Thursday, August 14, 2008

Away From My Bug

:Original raster version: :en::Image:Food and ...Image via Wikipedia With the way this blog has been going, it makes perfect sense to whine and complain about something on the last day that it will be an issue. I could have whined about it before hand or from the get go, but I wouldn't want to disappoint my millions of readers. *snicker*

Down to the good stuff.

A while ago, I'd say a little over a month ago, I was given the opportunity to register for the FDA Pacific Region Retail Food Safety Seminar. Of course I jumped at the chance, having had such a wonderful time at the last Farm to Table conference I went to. My request was approved, travel arrangements and hotel stay made and I was on my way! It wasn't until a few days before the conference that I realized the gravity of the situation I had put myself in.

Lily isn't so much a Momma's girl, but Momma is definitely a Lily's girl. We only nurse a few times a day now and I don't always have to nurse her to sleep. Just as often as I do nurse her to sleep, Dadda rocks her to sleep. He's been a dear and since we started crib training has been getting up to stick her pacifier back in in the middle of the night. Sometimes around 2 am she will just not have it anymore and needs Momma to come and nurse her back to sleep. It's really the only time that I can appease her and Dadda can't. Doesn't happen all the time, but often enough for me to say, well crap, what was I thinking? You see, I've never spent a night away from my baby and now all of a sudden I will be spending 4 nights away from her!

After much pondering of where my brain went coupled with much worry and trying to figure out who would come with me to watch Lily in the hotel while I was in the conference, I finally decided that I had to just go for it. I really didn't want to but was extremely excited for the conference so I was hoping that the excitement would help me with the pain of leaving her. It helped that I was able to shave a night off my absence so that I was only leaving her for three nights. Eventually, it sank in that it would be harder on me than on my little bug. At least at home she would be able to stay in her normal routine, play at daycare and play with Dadda.

I dropped my bug off at daycare by myself the morning that I left and gave her much loves and kisses. It was hard not to cry as I left, but I didn't want to worry my little girl so I toughed up. Dadda was a great help because anytime in the evening that I wanted to visit my baby girl, we hooked up the video chat from our computers and I got to see her. We played, sang, clapped together and even ate together. I ate a bagel, she had cheerios and kept staring at the magic silver box, wondering why her momma was talking to her from there instead of at the table. Okay, well I guess I don't really know what she was wondering, but her look made it seem like she was wondering at my sanity.

She seems to be doing fine without me there. She has slept through the night the first two nights (I haven't spoken to them yet today so I'm unsure about last night) and has been eating well. I only have half a day here today and then will be heading home. I am SO excited to see my baby tonight.

In conference news, it has been a blast. The first evening I was here I went cruising around Seattle looking for food. I really only went 3 blocks away but it seemed so far because I was so terrified. I was scared of the people, scared that I would be pick pocketed or mugged even though I was out in full daylight along with many other travelers. I was scared that I would get lost as well. I never considered myself a country girl, but I'm starting to think that I now am. I can't see the sky here for the tall skyscrapers and it is very disconcerting. Since I can't see the sky, I have no sense of direction and have no idea where I am going. I refused to carry a map around because I felt it would make me more vulnerable. Eventually in my wanderings I came across the Westlake Center Mall and grabbed some Chinese at the food court.

Tuesday lunch went better. I tagged along with one person that I sort of know and more people that she knows. We went to the Tap House, which wasn't even a block away. The only picture frmo the trip I have is from here and when I get home I will post it. There has to be like 60 beers on tap right behind the bar. It was awesome! The food was decently priced and quite tasty.

That night I yet again had nobody to go eat with so I came back to my room, ate the rest of my bagel while video chatting with my baby and then went to see The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2. It was a very cute story although I felt kind of lame for going to a movie by myself. I never had before but I think I could do it again if I needed to.

Wednesday afternoon I tagged along with a group of State food safety people (talk about intimidating) and again had food court food. That is just about enough food court food for a while. Bleh. For Dinner I drove out to Renton and had dinner at Yankie's with my Mother-In-Law and then joined her at the movie theater to see WALL-E. Oh my lord that was stinking cute! Definitely a must have!

*I just about cried. My browser crashed in the middle of this blog and I thought I had lost the whole thing. Thank goodness for blogger and autosave!*

So that's what I've been doing with all of my free time. I could have visited Pike Place Market or the Space Needle, but without anyone to spend my time with I was afraid of coming back alone after dark. I think I had fun with my time though, so I won't worry too much.

Okay, I really need to start packing up and heading down to the rest of the conference. I'll update on the actual conference as soon as I can.
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Moving, Cruising, Shampoo and Bats

Since our last post things have been awfully hectic and more than a little crazy. Just recently (as in Friday the 1st) we moved yet again. The move was a little better this time because I was not pregnant, however, it was more interesting because although I could physically do more, I also had to worry about running after a rambunxious baby. Luckily we had some friends help on Saturday and family help on Sunday. Help included both manual labor and baby entertaining. Although the weekend was long and full of lots of time in the sun and in the backpack, I think a certain little girl still had a bit of fun. She looked like she enjoyed getting out and about and helping Grandma carry boxes to the u-haul.

Moving was not so great on hubby and I however. I sustained a badly bruised calf, a cut knee, a gouged knuckle and a smooshed and scraped finger. Hubby didn't hurt himself as much as I did but I think he came out with more longterm soreness than I did. My neck got tweaked and is still quite painful but his back, knees and arms have been killing him since the move. Doesn't really help that since we are now in a two story duplex we have to carry boxes upstairs to put them away. Oh well.

What else, ahhhh cruising. My little bug is such a big girl! She's just a cruising fool! She loves to see where she can go and what she can get into. You can imagine how awesome this is especially since we have boxes with who knows what stacked up to the ceiling.

You know what bugs me? When people pay crappy places to shampoo the carpets for the next tenants moving in and the landlord doesn't even check to see that the crappy place did a crappy job. Our carpets still smell like shampoo and have a moist, sticky feeling to them. Hubby's answer to is go back over the carpets and steam clean them. Who has the time for that?

In other news, our new rental place (Helene's Property Place) will not fix the screens that are missing and broken in our place because "if they did anything with screens they would be fixing them every year because the screens always get broken." No, really? When you have 100+ rentals, you are going to have to replace at least some screens each year! The other problems with the new place include a shelf in the fridge being cracked across and duct taped back together - yeah, bacteria city. The upstairs medicine cabinet is COVERED in rust and some of the outlets have no face plates meaning dear old Lily can just stick her hand right in there. How fantastic! The woman said they would look at fixing those things but never did a work order so I think another trip to the office is in order.

Our old rental place is a freaking joke. Campus Commons residents or residents-to-be beware! We paid a damage deposit of $500 and a pet deposit of $500. $250 of the pet deposit is nonrefundable as a "pet privilege fee." $250 from the damage deposit is also nonrefundable. We thought it was to clean the carpets, but we were WRONG! The $250 nonrefundable portion is an administrative fee that "goes to the district office so they can make a profit." Excuse me? You don't make enough of a profit off of the 4 bedroom apartments that go for $1100 per month? What a load. In addition, regardless of the fact that we spent 11.5 hours cleaning, they are still going to charge us $15 for a wipe down and $125 to clean the carpets. Even if we had the carpets cleaned they would still clean them. Sooooo stupid.

I think that's about it for now. I know there are no pictures on here. I don't have internet at home yet because we just moved. As soon as I can, however, I'll put up a little photo journal of the last few days.