Fantasy NYC Vacay September 29, 2011 image via a blind flaneur I wish I was there although it’s for good reasons I’m not. I’m strangely concerned about flying and being pregnant although everyone assures me I’m crazy I don’t really care. Also, those fancy nurseries won’t pay for themselves and there are some fancy nursery items I have my eye on but… I am slightly jonesing for NYC. I had never been then went a million times (or 5) in a 4 month period and I was hooked. I became a city junkie. I loved the crowds, the noise, the restaurants, the shopping, all of it. Even the husband doesn’t mind and there’s tasty food options and good walking so he avoids boredom. I think our weekend would kick off with Time Warner Center and Bouchon followed by a walk in the park with lots of picture opportunities. We’ve never really explored anything north of that area so this might be the time. Next, a day down in Soho which wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Balthazar’s and Pearl River. I think a little more exploration of the East Side and Chinatown would also work into the mix. I’m sure we’d also work in a significant amount of baby shopping and general wandering. I think I may combine my new love of journaling (OMG Teesha Moore’s videos are fantastic and how did I miss them?!) and the fantasy vacation. More gushing to come in a future post. Happy Thursday! Neighbors September 25, 2011 … and this is why I love our neighborhood in McKinney. My neighbors one block from our house. I also love the halftone app the husband showed me on my phone. Greatness. Here If You Need Me: Book Recommendation September 21, 2011 In my new role as shut in I haven’t done much besides lay in bed and watch TV but I did manage to get a little readying in and this has been my favorite so far. It’s Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup and it’s fantastic. I love the spiritual journey she takes but also the humor and humanity she brings to all of her stories. It was exactly what I needed at the time and I can’t recommend it enough. Now that I’m not regularly throwing up and can manage to walk from the kitchen to the bedroom without being exhausted I’m hoping to get in some baking. Nothing says fall like baking during football. That and soup making but we’ll start small with some pumpkin bread. Also, regular blogging would be nice. I’ve missed it. Where the hell have I been? September 18, 2011 Mostly I’ve been laying in bed at home doing a whole lot of nothing but obsessing about things like this. Image courtesy of QuinnleesBoutique Note: not our baby… but we hope to have one very similar sometime towards the end of February. The process has definitely been, well, a process to get here. After trying for a while (I’m 38 and we’ve been married for 16 years so there you go) we decided to get serious and after a year of IUI and fertility drugs that meant IVF. For me, it really wasn’t a taxing process other than being really tired and acting as a human pin cushion. Seriously, 11 weeks of shots in the ass will take a toll on anyone. And that was really the only downside. In fact, several folks – including my husband – have all pointed out that I seem much more mellow and calm. But it’s a roller coaster of ups and downs which can take a toll. So, I’ve purposefully just taken a break from everything but doing a lot of nothing and relaxing. Thank God for Bravo and reality TV! Yay, The Rachel Zoe Project and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are back. And after everything, we got pregnant and are now at 17 weeks and early indicators are she’s a girl baby (not that this was ever the real question as much as the sex of the baby) but we’ll have a more definitive sono in a couple of weeks. I do continue to worry about everything, Rolland can verify this, but am trying to just let it go and enjoy the process. Of course this includes finally tackling the guest bathroom remodel and completely flipping the studio and guest room so the guest room will now be the nursery and the studio will combine with the guest room. It’s good that I’ve spent months resting up! Now, I have to apologize that the blog may be taken over with tons of pictures like the above and decorating/remodeling images.