Baby news and other stuff.

Ok, for those not on my FaceBook or Twitter, or I don’t have ANY way of contacting you, I have a baby update: IT’S GONNA BE A GIRL! Yes, we were hoping for a boy since all we have is girls, but as long as it’s healthy and makes it to full term, we’re happy. We went for the ultrasound this morning to find out. And so far so good, baby looks healthy, and she was moving all over the place. During the part where it counted (as far as gender is concerned) she was still and we got a good look. Twice.

Baby is due the end of August and we can’t wait. Still tons to do before she gets here, but we’re working on it. Some things are done, and many are in progress.

Oh, and for those asking- I do not want a baby shower before the baby is born, if you are so inclined to throw me one. I will not stop anyone that wants to. But, please, respect my wishes on this one. The last one was born the day of hers, and there have been quite a few among family and friends that have had similar things happen. And this does not mean you can’t send any gifts or anything for baby, if you want to. I just don’t want a gathering or get together till after the fact. Plus, if a certain child the Hubby had is any indication, even with the increases of technology, it’s NEVER a guarantee.

Ok, other stuff. Earth Day is coming up, and though I’m all for saving the planet, I have to wonder about how a lot of people go about doing it. I scratch my head a lot and have to think real hard about just how “Earth Friendly” is what it is you are using/doing? A lot of times I can’t think of any way it really is. And that’s the sad part.

One of those things is Earth Hour. On paper, a wonderful idea, and even the founders have said that its main purpose is to raise awareness and get people more active in switching their lifestyles. That’s good. By all means I am not against that, as long as people follow-up on those changes in said lifestyle and make sure they really are good/better for the environment. Sadly there is one thing that my little pea brain cannot wrap itself around, and perhaps there is someone out there who can help me see that this, in fact, does not happen. When you run a business that has A LOT of electrical items (computers, kitchen items, etc) and they are considered to be electric HOGS (ie, uses a lot of electricity), one of the last things any business owner wants it’s everything to be TURNED ON AT THE SAME TIME. Shut off at the same time, fine. That’s no problem. What the problem and concern is the power surge that occurs as you are turning all these things on. It can run up the electric bill greatly and in some cases, dangerous. Granted the power grid and most electrical things are built better and can compensate for this, but not EVERY building out there can afford or whatever, the new fangled stuff they need. And here is my fear with Earth Hour.

Thinking about what I just said about Power Surges, and think about this. Take a small town that DOES not have the greatest running power plant. The area is too small to justify spending all the money needed right now to upgrade it, to make it more efficient. Chances are, if the population of said town is small enough that there won’t be much hoopla after they TURN their lights back on. But it could cause problems. Remember, the place is old and not upgraded. And yes, those places do exist.

Now think about a city. Maybe New York city, with one of the largest city populations in the USA. Granted, they have a lot of power plants and I imagine a lot of them are in better shape than the last one I mentioned. It has, as of the last census, 8,274,527 people living in it. If ALL of them, or the majority of them, turned off their lights at the same time, no problem. It’d just be really dark. But can you imagine the stress and strain it would have on the Power Grid? That scares me. It could cause major problems within one of the old apartment buildings (not all of them are like you see on Selling New York), and possibly a fire or a longer term blackout. I don’t even want to venture the worst case scenario for the power plants. Plus depending on how the electric companies charge, you could see a higher bill.

Now, there is another concern I have here. Do the people who start things like this actually research a lot of the things that are involved? Is it really more environmentally safe to use candles over lightbulbs? Would they be willing to give up their precious cell phones that are made from oil products? Do they really believe that if we went totally over to solar panels and windmills that we’ll be able to keep up any kind of quality of life?

A company recently decided to change the packaging of some of their cookies to try to help the environment. They went from cardboard to a plastic cover. They had been using recycled cardboard to begin with. Plastic is made from oil. The same oil that we had to deal with the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The same oil used to make gasoline that creates a lot of emissions bad for the air. The same oil, that when you make something out of it, is not biodegradable. And depending on what kind of methods you use, etc, it may not be recyclable. Tell me how smart that was.

Honestly, it feels like people are trying to hard, and several in the wrong direction. And just like with many things, the general public will automatically deem it as fact without researching it for themselves to make sure. That’s honestly the scariest part of all of this. We do need to make sure we take care of the environment. We really do only have one planet and things aren’t looking the greatest for her right now (but I doubt it’s as bad as the media says. The same media that like to sensationalize everything), and we should raise awareness.

But don’t be stupid. Ask questions. If you don’t feel like you’ve gotten a good enough answer, or you know it to be wrong, keep asking, and keep searching. And as I’ve said, if there is anyone out there who can verify or disprove what I have said about the power grids, I would love to hear from you. It is something that I am genuinely curious about, and wonder about the exact impact it would have.

Next time: Vacation update, Dragon Age II review and a bunch of craziness :).

