Friday, July 31, 2009

Kaput


So when we moved into our lovely Wymount apartment we found a nice box fan in our coat closet. At the time we thought they just came standard issue, but realized after talking to neighbors that the cleaners must have forgotten to take it with them or something. But we figured since we hadn't done anything wrong on our part we'd go ahead and hang on to it. We definitely didn't use it when we first moved in back in December 2007 because, well, it was winter and it was already cold enough. Then we didn't actually use it ourselves very much last summer because our sister-in-law was pregnant and living in a really hot apartment so we took pity on her and lent her our fan. We had an air conditioner so we were fine. This summer, however, we have used the fan quite a bit. The air conditoner is great when you're out in the front rooms in the apartment, but at night we've got it rigged up so the air conditoner is making the air cold and the fan sits in our bedroom doorway blowing the cold air in on me so I can actually sleep. Poor Bryan ends up huddled up in a blanket by himself while I'm throwing off my covers all night. It's become quite the routine.

Last night Bryan wasn't feel very well and he fell asleep on the couch, so I was doing things he usually does for me like filling up my water bottle that I keep on my night stand and setting up the fan in the doorway. That's when it happened, or rather, when it didn't happen. The fan wouldn't turn on! I turned the switch to "high" like we always do and nothing happened. So I decided to settle for whatever it would give me and tried the "medium" and "low" settings too. I even tried switching to another plug to make sure it wasn't a problem with the outlet. Nothing. Not a whir. My face started to get warm just thinking about spending an entire night without the fan blowing on me, but I tried to remain calm.

Well, I fell asleep for a few hours until I forced myself out of bed to use the bathroom. When I came back to bed I finally concluded that there was no way I was going to fall asleep in there again and I moved camp out to the couch. Ahh. Much better. Except that I was super paranoid that somebody was peeking in at me from above the air conditioner (a physically impossible feat unless somebody had a ladder) or that somebody was breaking in to the apartment. After about ten minutes of jerking my entire body around (not an easy thing at this point) every time I heard the slightest noise I decided to go get Bryan. He didn't even complain when I asked him to come sleep out on the floor in the living room (I did at least lay out a foam pad for him) to protect me from all my wild worries. After that I finally went back to sleep.

I guess I didn't really appreciate just how much more sleep the fan was helping us get back before it went kaput. Perhaps now we'll have to invest in a fan of our own. I wonder what we're supposed to do with the deceased Wymount fan.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Almost August

I can hardly believe:
-July is almost over already
-Bryan is 23
-I'm 35 weeks pregnant
-I'm married and about to have a baby and I'm only 23
-I get to spend my days relaxing in whatever way I choose
-It's almost time for my mom to come visit!
-It's almost time for Bryan's mom and brother and sister to come visit!
-the baby room is a complete mess again. (This baffles me since we basically never go in there at this point. How does it go from sparkling clean and adorable to completely messy when the door is closed all the time?)
-I only left the apartment three times today (The first time to walk down half a flight of stairs to babysit my niece and nephew, the second time to go to a farewell party and to Borders bookstore with Bryan, and the third time to return a movie to our neighbors who live two steps outside our front door and then back down to my sister's so Bryan could pick out his birthday book.)
-I haven't left the state of Utah since February (63) when we went to California and ended up getting our car totaled on the way (63 some more)
-I have been so lucky thus far that my baby girl hasn't been up in my ribs at all
-I am still writing this post... okay the end

Monday, July 20, 2009

Old Roommates

I liked what I wrote for my writing blog today so much I wanted to put it on here too. Here's to you, ladies!

Old Roommates
by Katie Lewis

Old roommates
Make faithful friends
Perhaps it is because
They become something of sisters
Simply by living together day in and day out
Sometimes they drove you nuts
And sometimes you drove them nuts
When you forgot to wash your dishes
Or you were taking up too much room in the fridge
Mostly you love them
And laugh with them a lot
You know all their secrets
And since they know all of yours
Their secrets are pretty safe with you
And when you've grown up and gotten married
Or simply moved away
You find yourself missing
Running errands with them
And going on walks late at night
And sitting at home watching old re-runs
And the same ten movies you're all sick of
You know them so well
And they know you so well
And like you anyway
Perhaps that is why
Old roommates
Make faithful friends

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Stomach Turned Over

No really, I think it did. Or that it got kicked over in the process. Just now as I was reading through all of your delightful blogs my baby girl did something of a complete somersault inside me. It feels very strange to have your insides move involuntarily.

Friday, July 10, 2009

How to Steal A Baby (not really)

DwellStudio Weekender Bag

Mostly I just wanted to post a picture of these because I think they are cool. A year or more ago I went to the Women's Expo at UVU with some sisters and friends and while there I signed up at a booth to get e-mails about great deals on baby stuff from a site called Baby Steals. (Click here if you'd like to go look at it yourself.) The site posts one "steal" a day and people can snatch it up until it's gone. Sometimes things go really fast and sometimes I think there is still some stuff left over at the end of the day. The major selling point for this site is that things are always at a big discount, usually 50% off or more. A lot of things are as much as 75-80% off the regular price. But here are my two main problems with the website and the reason I haven't "stolen" anything off of it as of yet:

1. Everything is still expensive even after so much of the price has been knocked off. For instance, today's steal (these sweet-looking weekender bags) are 70% off the regular price of... $253.00, meaning you will now pay $75.90. Now I can appriciate that that's a great sale, but it's still a bit much for a bag to pack your clothes in, especially when you already have sufficient luggage (like me).

2. Nothing on the website is ever necessary. It's not like it posts affordable things that you need to buy anyway at great prices. It posts cutsie designer things at lower-than-usual designer prices. Or organic designer things at lower-than-usual prices. One of the unnecessary things that often shows up on this website, for example, are these ridiculous things. ---->
They are socks that have rubber soles so that kids can slip their shoes on all by themselves. Personally, I think they look pretty dumb and seem impractical. Wouldn't you want to be able to wash your kids' socks? Maybe these are washable. I don't know. But I still think they are dumb.

Anyway, so obviously the fact that I never buy anything from this website and often scoff at the things it sells doesn't keep me from looking at it most days. I guess that just goes to show that sometimes window shopping is a little bit fun.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fourth of July Cat


I found this picture through Google Images when I wrote my Fourth of July Cat post (click here if you want to read it) on my writing blog. But I just wanted to share this picture with you here. It makes me laugh every time I see it. Haha. Hahahahahahaha.

Happy Fourth of July (tomorrow) everyone!