most. Note that I was unaware this trough was the sink, not a toilet.

Well when I walked into the bathroom I noticed groups of people on both side troughs but nobody at the round one at the point. I figured nobody was peeing there because they didn’t want everybody walking away from the urinals to get a first hand visual of their manhood. Perfect I thought, first Mr. T now this! I could capitalize on making a large group of people uncomfortable with one act! All I had to do was pee in the vacant trough and try to make eye contact with everybody that passed. I approached the rounded trough and started to unzip my pants. As I was doing so I noticed Wrigley Field had stationed a security guard in the bathroom, a security guard that was big, black, and standing really close to me. I looked back and he gave me a funny look. I quickly side stepped to one of the side troughs and relieved myself there. In my mind I felt a feeling of defeat. Why did I allow somebody else to make me feel awkward in my attempt to do the same to others? Why should he care where I peed? So I finished my business and was off to wash my hands – but I couldn’t find a sink. It was then that I noticed somebody washing their hands in the toilet.….WTF? Immediately I realized why the security guard was eyeballing me, this trough was not a toilet – it was the sink!

That day I was grateful to learn that not only do I have a guardian angel who wants to keep me from doing stupid things, but he’s big and black!

May 26, 2009 with a view

Here was the view from our condo on Friday night. There have been some nice sunsets, (we have west-facing windows) but this is the best one I've seen.

It was a nice long weekend. Half-relaxing, half-running around. We were able to be productive, though. I'm happy to announce that after today we will have seating in our home. Yep, we got couches. I'm excited, but I think Brady is beyond excited. You can't blame the guy, he's going on 7+ weeks of not having somewhere soft to sit and watch SportsCenter. Also, we were one of the lucky Monday morning IKEA customers standing in line to get a great deal on a futon AND free breakfast. you all can come sleep in my den and sit on my couches. Sound fun?

The weather was nice Friday and Saturday and got cooler and rainy on Monday. Too bad that's the day we had tickets to the Cubs game. It was still fun, though, even though we were freezing at the game. I'm talking wishing-I-would-have-worn-beanie+scarf+gloves-cold.

Brady will fill you in with details on the me, you'll want to read this. (At least I think it's a funny story...)

As far as baby stuff goes....all is well. I'm feeling great and have my first appointment with my new doctor next week.

May 20, 2009

Real Life....

After some long flights, we're back from Hawaii and I'm finally in Chicago. Apparently I am getting back to work as an online hustler/Nigerian Princess. It's not easy.

We had a GREAT time in Hawaii, we had nice weather and it was super relaxing. It was nice to be able to spend 10 uninterrupted days with Brado after not seeing him for a while. Being 5 1/2 months pregnant was not the most fun part, but honestly, it wasn't bad, and I think I did pretty well.

Here is a picture of me in my glorious maternity swimsuit. of the best parts, shave ice. I have been craving it since I got back.

Brado enjoying his second love, the ocean.

I've been attempting to get settled/organized, but we need some furniture before that can happen. So basically I sit here and look at piles of stuff and make mental lists of what we need to buy. We are definitely doing some shopping this weekend so our place can feel a little more welcoming. Luckily, the weather has been great the couple days I've been here, so I've done a little exploring. I've walked around our neighborhood and down to Grant Park and the lake; it's really beautiful here right now.

On a side note, the day I got out here I found out that my dad had to be life flighted from his work site in Alaska to Anchorage. He got a serious infection that entered his bloodstream and did quite a number on him...He's been in the ICU since Monday. He's been pretty steady; making a few small improvements, but still has a long way to go. It's a stressful situation in the first place, but it's been harder since I'm here and he's in AK. Luckily, my mom was able to fly up there and be at the hospital with him.

May 1, 2009

Last Day!

Today was my last day at work! It was kind of weird...I've been working at the same company for 3 1/2 years, my only "real" job after graduation. However, I am excited to not have to work for a little while before the baby comes and the real work begins. We (my coworkers and I) went to Andy's for lunch today and had some delicious Greek food.

Brady gets in tonight for Chicago. I'm very excited to see him! We leave for Hawaii tomorrow afternoon. I'm excited to be able to relax and take it easy after the craziness of our life the past couple months. Hopefully I don't catch the swine flu on the airplane.