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Figure it’s about time to update…

Well, vacation started today, sometime after 11 AM. And even though I had to go pick up soon-to-be-Middle child from school early (allergies hit her hard- the pollen has been so thick that it’s like we’re swimming in it), so far so good. Yes, my nails are painted :P. And I napped, even though it didn’t really help (naps and I rarely get along). Now, for the first week of my two glorious weeks off, I’m gonna be pretty busy. Girl Scouts, Family stuff, helping friends, and yard work, plus housework. All kinds of stuff. Then the second week, the girls have their Spring Break from school. Plan on a few things, but think on the whole, we’ll be doing a whole lotta nothing. Long over due I think.

Vader is happy. Mommy will be home for two weeks. As fr as he’s concerned Mommy does not have to leave ever again without him. Ever. He always starts pouting when he sees me in my work uniform. He’s worse when I leave the house in the morning to take the kids to school, not in uniform and he has to get into his crate. Cujo, well, the old fart is used to this stuff. Vader is also a momma’s boy to the extreme. Yes, we’re checking into to ways and talking to vets and doctors about the best ways to keep puppy from becoming jealous of the baby when he gets here.

Vader and Cujo, the puppy and the old fart.

Over the next two weeks, I should be updating the blog more. I do want to review Dragon Age II. Have been working on my third play through on the game, and I have things I love and adore and things that have been steadily getting on my nerves. Love the game, but frankly there are times when it feels like they rushed it. Maybe it’s just me. Dunno.

Kitty update! Boomer, last night, decided he was going to help the girls with the laundry. He and his litter mates typically do, and they love the dryer. When I was a kid, we had this one cat, Muffin, who ended up going for a VERY short spin in the dryer. Ever since then I’ve been checking the dryer whenever the cats are around. The older ones don’t care much for it, but from Tux on down, they all love it. Especially if there are nice, warm clothes in it. Anywho, a little while later I walked down the hallway to my room, and I hear this cat yowling. At first it sounded like it was coming from under the house, as we have a few strays and outdoor kitties that sometimes camp out there. Then I thought of the time about a week or so ago when Zombie figured out a way into the air vents. So I had the girls help me do a cat head count. Boomer was the only one unaccounted for. The yowling was still going on, but it wasn’t coming from the vents. I opened the dryer door, and there he was! Thank the gods it was empty and hadn’t been running. And you know what? When I was checking on the clothes in the dryer this morning, guess who decided to get back into it??? Oi vey!

Boomer, snuggled up next to Vader.

Baby update: After loosing six pounds from when I couldn’t eat for that week, well I am happy to say that I gained three back since then. I have never been happier about gaining weight, especially since I’ve been steadily working on loosing some since the pain issues began. And baby is growing at a nice, normal rate. The amnio test came back negative, so no defects. And the heart rate is still going strong. Still no clue as to what exactly is wrong with my stomach. The blood work came back normal. So now it’s just sit and wait for the baby to be born, hope it doesn’t get worse, and then do some tests. Joy. But the baby is doing fine, and right now, that’s good for me.

And yes, it will be a boy. I have enough girls, and seeing as how this will be my last, I want a boy. So, a boy I will have :p. Confirmation next Friday.

And to all you very lucky people who are going to RTX, RoosterTeeth’s first official convention, in Austin this year, you better have lots of fun, drink lots of booze, and take care of the guys for me! Wish I could be there, but even if money weren’t a factor, my health is, so life sucks. And don’t forget about pictures! I want lots and lots of pictures!

A bunch of the RT guys as their Sim selfs. From the Strangerhood.

If you are a friend of mine on FaceBook, then you have heard me talk occasionally about a friend of mine who lives in Tripoli, Libya. Well, he had decided to stay there after it hit the fan, and even started his own reporting on the events there, giving us a view that Ghadaffi (or however they have chosen to spell it ATM) wouldn’t let our reporters have. He’s apart of the RoosterTeeth community and amazingly, that was one of the very few social sites not blocked by the Libyan gov’t. Well, for a long while things went dark, and a lot of us were getting worried for him, especially when one of the last postings he did spoke of house searches and people being taken away. Thankfully we finally heard from him, and he is safe and sound, and no longer in Libya. Things were getting worse and I’m glad he finally left. Proud of him for what he did while there, and proud of him for making his way out. Here’s to you Madman!

Let’s see, what else? Not sure. Getting a little sleepy, and it’s about time for the meds :(. The cats are kicking their oats all over the place and Vader is on the bed, pouting that I’m not back there yet. It’s past his bedtime, you know.

Oh, Stargate Universe! Will have to do a proper review soon, but I think I may have a marathon viewing of the past few episodes first. Still makes me mad that they canceled it. And yes, once SGU is done, I am done with SyFy. I can’t do it anymore. I’ve invested years into a channel that was supposed to cater to my geek and nerd sides, and more and more, it does not. It allows more crap in as well as things that have no place there. But I’ve ranted and raved about that time and again, haven’t I? At least SGU hasn’t been letting me down. Show is still good, even if Telford is back on Earth. Wish he wasn’t. Loved having him on Destiny. And as for the latest episode: It was great seeing McKay and Woolsey again. Though I would have put Daniel (even with his history with the planet) to negotiate with the Langarens. He always seems to be able to talk himself into and out of any kind of situation, and he is a bit more of a people person than McKay. But, it was McKay’s formula they were pitching, so I guess so.

Still the favorite, Col Telford *sigh*

More later guys. Vader and my bed are calling!