Anyways, I've been noticing recently that so much of our clothing is just....dingy. Stains aren't coming out the way I expect. And things never smell truly "clean" upon coming out of the wash. I didn't really think much about it. I guess I assumed that this is the way it goes when you haven't been able to afford any new clothes for several years (a situation I had never had the experience of before). But I finally made the connection: It was that cheap-o detergent!
So I checked the circulars on Sunday, and found a sale on Tide. And oh my. What a difference already! Things smell so much better (and it's not just the scent of the Tide. Like, they actually smell "clean" for the first time in months), and have been coming out looking a lot brighter. Man. Tide's not cheap, though. So if anyone has recommendations for another good laundry detergent (and I might be willing to make it myself, too), please comment!
2. The other day, I stupidly left out my shoebox full of nail polishes (I had been making my toes pretty and beach-ready!). Sly found it. Of course. Inside was a long-forgotton little bottle of "pixie sparkles." This picture shows only the concentrated area of the mess. The rest of it is now ingrained into the carpet all up and down the stairs, and I've been finding little particles of it on everything in the house.
3. Our health insurance company has a special maternity program you can enroll in. If you meet the criteria for going to your pre-natal appointments, etc., you get a free gift. We had our choice of either an infant car seat or a Pack n' Play. Since we already have both those things, I figured I'd just pick one and we could sell it on Craigslist for a bit of cash. I thought the Pack n' Play (since it was a known brandname) would have the best resale value. Well, I'm kinda regretting it now. I've had the post up for over a week now, and have slowly dropped the price...but no true bites yet. I guess Pack n' Plays must just be a dime a dozen. There are so many of them on there for sale. I thought the fact that ours is brand-new in the box might make it more attractive, but apparently not. A couple people have offered to pay $35 or $40 for it. But at that price, I think we might be best off just hanging onto it, and giving some friend a really nice baby shower gift someday...
5. Sly's not quite two now, and I know I probably have no business letting him watch tv...but about once or twice a week, I put on Sesame Street for him. As far as I can tell, it's the only children's show these days that isn't completely inane and painful to watch. And it's nice, because it affords me some time to get in some mid-morning cleaning or laundry without distraction. Like all kids these days, Sly has become obsessed with Elmo. I don't know what it is. I can't even remember Elmo being on the show in my early Sesame Street-watching days (though according to Wikipedia, he's been around since the early 70's - who knew??).
Anyways, the other day, I decided to give Sly a treat (and myself a needed respite from a whiny and clingy toddler...don't judge!), and put on the classic movie Follow That Bird. This was made in the pre-Elmo days. The ENTIRE movie, all Sly did was ask for Elmo. I felt a little bad. I tried to explain that Elmo "wasn't born yet", but I don't think he quite grasped the concept...
6. Speaking of the unborn...I'm 36 weeks pregnant now. Amazingly, still no swelling in my feet!! I can't believe it. It's been so hot. With my first pregnancy, they were ridiculously huge well before this time.
TheBump.com tells me baby is the size of a honeydew melon. I like having something to compare the size to. But I definitely have a beef with their size comparison chart. For example, just last week, it said baby was the size of a coconut. Coconuts aren't really that large. And I KNOW there is something bigger than a coconut inside of me! Week 31 is "pineapple." Week 24 is "cantaloupe." Those fruits are both definitely bigger than coconuts!
7. We're heading off this weekend for what is always my favorite week of the whole year - "Family Week" up at our cottage on Lake Erie. My large extended family will all be up there. We will actually have to squeeze ourselves into four separate cottages, because there's no way in heck for us to all fit in the main one (pictured below). It's just a lovely time - so peaceful and relaxing...catching up with family, swimming in the Lake, bonfires at night, sharing our traditions with the next generation...
I'm just praying that the baby does NOT decide to come until we get back to Pittsburgh!!! The midwives gave me a copy of my pre-natal records, and told me to map out all the hospitals along the way....yikes!
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