Friday Free-For-All – 06/01/18

Friday Free-For-All

My coworkers threw me a Star Wars-themed baby shower! Once again, I’m simply blown away by their thoughtfulness, generosity, and creativity. Seriously. We received so many lovely gifts, and several Amazon giftcards that are sure to come in handy down the line as we figure out exactly what we need to keep our little one happy. While I’m obviously very excited to start my new role as stay at home mom, I will desperately miss my colleagues.


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We ordered a new pet fountain. You may remember several months ago, our kitty Rocket had a big health scare and spent four days in the kitty hospital. One of the number one recommendations was to get a pet fountain to encourage him to drink more water. At the time, one of my coworkers offered to let us borrow hers since her cat had recently passed away. Now that I’m about to leave work, though, my coworker has asked that we return the fountain. I went on Amazon and was thoroughly shocked by a) how many different options there are, and b) how EXPENSIVE they are. The version we had borrowed from my coworker retails for $85! Obviously, I wasn’t spending that. I got a slightly smaller ceramic version by the same company (for about half the price!), and I’m optimistic that it will suit our needs just fine. And the fact that it’s smaller will probably encourage me to clean it more often anyway.

I haven’t been to yoga in two weeks and I’m feeling it. I didn’t go last week because work was so crazy I had to stay late. Then this week, I had a vacation day on Tuesday and didn’t feel like driving into town just for class. But now I kind of regret not going, as my hip is complaining and my carpal tunnel has been really bad this week. My unlimited summer pass starts today, so I’m hoping to get to class more than once a week for the remainder of my pregnancy. Fingers crossed I actually get some time to myself after leaving work and before baby comes!

I got my hair cut last night. Unfortunately, she took quite a bit more off than I would have liked (we’re talking 3-4 inches total versus the 1-2 I was imagining), but thankfully it looks great, and does feel a lot healthier than it did before. It’s also funny that even though to me it looks DRASTICALLY different, not one single person at work has noticed so far.

We’re traveling this weekend. Ben’s great uncle Jipper passed away this winter, and his memorial service is tomorrow afternoon in Albany. We’re road-tripping down with my in-laws and splitting a hotel room, so the cost isn’t too crazy. And Albany is only about 2.5-3 hours from home just in case there is any early movement on the baby front. I’m a little bit nervous about traveling so close to my due date, but based on a conversation with my midwife, I really don’t think there’s anything to worry about at this point. This will likely be our last trip for the next little while, so I’m trying to focus on the positive of seeing extended family before the baby comes. We likely won’t make it to the family reunion because it’s scheduled for early July (aka right in the middle of potential baby time), so it will be good to get some family time in.

Are you hyper-sensitive about haircuts like me? 

8 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 06/01/18

    • Rae says:

      Nice! I don’t think my babies are too picky, but I might hit you up for the one you have if they end up being finicky. It really is amazing how much more water they drink with the fountain, though.

  1. SuzLyfe says:

    I love the baby shower–so sweet and spot on! To be honest, you’ll be happy your hair is shorter than normal to give it more time to grow out. I’ve had a lot of not great cuts (thanks to moving) plus I’m cheap so I only go 1x a year and lop it all off. But I’m very very picky about my color–only one person touches my highlights. Which is why the last time they were done was 3 years ago…

    • Rae says:

      I usually get a trim every three months or so because I like it long, but know I need to keep it healthy. It really does look good, I’m just used to looking a certain way, ya know?

      And yeah, I don’t let just anybody color my hair. It’s a touchy thing.

  2. Amy says:

    I went to a wedding the week before having Mr. Toddler. It was about the same travel time as you and I was 37 weeks. All went smoothly, albeit with lots of bathroom stops 🙂 Hope all went well for your travels!

    • Rae says:

      Yeah, it can be really tricky to communicate exactly what you want. My stylist is a close friend, which SHOULD make it simpler, but sometimes is harder to be honest. But yeah, it really does look great, so maybe I should leave it to the professional!

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